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Wildlife investigation turns up ‘person of interest’

A black skimmer chick issues a warning to stay away from the shoreline nesting area where three chicks were killed and turtle nests were damaged June 27 in a rampage on an ATV on the beachfront in Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced “a person of interest” in the search for the people responsible for killing three shorebirds and ransacking five sea turtle nests on Anna Maria Island in June. Public information director Gary Morse …

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Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation issued these alerts for motorists driving in the area:         • SR 789/Gulf Drive from SR 684/Cortez Road West northbound to SR 64/Manatee Avenue West: Various locations will close 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Friday, …

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WMFR commissioners talk money

Money talks dominated the Aug. 13 West Manatee Fire Rescue commission meeting. WMFR Chief Tom Sousa kicked things off with a short discussion of the proposed budget for fiscal year 2015-16, which begins Oct. 1. Sousa estimates a $36,000 increase …

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Sea turtle hatchlings face rain-out, flooding problems

A marine turtle hatchling leaves tiny tracks in the sand Aug. 3 as it makes its way into the Gulf of Mexico.

Days of rain did more than flood island streets — it washed out some turtle nests. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring estimates that the markers for at least 48 nests were lost in recent rains, according to …

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First Anna Maria budget workshop postponed

  Anna Maria Mayor Dan Murphy rescheduled a public workshop for the city’s 2015-16 budget to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive. The meeting was originally scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, but Murphy …

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Anna Maria discusses impact fees — again

It’s a discussion that rears its head every few years: Should the city of Anna Maria charge impact fees for new buildings? And if so, does the cost justify the return? The Anna Maria City Commission began discussing impact fees …

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Bradenton Beach budget discussion set

The Bradenton Beach City Commission was expected to meet for a budget workshop Aug. 11, after press time for the Aug. 12 issue of The Islander. The commission’s first public hearing to review the 2015-16 fiscal year budget is set …

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Proposed Bradenton Beach raises prompt dispute

The Bradenton Beach City Commission scheduled a budget workshop for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, and its first public budget hearing for 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at city hall. Department heads and Mayor Jack Clarke have met at least …

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Bridge Street develops into transportation lab

Drew Liftin, a staff member at Blue Marlin restaurant, 121 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, takes the wheel Aug. 6 of the Blue Marlin golf cart, used to transport customers between the restaurant and available offsite parking. Islander Photo: Ed Scott

How is Anna Maria Island like New York City? The answer, John Horne said, is that like Manhattan, Anna Maria Island thrives when people use public transportation to get to the island and move around. With a fare-free trolley and …

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Bradenton man gets probation after guilty plea to DUI

A motorist whose blood alcohol content registered nearly three times the legal limit after he crashed in Cortez pleaded guilty to driving while impaired and without a license. In June, 12th Circuit Judge George K. Brown sentenced Glen Finken of …

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