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Fireworks safety foremost on 4th

The Fourth of July — it’s happily celebrated with bangs, booms and ahhhs across the nation on blankets, at beaches, as part of festivals, in parks and neighborhoods. Anna Maria Island, too, has shown off its pearl-white sand and stars …

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AMITW turtle makes her way back to the Gulf

Amie the sea turtle makes her crawl toward the Gulf of Mexico between rows of onlookers on Coquina Beach June 23, after being outfitted with a satellite-tracking device. Islander Photos: Kristin Swain

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring tagged a loggerhead sea turtle with a satellite-tracking device and sent her back to the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The nesting sea turtle, named Amie for AMITW’s partner, Anna Maria …

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Police search for shorebird, sea turtle vandals

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteer Glenn Wiseman holds an injured black skimmer chick June 28. It was hit by a vehicle on the beach. Islander Photos: Kristin Swain

Island law enforcement officers are looking for two people who June 27 vandalized a shorebird nesting area and five sea turtle nests. The vandals drove over five marked sea turtle nests, breaking stakes and possibly destroying sea turtle eggs. They …

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Prospective concessionaires tour Bradenton Beach pier

Bradenton Beach Mayor Jack Clarke talks June 25 with sushi chef Phon Sourivongs during an open conference at the now vacant Historic Bridge Street Pier restaurant, 200 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Officials answered questions of prospective bidders as they looked over the space. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

Location. Location. Location. It’s one of the key ingredients to making a business successful. Some restaurateurs saw firsthand a prime location June 25 in Bradenton Beach to fulfill their restaurant dreams. City officials hosted a walk-through of the now vacant …

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Contractor sentenced to jail, restitution hearing continued

Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer watches Chris Arnold’s June 25 sentencing hearing. In the background, former Holmes Beach public works superintendent Joe Duennes waits to testify.

A Bradenton contractor was sentenced to 364 days in jail — to be followed by 14 years probation — for taking money from the city of Holmes Beach for work he did not perform. Twelfth Circuit Judge Deno Economou found …

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Art gallery window crasher gets off

A new window at the Artists’ Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

A Bradenton man who drove an SUV through a Holmes Beach art gallery window will pay court costs for leaving the scene of accident after a February crash at the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island’s Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina …

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Man pleads to drug charges, sentenced to county jail

A Bradenton man originally charged with intent to sell marijuana pleaded no contest to the lesser charge of possession. Twelfth Circuit Judge Diana Moreland found Joseph Robert Flinn of Bradenton guilty June 25 and sentenced him to 360 days in …

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Tree house owners pursue court opinion

The beachfront tree house at 103 29th St. in Holmes Beach, constructed in 2011, stands today — the subject of several court cases, including one before the 2nd District Court of Appeal. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

The tree house in Holmes Beach lives for another day in the 2nd District Court of Appeal. A motion e-filed June 24 by the tree house owners’ attorney, David Levin of Sarasota, seeks the issuance of a written opinion and …

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Suspect in luring children re-arrested for drug possession

An Ellenton man arrested for attempting to lure children into his car in Holmes Beach was re-arrested June 18 while in the Manatee County jail. A warrant for his arrest on one count of possessing a controlled substance was served …

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Clerks clear up misunderstanding, commissioner apologizes

Bradenton Beach Commissioner Janie Robertson admits she erred last week when she made a claim that newly appointed Bradenton Beach city clerk Terri Sanclemente was fired from her city job in 2012. Robertson’s claim came after Mayor Jack Clarke promoted …

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