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City pushes pier opening to March

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Let the celebration begin. Well, nearly, almost, but not yet. Not in February, as planned, but soon. The Anna Maria […]

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State legislative session peaks, home rule, property rights at risk

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The right for local governments to regulate is on the line in Tallahassee. “Another week, more movement” was how Florida […]

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13th annual AME Dolphin Dash takes off

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Runners in the AME Dolphin Dash 5K take their marks at the starting line in the school parking lot, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The course will take then through the streets of Holmes Beach and back to finish line at the school.

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Osprey nests atop Bradenton Beach cell tower

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An osprey, a fish-eating bird of prey, sits Feb. 5 in the nest it made atop the cell tower in Bradenton Beach. Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale told The Islander Feb. 3 the osprey nest will remain undisturbed on the structure unless the tower needs repairs. In 2017, an osprey nest was removed from the tower because Hurricane Irma left the tower damaged. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Allen

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Bradenton Beach plans growth, additions to living shoreline

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The Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency has its sights set on building upon the living shoreline projects it began last […]

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Lot clearing halted for nesting herons in Holmes Beach

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Protecting the balance between development and wildlife is a priority on Anna Maria Island. In mid-January, Holmes Beach Mayor Judy […]

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Cortez celebrates ‘steady’ roots with annual fishing festival

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Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime. […]

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Opening day on deck for Holmes Beach skate ramps, bowl

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“We are thrilled to be able to skate here again,” Holmes Beach resident Rob Dellenger said Feb. 3, referring to […]

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Back in the day

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Maloney sweetheart: The late Don Maloney, a Holmes Beach city commissioner, performs — in drag — at the 2006 Kiwanis Club’s Valentine dance to the song, “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.” Maloney brought the house down when he made his entrance, wearing loads of lipstick and cherry-smeared cheeks, a blue silk dress and a big red wig, complete with a “wild Irish rose” in his teeth. And he held his “character” of Lily LaTusch through the song, sashaying among the tables and several hundred guests with their sides splitting and tears rolling down their cheeks from laughter. Islander File Photo: Bonner Joy

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Fire district, island resort resolve sprinkler dispute

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A Holmes Beach resort has dropped its legal battle with the West Manatee Fire Rescue District. WMFR officials disclosed Jan. […]

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Motion to reconsider denied in Bert Harris cases

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The reconsideration sought by the plaintiffs was denied and summary judgment granted to Holmes Beach for three Bert Harris cases. […]

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Eyes on the road 02-12-2020

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The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following for the week of Feb. 10: Multiple locations in […]

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Heads in beds generate $1.4M in tourist tax in December 2019

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Overnight stays in Manatee County generated about $1.4 million in bed taxes in December 2019. The county bed tax of […]

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Gulf Drive section down to one lane Tuesday

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You might want to think twice about driving through Bradenton Beach Tuesday, Feb. 11. Bradenton Beach Police Lt. John Cosby […]

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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

Murderer speaks from jail | by Sandy Ambrogi | Be the first to comment

Bradenton man arrested for DUI in Holmes Beach | Be the first to comment

Detour plans delayed for Cortez roadwork | by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

Bridge Street paver, utility projects on temporary hold | by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

Turtle watch plans season around beach renourishment | by ChrisAnn Allen | Be the first to comment

Anna Maria advertises for new pier tenant | by Phil Colpas | Be the first to comment

Transportation advisers approve 2020 project priority list | by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

State DEP to request removal of net camp | by Leslie Lake | Be the first to comment

Holmes Beach commission to revisit ‘ScootCoupe’ ban | by ChrisAnn Allen | Be the first to comment

Centenarian honored for WWII service | Be the first to comment

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Winter sports on AMI play to terrific spring-like weather

by Kevin P. Cassidy

The undefeated ranks lost another team. There now are three teams chasing a perfect season after five weeks of action […]

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AMI horseshoe players defend, football at center, golf at KRC
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Islanders team up for winter golf, football, horseshoes, tennis
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Fishing

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Unpredictable weather results in variety of catches

by Capt. Danny Stasny

Fishing around Anna Maria Island seems to be following a trend much like the weather — unpredictable. It has its […]

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Cooler weather signals start for sheepherding season
4th February 2020 | Be the first to comment

Sandwich fishing between fronts for best action
28th January 2020 | Be the first to comment

Real Estate

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Island real estate transactions – 02-12-2020

by Jesse Brisson

532 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 3,765 sfla / 6,250 sfur 5bed/5½bath/4car canalfront pool home built in 2019 on […]

Streetlife

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Streetlife -02-12-2020

Anna Maria No new reports. MCSO polices Anna Maria. Bradenton Beach Jan. 23, 100 block of Second Street North, abandoned […]

Classifieds

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020

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