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Gas line break results in roadblock, evacuation

West Manatee Fire Rescue and TECO utility workers gear up Jan. 12 to contain a natural gas leak. The leak resulted when a contractor hit a 4-inch gas line in a right of way on the west side of Gulf Drive North in Bradenton Beach near the city border with Holmes Beach — where there are no side roads for a detour. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

A front-end loader tore open a natural gas line along the west side of Gulf Drive North in Bradenton Beach around noon Jan. 12, triggering an emergency response, some residential evacuations and a two-hour traffic boondoggle. Two families from the …

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AM crabber vs. shark fisher debate begins

Anthony Manali, a resident of Holmes Beach who crabs and operates a retail crab and fish market on Spring Avenue in Anna Maria, addresses the Anna Maria City Commission and a full gallery in the chambers Jan. 14 regarding his plea to halt shark fishing where crab traps are set near shore in the Gulf. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Like stone crabs drawn to a baited trap, the Anna Maria City Hall chambers were packed to capacity Jan. 14 for a discussion related to an ongoing issue between stone crabbers and shark fishers. It was a standing-room only meeting, …

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12th circuit judge hears arguments in Bazzy v. BB pier lawsuit

Fred Moore, left, an attorney for Bradenton Beach, Mayor Bill Shearon and AMOB restaurant owner John Horne, foreground, appear Jan. 15 for a hearing at the Manatee County Courthouse, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Bradenton Beach resident John Metz is seated in the rear of the courtroom. Islander Photo: Ed Scott

A judge Jan. 15 gave attorneys in Michael Bazzy’s lawsuit against the city of Bradenton Beach another four days to submit written arguments to the court. Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court Judge John Lakin heard oral arguments from three attorneys and …

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Federal sentencing reset for rental scammer

The U.S. District Court sentencing for a former Anna Maria Island real estate agent has been postponed until March 1. Michael Carleton pleaded guilty in October 2015 to a mail fraud scheme that bilked more than $200,000 from vacationers seeking …

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Car burglar lands in jail

A man found guilty in three Holmes Beach vehicle burglaries and a Longboat Key bicycle theft was sentenced to 300 days in Manatee County jail. Justin J. Flynn, 25, formerly of Bradenton Beach and Palm City, entered no-contest pleas in …

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Repeat DUI offender fined, jailed

A 22-year-old Sarasota man with a 2014 conviction for driving under the influence was sentenced to jail and fined more than $1,000. Brent Strickland pleaded no contest to DUI and driving without a license and a 12th Judicial Circuit judge …

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2nd DUI conviction ends in house arrest

A Bradenton man was sentenced to four months house arrest and 12 months probation for driving impaired and resisting arrest in Holmes Beach. After a no-contest plea, Marcus Tunis, 59, was found guilty of driving under the influence with property …

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Over the top

  Residents in the area of Marina Drive and 56th Street in Holmes Beach awakened to flooded streets Jan. 17 following a night of thunder storms. The weather system produced tornadoes farther east in Manatee County and on Siesta Key …

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Holmes Beach punches the gas pedal on permit parking

Holmes Beach congestion committee chair Jayne Christenson speaks to commissioners concerning a permit-parking ordinance at the Jan. 12 public hearing at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive. Islander Photo: Kristin Swain

Holmes Beach is cruising toward a permit-parking only zone. The ordinance Jan. 12 passed a first reading, with a 3-2 vote of the city commission. Chair Judy Titsworth and Commissioner Pat Morton dissented, while Commissioners Pat Morton, Jean Peelen and …

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Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation issued the following:         • SR 789 from 27th Street to SR 64: Crews are constructing sidewalks and new bus shelters, making drainage improvements and installing new signs and pavement markings. Expect daytime lane closures …

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