Tourist impact tops $1B in Manatee County for 2019

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Boom! Tourism’s impact blasted a new record in 2019, exceeding $1 billion. The estimated economic impact for the calendar year […]

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Holmes Beach man arrested for fatal stabbing

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Jessie Hernandez, 41, of Holmes Beach, was arrested Feb. 14 for allegedly stabbing a co-worker while on a job in […]

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Bradenton man arrested for theft, resisting arrest

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Richard Maher, 50, of Bradenton, was arrested Feb. 10 by the Holmes Beach Police Department for allegedly stealing $29.41 from […]

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Cortez Fish Festival 2020

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People take to the dance floor as the Eric Von Band performs Feb. 15 at the 38th Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival in Cortez. Festival proceeds will go to the expansion and care of the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage Preserve, about 95 acres of environmentally sensitive land that buffers Cortez from development and fronts Sarasota Bay. Islander Photos: Sarah Brice

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Tests reveal dangerous pollution in Bradenton Beach waters

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People are being advised to think twice before swimming on the bayfront in Bradenton Beach. Dangerous levels of enterococcus — […]

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It’s open!

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Holmes Beach staff and some city officials — joined by a bevy of grommets — cut the ribbon Feb. 15 on the new Holmes Beach Community Skate Park in the 5800 block of Marina Drive. The first 100 guests received free hats and T-shirts from the city. Free hot dogs were dished up by Beach Bistro staff and Poppo’s Taqueria pumped out free burritos. Islander Photos: ChrisAnn Allen

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Power delay may push Anna Maria pier past March opening

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The powers that be in Anna Maria had planned to open the new Anna Maria City Pier March 10. But […]

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Resort hotel, pool, restaurant, chickee on track to open in May

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The six-story Compass hotel and Floridays Restaurant face northwest across the marina at One Particular Harbour, 12324 Manatee Ave. W., Perico Island. The opening is planned for May 15, including a large sun deck and resort-sized swimming pool between the hotel and restaurant, where a Seminole chickee is being built at the water’s edge. Islander Photo: Jack Elka

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Eyes on the road 02-19-2020

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The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following for the week of Feb. 17: Gulf Drive South […]

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Anna Maria mulls signs, flea market, dragon boat racing

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It’s not just talk. New signage regulations are coming to Anna Maria. City commissioners Feb. 13 took a first pass […]

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Tops in Top Notch: Puppy love

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Peter Donahue wins The Islander’s Top Notch Pet Photo Contest with this image of his golden retriever, Finley, and his son’s buddy, Wilson. Donahue, of Arlington Heights, Illinois, took the photo with his iPhone 8 in April, shortly before he made his annual visit to Anna Maria Island. And the title of the photo? He called it “Puppy love.”


Top Notch tributes

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Sally Mann of Clermont earns an honorable mention in The Islander’s Top Notch Photo Contest for this image of a tricolored heron, taken June 28 on Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive in Apopka. Mann used a Nikon D850 with a Tamron 600 G2 lens.

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City pushes pier opening to March | by Phil Colpas | one comment

State legislative session peaks, home rule, property rights at risk | by ChrisAnn Allen | one comment

13th annual AME Dolphin Dash takes off | one comment

Osprey nests atop Bradenton Beach cell tower | one comment

Bradenton Beach plans growth, additions to living shoreline | by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

Lot clearing halted for nesting herons in Holmes Beach | by ChrisAnn Allen | Be the first to comment

Cortez celebrates ‘steady’ roots with annual fishing festival | by Sandy Ambrogi | Be the first to comment

Opening day on deck for Holmes Beach skate ramps, bowl | by ChrisAnn Allen | one comment

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Fire district, island resort resolve sprinkler dispute | by Phil Colpas | Be the first to comment

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KRC crowns 2020 champ, center spotlight falls on football

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Members of the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach competed in the 2020 Club Championship Feb. 12 with Gary Risner […]

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Winter sports on AMI play to terrific spring-like weather
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AMI horseshoe players defend, football at center, golf at KRC
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Fishing

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Sheepshead push is on, numbers increase in February

by Capt. Danny Stasny

Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains good for targeting sheepshead, as greater numbers and bigger fish are showing up daily. […]

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Unpredictable weather results in variety of catches
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Cooler weather signals start for sheepherding season
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Real Estate

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Island real estate transactions – 02-19-2020

by Jesse Brisson

221 N. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,536 sfla / 3,645 sfur 3bed/3½bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 2011 on […]

Streetlife

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Streetlife – 02-19-2020

Anna Maria No new reports. MCSO polices Anna Maria. Bradenton Beach Feb. 9, 2600 block of Gulf Drive North, recovered […]

Classifieds

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020

ITEMS FOR SALE ANTIQUE MAHJONG TABLE and four chairs. $185 or best offer. Rosewood. Call Larry on AMI. 248-760-4000. BIKE: […]