Magistrate orders fine or compliance for tree house owners

Make no mistake, this is an expensive tree house. There appears to be no end in sight for property owners looking to keep their beachfront tree house in Holmes Beach. The Holmes Beach special magistrate for code enforcement issued a …

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Code enforcement inspects beaches for turtle safety

Code enforcement officers, assisted by volunteers from Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, took to the beach May 16. For four hours, the officers and volunteers combed the beaches in Holmes Beach and Anna Maria to determine if …

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Turtle watchers reach out, spread awareness

Amberly Waterman and son Sam, both Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteers, conduct a nest excavation in 2015. They clear the nest and count the number of eggs hatched. Islander Photo: Courtesy AMITW

Door hangers, stickers, bracelets and even temporary tattoos are making an appearance to protect sea turtles and shorebirds nesting on Anna Maria Island. Nesting season is underway and Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring is informing the public …

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BACVB sparks # boycott Bradenton

Hockey enthusiasts and die-hard Lightning fans Sean Murphy and Susan Timmins, owners of the Beach Bistro in Holmes Beach, display a Tampa Bay Lightning jersey in the bar. Islander Courtesy Photo

Don’t root against the home team. When the Tampa Bay Lightning faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins May 13 for the first game in the NHL Eastern conference finals in Pittsburgh, thousands of fans waved yellow “terrible towels” printed with …

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Island considers road-spy cameras

“The island is not utopia,” said Holmes Beach Commissioner Carol Soustek, advocating in favor of a license plate recognition camera system for Anna Maria Island. It amounts to a spy camera for law enforcement. During a May 18 meeting of …

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County, cities prepare for worst possible scenario

Representatives from Manatee County and its municipalities gather May 20 in the Emergency Operations Center of the Manatee County Public Safety Building, 2101 47th Terrace E., Bradenton, for an annual hurricane preparedness exercise. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

The scenario: Hurricane Kima, a Category 4 storm, is barreling toward the west coast of Florida. The hurricane is expected to hit Anna Maria Island with rain and 130-156 mph winds. The outcome: 33,772 displaced residents, zero hospital beds available, …

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Mediation ordered in fiery remodeling lawsuit

626 Key Royale Drive, red-tagged in January 2013, is the subject of two lawsuits in 12th Circuit Court. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Attorneys for Holmes Beach and 626 Key Royale Drive owners appear ready to rumble despite a court order to mediate. May 9 and May 12, 12th Circuit Judge Gilbert A. Smith Jr. ordered the city and owner Kathleen C. Morgan …

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Holmes Beach man sentenced to 13 months in prison

One year and one month in prison for wire fraud was metted May 16 to a Holmes Beach man. A U.S. District Court judge May 16 handed down the sentence to Walter Craig Bradley, 65, for operating a solar-panel scam …

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Longboat Key slapped with bridge lawsuit

A claim for repairs to the Longboat Pass Bridge after an October 2014 mishap has made it to the courthouse. Infrastructure Corporation of America — contracted by Florida Department of Transportation to maintain the bridge between Longboat Key and Bradenton …

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Holmes Beach woman sentenced for DUI

A Holmes Beach woman is serving 12 months probation after pleading no contest to driving under the influence. Twelfth Circuit Judge Mark Singer found Stephanie Schenk, 21, guilty in December 2015 of DUI and sentenced her to the probation and …

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