Author Archives: Bonner Joy

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Turtle watch continues free beach talks in August

We’re tallking about sharing the beach habitat with wildlife, especially sea turtles. As sea turtle hatchling season peaks, it becomes more and more important for visitors and residents to understand turtle-friendly practices. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring will host informational talks and turtle-friendly lighting workshops at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 and […]

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Sea turtle with tracker may have laid 4th nest on AMI

A screenshot from the internet Aug. 8 shows the path in the Gulf of Mexico taken by Eliza Ann, who may have laid a fourth nest on Anna Maria Island. According to Suzi Fox, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director, a crawl with large tracks was found Aug. 6 on the beach near Maple Avenue in Anna Maria. The tracking map also indicates the more than 300-pound loggerhead may have come ashore that night. Since no one saw the nest being laid, Fox said she can’t be certain. Eliza Ann has been wearing a satellite tracking device since it nested June 20 and was tagged by AMITW and the Sea Turtle Conservancy, as part of the 10th annual Tour de Turtles. The tagged turtles compete in a “marathon” to see which turtle swims the farthest during a three-month survey. To track Eliza Ann, visit

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Sea turtle nests hatching daily on AMI

A record-breaking sea turtle nesting season has led to flotillas of hatchlings emerging daily from nests on Anna Maria Island beaches. As of Aug. 13, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring reported 165 hatched nests with about 11,745 hatchlings making their way to the Gulf of Mexico. With each nest containing about 100 […]

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They’re back! Students fill halls at AME

A little exciting, a little nerve-racking, a lot of work. A line of buses and a caravan of cars poured onto the campus of Anna Maria Elementary School in Holmes Beach as the 2017-18 school year got underway Aug. 10. Parents breathed a sigh of relief — though some also shed tears — as K-5 […]

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Week 5 winner, Aerial Acrobatics

John Lafferty of Holmes Beach wins the fifth week of The Islander’s Top Notch photo contest with this image, taken on the Gulf shore in Bradenton Beach. For the winning photograph, Lafferty receives an Islander “More than a mullet wrapper” T-shirt. The photographer also is a finalist in the contest, which offers a grand prize of $100 from The Islander and an assortment of gift certificates from participating advertisers.

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Hooking a shark, catching a crowd

An unidentified man catches a 4-foot shark off the Anna Maria City Pier the evening of Aug 10. A crowd of nearly 100 people watched as he pulled the shark to shore and then released the back into the bay. Islander Photo: Jack Elka

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

ITEMS FOR SALE ANTIQUE PARTNER DESK: All wood, $1,000. See at The Islander office, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. FOUR OAK OFFICE chairs: Antiques, perfect for eclectic dining set. The Islander newspaper, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE Individuals may place one free ad with up to three items, each […]

Obituaries – 08-16-2017

Robert Charles Duvall Robert Charles Duvall, 74, of Anna Maria, died July 7. He was born Dec. 9, 1942, in Flint, Michigan, to Robert and Frieda (Ruppel). Mr. Duvall received his MBA from Michigan State University and worked as a CPA in the Detroit area. He was affiliated with Wampum Hardware Co. in New Galilee, […]

Island police blotter – 08-16-2017

Anna Maria No reports. Anna Maria is policed by MCSO. Bradenton Beach Aug. 2, 100 block of 12th Street North, domestic. Bradenton Beach police responded to a call about a man hitting a mirror on his wife’s vehicle. The man told police they had argued. Aug. 5, Coquina Park, 2650 Gulf Drive S., theft. Upon […]