Vol. 8 No. 24 - March 5, 2008

news

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Pine Ave. project submits first site plan

ANNA MARIA — The official site plan for first building in the Pine Avenue Restoration project has been submitted to the city. The plan for the property at 315 Pine Avenue was given to the building department last week and is another significant step in the ambitious renovation project, which is a vision to turn Pine Avenue into Florida cracker-style shops and offices on the ground floor with living spaces upstairs. More...

‘Best ever’ Island Heritage Day delights huge crowd

The Fourth Annual Cortez Lighted Boat Parade will delight spectators as boats decorated for the holidays cruise up and down the Intracoastal Waterway Dec. 1.

The parade begins at dark (around 6:30 p.m.) just north of the Cortez Bridge and will travel south to Longboat Pass and back. More...

City approves Causeway boat ramp

HOLMES BEACH – Holmes Beach Police are warning restaurant owners and caterers to be on the lookout for a con man who orders a large amount of food, overpays with a cashier’s check and gets away with the change before the restaurant finds out the check is bad. More...

Island warned of scam artist

The Bradenton City Council approved an agreement with Manatee County to construct the small boat ramp on the south side of the Palma Sola Causeway despite opposition from neighbors. On Feb. 20, the city’s planning commission recommended approval and last month county commissioners approved the agreement. More...

Island to ‘chill out outside’

ANNA MARIA – If Bradenton can "get down downtown," the Island can "chill out outside."

That’s what’s in store for those who want to kick back and start the weekend on Pine Ave. in Anna Maria near the city pier from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, March 7. Officially called the Friday Fest, it’s hosted by the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by The Anna Maria Island Sun. More...

Planners tackle comp plan revisions

HOLMES BEACH – Planning commissioners discussed establishing a mixed use area, requiring all homes to hook up to the county sewer system and providing affordable housing during a review of the comp plan last week.

Planning consultant Bill Brisson told the board that the city should restrict its mixed-use area because the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA), which reviews the comp plan, would consider it as increasing density. More...

Coast Guard to unveil boat schedule for bridge project

United States Coast Guard Bridge Management Specialist Michael Lieberum is expected to release a report on boat traffic closures at the next meeting of the Island Transportation Planning Organization at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 17, at Bradenton Beach City Hall. That’s the word from Audrey Clarke, public information officer for the project. More...

Bingo brings bucks for Sue

Bingo and sales of food and refreshments at Annie Silver Community Center on Thursday, Feb. 29, raised $500 for Sue Normand, but that’s not all.

According to Judy Pruitt, a board member of the center, Joe and JoAnne Spallino, owners of Joe’s Eats and Sweets in Bradenton Beach, donated $100 and Whistle Stop in Holmes Beach donated $50. More...

Fire commissioners identify priorities for station fixes

HOLMES BEACH – West Manatee fire commissioners established six priorities to address problems with aging and overcrowded fire stations.

In a three-hour work session last week, commissioners identified strengths, weaknesses, threats and critical issues before listing priorities. Fire Chief Andy Price said commissioners should consider two issues that will affect the district’s facilities in the future – the lack of growth and the possibility of countywide consolidation. More...



feature

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Pastries are perfection at Matt and Dom’s

The season doesn’t need to dictate menus. Chefs can concoct fresh berry tarts in midwinter and boozy bread puddings in summer, provided they are competently made. However, most people tend to think of springtime as the ultimate season for fresh fruit and find a way to add fruit to just about every meal. Why not blueberry scones for breakfast – or peach scones, nectarine scones, strawberry scones? More...



reel time

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Outdoors Expo returns to state fairgrounds

The Tampa Tribune 17th Outdoors Expo & Boat Show hosted by Frank Sargeant kicks off this Friday, Feb. 29, and runs through Sunday, March 2. This is Florida’s largest outdoors expo, as well its most diverse and educational. The event is a kind of a world's fair for anglers, boaters, hunters, campers and anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. More...



real estate

Don’t let fear cool your desire to buy

There’s a fear that’s circulating around the country – a fear that is manifesting itself in the form of buyer malaise; a fear that is governing the purchase of stocks, automobiles, restaurant dinners, vacations and homes; a fear that will in the end cost potential homeowners money if they don’t get past it. More...



business

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Find a classic, fun pub at Solo’s Pizza

Finding that great little place for a late night burger or pizza is sometimes a challenge, especially on a small island. Finding that great little place where you can also watch your favorite sports team on seven TVs and bring the kids is just plain lucky. Welcome to Solo’s Pizza in Holmes Beach – homey enough for visiting Aunt Maude and entertaining enough for the grandkids. More...



SPORTS

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Battle for first continues in two divisions

With one week left before the playoffs, two teams know they are cemented at the top of their respective divisions and are crowned champions of the regular season. In Division III it is Coach Kane and Duncan Real Estate with Coach Vic Mattay taking first place with his team, Dips Ice Cream, in Division II. More...



HORSESHOES

Two wins in a Rowe

The pool play elimination matches at horseshoes on Saturday, Feb. 23, resulted in four of the 16 teams present getting berths in the morning’s playoff games for winner’s bragging rights.  In the semi-final round, Ron Slagh and John Johnson posted a 21-12 victory against Bob Lee and Gary Pearson, while on the adjacent pits, Rod Bussey and Dean Rowe were on their way to a 21-19 come-from-behind win over Bob Mason and John Crawford. More...




 

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