Tag Archives: 08-13-2014

Birds, nudists edge for space at Passage Key

Signs posted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in June advise visitors to Passage Key — a designated wildlife refuge since 1905 — to remain outside the high tide line to protect nesting and feeding birds. Islander Photos: Jennifer Glenfield

Those passing by Passage Key on their watercrafts get more than a view of shore birds at this wildlife refuge. Passage Key is a nationally designated wildlife refuge managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. And it’s a popular …

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Turtle watch seeks help with new permit restrictions, lights

A 2012 turtle nest on Anna Maria Island is marked and covered with wire to prevent animal predators from robbing the eggs. Islander File Photo

It’s tough being a newborn sea turtle. While hatchlings battle with more visible light on the beaches, officials battle state permit conditions, both a result of beach renourishment. Suzi Fox, executive director of the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and …

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Dedication planned for Bradenton Beach nature park

  Mike Miller of Perfect Island Landscaping began work Aug. 7 on his plans for a nature park and education center at John R. Chappie Gulfside Park, 1402 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. The crew is removing Australian pines and …

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New Bradenton Beach city clerk ensconced

Gia Lancaster addresses the Bradenton Beach City Commission Aug. 7 regarding her application for the city clerk position. She was hired at an annual salary of $50,000. Islander Photo: Charmaine Engelsman

Following the Pledge of Allegiance at the Aug. 7 commission meeting, the first order of business was to move agenda item seven to the top of the meeting. The item was the presentation of the mayor’s choice for city clerk, …

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Construction companies can be unwelcome neighbors

Dorothy Pon’s duplex on 65th Street in Holmes Beach is adjacent to new construction. She discovered utility theft — five electric cords leading to the new home — and damages at her duplex in July. Islander Photo: Josey Presswood

The importance of being a good neighbor apparently was lost to a construction crew renovating a home on 65th Street in Holmes Beach. Dorothy Pon arrived July 24 to her rental property on 65th Street — adjacent to the ongoing …

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Holmes Beach committee plans reduce beach-area parking

Beachgoers Aug. 10 park near the beach end of 73rd Street in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Josey Presswood

The Holmes Beach traffic committee’s plan to ban street and right-of-way parking in residential neighborhoods is made of sand, said committee member Ursula Stemm. Committee members discussed the proposed ban and the committee’s next steps at an Aug. 6 meeting. …

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Robot, researchers on red-tide patrol

Dr. L. Kellie Dixon points out the red-tide detector — called an optical phytoplankton discriminator or BreveBuster — carried by Waldo, an underwater robot operated by Mote Marine Laboratory. On Aug. 1, Mote sent Waldo to study an offshore bloom of red tide in collaboration with the University of South Florida’s robot, Bass. Islander Photos: Courtesy Mote Marine Laboratory

Waldo and Bass went diving. The underwater robots — Mote Marine Laboratory employs Waldo and Bass works for the University of South Florida — were deployed earlier this month to monitor a bloom of red tide off the west coast …

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Top Notch honorable mentions

Announcing the honorable mentions in The Islander’s annual Top Notch photography. Look for the top entries in the pet photography contest in the Aug. 20 issue. Taylor Hopkins of Warren, Ohio, earns an honorable mention in The Islander’s annual Top …

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Island police blotter – 08-13-2014

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Fishing – 08-13-2014

Bert Rawald shows off a 22-inch flounder he caught while fishing on a recent charter with Capt. Danny Stasny.

Summer fishing remains hot — enjoy it while it lasts   Once again, mangrove snapper seems to be the topic upon arrival at the dock. On nearly all of my recent charters, limits of snapper are being filleted at the …

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