The Islander Newspaper E-Edition: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011

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Rescuers get heroes’ reception

Bradenton Beach Mayor Bob Bartelt presents proclamations to the six friends who rescued Charles “C.J.” Wickersham after a bull shark bit his leg Sept. 24. Oct. 12 was celebrated as C.J.’s Heroes Day on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key and marked with a ceremony, organized by The Islander, at Holmes Beach City Hall. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

Remarkable. Exceptional. Inspirational. The adjectives flowed in the Holmes Beach City Hall commission chambers Oct. 12, when local mayors honored the six friends who rescued C.J. Wickersham, 21, of Longboat Key, from the Gulf of Mexico after a bull shark …

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AM comp plan amendment approved

Anna Maria now has an amendment to its 2007 comprehensive plan that allows construction in the conservation land-use zone on lots that were previously platted and accepted by the city. The 2007 comp-plan contained language that prohibited any development in …

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3-D pirate ship haunts AME Oct. 22

Anna Maria Elementary School kindergartner Dagny Drust shows off her “batty hands” decoration that will be put to use during the school’s fall festival Oct. 22. Game, food and prize tickets were sold at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Bayfest event on Pine Avenue Oct. 14-15, and are now for sale in the parent car loop. Islander Photo: Karen Riley-Love

Once a year the Island’s young and young-at-heart descend upon the grounds of Anna Maria Elementary School dressed as goblins, wizards, witches, fairies and super heroes to raise money for the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization. The annual Fall Festival will be …

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Bayfest celebrates11-year success

The Bayfest classic car show on Anna Maria’s Pine Avenue teams with vehicles and auto enthusiasts Oct. 15.

Judy and Gus Perez, along with golden retrievers Madison and Rudy, came from Sarasota Oct. 15 to the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Bayfest, as they have in many years past. This year they had a particular purpose. Among …

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Connelly released from jail

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The former bookkeeper accused of stealing as much as $500,000 from the Key Royale Club bonded out of jail earlier this month. Holly Connelly, 30, of Bradenton, is set to go to trial in May 2012. She faces one felony …

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HB man requests trial

A Holmes Beach man accused of raiding a neighbor’s dresser for panties has a new attorney and is demanding a jury trial, which could take place in December. Ernest Kendler, who faces a second-degree felony charge of burglary of an …

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Islander serves popcorn, politics

The Islander’s Popcorn & Politics forum takes place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive. The event provides an opportunity for candidates and voters to converse about Island issues before the Nov. 8 election …

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Holmes Beach toughens stance on rentals

This rental home in the 200 block of 73rd Street is one of the properties included in the city code investigation. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Holmes Beach’s mayor has decided to get tough on owners of single-family homes that have become vacation rentals and violate city codes. Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said he’s had numerous complaints the past six months about loud parties after 10 p.m. …

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Flea market application heads to commission

Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger has forwarded a permit application for a weekly Holmes Beach flea market at 5313 Gulf Drive to the city commission for consideration. The application by Nancy Ambrose, who formerly managed the Bridge Street Merchants’ seasonal …

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