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Homeless man case suspended

A 28-year-old homeless man found incompetent to stand trial has been committed to the Florida Department of Children and Family Services — temporarily suspending two cases in 12th Judicial Circuit Court. Kyle Mills, 27, formerly of Indiana, was released July …

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Sex-on-the-beach defendant sentenced, appeal filed

Jose Caballero, 40, is fingerprinted July 6 after being sentenced to two-and-a-half years in state prison and a sex offender status for having sex on the beach in the presence of a 3-year-old. Islander Photos: Grant Jefferies/Bradenton Herald

A 40-year-old man was sentenced to two and a half years in prison — and, like his paramour, designated a sex offender — for having sex in public at Cortez Beach in view of a child. A jury in May …

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FISH board deals with remodel-construction woes

FISH board members assemble in a room in the former church building adjacent to Fisherman’s Hall July 6 to review the remodel progress on what may become the organization’s new office. Islander Photo: Kristin Swain

What was originally thought to be a short-term construction project is entering its sixth month. The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, a nonprofit working for the preservation of the historic Cortez community, met July 6 at Fisherman’s Hall, 123rd St. …

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Islanders discuss residential parking permits

Members of the Holmes Beach Congestion Committee want the city commission to stop stalling and enact the first phase of their plan for residential parking permits in the city. “I have four goals,” chairwoman Jaynie Christenson said. “No. 1, the …

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Manatee herd mates, draws crowd in Holmes Beach

A herd of mating manatees, six bulls and one female, was spotted July 10 just yards from the shore at the 64th Street beach in Holmes Beach. Mote Marine Laboratory scientists compare notes about the manatees spotted mating near the shore in Holmes Beach. Islander Photos: Laurie Hayes

Beachgoers around 64th Street in Holmes Beach got a special treat July 10, when a mating herd of seven manatees cavorted in the Gulf of Mexico just yards from shore. For the better part of an hour, six male manatees …

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Mote featured on Discovery’s Shark Week

Researchers from Mote Marine Laboratory secure a satellite tracker on the dorsal fin of a shark during a February expedition to Cuba. The trip marked the first time sharks were satellite tagged in Cuban waters, according to Public Relations Manager Hayley Rutger. Islander Courtesy Photo: Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

Mote Marine Laboratory scientists are featured on “Tiburones: The Sharks of Cuba” on Discovery Channel. The special debuted July 7 as a part of Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week. On the trip to Cuba, Dr. Robert Hueter and Dr. Kim …

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Crowds swell, county beach numbers down on 4th of July

Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer holds some of the illegal fireworks officers confiscated on the Fourth of July weekend in Holmes Beach and stored in the city garage. HBPD held the contraband for Manatee County pickup and disposal. Islander Photo: Ed Scott

Anna Maria Island was the place to be on the Fourth of July — with law enforcement out in force and few crimes and emergencies to report. Although law enforcement and rescue personnel reported large crowds on the Fourth — …

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Bird-turtle terrorist investigation expands north

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring volunteers Amberly Waterman, her son, 10-year-old Sammy Waterman, and Glenn Wiseman meet up July 10 in the 2600-2900 block of Gulf Drive on the beach while looking for signs of wildlife distress. The Watermans attested to the June 27 incident that resulted in three dead birds and five damaged nests. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

Anyone with a camera on Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach or Holmes Beach is asked to check images from June 27 between 10 p.m. and midnight. If there’s even a glimpse of an all-terrain vehicle caught on video or a …

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Sea turtles nest on beach with sunbathers

A loggerhead sea turtle that nested during the day covers her eggs, camouflaging the nest with a flurry of sand before heading back to the Gulf of Mexico from the beach on Anna Maria Island. Islander File Photo

Anna Maria Island’s nesting sea turtles sometimes like to get some sun. The week of June 29, two sea turtles nested during the day on island beaches. The loggerhead sea turtles typically lay eggs at night, while the sand is …

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