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In the pink, headed to rehab

Gail Straight of Wildlife Inc. holds a roseate spoonbill as Mike Ebersole, Florida Department of Transporation superviser, looks on. DRMP Inc. surveyors spotted the injured bird June 7 near a retention pond in a gated DOT area behind the Cortez Cultural Center. Ebersole opened the gate and Straight took the bird to her rehab center in Bradenton Beach. She said the spoonbill likely injured its leg.

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$7.4M AMI pipeline project to affect island traffic into 2019

Anna Maria Island traffic is expected to tighten along the main artery of Gulf Drive and associated side streets as construction on the $7,427,500 underground waterline replacement project begins in two weeks. Preliminary work began May 29. Actual construction should begin by mid-June, said project spokesperson Trudy Gerena, of the community outreach department with Manatee […]

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U.S. Navy Commander Michael Riordan speaks May 29

U.S. Navy Commander Michael Riordan speaks May 29 about the meaning of Memorial Day to the crowd gathered for a celebration honoring fallen service men and women at City Pier Park, North Bay Boulevard at Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, for the city’s Memorial Day event. Islander Photo: Courtesy City of Anna Maria/LeAnne Addy

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Tree house owners seek rehearing after loss

Voters won’t be weighing in on grandfathering a beachfront tree house in Holmes Beach if the most recent court decision stays its course. The newest city win came in early May, when the 2nd District Court of Appeal let stand a lower court order prohibiting a city ballot question based on the petitions of Lynn […]

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Aqua By The Bay development proposal draws ire

For about two hours April 29, the traffic-calming roundabout at El Conquistador Parkway and 75th Street in unincorporated Manatee County adjacent to a planned large-scale mixed-use development was anything but calm. About100 environmentalists, commercial fishers and neighbors — protesting in advance of a May 4 Manatee County Commission meeting — chanted “No Way, Aqua Bay,” […]

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Holes on the beach pose danger to walkers, sea turtles

A female snowy plover sits next to her chick April 20 on the beach near 81st Street in Holmes Beach. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteers have been watching a mating pair and another male on the beach in that area. The chick pictured is one of three that hatched April 19. Islander Photo: Courtesy 
Pete Gross

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Bayfront mega project gets county planners’ nod

Manatee County planning commissioners voted 3-2 April 13 to recommend a large-scale mixed-use development along more than 2 miles of Sarasota Bay shoreline southeast of Cortez and Anna Maria Island. The action moves approval of Aqua By The Bay — 2,894 homes, 78,000 square feet of commercial space, 13- and five-story buildings, a 2-mile lagoon […]

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Key Royale neighbors miffed over derelict boat, fuel spill

On an island surrounded by water, it seems someone would be responsible for regulating and removing derelict or problem boats from the waterways. But in a case of “shooting across the bow,” it’s really not so easy, as Key Royale residents discovered after attempts to get a decaying vessel removed from a privately owned slip […]