A dead bottlenose dolphin was spotted in the surf and brought to shore by Beach House Restaurant employee Mike Szelwach and an unidentified man near the restaurant in Bradenton Beach on Tuesday, Aug. 3. According to veterinarian Deborah Fauquier, deputy program manager of the Mote Stranding Investigations Program, the dolphin had been caught, tagged and released by the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program in the past. The female dolphin, named Rose, was estimated to have been 14 years old and died of a lung infection, possibly pneumonia, Fauquier said, adding that the infection could have resulted from a stingray or catfish interaction. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson Click on image to enlarge
Hurricane Charley: 'No' to Anna Maria Island
Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 storm with winds of 145 mph, made landfall at Cayo Costa late Friday afternoon in a sweep through Central Florida, causing billions of dollars of destruction.
Holmes Beach to Anna Maria - forget combined cop ops By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore has given a polite "thanks, but no thanks" reply to an effort by Anna Maria City Commissioner Duke Miller to discuss the cost of Holmes Beach assuming law enforcement duties for Anna Maria.
Work crews on Monday began demolishing the Waterfront Restaurant in Anna Maria in preparation for a new facility that is planned to look exactly like the structure damaged in an arson fire March 17 - including the fireplace.
Popular beach cafe closing for renovation By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
The Cafe on the Beach restaurant and snack bar at Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach will temporarily close on Aug. 23 for approximately eight weeks while Manatee County remodels the building and installs a new roof.
Public input sought by Holmes Beach planners By Diana Bogan. Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach Planning Commission and city planner Bill Brisson are encouraging residents tell them what comprehensive plan and land development code issues they believe the city needs to address. Three information gathering sessions are being organized for Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. at Holmes Beach City Hall.