Author Archives: Sandy Ambrogi

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Island mom walks for millions of ‘broken’ hearts

Hearts get broken every day — by love, attack or accident. Some hearts just come into the world broken and such a case makes for a lifetime of special heart care. Susan Timmins, wife and partner with Sean Murphy in the Beach Bistro, chose Valentine’s Day once again to highlight a special cause close to […]

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Will the Gulf of Mexico engulf our island paradise?

The average woman is 5 feet 5 inches tall. That’s 5 inches more than the average sea-level elevation of Anna Maria Island. Off the northern tip of Anna Maria, past Passage Key and across the channel to Tampa Bay, sits Egmont Key. A national wildlife refuge since the 1970s and a state park, Egmont covers […]

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Local home broker uncovers rental scam

If her real estate career ever goes south, a local broker might look at becoming a detective. Jen Bowman and husband Mark are real estate partners on Anna Maria Island. They’ve been in business since 2004 and know the rental industry on the island inside and out. So when Tamy Ball of Ohio contacted Jen […]

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President voted out of AMI chamber

After an almost decade-long stint at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, the president has been dismissed. Deb Wing, who served in various positions, including four years as vice president prior to two years in the top position, was handed a termination letter Dec. 1 by the chamber board president, Eric Cairns. Wing said […]

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The audience knew the words by heart

Anna Maria Elementary fourth-graders fill the school stage with song and dance Nov. 14 as they perform “Rock Around the Fifties,” a musical tribute to the 1950s. Old favorites filled the school auditorium and students took advantage of the new, larger stage, recently completed with donations from the AME Parent-Teacher Organization. Islander Photos: Sandy Ambrogi

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Gloria Dei’s termite troubles terminated with fumigation

The church has striking architecture, but for a couple of days last week, it looked really interesting. Drivers on Palm and Marina drives in Holmes Beach were doing double takes as the landmark Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, became enveloped in a red-and-blue striped tent. Geiger’s Pest Control of St. Petersburg wrapped the […]

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AM chooses longevity for pier

“Our ancestors gave us a pier that lasted a hundred years. I think we should do the same for the next generation.” So said Commissioner Doug Copeland Oct. 17 regarding which path to pursue in rebuilding the landmark Anna Maria City Pier. And so they did. The Anna Maria City Commission voted unanimously Oct. 17 […]

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Time for a mammogram? Do it for AME

If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, in this case it also can benefit programs for Anna Maria Elementary as well as help fight cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and screening mammograms have proven to be one valuable tool in the fight against the disease. Bowes Imaging Center, 6207 […]