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Top Stories this week on Anna Maria Island: Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2015

Moose Lodge builds up, retains beachfront picnic tables

By Ed Scott, Islander Reporter

The stars will soon shine on the Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach, where outdoor dining and libations can be a favorite pastime. The city commission took steps March 19 to ensure the tradition continues. Commissioners unanimously approved a rezone petition …

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Center faces backlash over plans for fitness gym

By Kristin Swain, Islander Reporter

While plans for improvements to its fitness gym remain in the conceptual stage, the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, is taking heat from some island business owners. The proposal involves expanding the center’s small fitness …

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Bradenton Beach pier eviction looms; city ponders next step

By Ed Scott, Islander Reporter

It’s a three-legged approach Bradenton Beach commissioners hope will be the foundation for a successful restaurant on the Historic Bridge Street Pier. While the eviction lawsuit against Roland Pena, owner of Cast-n-Cage Restaurant, moves through 12th Judicial Circuit Court, commissioners …

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Signs protecting pelicans to appear at fishing spots

By Jennifer Glenfield, Islander Reporter

Pelicans on Anna Maria Island and the Skyway Fishing Pier State Park have some representation. Spearheaded by Jeannie Bystrom, Holmes Beach resident and wildlife rescuer, bright blue metal signs will soon appear in fishing areas in the region. The signs …

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That sinking feeling

  The U.S. Coast Guard arrives March 7 at the scene of a capsized boat in Tampa Bay near Bean Point at the north end of Anna Maria Island. Another incident was reported March 13 in the shallows around Bean …

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Contractor pleads to grand theft, defrauding Holmes Beach

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

A Bradenton contractor accused of failing to replace curbs on Flotilla Drive and 11 streets on Key Royale entered a no-contest plea to a reduced charge of grand theft March 18 in 12th Judicial Circuit Court. Senior Judge Barbara Fleischer …

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Forgery case goes to drug court, results in 2nd arrest

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

A former employee of a Holmes Beach restaurant was jailed for a second time in connection with a forgery case. Chelsea Rose Maksimowicz, 27, of Bradenton, was arrested March 3 on a warrant for violating a court order that required …

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Safety No. 1 concern for ongoing groin replacement

By Tal Reeve, Islander Reporter

Work had barely begun on the groins at Cortez Beach when Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon and the police department began getting complaints. So Bradenton Beach officials met March 17 with representatives of the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources …

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Bradenton Beach feeling groin pain

People in Bradenton Beach aren’t too happy with an erosion control project on Cortez Beach. Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon began receiving calls March 14 regarding an area of the Cortez Beach parking lot blocked off for Manatee County’s groin …

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Rehab awaits Holmes Beach dog park

By Jennifer Glenfield, Islander Reporter

Bark. Bark. Like the ears of a dog perking up to “walk” or “treat,” two words in Holmes Beach are sure to elicit responses: “dog” and “park.” Dog park enthusiasts have been sending letters and talking at public meetings well …

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Holmes Beach mayor makes plea to save PO boxes

By Jennifer Glenfield, Islander Reporter

Holmes Beach postal customers may have to find somewhere else to pick up their mail. Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson sent a letter to state and federal lawmakers March 19 urging them to help save P.O. box services at the …

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HB man arrested for heroin, blames girlfriend

A Holmes Beach man was arrested for possessing heroin. He apparently alerted police to paraphernalia after being stopped for driving a vehicle with an expired tag. Longboat Key Police Department arrested William Ariss Brown, 29, March 15 in the 5300 …

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Man ticketed in gallery crash arrested in burglary

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

The man ticketed for crashing an SUV through the Guild Gallery window in Holmes Beach was arrested March 10 on a warrant for a Bradenton burglary. Louis Knowles, 28, of Bradenton, was arrested after Manatee County Sheriff’s Office investigators traced …

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Holmes Beach man arrested for pawning tools

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

A Holmes Beach man — sentenced previously in two similar cases in the past two years — was arrested by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office for pawning tools belonging to LaPensee Plumbing & Pools. Matthew J. Burnett, 34, was arrested …

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Anna Maria man confesses to sexual batteries

A 19-year-old Anna Maria man faces six charges of sexual battery against a 15-year-old girl. Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrested James W. Gresham at 4:30 p.m. March 17 after he allegedly confessed to having sexual intercourse with the victim. Gresham …

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Bradenton man spins Mariah Carey yarn at arrest, gains notoriety

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

Beer in hand, TV on, loud music playing. A Bradenton man apparently broke in and made himself comfortably “at home,” but soon was arrested for burglary. He told police he owned the Holmes Beach home with singer-songwriter Mariah Carey. And …

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Cortez man arrested for DUI

Driving too slowly and erratically led to a Cortez man’s arrest for driving under the influence. William J. Jeter, 46, was driving 20 mph in a 45-mph zone just before his arrest at 10 p.m. March 8, according to the …

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Pennsylvania man arrested for speeding, DUI

A man allegedly speeding through Cortez was arrested for driving under the influence. Christopher Raymond, 48, of Webster, Pennsylvania, was arrested for driving under the influence and ticketed for speeding at about 1 a.m. March 10, according to the probable …

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Sexual battery arrest in Holmes Beach

A Holmes Beach man was arrested for a sexual battery. Lawrence Joseph Schwartz, 45, was arrested March 6 by the Holmes Beach Police Department after HBPD Detective Sgt. Brian Hall interviewed the suspect and the other party at their residence …

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Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation encourages motorists to slow down and use caution when approaching work crews on or along roadsides, where exceeding the speed limit can double the fine. The DOT has issued the following alert: • SR 684/Cortez Road …

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AMI tourism still on the rise

By Tal Reeve, Islander Reporter

If you’ve been outside, you probably noticed the recent increase in traffic. According the Manatee County Tourist Development Council, tourism rates in Bradenton rose 6.7 percent in 2014, accounting for an added 599,000 visitors. It’s likely many of them came …

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