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Anna Maria officials unveil multiuse path

Anna Maria Commissioner Amy Tripp cuts the ceremonial ribbon Oct. 3 at the corner of Gulf Drive and Archer Way to open the first completed segment of a new multiuse path in the city. Tripp was the first on the city commission to advocate for the path and was given the ribbon-cutting honor. She also […]

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Mote, governor at odds with environmentalists on red tide

Environmentalists are questioning Gov. Rick Scott’s priorities in the wake of his $2.2 million budget reallocation to Mote Marine Laboratory aimed at technology to fight red tide. Mote president and CEO Michael Crosby, as well as top officials with the Florida Wildlife and Conservation Commission and the Department of Environmental Protection, heralded the new initiative […]

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AME celebrates hope on Peace Day

Hope for peace is universal. The 17th annual International Peace Day celebration Sept. 21 at Anna Maria Elementary School brought more than 100 people together for a morning of peace, poetry and song. Manatee High School’s drumline arrived nearly 20 minutes late, and the celebration began when the drumming erupted. Jackie Featherston, AME principal, and […]

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First lady lauded, inducted into state hall of fame

In an Orlando ballroom Sept. 12, crowded with the who’s who in the Florida tourism industry, an Anna Maria Islander’s legacy came into focus. Though she died in 2015, Rhea Chiles’ life’s work continues, both on Anna Maria Island where she lived out her senior years and around the Sunshine State. Visit Florida named Chiles […]

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Lake residents cry foul about pollution, await answers

There’s a small spring-saltwater fed lake in Holmes Beach that many people pass by and never notice. The neighborhood lake with a pocket park on Holmes Boulevard lies between 68th and 70th streets in Holmes Beach. But those whose homes surround it say problems continue to impact the health of the once pristine waters of […]

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Islanders feel some relief from red tide scourge

No one is quite sure who said it first, but longtime fishing guide Capt. Scotty Moore said it again Aug. 31. “It’s not over ’til it’s over,” Moore said of the red tide outbreak along Florida’s west coast. “But it’s been a lot better and it’s settled down.” East and northeast breezes, afternoon thunderstorms pushing […]

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Dolphin, sea turtles, manatees perish from red tide

Except for murky water in the Gulf of Mexico, Aug. 21 looked like a normal beach day on Anna Maria Island. Reports of respiratory irritation from humans had decreased from the week before and after the Manatee County beach tractor cleared the beach that morning, few dead fish washed ashore. However, l2 hours later, the […]