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Qualifying opens for 3 
Holmes Beach seats

When qualifying week opened June 20, three Holmes Beach incumbents had declared their candidacy. Holmes Beach residents who want to run for mayor or city commission can qualify for the Nov. 8 election until noon Friday, June 24. Mayor Bob …

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Man sentenced to time served

A former Bradenton Beach man was sentenced to jail time served after the 12th Circuit State Attorney amended its case to correct the type of drug he was found possessing. Harry M. Holmes, 32, pleaded no contest June 9 to …

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Woman pleads no contest to DUI

A 32-year-old former Bradenton Beach woman arrested by the Manatee County Sheriff Office for driving under the influence pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 12 months probation. Rachel Knipfer, now of Bradenton, was arrested in December 2015 after an …

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Anna Maria continues Bert Harris battles

The Bert Harris claims in Anna Maria resemble a house of cards. If the city of Anna Maria loses one claim, the rest could tumble. The city faces 45 claims totaling $12,644,000. With their precarious position in mind, city officials …

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Cortez Bridge crasher gets probation

A 27-year-old Clermont man was sentenced to 12 months probation for driving impaired after the state attorney dropped charges of leaving the scene of an accident. Christopher Jack Nicholson was arrested in August 2015 for driving under the influence after …

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Bradenton woman noticed for marijuana

Holmes Beach police pulled over a 28-year-old motorist for not wearing her safety belt and dark window tint and found marijuana and paraphernalia. Melanie Erickson of Bradenton was issued a notice to appear for possessing 4.9 grams of the drug …

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ITPO discusses future island bridge projects, funding

Vehicular traffic crosses the Anna Maria Island Bridge June 16 while marine traffic passes through the Intracostal Waterway. Islander Photo: Kristin Swain

Two major transportation projects — the Anna Maria Island and Cortez bridges — are moving forward, if at a snail’s pace. Tony Sherrard, representing the Florida Department of Transportation, gave a presentation on the two bridge projects to Island Transportation …

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1 of 2 Anna Maria races shapes up with new faces

Brian Seymour

Break out the red, white and blue. It’s election time! And two challengers have announced for city commission in Anna Maria. Anna Maria General Store owner Brian Seymour and planning and zoning board member David Youngs announced in the past …

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Hostage victim recants: ‘I did not feel threatened’

The alleged victim of an early morning May 31 hostage situation by her son is now rallying around him. Gerald Harles II, 30, was arrested by the Holmes Beach Police Department after more than 40 law enforcement officers from HBPD …

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Reward offered for pet rooster missing from Cortez

Jessica Barhitte’s pet rooster, Grumbles, a Crested Cream Legbar rooster, went missing June 12. Islander Courtesy Photo

It’s been a sad, frustrating and exhausting week for Grumbles’ keeper. The friendly rooster at Cortez’s Swordfish Grill & Tiki Bar — known to most everyone who’s patronized the restaurant in the past four years — went missing the afternoon …

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