Costume contest winners
The winners of the AME-PTO Fall Festival costume contest included everything from a whoopee cushion to bacon and eggs. Winners were selected from each class: Phillip DuDeVoie, Taylor Lovelaa, Jack Shinn, Holly Rizzo, Dalton Guthrie, Cierra Walter, Noah Fischer, Tori Coover, Jay Stuart, Annie and Tori Walter, Jerry Thiel, Brynn Manush, Nicholas Martin, Maya Sepienza, Oti Dattoli, Skylar Scylzo, William Bouchard, Miles Fischer, Emma Mouneuse, Chastin Whitfield, Jack Gleman, Kayla Thiel, George Lardas, Jordan Moore, Henrick Brusso, Madison Gunn, Sibella Glavan, Chris Gunn, Neil Carper, Franceska Akel, Keaton Hackworth and Emma Bouchard.
Top right: Cardiac kids in cardiac cart lead parade
New heart recipient and Anna Maria Elementary alumni Erik Stahr was the "star" of the Anna Maria Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization Fall Festival parade, riding with - also heart patients at one time or another - alumni driver Chandler Hardy, back-seat AME fifth-graders Nicky and Tori Boltwood. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Middle right:Rory Welch has a handle on the AME Fall Festival parade route, which took students from Holmes Beach City Hall along Marina and Gulf drives to the school where game, craft and food booths awaited.
Bottom right:Mathew Stark patiently waits for the fun to begin at the AME-PTO Fall Festival.
DOT presents bridge closure options to Islanders By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
What a difference a week makes. Just seven days ago, the Florida Department of Transportation was adamant that the planned 75-day closure of the Anna Maria Island Bridge - part of its $9.1 million renovation project - would take place as planned in mid-April.
Barford: Bridge closure will 'kill my city' By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
If the Florida Department of Transportation follows through on its plan to close the Anna Maria Island Bridge for 75 days starting in early April as part of its bridge renovation project, it will be the death knell for Anna Maria and possibly the entire Island, said Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford.
Bradenton Beach mayors race: two similar candidates By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach mayoral candidates Bill Shearon and Michael Pierce spent so much time at The Islander candidate forum Oct. 23 agreeing with the others position on a number of issues, it seems a shame there can’t be a “co-mayor” in the city. The office will be on one of only two ballots in Manatee County. The other open seat is for mayor of Bradenton on Nov. 6.