Mainland-bayfront development faces challenges

Long Bar Pointe, marked in blue and approved in 2008, will return to the county in August with an amended plan that includes a dredged canal and 300-berth marina among other changes. Islander Graphic: Courtesy Manatee County

Manatee County commissioners in 2008 approved plans to develop Long Bar Pointe, a bayfront area on the mainland near the IMG Academy and IMG Golf Club. Only the road leading to the residential development was finished, including a roundabout at …

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Loggerhead returns to sea after illness

Mote Marine Laboratory interns lift Tyler, a loggerhead sea turtle, from the back of a truck June 3 in preparation for release after recovering from lethargic loggerhead syndrome. The release took place at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Mark Young

A crowd of more than two dozen people gathered on the shore of Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach June 3 to watch what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for some. Tyler, a sub-adult, 120-pound loggerhead sea turtle was released into …

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First Top Notch deadline June 21 for cover spot

    If you’ve got a great snapshot, we’ve got a contest you could win.     The Islander Top Notch digital photo contest will begin publishing weekly winning photos June 26. Six weekly winning photos will be featured on the cover …

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Calendar – 06-12-2013

Wednesday, June 12 2 p.m. — A lecture about the Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.   Thursday, June 13 10 a.m. — Drum circle with Steve Turner of Giving Tree Music, …

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Sports – 06-12-2013

Former islanders all, Edie Force-Van Ostenbridge, right, celebrates her birthday with husband Butch Van Ostenbridge, his godchild, Tara Collandra, 17, who sang the national anthem, and other family and friends at the June 7 Bradenton Marauders baseball game at McKechnie Field.

Center crowns youth b-ball champs, adults enter playoffs   The Anna Maria Island Community Center’s youth basketball season came to an end June 7 after a one-day delay due to Tropical Storm Andrea. Not one top seed among three divisions …

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Obituaries – 06-12-2013

Steven Daniel Kaluza Steven Daniel Kaluza, 58, of Anna Maria Island, died June 10. He was born May 5, 1955, in Superior, Wis. He was a local building contractor with Paradise Improvements since 2000. He was an eclectic artist and …

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Fishing – 06-12-2013

Bill Palmer, left, of Denver, caught and released a sailfish on a recent offshore charter with Capt. Warren Girle. First mate Sean Armstrong helps hold the fish for the photo.

Tarpon fishing heats up before tropical storm   Before our brush with Tropical Storm Andrea, the tarpon bite was beginning to heat up. Fish were spotted in the passes, along the beaches and at Egmont Key. Successful live bait offerings …

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Real Estate – 06-12-2013

309 65th St., Unit A, Beach Escape, Holmes Beach, a 1,912 sfla / 3,132 sfur 3bed/4bath/2car land condo with pool built in 2007 was sold 05/21/13, Island Restoration VI LLC to Morris for $475,000; list $559,000. 615 Dundee Lane, Holmes …

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TS Andrea wipes out 15 AMI sea turtle nests, all shorebird nests

Green sea turtle eggs lay at the bottom of a nest discovered June 7 in Bradenton Beach. It is the fifth recorded green sea turtle nest on Anna Maria Island in 30 years. Click here for full story

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, June. 12, 2013

ITEMS FOR SALE Patio set, 39 inch round table, 4 chairs, $90. Twin bed, $25. 778-2847. ANTIQUES, ART, and collectibles. View at The Islander store, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and purchase online: www.jackelka.com FREEBIE …

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