Anyone interested in purchasing a commemorative or memorial plank to be placed on the Anna Maria City Pier should act now. The project is in its last ordering phase and the final 50 planks are now being sold, according to The Islander plank organizer, Janice Dingman.
The Islander, along with the Anna Maria City Pier Restaurant, sponsored the plank purchase and the total number of planks that will be installed is 1,000. The 900 mark in sales was recently achieved.
Orders for planks were completed in batches of 75-100 for each manufacturing cycle. Planks on the pier are numbered near the side rail, and the installation is finished for about 750 boards. Numbers 750-900 are currently being crafted.
The base cost is $100, including a 12-character inscription carved in the plank.
The memorial plank project helped launch the 100-year celebration of the Anna Maria City Pier, which was held in May 2011. The pier opened in 1911.
Planks may only be ordered through The Islander website at www.islander.org.