Category Archives: 05-23-2012

Charges dropped following Leonard plea

Following a plea to several felonies, the state dropped charges against Charles H. Leonard last week in 15 of 20 or more burglary cases opened following a chase and search through Cortez in December by several law enforcement agencies. Notices that “criminal charges will not be filed” were entered in the court record May 14 […]

WMFR selects contractor for Station 2 remodel

West Manatee Fire District commissioners May 17 selected Ross Built Construction Co. of Holmes Beach and Manuel Synalovski Associates of Fort Lauderdale as the design-build team for a $900,000 remodel project at Station 2. With a unanimous vote among the three-member quorum, WMFR will look to Ross Built and Synalovski to propose structural changes needed […]

Bradenton Beach P&Z gains two; loses fourth member

A fourth member of the Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board has resigned on the heels of the May 17 city commission meeting. Longtime P&Z board member Jo Ann Meilner asked for apologies at the May 17 meeting for the way she and other P&Z board members were treated following their April recommendation to deny […]


A newly restored 1969 Aquasport flat back, owned by Alex Guitar, winds up wrecked on the shores of the Manatee Public Beach May 17. The boat was anchored south of Holmes Beach when last week’s storm rolled into the area, bringing the boat with it. There were no injuries involved. Islander Photo: Courtesy Joan McArthur

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 […]

Roadwatch, May 23-30

Marina Drive between 59th and 62nd streets in Holmes Beach has been closed the past week for stormwater improvements, but should reopen this week, according to Bob Shaffer of the building department. Traffic was diverted onto 59th, 60th and 62nd streets to Holmes Boulevard and back onto Marina Drive. Installation of new sewer lines on […]

Fishing – 05-23-2012

Love bugs signal angler affection: Tarpon season If you haven’t noticed, we’re starting to see the arrival of love bugs on Anna Maria Island, and you know what that means? Tarpon. For some reason, when the love bugs arrive, you can bet the annual migration of tarpon is close behind. Sightings of the tarpon are […]

Island police blotter – 05-23-2012

Anna Maria • May 12, 100 Cedar Ave., petit theft. A complainant reported her father’s memorial bench was missing, telling a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy the last time it was seen was May 6. The bench was later located at the Willow Avenue beach access, a block north of its former location. However, the […]

Sports – 05-23-2012

Dips continues to roll over competition in basketball league Tegan Purtill poured in 32 points to lead Dips Ice Cream to a 57-40 victory over Integrity Sound during Anna Maria Island Community Center Premier Division basketball action May 15. Purtill also contributed nine rebounds and four assists for Dips, which also received 13 points and […]