Category Archives: 06-01-2011

Mosquito landing

John Gardner, chief pilot of Manatee County’s mosquito control helicopters, landed on the athletic field behind Anna Maria Elementary School May 20 for a second-grade science lesson. Students learned how to identify mosquito larvae, about the capabilities of the helicopter and how the county works to control mosquito populations. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan

Charity blood drive planned

Juice up and roll up a sleeve. The annual Island Blood Drive is set for Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Hours will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Donors can schedule appointments at, but walk-ins are welcome — […]

Substitute donor sought for blood drive

WANTED: Substitute blood donor. First-time donors encouraged to step up, sit back and give. Dave McKeever thought about placing such an ad in a newspaper because for the first time in years he is ineligible to donate in the Island Blood Drive scheduled to take place June 4-5 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. […]

FDOT road, noise advisory

The Florida Department of Transportation is advising people living near the boardwalk construction site near the Anna Maria City Pier that the contractor will be driving poles into the ground between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Tuesday, May 31, through Friday, June 3. The DOT said this activity “might create noise from time to […]

BB mayor: seawall fix a must

Bradenton Beach Mayor Bob Bartelt says a city seawall on the bay side of Sixth Street South must be rebuilt in the next year. The capital improvement project could mean that the city commission will consider raising the city’s millage rate, which has not increased since 2002. The city’s fiscal position won’t be clear until […]

Commission approves trolley ad plan

Manatee County commissioners approved an agreement for the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce to again sell ads on the Island Trolley to generate revenue for the fare-free service. The trolley operates the north-south length of Anna Maria Island 365 days a year. There is no charge to passengers, but in recent years, with diminished […]

FPL trimming Island trees

Florida Power & Light Co. will have tree-trimming crews on Anna Maria Island during the summer months, cutting and trimming tree branches and vegetation that might interfere with power lines. A press release from FPL’s vegetation management division said the company is “committed to protecting and maintaining our environment while providing safe and reliable electric […]

HB commission says no to fine reduction

Since developer Robert Byrne abandoned his property at 518 Key Royale Drive in Holmes Beach some three to four years ago, it has become an eyesore and an encumbrance to city staff and commissioners who hope to find a solution to an inherited problem. The property is in foreclosure, and Byrne no longer lives locally. […]