Seven left homeless, husband jobless after fire By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Fire crews from the West Manatee Fire and Rescue District along with assistance from Longboat Key firefighters battle the Feb. 10 fire at 2518 Avenue C in Bradenton Beach that left a family of seven homeless. Islander Photo: Courtesy George Meyer
Stormwater fee may flood city By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Anna Maria city commissioners have scheduled a special meeting March 3 to first decide how the proposed stormwater utility fee should be structured before they determine how much to assess city taxpayers annually for the fee.
Multi-use path redesigned By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
The planned multi-use path from Fifth Street South in Bradenton Beach along the west side of Gulf Drive to the Longboat Pass Bridge is still in the planning stages, according to Mike Sosadeeter of the Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department.
Chiles buying Island's End restaurant By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Sandbar restaurant owner Ed Chiles said his company has entered into an agreement with Bistro Blanton Holdings LLC, owners of Island's End restaurant, and its officers Sean Murphy and Lise Blanton to purchase that restaurant and the accompanying five lots. The purchase of the Anna Maria restaurant at the corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue is expected to close March 6, Chiles said.
Wastin' away in Holmes Beach? By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach City Commissioner Don Maloney has not spent the last few weeks "wasting" his time. He's been busy negotiating details of a proposed new contract with Waste Management Inc., the city's contracted trash and waste hauling service. The contract is up for renewal at the end of March.
Key Royale speeding complaints bring tickets - to Key Royale residents By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
There's an old Island saying that "you'd better be careful what you wish for, you just might get it," and some Key Royale residents today might be wishing they'd kept their mouths shut at the Feb. 7 Key Royale Homeowners Association meeting.
New York Times discovers Island, too By Paul Roat. Islander Reporter
Laid-back, kicked-back Anna Maria Island has been discovered.
Just a few weeks after a Los Angeles Times travel writer hit some of the highlights of the Island's lifestyle, Sunday's The New York Times section featured a full-page article on "Family Vacations: Perfecting the fine art of doing nothing" on our so-called "best-kept secret," at least as far as some past and, perhaps erroneous, advertising campaigns proclaimed.