Top Stories this week on Anna Maria Island: Wednesday, March 3, 2010
The Island Wedding Festival Feb. 28, which drew more than 900 attendees, began with a fashion show outside the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and Acqua Aveda Salon in Holmes Beach and concluded with a mock sunset wedding at the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria. In between, festivalgoers visited various locations on AMI and about 80 wedding industry vendors. Above: Sarah Howard of Holmes Beach models a strapless gown in the Acqua Aveda-sponsored wedding fashion show
Megan Briggs of Bradenton takes a turn on the bridal fashion show runway, a feature of the Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival, hosted by Acqua Aveda salon under a large tent in the parking lot adjacent to another tent of vendors and the event sponsor, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, and the event registration area.
The Island Wedding Festival Feb. 28 concluded with a mock sunset wedding at the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria.
Casandra Maddox and Damian Eldridge check out pastries from Matt Schole of Matt & Dom’s table at the wedding festival while they await the bridal fashion show. The couple plans to wed Nov. 5 at the Bayside Banquet Hall in Cortez.
Voters had their say Sept. 7 in the special election to recall Anna Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus, but the results were only announced Monday, Sept. 13. Anna Maria voters chose 362 to 331 votes to remove Stoltzfus from office.
On the choice of who should serve his remaining term, Gene Aubry won the balloting with 363 votes to 333 votes for Stoltzfus.
By 10 a.m. Monday, all involved parties in the special election had filed either motions or responses demanding the immediate release of the voting results from the Sept. 7 election on the recall of Anna Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus.
At 1:52 p.m., the notice came from the Second District Court of Appeal that “all ballots, including absentee ballots, cast in the recall election of Sept. 7, shall be unsealed and open for public inspection.”
Bradenton Beach commissioners voted last week to move forward with a $2.66 million spending plan for 2010-11 and likely will adopt the budget this week.
The commission, meeting Sept. 7 at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., also unanimously adopted a resolution setting the proposed millage rate — the rate used to collect property taxes for the city — at 2.1539 mills.
Top Top Notch: Waves, camera, action
Chris Pate of Holmes Beach won the grand prize in The Islander's annual Top Notch contest with his photograph of a wave-skater at White Avenue beach. Pate won $100 from the newspaper, plus gifts from Islander advertisers, including a $50 gift certificate from the Chiles Restaurants Group, a $50 certificate for Hair's to You Salon, a $25 certificate from Mister Roberts Resortwear, a $10 certificate for Minnie's Beach Cafe and the framing of the winning photo by Karly Carlson Custom Framing. The weekly winners received Islander "more-than-a-mullet wrapper" T-shirts and front-page placement of their photos. Next week, The Islander's honorable mentions in the popular contest.
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