Tag Archives: 02-26-2014

AMI earns No. 3 spot on top travel site

A flock of visitors at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach Feb. 17 is typical of the popularity of Anna Maria Island in season. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

“We certainly are getting popular,” said Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce vice president Deb Wing. She was responding to the announcement that TripAdvisor named Anna Maria Island as the third favorite island in the United States in its traveler’s …

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Privateers lose 2-year lawsuit over Santa’s sleigh

Santa and his sleigh in the December 2013 Christmas parade presented by the Anna Maria Island Privateers. Ownership of the sleigh was disputed in a lawsuit. Islander File Photo: Bonner Joy

A battle over a Santa sleigh parade float has left no one feeling merry or jolly. A final judgment was issued Feb. 6 in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court case between Rick Maddox and the Anna Maria Island Privateers in …

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Bradenton Beach pier reconstruction to begin June 2

Bradenton Beach building official Steve Gilbert, ZNS Engineering construction engineer Karen Wilson, ZNS president Leonard Najjar and Police Chief Sam Speciale discuss a timeline for the request for proposal for the reconstruction of the Historic Bridge Street Pier. Islander Photo: Mark Young

If all goes according to plan, the reconstruction of the Historic Bridge Street Pier will begin June 2.     Not a lot has gone according to plans when it comes to the Bradenton Beach pier, but city officials and representatives …

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Renourishment phase 1 end in sight

Bystanders observe renourishment pumping operations Feb. 21, as Great Lakes Dredge and Dock reaches the beach in front of Gulf Drive Cafe and Tiki Bar in the 900 block of Gulf Drive North. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

More than just visitors are pleased with the balmy weather on Anna Maria Island the past two weeks. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, the contractor for beach renourishment, appreciates the calm seas that allow them to move rapidly south, pumping …

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Traffic relief remains top priority among island officials

It was another typical day of tourist season Feb. 19 near the intersection of Gulf Drive and Cortez Road in Bradenton Beach, as motorists trying to get on and off the island jammed roadways. Islander Photo: Mark Young

‘If you are in a hurry, you are on the wrong island.’ — Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon The best way to alleviate traffic problems in tourist season may be for everyone to stay home. Attempts to relieve congestion on …

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Holmes Beach commissioners mull city field options

A city-built bandshell anchors the southeast corner of the field where soccer is played and festivals are held. Islander Photo: Merab-Michal Favorite

The empty field in Holmes Beach seems a magnet for ideas to better use the “green space.” What was once a small aviation grass landing strip  has evolved into a multitude of purposes over time. Holmes Beach city commissioners discussed …

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HBPD reports crime numbers fall, arrests increase in 2013

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  The Holmes Beach Police Department reported fewer crimes and an increase in arrests in 2013, according to annual crime index statistics from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The number of crimes reported went down 23.7 percent from 2012, …

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HBPD: 2 rapes among 2013 crime statistics

Two cases of sexual battery were investigated in Holmes Beach in 2013 and, while no arrests have been made, the Holmes Beach Police Department is pursuing warrants for both suspects. The incident reports were made available Feb. 20 from the …

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Shoplifting charge leads to felony possession arrest

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A 31-year-old Bradenton Beach woman faces a felony possession of a controlled substance charge following a shoplifting incident at a Bradenton Walmart. According to the probable cause affidavit, Erin Wright entered the Walmart, 5315 Cortez Road W., and proceeded to …

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Calendar – 02-26-2014

Wednesday, Feb. 26 11 a.m. — Einstein Circle discussion group, Lifelong Learning Academy program, Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296. 6:29 p.m. — Official sunset time.   Thursday, Feb. 27 2 p.m. …

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