Category Archives: 05-16-2012

Longboat Key police chief killed in crash

Al Hogle, Longboat Key police chief, was killed May 14 in a motorcycle crash in North Carolina. According to Longboat Key Police Capt. Bill Tokajer, Hogle was riding with a group of friends in the mountains of North Carolina when the crash occurred. Capt. Tokajer said Hogle was a great man, a good mentor, as […]

Algae surfaces on beaches

That brown-looking scum that some Island beach-walkers recently reported seeing washed up along the shoreline is not from an oil spill, as some think, but is an alga common in the Gulf of Mexico that has mixed with ordinary reddish-brown seaweed. Hayley Rutger of Mote Marine Laboratory on City Island in Sarasota, said scientists at […]

AM mayor declines second term

Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby said last week he will not seek a second term in the November city election. The mayor said it took him longer than he expected to make his decision, but believes it is the right choice for himself, the city and his family. “I took this on in 2010 with […]

Island Trolley sets record, concerns raised

Many Island residents and accommodation industry owners, managers and rental agents are thanking their lucky stars for the fare-free Island trolley. Ridership of the trolley, which began operating in 2002, set a one-month record in March 2012 with 64,663 passengers. That outdistanced March 2011 — the previous one-month record — by 21.5 percent, when 53,238 […]

Third Bradenton Beach P&Z board member resigns

A third member of the Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board has resigned following a contentious May 3 city commission meeting laden with accusations and arguments aimed at P&Z members. Longtime board member and former city commissioner Bill Shearon submitted his resignation May 4, while P&Z chair Rick Bisio, after having served for 10 years, […]

HB woman guilty of Key Royale Club embezzlement

    Holly Connelly was found guilty May 11 of charges she schemed to defraud more than $50,000 from the Key Royale Club by Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Thomas Krug at the Manatee County Judicial Center, Bradenton.      “It was an open plea to the court,” said assistant state attorney Christopher Nigro. “She pleaded no […]

No new leads in missing paddleboarder

There are no leads in the search for paddleboarder Jeffrey Comer, 50, who went missing April 29 while paddleboarding in Gulf of Mexico waters off the shore of Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County. Comer’s paddleboard was found adrift by a boater near Holmes Beach, his wallet and keys tucked safely aboard the craft. […]

Roadwatch, May 16-23

Marina Drive from 59th Street to 62nd Street in Holmes Beach will be closed from May 16-23 for construction of stormwater drainage lines by the city, according to Bob Shaffer of the building department. A detour will move traffic on 59th, 60th and 62nd streets to Holmes Boulevard and back onto Marina Drive. Installation of […]

Obituaries – 05-16-2012

Marilyn Jean Bradow Marilyn Jean Bradow, 84, of Bradenton, died May 5. She was born in Hinsdale, Ill., and moved to Bradenton in 1957 from La Range, Ill. Mrs. Bradow was a Lutheran. Services will be private for the family. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. […]

Islander Calendar – 05-16-2012

Thursday, May 17         • 6 p.m. — Dining for Women potluck supper, Sandpiper Resort clubhouse, 2601 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-896-5827. • 6-8 p.m. — Hermann Trappman Obscured by Time, Ponce de Leon: The Discovery of America, opening reception, De Soto National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton. Information: 941-792-0458, ext. […]