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Effort to recall BB mayor reaches milestone

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:14am
The Bradenton Beach Committee to Recall William Shearon has collected 119 signatures, more than the 100 needed to proceed to the next step to recall the mayor. Former Commissioner Pete Barreda, chair of the committee, said Jan. 15 that he …

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Interim AM city attorney to tackle urgent Bert Harris claims

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:13am
Anna Maria commissioners unanimously voted Jan. 13 to approve Mayor Dan Murphy’s selection of Bradenton Beach city attorney Ricinda Perry as interim attorney to deal with the pre-lawsuit Bert Harris claims facing the municipality. While the decision was unanimous, Commissioner …

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Anna Maria takes hard stance, forced to settle Bert Harris claims

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:12am
Anna Maria commissioners may feel they are in a difficult place on the Bert Harris claims against the city that have a deadline to settle this month, but they plan to take a tougher stance on future claims. And the …

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Bradenton Beach pier reopening set for Jan. 23

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:11am
It’s going to have that new-pier smell. Duncan Seawall completed demolition and re-construction of the Historic Bridge Street Pier in mid-January, the original timeframe, Mark Parsons, the company’s director of operations, said in an email. The city scheduled a soft …

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HB catches moratorium fever

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:10am
Commissioners approved through applause an immediate building moratorium at the Jan. 15 meeting. Commissioner Marvin Grossman, who underwent surgery days before, said it was too important for him to miss the meeting. “I would like to call for an administrative …

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Field-tripping in Durante

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:09am
  AME second-grader Tristan Starkey plays with bugs that he’s caught on the nature walk Jan. 16 at Joan M. Durante Community Park as classmate Chloe Espinosa looks on.   Second-grader Kendall Johnston examines foliage and a spider web using …

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Prosecutor declines to file charges in Sea-Doo death

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:08am
The12th Judicial Circuit state attorney turned down the prosecution of manslaughter charges against Michael Doster with a Jan. 5 memo that closes the case that began six months ago at Passage Key.     Doster, 50, of Land O’ Lakes, was …

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Judge denies Holmes Beach contractor request to contact victim

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:07am
Twelfth Judicial Circuit Judge Diana L. Moreland ruled against a Holmes Beach general contractor who requested contact with a victim he’s been accused of choking and restraining. Richard Scott Eason, 29, was arrested in November after his girlfriend, who’d been …

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Construction underway at Bradenton Beach Moose Lodge

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:06am
  Workers mix cement as construction moves forward at the Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, Jan. 13. Islander Photo: Kristin Swain

Passed-out motorist arrested for DUI

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:05am
A Bradenton man found unconscious in his car at Manatee Avenue and Gulf Drive was charged with driving under the influence. Justin Doyle Chittenden, 32, was arrested Jan. 8 after Holmes Beach Police Sgt. Kevin Powers saw Chittenden’s vehicle fail …

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Former HB man dies in hit-and-run

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:04am
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the hit-and-run death of a former Holmes Beach resident. Anthony C. Galanopoulos, 45, was riding his bicycle at about 3:30 a.m. Jan. 9 when a pickup truck, southbound on 15th Street East at Bio-Tech …

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Holmes Beach man rages against neighbor

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:03am
Burglary to an occupied dwelling with a battery is the charge against a 33-year-old Holmes Beach man who broke into a home and attacked a neighbor. Holmes Beach Police Department arrested Steven Michael LaParl at his residence in the 6300 …

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Woman sexually battered on boat

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:02am
A man living in the Bradenton Beach anchorage area near Bridge Street was arrested for sexually battering a woman on a boat. Rick Jeffery Rowland, 40, allegedly grabbed the woman by the neck, choked her, removed her pants and committed …

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WMFR strives for public participation in district decisions

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 4:01am
West Manatee Fire and Rescue is looking for public participation at its district meetings. A hot topic at the Jan. 15 meeting, held at the district’s administration building, 6417 Third Avenue W., Bradenton, was how to get the public more …

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 4:00pm
ITEMS FOR SALE TORQUEDO ELECTRIC MOTOR: Equivalent to a 4-hp gas motor, slightly used, $850. Call John, 865-660-5660. TWO ASIAN REAL bamboo and glass shelves 38L X 18W X 7H and one matching corner shelf. Beautiful craftsmanship. 813-362-5881. PIER 1 …

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Bradenton runner breaks AME dash record

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 4:13am
Ready. Set. Dash. Spectators cheered as Bradenton resident Michael Lamb set a new Dolphin Dash 5k record Jan. 10 with a 16:20 course time. The 180 participants in the Anna Maria Elementary-Parent Teacher Organization 5k run raced across Gulf Drive …

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New Anna Maria mayor dismisses 20-year city attorney

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 4:11am
After more than 20 years as a chartered officer of the city, Anna Maria fired Jim Dye less than two minutes into the Jan. 8 meeting, the first of the new year. The decision to remove Dye was presented by …

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Moratorium slows Anna Maria real estate sales

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 4:10am
The real estate outlook is all about perception. Some Anna Maria Island real estate agents say they are hopeful for an end to Anna Maria’s construction moratorium and the city’s effort to enact legislation governing vacation homes. Jesse Brisson of …

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Bradenton Beach to cell tower builders: No service, no sale

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 4:09am
Bradenton Beach commissioners took the call, then left a stern message. Commissioners cast a unanimous vote Jan. 8 that effectively denied a request from Bradenton-based Florida Tower Partners to allow the company to sell the Bradenton Beach cell tower to …

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Injunction seeks to halt city plans for beachfront parking lot

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 4:08am
The plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the city of Bradenton Beach asked the 12th Circuit Court to issue a temporary injunction preventing the city from completing work to convert a small beachfront park on Gulf Drive to a four-car parking …

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