Historical, political, athletic and pop culture figures past and present had the opportunity to "meet and greet" at the Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-grade "Biographers Tea." Here Nicole Botero as Cleopatra, Molly Slicker as Lucille Ball, and Kristi Wickersham as Princess Diana exchange autographs. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan Click on image to enlarge
Budget changes belong to mayor By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
An effort by Anna Maria Commissioner Dale Woodland to form a committee to revise the format in which the annual budget is presented fell flat when Commission Chairperson John Quam and other commissioners at the Feb. 12 workshop agreed it was an administrative, not commission, matter.
Cortez activist worried about real estate boom By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Real estate prices in Cortez have been gradually creeping up, and some local real estate experts say the day is not too far off when Cortez real estate values, like Anna Maria Island's already, start to boom, if they haven't already.
Kabris rezoning request denied By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach City Commission agreed at its Feb. 10 meeting that Patrick and Angela Kabris of 101 75th St. have a unique piece of property. A portion is zoned R-2 (medium-density residential), while a second parcel is zoned R-1 for private recreational purposes.