Vol. 8 No. 36 - May 28, 2008


Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Visitors flock to beaches

PORT MANATEE – Representatives of Port Manatee and Port Dolphin are negotiating over the placement of a controversial proposed natural gas pipeline, according to Manatee County officials.

"They came to us with their project and we’re trying to meet their requirements as we did with Gulfstream," said Port Manatee Director Dave McDonald, referring to an existing natural gas pipeline running from Port Manatee to Mobile Bay, Ala.

McDonald met with Port Dolphin representatives last week to discuss the county’s concerns about the proposed project, Manatee County Port Authority Chairman Joe McClash announced Thursday at a port authority meeting. More...

County to oppose pipeline plan

Manatee County commissioners plan to protest a natural gas pipeline slated to pass through the underwater area off Anna Maria where the county mines beach renourishment sand.

Houston-based Port Dolphin Energy LLC plans to build the floating Port Dolphin 28 miles offshore, where liquefied natural gas would be converted to gas in tankers and piped ashore to Port Manatee. More...

Causeway project approved

BRADENTON – Manatee County commissioners last week agreed to a request to allow completion of the Palma Sola Scenic Highway landscape project before reassessing the controversial bollards.

The Palma Sola Scenic Highway Entity made the request after receiving criticism that the bollards used to define the parking areas create safety issues and limit water access. More...

DOT briefs officials on bridge issues

HOLMES BEACH – Audrey Clarke, of the Florida Department of Transportation, briefed elected officials on the Anna Maria Island Bridge rehabilitation project and invited them to attend a public meeting set for June 5.

"Everyone in this room will have a table and each agency will have a chance to explain to all of us their preliminary plans, concerns and efforts for the closure," Clarke explained. More...

Summer tourism Florida friendly

With Memorial Day marking the unofficial start of summer, short-term visitors from Florida are replacing long-term visitors from the north on Anna Maria Island.

"We’re getting people coming in and calling for the weekends," said Mary Ann Brockman, of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryMemorial Day celebration draws crowd

Bridge Street was packed last Sunday for the Memorial Day Festival. Tents lined the street and the smell of good food was in the air.

Members of the Bridge Street Merchants Association were elated at the turnout, estimated to be more than 2,000.

Proceeds were to go toward Island shooting victim Sue Normand’s recovery fund. There was no figure of how much was raised by press time. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryBusiness owners shun parking meter idea

BRADENTON BEACH – The answer to the city’s parking problems in its commercial district lies in finding places for employees to park out of the district, according to business owners who attended a meeting on Wednesday, May 14.

Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale led the meeting of business leaders to review suggestions to end the shortage of parking spaces on and around Bridge Street, which has been the subject of a series of meetings and seminars over the past few years. More...

FWC weighs in on pipeline proposal

Port Dolphin’s plan to build a floating natural gas port and pipeline 28 miles off Anna Maria Island poses several environmental problems, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

The port would host tankers that convert liquefied natural gas to vaporized gas and transport it through a 42-mile-long pipeline to a Gulfstream Natural Gas System pipeline onshore at Port Manatee. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryHurricane Survival Guide 2008
Surviving the inevitable

When the hurricane season comes each year, the question isn’t if a storm will come, it’s when. Never take anything for granted and act before it’s too late because it will be too late long before the winds, rain and surge reach us. Don’t prepare to stay when they say leave. The power of these storms is overwhelming and there’s a reason they call this place a barrier Island. It’s because it protects the mainland, but there’s nothing in front of Anna Maria Island to protect it. This guide will help you be prepared. The next step is up to you. More...

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Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryTarpon Season: Show some respect

Tarpon season is here, and anglers, who rig properly, are patient and show a little respect to the fish and other Waltonians, can experience one of angling’s greatest pleasures. But don’t let the fact that you’re unfamiliar with tarpon fishing deter you. Anna Maria Island has some of the state’s top tarpon guides who can help you experience the thrill of a lifetime.

Tarpon will fall for a well placed crab, pinfish, artificial lure or fly, but anglers need to be on top of their game. You’ll hear many fishermen say that they just like to see a tarpon jump when first hooked and are not interested in actually landing them. More...

real estate

Here come the hurricanes

Have you taken a look at the calendar lately? I know it seems like last week when you were putting Santa and his four legged friends back in their plastic storage bin, but guess what? It wasn’t. June is just a few days away, and June has a way of not only elevating the outside temperature, but also our anticipation of the months ahead.

As natural disasters go, I’ll take a hurricane over an earthquake, a tornado or flash flooding. With a hurricane you at least have several days to get prepared, but don’t wait until the storm track starts flashing across your TV screen. Get prepared now. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryLiving showroom at LaPensee

LaPensee Plumbing has been helping to keep the water flowing on Anna Maria Island for almost 23 years, but having water flowing in every corner of its showroom is an event even Karen and Mike LaPensee couldn’t have imagined all those years ago.

The LaPensees have built their business and reputation on quality customer service. Through the years, they have added plumbing and related services on a regular basis, cumulating in their recent move into 4,200 square feet of space in Holmes Beach to accommodate both their staff of 20 and their living showroom. More...


Majors squad steps up in the county cup

The first ever Manatee County Cup Little League tournament is under way at G.T. Bray Park and Braden River, with the Island’s Majors squad scoring a huge upset last week in its opening game. More...

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Two division leaders remain unbeaten

Flag Football continues on the soccer field in Holmes Beach and at this time of the season we are starting to see the difference that come from experienced coaches as well as players that have been here before. It is a fast paced, high-energy affair and one that has gained popularity over the years. Here’s a rundown of last week’s games. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryOwners face hearing for lighting violations

BRADENTON BEACH — Bradenton Beach is cracking down on violators of its sea turtle protection ordinance.

City officials invited Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission Imperiled Species Management Lighting Specialist Jean Higgins to come and assist the city in making after-dark inspections along the beach. More...


McKay and Pepka win at horseshoes

Seven randomly-paired teams took to the Anna Maria horseshoe pits on Saturday, 5/17. The three-game pool play elimination round format, used by the players, resulted in four of those teams advancing to the morning’s playoff round with 3-0 records. In the semi-final matches, Sam Samuels and Carole Watson defeated Tom Rhodes and Hank Huyghe, 21-8, while George McKay and Ron Pepka squeezed past Debbie Rhodes and Norm Good. McKay and Pepka finished out the day and secured bragging rights with a 21-11 win. More...


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