Category Archives: 03-23-2011

Preserving Perico

Manatee County workers were busy last week on the south side of Perico Island across from Harbour Isle constructing the Neal Preserve entrance and parking lot. Developer Pat Neal arranged a sale to the county in 2005 for less than the appraised value to allow construction of a nature preserve similar to the Robinson Preserve […]

Slim’s giraffe statue stolen

An elephant trudged up Gulf Drive March 13. People noticed. A camel followed. People noticed the animal, an attraction in the annual Beach Bistro St. Patrick’s Parade on the Island. What the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office wants to know is whether anyone noticed a giraffe later March 13, or March 14. The giraffe, an 8-foot-tall […]

Williams takes no-kill agenda to board

Lisa Williams, a Holmes Beach resident advocating for Manatee County to adopt a no-kill policy for its animal services department, took steps to have her voice heard by the Manatee County Animal Services Advisory Board. In addition to board members and representatives of area animal rescue groups, the meeting also was attended by Islander publisher […]

WMFR approves Station 1 remodel

Despite an objection by West Manatee Fire Rescue district board member Scott Ricci, other board members at the March 17 meeting approved a preliminary budget estimate of $279,846 from contractor Ross Built Construction of Holmes Beach to proceed with plans to remodel Station No. 1. Ricci was not opposed to remodeling Station No. 1, but […]

Island police blotter – 03-23-2011

Anna Maria • March 14, 500 block of Magnolia Ave., identity theft. A resident reported to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office that someone attempted to use his identity to open a credit card account. A bank notified the complainant of the credit card application. • March 14, 9000 block of Gulf Drive, grand theft. The […]

Island real estate transactions – 03-23-2011

774 North Shore Dr., Anna Maria, a 2,316 sfla / 3,282 sfur 4bed/3½bath home built in 1988 on a 50×100 lot was sold 03/03/11, Thornhill to Cag Anna Maria LLC for $600,000; list $699,999. 116 48th St, Holmes Beach, a 1,385 sfla / 2,005 sfur 3bed/1½bath/1car home built in 1961 on a 100×100 lot was […]

Sports – 03-23-2011

Playoffs start in flag football The dress rehearsal also known as “regular season” has ended in the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s NFL Flag Football League. Playoff action — where it’s win or go home — is here and there’s plenty of excitement on the field. The youngsters got started March 16 with three playoff […]

Obituaries – 03-23-2011

Alexis Dyanna Strickland Alexis Dyanna Strickland, 28, of Anna Maria, died March 3,. She was born May 8, 1982, in Prescott, Az., and came to Manatee County four years ago from Blue Springs, Mo. Ms. Strickland worked at Home Depot as a sales associate. She was a member of the Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic […]

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, March. 23, 2011

ITEMS FOR SALE TV: 47-INCH, $100, queen bed with mattress, $99, sweeper, $20. 941-778-7293. TOYS: SESAME STREET characters, 30 pieces. $5. Call 941-795-8734. THOMASVILLE ARMOIRE: $95 or best offer, take about anything must go. On Island. Susie, 941-586-3909. TABLE AND FOUR chairs, $25. 941-778-7293. COMPUTER: EMACHINE T1120 with newly loaded Windows XP, $50. 941-756-6728. COMPUTER, […]

Fishing – 03-23-2011

Spring break brings no break for top island fishing action What did you catch over spring break? Hopefully, you reeled up lots of fish. Fishers around Anna Maria Island are being treated with a variety of species, as the water temperature continues to climb. Inshore species are coming out of their winter haunts in search […]