Beach parking, late rent lead Bradenton Beach discussion

Bradenton Beach Commissioner Janie Robertson discusses complications associated with amending the city’s comprehensive plan Nov. 20. Islander Photo: Kristin Swain

Parking west of Gulf Drive became a hot topic in Bradenton Beach. And late rent payments from the city pier restaurant operator also raised concerns. Roland and Tammy Pena, owners of the Historic Bridge Street Pier concessions, appeared before the …

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Going, going … Thanksgiving vacations selling fast

Steve Simpson, left, a volunteer at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, discusses accommodation choices, places to visit and restaurants with Ron and Pat Beck of Indiana on their visit to the chamber. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president Mary Ann Brockman was a bit startled when the Nov. 10 workday began. “We usually get calls about an accommodation for Thanksgiving week right about now,” she said. “Instead, we were flooded that …

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Bradenton Beach moves up mayor’s forfeiture

Liken Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon to the Thanksgiving turkey staring at the chopping block. Shearon’s days at city hall could be numbered. Or not. During a recent interview with The Islander, Shearon said he is prepared to fight for …

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New Anna Maria mayor rolls up sleeves

Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy is sworn into office Nov. 20 by city clerk Diane Percycoe. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Newly elected Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy wasted no time after the Nov. 4 election. He rolled up his sleeves and lived up to his campaign promises to have programs in place immediately and get the city moving toward solutions. …

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Bradenton Beach commissioners renew oath of office

Acting city clerk Terri Sanclemente prompts Commissioner Jan Vosburgh to recite the oath of office.

Bradenton Beach Commissioners Ed Straight and Jan Vosburgh are on the dais for two more years. Both commissioners were re-elected Nov. 4, Vosburgh won the vote over challenger Tjet Martin, and Straight, lacking an opponent on the ballot, was automatically …

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Pill doctor sentenced to 3 years probation

After pleading guilty to a class-C felony offense, a 79-year-old Anna Maria resident was sentenced to three years of probation for illegally dispensing oxycodone from a Bradenton clinic. Senior U.S. District Judge James S. Moody Jr. also sentenced John Allen …

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Car thief sentenced to county jail

A homeless man from Illinois arrested for stealing a car with the keys in it was sentenced to one day less than one year after changing his plea. Represented by Assistant Public Defender Kristine Koo, David Allan Sweeney, 46, pleaded …

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Appeal taken from beach altercation case

A homeless man found guilty for wielding a knife and making threats on Bridge Street is appealing his conviction. Earlier this fall, a jury found Terry W. Walker, 54, guilty on a charge of aggravated assault for threatening an employee …

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Neal-owned Perico Island permit protest gains ground

It’s two steps forward and one step back for development on Perico Island. Three petitions have been accepted to review a permit issued by the Southwest Florida Water Management District for development on Perico Island. The petitions filed with the …

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3 homes robbed in 2 island cities

Two armed robberies involving three people and three cities ended in the detention of a get-away vehicle — and a continuing investigation. A resident of a Perico Island apartment complex was robbed at gunpoint in a parking lot at 9:35 …

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