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Bradenton man sentenced to 12 months probation for DUI

Twelve months of probation was handed down to a 22-year-old who tested at twice the legal limit after being stopped by police in Holmes Beach. Christian E. Patterson, 22, of Bradenton, was pulled over for speeding and doing a wheelie …

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Developers appeal coastline protection ruling

Looking south and west from the 75th Street-53rd Avenue roundabout on the mainland south of Cortez Road, lies the pristine mangrove coastline and rich fishing grounds of Sarasota Bay, the undeveloped Long Bar Pointe-Aqua by the Bay project remains the subject of litigation. Islander File Photo: Jack Elka

Next stop for Long Bar Pointe developers: the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Lakeland. The appeal du jour: 12th Circuit Judge John Lakin’s decisions upholding four Manatee County Comprehensive Plan coastal development policies. The lead attorney for the developers …

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Aqua review continues despite lawsuit

Manatee County’s review of Carlos Beruff’s and Larry Lieberman’s mixed-use Long Bar Pointe project, newly named Aqua By The Bay, continued at a January development review meeting. With an August 2015 application, the developers proposed 3,200 homes and 78,000 square …

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Beruff seeks mitigation bank permit as ploy to destroy long Bar’s environment

In a surprise to the environmental community, developer Carlos Beruff’s company has applied for a mitigation bank over the submerged lands and wetlands his company owns at Long Bar Pointe. Mitigation Banks have been controversial since their inception. This mitigation …

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FedEx delivers rear-ender

  A FedEx truck driven by a 44-year-old Seffner man Jan. 25 rear-ended a 2008 Sebring as both vehicles traveled north on Marina Drive, north of 63rd Street. According to a Holmes Beach police crash report, the driver of the …

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Sports – 02-03-2016

Truly Nolan defender Blake Balais makes a shoestring interception during TN’s 20-12 victory over West Coast Air Conditioning in 11-13 division flag football action Jan. 26 at The Center of Anna Maria, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Kevin P. Cassidy

Flag football action dominates center field in Anna Maria   The youth flag football season at The Center of Anna Maria just completed its third week of action-packed games and the haves are already separating themselves from the have nots. …

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Obituaries – 02-03-2016

Ed Callen Ed Callen, 92, of Anna Maria, died Jan. 26. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, April 21, 1923, to Margaret and Joseph Callen. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a crewman on …

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Island police blotter – 02-03-2016

Anna Maria       Jan. 23, Anna Maria City Pier, criminal mischief. An unknown person shot a BB-gun at the plastic curtains on the pier deck. The damage to the curtains was valued at $3,000. Anna Maria is policed by the …

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Real Estate – 02-03-2016

203 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 2,636 sfla / 4,567 sfur 3bed/3½bath/4car bayfront home built in 2002 on a 50×200 lot was sold 01/12/16 Cary to Florida Gulf Coast Vacation Homes LLC for $1,150,000; list $1,249,000. 320 Iris St., …

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Fishing – 02-03-2016

Capt. Larry McGuire says the mangrove snapper catches are growing larger every trip, as demonstrated by Ryan and Adam Brooks of New Brunswick, Canada. They show off the mangrove snappers caught in about 50 feet of water offshore of Anna Maria Island. The family also caught red grouper and lots of catch-and-release gag grouper with non-stop fast and furious fishing action on a four-hour trip. They celebrated Adam's sixth birthday with the Jan. 28 charter trip — best birthday party and best fishing trip ever, according to Adam.

Winter weather puts focus back on old favorite   Numerous cold fronts and falling water temperatures are ushering in a familiar species for both residents and visiting anglers to target. That’s right — it’s time to target sheepshead. Herds of …

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