Tag Archives: 01-08-2014

Meet ‘everyman,’ Islander of the Year

Gene Aubry puts his 1948 MG — restored by hand, part by part by Aubry — to work in 2010, attracting voters to his campaign for a seat on the Anna Maria City Commission.

He came to Anna Maria Island with talent. How he uses it makes him exceptional. He is a career architect, musician, artist and he readily gives his talents for the good of others. He stepped up to serve his city …

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Foggy conditions good for birds

Great Lakes Dock and Dredge workers were back on the job Jan. 6, renourishing the beach in Holmes Beach, where headlights were needed to navigate in the morning fog. A cold front was expected to bring cooler than normal temperatures, …

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High winds, choppy surf slow beach renourishment

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock resume the Anna Maria Island beach renourishment project Dec. 30, pumping and leveling sand dredged from the barge in the background. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

A strong west wind Dec. 26-29 forced Great Lakes Dock and Dredge to move its barge and pumping station from the Gulf of Mexico to calmer waters in Tampa Bay, halting beach renourishment efforts. The company resumed operations Dec. 30, …

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Beach builders take steps to accommodate resorts

White Sands Beach Resort co-owner Jeff Geary checks on his beach access from outside his office. Equipment blocked the beach access for guests of his resort at 6504 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

So often the ads for island accommodations say, “Steps to the beach.”       But steps to the beach can be a block or more to the beach at the beachfront resorts that have renourishment equipment blocking their guests from the …

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Tree trimming causes concern in Anna Maria, but no citations

Neighbors gather Jan. 1 at the site of a banyan tree at the property known as Banyan Tree Estates on Park Avenue in Anna Maria. The group lamented the loss of the landmark tree’s prop roots and its overall size. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Anna Maria Commissioner Nancy Yetter and Park Avenue resident Betty Yanger became concerned at the end of 2013 when workers trimmed a banyan tree on two vacant lots on Park Avenue. Yetter was concerned enough to go to the site …

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New year, old battles for city of Bradenton Beach

New to the job in November, Bradenton Beach mayor Bill shearon is hoping to whittle down old problems in his fi rst year on the job. islander Photo: mark Young

Only two days into 2014 and Bradenton Beach commissioners found themselves embroiled in old issues involving a proposed cellular communications tower and a lawsuit filed against the city regarding an agreement with ELRA, the restaurant corporation spearheaded by Ed Chiles. …

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Island roadwatch

The Florida Department of Transportation will conduct a maintenance project over two nights on the Longboat Pass Bridge-State Road 789 from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Jan. 7-8. Some lane closures are expected and a flagger will be present. Motorists are advised …

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HB mayor: Flood insurance biggest concern for 2014

Of all the challenges that face a municipality year in and year out, it’s one that that has Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti the most concerned for 2014. “The biggest challenge facing all island residents is the cost of flood …

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Anna Maria clerk resigns

Anna Maria city clerk Alice Baird submitted a retirement letter Jan. 2 to Mayor SueLynn. Her last day of work will be Feb. 11, Baird said in her letter. Baird came to Anna Maria as city clerk in 2000 after …

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Islander archive 24/7

Several years ago, The Islander was invited to take part in a digital newspaper pilot project with the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries. We started by sending all the electronically produced copies of the newspaper to library technicians, …

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