Third-grade students at Anna Maria Elementary build a replica of the Great Wall of China on the Gulf shore several blocks from the school. The construction project Feb. 9 marked the conclusion of the study of China and incorporated lessons in measurement and teamwork, as well as history, culture and geography. About 20 parents joined students and teachers. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Commission declines to extend trolley route By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Citing safety concerns for the Island trolley traveling on roads heavily used by pedestrians, cyclists and children, the Anna Maria City Commission declined to ask the Manatee County Area Transit authority to extend its trolley route along North Shore Drive and North Bay Boulevard.
Anna Maria may sue over mold repairs By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Anna Maria city commissioners and Mayor Fran Barford are hopping mad at the fact that city operations have been temporarily relocated to the Island Baptist Church, while repairs caused by mold take place at the Gulf Drive facility.
GSR sales: $5.4 million disappears By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
The world's greatest detective could easily be called in to investigate a claim that bankrupt GSR Development LLC had $5.4 million in closings lined up between August and October 2005, but the deals fell through because the company wasn't able to come up with the money to finish the projects. The company eventually filed bankruptcy in July 2006.
Tidemark plans major announcement By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
In the wake of all the publicity surrounding the collapse of Island real estate projects such as Villa Rosa and Rosa del Mar, at least one development continues to move forward after overcoming a number of obstacles in the past five-and-a-half years.
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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