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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2005
Pros build giant sandcastle celebrating Sandblast
Mark Mason, one of the five-man Sandtastic team that launches the annual Sandblast event to benefit Keep Manatee Beautiful, puts finishing touches on the "Scenic Highway"-themed sandcastle that towers along Gulf Drive at the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach. More photos on the cover of this week's "B" section. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann
Attorney threatens Anna Maria with Bert Harris legal action By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
When Florida Legislator Bert Harris first proposed a bill 10 years ago to protect property owners from governmental actions that could threaten the future value of the property, he probably never dreamed that after the law's approval, his name would become synonymous with property rights and legal threats.
Bradenton Beach is looking for a few good people to volunteer on several advisory boards. Actually, "good" is not a prerequisite - you just have to be a voter in the city, but even that isn’t necessarily required in some instances.
Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Bob Sweat, left, swore in newly elected Holmes Beach city commissioners Tuesday, Nov. 21. Next to Sweat, from left, Patrick Morton and Rich Bohnenberger both won re-election to the commission and David Zaccagnino is new to the commission. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Month's ban on grouper proposed By Jim Hanson
A one-month ban on recreational grouper fishing in federal waters has been proposed by the Gulf fishery advisory council, running closely with the commercial ban.
Restaurant 'restitution' scam investigation continues By Paul Roat. Islander Reporter
Restaurateurs who have received a letter from a polite patron who complained of becoming ill after dining at their establishment should probably NOT feel guilty and not send the patron a gift certificate.
St. Joe plans retail-office complex for Perico Harbor Marina By Paul Roat. Islander Reporter
To the surprise of absolutely no one, the Bradenton Planning Commission approved a preliminary site plan by Paradise Pointe LLC, a company owned by the St. Joe Company, for a retail-office-restaurant complex at the east end of the Anna Maria Island Bridge. The St. Joe Company was formerly known as the Arvida Corporation at the time of the Perico Island property purchase and ensuring development controversy.