Marching to AME

  Anna Maria Elementary School first-grade teacher Tina Goffred marches with her class during the Oct. 27 Fall Festival Parade.   Anna Maria Elementary School first grader Liam Benford throws a water balloon at coach Eric Bosso, who suffered more …

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Tears, cheers, resolutions at Anna Maria meeting

At her final meeting as an elected official, Anna Maria Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick sits with Mayor Mike Selby, who has one meeting remaining on his calendar. Neither sought re-election on Nov. 6. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

It was a time for applause, cheers and a few tears at the Anna Maria City Commission’s Oct. 25 meeting. First, Doug Copeland was named Citizen of the Year by the city’s selection committee, which brought several rounds of applause. …

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Kelly departs center, interim director named

The Anna Maria Island Community Center executive board meets Oct. 22. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Anna Maria Island Community Center executive board president Greg Ross said this week negotiations with a replacement for center director Pierrette Kelly are ongoing. But Kelly’s last day as director was Friday, Oct. 26. She left with husband Paul for …

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Anna Maria election vacancy comes post-election, Nov. 15

While Holmes Beach will elect two commissioners and a mayor on Nov. 6, Anna Maria must wait until the commission’s Nov. 15 organizational meeting to decide the next mayor and then appoint an interim commission member from the electorate. It’s …

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Holmes Beach fills building department vacancy

Holmes Beach’s new hire, electrical engineer David Greene, fills the vacancy in the building department left when building inspector Bob Shaffer was fired in September. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Holmes Beach added an electrical engineer to its building department — islander David Greene.         The mayor and public works superintendent Joe Duennes hired Greene Oct. 23 for a wage of $22.35 per hour.         Duennes said they had four …

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HB addresses noise complaints, approves LDC changes

A measure aimed at preventing a rush on building permits in Holmes Beach was pulled Oct. 23 minutes before a multi-faceted ordinance to address renter-related noise issues was voted into law by the commission. Commissioners amended the city’s land development …

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Sandpiper attorney files counterclaim

In an Oct. 26 counterclaim filed in the Circuit Court of the 12th Judicial Circuit by Charles Webb, attorney for the Sandpiper Resort in Bradenton Beach, Webb said the Holmes Beach lawsuit to declare a portion of 27th Street as …

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Speciale responds to Dr. Phil Show

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At the end of the Oct. 26 airing of the “Dr. Phil” episode titled New Year’s Mystery, featuring the case of Sheena Morris, 22, who died in a Bradenton Beach motel room on New Year’s Day 2009, the host announced …

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Morris boyfriend’s polygraph indicates deception

Kelly Osborn, mother of Sheena Morris whose 2009 death was initially ruled a suicide, pickets Aug. 16 outside Bradenton Beach City Hall. Osborn resumed her call for an investigation into her daughter’s death and gained an audience on the Dr. Phil TV show. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Kelly Osborn’s long journey to find out what happened to her daughter on New Year’s Day 2009 in a Bradenton Beach motel room took a turn toward more questions than answers after an appearance last week on “Dr. Phil.” Sheena …

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ICE investigation continues, nets two arrests

The Oct. 16 raid in Holmes Beach by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud, has netted a second arrest.     ICE spokesperson Carissa Cutrell said the investigation is ongoing.     …

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