Category Archives: 08-24-2011

Gregorich departs ‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ hails AMI

Fans of Jamie Gregorich and the Fox television show “Hell’s Kitchen” will have to resign themselves to seeing the Island native on the local scene instead of the television screen. The 25 year-old sous chef at Euphemia Haye restaurant on Longboat Key was the ninth contestant to depart this season’s show, making it halfway through […]

County hosts marine rescue HQ open house

Manatee County Marine Rescue Chief Jay Moyles marked the grand opening of the new beach headquarters Aug. 15 with a declaration: “I’m a proud papa. This has been a labor of love.” Until this summer, Moyles’ marine rescue team operated out of a storage room at the back of a Coquina Bayside rest room. Now […]

Bradenton man arrested for alleged molestation

Bradenton Beach police last week arrested a man for allegedly molesting a boy while swimming on Anna Maria Island in July. John Abraham Essaf, 47, of Bradenton, was arrested Aug. 16 at the Manatee County jail, where he was in custody on a charge of child pornography. Essaf faces three counts of lewd and lascivious […]

WMFR, Cedar Hammock in consolidation talks

Talks between West Manatee Fire Rescue and Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue districts are under way to determine if merging the two districts is a viable idea that would save taxpayer money. WMFR Chief Andy Price cautioned that the talks are just preliminary. “We’ve only had one meeting and there’s a lot more to be done,” […]

Island real estate transactions – 08-24-2011

        5622 Gulf Drive, Unit 4, Vista Grande, Holmes Beach, a 1,817 sfla / 2,550 sfur 3bed/3bath/1car Gulffront condo with shared pool built in 2007 was sold 08/01/11, Wade to Wammes for $2,075,000; list $2,100,000. 111 Sycamore Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,204 sfla / 2,580 sfur 3bed/bath/2car Gulf-view home built in 1981 on a 110×100 […]

Sports – 08-24-2011

Dolphins win Super Bowl, hand Saints first loss   Agnelli Pool & Spa Dolphins defeated MartiniVille Saints 25-19 in the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s coed NFL flag football summer league Super Bowl played Aug. 18. Both teams traded offensive possessions without finding the end zone early in the game. The turning point came when […]

Island police blotter – 08-24-2011

Anna Maria
 • Aug. 13, 100 block of Crescent Drive, information. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped to check on a home that was not occupied but a garage door was open. He called for assistance in the event there had been a burglary, but nothing was reported missing or disturbed.         Anna Maria […]

Obituaries – 08-24-2011

Richard C. ‘Dick’ Hennessey Richard C. “Dick” Hennessey, 80, of Bradenton, and formerly of Piqua, Ohio, died Aug. 12. He was born Oct. 7,1920, in Piqua, Ohio. Mr. Hennessey graduated from Piqua Catholic High School and served the U.S. Army Air Corps, attaining the rank of sergeant. In World War II, he served as a […]

Fishing – 08-24-2011

Wading key to fishing flats in warm waters   Inshore fishing is following similar patterns of the weeks past. Summer heat dictates the best times to fish: early morning, late evening and at night. Hopefully you took advantage of the overcast days we had recently to venture out to the flats. The slightly lower temperatures […]

Islander Calendar – 08-24-2011

Wednesday, Aug. 24         5 to 7 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business-card exchange at Whitney Bank, 5324 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.         5 to 8 p.m. — “Women on Wine” gathering at the Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-2123.   FRIDAY ….chamber […]