The Islander Storm Avengers – 2013 Hurricane Tracker Guide

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Fishing lesson: Be alert, do no harm

A dead brown pelican is entangled in fishing line. Another dead bird was found in April and again last week at the small rookery in Bimini Bay near Galati Marine’s outer docks. Islander Photo: Jeannie Bystrom

The scene plays out too often, according to Jeannie Bystrom, who lives on Bimini Bay across the waterway from a small spoil island that serves as a rookery for a number of species of birds. Too often she sees birds …

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Holmes Beach police to crack down on illegal street parking

Memorial Day weekend on the island proved to be one of the busiest weekends of the year for tourists flocking to the beaches. At times, traffic to the island was reported to be backed up all the way to the …

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Anna Maria cell tower bids come under review

Anna Maria’s cell tower committee met May 29 to review the three responses to the city’s request for proposals to build a cell tower on city property. Building official Bob Welch chaired the meeting. Welch previously reviewed the submittals, but …

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Island resorts report summer looks strong

Beach crowds such as this one at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will be common this summer, according to island accommodation owners, who are forecasting a banner summer season. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Fresh from a winter season that was by many accounts the “best ever,” Anna Maria Island accommodation owners and managers are preparing for a strong summer season. “Our advance reservations are well above last year at this time,” said David …

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HB police chief lays out new code enforcement philosophy

Traffic turns onto northbound Gulf Drive from Marina Drive in an area being proposed for a new crosswalk by Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer as part of a larger plan to improve pedestrian safety. Islander Photo: Mark Young

At a May 28 city commission meeting, Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer was asked to present a code-enforcement philosophy following Mayor Carmel Monti’s move to place code enforcement directly under the police department. Monti said enforcing code violations has …

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Holmes Beach unplugs outdoor music venues, events

Scott’s Garage Band performs in April in the gazebo at the Holmes Beach city field adjacent to city hall at an event — Cityfest — sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the city in celebration of the city’s heritage. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

The Holmes Beach outdoor dining ordinance allows only unamplified music if played outdoors, but the ordinance has typically been enforced on a complaint-by-complaint basis. Following a consensus by commissioners at a May 30 work session, musicians playing outdoors are required …

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Updated parking ordinance heads to HB planners

Holmes Beach city planner Bill Brisson presented a draft ordinance to commissioners at a May 30 work session that tightens parking requirements for new restaurants. Commissioners previously provided a consensus to change the parking ordinance from one-parking-space-per-five indoor seats to …

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The truth about Manatee’s proposed sales tax hike

Ed Hunzeker

Manatee County Administrator As you form an opinion on the health care surtax before the June 18 referendum, you should begin with several facts. First, know county government is now paying for community health care costs to the tune of …

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Bradenton woman faces drug charges

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A 23-year-old Bradenton woman faces a felony drug charge following a traffic stop May 26 in Holmes Beach. According to the probable cause affidavit, a Holmes Beach Police Department officer made contact with Gina Barrese in the 5600 block of …

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