Author Archives: Bonner Joy

Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation posted these road watch advisories for this area for the week of May 15. • State Road 789 at the Longboat Key Drawbridge: Crews will be working on the bridge. Expect nighttime/overnight intermittent north and southbound lane closures 9 p.m.-4 a.m. Sunday, May 21, through Thursday, May 25. • State […]

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Homeless man faces battery, resisting arrest charges

James Wallace, 29, listed as homeless, was arrested May 5 for battery on a Bradenton Beach law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence. Wallace also was cited for violating a city ordinance that prohibits drinking alcohol on the street. It is his second run-in with BBPD in as many months. On May 5 at […]

Red tide found at background levels

A bloom of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida, according to surveys reported May 11. Karenia brevis was observed in background concentrations in Manatee County. For more information about red tide in Florida, go to

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Turtle watch spots false crawl

Alice and Glenn Schubert, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch volunteers, stand near 48th Street in Holmes Beach May 11 next to the tractor-like tread marks made overnight by a loggerhead sea turtle. The crawl turned out to be a failed nesting attempt. Islander Photo: Courtesy AMITW

Island police blotter – 05-17-2017

Anna Maria April 29, Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, domestic disturbance. A woman reported to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office her ex-boyfriend was tracking her whereabouts. April 30, Bayfront Park, 316 N. Bay Blvd., trespass. Three men were found sleeping in a vehicle and issued trespass warnings. April 30, Bayfront Park, 316 […]

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, May 17 2017

ITEMS FOR SALE LIKE NEW FOLD-up walker with seat and storage, $100. Call 941-730-2444. OFFICE FURNITURE AND more. Desks, $50 or best offer, file cabinets, $50 or best offer. 941-356-1456. 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 […]

Obituaries – 05-17-2017

William ‘Bill’ Hard William “Bill” Hard, 65, of Ellenton and formerly of Holmes Beach, died May 12. He was born in Indiana to William and Joyce Basley Hard and grew up in Verplanck and Buchanan, New York. He was an avid golfer and was blessed to have been able to fulfill his bucket list by […]

Six Bert Harris claims hit Holmes Beach in one day

Bert Harris claims are flying into city hall in Holmes Beach. Six such claims were served on the city April 27, alleging $2,425,000 in damages as a result of two city ordinances adopted in 2015 and 2016 that introduced, among other restrictions, a maximum six-person occupancy for short-term rentals. The six Bert J. Harris Private […]

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2 live-aboard boaters arrested for burglary

A couple who live on a vessel named Faith were arrested for burglary. Ryan Bloesch and Nicole Green, both 35, were arrested April 5 by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office for a March burglary at Parrot Cove Marina, 11510 36th Ave. W. In Manatee County court and sheriff records, Bloesch and Green list their addresses […]