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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009
Cortez readies 'admission'
The admission booths are spruced and readied by volunteers in Cortez for the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival that will be held along village streets Feb. 21-22. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Outdoor fishing festival this weekend in Cortez
Cortezians are excited yet “crabby” about this weekend.
Anna Maria OKs ROR ordinance by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
In what was expected to be one of the most controversial decisions since Anna Maria adopted a parking plan several years ago, city commissioners at the Feb. 12 final hearing on amendments to the retail-office-residential ordinance voted 4-1 in favor of the ordinance.
Busy season for Island retail economy By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
The bad news about the nationwide economy apparently hasn’t affected Anna Maria Island retail stores as a number of owners have reported brisk sales thus far for the winter season. Some are even saying their sales are up compared with last year.
Schools face $20 million shortfall by Diana Bogan. Islander Reporter
The news wasn’t good for Island parents and community members in attendance at an information session hosted by the Manatee County School District Thursday, Feb. 12, in the Anna Maria Elementary School auditorium.
BOA opens door to case by Lisa Neff. Islander Reporter
The Bradenton Beach Board of Adjustment delved into memos and e-mails, call records and meeting minutes in an effort to determine whether it could hold a hearing on a building complaint against the Sunset Beach Motel and The Beach Club at 2201 Gulf Drive.