Category Archives: 11-06-2013

Judge sides with commercial fishers, ends statewide net ban

A circuit judge in Tallahassee has agreed with commercial fishers — the enforcement of Florida’s net-ban law is an “absolute mess.” She ordered the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to stop prohibiting the use of certain nets. But that doesn’t mean fishers are close to ending their nearly 20-year struggle with the FWC’s interpretation […]

Anna Maria’s Sellito named MCSO Deputy of the Month

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Gary Sellito of the Anna Maria substation received the agency’s Deputy of the Month award for September for his actions at the Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, when a smoldering electrical fire was discovered in the kitchen just before 8:30 a.m. Sept. 30. Sellito was on patrol […]

Rod & Reel Pier undergoes redo

Repairs to the Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, following the Sept. 30 fire in the restaurant apparently will result in a nearly new restaurant, according to manager Dave Cochran. The smoldering fire started inside the kitchen because of long-term heat buildup. Smoke, fire and water caused considerable damage. Mario Schoenfelder, […]

Storm clouds, rain fail to dampen sandcastle contest at Coquina Beach

Stormy weather didn’t stop teams of competitors from building castles in the sand at Coquina Beach Nov. 2 adjacent to the Anna Maria Island Privateers Pirate Invasion festival. The castle enthusiasts took a break for rain and then returned to the Keep Manatee Beautiful Sandblast competition. The two organizations partnered at Coquina Beach. Islander Photo: […]

Bill to repeal state rental restriction heads to Tallahassee

Island municipalities that find controls of vacation rentals limited by the state might be headed back to the driver’s seat. Under legislation proposed in late October by state Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, House Bill 883 would be repealed, allowing local governments to impose restrictions on vacation rentals in residential areas. Thrasher, who is chair […]

Scott tells local officials he’ll ‘look into’ HB 883

Florida Gov. Rick Scott met with some Anna Maria Island, county and state officials for breakfast Oct. 28 in Bradenton, to hear about vacation rental problems and for island officials to seek his support. Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said she and the other elected officials “talked with him about the problems of some weekend vacation […]

Islander hosts Veterans Day ceremony

The Islander newspaper will host a ceremony honoring military veterans 8:30-9:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 11, at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive. Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, a national holiday. An honor guard from the American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 in Bradenton will present the colors and the salute. Entertainer Mike Sales will […]

Island police blotter – 11-06-2013

Anna Maria • Sept. 22, 8600 block of Gulf Drive, providing false information to a law enforcement officer. A man was stopped for a traffic violation. At the time, the suspect provided a false name to the deputy. The man was subsequently identified, located and arrested on a misdemeanor charge.         • Oct. 21, 300 […]

Sports – 11-06-2013

Center soccer playoffs begin   The playoffs, typically called the second season in the Anna Maria Island Community Center recreational soccer league, got started Nov. 4 with teams vying for a spot in the championships set to begin Nov. 15 in three divisions. Island Pest Control got the top spot in the 8-10 division despite […]