Santa’s Island vacation

Santa Claus greets a shy Carly Wade, 3, after last year’s Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade. The AMIP parade is at 10 a.m. Dec. 10, beginning at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria and ending at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. Islander File Photo: Lisa Neff

Planning to attend Anna Maria Island’s holiday celebrations? The Islander has a challenge: How many events can you attend with Santa on Anna Maria Island in December? Take a Santa photo at each, be sure to note the event, location …

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BB commission to meet

The Bradenton Beach City Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. The agenda includes a public hearing on a request for a special exception to erect a dock on Sarasota Bay …

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Poll: No consensus on dog-friendly beach

J.D. and Big, canine companions from Holmes Beach, enjoy time on the beach — certain hours in summer season and anytime the rest of the year — on the shore in Virgina Beach. Islander Photo: Socko Pearson

There’s no formal proposal to establish a dog-friendly beach on Anna Maria Island, but Islanders are barking about the concept. An informal Islander survey, conducted on Facebook and randomly at local events in recent weeks, found a lack of a …

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HB man faces obscenity charges

A Holmes Beach man faces 13 felony charges in DeSoto County in connection with a telecommunications sting operation. Ronald Littlehale, 64, was arrested several weeks ago in Manatee County on a DeSoto County warrant. He faces three felony charges of …

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Fisher faces sentencing, plans appeal

Commercial fisherman John L. Yates returns to a federal courtroom in December for sentencing for destroying evidence after taking under-sized grouper. Yates, 59, a Holmes Beach resident who fishes out of Cortez, plans to appeal the conviction after his sentencing. …

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HB residents urge meeting on multi-unit violations

Holmes Beach city commissioners heard impassioned pleas of residents to address enforcement issues relating to multi-unit and short-term rental properties following a two-hour regular commission meeting Nov. 22. A consensus of commissioners advised residents that new Commission Chair David Zaccagnino …

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Island cities dispute begins

The conflict resolution process initiated by Holmes Beach against Bradenton Beach over its 2008 quitclaim of 27th Street east of Gulf Drive to the Sandpiper Resort will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Holmes Beach city commission …

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Bed tax collections reach record high

Thanks to improved collection methods, payment of past due accounts and an increase in tourism, resort tax collections in Manatee County for fiscal year 2010-11 set a record. The tax office reports that $7.104 million was collected for 2010-11, representing …

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New Rosa Del Mar owner says ‘no’ condos

Real estate developer Steven Hanson at the beachfront property in Bradenton Beach he recently bought. The now defunct GSR Development LLC owned the parcel and announced plans in 2003 to build a 14-unit condominium called Rosa del Mar. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Five vacant beachfront lots in the 2500 block of Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, that once were planned for development as Rosa del Mar, a 14-unit luxury condominium, have been sold to Anna Maria businessman Steven Hanson and some partners. Along …

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Funding authorized for red tide study

Florida scientists studying the causes of sea turtle deaths in the Gulf of Mexico received $227,793 for the first year of an anticipated three-year, $653,379 project to determine how the red tide toxin, or brevetoxin, affects turtle health. Endangered sea …

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