Vol. 9 No. 11 - December 3, 2008

Breaking news

Blood in stolen car matches missing woman’s

HOLMES BEACH – Blood found in missing hotelier Sabine Musil-Buehler’s stolen car is hers, according to test results confirmed by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. “It’s her blood. We’re not surprised by that,” MCSO spokesman Dave Bristow said, adding that the homicide investigation is continuing, along with a state investigation into a possible arson at her Holmes Beach motel. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Residents claim twister hit trailers

BRADENTON BEACH — The leading edge of a cold front took residents of Sandpiper Mobile Resort by surprise early Tuesday morning.

"I was sleeping," said Colleen Wisotzke, a resident of the park. "I heard heavy rain and wind and went to the door to put down my sun umbrella when the wind just picked up all my porch furniture and blew it away." More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Pine Avenue project pitched to community

ANNA MARIA – The Pine Avenue Restoration Project has been in the news for the past year, but the movers and shakers have not had the opportunity to tell their story to the people who would be instrumental in selling it – the real estate professionals on the Island.

That’s why they invited those professionals to a party on Thursday, Nov. 25, at one of the buildings that serves as an office for Island Real Estate, the main agency handling the development. More...

Cumber ordered to pay costs of arson

BRADENTON – A judge has ordered Anna Maria resident William J. Cumber to pay $3,629 to cover the cost of investigating a 2005 arson that he pleaded guilty to in 2006.

Cumber has been questioned in the Nov. 4 disappearance of his girlfriend, Haley’s Motel co-owner Sabine Musil-Buehler, and the Nov. 16 fire of a duplex at Haley’s, 8104 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach. The fire is being investigated as an arson. More...

City wants residents to stick around

BRADENTON BEACH – When you’re a small city with relatively few permanent residents, you want to hang on to as many as you can.

Bradenton Beach, with a population of around 1,200 and fewer than a thousand registered voters, is looking for ways to do that. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story TV pilot filmed at Sign of the Mermaid

ANNA MARIA – Lights, camera, action were once again the words of the day at the Sign of the Mermaid when a production crew came to the popular restaurant on Nov. 17 to film a pilot for a television show.

"We’re shooting a demo to show our sponsors what our format will look like," Executive Producer Kathy Robinson, of Marketing Online Video, explained. "We’ll feature locally owned restaurants in Bradenton, Sarasota, Ellenton, Palmetto, Venice and Englewood. More...

Island officers to patrol nation’s capital

When Barack Obama takes the oath on the mall in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, there may be as many as four million people in the street.

Guarding the new president is a daunting process left up to the U.S. Secret Service, but keeping that many people in order was too much for the D.C. police. More...

Kingfish Ramp parking plan still in the works

BRADENTON – Manatee County continues to work with the Florida Department of Transportation on improvements to the parking lot at Kingfish Ramp, but construction could be six months away.

Bill O’Shea, of the county’s Natural Resources Department, told members of the Palma Sola Scenic Highway Committee recently that the county’s public works department has been working with DOT on a design. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Barb Jaeger decorates house for Entre Nous tour

HOLMES BEACH – Bradenton’s Entre Nous Tour of Homes has Island flair this year with Barb Jaeger decorating one of the largest and most stunning homes ever secured for the annual event.

Jaeger, who with her husband, John, owns The Egret’s Landing in Holmes Beach and The Egret’s Nest and White Egret in Anna Maria, said she is honored to be chosen to be one of the decorators. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryCookies to die for

Bourbon balls. That was my first taste of bourbon. It was in my grandmother’s kitchen that I first saw these cookies prepared and at her table that I first ate them. Just delicious. My grandmother was a beautiful, small and slightly plump woman. She kept a crystal rosary wrapped in a pretty handkerchief with lacey edges tucked up her arm sleeve and was passionately interested in her church and crocheting. I really remember her very well. She smelled good, a combination of baby powder and White Rain hairspray and a hint of tea roses. My grandmother was always chilly, and if she was chilly, the children were most certainly were in danger of "catching a draft." More...

reel time

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryTrout fishing book will hook children

I can’t think of anyone better suited to write a book about kids and fishing than Eoin Fairgrieve, the amiable Scot. I met Fairgrieve when he was on vacation in Florida and took him sight fishing for redfish. On my trip to Scotland he returned the favor with a day on the Tweed where I was introduced to salmon fishing, Gillies and tradition. Later in the day Eoin took me to his Centre of Excellence, a fly school at the Roxburghe Golf Club in the Scottish Borders region. More...

real estate

More than just roommates

Did you ever have a roommate? I did when I was a 20-something and I think back on those days as both exciting and frustrating. The exciting part was all about having your own place. The frustrating part was all about paying the rent on time, closet space and cleaning. Some of today’s 20-somethings are taking roommate relationships to a whole new level, one that involves high stakes real estate transactions. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News Story New sub shop food and walls a treat

ANNA MARIA — Not only are the subs great at Rudy’s, but it’s a treat for the eyes to just look at the walls.

Kathryn Dawson, an artist with a national reputation as a watercolorist, muralist and faux painter, came from her home in Colorado to paint the walls at Rudy’s in Anna Maria. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

Investment Corner

A bubble of fear

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. If only humans could do a better job of using it to make money! When economic and investment trends are in the process of unfolding, it is hard to figure out why some things are happening that just don’t make a lot of sense based on the information we have at the moment. But, after enough time has passed, the pieces of the puzzle can be connected as to why things went the way they did. Kind of like financial crime scene investigation. More...


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