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Bradenton woman sentenced for DUI

A 12th Circuit judge sentenced a Bradenton woman to 12 months probation for driving under the influence. Kristen McVey, 21, pleaded no contest May 10 and was found guilty of DUI. Twelfth Circuit Judge Douglas Henderson sentenced McVey to probation …

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HB commission to discuss chain stores

There’s no time for doughnuts in Holmes Beach. And forget the 31 flavors of ice cream offered. Commissioners plan May 26 to discuss regulating chain stores and franchise businesses to protect local merchants. The agenda for a May 26 work …

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Trio of FISH, Waterkeeper, McClash challenge Long Bar permit

Former Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash points to a map in his office while he talks about area development. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

The line in the sand for those opposing the Long Bar Pointe mitigation bank is being drawn to protect mangroves and seagrasses. The 262-acre bank could someday become part of a mixed-use development — 3,200 homes and 78,000 square-feet commercial …

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Wedding show to premier in Cortez

The Anna Maria Island Love Wedding Show will showcase the best of what the Anna Maria Island wedding industry has to offer local and destination brides in an intimate setting, according to the organizer, Karen Riley-Love. Islander Photo: Courtesy Memories by Billi

Event organizer Karen Riley-Love vows the Anna Maria Island Love Wedding Show will be a unique experience. The show will be held 1-4 p.m., Sunday, June 26, in the Neptune Room at the Seafood Shack Marina, Bar and Grill, 4110 …

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Manatee beach pier pondered, studied

The sun sets on the Manatee Public Beach Pier, deemed unsafe and removed from the beach in 2010. Islander File Photo: Lisa Neff

Gone but not forgotten. A Manatee Public Beach Pier has been gone for years, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone for good. According to Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources director Charlie Hunsicker, the pier can be replaced, but it …

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Eyes on the road

The Florida Department of Transportation issued the following alert for the area: • SR 684 at the Cortez Drawbridge: Crews are working on the bridge. Motorists should expect nighttime/overnight east and westbound lane closures 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday, May 31-June …

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Kiosk promotes turtle safety

Holmes Beach code enforcement officer JT Thomas points to a new kiosk at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive. The display is on loan from the Sea Turtle Conservancy to demonstrate Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission-approved lighting. Suzi …

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Fishing – 05-25-2016

Capt. Danny Stasny of Southernaire Fishing Charters leaders a 100-pound silver king caught May 13 by William Young of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The cure for tarpon fever? Go out and get one   The tarpon fever epidemic is rapidly spreading throughout the small barrier island on the south side of Tampa Bay. Anna Maria Island anglers, as well as fishers from around …

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Obituaries – 05-25-2016

David John Frenchak David John Frenchak, 74, of Chicago, a winter visitor to Holmes Beach, died May 15. He was a pastor in Boston for eight years. He was part of Baptist General Conference and was a consultant in theological …

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Sports – 05-25-2016

Beach Bums player Daniel Sentman carries the ball up the left side May 18 as Sugar Beach defenders Morgan Horesh and Madelyn Rogers attempt to close him down during action in The Center of Anna Maria Island soccer league’s 11-13 division. Islander Photo: Kevin P. Cassidy

Signarama outlasts Pink & Navy in youth soccer As the youth soccer league moves into its fifth week, two things stand out. The 11-13 division has three evenly matched teams, while the 8-10 division has two dominant teams and three …

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