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23-year-old dies in Cortez Road crash

A motorcyclist died Feb. 8 from a crash  with a van near an RV park on Cortez Road West in Bradenton. He was the son of former Bradenton Beach Police Officer Mike Bazell. Ryan Bazell, 23, of Bradenton, was traveling east on Cortez Road on a 2007 Yahama R6 when Carol Ann Nelson, 80, of […]

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HB prepares to force treehouse demolition

The demolition deadline came and went but the doomed treehouse still stands. Treehouse owner Lynn Tran emailed The Islander Feb. 9, on the afternoon of the city-imposed deadline to apply for a demolition permit for the structure, stating there will be “no demolition.” What’s next likely involves more trips to the courthouse and thousands more […]

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DEP sues to remove house built in Sarasota Bay

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection filed a two-count complaint Feb. 6 asking a judge to order Raymond Guthrie Jr. to take down the house he built in 2017 in Sarasota Bay near Cortez. The 1,211 square-foot house stands on stilts about 350 feet from the A.P. Bell Fish Co. docks. In the first count, […]

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ALS implementation delayed on the island

West Manatee Fire Rescue announced Jan. 23 that it could implement advanced life support care by Feb. 1 from Station 3 on Anna Maria Island, but that date has been pushed back to Feb. 20. Two snags delayed WMFR’s implementation, Chief Tom Sousa said. The district is finalizing “some minute details” with the county regarding […]

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Bradenton woman arrested for DUI

Police arrested a Bradenton woman for driving under the influence after following her vehicle from Holmes Beach across the Anna Maria Island Bridge to Perico Island. Angela Bingham, 40, of Bradenton, was stopped in the 12000 block of Manatee Avenue at about 2:30 a.m. Jan. 20. HBPD Officer Alan Bores observed her tires cross the […]

Vacation rental legislation moves forward in state Senate

Anna Maria Island elected officials have ears in Tallahassee. And they are staying tuned to the ongoing session of the Floriday Legislature. Senate Bill 1400, introduced by Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, and David Simmons, R-Seminole, passed the second of three committees Feb. 8. The bill would place vacation rental regulations with the state, including licensing and […]

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Taillights out in Holmes Beach, motorist arrested for DUI

A woman driving through parking lots in Holmes Beach at about 1:30 a.m. Jan. 27 was arrested for driving under the influence. Tracy Moore, 47, of Bradenton, was arrested after she was pulled over in the 4500 block of Gulf Drive. HBPD Officer Adam Desantis reported observing Moore’s vehicle without taillights illuminated and driving in […]

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36th Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival ready to rock ’n’ roll

Except for one major uncontrollable detail, all is ready for the 36th annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, according to chair Rose Lipke. “We’re in the two-week window,” Lipke said. “We just need good weather.” Lipke, in her fourth year as event chair, said Mother Nature will go a long way toward determining if the Feb. […]