Category Archives: 11-06-2013

Revised election results for 3 cities, including absentee ballots as of Nov. 7

Holmes Beach commissioner FINAL (following recount) Voters 1,189, absentee 325 Pat Morton    753 David Zaccagnino    651 Jean Peelen    648    Carol Soustek    635 C. Melissa Williams    417 Anna Maria commissioner FINAL Total voters 480, absentee 154 Carol Carter     310 Doug Copeland    333 Dale Woodland    320 Michael Jawarski    227 Anna Maria charter changes passed, 242 votes […]

Election results for 3 cities, including absentee ballots

Anna Maria commissioner FINAL Total voters 480, absentee 154 Doug Copeland: 333 Carol Carter: 310 Dale Woodland: 320 Michael Jawarski: 227 Anna Maria charter changes passed, 242 votes Bradenton Beach commissioner FINAL Total voters 281, absentee 67 Janie Robertson: 154 Ric Gatehouse: 124 Bradenton Beach mayor FINAL Bill Shearon: 149 John Shaughnessy: 132 Holmes Beach […]

Editorial Elect Choices

Making choices Anna Maria: Dale Woodland, Carol Carter and Michael Jaworski Bradenton Beach: Janie Robertson, Bill Shearon Holmes Beach: Pat Morton, C. Melissa Williams, David Zaccagnino Anna Maria voters face a tough decision: Four good candidates are seeking to serve the city and there are only three seats to fill. Commissioner Dale Woodland has served […]

Sarasota dolphin researcher nominated for top conservation prize

Forty-three years ago this month, as a high school volunteer, Randall Wells started observing and studying bottlenose dolphins in Sarasota Bay. Since then, the data he and a team of researchers collected has revealed some amazing facts: They have names. They have male bonding. They stay for generations in one location. For his leadership of […]

The continuing adventure of a newspaper

Embarking on an adventure in another state or another country is an exciting time. You find yourself waking up in the night in the days before your departure with anticipation of the exploits to come. So it was 22 years ago with the launch of The Islander newspaper by a band of friends and associates, […]

Anna Maria Island voters head to polls in 3 cities

Anna Maria voters were headed to the Roser Memorial Community Church polling station at 512 Pine Ave. Nov. 5, to elect three commissioners from four candidates in the race. There were 1,302 city voters as of the Oct. 7 registration deadline for this election. Holmes Beach has 3,289 registered voters in two precincts and all […]

Sidebar Gallery opens with reception

The Islander newspaper’s Sidebar Gallery will open Friday, Nov. 8, with a public reception and premiere showing of new work by local artists Linda Molto, Ines Norman, Cecy Richardson and Susanna Spann. The evening, coinciding with the islandwide artsHOP cultural celebration, will feature art and artists, entertainment by musician Gene Aubry and appetizers provided by […]

Chamber exec: People angry over negative tourism tone

Sometimes the truth hurts. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce executive director Mary Ann Brockman says the recent wave of negative talk about tourism has visitors angry. Brockman attended an Oct. 28 congestion committee meeting in Holmes Beach and when asked what the recent trend in tourism is, Brockman fired back a question of her […]

Congestion committee preps parking agreement

The Holmes Beach congestion committee is almost ready with a parking agreement for properties interested in serving as part-time overflow parking areas. The committee met Oct. 28 and reviewed a preliminary agreement drafted by city attorney Patricia Petruff at the behest of the committee. Committee member Bob Johnson said the agreement appeared “pretty straightforward” in […]

HB committee member calls out political motives

Meeting twice a month, the Holmes Beach Island Congestion committee appeared to be making some headway toward its goal of providing suggestions and recommendations on traffic and parking issues. However, one member doesn’t believe the committee is doing enough. Committee member Bob Johnson sent an email dated Oct. 30 questioning the committee’s validity and challenging […]