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2-year-old drowns at Anna Maria vacation home

Neighbors heard the mother scream from blocks away. Emma Thompson, 2, drowned in a pool July 11 at 207 Sycamore Ave., Anna Maria, according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports. Authorities say the child, her mother and two brothers, age 4 and 7, of Apopka, were vacationing for the week at the Anna Maria rental […]

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Park-and-ride key to island traffic solutions

There’s no sense reinventing the wheel for a traffic study. That’s why Florida Department of Transportation consultants working on the $675,000 District 1 Sarasota/Manatee Barrier Islands Traffic Study pored over more than a dozen completed traffic studies looking for answers. The consultants are tasked with improving traffic flow on the barrier islands from Anna Maria […]

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2nd swimmer in 3 weeks dies in Gulf of Mexico

by Sandy Ambrogi and Kathy Prucnell For the second time in less than three weeks, a visitor to Anna Maria Island has died in the Gulf of Mexico. At 7:03 p.m. Sunday, June 25, Holmes Beach police and Manatee County Marine Rescue responded to a 911 call about a swimmer who went missing in the […]

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In the pink, headed to rehab

Gail Straight of Wildlife Inc. holds a roseate spoonbill as Mike Ebersole, Florida Department of Transporation superviser, looks on. DRMP Inc. surveyors spotted the injured bird June 7 near a retention pond in a gated DOT area behind the Cortez Cultural Center. Ebersole opened the gate and Straight took the bird to her rehab center in Bradenton Beach. She said the spoonbill likely injured its leg.

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$7.4M AMI pipeline project to affect island traffic into 2019

Anna Maria Island traffic is expected to tighten along the main artery of Gulf Drive and associated side streets as construction on the $7,427,500 underground waterline replacement project begins in two weeks. Preliminary work began May 29. Actual construction should begin by mid-June, said project spokesperson Trudy Gerena, of the community outreach department with Manatee […]

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U.S. Navy Commander Michael Riordan speaks May 29

U.S. Navy Commander Michael Riordan speaks May 29 about the meaning of Memorial Day to the crowd gathered for a celebration honoring fallen service men and women at City Pier Park, North Bay Boulevard at Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, for the city’s Memorial Day event. Islander Photo: Courtesy City of Anna Maria/LeAnne Addy

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Tree house owners seek rehearing after loss

Voters won’t be weighing in on grandfathering a beachfront tree house in Holmes Beach if the most recent court decision stays its course. The newest city win came in early May, when the 2nd District Court of Appeal let stand a lower court order prohibiting a city ballot question based on the petitions of Lynn […]