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AT&T likely not on Bradenton Beach tower until 2018

Brett Buggeln of Florida Tower Partners said June 16 repairs to the Bradenton Beach cell tower should be complete within a month. Islander Photo: Ed Scott

Cellphone reception in Bradenton Beach improved for some users a couple of months ago when Verizon installed its equipment on the cell tower near the Cortez Bridge. But AT&T won’t put out a signal in Bradenton Beach or Anna Maria …

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In Bradenton Beach, new mayor’s actions bristle predecessor

After losing the May 19 recall election to Jack Clarke, former Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon stepped out of the spotlight to observe Clarke’s approach at the city’s helm. Clarke took the oath of office June 1. On June 4, …

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Bradenton Beach pier lease proposals due July 9

John Ortiz of Orlando fishes June 18 at the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach. Ortiz took a week off from work for a vacation with his family. He said he was surprised to find the pier restaurant closed. Islander Photo: Ed Scott

What makes a business click? Mark Enoch calls it “the beach model.” Enoch’s company, United Park Services, has four concessions: the Coquina Beach Cafe in Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe at Manatee Beach in Holmes Beach, plus facilities …

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County commissioner must respond to election probe

Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie, a resident of Bradenton Beach, attends the Anna Maria Elementary School “Spring Fling” event in May. Islander File Photo

Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie raised and spent $78,134.57 to get re-elected in 2012. He was unopposed as a candidate in both the primary and the general election. Despite having a walkover, Chappie paid tens of thousands of dollars in …

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Man pleads to felony battery

A 22-year-old man accused of beating a man on a walk in Anna Maria a year ago pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 24 months probation. Cameron Bowen Ellsworth was arrested in December 2014 by the Manatee County Sheriff’s …

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Sarasota woman sentenced to probation for battering police

A Sarasota woman was sentenced to 18 months probation for fighting in January with Holmes Beach police officers after being stopped for a hit-and-run on Key Royale. Jeanna M. Gibson, 27, had faced 10 years on two second-degree felonies, battery …

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Bradenton man guilty of DUI

A Bradenton man who sped through Cortez in November 2014 using all lanes of traffic pleaded no contest and was found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol — 0.15 or higher. Twelfth Circuit Chief Judge Andrew D. Owens …

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Scam resurfaces in Holmes Beach

Everyone at some point gets told: Never to talk to strangers. Now everyone needs to remember to not give strangers financial information. A scam has resurfaced in Holmes Beach designed to take a person’s money to help a relative in …

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Lifeguard tower break-in

A commercial burglary alarm alerted Bradenton Beach Police Department to a 3 a.m. break-in June 6 at the Coquina Beach main lifeguard tower. Nothing was taken and no damage was reported. According to BBPD Sgt. Lenard Diaz, the case report …

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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 Pass Drawbridge: Crews are working on the bridge. Expect intermittent north and southbound lane closures 9 a.m.-4 …

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