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Top Stories this week on Anna Maria Island: Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Circuit court, city hearings loom over tree house

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

You’re welcome to attend, but stay tuned for time, day and date. A violation hearing before a city magistrate to determine the fate of a tree house in Holmes Beach is set for May 4 — but that date could …

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AMI turtle watchers prepare for sea turtle season

By Kristin Swain, Islander Reporter

Ready, set, turn the lights out! May 1 approaches and with it comes the official beginning of sea turtle nesting season in Florida. For beachfront residents, renters and businesses, this means a blackout period until Oct. 31, the end of …

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Birds move into ‘beach house’

Good news. Bad news. The sandy white beach near the Beach House Restaurant is once again home to nesting shorebirds. Tho species, least terns and black skimmers, were spotted April 22 nesting in the sands near the popular Bradenton Beach …

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Bradenton Beach bans baitmonger

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

John Maguire still wants to do business as a bait seller in Bradenton Beach despite an apparent move to run him out of town. Relaying information from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, BBPD Chief Sam Speciale told city commissioners …

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Bradenton Beach prepares for party storm

By Tal Reeve, Islander Reporter

Drink, play, float. For beachgoers, it’s a gathering for fun times. But the April 30 weekend may not be idyllic on the island. The Bradenton Beach Police Department would have all its officers standing by in case a massive beach …

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BIEO discusses bridge openings

By Kristin Swain, Islander Reporter

Another day, another hope from the island mayors that the U. S. Coast Guard will reduce the opening schedules for Anna Maria Island’s two key bridges. Officials of the barrier island cities gathered April 20 at Holmes Beach City Hall, …

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Owner of sunken boat sentenced to 120 days in jail

A Bradenton Beach boat owner was sentenced to 120 days in jail for battery to a police officer after she interfered in the arrest of her boyfriend. The couple, who lived aboard their boat in the anchorage area at the …

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Drug court move for Sarasota man arrested for pills, marijuana

A 23-year-old Sarasota man arrested in Holmes Beach has been ordered to report to Manatee County Drug Court. Nicholas Rattelade was released on his own recognizance March 31 after 12th Circuit Judge Andrew Owens transferred the case. Holmes Beach police …

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Bradenton scooter driver arrested with heroin

A call-in about a reckless scooter driver led to the arrest of a Bradenton man possessing heroin. Brian Demott, 47, was arrested April 7 driving a silver scooter meeting the caller’s description in the 3200 block of East Bay Drive …

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Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation issued no notices for local activity for the week of April 25. For the latest roadwatch information, go online to www.fl511.com or dial 511.

WMFR talks budget, assessment increase

By Kristin Swain, Islander Reporter

It’s creeping up on budget season. And West Manatee Fire Rescue commissioners are considering a rise in assessment rates for district property owners. When commissioners met April 21 to discuss the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, Chief Tom Sousa …

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