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State appeals court upholds lower court decision, denies tree house

Richard Hazen and Lynn Tran discuss their case with their attorney, David Levin, at a Holmes Beach meeting in September 2013. Islander File Photo

An appellate court declined to hear the storybook case of the Holmes Beach owners who’ve fought for years to keep their Swiss Family Robinson-like tree house from the wrecking ball. With a request to the 2nd District Court of Appeals …

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Restaurant puts shorebirds over holiday profit

A black skimmer calls out from its beachfront nesting area June 18 on the north side of the Beachhouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. The location of the protected shorebirds’ nesting area necessitated a halt to the restaurant’s annual July 3 fireworks display. Islander Photos: Kristin Swain

The Beachhouse Restaurant canceled its July 3 fireworks display. The decision came June 15 after discussions between restaurant owner Ed Chiles, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director Suzi Fox, Bradenton Beach Mayor Jack Clarke and Manatee …

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Anna Maria park stagnates in indecision

A mockingbird sits June 17 in one of the live oak trees in Anna Maria City Pier Park, located on the corner of Pine Avenue and North Bay Boulevard. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

Sometimes history, like the valiant live oak, refuses to die. After the Anna Maria City Commission approved moving forward May 7 with plans to improve the Anna Maria City Pier Park at the corner of Pine Avenue and North Bay …

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Turtle Tuesday Talk draws eager-to-learn crowd

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteer Karen Anderson addresses more than 30 attendees June 16 on turtle trivia during the weekly Turtle Tuesday Talk. Islander Photo: Kristin Swain

More than 30 people filled the Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, June 16 for the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring Turtle Tuesday Talk. The program focused on providing attendees with basic information …

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AT&T likely not on Bradenton Beach tower until 2018

Brett Buggeln of Florida Tower Partners said June 16 repairs to the Bradenton Beach cell tower should be complete within a month. Islander Photo: Ed Scott

Cellphone reception in Bradenton Beach improved for some users a couple of months ago when Verizon installed its equipment on the cell tower near the Cortez Bridge. But AT&T won’t put out a signal in Bradenton Beach or Anna Maria …

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In Bradenton Beach, new mayor’s actions bristle predecessor

After losing the May 19 recall election to Jack Clarke, former Bradenton Beach Mayor Bill Shearon stepped out of the spotlight to observe Clarke’s approach at the city’s helm. Clarke took the oath of office June 1. On June 4, …

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Bradenton Beach pier lease proposals due July 9

John Ortiz of Orlando fishes June 18 at the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach. Ortiz took a week off from work for a vacation with his family. He said he was surprised to find the pier restaurant closed. Islander Photo: Ed Scott

What makes a business click? Mark Enoch calls it “the beach model.” Enoch’s company, United Park Services, has four concessions: the Coquina Beach Cafe in Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe at Manatee Beach in Holmes Beach, plus facilities …

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County commissioner must respond to election probe

Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie, a resident of Bradenton Beach, attends the Anna Maria Elementary School “Spring Fling” event in May. Islander File Photo

Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie raised and spent $78,134.57 to get re-elected in 2012. He was unopposed as a candidate in both the primary and the general election. Despite having a walkover, Chappie paid tens of thousands of dollars in …

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Man pleads to felony battery

A 22-year-old man accused of beating a man on a walk in Anna Maria a year ago pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 24 months probation. Cameron Bowen Ellsworth was arrested in December 2014 by the Manatee County Sheriff’s …

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Sarasota woman sentenced to probation for battering police

A Sarasota woman was sentenced to 18 months probation for fighting in January with Holmes Beach police officers after being stopped for a hit-and-run on Key Royale. Jeanna M. Gibson, 27, had faced 10 years on two second-degree felonies, battery …

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