The Islander Newspaper E-Edition: Wednesday, March. 6, 2013

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HBPD ‘officer of year’ loves work, community, kids

Officer Brian L. Copeman loves his job, the community and the students at Anna Maria Elementary School.         His positive attitude was so apparent, he was nominated Feb. 22 by the Holmes Beach Police Department for the Manatee County 100 …

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AM gets sand pile removal order from DEP

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection said these mounds of excavated pool materials dumped at the north side of the Lake LaVista inlet in Anna Maria must be removed — unless the DEP determines the mounds consist of beach compatible sand. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Those mounds of excavated pool materials dumped just north of Anna Maria’s Lake LaVista inlet on the north side of the humpback bridge on Bay Boulevard across the humpback bridge must be relocated, according to the Florida Department of Environmental …

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More parking headaches approach Anna Maria

These Anna Maria visitors last week couldn’t find a parking space in the city pier lot on Bay Boulevard, but found a spot in the city-owned vacant lots at the corner of Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard being used as overflow parking across from the pier. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Many Anna Maria residents, including Mayor Mike Selby and city commissioners, may have thought the city’s parking problems were solved with the 2010 passage of a Pine Avenue parking plan. That plan, plus the redesigned parking for the boardwalk at …

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Law enforcement needs rental property database

Anna Maria Commissioner SueLynn and Island rental property managers Larry Chatt and Mike Brinson have been busy the past few weeks on a “list of best practices” for future rental contracts. The trio plans to propose that all agents and …

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Anna Maria gets bonus pier beach

Anna Maria now has a beach on both sides of the city pier that extends into Tampa Bay about 150 feet and runs south from the Lake LaVista jetty about 500 feet. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Before the West Coast Inland Navigation District project to dredge Bimini Bay/Key Royale channel and pipeline spoil to both sides of the Anna Maria city pier shoreline, WCIND executive director Chuck Listowski and Anna Maria public works director George McKay …

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AMICC takes next step toward cell tower goal

This view down Magnolia Avenue at the Anna Maria Island Community Center may change if a cell tower is approved by the city for center property. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Anna Maria Island Community Center board members, at their Feb. 27 meeting, maintained the center’s goal of being approved for a cellular communications tower. Three locations within Anna Maria are vying to be a location for a tower proposal that …

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BB city pier team eyes more renovation

Pilings jut out from the Historic Bridge Street Pier under and around Rotten Ralph’s Restaurant. The Bradenton Beach City Pier Team is working toward replacing some degraded pilings, which have been supporting the pier since 1977. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Discussion on performing new construction work to the Historic Bridge Street Pier is moving quickly toward action. Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale, facilitator of the city pier team, addressed the Community Redevelopment Agency at its Feb. 29 meeting, saying …

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Gulf Drive Market again fails approval

Bradenton Beach commissioners at their March 1 meeting again heard arguments to allow the Gulf Drive Market to resume operations at Gulf Drive Cafe & Tiki, 900 Gulf Drive N. For the third time, the arguments failed. The market was …

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Time change set for March 11

Remember to change clocks — those that do not adjust automatically — on March 11, when daylight saving time begins.

Daylight saving time will begin at 2 a.m. March 11, with most of the country springing forward an hour. The date might feel early to some — a mandate in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 moved up daylight saving …

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