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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009
Big bite o' blue
Catherine Calhoun, 7, a new resident of Anna Maria and a student at Anna Maria Elementary School, enjoys cotton candy at the weekend arts and crafts (and food) fair in Holmes Beach. The event benefited Wildlife Inc. of Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Lacking ROR discussion, AM meeting quiet by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Without amendments to Anna Maria's retail-office-residential district to discuss on its agenda, the city commission sailed through its Jan. 22 meeting with only seven members of the public in attendance.
Callers to The Islander newspaper Thursday afternoon were relieved to learn that a raging fire on Egmont Key, visible we were told as far away as the Bradenton Financial Center in downtown Bradenton, was in fact a controlled burn.
Words exchanged, minds change at P&Z hearing by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
In a 4-3 vote, Anna Maria’s planning and zoning board at its Jan. 20 public hearing rejected a number of changes to the city’s retail-office-residential ordinance, pushing a final decision onto the city commission.
Quinn cleans up AMI Bridge approach by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Following a story in the Jan. 21 edition of The Islander, which prompted an appeal from the Florida Department of Transportation, Anna Maria Island Bridge contractor Quinn Construction Inc. has been actively cleaning up the trash and construction rubble that had collected at the east end of the bridge on Perico Island.
The trial of the two men charged in the April 17, 2008, home invasion in Anna Maria in which former Commissioner Linda Cramer was injured has been postponed to March, according to the Manatee County Circuit Court clerk’s office. The jury trial was scheduled on the docket for the trial period for Judge Gilbert Smith Jr. that ends Jan. 30, but a continuance was requested last week.
The Anna Maria Island Privateers are collecting fishing poles — new, used and even broken — to repair if needed and give to children. Any fishing gear is welcome, including bait nets, bait buckets and tackle.
Take The Islander’s trivia contest and win a prize and Islandwide recognition as a Super Super Bowl Trivia Buff. Return ballots by noon Saturday, Jan. 31, to the newspaper office, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.