New line in sand alters little for AMI beachgoers

Careful where you put the blanket on the sand after July 1,  you might be trespassing. HB631 probably doesn’t mean much to many people, but its consequences may. It’s the number of the bill Gov. Rick Scott signed into law March 30. The Possession of Real Property Act becomes effective July 1. The law states […]

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BB dock contractor pushes job to June

There’s a big boating holiday on the horizon. But people planning to berth their boats Memorial Day weekend at the Historic Bridge Street Pier may be disappointed. The new floating dock at the pier, a replacement for a storm-damaged dock, was approved by the Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency in March 2017 but a year […]

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Former AMI chamber president jailed

Holmes Beach police arrested a former president of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce for alleged child abuse. Deb Wing, 53, of Holmes Beach, was arrested at 11:56 p.m. April 4 following an argument in which she’d slapped a family member in the arm and leg “so much” that Wing had to be restrained […]

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BBPD investigation continues into anchorage death

Bradenton Beach Police Department is awaiting word from the District 2 Medical Examiner on whether a man found floating in Sarasota Bay likely drowned. A liveaboard boater, Brandon Nieuwkoop, 52, died the afternoon of March 31 after he was pulled from Sarasota Bay south of the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach by fellow […]

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Anna Maria reviews pier rebuild, permit schedule

Work on the Anna Maria City Pier should begin in May. In a commission meeting April 3, Jay Saxena, vice president of Ayres Associates, the engineering firm in charge of rebuilding the pier, delivered details of a timeline for the project. The planks should be removed on or about May 15.         The timeline anticipates demolition […]

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FISH leadership remains intact, faces funding challenge

With no new candidates emerging to contest the annual Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage board election, five incumbents were set to retain office April 9. Any FISH member who paid the $10 membership fee by April 2 could vote in the election. Official results were unavailable until after The Islander’s press time. Candidates whose terms […]

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