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

WMFR to dedicate new station

By Kristin Swain, Islander Reporter

Retired Fire Marshal Robert “Bob” Kline will be honored at West Manatee Fire Rescue’s new Station 1. In a unanimous vote July 21, commissioners agreed to name the newly built station at 407 67th St. W., Bradenton, in honor of …

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Cortez Bridge alternatives on deck at Aug. 9 DOT meet

A public meeting about the project development and environment study on the future of the Cortez Bridge will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. The Florida Department of Transportation …

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Holmes Beach hosts Night Out

Shake an officer’s hand. Hug a neighbor. Meet an organizer. Take a tumble in the dunk tank. A local observance of National Night Out will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, in city field, 5801 Marina Drive Holmes Beach. The …

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Beachfront living: Shield lights to protect sea turtles

By ChrisAnn Silver Esformes, Islander Reporter

Anna Maria Island’s sea turtle habitat is thriving, but sometimes people unwittingly interfere with Mother Nature. Nesting female loggerheads and their hatchlings sometimes become disoriented by ambient light close to the shore. Sea turtles — mostly loggerheads on AMI — …

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Anna Maria offers terms on $6.8M in Bert Harris claims

By Bianca Benedí, Islander Reporter

Anna Maria city commissioners voted 3-2 to settle 24 Bert Harris Act claims valued at $6,869,000 by offering alternative regulations for the number of allowed guests in a vacation home. The settlement was recommended by city attorney Becky Vose, who …

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Anna Maria begins budget planning with rate increase

City commissioners approved a timeline July 21 to begin work on the city budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. Budget work sessions will be 6 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 4, Aug. 11 and Aug. 18. Public hearings …

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Anna Maria mayor extends deadline to hire clerk

After three of five candidates for the position of city clerk withdrew their applications, Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy extended the deadline for applicants to Aug. 1. Rebecca Haynes, Keri Miller and Kathleen Sotero withdrew their applications, leaving Janet “Jamie” …

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School calendar

• 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, parents may call the school at 941-708-5525 for student 2016-17 class placement information. • 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, back-to-school night for kindergarten through second-grade. • 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday Aug 8, back-to-school night …

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Bradenton Beach approves tax rate hike for 2016-17

By Tal Reeve, Islander Reporter

Property taxes in Bradenton Beach are going up. With a 4-1 vote July 21, Bradenton Beach commissioners set a tentative 2.3329 millage rate for the 2016-17 fiscal year — $2.33 per $1,000 of property value — effectively raising property taxes …

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Moratorium plan will halt building in Bradenton Beach

By Tal Reeve, Islander Reporter

What happens when moratoriums, vacation rentals and large multi-bedroom homes are mixed together in Bradenton Beach? Trouble. City commissioners held the first public reading July 21 of a proposed ordinance on a six-month building moratorium for the Nov. 8 ballot. …

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Center ends 27-year ‘Affaire’

By Kristin Swain, Islander Reporter

Au revoir Affaire to Remember. It’s the end of an era at the Center of Anna Maria Island. After a disappointing 2016 Grand Affaire, the center’s board decided to do away with its black-tie gala in favor of smaller, more …

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Former county commissioner carries torch in Perico appeal

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

Four environmental nonprofits bowed out of a 5th District Court of Appeal case brought to overturn a state permit that allows wetlands and mangrove destruction on Perico Island. Their departure leaves former Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash the lone appellant …

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White van, 5 men sought in yacht break-ins

Five males in their late teens to mid-20s are suspected in the early morning July 17 yacht burglaries at Galati Yacht Sales in Anna Maria. The males arrived in a white Chevy or GMC commercial-type van with a large window …

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Winterhaven woman arrested for DUI

A driver operating a vehicle with its headlights off in Bradenton Beach at 10:16 p.m. July 1 led police to investigate. Bradenton Beach Police Officer Mike Bazell stopped Tara Erickson, 24, of Winter Haven, after observing her driving in the …

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BBPD arrests 2 in scooter theft

A video and community outreach equals two arrests. Bradenton Beach police arrested a Bradenton couple for a July 10 scooter theft after the suspects were reported at Circle K, 103 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Jessie Yantz, 26, and Richard …

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Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation issued the following alert for the area: Various locations along State Road 789/Gulf Drive: Crews are installing detectable warning mats at curb ramps. Various locations along State Road 684/Cortez Road: Crews are installing detectable warning …

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Fly-away feathers

  John M. Lafferty of Holmes Beach captures the third week of The Islander’s Top Notch photo contest with his image of an egret hitching a ride on the rail of his boat. For his winning photograph, he receives an …

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