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Breaking news: AMI to host Obama visit

  As The Islander went to press, the three island mayors and the Island Democratic Club issued a joint announcement heralding a town hall-style meeting with President Barack Obama to be held Wednesday, April 1, at The Islander newspaper office …

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Reality TV to film at island city halls

Anna Maria Island officials will soon have their shot at keeping up with the Kardashians. Filmmakers Sam Hardy and Heather Harr teamed up in Kansas City, Missouri, six years ago to create Hardy-Harr Productions, and soon will be turning their …

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You’re invited

The public is invited to observe the second annual “Crow Supper” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, under demonstrably alive live oak trees at the City Pier Park, Pine Avenue at North Bay Boulevard, Anna Maria.           Organizer Mike …

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The ship of fools

Back when I was in college, I lived in a three-bedroom apartment with five other guys. The place was dubbed “The Ship of Fools,” after a Grateful Dead song. It was the spot for numerous gatherings. With two guys in …

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April arrives.

It seems the appropriate time to look ahead to the future — as it would be impossible to look back to the future, Hollywood blockbusters not withstanding. It is with extreme verbosity that I take this opportunity to announce the …

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Bayflite transports child to hospital

Bayflite transports child to hospital     Emergency medical providers prepare to transport a youth to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg for injuries sustained in a swimming pool. The Bayflite trauma transport landed on city field adjacent to Holmes Beach City …

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BB pier eviction heads to court April 27

Roland Pena awaits customers at the Cast-n-Cage Restaurant at the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach. Islander File Photo

The city of Bradenton Beach’s eviction of Cast-n-Cage Restaurant from the Historic Bridge Street Pier will be heard by Judge Charles Sniffen in 12th Judicial Circuit Court beginning at 2:30 p.m. April 27. “We’re trying desperately to get a sooner …

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CityFest sparks up city field

  Children join the belly dancers on the field at Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The March 27-28 event included entertainment, food and beverage sales, as well as craft and art vendors and a car show. …

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State closes case against Cortez man

The 12th Judicial Circuit State Attorney closed the case against a Cortez man arrested in connection with an altercation in downtown Bradenton. Demetrios George Kokolis, 23, was arrested in September 2014 by the Bradenton Police Department for an alleged aggravated …

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Officials plan bid to limit drawbridge openings

Vehicles heading west on the Cortez Bridge line up March 25 to wait for a sailboat to pass through the bascule opening. The Cortez and Anna Maria Island drawbridges can be raised on demand from boaters twice an hour during peak-tourist season. Islander Photo: Ed Scott

There are few simple answers for solving the traffic problems that beset Anna Maria Island. One idea is to help vehicles get on and off the island more easily. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, on average, vehicles make …

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