All for the birds
Clearwater Audubon Society member Sid Crawford, left, starts a gas-powered auger to drill holes in Bean Point where Nancy Douglass will place stakes in the beach to cordon off and keep beachgoers from the nesting least terns. Douglass, who works 13 counties for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said the area is one of the finest she's seen for nesting least terns and black skimmers. Nancy Ambrose of Manatee County Audubon and The Islander is at the right. Inset birds, left, low-flying least tern, right, black skimmers, photos by Dave Kandz/rbdigital.biz. Warning sign and beach scene photos by David Futch. Click image to enlarge
Consolidation needs to be discussed - again - says BIEO By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Like the freeloading uncle who refuses to leave despite constant rejections, the issue of consolidation for Anna Maria Island has never really disappeared.
Anna Maria coastal dune focus of administrative hearing By Paul Roat. Islander Reporter
The question of whether a sand dune on the beach at Pine Avenue in Anna Maria City is a vital element of the beach or merely an inconsequential mound of sand will be determined by an administrative law judge within two months.
Traffic calming proposals not so calm By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Manatee County transportation officials recently completed their study of possible traffic-calming measures along Marina Drive in Holmes Beach from Gulf Drive North to 56th Street, but a few of the proposals were rejected outright by city officials.