Thank you for visiting The Islander Newspaper Online.

We are currently updating our website to provide you better service and function.
If you would like to access the new site, please, click here: The Islander Newspaper

Sorry for any inconvenience. Our new site and service will resume shortly.

Web Master

The Award Winning & Best News on Anna Maria Island, FL Since 1992

"The Award Winning & Best News on Anna Maria Island, FL Since 1992"

Thursday, Oct, 30, 2014
Florida Press Assn. Award-Winning Web Site
Home Latest News Weather Sports Real Estate Classifieds Island Guide Islander Store

 SECTIONS

 • 

Main News

 • 

Classifieds

 • 

Opinions

 • 

Streetlife

 • 

Calendar

 • 

Fishing

 • 

Sports

 • 

Real Estate

 • 

Obituaries

 • 

Weather

 Features

 • 

Cortez Cook Off: The Results

 • 

Anna Maria Island Bridge FDOT replacement bridge

 • 

National Hurricane Center (Atlantic)

 • 

Advanced Search

 • 

I love AMI

 • 

Mystery Story

 • 

Fishing Laws

 Classifieds

 • 

Classifieds Page

 • 

Place An AD

 • 

Items for Sale

 • 

Garage Sale

 • 

Estate Sale

 • 

Announcments

 • 

Lost & Found

 • 

Pets

 • 

Transportation

 • 

Boats & Boating

 • 

Fishing

 • 

Kids 4 Hire

 • 

Help Wanted

 • 

Health Care

 • 

Services

 • 

Lawn & Garden

 • 

Landscaping

 • 

Home Improvement

 • 

Business Opportunities

 • 

Rentals

 • 

Real Estate

 Weather

 • 

Today's Forecast

 • 

10 Day Forecast

 • 

Today's Tides

 • 

Emergency e-mail

 • 

Storm Watch

 Archive

 • 

News Archive

 • 

2009 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2008 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2007 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2006 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2005 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2004 Top Notch Gallery

 Useful Links

 • 

Island Links

 • 

i.wed

 • 

Islander Store

 • 

About this Site

 Contact Us

 • 

Islander Store

 • 

Subscribe

 • 

About Us

 • 

e-mail us

Story Tools

Date of Issue: March 22, 2007

Fire district seeks waterfront addresses

Firefighters with the West Manatee Fire Rescue District are looking for waterfront addresses.

In an effort to hasten the response to an emergency on or near the water, West Manatee Fire Rescue's "A Shift" team is promoting a volunteer community project that involves attaching addresses on the waterfront sides of properties.

"The fire district would like to see a house numbering system used on the water side much like what is used on the street side of homes," said Lt. John Tynski, of the A Shift.

WMFR Chief Andy Price recently asked each shift with the district to come up with a community service project. The A Shift came up with the idea of encouraging waterfront property owners to post addresses.

Tynski, in an interview last week, cited instances in the past year in which residents called 911 to report an emergency across the water. The callers knew the streets, but could only estimate the numerical address. And the enhanced 911 system only shows the caller location.

Placing numbers on the water side of properties, said Tynski, would make "identification as easy and accurate as possible for neighbors on the other side of the canals and in our channels."

An incorrect address can cost firefighters crucial minutes in responding to an emergency. "A lot of our roads are dead ends," Tynski added. "So, if we miss the road, and go down the wrong one and need to turn around, it takes two or three more minutes. What we're trying to do is quicken the response. This is a voluntary risk-reduction program."

The city of Anna Maria already has an ordinance in place that requires waterfront property owners of one- and two-family residences to place address numerals at least 3 inches high so that they can be seen from the water. Other structures, such as commercial buildings, must display addresses in at least 6-inch-high lettering and visible from the water.

Tynski suggested using the ordinance as a voluntary Island standard, but encouraged property owners to use 6-inch, reflective letters and numerals.

The addresses should be attached to be seen from the water or even across a canal - on a residence, on a seawall, on a dock or even on a sign planted at the water's edge.

"We're offering to help people who need it," Tynski added, suggesting those seeking assistance with attaching addresses call him at 741-3900. "We can't do them all, but we are more than willing to help the ones who truly need help."

Have your say:

No comments for this page. Feel free to be the first

Username:

Contact:

(email or url)

Subject:

Your View:

Please enter the security code below:

security  

Get breaking news

Follow the Islander on TwitterBecome a fan of The Islander on Facebook

Sign up to receive breaking news alerts via e-mail. We'll send you a notice when the news and classifieds appear online every week, before the print edition hits the streets.

Click here for Gulf oil spill updates related to Anna Maria Island.

Historic Anna Maria City Pier Plank Walk

Put your name, your message, your memorial on the Historic Anna Maria City Pier prior to the Pier Centennial Celebration! And join the fun!

CLICK HERE for Stoltzfus e-mails and related court documents.


FREE Island
Vacation Guide:
get it here

Cortez Cookoff

Click here for 2010 Cortez Cookoff Winner and recipes

To advertise here, please
visit our rates page
or contact us at:
sales@islander.org
Phone: (941) 778-7978
Fax: (941) 778-9392

Back to top of Page

Home | Weather | Real Estate | Classifieds | Archives | Contact | Island Links
Islander Store | Subscribe About this site | Classifieds Page | Place an Ad
For Sale | Garage Sales | Announcements | Lost & Found | Pets | Transportation
Boats & Boating | Fishing | Kids for Hire | Help Wanted | Health Care | Services
Lawn & Garden | Landscaping | Home Improvement | Business Opportunities | Rentals | Real Estate

Our Privacy and Copyright Statements © 1992 - 2009, The Islander