Gulf Coast moves ‘Beyond Horizon’

A banded pelican treated and released after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill last summer rests recently on a piling in Cortez. Islander Photo: Suzi Fox

A series of brown pelicans rescued from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill took flight last July from Egmont Key National Refuge. At least one of those banded birds remains here, off the coast of Anna Maria Island. Oil from the …

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The Islander Newspaper E-Edition: Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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Shore nourishment

South Anna Maria Island at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach  is wider by far following a sand nourishment project. An Anna Maria beach also was nourished with sand.

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Renourishment runs ’round the clock

The beach was as bright as a football field under Friday night lights as the bulldozers shoved, sculpted and shaped the sand in the second stage of a major Island renourishment project. Midway through last week, Great Lakes Dredge and …

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Dancers sought for conga line

Organizers are seeking Island dancers to shuffle, shuffle, shuffle, kick in the world’s longest conga line on sand. “I instigate conga lines on a fairly regular basis,” said event originator and musician Mike Sales, a regular performer at several local …

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Swift opposition mounts to cell tower

Representatives of the two cell tower companies that made a presentation April 8 to an ad hoc committee of the Anna Maria Island Community Center propose the use of a stealth “flag pole” tower with concealed antennas, unlike the Holmes Beach tower. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Reaction to the two presentations on a cell tower made April 8 to a committee formed by the Anna Maria Island Community Center executive board was swift. Anna Maria resident Hal Badger said it sounds like a cell tower at …

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February tourism rate, dollars climb

Evidence of February tourism on Anna Maria Island during February can be found in this photo of numerous beachgoers at the Manatee Public Beach on a sunny day that month, despite the presence of a back-hoe digging up the remnants of the pier that used to stand at the beach. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Anna Maria Island accommodation managers, owners and rental agents said two weeks ago that their occupancy rates in February 2011 were extremely good and better than figures from last February. Those assessments turned out to be pretty accurate. Revenues from …

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Commission to consider telecom regs

Bradenton Beach commissioners on April 21 are set to consider the first reading of a draft telecommunications ordinance that prohibits cell towers anyplace but government property. The meeting at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., will begin at 1 p.m. …

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DOT presentation draws out bridge war vets

The Cortez Bridge spans the water between Cortez and Bradenton Beach. The Florida Department of Transportation is preparing for two projects — a rehab of the bridge and a study of the bridge. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

The state study is not begun and no recommendations have been made, but veterans of past skirmishes over the future of the Cortez Bridge vowed last week to oppose any high-rise span at the location. “A new bridge would wipe …

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Easter services planned

The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will host its annual non-denominational sunrise service on Easter Sunday, April 24. The service will take place at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, beginning at 6:30 a.m. All Island churches, …

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