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County overdose epidemic pushes onto Anna Maria Island

It’s here. The drug epidemic that put Manatee County on the media map this summer with EMS responding to a record number of drug overdoses has garnered national attion. U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, is asking for federal help. …

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Anna Maria talks over budget

Three Anna Maria commissioners met with Mayor Dan Murphy Aug. 3 to discuss and prepare a 2016-17 fiscal year budget. Murphy presented Commissioners Doug Copeland, Chuck Webb and Dale Woodland with revenue projections for the coming fiscal year, which begins …

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Calendar – 08-10-2016

• 8:30 a.m.-2:50 p.m. Wednesday, Aug.10, first day of class for students. • 8:30 am. Wednesday Aug. 10, kinder kids welcome breakfast in auditorium for parents and caregivers of kindergarten and all new students at AME. • 5 p.m. Saturday, …

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Record numbers of sea turtles hatch, hatch, hatch on AMI

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteers Amy Waterbury, left, and Tami Rosenfeld, excavate a loggerhead nest Aug. 2 on the beach near 35th Street in Holmes Beach.

Nesting activity on Anna Maria Island is through the roof — topping 400 nests this week.     The milestone thus far in the May-October season beats the record of 369 nests in 2013.     As a result, hatchlings are emerging …

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Bradenton Beach steers toward new dock, contracts survey

A brown pelican keeps a lookout Aug. 5 on the day dock at the Historic Bridge Street Pier. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

Bradenton Beach commissioners voted 3-1 to pay Scheda Ecological Associates $15,235 to complete surveys of the submerged land at the Historic Bridge Street Pier — a pre-emptive move to replace the day dock. Mayor Bill Shearon opposed the funding source. …

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BB looks for authority over unruly board members

Bradenton Beach Commissioner Ralph Cole presented an idea at the Aug. 4 commission meeting to gain authority over committee members who might battle the city. Cole said he wanted city attorney Ricinda Perry to create a policy that would give …

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Bradenton Beach seeks to settle citizen-initiated lawsuit

Legal woes can wear city leaders down. But Bradenton Beach city attorney Ricinda Perry brought a settlement forward Aug. 4 for a lawsuit brought about by resident John Metz. “I would like to recommend a settlement to have Mr. Metz …

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Bridge bulletin

  A map shows the area the Florida Department of Transportation is studying as it determines the future of the Cortez Bridge. A meeting about the project development and environment study on the future of the bridge will be 5-7 …

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FISH achieves longtime goal to close ‘doughnut hole’

Jane von Hahmann, board member for the Cortez-based Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, points to a map while outlining the history of the 93-acre FISH Preserve. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

The missing link in the middle of a pristine preserve in Cortez was finally offered at an affordable price. The Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage is under contract to purchase three parcels representing a doughnut hole in its 93 acres …

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Court withholds judgment in sex-on-beach case

Twelfth Circuit Judge Charles Sniffin withheld adjudication on charges levied against a 21-year-old woman arrested for allegedly having sex on the beach in Holmes Beach. Lucille Buffaline of Bradenton pleaded no contest July 19 to possessing alcohol on the beach …

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