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Bradenton Beach deputy clerk resigns

Bradenton Beach deputy clerk Audra Lanzaro resigned June 22. In her resignation letter, Lanzaro said the environment at city hall made it difficult to continue her employment. She wrote that she made the decision to leave in the best interests …

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HB dismisses another building department employee

The city of Holmes Beach needs a new permits clerk in the building department. Robyn Kinkopf, first hired by the city in 2011, was let go at the end of the June 19 work day. In an email, Kinkopf expressed …

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Perico Island developer struck another blow, vows to pursue

Plans by developer Pat Neal of Neal Communities to build a family compound on the northwest corner of Perico Island suffered a seemingly fatal blow last week when Judge Bram Canter of the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings recommended that …

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MPO discusses drawbridges, island water-taxi

A woman rests June 26 on the northern jetty extending from the Lake LaVista inlet to Tampa Bay in Anna Maria. The jetties are being discussed as a potential dock site for a future Anna Maria taxi. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

Ask any islander, getting on and off the island can be a real pain during peak traffic. At the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting June 22 at the Holiday Inn, 8009 15th St. E., Sarasota, board members passed a resolution …

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Boat tagged for removal in Bradenton Beach anchorage

A derelict vessel twice tagged in June by Bradenton Beach Police Department sinks within the city’s 500-foot jurisdiction in Sarasota Bay. The 1987 Cabin Motor Boat is registered to a former resident of the anchorage. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

The allure of a seafaring life in the live-aboard community south of the Historic Bridge Street City Pier in Sarasota Bay is surely a mixed bag of troubles and pleasures. A derelict vessel — a 1987 Cabin Motor Boat belonging …

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Reporter travels to SF

  Participants in San Francisco’s Pride Parade carry an equality flag June 28 at Steuart and Market streets. The annual event came days after the U.S. Supreme Court made a landmark decision on marriage equality nationwide. Islander Photos: Jennifer Glenfield …

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Top Notch digital photo contest kicks off with July 15 cover

Boom! July 4 holiday memories could be yours with a cover photo in The Islander, and if you’ve got a great snapshot, the coveted spot could be yours. The Islander Top Notch digital photo contest will begin in the July …

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State appeals court upholds lower court decision, denies tree house

Richard Hazen and Lynn Tran discuss their case with their attorney, David Levin, at a Holmes Beach meeting in September 2013. Islander File Photo

An appellate court declined to hear the storybook case of the Holmes Beach owners who’ve fought for years to keep their Swiss Family Robinson-like tree house from the wrecking ball. With a request to the 2nd District Court of Appeals …

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Restaurant puts shorebirds over holiday profit

A black skimmer calls out from its beachfront nesting area June 18 on the north side of the Beachhouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. The location of the protected shorebirds’ nesting area necessitated a halt to the restaurant’s annual July 3 fireworks display. Islander Photos: Kristin Swain

The Beachhouse Restaurant canceled its July 3 fireworks display. The decision came June 15 after discussions between restaurant owner Ed Chiles, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director Suzi Fox, Bradenton Beach Mayor Jack Clarke and Manatee …

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Anna Maria park stagnates in indecision

A mockingbird sits June 17 in one of the live oak trees in Anna Maria City Pier Park, located on the corner of Pine Avenue and North Bay Boulevard. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

Sometimes history, like the valiant live oak, refuses to die. After the Anna Maria City Commission approved moving forward May 7 with plans to improve the Anna Maria City Pier Park at the corner of Pine Avenue and North Bay …

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