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Star-struck burglar heads back to jail

The Bradenton man charged with the 2015 burglary of a beachfront home he claimed to own with singer-songwriter Mariah Carey was ordered into custody by the 12th Circuit Court. Jason Lowell James, 37, was up for a competency review Sept. …

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Bradenton Beach renourishment project sees more delays

A chain-link fence blocks public access to the beach at 10th Street South, where a damaged erosion-control groin is closed to the public in Bradenton Beach. The fence, along with heavy equipment stored near the dunes, will remain until two damaged sections on the groin — one of three newly constructed groins — is replaced. Islander Photo: Kristin Swain

It’s become a running joke in Bradenton Beach to say the beach groins project is almost complete. For a while, it looked like the project to rebuild the three erosion-control groins at Cortez Beach between Sixth and 13th streets south …

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City hall toasts city clerk’s retirement

Former Anna Maria Mayors Sue Lynn, left, and Fran Barford, and present Mayor Dan Murphy attend the retirement celebration in chambers Sept. 22 in honor of city clerk Diane Percycoe, right, who is retiring at the end of the month …

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Tree house owners make new appeal

The tree house still stands at 29th Street in Holmes Beach despite being built in 2011 without permits and three years of litigation. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Tree house owners Lynn Tran and Richard Hazen have registered their newest appeal. Sarasota attorney David Levin set in motion Sept. 6 another round in the 2nd District Court of Appeal after losing a circuit court battle in July and …

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Key Royale residents want drainage issues addressed

Fran Derr, Key Royale resident and Key Royale Resident Owners Association board member, points to algae and tadpoles in stagnant water she says has been on Key Royale Drive near her home since Aug. 31. Story, page 2. Islander Photo: Kristin Swain

Some Key Royale residents are fed up with their poor stormwater drainage system and are seeking answers from Holmes Beach. Key Royale, a golf club community of 318 homes on an island in Holmes Beach, formerly known as School Key, …

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Long Bar Pointe reapplies for DEP mitigation bank permit

A new Long Bar Pointe mitigation bank map shows natural features, seagrass warning buoy locations and a 120-foot gap between the two bank properties. It also indicates new project boundaries, which exclude three 30-foot strips of land owned by Manatee Fruit Co. Islander Graphic: Courtesy DEP

It’s been a short reprieve for Sarasota Bay environmentalists. Long Bar Pointe LLLP has filed a second mitigation bank permit application with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on the heels of withdrawing its first plan. Both the DEP — …

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Fight breaks out at Bradenton Beach bar

After causing a ruckus Sept. 6 at a Bradenton Beach bar, a 31-year-old homeless man wound up punched in the face. Bradenton Beach police were dispatched at about 9:30 p.m. to the Sports Lounge, 118 Bridge St., to a report …

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Changes proposed for Holmes Beach VRO

A few small suggested changes may impact the Holmes Beach vacation rental ordinance in big ways. During a Sept. 13 work session, commissioners discussed amending the section of the ordinance governing violations and fines. It was decided to set a …

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Car burglar hits Bradenton Beach

Two car burglaries with similar damage and thefts were reported the same afternoon in the parking area at Cortez Beach. Windows of two parked vehicles were knocked out Sept. 9 at 500 Gulf Drive S. The first report came from …

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Pot smoker at pier arrested

Steve Carl, 33

A call came in to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office complaining of a man smoking pot and sleeping at the Anna Maria City Pier. Steve Carl, 33, listed as homeless from Venice, was arrested for possessing 10.9 grams of marijuana. …

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