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Holmes beach vacation rental talks go dark

With the exception of “thoughts and suggestions,” the writing of a vacation rental regulation ordinance in Holmes Beach has gone behind closed doors. Talks on the ordinance and building moratorium — the move that sparked regulation talks — were on …

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HB man arrested for shoplifting

A Holmes Beach man about to face a June trial for heroin possession and related charges was arrested in connection with a shoplifting scheme. William Ariss Brown, 30, was arrested May 7 by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office after he …

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Best bicyclist begins bike beat

Patrick Manning, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office newest deputy at the Anna Maria substation, is presented the International Police Mountain Bike Association “Precision Cyclist” award after setting the course record in an offset-serpentine competition. Sarasota Police Department Lt. Jason Reed congratulates …

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Masked intruder thwarted by resident

Just before 11 a.m. May 15, an intruder walked into a woman’s kitchen in her unit at Cortez Paradise Bay Motel, 4406 102nd St. W., Bradenton. The woman asked the man, who wore a ski mask, what he was doing …

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Busy Sunday in Holmes Beach ends in arrest

All in one dispatch to the Island Gourmet Grill parking lot, Holmes Beach police officers assisted a lost bicyclist, people needing directions and parking, a victim of an accident and an impaired driver. The call began with Sgt. Mike Pilato …

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Eyes on the road

AAA predicts 37.2 million travelers over the Memorial Day weekend, a 4.7 percent increase from last year. About 88.6 percent of those travelers — 33 million nationwide — will be in automobiles. There’s a good chance many in this area …

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Pitching for history

  Sam Samuels, the coordinator for the Anna Maria Island Horseshoe group, accepts a certificate of appreciation from Maureen McCormick, president of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society. The horseshoe group made a recent donation to the historical society. Pictured …

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Obituaries – 05-20-2015

Joyce French Berube Joyce French Berube, 91, of Marquette, Michigan, died May 12. She was born Jan. 11, 1924, in Lansing, Michigan, to Matt Walter French and Valeria May Savory. She graduated from Eastern High School in 1941. Her singing …

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Fishing – 05-20-2015

Early morning May 11 Dane Strom of Sarasota hooked and released this 120-pound tarpon using a crab for bait while on a charter fishing trip with Capt. Warren Girle.

Tarpon reigns over Tampa Bay again, king in local waters   Tarpon addicts from all over are heading to the waters around Anna Maria Island with hopes of hooking a silver king. Whether you’re a tarpon junkie or a tarpon …

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Real Estate – 05-20-2015

531 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,670 sfla / 3,496 sfur 4bed/2½bath/3car canalfront pool home built in 2013 on a 100×178 lot was sold 04/30/15, Warren to Guiler for $1,695,000; list $1,795,000. 909 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a …

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