Tag Archives: 06-12-2013

TS Andrea wipes out 15 AMI sea turtle nests, all shorebird nests

Green sea turtle eggs lay at the bottom of a nest discovered June 7 in Bradenton Beach. It is the fifth recorded green sea turtle nest on Anna Maria Island in 30 years.

      Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring confirmed 50 sea turtle nests as of June 7, but lost 15 nests to the storm surge created by Tropical Storm Andrea.       AMITW executive director Suzi Fox said the losses …

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TS Andrea packs light punch, but 2 boats hit BB pier

Bradenton Beach public works employees secure a boat that broke anchor and crashed into the Historic Bridge Street Pier June 6 during the brush with Tropical Storm Andrea. No one was aboard the vessel. Islander Photo: Mark Young

It was a familiar sight at the Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier June 6 as Tropical Storm Andrea’s outer storm bands made their way across Anna Maria Island. The storm’s impact was less than last year’s Tropical Storm Debby, …

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TS Andrea delivers typical storms to AMI

People take advantage of a break in the rain June 6 to watch waves near the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria.

The first tropical storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season didn’t take long to form in the Caribbean and head for Florida’s Gulf Coast. Hurricane season officially began June 1 and Tropical Storm Andrea formed in the southern Gulf of …

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Coast Guard saves boater from hitting Cortez Bridge

U.S. Coast Guard members from Station Cortez responded June 6 as high winds and heavy rains from Tropical Storm Andrea sent a boater toward the Cortez Bridge. Station Cortez dispatched a 45-foot response boat to the out-of-control vessel and rescued …

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2 candidates seek Anna Maria commission seat

Maria Planning and Zoning Board former chair Doug Copeland and current P&Z member Carol Carter have applied for the city commission vacancy left by the June 1 resignation of Commission Chair John Quam. At the June 13 city meeting, the …

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Bradenton Beach delays pier restaurant RFP discussion

The city will hold a workshop to discuss options for a potential new restaurant and bait kiosk tenant on the Historic Bridge Street Pier, former site of Rotten Ralph’s Restaurant. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Bradenton Beach commissioners heard a proposal to open a restaurant on the Historic Bridge Street Pier at a June 6 city commission meeting. Chef Christopher Ulmer and potential concessionaire Roland Pena, co-owner of the Starfish Cafe at the Vitamin Sea …

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Center’s Affaire revenue fails expectation

While all the bills and pledges from the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s May 18 gala, An Island Affaire, have not yet come in, executive director Dawn Stiles estimated the total revenue at about $160,000. That would leave a $40,000 …

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County administrator pushes for half-cent sales tax vote

Manatee County administrator Ed Hunzeker tells the benefits of proposed the half-cent sales tax increase during a town meeting June 5 at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive. Islander Photo: Mark Young

A handful of people brushed off raindrops June 5 to hear the benefits of voting in favor of a half-cent sales tax increase proposed on a June 18 countywide ballot. Manatee County administrator Ed Hunzeker explained the benefits of supporting …

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June 18 referendum includes option for business incentive

Voters heading to the polls June 18 to vote on a half-cent sales tax increase to help pay for indigent health care have another issue to consider. A second item on the ballot is an issue to give authority to …

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Neptune’s daughter: Esther Williams dies at 91

Esther Williams, the swimming champion and star of Technicolor musicals in the 1940s and 1950s, died June 6 at the age of 91. Williams starred in a number of films that featured her aquatic skills, including “On an Island with …

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