Tag Archives: 11-27-2013

AM mayor halts park work, benefactors miffed

Creating a park in Anna Maria is no cakewalk. Just ask Gene Aubry, Rex Hagen or Mike Coleman. Holmes Beach resident Rex Hagen, who donated $50,000 last June toward creating a park in Anna Maria on the six vacant lots …

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No evidence of homicide in death of Sheena Morris

Kelly Osborn appeals to the public in September 2012 on Gulf Drive outside Bradenton Beach City Hall for help reopening the investigation of her daughter’s death. Islander File Photo

The five-year quest to decide whether a 22-year-old Tampa woman took her own life in a Bradenton Beach motel room or whether she was murdered has been put to rest. On Nov. 21, at around 4 p.m., Bradenton Beach Police …

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Critics: HB mayor propagandizes prior to municipal election

Propaganda is defined as “ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one’s cause or to damage an opposing cause; also, a public action having such an effect” in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Several people among the Holmes Beach electorate say …

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Top Anna Maria spender wins commission seat

Sometimes, spending money gets the job done. Carol Carter was elected to a seat on the Anna Maria City Commission Nov. 5. She also spent the most money on her campaign. Information available from the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections …

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Bradenton Beach officials take oath of office

Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore swears in Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon, who defeated incumbent John Shaughnessy Nov. 5.

It was standing room only at Bradenton Beach City Hall for the Nov. 18 swearing in ceremony of newly elected officials — primarily due to a decision to remove the chairs from the chambers prior to the ceremony. However, a …

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Jumper backs up Manatee Avenue traffic

A man who jumped off the Manatee Avenue Bridge the afternoon of Nov. 21 caused serious traffic delays. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report was not available as of Islander press time. The Holmes Beach Police Department provided assistance and, …

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Former HB man sentenced for federal fraud

Jason Syrek, a 40-year-old former Holmes Beach resident was sentenced Nov. 4 in U.S. District Court in Detroit to six years in a federal prison and ordered to pay $17.6 million in restitution for health care fraud and false tax …

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Holmes Beach commissioners return to the dais

Holmes Beach city clerk Stacey Johnston swears in the city’s charter review committee, David Cheshire, left, Travis Casper, Pam Leckie, James Plath and Bob Johnson.

Three Holmes Beach commissioners climbed back into the proverbial saddle Nov. 18, as swearing-in ceremonies took place at city hall following a Nov. 5 election that nearly saw a commissioner unseated and included a recount. That wasn’t the case, however, …

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Former island real estate agent arrested

Michael Carleton

A former Anna Maria Island vacation real estate agent was arrested Nov. 12 for operating without a real estate license. Michael Carleton, 61, was booked and held on $1,500 bond, but immediately posted bond and was released. Carleton was already …

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Tourist development tax skyrockets above annual record

Visitors continued to come to Anna Maria Island in September, usually the slowest month of the year for tourism. The number of visitors raised resort tax collections nearly 20 percent in September 2013 compared with the same month in 2012. Islander File Photo: Rick Catlin

Collections of the tax on accommodations have rocketed to more than 10 percent over the previous year’s record-setting pace in Manatee County. Manatee County Tourist Development Tax, often called the resort or bed tax, set a record of $8.993 million …

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