Author Archives: Bonner Joy

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White wedding

Charter Capt. David White and Heather Booth celebrate their marriage with their daughter, Layla. The wedding and celebration were Nov. 2 at Anna Maria’s Bayfront Park. White and Booth became engaged on Egmont Key about two years ago. They planned a romantic view of Egmont from the park during their wedding vows, which they wrote. Booth’s parents are Anne Marie and Christopher Booth of Moore Haven. White’s mother is Helen Davis of Danville, Illinois. Stepmother Trisha and brother JD also were part of the wedding, with JD serving as a groomsman. Family attended from the Carolinas, Pennsylvania and California. The White family resides in Cortez. Islander Courtesy Photo

Island police blotter – 12-06-2017

Anna Maria         Nov. 13, Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, found property. A Manatee County sheriff’s deputy found credit cards and a driver’s license on the Veterans Day parade route. The officer placed the items in safekeeping after no one claimed them at the event. Anna Maria is policed by MCSO. Bradenton Beach […]

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017

ITEMS FOR SALE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS: VINTAGE, 75 total, different shapes, colors, sizes. Lovely assortment. $30. 941-761-1393 (no text). TWO LEATHER LA-Z-Boy swivel rocker recliners like new. $150 each, $200 for both. 941-778-3927. BRAND NEW QUEEN-size bed with headboard and two lamps, all new. $700 or best offer. 732-681-9555. SLEEPER SOFA, LIKE new, $50, leather sofa […]

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Hook-and-line litter at Rod & Reel

By Colin Mackenzie, Duxford, Cambridge, United Kingdom My wife and I spent another fantastic two weeks on Anna Maria Island relaxing and taking in the healing warmth from the sun. You really have such a special island that will forever live in our hearts. However, I think the area around the Rod & Reel Pier […]

Drug user in Holmes Beach sentenced to probation

An Ellenton woman pleaded no contest to drug charges she faced after an arrest in Holmes Beach and was given a pass. Twelfth Circuit Judge Brian Iten withheld adjudication Nov. 9 and sentenced Kena Little, 50, to 18 months probation. Little was pulled over in March in Holmes Beach and police reported finding spoons, cut […]

Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation posted the following advisories for the week of Nov. 29: State Road 789/Gulf Drive from SR 64/Manatee Avenue to SR 684/Cortez Road: Manatee County crews are installing new force mains and water mains. For additional information about the project, visit the project website at SR 789/Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach: […]

Red tide at background levels

Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was detected in background concentrations in several samples from Manatee County for the week ending Nov. 24. For more information about red tide in Florida, go to

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Holmes Beach police bust motorists with marijuana

Stopped for seat belt infractions, two men were arrested in Holmes Beach with more than 136 grams of marijuana. Holmes Beach Police Officer Adam observed the driver, Alberto Lara, 23, of Bradenton, and passenger Anthony Calhoon, 18, of Palmetto, at about 10:30 a.m. Nov. 8. They were traveling north on Palm Drive in a 2000 […]