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Bradenton woman noticed for marijuana

Holmes Beach police pulled over a 28-year-old motorist for not wearing her safety belt and dark window tint and found marijuana and paraphernalia. Melanie Erickson of Bradenton was issued a notice to appear for possessing 4.9 grams of the drug …

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ITPO discusses future island bridge projects, funding

Vehicular traffic crosses the Anna Maria Island Bridge June 16 while marine traffic passes through the Intracostal Waterway. Islander Photo: Kristin Swain

Two major transportation projects — the Anna Maria Island and Cortez bridges — are moving forward, if at a snail’s pace. Tony Sherrard, representing the Florida Department of Transportation, gave a presentation on the two bridge projects to Island Transportation …

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1 of 2 Anna Maria races shapes up with new faces

Brian Seymour

Break out the red, white and blue. It’s election time! And two challengers have announced for city commission in Anna Maria. Anna Maria General Store owner Brian Seymour and planning and zoning board member David Youngs announced in the past …

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Hostage victim recants: ‘I did not feel threatened’

The alleged victim of an early morning May 31 hostage situation by her son is now rallying around him. Gerald Harles II, 30, was arrested by the Holmes Beach Police Department after more than 40 law enforcement officers from HBPD …

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Reward offered for pet rooster missing from Cortez

Jessica Barhitte’s pet rooster, Grumbles, a Crested Cream Legbar rooster, went missing June 12. Islander Courtesy Photo

It’s been a sad, frustrating and exhausting week for Grumbles’ keeper. The friendly rooster at Cortez’s Swordfish Grill & Tiki Bar — known to most everyone who’s patronized the restaurant in the past four years — went missing the afternoon …

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Summer reading on the move

Now that school is out, there’s more time for reading The Islander! Clockwise, from top left, Fiona McCarthy, Ewen Cloutier, Jack McCarthy and Kieran Cloutier, all students from Anna Maria Elementary — catch up on hometown news June 11, while …

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Rejected Anna Maria pier tenant insulted

The Anna Maria City Pier stands out in Tampa Bay like a jewel. Islander Photo: Jack Elka

Mario Schoenfelder, City Pier Restaurant owner and Anna Maria pier tenant, isn’t happy with the city decision May 26 to reject his proposal for funding and future lease terms for  the pier. “I do not accept false, untrue and insulting …

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TS Colin sends bands of high surf, wind, rain to AMI

Mauricio Gonzalez and his mother, Maria, huddle on the city pier with their three Chihuahuas. Their houseboat broke anchor June 6 during Tropical Storm Colin, hit the day dock and busted apart. Coast Guard-Cortez rescued the family from the water. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

“It was a big chain reaction. It was nobody’s fault,” said Charlie Woods, a live-aboard boater in the Bradenton Beach anchorage in Sarasota Bay. Tropical Storm Colin brewed into bursts of downpours and winds June 6, after a noontime high …

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Sea turtles take cue from Colin

A nest close to shore retains it markers during TS Colin June 7, alongside what remains of some beach gear. Islander Photo: AMITW

According to Suzi Fox, executive director of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, effects from Tropical Storm Colin mimicked Tropical Storm Debby from June 2012, as far as nesting damage. As Fox saw the storm develop on the …

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Budget talks begin in Bradenton Beach

Bradenton Beach city clerk Terri Sanclemente and city treasurer Shayne Thompson speak with city commissioners and the mayor June 7, during a round of budget talks at city hall. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

Can a price tag be placed on experience? Budget talks began June 7-9 in Bradenton Beach, with the city’s department heads presenting their wish lists. Out of the gate, city clerk Terri Sanclemente, building official Steve Gilbert and police chief …

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