Author Archives: Bonner Joy

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Turtle watch, county to restore dunes

“Please keep off dunes” signs line the plantings between the Coquina Beach Trail and Coquina and Cortez beaches in Bradenton Beach. The dunes are a part of erosion control for the beaches and grasses are planted on them to anchor the sand. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring plans to work in conjunction with Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department to rebuild dunes, plant sea oats and other grasses and provide signs to protect the dunes. AMITW is hoping for funding to partner with Anna Maria Elementary on a spring project to create signage. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation posted the following advisory for the week of Oct. 9: • SR 789/Gulf Drive from SR 64/Manatee Avenue to SR 684/Cortez Road: Manatee County is installing new force mains and water mains. For more information, visit • SR 789 at the Longboat Key Drawbridge: Crews are working on the […]

Red tide not detected

Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not reported in Manatee County the week ending Oct. 6. For more information about red tide in Florida, go to

Fire house to hold open house

The West Manatee Fire Rescue District will host an open house Saturday, Oct. 14, at Station 1. WMFR will offer tours of the station, display equipment, serve hot dogs and hamburgers, put up a bounce house and host a face-painter. An announcement promised “the hottest event of the day in all of Manatee County.” Station […]

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

ITEMS FOR SALE VINTAGE BAMBOO LOVE seat and chair, $100, king headboard wicker, $75, large bamboo chair, $75. 901-488-6183. WAKEBOARD, HYPERLITE WITH adjustable bindings, 16 x 56-inchs, like new, $135. HYPERLINK “tel:(941)%20504-0526″941-504-0526
. ANTIQUE PARTNER DESK: All wood, $1,000. See at The Islander office, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. FOUR OAK OFFICE chairs: Antiques, perfect […]

Island police blotter – 10-11-2017

Anna Maria Sept. 21, 113 Los Cedros, tree. A city employee reported a tree being cut down on city property. Anna Maria is policed by Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. Bradenton Beach Sept. 30, 400 block of Second Street North, domestic disturbance. Two women argued about their relationship and one of the women began destroying the […]

Obituaries – 10-11-2017

Nancy Moore Carson Nancy Moore Carson of Holmes Beach died Aug. 23 at her summer home in Brevard, North Carolina. She was born to Robert and Dolly Carson in Belmont, North Carolina, in 1933. She was the youngest of seven children. She began her undergraduate studies at Brevard College in Brevard and completed her degree […]

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Bradenton man with gun arrested for DUI

A Bradenton man carrying a handgun with a permit was arrested for driving under the influence. Michael Flotow Jr., 49, was pulled over in a green Ford pickup at 12:18 a.m. Sept. 12 by Holmes Beach Police Officer Mike Walker. Walker initially reported observing Flotow’s truck with improper headlights and called for backup. Officer Alan […]