Author Archives: Bonner Joy

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WMFR dedicates Station 3 to retired chief … and celebrates!

WMFR pulls out all the stops — its gear and some fire-safety bounce house activities for kids — for the open house that followed the dedication of Station 3 to former Chief Andy Price. Station 3, known as Station 1 during Price’s administration, served as the district’s main office and commission meeting quarters.

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Bradenton man arrested for DUI

Pedestrians jumped out of harm’s way as they crossed Bridge Street at about 11:33 p.m. March 10. Ryne M. Johnson, 26, of Bradenton, was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence and ticketed for failure to use due care toward a pedestrian. Bradenton Beach Police Officers John Tsakiri and Steven Masi estimated Johnson’s […]

Anna Maria pursues special assessment tax

There’s a new tax coming for Anna Maria vacation homeowners. Commissioners authorized an agreement March 23 to hire a bond counselor to aid the city in instituting a special assessment tax. Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy has pushed for a special assessment tax based on the number of occupants licensed by the city in short-term […]

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

ITEMS FOR SALE FOR SALE: TOWNHOUSE sofa (70-by-37-by-40 inches). Sunbrella covered fabric. “Brand new,” 4 months old, not used, with two custom throw pillows, sea green. $1,250. Call 813-600-0705. TWO PLOTS: SKYWAY Gardens, section C, front, for sale. Sell for $2,195, asking $2,000 each, will split transaction fee. Call Donna, 941-465-7699. TWO RED SHAG rugs, 7-by-9-feet […]

Island police blotter – 03-29-2017

Anna Maria March 9, 200 block of Chilson Avenue, fraud. A woman reported an unknown person filed a 2016 tax return using her personal information without permission. It was declined by a tax preparer because her employer, Manatee County School District, reported the employee information compromised. March 14, 800 block of South Bay Boulevard, lost […]

Obituaries – 03-29-2017

Julia Anne Propas Julia Anne Propas, 86, of Bradenton, died March 23. She was born in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, April 5, 1930, to Anthony and Julia (Perry) Silva, who immigrated to the United States in the early1920s. She met her husband, Frederick, while working as a waitress at his father’s restaurant, The Mayflower, in Brockton, […]

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Goliath sculpture

A new sculpture delivered March 16 for the Ugly Grouper restaurant, 5704 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, is made up of Harley-Davidson brake rotors, license plates and various other metal pieces and parts, was designed especially for the restaurant by Dominique Martinez of Rustic Steel Creations in Tampa.

Red tide found in low concentrations

A bloom of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, remains in Southwest Florida, according to surveys reported March 16. Karenia brevis was observed in background to low concentrations in Manatee County. For more information about red tide in Florida, go to