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Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Fishy stench spoils island beaches

Those who decided to take a stroll on the beach Christmas Day had to dodge hundreds of dead fish littering the island shoreline. The dead mullet were cast off by fishers who were netting near shore. “It’s not the commercial fishing industry. (Seasonal fishers) are catching these mullet and throwing out the ...

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Bradenton Beach mayor says recall petition lacks credibility

Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon is facing possible recall from office, but the charges are unfamiliar to him. The recall petition to remove Shearon, which is being circulated by former Commissioner Peter Barreda, contains two counts of alleged malfeasance. The first count states that on or about Feb. 6, the mayor violated ...

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Bradenton Beach commission to discuss lawsuits

Bradenton Beach commissioners, city attorney Ricinda Perry and attorney Charles Johnson, appointed to represent the city, will participate in a shade meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, in the conference room of the police department, 403 Highland Ave.       The meeting will be gaveled open, but the public will be ...

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Key Royale homeowner sues Holmes Beach for remodeling permit

After more than a year of wrangling with city officials in an attempt to remodel 626 Key Royale Drive — including an appeal to the Florida Building Commission — the homeowner has filed suit against the city of Holmes Beach.     In their lawsuit, owner Leah Marie Enterprises LLC and corporate ...

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Diamond thief gets probation

Twelfth Judicial Circuit Judge John F. Lakin sentenced a former maintenance man to 24 months of probation and 100 hours of community service for breaking into a Longboat Key condominium, stealing a woman’s diamond and pawning it to a Bradenton Beach jeweler. Michael M. Artman, 52, entered an open plea agreement ...

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Wiretaps suppressed in elderly caregiver case

A judge’s ruling will eliminate illegally taped statements from the first of two cases against an elderly Anna Maria caregiver accused of abusing clients. Holmes Beach Police Department arrested Jo-An Franklin, 69, of Anna Maria, in April for the alleged neglect and abuse of a 95-year-old Holmes Beach man, and re-arrested ...

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Holmes Beach focus returns to rentals

It appears a year-old ordinance in Holmes Beach may not be working. “I appreciate the blight the commission has been working on, but there are still some loopholes,” resident Richard Motzer told commissioners at a Nov. 25 meeting in city hall. He said vacation rental homes are taking advantage of the “loopholes” ...

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Eyes on the road

Local law enforcement officials remind those celebrating the holidays with intoxicating spirits to ride with a designated driver. And island officials remind celebrants that there is no fee to ride the island trolley. In other travel news, the Florida Department of Transportation issued the following alerts for motorists driving in the area ...

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Real Estate – 12-31-2014

861 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 2,914 sfla / 4,887 sfur 4bed/3bath/2car Gulffront home built in 1996 on a 54x137 lot was sold 12/10/14, Loomis to Hyer for $1,425,000; list $1,675,000. 214 75th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,929 sfla 4bed/3bath pool home built in 1929 on a 7,362 sq ft ...

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Obituaries – 12-31-2014

Perry Pittman Perry Pittman, 50, of Bradenton and formerly of Holmes Beach, died Dec. 28. He was born Jan. 17, 1964, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Mr. Pittman was co-owner of Tortilla Bay Southwest Grille in Holmes Beach. A memorial service with the Rev. Mark Alt presiding will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. ...


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