Celebrate Independence Day safely

Celebrate Independence Day safely
ANNA MARIA ISLAND - For many, no proper Fourth of July celebration is complete without setting off fireworks. However, private displays of bombs bursting in air are illegal on the Island. Though fireworks can be purchased in Florida, rules regarding their legal use are more...
County commissioner accused of theft

County commissioner accused of theft

HOLMES BEACH – Manatee County voters are no strangers to political antics when it comes to local elections, but the case of the disappearing...
Hit-and-run suspect sentenced to jail time

Hit-and-run driver sentenced to jail time

MANATEE COUNTY – Cierra Shannon, 28, of Holmes Beach, was sentenced on June 20 to four years in prison after pleading no contest on...

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Brian Haddix remembered…

Brian Haddix remembered

BRADENTON – Longtime Anna Maria Island resident Brian Haddix passed away at Tidewell Hospice on June 21. Brian was 52 years old when he passed....
Portions of Greer Island/Beer Can Island closing to boaters

Portions of Greer Island closing to boaters

LONGBOAT KEY – Boaters will soon be prohibited from pulling ashore at two locations on Greer Island, also known as Beer Can Island, along...


Events calendar

Wednesday, June 29 Beach market, Coquina Beach, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. American Seoul, Helena Rho virtual author event, Island...

Beach Nutz



Reel Time: Learning to fish – back to basics

Anglers of all stripes like to keep up with state-of-the-art innovations in the angling world. While that new jig or special fly can perhaps...

Nesting News

Turtle nests laid: 343 (Record: 544 in 2019) False crawls: 323 (Record: 831 in 2010) Source: Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring


Castles in the Sand

Homebuyers getting hit every day

Buying a home was once a happy time for families. Homes were plentiful to choose from, and imagining your grandmother’s credenza in the dining...

Spring tourism surges on AMI

ANNA MARIA – Spring tourism was strong on Anna Maria Island, according to Anne Wittine, Director of Quantitative Research for Tampa-based Research Data Services. The...


Solid Rock, Progressive start off summer hot

Solid Rock, Progressive start off summer hot

ANNA MARIA – Youth indoor soccer on the first night of summer brought the heat on The Center’s indoor pitch. Thanks to the hot leg...
Youth beat the heat with indoor soccer

Youth beat the heat with indoor soccer

ANNA MARIA – With the weather heating up going into the summer, the youth indoor soccer action is heating up the hardcourt at the...


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Battery victim’s family grateful to AMI

Referring to the incident that happened on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 with Evan Purcell: As horrific and traumatic as it was for everyone, including...

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