Top Stories this week on Anna Maria Island: Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Amy Sharma may have set a world record with her black grouper catch Saturday with her 93.5-pound fish, caught in the Gulf of Mexico off Anna Maria Island. She was fishing with husband Dr. Andy on Team Legmakr with Capt. Anthony Manali and his wife Joann. She is a speech therapist and director of rehabilitation at Kindred Hospital in Ocala; Andy is a physician in Ocala and Inverness and both are frequent visitors to the Island. Islander Photo: Courtesy Joann Manali
Hook, line and license
Beginning Aug. 1, resident angles who fish from the shore will need a $9 shoreline fishing license or a $17 regular saltwater fishing license. The state instituted the license requirement in advance of what was expected to be a more costly federal requirement. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Charged by the Anna Maria City Commission with the vexing problem of what to do with the estimated 65 duplexes in Anna Maria that became non-conforming when the city eliminated the Residential-2 zone, the planning and zoning board at its July 21 meeting offered some suggestions.
Waves, camera, action
Chris Pate of Holmes Beach is the final weekly winner in the newspaper's six-week-long Top Notch contest, winning front-page placement of the photo and an Islander newspaper "More-Than-A-Mullet wrapper" T-shirt. The entry - an image of Andrew Fortenberry wake-skating the waters at White Avenue beach - will go into a pool of weekly winners eligible for the grand prize of $100 from the newspaper and a bevy of gift certificates and other prizes from Islander advertisers. The grand-prize winner will be announced in the Aug. 5 issue, followed by our honorable mentions on Aug. 12.
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