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Top Stories this week on Anna Maria Island: Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

Bradenton Beach pier reopens: Fish, dine, stroll over water

By Ed Scott, Islander Reporter

There was a mix of nostalgia and hope in the blustery air swirling around Bradenton Beach Jan. 23 as a city known for its nightlife celebrated at 10 o’clock in the morning. When former Mayor John Shaughnessy left elected office …

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AM mayor halts dredge project

Rick Catlin, Islander Reporter

Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy on Jan. 23 ordered a halt to dredging of the Lake LaVista canals. Murphy said he spoke with officials of the West Coast Inland Navigation District who advised him he had authority to halt the …

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Brockman to retire from island chamber

By Rick Catlin, Islander Reporter

Sometimes, the big news at a meeting comes at the end. That was the case at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce board meeting Jan. 21, when chair Larry Chatt announced that chamber president Mary Ann Brockman plans to …

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Verizon calling: BB cell communications coming soon

By Ed Scott, Islander Reporter

Can you hear me now? Bradenton Beach may soon get the call. Kevin Barile, of Florida Tower Partners told commissioners that Verizon equipment would soon be installed on the city’s cell tower. Speaking at the Jan. 22 commission meeting, Barile …

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Court denies protection for park

By Kathy Prucnell and Ed Scott, Islander Reporters

After longtime community activist Tjet Martin testified and the court made its decision Jan. 22, Joni Mitchell’s lyrics — “they’ve paved paradise and put up a parking lot” — played in some people’s minds. Twelfth Judicial Circuit Judge John F. …

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Contractor fraud case continued to March

The trial of contractor Chris Arnold for failing to install new curbs in Holmes Beach and fulfill his contract is now set for March. On the docket for a January trial, 12th Judicial Circuit Judge Deno G. Economou moved it …

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Election office tasked with certifying Bradenton Beach recall signatures

By Ed Scott, Islander Reporter

A spokesman for the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections office said Jan. 23 that it has almost completed certifying the 119 petition signatures submitted by a political committee formed to recall Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon. The committee was formed …

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New traffic signal: Stop, Go!

  A traffic signalization arm is erected at Marina and Gulf drives Jan. 23. The project is being managed by Manatee County and funded by the Florida Department of Transportation’s Local Agency Program. The county approved MSB Services’ bid of …

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Welcome

  Florida native Tal Reeve is a graduate of Manatee Community College with an associate degree in film and television. After college, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served eight years as a military journalist. He has been …

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Conservation crusade, mangrove cutting protested

By Jennifer Glenfield, Islander Reporter

Mangrove trees in Manatee County have an advocate. Many advocates. “In Manatee County we’ve got all this land we could be preserving and protecting, but our local officials have their heads in the sand,” said environmental activist Terri Wonder. Wonder, …

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Protests gear up against county treatment of homeless pets

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

Animal cruelty protests aimed at Manatee County Animal Services are raising the ire of county officials as continued complaints from pet advocates about senseless animal killings and protocol fuel demonstrations. In turn, Forget-Me-Not, a nonprofit animal rescue, and its supporters …

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ULI website goes live, younger participants sought for study

By Jennifer Glenfield, Islander Reporter

The Anna Maria Island Urban Land Institute committee has created a website. The site, www.amiuli.com, is intended to provide residents and stakeholders with information about the islandwide study that will be conducted by ULI in February. It includes a schedule …

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