Top Stories this week on Anna Maria Island: Wednesday, April 15, 2009
The Rev. Rosemary Backer of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Holmes Beach delivers the sermon "Sunday's Coming" to the "larger-than-ever crowd" of worshippers, according to Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger of the sponsoring Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club, attending Sunday's 45th annual Easter Sunrise Service at the Manatee Public Beach. There appeared to be more than 1,500 early-risers in attendance, and the collection plate is shared among the six participating Island houses of worship.
Anna Maria resident Jake Martin has spent the better part of the past year getting approval from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to construct a walkway on his canalfront property through the mangroves to a dock he wants to build.
Following the recent completion of a study of vehicle speeds on the Anna Maria Island Bridge, the Palma Sola Causeway and that portion of Manatee Avenue in Holmes Beach, the Florida Department of Transportation has announced it is lowering the speed limit in those areas.