Saturday, July 21, 2018

Pier banner vandalism suspect arrested

AM Pier Vandalism
ANNA MARIA – Holmes Beach resident Michael Lee Brown was arrested on Thursday, July 19, on a third-degree felony charge of criminal mischief ($1,000 or more) in connection with two Anna Maria City Pier restoration project banners that were vandalized on Sunday, July 15. Anna...
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First nests of season bittersweet

Updated July 17, 2018 A sixth nest was disoriented in Holmes Beach on July 17, north of 66th Street. A dozen hatchlings in poor condition...
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Pier demolition begins

ANNA MARIA – The demolition of the hurricane-damaged Anna Maria City Pier began Monday and the restaurant and bait shop at the pier’s T-end...

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Anna Maria Pier Vandalism

Pier banner vandalized

ANNA MARIA – The city pier restoration project banner was vandalized at some point over the weekend. Located near the foot of the pier...
City Field makeover

City Field could get big makeover

HOLMES BEACH – The budget process is underway in Holmes Beach, and one thing for commissioners to consider is the possibility of a complete...



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Parade goes off with a bang

The Fourth of July parade went off with a bang on Anna Maria Island this morning, courtesy of the Privateers good ship, Skullywag. In the...


Castles in the Sand

Property values, taxes always hot topics

Summer cocktail parties are one of the staples of the nice warm summer months, sometimes too warm. But whether you’re on the beach, on...

Vacancies open on TDC

Applications are being accepted for three openings on the Manatee County Tourist Development Council (TDC). The TDC is comprised of nine members who make recommendations...


Oil and rigs

Oil and gas lease sale set for August

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will offer 78 million acres of federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico...
Hands Across the Sand oil protest

Lawsuit seeks protection from drilling

Environmental group Earthjustice has sued the Trump administration in Tampa federal district court for failing to complete a report about offshore drilling’s harms to...
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Surf’s up!

Who says there are no waves on the west coast of Florida? Not these surf groms at the West Coast Surf Shop Surf Camp,...
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Olympic athlete now Island business owner

ANNA MARIA – It’s been a wild ride for Island business owner Brenda Canning as her athletic pursuits sent her all over the world...


ManaSota-88’s 10 reasons not to drill for oil offshore of Florida

National Security Americans consume 25 percent of the world's produced oil, but our nation holds less than 3 percent of the world's proven oil...

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