Category Archives: 01-22-2014

Beach renourishment on track, almost

Beach builders last week made progress on the shore of Anna Maria Island. The work moved southward as planned, from 79th Street to the Manatee Public Beach in the 4000 block of Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach. The renourishment was in high gear, if only for a short time, after Great Lakes Dredge and Dock […]

Anna Maria Elementary considers adding sixth-grade

Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-graders may not need to look off the island for middle school next year. Administrators at the school are gauging interest from AME students and parents concerning adding sixth-grade. “There is a lot of evidence that K-8 schools and schools that keep students in that setting past the fifth-grade are beneficial […]

Fire sends sailboat to the bottom of Sarasota Bay

At about 12:38 a.m. Jan. 12 a Bradenton Beach Police Department officer was on routine patrol on Bayside Drive when he observed a boat on fire. The boat was moored in Sarasota Bay to the south of the Historic Bridge Street Pier. The officer contacted the U.S. Coast Guard, but according to BBPD Det. Sgt. […]

Mayors broach issue of homeless population on AMI

If you’re looking for a place to sleep on Anna Maria Island, one location to check out is behind the dumpster at the Anna Maria City Pier. Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn told members of the Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials she and staff recently discovered someone has been sleeping behind the pier dumpster. Speaking […]

Mainsail-Holmes Beach settlement agreement delayed — again

More delays, more questions, more concerns. Mainsail Lodge appears to mired in more delays. It appeared in December that the Holmes Beach City Commission was close to finalizing a settlement agreement with the Mainsail Lodge development team that would pave the way for a new site plan submission for lodging and restaurant facilities near the […]

200-home proposal for Long Bar Pointe gets early nod

Island residents — Holmes Beach in particular — know a little something about development plans proposed more than 10 years ago that return to make new headlines. That’s the case for a site-plan proposal approved Jan. 16 by the Manatee County Planning Commission for the initial phase of what is expected to be a gated […]

Islander Chalk Festival Photos by Linda Heim

Thanks to many photo contributors and the super imagery created on Pine Avenue Jan. 18-19 for the Anna Maria Chalk Festival, there are more — lots more photos and chalk fun to be viewed online. Check both the Islander Facebook link at www.islander.org, and Facebook.com/annamariachalkfestival.                     […]

Islander Chalk Festival Photos by Jack Elka

Thanks to many photo contributors and the super imagery created on Pine Avenue Jan. 18-19 for the Anna Maria Chalk Festival, there are more — lots more photos and chalk fun to be viewed online. Check both the Islander Facebook link at www.islander.org, and Facebook.com/annamariachalkfestival.                     […]

Islander Chalk Festival Photos by Bonner Joy

Thanks to many photo contributors and the super imagery created on Pine Avenue Jan. 18-19 for the Anna Maria Chalk Festival, there are more — lots more photos and chalk fun to be viewed online. Check both the Islander Facebook link at www.islander.org, and Facebook.com/annamariachalkfestival.                

Calendar – 01-22-2014

Wednesday, Jan. 22 2 p.m. — Lifelong Learning Academy program on inventions and inventors, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. 6 p.m. — Home-brewing workshop, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. 6:03 p.m. — Official sunset time.   Thursday, Jan. 23 10 p.m. — Living your strengths workshop, Island […]