Pier demolition begins, 250 engraved planks removed

It was a clear, blue morning and the Anna Maria City Pier was buzzing with activity. But not the kind you think. Workers were removing planks. The demolition of the pier began June 11 with the removal of some 250 requested planks from the 800-foot-long walkway. Early that day, Frank Agnelli, owner of Agnelli Pools […]

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Coastal Living: Anna Maria 6th happiest seaside town in U.S.

Along with beautiful beaches, excellent restaurants and nifty shops, Anna Maria residents might just have another reason to smile. On June 12, Coastal Living magazine released its 2018 rankings for the 10 happiest seaside towns in the United States, placing the city of Anna Maria at No. 6. The 10 finalists were nominated on social […]

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Sea turtle season in full swing on Anna Maria Island

It’s game on for sea turtle nesting season on Anna Maria Island. As of June 13, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring reported 187 loggerhead nests on island beaches — the same number on the same date last year. By June 17, there were 223 nests and 238 false crawls. The 2017 season […]

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AMI traffic lights may go dark

Traffic signals could become obsolete on Anna Maria Island. Roundabouts planned in the barrier island traffic study by the Florida Department of Transportation have the hurricane-hardening benefit of eliminating traffic signals. Police Chief Bill Tokajer questioned a DOT-proposed roundabout in Holmes Beach at the intersection of East Bay and Gulf drives. “There’s so little traffic […]

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1 in ‘shark drag’ case seeks to reduce charges

Nearly a year after a video of a fateful boat ride went viral, there’s been another turn in court. An attorney for Michael Wenzel, 22, of Palmetto, filed a June 12 motion to dismiss one of three counts in the “shark drag” case pending against his client in the 13th Judicial Circuit Court. With the […]

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