Vol. 9 No. 8 - November 12, 2008


Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Bridge reopens early

HOLMES BEACH – Quinn Construction, Inc., opened the Anna Maria Island Bridge to traffic on Thursday almost three hours before schedule, to the relief of many, especially to those stuck in a gigantic traffic jam at the time.

The reason for the traffic jam is not clear, but authorities agree that it was the largest problem the Island experienced since the bridge was closed Sept. 29 so crews could replace the grate and concrete on the roadway of the 51-year-old drawbridge. Bradenton Beach Police Lt. John Cosby had a Cosby had a possible explanation for the jam. More...

Tall bridge price tag: $78 million?

In light of the reopening of the Anna Maria Island Bridge comes word that a replacement bridge might be cheaper if it’s taller.

When the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced its $9.1 million rehabilitation project last year, there were those who said they preferred the bridge be replaced. FDOT said that it only had the funds for the rehab project and that the county should petition its state legislators to set aside funds for a new structure. More...

Search for Sabine intensifies

The search for missing Island businesswoman Sabine Musil-Buehler took a grim turn Monday when Manatee County Sheriff’s Office investigators said they found a small amount of blood inside her car and evidence that pieces of seat covering and carpeting were removed. Investigators are trying to determine if the blood came from Musil-Buehler, the 49-year-old co-owner of Haley’s Motel in Holmes Beach.

Musil-Buehler has not been heard from since Wednesday, Nov. 5. Her estranged husband, Tom Buehler, filed a missing person’s report after police called him to report finding her car in the hands of a stranger in Bradenton. The two have been separated for several years, but they continue to have a working relationship. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Mattick, Webb elected in Anna Maria; Bartelt wins in Bradenton Beach

ANNA MARIA — After several weeks of delay, the city commission voted to spend $38,100 to repair the approaches to both the North Bay Boulevard and the Crescent Street Bridges at a special commission meeting on Oct. 31.

Commissioners balked at approving the contract when it came before them at their Oct. 23 meeting, saying they wanted more information about what was causing problems. They also wanted to be sure that the city was getting a warranty. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story City hall parking, entrance being re-worked

ANNA MARIA — The best-kept secret in the city may not be a secret much longer. City officials are hard at work on a project to make the entrance to city hall easy to find.

"We have an address on Gulf Drive, and we should have an entrance on Gulf Drive," Mayor Fran Barford said. “As it is now, people can’t find our entrance off Spring Avenue, and if they do get into one of our parking lots, they can’t find the entrance to the building." More...

City asked to withdraw lawsuit over dock

HOLMES BEACH – An attorney for a couple being sued by the city over a dock has asked the city to withdraw its petition.

In 1999 John and Diane Crawford entered into an easement agreement with their neighbor at 603 Ambassador Lane to install a dock and a boatlift that would encroach into the setback of the neighbor, said the lawsuit filed in March. Based in part on the agreement, the city issued a permit for the dock and boatlift. More...

Landowner sues county, FISH Preserve

CORTEZ – The owner of a piece of property inside the FISH Preserve has sued the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (FISH) and Manatee County.

The suit, filed by Iris LeMasters on Sept. 23 in Manatee County Circuit Court, alleges that the county failed to treat her request to vacate a right of way in the same manner it treated a similar FISH request. More...

Bridging the Gap Briefs

Learn about Island arts and culture

Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island will showcase the arts and culture of Anna Maria Island at artsHOP weekend on Friday through Sunday, Nov. 14 through 16. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryStudy takes flight with Island birds

ANNA MARIA – Beach goers and lunchtime diners at the Sandbar restaurant got a treat last Friday as a scientist and a group of specialists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and US Department of Agriculture captured some small shorebirds for banding and testing. They used gunpowder to catch the small, elusive birds.

It began shortly before the lunch hour when Dr. Larry Niles and the volunteers started setting up on the beach. Groups of shorebirds were standing around searching for food, but Dr. Niles was interested in one breed only, the red knot. These small, gray colored creatures are long-mileage birds that migrate as far north as the Arctic and as far south as South Africa, and their numbers are dwindling. Niles and the specialists weighed and measured each bird and banded them for future research to learn more about their migration patterns. More...

reel time

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryBay Buddies clean FISH Preserve

On Saturday Nov. 7, Rick Smith brought his team of environmentally minded students to the FISH (Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage) Preserve in Cortez for a day of trash clean up and removal of invasive species. The Bay Buddies, supported by the Sarasota Bay National Estuary Program was joined by members of FISH, the Sarasota and Manatee County Audubon Society, local citizens and Karen Fraley, of Around the Bend Nature Tours. In a morning of hard work and camaraderie the participants worked on the FISH Preserve property which is being developed into what will be one of the premier natural areas in Manatee County. More...

real estate

Honesty is best when selling your home

Winston Churchill once said in a speech, "Honesty is, in fact, the policy that pays the best." When it comes to selling your home being honest about the condition of the property is not only required, but will undoubtedly bring you the most qualified buyer at the best possible price.

If you’re home is listed with a Florida real estate agent, you will be asked to fill out and sign a seller’s disclosure form. Although you are required to disclose any defects in the property to a potential buyer, you are not required to do so in writing by the state of Florida. More...


Rotary honors Schroder

Don Schroder, of RE/MAX Realty, was honored last week with the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island’s Businessperson of the Year Award. Schroder, past president of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, received the award at the Chamber Installation Banquet, held at the Key Royale Golf Club. Three businesses were also honored at the banquet: Melissa Williams received the Small Business of the Year award for Steam Design.com; Ed and Sue Gaudio took the award for Medium Sized Business of the Year for Miller Electric; and JoAnne Hibbs took the Large Business of the Year award for ServPro, of Bradenton. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

Investment Corner

Fat pitch investing

In baseball, a "fat pitch" occurs when the pitcher makes a mistake, and the ball appears to the hitter as being so fat there is no way he can miss it. In the realm of investing, a fat pitch opportunity occurs when market emotions have become so extreme that an asset class is totally mispriced and presents almost a no-miss scenario for the investor willing to step up to the plate. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Mr. Bones, Ross Built, W.C. Air take divisions

Soccer season at the Community Center is over for another year. The introduction of a division that allowed kids as young as four to take part was a resounding success and made up some of the numbers lost due to the not so bad bridge closure.

Improvements were made by volunteer coaches who worked diligently with their teams, looking to take an advantage early on in the quest for top honors and a division title. It's good to see these young athletes coming through the ranks, showing skills not apparent in seasons past, playing in synch with their teammates, making fluid passes, striking for goal or defending their ranks. More...


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