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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Fighting back The Walters family - Jack, 10, piggybacking Anni, 7, and Seth, 8, piggybacking Tori, 7, take the track during the Anna Maria Island Relay for Life May 31 at Coquina Beach. The event, which stretched overnight, raised money for the American Cancer Society. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Relayers rally to fight cancer by Lisa Neff. Islander Reporter
Barbara Rischmann lost her husband recently to lung cancer.
Anna Maria passes controversial zero lot-line ordinance by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
After months of contentious debate, Anna Maria city commissioners at their May 29 meeting narrowly approved an ordinance that would allow for a zero lot line for construction of a single structure on adjacent lots in the city’s retail-office-residential land-use areas.
A portion of the former market and service station at the eastern-mainland end of the Anna Maria Island Bridge on Manatee Avenue were being demolished last week by owners St. Joe Company after being vacant for nearly two years. The former Perico Island Marina, also on the site and closed by St. Joe, remains. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Costs continue to rise for Anna Maria stormwater project by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Phase I of Anna Maria’s stormwater drainage plan is probably one of the most expensive drainage projects the city has never built. And the cost continues to go up and up, all before the first drop of water has hit the swale.
School auditorium to get overdue renovations by Diana Bogan. Islander Reporter
Recent events held in the Anna Maria Elementary School auditorium, such as the building’s dedication to James Kronus and the fifth-grade production of “Cinderella,” drew the attendance of Manatee County School board member Harry Kinnan and that may have helped shed light on some outstanding problems with the facility.
June 5 public meeting on bridge rehab by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Another opportunity for Islanders and concerned citizens to gather and learn about the ongoing $9.2 million Anna Maria Island Bridge rehabilitation project is set for 5 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach.
Climate conditions point to a near-normal or above-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin this year, according to the Climate Prediction Center operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.