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AM cell tower produces bars

Islander File Photo: Jack Elka

“Can you hear me now?” Yes. Verizon customers are getting the call on the north end of Anna Maria Island. People in Anna Maria began noticing a clearer signal on their cellphones starting Aug. 20. The equipment on the communications …

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School in session at AME

First bus, first morning Aug. 24 for students attending class for the 2015-16 year at Anna Maria Elementary School. Greeting the kids at the bus is Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer. Islander Photo: Jack Elka

The 2015-16 school year started Aug. 24, but students, their guardians and teachers began the celebration Aug. 20 at Anna Maria Elementary’s Back-to-School Night. The gathering gave everyone the opportunity to mingle. Students dropped-off school supplies and collected pre-ordered supply …

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Welcome back, Kotter, er, AMOB

John Horne. Islander Courtesy Photo

Bradenton Beach can soon call folks back to the pier. The teacher is back. And just like the 1970s sitcom, “Welcome Back, Kotter,” the pier operator has a familiar face. Calling his latest corporate venture And … We’re Back Inc., …

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Bradenton Beach again to pay mayor’s legal fees

For the second time in four months, Bradenton Beach city commissioners voted to pay Mayor Jack Clarke’s legal fees for actions unrelated to his conduct in office. Ironically, this round of legal fees will cover his defense against a complaint …

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Report of mangrove cutting uncovers other issues

Drainage pipes weave through mangroves behind a multi-family housing project at 305 Clark Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Courtesy Holmes Beach Code Enforcement

Holmes Beach code enforcement officer James J.T. Thomas Jr. responded Aug. 20 to a tip that mangroves were being cut — possibly illegally — in the 300 block of Clark Drive. Workers at the construction site of a multi-family structure …

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Holmes Beach begins slowly, lowering speed limit

New 25-mph signs are posted Aug. 21 on Gulf Drive from from Manatee Avenue to Marina Drive — reflecting Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer’s recommended speed limit for the city. Islander Photo: Kristin Swain

Holmes Beach begins slowly, lowering speed limit Speedy drivers beware: There’s a new, lower speed limit in Holmes Beach. New speed limit signs with accompanying orange flags to draw driver’s attention were positioned the week of Aug. 17 on north- …

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Environmentalists continue fight to prevent Harbor Sound permit

Protesters line up along Manatee Avenue in February to bring attention to a Perico Island development slated to receive a permit to develop in wetlands from the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Islander File Photo: Kathy Prucnell

A predated order from the governing board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District may be the writing on the wall for the shores of Anna Maria Sound — but environmental activists vow to continue the fight. Issuance of a …

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Homeless man arrested in anchorage

A 25-year-old homeless man was arrested after a boat owner reported a suspicious dinghy attached to his boat in the Bradenton Beach anchorage area at the southeast end of Bridge Street. Bradenton Beach Police Department responded at 10 a.m. Aug. …

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Danny continues to weaken

Tropical Storm Danny continued to weaken as it neared the Leeward Islands early Aug. 24, according to the National Weather Service in Miami. The storm, located about 60 miles east-northeast of Dominica early Aug. 24, was expected to weaken to …

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Top Notch: Week 7 winner

Golden day for golden dogs The Islander awards its Top Notch prize for best pet photograph to Brenda H. Alcorn of Bradenton, who receives a basket of gifts from Perks 4 Pets in Bradenton and a canvas print of her …

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