Vol. 8 No. 25 - March 12, 2008


City to give merchants  brighter outlook

BRADENTON BEACH – The merchants on Bridge Street have been trying to get more light on their front yards for the safety of their customers and it looks like it will soon happen.

The Bradenton Beach City Commission voted last Thursday to have Public Works Director tom Woodard ask Florida Power and Light (FPL) to install higher wattage bulbs in the streetlights there while he also looks at solar lights for the street. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryCancer cooking class brings profound changes

Corkie Carlson has a new zest for life after taking the Cancer Project’s Food for Life cooking class at the Island Community Center two years ago.

"I was diagnosed with cancer (multiple myeloma) and when that happens, you start looking for anything to help you," Carlson explained. "A neighbor told me about the class and she and I went. After the first class, I thought, ‘I can do this.’ More...

Bagpipers, Hobbits and elephants, oh my!

The Bradenton City Council approved an agreement with Manatee County to construct the small boat ramp on the south side of the Palma Sola Causeway despite opposition from neighbors. On Feb. 20, the city’s planning commission recommended approval and last month county commissioners approved the agreement. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryRain shortens first Friday Fest

ANNA MARIA – The weather was ominous all day Friday and it appeared that a cold front with possibly dangerous storms would be passing through the area during the first Island Music Festival. Despite that, some 1,000 people showed up to eat, drink, shop and celebrate the beginning of the weekend with live music before the skies opened around 7:30 p.m., forcing them to flee for cover. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryBig honor for local charity

The 2008 Eagle Laureate has been presented to Ron and Diane Stanchfield, of KIDS’ Miracle Partners, a non-profit organization that helps relieve the emotional and financial stress for families when their child has a critical illness.

Based on Anna Maria Island, this innovative concept evolved from the dying wish of the Stanchfield’s grandson. Nine year old Mitch Chepokas, who had osteosarcoma, generously shared money given to him by putting it into dozens of envelopes that he would quietly slide under the doors of other critically ill children in the hospital. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryTeacher speaks on man’s place in Earth’s history

ANNA MARIA – Biology teacher Joe Kerata spoke to a full house at The Studio at Gulf and Pine in a recent USF lecture.

Speaking on mans’ place in the history of the earth, Kerata unveiled a timeline of earth’s history that was 4 1/2 meters long and corresponded to the earth’s age of 4 1/2 billion years. More...

Board seeks facelift for traffic islands at city entrance

HOLMES BEACH – Three members of the beautification board have developed a plan for revitalizing the traffic islands at East Bay Drive and Manatee Avenue with native plants.

Members Fred Heger, Melissa Snyder and Maureen Hirthler recommended removing the poinsettias, purple queen gazania and lantana, replacing the pine bark with maleleuca mulch, calibrating the sprinklers and minimizing the turf. They suggested planting beach sunflower, gaillardia and gold lantana. More...

Charter Review Commission puzzles over voting on comp plan changes

ANNA MARIA – Should the comp plan only be changed by a super majority vote of the city commission?

Members of the Charter Review Commission (CRC) debated that question and whether or not it would hamstring future commissions to impose the change.

"The super majority vote has mired Longboat Key down," said Chair Tom Aposporos. "I've been asked to help them get out of this dilemma, and I can tell you, I'd hate to see that here." More...

Trial date set for Sorg lawsuit

HOLMES BEACH – A trial date has been set for Nov. 14 in the lawsuit brought by William and Diane Sorg against the city of Holmes Beach over a code enforcement board action taken more than three years ago.

Both parties have agreed to try mediation, which could eliminate the need for the jury trial.

In October 2004, the code enforcement board found the Sorgs, of 3707 Gulf Drive, in violation for making repairs on a balcony without a building permit and levied a fine of $30 per day. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Tour of Homes features Island-style living

The Community Center’s 15th annual Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, features Island living at five unique homes in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach.

While on the tour, shop at the Island Tropical Treasures boutique located at the Tanner Family Home. It will offer a variety of treasures from baked goods to arts and crafts. More...

reel time

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Outdoors Expo returns to state fairgrounds

The Tampa Tribune 17th Outdoors Expo & Boat Show hosted by Frank Sargeant kicks off this Friday, Feb. 29, and runs through Sunday, March 2. This is Florida’s largest outdoors expo, as well its most diverse and educational. The event is a kind of a world's fair for anglers, boaters, hunters, campers and anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. More...

real estate

Shop around when seeking a reverse mortgage

It seems like every year someone is asking me about reverse mortgages. This year, in particular, there is an abundance of advertising in the newspapers, television promos by aging actors and even street signs sprinkled all over town promoting the merits of reverse mortgages. Recently, on the same day, I received two separate mailings related to the virtues of a reverse mortgage. One was from my bank and the other was an offer of a free lunch if I attended their reverse mortgage seminar. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Health services for seniors

Florida has been the mecca for retirees for several generations, and with the baby boomers just starting to make their retirement plans, our state will undoubtedly continue to be one of their top choices. With an aging population, the need for health care and living assistance inevitably follows. My Care Home Health, Inc. on Cortez Road in Bradenton is responding to that need and offering a variety of services for seniors. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Regular season basketball champions crowned

The regular basketball season at AMICC has ended and it was a successful outing for a number of teams and not necessarily just the division champs. If basketball is your sport as a spectator you will not have been disappointed. There have been many emotions over the past weeks, conveyed in these pages and seen in the brand new gym. For the coaches there have been highs and lows, as you would expect. They have also taken positives and have had chances to question their ability and to pat themselves on the back. The players walk away with a new skill set, one that they will hone on driveways and quiet streets and then bring back again, better, next year. It’s now on to the playoffs. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Island horseshoe players medal at Gulf Coast Senior Games

Three Anna Maria Island residents have won medals in horseshoes at the 19th Annual Gulf Coast Senior Games, held last month at park sites in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

Herb Puryear, Al Norman and Art Kingstad all took home medals in the games, which give Florida seniors a chance to compete in 17 sporting events ranging from archery to track and field. All three are regulars at the horseshoe pits behind Anna Maria City Hall and were the only Island participants in the games. More...


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