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HB introduces certification process to VRO stakeholders

Holmes Beach code enforcement officer Nate Brown, left, and Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer, right, discuss how to stabilize a swinging sign during a Sept. 12 program for vacation rental stakeholders at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive. Islander Photos: Kristin Swain

Holmes Beach is putting its vacation rental ordinance into gear by introducing its certification plans. Representatives from the Holmes Beach Police Department and code enforcement hosted a meeting Sept. 12 at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive, to explain the city’s …

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Holmes Beach increases parking fines

Steeper fines are on the way for people who park illegally in Holmes Beach. Holmes Beach commissioners met Sept. 13 for a work session to discuss a recommendation from Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer to raise the fine for …

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HB passes first budget reading, 6 percent tax increase

Holmes Beach is one step closer to approving a tax increase and increased spending for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Commissioners voted unanimously Sept. 13 to approve a 6 percent tax increase for property owners beginning Oct. 1. “We sat and …

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Holmes Beach code officers help ensure sea turtle safety

Suzi Fox, left, executive director of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, works with Holmes Beach code enforcement officer Nate Brown on a sea turtle safety inspection Sept. 13 on the beachfront at Nautilus condominium, 7100 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Chris-Ann Silver Esformes

Sea turtle disorientations have been a problem in Holmes Beach this sea turtle nesting and hatchling season, prompting the city code enforcement team to work with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring to resolve the issues on the …

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Sex offender visits Anna Maria

A Sept. 14 Florida Department of Law Enforcement bulletin announced a sex offender registered a September visit to Anna Maria. A 48-year-old male offender listed his temporary address in the 700 block of North Shore Drive, according to the FDLE …

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Holmes Beach commission stalls formula businesses

A moratorium may temporarily stop formula businesses from entering Holmes Beach, if it passes a final reading and vote. Commissioners voted unanimously Sept. 13 to approve the first reading of a moratorium banning new formula businesses in the city for …

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Anna Maria develops plan for potential Bert Harris purchases

April 1 could long be remembered as an expensive day for the city of Anna Maria. Since that date, the city has been the target of Bert Harris claims — property owners looking to recoup lost value they claim resulted …

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Holmes Beach police arrest Bradenton man for DUI

Chandler M. Variot, 35

Holmes Beach police stopped an erratic driver on his way out of town and arrested him for driving under the influence. Chandler M. Variot, 35, of Bradenton, was stopped by Holmes Beach Police Officer Alan Bores at 1:14 a.m. Sept. …

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Burglary suspect turns himself in — without TVs

Michael P. Farmer

Holmes Beach police arrested a 40-year-old man who alerted police he’d stolen two television sets. Michael P. Farmer of Bradenton was arrested Sept. 11 after he allegedly confessed to stealing two 40-inch Westinghouse television sets from a residence he worked …

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Flag dedication provides time to remember

Jhakira Glover, a Manatee High School ROTC cadet raises the American flag Sept. 11 on the newly installed pole at the Historic Bridge Street Pier, 200 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. The cadets conducted a flag-raising ceremony, which also commemorated three Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism attacks. Islander Photo: Sandy Ambrogi

On a day with a sky as blue as the morning 15 years ago, the day of the Sept. 11 World Trade Center terrorist attack in New York City, dozens gathered at the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach …

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