Tag Archives: 10-12-2011

A hero’s welcome Oct. 12

Three Anna Maria Island cities, the town of Longboat Key, Islanders and The Islander will unite Wednesday, Oct. 12, to recognize six young men and women who saved their longtime friend from a life-threatening shark bite Sept. 24. C.J. Wickersham’s …

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Wickersham on mend on LBK

Charles “C.J.” Wickersham, 21, is recuperating from a shark bite at home on Longboat Key. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

As fish tales go, Charles “C.J.” Wickersham says with a grin that he’s “got a pretty good one.” Wickersham, 21, of Longboat Key, was spearfishing with friends about 6 miles off the coast of Anna Maria Island Sept. 24, when …

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Anglers advised: Don’t dump bait while in water

A fisherman bitten in the leg by a shark in the channel off Anna Maria Island’s Bean Point Oct. 2 was standing in waist-deep water when he dumped his bait into the water. Javier Perez, 38, of Kenneth City, was …

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Jose’s Real Cuban Food comes to AME

Jose’s Real Cuban Food, just featured last month on the Food Network’s show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, will host the Anna Maria Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18. The menu provides a choice …

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Center to forward tower proposal to city

A flagpole at the Anna Maria Island Community Center could be replaced by a cell tower if the city commission approves changes to the center’s lease and amends the city cell-tower ordinance. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Anna Maria Island Community Center board of directors chair Greg Ross said he plans to ask the Anna Maria Commission for permission to negotiate with a company to construct a cell tower at the center. Ross said there was “misinformation” …

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Commission OKs beach events

Bradenton Beach commissioners gave their OK to a strongman contest on the beach in December and a spooky chickee by the shore later this month. The vote for the strongman contest at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., was …

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LBK bridge due for repair

The Florida Department of Transportation announced a $1.1 million project to repair the Longboat Pass Bridge beginning in early November. A DOT press release said repairs would be on State Road 789 from North Shore Road on Longboat Key to …

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DOT road projects

Perico The Florida Department of Transportation said the State Road 64/Manatee Avenue construction project near Perico Harbor would continue this week, with work taking place through Oct. 13 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Flaggers will be present as needed, …

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Holmes Beach parks committee kicks off meeting season

The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee began its fall-spring meeting season Oct. 5, the first they’ve held since May, with the election of new chairman Jerry West. West also was appointed as liaison to Keep Manatee Beautiful. Once the …

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Mote: red tide organism in Sarasota

Mote Marine Laboratory continues to detect Karenia brevis, the organism that causes Florida red tide, in water collected in south Sarasota County. Mote reported that the Sarasota County Health Department collected water from 16 locations between Longboat Key and Englewood. …

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