Fishing – 02-13-2013

Holmes Beach snowbird Dick Stevens, also of Enfield, Conn., shows off the redfish he hooked up last week off his dock. Stevens says he’s traveled to many fishing destinations and Anna Maria Island is “one of the best.”

Winter anglers should target sheepshead, black drum   Sheepshead are beginning to make a good showing around docks, rocks and reefs in the surrounding waters of Anna Maria Island. These fish are still pre-spawn, so expect to catch a lot …

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Island real estate transactions – 02-13-2013

4804 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,175 sfla / 2,990 sfur 6bed/4½bath/2car pool home built in 2012 on a 50×90 lot was sold 01/18/13, 4804 Gulf LLC to Golino for $700,000; list $749,000. 208 67th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,443 …

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Calendar – 02-13-2013

Wednesday, Feb. 13 Today is Ash Wednesday. 11:30 a.m. — Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players meeting, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-799-2181.         2 p.m. — Friends of the Island Library lecture …

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Sports – 02-13-2013

Eli Heskin comes out of the crowd with an interception during Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football action at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy

Island NFL league plays on, KRC championship pared to 2   It was another great week for Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football. LPAC Cardinals continues to lead the 8-10 division after rolling past previously undefeated Coastal Orthopedic …

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Obituaries – 02-13-2013

Fleta (Beisner) Boyd Fleta (Beisner) Boyd, formerly of Holmes Beach and Bradenton, died Jan. 18 in Rhode Island. She was born Oct. 16, 1928, in Willisville, Ill. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in music education …

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Islander takes up Everglades python hunt

Jeff Fabb, of Animal Planet shows participants at the Python Challenge the power of a 15-foot Burmese python and why hunters should use caution during the first-ever Everglades python hunt. Islander Photo: Michael Jaworski

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Island police blotter – 02-13-2013

Anna Maria         • Jan. 28, 700 block of Jacaranda Road, disturbance. Two neighbors were reportedly arguing. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy advised the men that the nature of their argument was a civil matter and should be taken …

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Islander takes in Everglades python hunt

Island resident Michael Jaworski chats with dean of culinary education at Lincoln Culinary Institute David Pantone, who showed participants of the Python Challenge how to cook snake and other invasive species.

It is estimated that there are 30,000-150,000 Burmese pythons adapting and living very well in the Florida Everglades. The largest capture of a python to date was a 17-foot female carrying 80 eggs. A few weeks ago, I attended the …

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AM takes ‘time out,’ halts all building permits

After learning at their Feb. 6 meeting from building official Bob Welch that there are 15 building projects “in the pipeline,” which would qualify under an order for an administrative moratorium for building permits, Anna Maria commissioners voted 3-2 to …

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Bradenton Beach signals cell tower feud not yet over

A Jan. 17 signal from the Bradenton Beach dais indicated the long-standing feud with Center for Municipal Solutions’ Lawrence “Rusty” Monroe over cell tower application reviews was coming to an end. But whatever flag of truce was expected to be …

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