Category Archives: 07-10-2013

14-year-old is victim of Anna Maria rip current

A 14-year old boy visiting Anna Maria with his family from Winter Haven July 6, disappeared in the Gulf of Mexico during an afternoon visit to the beach and was found drowned around 9 a.m. July 7, south of the Sandbar Restaurant. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office marine unit found the body near where the […]

Group of 12 swimmers rescued from Gulf of Mexico waters

Twelve young swimmers were pulled from the Gulf of Mexico by rescue teams July 4 near Sycamore Avenue in Anna Maria after they were unable to swim some 300 feet back to shore. West Manatee Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Brett Pollock said the youngsters apparently were caught in a strong northerly current and could not […]

July 4 holiday runs head-on into post-holiday problems

Just when law enforcement thought a bang-up holiday, filled with fireworks on the beaches up and down the 7-mile length of Anna Maria Island had passed without major incident, by July 5 there were major traffic issues and a somber event on the beach — a drowning. Other than a reported fight that led to […]

Privateers lead July 4 parade

The Anna Maria Island Privateers lead their own July 4 parade from Bradenton Beach to Holmes Beach to Anna Maria. The Islander’s Toni Lyon pairs up with Lisa Williams of MoonRacer No Kill Rescue to throw the weekly newspaper and candy to the enthusiastic crowd on the parade route. Williams said crowds of people would […]

Anna Maria Island Privateers 2013 Scholarship winners:

Seniors Hilary Hathaway, Shipreck Scholarship Sajani Patel, Whitey Horton Scholarship   Juniors Ourania Lardas James ‘Jimmy’ Campbell Jacob Karguarer Brandi Ricker Leanne Browning Alexander ‘Xander’ Chawi   Sophomores Monica “Molly” McDonough Freshmen Tiana Smith, Sandpiper Scholarship Justin Puthusseril Myles Johnson Samantha Haga   Total Scholarship dollars:  $17,300

Islander’s legacy grows with Anna Maria landscaping donation

Island philanthropist Rex Hagen has agreed in principle to fund the landscaping for the city park approved by Anna Maria commissioners June 27. The park will take up the six lots at the corner of Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard that the city purchased for $3 million in 2011. Commissioner Gene Aubry, an architect, drew […]

Stormy weather claims only 1 sea turtle nest

Consecutive days of heavy rain on the island had little impact on sea turtle nesting season, but possibly claimed one nest. According to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring education coordinator Glenn Wiseman, the nest thought to be lost to the barrage of storms was laid too close to shore by the female […]

BB-HB-Sandpiper 27th Street dispute is finally over

It’s officially over. According to Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy, the documents with a judge’s signature dismissing the long-standing 27th Street dispute between Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach were delivered July 2 to the two city attorneys. “I have been in contact with our city attorney Ricinda Perry,” said Shaughnessy at a July 3 special […]

Shore returns to FISH, assumes board role

Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court R.B. “Chips” Shore returned to the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage board in Cortez at a June meeting that was held without quorum. Shore was unable to attend the July 1 FISH meeting, but he not only was returned to the board, he assumed an executive board role as […]

July 4 fight on the beach sparks arrest

22-year-old Bradenton man was arrested for felony aggravated battery and the use of a deadly weapon July 4 after injuring two men with a glass bottle. According to the probable cause affidavit, Holmes Beach police responded to a fight at the 77th Street beach access. Upon arrival, several witnesses pointed toward a man screaming and […]