This bubbling Koi fish photographed somewhere on Anna Maria Island by Michael H. Smith of Holmes Beach is the second weekly winner in The Islander's Top Notch photo contest. Weekly winners in the eight-week contest receive a coveted "More Than a Mullet Wrapper" Islander T-shirt and $50 from the newspaper. The photo will now go into a pool with other weekly winners eligible for the contest grand-prize package, including $100 from The Islander and a variety of gift certificates. Click on image to enlarge
Former P&Z chair concerned about Pine development By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Former Anna Maria planning and zoning board chairman Doug Copeland has expressed concern about the board's recent approval of an application by Nikki and Robert Hunt of 303 Pine Ave. for a development in the retail-office-residential district.
Commissioner, fire chief square off on ad valorem tax By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Anna Maria City Commissioner Duke Miller has vowed to lead the charge against the ad valorem tax referendum requested by the West Manatee Fire & Rescue District that will be on the Aug. 31 ballot for district voters.
Tidemark gets bankruptcy reorganization extension By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
The federal bankruptcy court in Tampa on May 28 gave developers of the Tidemark hotel/condominium/marina project in Holmes Beach until July 15 to come up with a reorganization plan. And if necessary, said the court, Tidemark could have up until Sept. 15 to file the plan.
Anna Maria plans its own D-Day for remodeling project
Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn has set Friday, June 18, as D-Day for city hall and staff to be moved into temporary quarters at the Island Baptist Church while city hall undergoes a long-overdue remodeling. The remodeling project by contractor Southern Cross Construction of Sarasota will begin Monday, June 21.
Holmes Beach considers residential landscaping site plan By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Stung by the apparent decline in "greenery" in Holmes Beach, the city's parks and beautification committee has begun preparing a landscaping site plan ordinance that would affect all new single-family homes and duplexes and remodeling of such structures.