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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, June 13, 2007
First weekly winner: Top notch pelican flock!
Lori Kee of Bradenton, an artist with a good camera eye and a Holmes Beach city employee, took this photo near the humpback bridge on North Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria. Kee's keen eye has earned her the prize for the first of six weeks of Top Notch, including front page for her photo and an Islander newspaper "more-than-a-mullet wrapper" T-shirt. Her entry will go into the pool of weekly winners to be eligible for the grand prize of $100 from the newspaper and a bevy of gift certificates and prizes from Islander advertisers.
Remember our very own 'Superman,' Pete Lannon By Diana Bogan. Islander Reporter
Hundreds of folks turned out Tuesday and Wednesday, June 5-6, to say farewell to Holmes Beach Police Officer Pete Lannon and wish his family well as they venture forth in the wake of his death.
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford settles into her office at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. She and others with the city packed and moved June 8 from Crosspointe Fellowship, where city operations were headquartered while mold and asbestos were removed from city hall. "We're back," said Barford, excited to be home. City hall re-opened for business Monday, June 11. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Passenger in bridge crash drowned By Lisa Neff. Islander Reporter
The passenger killed in an accident on the Anna Maria Island Bridge drowned, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Holmes Beach Police Sgt. David Giddens started with HBPD March 27, 1995, was promoted to patrol sergeant in 1996, and ended his career there last week with recognition from Chief Jay Romine and members of the department. Romine, center, presented Giddens, standing left, with a GPS device "in the hope he'll find his way back." Giddens left on a road trip to Yellowstone National Park and "to see the wild west" with his wife and granddaughter, but he expects to return to Holmes Beach as an auxiliary officer when needed. The chief said, "He remains calm and cool at all times, which made him a huge asset to our agency, especially when training some of our younger officers." Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
St. Joe halts Perico Island condo sales By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Mother Economy has done what lawsuits and legal actions could not.