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Moose Lodge builds up, retains beachfront picnic tables

The stars will soon shine on the Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach, where outdoor dining and libations can be a favorite pastime. The city commission took steps March 19 to ensure the tradition continues. Commissioners unanimously approved a rezone petition …

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Center faces backlash over plans for fitness gym

While plans for improvements to its fitness gym remain in the conceptual stage, the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, is taking heat from some island business owners. The proposal involves expanding the center’s small fitness …

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Bradenton Beach pier eviction looms; city ponders next step

It’s a three-legged approach Bradenton Beach commissioners hope will be the foundation for a successful restaurant on the Historic Bridge Street Pier. While the eviction lawsuit against Roland Pena, owner of Cast-n-Cage Restaurant, moves through 12th Judicial Circuit Court, commissioners …

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Signs protecting pelicans to appear at fishing spots

Pelicans on Anna Maria Island and the Skyway Fishing Pier State Park have some representation. Spearheaded by Jeannie Bystrom, Holmes Beach resident and wildlife rescuer, bright blue metal signs will soon appear in fishing areas in the region. The signs …

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That sinking feeling

  The U.S. Coast Guard arrives March 7 at the scene of a capsized boat in Tampa Bay near Bean Point at the north end of Anna Maria Island. Another incident was reported March 13 in the shallows around Bean …

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Contractor pleads to grand theft, defrauding Holmes Beach

Ambassador Lane on Key Royale is one of 12 streets in Holmes Beach where contractor Chris Arnold failed to perform curbing that was invoiced to the city of Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

A Bradenton contractor accused of failing to replace curbs on Flotilla Drive and 11 streets on Key Royale entered a no-contest plea to a reduced charge of grand theft March 18 in 12th Judicial Circuit Court. Senior Judge Barbara Fleischer …

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Forgery case goes to drug court, results in 2nd arrest

A former employee of a Holmes Beach restaurant was jailed for a second time in connection with a forgery case. Chelsea Rose Maksimowicz, 27, of Bradenton, was arrested March 3 on a warrant for violating a court order that required …

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Safety No. 1 concern for ongoing groin replacement

During a short-notice safety meeting March 17 at Cortez Beach, Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department director Charlie Hunsicker, left, Bradenton Beach building official Steve Gilbert and Coastal Planning and Engineering representative Michelle Pfeiffer, listen to Jeff Boyd of CAYO Marine Contractors, explaining how the staging area for the Cortez Beach groin replacement project could be modified for pedestrian safety. Islander Photos: Tal Reeve

Work had barely begun on the groins at Cortez Beach when Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon and the police department began getting complaints. So Bradenton Beach officials met March 17 with representatives of the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources …

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Bradenton Beach feeling groin pain

People in Bradenton Beach aren’t too happy with an erosion control project on Cortez Beach. Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon began receiving calls March 14 regarding an area of the Cortez Beach parking lot blocked off for Manatee County’s groin …

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Rehab awaits Holmes Beach dog park

Dogs and their companions visit the Holmes Beach dog park March 17. The decorative fountain is tentatively planned to be removed. Islander Photo: Jennifer Glenfield

Bark. Bark. Like the ears of a dog perking up to “walk” or “treat,” two words in Holmes Beach are sure to elicit responses: “dog” and “park.” Dog park enthusiasts have been sending letters and talking at public meetings well …

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