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Top Stories this week on Anna Maria Island: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Holmes Beach forges formula business ban

By Kristin Swain, Islander Reporter

Holmes Beach commissioners are putting a stop to future formula businesses in the city — temporarily. Commissioners agreed to move a moratorium ordinance to first reading that bans formula or chain businesses from establishing in Holmes Beach. The moratorium, if …

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Debate over chain store invasion continues

By Sandy Ambrogi, Islander Reporter

Morning after morning, small-business owners in the Anna Maria Island Centre shopping plaza on East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach unlock their doors and start another workday. Most owners of the shops in the Benderson plaza depend on their businesses …

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Strike 3 on BB moratorium

By Tal Reeve, Islander Reporter

Commissioners didn’t necessarily strike down the idea of a building moratorium in Bradenton Beach June 16, but they decided with a 4-1 vote to withhold action. No action by the commission puts the moratorium in the hands of voters Nov. …

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Sex offender visits Anna Maria

A 61-year-old sex offender is residing temporarily in the 800 block of North Shore Drive in Anna Maria, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced in a June 11 news release. The FDLE reported the male offender was convicted in …

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Drawn out Holmes Beach v. contractor restitution hearing ends

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

Chris Arnold of Bradenton left the courthouse June 17 a free man, but a decision on what he’ll pay the city of Holmes Beach awaits another day. Twelfth Circuit Judge Deno Economou is expected to decide what the former city …

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Qualifying opens for 3 
Holmes Beach seats

By Kristin Swain, Islander Reporter

When qualifying week opened June 20, three Holmes Beach incumbents had declared their candidacy. Holmes Beach residents who want to run for mayor or city commission can qualify for the Nov. 8 election until noon Friday, June 24. Mayor Bob …

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Man sentenced to time served

A former Bradenton Beach man was sentenced to jail time served after the 12th Circuit State Attorney amended its case to correct the type of drug he was found possessing. Harry M. Holmes, 32, pleaded no contest June 9 to …

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Woman pleads no contest to DUI

A 32-year-old former Bradenton Beach woman arrested by the Manatee County Sheriff Office for driving under the influence pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 12 months probation. Rachel Knipfer, now of Bradenton, was arrested in December 2015 after an …

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Anna Maria continues Bert Harris battles

By Tal Reeve, Islander Reporter

The Bert Harris claims in Anna Maria resemble a house of cards. If the city of Anna Maria loses one claim, the rest could tumble. The city faces 45 claims totaling $12,644,000. With their precarious position in mind, city officials …

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Cortez Bridge crasher gets probation

A 27-year-old Clermont man was sentenced to 12 months probation for driving impaired after the state attorney dropped charges of leaving the scene of an accident. Christopher Jack Nicholson was arrested in August 2015 for driving under the influence after …

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Bradenton woman noticed for marijuana

Holmes Beach police pulled over a 28-year-old motorist for not wearing her safety belt and dark window tint and found marijuana and paraphernalia. Melanie Erickson of Bradenton was issued a notice to appear for possessing 4.9 grams of the drug …

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ITPO discusses future island bridge projects, funding

By Kristin Swain, Islander Reporter

Two major transportation projects — the Anna Maria Island and Cortez bridges — are moving forward, if at a snail’s pace. Tony Sherrard, representing the Florida Department of Transportation, gave a presentation on the two bridge projects to Island Transportation …

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1 of 2 Anna Maria races shapes up with new faces

By Tal Reeve, Islander Reporter

Break out the red, white and blue. It’s election time! And two challengers have announced for city commission in Anna Maria. Anna Maria General Store owner Brian Seymour and planning and zoning board member David Youngs announced in the past …

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Hostage victim recants: ‘I did not feel threatened’

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

The alleged victim of an early morning May 31 hostage situation by her son is now rallying around him. Gerald Harles II, 30, was arrested by the Holmes Beach Police Department after more than 40 law enforcement officers from HBPD …

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Reward offered for pet rooster missing from Cortez

It’s been a sad, frustrating and exhausting week for Grumbles’ keeper. The friendly rooster at Cortez’s Swordfish Grill & Tiki Bar — known to most everyone who’s patronized the restaurant in the past four years — went missing the afternoon …

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Summer reading on the move

Now that school is out, there’s more time for reading The Islander! Clockwise, from top left, Fiona McCarthy, Ewen Cloutier, Jack McCarthy and Kieran Cloutier, all students from Anna Maria Elementary — catch up on hometown news June 11, while …

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Rejected Anna Maria pier tenant insulted

By Tal Reeve, Islander Reporter

Mario Schoenfelder, City Pier Restaurant owner and Anna Maria pier tenant, isn’t happy with the city decision May 26 to reject his proposal for funding and future lease terms for  the pier. “I do not accept false, untrue and insulting …

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