WMFR incumbents retain seats

West Manatee Fire Rescue’s commission will remain as-is — at least until 2018. At the close of candidate qualifying June 24, the incumbents, Commissioners Larry Jennis and Randy Cooper, were the only candidates who qualified for the Nov. 8 election. …

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Long Bar mitigation permit hearing dates set

A screen shot of an online petition shows more than 750 signatures opposing a mitigation bank at Long Bar Pointe proposed by developer Carlos Beruff, about 5 miles across Sarasota Bay from Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island.

The dispute over developer Carlos Beruff’s move to operate a mitigation bank adjacent to a mixed-use development on Sarasota Bay is in the hands of the Florida Department of Administrative Hearings. In a June 15 order, DOAH Administrative Law Judge …

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Visitors arrested at public beach

A closer look into a Mercury Cougar illegally parked at the Manatee Public Beach after hours ended with two arrests. Dylan Scott, 22, of Gibsonton, was arrested June 11 for allegedly stealing the car and Amber Claphan, 28, of Riverview, …

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Bradenton man arrested for burglaries, thefts, pawns

A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office investigation into a break-in at A.P. Bell Fish Co. in Cortez ended with a 30-year-old Bradenton man in custody. Brock Shepherd was arrested for allegedly burglarizing the fish house May 2 and stealing a safe …

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Bradenton Beach restaurant cancels fireworks show

Nesting shorebirds have again forced the cancellation of a planned July 3 fireworks show. The display, traditionally held on Independence Eve at the Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., was canceled due to a colony of protected shorebirds nesting …

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Holmes Beach magistrate to review tree house fine

The tree house owners will seek a reprieve from the fines imposed by the city of Holmes Beach. At 9 a.m. Friday, July 1, a Holmes Beach magistrate will hear a request from the owners to postpone $15,350 in fines …

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