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Toxic red tide arrives to AMI beaches, bays

The scenes are heartbreaking. A dead manatee being nuzzled by others. Fish littering beaches and canals. Sea turtles grounded on shore, succumbed to neurotoxins. A deceased whale shark bobbing in the shallow surf. “It seems like the plot and imagery of an old 1950s horror movie, where Mother Nature goes completely out of control and […]

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Anna Maria ‘Rolls-Royce’ pier bids run too high

Anna Maria had two bids in hand for the construction of a new city pier. However, city commissioners voted July 26 to throw them out and seek new bids. The vote was 5-0 on Mayor Dan Murphy’s recommendation. Speeler and Associates submitted a $3,762,875.60 bid for construction of the new pier, while ICON from Tampa […]

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City pier demo runs ahead 
of schedule

After two weeks of demolition, little remained July 20 of the historic Anna Maria City Pier. The restaurant and bait shop were gone by July 13, with Speeler and Associates completing the removal of the T-end, deck and pilings by July 19. While Speeler dealt with the T-end, volunteer Frank Agnelli, owner of Agnelli Pools […]

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‘Treasure’ island – Second week winner of The Islander’s 2018 Top Notch photo contest

‘Treasure’ island – Jason McMullen of Clearwater wins the second week of The Islander’s 2018 Top Notch photo contest with his photo, taken June 14 on the Gulf of Mexico beach at Oak Avenue in Anna Maria. This winning photograph won the shooter an Islander “More than a mullet wrapper” T-shirt and is a finalist in the contest, which offers a grand prize of $100 from The Islander and an assortment of gift certificates from participating advertisers.

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AMCP whittled from Tampa Bay horizon

Gutted, crumbled and removed from the horizon. The Anna Maria City Pier Restaurant and bait shop are gone. Fresh off a week of vacation to celebrate Independence Day, around 10 workers from Speeler and Associates began the second phase of the pier demolition project — tearing down the pier-head superstructure. The process began July 9 […]

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Eagle eye – First week winner of The Islander’s 2018 Top Notch photo contest

Holly Avedisian of Bradenton wins the first week of The Islander’s 2018 Top Notch photo contest with this image of a bald eagle taking flight. The photo was taken June 26 in Robinson Preserve in west Bradenton. “This bald eagle is occasionally seen perched in one of the palms or catching fish in one of the ponds. …I watched him catch (a fish) and bring it up to the path, where he ate seemingly unconcerned that I was taking photos,” Avedisian wrote in her entry. This winning photograph won the shooter an Islander “More than a mullet wrapper” T-shirt and is a finalist in the contest, which offers a grand prize of $100 from The Islander and an assortment of gift certificates from advertisers.

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Pier plank pickup begins at AM city hall

Tyce Clark, right, loads his engraved city pier plank in the bed of his pickup as Bob Rathbun walks away with another plank. Retrieval of the Anna Maria City Pier engraved planks for those people who requested a plank began July 2 and continues through the month 10 a.m.-noon Mondays-Fridays at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Ryan Paice

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Anna Maria Island readies for ‘big’ 4th of July

“Leave the beach the way you found it — only natural — because when you go home, the sea turtles will be coming.” That is Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer’s message to July Fourth revelers. “It’s simple: have a great time, be safe, follow the rules and clean up after yourself,” Tokajer said June […]