Holmes Beach parks committee kicks off meeting season

The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee began its fall-spring meeting season Oct. 5, the first they’ve held since May, with the election of new chairman Jerry West. West also was appointed as liaison to Keep Manatee Beautiful. Once the …

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Mote: red tide organism in Sarasota

Mote Marine Laboratory continues to detect Karenia brevis, the organism that causes Florida red tide, in water collected in south Sarasota County. Mote reported that the Sarasota County Health Department collected water from 16 locations between Longboat Key and Englewood. …

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Resort tax collections reach record

Resort tax collections in Manatee County for fiscal year 2010-11 surpassed the record $6.64 million record for collections set in 2009-10, with September 2011 collections still to be reported. Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key collectively bring in about 62 …

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WMFR, CHFR consider consolidation

Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue District board of directors chair Steve Litschauer discuss the initial results of meetings with West Manatee Fire Rescue on merging the two districts. Litschauer spoke at an Oct. 6 work session at the CHFR station, 66012 53rd Ave. W. WMFR Chief Andy Price sits in the background. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

The boards of West Manatee Fire Rescue and Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue met Oct. 6 to discuss the possibility of merging the departments. The convergence has long been talked about, and now a decision on whether or not to move …

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Islander Calendar – 10-12-2011

Wednesday, Oct. 12         11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Einstein Circle discussion “Life is a journey, not a destination. What have we learned along the way?” at the Studio and Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: …

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Fishing – 10-12-2011

Island fishing fires up with cooler water   Inshore fishing is getting better with the slight drop in water temperatures. It’s encouraging to see snook — gathering on the flats and around mangrove islands — gorging on schools of shiners …

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The Islander Newspaper E-Edition: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011

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Sports – 10-12-2011

Car dealers chase undefeated soccer season   Autoway Ford in Division I and Division III Gettel Toyota are both sporting perfect 4-0 records at the halfway point of the Anna Maria Island Community Center soccer league season. While Gettel Toyota …

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Island-style innovation

Isabella Grace, 6, of Harbor Drive in Holmes Beach and a first-grader at Anna Maria Elementary School, catches the breeze in her Hanna Montana pillowcase to propel her skateboard. The kids on Harbor Drive caught onto the fun and enjoyed …

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Island real estate transactions – 10-12-2011

        101-109 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, six vacant 50×110 lots were sold LBK Realty LLC to Blackhawk Bank and Trust for $3,200,000 and sold again by BB&T to city of Anna Maria for $2,800,000. 634 Emerald Lane, Holmes Beach, …

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