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Top Stories this week on Anna Maria Island: Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Anna Maria Oyster Bar to negotiate BB pier lease

By Ed Scott, Islander Reporter

The Anna Maria Oyster Bar is returning to its roots on Anna Maria Island. Bradenton Beach city commissioners July 23 selected Anna Maria Oyster Bar as the next restaurant concessionaire on the Historic Bridge Street Pier. AMOB was chosen over …

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Anna Maria mayor requests new judge in vacation rental case

By Tal Reeve, Islander Reporter

The city of Anna Maria is asking 12th Circuit Judge John Lakin to step down from presiding over a vacation rental ordinance lawsuit. With a 4-1 vote July 23, commissioners tasked Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy with making the request. …

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Anna Maria Island property values continue rising

By Ed Scott, Islander Reporter

Property valuations on Anna Maria Island show an islandwide increase from June 1 to July 1, following more research by the office of Manatee County Property Appraiser Charles E. Hackney. Hackney met his July 1 deadline to send the more …

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AMITW rescues green turtle hatchlings

By Kristin Swain, Islander Reporter

  Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteers and onlookers cheered July 21 as 67 green sea turtle hatchlings crawled to the Gulf of Mexico. The July 21 release was the second hatchling recovery and release for AMITW …

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Deadline looms for Bradenton Beach

Bradenton Beach city commissioners are in danger of missing an important deadline. Commissioners must send their proposed millage rate to Manatee County Property Appraiser Charles E. Hackney by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, however, no budget planning meeting has been …

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Towering over Bradenton Beach

  Workers from UCI Telecommunication Construction Services use a crane July 23 to replace shrouds on the cell tower that stands next to the Bradenton Beach public works facility. According to Brett Buggeln, chief operating officer of Tarpon Towers, work …

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Bradenton Beach resident files ethics complaint against mayor

By Ed Scott, Islander Reporter

A Bradenton Beach political activist has filed a Florida Commission on Ethics complaint against Mayor Jack Clarke. John Metz, a retired attorney and campaign supporter of former Mayor Bill Shearon, alleges Clarke on two occasions — first as vice mayor …

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Holmes Beach honors fallen military service members

  Holmes Beach City Hall flies the U. S. flag and Florida state flag at half-staff July 21-25 in honor of the four U. S. Marines and Navy sailor killed July 16 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Islander Photo: Kristin Swain

Holmes Beach officials opt to increase taxes

Holmes Beach commissioners announced July 14 a likely tax increase for property owners for the 2015-16 fiscal year. City treasurer Lori Hill said July 22 that while taxes will increase, the increase might not be as bad as property owners …

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Sarasota man arrested for battery, knife threat

A Sarasota man allegedly battered a woman and threatened to kill them both with knives. Jason Ward Knipper, 45, was arrested for battery and aggravated assault July 15 by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office on a woman’s sworn affidavit. Knipper …

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Burglar attacks woman over $5

A man who allegedly rushed into a Cortez residence and began choking an ex-girlfriend was arrested for burglary and domestic battery by strangulation. Robert F. Jones, 43, of Cortez, was arrested July 11 at about 5 p.m. in the 10100 …

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Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation issued these alerts for motorists driving in the area: • SR 64/Manatee Avenue at the Anna Maria Island Bridge: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect single-lane closures 9 p.m.-5 a.m. continuing into the fall. …

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Top Notch: Week 3 winner

Selfie splash


Cece Rulon of Bradenton wins this week’s Top Notch judging with this fun selfie-plus-one image of a splash in the Gulf of Mexico. Rulon is with Hannah Vreman, also of Bradenton. The photograph wins her an Islander “More Than a Mullet Wrapper” T-shirt and entry in the newspaper’s grand-prize Top Notch contest.

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