Parkland tragedy reverberates on AMI

A day after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where 17 people were killed and 14 others injured by a former student wielding a high-powered rifle, Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer was asked by city leaders if preventative procedures are in place at the island school. Anna Maria Elementary […]

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Anna Maria chooses concrete for new pier pilings

The pilings for the new Anna Maria City Pier will be made of spun-concrete. Commissioners voted 3-1 Feb. 14 to select spun-concrete pilings over pilings made of a composite material, citing the cheaper cost of spun-concrete. The price tag for 240 spun-concrete pilings would be about $180,000. The other option, composite pilings, would cost $250,000-$350,000, […]

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Bradenton Beach, tour vendors face another delay for dock

Another tourist season is in motion on Anna Maria Island and a major player is still missing from the party. A new floating dock adjacent to the Historic Bridge Street Pier — a replacement for a damaged dock — was approved by the Bradenton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency in March 2017, but has yet to […]

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Vacasa plans to abide Anna Maria’s business ban

International vacation rental company Vacasa is taking steps to avoid violating Anna Maria’s formula retail ordinance. In December, Island Real Estate sold its vacation rental operations to the Oregon-based vacation rental giant. The sale included handing over the lease to IRE’s Pine Avenue office. However, questions have been raised about whether Vacasa can operate in […]

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Treehouse owners reject demo, demand repayment

The city of Holmes Beach is adamant. It is demanding the illegal treehouse on the beach be removed. The owners are just as adamant in defying the order. The embattled owners of the treehouse received a demand from city code enforcement Jan. 18 directing them to apply for a demolition permit by Feb. 9. They […]

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Parrish man arrested for DUI

Police arrested a Parrish motorist for driving under the influence after stopping a van that sped across the Anna Maria Island Bridge to Perico Island. Brook Duncan, 32, was pulled over by a Holmes Beach officer Feb. 3 in the 12000 block of Manatee Avenue. HBPD Officer Alan Bores began to follow the van after […]

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