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County commission declares state of emergency

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 4:35am
Manatee County commissioners Aug. 28 declared a local state of emergency and urged people to monitor Tropical Storm Erika. Commissioners took the local action after Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a statewide state of emergency for Aug. 31. The actions …

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Tue, 09/01/2015 - 4:11am
In Anna Maria, 4 vie for 3 commission seats By Tal Reeve Islander Reporter       Anna Maria’s election qualifying period ended at noon Aug. 28 with one challenger for the three seats held by incumbent commissioners. During the two-week qualifying …

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Anna Maria candidate’s residency questioned

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 4:10am
Allegations of providing false information against Anna Maria city commissioner candidate John Damato were delivered Aug. 28 to Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive. The packet — containing deed information, Manatee County maps and copies of Damato’s candidacy material …

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Crowd gathers for sea turtle nest exam, excavation

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 4:09am
More than 50 people put their feet in the sand at Coquina Beach Aug. 21 to watch the nest of celebrity sea turtle Amie being excavated. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring invited the public via social media …

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Anna Maria finishes 1st round of final talks on moratorium

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 4:08am
Thirty-five days. Three meetings. Eleven topics. It took slightly more than a month but, at an Aug. 27 Anna Maria meeting, commissioners made it through the first round of discussions on 11 topics concerning the July 19 building moratorium. The …

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Momentum builds for moratorium in Bradenton Beach

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 4:08am
Bradenton Beach residents are trying to “stay ahead of the game.” And the game appears to be limiting vacation homes. Following the Aug. 20 city commission meeting, some longtime Bradenton Beach residents who urged the city to consider a six-month …

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Holmes Beach tags new pool rule for moratorium

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 4:07am
Holmes Beach commissioners enacted a six-month moratorium Aug. 27, banning the construction of pools in front yards. Chair Judy Titsworth called a special meeting following the Aug. 27 commission workshop session to address the matter. The discussion centered on a …

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DEP proposes settlement with Holmes Beach seagrape trimmer

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 4:06am
The property owner responsible for excessive seagrape trimming in Holmes Beach aims to make amends. In April, Jose Vivero of Tampa hired a landscaper to cut a 30-by-50-foot section of 20-foot-tall seagrape trees on private and city property near the …

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Vacation rental license planning continues in Holmes Beach

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 4:05am
A vacation rental registry was back on the agenda at the Aug. 25 workshop in Holmes Beach. Commissioners are discussing items to be included on a certificate application and the creation of a property database. Human resources specialist Mary Buonagura …

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Man arrested for assault, rape after beach visit

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 4:04am
Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Peter Fossett, 36, of Bradenton, Aug. 24. He is accused of kidnapping, sexual battery and aggravated assault on Aug. 21. Fossett and his girlfriend allegedly drove to the beach Aug. 21, parked their car …

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Eyes on the road

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 4:03am
The Florida Department of Transportation issued these alerts for motorists driving in the area:         • SR 789/Gulf Drive from SR 684/Cortez Road West northbound to SR 64/Manatee Avenue West: Various locations will close 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Friday, …

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Precautions taken for T.S. Erika

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 4:02am
The storm fizzled, but concerns for rain and flooding from Tropical Storm Erika remained Aug. 31 Several area governments took emergency action Aug. 28-29 in anticipation of heavy wind and rain in the storm’s path. Manatee County Commissioners met Aug. …

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 4:00pm
ITEMS FOR SALE WHITE DINING TABLE: 7-by-3.5-foot, including leaf, 8 chairs. $550. 863-581-2485. COMPUTER: DELL DUAL core, refurbished, $80, 941-756-6728. TV: SAMSUNG 61-inch DLP. Perfect working order, $175. 941-778-4498. SIX OAK OFFICE chairs: Antiques, perfect for eclectic dining set. The …

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AM cell tower produces bars

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 2:10am
“Can you hear me now?” Yes. Verizon customers are getting the call on the north end of Anna Maria Island. People in Anna Maria began noticing a clearer signal on their cellphones starting Aug. 20. The equipment on the communications …

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School in session at AME

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 2:09am
The 2015-16 school year started Aug. 24, but students, their guardians and teachers began the celebration Aug. 20 at Anna Maria Elementary’s Back-to-School Night. The gathering gave everyone the opportunity to mingle. Students dropped-off school supplies and collected pre-ordered supply …

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Welcome back, Kotter, er, AMOB

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 2:08am
Bradenton Beach can soon call folks back to the pier. The teacher is back. And just like the 1970s sitcom, “Welcome Back, Kotter,” the pier operator has a familiar face. Calling his latest corporate venture And … We’re Back Inc., …

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Bradenton Beach again to pay mayor’s legal fees

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 2:07am
For the second time in four months, Bradenton Beach city commissioners voted to pay Mayor Jack Clarke’s legal fees for actions unrelated to his conduct in office. Ironically, this round of legal fees will cover his defense against a complaint …

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Report of mangrove cutting uncovers other issues

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 2:06am
Holmes Beach code enforcement officer James J.T. Thomas Jr. responded Aug. 20 to a tip that mangroves were being cut — possibly illegally — in the 300 block of Clark Drive. Workers at the construction site of a multi-family structure …

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Holmes Beach begins slowly, lowering speed limit

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 2:05am
Holmes Beach begins slowly, lowering speed limit Speedy drivers beware: There’s a new, lower speed limit in Holmes Beach. New speed limit signs with accompanying orange flags to draw driver’s attention were positioned the week of Aug. 17 on north- …

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Environmentalists continue fight to prevent Harbor Sound permit

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 2:04am
A predated order from the governing board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District may be the writing on the wall for the shores of Anna Maria Sound — but environmental activists vow to continue the fight. Issuance of a …

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