Community Thanksgiving brings vets, holiday, community unity

  Veterans and all rise for the Star-Spangled Banner Nov. 16 at CrossPointe Fellowship, where a  chorus from Anna Maria Elementary School performs. In the front row is World War II veteran Jim Kissick and behind him are Kit Redeker …

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Concerns about AM park donations ignite discord

Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources director Charlie Hunsicker updates Anna Maria commissioners Nov. 14 on a beach renourishment project planned to start in December. Renourishment will begin at the 79th Street beach in Holmes Beach and proceed south to Cortez Beach. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Sometimes people in Anna Maria take one step forward and two steps back — which appeared to be the case Nov. 14 when Anna Maria commissioners began discussing the first reading of a site plan for what city planner Alan …

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Island accommodations and rentals: A lot to give thanks for

Plenty of people could visit the Anna Maria City Pier during Thanksgiving week. The forecast calls for temperatures in the low 80s and many island accommodations are reporting near capacity for the holiday week. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Anna Maria Island accommodation owners and managers already are giving thanks for a great-looking Thanksgiving weekend. An Islander survey found most accommodations booked for Thanksgiving, with only rooms or homes here and there still available. At Cedar Cove Resort, 2710 …

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Bradenton Beach mayor drops legal challenge

Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon said one of his first thoughts after winning the Nov. 5 election was that he was, for all intents and purposes, suing himself. “To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I would win the election,” …

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Biggert-Waters Act has island punch

The Biggert-Waters Act that phases out over years the government subsidies for flood insurance premiums on high-risk properties is impacting Anna Maria Island. Brent Moss of Anna Maria Island Insurance, 5702 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, said the federal legislation delaying …

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HB traffic committee drafts overflow parking proposal

A beachgoer exits a bus at the Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach. Officials want to encourage off-site beach parking and bus use with the busy tourist season ahead. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Seeking ways to gain use of more parking for visitors to the Manatee Public Beach appears to be the focus for Holmes Beach’s congestion committee. The committee has focused on two primary issues in attempting to resolve traffic congestion and …

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HBPD warns: click it or get a ticket

The Holmes Beach Police Department is joining the “Click It or Ticket” effort for the Thanksgiving holiday week. HBPD, in a news release, said, travelers — whether heading across the city or across the country should buckle their safety belts …

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Real Estate – 11-20-2013

522 Bayview Drive, Holmes Beach, a 4,751 sfla / 5,729 sfur 4bed/5bath/3car bayfront pool home built in 2007 on a 240×118 lot was sold 10/24/13, Slater to Ranck for $2,575,000; list $2,790,000. 116 45th St., Unit 116, Beachy Villas, Holmes …

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Island police blotter – 11-20-2013

Anna Maria         • Nov. 9, 800 block of North Shore Drive, suspicious incident. A complainant reported that the Bradenton Herald was charging her for newspapers that were not being delivered to her address, owned by another person. She said …

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Obituaries – 11-20-2013

Anastasia ‘Sheila’ Murphy Cassidy Anastasia “Sheila” Murphy Cassidy of Bradenton, born in 1923, died Nov. 17. She raised her family and lived on Anna Maria Island for many years. She was Catholic and a member of Our Lady Queen of …

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