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Top Stories this week on Anna Maria Island: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Magistrate orders fine or compliance for tree house owners

Make no mistake, this is an expensive tree house. There appears to be no end in sight for property owners looking to keep their beachfront tree house in Holmes Beach. The Holmes Beach special magistrate for code enforcement issued a …

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Code enforcement inspects beaches for turtle safety

Code enforcement officers, assisted by volunteers from Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, took to the beach May 16. For four hours, the officers and volunteers combed the beaches in Holmes Beach and Anna Maria to determine if …

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Turtle watchers reach out, spread awareness

By ChrisAnn Silver Esformes, Islander Reporter

Door hangers, stickers, bracelets and even temporary tattoos are making an appearance to protect sea turtles and shorebirds nesting on Anna Maria Island. Nesting season is underway and Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring is informing the public …

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BACVB sparks # boycott Bradenton

By Tal Reeve, Islander Reporter

Don’t root against the home team. When the Tampa Bay Lightning faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins May 13 for the first game in the NHL Eastern conference finals in Pittsburgh, thousands of fans waved yellow “terrible towels” printed with …

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Island considers road-spy cameras

By Kristin Swain, Islander Reporter

“The island is not utopia,” said Holmes Beach Commissioner Carol Soustek, advocating in favor of a license plate recognition camera system for Anna Maria Island. It amounts to a spy camera for law enforcement. During a May 18 meeting of …

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County, cities prepare for worst possible scenario

By Tal Reeve, Islander Reporter

The scenario: Hurricane Kima, a Category 4 storm, is barreling toward the west coast of Florida. The hurricane is expected to hit Anna Maria Island with rain and 130-156 mph winds. The outcome: 33,772 displaced residents, zero hospital beds available, …

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Mediation ordered in fiery remodeling lawsuit

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

Attorneys for Holmes Beach and 626 Key Royale Drive owners appear ready to rumble despite a court order to mediate. May 9 and May 12, 12th Circuit Judge Gilbert A. Smith Jr. ordered the city and owner Kathleen C. Morgan …

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Holmes Beach man sentenced to 13 months in prison

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

One year and one month in prison for wire fraud was metted May 16 to a Holmes Beach man. A U.S. District Court judge May 16 handed down the sentence to Walter Craig Bradley, 65, for operating a solar-panel scam …

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Longboat Key slapped with bridge lawsuit

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

A claim for repairs to the Longboat Pass Bridge after an October 2014 mishap has made it to the courthouse. Infrastructure Corporation of America — contracted by Florida Department of Transportation to maintain the bridge between Longboat Key and Bradenton …

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Holmes Beach woman sentenced for DUI

A Holmes Beach woman is serving 12 months probation after pleading no contest to driving under the influence. Twelfth Circuit Judge Mark Singer found Stephanie Schenk, 21, guilty in December 2015 of DUI and sentenced her to the probation and …

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Bradenton woman sentenced for DUI

A 12th Circuit judge sentenced a Bradenton woman to 12 months probation for driving under the influence. Kristen McVey, 21, pleaded no contest May 10 and was found guilty of DUI. Twelfth Circuit Judge Douglas Henderson sentenced McVey to probation …

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HB commission to discuss chain stores

There’s no time for doughnuts in Holmes Beach. And forget the 31 flavors of ice cream offered. Commissioners plan May 26 to discuss regulating chain stores and franchise businesses to protect local merchants. The agenda for a May 26 work …

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Trio of FISH, Waterkeeper, McClash challenge Long Bar permit

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

The line in the sand for those opposing the Long Bar Pointe mitigation bank is being drawn to protect mangroves and seagrasses. The 262-acre bank could someday become part of a mixed-use development — 3,200 homes and 78,000 square-feet commercial …

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Wedding show to premier in Cortez

By ChrisAnn Silver Esformes, Islander Reporter

Event organizer Karen Riley-Love vows the Anna Maria Island Love Wedding Show will be a unique experience. The show will be held 1-4 p.m., Sunday, June 26, in the Neptune Room at the Seafood Shack Marina, Bar and Grill, 4110 …

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Manatee beach pier pondered, studied

By Tal Reeve, Islander Reporter

Gone but not forgotten. A Manatee Public Beach Pier has been gone for years, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone for good. According to Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources director Charlie Hunsicker, the pier can be replaced, but it …

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Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation issued the following alert for the area: • SR 684 at the Cortez Drawbridge: Crews are working on the bridge. Motorists should expect nighttime/overnight east and westbound lane closures 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday, May 31-June …

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