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Anna Maria anticipates soft opening for city pier in June

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Ready? Set? Almost. Don’t load up the fishing gear just yet. “They are putting the finishing touches on the pier,” […]

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Man arrested for alleged home beer burglary

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A man with no address of his own entered a home in Bradenton Beach, stole a beer and landed in […]

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Outlook: Busy storm season brewing

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A federal forecast calls for an “above-normal” hurricane season and comes with a reminder that it only takes one storm […]

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Work on Cortez Road-119th St. pushes into December

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Roadwork in the village of Cortez is going to linger for awhile longer than expected. The project on Cortez Road […]

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Rental floodgates open, businesses see hope

by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

It’s check-in time on Anna Maria Island. With the prohibition lifted on short-term vacation rentals in Manatee County, hope rose […]

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Sea turtles lag behind, shorebirds fill in action

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People expect turtles to be slow. But this year, the sea turtles that nest on Anna Maria Island are moving […]

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Island explodes with holiday revelers amid COVID-19

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People missed the beach while they stayed safer at home. But was Anna Maria Island ready for everyone to flood […]

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AME 5th-graders share memories, prepare for middle school leap

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Anna Maria Elementary’s car loop will fill with fifth-grade students and their families May 28 for a farewell. The first-ever […]

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COVID-19 percentage decreases, daily positive cases

by ChrisAnn Allen | Be the first to comment

Manatee County saw a dramatic uptick in COVID-19 testing in May. With more than 14,000 residents tested as of May […]

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Fire commission increases 2020-21 assessment rate

by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

Property owners in the West Manatee Fire Rescue district can expect a rate increase. WMFR commissioners voted 3-1 May 19 […]

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Bradenton Beach utility plan jumps to Gulf Drive

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Bridge Street won’t be the only Bradenton Beach roadway to benefit from buried utilities. City commissioners voted 5-0 May 21 […]

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Eyes on the road 05-27-2020

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The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following notices: State Road 684/Cortez Road at the Cortez Bridge: […]

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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 May 24, positive cases of COVID-19 […]

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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.

Last week's roundup

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County opens public beach parking; cities, beachgoers react | by ChrisAnn Allen | Be the first to comment

Island businesses charge up for ‘reopening’ | by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

TDC backs lifting vacation rental ban | by Lisa Neff | Be the first to comment

COVID-19 curve lessens, caution still required | by ChrisAnn Allen | Be the first to comment

County eyes August deadline to wrap up Gulf Drive work | by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

Anna Maria reverses gear on pier negotiations, begins talks | by ChrisAnn Allen | Be the first to comment

BB makes allowances for streetside dining, retail sales | by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

Bradenton Beach shifts boatlift location, sets dock inspection | by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

Turtle watch paces the race | Be the first to comment

Sports

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Adult soccer returns to center pitch, horseshoes at AM pits

by Kevin P. Cassidy

Adult soccer at the Center of Anna Maria Island was the first organized sport to get back into action amid […]

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Adult soccer returns to center pitch, horseshoes, golf still off course
19th May 2020 | Be the first to comment

Almost a straight-A student, Hurdle could have gone to Harvard
12th May 2020 | Be the first to comment

Fishing

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Summer break begins, but no letting up on spring tarpon run

by Capt. Danny Stasny

For yet another week, tarpon are the main attraction for anglers who reside or make the trek to the Tampa […]

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The return of the king — the silver king runs in local waters
19th May 2020 | Be the first to comment

Expect crowds as tarpon arrive — abide boater distancing
12th May 2020 | Be the first to comment

Real Estate

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Island real estate transactions – 05-27-2020

by Jesse Brisson

622 Hampshire Ln., Holmes Beach, a 2,302 sfla / 3,045 sfur 3bed/3bath/3car canalfront pool home built in 1967 on a […]

Streetlife

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Streetlife – 05-27-2020

Anna Maria May 15, 300 block of Tarpon Street, noise. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a complaint about […]

Classifieds

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, May. 27, 2020

ITEMS FOR SALE TWO LEATHER BLUE chairs, $25 each, three painted, wooden tables, $15 each. In Anna Maria. 904-501-6094. ANTIQUE […]