Going, going, gone
John O'Donnell's $300,000 boat went up in smoke, and his Father's Day fishing trip went with it. Left photo: boat burning at the dock captured by Cortez fishing captain and tour-boat operator, Kim Ibasfalean. Two smaller photos, shot by Mary Grimes, boat owner at the Bradenton Beach Marina on the same dock as where the boat burned. Mary had the presence of mind to document the fire, beginning to end. Click image to enlarge
Father's Day plundered, larger disaster averted
Bradenton Beach Marina owner Alan Bazzy said it best, "It could have been a huge disaster, setting the other boats on fire like dominoes." He arrived Sunday shortly after firefighters at the scene of a boat fire midway out on the long dock fronting the storage building at the bayfront marina.
Siam Garden being sold, units to be privatized By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Faced with mounting taxation and increased costs, Kent Davis of the Siam Garden resort in Anna Maria has decided to sell his 16-unit property to a group of Island investors. The investors plan on "privatizing" the individual units for resale.
Holmes Beach rental owners oppose rental limit By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Owners of rental units in Holmes Beach are up in arms about a proposal by the city's planning commission to revise the city's new comprehensive plan to limit rentals in the residential single-family and medium-density duplex zones to a minimum 30-day stay.
'Metamorphoses' overwhelming winner at AACT Fest '05
Unfurl the banners; ring the bells; sound the trumpets - the intrepid Manatee Players' dazzling production of "Metamorphoses" has triumphed at the national level of the American Association of Community Theatre in Kalamazoo, Mich.