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Beachgoers navigate pipeline to reach shoreline

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Umbrellas, canopies and beachgoers line the waterfront west of a large pipeline July 29 along the Gulf of Mexico starting at 77th Street in Holmes Beach and running parallel with the shoreline, delivering sand to renourish the beach. The project had pushed south that day to almost 44th Street. The work is part of a $17.3 million federal, state and Manatee County project to restore eroded beaches. The project is expected to run through October and terminate at Longboat Pass. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Allen

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Anna Maria jilts Ugly Grouper, pier restaurant deal off

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Anna Maria again is fishing for a tenant. At a July 30 meeting, commissioners voted 3-2 to 86 the negotiations […]

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Center of Anna Maria Island finishes fiscal year in black despite COVID-19

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COVID-19 didn’t stop the Center of Anna Maria Island from finishing a third consecutive fiscal year in the black. The […]

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Forensics by the forest

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Mangroves were cleared in late June to reach a break in the Longboat Key wastewater line on the mainland in Bradenton about 350 yards from Sarasota Bay. The break spilled as much as 28 million gallons of sewage and some reached Sarasota Bay. Longboat Key, in a news release July 28, said “forensic evaluations into the cause and extent of the force main lean are ongoing.” The town said tests received July 27 of bay water samples showed “some of the lowest bacteriological results to date.” Islander Photo: Courtesy Department of Environmental Protection

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Debates aired as county joins AM, HB in mandating masks

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Public officials and the concerned public aired their opinions. Then they needed to mask up, as all of Manatee County […]

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Sea turtle traverses pipe to nest, hatches abound

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Thanks go to Mother Nature. As instinct yields determination, especially when honed over millennia, the nesting sea turtles on Anna […]

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Holmes Beach mayor contests plan for Kingfish Boat Ramp

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A change in the vista and the ambiance at Kingfish Boat Ramp in Holmes Beach is in store. It’s also […]

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COVID-19 skyrockets, county agencies step up game plan

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Manatee County is looking for a way to lower the rate of new infections. As the number of positive cases […]

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Bradenton man arrested for voyeurism at the beach

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A Bradenton man was arrested July 24 for shooting video of a girl undressing in a beach changing station. Brandon […]

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AM mayor vetoes ‘exposure,’ OKs alcohol ordinances

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It’s time to put prohibition in the past. A wave of changes made it into Anna Maria’s codes, some intended […]

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Manatee County COVID-19 cases by city, ZIP code

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According to the Florida Department of Health website by Florida Division of Emergency Management Aug. 2, positive cases of COVID-19 […]

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Eyes on the road – 08-05-2020

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The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following notices: Cortez Road and 119th Street West in Cortez: […]

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Top Notch Week 4: Catching the sunset and surf

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Week 4: Catching the sunset and surf
Joe McClash of Bradenton and Holmes Beach took this Top Notch photo July 13 of surfers at sunset near 52nd Street in Holmes Beach. The photographer won an Islander “More-than-a-mullet wrapper” T-shirt and entry into the finals, which offers a grand prize of $100 from The Islander and gift certificates from Islander advertisers, including Slim’s Place, Island Coffee Haus, Restless Natives, Mr. Bones BBQ and Cremesh European Restaurant, Cupcake Delights, The Feast and Minnie’s Beach Cafe.


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

Islander reporter Sandy Ambrogi dies at 66 | Be the first to comment

Treehouse owners vow to continue legal fight | by Leslie Lake | Be the first to comment

Sea turtles lay on the brakes, renourishment speeds up | Be the first to comment

On the scene in Cortez | Be the first to comment

Looking back: Killing spree at Kingfish | one comment

Time is up | Be the first to comment

Holmes Beach establishes owner/resident-only parking zone | by ChrisAnn Allen | Be the first to comment

Testing continues following LBK’s mainland sewage spill | by Lisa Neff | Be the first to comment

County adopts mask mandate amid COVID-19 explosion | by ChrisAnn Allen | Be the first to comment

Dog strays from pool, retired fishing guide helps reel her in | Be the first to comment

Sports

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Adult soccer picks up, youth soccer on tap at center pitch

by Kevin P. Cassidy

After three weeks of action on the pitch at the Center of Anna Maria Island, Sato Real Estate is atop […]

Recent Stories

Locals team up to support a cause, fight diabetes
28th July 2020 | Be the first to comment

‘Let’s go surfin’ now, everybody’s learnin’ how’ at surf camp
21st July 2020 | Be the first to comment

Fishing

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Chart a beat-the-heat course on the water, get top hookups

by Capt. Danny Stasny

As the summer heat persists, fishing around Anna Maria Island requires planning your course for a successful day on the […]

Recent Stories

Bountiful mangrove snapper, variety of fish keep anglers busy
28th July 2020 | Be the first to comment

Mangrove snapper invade structure, coolers fill for fish fries
21st July 2020 | Be the first to comment

Real Estate

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Island real estate transactions – 08-05-2020

by Bonner Joy

Jesse Brisson, real estate reporter, is on vacation

Streetlife

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Streetlife – 08-05-2020

Anna Maria July 27, 200 block of Willow Avenue, noise. At about 11 p.m., the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office received […]

Classifieds

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Aug. 05, 2020

ITEMS FOR SALE MOVING: MUST SELL. Brand new Hillsdale dinette, four chairs, two matching bar stools. Cost $1,300, now, $750. […]