Category Archives: 11-02-2011

Islander’s ‘Greatest’ spokesman died Oct. 28

World War II and Korean War veteran Ralph Bassett of Perico Island died early Oct. 28 at his home. His wife and family were with him and he died peacefully, according to his son, Scott Bassett of Bradenton. Ralph Bassett was an annual speaker at The Islander’s Veterans Day ceremony that honors veterans of all […]

BBPD arrests 2 for neglect

A Cortez couple was arrested Oct. 23 for neglect of child. The arrests followed an altercation on the Historic Bridge Street Pier, 200 Bridge St. Police said the incident involved several people, alcohol and an infant in a baby stroller. The Bradenton Beach Police Department reported that two people, one of them identified as Francis […]

Island road advisories, Nov. 2-9

Construction on State Road 64/Manatee Avenue, from east of the old Perico Harbor Marina to Bristol Bay Drive will continue this week. The Florida Department of Transportation project budgeted at $3 million involves removal of old asphalt and resurfacing, new curbs and gutters, sidewalks/bike paths, drainage improvements and widening of the road at the Perico […]

King tides no trouble on AMI

The king tides forecast last week for the Atlantic and Gulf coast caused no problems on Anna Maria Island. The highest tides — occurring in the afternoon on Oct. 25, Oct. 26 and Oct. 27 — did not produce backed up stormwater systems, overflow canals or flood Island streets. Public works chiefs Tom Woodard in […]

Fishing – 11-02-2011

Spotted sea trout season closes, but fish await   It’s time to focus on something other than spotted sea trout if you’re planning on bringing home dinner. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission rules, the harvest of spotted sea trout is prohibited here in November and December and will reopen Jan. 1. Thankfully, […]

Sports – 11-02-2011

Weather chills, youth soccer heats up at AMICC   Gettel Toyota in Division III and Autoway Ford in Division I maintained unbeaten records, though in differing fashion in Anna Maria Island Community Center soccer league action. Gettel, the only team with an unblemished record, kept it that way, recording an easy 7-0 victory over The […]

Obituaries – 11-02-2011

Carroll Ralph Bassett Carroll Ralph Bassett, 83, of Perico Island, died Oct. 28. He was born and raised in Johnston, Iowa. Mr. Bassett served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War. He was wounded in Korea and received the Purple Heart and several other decorations. After his service in […]