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Anna Maria Oyster Bar to negotiate BB pier lease

The Anna Maria Oyster Bar is returning to its roots on Anna Maria Island. Bradenton Beach city commissioners July 23 selected Anna Maria Oyster Bar as the next restaurant concessionaire on the Historic Bridge Street Pier. AMOB was chosen over …

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Anna Maria mayor requests new judge in vacation rental case

The city of Anna Maria is asking 12th Circuit Judge John Lakin to step down from presiding over a vacation rental ordinance lawsuit. With a 4-1 vote July 23, commissioners tasked Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy with making the request. …

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Anna Maria Island property values continue rising

A view of Anna Maria Island from the south end in Bradenton Beach to the north tip of Anna Maria, including Holmes Beach, Cortez and Perico Island. Islander Photo: Jack Elka

Property valuations on Anna Maria Island show an islandwide increase from June 1 to July 1, following more research by the office of Manatee County Property Appraiser Charles E. Hackney. Hackney met his July 1 deadline to send the more …

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AMITW rescues green turtle hatchlings

Green sea turtle hatchlings make their way to the Gulf of Mexico July 21. Islander Photo: Kristin Swain

  Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteers and onlookers cheered July 21 as 67 green sea turtle hatchlings crawled to the Gulf of Mexico. The July 21 release was the second hatchling recovery and release for AMITW …

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Deadline looms for Bradenton Beach

Bradenton Beach city commissioners are in danger of missing an important deadline. Commissioners must send their proposed millage rate to Manatee County Property Appraiser Charles E. Hackney by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, however, no budget planning meeting has been …

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Towering over Bradenton Beach

  Workers from UCI Telecommunication Construction Services use a crane July 23 to replace shrouds on the cell tower that stands next to the Bradenton Beach public works facility. According to Brett Buggeln, chief operating officer of Tarpon Towers, work …

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Bradenton Beach resident files ethics complaint against mayor

A Bradenton Beach political activist has filed a Florida Commission on Ethics complaint against Mayor Jack Clarke. John Metz, a retired attorney and campaign supporter of former Mayor Bill Shearon, alleges Clarke on two occasions — first as vice mayor …

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Holmes Beach honors fallen military service members

  Holmes Beach City Hall flies the U. S. flag and Florida state flag at half-staff July 21-25 in honor of the four U. S. Marines and Navy sailor killed July 16 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Islander Photo: Kristin Swain

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Holmes Beach officials opt to increase taxes

Holmes Beach commissioners announced July 14 a likely tax increase for property owners for the 2015-16 fiscal year. City treasurer Lori Hill said July 22 that while taxes will increase, the increase might not be as bad as property owners …

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Sarasota man arrested for battery, knife threat

A Sarasota man allegedly battered a woman and threatened to kill them both with knives. Jason Ward Knipper, 45, was arrested for battery and aggravated assault July 15 by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office on a woman’s sworn affidavit. Knipper …

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