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All-American July 4 Parade on AMI



The Anna Maria Island Privateers show their colors in their annual July 4 parade.


Gabrielle Gilbert is all-American girl.


The American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 leads the parade.


Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino shows civic pride.


Dogs for the Earth introduces spokesdog Tiffany.


Mayor Bill Shearon tosses beads from the Bradenton Beach police boat.








Islander Photos: Karen Riley-Love, Bonner Joy

One Response to All-American July 4 Parade on AMI

  1. Melanie Scheuerle says:

    My family and I thoroughly enjoyed the 4th of July Parade and fireworks at the Sandbar which has been a family tradition for 15 years. However, I was extremely disappointed in the lack of police presence and law enforcement on the beaches on the 4th of July through the holiday weekend. There was way too much alcohol on the beach in very visible containers and hard core partying on the beach. The police only came by a couple of times and when they did drive by, they did not issue citations, nor do anything to stop the illegal use of drugs and alcohol on the beach. A lot of the partyers were drive ons who parked on side streets and brought their parties to our beaches. One fellow asked me how to find his car that he had parked on a side street near North Shore Drive. He was obviously in no condition to be driving. I am a home owner and seasonal resident of Anna Maria and I am worried that we are going to gain a reputation as the “party beach” and beach to go to do drugs and alcohol if we don’t start enforcing the laws that keep our beaches clean and safe for everyone.

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