Green turtles hatch, end record year

One of about 40 green sea turtles were released into the Gulf of Mexico Dec. 7 as the last known sea turtle nest in the state hatched in Anna Maria after 83 days of incubation. This turtle takes one last look at the setting sun on the horizon before dashing into the sea.

If a Hollywood screenwriter was tasked to script the 2012 sea turtle nesting season on Anna Maria Island, the storyline wouldn’t have turned out more appropriate than what occurred Dec. 7 to signal an end to a remarkable nesting season. …

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Federal agents seize HB resident’s boat, cars

Federal agents load vehicles surrendered in a raid at 5311 Sunrise Lane, Unit B, Holmes Beach. The seizure was part of an ongoing federal case against Holmes Beach resident Jason Syrek. Islander Courtesy Photos

    Federal Bureau of Investigation agents seized two high-end sports cars and a luxury boat from 5311 Sunrise Lane, Unit B, Holmes Beach, just before sunset Nov. 30. The boat was taken to the city’s Kingfish Boat Ramp, where FBI …

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HB chief resigns

Leading law enforcement in Holmes Beach for more than 19 years, Police Chief Jay Romine has announced he will leave the job.     He announced his decision by letter to Mayor Carmel Monti Dec. 7. His last day will be …

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Anna Maria Sunshine meeting

Anna Maria city attorney Jim Dye will host a “Government-in-the-Sunshine” training session at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, for elected officials in Anna Maria and other island cities. Members of city committees also are invited to attend. An email from …

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Anna Maria vacation rentals climb, population falls

A sign in Anna Maria advertises a vacation rental by owner. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn’s concern that the city could be losing its old Florida character with increasing vacation rentals appears to have merit. The city population fell from 1,814 residents in 2000 to 1,503 in the 2010 census, a 17.1 …

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Historic Bridge Street Pier project could be delayed

A handful of people enjoy the Historic Bridge Street Pier Dec. 6, but with tourist season building, the pier is expected to be busy. A pier reconstruction project could be delayed until after tourist season. Islander Photo: Mark Young

The old adage, “If it’s not one thing, it’s another,” could be applied to the effort to begin rebuilding the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach. The hope was to have the project completed before the upcoming tourist season, …

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Parks committee to look into dog park plan

A decorative water fountain is a controversial addition to HB Scentral, the city dog park at Flotilla Drive and 62nd Streets. Islander Photo: Courtesy Socko Pearson

There’s a new decision-making process for one of the most popular and controversial places in Holmes Beach — HB Scentral, the city dog park on the perimeter of the Birdie Tebbetts Field at Flotilla Drive and 62nd Street.         Acting …

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HB commission reviews R-2 moratorium

Ten months after the Holmes Beach commission rejected imposing a building moratorium, the panel, including two new commissioners, readied for a Dec. 11 vote on the measure.         The stage was set Dec. 6 by new commissioners Judy Holmes Titsworth …

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FDLE pushes for release of evidence in Morris Case

Kelly Osborn, mother of Sheena Morris, who died in 2009, talks to reporters in October outside the Bradenton Beach Police Department. Islander File Photo: Mark Young

Since her daughter’s death in a Bradenton Beach motel room on New Year’s Day 2009 was ruled a suicide, Kelly Osborn has been on a journey to find out what happened to Sheena Morris, 22. She has never believed her …

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Another worker nabbed with fake IDs

Investigators from the Florida Department of Financial Services Insurance Fraud Division arrested another Mexican national Dec. 4. Alejandra Burgos-Mendoza, 31, was arrested at her Palmetto residence after DFS was contacted by the Social Security Administration that Burgos-Mendoza had presented a …

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