Tag Archives: 06-11-2014

Congratulations, AME 2014 grads!

Michael Northfield presents the Rotary Service Above Self Award to Bella Love during an awards ceremony May 30 at Anna Maria Elementary School, Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Karen Riley Love / RileyLovePhotography.com

AME GRADUATES: Heather Nyberg Class of 2014 Sophia Belsito Lilah Bowers Tyler Brewer Lauren Buchanan Ciarra Buff Andrew Burgess Avery Carnes Randy Carter Grayson Chatt Ella Coney-Jones David Daigle Daniel Fritz Ana Gonzalez Morgan Horesh Sam Howells Irada Karpthip Roman …

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Local businesses lend helping hand to turtle watch

Newly hatched least terns hide from predators in the shade of a wood pallet donated by Anthony Caminite of Home True Value Hardware, 5324 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Courtesy Photo: Glenn Wiseman

It takes a village to protect the sea turtles nesting on Anna Maria Island. For Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, help comes readily from volunteers and local businesses. “We have remained a community-based nonprofit. We could not …

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Allocating use of resort development tax called ‘confusing’

Lawyers attempting to define how Florida’s resort tax can be used by local governments say it’s one of the most complex sections of the state law. The resort tax, enacted in 1977, is the 5 percent collected by Manatee County …

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Cell tower to rise July 16

“Can you hear me now?” The question is common among mobile phone users in the Bradenton Beach area who complain about poor service. But that problem will be resolved pretty soon. Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale announced at the …

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Bradenton Beach will seek pier reconstruction bids — again

Reconstruction of the Historic Bridge Street Pier has been delayed until the city can redo the bid process due to inconsistencies in the original bid documents. Islander Photos: Merab-Michal Favorite

Reconstruction of the Historic Bridge Street Pier will have to wait. Bradenton Beach commissioners and the mayor unanimously voted at their June 5 meeting to rescind the contract awarded to Duncan Dock Seawall and Boatlift LLC and withdraw the original …

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Four men rescued from capsized vessel

Four men were rescued May 8 after their 28-foot boat capsized 20 nautical miles west of Anna Maria Island, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. One of the men contacted the Coast Guard station St. Petersburg with his VHF radio around …

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Community pulls out stops to save center

Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino, the city’s liaison to the Anna Maria Island Community Center, addresses 200-plus people June 4 at the “Save our Center” meeting called to discuss the center’s financial position. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

With more than 200 people at the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s “Save our Center” meeting June 4, Scott Rudacille, chair of the center’s board of directors, was impressed. The meeting was called by Rudacille and executive director Dawn Stiles …

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Center board plans followup to ‘Save our Center’ meeting

Following the “Save our Center” meeting June 4, when about 200 people met at the Anna Maria Island Community Center to discuss the center’s financial crisis and supported keeping the operation, the center board of directors and executive director Dawn …

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Concept to save center gains traction in Holmes Beach

A saving grace is needed for the Anna Maria Island Community Center — and soon. Ideas filled the gym at a meeting held June 4 at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. One concept, creating a special tax district, …

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Motorcyclist dies in crash

A Bradenton man arrested in February after leading law enforcement officers on a two-county chase that ended in Anna Maria Island died in a motorcycle crash May 31. Brian Casey, 31, was pronounced dead at the scene after colliding with …

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