4-home development, standing water stir concern

Debbie Wilcox, of Harbour Isles on Perico Island, points to standing water in a ditch Sept. 14 between her home and Harbor Sound, a planned 3.46-acre subdivision. Wilcox contends the drainage system is not performing properly. Islander Photo: 
Kathy Prucnell

Seven Harbour Isle coach homes are perched overlooking another development that broke ground a year ago on the mangrove-lined shore of Perico Island. Living within a bird’s eye view of the site, Debbie Wilcox has raised concerns to state and …

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Manatee County has 4 travel-related Zika cases

Debbie Wilcox, a resident of Harbour Isles on Perico Island, has concerns about the drainage system that holds stormwater runoff — and possibly breeds mosquitoes. Four travel-related Zika cases were reported Sept. 22 in Manatee County. According to the Florida …

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Red tide storms ashore

A fish kill, apparently the result of high levels of the red tide toxin, Karenia brevis, was observed Sept. 25 looking west at Longboat Pass from Jewfish Key by Capt. Douglas Gill and posted on the Manatee Coutny Fishing Network.

A bloom of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, has been observed in Southwest Florida along Manatee and Sarasota counties. Karenia brevis was observed in background to high concentrations in 41 samples collected from Manatee and Sarasota counties, background to …

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Sea turtle nesting slows to none, hatchlings emerge by nestful

Suzi Fox, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director, points Sept. 21 to the ‘Lights Out’ message on Manatee Avenue on the west side of the Anna Maria Island Bridge in Holmes Beach, indicating sea turtle season remains in effect until Oct. 31. Islander Photo: Chris-Ann Silver Esformes

For the past three weeks — in the wake of Hurricane Hermine — no new loggerhead sea turtle nests have been observed on the beaches of Anna Maria Island. But even the wind, rain and rough surf Hermine dealt when …

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Bert Harris claims against Anna Maria escalate to $23 million

The onslaught continues. The city of Anna Maria has received 68 Bert Harris claims to date, amounting to $23,194,000 in value losses. Just as commissioners were poised to approve four settlement offers to claimants, another one hit city hall. The …

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Anna Maria sets spending plan for next fiscal year

The Anna Maria City Commission voted unanimously to accept the mayorʼs proposed budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year Sept. 21in a brief, six-minute meeting. No public comment was offered as commissioners worked briskly through the approval process. The millage rate …

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Parking problems, garage debate continue in Bradenton Beach

Bradenton Beach City Commissioner Jake Spooner, left, and Mayor Bill Shearon meet Sept. 20, in a workshop with other commissioners at city hall to discuss the feasibility of a parking garage in the vicinity of Bridge Street. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

There’s no question on the existence of a parking problem in Bradenton Beach. City commissioners met in a workshop Sept. 20 to explore the feasibility of a parking garage in the Bridge Street vicinity. The commission concluded more research is …

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Bradenton Beach floats an appeal for day dock funding

Bradenton Beach city commissioners met in a workshop Sept. 20 to discuss floating an appeal past county officials for funding to replace the damaged day dock at the Historic Bridge Street Pier. The day dock allows boaters to easily pull …

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Bradenton Beach finalizes city budget, tax increase

Bradenton Beach commissioners meet Sept. 22 to vote on the city’s 2016-17 budget. Mayor Bill Shearon was absent with excuse. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

Bradenton Beach commissioners voted unanimously Sept. 22 to approve the final reading of the city’s proposed budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon was absent with excuse. Based on the revenue and spending plan approved by …

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Buddies reunite, remember 2011 shark-bite

Lee White, from left, Connor Bystrom, CJ Wickersham showing off his shark-bite scar, Max Gazzo, Kiera Gazzo, Oceanna White and Katie Mattas. Islander Courtesy Photo

Five years ago after Charles “C.J.” Wickersham suffered a life-threatening shark bite, he and the young people who rallied to his rescue held a reunion of sorts. The group gathered for a dinner earlier this month. Wickersham and friends Oceanna …

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