Category Archives: 09-18-2013

Summer tourism, tax collections rise on AMI

Tourism increases on Anna Maria Island and in Manatee County are evident from the rise in resort tax collections. After all, it’s vacationers who fund future tourist development. For 27 of the past 28 months, the increase in resort tax collections by the Manatee County Tax Collector have been about double the survey results for […]

Holmes Beach ponders smokeless beaches, more shelters

Holmes Beach commissioners took up a discussion at their Sept. 12 work session about getting rid of butts on the beach — cigarette butts that is. Commissioners acknowledged an uphill climb in having a smokeless beach but, at the same time, they realize something should be done about smokers using the pristine sands of Anna […]

Real Estate – 09-18-2013

519 74th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,879 sfla / 2,710 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1967 on a 100×110 lot was sold 08/27/13, Stewart to Barton for $724,000; list $779,000. 212 77th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,800 sfla / 4,200 sfur 5bed/4bath/2car land condo with pool built in 2013 was sold 08/28/13, 212 […]

Fishing – 09-18-2013

September fishing, true to form for island-area anglers   Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains true to form for the third week of September. Redfish are carousing the flats from Miguel Bay to the south end of Sarasota Bay. Look for schooling fish during low tides in potholes and on the outside edges of the […]

Island police blotter – 09-18-2013

Anna Maria • No available reports. Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO. Bradenton Beach • Sept. 11, 100 Bridge St., domestic battery. Police responded to a couple arguing. The woman said her boyfriend slapped her in the face during the argument, but recanted her story when police went to arrest the 25-year-old Georgia man. […]

Obituaries – 09-18-2013

Fay Erickson Fay Erickson, 98, of Westfield, N.Y., and Anna Maria Island, died Sept. 2 in New York. Mrs. Erickson was an avid bridge player and she loved Anna Maria. Internment was at Evergreen Rural Cemetery, Portland, N.Y. Mrs. Erickson is survived by daughter, Mary Lou and husband Gordon Bell of Scottsville, N.Y.; son Jay […]

Calendar – 09-18-2013

Wednesday, Sept. 18 2 p.m. — “The ABCs of Alzheimer’s Disease,” Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. 6 p.m. — Mana-Tweens Culture Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. 7:31 p.m. — Official sunset time.   Thursday, Sept. 19 10 a.m. — Island Library Book Club, Island Library, 5701 […]

Sports – 09-18-2013

September sports survive heat, runner blazes 30th record   Weather can’t keep a good runner down. Whether it’s the slow season on Anna Maria Island, scorching hot weather or a slow start to the youth sports programs, September remains a slow month for sports. But longtime Galati Yacht Sales employee and former Islander Mickey Hooke, […]