Police target spring-breakers breaking alcohol laws

Holmes Beach police take action at 52nd Street on the beach, where they enforced the “no alcohol on the beach” ordinance. Islander Photo: Courtesy Joan McArthur

Anna Maria Island is a natural destination during spring break, with its azure waters and warm weather. While local businesses welcome visitors taking advantage of their time off school, law enforcement doesn’t want spring-breakers breaking ordinances, especially one that prohibits …

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Juvenile causes 23 crashes in island-town chase

The Cortez Bridge provides a link to the mainland for Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Jack Elka

A 16-year-old Desoto County student led law enforcement officers on a wild and destructive ride March 4. The spree resulted in a three-hour closure of the Cortez Bridge and gridlock on the southern half of Anna Maria Island. The trail …

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AM commission approves A-frame sign moratorium

Anna Maria business owner Brian Seymour asks city commissioners at their March 3 special meeting to consider a moratorium for A-frame signs so the city and business owners can review options. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Business owners in Anna Maria who have A-frame signs outside their premises now have 30 days to breathe easier and make their case. They have a month to find solutions to keep the signs, which had been declared blight by …

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BB commission stops short on more power for mayor

Bradenton Beach elected officials continue their discussion March 6 about delegating authority to the mayor as they consider a new policy. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Is Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon captain of a sinking ship? That was the analogy given by Vice Mayor Janie Robertson during a March 6 city commission meeting centered around a discussion on how much power the charter allows for …

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Abundant beaches, Coquina on track, end is near

Workers for Great Lakes Dredge and Dock have cleared all but the pipeline and sandy crossovers March 10 beyond the three piers at Cortez Beach to reach the end of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers renourishment project at 13th Street South in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Tjet Martin

To borrow a phrase from Frank Sinatra’s song “My Way,” the end is near for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers beach renourishment project on Anna Maria Island. Workers for Great Lakes Dredge and Dock reached their first finale March …

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Bradenton Beach man faces multiple felony charges

A 23-year-old Bradenton Beach man faces three felony charges following a March 27 traffic stop in Bradenton. According to the probable cause affidavit, William Johnson was observed by a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy traveling westbound in the 4300 block …

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Real Estate – 03-12-2014

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Obituaries – 03-12-2014

Marcia B. Bouton Marcia B. Bouton, 95, of Holmes Beach, died March 1. There will be no service. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd St Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com. …

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Fishing – 03-12-2014

Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish Charters guided Dave McGinnis of Sarasota to this rare offshore hookup with a “baby” tiger shark — photographed and quickly released. McGinnis caught the shark on a pinfish in about 130 feet of water offshore of Anna Maria Island. McGinnis and his group also caught red grouper and amberjack on the trip.

Spring into action to cash in on early spring fishing pattern   Spring has arrived early and fishing around Anna Maria Island improves as the water temperature rises. As the days get longer and the cold fronts fade away, you …

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Calendar – 03-12-2014

Wednesday, March 12 2 p.m. — The Friends of the Island Library presents mystery author H. Terrell Griffin, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. 7:38 p.m. — Official sunset time.   Thursday, March 13 1 p.m. — …

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