Holmes Beach blizzard
The Downtown Holmes Beach Holiday Open House stirred up a blizzard on Dec. 1 - with snow falling outside The Islander office and a flurry of activity at shops and restaurants. As children played in the "snow," adults sampled other delights. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
K.C. and the Sunshine Dancers perform in the parking lot of the Island Shopping Center alongside their sponsor's office, The Islander newspaper, for an early evening crowd. Working with coach Kristina Castner and assistant Julia Virgilio, the dancers are preparing for a state contest.
Anna Maria finally comprehensive after nearly four years
It may have taken just under four years from start to finish, but Anna Maria now has a revised comprehensive plan and accompanying evaluation and appraisal report and future land use map, all approved by the city commission.
Orlando-area cops seek more victims of Anna Maria retiree By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
When Dr. George Pyke was arrested in June at his Anna Maria residence by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office on charges of capital sexual battery on a child under 12, law enforcement authorities in both Manatee and Seminole counties began searching for victims Pyke may have abused.
New Year, new principal at AME By Diana Bogan. Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Elementary School Principal Kathy Hayes has announced she will be leaving her position at the Island school Feb. 1 to become the principal at B.D. Gullet Elementary School at Lakewood Ranch.
Insurance: First showdown on Citizens' premiums Thursday By Molly McCartney. Islander Reporter
Thursday promises to be the first showdown over the prices that Anna Maria Island property owners will have to pay for wind coverage next year from Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the state's insurer of last resort.
Top Notch: First weekly winner also 2006 grand prize winner
The grand prize winner from among six weekly award-winning photos in the 2006 "Top Notch" Islander photo contest is 'Hermit' by Kim Klement of Bradenton. Her shot was the first winner on June 28 and was taken at Andros Island in the Bahamas in May. She can claim her grand prize, including $100 from The Islander, a dining certificate from Ooh La La! Bistro, a bottle of champagne from Anna Maria Island Liquor and Wine, dinner for two at a Chiles Group Restaurant and framing of the winning photo by Decor and More. Congratulations to all the winners - and be watching next week for our featured runnersup.
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