Holmes Beach speed backlash, limits restored

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by Jennifer Sheppard

The process is the problem. Less than a month after the Florida Department of Transportation installed lower speed-limit signs on Manatee Avenue in Holmes Beach, the speed limit is reverting to 35 mph. Commissioners approved a resolution Feb. 16 asking the DOT to reinstate the 35-mph speed limit effective Feb. 24 on State Road 64 […]

Anna Maria opens RFPs for city pier repair

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by Bianca Benedí

Anna Maria is moving forward with plans to restore its 105-year-old city pier on Tampa Bay at the east end of Pine Avenue. Three engineering firms responded to the city of Anna Maria’s request for proposals to engineer repairs to the Anna Maria City Pier. At the bid opening Feb. 14, Mayor Dan Murphy announced […]

Property investment approved for Holmes Beach preserve

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by Jennifer Sheppard

Grassy Point reserve is growing – again. In a 3-2 vote Feb. 14, commissioners approved the $330,000 purchase of two parcels for a potential parking lot or picnic area adjacent to the 34-acre Grassy Point Preserve located east of East Bay Drive at the north end of Avenue C. Holmes Beach Commission Chair Judy Titsworth […]

Holmes Beach declines settlement offer for 306 Clark-Bert Harris suit

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by Kathy Prucnell

The city of Holmes Beach just says no. Commissioners rejected a proposed settlement of a 12th Circuit Bert Harris lawsuit at a Feb. 14 shade meeting. Citing ongoing litigation, attorney Jay Daigneault said the commissioners turned down the proposal from the property owner, 306 Clark LLC, managed by Keith Carter, Emma Stringer and Claire Daley […]

4 new Bert Harris claims hit Holmes Beach

The claims keep rolling in. Four new Bert Harris claims were filed Feb. 14 against the city of Holmes Beach, adding to an existing 19 claims. Attorneys for property owners allege two city vacation rental ordinances — one limiting occupancy to two persons per bedroom or six persons, whichever is greater, and another ordinance requiring […]

Bradenton man pleads no contest to drug charges

A 45-year-old Bradenton man arrested in Bradenton Beach with illegal drugs pleaded no contest to drug charges and 12th Circuit Judge Deno Economou granted him three years without jail to prove himself. The judge sentenced Robert F. Jones, 45, Jan. 31 to 36 months drug probation on three felony counts of possessing controlled substances and […]

WMFR approves chaplain program, contract to sell admin building

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by Bianca Benedí

West Manatee Fire Rescue commissioners Feb. 16 authorized a contract with a real estate agent, a chaplain program and reviewed annual reports. The commission unanimously approved a motion to hire real estate agent J. Daniel Douglass to sell the administration building, 6417 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. The commission agreed the building is too large for […]

Drug deaths, arrests spill onto Anna Maria Island

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by Kathy Prucnell

Some of Manatee County’s drug problems have traveled west to Cortez and Anna Maria Island. What drugs, where and how does law enforcement handle them? Local law enforcement say illicit drugs, most often marijuana, are found during traffic stops, on the beach and in taverns and bars. Arrests are made, but sometimes not before drugs […]

Drug ODs rise

by Kathy Prucnell

About two years ago, a heroin epidemic hit Manatee County hard. And the sheriff’s office began tracking overdoses. The epidemic crosses over all races and socio-economic lines, according to MCSO public information director Dave Bristow. Most ODs were heroin-related in 2016, but cocaine, pills and a combination of drugs, also are to blame. “I see […]

Bradenton man arrested for projector theft

A 20-year-old Bradenton man already in jail in connection with a Longboat Key theft was arrested for the Jan. 28 theft of an outdoor projector in Anna Maria. Richard Parker was served with a warrant Feb. 14 for stealing a projector near the driveway of a residence in the 100 block of Willow. The outside […]

Counterfeit hits Holmes Beach

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Merchants beware. ’Tis the season for counterfeit money. Cupcake Delights, 3324 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, reported a man entered the shop at 4:14 p.m. Feb. 15 and presented a counterfeit $20 bill for payment. As the man was paying store owner Judy Owens, she marked the bill with a detector pen and the mark […]

‘Idol’ to perform at wedding show

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Musician David Oliver Willis, twice a contestant on “American Idol,” will perform Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Anna Maria Island Love Wedding Show. The show will take place 1-4 p.m. in the Neptune Room at the Seafood Shack Bar and Grill, 4110 127th St. W., Cortez. The show will feature vendors in the local wedding […]

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Golf champ named at KRC, center adult football kicks off

by Kevin P. Cassidy

The Key Royale Club played host to a couple of special events in recent weeks. The men wrapped up two weeks of play in their annual club championship, with Gary Risner successfully defending his 2016 title. Risner carded scores of 69 and 68 for a 9-over-par 137 that easily surpassed the 152 (75, 77) carded […]

Fishing

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February provides better-than-average fishing

by Capt. Danny Stasny

The fishing is beautiful. Wish you were here? Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains better than average for February. Mild temperatures and light winds only briefly interrupted by a weak cold front are supplying excellent conditions for a variety of fishing. Reports from offshore include catches of grouper, amberjack and hogfish. Inshore fishing is shaping […]

Real Estate

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Real Estate – 02-22-2017

by Jesse Brisson

705 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 2,421 sfla / 4,448 sfur 3bed/3½bath/2car home built in 2001 on a 5,100 sq ft lot was sold 01/26/17, AMI Cottages LLC to Black for $1,750,000. 107 Park Ave., Anna Maria, a vacant 5,300 sq ft lot was sold 01/19/17, Bean Point Properties LLC to ICIA Mortgage LLC […]

Streetlife

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Island police blotter – 02-22-2017

Anna Maria No reports. Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO. Bradenton Beach Feb. 13, Circle K, 103 Gulf Drive N., battery. Bradenton Beach police arrested a 37-year-old Bradenton woman who fled after she pulled the hair and scratched the neck of a woman while in the back seat of a parked vehicle. A witness […]

Classifieds

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017

ITEMS FOR SALE TWO FOLDING BIKES for sale. $99 or best offer. 941-792-0310. HEBB ELECTRIC BIKE: Front disk brakes, excellent condition. New, $2,800, asking $1,300 or best offer. 813-892-7498. YOUTH TENNIS RACKETS: Two, used one week, $10 for both. HP 17-inch monitor, $10. 941-778-7226. ABOVE-STOVE MICROWAVE: white, $75. 941-356-1456. ANTIQUE PARTNER DESK: All wood, $1,000. […]