Vol. 9 No. 6 - October 29, 2008


City balks at bridge repair cost

ANNA MARIA — City commissioners are balking at shelling out $20,100 to repair the North Bay Boulevard humpback bridge until they hear more about what caused the soil to leach out from under the apron on the north approach.

At their Oct. 23 meeting, they declined to approve the money to hire an outside firm to fix the problems.

Several months ago, engineers spotted some depressions in the approach to the bridge. Testing revealed that soil lying under the apron on the north side of the bridge has somehow been leaking out — probably from wave and tidal action where the Lake LaVista Inlet washes against the bottom of the apron. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Island captain survives close call

ANNA MARIA – Many a sea captain has told a tall tale of the sea, but Captain Tim Sullivan’s most recent tale isn’t tall, it was all too unreal.

It happened last week, while Sullivan and three other crewmen were headed toward Haiti in a 50-foot tugboat in rough seas. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Halloween haunt attracts big crowds

HOLMES BEACH – Halloween has become a neighborhood project for folks on 75th Street.

"We started at least 12 years ago," Mary Jo Miller-Weber explained. "Our boys, Aaron and Brad, were 10 or 11 and big for their age. People said they were too big to go trick or treating, and they quit going because of the humiliation factor. So we brought Halloween to us instead." More...

Candidates debate city issues

ANNA MARIA – The four candidates for two city commission seats made their cases before a crowd of more than 35 people at the Anna Maria Island Sun Election Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 22. It was a civil debate, although the opinions varied. More...

Bartelt, Shearon face off in Ward Four

BRADENTON BEACH – Two candidates for the Bradenton Beach City Commission’s Ward Four seat met Thursday night for a forum sponsored by the Anna Maria Island Sun and hosted by staff writer Tom Vaught.

A handful of voters listened to a friendly discussion between Bob Bartelt, a member of the Scenic Highway Committee, later the Scenic/WAVES Partnership, and Bill Shearon, a former Bradenton Beach city commissioner and member of the City Pier Team, the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story City tries for parking lot money

BRADENTON BEACH – BeacHhouse restaurant owner Ed Chiles has been trying to get permission from the city to use a strip of beachfront land south of his restaurant as a parking lot. It was used for overflow parking until the city said he could no longer allow customers to park there and approved it for valet parking only. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Pine Avenue restoration project takes shape

ANNA MARIA — Construction is well under way on the first two buildings in the Pine Avenue restoration project at the southwest corner of Pine and Crescent Street.

The buildings are being constructed of a hollow Styrofoam-like building material that’s locked together like Lego blocks. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryCandidates preside as ghouls parade

HOLMES BEACH – With election day only days away, John McCain and Barack Obama came to Anna Maria Island to stump for those undecided votes. Of course, they had to march in the Anna Maria Elementary School parade and attend the Fall Festival on the school grounds and then, if they got their homework and chores done, they went outside to do their thing. It was probably to play, not politic. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryDogs strut ’ the runway’ outside The Sun

ANNA MARIA – Last Saturday was a perfect day for walking your dog and some 39 pooches were on parade at The Anna Maria Island Sun’s Halloween Dog Costume Contest.

The dogs were the stars of the show, although some owners also dressed the part. The Sun awarded first, second and third place trophies for each of three categories, "Most Celebrity," "Most Original" and "Cutest." More...

reel time

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryAgainst the wind

Josie Sands, jacket zipped tight under his chin, looked more like a captain on Lake Michigan than a Bahamian bonefish guide as he piloted the Dolphin skiff from the dock at Little Creek on South Andros Island. It was early November and strains of Bob Seger’s 1980s rock and roll hit "Against the Wind,” ran through my mind. Overhead, palm tree fronds stood at 90-degree angles from their trunks, like flags stiff with starch. The day before the largest cold front to pass through the Bahamas in two years brought clouds, rain, gusting winds and plummeting temperatures to the area. The morning had broken bright and clear, but it was cold, with sustained 25-mile-per-hour north winds. More...

real estate

Is taking advantage a bad thing?

Most of us would like to think of ourselves as ethical and moral and gracious to those not as fortunate. Following the golden rule is taught to children and should be followed by adults in our daily behavior, but when it comes to scoring a great real estate deal, has the golden rule become a little tarnished? More...


Inaugural run for AMI organic produce co-op

ANNA MARIA — Fresh, attractive, tasty, clearly better than what I’ve gotten elsewhere. Those are all descriptions applied to the organic produce purchased by eight families last week during the inaugural run of the AMI organic produce co-op.

Two Anna Maria residents, Alice Newlon and Mary Shelby, both of whom are regular consumers of organic produce, thought there had to be a better way to get their fruits and vegetables. They were tired of trekking to Sarasota or into town to one of the health food stores. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story
Investment Corner

No Great Depression – Part II

Continuing with last week’s article, we left off after reviewing that stock market declines, on their own, have not caused recessions. Generally, some other factors must be present, or mistakes must be made to cause an economic calamity. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Runaway leaders can't be caught

In a week that saw Sparks Steel Arts first win become more elusive than the Scarlet Pimpernel one thing is for sure. Mr. Bones in division 2 and West Coast Air in the Premier division cannot be caught. Both teams powered to the top and stayed there with a combination of fiery offense, mean defense and excellent coaching.

It's all to play for in division one with Ross Built and Mike Norman Realty set to battle it out in the closing stages but Autoway Ford or Island Real Estate could be in there to upset the party. Game on! More...


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