Tourism report glows with rise of visitors, spending

Just about every Anna Maria Island resident could have told Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau director Elliott Falcione that tourism to the island was up in 2012. “We live here and we knew this past winter season was one …

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Obituaries – 05-15-2013

Charlotte P. Dann Charlotte P. Dann, 93, of Madison, Conn., and formerly of Holmes Beach and Poultney, Vt., died May 1 in Connecticut. She was born Dec. 23, 1919, in Fallsburg, N.Y., daughter of the late Emery and Edith Holmes …

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Real Estate – 05-15-2013

2700 Gulf Dr., N., Unit 105, Ocean Park Terrace, Holmes Beach, a 1,092 sfla / 1,204 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1982 was sold, 04/18/13, Weingartner to Childress for $565,000; list $599,000. 644 Key Royale Dr., Holmes …

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Hurrah, first sea turtle nest of 2013

Carol Soustek, left, AMITW volunteer beach walker, rejoices on learning the morning turtle crawl she found May 13 at 66th Street is indeed verified to be the first nest of the 2013 sea turtle nesting season. With her in front …

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Calendar – 05-15-2013

Wednesday, May 15 6 p.m. — A Mana-Tweens meeting, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.   Thursday, May 16 10:15 a.m. — Friends of the Island Library book club meets to discuss “The Irresistible Henry House” by …

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The Islander Newspaper E-Edition: Wednesday, May. 15, 2013

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Fishing – 05-15-2013

Robert Sexton of Anna Maria and Orlando works to hold onto his tarpon catch while on a charter trip May 6 with Capt. Warren Girle. The silver king was hooked up near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and quickly released.

All fishing, all the time — plus tarpon show in Tampa Bay   Fishing around our little island is really getting serious. Trying to figure out what to target can be the hardest part of your day on the water? …

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Island police blotter – 05-15-2013

Anna Maria • April 27, 100 block of Palm Avenue, petit theft. A Manatee County sheriff’s deputy was on routine beach patrol when he was flagged down by a woman. The complainant reported a beach chair was stolen. She said …

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Sports – 05-15-2013

Walter & Associates’ Dayton Modderman guards Corey Jacques of the Sand Dollar in 11-13 division basketball action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy

Youth basketball takes shape, soccer tryouts announced   Youngsters are playing basketball in age divisions at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, and  the teams to beat are rising to the top in the standings. Though there are no unbeaten …

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, May. 15, 2013

ITEMS FOR SALE TWO-DRAWER LATERAL wood file credenza, computer stand, printer stand, swivel office chair, whirlygigs, bicycles, Expandacraft 12-foot boat. 941-243-3765. COFFEE TABLE: HARDWOOD, beautiful, $90. 941-778-3920. DRYER: KENMORE, WHITE. Good condition, $75, 30 wood pallets, $1 each. 941-779-9781. GAS …

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