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Cast-n-Cage ordered from Bradenton Beach pier May 31

Cast-n-Cage owner Roland Pena poses in November 2014 with a new sign at the entrance to the restaurant. Islander File Photo

Bradenton Beach officials announced May 12 they gave Cast-n-Cage Restaurant owner Roland Pena through May 31 to vacate the Historic Bridge Street Pier. Twelfth Judicial Circuit Judge Doug Henderson ruled for the city May 7, evicting Pena for failure to …

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Cortez fishers clean up ‘Kitchen,’ net boatloads of trash

Courtney Ramsey, left front, and Capt. Thomas Reynolds approach the loading dock May 9 at Cortez Bait and Seafood, 4528 119th St., Cortez. They carry garbage collected from the shoreline and mangrove islands from “The Kitchen.” Islander Photos: Jennifer Glenfield

A bright pink roseate spoonbill flew overhead. Capt. Nate Meschelle, at the helm, turned to the boat of volunteers. “Hey, look! It’s a flamingo!” he said. The boat of locals erupted in laughter. Meschelle was one of a handful of …

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Trial postponed in Holmes Beach stabbing case

November is now on the calendar for the trial of a man accused of a 2014 stabbing in Holmes Beach. Andrew Helderman, 25, in Manatee County jail on $166,500 bond, is set to stand trial on counts of attempted murder, …

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Holmes Beach commission questions 1 pool per lot

It appears residents’ voices have been heard in Holmes Beach. Holmes Beach commissioners held a second reading May 12 of a moratorium that denies permits requesting more than one pool be built on one lot, and feedback from residents has …

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Holmes beach vacation rental talks go dark

With the exception of “thoughts and suggestions,” the writing of a vacation rental regulation ordinance in Holmes Beach has gone behind closed doors. Talks on the ordinance and building moratorium — the move that sparked regulation talks — were on …

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HB man arrested for shoplifting

A Holmes Beach man about to face a June trial for heroin possession and related charges was arrested in connection with a shoplifting scheme. William Ariss Brown, 30, was arrested May 7 by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office after he …

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Best bicyclist begins bike beat

Patrick Manning, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office newest deputy at the Anna Maria substation, is presented the International Police Mountain Bike Association “Precision Cyclist” award after setting the course record in an offset-serpentine competition. Sarasota Police Department Lt. Jason Reed congratulates …

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Masked intruder thwarted by resident

Just before 11 a.m. May 15, an intruder walked into a woman’s kitchen in her unit at Cortez Paradise Bay Motel, 4406 102nd St. W., Bradenton. The woman asked the man, who wore a ski mask, what he was doing …

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Busy Sunday in Holmes Beach ends in arrest

All in one dispatch to the Island Gourmet Grill parking lot, Holmes Beach police officers assisted a lost bicyclist, people needing directions and parking, a victim of an accident and an impaired driver. The call began with Sgt. Mike Pilato …

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Eyes on the road

AAA predicts 37.2 million travelers over the Memorial Day weekend, a 4.7 percent increase from last year. About 88.6 percent of those travelers — 33 million nationwide — will be in automobiles. There’s a good chance many in this area …

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