Category Archives: 01-11-2012

Leonard violates parole, no bond

Charles H. Leonard, the man who led law enforcement from three departments on an early morning chase last month in Cortez, was arraigned Dec. 30 on a parole violation.         Leonard is being held in Manatee County jail without bond, according to Pamela Buha, the assistant state attorney for the case.         He confessed to […]

FISH makes plans for new year

Hopes are high for a productive and successful 2012, according  to members of the Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage board at their meeting Jan. 2. The FISH Preserve, one of the board’s top priorities, will continue to receive the work that began last year. The Preserve encompasses some 90-plus acres, including environmentally sensitive lands, east […]

Lesters $50,000 Challenge met, exceeded

There’s no need to extend the deadline for Charles and Jo Ann Lester’s $50,000 Challenge sponsored by The Islander newspaper to raise money for the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Sandy Pruett of the center’s staff said last week that when all the checks were counted, the center had received $56,000. The Lesters donation of […]

Crosswalk fatality prompts advice: Pay attention

Pay attention while driving. Pay attention walking near traffic. What seem like safety rules almost too obvious to mention are necessary reminders for a commonplace problem on Anna Maria Island where only last month a Sarasota woman was struck and killed by an SUV while attempting to cross Gulf Drive at a marked crosswalk. According […]

Islander Calendar – 01-11-2012

Wednesday, Jan. 11 7:45 to 9 a.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise breakfast at The Feast restaurant, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. 11:30 a.m. — Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players meet at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-2181. Fee applies.   Thursday, Jan. […]

Fishing – 01-11-2012

Cold weather, cold fishers, cold fish   With air temperatures dropping to just below the 40s in the morning last week, Anna Maria Island fishers were waiting to go fishing later in the day — and finding success after the water was slightly warmed from the sun. And, by targeting canals, stalkers can find concentrations […]

Island police blotter – 01-11-2012

Anna Maria • Dec. 28, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria City Pier, theft. A bicycle left unsecured for approximately one hour at the pier was reported stolen. • Dec. 31, 101 S. Bay Blvd., Two Sides of Nature, theft. The clerk reported an item valued at less than $4 belonging to her had been […]

Sports – 01-11-2012

NFL Flag Football returns to center, golfer Eliot feted at KRC   NFL Flag Football is back on the schedule at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. The season culminates in early March with playoffs and ultimately, a Super Bowl. Waterfront Restaurant Raiders took on Gettel Toyota Texans Jan. 7 in an 8-9 age division […]

Island real estate transactions – 01-11-2012

759 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 1,310 sfla / 1,609 sfur 2bed/2bath/1car Gulffront home built in 1952 on a 50×125 lot was sold 12/16/11, Chiles to Hurbi for $1,280,000; list $1,420,000. 2200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, a 1,363 sfla Gulffront resort built in 1976 on .3444 acres was sold 12/06/11, CB Florida RE Holdings […]