Neighbor vs. Neighbor in Olesen variance By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Not content with making vocal objections to the Anna Maria City Commission’s approval of four variances for property owned by Terry and Patricia Olesen and family at 504 S. Bay Blvd., neighbor Laura Gee of 502 S. Bay Blvd. has filed a legal action.
Mike Coleman, left, and Ed Chiles of the Restore Pine Avenue LLC development group presented a check last week for $4,000 to Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford as half of the city's $8,000 payment to Manatee County to keep the Island trolley operating free during 2008. Coleman and Chiles are purchasing and restoring Pine Avenue properties to maintain the "Old Florida" character of the city's business district. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Anna Maria approves drainage contract, despite changes By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Faced with a cost overrun on Phase I of its stormwater drainage improvements project, Anna Maria commissioners approved a $600,000 contract for work, but elected not to proceed immediately with installation of two vortex separators and improvements at city hall.