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Top Stories this week on Anna Maria Island: Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Jack Clarke has won the recall election

Jack Clarke has won the recall election in what is an unofficial count by the supervisor of elections. The count was 182 votes to remove the mayor, versus 174 to retain the mayor. The vote results in winner take all …

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Holmes Beach to spiff-up neglected veterans memorial

By Tal Reeve, Islander Reporter

Those who were lost seem to have been forgotten. Outside Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, nestled between the entrance to the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park and a rusty bike rack, is a gray sign with black letters. …

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Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor seeks ‘pathway to healing and unity’

By Ed Scott, Islander Reporter

Jack Clarke has resigned from his office as commissioner and his position as vice mayor to run for mayor of Bradenton Beach effective with the May 19 election. He is running against Mayor Bill Shearon in the mayoral recall election. …

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Anna Maria combats parking pains with boots in the sand

By Tal Reeve, Islander Reporter

Got a parking ticket in Anna Maria? Just ignore it. For Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy, an answer like that is unacceptable. Murphy presented a plan for tougher enforcement of parking regulations to city commissioners at a special meeting and …

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AMI turtle talks move to Annie Silver

Check your watch. It’s turtle time. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring will hold its weekly Tuesday Turtle Talks at 11 a.m. beginning in June at the Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. The …

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AMI Moose renovation drags, taxes administrator

By Ed Scott, Islander Reporter

Ernie Casali stood in a large unfinished room April 29 at the Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge No. 2188, pondering the construction project begun in 2014. These days the project is like an overweight tool belt, dragging Casali down. Part …

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Cast-n-Cage ordered from Bradenton Beach pier May 31

By Ed Scott, Islander Reporter

Bradenton Beach officials announced May 12 they gave Cast-n-Cage Restaurant owner Roland Pena through May 31 to vacate the Historic Bridge Street Pier. Twelfth Judicial Circuit Judge Doug Henderson ruled for the city May 7, evicting Pena for failure to …

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Cortez fishers clean up ‘Kitchen,’ net boatloads of trash

By Jennifer Glenfield, Islander Reporter

A bright pink roseate spoonbill flew overhead. Capt. Nate Meschelle, at the helm, turned to the boat of volunteers. “Hey, look! It’s a flamingo!” he said. The boat of locals erupted in laughter. Meschelle was one of a handful of …

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Trial postponed in Holmes Beach stabbing case

November is now on the calendar for the trial of a man accused of a 2014 stabbing in Holmes Beach. Andrew Helderman, 25, in Manatee County jail on $166,500 bond, is set to stand trial on counts of attempted murder, …

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Holmes Beach commission questions 1 pool per lot

It appears residents’ voices have been heard in Holmes Beach. Holmes Beach commissioners held a second reading May 12 of a moratorium that denies permits requesting more than one pool be built on one lot, and feedback from residents has …

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Holmes beach vacation rental talks go dark

By Jennifer Glenfield, Islander Reporter

With the exception of “thoughts and suggestions,” the writing of a vacation rental regulation ordinance in Holmes Beach has gone behind closed doors. Talks on the ordinance and building moratorium — the move that sparked regulation talks — were on …

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HB man arrested for shoplifting

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

A Holmes Beach man about to face a June trial for heroin possession and related charges was arrested in connection with a shoplifting scheme. William Ariss Brown, 30, was arrested May 7 by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office after he …

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Best bicyclist begins bike beat

Patrick Manning, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office newest deputy at the Anna Maria substation, is presented the International Police Mountain Bike Association “Precision Cyclist” award after setting the course record in an offset-serpentine competition. Sarasota Police Department Lt. Jason Reed congratulates …

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Masked intruder thwarted by resident

Just before 11 a.m. May 15, an intruder walked into a woman’s kitchen in her unit at Cortez Paradise Bay Motel, 4406 102nd St. W., Bradenton. The woman asked the man, who wore a ski mask, what he was doing …

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Busy Sunday in Holmes Beach ends in arrest

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

All in one dispatch to the Island Gourmet Grill parking lot, Holmes Beach police officers assisted a lost bicyclist, people needing directions and parking, a victim of an accident and an impaired driver. The call began with Sgt. Mike Pilato …

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Eyes on the road

AAA predicts 37.2 million travelers over the Memorial Day weekend, a 4.7 percent increase from last year. About 88.6 percent of those travelers — 33 million nationwide — will be in automobiles. There’s a good chance many in this area …

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Pitching for history

  Sam Samuels, the coordinator for the Anna Maria Island Horseshoe group, accepts a certificate of appreciation from Maureen McCormick, president of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society. The horseshoe group made a recent donation to the historical society. Pictured …

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