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Moose Lodge builds up, retains beachfront picnic tables

A crew makes progress March 13 on the construction project at the Anna Maria Island Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 2188, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. The lodge expects the work to conclude in May. Islander Photo: Janice …

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Coquina Beach: Best sand

Dominic Montanye, 7, and sisters Ava, 1, and Mya, 3, from Plant City, build their dream castle on the white sandy shore at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

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Heritage Days spark interest in Anna Maria’s history

“Sparky” the clown puts on a frog puppet show March 7 for Emma Crispin, 4, left, and sister Celia, 3, from Woodston, New Jersey, at the Anna Maria Island Heritage Day Settler’s Market at the Historical Park, 402 Pine Ave., …

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Pier opening draws diverse crowd to BB

Leading the crew of Anna Maria Island Privateers to the Feb. 27 dedication and grand opening party for the new Historic Bridge Street Pier are Bob “Stitch” Dominas, flanked by Dianne “Mai Tai” Gritzmacher and Joy “Piper” Fitzpatrick. Islander Photos: …

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Florida Supreme Court denies review of net ban decision

Mark Coarsey talks about net fishing Feb. 14 with Manatee County Commissioner Betsy Benac and husband Bob Benac at the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival. Islander Photo: Jennifer Glenfield.  Click here for more

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Late-night crash sends SUV into gallery

Two large windows and damages litter the Guild Gallery of the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, after a Jeep Cherokee crashed through its windows and into the gallery at about 11 p.m. Feb. 13. …

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Whopper catch

Linda Smith of Oxford, Iowa, shows off a 27-inch redfish she hooked with a shrimp for bait on a Jan. 31 charter with Capt. Danny Stasny.

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Past commissioners, chief, firefighters honored at WMFR awards

West Manatee Fire and Rescue recognized outstanding district firefighters at its Jan. 29 awards ceremony. Those honored include Zach Benshoff, Jeff Philips, Ben Dillon, Tyler MacDonald, Chad Brunner, Inspector Keith Miller, Chief Andy Price, Capt. Ryan Moore, Capt. James Leigh, …

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Bradenton Beach pier reopens: Fish, dine, stroll over water

The sign that welcomes boaters to the Historic Bridge Street Pier is lighted at night. Islander Photo: Ed Scott

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Animal advocates protest outside Cortez veterinarian clinic

Protestors outraged by alleged animal killing and cruelty at the hand of Manatee County Animal Services picketed Jan. 13 outside Beach Veterinary Clinic, 4404 124th St. W., Cortez. Dr. Luke Berglund, clinic owner and the county’s animal services medical director, …

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