Category Archives: 06-29-2011

Parasailor evacuated, dies

The U.S. Coast Guard evacuated a parasailer at 5:48 p.m. June 27 about 1.5 miles west of Longboat Key. ​ The parasailer, David Sierazki, 31, of South Carolina, was subsequently pronounced deceased by Manatee County Emergency Medical Services, according to a news release from the Coast Guard. ​ Watchguards at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg […]

Islanders play Marauder ball

Anna Maria Island Community Center baseball players score game balls from players at the Marauders game June 25. The tickets for the game were provided by the center to all kids who played spring ball. Pictured are Tyler Brewer, Julius Petereit, Jack Love and Tuna McCracken. Islander Photo: Courtesy Karen Riley-Love

Anna Maria speculates on uses for yet-purchased lots

It may not have been No. 1 on the agenda, but it topped the conversation for Anna Maria commissioners at their June 23 meeting. The discussion was on how or whether to buy six vacant lots at Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard that often are used by civic groups and the city to facilitate everything […]

Center child-protection policies near completion

Anna Maria Island Community Center board member Scott Rudacille told board members at their June 27 meeting that new policies on child protection being drafted by his committee are almost ready for the board’s review. “We can have something to the board in the next few weeks,” Rudacille, a local attorney, told the board. Rudacille […]

BB commission mulls budget options

Faced with several crumbling seawalls holding back Sarasota Bay, Bradenton Beach commissioners June 23 began scouring the city’s preliminary 2011-12 budget for possible cuts. The commission and Mayor Bob Bartelt met with city clerk Nora Idso and other staff at city hall last week, where the discussion focused on how to pay for seawall replacements […]

Skimmer breeding ground vandalized

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring members early June 22 celebrated the arrival of hatchlings — fluffy little black skimmer chicks seen nestled under the breasts of parents. Early June 23, AMITW executive director Suzi Fox stood outside the skimmer nesting area on the beach in Anna Maria talking on a mobile phone […]

Woman found in Coquina waters

A woman was found unresponsive in the water off Coquina Beach at about 11:30 a.m. June 22. An Island vacationer walking on the beach saw something floating in the water and ventured out. She found a woman on a floatation noodle, face down, and unresponsive. The county’s marine-rescue lifeguards, who monitor Coquina, were the first […]

Prosecution proceeds with neglect case

State prosecutors will proceed with a child neglect case against a Bradenton Beach mom arrested by police in November 2010. The prosecution previously dropped a felony child-neglect charge against the woman’s former boyfriend. Both Phaedra Christina Brace and Lance Aaron Blaylock were arrested Nov. 6, 2010, in Bradenton Beach after a neighbor complained to police […]

AMIndependence weekend

Scheduled celebrations for the long July 4 weekend include: • July 1, 4:30 p.m., the Anna Maria Island Privateers seize Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., and hold Mayor Bob Bartelt for ransom. • July 2, dusk, the Chiles Restaurant Group sponsors the Boom Boom by the Bay fireworks display near the Mar […]