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Holmes Beach increases parking fines

Steeper fines are on the way for people who park illegally in Holmes Beach. Holmes Beach commissioners met Sept. 13 for a work session to discuss a recommendation from Holmes Beach Police Chief Bill Tokajer to raise the fine for …

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Holmes Beach code officers help ensure sea turtle safety

Suzi Fox, left, executive director of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, works with Holmes Beach code enforcement officer Nate Brown on a sea turtle safety inspection Sept. 13 on the beachfront at Nautilus condominium, 7100 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Chris-Ann Silver Esformes

Sea turtle disorientations have been a problem in Holmes Beach this sea turtle nesting and hatchling season, prompting the city code enforcement team to work with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring to resolve the issues on the …

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HB passes first budget reading, 6 percent tax increase

Holmes Beach is one step closer to approving a tax increase and increased spending for the 2016-17 fiscal year. Commissioners voted unanimously Sept. 13 to approve a 6 percent tax increase for property owners beginning Oct. 1. “We sat and …

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Sex offender visits Anna Maria

A Sept. 14 Florida Department of Law Enforcement bulletin announced a sex offender registered a September visit to Anna Maria. A 48-year-old male offender listed his temporary address in the 700 block of North Shore Drive, according to the FDLE …

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Holmes Beach commission stalls formula businesses

A moratorium may temporarily stop formula businesses from entering Holmes Beach, if it passes a final reading and vote. Commissioners voted unanimously Sept. 13 to approve the first reading of a moratorium banning new formula businesses in the city for …

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Anna Maria develops plan for potential Bert Harris purchases

April 1 could long be remembered as an expensive day for the city of Anna Maria. Since that date, the city has been the target of Bert Harris claims — property owners looking to recoup lost value they claim resulted …

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Holmes Beach police arrest Bradenton man for DUI

Chandler M. Variot, 35

Holmes Beach police stopped an erratic driver on his way out of town and arrested him for driving under the influence. Chandler M. Variot, 35, of Bradenton, was stopped by Holmes Beach Police Officer Alan Bores at 1:14 a.m. Sept. …

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Burglary suspect turns himself in — without TVs

Michael P. Farmer

Holmes Beach police arrested a 40-year-old man who alerted police he’d stolen two television sets. Michael P. Farmer of Bradenton was arrested Sept. 11 after he allegedly confessed to stealing two 40-inch Westinghouse television sets from a residence he worked …

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Fishing – 09-21-2016

Geno Lynn of Bradenton shows off a 20-inch flounder he caught Sept. 11 on a fishing trip guided by Capt. Danny Stasny of Southernaire Fishing Charters.

Clear water results in great fishing action for AMI anglers Our local waters are beginning to clear up and the fishing is clearly improving. Fishing along the beaches and out to the inshore reefs is proving to be good for …

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Real Estate – 09-21-2016

5702 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, a 3,661 sfla / 3,965 sfur office building built in 1965 on a 11,250 sq ft lot was sold 08/12/16, Florida Gulf Coast Vacation Homes LLC to FL 5702 Marina Drive LLC for $1,400,000. 5300 …

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