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Top Stories this week on Anna Maria Island: Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2015

BB pier restaurant fails timely payment

Cast-n-Cage restaurant owner Roland Pena is late paying the March rent for his business on the city-owned Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach. Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon said March 2 that the March rent was unpaid. It remained …

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Pier opening draws diverse crowd to BB

By Ed Scott, Islander Reporter

On Anna Maria Island, having a great place to fish is a good reason to throw a party. Old friends joined together and new friendships were made Feb. 27 as Bradenton Beach officially dedicated the Historic Bridge Street Pier, after …

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Anna Maria mayor narrows choice for city attorney

By Tal Reeve, Islander Reporter

It wasn’t easy, but Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy has made his decision. After two days of interviews and help from four panelists, Murphy whittled out a candidate. Becky Vose, of Vose Law Firm in Winter Park, is the mayor’s …

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BB pier tenant asks to put off rent increase

Owner Roland Pena wants Bradenton Beach to wait until November to enact a 3 percent increase the city pier facilities he leases, including the Cast-n-Cage Restaurant. In question is whether the Pena should pay an increase from $5,500 per month …

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Safety concerns close north Coquina boat ramp

By Ed Scott, Islander Reporter

Manatee County officials closed the Coquina Beach North Boat Ramp Feb. 19 as a safety precaution. The ramp will sit idle until a $1 million renovation project commences in December. And the ramp could stay closed to the public until …

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Second elderly abuse case dropped

An Anna Maria home health provider is no longer facing any charges. Assistant State Attorney Lisa Chittaro filed court documents dropping the second of two elderly abuse prosecutions against Jo-An Franklin Feb. 24. The case was set to go to …

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Cortez fisher, HB resident wins case in U.S. Supreme Court

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

The highest court in the land ruled in favor of Capt. John L. Yates of Holmes Beach. In a Feb. 25 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court determined a law aimed at corporate fraud should not be applied broadly — and …

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Holmes Beach calls for 2nd moratorium

A little over a month into a building moratorium in Holmes Beach, a second halt has been enacted. The administrative moratorium, which became effective immediately, prohibits the issuance of permits on pools closer than 10 feet to a property line. …

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Volunteer coordinator spins pet adoption web

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

Samantha Wolfe came to Manatee County Animal Services last summer after a nationwide search for a volunteer coordinator. Talk to any animal advocate. She’s a godsend. Filled with enthusiasm, Wolfe is a pet lover and a certified vet assistant. She …

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TNR program sees results, reductions in feral population

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

Wild or feral cats live in dumpsters, alleys and under bushes throughout the United States — the number is estimated to be in the tens of millions. To reduce the outdoor cat population in Manatee County without senseless killing, the …

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Man arrested for assault

A man who allegedly chased a woman with a metal object at a Bradenton Beach dock was arrested for a felony assault. Robert C. Case, 32, of Bradenton, was arrested at about 5 a.m. Feb. 25 on the aggravated assault …

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Arson suspect arrested in Bradenton Beach

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

A suspect in an early morning Palmetto fire was arrested Feb. 21 after law enforcement tracked him to Bradenton Beach. Michael Lynn Haynes, 20, of Palmetto, was found by a Bradenton Beach officer on the beach in the 200 block …

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Deputy arrests live-aboard man for drugs

A man who lists the Bradenton Beach Marina as his home was arrested for possession of heroin and Xanax. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested Scott Loftus Feb. 20 at Winn-Dixie, 2501 Cortez W., Bradenton, after a manager reported …

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Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation encourages motorists to slow down and use caution when approaching work crews on or along roadsides, where exceeding the speed limit can double the fine. The DOT has issued the following alert: • SR 789 …

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Island, Cortez gain funding from tourist council

By Rick Catlin, Islander Reporter

Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy was all smiles after the Feb. 23 meeting of the Manatee County Tourist Development Council. The TDC approved funding for two projects in Anna Maria, providing some much-needed cash, Murphy said. In addition to the …

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ULI study recommendations won’t be easily accomplished

By Jennifer Glenfield, Islander Reporter

“Is it going to be easy? No,” said Alex Rose from the Urban Land Institute on the recommendations resulting from a week-long study by the nonprofit. ULI panelists presented their study results Feb. 27 at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive. …

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