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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Trumpeting St. Pat's
An elephant marched up the street toward the Anna Maria border in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade March 16. The event took place late Sunday afternoon, drawing hundreds of participants and hundreds of observers. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Lakewood Ranch High School's marching band brings a beat to Marina Drive in Holmes Beach during the St. Patrick's Day Parade March 16. The parade, presented by Sean Murphy of the Beach Bistro, featured additional bands, as well as local businesses and elected officials, nonprofit groups and social clubs, horses, one Chihuahua and an elephant - no blarney - and lots of green. More on the parade, page 4. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
The Anna Maria Island Privateers toss beads to paradegoers.
Jim Gabarer, a winter resident of Tidy Island and a veteran of World War II, serves as the grand marshal in the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday. Gabarer was an Army Ranger on D-Day.
Guests of the annual Irish breakfast at the Moose Lodge on St. Patrick's Day were greeted and treated to "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" by Fred LaCrosse on his bagpipe as host Bonner Joy, publisher of The Islander, announced a tribute to the late Don Maloney, the Irishman who started the event, and, finally, Anna Maria Island's "Irishman of the Year." Islander Photos: Nancy Ambrose
The late Don Maloney at last year's Irish breakfast, an event he founded that benefits the food bank, Our Daily Bread. Islander File Photo
The Anna Maria Island Ceili Dancers.
Bridge draw slims, draw times change, vehicles slowed by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Only one “leaf” will raise for boat traffic during the duration of the Florida Department of Transportation’s renovation project currently ongoing on the Anna Maria Island Bridge, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Anna Maria ready to adopt stormwater fee by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
After more than two years of study, Anna Maria city commissioners at their March 13 work session unanimously agreed to adopt an ordinance creating a stormwater utility fee that will provide funds for the maintenance of current and planned stormwater drainage projects.
Dan Mobley, right, pictured with friend and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band co-founder Jimmie Fadden, will tote his guitar to Ooh La La! Bistro, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, for a performance starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 20. Mobley, a former Islander who has gigged about here and in the Keys, also will perform with Fadden at the March 22 party to kickoff the Sarasota Songwriter Festival. Advance tickets are required for the fest party, which starts at 4 p.m. at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron on City Island. For festival tickets or more information, call 813-240-3987. For Ooh La La! reservations, call 941-778-5320.
Palma Sola group to mark progress by Lisa Neff. Islander Reporter
Spring fever has arrived on the Palma Sola Causeway, where multiple projects are under way to beautify the stretch of Manatee Avenue linking Anna Maria Island to the mainland.