Murder: HBPD arrests boyfriend for child’s death

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by Kathy Prucnell

An investigation into the death of a 17-month-old in Holmes Beach has led to the arrest of the mother’s live-in boyfriend. David Vickers, 31, of Holmes Beach and formerly of Apollo Beach, was arrested Oct. 11 by Holmes Beach Police Detective Sgt. Brian Hall on charges of second-degree murder and aggravated child abuse in connection […]

Candidates talk a good game at Popcorn and Politics

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by Terry O’Connor

Candidates in contested races in all three Anna Maria Island cities could be found in one place Oct. 13 — The Islander’s annual Popcorn and Politics meet-and-greet. A handful of free popcorn, in some cases a sip of wine or two or a cold bottled water, and candidates were off and running at the newspaper […]

Car hits pedestrian near crosswalk

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Witnesses on the street at 9:57 p.m. Oct. 12 called 911 after a car-pedestrian crash — injuring a 23-year-old Virginia woman — in the 900 block of Gulf Drive North in Bradenton Beach. The accident occurred when a green Nissan SUV, traveling southbound, struck Alexandra P. Matheny of Palmyra, Virginia, as she and her boyfriend […]

Get the drawn butter ready, stone crab season is here

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John Banyas, owner of the bayfront fish house at 4528 119th St. W. in Cortez, as well as Swordfish Grill restaurant and Cortez Bait and Seafood market on Cortez Road, celebrates the first delivery of stone crab claws to his docks. Banyas said: “It’s not what we wanted, but we got some,” adding the first pull will stock the fish market and restaurant for a day or two. Banyas has traps set in the Gulf between John’s Pass in Pinellas County and Venice. The price for medium-sized claws at the Cortez Market is expected to be about $17 per pound. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Anna Maria settles federal case with developer, avoids trial

The case between developer Shawn Kaleta and the city of Anna Maria is resolved — for now. Judge James D. Whittemore dismissed the case of Shawn Kaleta and Beach to Bay Construction LLC v. city of Anna Maria Oct. 11 in a document filed after the city’s notice of settlement in the U.S. District Court, […]

6 former BB committee members defend against ex-mayor/city lawsuit

by Kathy Prucnell

They’re fighting back. Defendants in a lawsuit initiated by ex-Mayor Jack Clarke and joined by the city of Bradenton Beach say the suit is baseless in a response filed Oct. 3 with the 12th Circuit Court. The suit alleges six city committee members — all who’ve subsequently resigned — violated the Sunshine Law at meetings […]

Sea turtle season approaches the finish line

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Another successful sea turtle season on Anna Maria Island is less than two weeks from ending. According to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, more than 25,000 hatchlings have emerged from nests on island beaches and trekked to the Gulf of Mexico. As season closes, the number of hatchlings has ebbed. All but […]

Longboat Key man arrested for video voyeurism

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by Kathy Prucnell

More victims are expected in the case of a Longboat Key man accused of video voyeurism. Wayne Natt, 56, was arrested Sept. 29 after a Longboat Key police department investigation revealed at least one couple was videoed without permission in Natt’s rental unit at 623 Cedar Court. The videos were captured by cameras and microphones […]

Tops in Top Notch

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Ditka ‘does sunset’
Kathy Hennessy of Flamingo Cay wins The Islander’s Top Notch Pet Photo contest with this image of Ditka — a Boston terrier named for the Chicago Bears longtime coach Mike Ditka — catching a striking sunset and watching dolphins dine from their deck on Palma Sola Bay. She wins a collection of gifts from Perks4Pets, 7228 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. The photo was taken June 13.

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Contenders emerge in youth soccer, wrestling returns

by Kevin P. Cassidy

They say the cream rises to the top and that appears to be happening in the youth soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island. The two-team 11-14 league started out with a tie and a loss, but, Truly Nolen since has run off three successive victories to improve to 4-0-1 as Slim’s Place […]


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Fall fishing pattern starts up, seasonal species arrive

by Capt. Danny Stasny

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is falling into the familiar autumn pattern, including the arrival of seasonal species. Kingfish are making a showing along the beaches of Anna Maria Island, as well as the artificial reefs. Slow trolling large shiners or threadfin herring on a light wire rig is producing a bite. Numerous Spanish mackerel […]

Real Estate

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Real Estate – 10-18-2017

by Jesse Brisson

There is no real estate transaction report this week due to a computer glitch. Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.


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Island police blotter – 10-18-2017

Anna Maria Sept. 29, 300 block of Tarpon Street, theft. A cellphone was reported missing from a construction site. Oct. 5, 300 block of Magnolia Avenue, information. A resident called with concerns about a family member driving his mother’s vehicle. Anna Maria is policed by Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. Bradenton Beach Oct. 5, 200 block […]


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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

ITEMS FOR SALE CRAFTSMAN ELECTRIC LAWNMOWER with 100-foot cord and grass catcher. Works great. $60 or best offer. 941-465-8535. COMPUTER: DELL DUAL core, refurbished, $60. 941-756-6728. WAKEBOARD, HYPERLITE WITH adjustable bindings, 16 x 56-inchs, like new, $135. 941-504-0526
. FULL/QUEEN DUVET with two shams. Brand new, unused. White/navy paisley pattern, $25. Text 830-928-3131 for pictures. ANTIQUE PARTNER […]