Cell tower reps meet with Anna Maria committee

Anna Maria’s cell tower review committee meets June 10 to examine bids from three companies. The committee includes former Mayor Mike Selby, left, Jon Crane, Tom Aposporos and committee chair Bob Welch, the city building official. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Efforts to have a cell tower built in Anna Maria took a step forward June 12, when the city cell tower review committee met with representatives of three companies bidding on the project. The committee was formed several months ago …

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AM commission welcomes former P&Z chair to dais

New AM Commissioner Doug Copeland. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Anna Maria has a new city commissioner. With the withdrawal of Carol Carter’s application for the Anna Maria City Commission to complete the remaining five months of John Quam’s term, only one applicant remained — Doug Copeland. Commissioners at their …

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Here comes the bride

Bradenton Beach Commissioner Gay Breuler walks down the proverbial aisle June 16 with groom Billy Crider. The couple were married in a small ceremony near Palma Sola Bay. Islander Photos: Mark Young Bradenton Beach Commissioner Gay Breuler and her husband …

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Increasing tourism fuels continued rise in resort tax collections

Vacation rental property signs line Spring Avenue in Anna Maria as island accommodation managers prepare for a busy summer tourist season. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

For the 24th time in the past 25 months, resort tax collections by the Manatee County Tax Collector’s Office have set a new monthly record compared with the same month the previous year. Collections this year are on pace to …

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BB neighborhood dock re-opens after 2-year closure

Duncan Seawall employees put the finishing touches on the Eighth Street South dock in Bradenton Beach June 12. The dock is open again after more than two years of closure. Islander Photo: Mark Young

When a group of residents on Eighth Street South in Bradenton Beach volunteered to pay for a new city dock at the end of their street more than a year ago, it appeared a viable solution to a shortfall in …

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FWC to reopen snook harvest Sept. 1

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reviewed the status of snook populations in Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic waters at its June 12 meeting in Lakeland before deciding to allow the recreational harvest of Gulf of Mexico snook to …

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Holmes Beach, Mainsail developers to mediate June 21

The first step in determining if litigation can be avoided between Holmes Beach and the Mainsail Lodge developers will be taken at 9 a.m. Friday, June 21, at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. City attorney Patricia Petruff said …

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HB petition to allow tree house gains momentum

Sunbathers rest on the Gulf of Mexico shore in front of the tree house at Angelinos Sea Lodge in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Rather than fight Holmes Beach City Hall, Richard Hazen and Lynn Tran, owners of the now viral tree house at 103 29th St. N., have decided that rather than fight city hall, they will legislate to keep the structure. They …

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The Islander Newspaper E-Edition: Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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Island police blotter – 06-19-2013

Anna Maria         • June 3, 500 block of Seagull Way, burglary. Someone gained entry into a house through an unlocked door and stole two TVs valued at $2,500. Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO. Bradenton Beach         • …

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