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Tree house fate again awaits circuit court trial

Twelfth Circuit Judge Peter Dubensky presides June 6 over a hearing on the tree house with Sarasota attorney David Levin, for the owners, left, and Jim Dye of Dye, Deitrich, Petruff & St. Paul, Bradenton, for the city. Islander Photos: Kathy Prucnell

The quest to save an illegal tree house in Holmes Beach from demolition is shifting platforms, from city hall to the Manatee County courthouse. A July date is expected for a judge to hear arguments on whether the beachfront structure …

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TS Colin drenches coast on track for Big Bend

Magnificent frigate birds circled mid-day June 5 over Anna Maria Island — black shadows against gray skies, signaling the swirling storm in the Gulf of Mexico. There was a drizzle Sunday afternoon as islanders, under a tropical storm warning, secured …

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Holmes Beach hostage standoff ends in arrest, apology

Members of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team disperse after a briefing May 31. The MCSO set up a mobile command center at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Holmes Beach to handle an aggravated domestic turned hostage situation at a home on the cul de sac of 68th Street. Islander Photos: Tal Reeve

A call to police for an aggravated domestic situation turned hostage crisis in Holmes Beach ended May 31 with the arrest of a 30-year-old who lived with his parents in the 500 block of 68th Street. Holmes Beach Police Detective …

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AMI chamber challenges formula business plans

Some merchants in the Anna Maria Centre plaza on East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach say the arrival of Dunkin’ Donuts-Baskin Robbins is the final straw in the influx of chains there. Islander Photo: Sandy Ambrogi

The tale of David and Goliath might come to mind. The shepherd boy slew a giant with one well-placed pebble to the head, popped from a sling shot. But for small business owners, and even the Anna Maria Island Chamber …

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Tarpon predator.

  Capt. Aaron Lowman came upon a large hammerhead shark when it attempted to take a tarpon off his hook while working a school of silver king in Tampa Bay between the Rod & Reel Pier and Bean Point. He …

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Anna Maria shark mystery

A girl watches as a dead 4-5-foot shark is hauled from the beach June 1. The shark apparently washed ashore near Palm Avenue in Anna Maria. Public works disposed of the carcass in a city-owned dumpster. Brent Winner, associate research …

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Island leaders seek redistribution plan for proposed sales tax

A construction crew from Woodruff & Sons repairs a stormwater box drain June 2 on 69th Street in Holmes Beach. An increased countywide sales tax could be used on the island to help fund city infrastructure projects. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

Anna Maria Island’s three mayors are looking to the future and wondering how their communities and the town of Longboat Key can get bigger pieces of the Manatee County sales tax pie. County officials are proposing a plan to raise …

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Lights out, clear beaches, respect bird, turtle nesting

Aiden Esformes checks out the kiosk at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive. The kiosk is on loan from the Sea Turtle Conservancy in order to demonstrate the importance of FWC-approved lighting. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

The beaches of Anna Maria Island were packed with the usual throng of beachgoers for Memorial Day weekend. But this year, something was different. “When we walked the beach the morning after Memorial Day, we were pleasantly surprised to find …

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BB finalizes voter-charter questions for Aug. 30 ballot

Bradenton Beach city attorney Ricinda Perry reads aloud June 2 an ordinance to place two questions before voters on the Aug. 30 primary ballot. The commission adopted the ordinance 4-1. Commissioner Jan Vosburgh was the dissenting vote. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

It’s official. Bradenton Beach voters will again have an option to amend their city’s charter. At their June 2 meeting, commissioners adopted 4-1 two questions concerning public office term limits and candidacy requirements. The questions will be on the Aug. …

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Chappie mounts challenge for Ward 4 seat

Cancel the hammock reservation. Two-term Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie was on track for another term on the county board, but he opted out earlier this year, saying he preferred to kick back and enjoy life on Anna Maria Island. …

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