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Burglar hits Cortez dive shop, then gives himself up

Troy Sorenson, owner of Dive Florida, 8803 Cortez Road, Bradenton, stands at the front counter of his shop Nov. 14 after recovering most of the dive equipment stolen in a burglary three days earlier. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

A Bradenton man caught on camera taking equipment from a Cortez dive shop early Nov. 11 turned himself in to police two days later. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office released a statement Nov. 14 that Richard J. Morris, 29, confessed …

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Builder arrested for battery, cocaine

A well-known Anna Maria Island builder was arrested Nov. 13 and faces charges of domestic battery, possessing cocaine and bringing the drug into the Manatee County jail. Richard Scott Eason, 29, of Holmes Beach, was arrested after an alleged altercation …

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The fish that got away

The fish that got away in Cortez was carried out of a walk-in freezer. The Manatee County Sheriffs’ Office reported $1,100 worth of stone crab claws and grouper was stolen from the A. P. Bell Fish Co., 4539 124th St. …

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Eyes on the road

Look for traffic — especially island-bound traffic on Manatee Avenue and Cortez Road — to get heavier Nov. 22, the start of check-in days for many who plan to celebrate Thanksgiving on Anna Maria Island and stay the week. In …

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Sex offender vacations in Bradenton Beach

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement reported that a convicted sex offender from Osceola County near Orlando temporarily moved to Bradenton Beach Nov. 7. The 66-year-old man listed his address in the 200 block of Gulf Drive South — a …

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Taps played at The Islander’s annual tribute to veterans

Taps played at The Islander’s annual tribute to veterans from Jennifer Glenfield on Vimeo.

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Cortesians ‘Get Crabby” at fest

  Tim Johnson, Lee Coarsey, Alice Lovett, Marty Lee and Travis Johnson, members of Fishing for Freedom’s Manatee chapter, an organization representing commercial fishers, Nov. 9 sell Cortez hot dogs, which are smoked mullet in a hot dog bun, at …

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Spin the event wheel on the Anna Maria Island

  Cultural Connections celebrated artsHOP with gallery, boutique and restaurant open houses Nov. 7 in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach. Islander Photos: Joan Voyles     The symphony performed in the rain Nov. 8 at Coquina Beach. Other events were …

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High court justices question grouper, Sarbanes-Oxley link

Grouper was served with a side dish of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 as the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices considered the appeal of Cortez fisherman John L. Yates. Designed as a major overhaul of securities laws to protect investors …

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New Anna Maria mayor to get newly-approved pay raise

Anna Maria commissioners know how to cut a deal close to deadline. At a special commission meeting Nov. 3, commissioners voted 3-2 to approve a pay raise for the mayor from $9,600 per annum to $19,600 a year. The raise …

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