Kudos to former Islander reporter

Bradenton native and former Islander reporter Jen Glenfield is now an award-winning storyteller. Glenfield received a top honor July 18 from her alma mater, the University of California-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Cortez_Part1_FineCut from Jennifer Glenfield on Vimeo. She was named the 2017 recipient of the North Gate Excellence Award in Video Reporting and Production, […]

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Out-of-work AM pier employees forced to face reality

They only have Hurricane Irma to blame. Anna Maria City Pier employees, out of work since the city of Anna Maria declared the pier “destroyed,” are faced with a harsh reality. General manager David Sork is now among the casualties. He announced Sept. 29 on Facebook that after 18 years on the job, he is […]

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Anna Maria discusses pier repairs, pledges fast work

Anna Maria is pledging to work as quickly as possible to repair the Anna Maria City Pier. Mayor Dan Murphy discussed funding for the pier Sept. 28 with commissioners. He noted a previous agreement with Manatee County would’ve brought the city $1 million for repairs on an old, but functioning pier structure. However, now that […]

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Photography student focuses on turtle watch success

Ben Watkins saw a sea turtle hatchling release on the beach for the first time when he was visiting Anna Maria Island as a child, 15 years ago. Now 20-years-old, Watkins is in his final year at Falmouth University in the United Kingdom, studying marine and natural history photography for his bachelor’s degree. For his […]

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Nine more HB-Bert Harris claims add up to $4.69M

Nine more Bert Harris claimants — all represented by attorney Aaron Thomas of Najmy Thompson Attorneys at Law of Bradenton — will soon receive a letter of no-change from the city. The letters, authorized by city commissioners at their Sept. 26 meeting, offer no relief from the Holmes Beach vacation rental ordinance that limits occupancy […]

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Holmes Beach ballot revision changes city commission race

Holmes Beach Commissioner Marvin Grossman was unopposed in the Nov. 7 city election and thought in the past week to be re-elected. Now, he’s not. Holmes Beach city attorney Patricia Petruff effectively revised the ballot Sept. 26 in a memo to Mayor Bob Johnson. “I think the ballots need to be redone,” Petruff wrote. Petruff […]

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