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Monday, December 15th, 2014

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

ITEMS FOR SALE ACORN STAIR LIFT for sale. New, December 2012 for $3,000. Will sell for $1,000 or best offer. Excellent condition, used very little. 941-778-3895. RIDING MOWER: KUBOTA-T 1460, 40-inch, $850. 941-778-9378. COMPUTER: DELL DUAL core, refurbished, $80. 941-756-6728. BIKE 26-INCH mountain, $75, TV, 32-inch tube-type, free, 18-inch Weber charcoal grill, $25. 616-608-2930. CHRISTMAS VINTAGE: 85 ...

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Anna Maria forges rental regs, grandfather provision

Grandfather’s clock is ticking in Anna Maria. Fresh with an opinion from Sarasota attorney David Levin that the city’s 1996 residential zoning ordinance prohibits vacation rentals built after that year, commissioners elected for a kinder, gentler approach. At their Dec. 11 work session, where Levin explained how he reached his opinion, the ...

Monday, December 15th, 2014

High-tech groins planned for beach

It’s been so long since the groins at Cortez Beach in Bradenton Beach — sometimes called “Three Piers” — were constructed, nobody is exactly sure of the date. The best guess Manatee County parks and natural resources director Charlie Hunsicker has is “sometime in the 1960s.” That’s what Hunsicker told county commissioners ...

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Sex offender visits Bradenton Beach

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement website reported a convicted sex offender moved temporarily to a Bradenton Beach apartment Dec. 10. The 56-year-old man reported a temporary address in the 100 block of Ninth Street North, the FDLE reported. According to the FDLE website, the man was convicted of child molestation ...

Monday, December 15th, 2014

2 judges recused from citizens v. Bradenton Beach case

Two judges are pushing away from the bench, saying relationships with a restaurateur prevent them from hearing a case. Twelfth Circuit Judges Janette Dunnigan and Gilbert Smith Jr. recused themselves from a 2012 lawsuit against the city of Bradenton Beach due to their past association with Ed Chiles, owner of the ...

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Forfeiture delayed, recall underway

A former Bradenton Beach city commissioner has formed a political committee with the goal to get petition signatures needed to recall embattled Mayor Bill Shearon from office. The documents arrived Dec. 12 to the city clerk’s office, naming Pete Barreda, who served as commissioner from November 2003 to May 2004, as ...

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Prosecutor: Avalos’ homicide charges under review

The prosecutor assigned to the Dec. 4 Bradenton triple homicide is expected to decide the week of Dec. 15 on charges the state will bring against confessed murderer Andres “Andy” Avalos. Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court Assistant State Attorney Art Brown said Dec. 9 that he has until Dec. 27 to file ...

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Charge against former city clerk reduced

The charge against a former city clerk in Bradenton Beach is changing. Initially arrested for battery to a police officer, Gia Lancaster is now facing a charge of opposing an officer in connection with her Oct. 21 arrest. Assistant State Attorney Keith Humphrey Dec. 8 reduced the third-degree felony charge to a ...

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Holiday prize-winner

  Pat Mitchell, center, brought her gang of girls, some her family and some from Anna Maria Elementary School, where she volunteers, to claim her prize from The Islander in the Holmes Beach Holiday Open House. Mitchell entered the free drawing at the Dec. 5 event and her prize box included ...

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Holmes Beach human resource position flies under radar

The passage of the Holmes Beach charter amendment creating a human resource analyst as a charter position may have unwittingly been filled without fair opportunity. Mary Buonagura holds the title, but the path that landed her there may have been a shortcut, subject to criteria used for other full-time hires. Buonagura was ...


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