Anna Maria declines wood pilings for pier rebuild

Anna Maria commissioners made a decision on one part of the Anna Maria City Pier rebuild: The pilings won’t be made of wood. The commission voted 4-1 Jan. 29 to direct Ayres Associates to conduct a cost-benefit analysis for two potential materials for the piling construction: Spun-concrete piles or composite piles. Commissioner Dale Woodland voted […]

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Community center director resigns, accomplishments debated

Kristen Lessig resigned as executive director of the Center of Anna Maria Island. Lessig, who has worked at the center since 2014, said Jan. 31 at a board of directors meeting she accepted a position as youth program director for the Sarasota YMCA. Lessig said she had weighed the Y’s offer since November 2017. With […]

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Community center — finally — in the black

Months ago, the Center of Anna Maria Island was warned that if it could not stick to a budget, it may not last the year. Board members announced Jan. 31 that since December, for the first time in the fiscal year that began July 1, the center is operating in the black. With participation rates […]

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Will the Gulf of Mexico engulf our island paradise?

The average woman is 5 feet 5 inches tall. That’s 5 inches more than the average sea-level elevation of Anna Maria Island. Off the northern tip of Anna Maria, past Passage Key and across the channel to Tampa Bay, sits Egmont Key. A national wildlife refuge since the 1970s and a state park, Egmont covers […]

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Pirates swings into 50th year in Bradenton

The Pittsburgh Pirates, the city of Bradenton, Manatee County and the Manatee County Public Library System recently announced plans to celebrate the 50th year of Pirates baseball in Bradenton. Bradenton has hosted the team for spring training since 1969 and the Pirates maintain a year-round presence in the area. Plans include creating a traveling exhibit, “Baseball […]

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Man sentenced to prison after HBPD chase

A man who ran into waist-high Gulf waters to escape Holmes Beach police was sentenced to two-plus years in the Florida Department of Corrections. Abraham Saucedo Jr., 27, of Wimauma, pleaded no contest Dec. 14, 2017, to fleeing and eluding police, driving on a suspended license, possessing meth, cocaine and marijuana, giving false information to […]

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