Category Archives: 01-01-2014

Visitor reports sticky, tar-like substance on new beach

If there’s an oil spill along Anna Maria Island beaches near where the beach renourishment equipment is, experts and engineers with Great Lakes Dredge and Dock can’t find it. But Montserrat Zuckerman, a visitor from Massachusetts, said she was walking on the beach near 63rd Avenue in Holmes Beach Dec. 23 when she observed a […]

Holiday tourists too close to nourishment

Bulldozers, floodlights and construction workers lined the beach Christmas Eve, turning the white sand in Holmes Beach into a construction site. Stephanie and Phil Perry and their children, visiting from Toronto, were surprised to find a renourishment project obscuring their view and access to the Gulf of Mexico. “We didn’t know, and it’s right in […]

BB pier bait shop opens, restaurant on Feb. 1 track

With the Rusty Anchor Bait and Tackle shop in full operation on the Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier, more anglers on the pier are welcome. It’s a welcome sight as well for the city, following more than 18 months of troubles, ranging from storm damage to a closed restaurant and plenty of contentions. Bait […]

Holmes Beach commissioner launches free AMI app

Traffic congestion and parking could certainly be considered among the top two items talked about in 2013. Parking plans and easing traffic have been on all three island city agendas, especially in the latter part of the year, and Holmes Beach officials have discussed how to better inform people about congestion. Developing an app for […]

Flashback 2013: The year in review

Compiled from The Islander archives As 2013 draws to a close, The Islander looks back at a year of highs and lows, celebrations and tragedies, welcomes and farewells. This week: January through June. Next week: July through December.   January • HB mayor to look for permanent police chief: The new year began with Holmes […]

Fishing – 01-01-2014

Ringing in new year, angling for mild temps, great fishing   There is no better way to welcome in the new year than to celebrate the mild winter temperatures Florida offers. Anna Maria residents as well as visitors to the island are flocking to our local waters to cast out a line. With superb conditions, […]

Real Estate – 01-01-2014

103 Seagrape Lane, Anna Maria, a 1,221 sfla / 1,647 sfur 2bed/1bath/1car Gulffront home built in 1951 on a 98×09 lot was sold 12/09/13, Retzlaff to Lisa and Marc Biales LLC for $1,387,000; list $1,479,000. 110 72nd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,890 sfla / 2,364 sfur 5bed/3bath multiplex built in 1957 on a 100×100 lot […]

Calendar – 01-01-2014

Social and service The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets most Saturdays at 8 a.m. at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, for breakfast and a meeting. Information: 941-778-1383. Islander File Photo   Wednesday, Jan. 1 Today is New Year’s Day. Noon — Clancy’s Shamrock Shiver Charity Plunge to […]