Tag Archives: 07-23-2014

‘Suspicious death’ follows fight at Passage Key

Doster

The July 16 death of Pamela Carter Doster, 45, of Pasco County, is being investigated as “suspicious.” Michael Doster, husband of the victim, placed a call to 911 July 13 to report his wife missing, and the Manatee County Sheriff’s …

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Anna Maria seeks new revenue sources, lower taxes

Anna Maria commissioner Dale Woodland, second from left, makes a point July 16 as commissioners discuss Mayor SueLynn’s proposed 2014-15 budget of $3.38 million. Seated, from left, are Commissioners Doug Copeland, Woodland, Chair Chuck Webb and Commissioner Carol Carter. Commissioner Nancy Yetter did not attend the meeting. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

It’s time to think out-of-the-box about revenues, Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn told commissioners at their July 16 budget discussion. The major revenue stream for the city is ad valorem taxes, the mayor said, but that and the city’s other revenue …

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Traffic drives AMICCO off island

Alfred Gershfeld conducts the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra during the holiday concert in December 2013. Islander Photo: Courtesy Rick Pickwick

While it claims to be the “gem of the island,” it might soon be more appropriate to refer to the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra as an area gem. Heavy traffic on the island in the months of …

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Radio active: Turtle watch reaches out on airwaves

Suzi Fox of AMITW helps Skip Coyne, left, of WMNF, Tampa’s public radio station, and the WMNF Florida Folk Show DJs sign off on the nonprofit radio station’s turtle plaques in their Tampa studio. Islander Photo: Courtesy AMITW

The Anna Maria Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring has taken to the airwaves with the Florida Folk Show on public radio. AMITW executive director Suzi Fox’s voice could be heard July 12 alongside the voices of 88.5 WMNF’s Florida Folk …

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Local youth, friends suffer rare fish poisoning in Bahamas

Austin Goncalves, 15, shows off a porgie and a mutton snapper he speared for dinner while on vacation in the Bahamas this month. The fish, however, were infected with a potentially deadly toxin. Islander Photo: Courtesy Marianne Norman-Ellis

A dream visit to a Caribbean island over the July 4 weekend turned into a nightmare for a local family and family friend. A successful day of reef fishing meant dinner to 15-year-old Austin Goncalves and 14-year-old Marlin Ellis. However, …

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Holmes Beach code board grants stay to tree house owners

The beachfront tree house at Angelinos Sea Lodge, 103 29th St., Holmes Beach. Islander File Photo

Circuit judge to Holmes Beach: shake hands and say you’re sorry. A ruling in March regarding daily fines imposed by the city on what has become an infamous tree house in Holmes Beach required the code enforcement board to grant …

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Island police equipped to identify lost dogs

Bill Bystrom, veterinarian and owner of Island Animal Clinic, 5343 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, stands July 16 at his clinic with Sgt. Paul Davis of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer and Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale. Bystrom donated microchip readers to island law enforcement to help officers return lost pets to their owners. Islander Photos: Jennifer Glenfield

Pets lost on the island may find an easier way home thanks to a local veterinarian who has equipped local law enforcement officers with microchip readers. Instead of taking the long way home, through Manatee County Animal Services, costing pet …

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Island roadwatch July 23-30

The Florida Department of Transportation reported a bridge maintenance project on the Longboat Pass Bridge/State Road 789 will continue 9 p.m.-5 a.m. daily through July 24. Motorists should expect intermittent northbound and southbound lane closures. A flagging operation will be …

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Tennis on tap at AMICC

Bob Davis

The Anna Maria Island Community Center, in partnership with the Panda Foundation, is offering free youth and adult tennis clinics at the Rex Hagen Tennis Courts on the center campus, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. The youth clinic for beginning …

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Top Notch: Week 5 winner

Sailing for gold Marilia Clark of Holmes Beach wins this week’s Top Notch judging with her photograph of a golden sky, a sailboat and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, taken last fall from the Anna Maria City Pier. Clark wins an …

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