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Bradenton Beach stands by county mask policy

by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

Face masks are mandated in Bradenton Beach businesses. City commissioners voted 2-2 Aug. 6 on a motion to approve an […]

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Last Lap’s last gasp

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A 35-foot vessel, the Last Lap, sinks Aug. 9 about two miles off Anna Maria’s Bean Point. U.S. Coast Guard Station Cortez dispatched a 45-foot response boat and crew to work with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office marine unit at the scene. The first responders transferred two boaters as their boat took on water. The boaters had notified Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg that the Last Lap was going down. The boaters were transported to the station in Cortez, where family awaited and a salvage team was to remove the boat from the water. Islander Photo: Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

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AME staff preps for back-to-school 2020-21

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Don’t forget the pencils, pens, paper and face masks. It’s back to school we go. Anna Maria Elementary principal Jackie […]

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Sheriff’s deputies help with sea turtle safety on patrol in Anna Maria

by ChrisAnn Allen | Be the first to comment

Some Manatee County Sheriff’s deputies experience sea turtle activity that most others never see. As officers on the night shift, […]

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Anna Maria mayor explains veto on breast exposure ordinance

by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy rarely has used his veto power. But he did so Aug. 3, quashing an ordinance […]

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State closes Bridge Street bar — again

by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

One Bradenton Beach bar has closed for the third time since the coronavirus began spreading in the United States. Joe […]

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Anna Maria commissioner resigns

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The Anna Maria City Commission will be short one member at the end of August. Commissioner Amy Tripp has announced […]

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Beach renourishment makes headway

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Two bulldozers level sand pumped from a barge offshore to the beach at the Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach. The project paused Aug. 7 for 7-10 days while contractors relocate pipes to the beach near 34th Street in Holmes Beach, where a second dredge will be added as a booster, as the equipment and the pumping approaches Bradenton Beach. The beach construction is part of a $17.3 million renourishment project, restoring sand on the shoreline lost to storms and high tides. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Allen

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Manatee County sees slowdown in COVID-19 cases

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The daily rate of COVID-19 cases appeared to be dropping in Manatee County. “This is accurate that we are seeing […]

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Anna Maria presses restart on pier operations

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Anna Maria has changed its tack from restaurant to grill for the city pier. The city is again advertising for […]

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Tornado tears path through Coquina Beach

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No one was injured when a late afternoon storm Aug. 9 brought a waterspout ashore and toppled one of the Coquina Beach
lifeguard towers.

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Manatee County’s June tourist tax revenues below 2019, trending up

by Lisa Neff | Be the first to comment

Tourist tax revenues in Manatee County began an ascent in June, as “safer at home” restrictions eased and summer travels […]

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Lawnmower driver faces new charge after DUI arrest

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A Holmes Beach man, Jack Scott Pritchard, 75, was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol […]

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AM commissioners discuss tax increase, uncertain revenues

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Anna Maria’s 2020-21 budget is taking shape. City commissioners voted 5-0 July 30 to approve a proposed tentative millage of […]

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Eyes on the road – 08-12-2020

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

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Manatee County COVID-19 cases by city, ZIP code

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According to the Florida Department of Health website by Florida Division of Emergency Management Aug. 9, positive cases of COVID-19 […]

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Top Notch Week 5: Dance of the cranes

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Week 5: Dance of the cranes
Holly Avedisian of Bradenton wins week 5 with this image, captured in February at Myakka River State Park. She wins an Islander “More-than-a-mullet wrapper” T-shirt and entry into the contest finals, which offers a grand prize of $100 from The Islander and gift certificates from Islander advertisers, including Slim’s Place, Island Coffee Haus, Restless Natives, Mr. Bones BBQ, Cremesh European Restaurant, Cupcake Delights, The Feast and Minnie’s Beach Cafe.


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

Beachgoers navigate pipeline to reach shoreline | Be the first to comment

Anna Maria jilts Ugly Grouper, pier restaurant deal off | by ChrisAnn Allen | Be the first to comment

Center of Anna Maria Island finishes fiscal year in black despite COVID-19 | by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

Forensics by the forest | Be the first to comment

Debates aired as county joins AM, HB in mandating masks | by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

Sea turtle traverses pipe to nest, hatches abound | Be the first to comment

Holmes Beach mayor contests plan for Kingfish Boat Ramp | by ChrisAnn Allen | Be the first to comment

COVID-19 skyrockets, county agencies step up game plan | by ChrisAnn Allen | Be the first to comment

Bradenton man arrested for voyeurism at the beach | Be the first to comment

AM mayor vetoes ‘exposure,’ OKs alcohol ordinances | by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

Sports

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Center adult soccer continues, youth soccer rises on horizon

by Kevin P. Cassidy

After four weeks of action in the adult soccer league at the Center of Anna Maria Island, Sato Real Estate […]

Recent Stories

Adult soccer picks up, youth soccer on tap at center pitch
4th August 2020 | Be the first to comment

Locals team up to support a cause, fight diabetes
28th July 2020 | Be the first to comment

Fishing

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Timing is everything when targeting fish

by Capt. Danny Stasny

With air temps in the 90s and water temps to match, fishing remains consistently “hot” around Anna Maria Island. You […]

Recent Stories

Chart a beat-the-heat course on the water, get top hookups
4th August 2020 | Be the first to comment

Bountiful mangrove snapper, variety of fish keep anglers busy
28th July 2020 | Be the first to comment

Real Estate

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Island real estate transactions – 08-12-2020

by Bonner Joy

623 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,870 sfla / 2,720 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car bayfront home built in 1966 on a […]

Streetlife

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Streetlife – 08-12-2020

Anna Maria July 31, 200 block of Willow Avenue, found child. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office received a call that […]

Classifieds

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020

ITEMS FOR SALE LEATHER COUCH: OFF-white, $99. Perfect condition. 941-778-5542 or 941-778-3920. CAR ROOF RACK: Fits Hyundai Tucson, $100, oil […]