Islander of the year: soft-hearted Moose Lodge leader
Jan10

Islander of the year: soft-hearted Moose Lodge leader

You really couldn’t ask to meet a nicer guy. Or a more devoted member of the Loyal Order of the Moose. Or a softer, kinder, bigger-hearted man. He is Ernie Casali Jr. He has been the Moose Lodge administrator since 2003. And since he took over, membership at the Bradenton Beach lodge has grown to […]

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Cashing in on football
Jan10

Cashing in on football

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Islanders honored, remembered
Jan10

Islanders honored, remembered

The Islander takes pride in recognizing members of the Anna Maria Island community for their unselfish contributions and for making this slice of paradise an even better place to live. Since the newspaper started up in 1992, its path was to partner with community organizations, report the news of record and tell the tales of […]

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FISH signs on for Long Bar Pointe fight, mitigation appeal
Jan10

FISH signs on for Long Bar Pointe fight, mitigation appeal

The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage recently voted 14-1 to oppose a second attempt from Long Bar Pointe LLLP to operate a 260-acre wetland mitigation bank on Sarasota Bay along a 2-mile stretch of pristine shoreline southeast of Cortez. Next to the submerged mitigation site of mostly mangroves and seagrasses, the same developers are planning […]

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WMFR finds fire code violation on Spring Lane
Jan10

WMFR finds fire code violation on Spring Lane

The West Manatee Fire Rescue District has determined that two fences installed along Spring Lane create a potential problem for first-responders. WMFR Chief Tom Sousa wrote to Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy Jan. 4 stating that a resident alerted the fire district that fencing had been installed along property lines at 103 Spring Ave. and […]

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Progress: Bradenton Beach CRA awards day dock contract
Jan10

Progress: Bradenton Beach CRA awards day dock contract

Progress is being made in Bradenton Beach. At its Jan. 4 meeting, the Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency approved the city pier team’s recommendation of Technomarine Group Inc. to build and install a new day dock at the Historic Bridge Street Pier. Storms in June 2016 from the passage of Tropical Storm Colin in the […]

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