Volunteers flock to protect shorebirds

Robert and Joann Dye, along with daughter Noelle Kakascie, watch over the least terns and black skimmers nesting along the beach May 24 near the 26th Street beach access in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photos: Kristin Swain

Anna Maria Island’s nesting shorebirds had their own security force over Memorial Day weekend. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring combined forces with the Manatee County Audubon Society to keep nesting birds safe during the busy holiday weekend. …

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Voters turnout to oust mayor in Bradenton Beach

Bill Shearon has been recalled from the office of mayor in Bradenton Beach. Jack Clarke is mayor-elect. With balloting completed May 19 at Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., and vote by mail results tallied, the Manatee County …

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Burgers or bouillabaisse: What menu suits the pier by the Pines?

The Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach, rebuilt and reopened in March, will see restaurant tenant Cast-n-Cage evicted by May 31.

What type of restaurant would you like to see at the Historic Bridge Street Pier? Should the menu be gourmet or beachy? Will it offer chicken Marsala or chicken fingers? And to what degree should the Bradenton Beach Commission affect …

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No ‘call’ from mayor-elect to fill Ward 1 vacancy

During his first commission meeting May 21 as mayor-elect, Jack Clarke said he will nominate his successor for the Ward 1 commission seat without first advertising the position. The seat, he said, “is an appointment based on the nomination of …

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Island chamber hires new president ‘within’

Deborah Wing

The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce has tapped Deborah Wing to step up to president. Wing, who has served as vice president for the chamber for four years, was selected from a field of more than 60 applicants and …

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County action increases lifeguards

The tower overlook at Manatee County Beach will provide more coverage this summer following the county’s recent budget action. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

More eyes will be on beachgoers in the near future. A budget shift aimed at hiring three additional lifeguards for Coquina Gulfside Park and Manatee Public Beach was approved in May by the Manatee County Board of Commissioners. Manatee County …

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Manatee County practices for hurricane season

Don Hermey, chief of Manatee County Department of Public Safety Emergency Management, urges citizens and businesses during a mock press conference May 21 to register for CodeRed, a county-wide emergency alert system that sends warnings via email, text and voicemail to users. The press conference took place as a part of an annual hurricane disaster response exercise. Islander Photos: Kristin Swain

County leaders spring into action as “Hurricane Gibson” strikes Manatee County. The improvised Category 4 storm named Gibson, after the late Marion County Sheriff’s Office emergency management employee Brian Gibson, was a part of the county’s annual disaster response training …

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Seagrape trimmers appear to flaunt laws

Trimming seagrapes on public and private property in the 4300 block of Second Avenue in Holmes Beach leaves the landscape bare at the beach access. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

A wider lens on the seagrape tree-trimming that improved water views for a rental property a stone’s throw from Manatee Public Beach reveals a few previously unseen angles. The two men identified by Holmes Beach Police Department in connection with …

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Former Holmes Beach commissioner cleared of ethics violations

Former Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino steers his family in the 2014 Anna Maria Island Privateers July 4 Parade. Islander File Photo

A recent decision from the Florida Commission on Ethics has cleared former Holmes Beach Commissioner David Zaccagnino of alleged ethics violations. The FCE decided in a closed session April 17, released to the public April 22, that there was no …

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100 Club recognizes Bradenton Beach officer

Bradenton Beach Police Officer Mike Bazell shares his 2014 Manatee 100 Club certificate with BBPD Detective Sgt. Lenard Diaz. The two were among more than 100 attendees at the May 14 annual dinner at the Renaissance on 9th in Bradenton …

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