Anna Maria Island readies for ‘big’ 4th of July

“Leave the beach the way you found it — only natural — because when you go home, the sea turtles will be coming.” That is Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer’s message to July Fourth revelers. “It’s simple: have a great time, be safe, follow the rules and clean up after yourself,” Tokajer said June […]

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Parades, fireworks, picnic fill island 4th of July holiday

The Anna Maria Island Privateers launch a daylong Fourth of July celebration with the annual Independence Day Parade. The motorcade of flag-waving, bead-throwing patriots will begin at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach at about 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 — with an emphasis that the parade departs and travels on “island time.” The parade ends […]

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‘Bortie’ nests on Anna Maria Island, aids in research

She’s named Bortie — short for her sponsor, Bortell’s Lounge. And she’s soon to be famous for her travels around Anna Maria Island and beyond. According to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, Bortie was among 10 sea turtles to nest June 19 on AMI beaches. But only one was singled out for […]

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Coast Guard rescues 2 boaters off Longboat Key

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two boaters stranded June 21 in the Gulf of Mexico about 6 miles west of Longboat Key. Training nearby at 8:38 p.m. when the 911 call came in, a U.S. Coast Guard crew from Cortez on a 45-foot response boat was immediately diverted to the emergency, Petty Officer 1st Class […]

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Bradenton Beach blocks KORN’s amendments from ballot

The Bradenton Beach City Commission took action June 21 to block four citizen-initiated charter amendments, setting up what will likely amount to another battle at the courthouse. At their June 21 meeting, the mayor and commissioners determined placing four charter amendments put forth by the political action committee Keep Our Residential Neighborhoods for the Nov. […]

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13 candidates qualify in 3 Holmes Beach races

Political intrigue swirled around Holmes Beach during the final 24 hours of candidate qualifying, which ended at noon June 22. Thirteen candidates qualified to run, according to city clerk Stacey Johnston, the Holmes Beach election official. Four qualified during the 24 hours before the deadline. At least three more candidates possessed election packets but did […]

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