Sirens signal Santa’s arrival at Sandbar

Santa Claus arrives at noon Dec. 10 on a fire truck for the 20th annual Lawton Chiles Christmas Party for Kids at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. On arriving at the Sandbar, Santa made a second surprise …

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Beach renourishment startup delayed to Dec. 17

Charlie Hunsicker, director of the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department, explains the beach renourishment work schedule at a Dec. 10 Holmes Beach city commission meeting. Islander Photo: Mark Young

A Dec. 11 start date for an Anna Maria Island beach renourishment project stretching south from Holmes Beach to Longboat Key Pass was pushed back to Dec. 17, according to Charlie Hunsicker, director of the Manatee County Parks and Natural …

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Anna Maria setback hearing takes on prosecutorial airs

A hearing on a setback variance for the newly constructed single-family residence at 414 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, was the subject of contentious debate at the Dec. 12 city commission meeting. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Lay people can easily get hung up on words and intent in discussions of judicial matters. That appeared to be the case at the Anna Maria City Commission Dec. 12 meeting when property owner Joe Acebal applied for a 9-foot …

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Anna Maria parking debate results in refunds

Vehicle parking in the north lot of the Anna Maria City Pier is posted for restaurant patrons. Leaseholder Mario Schoenfelder is seeking assistance from the city to implement paid parking. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Mayor SueLynn reported to the commission Dec. 12 that both Pine Avenue Restoration LLC and Rex Hagen want to be refunded their donations for improvements to the vacant lots at the east end of Pine Avenue. Hagen donated $55,000, and …

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Bradenton Beach seeks input on noise ordinance

In an unusual move, Bradenton Beach officials referred a non-related land development code matter to the planning and zoning board Dec. 11. City planner Alan Garrett acknowledged that the P&Z would not normally review noise ordinance revisions, but he said …

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HB tightens Mainsail agreement

Holmes Beach commissioners, at a Dec. 11 work session, made some minor tweaks to a settlement agreement between the city and the Mainsail Lodge development team. It was the second round of review for commissioners. The agreement stems from two …

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The mullet are running, grab your cast net

Tony Keehbauch tosses one of his fresh-caught mullet into a stainless-steel bin Dec. 12 at A.P. Bell Fish Co., 4539 124th St., Cortez. Keehauch sorts the fish based on gender. RIGHT: Keehbauch’s mullet in the bin. Islander Photos: Jennifer Glenfield

It’s harvest time. And like farmers heading into the fields for a day’s work, well before sunrise, mullet fishers are loading their cast nets and gear aboard boats and heading onto the water. In the fall, mullet group together and …

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Calendar – 12-18-2013

Fishing for volunteers Planning is underway for the 32nd annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, which takes place Feb. 15-16 in the historic commercial fishing village. To volunteer for the festival, call FISH at 941-254-4972. Islander File Photo   Wednesday, Dec. …

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The Islander Newspaper E-Edition: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

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Island police blotter – 12-18-2013

Anna Maria         • Dec. 3, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria City Pier, lost property. A complainant reported he set his wallet down and went for coffee. When he returned, his wallet was missing. He said he was not …

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