Threat leads to officer-involved shooting

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating a shooting in Anna Maria after a 911 response by island law enforcement to a possible suicide near the playhouse at the intersection of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue. A deputy from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, an officer from Bradenton Beach and a Holmes Beach officer […]

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Anna Maria’s top tale of 2017: Hurricane Irma

Only one hurricane has been known to make landfall on Anna Maria Island. After a busy year, commissioners in Anna Maria have a lot on their minds, but when it comes to the biggest story of 2017, there’s no dispute: Hurricane Irma. The early September storm, which brought with it a mandatory evacuation of the […]

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It must be Christmas! Finally — the mullet run

The start of the 2017-18 mullet season is looking good, although a bit late. Fishers count on the mullet cash to sweeten their Christmas shopping. At least the Cortez fish houses were kept busy for Christmas. Cortez Bait & Seafood Co. is “a little bit in the weeds,” John Banyas, owner of the Cortez fish […]

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What’s the best place to pop the question?

She likes nature and sunsets. She loves Bryan Wilkie. Preserve that thought. Marissa Garbacik, 23, of Brighton, Michigan, said yes to Wilkie’s offer of marriage Dec. 27, 2017, on the bayfront overlook on a nature trail at Neal Preserve on Perico Island. Wilkie, 26, of Plymouth, Michigan, is an Anna Maria Island regular, whose parents […]

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Red tide not detected

Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not detected in Manatee County for the week ending Dec. 29. For more information about red tide in Florida, go to myfwc.com/redtidestatus.

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DUI arrestee sentenced to probation

A Bradenton man arrested for driving under the influence in May 2017 was sentenced to 12 months probation. Timothy Andricks, 27, pleaded no contest to the DUI charge Dec. 21 in the 12th Circuit Court. Judge Mark Singer ordered Andricks to attend a DUI program, perform 50 hours of public work and serve on a […]

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