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Holmes Beach committee tightens permit-parking plan

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:08am
A plan is taking shape. The Holmes Beach Traffic and Congestion Committee met April 4 at the direction of the city commission to tighten its permit-parking plan. Commissioners asked the committee to provide a map of where the highest number …

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Holmes Beach contracts Waste Pro, expect changes

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:07am
Holmes Beach commissioners approved the first reading of a contract with Waste Pro at a special meeting April 8. The 10-year contract would begin May 1, and the change in the solid-waste service provider means new schedules and rules will …

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HBPD officer to receive 2 awards

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:06am
Holmes Beach has a low crime rate and violent crimes are rare. However, in the line of duty, police officers are taught to expect the unexpected. In March 2014, Holmes Beach Police Officer Steve Ogline responded to a domestic disturbance …

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4 agencies oppose Neal-Perico development

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:05am
It’s not looking good for a proposed Perico Island development. Harbor Sound, the proposed development, got a green light from the city of Bradenton and Manatee County more than a year ago. In August 2014, the Southwest Florida Water Management …

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Bradenton Beach police officer recognized

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:04am
Bradenton Beach Police Officer Mike Bazell is a 2014 nominee for the Manatee 100 Club officer-of-the-year award. BBPD Chief Sam Speciale made the nomination based on Bazell’s work in apprehending a suspect in a March 4, 2014, vehicle theft. A …

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Holmes Beach tickets on the uptick

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:03am
Police activity in Holmes Beach rose during spring break this year — more than quadrupling last year’s alcohol citations and doubling the number of parking violations. “Though the numbers are up, I’m thankful our spring breakers were very well behaved,” …

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Hard numbers lacking, but traffic persists

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:02am
Traffic — is it getting worse? Many who live or work on Anna Maria Island through the pinnacle of tourist season say it is. But data to measure the vehicle count is scarce. Since the fall of 2014, the Holmes …

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Eyes on the road

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:01am
The Florida Department of Transportation encourages motorists to slow down and use caution when approaching work crews on or along roadsides, where exceeding the speed limit can double the fine. The DOT has issued the following alert for Anna Maria …

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Smoke fills Bradenton Beach cottage

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:00am
West Manatee Fire Rescue firefighters respond to a call April 11 of smoke filling a guest cottage at Bungalow Beach Resort, 2000 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Islander Photos: Jennifer Glenfield, Click here for more

Obituaries – 04-15-2015

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:00am
    Kay King Anderson Kay King Anderson, 61, of Anna Maria, died April 11. She was born Dec. 24, 1953, in Havre de Grace, Maryland, to the late Lyle E. and Emmalena (Atteberry) King. She worked as tax account …

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Apr. 15, 2015

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 5:00pm
ITEMS FOR SALE COMPUTER: DELL DUAL core, refurbished, $80. 941-756-6728. NEW QUEEN SLEEPER sofa: Neutral color, less than year old. Used once $400.  941.896.2075 CHANDELIER, $65, BLACK, ROLLING office chair, $50, design chair, $50. 941-779-9781. OUTDOOR EXTENSION CORDS: $5-$10. Small …

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Kiwanis service draws record crowd

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 5:12am
  About 2,000 worshippers gather at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, April 5 for a non-denominational Easter sunrise service. The 51st annual event was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island. Islander Photos: Kristin Swain …

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Anna Maria City Pier sway sways idea for marine survey

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 5:11am
One city commissioner called it “rickety,” while another claimed a walk on the pier causes seasickness. But an engineer might say the pier has a deliberate sway to prevent it from crumbling against the strong currents in Tampa Bay. The …

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Agents support rental guidelines, dispute rules

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 5:11am
The three cities on Anna Maria Island appear destined to create rules for vacation homes and the visitors who occupy them. The proposed Anna Maria ordinance to regulate short-term rentals is on a fast track to reality. As Anna Maria …

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Second BB mayoral recall milestone reached

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 5:10am
The Committee to Recall William Shearon turned in 123 petition signatures, eight more than required, in the second stage of the recall effort spearheaded by committee chair Pete Barreda. Barreda, a former commissioner, could not be reached for comment, but …

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BB police chief encourages educating vacationers

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 5:09am
As concerns rise over vacation homes, city officials on Anna Maria Island are looking for harmony for residents. “We have a very serious problem in Bradenton Beach regarding six-bedroom, single-family homes with multiple bathrooms,” Commissioner Jan Vosburgh said during a …

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DOT completes major repair of Cortez Bridge

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 5:08am
Standing on the east end of Cortez Bridge, near the Tide Tables Restaurant & Marina in Cortez, Jim Jacobsen showed a visitor the small ramp that once served as the approach for the original Cortez Bridge. The first bridge was …

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Triple murder trial date expected soon

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 5:07am
A trial date for the man accused of three Bradenton murders soon may be chosen in 12th Judicial Circuit Court. Assistant State Attorney Art Brown said he expects Andres S. Avalos’ trial date to be selected at an April 9 …

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Judge sentences animal abusers to jail

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 5:06am
Twelfth Circuit Judge Peter Dubensky sentenced the operators of Napier’s Log Cabin & Animal Sanctuary to jail for fraud and animal cruelty March 27. Three days later, one appealed. Alan S. Napier, 52, was sentenced to 36 months in the …

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Island officials monitor Flagler’s short-term rental suit

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 5:05am
They all knew it was coming. A vacation property management company based in Ponte Vedra Beach filed suit in March against Flagler County. Commissioners there passed an ordinance in February regulating short-term rentals. Anna Maria Island officials have expressed concerns …

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