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Interview process begins for Anna Maria’s next city clerk

After narrowing down the pool of applicants to five candidates, officials have begun the interview process for the position of city clerk, with the first in-person interview scheduled for 11 a.m. July 14. Rebecca Haynes, Jamie Anderson, Kathleen Sotero, LeAnne …

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1st sea turtle nest hatches in Holmes Beach

Kelly Heazlit, a volunteer for Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, shows hatchlings to children prior to sunset release July 8 at the 71st Street beach, Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

The first hatchlings of sea turtle season on Anna Maria Island emerged early morning July 8 on the beach at 70th Street behind the Nautilus condominiums, 7100 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Upon emergence from the nest, the majority of the …

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Bradenton Beach day dock future uncertain

Passengers step off a Paradise Boat Tours vessel July 5 onto the public day dock at the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

Bradenton Beach officials continue to float the idea of turning a public day dock at the Historic Bridge Street Pier into a standing dock with boat slips. City officials are waiting for the OK from the Florida Department of Environmental …

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Hostage victim to judge: ‘You’re costing me a $1,000 a week in a hotel’

Twelfth Circuit Judge Deno Economou talks to Assistant State Attorney Darlene Ragoonanan in the courtroom July 6 where Judy Harles of Holmes Beach gives testimony from the witness stand. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

A judge denied a motion July 6 that would have allowed an alleged Holmes Beach hostage-taker non-harmful contact with his mother. Gerald “Gary” Harles II, 30, used to live at home with his parents, Judy and Gerald Harles. The events …

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Man gets 10 days in county jail for crash

A plea bargain reduced a felony charge against a former Holmes Beach man who led officers on a chase that ended in a crash on Key Royale Drive. William S. Wilkes, 56, now of Bradenton, pleaded no contest June 24 …

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Off-duty BBPD officer brawls July 5 on Bridge Street

Bradenton Beach police responded to an early morning fight July 5 involving an off-duty officer. Daniel P. Gilliland, 36, and Brittany Codella, 28, sustained minor injuries following an altercation with BBPD Officer Mike Bazell outside the Sports Lounge, 118 Bridge …

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Counterfeiter strikes at Island Shopping Center

Counterfeit bills are back in circulation in Holmes Beach. Tortilla Bay Southwest Grill, at 5318 Marina Drive, took in a fake $20 July 2, during one of the restaurant’s busiest weekends of the year, owner Zoe Whitcomb said. Another merchant …

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Lights out on the 4th, underage drinker cited in crash

Bradenton Beach police direct the tow of a Ford F-150 after the driver crashed the truck into a Florida Power & Light pole.

Sixty-six customers were left without power for more than three hours starting around 7 p.m. July 4 after a Ford F-150 struck a Florida Power & Light pole in Bradenton Beach. The driver, Mark Joseph Devlin, 19, of Avon Park, …

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Busy July 4 weekend for law enforcement, marine rescue

A 10-year-old boy and a man were pulled from rip currents on the north end of Coquina Beach July 3 by Manatee County lifeguards. Manatee County Marine Rescue Chief Joe Westerman said both incidents occurred in the morning. Chelsea Hart …

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Holiday crashes shut down Gulf Drive, close bridge

Road closures frustrated motorists July 5 when Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach shut down for a crash, while Manatee Avenue in Holmes Beach at the Anna Maria Island Bridge closed for a vehicle that jumped the curb and became stuck …

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