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AM City Pier survey results in

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 5:40pm
A draft of the Anna Maria City Pier survey from July 2015 has reached city hall. The estimated cost for repairs is $1.4 million-$1.7 million for the indicated work on the pier its buildings as a result of the survey. …

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Former Bradenton Beach commissioner re-enters political arena

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 4:12am
Former Bradenton Beach Commissioner Janie Robertson is making a comeback in the political arena. She claims in a Jan. 31 email to city officials that the “first result of the agenda resolution … is rearing its ugly head” and city …

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Holmes Beach approves, mayor vetoes permit parking plan

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 4:11am
The Holmes Beach City Commission, in a second and final reading Jan. 26, adopted a permit-parking ordinance, but it’s not a done deal. The vote was 3-2, with Chair Judy Titsworth and Commissioner Pat Morton dissenting, which means there isn’t …

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Bridge Street pier concessionaire seeks clarity

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 4:10am
Which bait salesman is the better catch? Sherman Baldwin, Paradise Boat Tours captain and operator of Paradise Activity Center, a new recreational concierge business on the Historic Bridge Street Pier, has exclusive rights to sell bait on the pier. The …

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Anna Maria finalizes city planner contract

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 4:09am
January began with a friendly tug of war between Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach. Both cities wanted city planner Alan Garrett — who worked part-time for both — to work full time. In the end, Garrett signed with Anna Maria. Mayor …

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Trees vandalized

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 4:08am
  Remnants of an Australian pine tree, are pictured Jan. 23 across Gulf Drive from the Wicked Cantina Restaurant, 101 Seventh St. N., Bradenton Beach, by a concerned citizen. A Bradenton Beach code enforcement officer contacted Manatee County Jan. 26 …

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Community center puts positive spin on finances at quarterly meeting

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 4:07am
The Center of Anna Maria Island may not be in the black, but staff is hopeful for the future. The center hosted a quarterly community meeting Jan. 25, drawing 24 people, not including staff and program leaders, to discuss how …

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‘Mariah Carey’ burglar declared incompetent

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 4:06am
A burglary suspect who told a tale of co-owning a Holmes Beach home with singer-songwriter Mariah Carey was declared incompetent to proceed in court. Jason Lowell James, 36, of Bradenton, was declared incompetent Jan. 14 by 12th Circuit Judge Deno …

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Bradenton man sentenced to 12 months probation for DUI

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 4:05am
Twelve months of probation was handed down to a 22-year-old who tested at twice the legal limit after being stopped by police in Holmes Beach. Christian E. Patterson, 22, of Bradenton, was pulled over for speeding and doing a wheelie …

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Developers appeal coastline protection ruling

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 4:04am
Next stop for Long Bar Pointe developers: the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Lakeland. The appeal du jour: 12th Circuit Judge John Lakin’s decisions upholding four Manatee County Comprehensive Plan coastal development policies. The lead attorney for the developers …

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Aqua review continues despite lawsuit

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 4:03am
Manatee County’s review of Carlos Beruff’s and Larry Lieberman’s mixed-use Long Bar Pointe project, newly named Aqua By The Bay, continued at a January development review meeting. With an August 2015 application, the developers proposed 3,200 homes and 78,000 square …

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 4:00pm
ITEMS FOR SALE ANNA MARIA ISLAND, A Tour Through Paradise. New souvenir book. If you love AMI, you’ll love this book. Sold at many Island locations or call Gene, 941-705-2757. TWO BIKES: DAHON stainless folding, 13-inch. Good condition, $175 each. …

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BB attorney’s action raises questions

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 4:13am
Bradenton Beach city attorney Ricinda Perry was so eager to write a resolution limiting Mayor Bill Shearon’s authority, she offered to do the work for free. That was Perry’s pledge during the Jan. 7 commission meeting in response to Commissioner …

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Florida adventure show coming to AMI

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:16am
The Fox Sports SUN TV show “how to Do florida with Chad Crawford” will be recording video segments Feb. 1-2 on Anna Maria Island. The Anna Maria City Commission voted 4-1 Jan. 14 to approve the Bradenton Area Film Commission’s …

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Angler-crabber talks produce little progress

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:15am
Discussions ebb and flow like the tide. Island crabbers and shore-based anglers met Jan. 21 at Anna Maria City Hall, seeking to resolve complaints about lost crab traps. Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy said he was encouraged by the discussions. …

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PAR drops lawsuit against Anna Maria

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:14am
Pine Avenue Restoration has dropped its lawsuit against the city of Anna Maria. Attorney Andrea Mogensen, representing PAR, filed for a dismissal without prejudice Jan. 15 with the Manatee County Clerk of Circuit Court. PAR is a collection of six …

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City hosts Bridge St. Q&A

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:13am
It was a tough crowd in a noisy environment. The Bradenton Beach bell tower clanged a reminder that it was noon. Construction workers’ machinery whirred and beeped in the background and large delivery trucks passed in the street. About 30 …

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Bradenton Beach resolution diminishes mayor’s role

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:12am
Who rules the castle in Bradenton Beach? Who do department heads report to at city hall? And what are they accountable for? Are the city’s attorney and clerk now de facto city managers? The answers seem to change based on …

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Contractor asks judge to reconsider bathroom decision

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:11am
Shawn Kaleta, builder and property manager, is asking a judge to take a second look at a prior decision not to compel the city of Holmes Beach to allow a fourth bathroom in both units of a 306 Clark Drive …

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New case filed against jewelry thief

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 4:10am
A maintenance man working on Longboat Key — and previously convicted of stealing a diamond ring — was charged in a second burglary and jewelry theft at the Windward Bay condominiums in the 4900 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. …

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