Category Archives: 10-12-2011

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 election was complete, the committee quickly began addressing issues carried over from last season. The […]

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. The Oct. 3 samples showed very low concentrations of K. brevis at Manasota Beach and […]

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 percent of the resort tax collected, according to online records of the Manatee County Tax […]

WMFR, CHFR consider consolidation

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 forward appears imminent. CHFR Chief Randall Stulce and WMFR Chief Andy Price opened the discussion […]

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: 941-359-4296.         7:45 to 9 a.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise breakfast […]

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 and sardines. Areas with good flow and close access to deeper water are good spots […]

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 holds a comfortable 7-point lead in Division III, Autoway Ford has Wash Family Construction on […]

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 the high winds that blew across Anna Maria Island Oct. 8. Islander Photo: Jo Ann […]

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, a 2,688 sfla / 3,624 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1969 on a […]