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Monday, June 13th, 2011

The Islander Newspaper E-Edition: Wednesday, June 15, 2011

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Monday, June 13th, 2011

Young pre-K grads heading to elementary school

The School for Constructive Play’s voluntary pre-kindergarten class enjoy their final day as preschool kids.Islander Photo: Courtesy Karen Riley-Love

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Animal advocates plan budget demonstration

Animal-rights advocates are organizing a demonstration outside at the old Manatee County Courthouse at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 16. The demonstration was scheduled to take place just prior to a 6 p.m. Manatee County hearing on the proposed new budget, when commissioners will take public comment at the administration center. Animal rights ...

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Summer solstice on June 21

The summer solstice, ushering in a new season and bringing the longest day of the year, is Tuesday, June 21. While Anna Maria Island’s beaches likely will be crowded with sunset watchers on that evening, the traditional observance involves a bonfire the night before and watching the solstice sunrise. Islander ...

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Walk, don’t run, to the boardwalk

With good weather for construction of the Anna Maria city pier boardwalk, contractor Woodruff & Sons Inc. is on schedule to finish the first phase by early July. The project, supervised by the Florida Department of Transportation, began in mid-May with crews laying the boardwalk foundation. Work started in the north ...

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Anna Maria can’t afford vacant properties

Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby presented the bad news to city commissioners at their June 9 work session. Tax increment financing is “a wonderful thing for the city,” but it won’t generate enough income to “help us acquire the six lots” across from the city pier’s north parking lot, he said. The ...

Monday, June 13th, 2011

FWC considering shark-fishing changes

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission had already planned to address state regulations for chumming and shark fishing when Anna Maria resident Joan Dickinson and two of her neighbors wrote Mayor Mike Selby two weeks ago expressing concerns that chumming and shark fishing at the Rod & Reel Pier ...

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Public hearing set for garbage contract

Bradenton Beach commissioners will hold a public hearing Thursday, June 16, on a proposed ordinance to allow WastePro of Florida to collect garbage and yard waste. The hearing will be held during the commission’s 1 p.m. regular meeting at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N. WastePro already holds a contract to collect ...

Monday, June 13th, 2011

$3.2 million reef contract approved

County commissioners June 7 awarded a $3.2 million contract for the construction of an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico off the Coquina Beach shore. The work, mitigation for beach renourishment earlier this year that covered some nearshore, hardbottom habitat at Coquina, is expected to begin this summer and take ...

Monday, June 13th, 2011

June 14 hails Flag Day

If you forgot that June 14 was Flag Day and you didn’t display your United States flag, you’re probably not alone. However, you can play catchup — like me — and proudly display the flag June 15. Few people know the real history of the American flag, or what the colors, stripes ...


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