Tag Archives: 07-30-2014

Summer storms: natural peril for sea turtles, shorebirds

Summertime in Florida means the occasional shower pouring from the sky on and off, like the shower faucet at home. As people head indoors to avoid the downpour, nesting shorebirds are left exposed to the elements and sea turtle nests …

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Holmes Beach building official resigns ‘under duress’

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Holmes Beach superintendent of public works Tom O’Brien has resigned following an absence related to health problems and poor job performance reviews. O’Brien’s signed confirmation letter of July 15 stated: “I find that the tasks assigned to me as building …

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Long-awaited Bradenton Beach pier work to start

A “Do Not Enter” sign at the Bradenton Beach Historic Bridge Street Pier, was posted following damage by Tropical Storm Debby in July 2012. Renovation work is expected to begin Aug. 11. Islander File Photo

Long-awaited repairs to the Historic Bridge Street Pier are slated to begin in less than two weeks. A portion of the pier has been closed to the public since storm damage occurred in July 2012, but it should finally reopen …

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Anna Maria cancels budget meeting

At their July 24 meeting, Anna Maria commissioners set the tentative millage rate for fiscal year 2014-15 at 2.05 mills, and scheduled the first public hearing on the budget for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Anna Maria City Hall, …

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Bradenton Beach faces $400K-plus shortfall in budget plan

Bradenton Beach officials are scratching their heads over a projected $441,458 budget shortfall. At the July 22 city meeting, city treasurer Sheila Dalton presented the commission with a 2014-15 budget of $3.254,005, using the current millage rate of 2.3329. The …

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Holmes Beach wants to spend more, plans tax increase

Holmes Beach elected officials discussed ways for the city to get its cake and eat it, too, during the July 22 budget discussions. “When we started the budget process, we were about $350,000 over budget. We had to cut to …

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HB traffic committee seeks parking relief on some streets

Parked cars line the street near a beach access in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Courtesy Jaynie Christenson

The Holmes Beach Traffic Committee is proposing a plan to give relief from street parking to some homeowners near the beach. The committee claims it has discovered areas for public parking that haven’t been accounted for in the past in …

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MCSO detectives on hold for homicide

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives are waiting for the autopsy report on the July 16 death of Pamela Doster, 45, of Land O’Lakes. The case is a “possible homicide,” MCSO Detective John Kenney said. Doster died at Blake Medical …

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Elderly Holmes Beach woman thwarts burglary

An 80-year-old Holmes Beach woman scared off thieves attempting to burglarize her home July 16 by threatening them with a gun. Around 10 p.m., the woman reported hearing a loud crash and voices coming from a doorway on the lower …

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2 arrested after public sex display at beach

Two people were arrested July 20 after they allegedly engaged in sex on the beach — in daylight and in full view of a number of families with children. Jose “Benny” Caballero, 39, and Elissa Alvarez, 20, both of Bradenton, …

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