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On the high wire! On Holmes Beach field! The flying Wallendas!

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:11am
  Rick Wallenda rides the high-wire bicycle, Hailey Warren, 10, is on his shoulders. Also performing up top, Blake Wallenda. Hailey performed gracefully on the rope, as did the elegant Nicolette Fornasari. On the ground in the “bull fight,” were …

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Anna Maria commissioners: Time for paid parking (discussion)

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:10am
Paid parking has been discussed by Anna Maria commissioners for a decade, if not longer. Some things don’t seem to change. At their April 10 work session, commissioners agreed it’s time to move forward with paid parking — followed by …

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DOT hosts Cortez Bridge meeting to address project questions

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:09am
Bridges are hot-button topics for bridge-dependent folks on Anna Maria Island. The Florida Department of Transportation plans a public information meeting on the upcoming $4 million repair project of the Cortez Bridge 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Kirkwood …

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Easter Sunday arrives with sunrise service

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:08am
Easter Sunday will arrive April 20, with a celebration on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico in Holmes Beach. The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island’s annual Easter Sunrise Service will take place at 6:30 a.m. at Manatee Public …

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Citizen asks Holmes Beach to improve Birdie Tebbetts Field

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:07am
Holmes Beach resident and Manatee West Hurricanes Baseball team manager Andy Procter has big plans for the future of the city’s baseball field. However, without funding, he has learned, the plans may not come to fruition. Last October, Procter proposed …

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Neal Preserve opens at last on Perico Island

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:06am
If there is such a thing as being preserve-rich, Manatee County may be headed in that direction. The Neal Preserve on Perico Island on State Road 64/Manatee Avenue West — about 200 yards east of the Anna Maria Island Bridge, …

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Bradenton Beach jewelers lose $6k in diamond deal

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:05am
A Longboat Key maintenance man has been charged with stealing an $85,000 diamond ring and selling the stone to a Bradenton Beach jeweler. Michael Artman, 51, Bradenton, is in the Manatee County jail facing charges of burglary, theft after trust …

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Boater rescued by marine units

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:04am
A boater was rescued March 29 after his sailboat capsized due to rough conditions south of Longboat Key Pass. Around 3:20 p.m., the U.S. Coast Guard at Station Cortez received a report of a person in the water and an …

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State Attorney determined to take Chiquet to trial in 2014

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:03am
It’s been almost five years since Joseph Edmund Chiquet was arrested and charged with multiple counts of sex crimes involving a 15-year-old girl. This week, for the second time since his arrest, the Bradenton Beach man has been placed into …

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Stabbing suspect faces additional charges

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:02am
A man arrested after allegedly stabbing a woman multiple times March 15 in the Holmes Beach apartment they shared with another man now faces additional charges after the victim reported finding a homemade weapon in the apartment. Andrew Helderman, 23, …

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 4:00pm
ITEMS FOR SALE COMPUTER: DELL VISTA dual core, refurbished, $100. 941-756-6728. OAK DINING ROOM table, six chairs with upholstered seats. Good condition, $200. 941-254-4238. WEEDEATER, GAS, $25, pole saw, electric, $25, two new floodlights, $50. Call 941-792-0008, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. TWO …

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Man falls, drowns while fishing from Key Royale dock

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:13am
A 72-year-old Canadian man drowned April 3 after falling into Tampa Bay while fishing from a residential dock. Luciano Ranieri of Ontario fell from the dock of a home in the 700 block of Key Royale Drive. He was submerged …

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New BB noise ordinance causes confusion, complaints

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:12am
Bradenton Beach folks are making some noise. Business owners are confused and residents have complained about a noise ordinance that was adopted March 20 by the Bradenton Beach City Commission. During public comment at the commission’s April 3 meeting, several …

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Shoreline groin replacements play pivotal role at Cortez Beach

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:11am
Beach renourishment is not the only work to be done to enhance Anna Maria Island’s shoreline this year. The next beach improvement project should have benefits for the island ecology, as well as pedestrians and anglers. Manatee County Parks and …

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DOT schedules Cortez Bridge public meeting

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:10am
The Florida Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting on the upcoming Cortez Bridge repair project 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. A DOT press release said the workshop is …

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Island observes Easter with sunrise service on the beach

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:09am
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island’s 50th annual Easter Sunrise Service will take place at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 20, at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The annual service draws more than 1,000 people to the …

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Island observes Easter with sunrise service on the beach

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:08am
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island’s 50th annual Easter Sunrise Service will take place at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 20, at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. The annual service draws more than 1,000 people to the …

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Cortez group holds elections, talks business

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:07am
Members of the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage held two elections March 31 — one for board members and one for officers. Members also reviewed plans for the preserve and discussed a financial report. FISH had six vacancies to fill …

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Citizen libel suit against HB commissioner settles for cash

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:06am
The libel suit against Holmes Beach Commissioner Jean Peelen came to a conclusion March 25. John Agnelli filed the suit against Peelen in October 2012 following alleged defamatory claims Peelen made about Agnelli in an email newsletter that she distributed …

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Holmes Beach residents speak out on rezoning

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 4:05am
A Holmes Beach planning commission agenda April 2 brought an outspoken gallery, confusion and a continuance to the chambers at city hall. On gaveling the meeting open, Commission Chair Sue Normand and her fellow board members noted the confusion surrounding …

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