Holmes Beach captain rescues 5 from capsized canoe

A Holmes Beach fishing guide on a Jan. 7 charter saved the lives of three boys and two men after finding their canoe capsized in a choppy, cold Sarasota Bay. Two men, Steven Brubacher, 37, of Sarasota, and Darren Martin, 39, of Ontario, Canada, and their sons, ages 5, 6 and 11, were treated for […]

Read More

Islanders of the year serve and protect

Hurricane headed our way? Evacuate? Yes. While a few of the folks we often call “hardcore” islanders — the ones who vow they will never leave home in fear, run from a storm or back off from the pending surge of water — rode out Hurricane Irma, there are many more of us who have […]

Read More

U.S. Supreme Court nixes treehouse review — demolition next?

Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson is happy — but taking a conciliatory approach on the future of the treehouse — but the city won the day in the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court denied review of the case Jan. 8 in a 45-page document, under a “certiorari denied” heading among some 600 denials after […]

Read More

Islanders plot against state vacation rental legislation

He’s baaack, and backing new legislation scary to many Anna Maria Island property owners and elected officials. State Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, has filed Senate Bill 1400 to give the state complete control over vacation rental properties. SB 1400: Vacation rental bill at a glance What: Senate Bill 1400 would give the state complete control […]

Read More

Authorities investigate charges in Anna Maria altercation

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office has asked the 12th Circuit State Attorney to file charges against a Palmetto man who allegedly threatened police prior to an officer-involved shooting in Anna Maria. The possible charges stem from a Dec. 30, 2017, altercation between Douglas Schofield, 45, and an MCSO deputy and officers from Bradenton Beach and […]

Read More

Anna Maria to return pier planks, build fences from others

The Anna Maria City Pier planks have a purpose. The engraved planks that will be removed to rebuild the pier will be put to use in a fence on the perimeter of City Pier Park and at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society. If those who sponsored a plank want it returned instead, they will […]

Read More