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Sea turtle volunteer saves struggling swimmer

Save a sea turtle? Awesome. To save another person’s life? Preeminent. Momentous. Priceless. “It’s one of those things, you just do. We didn’t even think about it,” said sea turtle activist John Schimkaitis of himself and another beachgoer on saving …

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Boom time: Fourth of July celebrated

The annual Anna Maria Island Privateers Independence Day Parade will set off from Coquina Beach at 10 a.m. Monday, July 4, and travel to the east end of Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. A fireworks display at the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria brings an end to the holiday. Islander File Photo

Listen for the “boom.” The Fourth of July brings blasts from the cannons in the Anna Maria Island Privateers Independence Day Parade and bursts of fireworks — on the Gulf beaches, along the river, beside the bay and in the …

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1st responders countywide prepare for the 4th

Lifeguards Marshall Greene and Joey Santos watch over the Manatee Public Beach from the top level of the Manatee County Marine Rescue station on the beach at 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

A first responders’ roundtable will focus on emergency readiness for the Fourth of July weekend — especially preparedness on the water. Manatee County Marine Rescue Chief Joe Westerman, heading up the Coquina and Manatee Public beach lifeguards, sent out invitations …

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More Bert Harris claims land in Anna Maria

Another wave of Bert Harris claims has rolled into Anna Maria. Six more claims were delivered to city hall, adding $1,725,000 of claimed property losses. The city now has 51 claims against it totaling $14,369,000. Under Florida’s Bert Harris Jr. …

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1st responders warn against ‘do-it-yourself’ fireworks

Fireworks are for sale June 22 at the Farmer’s Market & Deli, 7604 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

“Be safe. If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show put on by experts.” That advice comes from the National Fire Protection Association, a worldwide organization known for its fire, electric and other life-safety codes. “We take …

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Tax ballot language approved, island budget boost nixed

Longboat Key Mayor Jack Duncan, left, and Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy speak with Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie June 21 during recess at a county commission meeting in Bradenton. Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon and Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson converse in the background. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

Even in defeat, victory. Barrier island elected officials took a proposal to Manatee County commissioners June 21: Allot the islands more money because of tourism. The commissioners appeared sympathetic, but the plan died at the dais. The county board met …

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4 for 2 AM commission seats, mayor unchallenged

Anna Maria’s two-week election qualifying period closed June 24 with four people running for two commission seats in the Nov. 8 election. David Youngs and Brian Seymour entered the race, along with incumbents Chuck Webb and Nancy Yetter. Mayor Dan …

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Bradenton Beach election contenders finalized

Qualifying for the Bradenton Beach municipal election closed at noon June 24 with a two-person race in Ward 4 and an unchallenged incumbent on the books for the Ward 2 commission seat. But there’s a twist in Ward 2. Questions …

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3 file for top county seat

Three candidates have entered the race for the District 3 seat on the Manatee County Board of Commissioners. Matt Bower, Stephen Jonsson and David Zaccagnino qualified to run in the Nov. 8 general election. John Chappie of Bradenton Beach holds …

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2 of 3 incumbents walk back to HB dais — 1 is out

Election qualifying week closed at noon June 24, leaving the Holmes Beach municipal race a cakewalk for two of the three incumbents. At the close of the qualifying period, incumbents — Mayor Bob Johnson and Commissioner Judy Titsworth — were …

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