Author Archives: islander

Dateline in paradise

Dateline NBC correspondent Keith Morrison interviews photographer Jack Elka and Islander publisher Bonner Joy Feb. 5 for a story about Sabine Musil-Buehler — her murder and the conviction of her killer. The Dateline crew recorded interviews and b-roll on the …

Continue reading

Tagged , | Leave a comment

Survey: AM pier needs major overhaul

Two City Pier Restaurant employees walk the planks to work Feb. 4. Surveyed repair needs could require a closure for up to a year. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

Since 1911, the Anna Maria City Pier has stood in Tampa Bay at the east end of Pine Avenue. It’s been damaged and repaired multiple times. But the pier may face its toughest challenge in 2016. According to an extensive …

Continue reading

Tagged , | Leave a comment

Marina owners: Bradenton Beach violates state lease

Owners Allan, left, and Michael Bazzy stand outside Feb. 5 at Bradenton Beach Marina. Islander Photo: Ed Scott

Bradenton Beach Marina owners Allan and Michael Bazzy sent a letter to Mayor Bill Shearon and commissioners Feb. 5 claiming the city is out of compliance with its sovereignty submerged land lease with the state of Florida. Sovereignty submerged lands …

Continue reading

Tagged , | Leave a comment

Bradenton woman pleads guilty to DUI, no license

A woman arrested at the Manatee Public Beach after witnesses saw her crossing the center line and driving off the road was sentenced to 12 months probation. Rosmery Gonzalez, 25, pleaded guilty Jan. 11 to second-degree misdemeanors of driving under …

Continue reading

Tagged , | Leave a comment

Bradenton man convicted of DUI

A motorist arrested for driving under the influence in Bradenton Beach was sentenced to 12 months probation, a six-month driver’s license suspension and 50 hours of public service. Antonio N. Berardi, 53, of Bradenton, pleaded no contest to the DUI …

Continue reading

Tagged , | Leave a comment

Motorist sentenced to 12 months probation for alcohol charge

A Bradenton man facing a second-degree misdemeanor for driving under the influence pleaded to a lesser charge of alcohol-related reckless driving. Peter Maggio, 53, was arrested in March 2015 on the DUI charge by Holmes Beach Police Department and ticketed …

Continue reading

Tagged , | Leave a comment

St. Petersburg woman convicted in Beetle theft

What started as a January 2015 arrest for stealing a Volkswagen Beetle ended in a woman’s conviction in 12th Judicial Circuit Court. Hope A. Williamson, 34, of St. Petersburg, pleaded no contest to charges of grand theft and possession of …

Continue reading

Tagged , | Leave a comment

DUI charge reduced for Bradenton man

Alcohol-related reckless driving — also known as a wet-reckless — was the charge that stuck against a motorist in Holmes Beach whose breath samples measured over the legal limit. Jhon Faver Garcia Zamora, 26, of Bradenton, pleaded no contest to …

Continue reading

Tagged , | Leave a comment

Chappie faces general election challenge

After running unopposed for his seat on the Manatee County Board of Commissioners in 2012, John Chappie will have competition in the November election. Matt Bower, a member of the Manatee County Planning Commission, announced he will seek the District …

Continue reading

Tagged , | Leave a comment

Registration closes Feb. 16 for primary

Voter registration for the presidential preference primary closes Tuesday, Feb. 16. The primary will be held Tuesday, March 15. Early voting in the election will begin Saturday, March 5, and end Saturday, March 12. The nearest early voting location to …

Continue reading

Tagged , | Leave a comment