Category Archives: 09-21-2011

11-foot shark bites 21-year-old Longboat Key man

The Manatee County Sheriff’s office reports that at approximately 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, C.J. Wickersham, 21, of Longboat Key, suffered a shark bite to his left thigh while spearfishing in the Gulf of Mexico. He was with a group of five friends offshore of Anna Maria Island, including Connor Bystrom, 22, of Holmes Beach […]

Soccer jamboree kicks off fall games

Team Moveable Feast — Feast Restaurant sponsored — shows purple spirit for the judges of Spirit Week  fan competition at the Anna Maria Island Community Center Soccer League kickoff Jamboree Day Sept. 17. Youth soccer teams played mini games and enjoyed refreshments and food at the center to start off the fall soccer season. Islander […]

HBPD investigates suicide, attempted homicide

The Holmes Beach Police Department Sept. 19 was investigating the apparent suicide of one person and the attempted homicide of another. The incident took place at about 8:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in the 200 block of 83rd Street, according to HBPD Lt. Dale Stephenson. “We had an attempted homicide and a suicide,” Stephenson said. He […]

City may cut Australian pines

A plan by Anna Maria landscape consultant Mike Miller with the concurrence of public works director George McKay to remove six or seven Australian pines from city-owned Gulf Park between Willow and Cedar avenues has drawn fire from some tree supporters. David Rogerson of Gulf Drive in Anna Maria wrote in a letter to the […]

BB denies Australian pine trim

Bradenton Beach commissioners, citing no pressing public safety issue, unanimously rejected a proposal to trim 19 Australian pines at Herb Dolan Park, the bayfront park on the city’s north end. The trees are near the intersection of 25th Street and Avenue A, where the city this year completed a new kayak launch and made a […]

Campaign season begins on Island

The campaign season for Island candidates seeking to fill city commission seats in Holmes Beach and Anna Maria up for election Nov. 8 got under way Sept. 17 with the Manatee County League of Women Voters and The Islander forum at the Island Branch Library. Candidates from both Holmes Beach and Anna Maria were given […]

Student muralists sought for Manatee Public Beach

The concessionaire at Manatee Public Beach and the county arts council recently issued a call to artists in local high schools. The Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, and the Manatee County Cultural Alliance/Arts Council of Manatee County are holding a contest to paint murals on the north side of the […]

Holmes Beach to discuss border fence with BB

Holmes Beach city commissioners decided at their Sept. 13 meeting they’d rather talk to their neighbors to the south than fight them in court, at least for the time being. Commissioners agreed to postpone initiating conflict resolution and subsequent legal action against Bradenton Beach for the private construction of a fence along 27th Avenue North […]

HB limits golf cart access

While Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine told city attorney Patricia Petruff he’s not considering the addition of any more streets to the current list of roads that golf carts can drive on, Commissioner David Zaccagnino wants to discuss the problem with the chief. The “problem,” said Zaccagnino, is that none of the streets that […]

HBPD responds to bar fight

The Holmes Beach Police Department responded late Sept. 2 to a fight in the 5300 block of Gulf Drive, just outside Martiniville. At least five people were involved in the incident. The police report states that HBPD officers were called to Martiniville at about 11:35 p.m. and found a 26-year-old woman, her face covered in […]