Tampa woman demands answers in BB death

Bradenton Beach city commissioners are confronted Aug. 2 by a gallery of Kelly Osborn supporters, citizens with stormwater drainage concerns, and more media than anyone could recall in recent history. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

A parade of friends and family of the late Sheena Morris filed into Bradenton Beach City Hall Aug. 2 to ask commissioners to demand the city invite the FBI to look into the 2009 death of the 25-year-old Tampa woman, …

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Anna Maria plans tax increase to fund $2.3 million budget

A crew from Superior Asphalt repairs the stormwater system at the Anna Maria intersection of North Shore Drive and Palm Avenue as part of the public works department’s ongoing effort to tackle drainage problems as they arise. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Anna Maria commissioners at their July 30 public hearing for the 2012-13 budget set the city’s tentative millage rate at 2.05 to fund a $2.3 million budget. The commission can lower that rate at future public hearings on the budget, …

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AME refuels, finds FOCUS for new school year

David Marshall, principal of Anna Maria Elementary School, stands ready at the front desk — ready to welcome students to a new academic year.

Anna Maria Elementary School classes begin Aug. 20 with fewer students for the 2012-13 school year and some changes in schedules — including the elimination of early release Wednesdays.         The school year also brings new teachers and new online …

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BB moves forward with pier study

Bradenton Beach commissioners Aug. 2 approved an engineering study on the Historic Bridge Street Pier after the porposed contract with Sego & Sego Engineering stalled in mid-July over insurance concerns. The contract approval opens the door to a reconstruction project. …

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Polls open Aug. 14 for primary voting

It’s time to vote. Absentee voter ballots for the Aug. 14 primary election have been mailed and must be returned to the supervisor of elections by 7 p.m. the day of the election. Early in-person voting for the Aug. 14 …

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Bradenton Beach seeks dismissal of Holmes Beach lawsuit

Bradenton Beach filed a motion July 24 in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Holmes Beach concerning ownership of 27th Street. Holmes Beach filed suit May 24 asking the court to declare as public a …

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Islanders invited to storm preparation meeting

Sarasota Bay waters rise during Tropical Storm Debby in late June, spilling into the streets of Bradenton Beach. TS Debby was a reminder that islanders need to remain vigilant during hurricane season. Islanders are invited to attend an Aug. 15 meeting at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, to learn what to do during a storm. Islander Photo: Mark Young

The 2012 hurricane season has been fairly quiet thus far, but it is a long way from over — with three months remaining in a season predicted to have 13 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes. According to …

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AMI welcome sign damaged

The Holmes Beach welcome sign at the Kingfish Boat Ramp on Manatee Avenue was damaged last week. Islander Courtesy Photo

It might be difficult for this manatee to wave “hello” to passersby.     The manatee on the welcome sign at the Manatee Avenue entrance to the city of Holmes Beach is missing its right fin.     Rotary Club of Anna …

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Traveling up

Ella and Luke Bisio of Bradenton Beach, check out the hometown news while 2,501 meters high atop Spitzmeilen in the Swiss Alps. Leaving from the ski resort at the top of Flums, it took the Bisio family almost six hours …

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Beachgoers abound on Anna Maria Island

The Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, saw temperatures in the mid-90s last week and a sea of shade-producing umbrellas Aug. 3. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Some folks on Anna Maria Island might be wondering if there is much difference anymore between the winter and summer season. “It’s been a wonderful summer,” said Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president Mary Ann Brockman. “I haven’t talked …

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