Tag Archives: 07-16-2014

Law enforcement tackles July 4 challenges

People gather near 72nd Street and Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach July 4 after dark to watch a fireworks display and set off some rockets and firecrackers. Holmes Beach police confiscated a significant quantity of fireworks from among the crowd. Islander Courtesy Photo

Anna Maria Island on July 4 was a tale of challenges, with each island city having its share of law enforcement issues to varying degrees. Holmes Beach police appeared to have the busiest time the evening of July 4, as …

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Anna Maria Island shore left out of federal protected coastline

Anna Maria shoreline. Islander Photo: Jack Elka

Federal agencies designated coastal areas in six states as critical marine habitats for loggerhead sea turtles, but bypassed Anna Maria Island. The National Marine Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife services designated habitats in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, …

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Déjà vu: Bradenton Beach pier project bid redo

A little déjà vu visited Bradenton Beach City Hall July 10. The city commission awarded the contract for renovations to the Historic Bridge Street Pier to Duncan Seawall Dock and Boatlift. It was a repeat of the decision in May, …

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BB commissioners dethrone vice mayor

It may not be the mayor’s choice, but Bradenton Beach has a new vice mayor. Commissioners elected Jack Clarke for the job after it was determined the December vote for the mayor’s nominee, Commissioner Janie Robertson, was made in error. …

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Early election sign appears in Holmes Beach

An election sign is planted July 7 in the 2800 block of Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. City code dictates election signs cannot be placed more than 45 days before an election. Candidate Susan Maulucci will be on the Aug. 26 primary election ballot and her island sign is apparently premature. Islander Photo: Jennifer Glenfield

One candidate apparently jumped the gun with signs for her election campaign. As election season ripens, election signs will become part of the landscape. But not yet in Holmes Beach. The city prohibits campaign signs more than 45 days before …

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Abandoned beach gear threatens nesting sea turtles

Chairs, toys, umbrellas and canopies left on the beach overnight July 5 were confiscated in Holmes Beach and are being held at the public works department. Islander Photo: Courtesy David Forbes

Beachgoers left more than footprints behind on the beaches over the July 4 weekend. Holmes Beach code enforcement canvassed the beaches July 5 after sunset, confiscating beach accessories that can be dangerous to nesting sea turtles. Leaving accessories on the …

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State appeals court upholds statewide net ban

Commercial net fishers in Florida can stop holding their breath. Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeals three-judge panel in Tallahassee sided July 7 with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, affirming the commission’s authority to enforce the state constitutional …

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Mark M. Alonso

Mark M. Alonso

Mark M. Alonso, 87, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and formerly of Anna Maria, died July 12. He was born July 28, 1926, in Bilbao, Spain. Mr. Alonso was a furniture designer in New York City before moving his family to …

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Theft victim chases suspect nearly 3 miles

Two people who allegedly stole from several people on the beach were behind bars after being chased and held by one of their alleged victims until Bradenton Beach Police arrived. Mitchell Sylvester, 18, and Tiffany Maltbie, 19, both of Auburndale, …

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Island road work for July 16-22

The Florida Department of Transportation maintenance project for the Cortez Bridge continues. Crews this week will work on the bridge surface and repair the eastbound sidewalk. Nighttime lane closures of the eastbound lane and a flagging operation will occur occasionally …

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