Island real estate ready to boom - if prices drop By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Property sales on Anna Maria Island could be poised for a spectacular winter season if the results of an informal survey of Island real estate offices done by Mike Norman Realty in Holmes Beach are put into effect.
Coquina Beach Trail draws residents' ire By Paul Roat. Islander Reporter
Construction began last week on the long-anticipated Coquina Beach Trail, a meandering 8-foot-wide asphalt pathway that will run along the west side of Gulf Drive between the parking lots and beach from Fifth Street South to the Longboat Bridge in Bradenton Beach.
GSR-RoseBay approval 'done,' but not yet official By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
RoseBay Real Estate has been approved by U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Court Judge K. Rodney May to be the exclusive sales agent for GSR properties, according to Lynn Parker of RoseBay. Parker said the judge made the ruling after a Jan. 25 emergency hearing on the motion made by GSR attorney Richard Prosser.
Two decades of dedication earned recognition for Holmes Beach city staff Feb. 2. Mayor Rich Bohnenberger recognized the employees in a celebration in the foyer at Holmes Beach City Hall, 8801 Marina Drive. Honored employees include, from left, patrolman Rob Velardi, Lt. Dale Stephenson, public works assistant foreman Gary Blunden and Chief Jay Romine. Not pictured are honorees Wayne Vandermolen and Edward "Skip" Nunn, both in the public works department, and officer Jim Cumston in the police department. Bohnenberger also presented officer Michael Leonard with a formal plaque for his arrest of an alleged armed robber on Christmas. "It speaks volumes for the work environment here and the quality of the people hired," the mayor said. The city employs 42 people, including three part-time staff members. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Insurance: Questions raised about governor's rate freeze By Molly McCartney. Islander Reporter
Here's another twist in the ongoing insurance drama:
SevenShores to Islanders: 'Come see us' By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
St. Joe's SevenShores condominium project on north Perico Island is on schedule, said Joe Romanowski, St. Joe's regional sales and project manager, and the company is anticipating a normal winter sales season.
Top Notch: First weekly winner also 2006 grand prize winner
The grand prize winner from among six weekly award-winning photos in the 2006 "Top Notch" Islander photo contest is 'Hermit' by Kim Klement of Bradenton. Her shot was the first winner on June 28 and was taken at Andros Island in the Bahamas in May. She can claim her grand prize, including $100 from The Islander, a dining certificate from Ooh La La! Bistro, a bottle of champagne from Anna Maria Island Liquor and Wine, dinner for two at a Chiles Group Restaurant and framing of the winning photo by Decor and More. Congratulations to all the winners - and be watching next week for our featured runnersup.
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