Category Archives: 09-28-2011

Friends rescue LBK man after shark bite

“Oh my gosh, a shark bit me!” Charles “C.J.” Wickersham yelled to six friends on a 25- foot open fishing boat, which had been taken into the Gulf for a Saturday afternoon of sunning, swimming and spearfishing. Connor Bystrom said he looked out to the water and saw Wickersham, 21, of Longboat Key. “There was […]

Anna Maria increases tax, builds reserve

At the city’s final public hearing on the 2011-12 budget, commissioners voted 3-1 to increase the millage rate to 2.05 mills and approved the $2.22 million budget by the same vote. Commissioner Dale Woodland said he would not support a budget that increased the ad valorem tax rate from 1.7882 to 2.05 mills. It’s the […]

New beachfront homeowner likes Australian pines

Anna Maria homeowner Shawn Kaleta, who recently purchased the Moss home on the beachfront at Willow Avenue in Anna Maria, said he doesn’t mind having Australian pines in front of his property in the city-owned Gulf Park. When the city recently announced plans to remove six or seven Australian pines in the park in the […]

County replacing Anna Maria sewer lines

If Anna Maria residents smell something a little stinky the next few weeks, they shouldn’t be alarmed. It’s only Manatee County replacing existing sewer mains at various locations in northern sections of the city. City residents also can expect some traffic interruptions throughout the five-month project. The project begins Sept. 30 with the closure of […]

AME peace event fires up night

A crowd of children, parents and community members gathered on the front lawn of Anna Maria Elementary School Sept. 21 for an evening celebration of International Peace Day. The theme for the school’s 10th anniversary celebration was “light.” The event also commemorated the 10-year-old peace pole and was a remembrance for the terrorist attacks of […]

BB budget at $2.57 million

For the third consecutive year, Bradenton Beach commissioners have downsized the city’s spending plan. The commission and mayor, meeting Sept. 22, also reduced the city’s millage rate for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. The new tax rate was set at 2.1359 mills. The commission earlier had set a tentative rate of 2.539 […]


In a Sept. 21 story in The Islander, West Manatee Fire Rescue Commissioner Scott Ricci said he did not support a 3 percent pay raise for firefighters, indicating the raise appeared to offset a 3 percent increase in the state retirement deduction. However, West Manatee Fire Rescue District Commission Chair Larry Tyler said WMFR employees […]

Court enters judgment against ex-Islander

A U.S. District Court has entered judgments against several defendants, including a former Islander, for engaging in unregistered distribution of billions of shares in a company. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced the court’s summary judgments against Doyle Scott Elliott, Scott Elliott Inc., Robert L. Weidenbaum and CLX & Associates Inc., all of Florida. […]

Plea hearing set in panty case

A plea hearing is set for Oct. 11 for a Holmes Beach man accused of raiding a neighbor’s dresser for panties. Ernest Kendler, 63, is accused of stealing underwear from two women who live near his home on Neptune Lane. He is charged with one count of burglary to an occupied dwelling, a second-degree felony. […]

Golf cart driver started Sandpiper fence squabble

The current dispute between Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach over a fence along 27th Street that borders the Sandpiper Resort might not have happened were it not for one, or possibly a few drivers traveling by golf cart throught the resort to reach businesses on the other side. Following the 2008 vacation of 27th Street […]