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Anna Maria commission candidates field LWV questions

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:14am
Turn up late to city hall and you might miss a good show. It was standing room only in the Anna Maria commission chambers Sept. 30 for the League of Women Voters of Manatee County candidate forum held at city …

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Bradenton Beach-LWV candidate forum has soft touch

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:13am
It was a kinder, gentler candidate forum. There was agreement on some — but not all — issues during a forum sponsored Sept. 29 in Bradenton Beach by the League of Women Voters of Manatee County. About two dozen people …

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2 Bradenton Beach candidates fire round 1 missives

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:12am
The campaigns for mayor and commissioner in Bradenton Beach turned to attack mode within the past week. Both former Mayor Bill Shearon and Ward 3 Commissioner Janie Robertson posted letters to voters, attacking Mayor Jack Clarke. Robertson called Clarke “secretive, …

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Bradenton Beach tackles vacation rental regulations

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:11am
Call them the “Seven Deadly Sins of Bradenton Beach.” During the Sept. 30 town hall meeting, Mayor Jack Clarke told residents that staff is looking at five issues for a “quality-of-life” ordinance to regulate vacation rentals. Residents are telling him …

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Bradenton Beach residents react to proposed quality-of-life ordinance

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:10am
First reading of the “qualify-of-life” ordinance, a 12-page document drafted by Bradenton Beach city attorney Ricinda Perry, will be held in a special city commission meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton …

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Center introduces new brand, staff, board member

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:09am
The Anna Maria Island Community Center recently debuted a new name, new logo, a new organizational structure, five new employees and a new board member. It also officially opened a new, expanded fitness center Oct. 5. Executive director Kristen Lessig …

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Bradenton woman gets probation in Cortez crash

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:08am
A motorist arrested for DUI after a three-car accident on the Cortez Bridge in March was sentenced to 12 months probation. Brigette Davis of Bradenton pleaded no contest Sept. 25 to driving under the influence with a 0.15 or higher …

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HBPD fighter jailed

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:07am
A Sarasota woman who fought with Holmes Beach police after leaving the scene of an accident in January was ordered to serve 15 days in jail after violating her probation — and after serving the time. Jeanna M. Gibson, 27, …

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Holmes Beach rear-ender gets DUI probation

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:06am
A motorist who rear-ended a vehicle at Gulf and Marina drives in Holmes Beach in April pleaded no contest and was sentenced to the 12th Judicial Circuit Court’s DUI counter-attack program. Judge Charles Sniffen found Scott M. Watson of Sarasota …

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State drops Cortez truck repair case

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:05am
The 12th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office dropped the case against a Cortez man accused of keeping a truck after repairing it. An arrest warrant was served on Sader Kader in June after the filing of a complaint. Kader told …

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 4:00pm
ITEMS FOR SALE GIRL’S BIKE, $20, SCOOTER, $10, DeLonghi grill, $20, glass ice container, four glasses attached, $16, 941-545-5806. COMPUTER DELL DUAL core, refurbished, $80. 941-756-6728. COMBO FOOSBALL/AIR hockey/mini-ping pong table, $100. Kid’s bikes, $10 each. 941-356-1456. FILING/STORAGE CABINET: Solid …

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Bradenton Beach man dies on Manatee Avenue

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 9:51am
A 44-year-old Bradenton Beach man died in the early morning Sept. 30 crossing Manatee Avenue on a bicycle. Timon J. Morales was struck in the 12000 block near Neal Preserve by a vehicle traveling east, according to Bradenton Police Capt. …

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Anna Maria adopts final budget, tax increase

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 4:10am
“Painless.” “Smooth.” Those two words people are rarely used when creating a budget, let alone a city budget worth more than $4 million with a nearly 9 percent increase for taxpayers. But “painless” and “smooth” are the words Anna Maria …

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Anna Maria mayor, developer work to clear path

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 4:09am
The path may not be cleared, but the vision down the road is improved. Developer Shawn Kaleta remains banned from any future building projects in the city of Anna Maria, but the negotiations to clear the path for permits is …

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Keeping sea turtles safe year ’round on AMI

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 4:08am
Sea turtle nesting season officially ends Oct. 31, but Anna Maria Island will see nests hatching far into November. During turtle season, beachside residences and businesses are tasked with using turtle-friendly amber or red bulbs in exterior light fixtures. Residents …

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Moratorium supporters meet in Bradenton Beach

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 4:07am
Like-minded citizens came together Sept 24 in Bradenton Beach. Joanne Keir and Priscilla Von Ahnen  spoke in recent months against what they consider the scourge of large vacation rental properties in Bradenton Beach. But when they arrived at the feeling …

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Federal court to hear AMI real estate fraud case

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 4:06am
A long-awaited trial and justice may be in sight for some people who allege they were scammed by an island vacation agent. The trial of a former Anna Maria Island real estate agent accused of luring vacationers to pay deposits …

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Holmes Beach adopts budget, tax increase

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 4:04am
Holmes Beach commissioners adopted the 2015-16 fiscal budget and millage rate Sept. 24 with a unanimous vote. The city’s $11,392,875 spending plan and 2.25 millage rate were voted on with no public comment and little commission discussion. “We’ve discussed it …

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Brakes on for HB speed limit discussion

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 4:03am
Holmes Beach commissioners agreed during their Sept. 22 meeting to put off further discussion about changing speed limits in the city. Commissioner Jean Peelen made a motion to return the speed limit on a stretch of Marina Drive and Gulf …

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Environmentalists appeal Swiftmud decision to 5th DCA

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 4:02am
The Neal project planned on Anna Maria Sound is simmering on several fronts — in court, at city hall and on the ground. In court Sept. 24, attorney Ralf Brookes, on behalf of several environmental groups, filed an appeal of …

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