Manatee-BP settlement amount could max out to $19M

Manatee County officials last week learned the county may receive $3.1 million in BP settlement funds. But the Florida Association of Counties has revised its estimate of Manatee County’s minimum share of the proposed BP oil spill settlement from $3.1 …

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Revised Galati billfish tourney schedule

A Labor Day weekend fishing tournament has been delayed due to poor offshore conditions, but with the former Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac pushing north this week, the fourth annual Galati Yacht Sales Labor Day Billfish Tournament.is bound to happen Sept. 6-9. …

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MCSO now investigating AM rental property owners

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies stationed in Anna Maria have been begun investigating rental properties in the city in search of unlicensed or unregistered vacation rentals. An Aug. 28 memo from Sgt. Dave Turner, head of the MCSO substation, gave …

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No interviews, no replacement yet for Kelly at center

The search for a replacement for retiring Anna Maria Island Community Center executive director Pierrette Kelly continues more than four months after she submitted her resignation. Greg Ross, president of the center board of directors, said the executive board was …

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Bizarre discovery relates to Morris investigation

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Past firings and a gruesome discovery of preserved human organs found in a Pensacola storage unit last week have raised concerns regarding Dr. Michael Berkland’s involvement in the investigation of the 2009 death of 22-year-old Sheena Morris at a Bradenton …

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Burglaries rise in Anna Maria

A rash of burglaries has struck Anna Maria in recent weeks, and they’re mostly occurring when one deputy is on duty and answering another call, said Sgt. Dave Turner, who heads the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office-Anna Maria substation. “It’s all …

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Holmes Beach resident summarizes records research

Holmes Beach resident Mary Buonagura has compiled her findings from six months of study of building department files in a one-page memo to the city.         Buonagura was a member of the zoning-permitting focus group headed by Commissioner John Monetti, …

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Trial set in lottery theft, charges added

October court dates have been set for the former clerk of a Holmes Beach convenience store who allegedly stole $2,223 in Florida lottery tickets. Jeanna Mehrhoff, 29, of 7504 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, was arrested Feb. 1 by the Holmes …

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Holmes Beach planner reports on residential living areas

Holmes Beach planner Bill Brisson reports Aug. 28 to commissioners his preliminary research and analysis into the character of Residential-2 district. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

When Holmes Beach planner Bill Brisson came forward to speak on an Aug. 28 city commission agenda item about short-term rentals, he steered commissioners to take a different focus on anticipated changes — and spoke mostly about possible living-area to …

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Holmes Beach plans ‘slide rule’ ordinance

        Holmes Beach City attorney Patricia Petruff drafted a new ordinance for review by the planning commission that may include one of the most restrictive swimming pool slide rules in the country.         Some newer vacation homes have pool slides …

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