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BB mayor’s forced forfeiture continues Oct. 6

1 hour 36 min ago
Hurry up and wait. There is a lull in any official action on the forfeiture proceedings against Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon initiated by Commissioner Jack Clarke, but the issue is never far from the mayor’s mind. “I spend my …

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Anna Maria’s battle with rentals peaks with building moratorium

1 hour 36 min ago
It might be hard for some Anna Maria residents to believe, but the prospect of a new home at 428 Magnolia Ave. that might have eight or more bedrooms has prompted commissioners to enact a moratorium on issuance of building …

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County OKs some tourism-produced funding, more to come

1 hour 37 min ago
Practice makes perfect. And the island cities need to practice getting along to take advantage of $230,000 of surplus revenue — expected to grow to $500,000 — from the two public beach concessions. Manatee County commissioners discussed the surplus concession …

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Woman not guilty of stabbing boyfriend

1 hour 38 min ago
A jury in June found a Colorado woman not guilty of stabbing her boyfriend. Isabel Dominguez, 20, was arrested on a felony aggravated battery charge for allegedly stabbing her 60-year-old boyfriend. She was arrested in January by the Holmes Beach …

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Beach theft prosecution ends in no contest, probation

1 hour 40 min ago
Accepting pleas of no contest, 12th Circuit Judge John F. Lakin ordered 36 months of probation and 50 hours of community service to an Auburndale couple arrested in a beach-to-rental-unit crime spree in Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach. Mitchell Sylvester, …

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On the election calendar

1 hour 41 min ago
Islander to host Popcorn and Politics forum Everything tastes better with butter, especially popcorn and even politics. The Islander newspaper continues its tradition of hosting an old-fashioned election season party with Popcorn and Politics, which will be held at 5:30 …

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Dance continues for city, tree house rooted in legal limbo

1 hour 41 min ago
The city may have been handed a favorable ruling Sept. 16 regarding an unpermitted tree house, but any action is stalled, rooted in legal limbo. The limbo dance was popularized to the sounds of a steel drum beat in Trinidad. …

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Man arrested for stealing home furnishings

1 hour 43 min ago
An Oregon man who allegedly burglarized a dwelling took enough property to furnish a home. A Holmes Beach police report stated James Andrew Menendez, 42, was seen entering an unoccupied residence in the 4100 block of Gulf Drive. The report …

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1 hour 44 min ago
Eyes on the road The Florida Department of Transportation issued the following alerts for motorists driving in the area the week of Sept. 29: • State Road 789/Gulf Drive, from State Road 684/Cortez Road to 28th Street: A maintenance project …

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The Islander Newspaper E-Edition: Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

1 hour 44 min ago

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 4:00pm
ITEMS FOR SALE TOMMY BAHAMA BEACH cart. Matching soft cooler. Folds for storage. Paid $50, like new. $20. 941-254-4238. TWO QUEEN BEDROOM sets, $150 each, two queen mattress sets, $50 each, two light fixtures, $45 each, ceiling fan, $10. 941-795-8626. COMPUTER: DELL Dual …

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BB commissioner proposes to oust mayor

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 4:11am
The drama is building in Bradenton Beach. The city commission discussed for two hours Sept. 22 initiating proceedings to oust Mayor Bill Shearon before continuing the discussion to 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6. On Sept. 18, Vice Mayor Jack Clarke …

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Removal of mayor ‘serious’ step, to be continued

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 4:10am
Getting rid of a mayor isn’t quite as easy as a simple vote by a city commission. That’s the word from Bradenton Beach city attorney Ricinda Perry to commissioners at a special meeting requested by Vice Mayor Jack Clarke and …

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Comments from Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 4:10am
Meeting Procedure I question this meetings intent, and the proper procedure for the most severe action against the Mayor. The Charter states the offenses; however it fails to state the procedures. To provide over eight pages of opinion, questionable statements, …

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Soggy weather delays Peace Day

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 4:08am
Soggy conditions in the school’s outdoor grove postponed the traditional Peace Day celebration at Anna Maria Elementary School to Sept. 26, but the delay will not dampen the spirit of the event. Originally scheduled for Sept. 19, Peace Day will …

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Sea turtle nesting season reaches finale

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 4:07am
Tens of thousands of sea turtle hatchlings have made it to the Gulf of Mexico, and only a few nests remain to hatch as the Gulfcoast season comes to a close. Sea turtle nesting season begins in May with nesting …

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Register by Oct. 6 to vote Nov. 4

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 4:06am
The Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office will send out “vote-by-mail” ballots Sept. 30. The deadline for Manatee County residents to register to vote in the general election is Oct. 6. Other key dates this election season: • Oct. 10, …

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Court sides with city on tree house

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 4:05am
Make like a tree and leave. Circuit Court Judge Janette Dunnigan ruled in favor of Holmes Beach Sept. 16 in regards to a long-disputed tree house in an Australian pine on the beachfront at Angelinos Sea Lodge, 103 29th St., …

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Perico Island wetland removal for home builder sparks protest

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 4:04am
Development on north Perico Island is again generating controversy — eight years after Bradenton officials approved plans for town homes and single-family residences facing the Anna Maria Sound. However, this controversy isn’t about the Harbour Isle development under construction. It’s …

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Tampa woman drives vehicle at man, faces felony charges in Anna Maria

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 4:03am
A Tampa woman faces felony charges after she allegedly drove her vehicle at someone Sept. 14 in Anna Maria. Mercedes Fernandez, 65, faces three charges: aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, battery on a person 65 years old or older …

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