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Top Stories this week on Anna Maria Island: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Anna Maria forges rental regs, grandfather provision

By Rick Catlin, Islander Reporter

Grandfather’s clock is ticking in Anna Maria. Fresh with an opinion from Sarasota attorney David Levin that the city’s 1996 residential zoning ordinance prohibits vacation rentals built after that year, commissioners elected for a kinder, gentler approach. At their Dec. …

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High-tech groins planned for beach

By Rick Catlin, Islander Reporter

It’s been so long since the groins at Cortez Beach in Bradenton Beach — sometimes called “Three Piers” — were constructed, nobody is exactly sure of the date. The best guess Manatee County parks and natural resources director Charlie Hunsicker …

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Sex offender visits Bradenton Beach

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement website reported a convicted sex offender moved temporarily to a Bradenton Beach apartment Dec. 10. The 56-year-old man reported a temporary address in the 100 block of Ninth Street North, the FDLE reported. According …

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2 judges recused from citizens v. Bradenton Beach case

By Ed Scott, Islander Reporter

Two judges are pushing away from the bench, saying relationships with a restaurateur prevent them from hearing a case. Twelfth Circuit Judges Janette Dunnigan and Gilbert Smith Jr. recused themselves from a 2012 lawsuit against the city of Bradenton Beach …

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Forfeiture delayed, recall underway

By Ed Scott, Islander Reporter

A former Bradenton Beach city commissioner has formed a political committee with the goal to get petition signatures needed to recall embattled Mayor Bill Shearon from office. The documents arrived Dec. 12 to the city clerk’s office, naming Pete Barreda, …

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Prosecutor: Avalos’ homicide charges under review

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

The prosecutor assigned to the Dec. 4 Bradenton triple homicide is expected to decide the week of Dec. 15 on charges the state will bring against confessed murderer Andres “Andy” Avalos. Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court Assistant State Attorney Art Brown …

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Charge against former city clerk reduced

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

The charge against a former city clerk in Bradenton Beach is changing. Initially arrested for battery to a police officer, Gia Lancaster is now facing a charge of opposing an officer in connection with her Oct. 21 arrest. Assistant State …

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Holiday prize-winner

  Pat Mitchell, center, brought her gang of girls, some her family and some from Anna Maria Elementary School, where she volunteers, to claim her prize from The Islander in the Holmes Beach Holiday Open House. Mitchell entered the free …

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Holmes Beach human resource position flies under radar

By Jennifer Glenfield, Islander Reporter

The passage of the Holmes Beach charter amendment creating a human resource analyst as a charter position may have unwittingly been filled without fair opportunity. Mary Buonagura holds the title, but the path that landed her there may have been …

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Holmes Beach permit-parking plan steered to commission

By Jennifer Glenfield, Islander Reporter

Holmes Beach Commission Chair Judy Titsworth says there’s just one word to sum up the parking situation in residential neighborhoods: Sad. “Never did I think in my 50 years living here we’d need permit parking, but it’s changed. I understand …

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Follow the fish: Cortez mullet run is on

By Jennifer Glenfield, Islander Reporter

Boat ramps in Cortez and on Anna Maria Island are packed as fishers from around the state are coming to fish in the annual mullet run. In the fall, as temperatures drop, mullet group together and begin a migration pattern …

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Motorist arrested for DUI

A motorist driving erratically in Bradenton Beach was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and ticketed for failing to maintain a single lane. Anthony Dionise, 54, of Grand Haven, Michigan, was stopped Nov. 26 at 700 …

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Warrant arrest nets alleged mugger

A 21-year-old accused in the June beating of an Anna Maria man was arrested on a Dec. 1 bench warrant. Cameron Bowen Ellsworth, 21, was arrested Dec. 3 at a Lakeview Place apartment in Anna Maria on a third-degree felony …

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DUI charged to speeding motorist

A 36-year-old Bradenton man who allegedly sped east using all three lanes on Cortez Road West was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped Adam Gomez Nov. 30 at 10100 Cortez Road …

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Suspect in luring children arrested, bonds out

A 22-year-old man arrested in Holmes Beach for attempting to lure children into his car has posted bond, and awaits his first court appearance. Driving a light-colored sedan the morning of Dec. 13, the man allegedly drove by two girls …

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Longboat Key sets example for AMI-ULI study

By Jennifer Glenfield, Islander Reporter

Anna Maria Island officials need not look far for expectations of the Urban Land Institute study to be conducted in February. Longboat Key participated in a study in October 2013 and Vice-Mayor Jack Duncan said the money was well spent. …

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