Bimini Bay dredging project starts up

A West Coast Inland Navigation District project to dredge the Bimini Bay channel near Galati Marine in Anna Maria began Feb. 9, said WCIND director Chuck Listowski. “We are administering a dredge contract on behalf of Manatee County and the …

Continue reading

Tagged , | Leave a comment

Will Cortez museum audit challenge cooperative spirit?

Admissions that “bad blood” has existed in the past between the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, Cortez Village Historical Society and the Cortez Florida Maritime Museum and Nature Preserve were brought forth at the Feb. 6 FISH board meeting. Whether …

Continue reading

Tagged , | Leave a comment

Audit of Cortez museum discloses concerns

A September 2010 discovery of more than $6,000 in a Florida Maritime Museum cashbox, in Cortez, led Manatee County clerk of circuit court and comptroller R.B. “Chips” Shore to order an internal audit of museum fundraising activities since 2008. The …

Continue reading

Tagged , | Leave a comment

Cortez fishing festival, FISH celebrate 30th year

Festival T-Shirt

There’s something fishy in Cortez. That’s the theme of this year’s annual Commercial Fishing Festival that will play host to an estimated 25,000 people who are ready to descend on the historic village of Cortez. The festival will offer visitors …

Continue reading

Tagged , | 1 Comment

Residents claim city tree removal ‘blatant destruction’

The property adjacent to the beach access on Park Avenue is cleared of mature Australian pines by the owners in preparation for new construction. Anna Maria officials removed the pine trees within the city’s 50-foot-wide right of way from the end of Park Avenue to the beach. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Park Avenue residents Betty Yanger and Nancy Yetter addressed Anna Maria commissioners at their Feb. 9 meeting, expressing outrage over the removal of Australian pines at the Park Avenue beach access before taking public input. Yetter claimed she heard the …

Continue reading

Tagged , | 5 Comments

Church wants Anna Maria cell tower, too

Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, sent a letter to Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby last week stating its desire to be considered as a site for a future cell tower in Anna Maria. The letter follows …

Continue reading

Tagged , | Leave a comment

Pro-am game at Tebbetts field to ‘give back’

Twisters 8-and-under teammates Jocelyn Leal, left, Alexandra Texidor-Abel and Allie Jacobsen take a minute during practice earlier this month to model their new uniforms before their Pros vs. Girls Charity softball event at 1 p.m., Feb. 18, featuring Colorado Rockies’ Scutaro among other major league baseball stars and college softball players at Birdie Tebbetts Field at Flotilla Drive and 62nd Street, Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Young, mostly 8-year-old female softball players are challenging professional baseball players and some college players to bring gloves and bats 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, to the first Pros vs. Girls Charity Softball Game at Birdie Tebbetts Field, 62nd Street …

Continue reading

Tagged , | Leave a comment

2nd beach resort warned by DEP

City workers last year removed thatching from huts at the Anna Maria Island Beach Resort, 105 39th St., Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Following up on two stop work orders by the city of Holmes Beach at the Anna Maria Island Beach Resort, 105 39th St., the Florida Department of Environment Protection Feb. 8 issued a warning of unauthorized construction seaward of the …

Continue reading

Tagged , | Leave a comment

HB lodge seeks ‘after-the-fact’ exemption for tree hut

An Austrailan pine tree with a diameter of 50 inches at chest height and 12-inch wide pilings resembling tree trunks, support the tree house on the beach at the Angelinos Sea Lodge, 103 29th St., Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Referring to a tree hut on the beach as “minor activity” in a Feb. 10 letter to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, an attorney for Richard Hazen, owner of Angelinos Sea Lodge, 103 29th St., asks for an after-the-fact …

Continue reading

Tagged , | 3 Comments

HB-BB stalemate, Sandpiper resolution possible

A resolution to the ongoing border dispute between Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach over the 27th Street right of way that stretches from Gulf Drive to the bay appears stalled between the two cities, and next may be explored directly …

Continue reading

Tagged , | Leave a comment

Join Our Mailing List


Sign up for breaking news notices and weekly news and classified reminders via your e-mail.

To advertise here, please
visit our rates page
or contact us at:
sales@islander.org
Phone: (941) 778-7978
Fax: (941) 778-9392