Input sought on reduced bridge openings

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by Ed Scott

The first step of many to reduce bridge openings for the Anna Maria Island and Cortez bridges is in sight. The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding possible changes to the opening times for bridges to and near Anna Maria Island. According to the Feb. 13 Federal Register, the Coast […]

Rental management company drops VRO appeal

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by Kathy Prucnell

Chalk up a win for Anna Maria. A challenge to the city’s limit of eight guests in a vacation rental unit has been withdrawn. Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy said Feb. 10 he was “very pleased” with the withdrawal of the appeal and expects the case will return to the circuit court for a hearing […]

Anna Maria VRO lobbyist gets to work

by Bianca Benedí

What’s up in Tallahassee? Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy reported at a Feb. 7 city meeting that lobbyist Chip Case is at work on behalf of the city in the state capital. Case was hired Jan. 23 on a $5,000 monthly retainer to battle state Senate and House bills that pose threats to the city’s […]

DOT-HB speed limit reduction creates ruckus

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by Jennifer Sheppard

Going nowhere fast? Some island residents and Holmes Beach commissioners are questioning the need for the recent posting of reduced speed limits on Manatee Avenue/State Road 64 in the city. “I actually think it’s causing it to be more dangerous in the first place,” said Anna Maria Island resident Sam Major. “It’s causing it to […]

AM resident fights senate VRO kill-bill

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

Anna Maria resident Amy Tripp is taking matters into her own hands. Tripp has started an online petition against a bill sponsored by state Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota. SB 188 states, “A local law, ordinance, or regulation may not restrict the use of vacation rentals, prohibit vacation rentals, or regulate the duration or frequency of […]

County backs WMFR’s ASL request

by Bianca Benedí

After a meeting with the Manatee County Board of Commissioners, a goal of the West Manatee Fire Rescue District is closer to reality. In a meeting Feb. 7, county commissioners requested that county attorney Mitchell Palmer draft legislation to allow WMFR to offer advanced life support services. WMFR Commissioner Randy Cooper addressed the county board […]

Growing talent

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Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-graders Kylie Hoffman, left, Valeria Sanchez and Bryanna Sparks display their winning posters publicizing the Anna Maria Garden Club flower show. Each year, the garden club collaborates with AME in a contest to design posters for the show. Valeria’s “Blue Moon” poster won first, Bryanna’s poster won second and Kylie’s “Surfin’ […]

3 resign from center after-school program

by Bianca Benedí

Three employees at the Center of Anna Maria Island — all working in the Beyond The Classroom program either full or part time — have resigned. Children enrolled in the BTC after-school program will remain at Anna Maria Elementary for BTC until March 10, when the center should hopes to have its staffing problem resolved, […]

Speeder, 2nd-DUI offender sentenced to probation

A 36-year-old man pleaded no contest to driving under the influence and was sentenced to 12 months probation and completion of an advanced DUI course. Chandler Variot of Bradenton was sentenced Feb. 6 by 12th Circuit Judge Mark Singer. Holmes Beach police arrested Variot in September 2016 after an officer stopped his vehicle traveling 70 […]

Holmes Beach mayor advocates city manager government

by Jennifer Sheppard

One mayor of three on Anna Maria Island is putting out a call for better city management. Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson is ready to turn over the heavy lifting that goes with running a city with a $12 million-plus budget to a professional. According to Johnson, development in Manatee County leaves Anna Maria Island […]

Bird runs new Skyway

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Islander cartoonist Joe Bird, who currently resides in New Orleans, is shown on the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge after running a race to commemorate the bridge opening in April 1987. Construction of the Skyway began in 1984 and ended in February 1987. Islander Courtesy Photo

BB truck driver strikes off-duty beach tractor driver at 7-Eleven

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by Kathy Prucnell

Mark Taylor drives a tractor for Manatee County on Anna Maria Island, cleaning up the beaches. At home and rehabilitating from a Jan. 30 crash, Taylor recounted Feb. 9 how a typical morning at the 59th Street 7-Eleven in Bradenton turned traumatic. “It was still dark outside. I was just going to pop a movie […]

Charter captain assists in sea turtle rescue, rehab, release

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

Capt. David White of Cortez had seen sea turtles in the water before. “I see a lot of them out there, but this sea turtle was acting funny — he was bobbing up and down and obviously having buoyancy issues. So I called Mote to see what I should do,” said White, owner and captain […]

Driving donations for dogs

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by Bianca Benedí

Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue is selling 150 tickets in a raffle for a 1985 Mercedes 280SL, donated by Rhonda Poklemba. The drawing will be Tuesday, April 25, and $100 tickets are available for purchase at moonraceranimalrescue.com. Moonracer was founded by Islander office manager Lisa Williams to rescue and find forever homes for dogs and […]

Anna Maria chair suggests planning for city manager

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by Bianca Benedí

At the Anna Maria City Commission meeting Feb. 9, Chair Doug Copeland suggested the city consider adding the hiring of a city manager to its 10-year plan. “I don’t know how much this commission or our residents appreciate how much is involved in your job,” Copeland told Mayor Dan Murphy. Copeland said a city manager […]

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Flag football’s youth league passes season midpoint

by Kevin P. Cassidy

The kids taking part in flag football at the Center of Anna Maria Island moved past the midpoint of the season and the haves and have nots are revealing themselves in each of the league’s three age divisions. The top contenders for the 8-10 division appear to be Truly Nolen, which sits on top with […]

Fishing

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Sheepshead season in early stages, savy anglers hook up

by Capt. Danny Stasny

Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains consistent. Consistently good. With spring-like conditions dominating our weather, fishers are venturing outdoors in droves to soak up the warm Florida sunshine and hook up with the bite and dinner. Sheepshead season, which arrives with winter, is still in its early stages due to the mild temperatures in the […]

Real Estate

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Real Estate – 02-15-2017

by Jesse Brisson

517 Blue Heron Drive, Anna Maria, a 3,067 sfla / 6,123 sfur 4bed/3½bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 2009 on a 11,326 sq ft lot was sold 01/13/17, Hasler to Knoop for $1,650,000; list $1,849,000. 313 58th St., Unit A, 58th Street Cottages, Holmes Beach, a 1,474 sfla / 2,332 sfur 4bed/3bath/2car land condo with […]

Streetlife

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Island police blotter – 02-15-2017

Anna Maria Jan. 27, 100 block of Tern, probation violation. Manatee County sheriff’s deputies confronted a juvenile for violating a court-imposed curfew. He subsequently was arrested at Manatee High School and transported to a juvenile detention center. Jan. 30, North Bay Boulevard and Crescent Drive, disturbance. MCSO deputies responded to a call about a juvenile […]

Classifieds

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017

ITEMS FOR SALE RECLINER: LEATHER, NICE. $49 or best offer. 941-778-3920 or 941-778-5542. COMPUTER: DELL DUAL core, refurbished, $60. 941-756-6728. ABOVE-STOVE MICROWAVE: white, $75. 941-356-1456. FIVE-PIECE TABLE set: White wash, 42-inch round with Tasnic protection. Paid $765, asking $150. 401-862-9145. ANTIQUE PARTNER DESK: All wood, $1,000. See at The Islander office, 3218 E. Bay Drive, […]