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Summer storms: natural peril for sea turtles, shorebirds

8 hours 33 min ago
Summertime in Florida means the occasional shower pouring from the sky on and off, like the shower faucet at home. As people head indoors to avoid the downpour, nesting shorebirds are left exposed to the elements and sea turtle nests …

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Holmes Beach building official resigns ‘under duress’

8 hours 35 min ago
Holmes Beach superintendent of public works Tom O’Brien has resigned following an absence related to health problems and poor job performance reviews. O’Brien’s signed confirmation letter of July 15 stated: “I find that the tasks assigned to me as building …

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Long-awaited Bradenton Beach pier work to start

8 hours 35 min ago
Long-awaited repairs to the Historic Bridge Street Pier are slated to begin in less than two weeks. A portion of the pier has been closed to the public since storm damage occurred in July 2012, but it should finally reopen …

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Anna Maria cancels budget meeting

8 hours 37 min ago
At their July 24 meeting, Anna Maria commissioners set the tentative millage rate for fiscal year 2014-15 at 2.05 mills, and scheduled the first public hearing on the budget for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Anna Maria City Hall, …

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Bradenton Beach faces $400K-plus shortfall in budget plan

8 hours 37 min ago
Bradenton Beach officials are scratching their heads over a projected $441,458 budget shortfall. At the July 22 city meeting, city treasurer Sheila Dalton presented the commission with a 2014-15 budget of $3.254,005, using the current millage rate of 2.3329. The …

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Holmes Beach wants to spend more, plans tax increase

8 hours 38 min ago
Holmes Beach elected officials discussed ways for the city to get its cake and eat it, too, during the July 22 budget discussions. “When we started the budget process, we were about $350,000 over budget. We had to cut to …

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HB traffic committee seeks parking relief on some streets

8 hours 39 min ago
The Holmes Beach Traffic Committee is proposing a plan to give relief from street parking to some homeowners near the beach. The committee claims it has discovered areas for public parking that haven’t been accounted for in the past in …

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MCSO detectives on hold for homicide

8 hours 41 min ago
Manatee County Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives are waiting for the autopsy report on the July 16 death of Pamela Doster, 45, of Land O’Lakes. The case is a “possible homicide,” MCSO Detective John Kenney said. Doster died at Blake Medical …

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Elderly Holmes Beach woman thwarts burglary

8 hours 42 min ago
An 80-year-old Holmes Beach woman scared off thieves attempting to burglarize her home July 16 by threatening them with a gun. Around 10 p.m., the woman reported hearing a loud crash and voices coming from a doorway on the lower …

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2 arrested after public sex display at beach

8 hours 42 min ago
Two people were arrested July 20 after they allegedly engaged in sex on the beach — in daylight and in full view of a number of families with children. Jose “Benny” Caballero, 39, and Elissa Alvarez, 20, both of Bradenton, …

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 4:00pm
ITEMS FOR SALE BALDWIN ACROSONIC SPINET piano and bench, pecan finish, excellent condition, $1,600. 419-704-6542. BACKGAMMON GAME with case and never played, $15, clown lamp, colorful, 29-inch, hobo features, $25. 941-792-0008. FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE Individuals may place one free …

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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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