Saturday, March 23, 2019

Commission rejects Sunshine lawsuit counteroffer

Commission rejects Sunshine lawsuit counteroffer
BRADENTON BEACH – Bradenton Beach commissioners have rejected the settlement counteroffer proposed by the six defendants in the 2017 Sunshine Law lawsuit. The defendants had until midnight Monday night to accept the city commission’s March 1 settlement offer and did not do so. On March 12,...

Nina and Pinta off Anna Maria

Two 15th-century wooden sailing ship replicas passed Anna Maria Island today in the Gulf of Mexico. The Nina and the Pinta left Regatta Pointe Marina...

Bill bans plastic straw bans

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee approved a bill today that would prevent local governments from banning plastic straws while the...

Community News

WMFR chooses a new chief

WMFR chooses a new chief

BRADENTON – When Chief Tom Sousa retires from the district in October, West Manatee Fire Rescue will have a new chief in Battalion Chief...
AME Super achievers

AME super achievers

A team of five Anna Maria Elementary (AME) fifth-graders earned first place in the Manatee County School District’s countywide “Battle of the Books” competition...


Clydesdales visit the Island

Budweiser Brewery's signature advertising logo - a bright red wagon with brass accessories pulled by a team of husky Clydesdale horses - visited Anna...

BJ Thomas at The Center

BJ Thomas performed at The Center of Anna Maria Island on Thursday night, including his hits, "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" from "Butch...

AMI goes green for St. Paddy parade

HOLMES BEACH – If you were green with envy on St. Patrick’s Day, it’s only because you weren’t at the Island’s annual Beach Bistro...
Tour of Homes wows attendees

Tour of Homes wows attendees

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – The 26th Annual Tour of Homes was so popular that attendees sometimes found themselves waiting for up to 10 minutes...


Reel Time: Innovators – Architects of modern saltwater fly tackle, part...

Many of us take the tackle we fish with for granted, but it wasn’t long ago that anglers didn’t have the choices we have...

Reel Time: Innovators – The architects of modern saltwater fly tackle

No two people are more knowledgeable about the origins of modern saltwater fly tackle than Lefty Kreh (passed in 2018) and Flip Pallot. I...

Photo galleries | Preserves


Ground breaks on new Margaritaville hotel

Ground breaks on new Margaritaville hotel

PERICO ISLAND – You’ll soon be able to waste away in Margaritaville in a new way at One Particular Harbour. The first ever Compass hotel...
Castles in the Sand

Good news and good news

It’s been a while since we had positive news about how the national real estate market was trending. The little black cloud hanging over...


Freckled Fin takes the win in three games over ACE Hardware

Freckled Fin takes the win in three games over ACE Hardware

With the close of youth flag football, all of the focus is on adult flag football and adult volleyball. The hardcourt saw week five...
ACE Hardware undefeated champions

ACE Hardware undefeated champions

In the teen 14- to 17-year old league, many of the boys who have played flag football on the Island since preschool return each...


Political cartoons


No winners in noise battle

There are many sides, but no winners in the battle over residential noise on Anna Maria Island. On one side are full-time residents who...

Photo galleries | Sealife

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St. Patrick's Day Parade