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Top Stories this week on Anna Maria Island: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Dateline in paradise

Dateline NBC correspondent Keith Morrison interviews photographer Jack Elka and Islander publisher Bonner Joy Feb. 5 for a story about Sabine Musil-Buehler — her murder and the conviction of her killer. The Dateline crew recorded interviews and b-roll on the …

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Survey: AM pier needs major overhaul

By Tal Reeve, Islander Reporter

Since 1911, the Anna Maria City Pier has stood in Tampa Bay at the east end of Pine Avenue. It’s been damaged and repaired multiple times. But the pier may face its toughest challenge in 2016. According to an extensive …

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Marina owners: Bradenton Beach violates state lease

By Ed Scott, Islander Reporter

Bradenton Beach Marina owners Allan and Michael Bazzy sent a letter to Mayor Bill Shearon and commissioners Feb. 5 claiming the city is out of compliance with its sovereignty submerged land lease with the state of Florida. Sovereignty submerged lands …

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Bradenton woman pleads guilty to DUI, no license

A woman arrested at the Manatee Public Beach after witnesses saw her crossing the center line and driving off the road was sentenced to 12 months probation. Rosmery Gonzalez, 25, pleaded guilty Jan. 11 to second-degree misdemeanors of driving under …

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Bradenton man convicted of DUI

A motorist arrested for driving under the influence in Bradenton Beach was sentenced to 12 months probation, a six-month driver’s license suspension and 50 hours of public service. Antonio N. Berardi, 53, of Bradenton, pleaded no contest to the DUI …

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Motorist sentenced to 12 months probation for alcohol charge

A Bradenton man facing a second-degree misdemeanor for driving under the influence pleaded to a lesser charge of alcohol-related reckless driving. Peter Maggio, 53, was arrested in March 2015 on the DUI charge by Holmes Beach Police Department and ticketed …

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St. Petersburg woman convicted in Beetle theft

What started as a January 2015 arrest for stealing a Volkswagen Beetle ended in a woman’s conviction in 12th Judicial Circuit Court. Hope A. Williamson, 34, of St. Petersburg, pleaded no contest to charges of grand theft and possession of …

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DUI charge reduced for Bradenton man

Alcohol-related reckless driving — also known as a wet-reckless — was the charge that stuck against a motorist in Holmes Beach whose breath samples measured over the legal limit. Jhon Faver Garcia Zamora, 26, of Bradenton, pleaded no contest to …

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Chappie faces general election challenge

After running unopposed for his seat on the Manatee County Board of Commissioners in 2012, John Chappie will have competition in the November election. Matt Bower, a member of the Manatee County Planning Commission, announced he will seek the District …

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Registration closes Feb. 16 for primary

Voter registration for the presidential preference primary closes Tuesday, Feb. 16. The primary will be held Tuesday, March 15. Early voting in the election will begin Saturday, March 5, and end Saturday, March 12. The nearest early voting location to …

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Holmes Beach parking plan draws county reaction

By Kristin Swain, Islander Reporter

The Holmes Beach permit-parking plan may be drawing its last breath. The ordinance, which passed the commission with a 3-2 vote Jan. 26, was vetoed by Mayor Bob Johnson Jan. 28. It now has one last chance for approval. It …

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Holmes Beach considers vacating property

It’s not every day the city of Holmes Beach considers giving property away. Richard and Shelley Wheeler, owners of 302 34th St., a rental property, and 202 35th St., a four-unit rental property, have asked the city to vacate an …

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FDOT contractor causes water break at Sunbow Bay

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

An excavator on a Florida Department of Transportation project broke a water line while digging on the west side of East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach, leaving customers there without water for eight hours and causing a two-day boil-water advisory. …

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