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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, July 5, 2006
Not a rosy future
Plans for GSR Development's Rosa del Mar condominium project in Bradenton Beach appear to have fallen by the wayside in the wake of the company’s financial difficulties. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
GSR may consider bankruptcy court for protection By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
The saga of Island developer GSR Development LLC and principals Robert Byrne and Steve Noriega is expected to take a not unexpected twist in the very near future.
Whitmore now a county commission candidate By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore had already said she would not seek re-election as mayor - a post she’s held since 1998 - but would instead run for a seat on the city commission in the November elections. She even publicly announced she would not run for a seat on the Manatee County Commission.
Sandbar site plan hearing turns into courtroom battle By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
An expected 45-minute hearing on the final site plan for the Sandbar Restaurant at the June 29 Anna Maria City Commission meeting turned into more than three hours of courtroom drama as lawyers for opponents of the plan did their best to turn the hearing into a trial.
Surf's up! A winner from Waikiki
The second weekly winner in the 2006 'Top Notch' photo contest is Michael H. Smith of Holmes Beach. His shot of stashed surfboards awaiting riders was taken at Waikiki, Hawaii, and his prize is an Islander "more-than-a-mullet-wrapper" T-shirt and a certificate for Minnie's Beach Cafe, and her photo will go into the pool of six winners eligible for a grand prize that includes $100 from The Islander, a dining certificate from Ooh La La! Bistro, a bottle of champagne from Anna Maria Island Liquor and Wine, dinner for two at a Chiles Group Restaurant and framing of the winning photo by Decor and More.
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