Author Archives: Bonner Joy

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Loggerhead sea turtle tracks indicate nest in HB

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteer Linda Caldwell prepares May 15 to stake off a nest near 29th Street in Holmes Beach after she and her husband, AMITW volunteer Pat Caldwell, discovered tracks made the night before. “The tracks are a really clear example of what loggerhead tracks look like,” AMITW executive […]

Palmetto man sentenced to probation for ‘wet reckless’

A Palmetto man arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Holmes Beach pleaded no contest April 27 to a reduced charge of wet reckless. Twelfth Circuit Judge Charles Sniffin found Andrew Brownewell, 38, guilty of reckless driving and sentenced him to a 12-month probation — requiring him to complete an advanced DUI course […]

Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation posted this advisory for the week of May 22: • SR 789 at the Longboat Key Drawbridge: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight intermittent north and southbound lane closures from 9 p.m. each night to 4 a.m. each morning through Thursday, May 25. Use caution and expect possible […]

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Holmes Beach police arrest Brandon man for drugs

Cocaine, marijuana and paraphernalia. Holmes Beach Police Officer Alan Bores found the contraband after stopping Ryan C. Wallace, 36, of Brandon, at 11:15 p.m. May 8 for driving on a suspended license in the 2500 block of Gulf Drive. Bores observed open beer cans and asked Wallace if he had anything else illegal in the […]

Red tide found at background levels

A bloom of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was observed in background concentrations in three samples collected in Manatee County and reported May 18. For more information about red tide in Florida, go to

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100 Club recognizes BBPD officer

Bradenton Beach Police Officer Josh Betts was recognized May 18 by the Manatee County 100 Club for a drug arrest in June 2016. The arrest resulted in the seizure of 62 grams of marijuana, Xanax, oxycodone and THC lollipops, according to BBPD Detective Sgt. Lenard Diaz, who, with Betts, attended the service club’s annual dinner […]

Obituaries – 05-24-2017

Kenneth Rickett Kenneth Rickett, 79, of Anna Maria, died May 12. He was born June 11, 1937. He was an active real estate agent on Anna Maria Island for many years. Services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 11, at the Key Royale Club, 700 Key Royal Drive, Holmes Beach.

Island police blotter – 05-24-2017

Anna Maria No new reports. Anna Maria is policed by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. Bradenton Beach May 12, Pines Trailer Park, 30 block of Laverne Drive, disturbance. Responding to a call, a Bradenton Beach police officer found an intoxicated man walking down the street. He told the officer he was locked out of his […]

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, May 24 2017

ITEMS FOR SALE DRYER MACHINE, $50, nice chairs, $45-$25, folding table, $60, end table, $30. 941-778-2268. OFFICE FURNITURE AND more. Desks, $50 or best offer, file cabinets, $50 or best offer. 941-356-1456. ANTIQUE PARTNER DESK: All wood, $1,000. See at The Islander office, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. FOUR OAK OFFICE chairs: Antiques, perfect […]