Top Stories this week on Anna Maria Island: Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009
Visitor says, 'This stinks'
Beverly Madden, visiting Holmes Beach for the first time for a month from Hyde Park, Vt., said just days ago she could walk out the Manatee Beach pier and watch folks fish, but now she can't walk under the pier or on it. Madden walks the beach and collecting shells for her grandkids, and she thinks "this stinks." It's just for the birds now, and "that's a bummer," she said.
Anna Maria’s planning and zoning board at a Feb. 17 public hearing agreed in a 3-1 vote to recommend to the city commission that it adopt an ordinance that will merge the city’s Residential 2 (duplex) zone with the Residential 1 (single-family residence) zone.
Motorists using the Anna Maria Island Bridge and Manatee Avenue should get a break this week as contractor Quinn Construction Co. has no repairs scheduled that would require the company to close the bridge or open the bascule.
A sailboat rests on the shore at 75th Street in Holmes Beach, having floated up sometime Saturday. U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Parson Gillum would not release the name of the boat owner, but said he is a transient from the Cortez area who has been in the vicinity for several years. The boat "is considered derelict," Gillum said. The Holmes Beach Police posted a notice on the vessel Monday giving notice of 72 hours for its removal. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Lois Huntington, pictured here, with husband Tom of 30th Street in Holmes Beach, became the first residential customer hooked up to the first natural gas line that was recently installed by TECO-People's Gas on the Island. Huntington also has a gas water heater and two gas fireplaces at her Island home. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
West Manatee Fire Rescue Chief Andy Price told the Feb. 19 meeting of the WMFR district board that consolidation of the county’s fire districts was discussed at a recent meeting of the Manatee Council of Governments.