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Bad car wash

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A morning vehicle fire April 6 at 5615 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, brought West Manatee Fire Rescue crews to the scene, where the vehicle was a loss, and the duplex sustained minor damage. There were no injuries. Islander Photo: HBPD Sgt. Brian Copeman

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SMALL TOWN HEARTS

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Gabriella Gilbert, left, and her mom, Lindy, stand outside the Small Town Creamery in the Island Shopping Center, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. They decorated the sidewalk with hearts to send a message to islanders after closing the creamery indefinitely due to COVID-19. Islander Courtesy Photo

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2 island cities encourage reporting illegal rental check-ins

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The cities of Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach are looking for help from residents. The cities issued a joint public […]

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Guide to aid during COVID-19 crisis

by Lisa Neff | Be the first to comment

Click here. Go there. Watch this. An abundance of advice and information exists for people, organizations and businesses struggling to […]

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‘He died alone — he suffered alone’

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By Matt DeYoung The Grand Haven Tribune Megan Sheehan and her siblings say they did their best to talk their […]

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Island businesses — mom and pops — employ survival skills

by Sandy Ambrogi | Be the first to comment

Without an employer, there can be no employee. As the COVID-19 pandemic grows deeper, record numbers of workers are seeking […]

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Protection vital as COVID reaches AMI, numbers rise

by ChrisAnn Allen | Be the first to comment

It will get worse before it gets better. Positive cases of COVID-19 were rapidly rising in the state and in […]

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COVID-19 on AMI, curfew, rental bans begin

by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

Efforts to counter the spread of COVID-19 reached new heights just as data showed the virus found its way to […]

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Opening date for Anna Maria City Pier pushed to April

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The city of Anna Maria is waiting on developing news about the spread of COVID-19 before they decide. At a […]

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County downshifts island trolley, bus schedules

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COVID-19 cautions hadn’t slowed Manatee County Area Transit’s services. Then Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a “safer at home” order limiting […]

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Eyes on the road 04-08-2020

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The Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County posted the following notices: Multiple locations in Bradenton Beach: A county pipeline […]

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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

COVID-19 reaches Anna Maria Island | by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

Governor issues statewide order to stay home | by Lisa Neff | Be the first to comment

Governor declares COVID-19 disaster, businesses close, boating restricted, 2 island cities limit rental reservations | by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

County closes boat ramps, restricts Beer Can boat access | Be the first to comment

Don’t tread on the boat ramp garden project | Be the first to comment

Houses of worship provide food, faith during COVID-19 | Be the first to comment

First responders find ‘encouragement’ for COVID-19 stress | by ChrisAnn Allen | Be the first to comment

Island trolleys roll through pandemic | by Ryan Paice | Be the first to comment

AME families prepare for distance learning | by Brook Morrison | Be the first to comment

Life-saving deputies swim, rescue boaters | Be the first to comment

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Sports

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2 players score holes-in-one on 2 very different courses

by Kevin P. Cassidy

Organized sports at the Center of Anna Maria Island for youth and adults alike are on hold due to the […]

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Horseshoes play out spring sports season
31st March 2020 | Be the first to comment

Strange times indeed, island sports meet virus limits
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Fishing

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Fishing: As good as it gets in AMI waters, if you can get there

by Capt. Danny Stasny

With a safer-at-home order in place for the state, charter fishing around Anna Maria Island was dealt a blow. And […]

Recent Stories

Inshore, offshore fishing opportunities roar in late March
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Spring fishing excels: no crowds, no fish virus, no problem
24th March 2020 | Be the first to comment

Real Estate

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Island real estate transactions – 04-08-2020

by Bonner Joy

517 Blue Heron Drive, Anna Maria, a 3,067 sfla / 6,592 sfur 4bed/3½bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 2009 on […]

Streetlife

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Streetlife – 04-08-2020

Anna Maria March 22, 600 block of South Bay Boulevard, possible burglary. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a […]

Classifieds

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, April. 8, 2020

ITEMS FOR SALE CHAIR: AMERICAN ROCKER. Brown and white, $50. 941-524-3955. WINE DECANTERS: $10, computer keyboard, $10, Black tabletop phone, $15. Like new. 941-920-2494. ANTIQUE […]