Vol. 8 No. 49 - August 27, 2008
Pins fly as bowlers raise money
Approximately 250 Island Community Center supporters took to the mainland last Saturday to put on socks and bowling shoes and raise money for the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
It was the 18th Annual O’Connor Bowling Challenge, hosted by twins Billy and George O’Connor and sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Sun and it was a big success both on the alleys and off. More...
‘Safe haven’ off limits to fishing boats
CORTEZ – Residents of Harbour Landings Estates say the canals bordering the development are off limits to commercial fishermen, who have used the well-protected spot to store their boats during storms for decades.
Harbour Landings Estates is one of several newer residential boating communities on the north side of Cortez Road. The historic fishing village of Cortez, a residential neighborhood and working waterfront, is on the south side. They share the Intracoastal Waterway for recreational boating and fishing and commercial fishing. More...
Rosedale Cottage part of Pine Ave. project
ANNA MARIA — Hopes are high that Rosedale Cottage can be one of the centerpieces of the Pine Avenue Restoration Project (PAR).
The restoration group now owns the building, which is located at 503 Pine Avenue. It was the scene for an event billed as a conversation among neighbors on August 19. More...
New info in Beard slaying
HOLMES BEACH – Almost eight months after her body was found on the beach, items that belonged to Carla Beard have been found a few blocks to the north in the rocks on the beach behind the Martinique condominiums.
Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson confirmed that the items found last Friday belonged to Beard and had been on the beach since tourists renting a house near the beach at 50th Street found her body Dec. 1, 2007. Police said at that time that it appeared she died from a blunt trauma to the head. More...
Shooter retracts treatment claim
Mark Koenigs, the man convicted Aug. 8 of shooting Island Mail and More owner Sue Normand on Dec. 5, 2007, admitted to having a psychiatric past in a letter to Circuit Court Judge Diane Moreland dated Aug. 5.
The letter contradicts what Koenigs told the judge during his trial when she questioned him about his decision not to testify on his behalf. Moreland asked him if he had had psychiatric problems in the past and if he was on any medication for psychiatric problems. He said no to both questions. More...
Water to be shut off if storm surge expected
When a serious storm is bearing down on the Island, Manatee County officials plan to shut off the water to the Island.
It is not being done to force people off the Island, as some speculated when they watched county officials discuss the possibility during an emergency meeting on Tropical Storm Fay recently. More...
$5.8 million fire budget OK’d
HOLMES BEACH – West Manatee fire commissioners last week approved the 2008-09 budget, which increased from $5.3 million in 2007-08 to $5.8 million in 2008-09.
The fire district’s income is from assessment rather than ad valorem taxes. However, it is only allowed to increase assessments by the five-year average of the Florida personal income growth, which this fiscal year is 6.35 percent. This only allows the district to maintain staffing and service levels in place since 2005-06. More...
Calendar set for Bridging the Gap
The momentum is growing for Bridging the Gap, the series of weekend events and festivals that is designed to lure people out to the Island for a day or a weekend of fun while the Anna Maria Island Bridge is closed for six weeks for repairs starting Monday, Sept. 29.
The group of event chairs met at Ginny’s and Jane E’s in Anna Maria on Thursday, Aug. 21, to go over the calendar and nail down the dates each event will be held. That full-page calendar is printed on Page 9 in this week’s Sun newspaper and will run each to advertise the events. More...
Scallop count a huge success
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Dog day doldrums require special strategies
Dog day doldrums? They don’t have to get you down. Savvy anglers know to change their strategies, tailoring their efforts to maximize comfort and opportunities.
One of the prime times to fish during the dog days is at night or in the early morning hours before the sun crests the horizon. The myriad dock and bridge lights that illuminate the waterways from St. Petersburg to Venice are prime targets. These areas hold schools of snook as well as trout, redfish and a host of other species. More...
Radon in granite imports worrisome
Well let’s see, it’s hurricane season, the Anna Maria Island Bridge is getting ready to shut down, gas is still around $4 a gallon and last time I checked the terrorists were still out to get us. At least we Floridians could always take some solace in the fact that there isn’t much radon under our feet – one less thing in a dangerous world to worry about. Not so fast. You might be hard pressed to find radon contaminating our sandy soil, but if you look about four feet off the ground, you might be surprised. More...
How should Pine Avenue look?
ANNA MARIA — How should Pine Avenue look in the future? What regulations should be imposed on that area, which runs the length of the city’s residential/office/retail (ROR) district?
Changing land development regulations, eliminating conflicts in the code and bringing the land development regulations (LDR's) into agreement with the comprehensive plan was the goal of a joint meeting between the City Commission and the Planning and Zoning Board. More...
Investor results improving, but could be better
I have previously referenced data which shows individual investors, as a group, fail to achieve results nearly as good as those offered to patient investors who simply bought and held average stock and bond mutual funds through all of the market’s ups and downs. More...
Free running camp scheduled for kids
Two local runners set new course records recently in the Fourth Annual Hurricane Charley 5-K Run in North Port.
Michael Lamb, 18, and an employee at the BeachHouse restaurant in Bradenton Beach, took first place overall with a course record time of 17:44. Just 10 seconds behind Lamb was 47-year-old Mickey Hooke, who came in at 17:54 to win the Masters event in record time.More...
Fay has no effect on turtle nesting here
For the first time ever in Florida, a turtle nest laid on a river has hatched and resulted in live young.
The nest was discovered June 10 along the Manatee River at DeSoto National Memorial by some hikers.
Last week, the nest hatched, and 18 babies made it into the water. More...