‘Santa’ on being Santa

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by Sandy Ambrogi | no responses

You only have to believe. For almost a quarter century, Santa has driven the sleigh, passed out reindeer trail mix and listened to more than one wish for a pony for Christmas. Anna Maria Island Privateer Stan “The Man” Weyman has filled the role of Santa for the annual AMIP Christmas Parade for the past […]

The Privateers’ parade thrills viewers from Anna Maria to Holmes Beach to Bradenton Beach

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The Skullywag leads the Christmas armada west on Pine Avenue Dec. 8 for the 7-mile ride to Coquina Beach. Islander Photo: Karen Riley-Love

Privateers roll Santa’s sleigh, pirate ship into Coquina Beach

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From tears …
Charlotte Fath, 20-months-old, of Enterprise, Alabama, sits on mom Erica’s lap Dec. 8 while having mixed feelings about meeting Santa and Mrs. Claus for the first time at the Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas party at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.
Islander Photos: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

Prehistoric Perico discovery fills Bradenton museum’s wish list

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by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

Evidence of a ceremonial complex on Perico Island more than 2,000 years ago is now in the hands of the South Florida Museum. “Hands down, it’s the coolest project I’ve ever worked on,” said archaeologist Brad Lanning of SEARCH, the firm hired by Minto Communities-USA to manage the project. Prompted by the developer’s plans to […]

BITS stalled on traffic improvements for Anna Maria Island

by Steve Albee | no responses

The acronym is BITS, but it’s a study to develop solutions for large and small transportation problems on the barrier islands in Sarasota and Manatee counties. It started in winter 2017. The mayors of the three cities on Anna Maria Island participated, although now there’s a new mayor in Holmes Beach to fill one seat […]

Fish kill tops red tide week 22, shoreline cleanup starts anew

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by Sandy Ambrogi | no responses

The turkey vultures circled overhead Dec. 3. It would take another day for the smell of decaying dead fish to reach the Palma Sola Causeway approach to Anna Maria Island. Mullet had become the latest victims of a red tide bloom. By Dec. 7, thousands of mullet, with red tide as the suspected culprit, swam […]

BB CRA settles with Technomarine, dock delivery firmed up

by Ryan Paice | no responses

The fingers are crossed for good luck. A settlement has been reached and components of the long-awaited Bradenton Beach floating dock are on their way to the Historic Bridge Street Pier. At a Dec. 6 special meeting, the Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency voted 6-0 to approve a settlement with Technomarine Construction for delivery of […]

Red tide persists

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Bloom concentrations of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persist in Southwest Florida but were not observed in Northwest Florida or on the East Coast the week ending Dec. 9. In Southwest Florida, high concentrations were patchy and occurred in Pinellas, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties. Medium K. brevis concentrations were detected in and offshore […]

Holmes Beach woman sentenced for DUI

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A woman pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 12 months probation in connection with a night in Holmes Beach when she was found slumped over the wheel of a Jaguar. Eileen Riley, 57, of Holmes Beach, was charged with driving under the influence and refusing to undergo a urine test in November 2017. A […]

Eyes on the road

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The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following notices for the week of Dec. 10:         Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach: As part of a pipeline replacement project, crews are working on Gulf Drive between Ninth Street North and Cortez Road. Gulf Drive paving takes place this month. Avenue C in Bradenton […]

Top Notch pet photo contest winner 2018

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Top Notch pet photo contest winner – Photographer Jonathan Crane of Anna Maria took this winning pet portrait of his pal Boom Boom resting at home in June. He will receive a gift package from Perks 4 Pets in Northwest Bradenton and a gift certificate from Island Coffee Haus on AMI. Congratulations to Crane, and thanks to all the photographers who took part this year.

New Top Notch contest deadline Sept. 11

The Islander’s Top Notch contest is underway. The contest celebrates what still is known as the “Kodak moment,” despite the widespread switch from film to digital technology. Look to Sept. 11 for the next weekly deadline, and don’t forget to include your summer holiday photos. The contest includes six weekly front-page winners. Each will claim […]

Last week's roundup

Obituaries – 12-05-2018 | no responses

City pier contract signed, set | by Ryan Paice | no responses

3rd generation Holmes takes helm in Holmes Beach | by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

Red tide ‘mortality event’ strikes Gulf dolphins | by Sandy Ambrogi | no responses

Manatee County tourist tax revenue falls in September | by Sandy Ambrogi | no responses

Red tide persists | no responses

Hearing set in citizens v. county over Aqua development | by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

Bradenton Beach looks at fate of floating dock | by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | no responses

HB mayoral candidate counters federal investigation | by Kathy Prucnell | no responses

Anna Maria settles FEMA case with construction company | by Ryan Paice | no responses


Playoff seedings set for center adult soccer league

by Kevin P. Cassidy

The regular season has concluded for teams in the adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island. The first-round of playoff matchups are set. As expected, Sato Real Estate held onto the top spot in the standings with an undefeated regular-season campaign that wound up with a 4-2 victory over AMI Locals Dec. […]

Recent Stories

Center adult soccer heats up, horseshoes, golf play on
4th December 2018 | no responses

Island athlete claims another championship, daughter, too
26th November 2018 | no responses


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As weather cools, switch baits to continue hooking up

by Capt. Danny Stasny

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is showing signs of a change. With cold fronts becoming more consistent, water temps are dropping, which is definitely affecting fishing. Those of us who rely on live shiners are seeing less of the bait as the water cools. Plus, the fish are not reacting to them as aggressively as […]

Recent Stories

Fish catches vary with changes in weather
4th December 2018 | no responses

Tampa Bay gives sanctuary to inshore fish, anglers get action
26th November 2018 | no responses

Real Estate

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Island real estate transactions – 12-12-2018

by Bonner Joy

Nothing to report


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Streetlife – 12-12-2018

Anna Maria Nov. 30, Bayfront Park, confiscated property. Manatee County sheriff’s deputies on bike patrol observed a woman ducking in the back seat of an SUV. The officers approached the vehicle and, noting the odor of marijuana, searched the vehicle. The deputies found and seized two marijuana cigars. Dec. 1, 100 block of Crescent Drive, […]


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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, December 12, 2018

ITEMS FOR SALE TWO SLEEPER SOFAS: Two year old, $45 each. Outside table with six chairs, $35 or best offer. Holmes Beach. Karl, 941-704-7798. PIER ONE WICKER/rattan seven-piece bedroom set and king bed, excellent condition, $900. Two durable, all-weather high-density polyethylene Adirondack chairs, built to last, $300. 702-274-2838. WOOD CHAIRS AND desk, $10 each. Bessler […]