Category Archives: 11-14-2012

Islander ceremony honors veterans

An estimated 125 people gathered in the parking lot alongside the Island Veterans Memorial plaque outside Holmes Beach City Hall Nov. 9 for The Islander’s seventh annual Veterans Salute. The event, with help from the city for setup and cleanup, honors veterans of Allied countries, in particular those profiled in the newspaper’s Greatest Generation and […]

Anna Maria Island beaches receiving clean awards

The Concession Clean Beaches Coalition has certified Anna Maria Island beaches — from Bradenton Beach to Anna Maria — as “Blue Wave” beaches. A ceremony takes place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Coquina Beach near the concession stand. Coalition founder Walter McLeod will deliver five “Blue Wave” flags the Bradenton Area Convention and […]

Community center board names new director

The Anna Maria Island Community Center board of directors has named Dawn Stiles of Portland, Maine, as the center’s new executive director. Stiles officially joined the staff Nov. 12, but only for orientation and only for a week. She will then spend time between work here and in Maine, completing her employment obligation with Spurlink […]

Anna Maria election Nov. 15

While the nation and Island cities held elections Nov. 6, Anna Maria’s elections won’t be until the city commission’s organizational meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. The delay is because no one qualified to run for mayor. The city charter says a new commission meets as soon as possible following the November elections and […]

Heavy turnout of Island voters

Voter turnout on Anna Maria Island was particularly heavy. especially in Holmes Beach where voting was up 68.6 percent from 2011, according to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections website. In the 2011 Holmes Beach election 2,649 votes were cast for city commissioners, while the figure jumped to 4,465 in 2012. Voters were able to […]

100 years celebrated

Katie Burgess, 7, a student at Anna Maria Elementary School enjoys her visit to the Cortez Rural Graded School centennial celebration. The event featured art, craft and food vendors, music and plenty of activities for kids. She experiments with a Native American pump drill, used for drilling holes and starting fires, at the Around the […]

New commission meets Nov. 20

The first regular meeting of the Holmes Beach City Commission to include new office holders from the Nov. 6 election — with a work session immediately following —  will be held at 7 p.m., Nov. 20, in city hall chambers, 5801 Marina Drive.         City clerk Stacey Johnston announced the meeting change last week. The […]

Holmes Beach clears a path in 27th Street suit

The first major ruling in Holmes Beach’s lawsuit against Bradenton Beach and Sandpiper Resort Co-op over 27th Street gave something to both sides. Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court Diana Moreland entered an order Nov. 1 allowing the suit to continue — but also agreed with Bradenton Beach’s motion that questioned whether Holmes Beach has a sufficient […]

Fishing – 11-14-2012

Spanish mackerel action remains hot for pier anglers   Despite chilly morning weather and some windy days in the past week, Spanish mackerel were still swarming bait schools around both the Rod & Reel and the Anna Maria City Pier. For non-stop rod-bending action, try fishing the piers early in the morning during strong moving […]