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HB commission to discuss chain stores

There’s no time for doughnuts in Holmes Beach. And forget the 31 flavors of ice cream offered. Commissioners plan May 26 to discuss regulating chain stores and franchise businesses to protect local merchants. The agenda for a May 26 work …

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Trio of FISH, Waterkeeper, McClash challenge Long Bar permit

Former Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash points to a map in his office while he talks about area development. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

The line in the sand for those opposing the Long Bar Pointe mitigation bank is being drawn to protect mangroves and seagrasses. The 262-acre bank could someday become part of a mixed-use development — 3,200 homes and 78,000 square-feet commercial …

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Wedding show to premier in Cortez

The Anna Maria Island Love Wedding Show will showcase the best of what the Anna Maria Island wedding industry has to offer local and destination brides in an intimate setting, according to the organizer, Karen Riley-Love. Islander Photo: Courtesy Memories by Billi

Event organizer Karen Riley-Love vows the Anna Maria Island Love Wedding Show will be a unique experience. The show will be held 1-4 p.m., Sunday, June 26, in the Neptune Room at the Seafood Shack Marina, Bar and Grill, 4110 …

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Manatee beach pier pondered, studied

The sun sets on the Manatee Public Beach Pier, deemed unsafe and removed from the beach in 2010. Islander File Photo: Lisa Neff

Gone but not forgotten. A Manatee Public Beach Pier has been gone for years, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone for good. According to Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources director Charlie Hunsicker, the pier can be replaced, but it …

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Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation issued the following alert for the area: • SR 684 at the Cortez Drawbridge: Crews are working on the bridge. Motorists should expect nighttime/overnight east and westbound lane closures 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday, May 31-June …

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Locals upset by plans for chain doughnut-ice cream store

“I think if they allow this to come in, it will end the island as we know it,” said Chet Zarzycki, owner of Holy Cow Ice Cream, 3234 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Zarzycki responded to the news a Dunkin’ …

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Holmes Beach pumps hit 3 times by skimmers

A suspect in the Holmes Beach Citgo skimmer fraud, approximately 20-25 years old. Islander Photo: Courtesy HBPD

Three credit card readers — devices installed by cyberspace criminals looking to steal personal information — were found last week at a Holmes Beach gas station. Holmes Beach Police Department Detective Sgt. Brian Hall reported finding three illegal credit card …

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Red tide remains

The Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists along Manatee, Pinellas, Sarasota and Charlotte counties in Southwest Florida. K. brevis was observed at background to very low concentrations in Manatee; background to very low concentrations in Pinellas; background to low …

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AM city pier tenant proposes funding

Fishers and visitors May 10 at the Anna Maria City Pier. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

The Anna Maria City Pier tenant is changing his tune. City Pier Restaurant owner Mario Schoenfelder previously told the city he had no intention of helping with rehabilitation work on the city pier. Now he’s offering to chip in. On …

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AM parking rules: Good, bad, somewhere in between?

A sign on Gulf Drive notifies motorists driving into Anna Maria May 5 of one of the city’s parking regulations. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

Parking is a big concern in Anna Maria. When Mayor Dan Murphy was elected in November 2014, he said he would do everything he could to make sure the city does not resort to permit parking to solve its problems. …

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