Schooner ends long voyage

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The 21st century proved too much for the 148-year old Italian schooner San Francesco, moored to the seawall at the Seafood Shack Marina, Bar and Grill on 127th Street West in Cortez. The schooner sank at the marina and was raised several times before the Shack took over ownership in fall 2017. After exploring restoration options, demolition resulted. Workers from the Seafood Shack spent March 1-3 on the project, saving the mast, wheel and other fixtures as they razed the ship. Islander Photo: Courtesy Seafood Shack/Liza Kubik

A planned farmers market for Anna Maria has been pushed back.

The city announced March 2 that the market, which was scheduled to begin March 6, lacks vendors.

Six vendors had expressed interest in Anna Maria’s market but just one submitted an application, according to Anna Maria deputy clerk Debbie Haynes.

Michael Smith, who owns AMI Aquaponics, a microgreen company in Holmes Beach, is the only vendor to apply, Haynes said March 1.

The five vendors who expressed interest include a home decor business, Plain and Fancy in Cortez; Suncoast Florist, Steve O’s Salsa and Cosmos Coffee in Bradenton; and Milagros Produce, a Bradenton-based fruit and vegetable business that takes part in the Coquina Beach Market.

The city is still seeking interested vendors, Haynes said.

The city planed to operate the market through May at City Pier Park, at the corner of Pine Avenue and North Bay Boulevard.

Mayor Dan Murphy made a proposal in January to launch a farmers market focused on produce, bread and other food items.

Murphy said there could be no prepared foods, such as sandwiches or ice cream, at the market because it would amount to competition for Anna Maria businesses.

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