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New Anna Maria city clerk starts work Sept. 4

LeAnne Addy interviews July 20 with Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy, as Commissioners Chuck Webb, left, and Doug Copeland observe from the gallery. Islander Photo: Bianca Benedí

After several weeks of searching for a clerk, Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy made a decision. On Aug. 4, the mayor offered candidate LeAnne Addy the position of city clerk and, Aug. 5, she accepted. Murphy presented his recommendation Aug. …

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HBPD arrests Bradenton man with drugs

Justin White, 26

Police stopped a 26-year-old Bradenton man for speeding in Holmes Beach but arrested him for possessing Xanax, a muscle relaxant and paraphernalia Aug. 2. Justin White, 26, was stopped just after midnight after being clocked at 41 mph in a …

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HBPD arrests Tampa man with marijuana

John Archer

Stopped for driving 45 mph in a 25-mph zone at 1:39 a.m., a 22-year-old Tampa man was arrested for allegedly possessing marijuana with intent to sell. John Archer was arrested July 23 with 0.5 grams of hashish and 23.3 grams …

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Manatee County speaks out on Long Bar Pointe mitigation bank

The concerns of Manatee County are on the record. In a May 17 letter to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, environmental review section manager Joel Christian outlines how Carlos Beruff’s plans for a mitigation bank skirt county and state …

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Long Bar mitigation bank faces federal review

A map shows a 120-foot gap between the two parcels in a yet-to-be-permitted Long Bar Pointe mitigation bank alongside a proposed Aqua by the Bay mixed-use development. Opponents say the gap will allow for dredging and a marina. Islander Graphic: Courtesy Florida Department of Environmental Protection

A mitigation bank permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is Long Bar Pointe LLLP’s next hurdle. The company, controlled by developers Carlos Beruff and Larry Leiberman, is seeking to operate a bank to enhance and preserve a 263-acre …

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Rainfall overwhelms Bradenton Beach stormwater drains

Storms Aug. 5-9 washed over Anna Maria Island. The volume of rain overpowered Bradenton Beach’s stormdrain system, filling drains and swales and leaving standing water in streets and yards. There was so much rainwater, the public works department brought in …

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1 derelict boat remains sunk in Sarasota Bay

Protruding from the waters of Sarasota Bay lies one final derelict vessel. It’s a single-mast sailboat that was sunk June 6, when the storms that came ashore from Tropical Storm Colin broke the boat’s anchor lines, sending it crashing into …

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The Islander Newspaper E-Edition: Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

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Bradenton Beach hits into double play at courthouse

Two city of Bradenton Beach cases moving through the 12th Circuit Court rounded the bases Aug. 11. In one case, a city resident won the right to be heard by a special master and, in the other, Bradenton Beach Marine …

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They’re waiting to serve, while watching you on Pine Avenue

The new Anna Maria code enforcement office is equipped with cameras inside and outdoors (circled) for security purposes. Signs give notice of the surveillance cameras, one of them aimed at passersby on Pine Avenue. Islander Photos: Bianca Benedí

Does it feel like someone is watching you? For the past two months, as Anna Maria’s code enforcement employees stretched out in their new office space, there has been someone watching. Since opening in June, the department has operated in …

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