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Commissioners push to buy in Bert Harris claim

Anna Maria commissioners voted Nov. 30 to emphasize an offer to purchase property that is the subject of a Bert Harris claim. A claim filed May 23 by John Lynch alleges the undeveloped lot lost $340,000 in value after occupancy restrictions prevented him from developing the property into a four-bedroom rental home with a 12-person […]

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Anna Maria mayor rekindles negotiations on city pier lease

Anna Mayor Dan Murphy announced at a Nov. 30 city commission meeting that he will pursue solutions for funding needed repairs to the Historic Anna Maria City Pier with the leaseholder, Mario Schoenfelder. “He is more than willing to reopen our discussions and fact-finding and to let the past be the past and see what […]

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Protester aims to join — or halt — Christmas parade

The Anna Maria Island Privateers’ Christmas Parade has a challenger. Former Privateers member Rick Maddox has filed a petition with the city of Anna Maria against the special event permit issued to the Privateers for the Dec. 10 parade. The parade is permitted in the three island cities, but apparently only Anna Maria has a […]

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Vacant BB Ward 2 seat victim of city division

Nothing is guaranteed in government, right? So when Bradenton Beach Commissioner Ed Straight decided to roll the dice and make a bid for a fourth term in office — hoping the electorate would eliminate term limits in the primary election in September — Straight soon found himself limited to the three terms he had served. […]

Community center receives 2016 audit

Despite a relatively positive audit, the Center of Anna Maria Island reported an increasing difference between the budgeted and actual income for this fiscal year at a board meeting Nov. 28, with actual income failing to meet expectations. During the meeting, center board members reviewed an audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. […]

Holmes Beach drunken driver sentenced to work program

A Holmes Beach man caught drunken driving has been ordered to spend 25 days in a work program. Jason Benn, 40, pleaded no contest Nov. 21 to driving under the influence with a prior conviction. A 12th Circuit judge found Benn guilty and sentenced him to 12 months of probation. Judge Charles Sniffin suspended Benn’s […]

State declines to file DUI charge in traffic fatality

The 12th Circuit State Attorney’s office dropped the case against a Bradenton man arrested for driving under the influence after a crash with a bicyclist. The bicyclist, Daniel Lord, 67, of Cortez, died from injuries sustained in the crash. Assistant State Attorney William Moran filed a memorandum Sept. 12 that stated, “According to a witness […]

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Guilty of sexual battery, man faces new federal charge

Manatee County court proceedings surrounding the brutal attack of a woman more than a year ago ended Nov. 15 with the sentencing of Peter Fossett to one day less than 26 years in prison. However, Fossett’s days before a tribunal are not over. He also faces up to 10 years in federal prison for violations […]

Bradenton man gets 6 months for 4th DUI

A Bradenton man arrested for drunken driving in Holmes Beach was sentenced to six months in jail. Douglas Pupek, 52, pleaded no contest Nov. 16 to a charge of driving under the influence with four or more prior convictions. He also pleaded no contest to possessing less than 20 grams of marijuana, obtaining food with […]