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Crash disrupts water service

A Holmes Beach public works crew and Manatee County Utilities Department workers returned for more repairs to the water service at 2 p.m. Oct. 3. Jerry Brower, left, and Mark Coarsey, both of MCUD, and Dave Forbes of HBPW survey the damage from the early morning crash that took out a fire hydrant and water service to most of Anna Maria Island. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

The north end of Anna Maria Island remained under an advisory to boil water Monday, Oct. 4, after Jason Bond, 24, of Bradenton, crashed his vehicle and wiped out a utility pole and fire hydrant at Gulf Drive and 73rd Street at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 3.

A Manatee County Utilities Department notice Oct. 4 alerted residents and businesses to boil cooking or drinking water for a minute prior to use. The precautionary notice remains in effect until a bacteriological survey determines the water is safe, usually 24-48 hours.

The crash disrupted water service for some eight hours for areas of Anna Maria Island north of 54th Street.

Holmes Beach Police Department Lt. Dale Stephenson said Bond told him he thought he fell asleep as he was heading southbound on Gulf Drive, and he’d already hit a mailbox when he was awakened. Bond said he then hit the fire hydrant and pole, according to Stephenson.

Bond turned himself in Oct. 3 and was charged with leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, and careless driving. He was released on a summons to appear in court.

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