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Our Opinion, Get out and vote

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 7:26pm
It’s highly possible and probable that by the time the polls open Nov. 4, many of us already will have cast our votes. I don’t know about you, but the negative mailers piling up on the corner of my desk …

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Structural issues bring down Moose in Bradenton Beach

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:16am
It’s back to the drawing board for the Loyal Order of the Moose of Anna Maria Island. The renovation of Moose Lodge No. 2188, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, came to a standstill in September when planned renovations revealed …

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Bradenton Beach clerk absent, ousted, jailed

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:15am
The revolving door of city clerks continues to spin in Bradenton Beach. Gia Lancaster was fired from her position as city clerk after less than two months on the job during a hastily called Oct. 23 commission meeting. Citing unexcused …

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Anna Maria candidates see similar problems

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:14am
The Anna Maria candidates running for public office in the Nov. 4 election—two for mayor and three for two commission seats up for election—have some common ground when discussing major issues. When surveyed, the five candidates each said parking is …

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One week out, campaign costs rise in Anna Maria

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:13am
With one week remaining until the Nov. 4 election, most Anna Maria candidates for mayor and commissioner have increased contributions and spending. As of the Oct. 17 report submitted to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office for spending and …

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BB candidates maintain strategies as Nov. 4 draws near

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:12am
Voters in Bradenton Beach can expect more of the same in the weeks leading up to the election. Incumbent Ward 4 commissioner Jan Vosburgh and challenger Tjet Martin plan to keep up their current campaign strategies as the Nov. 4 …

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On the election calendar

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:11am
Early voting for the general election is taking place through Nov. 1 at four locations — Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto; Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch; Rocky Bluff Library, 6750 U.S. 301, …

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Invasion Weekend to hit island

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:10am
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will invade Anna Maria Island Saturday, Nov. 1, and not yield the beach until shortly before sunset Sunday, Nov. 2. The merry pirates at the helm of the nonprofit that benefits island kids and community …

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Holmes Beach candidates feel positive vibes

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:09am
It’s all gratitude, smooth sailing and positive vibes for Holmes Beach candidates as Election Day approaches. Holmes Beach voters will choose from three candidates — two are incumbents — to fill two spots on the commission. The mayor’s seat also …

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Center leader suddenly resigns

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:08am
Anna Maria Island Community Center executive director Dawn Stiles resigned Oct. 21, saying she wants to return to friends and family in Maine. Stiles wrote board chairman Scott Rudacille that she was resigning effective Nov. 15, giving the board about …

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Child sex, porn trial halted by plea agreement, prison term

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:07am
It went down to the wire. After five years of legal wrangling and before a jury was seated Oct. 20, Joseph Edmund Chiquet — the Bradenton Beach man arrested in 2009 for promoting the sexual performance and pornography of a …

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Holmes Beach tree house owners seek resolution over appeal

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:06am
Works of art are often labors of passion. And Holmes Beach tree house owners Richard Hazen and Lynn Tran see their two-story tree house built in a beachfront Australian pine as a work of art. They have been passionately fighting …

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Longboat bridge bascule remains closed

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:05am
Some boaters attempting to enter or leave the Gulf of Mexico through Longboat Pass are going to need a detour. The bascule for the Longboat Pass Bridge that connects the south end of Anna Maria Island at Bradenton Beach with …

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Bar owner arrested for operating gambling house

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:04am
A 68-year-old Bradenton Beach woman was arrested by state regulators Oct. 17 for illegally operating a gaming room and possessing slot machines. Brenda Cays, who owns and manages the Oasis bar, 6006 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, is alleged to have …

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Spring Avenue 911-caller faces drug charges

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:03am
A 19-year-old Bradenton man was arrested Oct. 18 in the 100 block of Spring Avenue after he called police about a homeless man sleeping in his car. Joseph Robert Flinn was arrested on charges of possessing 78 grams of marijuana …

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Former Bradenton Beach clerk arrested for battery

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:02am
Gia Lancaster, the Bradenton Beach city clerk fired Oct. 23 by a city commission vote, was arrested two days earlier for alleged battery against a Bradenton police officer. At about 8 p.m. on Oct. 21, the officer responded to a …

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 4:00pm
ITEMS FOR SALE COMPUTER: DELL DUAL core, refurbished, $80. 941-756-6728. UPRIGHT 11-PLUS cubic-foot freezer, Frigidaire, 6 years old, runs fine, $80. 941-779-0204. KAYAK, DAGGER DELTA: Sit-in, 12-foot, paddle, life vest. $250 or trade for tandem. Call 941-405-4379. JOHN DEERE POWER …

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 4:00pm
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. THREE BREAKFAST BAR stools. Like new. In Holmes Beach. $50 for all …

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Bradenton Beach denies pier rent extension

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 4:14am
‘I am at your mercy.’ Roland Pena to city commissioners Lacking a past-due rent payment, the Cast ’n’ Cage restaurant may soon have to shutter its doors. The Historic Bridge Street Pier restaurant and bait shop owner Roland Pena appeared …

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Bayfest brings on season of music, fun, art & cuisine

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 4:13am
The Dr. Dave Band plays with Dave “Dr. Dave” Ferguson, who gives his fiddle a workout during the band’s comeback performance after a two-year absence from the music circuit. The group closed Bayfest 2014 to the delight of a large …

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