AM election makes New York news

Anna Maria has certainly received its share of publicity of late, particularly in tourism and wedding magazines, on websites and in newspaper articles. The city probably got publicity it didn’t want or need June 17 when the New York Daily …

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HBPD makes arrest in embezzlement

Holly Elaine Connelly

The Holmes Beach Police Department announced July 27 the arrest of a former employee at the Key Royale Club. Holly Elaine Connelly is accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the private golf club in Holmes Beach. Connelly …

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The Islander Newspaper E-Edition: Wednesday, July 27, 2011

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Flight pattern

Penny Frick of Bradenton is this week’s winner in the newspaper’s Top Notch contest, winning front-page placement of the photo and an Islander newspaper “More-Than-A-Mullet wrapper” T-shirt. Her entry depicts a gull flying toward the shore with the Anna Maria …

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MCSO excavates Anna Maria beach for clues, body

Investigators dig into the sand at the Willow Avenue beach July 19. They unearthed a tire filled with concrete, possibly used to hold a volleyball net. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

With his team nearing the end of four days of excavation work on an Anna Maria beach, Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube vowed July 22, “We’re not done yet.” The sheriff said the MCSO would continue this week to search …

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AMITW meets CSI

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring leaders gather near the Willow Avenue beach access July 19 to discuss unusual developments in the nesting season — the emergence of a green sea turtle and a renourishment problem at Coquina Beach and a sheriff’s office search on the beach in Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteers routinely can be found at sea turtle nest excavations in July, when nests begin hatching. But last week’s excavation was a rarity for AMITW, which served as a consultant to the …

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Farm team takes on beach duty, crime-scene search

David Livingston can make his heavy-duty John Deere loader dance, walk and, of course, dig. Livingston, along with Dale Hancock and Mark Stanton, were reassigned last week from their work at the Manatee County jail farm to the Anna Maria …

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Pier boardwalk, entry, parking lot near completion

The shelters at the entrance to the Anna Maria City Pier were almost ready last week, but roofing for the two structures won’t be installed until mid-August. The north boardwalk and parking lot could be open this week, according to project officials. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Despite the Florida Department of Transportation’s optimistic July 13 press release that the north portion of the boardwalk at the Anna Maria City Pier would be open last week, it didn’t happen. Anna Maria public works director George McKay, who …

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City to save for Bridge Street pier rebuild

The Historic Bridge Street Pier will need to be rebuilt within the next several years. The cost likely will exceed $500,000. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Bradenton Beach commissioners, while budgeting for 2011-12, also are budgeting for a major capital improvements project — the reconstruction of the Historic Bridge Street Pier. Commissioner Janie Robertson won the full commission’s support for her recommendation that 92 percent of …

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Retiree rescues man found in pool

Holmes Beach resident Dr. Saul Ladd rescued a man from his pool July 14. The incident occurred on a Thursday afternoon at Ladd’s residence in the 600 block of Foxworth Lane in Holmes Beach. “I was about to go out …

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