Category Archives: 05-02-2012

AMI celebrates National Arbor Day

It all started 140 years ago in Nebraska when it was suggested to put aside one day of the year to plant new trees. Since then, Arbor Day has expanded across the country and the world as a celebration and understanding of how important natural resources are in enhancing people’s lives, both economically and aesthetically. […]

Coquina Cafe opens, celebration planned this month

Without much fanfare, the Coquina Cafe at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach opened April 7, but a grand reopening celebration is planned sometime this month. According to Manatee County Parks and Recreation programs and policies coordinator Mike Whelan, the Bradenton Beach concession is operational, but the public announcement of the opening was delayed for a […]

Take back rakes in drugs

Holmes Beach Police Officer Vern McGowan holds one of four boxes collected by noon Saturday, April 28, in the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. drug Take Back Day. The department already had collected three large and one smaller box of unwanted or expired drugs for proper disposal as its part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. […]

HB commissioners hear new rental complaints

Commissioner Jean Peelen read into the record April 24 at the Holmes Beach commission work session an e-mail advertisement for a “monster house” on 66th Street.     The ad states: “South Seas is a brand new luxury island tropical home with six bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms and is only a short three-minute stroll […]

Search ongoing for missing paddleboarder

According to the city of Tampa website April 30, at press time for The Islander, the search in the Gulf of Mexico for a missing paddleboarder was ongoing. According to information released by the Tampa Police Department, Jeffrey Comer, 50, was last seen loading his paddleboard onto his vehicle by a friend at approximately 2 […]

Roadwatch, May 2-9

Installation of new sewer lines on North Shore Drive at Cypress Avenue in Anna Maria has begun and the project is expected to last several months, according to the Manatee County Utilities Department. Traffic on North Shore Drive should not be affected by the work, a MCUD press release said, but motorists should exercise caution […]

WMFR plans Station 2 remodel

West Manatee Fire Rescue Station 2 was built in 1987 as an all-volunteer station in the days when neighbors helped neighbors, and the firefighters who gave freely of their time lived in the district.          The times, of course, have changed. WMFR has transitioned to a full-time force of 33 officers and firefighters, as well […]