Category Archives: 02-02-2011

Walking the Island(er) plank

The first personal message planks sold by The Islander were installed on the Anna Maria City Pier last week, far in advance of the City Pier Centennial Celebration May 13-14. More planks will be put in place in the weeks leading up to the two-day affair, said Islander publisher Bonner Joy. Proceeds from the sale […]

Parking U-turn in Anna Maria

Anna Maria commissioners have made a sharp turn in discussing parking options for Pine Avenue. At the commission’s Jan. 13 meeting, a majority of commissioners wanted to continue discussion of a parking plan that would include parking in the rights of way. But opinions were reversed at the Jan. 27 meeting. City planner Alan Garrett […]

Groups to share AM pier marker cost

The names of both the Anna Maria Island Historical Society and the Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust will appear at the bottom of a Florida Division of Historical Resources historical marker being presented to the city May 13 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Anna Maria City Pier. The organizations, once split on which […]

WMFR future is here

West Manatee Fire Rescue Chief Andy Price stands in front of a sign noting the home of WMFR is at this former medical building at 6477 Third Ave. W., Bradenton and behind the WMFR fire station on 67th Street. WMFR’s administrative, fire prevention and training staff have moved into the building. The WMFR telephone number […]

Cafe owner doing ‘right thing’ in ad scam

Gulf Drive Cafe owner Wendy Kokolis says she’s “trying to do the right thing” by offering a free ad in her upcoming to-go menu to any Island “scammed” in late 2010 by alleged advertising representative Jennifer Hill. Hill, who claimed she and husband Greg were co-owners of Hill Advertising Inc. of Tampa, was retained by […]

Anchorage registrants drift into Bradenton Beach

Sailors on extended stays in Bradenton Beach’s anchorage field are drifting into city hall to register their vessels under a new city policy. But navigation to city hall was slow last week. As of Jan. 26, the city clerk’s office reported just three registrants who paid the $15 annual registration fee. The city had instituted […]

Holmes Beach film ordinance makes first cut

Following several takes on the subject at previous meetings, Holmes Beach commissioners unanimously agreed Jan. 25 to add a new commercial film production subsection to its land-development code. The addition was prompted by the Manatee County Commission’s adoption of an ordinance that establishes a unified film permitting process throughout the county. Municipalities are being asked […]

Home-invasion suspects sought

Authorities recovered in Virginia a car stolen during a home invasion Jan. 25 in Holmes Beach. “We’ve located the vehicle … dumped off at an apartment complex in Roanoke,” Holmes Beach Police Department Det. Mike Leonard said Jan. 28. Authorities continued to search for the two women who broke into a residence in the 4900 […]