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Jack Clarke has won the recall election

Jack Clarke has won the recall election in what is an unofficial count by the supervisor of elections. The count was 182 votes to remove the mayor, versus 174 to retain the mayor. The vote results in winner take all …

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Holmes Beach to spiff-up neglected veterans memorial

Those who were lost seem to have been forgotten. Outside Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, nestled between the entrance to the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park and a rusty bike rack, is a gray sign with black letters. …

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Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor seeks ‘pathway to healing and unity’

Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor Jack Clarke said from his office in city hall that Mayor Bill Shearon is “temperamentally unsuited for this job.” Islander Photo: Ed Scott

Jack Clarke has resigned from his office as commissioner and his position as vice mayor to run for mayor of Bradenton Beach effective with the May 19 election. He is running against Mayor Bill Shearon in the mayoral recall election. …

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Anna Maria combats parking pains with boots in the sand

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Got a parking ticket in Anna Maria? Just ignore it. For Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy, an answer like that is unacceptable. Murphy presented a plan for tougher enforcement of parking regulations to city commissioners at a special meeting and …

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AMI turtle talks move to Annie Silver

Check your watch. It’s turtle time. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring will hold its weekly Tuesday Turtle Talks at 11 a.m. beginning in June at the Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. The …

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AMI Moose renovation drags, taxes administrator

Ernie Casali, administrator of Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge No. 2188, looks over the newly constructed lodge, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach, April 29. A soft opening likely will held in June. Islander Photo: Ed Scott

Ernie Casali stood in a large unfinished room April 29 at the Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge No. 2188, pondering the construction project begun in 2014. These days the project is like an overweight tool belt, dragging Casali down. Part …

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Cast-n-Cage ordered from Bradenton Beach pier May 31

Cast-n-Cage owner Roland Pena poses in November 2014 with a new sign at the entrance to the restaurant. Islander File Photo

Bradenton Beach officials announced May 12 they gave Cast-n-Cage Restaurant owner Roland Pena through May 31 to vacate the Historic Bridge Street Pier. Twelfth Judicial Circuit Judge Doug Henderson ruled for the city May 7, evicting Pena for failure to …

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Cortez fishers clean up ‘Kitchen,’ net boatloads of trash

Courtney Ramsey, left front, and Capt. Thomas Reynolds approach the loading dock May 9 at Cortez Bait and Seafood, 4528 119th St., Cortez. They carry garbage collected from the shoreline and mangrove islands from “The Kitchen.” Islander Photos: Jennifer Glenfield

A bright pink roseate spoonbill flew overhead. Capt. Nate Meschelle, at the helm, turned to the boat of volunteers. “Hey, look! It’s a flamingo!” he said. The boat of locals erupted in laughter. Meschelle was one of a handful of …

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Trial postponed in Holmes Beach stabbing case

November is now on the calendar for the trial of a man accused of a 2014 stabbing in Holmes Beach. Andrew Helderman, 25, in Manatee County jail on $166,500 bond, is set to stand trial on counts of attempted murder, …

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Holmes Beach commission questions 1 pool per lot

It appears residents’ voices have been heard in Holmes Beach. Holmes Beach commissioners held a second reading May 12 of a moratorium that denies permits requesting more than one pool be built on one lot, and feedback from residents has …

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