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Islander pays tribute to vets

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:12am
Vietnam veteran Dick Alvarez made sure people had their handkerchiefs and tissues ready at The Islander’s annual salute to veterans Nov. 11 at the Holmes Beach city hall. Everyone has his or her own definition of what constitutes a military …

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Bradenton Beach mayor sues over due process

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:11am
Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon is now looking for the court to step in and stop commissioners from forcing him out of office. Shearon’s lawsuit, a writ of prohibition filed Nov. 12 with the 12th Judicial Circuit Court, asserts that …

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Former Bradenton Beach clerk moves, violates court order

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:10am
The former Bradenton Beach city clerk arrested Oct. 21 for allegedly battering a Bradenton police officer has moved from Manatee County. Gia Lancaster, fired by a unanimous city commission vote Oct. 23, wrote to 12th Judicial Circuit Judge John F. …

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Anna Maria building moratorium may go forward

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:09am
After nearly two months of a building moratorium, Anna Maria commissioners may be moving forward on new regulations. At a Nov. 13 work session on the moratorium, commissioners requested a draft ordinance on the moratorium from city attorney Jim Dye, …

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Going, Going… Thanksgiving week selling fast

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:08am
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president Mary Ann Brockman was a bit startled when the Nov. 10 workday began. “We usually get calls about an accommodation for Thanksgiving week right about now,” she said. “Instead, we were flooded that …

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Island restaurant duped by funny money

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:07am
A fake $20 bill left one Holmes Beach restaurateur empty-handed. And a customer at another restaurant turned up with a fake $10 bill. Zoe Witcomb, co-owner of Tortilla Bay Southwest Grill, 5318 Marina Drive, accepted a fake $20 Nov. 8, …

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Welcome to Holmes Beach: (Almost) no parking allowed

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:06am
The Holmes Beach traffic committee is driving ahead with its plans to eliminate street parking in residential neighborhoods despite some roadblocks. The committee met Nov. 12 and discussed elements needed to draft an ordinance that would ban parking on all …

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Burglar hits Cortez dive shop, then gives himself up

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:05am
A Bradenton man caught on camera taking equipment from a Cortez dive shop early Nov. 11 turned himself in to police two days later. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office released a statement Nov. 14 that Richard J. Morris, 29, confessed …

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Builder arrested for battery, cocaine

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:04am
A well-known Anna Maria Island builder was arrested Nov. 13 and faces charges of domestic battery, possessing cocaine and bringing the drug into the Manatee County jail. Richard Scott Eason, 29, of Holmes Beach, was arrested after an alleged altercation …

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The fish that got away

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 4:03am
The fish that got away in Cortez was carried out of a walk-in freezer. The Manatee County Sheriffs’ Office reported $1,100 worth of stone crab claws and grouper was stolen from the A. P. Bell Fish Co., 4539 124th St. …

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 4:00pm
ITEMS FOR SALE ANTIQUE CUPBOARD: WHITE wood, $350. 941-778-2010. FOR SALE: SLEEPER sofa in good shape,  $75 or best offer. 941-778-1856. FOR SALE: SEVEN-piece crystal salad bowl set, $15. Sterling silver candlesticks, $25. Call 941-737-9173. WHITE GARDEN CHAIR: $15, blue-white …

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Taps played at The Islander’s annual tribute to veterans

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 9:43am
Taps played at The Islander’s annual tribute to veterans from Jennifer Glenfield on Vimeo.

Cortesians ‘Get Crabby” at fest

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 1:36pm
  Tim Johnson, Lee Coarsey, Alice Lovett, Marty Lee and Travis Johnson, members of Fishing for Freedom’s Manatee chapter, an organization representing commercial fishers, Nov. 9 sell Cortez hot dogs, which are smoked mullet in a hot dog bun, at …

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Spin the event wheel on the Anna Maria Island

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 1:32pm
  Cultural Connections celebrated artsHOP with gallery, boutique and restaurant open houses Nov. 7 in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach. Islander Photos: Joan Voyles     The symphony performed in the rain Nov. 8 at Coquina Beach. Other events were …

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High court justices question grouper, Sarbanes-Oxley link

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 4:18am
Grouper was served with a side dish of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 as the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices considered the appeal of Cortez fisherman John L. Yates. Designed as a major overhaul of securities laws to protect investors …

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New Anna Maria mayor to get newly-approved pay raise

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 4:17am
Anna Maria commissioners know how to cut a deal close to deadline. At a special commission meeting Nov. 3, commissioners voted 3-2 to approve a pay raise for the mayor from $9,600 per annum to $19,600 a year. The raise …

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BB attorney voted off forfeiture proceedings

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 4:16am
Bradenton Beach city attorney Ricinda Perry will sit this one out. After much discussion among commissioners at their Nov. 6 meeting, a unanimous decision was reached to remove Perry from ongoing forfeiture proceedings against Mayor Bill Shearon. Commissioners Jack Clarke, …

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Suit filed over costs, delays in Bradenton Beach records request

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 4:15am
The Bradenton Beach election may have been settled Nov. 4, but challenges remain. Bradenton Beach resident and former candidate for city commission Tjet Martin filed a lawsuit Nov. 7, claiming the city has failed to produce public records in a …

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Interim center director named by board

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 4:14am
The Anna Maria Island Community Center board called a hasty emergency meeting and met in private — no public or media allowed — to name one of its own to direct the center. Board member Cindy Thompson was named interim …

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Criminal charges dropped, civil suit filed

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 4:12am
Criminal charges will not be filed against a Tampa woman who allegedly drove a vehicle into an Anna Maria man. Assistant State Attorney Dickey L. Hough filed a notice of case action Oct. 28, dropping charges of aggravated assault, property …

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