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Date of Issue: November 24, 2005

Captains to meet for Boat Parade

A captains meeting for the Anna Maria Island lighted boat parade will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, by the sponsoring Islander newspaper.

Captains should call the newspaper at 778-7989 to get up-to-date on the parade and the meeting, said Bonner Joy, Islander publisher.

It's best to get aboard now with registration, she said, to avoid last-minute hassles. Call the office and start the brief process rolling.

Sponsors are needed, too, Joy said, and they can explore parade possibilities with her by phone or at the office.

Eligible to participate in the parade are boats of any kind and any size. They need to be decorated in a holiday theme and able to move along on their own steam. That includes sailboats as well as power boats.

They will rendezvous at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in Bimini Bay, then parade up the canal to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, north along the shore to the Rod & Reel Pier, and back to the Anna Maria City Pier for judging and to watch the fireworks starting about 7:30 p.m.

All that's needed at this stage is for captains and sponsors to express their interest by calling the paper, and The Islander will handle the rest until parade time.