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Top Stories this week on Anna Maria Island: Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

Judge rules for city, denies ballot on tree house

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

‘Honestly, I don’t know what’s next.’ — tree house owner Lynn Tran This could be the final challenge for the tree house. The city of Holmes Beach has won its effort to deny the tree house owners a vote of …

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DUI probation ends in violation

A 56-year-old Bradenton woman admitted to a probation violation for driving under the influence and was sentenced to time served. Debra Alix, who spent a day in jail after her arrest, pleaded no contest in April 2015 to driving impaired …

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Bradenton Beach works CRA funds into pier-dock solutions

By ChrisAnn Silver Esformes, Islander Reporter

Bradenton Beach city leaders are seeking a funding source for needed repairs at the Historic Bridge Street Pier. The city also is looking for solutions to allow safe pickups and departures for the public and docking at the pier. The …

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Hatchling disorientation brings concerns to beach

By ChrisAnn Silver Esformes, Islander Reporter

Watch out, here they come. It’s the time of year when sea turtle nests are hatching in bales on Anna Maria Island and there is one area in Holmes Beach that is causing distress for the team of turtle watchers …

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Sex offender settles near Cortez

A Florida Department of Law Enforcement bulletin announced a sex offender had moved to the Cortez area. A 62-year-old male offender registered a permanent address change to the 4500 block of 106th Street West, Bradenton, according to an Aug. 18 …

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MCSO makes arrests in Galati burglaries

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

With kudos to CrimeStoppers and an alert public, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrested the five suspects in the July 17 burglaries at Galati Yacht Sales in Anna Maria. MCSO arrested Tyler Hollingshead, 23, of Bradenton, Aug. 12 on three …

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BB voters to decide future makeup of commission

Kristin Swain, Islander Reporter

Two charter amendments are on the ballot for Bradenton Beach voters in the Aug. 30 primary. Voters have the opportunity to voice their opinions on two proposed charter amendments — one to remove term limits for elected officials and another …

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HB planners back formula business moratorium

Kristin Swain, Islander Reporter

Holmes Beach city commissioners may have voted to enact a moratorium banning formula businesses, but it was up to the planning commission to determine whether the ban could stick. The planning commission met Aug. 17 to determine whether the formula …

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2 more Bert Harris claims filed in Anna Maria

Bianca Benedí, Islander Reporter

Two more Bert Harris claims were filed in Anna Maria, claiming a combined $685,000 in losses. The claims were filed by Najmy Thompson law firm in Bradenton and bring the total number of claims against Anna Maria to 64, for …

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Bazzy pitches injunction to void pier lease, city bunts with new ordinance

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

It’s likened to a game of baseball. The attorney for Bazzy Marine filed Aug. 17 for an injunction to nullify the city leases for the Historic Bridge Street Pier and the city called for a shade meeting to strategize the …

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Primary voters head to polls Aug. 30

Anna Maria Island Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians, prepare to mark your ballots for the Florida primary that takes place Aug. 30. Statewide, Democratic, Republican and Libertarian voters will be deciding their nominees for U.S. Senate. And, though Florida has semi-closed …

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Voters to decide future makeup of Bradenton Beach commission

Kristin Swain, Islander Reporter

Two charter amendments are on the ballot for Bradenton Beach voters in the Aug. 30 primary. Voters have the opportunity to voice their opinions on two proposed charter amendments — one to remove term limits for elected officials and another …

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Tops in Top Notch 2 (again)

For the second consecutive year, John M. Lafferty of Holmes Beach is the winner of Top Notch judging, this time with his image of an egret catching the breeze on the rail of a boat. Lafferty is the grand-prize winner, …

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