23-year-old dies in Cortez Road crash

A motorcyclist died Feb. 8 from a crash  with a van near an RV park on Cortez Road West in Bradenton. He was the son of former Bradenton Beach Police Officer Mike Bazell. Ryan Bazell, 23, of Bradenton, was traveling east on Cortez Road on a 2007 Yahama R6 when Carol Ann Nelson, 80, of […]

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HB prepares to force treehouse demolition

The demolition deadline came and went but the doomed treehouse still stands. Treehouse owner Lynn Tran emailed The Islander Feb. 9, on the afternoon of the city-imposed deadline to apply for a demolition permit for the structure, stating there will be “no demolition.” What’s next likely involves more trips to the courthouse and thousands more […]

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Anna Maria commissioner says goodbye, candidates line up

Nancy Yetter has said her goodbyes to the city of Anna Maria. The city held a reception Feb. 8 ahead of Yetter’s final city commission meeting to send her off. Yetter announced in January that she and her husband were relocating to Tampa to be closer to family. At the reception, Mayor Dan Murphy presented […]

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BB pier team member calls dock holdup ‘ludicrous’

“This is ludicrous,” John Horne, owner of Anna Maria Oyster Bar on the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach, said Feb. 7 regarding the delayed installation of a new day dock at the pier. The new floating dock was approved by the Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency in March 2017. After receiving a deposit […]

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DEP sues to remove house built in Sarasota Bay

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection filed a two-count complaint Feb. 6 asking a judge to order Raymond Guthrie Jr. to take down the house he built in 2017 in Sarasota Bay near Cortez. The 1,211 square-foot house stands on stilts about 350 feet from the A.P. Bell Fish Co. docks. In the first count, […]

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Fog might put a damper on pleasure boating, but not fishing

Well, how about that fog? Yes, I was fortunate to have charters numerous days and go fishing in near-zero visibility. It’s not that the fog affects the fishing one way or the other, but it sure makes it hard to get around. Safety is the most important factor on any trip on the water. So […]

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