State strikes bargain with butterfly advocate

Fraud charges against a perennial Anna Maria Island volunteer will be dismissed if the subject completes a pretrial-diversion contract signed Jan. 3 with the 12th Circuit State Attorney. Nancy Ambrose, 59, of Bradenton and formerly of Holmes Beach, turned herself into authorities in May 2017 after being advised of a warrant for her arrest. Several […]

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3 men in ‘shark drag’ video plead not guilty

Three men in a video that went viral last year depicting them dragging a shark behind a speeding boat near Egmont Key have pleaded not guilty to charges of animal cruelty. Robert Benac III, 28, of Sarasota, and Michael Wenzel, 21, and Spencer Heintz, 23, both of Palmetto, face two felony counts of aggravated animal […]

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Local home broker uncovers rental scam

If her real estate career ever goes south, a local broker might look at becoming a detective. Jen Bowman and husband Mark are real estate partners on Anna Maria Island. They’ve been in business since 2004 and know the rental industry on the island inside and out. So when Tamy Ball of Ohio contacted Jen […]

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Sewer line conflict assessment ends, dispute continues

The sewer-line dispute between Bradenton Beach, Manatee County and Shawn Kaleta is inching along — in court and now in a dispute resolution process. Manatee County sued the city, Kaleta and two of his companies in August 2017, asking the 12th Circuit Court to declare an easement on Kaleta-owned land in Bradenton Beach where a […]

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Dolphin Dash on Holmes Beach streets raises AME cash

No matter who wins, this road race adds a dash of dollars to the Anna Maria Elementary School Parent Teach Organization ongoing fundraising campaign. Approximately 180 participants arrived Jan. 13 at Anna Maria Elementary School to participate in the decade-long AME Dolphin Dash 5k race and 1-mile fun run. It’s a family-friendly event that starts […]

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MCSO arrests Anna Maria moped driver for DUI

A man driving a moped on North Shore Drive in Anna Maria ended up in jail after a Manatee County sheriff’s deputy observed him cross the center line several times. Carl Trygg, 36, of Anna Maria, was arrested for driving under the influence at 2:06 a.m. Dec. 30 in the 700 block of North Shore […]

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