Category Archives: 12-12-2012

Resort tax collections top $8M, set record

Resort tax collections for fiscal year 2011-12 set a record of $8.1 million, surpassing the previous record of $7.01 million set in 2010-11. The resort tax, often called the bed tax, is the 5 percent collected by the Manatee County Tax Collector’s office on accommodation rentals of six months or less. It’s official name is […]

Fishing – 12-12-2012

Transitional weather makes for tough times fishing   If you’re fishing the backcountry around Anna Maria Island and its vicinity, you may find the fishing is a little tough. We are in a transitional place in the backwaters. Now that water temps are consistently below 70 degrees, the fish we target are on the move […]

Sports – 12-12-2012

Young islander helps team to world hockey title   Zach Fernandes of Holmes Beach and his teammates on Tampa Bay Lightning 2001s captured first place in the Bauer World Hockey Invititational Nov. 2-4 in Chicago. The Bauer Invite is billed as the world’s largest youth hockey tournament. This year’s event featured 424 teams, 7,632 players […]

Islander Calendar – 12-12-2012

Wednesday, Dec. 12 7:45 a.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise breakfast, Sign of the Mermaid, 9707 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541. 6:30 p.m. — Vitamin Seas Health Food Store wellness seminar on strong immune systems, 3228 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-5015.   Thursday, Dec. 13 2-4 p.m. […]

Obituaries – 12-12-2012

Daniel Patrick Connelly Daniel Patrick Connelly, 55, formerly of Holmes Beach, died Dec. 6 in England. He was born Sept. 25, 1957. Mr. Connelly moved to Florida from Leeds, England, with his three children and wife Wendy Connelly. He was a frequent visitor to the Rod & Reel and Anna Maria City piers, and operated […]

Island police blotter – 12-12-2012

Anna Maria         • Nov. 15, address unlisted, lewd behavior. A complaint was filed with the abuse registry regarding two juveniles who apparently pretended to have sex. The two did engage in other intimate activities that were not necessarily sexual in nature. According to the report, two other juveniles were present and may have participated, […]

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012

ITEMS FOR SALE SPOOLS OF RIBBON free to good home. Red, green, blue. Call 941-779-0204. WOOL-POLY LARGE blanket, horse design, warm, new, $30, six-piece crystal salad bowl set, $25, 941-737-9173. LIVING ROOM SET: Two large dark brown chairs. Top quality, great condition, $40 each. 941-565-0836. PINE DINING TABLE, $100, four parsons chairs with slipcovers, $75, painted table, […]

Sea turtle season finale

An endangered green sea turtle hatchling is one of about 40 rescued from a nest Dec. 7 in Anna Maria. It was the last known sea turtle nest of any species in the state to hatch in the 2012 season. Islander Photo: Mark Young