Coyote sighted in Key Royale area

Residents be warned, keep your pets on a short leash and garbage tightly secured. A coyote may be roaming on Anna Maria Island. Several Holmes Beach residents are reporting what may be a coyote on the Island, including Patty Spotts …

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Sunset promise

The Islander Promise Day group of some 45 couples and friends walk to the shore to share the final rays of daylight on Valentine’s Day 2012. The event was co-sponsored by Anna Maria Island Café on the Beach. Islander Photos: …

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AME father-daughter dance a hit

AME kindergarten student Kylie Huffman and father Gary Huffman enjoy sharing time at the Feb. 15 Father-Daughter dance at AME. Islander Photos: Karen Riley-Love

Anna Maria Elementary School principal David Marshall doesn’t yet have a viral hit on YouTube or a hit song on iTunes, but he has hit a homerun with his idea to host a father-daughter dance for the young female students …

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Tourism up 6.7 percent in 2011

Tourism to the Bradenton area increased 6.7 percent in 2011 compared with 2010, according to figures released Feb. 13 by Research Data Services Inc. of Tampa. The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau retains RDS to report monthly, quarterly and …

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Island beach renourishment in federal budget

The good news for Anna Maria Island’s planned 2014-15 islandwide beach renourishment project is that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has placed the project in its section of the federal budget, said Charlie Hunsicker, director of Manatee County’s natural …

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BB store clerk charged with child abuse

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According to an arrest report filed by the Bradenton Beach police department, Barbara ann Szabo, 59, 206 archer Way, anna maria, was arrested feb. 11 and booked into the manatee county jail. Szabo posted a $2,500 bond and was released  …

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Softball fun for charity at Birdie Tebbetts Field

Twister’s 8-and-under teammates Cassie Leal, front, Lyndsay Yingling, left, Ashley Lyerla, Alexandra Texidor-Abel, Joceyln Leal and Allie Jacobsen, pose with Marty the Marauder of the Bradenton Marauders before the Feb. 18 Pros vs. Girls softball game at Birdie Tebbetts Field, …

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Dog walker reports mangroves cut in Holmes Beach

Mangroves, possibly cut and trimmed without proper permits at the bayfront end of 28th Street, Holmes Beach, were reported Feb. 3 by the Holmes Beach Police Department to the Florida Department of Protection. The DEP is investigating the matter. Islander Photos: Kathy Prucnell

A woman who walks her dog twice every day noticed a marked difference in scenery on one of her walks last month to the bayfront end of 28th Street, and reported it to Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen at one …

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Mayor reports on state of city

Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger earlier this month issued his annual report for the city’s fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2011.         “Our residents should be pleased to know that for the first time in the 62-year history of our …

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Roadwatch, Feb. 15-22

The Florida Department of Transportation continues to ban oversize vehicles on the Longboat Pass Bridge/State Road 789 during ongoing construction. A DOT press release stated the contractor required the travel lanes to be reduced in width from 12 feet to …

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