Pier opening draws diverse crowd to BB

Leading the crew of Anna Maria Island Privateers to the Feb. 27 dedication and grand opening party for the new Historic Bridge Street Pier are Bob “Stitch” Dominas, flanked by Dianne “Mai Tai” Gritzmacher and Joy “Piper” Fitzpatrick. Islander Photos: …

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Florida Supreme Court denies review of net ban decision

Mark Coarsey talks about net fishing Feb. 14 with Manatee County Commissioner Betsy Benac and husband Bob Benac at the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival. Islander Photo: Jennifer Glenfield.  Click here for more

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Late-night crash sends SUV into gallery

Two large windows and damages litter the Guild Gallery of the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, after a Jeep Cherokee crashed through its windows and into the gallery at about 11 p.m. Feb. 13. …

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Whopper catch

Linda Smith of Oxford, Iowa, shows off a 27-inch redfish she hooked with a shrimp for bait on a Jan. 31 charter with Capt. Danny Stasny.

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Past commissioners, chief, firefighters honored at WMFR awards

West Manatee Fire and Rescue recognized outstanding district firefighters at its Jan. 29 awards ceremony. Those honored include Zach Benshoff, Jeff Philips, Ben Dillon, Tyler MacDonald, Chad Brunner, Inspector Keith Miller, Chief Andy Price, Capt. Ryan Moore, Capt. James Leigh, …

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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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