Category Archives: 05-01-2013

The Islander Star Best of AMI Awards

On April 25, The Islander’s partners, restaurateurs, business owners and representatives came together to celebrate the winners of the newspaper’s first-ever reader’s preference poll at the Key Royale Club. Not everyone was able to be present, but we are pleased to announce to our readers ‘the voters’ the results. We waited 20 years to conduct an […]

Drowning tragedy: Reminder to heed warning, danger signs

It was a frantic three-day search for 6-year-old Lomontea Taylor, but it was only hours after the boy went missing at Coquina Beach that authorities knew the search had turned from rescue to recovery. Lomontea went missing on the evening of April 20 when he and his siblings slipped into the dangerous waters of Longboat […]

Parking ‘yes,’ restrooms ‘no’ for future Pine Avenue park

By a 3-2 vote, Anna Maria commissioners at their April 25 meeting approved a park and parking plan for the vacant land owned by the city at the east end of Pine Avenue, but they rejected providing public restrooms at the park. The original plan proposed by Commissioner Gene Aubry called for parking on a […]

AM commissioner quells critic, park plan moves forward

At the April 25 Anna Maria Commission meeting, Commissioner Gene Aubry responded to a letter he received in mid-April that was critical of his design — presented April 11 — to add live oak trees, parking and public restrooms to the city’s vacant land at Pine Avenue and North Bay Boulevard. Aubry also said the […]

Island retail sales soar during ‘greatest ever’ season

A record number of visitors to Anna Maria Island during the February-April period this year helped retail sales follow their accommodation cousins to seasonal success. As direct spending by visitors to the island the past three months totaled just under $300,000, according to the latest Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau report, many in the […]

Cortez fans voting for village in online contest

More than 1,500 fans of Cortez have kept the fishing village in the running in the “ultimate fishing town” contest sponsored by worldfishingnetwork.com. The online voting was to continue to Friday, May 3. Fans can vote repeatedly for their favorite fishing town. Cortez, on April 29, about a week after the voting began, was on […]

Chamber helps BACVB with its partners

An ad campaign in Europe by the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has worked so well that the six-member Schull family from Germany decided, at the last minute, to come to Anna Maria Island in April for a week’s stay. The BACVB is promoting European visitors for October through December, and an April arrival […]

Holmes Beach responds to Mainsail developer’s petition

The city of Holmes Beach responded at its April 23 commission meeting to an April 18 filing of a petition for relief by attorney Robert Lincoln representing the Mainsail development team. The petition outlines the history of the Mainsail development project at 5325 Marina Drive and seeks relief from the commission’s 3-2 vote in March […]

Holmes Beach police officer’s heroic actions to be recognized

There is another side to law enforcement. As first responders, law enforcement officers are trained to save lives and it is that training that saved the life of a Holmes Beach man Nov. 8, 2012. “We were dispatched to a possible overdose,” said Holmes Beach Police Officer Joshua Fleischer, who responded to the call with […]

HB won’t budge on treehouse removal

Lynn Tran addressed Holmes Beach commissioners April 23 in an attempt to open a dialogue over the city’s April 5 notice of violation issued for a treehouse built at her home and lodging facility, Angelino’s Sea Lodge, at 103 29th St., Holmes Beach. The structure was built around an Australian pine tree, a tree considered […]