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Holmes Beach forges formula business ban

Holmes Beach commissioners are putting a stop to future formula businesses in the city — temporarily. Commissioners agreed to move a moratorium ordinance to first reading that bans formula or chain businesses from establishing in Holmes Beach. The moratorium, if …

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Debate over chain store invasion continues

Anna Maria Island Centre.

Morning after morning, small-business owners in the Anna Maria Island Centre shopping plaza on East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach unlock their doors and start another workday. Most owners of the shops in the Benderson plaza depend on their businesses …

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Strike 3 on BB moratorium

Commissioners didn’t necessarily strike down the idea of a building moratorium in Bradenton Beach June 16, but they decided with a 4-1 vote to withhold action. No action by the commission puts the moratorium in the hands of voters Nov. …

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Sex offender visits Anna Maria

A 61-year-old sex offender is residing temporarily in the 800 block of North Shore Drive in Anna Maria, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced in a June 11 news release. The FDLE reported the male offender was convicted in …

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Drawn out Holmes Beach v. contractor restitution hearing ends

Former Holmes Beach building inspector Bob Shaffer, right, testifies at former city contractor Chris Arnold’s June 17 restitution hearing before Judge Deno Economou as Arnold watches at the Manatee County Courthouse. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Chris Arnold of Bradenton left the courthouse June 17 a free man, but a decision on what he’ll pay the city of Holmes Beach awaits another day. Twelfth Circuit Judge Deno Economou is expected to decide what the former city …

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Qualifying opens for 3 
Holmes Beach seats

When qualifying week opened June 20, three Holmes Beach incumbents had declared their candidacy. Holmes Beach residents who want to run for mayor or city commission can qualify for the Nov. 8 election until noon Friday, June 24. Mayor Bob …

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Man sentenced to time served

A former Bradenton Beach man was sentenced to jail time served after the 12th Circuit State Attorney amended its case to correct the type of drug he was found possessing. Harry M. Holmes, 32, pleaded no contest June 9 to …

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Woman pleads no contest to DUI

A 32-year-old former Bradenton Beach woman arrested by the Manatee County Sheriff Office for driving under the influence pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 12 months probation. Rachel Knipfer, now of Bradenton, was arrested in December 2015 after an …

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Anna Maria continues Bert Harris battles

The Bert Harris claims in Anna Maria resemble a house of cards. If the city of Anna Maria loses one claim, the rest could tumble. The city faces 45 claims totaling $12,644,000. With their precarious position in mind, city officials …

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Cortez Bridge crasher gets probation

A 27-year-old Clermont man was sentenced to 12 months probation for driving impaired after the state attorney dropped charges of leaving the scene of an accident. Christopher Jack Nicholson was arrested in August 2015 for driving under the influence after …

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