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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005
TOP NOTCH: 'Dripping Wet' final weekly winner Susan Brownewell of Anna Maria captured granddaughter Kylie of Holmes Beach in a wild flip of water and hair near the Anna Maria City Pier to take the final weekly prize. Susan will receive a "More Than a Mullet Wrapper" Islander T-shirt, a bottle of wine from Anna Maria Island Liquor & Wine and a lunch certificate from Minnie's Beach Cafe. The photo will go into a pool with other weekly winners for the contest grand-prize package, including $100 from The Islander, a $50 gift certificate from Mister Robert's Resortwear, a premium bottle of champagne from Time Saver, dinner for two at either the Sandbar, BeachHouse or MarVista, and framing of their winning entry from Decor Gallery and Framing. Click image to enlarge
Dead to the left, dead to the right ... By Paul Roat
Let us rebuild, residents tell P&Z board By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
To the surprise of absolutely no one who has lived in Anna Maria longer than three months, the latest proposal to solve the city's decades-old parking problems came in for some severe criticism from the public and at least one commissioner at the city commission's Aug. 4 workshop, putting the entire plan in jeopardy.
Charter changes include term limit expansion, lot size By Paul Roat
Charter changes have mostly been completed by the Bradenton Beach committee charged with the document’s review, the alterations have been set for final approval by the city commission and the questions are moving forward toward a decision by the voters in November.
Holmes Beach budget ready, taxes down By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach city commissioners approved the proposed $10.14 million budget and accompanying 1.9 millage rate for 2005-06 fiscal year at their Aug. 9 budget workshop and set the first public hearing on the new budget for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7. The 1.9 millage represents a drop of 5 percent from the current 2.0 millage imposed on city taxpayers.
Consolidation language simplified in Holmes Beach By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach city commissioners at their Aug. 9 meeting approved language for a non-binding referendum on Island consolidation that the city hopes to have on the November ballot, but rejected asking the voters in the same question if they want the city to spend money.