Tag Archives: 03-02-2011

Island courtship: Brides, grooms swoon over AMI

Island Wedding Festival attendees gather Feb. 26 for sunset and at the chickee hut at the Gulf Drive Cafe in Bradenton Beach. The two-day festival, organized by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, featured more than 70 vendors at 14 locations. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

Businesses married to the wedding industry courted hundreds of brides and grooms and their entourages during the two-day Island Wedding Festival. The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce this year expanded the festival from a Sunday afternoon to a weekend …

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Wedding toast

The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce two-day wedding festival was toasted with a mock reception and ceremony Sunday by a large crowd of festival goers just before sunset on the beach at the Sandbar Restaurant. Islander Photo:Dara Caudill / …

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Tortuga awards wedding contest prize

The winners of an Island resort Seashells Wedding Bells Win-A-Wedding Contest are Beverly Slimer and Jared Lussier of Tampa. The couple attended the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce’s Island Wedding Festival Feb. 26-27, and received their prize basket during …

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Mediation ordered for Nally v. Anna Maria

Circuit Court Judge Peter Dubensky recently ordered all parties in the William and Barbara Nally v. Anna Maria lawsuit to attend a mediation hearing to determine if the suit can be settled without a trial. Dubensky issued his order Feb. …

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Mayors question bridge study need

The Florida Department of Transportation plans to conduct a $1.5 million project development and environmental study in 2012-13 to determine what type of bridge, if any, should replace the Cortez Bridge. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

Island mayors shared no enthusiasm for the Florida Department of Transportation’s announcement that it plans a $1.5 million project development and environmental study to determine a replacement for the Cortez Bridge. “It’s a total waste of taxpayer money,” said Bradenton …

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New cafe operator surpassing old

Although Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore was opposed to the county commission’s decision in May 2010 to award the lease for the concession at the county-run Manatee Public Beach to a new operator, she’s changed her tune. After viewing the …

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Chiles challenges Center to burn the mortgage

The Anna Maria Island Community Center has reconvened its capital campaign committee — consisting of Ed Chiles and Trudy and Stewart Moon — and tasked it with paying off the center’s mortgage in five years. Center executive director Pierrette Kelly …

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Cortez fest nets 27,000 folks

This sign greeted folks at the entrance to the Feb. 19-20 Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival at its new location alongside the preserve — the property purchased and supported with festival funding for many years.

Organizers of the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival are still calculating dollars and cents, but the two-day event held Feb. 19-20 drew about 27,000 people. “All in all, it went beyond our wildest expectations,” said one of the festival organizers, Jane …

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Holmes Beach requests survey of Bimini Bay

Holmes Beach superintendent of public works Joe Duennes has requested that Manatee County Commissioners add the channel of Bimini Bay in Holmes Beach that connects to Bimini Bay in Anna Maria to a list of pre-dredge survey sites to be …

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No-kill policy works for humane society

Denise Deisler, director of the Humane Society of Manatee County, gives 1-year-old cat Jason a snuggle during a visit to the clinic. Jason, a laid back cat, has become a favorite with the humane society staff. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan

Humane Society of Manatee County’s board of directors recruited Denise Deisler two years ago for the specific purpose of transitioning the organization to a no-kill facility. Deisler had successfully transitioned the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in …

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