Sandcastle comes crumbling down

A small group of curiosity seekers, including young kids more interested in the police and a tractor on the beach, watch as a sandcastle is toppled and the beachfront returned to its natural, sandy slope. Lacking anyone to take responsibility, …

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The Islander Newspaper E-Edition: Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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Feds consider boardwalk, pier for MPB

A Chicago snowbird has proposed the construction of a pier at Manatee Public Beach similar to the famed Navy Pier in his hometown. A merry-go-round is proposed but not a Ferris wheel. Islander Photo: Courtesy Navy Pier

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Feds consider boardwalk, pier for MPB

A Chicago snowbird has proposed the construction of a pier at Manatee Public Beach similar to the famed Navy Pier in his hometown. A merry-go-round is proposed but not a Ferris wheel. Islander Photo: Courtesy Navy Pier

The U.S. Bureau of Amusements and Entertainment will inspect Manatee Public Beach April 1 to determine whether a $22 million grant might be available to build a carnivalesque boardwalk and long pier at the site. Federal officials recently announced that …

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Anna Maria hearing April 6

Although Circuit Court Judge Peter Dubensky ordered mediation in the lawsuit brought by William and Barbara Nally against Anna Maria, a hearing on a Nally motion to dismiss Pine Avenue Restoration LLC’s affirmative defense as an intervenor is scheduled for …

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Legal challengers told density on Pine a ‘dead horse’

Matt Anderson of Woodruff and Sons Construction discusses the status of the Anna Maria City Pier boardwalk at the March 24 city commission meeting. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid-May and completion should be by Sept. 30. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

One Anna Maria commissioner told attorney Jeremy Anderson at the March 24 public hearing on a Pine Avenue Restoration LLC site-plan hearing for 210 Pine Ave. that his challenge to the city over density is a “dead horse” And city …

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AMI Bridge work ending

The Florida Department of Transportation said the night-time maintenance project on the Anna Maria Island Bridge — State Road 64 — will end March 31 at 5 a.m. The three-day project went from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. March 28-30 …

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Island homestead exemptions decline

The number of homestead exemptions on the Island has dropped since 2003, according to the Manatee County Property Appraiser’s Office. In 2010, Anna Maria had 609 homesteaded properties, amounting to a decline of 6.3 percent from the 650 reported in …

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Island census: declining numbers or flaws?

The late Holmes Beach City Commissioner Don Maloney said in 2005 that the last person to leave Anna Maria Island should “turn out the lights.” Maloney made the comment after learning that the number of registered voters in the three …

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Tree removal on hold

The removal of a tree on the right of way near the Anna Maria Community Center in Bradenton Beach is on hold. Commissioner Ed Straight reported there appears to be nesting activity in the tree. The tree, according to a city consultant, is dead and poses a storm hazard. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Bradenton Beach Commissioner Ed Straight played dual roles — commissioner and wildlife expert — when he recently surveyed a tree recommended for removal from the right of way at the Annie Silver Community Center. The public works department, responding to …

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