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Angst rises in Bradenton Beach over short-term rentals

Bradenton Beach resident Kerry Freesen stands April 2 in the side yard of his home, right, next door to a short-term rental. Islander Photo: Ed Scott

When a short-term rental is next to a private residence on Anna Maria Island, there usually isn’t much space between the structures. That results in a fine line between property rights and disturbing the peace. A resident of Bay Drive …

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De Soto Heritage Festival goes for a boat ride

  Crewe of Hernando de Soto’s “Hernando,” Sid Jones, blesses the water with De Soto Queen Brianne Wilson and De Soto Princess Hannah Rowland, officially kicking off the bottle boat regatta April 11 on the Palma Sola Causeway. Islander Photos: …

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Avalos trial setting postponed

A conference to set the trial date for a man accused of three Bradenton murders is now scheduled for October 2015. Andres S. Avalos, 34, is accused of killing his wife, Amber Avalos, his neighbor and former Holmes Beach resident, …

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Michigan man pleads to DUI

A man from Grand Haven, Michigan, driving under the influence in Bradenton Beach in the fall of 2014, pleaded no-contest to the charge in 12th Judicial Circuit Court. Judge Robert Farrance found Anthony Dionise guilty March 31 and sentenced him …

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‘Sex on the beach’ case prepares for trial

“Sex on the beach” became the talk of the island and social media last summer and now the court case it spawned is ramping up with pre-trial posturing. Jose Ben Caballero, 39, and Elissa M. Alvarez, 20, both of Bradenton, …

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Kiwanis service draws record crowd

  About 2,000 worshippers gather at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, April 5 for a non-denominational Easter sunrise service. The 51st annual event was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island. Islander Photos: Kristin Swain …

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Anna Maria City Pier sway sways idea for marine survey

Sam Lemler, 13, left, and Jarod Schultz, 13, visiting Anna Maria Island from West Bend, Wisconsin, search for baitfish April 2 under the Anna Maria City Pier, 100 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Tal Reeve

One city commissioner called it “rickety,” while another claimed a walk on the pier causes seasickness. But an engineer might say the pier has a deliberate sway to prevent it from crumbling against the strong currents in Tampa Bay. The …

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Agents support rental guidelines, dispute rules

The three cities on Anna Maria Island appear destined to create rules for vacation homes and the visitors who occupy them. The proposed Anna Maria ordinance to regulate short-term rentals is on a fast track to reality. As Anna Maria …

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Second BB mayoral recall milestone reached

The Committee to Recall William Shearon turned in 123 petition signatures, eight more than required, in the second stage of the recall effort spearheaded by committee chair Pete Barreda. Barreda, a former commissioner, could not be reached for comment, but …

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BB police chief encourages educating vacationers

Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale tells city commissioners at their March 24 workshop that short-term rental owners need to advise vacationers to reduce noise after hours. Islander Photo: Ed Scott

As concerns rise over vacation homes, city officials on Anna Maria Island are looking for harmony for residents. “We have a very serious problem in Bradenton Beach regarding six-bedroom, single-family homes with multiple bathrooms,” Commissioner Jan Vosburgh said during a …

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