Rescuer awarded Carnegie Medal, scholarship

Connor Bystrom hangs out with his pets, including golden retriever Sailor, in Palma Sola Park June 28. Bystrom learned by letter last week he is a recipient of the Carnegie Medal from the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

“It was just instincts really,” said Connor Bystrom, 22, who last year saved his friend C.J. Wickersham from a shark attack in the Gulf of Mexico about six miles off Anna Maria Island.     The instincts that naturally led him …

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Time nears for Anna Maria charter review

Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby reminded commissioners at the end of their June 28 meeting that a charter review committee would be formed in the near future. The charter requires a committee review every five years, and the last committee …

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AMI has ‘hot ticket’ for summer tourism

If the good weather that followed the passage of Tropical Storm Debby remains through late August, expect an abundance of visitors to Anna Maria Island, says Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president Mary Ann Brockman. “If we don’t get …

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BB P&Z approves 3 resort beer-wine applications

The new makeup of the Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board following four resignations in May, includes, from left, new member John Burns, Patricia Whitesel, Dakota Matthes and new member Dan Debaun. The new board met June 28. Islander Photo: Mark Young

The Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board met June 28 for the first time since four members resigned in May after an April decision to deny the city’s joint development agreement with the BeachHouse Restaurant pitted the commission against the …

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Court to hear Bradenton Beach porn case

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A July 11 docket sounding will determine whether a Bradenton Beach man charged with having sex with a 15-year-old, possessing and promoting child pornography and witness tampering, will go to trial July 23 in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court. Joseph …

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Anna Maria drenched but unwounded by Debby

Tropical Storm Debby dumped an estimated 8-10 inches of rain on Anna Maria June 23-25 and, predictably, most of the city was flooded for several days, said Mayor Mike Selby. “But there wasn’t any real damage to homes or structures,” …

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TS Debby floods streets, erodes beaches

A boat remains sunk in Sarasota Bay just south of the Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier. Nine boats broke loose during Tropical Storm Debby and slammed into the pier. Four additional boats sank in the bay and channel. Islander Photos: Mark Young

Repairs to the Historic Bridge Street Pier and the removal of wrecked boats around the pier will carry Bradenton Beach’s highest price tag, as a result of Tropical Storm Debby. Public works director Tom Woodard said no other major damage …

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Historic Bridge Street Pier sustains bulk of Debby’s damage

Surfers take advantage of Tropical Storm Debby’s 6-8-foot waves June 25 at Cortez Beach. Islander Photos: Mark Young

“All things considered, we fared pretty well,” said Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale regarding overall damage within the city sustained by Tropical Storm Debby. Public works director Tom Woodard said the bulk of the storm’s damage, which battered Anna …

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County to examine Island beaches, shores for erosion

This sea turtle nest, surrounded by orange stakes seaward of the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria, was deposited after Tropical Storm Debby passed. The storm washed out almost 80 percent of the sea turtle nests on beaches from Anna Maria Island to Siesta Key, according to Mote Marine Laboratories. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

With an Island beach renourishment project scheduled to begin in 2014, Manatee County Natural Resources Department director Charlie Hunsicker is concerned with beach erosion on Anna Maria Island caused by Tropical Storm Debby. First, however, Hunsicker and a team of …

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Holmes Beach weathers Debby, some damages reported

Teetering atop Martinique South, 5200 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, is part of the roof tropical storm winds stripped off the building June 25. Some of the material fell onto resident Gillian Kendall’s car in the parking lot. Islander Courtesy Photos: Harold Britt

Tropical Storm Debby whipped up winds that damaged at least two buildings in Holmes Beach June 25 near the Gulf of Mexico.     Reporting significant damage from the storm in the city were Timesaver, 5353 Gulf Drive, and Martinique South, …

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