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Breaking news: AMI to host Obama visit

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 5:20am
  As The Islander went to press, the three island mayors and the Island Democratic Club issued a joint announcement heralding a town hall-style meeting with President Barack Obama to be held Wednesday, April 1, at The Islander newspaper office …

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Reality TV to film at island city halls

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 5:19am
Anna Maria Island officials will soon have their shot at keeping up with the Kardashians. Filmmakers Sam Hardy and Heather Harr teamed up in Kansas City, Missouri, six years ago to create Hardy-Harr Productions, and soon will be turning their …

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You’re invited

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 5:18am
The public is invited to observe the second annual “Crow Supper” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, under demonstrably alive live oak trees at the City Pier Park, Pine Avenue at North Bay Boulevard, Anna Maria.           Organizer Mike …

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The ship of fools

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 5:17am
Back when I was in college, I lived in a three-bedroom apartment with five other guys. The place was dubbed “The Ship of Fools,” after a Grateful Dead song. It was the spot for numerous gatherings. With two guys in …

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April arrives.

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 5:16am
It seems the appropriate time to look ahead to the future — as it would be impossible to look back to the future, Hollywood blockbusters not withstanding. It is with extreme verbosity that I take this opportunity to announce the …

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Bayflite transports child to hospital

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 5:15am
Bayflite transports child to hospital     Emergency medical providers prepare to transport a youth to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg for injuries sustained in a swimming pool. The Bayflite trauma transport landed on city field adjacent to Holmes Beach City …

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BB pier eviction heads to court April 27

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 5:14am
The city of Bradenton Beach’s eviction of Cast-n-Cage Restaurant from the Historic Bridge Street Pier will be heard by Judge Charles Sniffen in 12th Judicial Circuit Court beginning at 2:30 p.m. April 27. “We’re trying desperately to get a sooner …

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CityFest sparks up city field

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 5:13am
  Children join the belly dancers on the field at Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The March 27-28 event included entertainment, food and beverage sales, as well as craft and art vendors and a car show. …

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State closes case against Cortez man

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 5:12am
The 12th Judicial Circuit State Attorney closed the case against a Cortez man arrested in connection with an altercation in downtown Bradenton. Demetrios George Kokolis, 23, was arrested in September 2014 by the Bradenton Police Department for an alleged aggravated …

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Officials plan bid to limit drawbridge openings

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 5:11am
There are few simple answers for solving the traffic problems that beset Anna Maria Island. One idea is to help vehicles get on and off the island more easily. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, on average, vehicles make …

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2015

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 5:00pm
ITEMS FOR SALE COMPUTER: DELL DUAL core, refurbished, $80. 941-756-6728. SIX OAK OFFICE chairs: Antiques, perfect for eclectic dining set. The Islander newspaper, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE` Individuals may place one free ad with up …

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Moose Lodge builds up, retains beachfront picnic tables

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 5:21am
The stars will soon shine on the Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach, where outdoor dining and libations can be a favorite pastime. The city commission took steps March 19 to ensure the tradition continues. Commissioners unanimously approved a rezone petition …

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Center faces backlash over plans for fitness gym

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 5:20am
While plans for improvements to its fitness gym remain in the conceptual stage, the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, is taking heat from some island business owners. The proposal involves expanding the center’s small fitness …

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Bradenton Beach pier eviction looms; city ponders next step

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 5:19am
It’s a three-legged approach Bradenton Beach commissioners hope will be the foundation for a successful restaurant on the Historic Bridge Street Pier. While the eviction lawsuit against Roland Pena, owner of Cast-n-Cage Restaurant, moves through 12th Judicial Circuit Court, commissioners …

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Signs protecting pelicans to appear at fishing spots

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 5:18am
Pelicans on Anna Maria Island and the Skyway Fishing Pier State Park have some representation. Spearheaded by Jeannie Bystrom, Holmes Beach resident and wildlife rescuer, bright blue metal signs will soon appear in fishing areas in the region. The signs …

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That sinking feeling

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 5:17am
  The U.S. Coast Guard arrives March 7 at the scene of a capsized boat in Tampa Bay near Bean Point at the north end of Anna Maria Island. Another incident was reported March 13 in the shallows around Bean …

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Contractor pleads to grand theft, defrauding Holmes Beach

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 5:16am
A Bradenton contractor accused of failing to replace curbs on Flotilla Drive and 11 streets on Key Royale entered a no-contest plea to a reduced charge of grand theft March 18 in 12th Judicial Circuit Court. Senior Judge Barbara Fleischer …

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Forgery case goes to drug court, results in 2nd arrest

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 5:15am
A former employee of a Holmes Beach restaurant was jailed for a second time in connection with a forgery case. Chelsea Rose Maksimowicz, 27, of Bradenton, was arrested March 3 on a warrant for violating a court order that required …

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Safety No. 1 concern for ongoing groin replacement

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 5:14am
Work had barely begun on the groins at Cortez Beach when Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon and the police department began getting complaints. So Bradenton Beach officials met March 17 with representatives of the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources …

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Bradenton Beach feeling groin pain

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 5:13am
People in Bradenton Beach aren’t too happy with an erosion control project on Cortez Beach. Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon began receiving calls March 14 regarding an area of the Cortez Beach parking lot blocked off for Manatee County’s groin …

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