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Ready, set, pump sand!

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Beach renourishment rolls south from Holmes Beach, where equipment lines the shore July 8 near 77th Street. The $17.3 million project funded by the federal, state and Manatee County governments will restore beaches to Longboat Pass, moving several blocks each day. The sand is pumped ashore from a borrow pit by a dredge vessel. Sea turtle nests are being relocated from the area to hand-dug nests in Anna Maria to protect eggs and hatchlings from being buried in the sand. For more on renourishment, see Nesting Notes, page 20. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Allen

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Island law enforcement contains July 4 holiday traffic, issues

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This year’s Fourth of July weekend lacked organized fireworks displays, but Holmes Beach didn’t lack visitors or traffic. Holmes Beach […]

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Deadline passes, house remains in bay waters off Cortez docks

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It’s the house on the water that won’t go away. A 30-day court-ordered extension for Raymond Guthrie Jr. to remove […]

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Pressure mounts to lift COVID-19 bar restrictions

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Bar owners on both Florida’s coasts are launching challenges against the state’s suspension of alcohol service at bars. Bars that […]

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Sea turtle activity spikes around beach renourishment

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The beaches are getting bigger. And so is the habitat. Beaches undergoing renourishment this summer will benefit nesting sea turtles […]

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Bridge Street flips the switch to underground utilities

by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

The power is up and running from new underground lines on Bridge Street. The Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency’s project […]

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Holmes Beach closer to permit parking zone, fine increase

by ChrisAnn Allen | Be the first to comment

Holmes Beach has plans to try out a new permit-only parking zone. In late April, on-street parking in the city […]

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Testing follows Longboat Key 26M-gallon sewage spill

by Lisa Neff | Be the first to comment

The eyes were on the ugly. And the noses were pinched by visitors July 9 to  Neal Preserve on the […]

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County health director answers questions about COVID-19

by ChrisAnn Allen | Be the first to comment

Manatee County was not immune to a statewide spike in cases of the novel coronavirus, starting in late-June. The county […]

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FISH considers landscaping changes to Cortez preserve

by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage has more changes in store for its nature preserve. FISH board members met July […]

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Kentucky woman arrested on DUI charge in BB

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Manatee County sheriff’s deputies arrested Kentucky resident Tabitha Renee Engle, 38, July 5 for allegedly driving while under the influence […]

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Motion to extend discovery granted in Bert Harris cases

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A discovery extension sought by the plaintiffs was granted July 8 for six Holmes Beach Bert Harris cases. Represented by […]

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Community Center reopens classes, summer camp

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The Center of Anna Maria Island planned to reopen July 13 with weekday hours of 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday […]

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Eyes on the road – 07-15-2020

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The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following notices: Cortez Road and 119th Street West in Cortez: […]

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Sarasota man arrested for DUI in Holmes Beach

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A Sarasota man was arrested July 3 for driving under the influence of alcohol in Holmes Beach. Dalton Culleny, 25, […]

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HB man arrested for DUI while driving a lawnmower

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A Holmes Beach man was arrested July 3 for driving a lawnmower under the influence of alcohol. Jack Scott Pritchard, […]

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Registration to close for primary

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Voter registration in advance of the August primary continues through July 20. Also, the deadline to request a mail-in-ballot for […]

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North Port woman arrested for DUI in Holmes Beach

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A North Port woman was arrested July 6 for driving under the influence of alcohol in Holmes Beach. Melanie Bioski, […]

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Top Notch Week 1: Pool fun

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Top Notch Week 1: Pool fun
Anne Ricci of Holmes Beach takes the prize in the first week of The Islander’s 2020 Top Notch photo contest with this summer-strong photograph of her great-grandson, Jayden Jenkins, cartwheeling into the swimming pool June 9 at Ricci’s home. Ricci won an Islander “More-than-a-mullet wrapper” T-shirt and entry into the finals, which offers a grand prize of $100 from The Islander and gift certificates from Islander advertisers.


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

Stars, stripes and sandy beaches | Be the first to comment

Beach buddies on detail | Be the first to comment

Fire damage leaves boat ramp dock closed | by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

Digging holes, lights shining lead sea turtles to danger | by ChrisAnn Allen | Be the first to comment

Bar owners consider serving a lawsuit over state restrictions | by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

Longboat Key sewage line breaks, pollutes Sarasota Bay | by Lisa Neff | Be the first to comment

State approves $2 million for Bradenton Beach utility project | by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

Bradenton Beach stands alone, no mask mandate, no comments | by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

State, Manatee COVID-19 cases soar ‘like a wildfire’ | by ChrisAnn Allen | Be the first to comment

Center shuts down for COVID-19, another restart planned | by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

Sports

Center soccer reboot, weekly horseshoe winners, KRC golf results

by Kevin P. Cassidy

After a closure due to COVID-19 issues, the Center of Anna Maria Island planned to open its doors at 407 […]

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Center games again canceled, but horseshoes, golf play on
7th July 2020 | Be the first to comment

Center sports halted due to COVID-19, KRC resumes matches
30th June 2020 | Be the first to comment

Fishing

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Mangrove snapper, other species on the hook — despite heat

by Capt. Danny Stasny

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is producing a “delicious” outcome. With the arrival of the hatch bait, mangrove snapper are […]

Recent Stories

Full moon wanes, fishing action picks up exponentially
7th July 2020 | Be the first to comment

Moving into July, temps run hot, fishing action hotter
30th June 2020 | Be the first to comment

Real Estate

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Island real estate transactions – 07-15-2020

by Bonner Joy

On vacation

Streetlife

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Streetlife – 07-15-2020

Anna Maria July 2, 200 block of Gladiolus Street, noise. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint about loud […]

Classifieds

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, July 15, 2020

ITEMS FOR SALE FREE: LARGE DOG door (10×15-inch flap) for sliding door, black. 941-567-4862. ANTIQUE PARTNER DESK: All wood, $1,000. […]