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Date of Issue: June 08, 2006

Memorial Day: Madness, crowds, traffic

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Scores of people visited the Island beaches over Memorial Day weekend as attested to at Kingfish Boat Ramp on Manatee Avenue was overflowing with boat trailers. Islander Photo: Billy Malfese

The Island cities and beaches were crammed with countless people looking to relax over Memorial Day weekend. The Manatee Public Beach was by far the most packed, as cars were lined up to park on the grassy berms along Manatee Avenue.

The public beach could have even been more crowded, but the Holmes Beach Police Department was out in full force, ticketing illegally parked cars, forcing people to other Island beaches.

Even the northernmost beach on the Island, Bean Point, which rarely attracts anyone because of its distance from the mainland, was packed over the weekend.

At its worst, Memorial Day traffic was backed up from the public beach all the way to the Palma Sola causeway in Bradenton.

Along with beaches being packed, the waterways were, too. Kingfish Boat Ramp on Manatee Avenue had easily more than 40 trucks with boat trailers parked in the lot. Hundreds of Jet-Skis and boats could be seen on the water over the weekend. As long as there is beautiful weather, a beach, and a day or two off, people will flock to the Island to get a glimpse of paradise.

Where they will flock is the question, as more Manatee population crowd limited public facilities on Anna Maria Island.