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Anna Maria Oyster Bar to negotiate BB pier lease

11 hours 27 min ago
The Anna Maria Oyster Bar is returning to its roots on Anna Maria Island. Bradenton Beach city commissioners July 23 selected Anna Maria Oyster Bar as the next restaurant concessionaire on the Historic Bridge Street Pier. AMOB was chosen over …

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Anna Maria mayor requests new judge in vacation rental case

11 hours 28 min ago
The city of Anna Maria is asking 12th Circuit Judge John Lakin to step down from presiding over a vacation rental ordinance lawsuit. With a 4-1 vote July 23, commissioners tasked Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy with making the request. …

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Anna Maria Island property values continue rising

11 hours 29 min ago
Property valuations on Anna Maria Island show an islandwide increase from June 1 to July 1, following more research by the office of Manatee County Property Appraiser Charles E. Hackney. Hackney met his July 1 deadline to send the more …

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AMITW rescues green turtle hatchlings

11 hours 31 min ago
  Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteers and onlookers cheered July 21 as 67 green sea turtle hatchlings crawled to the Gulf of Mexico. The July 21 release was the second hatchling recovery and release for AMITW …

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Deadline looms for Bradenton Beach

11 hours 31 min ago
Bradenton Beach city commissioners are in danger of missing an important deadline. Commissioners must send their proposed millage rate to Manatee County Property Appraiser Charles E. Hackney by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, however, no budget planning meeting has been …

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Towering over Bradenton Beach

11 hours 32 min ago
  Workers from UCI Telecommunication Construction Services use a crane July 23 to replace shrouds on the cell tower that stands next to the Bradenton Beach public works facility. According to Brett Buggeln, chief operating officer of Tarpon Towers, work …

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Bradenton Beach resident files ethics complaint against mayor

11 hours 33 min ago
A Bradenton Beach political activist has filed a Florida Commission on Ethics complaint against Mayor Jack Clarke. John Metz, a retired attorney and campaign supporter of former Mayor Bill Shearon, alleges Clarke on two occasions — first as vice mayor …

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Holmes Beach honors fallen military service members

11 hours 34 min ago
  Holmes Beach City Hall flies the U. S. flag and Florida state flag at half-staff July 21-25 in honor of the four U. S. Marines and Navy sailor killed July 16 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Islander Photo: Kristin Swain

Holmes Beach officials opt to increase taxes

11 hours 35 min ago
Holmes Beach commissioners announced July 14 a likely tax increase for property owners for the 2015-16 fiscal year. City treasurer Lori Hill said July 22 that while taxes will increase, the increase might not be as bad as property owners …

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Sarasota man arrested for battery, knife threat

11 hours 36 min ago
A Sarasota man allegedly battered a woman and threatened to kill them both with knives. Jason Ward Knipper, 45, was arrested for battery and aggravated assault July 15 by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office on a woman’s sworn affidavit. Knipper …

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 4:00pm
ITEMS FOR SALE VISION FITNESS R2200/HRT exercise bicycle. Resistance/hydraulic adjustment. Excellent condition, non-smoker. $200 or best offer. 813-210-1020. FOR SALE: NICE recliner, $75, armoire, $100, kitchen table, chairs, $35. 941-538-8200. PORCH BLINDS, TWO, $23, small table, two plastic chairs, $12, …

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 4:00pm
ITEMS FOR SALE FOR SALE FROM the Old Buccaneer Inn. Two, solid hickory tables and eight chairs circa late fifties. Excellent condition. $800 per set. Call Hank, 941-752-4220. SEWING MACHING: BERNINA 240 and three tubs of sewing notions and tools …

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Court puts temp halt on AM rental regs

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 4:13am
The Anna Maria short-term vacation rental ordinance had its first day in court. The lawsuit against the ordinance entered a new stage July 14 when attorneys representing a group of property owners filed an emergency motion for a temporary injunction …

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Lights draw sea turtle hatchlings to death on Gulf Drive

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 4:12am
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring received a distress call July 12 after some newly hatched sea turtles crawled in the wrong direction, a path leading them across Gulf Drive. AMITW section coordinator Kathy Doddridge responded to the …

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Rehabilitated loggerhead crawls to Gulf at Coquina Beach

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 4:11am
After months in rehab, Volusia is back home in the Gulf of Mexico. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, along with Clearwater Marine Aquarium staff and more than 150 onlookers, said “au revoir” July 14 as the loggerhead …

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Vendor proposals offer medley of pier choices

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 4:10am
Bradenton Beach could be saying “arrivederci” to the typical pier restaurant. City commissioners are considering proposals from five potential concessionaires for the next restaurant on the Historic Bridge Street Pier. Four ideas for replacing Roland Pena’s evicted Cast-n-Cage Restaurant focus …

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BIEO focuses on possible affects of Lake Flores development

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 4:09am
The Barrier Island Elected Officials have decided to approach Manatee County as a unit to discuss the Lake Flores development. The development, located south of Cortez Road along 75th Street is a 1,322-acre mixed-use development proposed to have 6,500 residential …

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Center board invites community to town meeting

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 4:08am
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is opening its doors for a town hall-style meeting. The meeting — in place of the monthly board of directors meeting — will take place Thursday, July 27, with refreshments being served at 6 …

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Holmes Beach identifies ‘horrifying’ budget shortfall

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 4:07am
Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson informed city commissioners July 14 that the city has a $651,457 shortfall in the general fund. The general fund is used by the city to pay its operating costs. “This is horrifying,” Commissioner Jean Peelen …

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Holmes Beach leans toward parking permits

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 4:06am
A pilot program to address parking woes in Holmes Beach is expected to go another round with city commissioners in September. Commissioners asked the city attorney at a July 16 work session to consult with Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill …

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