Vol. 9 No. 12 - December 10, 2008


Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryCounty may renourish larger area on Island

ANNA MARIA – They didn’t say yes and they didn’t say no. It was more like, "We’ll try."

That’s the reaction the Manatee County Board of Commissioners had to a presentation by the city of Anna Maria asking for inclusion in an upcoming renourishment project. The meeting was held at the Anna Maria Island Community Center and on the beach. More...

Weekend loaded with holiday spirit

The Island holiday season gets into full swing with a number of events coming up this Saturday.

First, the Privateers lead a parade through all three cities beginning at 10 a.m. at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria. Their destination is Coquina Beach, where Santa will hold court with the kids. There is still time to enter the parade. Just show up at Bayfront Park prior to 9:30 a.m. More...

Boyfriend’s apartment focus of search

ANNA MARIA – Investigators are focusing renewed search efforts on the Anna Maria apartment and yard where missing hotelier Sabine Musil-Buehler was living with her boyfriend, William Cumber, at the time of her disappearance on Nov. 4.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, a crime scene unit was sent to the small, single-story building last week, concentrating the search in the back yard. The investigators paid particular attention to the dirt behind the building, they said, adding they could not comment on anything they may have found. More...

Island contractor charged

ANNA MARIA — A long-anticipated home renovation project turned into a nightmare for an Island couple recently.

Mark and Jill Morris hired Greg Oberhofer of Quality Builders to completely gut their home at 307 Spring Ave. They planned to put on an addition and turn the property, which they’d used as a rental for 20 years, into their own home. More...

Governor honors Island policemen

Two Island police officers were honored last week for their quick efforts to save the lives of two young men whose vehicle had gone off the Anna Maria Island Bridge on April 8, 2006.

At a ceremony in Tallahassee, Gov. Charlie Crist presented the Governor’s Medal of Heroism to former Bradenton Beach Police Sgt. Charles "Chuck" Sloan and Holmes Beach Police Officer Mike Pilato. They were among a group of 10 law enforcement officers and one firefighter honored. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Island, Cortez star in music video

Hollywood came calling last week to shoot a music video on Anna Maria Island and in the Village of Cortez.

The video, which is scheduled to appear on MTV and VH-1 before Christmas, features the Florida band Shinedown singing its song "Second Chance." It was shot at various locations on the Island, including Periwinkle Plaza in Anna Maria, the Silver Surf resort in Bradenton Beach and the Star Fish Company in Cortez. More...

Beautification board may seek new adopter

HOLMES BEACH – Anxious to get the traffic islands at East Bay Drive and Manatee Avenue planted, beautification board members said they might look for another group to adopt them.

Last month, a representative of the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island said the club planned to partner with the board to replant the traffic islands. However, board members said last week they have not received any further contact from the club. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Shooting victim remembers one year ago

HOLMES BEACH – It has been a year since Mark Koenigs walked into Island Mail and More, waited for a couple of customers to clear out and, as owner Sue Normand waited on him, pulled out a pistol from a box on the counter and shot her.

It took authorities about an hour to Koenigs him and the legal system seven month to convict him, but the incident has transformed Normand’s life from that of a strong, independent businesswoman to a somebody who realizes she can’t do it alone anymore. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryEscape from Bangkok

If you’re a passionate traveler, you know that as exciting and educational traveling to exotic locations can be, sometimes there are also challenging aspects.

At the end of a wonderful trip to the Far East starting in Beijing, China, and ending in Bangkok, Thailand, my husband and I found ourselves caught up in civil unrest in the lovely city of Bangkok. More...

reel time

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryWhen the fish aren’t biting, go stone crabbing

When the weather changes in Florida, there are often options for the outdoorsman that allow a productive day on the water when the fish aren’t biting. That was the case this past weekend when my plans to fish with friends Benny and Hunter Parrish required a change of strategy that lead to a successful seafood dinner without ever wetting a line. When our plans to fish on Saturday didn’t pan out, we rescheduled for Sunday. However, Sunday didn't appear any better as a hard north east wind and the lower temperatures of an incoming cold front passed through the area. It seemed that our fishing plans had hit a roadblock. More...

real estate

The freedom to buy and sell

Have you ever had your freedom denied? I did recently, and the experience made me not only appreciate the freedom we enjoy in this country all the more, it also brought clearly into focus what our priorities should be.

The entire country and a significant portion of the world is experiencing an economic slowdown that is quickly turning into a world-wide recession. The United States has been particularly hard hit by the collapse of the housing market, leaving homeowners with equity disappearing on a daily basis, high numbers of foreclosures and personal bankruptcies. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News Story BeachHouse hosts Sunday fund-raiser

BRADENTON BEACH – The BeachHouse restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, is holding a benefit on Sunday, Dec. 14, from 4 to 9 p.m. for a 21-year-old local man whose health problems have wiped out his family financially.

Nick Sabella has had six operations in the past four years to remove brain tumors that keep growing back. He was diagnosed with the first tumor while he was a junior in high school. 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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