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2 more Bert Harris claims filed in Anna Maria

Two more Bert Harris claims were filed in Anna Maria, claiming a combined $685,000 in losses. The claims were filed by Najmy Thompson law firm in Bradenton and bring the total number of claims against Anna Maria to 64, for …

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Bazzy pitches injunction to void pier lease, city bunts with new ordinance

The Historic Bridge Street Pier, 200 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, includes tenants AMOB restaurant, Room with a Hue, Tide and Moon Jewelry and Paradise Boat Tours. AMOB holds the lease with the city. Islander Photo: Kathy Prucnell

It’s likened to a game of baseball. The attorney for Bazzy Marine filed Aug. 17 for an injunction to nullify the city leases for the Historic Bridge Street Pier and the city called for a shade meeting to strategize the …

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Primary voters head to polls Aug. 30

Anna Maria Island Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians, prepare to mark your ballots for the Florida primary that takes place Aug. 30. Statewide, Democratic, Republican and Libertarian voters will be deciding their nominees for U.S. Senate. And, though Florida has semi-closed …

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Voters to decide future makeup of Bradenton Beach commission

Two charter amendments are on the ballot for Bradenton Beach voters in the Aug. 30 primary. Voters have the opportunity to voice their opinions on two proposed charter amendments — one to remove term limits for elected officials and another …

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Tops in Top Notch 2 (again)

For the second consecutive year, John M. Lafferty of Holmes Beach is the winner of Top Notch judging, this time with his image of an egret catching the breeze on the rail of a boat. Lafferty is the grand-prize winner, …

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Real Estate – 08-24-2016

512 59th St., Holmes Beach, a 4,544 sfla / 6,776 sfur 6bed/4 ½bath/3car canalfront pool home built in 2005 on a 17,132 sq ft lot was sold 07/19/16, Atkinson to Nappo for $1,800,000; list $2,190,000. 909 North Shore Drive, Anna …

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Island police blotter – 08-24-2016

Anna Maria Aug. 9, Bortell’s Lounge, 10002 Gulf Drive, trespass. A man allegedly intoxicated and making rude remarks to patrons was issued a trespass warning. Anna Maria is policed by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.   Bradenton Beach Aug. 13, …

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Obituaries – 08-24-2016

Emma S. Cayo Emma S. Cayo, 80, of Holmes Beach, died Aug 15. Born in Cuba, she moved to Holmes Beach in 1986 from Lakeland and attended St. Bernard Catholic Church. Mass was celebrated Aug. 18 at St. Bernard Catholic …

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Fishing – 08-24-2016

Jessica Ficarrotta, 13, of Tampa, holds up the tripletail she boated Aug. 2 using a jig, while fishing with her uncle, Capt. Phil Shields. She spotted the fish trying to hide behind an old crab trap float on the surface, just offshore from the Anna Maria City Pier. Shields, mostly retired and a former charter captain out of Galati Marine, and wife Candy, formerly on staff at Anna Maria Elementary School, live now in north county near Terra Ceia.

Rain, rain stay away — it’s time to go fishin’ ishing around Anna Maria Island is settling into a typical August pattern. Mangrove snapper are found throughout our waters around any structure — reefs, rock piles, bridges and docks. Even …

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Sports – 08-24-2016

Mickey Hooke, 2016 Madeira Beach Sunset Series 5K overall male winner, poses at the finish line at John’s Pass. Islander Photo: Courtesy Tyler Beyel

Hooke takes top spot in 2016 Madeira Beach Sunset Series Mickey Hooke of Bradenton, a longtime Galati Yacht Sales employee in Anna Maria, recently competed in the 2016 Madeira Beach Sunset Series 5K races. The event comprises three challenging Friday …

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