U.S. Navy Commander Michael Riordan speaks May 29

U.S. Navy Commander Michael Riordan speaks May 29 about the meaning of Memorial Day to the crowd gathered for a celebration honoring fallen service men and women at City Pier Park, North Bay Boulevard at Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, for the city’s Memorial Day event. Islander Photo: Courtesy City of Anna Maria/LeAnne Addy

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HBPD arrests butterfly advocate on 3 fraud charges

A local community activist has been arrested for a scheme to defraud and soliciting as a charity without authority. Nancy Ambrose, 58, turned herself into authorities May 24 and was booked at the Manatee County jail. She was released the next day on $4,500 bond. She was a longtime resident of Holmes Beach who moved […]

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Avalos convicted of murder, spared death sentence

Andres “Andy” Avalos Jr., 36, will spend the rest of his life in prison. Avalos was convicted May 20 and sentenced May 24 to three consecutive life sentences for the December 2014 murders of his wife, pastor and neighbor — a former Anna Maria Island resident. The jury rejected the insanity defense proffered by Avalos’ […]

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New construction rises in Cortez waterway

Karen Bell didn’t have much to say in mid-May about ongoing construction in Sarasota Bay not far from the A.P. Bell Fish Co. docks and the Cortez shoreline. Cortez artist Linda Molto says she wants to know what’s going on. “Everybody is wondering and no one knows,” she said. Raymond Leslie Guthrie Jr. and Capt. […]

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Schooner saga continues

Seafood Shack dockmaster Eddy Shorter, left, Capt. Michael “Fin” Wood, center, and Jed Lippincott, Seafood Shack chief operating officer, share the moment May 26 as the Italian schooner San Fransceco was finally underway — albeit a tow. The schooner had sunk and then been raised several times at the restaurant dock before local scuba divers James Frederick and Mark Ibasfalean did a complete plastic wrap on the ship April 11 to keep it...

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Forecast: Above-normal hurricane season

An above-normal hurricane season is forecast for the Atlantic region. The Climate Prediction Center at NOAA released its forecast May 25. The Atlantic hurricane season is June 1-Nov. 30. The forecasters put the likelihood of an above-normal season at 45 percent. An average season produces 12 named storms of which six become hurricanes, including three […]

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