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Murder: HBPD arrests boyfriend for child’s death

An investigation into the death of a 17-month-old in Holmes Beach has led to the arrest of the mother’s live-in boyfriend. David Vickers, 31, of Holmes Beach and formerly of Apollo Beach, was arrested Oct. 11 by Holmes Beach Police Detective Sgt. Brian Hall on charges of second-degree murder and aggravated child abuse in connection […]

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Candidates talk a good game at Popcorn and Politics

Candidates in contested races in all three Anna Maria Island cities could be found in one place Oct. 13 — The Islander’s annual Popcorn and Politics meet-and-greet. A handful of free popcorn, in some cases a sip of wine or two or a cold bottled water, and candidates were off and running at the newspaper […]

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Car hits pedestrian near crosswalk

Witnesses on the street at 9:57 p.m. Oct. 12 called 911 after a car-pedestrian crash — injuring a 23-year-old Virginia woman — in the 900 block of Gulf Drive North in Bradenton Beach. The accident occurred when a green Nissan SUV, traveling southbound, struck Alexandra P. Matheny of Palmyra, Virginia, as she and her boyfriend […]

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Get the drawn butter ready, stone crab season is here

John Banyas, owner of the bayfront fish house at 4528 119th St. W. in Cortez, as well as Swordfish Grill restaurant and Cortez Bait and Seafood market on Cortez Road, celebrates the first delivery of stone crab claws to his docks. Banyas said: “It’s not what we wanted, but we got some,” adding the first pull will stock the fish market and restaurant for a day or two. Banyas has traps set in the Gulf between John’s Pass in Pinellas County and Venice. The price for medium-sized claws at the Cortez Market is expected to be about $17 per pound. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Anna Maria settles federal case with developer, avoids trial

The case between developer Shawn Kaleta and the city of Anna Maria is resolved — for now. Judge James D. Whittemore dismissed the case of Shawn Kaleta and Beach to Bay Construction LLC v. city of Anna Maria Oct. 11 in a document filed after the city’s notice of settlement in the U.S. District Court, […]

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Sea turtle season approaches the finish line

Another successful sea turtle season on Anna Maria Island is less than two weeks from ending. According to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, more than 25,000 hatchlings have emerged from nests on island beaches and trekked to the Gulf of Mexico. As season closes, the number of hatchlings has ebbed. All but […]

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Longboat Key man arrested for video voyeurism

More victims are expected in the case of a Longboat Key man accused of video voyeurism. Wayne Natt, 56, was arrested Sept. 29 after a Longboat Key police department investigation revealed at least one couple was videoed without permission in Natt’s rental unit at 623 Cedar Court. The videos were captured by cameras and microphones […]