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County invests in beachgoer safety, lifeguard towers

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Manatee County has spent several months improving safety for lifeguards and beachgoers at the public beaches on Anna Maria Island. […]

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BB restaurant manager nabbed for stealing purse, $20K

by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

​It’s the case of a flip-flopping story about a missing purse and a big wad of cash. ​Bradenton Beach police […]

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Sea turtles not slowed by Sally, season nearly done

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Sea turtle season is almost over. Luckily, Sally did not wash out the finish line as the hurricane moved north […]

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4 HB candidates offer ideas for growth in paradise

by ChrisAnn Allen | Be the first to comment

Holmes Beach voters will choose on the Nov. 3 ballot from four names to fill two seats on the city […]

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Airbnb suspends Bradenton Beach ‘party houses’

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By Amy V.T. Moriarty Islander Reporter At least one island property listing is among 40 statewide vacation homes that have […]

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BB proceeds with buried utility project for Gulf Drive

by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

Bradenton Beach’s state-funded $2 million project to bury utilities along sections of Gulf Drive is charging forward. City commissioners voted […]

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Beach renourishment slows for Sally, dune addition approved

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Beach renourishment on Anna Maria Island ground to a halt in the wake of Hurricane Sally. The two dredges that […]

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Cortez stilt-house grounded in court

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A stilt-house just 200-300 feet from the docks in Cortez— described as a “net camp” by its builder Raymond Guthrie Jr. — remains in Sarasota Bay. The Florida Department of Department of Environmental Protection won its suit seeking an order that Guthrie remove the unpermitted structure over state waters, but Guthrie hasn’t complied with the order. The DEP now has filed a motion for contempt, which is scheduled to be heard via Zoom at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, by Judge Edward Nicholas. Islander Photo: Jack Elka

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Skyway rescue

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Law enforcement approaches a man Sept. 13 on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said the 23-year-old Palmetto man led officers on a pursuit following a DUI traffic stop in Bradenton and nearly ran over a deputy before driving to the top of the bridge and climbing on the edge of the barrier wall. Deputies pleaded with the man, later arrested, to get down and one deputy took an opportunity to pull the man to safety. MCSO-Anna Maria patrol Deputy Jacob Merrill took part in the incident while on his way home from his shift in Anna Maria. The MCSO’s aviation unit captured video of the rescue. Islander Screenshot

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FISH sends statement to court opposing Cortez megabridge

by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage is signing on to oppose plans to build a Cortez megabridge. FISH members voted […]

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County sees positive outcome, extends face mask mandate

by ChrisAnn Allen | Be the first to comment

Manatee County credits mandated masks for lowering the curve of new local cases of the novel coronavirus. “We have tourists […]

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Holmes Beach chase ends in grand theft auto arrest

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Police say a 32-year-old Tampa man led them on a vehicle chase that started east of the Anna Maria Island […]

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Missing kayaker found

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It was a positive ending. First responders searched for hours Sept. 14 for a 30-year-old Bradenton man reported missing from […]

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Poor recordkeeping practice in HB results in new cellphones

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Florida’s open records laws apply to all forms of communication — including text messages. A recent records request for text […]

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Eyes on the road – 09-23-2020

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The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following roadwatch information: Multiple locations in Bradenton Beach: A county […]

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Top Notch Prized winnings

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Prized winnings
Katy Roadman of Holmes Beach, winner of The Islander’s 2020 Top Notch photo contest, collects her prize package at the newspaper office. Roadman one a “More-than-a-mullet wrapper” T-shirt as a finalist and then the grand prize, which included $100 from The Islander and gift certificates from contest sponsors, including Slim’s Place, Island Coffee Haus, Restless Natives, Mr. Bones BBQ and Cremesh European Restaurant. Roadman won with a night photo of her children playing on the beach. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy


The Islander’s 2020 Top Notch photo contest launches

The Islander’s Top Notch contest begins anew. The contest celebrates what still is known as the “Kodak moment,” despite the […]

Last week's roundup

Sand replenished at thinnest beaches | Be the first to comment

Hatching activity slows, turtle watch looks ahead to lighting | by ChrisAnn Allen | Be the first to comment

Holmes Beach extends mask mandate to 2021 | by ChrisAnn Allen | Be the first to comment

Prepping for Peace Day | Be the first to comment

Fire district increases assessments, spending for 2020-21 | by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

Cortez megabridge challengers offer settlement to DOT | by Lisa Neff | Be the first to comment

State lifts bar restriction, but no impacts to AMI | by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

Island ‘Super Market’ allegedly skirts face mask mandate | by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

HB tightens belt but increases spending, taxes | by ChrisAnn Allen | Be the first to comment

Eyes on the road – 09-16-2020 | Be the first to comment

Sports

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Beach Bums wear adult soccer crown, kids record week 2

by Kevin P. Cassidy

The championship game for the summer adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island was finally played Sept. […]

Recent Stories

Youth soccer kicks off, adults benched by storm, power outage
15th September 2020 | Be the first to comment

Final 4 set for adult soccer playoffs, KRC golfers beat out rain
8th September 2020 | Be the first to comment

Fishing

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Rain persists, anglers persevere in Anna Maria Island waters

by Capt. Danny Stasny

Dodging rain storms remained the trend for yet another week, while anglers working the waters around Anna Maria Island retain […]

Recent Stories

Wait out rainstorms to be rewarded with hookups, dinner
15th September 2020 | Be the first to comment

Thunderstorms flush catch-and-release trio from river to hook
8th September 2020 | Be the first to comment

Real Estate

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Island real estate transactions – 09-16-2020

by Bonner Joy

On Vacation

Streetlife

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Streetlife – 09-23-2020

Anna Maria Sept. 12, 200 block of South Bay Boulevard, noise. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint about […]

Classifieds

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020

ITEMS FOR SALE CAR ROOF RACK: Easy to install, $100, oil paintings, framed, $25. 941-920-2494. ITALIAN LEATHER COUCH as new, […]