Category Archives: 08-29-2012

Islanders prepare, avoid TS Isaac’s wrath

Anna Maria Island residents took a collective sigh of relief when starting the day Aug. 27, as Tropical Storm Isaac’s feeder bands largely missed the island area. Heavy rains from TS Isaac tracked up the center of Florida while the Florida Keys took a lashing from tropical storm force winds, but the storm’s west-northwest track […]

AM declares emergency

Anna Maria commissioners declared a state of emergency Aug. 26 at a special commission meeting called late Saturday, following the state and county in making declarations as Tropical Storm Isaac was approaching the Gulf of Mexico. City treasurer Diane Percycoe sent the meeting notice, saying that declaring a state of emergency allows the city quicker […]

Caution advised for Isaac, but impact to be light

On the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew Aug. 24, Manatee County emergency management personnel held a briefing with local officials to address Florida’s newest threat. As of The Islander publication deadline, Tropical Storm Isaac was expected to head northwest in the Gulf of Mexico, brushing Florida’s West coast with the storm’s western most feeder bands. […]

Precautions taken to prevent boats from hitting pier

More than a half dozen boats broke anchor in Sarasota Bay and crashed into the Historic Bridge Street Pier during June’s island brush with Tropical Storm Debby. In all, 27 boats were reported sunk or destroyed across Manatee County following Debby, according to Bradenton Beach Police Department Lt. John Cosby. As Isaac approached the Tampa […]

Holmes Beach prepares, fire district ready for Isaac

Holmes Beach city and West Manatee Fire Rescue district officials prepared last week for the worst and hoped for the best in the forecast of Tropical Storm Isaac. According to building inspector Bob Shaffer, the city was asking contractors, real estate agents and anyone having signs on the rights of way and other property to […]

AMITW braces for TS Isaac

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteers were bracing during the past weekend for another potential weather impact on sea turtle nesting. In late June, Tropical Storm Debby destroyed an estimated 60 nests on Anna Maria Island and 950 nests from Longboat Key to Venice, according to Mote Marine Laboratory. Sea turtle researchers […]

AM heading for MCSO showdown

Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby told commissioners at their Aug. 21 budget work session he has no intention of approving the proposed $2.3 million city budget until differences are resolved between the city and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office-Anna Maria substation regarding the sheriff’s contract to provide law enforcement to the city. City officials believe […]

FEMA likely to help with BB day dock

After more than two months of being closed, the Bradenton Beach day dock, which allows boats to dock passengers adjacent to the Historic Bridge Street Pier, may get the needed repairs to reopen. Bradenton Beach Police Department Lt. John Cosby announced Aug. 24 that the city is receiving cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency […]

City, builder, business respond to Holmes Beach ‘Crisis’

Some of the powers that be in Holmes Beach disagree with Commissioner Jean Peelen’s assessment in “Crisis in Holmes Beach,” a report she wrote and presented at the Aug. 14 city meeting. In “Crisis,” Peelen blames builder Shawn Kaleta, rental agency Anna Maria Vacations, city commissioners, the mayor and the building department for short-term rental […]

Pier plank project nears end

Anyone interested in purchasing a commemorative or memorial plank to be placed on the Anna Maria City Pier should act now. The project is in its last ordering phase and the final 50 planks are now being sold, according to The Islander plank organizer, Janice Dingman. The Islander, along with the Anna Maria City Pier […]