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Top Stories this week on Anna Maria Island: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Islander pays tribute to vets

By Rick Catlin, Islander Reporter

Vietnam veteran Dick Alvarez made sure people had their handkerchiefs and tissues ready at The Islander’s annual salute to veterans Nov. 11 at the Holmes Beach city hall. Everyone has his or her own definition of what constitutes a military …

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Bradenton Beach mayor sues over due process

By Kristin Swain, Islander Reporter

Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon is now looking for the court to step in and stop commissioners from forcing him out of office. Shearon’s lawsuit, a writ of prohibition filed Nov. 12 with the 12th Judicial Circuit Court, asserts that …

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Former Bradenton Beach clerk moves, violates court order

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

The former Bradenton Beach city clerk arrested Oct. 21 for allegedly battering a Bradenton police officer has moved from Manatee County. Gia Lancaster, fired by a unanimous city commission vote Oct. 23, wrote to 12th Judicial Circuit Judge John F. …

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Anna Maria building moratorium may go forward

By Rick Catlin, Islander Reporter

After nearly two months of a building moratorium, Anna Maria commissioners may be moving forward on new regulations. At a Nov. 13 work session on the moratorium, commissioners requested a draft ordinance on the moratorium from city attorney Jim Dye, …

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Going, Going… Thanksgiving week selling fast

By Rick Catlin, Islander Reporter

Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president Mary Ann Brockman was a bit startled when the Nov. 10 workday began. “We usually get calls about an accommodation for Thanksgiving week right about now,” she said. “Instead, we were flooded that …

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Island restaurant duped by funny money

By Jennifer Glenfield, Islander Reporter

A fake $20 bill left one Holmes Beach restaurateur empty-handed. And a customer at another restaurant turned up with a fake $10 bill. Zoe Witcomb, co-owner of Tortilla Bay Southwest Grill, 5318 Marina Drive, accepted a fake $20 Nov. 8, …

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Welcome to Holmes Beach: (Almost) no parking allowed

By Jennifer Glenfield, Islander Reporter

The Holmes Beach traffic committee is driving ahead with its plans to eliminate street parking in residential neighborhoods despite some roadblocks. The committee met Nov. 12 and discussed elements needed to draft an ordinance that would ban parking on all …

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Burglar hits Cortez dive shop, then gives himself up

A Bradenton man caught on camera taking equipment from a Cortez dive shop early Nov. 11 turned himself in to police two days later. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office released a statement Nov. 14 that Richard J. Morris, 29, confessed …

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Builder arrested for battery, cocaine

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

A well-known Anna Maria Island builder was arrested Nov. 13 and faces charges of domestic battery, possessing cocaine and bringing the drug into the Manatee County jail. Richard Scott Eason, 29, of Holmes Beach, was arrested after an alleged altercation …

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The fish that got away

By Jennifer Glenfield, Islander Reporter

The fish that got away in Cortez was carried out of a walk-in freezer. The Manatee County Sheriffs’ Office reported $1,100 worth of stone crab claws and grouper was stolen from the A. P. Bell Fish Co., 4539 124th St. …

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Eyes on the road

Look for traffic — especially island-bound traffic on Manatee Avenue and Cortez Road — to get heavier Nov. 22, the start of check-in days for many who plan to celebrate Thanksgiving on Anna Maria Island and stay the week. In …

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Sex offender vacations in Bradenton Beach

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement reported that a convicted sex offender from Osceola County near Orlando temporarily moved to Bradenton Beach Nov. 7. The 66-year-old man listed his address in the 200 block of Gulf Drive South — a …

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