Category Archives: 11-23-2011

Eagle aloft

A juvenile bald eagle rescued and rehabilitated by Wildlife Inc. of Bradenton Beach after the bird was struck by a car in east Bradenton was released Nov. 17. The bird was released at the Mixon Fruit Farm in east Bradenton, where Wildlife Inc., operated by Ed and Gail Straight, run a wildlife education center. Islander […]

BB man denied jail release

A Bradenton Beach man accused of stabbing another man and escaping from police custody is asking the court to dismiss his attorney. The man, Jacob Gennell of Bradenton Beach, recently lost his petition to have the charges dismissed in the case. Bradenton Beach police arrested Gennell for allegedly stabbing a man Dec. 8, 2010, in […]

HB officials ponder tree hut construction

Heads were shaking at Holmes Beach City Hall last week over reports of a nearly completed Robinson Crusoe-style tree house on the south part of Holmes Beach near Avenue E. Bob Shaffer, city building inspector, explained that Richard Hazen, co-owner of Angelinos Sea Lodge, contacted him last spring, and asked whether the city had any […]

A dream job in paradise

I began in the newspaper business in what seems like a different world before the Internet during the 1970s and ’80s — first as a journalism major at Ohio University, the school’s paper and magazine, the community newspaper in Athens, Ohio, and then at The Cleveland Press. My first full-time newspaper job was for the […]

Recovered body identified

Authorities identified the deceased man found Nov. 12 floating in the water near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The dead man is Bang Quoc Luon, 35, of Pinellas Park. Boaters found Luon on the Saturday afternoon. His body was transported by boat to the Kingfish Boat Ramp in Holmes Beach, where he was taken into the […]

Island road advisories, Nov. 23-30

Construction of a new sidewalk from Gulf Drive to State Road 789/East Bay Drive and from 31st Street to State Road 64/Manatee Avenue will continue this week, except for Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24. The Florida Department of Transportation said motorists could expect occasional lane closures on East Bay Drive and Manatee Avenue in the construction […]

Thankful Island ready for busy holiday

Thanksgiving traditionally marks the beginning of the Anna Maria Island winter tourist season. Judging by the influx of advance reservations at a number of Island accommodations, it should be a busy and thankful week, owners and managers in the tourism industry predicted. At the Cedar Cove Resort in Holmes Beach, owner Eric Cairns said advance […]

Fishing – 11-23-2011

Gag grouper season closed but plenty of fish to target Offshore fishing minus the gag grouper bite — west of Anna Maria Island — remains good. With a seasonal closure that began Nov. 16, gag grouper are now off the menu for offshore fishers. Catch-and-release action of gags remains good, although most fishers are targeting […]

Island police blotter – 11-23-2011

Anna Maria
 • Nov. 11, 100 South Bay, theft. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office took a report from a woman who said someone stole medication from her baby bag while she was on the Anna Maria City Pier.         Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO. Bradenton Beach • Nov. 12, 600 block of Gulf […]