2-year-old drowns at Anna Maria vacation home

Neighbors heard the mother scream from blocks away. Emma Thompson, 2, drowned in a pool July 11 at 207 Sycamore Ave., Anna Maria, according to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports. Authorities say the child, her mother and two brothers, age 4 and 7, of Apopka, were vacationing for the week at the Anna Maria rental […]

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State investigates dune destruction in Holmes Beach

A stop-work order issued by Holmes Beach for dune destruction has been confirmed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Holmes Beach building official James McGuinness issued a stop-work order July 7 for construction at 102 77th St. Principal attorney Louis Najmy of Najmy Thompson P.L. Attorneys at Law is title manager for the property […]

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Bad beach steward

Witnesses at 66th Street in Holmes Beach reported a Jeep backed onto the beach to load up a tent and grill near a sea turtle nest and other people near sunset July 16. Holmes Beach police arrived and spoke to the Jeep driver, but apparently let him off with a warning. Islander Photo: Frank Williams

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Bradenton Beach P&Z member takes city to court over remodel

John Metz is taking his case against the city of Bradenton Beach to the mat. The end game for Metz is a lawsuit to reverse a special master’s decision that upheld a city building permit at a residential fourplex at 308 Gulf Drive S. that allowed extensive remodeling. He also wants the city to limit […]

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FWC warns Aqua developer to respect nesting least terns

Kathy Doddridge is doing double duty. She is on call to stake turtle nests and monitor shorebirds for a mile stretch of beach on Anna Maria Island and, every other day since June 19, she’s been watching least terns — a threatened species — nesting at a proposed development site along the El Conquistador Parkway […]

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Sea turtle hatchlings disorient, tagged loggerhead makes 3rd visit

When a turtle nest hatched at Avenue F during the overnight hours of July 15, all the hatchlings didn’t head for the Gulf of Mexico. Some hatchlings were disoriented, according to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring. AMITW volunteers rounded up the hatchlings and debated their disposition, either a night release or delivery […]

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