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Oh, what a parade! Happy St. Patrick’s Day

  Irish elephants, also known as camels, accompany Beach Bistro bartender Fred O’Sullivan in the March 15 St. Pat’s Day parade in Holmes Beach. The parade is hosted by Beach Bistro and Eat Here restaurants of Holmes Beach. The City …

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AM concedes builder lawsuit

Trusses await installation at 423 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

After months in litigation, the city of Anna Maria has conceded to a property owner’s demands. Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy on March 5 ordered city building official Bob Welch to issue a building permit that had been held up …

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Island history set to receive facelift

Anna Maria Historical Society Museum and Historical Park docent Evelyn Hoskins, right, explains the rules of the museum’s scavenger hunt to the Kozak family from Detroit. The museum is at 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

Anna Maria Island’s history is getting a revision. The Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum and Historical Park, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, will be changing the way it presents the past to visitors. The historical society Feb. 23 was …

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Anna Maria officially welcomes new city attorney

Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy hands city attorney Becky Vose her nameplate. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

After more than two months without full-time legal counsel, the city of Anna Maria hired a city attorney. At their March 12 special meeting, city commissioners reached a unanimous vote to hire Becky Vose, of Vose Law Firm in Winter …

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All parties agree, BB settlement of 4 lawsuits imminent

A calm has come over city hall in Bradenton Beach thanks to some cooperation. The commission reached consensus March 13 to agree in concept to resolve four lawsuits filed against the city. The agreement brings the city closer to the …

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Cast-n-Cage to be cast from pier

From left, Marve and Ron Cole, of Longboat Key, and Karen and Jim Kemper of Perrysburg. Ohio, toast March 13 at the Cast-n-Cage Restaurant at the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Ed Scott

Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale told commissioners March 12 that he gave eviction papers for Cast-n-Cage Restaurant to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. He said the MCSO was to serve them to restaurant owner Roland Pena. City officials began …

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Committee proceeds with Shearon recall

Pete Barreda, chair of the Committee to Recall William Shearon, said March 9 he had collected about 80 of the 115 signatures he needs to meet an April 6 deadline to proceed to the next step to recall the mayor …

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Woman gets probation for pills, license

A no-contest plea deal ended the prosecution of a Palmetto woman arrested in Holmes Beach after a traffic stop. Kiri Lynn Napier, 26, was sentenced to 18 months of probation March 3 after pleading no contest in the 12th Judicial …

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Holmes Beach doubles up moratorium talks

Moratorium talks are underway in Holmes Beach on two stop-work measures for builders, and the city attorney warned commissioners not to “regulate into prohibition.” One moratorium prevents the building department from accepting permits to build a home with four or …

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Bradenton woman arrested for DUI

A chain reaction accident on the Cortez Bridge led to the arrest of a Bradenton woman for driving under the influence. Brigette Davis, 49, of Bradenton, was arrested for DUI and careless driving after her car rear-ended the car ahead …

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