‘Get in the game’ winner

This week’s NFL “Get in the Game” Islander newspaper football contest winner is William K. Smith, Anna Maria.

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Island fills up for holidays

As the late Bing Crosby would croon, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” At least for Anna Maria Island it is — without the snow. As more and more out-of-state vehicles show up on island streets and people …

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Hearing set in libel suit against HB commissioner

Attorneys for John F. Agnelli Jr. are pushing forward on the libel lawsuit filed against Holmes Beach Commissioner Chair Jean Peelen, setting a court hearing in February on Peelen’s motion to dismiss. “The motion is essentially a stalling tactic,” said …

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Edible garden partnership enriches AME curriculum

Eat Here restaurant staffer Cheri Sackett offers a carrot to her daughter, Emily, during the Dec. 13 fall harvest lesson at the eatery, 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. An edible garden partnership between Anna Maria Elementary School, Eat Here and Beach Bistro promotes healthy eating and a garden-to-table learning opportunity. Islander Photos: Karen Riley-Love

Eight years and running, Anna Maria Elementary School has taught sustainable food production and healthy eating in a partnership with the community in its edible garden program for fourth-graders.         Beach Bistro funds the Earthboxes, soil and seeds.         AME …

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Community center had 2012 deficit

Auditors for the Anna Maria Island Community Center told the center’s board of directors at their Dec. 10 meeting that the center ran a deficit in 2012. At the same time, however, auditor Eric Troyer gave the accounting by the …

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Safety first at city’s floating dock

It may appear the floating day dock next to the Historic Bridge Street Pier is usable, but city officials stress that is not the case. The dock has been closed since May. Islander Photo: Mark Young

Some public frustration is mounting over the lengthy closure of the floating day dock adjacent to the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach. Especially for new visitors to the island, who aren’t up to speed on city news, said …

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Special master for Bradenton Beach resigns

Bradenton Beach Special Master Harold Youmans has submitted notice to terminate his contract with the city. Since 2005, when Bradenton Beach opted to hire a special master to hear code enforcement cases, Youmans has been called in to conduct quasi-judicial …

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Bradenton Beach ponders: Is it street or avenue?

The street sign reads Church Street, but according to Manatee County traffic operations and emergency services and the U.S. Postal Service, it’s Church Avenue. Islander Photo: Mark Young

There is a saying in Christianity that asks, “Will the road you are on get you to my place?” If you are on Church Street in Bradenton Beach, it will indeed take a traveler to Harvey Memorial Community Church, but …

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Holmes Beach commission focus: fixing problems

Large scale rental homes that lack adequate parking for the number of guests they accommodate, such as these properties on 74th Street in the Residential-2 zone, are one target of the commission’s identified problems. Islander File Photo: Kathy Prucnell

At their Dec. 20 work session, Holmes Beach commissioners explored illegal lot splits, underground footers, noise problems and other rental issues with an eye to fix problems as soon as possible. They outlined objectives to accomplish during the expected six-month …

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HB prepares for moratorium, honors police chief

Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson, soon to be interim police chief, congratulates retiring Chief Jay Romine following a Dec. 18 reception and commission presentation at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

    By a 4-1 vote, Holmes Beach commissioners stayed on course to enact a moratorium effective Dec. 25 to halt new permitting for construction, demolition and substantial rebuilds for up to six months in the city’s rental district.     A …

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