Tag Archives: 05-01-2013

The Islander Star Best of AMI Awards

Islander Photos: Jack Elka

On April 25, The Islander’s partners, restaurateurs, business owners and representatives came together to celebrate the winners of the newspaper’s first-ever reader’s preference poll at the Key Royale Club. Not everyone was able to be present, but we are pleased to …

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Drowning tragedy: Reminder to heed warning, danger signs

Signs warning swimmers of the dangerous current at Longboat Pass are scattered throughout the area. The April 22 discovery of a 6-year-old, who drowned in the pass, is a reminder for the need to pay attention to warning signs. Islander Photo: Mark Young

It was a frantic three-day search for 6-year-old Lomontea Taylor, but it was only hours after the boy went missing at Coquina Beach that authorities knew the search had turned from rescue to recovery. Lomontea went missing on the evening …

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Parking ‘yes,’ restrooms ‘no’ for future Pine Avenue park

Anna Maria Commissioner Gene Aubry discusses his park drawing at the commission’s April 25 meeting. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

By a 3-2 vote, Anna Maria commissioners at their April 25 meeting approved a park and parking plan for the vacant land owned by the city at the east end of Pine Avenue, but they rejected providing public restrooms at …

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AM commissioner quells critic, park plan moves forward

At the April 25 Anna Maria Commission meeting, Commissioner Gene Aubry responded to a letter he received in mid-April that was critical of his design — presented April 11 — to add live oak trees, parking and public restrooms to …

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Island retail sales soar during ‘greatest ever’ season

Kaci Patsios, left, and Tami Funkhauser of the Bridge Street Bazaar, 117 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, were busy the past three months. The store was full of shoppers and miniature golfers just about every day. Islander Photos: Rick Catlin

A record number of visitors to Anna Maria Island during the February-April period this year helped retail sales follow their accommodation cousins to seasonal success. As direct spending by visitors to the island the past three months totaled just under …

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Cortez fans voting for village in online contest

More than 1,500 fans of Cortez have kept the fishing village in the running in the “ultimate fishing town” contest sponsored by worldfishingnetwork.com. The online voting was to continue to Friday, May 3. Fans can vote repeatedly for their favorite …

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Chamber helps BACVB with its partners

Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce administrator Terri Kinder, right, makes a call in search of accommodations for the Schull party of six, who arrived from Germany without accommodations. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

An ad campaign in Europe by the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has worked so well that the six-member Schull family from Germany decided, at the last minute, to come to Anna Maria Island in April for a week’s …

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Holmes Beach responds to Mainsail developer’s petition

The Mainsail Lodging sales trailer had overgrown landscaping and appeared deserted in 2012.

The city of Holmes Beach responded at its April 23 commission meeting to an April 18 filing of a petition for relief by attorney Robert Lincoln representing the Mainsail development team. The petition outlines the history of the Mainsail development …

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Holmes Beach police officer’s heroic actions to be recognized

Holmes Beach Police Officer Joshua Fleischer stands ready for duty and because of his service, a life was saved in November. For his actions, Fleischer will receive the Congressional Law Enforcement Life Preserver Award. Islander Photo: Mark Young

There is another side to law enforcement. As first responders, law enforcement officers are trained to save lives and it is that training that saved the life of a Holmes Beach man Nov. 8, 2012. “We were dispatched to a …

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HB won’t budge on treehouse removal

Angelino’s Sea Lodge treehouse on the beach at 103 29th St., Holmes Beach. Islander File Photo

Lynn Tran addressed Holmes Beach commissioners April 23 in an attempt to open a dialogue over the city’s April 5 notice of violation issued for a treehouse built at her home and lodging facility, Angelino’s Sea Lodge, at 103 29th …

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