AMI welcome sign damaged

It might be difficult for this manatee to wave “hello” to passersby.

    The manatee on the welcome sign at the Manatee Avenue entrance to the city of Holmes Beach is missing its right fin.

    Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island reported Aug. 3 that the fin had been broken from the manatee mold and found on the ground sometime last week.

    It is unknown at this time how the damage came about, but the club suspects vandals or an accident.

    “This is not the first time the sign has been disfigured,” according to an AMI Rotary Club press release. “Last year, the tail on the dolphin was pulled off.”

    The welcome sign is constructed of Styrofoam to meet Florida Department of Transportation requirements that limit damage the sign could make if struck in a crash or a dislodged in a storm event, the press release stated.

        “The Island Rotary Club is in the process of having the Manatee’s right fin restored to its rightful place,” said club president Lynn Zemmer.

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