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Anna Maria inks pier lease, GSM group to open in November

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Let the celebration begin: The lease is signed. Anna Maria commissioners unanimously voted Sept. 24 to approve a lease with […]

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Former AME principal arrested in prostitution sting

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By Amy V.T. Moriarty Islander Reporter A former principal at Anna Maria Elementary was arrested in Hillsborough County in September. […]

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Bradenton Beach beats boat lift deadline

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Bradenton Beach police Officers Eric Hill and Devon Straight steer the police patrol boat Sept. 25 onto the new boat lift at the Historic Bridge Street Pier. If the city had failed to install the dock by Oct. 1, it would have lost a $50,000 grant that helped pay for the lift. Islander Photo: Ryan Paice

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Stranded turtle in recovery

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Recovery is going well for a sea turtle found stranded off of Holmes Beach. Representatives of the Florida Fish and […]

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Governor launches phase 3, neuters mask mandates

by Ryan Paice | one comment

Florida is open for business. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced during a Sept. 25 news conference at a St. Petersburg hotel […]

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HB conducts legal business in the ‘shade’

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There is a lot to be said in the shade. The Holmes Beach mayor and commissioners met Sept. 24 in […]

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HB puts hold on adopt-a-reef, research committee suggested

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Holmes Beach wants to do its part to ensure the local waters are clean and productive. Eran Wasserman, the city’s […]

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Shorebirds flock to renourished beaches

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Shorebirds flock, flit and fly Sept. 23 around bulldozers spreading sand pumped by dredges to the beach in the 1700 block of Gulf Drive North. The $17 million renourishment project is progressing southward through October, terminating at Longboat Pass. The work started July 8 near 77th Street. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Allen

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Pandemic concerns clear AMI’s community calendar

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Many islanders who “streamed” and “Zoomed” through spring and summer may continue home-based, remote-centric entertainment through the fall. October traditionally […]

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Nesting dwindles

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Linda Oneal, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteer, counts eggshells Sept. 17 from an excavated sea turtle nest in the nursery area near Peppertree Lane in Anna Maria, where 18 of 349 nests laid in 2020 remained to hatch as of Sept. 23. Volunteers wait 72 hours after a nest hatches, then dig out the nest to determine how many eggs hatched, didn’t hatch or if there are dead or live hatchlings. Islander Photos: Courtesy AMITW

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MPO presents final chapter of long-range plan

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A long-range future transportation plan contains a handful of Anna Maria Island-based projects. The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization’s strategic planning […]

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Mail-in ballot requests reach record highs

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More Anna Maria Island voters are preparing to vote from the comfort of home in the upcoming election than ever […]

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BBPD arrests Lakeland man for vehicle theft

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Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested Lakeland resident Martin Aldridge Sept. 17 for allegedly giving a false ID […]

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School district keeps protocols, procedures

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The School District of Manatee County issued a statement to parents and employees Sept. 25, after the governor announced the […]

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Top Notch Prized winnings

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Prized winnings
Katy Roadman of Holmes Beach, winner of The Islander’s 2020 Top Notch photo contest, collects her prize package at the newspaper office. Roadman one a “More-than-a-mullet wrapper” T-shirt as a finalist and then the grand prize, which included $100 from The Islander and gift certificates from contest sponsors, including Slim’s Place, Island Coffee Haus, Restless Natives, Mr. Bones BBQ and Cremesh European Restaurant. Roadman won with a night photo of her children playing on the beach. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy


The Islander’s 2020 Top Notch photo contest launches

The Islander’s Top Notch contest begins anew. The contest celebrates what still is known as the “Kodak moment,” despite the […]

Last week's roundup

County invests in beachgoer safety, lifeguard towers | by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

BB restaurant manager nabbed for stealing purse, $20K | by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

Sea turtles not slowed by Sally, season nearly done | by ChrisAnn Allen | Be the first to comment

4 HB candidates offer ideas for growth in paradise | by ChrisAnn Allen | Be the first to comment

Airbnb suspends Bradenton Beach ‘party houses’ | Be the first to comment

BB proceeds with buried utility project for Gulf Drive | by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

Cortez stilt-house grounded in court | Be the first to comment

Beach renourishment slows for Sally, dune addition approved | by ChrisAnn Allen | Be the first to comment

Skyway rescue | Be the first to comment

FISH sends statement to court opposing Cortez megabridge | by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

Sports

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In the island sports mix: football, soccer, golf, horseshoes

by Kevin P. Cassidy

A week of no rain saw football and soccer play on at the Center of Anna Maria Island, while golf […]

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Beach Bums wear adult soccer crown, kids record week 2
22nd September 2020 | Be the first to comment

Youth soccer kicks off, adults benched by storm, power outage
15th September 2020 | Be the first to comment

Fishing

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Inshore, offshore hookups remain as fall, cooler temps arrive

by Capt. Danny Stasny

With overnight and morning air temps in the low- to mid-70s, fishing around Anna Maria Island is getting better as […]

Recent Stories

Rain persists, anglers persevere in Anna Maria Island waters
22nd September 2020 | Be the first to comment

Wait out rainstorms to be rewarded with hookups, dinner
15th September 2020 | Be the first to comment

Real Estate

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Island real estate transactions – 09-16-2020

by Bonner Joy

On Vacation

Streetlife

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Streetlife – 09-30-2020

Anna Maria Sept. 19, 400 block of Magnolia Avenue, noise. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint about […]

Classifieds

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020

ITEMS FOR SALE CAR ROOF RACK: Easy to install, $100, oil paintings, framed, $25. 941-920-2494. ITALIAN LEATHER COUCH as new, […]