Author Archives: Bonner Joy

HBPD chief urges patience for spring break

Ever try putting 100 pounds of potatoes into a 5-pound sack? Not so easy. Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer issued a few reminders before traffic to Holmes Beach swells during spring break to more than 16,400 vehicles per day. “Expect traffic delays,” Tokajer wrote in a Feb. 28 email. He says the HBPD has […]

Obituaries – 03-08-2017

Alois Grant Beer Alois Grant Beer, 75, died March 1. He was born in Monroe, Wisconsin, April 24, 1941, and was the oldest of two children of Alois “Allie” Beer and Betty Smith Beer. He graduated from high school in Monroe in 1959. He attended Stout State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial education in […]

Island police blotter – 03-08-2017

Anna Maria Feb. 15, 300 block of Magnolia Avenue, runaway, domestic battery. A parent reported a juvenile slapped a sibling, leaving marks, then fled before police arrived. Later that day, the juvenile was arrested in the 4700 block of Gulf Drive North in Holmes Beach and transported to a Manatee County juvenile booking facility. Feb. […]

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

ITEMS FOR SALE RECLINER, $30, blue fabric. Couch, $30, print fabric. Good condition, Anna Maria. 818-601-7043. MARBLE VANITY TOP: fits 48-by-15-inch cabinet, $20. Adjustable arm chair, burgundy, $20. 941-792-4387. WHIRLPOOL MICROWAVE, WALL oven, four-burner glass stovetop, twelve light gold chandelier, ceiling fan, 3-foot, 2-inch-by-4-foot, nine-inch mirror, 3-foot, 2-inch-by-6-foot, 5-inch mirror, sink, instant hot water maker, slider shower […]

Bradenton man gets probation in TV burglary

A 12th Circuit judge sentenced a Bradenton man who confessed to stealing television sets to 150 days in jail and two years of probation. Michael P. Farmer, 40, pleaded no contest Feb. 17 and was adjudicated guilty on felony counts of burglary, dealing in stolen property and obtaining money from a pawn broker by fraud. […]

Red tide detected

A bloom of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, remains in Southwest Florida, according to surveys reported Feb. 24. Karenia brevis was observed in background to medium concentrations in Manatee County. For more information about red tide in Florida, go to