Category Archives: 06-12-2013

Mainland-bayfront development faces challenges

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 75th Street West and 53rd Avenue West leading to El Conquistador Parkway in unincorporated Manatee […]

Loggerhead returns to sea after illness

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 the Gulf of Mexico after about 45 days of recovering at Mote Marine Laboratory in […]

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 of The Islander, and one photo will be a grand prize winner of $100 cash […]

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, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.   Friday, June 14 Today is […]

Sports – 06-12-2013

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 captured its championship as second-seeds Heritage Paper Co. in the premier division and Walter & […]

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 candle sculptor. He was a loving husband, father and uncle. A celebration of life will […]

Fishing – 06-12-2013

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 include pinfish, blue crabs, pass crabs, shiners and threadfin herring. Reports of fish 50-100 pounds […]

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 Beach, a 1,756 sfla / 2,574 sfur 2bed/2bath canalfront pool home built in 1968 on […]