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Dedication of Bradenton Beach pier set for Feb. 27

Former Mayor John Shaughnessy, Commissioners Jan Vosburth and Ed Straight, and Mayor Bill Shearon meet in August 2014 at the Historic Bridge Street Pier to initiate the $1.5 million renovation. The work is finished and a grand opening is planned Feb. 27. Islander File Photo

The public is invited to the grand opening and dedication of the Historic Bridge Street Pier at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27. The city pier, extending from 200 Bridge St. in Bradenton Beach over the waters of Sarasota Bay, has …

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Bradenton Beach P&Z recommends rooftop dining at Moose

Pat Jones, left, Bill Jones, center, members of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 2188 sit with Minnie Bricker outdoors at picnic-style tables at the Moose. The trio reside in Canton, Ohio, and routinely vacation locally. They would like to see the lodge keep the tables and seating on the beachfront patio. Islander Photo: Ed Scott

It’s two steps forward, one step back for the Moose in Bradenton Beach. The city planning and zoning board voted Feb. 18 to recommend to the city commission that it approve a rezone petition and special exception for the Loyal …

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Florida Supreme Court denies review of net ban decision

They say fishers are a tenacious group. Mark Coarsey, president of the Manatee County Fishing for Freedom group, said the news came Feb. 16 that the Florida Supreme Court would not review a case he hoped would overturn the 1995 …

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Prosecutor to seek death penalty for triple murder

The 12th Judicial Circuit State Attorney will pursue the death penalty against Andres “Andy” Avalos for the Dec. 4, 2014, triple homicide in Bradenton. In a Feb. 18 letter to Avalos’ attorney, Assistant State Attorney Art Brown advised that “the …

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Trial set for Holmes Beach man

A Holmes Beach general contractor accused of choking and restraining his girlfriend may be headed to trial at the end of June. Richard Scott Eason, 29, was arrested in November after the alleged attack on the woman in their driveway …

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Elderly abuse case dropped, another set for trial

An Anna Maria home health-care provider was facing trial on two charges of elderly abuse until, on the eve of the trial period, the state decided not to prosecute one case. At a Feb. 11 docket sounding, 12th Judicial Circuit …

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One bid for Holmes Beach trash services

Only one company wants to take out the trash in Holmes Beach. The city held a bid opening Feb. 20 for waste collection services and only one bidder — Waste Pro —made the deadline for the response to the request …

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County ‘dog catcher’ educates, advocates on the streets

Manatee County Animal Services officer-humane investigator Ernie White educates pit-bull owners Feb. 17 in Palmetto. Islander Photos: Kathy Prucnell

Once considered society’s bottom rung, the dog catcher is gaining ground in Manatee County. “It’s more respectable now. I’m an ‘officer,’” said Ernie White, Manatee County Animal Services officer-humane investigator. “On the street, though, I’m still the dog catcher. Or …

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Perico Island development awaits judge’s decision

A proposal to build four homes on Perico Island has caused quite a fuss. Environmentalists picketed Feb. 16 along the 12300 block of Manatee Avenue West, waiving protest signs such as “No permit for Pat” and “Justice for Mangroves” in …

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Correction

A Feb. 18 article about the Feb. 13 vehicle crash at the Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, contained an error. The man ticketed by the Holmes Beach Police Department in connection with the crash is Louis Knowles, 28, …

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