Tag Archives: 10-23-2013

Island homesteads in slow — not rapid — decline

Some island elected officials have expressed alarm that Anna Maria Island is losing permanent residents at a rapid rate. While the 2010 census reported a decline in the island’s permanent population, figures from the Manatee County Property Appraiser’s Office show …

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Bradenton Beach cell tower gets bad reception

Oct. 17 brought a packed house to the Bradenton Beach City Hall chambers for a public hearing on a permit for a cellular communications tower. Islander Photo: Mark Young

It was as close to standing room only as the Bradenton Beach City Hall chambers can get for an Oct. 18 public hearing on a proposed cellular communications tower. Public comment was unanimously opposed to both the construction of a …

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Bradenton Beach presses on in lawsuit defense

Bradenton Beach commissioners won’t be deterred. They are pressing on against a lawsuit filed in June 2012 to halt development on the beach across from city hall. The suit targets a joint development agreement between the city and Ed Chiles’ …

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MCAT: Island-mainland shuttle study underway

Bradenton Beach Scenic Waves Partnership Committee members, who met Oct. 7 for the first time since May, took advantage of having representatives present from the Florida Department of Transportation and Manatee County Transit Authority to discuss an islandwide concern: traffic …

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Contractor pleads not guilty in HB fraud case

A contractor has pleaded not guilty to a first-degree felony charge that he schemed to defraud Holmes Beach City government out of more than $50,000. Chris Richard Arnold, 61, of Bradenton, entered his plea at the Manatee Judicial Center in …

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BB man guilty of battery on police officer

A Bradenton Beach man has pleaded no contest to battery on a law enforcement officer. Zachary A. Gennell, 20, was placed on probation for a year and sentenced to 75 hours of service work, as well as ordered to take …

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Seffner man pleads no contest to theft

A Sefner man arrested in Holmes Beach in May and charged with theft has pleaded no contest. Karlos Macias, 28, represented by an assistant public defender, entered his plea Oct. 3 and was judged guilty. He was sentenced to 18 …

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Campaign calendar

A prior Popcorn and Politics draws a crowd to The Islander’s newspaper office for mingling, snacking and politicking. Islander File Photo

The Islander newspaper seeks to inform and entertain the electorate with another Popcorn and Politics forum featuring music, island candidates for office and other political personalities. Contested elections are taking place in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach for …

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FEMA eliminates some flood insurance discounts

A new Federal Emergency Management Agency base flood elevation map places the north end and the entire island in a special flood hazard area. Islander Photo: Jack Elka

Commercial and residential property owners on Anna Maria Island might want to check with an insurance agent to find out if or when flood insurance premiums might go up. The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Oct. 1 released a new …

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Holmes Beach officials heat up war of words

An inquiry into Holmes Beach Commissioner Marvin Grossman’s homesteaded status on real estate investments by fellow Commissioner David Zaccagnino last week launched a flurry of retaliatory remarks at an Oct. 10 work session. Letters admonishing Zaccagnino were read into the …

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