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Plan to oust BB mayor delayed

Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor Jack Clarke, left, seeks support from commissioners on his yet unnamed allegations of misconduct against Mayor Bill Shearon, right. Islander Photo: Ed Scott

Both sides scored minor victories Dec. 2 in the ongoing dispute over Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon’s conduct in office. Shearon gained the upper hand when Commissioner Ed Straight said he would not support Vice Mayor Jack Clarke’s motion to …

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Former Bradenton Beach clerk alleges discrimination

Relying on the city’s public records attorney, Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon won’t release a U.S. Equal Employment Commission notice of discrimination against the city.             Former city clerk Gia Lancaster, 47, filed a complaint of discrimination, and notice of …

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GPS burglar’s probation revoked

A 26-year-old Holmes Beach man spent 29 days in Manatee County jail for a GPS car burglary after his probation was revoked by the 12th Judicial Circuit Court. Judge Charles E. Roberts ordered Erik D. Hall to serve a 30-day …

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Stabbing suspect competent, denied bond reduction

Twelfth Judicial Circuit Judge John F. Lakin ruled a Holmes Beach stabbing suspect is competent to stand trial and his bond will not change. Andrew James Helderman, 24, allegedly stabbed his female roommate and fought off a male roommate at …

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Holmes Beach official fears influx of unlicensed rentals

There’s been a lot of talk about the “vacation problem” on the island, including one that doesn’t yet exist. In Holmes Beach, code enforcement officer David Forbes sent an email Nov. 24 to commissioners stating he began investigating listings on …

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Parking ban on Holmes Beach agenda

No parking signs in Holmes Beach may be more common, if the traffic committee succeeds in halting all parking on residential streets. Islander Photo: Jennifer Glenfield

Holmes Beach commissioners have a full agenda planned for their final work session of the year. The work load includes the traffic committee’s presentation of its plan to ban street and right-of-way parking in all residential neighborhoods in the city. …

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Shearon: Seeking to solve problems, not dictate

Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon works at his desk Nov. 26 at city hall. Islander Photo: Ed Scott

When Bill Shearon ran for mayor of Bradenton Beach a little more than a year ago, he knew conditions were not ideal at city hall. For starters, there was no city clerk and the deputy clerk was not fully trained …

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Comp plan may underlie BB mayor’s forced forfeiture

A political plan or an effort to protect the city? Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor Jack Clarke said he’s pursuing the ouster of Mayor Bill Shearon due to alleged mismanagement of city business. Shearon’s attorney, Ralf Brookes, says it’s more likely …

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Legal costs skyrocket in Bradenton Beach

Bradenton Beach city attorney Ricinda Perry is dismissed early by Mayor Bill Shearon from a city commission meeting Nov. 6 at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. . The mayor said the dismissal was to save on legal costs. Islander Photo: Kristin Swain

Attorney fees are riding a rocket in Bradenton Beach. And they can only go up with each additional lawsuit filed against the city and the ongoing forfeiture proposed by commissioners. Just over a month into the 2014-15 fiscal year, Bradenton …

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Another Bert Harris threat filed in Anna Maria

The owner of 205 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, has a lawsuit pending against the city for failure to issue a building permit. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Anna Maria has eight letters — the latest lodged Nov. 24 — from property owners threatening the city with Bert Harris property rights claims. Beach to Bay Investments Inc., the owner of property at 205 S. Bay Blvd., filed notice …

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