AME principal proactive in emergency By Diana Bogan. Islander Reporter
As soon as Anna Maria Elementary School principal Tom Levengood was alerted that a shooting took place within the city of Holmes Beach Wednesday, Dec. 5, and that the suspect was at large, he took action.
Anna Maria passes resolution to implement stormwater fee By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Faced with a rapidly approaching deadline, Anna Maria city commissioners at their Dec. 6 meeting unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing Manatee County Tax Collector Ken Burton to collect a stormwater utility fee for the city.
Anna Maria fire damage blamed on code violations By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Owners of the Anna Maria duplex where an accidental fire broke out Nov. 16 have been charged by the city with a number of code violations that contributed to the fire and the resulting $30,000 damage to the home.
Island cities' frozen SBA accounts begin to melt By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
While no Island city is in dire straights and looking for a handout, officials from all three cities would like to know the future of the money each has on deposit with the Florida State Board of Administration.
Manatee County Clerk of Court "Chips" Shore, right, cut the ribbon at the Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez Friday night. Shore shepherded the restoration of the structure through myriad grants, gifts and county funding to the tune of more than $750,000. More than 200 people attended the Friday night event and toured the facility during the invitation-only event, which formally opened to the public Saturday. The museum is located in the former 1912 schoolhouse on 119th Street. Exhibits include photographs of Cortez in its early days, boats, displays and books of a marine nature. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
Robber grabs purse at Maritime Museum opening By Mike Quinn. NewsManatee.com publisher
An elderly woman on the steps of the newly renovated 1912 Cortez schoolhouse in Cortez had her purse snatched from her by a brazen robber who sped away in a late-model sports car.