Author Archives: Bonner Joy

Island police blotter – 12-13-2017

Anna Maria Nov. 18, 300 block of Hardin Avenue, missing/found person. A man returned home after calling his wife, saying he was lost at sea at 7:30 p.m. and then not answering his cellphone. The man was returning to Anna Maria from Cannons Marina on Longboat Key. At 8:10 p.m., his wife reported him missing. […]

Obituaries – 12-13-2017

Kent Chetlain Kent Gladstone Chetlain “the second” died Dec. 4, at Inspired Living at Lakewood Ranch. He was a former Manatee County commissioner, Florida newsman, writer and, for 55 years, husband of Mary “Joanne” Chetlain, who died in 2007. He was born in Oak Park, Illinois, Sept. 20, 1927, to Kent G. Sr. and Margaret […]

Lawyer gains time in case of Cortez house built over water

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued a final order to Raymond Guthrie Jr. to remove the house he built on stilts in Sarasota Bay just off the commercial fishing docks in Cortez. The Nov. 17 order requires the removal of the 1,211 square-foot structure by Dec. 7 and payment of $6,500 in fines by […]

Red tide at background levels

Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was detected in background concentrations in one sample from Manatee County for the week ending Dec. 8. For more information about red tide in Florida, go to

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Holmes Beach woman arrested for DUI

A possible overdose led Holmes Beach police to a woman in a white Jaguar who overstayed her welcome at the pump at a gas station. Eileen Riley, 56, of Holmes Beach, was arrested for driving under the influence after she was found slumped over the wheel of her car at 10:20 p.m. Nov. 23 at […]

Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation posted the following advisories for the week of Dec. 11: State Road 789/Gulf Drive from SR 64/Manatee Avenue to SR 684/Cortez Road: Manatee County crews are installing force mains and water mains. For more information about the project, go online to State Road 789/Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach: Crews […]

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017

ITEMS FOR SALE QUEEN MATTRESS, AS new, double recliner, natural leather, nearly new. $100 each. 941-778-5542. COMPUTER: DELL DUAL core, refurbished, $50. 941-756-6728. TWO HOTEL-GRADE heavy-duty poolside loungers made by Galaxy. Adjustable. Good condition, $65 each. 813-240-6529. ANTIQUE PARTNER DESK: All wood, $1,000. See at The Islander office, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. FOUR […]

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Cole regains Bradenton Beach commission seat in 3-1 vote

Ralph Cole, who previously served as a Bradenton Beach commissioner, addresses the mayor and commissioners prior to being voted the fifth commissioner Dec. 6 during a special meeting at city hall. The vote was 3-1, with newly elected Commissioner Randy White casting the dissenting vote. The seat opened when then-Commissioner John Chappie resigned to run for mayor in November. Cole, who lost his seat to White in the Nov. 7 election, will now retake a seat on the dais. Planning and zoning board vice chair Jim Lynch also applied and was considered for the open seat. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver-Esformes

Obituaries – 12-06-2017

Joanne Marie Bonsall Joanne Marie Bonsall (Lemont), 77, of Wallingford and Holmes Beach, died Nov. 23. Born in Upper Darby and raised in Atlantic City, New Jersey, she was daughter of the late William and Marie McDermott Lemont. She built a home and raised her family in Wallingford before retiring to Holmes Beach in 1996. […]