Vol. 8 No. 41 - July 2, 2008
New fee could hit music fest hard
ANNA MARIA – After two previous bouts with rain, the Anna Maria Island Music Festival came off without a hitch, or a drop of rain, last Friday, but a new permit fee by the city of Anna Maria caused some grief for the sponsor.
The permit fee, initiated by the city this past year, is $500 for outdoor events serve alcohol. Festival organizer Cindy Thompson said she needs input to decide if people want to continue them through the summer or wait until January. More...
Parade, fireworks to highlight Island Fourth
Enjoy fireworks as spectators, not users.
That’s the word from authorities regarding pyrotechnics on the beach.
There will only be one professional display on the beach this holiday as opposed to two in years past. The BeachHouse restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, will host a show starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 3. The only show on the Fourth of July will be off the Green Bridge between Bradenton and Palmetto as the Sandbar restaurant bowed to the will of Anna Maria City officials. They asked that there be no show on the beach there this year so police can deal with those who fire illegal devices. The word is they will confiscate illegal fireworks, but will not make arrests unless the owners resist. More...
‘Bridging the Gap’ gains momentum
Closing your business while the Anna Maria Island Bridge is shut down for repairs this fall is a bad idea.
That’s the message the Island’s business community is giving as many of them band together to produce "Bridging the Gap," a six-week-long series of weekend events to draw people out to the Island despite the bridge’s closure. The contractor for the bridge rehabilitation project will close the structure to automobile traffic for a month and a half starting Sept. 29 to rebuilt portions of the moveable drawbridge bascule. During that time, the only direct access to the mainland will be the Cortez Bridge. More...
TECO begins work on gas line
TECO People’s Gas Company began work installing a natural gas line along Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach last week.
The company recently approached city commissions in Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach about the project. The company plans to install a 4-inch plastic gas line from 75th Street in Bradenton to the Island and then north 6,900 feet into Holmes Beach and south through Bradenton Beach. More...
Fireworks task force spreads message
ANNA MARIA – With television news cameras rolling, the Island Fireworks Task Force broadcast its message of education and confiscation at a press conference last week.
Task force members, including law enforcement and fire district personnel from the three Island cities and Longboat Key, have been meeting since February to work on ways to discourage the use of illegal fireworks on the Island on July 4. More...
Anglers raise more than $10,000 for one of their own
HOLMES BEACH – An estimated 180 fishermen and women in 50 boats raised more than $10,000 for Wes Jackson, a 32-year-old angler who suffered brain damage in a freak accident at home.
The Wes Jackson Fishing Tournament, out of Catcher’s Marina, was sponsored by Island Discount Tackle, 5503 Marina Drive, at the marina. The event ended with a cookout in the parking lot last Saturday that drew hundreds of people and caught the attention of motorists and passers-by. More...
Fireworks, parade mark another Fourth celebration
The governing board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District (Swfwmd) last week extended the once-a-week watering restrictions through Sept. 30. It extended the restrictions because impacts from the two-year drought continue despite the start of the annual rainy season.
Although the District’s 16-county region has received about five inches of rain so far this month, this represents only 67 percent of the normal amount for June. For the 24-month period of June 2006 through May 2008, the district-wide rainfall deficit is 17.2 inches. More...
City’s four-day work week draws media interest
ANNA MARIA — This week, city employees are coming to their offices in city hall only four of the five days the city will be open. It’s a change that had local media coming out in force to cover the story.
‘It’s been amazing out here," Mayor Fran Barford said. "I can’t believe this has drawn so much interest."
Barford announced two weeks ago that city staff members would work four 10-hour days. More...
Anna Maria Oyster Bar
At this time of year, when the air is hot and thick, that we look for someplace cool and dark. As dinnertime approaches, nothing can seem more pleasant than a comfy booth at Anna Maria Oyster Bar. From the outside, it looks like a rather standard local restaurant, typical of the plentiful good eateries in the Cortez area. But open the doors and it is all beach, with driftwood paneling and dolphin stamped lighting fixtures. Life preservers, brightly painted fish, model sailboats and crab traps share the focus here with an unexpected visual centerpiece: a roll of paper towels (decorated with a red bobber) suspended from a white metal clothes hanger over each big comfy booth. More...
Tampa’s urban fly-fishing adventure
When Captain Bryon Chamberlin first told me about the fabulous wade fishing near downtown Tampa I was intrigued. However, as we pulled up to the flats right after sunrise, intrigue turned to doubt as I surveyed a front end loader tearing down an industrial building to the north and factory smoke stacks belching fumes to the south. In the early morning hours this looked like anything but a redfish and trout hot spot. Chamberlin read my face and assured me that we were indeed at the right place. We began the urban fly fishing adventure by anchoring our boat in about a foot of water while the early morning falling tide began to wane. More...
Lighting up can send sale up in smoke
This week Anna Maria Island will be up in smoke, and I don’t mean just the smoke from the July 4th fireworks. As incredible as it seems to non-smokers and despite the well publicized medical reasons against smoking revealed during the past 30 plus years, people still smoke. If you smoke within the four walls of your home that, of course, is your business, but be forewarned – selling a property where the residents were smokers can be the difference between sale and no sale. More...
Imagine The Color of Coconut
How would describe the color of coconut? If you ask Peggy Dean and Sara Gafvert the owners of one of Holmes Beach’s newest shops, The Color of Coconut, they would say it can be whatever you want it to be. And that’s exactly the point. Their goal is to give their customers the opportunity to create their own unique look.
Dean and Galvert wanted their shop to be an oasis of color smack dab in the middle of Anna Maria Island and stocked with merchandise not found anywhere else. They wanted their customers to be immersed in fabric with color and texture that has been turned into comfortable and stylish fashion. But mostly they just wanted their customers to have the best time shopping. More...
Someone famous (I can’t remember who, and could not find the exact quote) once said that return of principal was more important than return on principal. The obvious implication is that efforts to earn high rates of return, when ultimately unsuccessful, are more hurtful than the safer pursuit of more moderate returns where return of your original investment, plus a modest profit, is preferable to sustaining a big loss which needs to be recovered. More...
Owner cited for turtle protection violations
It’s 8 a.m. when the campers from Project Sea Turtle pile out of their bus and onto the beach at 34th Street in Holmes Beach. They’re ready to help record and verify the turtle nest deposited on the beach during the overnight hours.
"It’s a loggerhead," said Kelley Ainsworth who is 10 years old.
You can tell by the tracks," Morgan Larkin added.
"Look at how smooth the carapace makes the sand in between the tracks of the flippers," McKenna Subbarao chimed in.
The kids are fluent in turtle. That’s clear. More...