Tag Archives: 08-06-2014

Extended stay: Never-ending tourist season

Anna Maria City Pier in mid-July. Islander Photo: Jack Elka

Time was in past years on Anna Maria Island when motels and restaurants would close for repairs or vacation in the summer. Rental agents took time off, and some businesses closed for a month. Not this year. The island tourist …

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Sea turtle hatchlings emerge to find greatest dangers yet

Loggerhead hatchlings are found at the bottom of a hatched nest July 31 near 32s Street in Holmes during excavation. The hatchlings were noted in the log book by Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch volunteers along with calculations of the number of hatched sea turtles based on the shell remains pulled from the nest. The live hatchlings were later released into the Gulf of Mexico. Islander Photo: Courtesy Glenn Wiseman

Thousands of young sea turtles have made it into the Gulf of Mexico this nesting season, but as more nests begin to hatch, dangers for the hatchlings mount. “August is the month of disorientation. Thirty nests have hatched and we …

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Bradenton Beach forges plans for beachfront nature park

John R. Chappie Gulfside Park in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Courtesy Suzi Fox

Bradenton Beach officials are moving forward with plans to create a natural park and education center at John R. Chappie Gulfside Park. The project is headed by Lt. John Cosby of the Bradenton Beach Police Department. He presented a new …

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Bradenton Beach mayor proffers new clerk

In the turmoil that has surrounded the Bradenton Beach administration since June, it seems the mayor has found one solution to smooth the path. Mayor Bill Shearon appears to have found the city clerk of his dreams, and he just …

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Holmes Beach looks to bring back youth baseball

William Swantek, 15, and Tim Cottrell, 15, play catch July 31 at Birdie Tebbetts Field in Holmes Beach. The players were visiting from Hillsborough County, and are teammates with the Riverview Rockets, a traveling baseball team. The players said they’d like to use the Holmes Beach field. “It’s a lot better than what we have,” William said. Islander Photo: Jennifer Glenfield

There may soon be bigger news than the dog park at the field north of Holmes Beach City Hall. The field is named Birdie Tebbetts Field, and was once frequented on game nights and weekends by families and youth baseball …

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Island Circle K customers get skimmed at gas pump

Circle K in Bradenton Beach has been targeted by gas pump hackers. Islander Photo: Josey Presswood

On July 30, an assistant manager at the Circle K, 2513 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach notified police that he had about 30 dissatisfied customers on his hands. It soon became apparent that someone had secretly placed an illegal credit-card …

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Island roadwork for Aug. 6-13

The Florida Department of Transportation maintenance project for the Cortez Bridge is continuing, with the sidewalk on the south side closed for repairs. Nighttime lane closures of the eastbound lane and a flagging operation will occasionally take place from 9 …

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Storm watch: Bertha brews into tropical storm

Bertha brewed into a tropical storm late July 31, the second storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. The initial warnings for Bertha put Barbados, Dominica and St. Lucia on notice for Aug. 1. The storm drenched the Dominican Republic. …

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Quack, quack, help! WMFR to the rescue

West Manatee Fire Rescue firefighters netted and returned a duckling to its mother after a July 29 rescue from a drainage pipe in the 2000 block of 91st Street Northwest in Bradenton. Islander Photos: Courtesy Susan Miller

When a baby duck gets trapped in a storm drain in west Manatee County, friends know to call the West Manatee Fire Rescue. Susan Miller of Mango Park in northwest Bradenton did just that when she discovered baby ducks trapped …

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Top Notch grand-prize winner

Catch a wave Heather Childers of Wildwood is the grand-prize winner in The Islander’s annual summertime Top Notch photo contest. Her fun-splashed snapshot of a surf-bather won Childers an Islander “More Than a Mullet Wrapper” T-shirt, $100 from the newspaper …

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