Category Archives: 07-04-2012

New debate arises over dog park: Toxic plants

In the wake of reports that newly added holly plants — its berries — in the Holmes Beach dog park are toxic to dogs, at least two schools of thought have emerged.     One leans toward the position that because plant toxicity is common, there’s only an issue if dogs are attracted to the plants. […]

Island wedding, Privateer style

  Angela Smallblock (her roller derby name) Steward and Jim Fritts of Texas are married Privateer-style at the June 29 outdoor party to benefit the Privateer Save-Our-Ship fund. Joining the Fritts are their children, Ivy, 8. Ray, 6 and Sky, 5. Privateer Roger Hoodat Murphree performed the ceremony.   The Privateers form an arch of […]

Roadwatch, July 4-11

The Manatee County Utilities Department is continuing its preparation to install new sewer pipes along North Shore Drive, Anna Maria. The project is expected to take several months to complete, a MCUD press release said. The Florida Department of Transportation reported there were intermittent north and southbound lane closures between 8 p.m.-5 a.m. on the […]

Island trolley maintains routine route for July 4

The fare-free Island trolley will keep to its regular schedule July 4, despite the throngs of people expected on Island roads shortly after dusk when the fireworks display at the Sandbar Restaurant, Anna Maria, takes place. A spokesperson for MCAT said there are no plans to add extra trolleys or operate the system later than […]

Sports – 07-04-2012

Indoor soccer sharpens skills, cools players, fans   Summer is officially here, along with high temperatures, high humidity and soccer in the cool gym at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. There’s no better way to battle the heat and sharpen a player’s soccer skills than indoor soccer. It’s demanding […]

Island police blotter – 07-04-2012

Anna Maria         • June 20, 500 block of Spring Avenue, criminal mischief. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a complaint of an intoxicated male trying to gain entry into a home known by the complainant to belong to someone else. The deputy made contact with the man, who said his grandfather was […]

Islander Calendar – 07-04-2012

Wednesday, July 4 • Shortly after dusk —  26th annual Sandbar Fireworks Spectacular, Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-8709.         • 10 a.m. July 4, Anna Maria Island Privateers Fourth of July Parade from Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach, to Bayfront Park, Anna Maria. Information: 941-780-1668. • 10 a.m. July 4, Anna Maria […]

Welcome to the AMI Fourth of July holiday!

The Anna Maria Island Privateers kick off July 4 with a parade and party.The parade leaves Coquina Beach at 10 a.m. runs the length of the Island to Anna Maria Bayfront Park. A party takes place and scholarships will be awarded starting at noon at Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe at the Manatee Public Beach, […]