Wildlife rehab cares for abused vulture

A turkey vulture is expected to recover from an unusual case of apparent animal abuse, as it rehabilitates at Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center Inc., in Bradenton Beach. Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor Ed Straight and his wife Gail have run …

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Boil water notice issued

Manatee County announced last week it will install a valve and shut water off the morning of Feb. 26 for customers in Holmes Beach from Gulf Drive to Avenue E and from 31st Street to 28th Street. James Faulkner of …

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WMFR receives improved insurance rating

Property owners in West Manatee Fire Rescue District should be in line for lower homeowner insurance rates.         About once every 10 years, the International Standards Organization ranks communities from 1-10, with 1 being perfect. WMFR challenged a recent 4 …

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Island police blotter – 02-27-2013

Anna Maria         • Feb. 15, 100 block of Maple Avenue, information. An elderly couple was walking on the beach when the man stopped to use the restroom. The woman said she was returning home, but she did not. The …

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All hail the chief

Retired Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine is recognized with a standing ovation by more than 250 invited guests at his retirement party Feb. 22 at the Stoneybrook Golf Club. Romine was roasted, toasted and honored by family, fellow law …

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Island real estate transactions – 02-27-2013

417 Clark Drive, Unit B, Isla Vista, Holmes Beach, a 2,400 sfla / 3,807 sfur 3bed/2½bath/4car land condo with pool built in 2008 was sold 02/01/13, Siam Garden Resort Group LLC to Deneke Inc. for $650,000; list $679,000. 2700 Gulf …

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Fishing – 02-27-2013

Braden Blakely, on a family vacation to Anna Maria Island from Maryland, shows off his sheepshead catch, the result of a charter with Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime. Howard reports the family took home a full cooler of fillets.

Weather heats up like spring, fishing pattern, too   Following the past week’s cold front, Anna Maria Island fishers were getting back on the water, targeting a number of inshore species. As temperatures approached daytime highs of 80 degrees, conditions …

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Calendar – 02-27-2013

Wednesday, Feb. 27 Noon — Anna Maria Island Historical Society members luncheon, the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-0492.   Thursday, Feb. 28 6 p.m. — Forum on eating vegan, Sandpiper Resort Coop community center, 2601 …

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Obituaries – 02-27-2013

Dan Toler Southern rock guitar legend ‘Dangerous’ Dan Toler, 65, former member of the Allman Brothers and Dickey Betts & Great Southern and the Toler Brothers bands, once a resident of Holmes Beach, died Feb. 25 near his hometown of …

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Sports – 02-27-2013

Women of the Key Royale Club held a Save Our Sealife tournament Feb. 19 at the club, 700 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, to benefit the Mote Marine Laboratory sea turtle, dolphin and whale hospital at 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. The golfers and lunch guests then celebrated in the clubhouse with more fundraising. Mary Selby, left, chair of the event, volunteer Judy Christensen and golfer Joyce Lathrop drop raffle tickets in sand buckets to win items donated by local merchants and restaurants. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Adult flag football closes in on season   The co-ed flag football season at the Anna Maria Island Community Center is in its final week with some important games ahead to decide the all-important seeding for playoffs. In the AFC, …

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