AMI celebrates National Arbor Day

Florida Forest Service spokesman Ed Flowers assists April 25 in raising the Tree City USA flag, recognizing National Arbor Day at the U.S. Post Office, 116 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Mark Young

It all started 140 years ago in Nebraska when it was suggested to put aside one day of the year to plant new trees. Since then, Arbor Day has expanded across the country and the world as a celebration and …

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Coquina Cafe opens, celebration planned this month

The Coquina Cafe concession stand at Coquina Beach quietly opened in early April, but an opening celebration is planned for this month. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Without much fanfare, the Coquina Cafe at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach opened April 7, but a grand reopening celebration is planned sometime this month. According to Manatee County Parks and Recreation programs and policies coordinator Mike Whelan, the Bradenton …

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Take back rakes in drugs

Holmes Beach Police Officer Vern McGowan holds one of four boxes collected by noon Saturday, April 28, in the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. drug Take Back Day. The department already had collected three large and one smaller box of unwanted or …

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HB commissioners hear new rental complaints

Commissioner Jean Peelen read into the record April 24 at the Holmes Beach commission work session an e-mail advertisement for a “monster house” on 66th Street.     The ad states: “South Seas is a brand new luxury island tropical home …

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Search ongoing for missing paddleboarder

Jeffrey Comer

According to the city of Tampa website April 30, at press time for The Islander, the search in the Gulf of Mexico for a missing paddleboarder was ongoing. According to information released by the Tampa Police Department, Jeffrey Comer, 50, …

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Roadwatch, May 2-9

Equipment and flashing signs line the east side of North Shore Drive in Anna Maria near the Cypress Avenue intersection where workers from Hawkins Construction Co. are installing new sewer lines for the Manatee County Utilities Department. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Installation of new sewer lines on North Shore Drive at Cypress Avenue in Anna Maria has begun and the project is expected to last several months, according to the Manatee County Utilities Department. Traffic on North Shore Drive should not …

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WMFR plans Station 2 remodel

West Manatee Fire Rescue firefighters Ben Dillion and Tim Pierce stand outside Station 2, 10350 Cortez Road, Cortez, originally built as a two-man engine company with an all-volunteer crew in 1987. Station 2 is expected to undergo approximately $900,000 in improvements this year.

West Manatee Fire Rescue Station 2 was built in 1987 as an all-volunteer station in the days when neighbors helped neighbors, and the firefighters who gave freely of their time lived in the district.          The times, of course, have …

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