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Anna Maria forges rental regs, grandfather provision

Sarasota attorney David Levin, center, explains to Anna Maria commissioners at their Dec. 11 meeting how he arrived at his opinion that the city’s 1996 residential zoning ordinance prohibits vacation rentals. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Grandfather’s clock is ticking in Anna Maria. Fresh with an opinion from Sarasota attorney David Levin that the city’s 1996 residential zoning ordinance prohibits vacation rentals built after that year, commissioners elected for a kinder, gentler approach. At their Dec. …

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High-tech groins planned for beach

Ready, set, replace Christina Zahnd and Willi Loehle of Zurich, Switzerland, visit Cortez Beach Dec. 10. This groin and two others at the beach will be demolished and replaced in 2015. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

It’s been so long since the groins at Cortez Beach in Bradenton Beach — sometimes called “Three Piers” — were constructed, nobody is exactly sure of the date. The best guess Manatee County parks and natural resources director Charlie Hunsicker …

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Sex offender visits Bradenton Beach

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement website reported a convicted sex offender moved temporarily to a Bradenton Beach apartment Dec. 10. The 56-year-old man reported a temporary address in the 100 block of Ninth Street North, the FDLE reported. According …

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2 judges recused from citizens v. Bradenton Beach case

Two judges are pushing away from the bench, saying relationships with a restaurateur prevent them from hearing a case. Twelfth Circuit Judges Janette Dunnigan and Gilbert Smith Jr. recused themselves from a 2012 lawsuit against the city of Bradenton Beach …

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Forfeiture delayed, recall underway

A former Bradenton Beach city commissioner has formed a political committee with the goal to get petition signatures needed to recall embattled Mayor Bill Shearon from office. The documents arrived Dec. 12 to the city clerk’s office, naming Pete Barreda, …

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Prosecutor: Avalos’ homicide charges under review

The prosecutor assigned to the Dec. 4 Bradenton triple homicide is expected to decide the week of Dec. 15 on charges the state will bring against confessed murderer Andres “Andy” Avalos. Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court Assistant State Attorney Art Brown …

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Charge against former city clerk reduced

The charge against a former city clerk in Bradenton Beach is changing. Initially arrested for battery to a police officer, Gia Lancaster is now facing a charge of opposing an officer in connection with her Oct. 21 arrest. Assistant State …

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Holiday prize-winner

  Pat Mitchell, center, brought her gang of girls, some her family and some from Anna Maria Elementary School, where she volunteers, to claim her prize from The Islander in the Holmes Beach Holiday Open House. Mitchell entered the free …

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Holmes Beach human resource position flies under radar

The passage of the Holmes Beach charter amendment creating a human resource analyst as a charter position may have unwittingly been filled without fair opportunity. Mary Buonagura holds the title, but the path that landed her there may have been …

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Holmes Beach permit-parking plan steered to commission

Holmes Beach Commission Chair Judy Titsworth says there’s just one word to sum up the parking situation in residential neighborhoods: Sad. “Never did I think in my 50 years living here we’d need permit parking, but it’s changed. I understand …

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