Happy new year from AMI’s sandy beaches …

Sisters Julia Mahanna, 6, and Isabella Mahanna, 8, visiting Anna Maria Island from Indianapolis, become mermaids as dad, Chris Mahanna, finishes an interactive sand sculpture on New Year’s Day. Islander Photos: Kathy Prucnell

An unknown artist left a sandy snake for Jan. 1 beachgoers to admire near the surf at Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach.

A common sea gull seems to smile approvingly New Year’s Day at the beach in Holmes Beach.

A sand turtle dons a new year’s greeting on the beach between Anna Maria and Holmes Beach.

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