Category Archives: 12-15-2010

Ahoy, ho, ho

The Anna Maria Island Privateers at the helm of their annual Christmas parade Dec. 11, which the nonprofit capped off with a party at Coquina Beach. The parade began at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria and continued down the Island to Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. At Coquina, the krewe hosted a lunch and party […]

Ahoy, ho, ho

Santa Claus greets a shy Carly Wade, 3, at the party that followed the annual Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff Beach Bums’ entry in the parade includes a truck carrying its soccer team, as well as a fleet of electric bicycles and golf carts. The crowd near Bridge Street in […]

Merry and bright

The Roser Memorial Community Church’s “Joyful Noise” children’s choir performs during Anna Maria’s holiday open house Dec. 10. The choir performed at the historical society park on Pine Avenue. Real estate specialists Megan Fishbach, Barbara Sato and Liza Morrow-Slaman celebrate at Sato Real Estate, 519 Pine Ave.

Board suggestions for new land-use

With Anna Maria in the process of adding two new land-use categories to its comprehensive plan, the planning and zoning board met Dec. 7 to review the proposed categories and make recommendations to the city commission. The historic pier-use category will include the city pier and Rod & Reel Pier and their surrounding waters. The […]

Anna Maria pier is tops – again

The Anna Maria City Pier remains the No. 1 visitor attraction in Manatee County, according to the most recent visitor study from the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. The July-September 2010 visitor profile report by Research Data Inc. of Tampa for the BACVB said 34.2 percent of visitors named the 100-year-old wooden pier their […]

City hall hosts cook-off

Chef Aldo Cipriano of Island Gourmet, back row, third from left, joins city of Holmes Beach representatives after an Oct. 27 chili cook-off at city hall. Top finishers include Joyce Stadt of the police department, first place; Chris Hanula of HBPD, second place; and code enforcement officer Janet Gorman, third place. Islander Photo: Olivia Willis

Shop owner vows fight

The owner of a lingerie and novelty shop vowed last week to remain on Cortez Road despite opposition from her landlord and Cortezians, code enforcement complaints and her husband’s statement that they’re leaving. “I ain’t moving,” said Debbie Sumner, who owns the retail shop at 12207 Cortez Road W., Cortez. Signs on the exterior of […]

Annunciation welcomes new pastor

Members of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation congregation welcome their new pastor, Rev. Dee Ann de Montmollin, at a reception at the church fellowship hall Dec. 5. Pictured are Gerry and Thibaut Brian, left, Bud and Gretchen Edgren, de Montmollin, deacon Irvin Maranville and the pastor’s husband, Phil de Montmollin. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Cortez coyote crisis draws crowd

Scream “ahhhhhhh!” That’s one suggestion to scare off a coyote, said Manatee County naturalist Lisa Hickey. That’s also the response of some frustrated Cortezians who say coyotes are preying on domestic pets and feral cats. Residents of the fishing village and other nearby communities gathered Dec. 9 at the Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez to […]