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Shoplifter nabbed by watchful shopkeeper

Sometimes it’s not about the crime, but the affront to those who are proud to work on Anna Maria Island. Such was the case for the owner of Bella By The Sea home boutique on Pine Avenue May 19 when …

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Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation issued the following alert for motorists driving in the area:           • SR 789/Gulf Drive at the Longboat Key Drawbridge: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect intermittent north and southbound lane closures 9 a.m.-4 …

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Coast Guard rescues 8 from Gulf, 3 from Longboat Pass

A U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter out of U.S. Coast Guard Station Clearwater rescued eight people from the Gulf of Mexico at about 1:55 p.m. May 18. The crew was on a training flight when it received a mayday …

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WMFR continues planning for Station 4 rebuild

Jim Davis celebrates with wife Beth, right, and daughter Caitlin, his promotion to fire marshal at the May 21 commission meeting. Islander Photos: Kristin Swain

  West Manatee Fire Rescue district commissioners met May 21 to discuss the purchase a new marine rescue boat and construction of Station 4. Chief Tom Sousa reported to commissioners that preliminary schematic designs for the rebuilding of Station 4 …

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Jack Clarke has won the recall election

Jack Clarke has won the recall election in what is an unofficial count by the supervisor of elections. The count was 182 votes to remove the mayor, versus 174 to retain the mayor. The vote results in winner take all …

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Holmes Beach to spiff-up neglected veterans memorial

Those who were lost seem to have been forgotten. Outside Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, nestled between the entrance to the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park and a rusty bike rack, is a gray sign with black letters. …

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Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor seeks ‘pathway to healing and unity’

Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor Jack Clarke said from his office in city hall that Mayor Bill Shearon is “temperamentally unsuited for this job.” Islander Photo: Ed Scott

Jack Clarke has resigned from his office as commissioner and his position as vice mayor to run for mayor of Bradenton Beach effective with the May 19 election. He is running against Mayor Bill Shearon in the mayoral recall election. …

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Anna Maria combats parking pains with boots in the sand

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Got a parking ticket in Anna Maria? Just ignore it. For Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy, an answer like that is unacceptable. Murphy presented a plan for tougher enforcement of parking regulations to city commissioners at a special meeting and …

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AMI turtle talks move to Annie Silver

Check your watch. It’s turtle time. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring will hold its weekly Tuesday Turtle Talks at 11 a.m. beginning in June at the Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. The …

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AMI Moose renovation drags, taxes administrator

Ernie Casali, administrator of Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge No. 2188, looks over the newly constructed lodge, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, April 29. A soft opening likely will held in June. Islander Photo: Ed Scott

Ernie Casali stood in a large unfinished room April 29 at the Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge No. 2188, pondering the construction project begun in 2014. These days the project is like an overweight tool belt, dragging Casali down. Part …

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