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Rainfall overwhelms Bradenton Beach stormwater drains

Storms Aug. 5-9 washed over Anna Maria Island. The volume of rain overpowered Bradenton Beach’s stormdrain system, filling drains and swales and leaving standing water in streets and yards. There was so much rainwater, the public works department brought in …

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1 derelict boat remains sunk in Sarasota Bay

Protruding from the waters of Sarasota Bay lies one final derelict vessel. It’s a single-mast sailboat that was sunk June 6, when the storms that came ashore from Tropical Storm Colin broke the boat’s anchor lines, sending it crashing into …

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Bradenton Beach hits into double play at courthouse

Two city of Bradenton Beach cases moving through the 12th Circuit Court rounded the bases Aug. 11. In one case, a city resident won the right to be heard by a special master and, in the other, Bradenton Beach Marine …

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They’re waiting to serve, while watching you on Pine Avenue

The new Anna Maria code enforcement office is equipped with cameras inside and outdoors (circled) for security purposes. Signs give notice of the surveillance cameras, one of them aimed at passersby on Pine Avenue. Islander Photos: Bianca Benedí

Does it feel like someone is watching you? For the past two months, as Anna Maria’s code enforcement employees stretched out in their new office space, there has been someone watching. Since opening in June, the department has operated in …

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BBPD arrest Seffner man in missing keys case

Joshua Vega, 28

A day at the beach it wasn’t for a Bradenton family. They turned their heads on Coquina Beach July 31 and their SUV keys and a cooler were gone from their blanket on the sand. Thirty minutes later, Manatee County …

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FDOT shares new Cortez Bridge options, seeks feedback

The Florida Department of Transportation wants community feedback on some new options for replacing the Cortez Bridge. The DOT hosted a public meeting Aug. 8 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach, drawing attendance from more than 300 people …

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Driver sentenced to DUI probation, $3K fine

A Bradenton Beach man pleaded no contest to driving under the influence and leaving a Bridge Street crash scene after hitting a parked car with his Porsche in February. Raymond St. Louis, 52, was adjudicated guilty on the DUI charge …

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Lucky dollar, lucky shot

Kathy Wolfe of Princeton, West Virginia, captured this image of her son, enthusiastic Ethan, 7, with a sand dollar discovered in the Gulf of Mexico while the family vacationed on Anna Maria Island. Ethan returned the find, and others, to …

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Man dives from bridge, dies trying to retrieve hat

Andy Lewis Milton Sr.

A 51-year-old man drowned after jumping from the Anna Maria Island Bridge at noon Aug. 10 to retrieve his hat. He had been bicycling east bound on Manatee Avenue, only about 50 feet from land, when apparently his hat flew …

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Calling all skywatchers

The 2016 Perseid meteor shower will appear to radiate out from the constellation Perseus as shown in this sky map from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. The Perseids will peak on Aug. 12, 2016. National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

The dark beaches of Anna Maria Island are the perfect place to view one of nature’s most spectacular free shows — the Perseid meteor showers. The 2016 version of this celestial spectacle will peak this week on Thursday and Friday, …

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