Author Archives: Kathy Prucnell

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Questions remain in wake of fatal bridge incident

The question lingers. How did a 24-year-old female passenger in a pickup crossing the Anna Maria Island Bridge wind up being run over and killed by the same truck? Sophie Louise Isherwood died at 2:43 a.m. March 3 at Blake Medical Center from injuries resulting from the crash at 12:22 a.m. According to preliminary Florida […]

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5th DCA hears Neal-McClash-Swiftmud Perico Island case

Three judges in Daytona Beach heard a 40-minute argument about Perico Island. Squaring off March 9 were Ralf Brookes of Cape Coral, representing former Manatee County Commissioner and environmentalist Joe McClash, against Tampa attorney William S. Bilenky, on behalf of a land trust controlled by developer Pat Neal of Neal Communities, and attorney Amy Wells […]

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Judge seeks evidence at bond hearing

Judge Deno Economou wanted to hear evidence. But it didn’t happen March 8 at a packed hearing to set bond for Eugene Matthews, 83, jailed since Jan. 10, when he allegedly shot and killed Rebecca Rawson, 65, of Bradenton, outside his Parrish residence. The hearing was requested by Matthews’ attorney, D. Scott Rieth of Lakewood […]

And bulldozers return to Neal compound

The bulldozer motors started up March 6 without warning. The appellate judges heard a challenge several days later to the state wetlands permit, which if upheld, would advance the four-home development  known as Harbor Sound, as well as the destruction of 1.05 acres of mangroves for Pat Neal of Neal Communities. Meanwhile, neighbors watched the […]

13 new Bert Harris claims filed against Holmes Beach

Nearly $6 million in Bert Harris claims fell March 6 on the desk of Holmes Beach Mayor Bob Johnson. Thirteen new claims invoking the Bert J. Harris Jr. Property Rights Protection Act now join 21 pending claims filed by property owners against Holmes Beach since 2014. As of March 9, the city faced $12.5 million […]

Late-night bridge incident ends in death

A 24-year-old Bradenton woman died after a crash on the Anna Maria Island Bridge. Florida Highway Patrol reports Sophie L. Isherwood fell out of a 2009 Ford 150 onto Manatee Avenue at 12:22 a.m. March 3. She and the driver, James R. Fetters III, 28, were traveling east when Isherwood exited the moving truck and […]

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County wins comp plan challenge from Long Bar developer

The 2nd District Court of Appeal let stand a lower court judgment for Manatee County against Long Bar Pointe developers. County Attorney Mitchell Palmer announced the appellate victory Feb. 24 to the seven-member board of commissioners in an email. In the 2nd DCA appeal, Cargor Partners VIII and Long Bar Pointe LLLP challenged 12th Circuit […]