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COVID-19 reaches Anna Maria Island

by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

COVID-19 crossed the bridge to Anna Maria Island. The Florida Department of Health reported the island’s first case of the […]

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Governor issues statewide order to stay home

by Lisa Neff | Be the first to comment

​Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis April 1 issued a “safer at home” order to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. […]

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Governor declares COVID-19 disaster, businesses close, boating restricted, 2 island cities limit rental reservations

by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

A dire situation calls for dire measures. All three cities on Anna Maria Island, as well as Manatee County, extended […]

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County closes boat ramps, restricts Beer Can boat access

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Fishing guides hoping to meet clients and launch are being put off at the boat ramps. Manatee County commissioners held […]

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Don’t tread on the boat ramp garden project

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Concrete barricades remain March 28 at the Kingfish Boat Ramp in Holmes Beach following a Manatee County order temporarily closing boat ramps to the public as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. Now, an island-based group is petitioning the county to transform the vast boat ramp parking lot into a community farm and pollinator garden. “It would really make a beautiful, unique entrance to the island,” said Betty Gotchu, president of Growing AMI. “I bet by week’s end we’ll see wildflowers coming up in the parking lot. Maybe even by April 1.” Then she added with a smile, “Oh, and happy April Fool’s Day. Everyone, please, laugh a little.” -— Lisa Neff

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Houses of worship provide food, faith during COVID-19

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Six younger members of the congregation at CrossPointe Fellowship, along with their mother Katy Roadman, pose March 26 after delivering supplies to Charlie and Beverly Wilmore at their residence in Holmes Beach. Anyone in need of assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic can call the church at 941-778-0719. Islander Photo: Courtesy CrossPointe Fellowship

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First responders find ‘encouragement’ for COVID-19 stress

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People are settling into a new normal. And no one knows how long it will last. Those on the frontline […]

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Island trolleys roll through pandemic

by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

Despite closures and cancellations caused by COVID-19, Manatee County Area Transit’s fare-free island trolleys continue to chug along. MCAT manager […]

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AME families prepare for distance learning

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Anna Maria Elementary began distance learning March 30 through “Schoology,” an online program allowing teachers to create lessons and communicate […]

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Life-saving deputies swim, rescue boaters

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A boating incident near Bean Point where a sandbar attracts boaters at the north end of Anna Maria Island left five people in need of rescue March 22. A Manatee County sheriff’s marine unit was dispatched to help with a boat that was taking on water, but MCSO deputies from the Anna Maria substation arrived first on scene from the beach, and Deputies Jacob Merrill and Todd Sellitto made the water rescue. Sellitto tossed a flotation ring out and pulled three people to shore and a boater in the vicinity helped Merrill pull two others to safety. Islander Photo: Courtesy MCSO/Facebook

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Drive-through COVID-19 testing starts up in Manatee County

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One month after the first case of COVID-19 in the state was documented in Manatee County, people are clamoring to […]

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Eyes on the road 04-01-2020

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

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Tops in Top Notch: Puppy love

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Peter Donahue wins The Islander’s Top Notch Pet Photo Contest with this image of his golden retriever, Finley, and his son’s buddy, Wilson. Donahue, of Arlington Heights, Illinois, took the photo with his iPhone 8 in April, shortly before he made his annual visit to Anna Maria Island. And the title of the photo? He called it “Puppy love.”


Top Notch tributes

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Sally Mann of Clermont earns an honorable mention in The Islander’s Top Notch Photo Contest for this image of a tricolored heron, taken June 28 on Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive in Apopka. Mann used a Nikon D850 with a Tamron 600 G2 lens.

Last week's roundup

COVID-19 snowballs, AMI beaches closed | by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

Island churches provide community aid, hope | by ChrisAnn Allen | Be the first to comment

COVID-19 closings and cancellations on Anna Maria Island | Be the first to comment

Spring break grinds to a halt, tourism promotions ‘stand down’ | by Sandy Ambrogi | Be the first to comment

Stocking up | Be the first to comment

Community center ‘ceases all operations’ | by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

Businesses shift plans in virus crisis, all dining rooms close | by Sandy Ambrogi | Be the first to comment

COVID-19 infects ‘season’ for local groups, institutions | by Lisa Neff | Be the first to comment

Islanders cast party ballots for presidential candidates | by Lisa Neff | Be the first to comment

Bradenton city employee killed on job | Be the first to comment

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Horseshoes play out spring sports season

by Kevin P. Cassidy

Reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to alter what is “normal” and routine in our lives and I’m not talking […]

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Strange times indeed, island sports meet virus limits
24th March 2020 | Be the first to comment

Games play on at center, soccer champs named, awarded
17th March 2020 | Be the first to comment

Fishing

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Inshore, offshore fishing opportunities roar in late March

by Capt. Danny Stasny

March is going out like a lion. Some of the best fishing opportunities of the year are occurring around Anna […]

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Spring fishing excels: no crowds, no fish virus, no problem
24th March 2020 | Be the first to comment

Fishing stays hot for spring break, no virus cooldown
17th March 2020 | Be the first to comment

Real Estate

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Island real estate transactions – 04-01-2020

by Jesse Brisson

603 Crestwood Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,471 sfla 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1963 on a 12,197 sq ft […]

Streetlife

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Streetlife – 04-01-2020

Anna Maria March 22, Bean Point, 800 block of North Shore Drive, water rescue. Manatee County Sheriff’s deputies and the […]

Classifieds

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, April. 1, 2020

ITEMS FOR SALE ANTIQUE PARTNER DESK: All wood, $1,000. See at The Islander office, 3218 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. […]