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King tides no trouble on AMI

At high tide on Oct. 26 near the Anna Maria City Pier. King tides were forecasted for several days last week, but did not cause any problems on Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

The king tides forecast last week for the Atlantic and Gulf coast caused no problems on Anna Maria Island.

The highest tides — occurring in the afternoon on Oct. 25, Oct. 26 and Oct. 27 — did not produce backed up stormwater systems, overflow canals or flood Island streets.

Public works chiefs Tom Woodard in Bradenton Beach, George McKay in Anna Maria and Joe Duennes in Holmes Beach each reported no problems.

The Tampa Bay and Sarasota Bay estuary projects had requested that people document the impact of the king tides, in part to help scientists predict the impact of rising seas on shorelines.

Island boaters and fishers speculated that the high winds and hard waves that hit earlier in October so eroded the shore that the impact of the king tides was difficult to see.

Others wondered whether the coldfront to the north and the hurricane to the southwest had an impact.

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