Connelly finale: 3 years prison, 25 years probation

Family and friends of Holly Connelly, convicted of embezzeling in May, and Key Royale Club members gather outside courtroom 6A at the Manatee County Judicial Center, Bradenton, before the July 27 sentencing hearing for the ex-Key Royale bookkeeper. Islander Photos: Kathy Prucnell

Ex-Key Royale Club bookkeeper Holly Connelly was sentenced July 27 to three years in state prison and 25 years of probation by 12th Circuit Court Judge Thomas Krug for scheming to defraud more than $50,000 from her former employer.         …

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Lack of AM quorum forces budget delay

A graph prepared by Anna Maria city treasurer Diane Percycoe shows Anna Maria receives just 11 percent of the total taxes paid by a city property owner with a super-homestead exemption.

With only two of five commissioners at the Anna Maria commission’s July 24 budget work session, Commissioners Dale Woodland and John Quam were left with little to do. “Everything we talk about tonight we’ll have to discuss again at our …

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BB sets tentative tax hike

Bradenton Beach commissioners July 25 set a tentative millage increase, from 2.1359 to 2.3329, to overcome a $145,479 budget deficit. A millage is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value on a home. The city tax increase would amount to …

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HB proposes slightly reduced budget, millage rate

In Holmes Beach, city services and the related costs are expected to remain the same under a proposed 2012-13 budget presented July 24 to city commissioners. A $7.86 million proposed budget — lowered $805,255 from the current $8.67 million budget …

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WMFR budget holds line

The West Manatee Fire Rescue District aims to hold the line in its 2012-13 budget, while covering jumps in both health care and workers compensation rates.         The district commissioners viewed a proposed budget at their July meeting that “didn’t …

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AMITW celebrates record nesting year

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring executive director Suzi Fox rewards “stat guy” Pete Gross with a new hat during the July 28 AMITW volunteer awards banquet at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Islander Photos: Mark Young

There was laughter, smiles and a few tears as Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring celebrated July 28 its 22nd annual volunteer awards banquet and 30 years in existence. “Think about something you’ve done for 30 consecutive years,” …

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AM cell tower ordinance passes, application ready

Anna Maria city attorney Jim Dye, right, and cell tower consultant Rusty Monroe discuss the latest — and final — changes to the city’s new cell tower ordinance. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Anna Maria has a new cell tower ordinance, replacing the one passed in 2003. The 2012 ordinance passed 4-0 at the commission’s July 26 meeting after more than seven months of preparation by city attorney Jim Dye, Mayor Mike Selby …

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IRS reinstates Art League’s charitable status

“We have our 501c3 status,” said Laura McGeary into the phone July 26 with excitement her voice.         “We’re already in contact with someone who does grant writing,” she added.         The beleaguered president of the Anna Maria Island Art …

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Damaged by Debby, BB pier reopens

An employee of Deck Docktors prepares the broken piling on the Historic Bridge Street Pier for repair, while city workers begin repairs to the railings. The city reopened the pier July 27, one month after it closed due to damage caused when Tropical Storm Debby sent boats anchored nearby into the structure. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Fishing lines are being cast for the first time since June 25 when Tropical Storm Debby shut down the Historic Bridge Street Pier. One month to the day, after a half-dozen boats broke loose from their moorings and smashed into …

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Holmes Beach man surrenders to authorities

Dustin Allen, 31, of 405 75th St., Holmes Beach, surrendered to authorities July 20 following a warrant issued by the Holmes Beach Police Department. Allen was wanted in connection with a Holmes Beach burglary after merchandise from the burglary was …

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