Center debt prompts board conflict, leadership turmoil

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by Bianca Benedí

The Center of Anna Maria Island saw within the past two weeks two board officers resign, unresign and a board vote via email to replace its chair. On June 9, board chair Bill Shuman emailed vice chair Patty McBean announcing he wanted to step down. McBean, who joined the board in October 2015, became interim […]

Island altruist, legend Hagen, 89, dies

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Just days from his 90th birthday and a celebration planned by friends to toast Rex Hagen’s many years of friendship and generosity, Hagen died June 17. Hagen and his late wife Helen were major contributors on Anna Maria Island, having funded tennis courts at the then-Anna Maria Island Community Center in the 1970s, and again […]

Local restaurateur farms medicinal ‘greens’

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by Sandy Ambrogi

All three cities on Anna Maria Island said no to medical marijuana dispensaries. But Anna Maria’s largest restaurant operator has quite another take on the matter. Ed Chiles, owner of a trio of restaurants — Sandbar restaurant in Anna Maria, Beach House in Bradenton Beach and Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub on Longboat Key […]

AM commissioner stands firm against Bert Harris settlements

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by Bianca Benedí

Nancy Yetter almost always the lone “no” vote against Anna Maria’s Bert Harris settlements, and she’s fine with it. It’s about the message. To date, 84 of 112 Bert Harris claims made against the city of Anna Maria have been settled or are waiting for a final signature, while 28 are in negotiation. So far, […]

No reports of red tide in Manatee

The red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was not detected June 15 in samples from Manatee County. The organism was detected in background concentrations in Pinellas and Sarasota counties. For more information about red tide in Florida, go to

Blue Marlin burglary case transferred to drug court

The case of the man accused of breaking into the Blue Marlin Seafood Restaurant in Bradenton Beach is now in drug court. Judge Andrew D. Owens Jr. ordered William Garringer, 52, of the Bradenton Beach anchorage, released on his own recognizance June 8 and transferred the case from the criminal division to the drug court […]

Parrish man sentenced to probation for DUI

A Parrish man arrested in Holmes Beach in March pleaded no contest to driving under the influence of alcohol and was sentenced to 12 months probation. Joseph Perusek II, 25, was clocked by police at 64 mph in a 35-mph zone in the 12000 block of Manatee Avenue. Twelfth Circuit Judge Doug Henderson found Perusek […]

DOT Cortez Bridge study ends, opposition stirs

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by Kathy Prucnell

Five years and $1.5 million later, the outcome of the Cortez Bridge study is taking shape — prompting a new wave of opposition. The Florida Department of Transportation District 1 is planning a late August or September public hearing “that wraps it up,” said Zac Burch, DOT government affairs and communication manager. At the hearing, […]

Holmes Beach holds firm against further giving to center

by Terry O’Connor

The hot discussion item at the Holmes Beach City Commission meeting June 13 was on the cutting-room floor when all was said and done in the chamber at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive. Funding for the Center of Anna Maria Island was listed for discussion under new business until Commissioner Jean Peelen questioned it. “I […]

Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation did not post any advisories for Anna Maria Island for the week of June 19. For the latest road watch information, go online to or dial 511.

The Privateers lead their island-long Fourth of July Parade. Islander File Photo

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Island to celebrate Independence Day with parade, fireworks The Fourth of July brings blasts from the cannons in the Anna Maria Island Privateers Independence Day Parade and bursts of fireworks on the beach. The two major island events for the holiday occur on Tuesday, July 4, with the parade at 10 a.m. and the fireworks […]

Island turtle watch warns: ‘Do not disturb’

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by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

A nighttime stroll on an Anna Maria Island beach in early summer may lead to the once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing a nesting sea turtle — if you’re lucky. But in this era of Twitter feeds and Facebook posts, some people might forget that certain memories are best preserved in the mind. “If you’re on the […]

Bradenton man sentenced to jail for fighting cops

Two altercations with island police ended in court with a 270-day jail sentence for a Bradenton man. Luke Norris, now 32, was arrested in March by Holmes Beach police for resisting arrest and disorderly intoxication after he fought with officers in a condominium stairwell. In October 2016, he was arrested on battery charges after striking […]

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Adult soccer winds down, golf, horseshoes round out week

by Kevin P. Cassidy

The adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island concluded its regular season June 22, with playoffs starting up June 27. There were some changes to the seedings since last week, but not at the top. Sato Real Estate defeated Anna Maria CrossFit 4-1 June 22 to finish the regular season with a […]


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Tropical Storm Cindy puts brief damper on AMI fishing

by Capt. Danny Stasny

Despite daily thunderstorms and frequent windy days caused by Tropical Storm Cindy’s northward movement in the Gulf of Mexico, fishing around Anna Maria Island is managing to put smiles on visiting and local anglers alike. Fishing inshore is slightly challenging, although spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook are producing some decent action. Fishing structure in Tampa […]

Real Estate

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Real Estate – 06-28-2017

by Jesse Brisson

Real estate is delayed this week due to late posting by county offices.


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Island police blotter – 06-28-2017

Anna Maria June 8, North Bay Boulevard and Jacaranda Road, theft. Woodruff & Sons Inc. of Sarasota reported a portable pump, valued at $1,500, was stolen from a worksite at the intersection. June 8, Anna Maria City Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., domestic disturbance. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a woman’s call for […]


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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

ITEMS FOR SALE DELUXE FUTON: SOLID hardwood, excellent condition, $300, Craftsman router, like new, $50. 941-243-3747. ANTIQUE PARTNER DESK: All wood, $1,000. See at The Islander office, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. FOUR OAK OFFICE chairs: Antiques, perfect for eclectic dining set. The Islander newspaper, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. FREEBIE ITEMS FOR […]