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Bradenton man gets reduced charge, probation

A driving-under-the-influence charge was reduced for a 26-year-old Bradenton man who refused blood-alcohol tests. Shawn Culhane pleaded no contest April 8 after the state attorney reduced the charge to alcohol-related reckless driving. Twelfth Circuit Judge Charles Sniffin sentenced Culhane to …

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Phony money alert spreads to islands

A counterfeit pen may detect suspicious currency. A light amber mark indicates a valid $20 bill, but pre-marked bills fake bills are a new scam. Islander Graphic: Kathy Prucnell

Reports of counterfeit currency have surfaced. Harry’s Continental Kitchens, 525 St. Judes Drive, Longboat Key, got shortchanged April 7 by a fake $50 bill. Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key chambers of commerce have emailed members warnings about the recent …

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Holmes Beach ticketing takes a dive

Spring break ticketing in Holmes Beach declined this year — with 42 percent fewer parking violations. For March 5-April 10, the Holmes Beach Police Department reported 402 parking tickets, down from 764 tickets March 1-April 4 in 2015. There were …

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Bradenton Beach baitmonger arrested for indecent exposure

Police arrested a popular baitmonger for allegedly urinating off the same dock he sells bait from in Bradenton Beach. John C. Maguire III was arrested at 2:30 a.m. April 11 by Bradenton Beach Police Officer Eric Hill at the Historic …

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Wildlife Inc. rescues fawn

    Devon Straight of Wildlife Inc. holds a fawn April 13 after rescuing the deer in Sarasota. The fawn and its mother were near a construction site when the mother, scared off by a dog, abandoned the fawn. According …

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High bridge replacement plan spurs Save Anna Maria opposition

Environmental activists who advocated for seagrasses and fought against stormwater discharge in Anna Maria Sound when a new bridge was proposed in the 1990s are back in the ring for another round with the Florida Department of Transportation. Save Anna …

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Red tide remains in region

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report April 8 indicated a bloom of Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, persists between in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Pinellas and Lee counties. Karenia brevis was detected in background at background to …

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Anna Maria signs new attorney for federal lawsuit

The Anna Maria Commission April 7 voted unanimously to hire Orlando-based attorney William Lawton of the Dean, Ringers, Morgan and Lawton firm to represent the city in the federal case filed by Beach to Bay Construction LLC. City attorney Becky …

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DEP letter leaves Bradenton Beach opinions divided

Bradenton Beach Marina owner Allan Bazzy, standing reads from his phone April 6 concerning use of the day dock at the Historic Bridge Street Pier. YOLO Parasailing owner Ryan Davis, restaurateur John Horne and Mayor Bill Shearon also are pictured. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

The issue of the day dock must wait. A letter from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection was delivered March 31 to Bradenton Beach City Hall, but it wasn’t the letter the city awaited. Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale …

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Yet another BB clerk dismissed

The revolving door at Bradenton Beach City Hall has spit out another employee. The Islander learned at press time that Ariel Sloan, city clerk II, hired in January by city clerk Terri Sanclemente, was dismissed by Sanclemente April 8 — …

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