Category Archives: 10-12-2011

Friends of shark attack victim honored for their help

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – The city of Anna Maria honored the people Wednesday night who helped save their friend. Three weeks ago, 21-year-old C.J. Wickersham was spearfishing off the Anna Maria Island coast when a 10-foot-long bull shark bit him on the leg. Two of his friends jumped to the rescue, pulling him from the […]

A hero’s welcome Oct. 12

Three Anna Maria Island cities, the town of Longboat Key, Islanders and The Islander will unite Wednesday, Oct. 12, to recognize six young men and women who saved their longtime friend from a life-threatening shark bite Sept. 24. C.J. Wickersham’s heroes — Oceanna Beard, Connor Bystrom, Kiera Dunn, Max Gazzo, Katie Mattas and Lee White […]

Wickersham on mend on LBK

As fish tales go, Charles “C.J.” Wickersham says with a grin that he’s “got a pretty good one.” Wickersham, 21, of Longboat Key, was spearfishing with friends about 6 miles off the coast of Anna Maria Island Sept. 24, when he became the fifth recorded shark-bite victim in Manatee County waters. Eight days after a […]

Anglers advised: Don’t dump bait while in water

A fisherman bitten in the leg by a shark in the channel off Anna Maria Island’s Bean Point Oct. 2 was standing in waist-deep water when he dumped his bait into the water. Javier Perez, 38, of Kenneth City, was visiting the area with his family and had been fishing from the beach before he […]

Jose’s Real Cuban Food comes to AME

Jose’s Real Cuban Food, just featured last month on the Food Network’s show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, will host the Anna Maria Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18. The menu provides a choice of a Cuban or pulled pork sandwich paired with black bean soup or French fries […]

Center to forward tower proposal to city

Anna Maria Island Community Center board of directors chair Greg Ross said he plans to ask the Anna Maria Commission for permission to negotiate with a company to construct a cell tower at the center. Ross said there was “misinformation” circulating that the board was trying to railroad a cell tower proposal through the commission. […]

Commission OKs beach events

Bradenton Beach commissioners gave their OK to a strongman contest on the beach in December and a spooky chickee by the shore later this month. The vote for the strongman contest at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., was unanimous, with commissioners and Mayor Bob Bartelt approving a special event application 4-0 during the […]

LBK bridge due for repair

The Florida Department of Transportation announced a $1.1 million project to repair the Longboat Pass Bridge beginning in early November. A DOT press release said repairs would be on State Road 789 from North Shore Road on Longboat Key to the south end of Coquina Park in Bradenton Beach. The DOT did not have the […]

DOT road projects

Perico The Florida Department of Transportation said the State Road 64/Manatee Avenue construction project near Perico Harbor would continue this week, with work taking place through Oct. 13 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Flaggers will be present as needed, and motorists should expect minor delays during nighttime construction hours, a DOT press release said. […]