Man dives from bridge, dies trying to retrieve hat

A 51-year-old man drowned after jumping from the Anna Maria Island Bridge at noon Aug. 10 to retrieve his hat. He had been bicycling east bound on Manatee Avenue, only about 50 feet from land, when apparently his hat flew … Continue reading →

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Calling all skywatchers

The dark beaches of Anna Maria Island are the perfect place to view one of nature’s most spectacular free shows — the Perseid meteor showers. The 2016 version of this celestial spectacle will peak this week on Thursday and Friday, … Continue reading →

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County overdose epidemic pushes onto Anna Maria Island

It’s here. The drug epidemic that put Manatee County on the media map this summer with EMS responding to a record number of drug overdoses has garnered national attion. U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, is asking for federal help. … Continue reading →

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Anna Maria talks over budget

Three Anna Maria commissioners met with Mayor Dan Murphy Aug. 3 to discuss and prepare a 2016-17 fiscal year budget. Murphy presented Commissioners Doug Copeland, Chuck Webb and Dale Woodland with revenue projections for the coming fiscal year, which begins … Continue reading →

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Calendar – 08-10-2016

• 8:30 a.m.-2:50 p.m. Wednesday, Aug.10, first day of class for students. • 8:30 am. Wednesday Aug. 10, kinder kids welcome breakfast in auditorium for parents and caregivers of kindergarten and all new students at AME. • 5 p.m. Saturday, … Continue reading →

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Record numbers of sea turtles hatch, hatch, hatch on AMI

Nesting activity on Anna Maria Island is through the roof — topping 400 nests this week.     The milestone thus far in the May-October season beats the record of 369 nests in 2013.     As a result, hatchlings are emerging … Continue reading →

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