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Beach walker finds body early Sunday near surf

Cocaine is suspected in the death of a 42-year-old Bradenton Beach man found near the surf at Coquina Beach over Labor Day weekend. Samuel Collins Jr. was found dead at about 7 a.m., Sept. 4, lying in the sand on …

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Hermine results in flooding in Bradenton Beach, minimal damage

Rain Aug. 31 floods First Street North in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photos: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes.

Hermine caused flooding in Bradenton Beach streets as it moved northeast in the Gulf of Mexico, organizing from a tropical storm into a hurricane. The National Weather Service issued multiple advisories for the area, including a 24-hour coastal flood advisory …

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Not business as usual on Anna Maria

Some businesses never opened during Hermine, while others opened and closed. A sign at Minnie’s Beach Cafe, 5360 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, announces the cafe’s closure Sept. 2. Islander Photo: Sandy Ambrogi

Hand-scribbled explanations were placed on doors of some Anna Maria Island businesses as Hurricane Hermine racked the island with torrential rain, high winds and surging surf starting Aug. 31 and subsiding Sept. 2. “Beating the high tide!” and “Stay Dry” …

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Thousands of hatchlings evacuate nests ahead of Hermine

Kathy Doddridge, a volunteer for Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring and section 7 coordinator, and helper Jenny Oelfske excavate a nest Aug. 31 on the beach near the Gulf Drive Cafe, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Courtesy Kathy Doddridge

Animals live by their instincts and loggerhead sea turtles are no exception. “We were amazed to see how many nests hatched just before the storm,” said Suzi Fox, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring executive director. “They can …

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BB P&Z proposes changes to quality-of-life ordinance

Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale speaks Aug. 31 to planning and zoning board members regarding his needs for the quality-of-life ordinance. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

As more large houses are built for use as vacation rentals in Bradenton Beach, residents have become increasingly concerned about their quality of life. They cite issues of overcrowded rental homes, loud noise and parties, garbage bins lingering at the …

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Center treasurer acknowledges uphill fiscal year climb

The Center of Anna Maria Island has a difficult financial year ahead. The community organization has a “break-even budget” this year, said board treasurer Jim Froeschle at a board meeting Aug. 30. “At the beginning of our fiscal year, we …

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Georgia woman sentenced for DUI

A woman arrested in Holmes Beach was sentenced to 12-months probation. Amber Marie Watts, 38, of Georgia, pleaded no contest Aug. 22 to a driving-under-the-influence charge. Twelfth Circuit Judge Mark D. Singer adjudicated her guilty and sentenced the probation with …

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Anna Maria residents cast votes in Florida primary

Voting in the Anna Maria Aug. 30 primary election went off without a hitch. Anna Maria residents in precinct 301 followed county and state trends Aug. 30 on school board members to represent District 1 and District 3, and on …

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BB voters shut out charter amendments, 3-term commissioner

It was a sunny morning in Bradenton Beach Aug. 30 as voters took to the polls for the statewide Florida primary. “It’s our duty to vote and, if we don’t put ourselves out there, it’s like we are saying anything …

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Holmes Beach primary poll numbers

Deputy poll worker Nunzie Marinelli readies the entrance for primary election voters Aug. 30 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Marinelli has volunteered as a poll worker for 12 years. Islander Photo: Kristin Swain

The official numbers are in and Holmes Beach voters have lent their voices in the Aug. 30 primary. Despite not having any city-specific measures on the ballot, voters turned out to cast ballots in the final races for Manatee County …

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