Author Archives: Bonner Joy

Obituaries – 03-21-2018

David William Ambut David William Ambut, 61, of Anna Maria Island, died March 12. He was born Dec. 21, 1956, in Chicago. In 1988 he moved his family, including parents Anthony and Josephine, to Anna Maria Island and began his career with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office as a corrections officer. He was promoted to […]

Real Estate – 03-21-2018

101 Palmetto Ave., Anna Maria, a 3,139 sfla / 4,873 sfur 5bed/4½bath/2car Gulffront pool home built in 2015 on a 5,781 sq ft lot was sold 02/22/18, Wilson to Gaw Properties LLC for $4,260,000; list $4,595,000. 4118 Fifth Ave., Unit 4118, Villas on Fifth Avenue, Holmes Beach, a 2,786 sfla / 4,572 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car land […]

Island police blotter – 03-21-2018

Anna Maria March 2, Bayfront Park, 316 N. Bay Blvd., found property. A city worker found a kayak and reported it to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. The kayak was taken by the MSCO for safekeeping. March 2, 100 Palm Drive and the beach, hazardous material. A beach walker found a gallon of an unknown […]

Anna Maria kicks off farmers market

The city of Anna Maria is finally kicking off its farmers market. With liability insurance in hand and six vendors, the city farmers market was to open 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, after press time for The Islander. The vendors include AMI Aquaponics LLC, a greens and herbs company operated by Michael Smith; Mr Fun […]

Anna Maria City Pier survives state budget cuts

The Anna Maria City Pier rebuild is receiving a boost from the state pocketbook. The Legislature’s final budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which begins July 1, includes a $750,000 line item toward funding for a new city pier. The Senate and House voted March 11 to approve an $88.7 billion budget sent to Gov. […]

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

ITEMS FOR SALE VINTAGE SCHWINN BIKE $80, golf bag/clubs, $80. Tom, 941-757-7603. COMPUTER: DELL DUAL core, refurbished, $50. 941-756-6728. COMPLETE SET GOLF clubs plus Wilson bag, $75, two-wheel folding golf cart, $25. 941-383-8900. MEN’S TAYLOR-MADE golf set. Nine irons, metal driver, grand divider bag, excellent buy. $100. 941-778-7226. ANTIQUE PARTNER DESK: All wood, $1,000. See at The Islander […]

Red tide detected in Manatee

Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was detected at background concentration in one sample from Manatee County the week ending March 9. For more information about red tide in Florida, go to

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Police arrest Holmes Beach man for DUI, mischief

Perhaps a man had too much time on his hands. Douglas Cate, 55, of Holmes Beach, was arrested at 7:55 p.m. Feb. 23 for driving under the influence and refusing to submit to a DUI test and, two days later, for altering an alcohol- measurement device while at the Holmes Beach police station. Cate’s run-in […]