Anna Maria now considering FAR, LAR

Anna Maria commissioners passed the first reading of an ordinance designed to limit the size of homes in the future. The ordinance, which still has some revisions to come, will limit the living area of a residence in the hope …

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Island traffic meets spring break, road work, tall boats

Crisscrossing buses, trolleys and motorists approach gridlock at the Cortez Road-Gulf Drive intersection in Bradenton Beach, where the “Welcome to Bradenton Beach” sign is barely visible and the Cortez Bridge draw is raised more often for tall vessels in the winter season, according to Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

With traffic already heavy on Anna Maria Island for tourist season, spring break the week of March 10-16 brought more vehicles to the island, especially with fairly decent weather, said Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale. Additionally, Manatee County is …

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Spring break by the day on Anna Maria Island

At the Anna Maria City Pier, spring break doesn’t necessarily signal hoards of college kids, but fishers and diners multiply in numbers and the boards get plenty of use, even on a cold day such as this, March 12. Pier manager David Sork reports he’s pleased with tourist season, and he says fishers are catching sheepshead, small mangrove snapper, flounder and a few stray mackerel. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Spring has sprung on Anna Maria Island as evidenced by the crowds gathering on the beach to enjoy the best the island has to offer of sun and sea. Manatee County public schools and many Florida universities were on spring …

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BB to submit five BP funding projects

No one is sure how much money be awarded in the 2010 BP Deep Horizon oil spill litigation, but municipalities are already lining up to spend it. It’s been estimated that Manatee County’s share of a yet-to-be-determined settlement could be …

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Holmes Beach man sentenced to 8 years on porn charges

Former Holmes Beach resident Ronald Littlehale pleaded no contest and has been sentenced to eight years in the Florida Department of Corrections. Littlehale was charged with numerous counts of unlawful solicitation of minors and transmission of pornography after his November …

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Holmes Beach clucks it up, hens OK’d

Holmes Beach Commissioner Judy Titsworth, Commission Chair Jean Peelen, and Commissioners Marvin Grossman and David Zaccagnino share a laugh with Commissioner Pat Morton over his play to foul up the city’s proposal to allow chickens in residential areas of the city. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Got chickens? If not, Holmes Beach residents can have them now. Commissioners approved March 12 the final reading amending the city’s ordinance that prohibits farm animals in residential zones. The change allows up to four chickens per household. Commission Chair …

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HB mayor ‘hires’ outside contractor, fires one staff member

Some members of the public whispered that the city of Holmes Beach violated its city charter by hiring a city manager, which is contradictory to the charter mandate. Island papers reported Mary Buonagura — previously a volunteer, said to be …

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Bradenton man arrested on felony drug charges

A 19-year-old Bradenton man was arrested March 11 on felony drug charges after allegedly admitting he was on his way to sell a friend cocaine and marijuana. According to the probable cause affidavit, a Holmes Beach police officer initiated a …

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Islanders love a parade — especially a St. Pat Parade!

The young Irish — known as the “Wee Ones,” roll in comfort in the parade wagons. Click Here for more photos Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

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The Islander Newspaper E-Edition: Wednesday, March. 20, 2013

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