Category Archives: 07-03-2013

Search for missing 14-year-old swimmer called off at dark

Multiple agencies were in the water and in the air tonight searching for a 14-year-old Polk County boy who was carried away by a strong current from shallow water in the Gulf of Mexico sometime around 4:30 p.m. The search included three helicopters, one from the U.S. Coast Guard, one from the Manatee County Sheriff’s […]

Anna Maria Island celebrates Independence Day

Anna Maria Island goes red, white, blue and “bang” July 3-4. The island will celebrate the July 4 holiday with two fireworks shows and a parade. On July 3, The BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, will hold its 20th annual Fireworks Extravaganza. Thousands of people will gather on the beach to the […]

State rep to Anna Maria: HB883 won’t be repealed

State Rep. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, said June 27 at an Anna Maria city meeting that he doesn’t hold out a lot of hope the 2011 passage of HB883 restricting some rights by local government to regulate rental units would be repealed any time soon. Boyd, who voted along with 93 other state representatives to pass […]

Anna Maria calls up Ridan for cell tower talks

After weeks of meetings between an Anna Maria cell tower committee and three prospective cell tower providers, the city commission June 27 voted to negotiate with Ridan Industries. The committee recommended Ridan, but it was a close contest between Ridan and F&L towers. The committee, led by building official Bob Welch, also recommended that both […]

Anna Maria moves forward with ‘six lots’ park plan

Frustration turned to celebration at the June 27 city meeting when commissioners voted to accept a park design for the six vacant lots on Pine Avenue at Bay Boulevard after months of stalled discussion. The city acquired the six-parcel piece of property in 2012 to prevent the possibility of a developer building rental units on […]

Summer real estate deals predicted to go fast

Anna Maria Island real estate agents say there are still a few bargains remaining from the winter-spring tourist season. But they are not likely to last because summer buyers are usually more serious than winter buyers, the agents said. Jesse Brisson, of Gulf-Bay Realty, 5309 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, reports weekly for The Islander on […]

Ghost of cafe flea market drives kayak kiosk criticisms

For some visitors, the Gulf Drive Cafe, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, has an appealing attraction of dining under chickee huts on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico. For some residents, the Gulf Drive Cafe represents a different picture — traffic and lots of it. Residents have complained about the increased traffic, noise […]

Breaking tradition: Bikini wedding

Photographer Jack Elka may think he’s seen it all, but then comes a surprise: A bikini wedding. Just married, Patricia Hesseling and James Dean of Sanford celebrate their vows on the beach after the ceremony in April at the BeachHouse Restaurant. Islander Photo: Jack Elka

Scentral Park segregates, opens small dog section

Scentral Park dog park in Holmes Beach did not open without controversy, as part of the Birdie Tebbetts Field outfield was sectioned off to be used for a dog park after continued conflicts between dog owners and those wishing to use the baseball field became more numerous. The city of Holmes Beach expended funds for […]

Roadwatch this week

State Road 64-Manatee Avenue at the Anna Maria Island Bridge: Work continues to repair the substructure of the bascule bridge. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, the majority of repair work will be below bridge decks at the water level. Motorists should expect intermittent night-time lane closures on the bridge 9 p.m.-6 a.m. Project […]