How Conga for a Cause Came to Be

News article courtesy of Mike Sales There I was, playing a show at the beach on Anna Maria Island, watching everyone have a good time with the sunset, music and good company, when I said it, “Pardon me Mayor, but …

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Wakeskating movie premieres at Seafood Shack

Featured wakeskater Andrew Fortenberry, Integrity and Mutiny Wakeskates will host a premiere at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24, for “Ride Among Us,” at the Seafood Shack restaurant, 4110 127th St., Cortez. The video debuted last week in Baton Rouge.

Integrity and Mutiny Wakeskates, a team of new action sport enthusiasts who combine wake and skate boarding, present “Ride Among Us,” a movie premiere, 7-11 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Seafood Shack Restaurant, 4110 127th St., Cortez.         The …

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Anna Maria commission votes 3-2, halts moratorium

Contractors and builders in Anna Maria can now have their building permit applications reviewed and approved as city commissioners voted 3-2 at their March 15 meeting to lift the administrative moratorium in place since Feb. 23. The decision came after …

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March Madness grips Island

The effects of spring break for area students last week, coupled with normal winter visitor traffic to Anna Maria Island and good weather, resulted in this traffic congestion at the Manatee Avenue-Gulf Drive intersection, and beachgoer vehicles parked along Manatee Avenue. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Anna Maria Island had its own version of March Madness last week as many area students were on spring break and headed by car, van and SUV to the Island for some fun in the sun. Families with younger kids …

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Huts at Katie Pierola to be removed

Seven small tiki huts at Bradenton Beach’s Katie Pierola Park, 2200 Gulf Drive N., will be removed by the city due to safety concerns. At the March 15 city commission meeting, public works director Tom Woodard showed photos of the …

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December fatality called ‘tragic accident’

Kathleen Benison of Cortez has been cited with failure to yield right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk for the Dec. 8 death of Antoinette Pruss, 65, of Sarasota, in the 900 block of Gulf Drive North. Benison …

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Trolley shelters await final approval

Not yet ready for trolley time Still secured by construction tape, this trolley shelter on Gulf Drive awaits final Florida Department of Environmental Protection approval before trolley riders can enjoy relief from the elements while waiting to catch a ride on the free Island trolley. Three other new trolley shelters stand ready for use after being renovated through a Manatee County transportation grant. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Shelter is one of the three basic needs of humans — and a want for trolley riders. Four of Bradenton Beach’s free trolley stops now offer shelter from the elements for those people awaiting a ride on the Manatee County …

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‘Best Practices’ list compiled for rental agents

Anna Maria Commissioner SueLynn, working with Larry Chatt of Island Real Estate Inc. and Mike Brinson of AMI Accommodations Inc., has completed the list of “best practices” she hopes will be adopted by all rental agents and vacation property owners …

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Racing, marketing, Anna Maria Island inspire artist

Contemporary artist Bob Brown displays a sample of his abstract art. Also pictured, right, another work, “Roxie,” was selected for the International Competition Art Prize in Grand Rapids, Mich. His work will be on display March 21-April 16 with other artists in “Appreciating Abstract” at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, Anna Maria, 10101 Gulf Drive. Islander Photos: Kathy Prucnell

Engines are revving for emerging contemporary abstract painter Bob Brown — who once drag-raced professionally and later brought Fortune 500 sponsors to NASCAR, Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500.         Born in New York City, raised in East Lansing, Mich., …

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Jitney shuttle service will start soon

Saul Perlmutter, a noted American scientist who gained fame and accolades for his work in studying the universe once said, “The one achievement everyone can look forward to is getting the perfect parking spot.” For the person who has an …

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