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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Pirates of the bay
Young revelers anticipating their summer vacation gather May 19 aboard the Skullywag along Sarasota Bay in Bradenton Beach for the annual Snooks Adams Kids Day. Members of the Anna Maria Island Privateers traditionally host the celebration, named for the Island's first peace officer and Holmes Beach's former police chief, Snooks Adams, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Sandbar to comply with city site-plan request By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Sandbar Restaurant owner Ed Chiles said he will submit a site-plan amendment to the city commission for tented wedding receptions.
Anna Maria sex offender gets probation, plans return to city By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
An Anna Maria doctor convicted in Orlando of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy in 1991 won't be going to jail, but instead plans to return to his residence at 776 N. Shore Drive following a judge's ruling that allows him probation instead of prison.
Save our pines! Refrain again sounds at Coquina By Paul Roat
A mini-protest of about a half-dozen people took place on Coquina Beach in the wake of a Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department decision - approved by county officials - to reconfigure the parking area of the facility in Bradenton Beach in the wake of a shooting on Easter.
Safety committee has concerns about Anna Maria Bridge By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
After two deaths in the past 13 months from vehicles crashing through the railing on the Anna Maria Island Bridge and plunging into the waters below, the Manatee County Community Traffic Safety Team has some concerns about bridge safety.
Top Notch: First weekly winner also 2006 grand prize winner
The grand prize winner from among six weekly award-winning photos in the 2006 "Top Notch" Islander photo contest is 'Hermit' by Kim Klement of Bradenton. Her shot was the first winner on June 28 and was taken at Andros Island in the Bahamas in May. She can claim her grand prize, including $100 from The Islander, a dining certificate from Ooh La La! Bistro, a bottle of champagne from Anna Maria Island Liquor and Wine, dinner for two at a Chiles Group Restaurant and framing of the winning photo by Decor and More. Congratulations to all the winners - and be watching next week for our featured runnersup.
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