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Adopt-a-nest program takes off, supports sea turtle awareness

The plaque commemorates a sea turtle nest adopted during the 2015 season. The adopt-a-nest program provides funding and community awareness for Anna Maria Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring. Islander Photo: Courtesy AMITW

Turtle nesting season has begun on Anna Maria Island, and with this comes the potential to adopt a nest in support of Anna Maria Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring. The first loggerhead nest was spotted May 8, marking the official …

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Mote releases sea turtle in Anna Maria

Mote Marine Laboratory staff members Jenna Rouse, left and Lynne Byrd prepare to release Henry, a green sea turtle, May 12 at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria, while John Soto of Wells Fargo looks on. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

May 12 brought excitement to Anna Maria’s Bayfront Park in the form of a juvenile green sea turtle named Henry. The green turtle, less common to this area than the nesting loggerheads, was rescued Jan. 23 and taken to Mote …

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Repeat DUI offender loses license

One year without driving privileges was part of a repeat violator’s sentence for driving under the influence and without a license in Holmes Beach. Mark Shepler, 56, of Bradenton, was found guilty and sentenced May 3 after he pleaded no …

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Holmes Beach squashes B&B plans

It’s the end of the road for a proposed bed-and-breakfast in Holmes Beach, at least for now. Holmes Beach residents Bob and Liz Lang submitted a letter to city leaders via their attorney April 13, asking the city to consider …

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Musil-Buehler autopsy won’t impact Cumber sentence

No one may ever know exactly how Sabine Musil-Buehler died — except her killer. And it appears the plea deal for confessed murderer William J. Cumber won’t be re-visited despite inconsistencies between an autopsy report released April 28 and Cumber’s …

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Perico Preserve opens to the public

  Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie, center, cuts the ribbon, officially opening Perico Preserve, 11700 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Chappie was joined by County Commissioner Betsy Benae, left, Sarasota Bay Estuary director Mark Alderson, John Hood of the Audubon Society, …

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Valrico man arrested in home invasion

A 19-year-old Valrico man allegedly broke into a Bradenton Beach home, gave his name and ran away before police found him sleeping nearby. Stephen Brett Cook was arrested for criminal mischief after 3 a.m. May 7 for a home invasion …

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Safety near Cortez groins raise concern

A woman gathers seashells by the Gulf of Mexico May 10 in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve.

Is it safe to surf in Bradenton Beach? The traditional surfing area along the city’s Gulf coast has been at the three erosion-control piers at Cortez Beach. Waves crashing the shoreline break create a surfer’s paradise. The piers offered surfers …

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Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation issued the following alert for the area: • SR 684 at the Cortez Drawbridge: Crews are working on the bridge. Motorists should expect nighttime/overnight east and westbound lane closures 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Tuesday, May 31,-Thursday, …

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Real Estate – 05-18-2016

525 Villa Rosa Way, Anna Maria, a 2,875 sfla / 4,485 sfur 4bed/3½bath/3car canalfront pool home built in 2015 on a 8,712 sq ft lot was sold 04/25/16, FH Anna Maria LLC to Bergin for $1,570,000; list $1,595,000. 210 75th …

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