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‘Suspicious death’ follows fight at Passage Key

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:11am
The July 16 death of Pamela Carter Doster, 45, of Pasco County, is being investigated as “suspicious.” Michael Doster, husband of the victim, placed a call to 911 July 13 to report his wife missing, and the Manatee County Sheriff’s …

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Anna Maria seeks new revenue sources, lower taxes

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:10am
It’s time to think out-of-the-box about revenues, Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn told commissioners at their July 16 budget discussion. The major revenue stream for the city is ad valorem taxes, the mayor said, but that and the city’s other revenue …

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Traffic drives AMICCO off island

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:09am
While it claims to be the “gem of the island,” it might soon be more appropriate to refer to the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra as an area gem. Heavy traffic on the island in the months of …

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Radio active: Turtle watch reaches out on airwaves

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:08am
The Anna Maria Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring has taken to the airwaves with the Florida Folk Show on public radio. AMITW executive director Suzi Fox’s voice could be heard July 12 alongside the voices of 88.5 WMNF’s Florida Folk …

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Local youth, friends suffer rare fish poisoning in Bahamas

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:07am
A dream visit to a Caribbean island over the July 4 weekend turned into a nightmare for a local family and family friend. A successful day of reef fishing meant dinner to 15-year-old Austin Goncalves and 14-year-old Marlin Ellis. However, …

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Holmes Beach code board grants stay to tree house owners

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:06am
Circuit judge to Holmes Beach: shake hands and say you’re sorry. A ruling in March regarding daily fines imposed by the city on what has become an infamous tree house in Holmes Beach required the code enforcement board to grant …

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Island police equipped to identify lost dogs

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:05am
Pets lost on the island may find an easier way home thanks to a local veterinarian who has equipped local law enforcement officers with microchip readers. Instead of taking the long way home, through Manatee County Animal Services, costing pet …

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Island roadwatch July 23-30

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:04am
The Florida Department of Transportation reported a bridge maintenance project on the Longboat Pass Bridge/State Road 789 will continue 9 p.m.-5 a.m. daily through July 24. Motorists should expect intermittent northbound and southbound lane closures. A flagging operation will be …

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Tennis on tap at AMICC

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:02am
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, in partnership with the Panda Foundation, is offering free youth and adult tennis clinics at the Rex Hagen Tennis Courts on the center campus, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. The youth clinic for beginning …

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Top Notch: Week 5 winner

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:01am
Sailing for gold Marilia Clark of Holmes Beach wins this week’s Top Notch judging with her photograph of a golden sky, a sailboat and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, taken last fall from the Anna Maria City Pier. Clark wins an …

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 4:00pm
ITEMS FOR SALE GE WASHER/DRYER: Two years old. Energy Star-rated, $598/pair. Kathy, 941-243-3818. TWO LIFE JACKETS: Adult-size XL and small. New, West Marine, $23 for both. 941-778-5647. TWIN BED FRAME: FREE, twin comforter and sham, $10, picnic basket with accessories, $10. 941-778-4036. FREEBIE …

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Law enforcement tackles July 4 challenges

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 4:11am
Anna Maria Island on July 4 was a tale of challenges, with each island city having its share of law enforcement issues to varying degrees. Holmes Beach police appeared to have the busiest time the evening of July 4, as …

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Anna Maria Island shore left out of federal protected coastline

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 4:10am
Federal agencies designated coastal areas in six states as critical marine habitats for loggerhead sea turtles, but bypassed Anna Maria Island. The National Marine Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife services designated habitats in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, …

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Déjà vu: Bradenton Beach pier project bid redo

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 4:09am
A little déjà vu visited Bradenton Beach City Hall July 10. The city commission awarded the contract for renovations to the Historic Bridge Street Pier to Duncan Seawall Dock and Boatlift. It was a repeat of the decision in May, …

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BB commissioners dethrone vice mayor

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 4:08am
It may not be the mayor’s choice, but Bradenton Beach has a new vice mayor. Commissioners elected Jack Clarke for the job after it was determined the December vote for the mayor’s nominee, Commissioner Janie Robertson, was made in error. …

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Early election sign appears in Holmes Beach

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 4:07am
One candidate apparently jumped the gun with signs for her election campaign. As election season ripens, election signs will become part of the landscape. But not yet in Holmes Beach. The city prohibits campaign signs more than 45 days before …

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Abandoned beach gear threatens nesting sea turtles

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 4:06am
Beachgoers left more than footprints behind on the beaches over the July 4 weekend. Holmes Beach code enforcement canvassed the beaches July 5 after sunset, confiscating beach accessories that can be dangerous to nesting sea turtles. Leaving accessories on the …

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State appeals court upholds statewide net ban

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 4:05am
Commercial net fishers in Florida can stop holding their breath. Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeals three-judge panel in Tallahassee sided July 7 with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, affirming the commission’s authority to enforce the state constitutional …

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Mark M. Alonso

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 4:04am
Mark M. Alonso, 87, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and formerly of Anna Maria, died July 12. He was born July 28, 1926, in Bilbao, Spain. Mr. Alonso was a furniture designer in New York City before moving his family to …

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Theft victim chases suspect nearly 3 miles

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 4:03am
Two people who allegedly stole from several people on the beach were behind bars after being chased and held by one of their alleged victims until Bradenton Beach Police arrived. Mitchell Sylvester, 18, and Tiffany Maltbie, 19, both of Auburndale, …

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