Category Archives: 01-04-2012

Winter fun? Try islandstyle wet & wild

Tommy Daniels of Holmes Beach blasts the backside of a wave on the Gulf of Mexico Feb. 27 at White Avenue. Daniels is a well known waverider, while son Christian is an up-and-comer in tournaments on the east coast. Islander Photo: Curtis Hightower

Privateer ransom paid, Holmes Beach mayor released

When the Anna Maria Island Privateers crew invaded Holmes Beach City Hall at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, Mayor Rich Bohnenberger was nowhere to be found — at least for a few long minutes. Privateers searched city hall, starting at the mayor’s office, where a ruse had been initiated. Code enforcement officer David Forbes was […]

Islanders of the year: Privateers repeat at No. 1

To the Anna Maria Island Privateers: A toast to those who do the most. Whether you love them for the scholarships they award, the parades on Fourth of July and at Christmas, the Privateers bring color, spirit and excitement to Anna Maria Island. They are synonymous with the rowdy Island nature of the past, and […]

Islanders honored, remembered

The Islander takes pride in recognizing members of the Anna Maria Island community for their unselfish contributions and genuine concern for making this slice of paradise an even better place to live. Since the newspaper started up in 1992, its path was to partner with community organizations, report the news of record, and tell the […]

Anna Maria starts ‘loud noise’ discussion

Anna Maria’s planning and zoning board might be opening a Pandora’s box of issues at its Jan. 10 meeting when it begins discussion of loud noise problems after 10 p.m. That’s the city’s time to quiet noise and for neighbors and residents to enjoy peace and quiet. Board chair Sandy Mattick said the board decided […]


  The BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, was the host for the biggest, most sparkling New Year’s Eve party, with a fireworks show staged from the beach at midnight. Hundreds of people joined those at the restaurant for the finale. Islander Photos: Dara Caudill,

Anna Maria mayor takes on center complaint

A controversy over alleged bad behavior and illegal activities at an adult dodgeball tournament Nov. 26 at the Anna Maria Island Community Center resulted in Mayor Mike Selby conducting his own investigation into the conduct of players at the tournament. The mayor said his investigation confirmed that alcohol consumption by some of the adult participants […]

Panty case to reopen

Prosecutors are looking to re-file and re-open the previously closed case of a Holmes Beach man charged with raiding a neighbor’s dresser for panties. Assistant state attorney Julie Binkley, who is assigned to the case, filed a notice of nolle prosequi Dec. 2 at the Manatee County Judicial Center. She was reported to be on […]

Registration opens for AME’s Dolphin Dash

Registration has begun for the Anna Maria Elementary School-Parent Teacher Organization sixth annual Dolphin Dash, a 5k-run and 1-mile fun-run/walk through Holmes Beach Jan. 14. The event is again being organized by Becky Walter as a fundraiser for the AME PTO. Registration forms are available in the school administration office, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, […]

Legal issues abound in 27th Street dispute

        The ball will be in the city of Bradenton Beach’s court Jan. 5, following Holmes Beach’s vote last month on a settlement proposal to end the wrangling between the two cities over the 27th Street quitclaim to Sandpiper Resort.         The proposal seeks to resolve the border dispute surrounding the 50-foot-wide unimproved street in […]