Islanders prepare, avoid TS Isaac’s wrath

Anna Maria Island residents took a collective sigh of relief when starting the day Aug. 27, as Tropical Storm Isaac’s feeder bands largely missed the island area. Heavy rains from TS Isaac tracked up the center of Florida while the …

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AM declares emergency

Anna Maria commissioners declared a state of emergency Aug. 26 at a special commission meeting called late Saturday, following the state and county in making declarations as Tropical Storm Isaac was approaching the Gulf of Mexico. City treasurer Diane Percycoe …

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Caution advised for Isaac, but impact to be light

On the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew Aug. 24, Manatee County emergency management personnel held a briefing with local officials to address Florida’s newest threat. As of The Islander publication deadline, Tropical Storm Isaac was expected to head northwest in …

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Precautions taken to prevent boats from hitting pier

Scenes like this at Cortez Beach in Bradenton Beach in June during Tropical Storm Debby were avoided as Tropical Storm Isaac passed north in the Gulf of Mexico. Officials warn that the unpredictability of storms require caution and preparation. Islander Photo: Mark Young

More than a half dozen boats broke anchor in Sarasota Bay and crashed into the Historic Bridge Street Pier during June’s island brush with Tropical Storm Debby. In all, 27 boats were reported sunk or destroyed across Manatee County following …

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Holmes Beach prepares, fire district ready for Isaac

Tyler Pearson, 12, holds a sandbag for friend Zack Fernandez, 11, while grandfather John Fernandez, center, and son Fernandez use teamwork to fill sandbags in the parking lot at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.

Holmes Beach city and West Manatee Fire Rescue district officials prepared last week for the worst and hoped for the best in the forecast of Tropical Storm Isaac. According to building inspector Bob Shaffer, the city was asking contractors, real …

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AMITW braces for TS Isaac

A couple eyes a turtle nest threatened by high water and waves during a previous storm. Turtle eggs absorb water and the hatchlings can drown before they hatch. Islander File Photo

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteers were bracing during the past weekend for another potential weather impact on sea turtle nesting. In late June, Tropical Storm Debby destroyed an estimated 60 nests on Anna Maria Island and …

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AM heading for MCSO showdown

Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby told commissioners at their Aug. 21 budget work session he has no intention of approving the proposed $2.3 million city budget until differences are resolved between the city and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office-Anna Maria …

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FEMA likely to help with BB day dock

Precautions were being taken during Tropical Storm Isaac to make sure boats don’t crash into the Historic Bridge Street Pier. Islander Photo: Mark Young

After more than two months of being closed, the Bradenton Beach day dock, which allows boats to dock passengers adjacent to the Historic Bridge Street Pier, may get the needed repairs to reopen. Bradenton Beach Police Department Lt. John Cosby …

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City, builder, business respond to Holmes Beach ‘Crisis’

Holmes Beach City Commissioner Jean Peelen met with constituents Aug. 23 at Paradise Bagel Cafe to discuss her recently released report, “Crisis in Holmes Beach.” Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Some of the powers that be in Holmes Beach disagree with Commissioner Jean Peelen’s assessment in “Crisis in Holmes Beach,” a report she wrote and presented at the Aug. 14 city meeting. In “Crisis,” Peelen blames builder Shawn Kaleta, rental …

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Pier plank project nears end

The plank memorial project at the Anna Maria City Pier is drawing to a close with the last group of orders being accepted on The Islander website at www.islander.org. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Anyone interested in purchasing a commemorative or memorial plank to be placed on the Anna Maria City Pier should act now. The project is in its last ordering phase and the final 50 planks are now being sold, according to …

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