Vol. 9 No. 3 - October 8, 2008
Week one ends with a blast
BRADENTON BEACH – The first of six weeks without use of the Anna Maria Island Bridge went relatively well with no major problems, but all eyes in the business community were on the upcoming weekend – the first featuring Bridging the Gap activities.
Some businesses were up and some were down, but the major affect might be in the way people, both on and off the Island, perceive the situation. More...
Police ask FDOT to retime stoplight
BRADENTON BEACH – Those extensive plans to keep traffic moving on the south end of the Island during the Anna Maria Island Bridge closure seem to be working, except for one location.
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale said Monday that he is asking the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to retime the light at 119th Street in Cortez. More...
Weekend good, but too early to tell bridge effect
If this past weekend is any indication, business on the Island has not been slowed much by the closing of the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
In fact, several owners said their volume was more than a typical weekend for this time of year, but say it is too early to know if there will be more of an impact in coming weeks. More...
Island businesses coping with bridge closing
Weekday business on the Island has slowed as it usually does during the off season, but owners say they’re not convinced it’s because of the closing of the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
"I’d say this is typical for us, though we do have more Island people shopping," said Ginny Possehl, of the Sand Dollar on Marina Drive. More...
Jennings cites changes needed for country
BRADENTON BEACH – There are three ways to handle the budget deficit: make more money, spend less or a combination of both.
U.S. House of Representatives candidate Christine Jennings said she prefers the third suggestion, although she hinted that the only tax increase she would like to see would come in the form of lifting the tax cuts for the wealthiest 1 percent of the people. More...
Water to be shut off Wed. night, Oct. 8
There will be a planned water shutoff in the city of Anna Maria Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 9. The shutoff will affect residents and businesses from Peppertree Lane to the North end of the Island.
After the water is turned back on, there will be a precautionary boil water notice in effect for 24 to 48 hours. A rolling boil for one minute will be sufficient, according to Manatee County Utilities Operations. Residents are supposed to be notified by the reverse 911 system of the shutoff, the boil water precaution and again when the boil water notice is lifted. More...
Bayfest visitors get taste of Island
ANNA MARIA – When the crowd starts to gather for Bayfest on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., the aroma of local food will start to waft up Pine Avenue.
Bayfest is where local restaurants serve the food that has kept people coming back for eight years. Some of those restaurants are Paradise Café, where Jackie Estes serves great food; The Sun House, where Chef Darrell Mizel offers the best of Floribbean; The Sandbar, offering tasty seafood dishes on the beach; The Waterfront in Anna Maria; Moveable Feast; Skinny’s burgers and Melinda’s Cafe and Catering, to name a few. More...
Bridging the Gap Briefs
Potluck dinner at the Center
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, is hosting the Gap’s potluck dinner and movie night on Friday, Oct. 10 from 6 until 9 p.m. Bring a covered dish to share. The Center will offer concessions for a minimal fee.
Bring your friends and neighbors, blankets and beach chairs and stay for the featured family movie, "Seabiscuit," a heartwarming true story about a magnificent racing horse. More...
Skimmers bridge the gap
BRADENTON BEACH – From three-year-old Callen Achor to 60-year-old Thom Holloway, skimboard contestants of all ages had a blast at the BeachHouse/West Coast Surf Shop Skim Comp in Bradenton Beach on Sunday.
The event was one of dozens of Bridging the Gap happenings organized during the six-week Anna Maria Island Bridge closure by The Anna Maria Island Sun. More...
Photo catch and release, digitally
Photos of a special fish, magic light on the natural world or an outing with a friend hold the promise of years of enjoyment. Digital cameras make capturing a moment in time easy, fun and allow you to develop your vision in the digital darkroom. The best part is that you can enjoy this amazing technology no matter what your level of expertise. Most digital cameras come with software that lets you enhance the image, crop the size and share the final product in a number of ways. You can send the images via e-mail, or print them out to frame and display. There are a few basic rules that will help you capture the best possible digital image: Before you leave the dock, make sure you have fresh batteries, memory cards (digital film) and a clean lens. More...
Living the beach dream at 5400 condos
What’s the one thing that can lift your spirits, make you forget about the stock market, real estate values or those extra 10 pounds? A day at the beach, of course. And if living on the beach is one of your life’s dreams, I have just the place for you.
It’s 5400 Condos located at 5400 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach, is a great little complex sitting right on one of Anna Maria’s finest beaches. The 44 condo units were built in the mid 1960s with both one bedroom, one bath and two bedroom, two bath floor plans. Square footage runs between 800 and 1,200 square feet and maintenance fees are based on the size of the unit. More...
When the right drink is a brew
On a warm Anna Maria Island evening, a good, cold, wet one is satisfying. But imagine a beer that did not merely satisfy, but enliven, invigorate, fortify and inspire?
Instead of the ordinary can of suds from the fridge, how about a lusty and frothy ale with aromas and flavors that captivate as well as satiate, stimulating the palate instead of stupefying it? A handcrafted porter, stout, lager or spirit. More...
Are alternative investments a way to go?
The period from 1999 to 2008 is becoming known as a lost decade for stocks, due to the far below average returns achieved by the major stock indexes. My last article here in the Sun a couple weeks ago, titled Chicken Little and the Facts of Life, took a reasonably optimistic view that the U.S. economy and system have survived other past crises and that this one, too, shall pass. More...
Mr. Bones remains unbeaten
Bill Shankly, manager of Liverpool F.C. from 1959 until 1974, was once questioned on the importance of soccer, (football), and he said, "Some people believe football,(soccer), is a matter of life and death. I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you, it's much, much more important than that!" Round two got underway at the Community Center this past week with the teams that have been working hard at practice putting the new found skills to good use on the field. Here is a rundown of the scores. More...