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Cortez Bridge crasher gets probation

A 27-year-old Clermont man was sentenced to 12 months probation for driving impaired after the state attorney dropped charges of leaving the scene of an accident. Christopher Jack Nicholson was arrested in August 2015 for driving under the influence after …

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Bradenton woman noticed for marijuana

Holmes Beach police pulled over a 28-year-old motorist for not wearing her safety belt and dark window tint and found marijuana and paraphernalia. Melanie Erickson of Bradenton was issued a notice to appear for possessing 4.9 grams of the drug …

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ITPO discusses future island bridge projects, funding

Vehicular traffic crosses the Anna Maria Island Bridge June 16 while marine traffic passes through the Intracostal Waterway. Islander Photo: Kristin Swain

Two major transportation projects — the Anna Maria Island and Cortez bridges — are moving forward, if at a snail’s pace. Tony Sherrard, representing the Florida Department of Transportation, gave a presentation on the two bridge projects to Island Transportation …

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1 of 2 Anna Maria races shapes up with new faces

Brian Seymour

Break out the red, white and blue. It’s election time! And two challengers have announced for city commission in Anna Maria. Anna Maria General Store owner Brian Seymour and planning and zoning board member David Youngs announced in the past …

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Hostage victim recants: ‘I did not feel threatened’

The alleged victim of an early morning May 31 hostage situation by her son is now rallying around him. Gerald Harles II, 30, was arrested by the Holmes Beach Police Department after more than 40 law enforcement officers from HBPD …

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Reward offered for pet rooster missing from Cortez

Jessica Barhitte’s pet rooster, Grumbles, a Crested Cream Legbar rooster, went missing June 12. Islander Courtesy Photo

It’s been a sad, frustrating and exhausting week for Grumbles’ keeper. The friendly rooster at Cortez’s Swordfish Grill & Tiki Bar — known to most everyone who’s patronized the restaurant in the past four years — went missing the afternoon …

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Summer reading on the move

Now that school is out, there’s more time for reading The Islander! Clockwise, from top left, Fiona McCarthy, Ewen Cloutier, Jack McCarthy and Kieran Cloutier, all students from Anna Maria Elementary — catch up on hometown news June 11, while …

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Rejected Anna Maria pier tenant insulted

The Anna Maria City Pier stands out in Tampa Bay like a jewel. Islander Photo: Jack Elka

Mario Schoenfelder, City Pier Restaurant owner and Anna Maria pier tenant, isn’t happy with the city decision May 26 to reject his proposal for funding and future lease terms for  the pier. “I do not accept false, untrue and insulting …

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Sports – 06-22-2016

Evie Baugher carries the ball forward for her Blue Lagoon Landscaping team during the 8-10 championship game on June 13 at The Center of Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Kevin P. Cassidy

Soccer finale: The Feast gorges on short-handed Blue Lagoon Landscaping The Feast rode a deep and talented roster to a 6-2 victory June 18 championship game in the 8-10 division at the Center of Anna Maria Island’s spring soccer league. …

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Obituaries – 06-22-2016

Billy Wagner Billy Wagner, 62, of Bradenton Beach, died April 19. He was born Jan. 30, 1954, to Dorothy “Dot” and Richard “Dick” Wagner and he grew up in Bradenton Beach. A memorial will be 3-5 p.m. Saturday, June 25, …

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