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Top Stories this week on Anna Maria Island: Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bradenton Beach denies pier rent extension

By Kristin Swain, Islander Reporter

‘I am at your mercy.’ Roland Pena to city commissioners Lacking a past-due rent payment, the Cast ’n’ Cage restaurant may soon have to shutter its doors. The Historic Bridge Street Pier restaurant and bait shop owner Roland Pena appeared …

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Bayfest brings on season of music, fun, art & cuisine

The Dr. Dave Band plays with Dave “Dr. Dave” Ferguson, who gives his fiddle a workout during the band’s comeback performance after a two-year absence from the music circuit. The group closed Bayfest 2014 to the delight of a large …

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Moratorium tops AM agenda

By Rick Catlin, Islander Reporter

Anyone planning to attend the Anna Maria special commission meeting Wednesday, Oct. 22, might want to head to city hall early to ensure a seat. Builders and developers who have projects planned for Anna Maria, along with attorneys representing various …

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Quest to oust BB mayor plods on

By Laurie Hayes, Islander Reporter

A month to the day after Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor Jack Clarke first voiced his intention to begin forfeiture proceedings against Mayor Bill Shearon, the city commission has a plan for moving forward. The commission hammered out a resolution that …

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1 Passage Key case closed, investigation continues

The Pasco County man whose wife died after an altercation in the waters off the northern tip of Anna Maria is no longer facing a domestic violence charge. Assistant State Attorney Brian Iten, who heads the felony division of the …

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Alleged Holmes Beach attacker attempts own defense

A 24-year-old man allegedly found stabbing one of his roommates in a bathtub is attempting to direct his court case from his jail cell. Assistant Public Defender Franklin Roberts was assigned to the case of Andrew James Helderman shortly after …

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Candidate spending light in Anna Maria

By Rick Catlin, Islander Reporter

Anna Maria candidates for an elected office in the Nov. 4 election have been stockpiling funds in their respective treasuries, while little campaign spending has taken place. That began to change after Oct. 5, when candidates were allowed to post …

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Candidate spending disparate in Bradenton Beach

By Laurie Hayes, Islander Reporter

With Commissioner Ed Straight running unopposed on Nov. 4, Bradenton Beach has only two candidates vying for the Ward 4 commission seat in the Nov. 4 municipal election. And their campaign coffers differ as dramatically as their views on how …

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Holmes Beach election races heat up

By Jennifer Glenfield, Islander Reporter

Holmes Beach voters will choose from three candidates to fill two seats on the commission, and from two candidates to fill the position of mayor. Incumbent Commissioners Judy Titsworth and Marvin Grossman are vying for votes to win re-election Nov. …

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Campaign song

      Candidate for Florida’s 16th Congressional District Henry Lawrence and his campaign for congress family and band came to Holmes Beach and Eat Here restaurant Oct. 16. Lawrence, a former NFL player and three-time Super Bowl winner, told …

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Tree house owners fight back, appeal

By Jennifer Glenfield, Islander Reporter

Owners of a beachfront tree house in Holmes Beach are pushing back with resilience, unlike the spindly Australian pine supporting the structure they hope to retain. Richard Hazen and Lynn Tran, owners of a tree house constructed in a beachfront …

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Holmes Beach-hometown hero, firefighter honored for heroism

By Laurie Hayes, Islander Reporter

We have a hero among us. In the early morning hours of Sept. 16, Clint Walker, a resident of Holmes Beach, was on Manatee Avenue in Bradenton headed to work as a firefighter for Hillsborough County when he saw a …

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Domestic battery charged to GPS burglar

A 26-year-old Holmes Beach man on probation for a GPS car burglary was again arrested Oct. 6 on a domestic battery charge. According to a Holmes Beach Police Department probable cause affidavit, an argument ensued between Erik D. Hall and …

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Eyes on the road

Construction and maintenance continues to take place on the Cortez Bridge, where motorists are bumping their way over the waterway due to crews jacking the bridge to remove and replace expansion bearings. That work will continue until mid-November, according to …

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