Bradenton woman sentenced for DUI

A 12th Circuit judge sentenced a Bradenton woman to 12 months probation for driving under the influence. Kristen McVey, 21, pleaded no contest May 10 and was found guilty of DUI. Twelfth Circuit Judge Douglas Henderson sentenced McVey to probation …

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HB commission to discuss chain stores

There’s no time for doughnuts in Holmes Beach. And forget the 31 flavors of ice cream offered. Commissioners plan May 26 to discuss regulating chain stores and franchise businesses to protect local merchants. The agenda for a May 26 work …

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Trio of FISH, Waterkeeper, McClash challenge Long Bar permit

Former Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash points to a map in his office while he talks about area development. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

The line in the sand for those opposing the Long Bar Pointe mitigation bank is being drawn to protect mangroves and seagrasses. The 262-acre bank could someday become part of a mixed-use development — 3,200 homes and 78,000 square-feet commercial …

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Wedding show to premier in Cortez

The Anna Maria Island Love Wedding Show will showcase the best of what the Anna Maria Island wedding industry has to offer local and destination brides in an intimate setting, according to the organizer, Karen Riley-Love. Islander Photo: Courtesy Memories by Billi

Event organizer Karen Riley-Love vows the Anna Maria Island Love Wedding Show will be a unique experience. The show will be held 1-4 p.m., Sunday, June 26, in the Neptune Room at the Seafood Shack Marina, Bar and Grill, 4110 …

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Manatee beach pier pondered, studied

The sun sets on the Manatee Public Beach Pier, deemed unsafe and removed from the beach in 2010. Islander File Photo: Lisa Neff

Gone but not forgotten. A Manatee Public Beach Pier has been gone for years, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone for good. According to Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources director Charlie Hunsicker, the pier can be replaced, but it …

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Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation issued the following alert for the area: • SR 684 at the Cortez Drawbridge: Crews are working on the bridge. Motorists should expect nighttime/overnight east and westbound lane closures 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday, May 31-June …

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