1st of season: Sea turtle attempts AMI nest

1st nest, false start Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch volunteers Kathy Doddridge, left, Marvin and Lee Zerkel and executive director Suzi Fox confirm May 2 Anna Maria Island’s first sea turtle nesting attempt of the May-October nesting season is a false crawl. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Kathy Doddridge never imagined her first day as an official Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring volunteer would result in finding the island’s first nesting activity. Doddridge has been involved with AMITW in the past, helping when asked, …

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HB v BB 27th Street dispute nears end

Bradenton Beach city attorney Ricinda Perry presented at the May 2 city commission meeting an offer to dismiss the lawsuit from Holmes Beach city attorney Patricia Petruff. The saga began with a 2008 Bradenton Beach quitclaim deed to the Sandpiper …

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Rotten Ralph’s Restaurant’s days on BB pier may be numbered

People dine outdoors at the Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier’s Rotten Ralph’s Restaurant. The city is standing firm that the days for Rotten Ralph’s to remain on the pier are numbered. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Negotiations between Rotten Ralph’s Restaurant on the Historic Bridge Street Pier and the city of Bradenton Beach are not off to a good start. The restaurant has been falling further into debt after failing to make rent in June 2012. …

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Tourism sets another Manatee County tax collection record

March 2013 marked the 23rd month of the past 24 that resort tax collections by the Manatee County Tax Collector’s Office exceeded the same month’s collections the previous year. The resort tax is the 5 percent paid to Manatee County …

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Cortez Bridge hearing draws opinions

Cortez resident Newell Freeman, left, talks about the Cortez Bridge with the DOT’s Brian Williams at the April 29 meeting on the bridge, held at the Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Rd. West, Bradenton. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

“We came here to get opinions, not give them,” said Brian Williams of the Florida Department of Transportation. Williams was speaking at the DOT’s April 30 public hearing at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, 6101 Cortez Road W., Bradenton, where the DOT …

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HB readies official response to Mainsail petition

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Holmes Beach city attorney Patricia Petruff received no objections from commissioners at an April 30 special meeting to address the city’s response to Mainsail’s petition for relief. The petition was filed with the city April 18 seeking relief from the …

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HB selects of special master for Mainsail mediation

Holmes Beach selected Steven M. “Steve” Seibert at an April 30 special meeting to serve as special master to preside over the city’s dispute with Mainsail. Attorney Robert Lincoln, on behalf of Mainsail, served the city with a petition for …

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Moving on up

Holmes Beach Police Officer Mike Pilato, left, and Vern McGowan, right, both longtime police officers in Holmes Beach, are congratulated by Chief Bill Tokajer, center, on their promotion effective May 11 to the rank of patrol sergeant. Islander Courtesy Photo

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Carleton case turned over to feds

The Holmes Beach Police Department has announced that Michael Carlton, formerly of Coast Line Realtors is under investigation by the U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Department of Justice. Carleton lost his realtor’s license in March following a three-count complaint …

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Road watch for May 8-14

There will be a westbound lane closure 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. through Thursday, May 16, on Cortez Road/State Road 684 from 102nd Street West to 119th Street West. Maintenance crews will be trimming trees around street lights. Motorists are advised to …

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