Vol. 9 No. 13 - December 17, 2008


Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryRequests swamp Island food pantries

The number of Island residents seeking food from local food pantries has skyrocketed this year to record levels, according to relief workers.

The national economic downturn, the workers maintain, has come to the Island in a big way.

"We really didn’t think that anyone on the Island could possibly be going hungry, but there are families with children, elderly people and others who are going hungry, " said John Bonser, president of All Island Denominations, an ecumenical group that has been helping Island residents since 1982. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Funding cuts prompt PTO call for voter action

HOLMES BEACH – Budget cuts have become a concern of parents of children who attend public schools in Florida and there is only one thing they can do – change the system. But before they can change the system, they need to rally support from citizens to contact their state elected officials.

That’s what the Anna Maria Elementary School PTO talked about last Thursday at its monthly meeting and Principal Tom Levengood told them the Manatee County School Board had resources to help. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story FDOT: Cost of project $877,000

ANNA MARIA — A state estimate for a project to upgrade the business district and the area around the city pier has come in at $877,000 – more than double what city officials originally thought it would cost.

Members of the transportation enhancement grant committee had planned for the project to cost roughly $370,000, and were going to pay for it with money from a federal grant. The project would include a boardwalk, picnic shelters, benches, landscaping at the base of the city pier and possibly other enhancements along the Pine Avenue/Gulf Drive business corridor. More...

Crash injures local teen

An 18-year-old Bradenton man who was raised on Anna Maria Island was seriously injured Sunday when the car he was driving hit a tree on Manatee Avenue West, near the mainland entrance to the Anna Maria Island Bridge.

Tim Andricks was airlifted to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg after he was removed from his badly damaged Jeep Cherokee. He was listed in critical condition as of Tuesday morning, according to a Bayfront Medical Center spokesperson. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryBethlehem Walk focuses on meaning of Christmas

In what has become a Christmas season tradition, Roser Memorial Church again re-enacted the birth of Jesus by having a couple, acting as Joseph and Mary, go around the neighborhood asking for room.

It is a tradition that many people look forward to being a part of and many of them dressed in costume. There were also animals of the time and region – a donkey, a llama, sheep and even a baby lamb that got a lot of attention. More...

January meeting for Agnelli request

HOLMES BEACH – Commissioners told the city attorney to draft a resolution with stipulations for a special exception requested by John Agnelli to park construction equipment at Agnelli Group Professional Park, 6000 Marina Drive.

Commissoners first heard from the city’s planning consultant, Bill Brisson, who did not recommend granting the special exception. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Missing woman’s boyfriend maintains innocence

HOLMES BEACH – William J. Cumber misses his girlfriend, missing hotelier Sabine Musil-Buehler, and has no idea where she is, he told The Sun last week.

Cumber, 39, may have been the last person to see Musil-Buehler, 49, on Nov. 4 after an argument at their home over his cigarette smoking. More...

Suspect in disappearance has had troubled past

William J. Cumber III has had a troubled past in Manatee County, according to records at the Manatee County Clerk of Court.

The following is a list of run-ins Cumber has had with the law. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News StorySanta arrives at Coquina with parade

It was a morning for standing in the sun as the cold from the overnight low still lingered, but it didn’t chill the crowds that gathered to wave at the floats and automobiles in the Privateers annual Christmas Parade last Saturday. The Privateers led the processions from Bay Front Park in Anna Maria to Coquina Beach, throwing candy and beads from their ship. Santa was near the end of the parade in his sleigh. When they got to the beach, St. Nick listened to what the kids wanted for Christmas as they sat in his lap.

No snow or fireplaces for Santa on Anna Maria Island, just a place to enjoy the sun before he makes his rounds on Christmas Eve. 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

Everything old is new again

Remember the lay-away plan? It was a quaint custom associated with the days before credit cards when people actually waited to purchase an item until they had the cash in hand. Typically, you would give the merchant a small down payment, and he would take the item off the shelf and lay it away or hold it for you for a specified length of time until you were able to come back with the balance and take the product home. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

Stocks paying more than Treasury bonds

Investment Corner

In a somewhat historic turn of events, the recent decline in the stock market and simultaneous rise in bond prices has caused the average common stock to provide more income than that paid by U.S. Treasury bonds. This is the first time this has occurred in more than 50 years. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Center basketball season tips off

It's that time again and I am caught off guard by how quickly Basketball season has come around. Teams across five divisions will compete in earnest at the Community Center as they try to take the division title and move through the playoffs to be crowned champions. Kids as young as five will get their first taste of this fast-paced and action-packed sport, new coaches will get the chance to mingle with veterans from seasons past and the bleachers will be filled once again with anxious and cheering parents, willing their young stars to victory. More...


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