Top Stories this week on Anna Maria Island: Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Stars and stripes salute
Penny Frick of Bradenton is this week's winner in the newspaper's six-week-long Top Notch contest, winning front-page placement of the photo and an Islander newspaper "More-Than-A-Mullet wrapper" T-shirt. Frick's entry - a striking red, white and blue-themed photograph taken at New Pass near Mote Marine - will go into a pool of weekly winners eligible for the grand prize of $100 from the newspaper and a bevy of gift certificates and other prizes from Islander advertisers.
As Anna Maria Island tourist accommodation owners and managers look forward to the July 4 weekend with many locations already sold out or at near capacity, the summer season could be even better than last year.
A work crew removes sand, part of a routine maintenance schedule, June 26 at the boat ramp on the Palma Sola Causeway, according to Seth Kohn of the city of Bradenton. The ramp and an adjacent parking lot at the southeast end of the causeway beach opened June 1. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
In a special meeting July 26, the West Manatee Fire Rescue District board of directors awarded Totems Architect, Planning and Design of Sarasota a $75,485 contract to conduct a study of district facility needs and design new facilities for the district.