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Top Stories this week on Anna Maria Island: Wednesday, September. 17, 2014

Anna Maria spending reaches all-time high

By Rick Catlin, Islander Reporter

There’s nothing like having money to spend, and Anna Maria commissioners plan to spend a record $3.47 million in the city’s 2014-15 budget.     Commissioners approved the first reading of the 2014-15 budget Sept. 10 and set the ad valorem …

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Bradenton Beach gives first nod to mayor’s 2014-15 budget

By Bonner Joy, Islander Editor

The first reading of the Bradenton Beach budget Sept. 10, like most of the recent city meetings, was not without controversy. The gavel fell in the mayor’s hand to open the first of two budget hearings, one for the Community …

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Holmes Beach millage rate, budget process challenged

By Jennifer Glenfield, Islander Reporter

It’s a bit of too little, too late in the Holmes Beach budget discussion. Commissioners and residents discussed the city spending increases at the first reading of two ordinances, one to set the millage and the other to approve the …

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Topping off ceremony at 150 feet

The installation crew posts the American flag atop — 150 feet above the city — the new Bradenton Beach cell tower Sept. 11. Islander Photos: Jack Elka The Bradenton Beach cell tower was brought on a large flatbed truck to …

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Dunking for good cause

  Sgt. Paul Davis, head of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office-Anna Maria substation, takes on the ALS challenge Sept. 12 at the Anna Maria City Pier. Dumping the ice water on Davis are Brian Seymour, left, and Paul Foster. Islander …

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Master’s certificate

  Helen Raimbeau, board director of the Florida Association of City Clerks, Sept. 10 presents a certificate to Holmes Beach City Clerk Stacey Johnston. Johnston earned the designation of master municipal clerk from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks in …

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Case of contractor defrauding city moves forward

By Jennifer Glenfield, Islander Reporter

A man arrested in September 2013 for allegedly scamming the city of Holmes Beach on a contract for hire valued at more than $215,500 is set for a pre-trial conference Oct. 9. City attorney Patricia Petruff notified commissioners Sept. 11 …

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Case against HB man charged with harassing a blind man moves forward

By Jennifer Glenfield, Islander Reporter

A Holmes Beach man, arrested in Palmetto July 2 after allegedly harassing a homeless man with a metal pipe, is set to stand trail in mid-October. Zachary Vincent Facheris, 18, faces attempted robbery with a weapon, a second felony. Facheris …

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Island road work for Sept. 15-21

The eastbound sidewalk on the Cortez Bridge remains closed while a Florida Department of Transportation maintenance and repair project is ongoing. The westbound sidewalk is open for pedestrians and cyclists. The eastbound lane will be closed occasionally at night for …

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Top Notch honorable mentions

Announcing the honorable mentions in The Islander’s annual Top Notch photography. Look for the top entries in the pet photography contest in the Aug. 20 issue.


Taylor Hopkins of Warren, Ohio, earns an honorable mention in The Islander’s annual Top Notch photo contest for this atmospheric image of dinghies at the dock.


John M. Lafferty of Holmes Beach submitted “First Fish Encounter” to the Top Notch contest. The impression from the image? Hudson Lloyd of Bradenton won’t be sampling sushi just yet.


John M. Lafferty’s image of Tom Lloyd taking a dip in the pool earns a nod from the Top Notch judges.


Ralph Crane of Bradenton earns an honorable mention in the Top Notch contest for his image of a manatee.


Marilia Clark, who divides her time between Dallas and Anna Maria Island, captured this image of a dolphin while sailing near Cortez.

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