Bradenton Beach pier reopens: Fish, dine, stroll over water

The sign that welcomes boaters to the Historic Bridge Street Pier is lighted at night. Islander Photo: Ed Scott

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Animal advocates protest outside Cortez veterinarian clinic

Protestors outraged by alleged animal killing and cruelty at the hand of Manatee County Animal Services picketed Jan. 13 outside Beach Veterinary Clinic, 4404 124th St. W., Cortez. Dr. Luke Berglund, clinic owner and the county’s animal services medical director, …

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AME: Off in a ‘Dash’

Runners sprint off the starting line at the sound of the air horn during the Dolphin Dash 5k run Jan. 10 at AME. Islander Photo: Karen Riley-Love (click here for more Riley-Love Photography from the Dolphin Dash)

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Islander of the year takes passion to activism

Jeannie Bystrom frees a pelican that became entangled by fishing line in the branches of a mangrove tree in Bimini Bay. Islander Courtesy Photo

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Happy holiday for Silver Center adventurers

Members of the Senior Adventures browse the secret Santa raffle gifts during the annual holiday party at Annie Silver Community Center in Bradenton Beach.

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Shipwreck: Repairs stalled on Skullywag

The Anna Maria Island Privateers’ Skullywag is “anchored” near the Anna Maria City Pier for an event. The float-boat was damaged in a crash earlier this month. Islander File Photo: Jack Elka

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Ho, Ho, Ho, matey!

The Anna Maria Island Privateers — left by a crash on U.S. 41 on Dec. 6 without their trademark boat/float — found a ride for their Dec. 13 parade from the DeSoto crewe and the Christmas parade went off without …

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Docked indefinitely

The Anna Maria Island Privateers’ boat-float, the Skullywag, has been docked indefinitely. The “ship” was involved in a crash Dec. 6 after the Privateers’ participation in a Christmas parade in Sarasota. The group will carry on with plans for its …

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Thanksgiving prayers come with bountiful buffet, plethora of pies, new friendships

Thanksgiving Day at Roser Memorial Community Church on Pine Avenue was punctuated with a full turkey dinner — all cooked, served and, yes, cleaned up — by church volunteers. New pastor, the Rev. Bob O’Keef says grace and sends tables …

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BB bans candy-flavored tobacco

Bayshore High students Lydia Cummings, from left, Victoria Graham and Christopher Giles pose with the Bradenton Beach Commission and Police Chief Sam Speciale following passage of their proposal to ban sales of candy flavored tobacco products in Bradenton Beach. Islander …

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