Vol. 8 No. 52 - September 17, 2008


Anna Maria Island Sun News StorySoaked and Soggy

On its way to landfall in Galveston, Hurricane Ike left an impression on Anna Maria Island in the form of flooded streets, dead landscaping and damaged seawalls last week.

The main culprit was Ike’s tremendous size and power, which increased the tidal surge above the Island’s elevation on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Kick off ‘the Gap’ with music

HOLMES BEACH – That first weekend without the Anna Maria Bridge is likely to be a rough one. Try to get over the withdrawal with some live music.

Concert in the Park helps kick off Bridging the Gap on Saturday, Oct.4, from noon to 7 p.m. in the park north of Holmes Beach City Hall. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryFood Network to feature local chef

BRADENTON – A TV special, featuring Andrea Spring and filmed at the Crisco National Pie Championships and the Sign of the Mermaid, will air on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. on the Food Network.

"I’m excited and nervous," Spring said last week, while finishing the lunch rush at her new restaurant, Southern Belle Bakery and Café. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Funding OK’d for extra shuttle during bridge closure

HOLMES BEACH – The final public meeting before the Anna Maria Island Bridge is shut down for 45 days promises to be an informative one.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), which is sponsoring the meeting on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Bernard Catholic Church, wants to go over what will occur when the bridge closes to automobile traffic on Monday, Sept. 29. More...

Trial set for beating suspects

Judge Janette Dunnigan has set a Jan. 20, 2009, jury trial date for two men accused of forcing their way into an Anna Maria house on April 17 of this year and beating former City Commissioner Linda Cramer.

The suspects, Michael Gambuzza and Christopher Drescher, both of Bradenton, were arrested at a Days Inn motel on May 3, after a man who allowed the suspects to live in his home at the time of the invasion told authorities he believed they were guilty. Manatee Sheriff’s Office deputies found items taken from Cramer at the motel where they were staying. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Firefighters dedicate 9/11 memorial

HOLMES BEACH – Firefighters from the West Manatee Fire Rescue District gathered on the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks to dedicate a memorial to firefighters who lost their lives at the World Trade Center.

The memorial at Station 1 includes three standing stones. Two depicting the Twin Towers will have the names of 343 fallen firefighters engraved in granite plaques mounted on them. In front of the third stone is a piece of the World Trade Center donated by Dennis Doran, a retired captain from the Jersey City Fire Department. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Surfer Shaun Tomson visits Anna Maria Island

Most high school crushes don’t last much past senior prom, but most guys aren’t Shaun Tomson.

With his sunstreaked hair, movie star smile and graceful surf style on the cover of Surfer magazine, he won hearts during my senior year, as well as the International Professional Surfers World Championship. More...

Property tax amendment removed from ballot

The Florida Supreme Court has removed a constitutional amendment from Florida's Nov. 4 ballot that would have cut property taxes, leaving three other property-related amendments for voters to decide.

Amendment 5, removed from the ballot, would have replaced property taxes allocated for school revenue with an increase in the state sales tax. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News Story The Wedding Pages

Celebrate your wedding "Island Style." Use our guide to help you find the services you need to make your wedding day perfect. More...

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Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryRig light for exciting mackerel action

September is the month when Spanish mackerel invade Florida’s west coast waters. They can be found harassing massive schools of bait fish that have begun the fall migration into the inshore waters. Tampa Bay, local passes and the Gulf should be jammed with these voraciously feeding game fish. Look for them as they slash though schools of bait, showering them skyward, as seagulls and terns wheel overhead. More...

real estate

Fannie and Freddie: Your new best friends

In case you haven’t heard yet, you’ve just entered into a friendship with Fannie and Freddie, maybe forever. Yep, every American taxpayer is going to do his/her part to salvage Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which, if we’re lucky, will help to settle down the housing market and keep our foreign investors interested. But who exactly are Fannie and Freddie, how did they get in trouble and what does it all mean to us? More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryThe Beach Hut: new name, new owner

Christine Tilelli is the new owner of the former Garden Hut, 5337 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach, which she recently purchased from Darlene McNamara and renamed The Beach Hut. Tilelli, who llives in Anna Maria, said she is very excited to be a business owner living in the same community.
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Investment Corner

Rumors of manufacturing demise premature

The general consensus around the water cooler and at the neighborhood poker game is that the United States doesn’t manufacture anything anymore, and that this is a bad thing.

As with most consensus opinions about economic facts, this one is mostly wrong when the statistics are examined for what they really mean. There is no doubt that we have less people employed in manufacturing jobs as a percentage of the overall workforce. In 1987, about 16.5 percent of U.S. workers were involved in manufacturing. Today, that number is around 10 percent. More...


Golfers enjoy new greens

Golfers at the Key Royale Golf Club are raving about the new greens put in by grounds superintendent John Secor. The new grass, which is mowed to an eighth of an inch every morning, is salt and drought resistant, needs little fertilizer and the golfers say it’s wonderful to play. More...


Despite storms, overwash, nests hatch

Despite the fact that the Island has been brushed by two major storms this month, turtles continue to hatch.

"It’s pretty amazing," said Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch Director Suzi Fox. "We had three nests hatch in the last few days. They were over washed with both storms, but healthy hatchlings emerged.

Fox said that Gustav, which passed off our Gulf shore on Labor Day weekend, washed away about 25 percent of the nests that hadn’t hatched already. More...


Rhodes/Doyle Tops at Horseshoes

The day started beautifully, on Saturday, 9/6, with clear skies and unusually low humidity for summer in Florida.  As play progressed, it looked like two 3-game winners were headed to the playoffs.  But at the last minute, a team with three losses soundly defeated one of contenders and, instead, shifted the playoff to one for second place. More...


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