Beach renourishment on track, almost

Renourishment pumps discharge sand at Manatee Public Beach Jan. 15. Great Lakes Dredge and Dock moved rapidly south from 79th Street to make up for days lost to bad weather. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Beach builders last week made progress on the shore of Anna Maria Island. The work moved southward as planned, from 79th Street to the Manatee Public Beach in the 4000 block of Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach. The renourishment was …

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Anna Maria Elementary considers adding sixth-grade

Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-graders may not need to look off the island for middle school next year. Administrators at the school are gauging interest from AME students and parents concerning adding sixth-grade. “There is a lot of evidence that …

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Fire sends sailboat to the bottom of Sarasota Bay

Fire sinks 1 sailboat, 1 saved A sailboat was damaged in the Jan. 12 blaze that sent an unoccupied 28-foot sailboat to the bottom of Sarasota Bay. This boat was rammed by the vessel on fire. Story: page 3. Islander Courtesy Photo: Bradenton Beach Police Department

At about 12:38 a.m. Jan. 12 a Bradenton Beach Police Department officer was on routine patrol on Bayside Drive when he observed a boat on fire. The boat was moored in Sarasota Bay to the south of the Historic Bridge …

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Mayors broach issue of homeless population on AMI

If you’re looking for a place to sleep on Anna Maria Island, one location to check out is behind the dumpster at the Anna Maria City Pier. Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn told members of the Coalition of Barrier Island Elected …

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Mainsail-Holmes Beach settlement agreement delayed — again

At a June 2013 mediation meeting, special magistrate Steven Seibert, center, helps guide a team of Holmes Beach representatives, left, and the Mainsail development team, right, toward an eventual resolution. Islander File Photo: Mark Young

More delays, more questions, more concerns. Mainsail Lodge appears to mired in more delays. It appeared in December that the Holmes Beach City Commission was close to finalizing a settlement agreement with the Mainsail Lodge development team that would pave …

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200-home proposal for Long Bar Pointe gets early nod

Island residents — Holmes Beach in particular — know a little something about development plans proposed more than 10 years ago that return to make new headlines. That’s the case for a site-plan proposal approved Jan. 16 by the Manatee …

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Islander Chalk Festival Photos by Linda Heim

Thanks to many photo contributors and the super imagery created on Pine Avenue Jan. 18-19 for the Anna Maria Chalk Festival, there are more — lots more photos and chalk fun to be viewed online. Check both the Islander Facebook …

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Islander Chalk Festival Photos by Jack Elka

Thanks to many photo contributors and the super imagery created on Pine Avenue Jan. 18-19 for the Anna Maria Chalk Festival, there are more — lots more photos and chalk fun to be viewed online. Check both the Islander Facebook …

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Islander Chalk Festival Photos by Bonner Joy

Thanks to many photo contributors and the super imagery created on Pine Avenue Jan. 18-19 for the Anna Maria Chalk Festival, there are more — lots more photos and chalk fun to be viewed online. Check both the Islander Facebook …

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Calendar – 01-22-2014

Wednesday, Jan. 22 2 p.m. — Lifelong Learning Academy program on inventions and inventors, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. 6 p.m. — Home-brewing workshop, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. 6:03 p.m. — …

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