Category Archives: Featured Image

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County approves ‘green’ mixed development in Cortez

Environmentally friendly tiny homes seem to have won favor in Cortez as well as approval from the county board. The developers apparently found the right mix of energy-efficient tiny homes, vacation rentals, resort living, waterfront access and favor among the community. Even the name harkens back to the origins of Cortez, an area marked on […]

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Anna Maria’s top tale of 2017: Hurricane Irma

Only one hurricane has been known to make landfall on Anna Maria Island. After a busy year, commissioners in Anna Maria have a lot on their minds, but when it comes to the biggest story of 2017, there’s no dispute: Hurricane Irma. The early September storm, which brought with it a mandatory evacuation of the […]

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Anna Maria city pier closure trickles down Pine Avenue

The Anna Maria City Pier has been closed for almost four months. Meanwhile, short-term and season visitors arrive to the island. For many retail businesses in Anna Maria, the pier’s closure is a point of concern. Residents, officials and shop owners throughout Anna Maria agree the pier’s closure is likely to negatively impact businesses until […]

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‘Christmas Miracle’ 
on 65th Street

Christmas dreams do come true. Lauren Richardson was celebrating her two-year wedding anniversary Dec. 21 near the 65th street access on the beach in Holmes Beach with her husband Nick and members of her family when she lost her engagement ring in the sand. A lifelong visitor to Anna Maria Island, Lauren and her husband […]

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Wienermobile drivers choose AMI for pit-stop

Meat the hot-doggers. Elise “Cheddar Cheese” Johnson and Dominic “Dijon Dom” Ricci are two of 12 people who can drive the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile — with the rare exception of Jay Leno, who took the modified Chevy truck for a spin and a story earlier this year for his TV series on motor vehicles, “Jay […]

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Bell ringing: A family affair on AMI

Dave Greene and daughter Gigi, a third-grade student at Anna Maria Elementary, ring the bell Nov. 28 for the Salvation Army holiday kettle drive at the island Publix Super Market, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Karen Riley-Love

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Public pleas: 
Save pier planks

Benches on the Anna Maria City Pier. A boardwalk in Anna Maria. Wall decor. Emails to the city of Anna Maria contain a plethora of suggestions for re-purposing or salvaging the engraved Anna Maria City Pier planks when the pier is rebuilt. Ayres Associates, the engineering firm hired to rebuild the pier, estimated it will […]

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The audience knew the words by heart

Anna Maria Elementary fourth-graders fill the school stage with song and dance Nov. 14 as they perform “Rock Around the Fifties,” a musical tribute to the 1950s. Old favorites filled the school auditorium and students took advantage of the new, larger stage, recently completed with donations from the AME Parent-Teacher Organization. Islander Photos: Sandy Ambrogi