Beach renourishment begins with hiccup

This couple is determined Dec. 21 to find a path to walk the beach on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico fronting the Blue Water Beach Club, 6306 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, in spite of a blockade of equipment and fencing placed by the dredge company. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy

The long-awaited renourishment of Anna Maria Island beaches from 79th Street in Holmes Beach to Coquina Beach began Monday, Dec. 16, but there was an immediate, if temporary, problem. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock of Chicago, the contractor charged with …

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Long Bar opposition rallies, developer cancels hearing

An aerial view shows the El Conquistador Parkway and the roundabout at 75th Street and 53rd Avenue in unincorporated Manatee County. The development is proposed for the vacant land to the right and southward on the shoreline. Islander Photo: Jack Elka

Opposition to the development of Long Bar Pointe on Sarasota Bay saw success in reduced environmental impact, but there is a difference between winning a battle and winning a war. The first battle was won in August, when the Manatee …

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Bradenton Beach fast tracks hiring new city clerk

Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon got a nod from Manatee County for assistance on an internal audit of the city’s policies and procedures. In a letter to county officials dated Dec. 16, Shearon said an internal audit would help the …

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Ho! Ho! Ho!

Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer took some time out this holiday season to ring the Salvation Army bell at Publix, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Tokajer spent a couple of hours mixing charity work and sharing holiday greetings …

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HB ponders complexity of noise ordinance

From nightlife to city-sponsored events to a neighbor’s air conditioner and pool pump, Holmes Beach city officials acknowledge the long road ahead for a noise ordinance that can satisfy the majority of citizens. The terminology of “being a good neighbor” …

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Christmas dream for Anna Maria Island

A few nights ago, I fell asleep dreaming about what to get everyone for Christmas. I didn’t dream of sugar plum fairies or candy canes while nestled in bed, I dreamed about what I should give the three island cities. …

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Rod & Reel Pier remains closed, work continues

A sign at the Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, indicates the landmark fishing pier and restaurant, built in 1947, remains closed since a Sept. 30 electrical fire. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Rod & Reel Pier fans might be singing “Blue Christmas.” But sometimes Santa just can’t deliver on time.     The 1947-built pier at 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, didn’t reopen as hoped in time for Christmas, but manager Dave …

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West Manatee announces 2013 annual awards

The West Manatee Fire Rescue recently presented its 2013 awards to staff. Firefighter Adam Baggett was named Rookie of the Year, while Battalion Chief Rich Losek and fire prevention/training secretary Sherry Vetter received the 25-year Career Service Award. The 15-year …

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The Islander Newspaper E-Edition: Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013

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Island police blotter – 12-25-2013

Anna Maria • Dec. 5, 300 block of Tarpon Street, burglary. An unknown person gained entry to the property by prying open a window. The suspect stole several items that were not listed or valued on the report. • Dec. …

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