New Top Notch contest deadline July 13

The Islander’s Top Notch contest begins this week. The contest celebrates what still is known as the “Kodak moment,” despite the widespread switch from film to digital technology. Look to July 13 for the first deadline, and don’t forget to include your July 4 holiday photos. The contest includes six weekly front-page winners. Each will […]

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HBPD arrest suspect, get confession for 75th Street attack

An anonymous tip led authorities to arrest a 55 year-old man July 3 for the June 28 attack of a 71-year-old Holmes Beach woman — a burglary interrupted by the resident. Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer said the suspect, Mark Snyder, gave them a confession for the crimes during their interview. Snyder of 4903 […]

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Holmes Beach burglar, attacker on the run

Lock your doors. That’s the warning that went out to Holmes Beach residents after a brutal attack June 28. Keep your doors locked. Apparently surprised by the resident on returning home from lunch, the suspect struck the victim repeatedly and ran. Her purse was where she left it, at the door. Authorities are searching for […]

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Center introduces new board member, new fiscal budget in limbo

A fresh face joined the Center of Anna Maria Island’s board of directors. Sarah Meaker began the center’s June 25 board meeting by introducing herself after a welcome by board chair David Zaccagnino. “I was taking care of my mom, who recently passed,” the new board member said. “So, after she passed, I decided to […]

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Local boaters have close encounters of the giant kind

The polka-dotted giants showed up the first week of June, but it will likely be near Christmas before their travels beyond Anna Maria Island will be known. Whale sharks, the largest fish species in the sea, are a rare sight in the waters surrounding Anna Maria Island — at least for this duration, according to […]

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Turtle watch sees lull followed by nesting spike, skimmers gone

For a moment it looked like they might be slowing down. The number of documented loggerhead sea turtle nests on Anna Maria Island, which had been steadily rising past 2017’s record-breaking tally, dipped the week of June 25. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director Suzi Fox started to wonder if it […]

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