The Manatee High School Drum Line poses with a bear in a blizzard

The Manatee High School Drumline takes time out from performing at the Anna Maria Island Centre Midtown Holiday Party in Holmes Beach Dec. 15 for a holiday portrait in the snow and to wish everyone a very merry Christmas. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

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Investigation nets 3 arrests for ‘shark drag’ abuse

Three men have been arrested for animal cruelty, resulting from a shark-dragging video that drew widespread public outrage this summer. And there is new, emerging information from the investigation. Robert Benac III, 28, of Sarasota, and Michael Wenzel, 21, and Spencer Heintz, 23, both of Palmetto, were arrested Dec. 12. They each face two felony […]

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Treehouse owners U.S. Supreme Court plea: Give us a chance

“Now it’s almost a prison instead of a getaway.” — Lynn Tran “It is hard enough for a citizen to literally fight city hall,” is how the treehouse owners’ U.S. Supreme Court plea begins. It ends with attorney David Levin asking the high court to review the case and, in the alternative, for a redo […]

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County planning board goes green for Cortez development

Green all the way. Manatee County Planning Commissioners weren’t swayed by concerns over density, traffic, mangroves, transient housing or even the possibility of the development plan being upended by the plans for a new Cortez Bridge. The commission voted unanimously Dec. 14 to recommend Hunters Point Resort & Marina onto its next step in the […]

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Fundraising for former city pier employees underway

’Tis the season for giving. And there are ways to help needy locals during the holidays. And since Hurricane Irma struck in September, closing the Anna Maria City Pier, there are plenty of families among the pier “family” of employees hoping for a merry Christmas. Those searching for ways to help out-of-work Anna Maria City […]

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Holmes Beach advised to soften formula business ban

Planner Bill Brisson finally drew a deep line in the Holmes Beach sand. The Holmes Beach City Commission is overstepping legal bounds in its attempt to regulate formula businesses, he said. And he won’t back the commissioners in court if they insist upon overreaching against his advice and end up getting sued, as he suggests […]

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