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ULI sessions remain closed to public

Unless you’ve been invited, you’ll have to wait to find out what happens in the upcoming Urban Land Institute study of Anna Maria Island. At the Feb. 18 Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting at Anna Maria City Hall, …

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SUV crashes into Guild Gallery

    A man was ticketed for driving an SUV through the Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island Guild Gallery in Holmes Beach and leaving the scene of the accident.     Samuel Knowles, 32, of Cortez, was issued citations for leaving …

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Cumber murder trial continued — again

Assistant Public Defender Franklin Roberts, left, assigned to represent William J. Cumber, the man accused of killing Sabine Musil-Buehler, stands with Cumber Feb. 10 in courtroom 6-A, Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Islander Photo: Tiffany Tompkins-Condie/Bradenton Herald

The attorney of the man charged with second-degree murder in the presumed death of Sabine Musil-Buehler told the court he needed more time to prepare for the trial of the accused, William J. Cumber. At a Feb. 10 docket sounding, …

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Anna Maria signals cell tower work underway

Steve Sutton of UCI Construction works Feb. 12 on clearing the site at Anna Maria City Hall for a long-awaited cell tower. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

Rejoice mobile-device users. Anna Maria’s cell tower will become a reality. An official groundbreaking is planned for 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at city hall. Workers from UCI Construction Services of Tampa began Feb. 11 to make room for the …

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Holmes Beach talks moratorium, takes on department issues

Building, construction and short-term rentals are the hot topics in and around city hall in Holmes Beach. The moratorium ordinance halting construction of four or more bedrooms in the R2, R3 and R4 zones was approved Feb. 10, and officials …

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Anna Maria takes steps to uphold rental regs in court

At a special workshop Feb. 12, Anna Maria Commission Chair Chuck Webb, left, and Commissioner Dale Woodland, right, debate regulating vacation rentals. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

The case against vacation rentals in Anna Maria has been kicked up to the next level. At the Feb. 12 city commission special workshop, a 3-2 vote determined the next step in the city’s debate concerning the continued rise of …

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BB vice mayor pushes mayor’s forfeiture forward

Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor Jack Clarke, left, and Mayor Bill Shearon exchange comments at the Feb. 13 meeting where Clarke pushed forward his plan to force the mayor from office.

To be continued, again. More than two months after they first stalled for lack of legal advice and nearly five months since the process began, Vice Mayor Jack Clarke tried again Feb. 13 to move forward with forfeiture of office …

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Car thief, escapee sentenced to 8 years in prison

A man who broke out of jail after being arrested in Cortez for stealing a car was sentenced to eight years in prison. Twelfth Judicial Circuit Judge Susan B. Maulucci ordered Meren Ed Thompson, 43, of Sarasota, into the custody …

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Correction

A reference to expenses for heartworm treatment in a Feb. 11 article about rescues groups that work with Manatee County Animal Services was inadvertently omitted. The figures, $936 in 2011, $7,884 in 2012, $28,817 in 2013 and $32,011 in 2014, …

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Humane society expands to save homeless cats, dogs

Travis Jones, left, Humane Society of Manatee County adoption and shelter manager, and animal care specialist Taylor Irwin pose Feb. 5 with Jasmine and Fidget, rescued litter mates from Napier’s Log Cabin and Horse Sanctuary.

“When you think of a humane society, you look back to your own childhood and remember it’s where you go to adopt a pet,” said Bill Hutchison, interim director of Manatee County Animal Services.         The Humane Society of Manatee …

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