Tag Archives: 07-02-2014

Anna Maria cell tower could be operational in January

Kevin Barile of Florida Tower Partners LLC shows Anna Maria commissioners a graph June 26 detailing information on his company’s soon-to-be-built cell tower at city hall. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

After nearly 12 years of chatter, a cell tower in Anna Maria could be a reality as early as January. Kevin Barile of Florida Tower Partners LLC, the company contracted by the city to build the tower at city hall, …

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July 4 weekend coming with a bang

Island beaches have beachgoers aplenty June 25 as good weather prevailed around the island area. With accommodation bookings up, beaches could remain crowded through the July 4 weekend. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Those thinking of finding an island accommodation for the July 4 weekend had better act fast. Rooms are filling up, according to many island accommodation owners and managers, and the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce has had its hands …

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Daylight sea turtle nester gives crowd rare show

A loggerhead sea turtle makes its way at 8:30 a.m. to its nesting site in Bayfront Park in Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Courtesy Lee Landers

A small crowd huddled on the beach in Bayfront Park early June 24. The crowd was watching a rare sight — a loggerhead sea turtle nesting in daylight. Just after daybreak, Tonya May, volunteering for Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch …

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2nd Save Our Center meeting set for July 14

Pirates of the Gulf Coast, including Paul Allgire, left, Rick Maddox, Mitch Stewart and Brook Smith, visit the Anna Maria Island Community Center June 28 with a donation for the Save Our Center campaign. Holding the $1,000 check are Wende Webb of the center, and center executive director Dawn Stiles, right. Islander Courtesy Photo

Anna Maria Island Community Center executive director Dawn Stiles and the center’s board of directors will hold the second “Save Our Center” meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 14, at the center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Stiles will provide …

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Holmes Beach sculpture taken for tour

John Henry and a helper load and secure the Linda Howard sculpture from in front of city hall onto a truck June 26. An artist himself, Henry said he will transport Howard’s sculpture first to a Canadian sculpture show, and then to a sculpture garden in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Have you noticed something is missing at Holmes Beach City Hall? The large abstract sculpture that decorated the front entrance for more than a decade is gone, and it’s not coming back. The aluminum structure was removed on a flatbed …

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Law enforcement focuses on holiday traffic, illegal fireworks, alcohol

Sgt. Mike Pilato of the HBPD demonstrates the Intoximeter, a device that measures alcohol in a glass and on a person’s breath. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Different police departments have different policies when it comes to the Fourth of July. If you’re planning to celebrate the holiday by launching some Roman candles or bottle rockets, don’t bring them to Anna Maria Island. The Holmes Beach Police …

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Man charged with construction burglary, child neglect

Two people were arrested June 26 after allegedly involving the children of one suspect in a burglary at an Anna Maria construction site. Trevor John Bjurstrom, 29, and Nicole Denise Asman, 42, each face a charge of grand theft from …

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Holmes Beach woman dies of accidental gunshot

A Holmes Beach woman died June 6 from an accidental gunshot while cleaning her revolver. Janice Louise Kratzert, 65, was found dead inside her home in the 300 block of 60th Street around 12:45 p.m., according to the report from …

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HBPD: alleged bicycle thief in custody

The Holmes Beach Police Department has arrested a 26-year-old Bradenton man who allegedly stole bicycles in Manatee and Sarasota counties and pawned them for cash. Daniel Lee Upton was arrested June 24 on charges of burglary and grand theft for …

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Housekeeper stole $8,000 in jewelry

A Bradenton Beach woman was arrested July 24 after she allegedly stole more than $8,000 worth of jewelry from a Bradenton home where she was employed to clean. Erin L. Wright, 32, 401 Gulf Drive, faces charges of grand theft, …

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