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Top Stories this week on Anna Maria Island: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

Tree house owners make new appeal

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

Tree house owners Lynn Tran and Richard Hazen have registered their newest appeal. Sarasota attorney David Levin set in motion Sept. 6 another round in the 2nd District Court of Appeal after losing a circuit court battle in July and …

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Key Royale residents want drainage issues addressed

By Kristin Swain, Islander Reporter

Some Key Royale residents are fed up with their poor stormwater drainage system and are seeking answers from Holmes Beach. Key Royale, a golf club community of 318 homes on an island in Holmes Beach, formerly known as School Key, …

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Long Bar Pointe reapplies for DEP mitigation bank permit

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

It’s been a short reprieve for Sarasota Bay environmentalists. Long Bar Pointe LLLP has filed a second mitigation bank permit application with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on the heels of withdrawing its first plan. Both the DEP — …

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Fight breaks out at Bradenton Beach bar

After causing a ruckus Sept. 6 at a Bradenton Beach bar, a 31-year-old homeless man wound up punched in the face. Bradenton Beach police were dispatched at about 9:30 p.m. to the Sports Lounge, 118 Bridge St., to a report …

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Changes proposed for Holmes Beach VRO

By Kristin Swain, Islander Reporter

A few small suggested changes may impact the Holmes Beach vacation rental ordinance in big ways. During a Sept. 13 work session, commissioners discussed amending the section of the ordinance governing violations and fines. It was decided to set a …

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Car burglar hits Bradenton Beach

Two car burglaries with similar damage and thefts were reported the same afternoon in the parking area at Cortez Beach. Windows of two parked vehicles were knocked out Sept. 9 at 500 Gulf Drive S. The first report came from …

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Pot smoker at pier arrested

A call came in to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office complaining of a man smoking pot and sleeping at the Anna Maria City Pier. Steve Carl, 33, listed as homeless from Venice, was arrested for possessing 10.9 grams of marijuana. …

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HB introduces certification process to VRO stakeholders

By Kristin Swain, Islander Reporter

Holmes Beach is putting its vacation rental ordinance into gear by introducing its certification plans. Representatives from the Holmes Beach Police Department and code enforcement hosted a meeting Sept. 12 at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive, to explain the city’s …

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Holmes Beach increases parking fines

By Kristin Swain, Islander Reporter

Steeper fines are on the way for people who park illegally in Holmes Beach. Holmes Beach commissioners met Sept. 13 for a work session to discuss a recommendation from Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer to raise the fine for …

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HB passes first budget reading, 6 percent tax increase

By Kristin Swain, Islander Reporter

Holmes Beach is one step closer to approving a tax increase and increased spending for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Commissioners voted unanimously Sept. 13 to approve a 6 percent tax increase for property owners beginning Oct. 1. “We sat and …

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Holmes Beach code officers help ensure sea turtle safety

By ChrisAnn Silver Esformes, Islander Reporter

Sea turtle disorientations have been a problem in Holmes Beach this sea turtle nesting and hatchling season, prompting the city code enforcement team to work with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring to resolve the issues on the …

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Sex offender visits Anna Maria

A Sept. 14 Florida Department of Law Enforcement bulletin announced a sex offender registered a September visit to Anna Maria. A 48-year-old male offender listed his temporary address in the 700 block of North Shore Drive, according to the FDLE …

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Holmes Beach commission stalls formula businesses

By Kristin Swain, Islander Reporter

A moratorium may temporarily stop formula businesses from entering Holmes Beach, if it passes a final reading and vote. Commissioners voted unanimously Sept. 13 to approve the first reading of a moratorium banning new formula businesses in the city for …

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Holmes Beach police arrest Bradenton man for DUI

Holmes Beach police stopped an erratic driver on his way out of town and arrested him for driving under the influence. Chandler M. Variot, 35, of Bradenton, was stopped by Holmes Beach Police Officer Alan Bores at 1:14 a.m. Sept. …

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Anna Maria develops plan for potential Bert Harris purchases

By Bianca Benedí, Islander Reporter

April 1 could long be remembered as an expensive day for the city of Anna Maria. Since that date, the city has been the target of Bert Harris claims — property owners looking to recoup lost value they claim resulted …

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Burglary suspect turns himself in — without TVs

Holmes Beach police arrested a 40-year-old man who alerted police he’d stolen two television sets. Michael P. Farmer of Bradenton was arrested Sept. 11 after he allegedly confessed to stealing two 40-inch Westinghouse television sets from a residence he worked …

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