Category Archives: 12-19-2012

State of Tourism: locally strong despite economy

“You have done exceptionally well despite the economy,” said Walter Klages of Data Research Services, who presented the State of Tourism to the Manatee County Tourist Development Council Dec. 10, at Bradenton Beach City Hall. “The reality of the economy is not exciting,” said Klages. “At best, it’s slugging through very rough waters. Unfortunately, the […]

Fishing – 12-19-2012

Warmer water, hot fishing action with shiners   With a slight warming trend, water temps are climbing into the upper 60s, which in turn is proving prosperous for flats fishers who are still using shiners. Although baiting shiners during cooler weather a couple of weeks ago was hit or miss, using them now is a […]

Sports – 12-19-2012

Islanders take gold at FL State Senior games   Two runners with island ties took part in the Dec. 8 2012 Florida International Senior Games State Championships in Lakeland. Islander Erma McMullen grabbed a gold medal in the 5K Road Race in her 70-74 age group. McMullen’s time of 31:19 around the paved course that […]


Santa greets some of the more than 120 children from Healthy Families of Manatee County, Head Start and Children’s Academy of Southwest Florida at the 19th annual Lawton Chiles Christmas for Kids Party at the Sandbar Restaurant. Santa arrived via watercraft from the Gulf of Mexico courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard and Manatee County Marine […]

Island real estate transactions – 12-19-2012

642 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 4,252 sfla / 5,079 sfur 4bed/5½bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 2009 on a 97×130 lot was sold 12/05/12, Sun Coast Property Group LLC to Lipskind for $1,100,000; list $1,189,000. 1900 Gulf Drive N., Unit 7, Marbella, Bradenton Beach, a 1,320 sfla / 1,425 sfur 3bed/2bath condo built […]

Island police blotter – 12-19-2012

Anna Maria         • No new reports. Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO. Bradenton Beach         • Dec. 6, Cortez Road at Gulf Drive, vehicle burglary. A complainant reported from Bradenton to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office that while his vehicle was at the listed Bradenton Beach location, someone had entered the vehicle and […]

Islander Calendar – 12-19-2012

At sunset Dec. 22, the Local Group of Deep Sky Observers will set up telescopes for stargazers at Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Courtesy LGDSO   Wednesday, Dec. 19 Noon – Anna Maria Garden Club meeting, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.   Thursday, […]

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012

ITEMS FOR SALE SET OF EIGHT crystal holiday gourmet coffee mugs, $15, Barracuda 63-inch pool worm/cleaner, $100. 941-737-9173. CANTON HOME THEATER speaker system. Four cubed surround sound speakers, one center channel speaker and subwoofer, $1,850, new, now, $475. FUTON: LIGHT COLORED, hardwood, excellent, $75, wood coffee table, $90, screen doors, complete, $25. 941-778-3920. TWO YELLOW […]