Little gypsy girls Piper and Maité Hansen stake their claims at the bountiful pumpkin patch at the Faith United Methodist Church located behind the U.S. Post Office at 7215 First Ave. W., Bradenton. The church will host a "Harvest Festival" from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 29, featuring "bushels of fun for kids" and a pumpkin cooking contest. For more information, call 798-3565. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
Anna Maria warned: Big developers coming By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Attracted by the Anna Maria ambiance, rising land values and lack of proper land-development controls, rich developers with plenty of cash are eyeing Anna Maria real estate to assemble enough parcels to build subdivisions of massive new homes near the water. Money is no object and the developers could change the entire landscape of quiet, peaceful Anna Maria.