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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Beachgoers share the sand with black skimmers in Bradenton Beach one morning last week. Walkers with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported nesting skimmers and least terns on the beach by 26th Street North in the southern Island city. The birds have for years been monitored on the beach in Anna Maria, but not Bradenton Beach. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
No decision, plenty of talk, at Fiske hearing by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Shortly after Anna Maria’s code enforcement board began its May 5 meeting to hear allegations of code violations against Evelyn and Jack Fiske of the 800 block of South Bay Boulevard, their attorney suggested they had not had sufficient time to prepare a defense because he had just learned about the hearing.
Pine Avenue preservation gets first-step approval by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
The first step in the future of what Anna Maria resident Mike Coleman and businessman Ed Chiles believe will preserve the historic "Old Florida" ambiance of Pine Avenue took place May 6 when the Anna Maria planning and zoning board unanimously approved a site plan for their project at 315 and 317 Pine Ave.
Anna Maria moves 'swiftly' on drainage permit by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Anna Maria city officials along with city engineer Tom Wilcox met May 6 with Southwest Florida Water Management District staff and, following the meeting, the city agreed to submit a new design for Phase I of its stormwater drainage project.
Anna Maria's city engineer criticizes contractor by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
When the Southwest Florida Water Management District failed to issue Anna Maria an environmental resource permit by the planned April start date of Phase I of the city’s stormwater drainage project, contractor Adkins Contracting Inc. of Ruskin opted out of the deal.
One planned AMI bridge closure sunk by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
A planned one-night closure of the Anna Maria Island Bridge to vehicular traffic by contractor Quinn Construction Co. of Palmetto failed to take place as scheduled the night of May 5-6 because the necessary materials were not available.
The two suspects arrested May 3 in the April 17 home invasion and robbery in Anna Maria involving former Anna Maria City Commissioner Linda Cramer have both been charged with home invasion and robbery, a first-degree felony.
Commissioners post objections to causeway posts by Lisa Neff. Islander Reporter
Manatee County commissioners voted unanimously last week to work with Bradenton, the Florida Department of Transportation and a scenic highway group to remove some newly planted bollards along the Palma Sola Causeway.