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

Beach parking, late rent lead Bradenton Beach discussion

By Kristin Swain , Islander Reporter

Parking west of Gulf Drive became a hot topic in Bradenton Beach. And late rent payments from the city pier restaurant operator also raised concerns. Roland and Tammy Pena, owners of the Historic Bridge Street Pier concessions, appeared before the …

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Going, going … Thanksgiving vacations 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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Bradenton Beach moves up mayor’s forfeiture

By Kristin Swain, Islander Reporter

Liken Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon to the Thanksgiving turkey staring at the chopping block. Shearon’s days at city hall could be numbered. Or not. During a recent interview with The Islander, Shearon said he is prepared to fight for …

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New Anna Maria mayor rolls up sleeves

By Rick Catlin, Islander Reporter

Newly elected Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy wasted no time after the Nov. 4 election. He rolled up his sleeves and lived up to his campaign promises to have programs in place immediately and get the city moving toward solutions. …

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Bradenton Beach commissioners renew oath of office

By Kristin Swain, Islander Reporter

Bradenton Beach Commissioners Ed Straight and Jan Vosburgh are on the dais for two more years. Both commissioners were re-elected Nov. 4, Vosburgh won the vote over challenger Tjet Martin, and Straight, lacking an opponent on the ballot, was automatically …

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Pill doctor sentenced to 3 years probation

After pleading guilty to a class-C felony offense, a 79-year-old Anna Maria resident was sentenced to three years of probation for illegally dispensing oxycodone from a Bradenton clinic. Senior U.S. District Judge James S. Moody Jr. also sentenced John Allen …

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Car thief sentenced to county jail

A homeless man from Illinois arrested for stealing a car with the keys in it was sentenced to one day less than one year after changing his plea. Represented by Assistant Public Defender Kristine Koo, David Allan Sweeney, 46, pleaded …

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Appeal taken from beach altercation case

A homeless man found guilty for wielding a knife and making threats on Bridge Street is appealing his conviction. Earlier this fall, a jury found Terry W. Walker, 54, guilty on a charge of aggravated assault for threatening an employee …

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Neal-owned Perico Island permit protest gains ground

By Jennifer Glenfield, Islander Reporter

It’s two steps forward and one step back for development on Perico Island. Three petitions have been accepted to review a permit issued by the Southwest Florida Water Management District for development on Perico Island. The petitions filed with the …

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3 homes robbed in 2 island cities

Two armed robberies involving three people and three cities ended in the detention of a get-away vehicle — and a continuing investigation. A resident of a Perico Island apartment complex was robbed at gunpoint in a parking lot at 9:35 …

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IRS scammers on uptick, dialing AMI

There’s a new wave of fraudulent telephone callers dialing up Manatee County residents. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning Nov. 20 about a recent uptick in the IRS phone scam reports. “We have had several people to call …

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These are a few of our favorite things

By Bonner Joy

Friends, of course, are No. 1 on our list of things to be thankful for every year. Especially friends who share great recipes. These recipes and Thanksgiving are for sharing. I’ve included the sage advice of a chef, a friend …

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WMFR welcomes 2 new fire commissioners

By Kristin Swain, Islander Reporter

With the Nov. 4 election, the West Manatee Fire and Rescue District gained two new members to its board, Al Robinson and George Harris. Robinson and Harris took the oath of office, administered by administrative assistant Mary Stephens at the …

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