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Plaintiff pleas for continuance fail, BB Sunshine trial begins

by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | Be the first to comment

Bradenton Beach was rejected on its request for more “sunshine.” The trial began the morning of July 15. An emergency […]

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Anna Maria City Pier goes ‘dark for storm,’ lease negotiations launch

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When a theater is closed, actors and directors call it “dark.” Heavy rain bands passing over Anna Maria Island from […]

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Tourist tax collections cool in May, summer hits peak

by Sandy Ambrogi | Be the first to comment

Totals rose over May 2018, but short-term rentals on Anna Maria Island weren’t as busy in May as during the […]

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No-swim advisory posted for Palma Sola Bay

by Kathy Prucnell | Be the first to comment

The Florida Department of Health issued a no-swim advisory for a Palma Sola Bay beach after tests July 8 and […]

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Bradenton Beach CRA approves pier makeover, white paint

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A tentative deal to paint the Historic Bridge Street Pier white has been struck. The Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency […]

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Bortie Too nests again

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A screenshot taken July 14 shows Bortie Too, a female loggerhead, returning to shore overnight July 13 to nest on […]

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Bradenton man arrested for pot gets probation

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More than 20 grams turns a misdemeanor marijuana offense into a felony. Jose Eduardo Barajas, 19, pleaded no contest June […]

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Top Notch Week 4: ‘Sunset stroll in the surf’

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William Shafer, of Anna Maria, wins the fourth week of The Islander’s Top Notch photo contest with this photograph taken mid-summer on the beach near Magnolia Avenue in Anna Maria. Shafer won an Islander “More-than-a-mullet wrapper” T-shirt and entry into the finals, which offer one grand prize of $100 from The Islander and an assortment of gift certificates from participating advertisers. The next deadline is noon, Friday, July 19. Photographers can find rules and deadlines online at islander.org.

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MCSO arrests woman for Anna Maria gold theft

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A Manatee County sheriff’s deputy arrested a former Anna Maria woman for dealing in gold and silver coins allegedly stolen […]

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Anna Maria prototype for plank fencing approved

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Old engraved pier planks will soon border Anna Maria’s City Pier Park. Anna Maria commissioners met July 11 for a […]

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West coast wedding

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Drs. Lexa Murphy and Alex Pratt marry June 15 on Orcas Island, Washington. The bride is the daughter of Susan Timmins and Sean Murphy and she grew up on Anna Maria Island, attending Anna Maria Elementary. The groom is the son of Melissa and Dick Pratt and was born and raised in Seattle. The newlyweds live in Seattle, where she works as a clinical pediatric psychologist and he is an internal medicine physician. Their siblings — Ben Murphy and Catherine Pratt — were the officiants for the ceremony. Islander Courtesy Photos

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Trees downed at Coquina despite protest

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The Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency looked for the silver lining in the removal of 103 Australian pine trees from […]

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Roadwatch – 07-17-2019

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A flagger manages early morning traffic July 9 on Gulf Drive/State Road 789 in Bradenton Beach as Florida Department of […]

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Bradenton man pleads no contest to DUI after test challenge

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A Bradenton man pleaded no contest to driving under the influence in Holmes Beach after he petitioned the court to […]

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Skate park plans presented in Holmes Beach

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A new skate park is ramping up Holmes Beach. And could include an expansion if the city can raise the […]

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Bradenton Beach man arrested for Flamingo Cay burglary

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A man sent to state prison in 2012 for multiple burglaries was arrested July 8 in Flamingo Cay — a […]

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Sea turtle season intensifies on Anna Maria Island

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Sea turtle season is in full swing on Anna Maria Island. Loggerheads are nesting and hatchlings are emerging by the […]

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Top Notch Week 4: ‘Sunset stroll in the surf’

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William Shafer, of Anna Maria, wins the fourth week of The Islander’s Top Notch photo contest with this photograph taken mid-summer on the beach near Magnolia Avenue in Anna Maria. Shafer won an Islander “More-than-a-mullet wrapper” T-shirt and entry into the finals, which offer one grand prize of $100 from The Islander and an assortment of gift certificates from participating advertisers. The next deadline is noon, Friday, July 19. Photographers can find rules and deadlines online at islander.org.

The Islander’s 2019 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

Anna Maria celebrates America | by Cory Cole | Be the first to comment

Depositions conclude in Bradenton Beach Sunshine suit | by ChrisAnn Silver Esformes | Be the first to comment

Holiday tradition | Be the first to comment

Bradenton Beach man pleads no contest to DUI | Be the first to comment

Judge fines Bradenton Beach boat owner for at-risk vessel | by Kathy Prucnell | one comment

Cortez restaurant/fish house secures July 5 fireworks permit | by Kathy Prucnell | Be the first to comment

Illegal fireworks fly, 
cops curb a few | by Kathy Prucnell | Be the first to comment

HBPD arrests speeder for DUI | Be the first to comment

Coquina Beach tree removal on temporary hold, outcry rises | by Ryan Paice | 9 comments

Fireworks on the beach | Be the first to comment

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Sports

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Soccer played indoors, golf rained out, horseshoe plays on

by Kevin P. Cassidy

Indoor soccer action is ongoing in the gym at the Center of Anna Maria Island, with competition in two age […]

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Soccer goes indoors, golf on the links, horseshoes in AM
9th July 2019 | Be the first to comment

Adults wrap up soccer season, kids take game indoors
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Fishing

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Inshore fishing action remains hot despite wet conditions

by Capt. Danny Stasny

Anglers around Anna Maria Island are finding some decent inshore action as long as they don’t mind getting wet. Brief […]

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Be in the know if you’re going to be on the water
9th July 2019 | Be the first to comment

Fishing, temperature sizzle as AMI transitions to July
2nd July 2019 | 2 comments

Real Estate

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Island real estate transactions – 07-17-2019

by Jesse Brisson

100 36th St., Unit 7, Palm Gables, Holmes Beach, a 1,816 sfla 3bed/3½bath/2car condo with private pool built in 1952 […]

Streetlife

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Streetlife – 07-17-2019

Anna Maria June 20, 200 Fir Ave. and the beach, abandoned property. A Manatee County sheriff’s deputy found a makeshift […]

Classifieds

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, July 17 2019

ITEMS FOR SALE LEESA MATTRESS: TWO years old, barely used. Pristine condition, cover zips off to clean. Free. Call 941-226-0192. […]