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Last-minute invite sparks city-PAR kerfuffle

A few feathers were ruffled last week by a last-minute invitation to a private gathering in Anna Maria. Pine Avenue Restoration’s Mike Coleman emailed Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn late Aug. 15, asking her to join representatives of PAR, which was …

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New turtle-friendly lights

A high-pressure sodium bulb was swapped for an LED bulb, and the fixtures were switched to shielded fixtures.

New lights lining coastal roadways could make all the difference for sea turtle disorientations. A combined effort between Florida Power and Light, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Florida Department of Transportation could make that happen. The three …

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State prosecutor determined to get sex crimes case to trial

Joseph Edmund Chiquet, who was arrested in July 2009 while residing in Bradenton Beach and charged with multiple counts of sex crimes involving a 15-year-old girl, has once again been declared competent to stand trial. A jury trial is slated …

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Cortez Bridge meeting set Aug. 28 in Holmes Beach

The Florida Department of Transportation will host an open house 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, to display information and take public comments on the future of the Cortez Bridge. …

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WMFR approaching $6 million budget

West Manatee Fire Rescue District commissioners held the first reading of the proposed 2014-15 budget Aug. 21. WMFR Chief Andy Price, who prepared the spending plan, proposed an operating budget of $5.9 million, with $4.96 million (84 percent) for wages …

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Anna Maria suggests pedestrians ‘Stop, Wait, Wave’

Rick Percycoe, left, and John Pouris of the Anna Maria public works department inspect the just-completed “Stop, Wait, Wave” stencil Aug. 12, a message to help pedestrians who use the crosswalk at Gulf Drive and Spring Avenue. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Pedestrians crossing Gulf Drive at Spring Avenue in Anna Maria are being greeted with a sign on the pavement on both sides of the crosswalk that says, “Stop, Wait, Wave.” Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn said the stencil idea is for …

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AMI turtle watch reaches peak of hatching season

Sea turtle nests on Anna Maria Island are in full hatching mode. “This week has been the busiest week so far. We’ve had over 30 nests hatch out,” said Suzi Fox, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive …

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Watch it grow!

  Work on the cell phone tower foundation in Bradenton Beach is ongoing Aug. 15. The tower will support carriers AT&T and Verizon. Islander Photo: Charmaine Engelsman

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Chappie Park dedication celebrates namesake, natural Florida

The city of Bradenton Beach feted its former commissioner and mayor, now Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie, center left with shovel, at the park named in his honor in October 2011, where plans are proceeding for an educational nature park. Islander Photo: Charmaine Engelsman

Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie has seen some changes in his community since he moved to Bradenton Beach more than 30 years ago. One welcome change is taking place on a little patch of beachfront where, thanks to Chappie and …

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Bradenton Beach pier startup celebrated

Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon, left, shakes hands with former Bradenton Beach Mayor John Shaughnessy at the closing of the Historic Bridge Street Pier for renovations. Attending the startup are Bradenton Beach Commissioner Jan Vosburgh, left, Police Chief Sam Speciale, public works director Tom Woodard and Commissioner Ed Straight. Islander Photo: Charmaine Engelsman

It was clear sailing for Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon and former Mayor John Shaughnessy Aug. 12 for the official kick off of renovations to the Historic Bridge Street Pier. Commissioners Jan Vosburgh and Ed Straight, Bradenton Beach Police Chief …

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