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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

3 hours 48 min ago
ITEMS FOR SALE AMI LOCKETS, $35. They make great Christmas gifts! 941-778-6288. WET SUIT: 3/8-inch heavy duty, hood, booties, gloves, fits 125-145 lbs., $35. 941-778-0250. FOR SALE: HOLIDAY-etched crystal coffee mugs, set of 8, $10. Holiday cocktail and wine glasses, …

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Anna Maria pushes rental licenses

15 hours 37 min ago
Yes, there is agreement. While Anna Maria commissioners continue to consider what should be in an ordinance regulating vacation rentals, the content is undecided. But commissioners agree the ordinance must include a licensing program for vacation rentals. Of primary importance …

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Booked: a merry island Christmas

15 hours 39 min ago
Many Anna Maria Island accommodation owners and managers say their properties are at or near capacity for the Christmas-New Year’s holiday. Anyone looking for an island vacation that week should act quickly. “It’s a normal Christmas,” said Sue Brinson of …

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Holiday jingle

15 hours 40 min ago
In the holiday spirit, The Islander offers its 12 days of an Anna Maria Island Christmas. The “12 days” in the original song, with heavy religious symbolism, refers to the days from the first day of Christmas, Dec. 25, to …

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Bradenton Beach pier restaurant owner pays rent, looks forward

15 hours 41 min ago
It was business as usual Dec. 17 at the Cast-n-Cage Restaurant, and Roland Pena intended to keep it that way. In November, Bradenton Beach city commissioners gave Pena through Dec. 20 to pay $11,856.79, the amount needed to bring his …

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Recall of Bradenton Beach mayor now underway

15 hours 42 min ago
Proponents of a recall election for Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon have begun seeking signatures from voters. Former Bradenton Beach Commissioner Peter Barreda, who is the chair of the Committee to Recall William Shearon, said Dec. 19, “We’re going through …

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Grand jury indicts Avalos on 1st-degree murder

15 hours 43 min ago
The state will bring first-degree murder charges against Andres “Andy” Avalos for the Dec. 4 triple homicide in Bradenton. “We felt the evidence supported the grand jury’s consideration of the charges and they came back and indicted,” said 12th Judicial …

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Probation orders seek to end BUI prosecution

15 hours 44 min ago
An Anna Maria man entered a no-contest plea to a charge of boating while under the influence and was sentenced to 12 months on probation. Christopher J. Callahan, 21, pleaded no contest Oct. 14 and was adjudicated guilty. Callahan was …

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Zephyrhills woman agrees to court intervention

15 hours 45 min ago
An erratic motorist on North Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria has entered a pretrial intervention program in 12th Judicial Circuit Court. Amandia Hester Sharbono, 31, of Zephyrhills, was arrested in July by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office after a citizen’s …

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Car thief suspect escapes jail, arrested again

15 hours 46 min ago
A man arrested in August for eluding law enforcement in Cortez made a second attempt to get away. Meren Ed Thompson, 43, of Sarasota, was arrested Dec. 6 by a Seminole County Sheriff deputy on a warrant after a Nov. …

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:00pm
ITEMS FOR SALE ACORN STAIR LIFT for sale. New, December 2012 for $3,000. Will sell for $1,000 or best offer. Excellent condition, used very little. 941-778-3895. RIDING MOWER: KUBOTA-T 1460, 40-inch, $850. 941-778-9378. COMPUTER: DELL DUAL core, refurbished, $80. 941-756-6728. …

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Anna Maria forges rental regs, grandfather provision

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:16am
Grandfather’s clock is ticking in Anna Maria. Fresh with an opinion from Sarasota attorney David Levin that the city’s 1996 residential zoning ordinance prohibits vacation rentals built after that year, commissioners elected for a kinder, gentler approach. At their Dec. …

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High-tech groins planned for beach

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:15am
It’s been so long since the groins at Cortez Beach in Bradenton Beach — sometimes called “Three Piers” — were constructed, nobody is exactly sure of the date. The best guess Manatee County parks and natural resources director Charlie Hunsicker …

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Sex offender visits Bradenton Beach

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:14am
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement website reported a convicted sex offender moved temporarily to a Bradenton Beach apartment Dec. 10. The 56-year-old man reported a temporary address in the 100 block of Ninth Street North, the FDLE reported. According …

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2 judges recused from citizens v. Bradenton Beach case

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:13am
Two judges are pushing away from the bench, saying relationships with a restaurateur prevent them from hearing a case. Twelfth Circuit Judges Janette Dunnigan and Gilbert Smith Jr. recused themselves from a 2012 lawsuit against the city of Bradenton Beach …

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Forfeiture delayed, recall underway

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:12am
A former Bradenton Beach city commissioner has formed a political committee with the goal to get petition signatures needed to recall embattled Mayor Bill Shearon from office. The documents arrived Dec. 12 to the city clerk’s office, naming Pete Barreda, …

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Prosecutor: Avalos’ homicide charges under review

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:11am
The prosecutor assigned to the Dec. 4 Bradenton triple homicide is expected to decide the week of Dec. 15 on charges the state will bring against confessed murderer Andres “Andy” Avalos. Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court Assistant State Attorney Art Brown …

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Charge against former city clerk reduced

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:10am
The charge against a former city clerk in Bradenton Beach is changing. Initially arrested for battery to a police officer, Gia Lancaster is now facing a charge of opposing an officer in connection with her Oct. 21 arrest. Assistant State …

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Holiday prize-winner

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:09am
  Pat Mitchell, center, brought her gang of girls, some her family and some from Anna Maria Elementary School, where she volunteers, to claim her prize from The Islander in the Holmes Beach Holiday Open House. Mitchell entered the free …

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Holmes Beach human resource position flies under radar

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 4:08am
The passage of the Holmes Beach charter amendment creating a human resource analyst as a charter position may have unwittingly been filled without fair opportunity. Mary Buonagura holds the title, but the path that landed her there may have been …

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