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AMCP whittled from Tampa Bay horizon

Gutted, crumbled and removed from the horizon. The Anna Maria City Pier Restaurant and bait shop are gone. Fresh off a week of vacation to celebrate Independence Day, around 10 workers from Speeler and Associates began the second phase of the pier demolition project — tearing down the pier-head superstructure. The process began July 9 […]

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Eagle eye – First week winner of The Islander’s 2018 Top Notch photo contest

Holly Avedisian of Bradenton wins the first week of The Islander’s 2018 Top Notch photo contest with this image of a bald eagle taking flight. The photo was taken June 26 in Robinson Preserve in west Bradenton. “This bald eagle is occasionally seen perched in one of the palms or catching fish in one of the ponds. …I watched him catch (a fish) and bring it up to the path, where he ate seemingly unconcerned that I was taking photos,” Avedisian wrote in her entry. This winning photograph won the shooter an Islander “More than a mullet wrapper” T-shirt and is a finalist in the contest, which offers a grand prize of $100 from The Islander and an assortment of gift certificates from advertisers.

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Pier plank pickup begins at AM city hall

Tyce Clark, right, loads his engraved city pier plank in the bed of his pickup as Bob Rathbun walks away with another plank. Retrieval of the Anna Maria City Pier engraved planks for those people who requested a plank began July 2 and continues through the month 10 a.m.-noon Mondays-Fridays at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Ryan Paice

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Anna Maria Island readies for ‘big’ 4th of July

“Leave the beach the way you found it — only natural — because when you go home, the sea turtles will be coming.” That is Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer’s message to July Fourth revelers. “It’s simple: have a great time, be safe, follow the rules and clean up after yourself,” Tokajer said June […]

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Pier demolition begins, 250 engraved planks removed

It was a clear, blue morning and the Anna Maria City Pier was buzzing with activity. But not the kind you think. Workers were removing planks. The demolition of the pier began June 11 with the removal of some 250 requested planks from the 800-foot-long walkway. Early that day, Frank Agnelli, owner of Agnelli Pools […]

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Anna Maria signs pier demolition contract

Two tries, two contractors and it’s done. The first contractor selected to demolish the Anna Maria City Pier is out. Now Anna Maria will sign with Speeler and Associates for $732,000 to demolish the pier. It’s $47,000 more than the contract authorized May 29 with Sully’s Quality Projects, a Venice-based firm, but those negotiations came […]

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Anna Maria rejects $685K pier demo contract, moves to No. 2 bid

A contract offer to Sully’s Quality Projects went out the window June 4 when commissioners declined to negotiate a down payment requested by the company. The Venice-based firm was the top candidate, according to a ranking system that measured skill, experience, references, location of contractors, work plan and adherence to specifications of the project. The […]

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Science experiment erupts on the beach

Friends Vincent Gollamudi, 5, Stone Smith, 6, Amelia Thiessen, 6, Fox Smith, 8, and Tobias Thiessen, 8, squeal as their sand volcano erupts on the shoreline in Holmes Beach. The kids created the volcano with some help from parents after a recent early afternoon release from Anna Maria Elementary. The lava is spewing from a warm, shaken bottle of soda, according to Nenita Daguinatos, parent-photographer, who noted the beach was restored before the group headed home.

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Environmental group pushes for Cortez Bridge details

A Cortez Bridge study by the Florida Department of Transportation was a sham, according to ManaSota-88, a nonprofit devoted to public health and environmental issues. “This is wrong on every level,” said Holmes Beach resident Barbara Hines, ManaSota-88 vice chair and a member of Holmes Beach Planning Commission. “It appears they selected the most environmentally […]