Category Archives: 06-01-2011

Traffic stop leads to drug-related arrest

A routine traffic stop in Holmes Beach May 18 resulted in the arrest of a 33-year-old woman on a drug paraphernalia charge. The incident occurred at about 7 p.m., when a patrol officer identified a red Chevy SUV with an expired tag in the 3500 block of East Bay Drive. The officer approached the driver […]

Falling fish shatters skylight

A friend stopped by Elaine and Gary Deffenbaugh’s home May 25 to find a fish on the dining room table, but not a fish being served for dinner. The Deffenbaughs, who lives in the 200 block of Gladiolus in Anna Maria, told the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office that while they were out of town they […]

Beach serves as classroom in nesting season

Marianne Korosy and Suzi Fox watched the crow swoop down to the sand, grab something small and fly off. The something, they first feared and then quickly confirmed, was a black skimmer egg off the beach north of the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria. They were heartsick about the swiped egg, but Korosy, with Audubon […]

Dive death reported

The U.S. Coast Guard on May 19 reported the death of a 52-year-old male scuba diver who was diving about 12 miles west of Anna Maria Island. Coast Guard officials in Cortez were notified around 6 p.m. that day that a diver from a 23-foot Carolina skiff anchored 12 miles west of the Island had […]

Fire district rates going up — again

The West Manatee Fire Rescue District board voted — reluctantly — at its May 19 meeting to approve an increase in the annual assessment paid by district residents for fire service. But the board rejected WMFR Chief Andy Price’s request for a 4.13 percent increase, the maximum allowed by law. The board, 3-1, voted to […]

Sports – 06-01-2011

Run, dribble, toss, kick, tag in summer sports The May/June issue of Florida Running & Triathlon Magazine reports Galati Yachts employee Mickey Hooke, 50, of Bradenton, has posted the top 5K performance statewide for the Florida Male 50-54 age group in 2010. The third-annual Cobbs Corner 5K was Hooke’s Grandmaster age class debut. He ran […]

Island police blotter – 06-01-2011

Anna Maria • May 25, 200 block of Gladiolus, damaged property. A woman reported to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office that when she arrived home, she found her skylight broken. The possible cause was a falling fish. Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO. Bradenton Beach • May 20, intersection of Gulf Drive and Cortez […]

Island real estate transactions – 06-01-2011

838 South Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 3,422 sfla / 4,330 sfur 4bed/3bath/2car bayfront pool home built in 1956 on a 110×140 lot was sold 05/09/11, Kinerk to Butler for $1,050,000. 303 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 1,392 sfla / 2,270 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1985 on a 52×110 was sold 05/10/11, Stone […]

Obituaries – 06-01-2011

Michael J. Diemer Michael J. Diemer, 54, of Bradenton, died May 21. He was born in West Palm Beach and moved to Manatee County in 1979. He was a photo journalist for 25 years and then took up teaching. He was employed at Buffalo Creek Middle School for the past five years. Mr. Diemer was […]

Fishing – 06-01-2011

Tarpon junkies flock to Anna Maria Island “What are all those boats doing out there?” When you see a big cluster of boats on the waters near Anna Maria Island in May, that’s a sure sign it’s tarpon season. Good numbers of fish are schooling off the beaches of Anna Maria Island and chomping crabs […]