Vol. 9 No. 4 - October 15, 2008
Bridge closing causing few problems
BRADENTON BEACH – Week two of the bridge closure ended about the same as week one, with traffic as normal on the weekdays and a little busier on the weekend.
Morning and evening rush hours over the Cortez Bridge are a little busier than the light flow of cars that normally marks October, according to Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale, but he said weekends were heavier. He attributed that to Bridging the Gap activities and an abundance of sunshine on our beautiful beaches. More...
Troublesome waterline project nearly done
ANNA MARIA — After months of dealing with the daily inconvenience of driving over uneven metal plates, putting up with dust, potholes and stop-and-go single lane traffic, motorists and residents soon may get some relief.
Crews were on site Monday morning beginning what is expected to be a four-day job re-paving Gulf Drive from White Avenue to Willow Avenue. More...
Bayfest has something for everyone
ANNA MARIA – One reason Bayfest is so successful is because it has something for everybody, even the guys.
Let’s face it, a man will do anything for his lady, but his idea of a fun afternoon might be slanted more toward something with 350 horsepower than handmade dangly wire earrings or oil portraits of the Rod and Reel Pier. He might wander off while his lady (and his credit cards) make the rounds at the arts and crafts booths. More...
Political forums this week
The Anna Maria Island Sun will host two candidates’ forums for Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach. The first forum will be on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Anna Maria City Hall, featuring the four candidates for city commission. The second will be on Thursday, Oct. 23, at Bradenton Beach City Hall with the two city commission candidates for that city. The events start at 6:30 p.m. for meet and greet followed by question and answer sessions at 7 p.m. More...
N. Bay bridge fix to cost $38,000
ANNA MARIA — It’s going to cost about $38,000 to fix the North Bay Boulevard Bridge, which has begun to sag in parts of the approach.
City Engineer Tom Wilcox, of BDI, told commissioners at the Oct. 9 work session that the soil and sand under the approach on the south side of the bridge is gone. The bridge crosses the Lake LaVista Inlet. More...
Percycoe is finalist for statewide award
ANNA MARIA — Diane Percycoe has been selected as one of five finalists for a statewide award.
Mayor Fran Barford nominated Percycoe, the city’s finance director and treasurer for the award from the Florida League of Cities Florida Cities of Excellence Awards program. More...
Scavenger hunters drag home loot
Scavenger hunters boarded trolleys on Saturday to scour Anna Maria Island for everything from seagull feathers to live fish still on the hook during the first-ever Island Trolley Scavenger Hunt.
The mobile game was one of dozens of Bridging the Gap events designed by organizers and sponsored by The Sun to bring people to the Island while the Anna Maria Island Bridge is closed. More...
Counseling can help with stressed out lives
ANNA MARIA – Grocery and gas prices have gone through the roof. Your pension and stocks continue to take a dive. Your job is in jeopardy. Family members are at each other’s throats.
With the uncontrollable events that cause the most stress in our lives worsening daily, many feel they have nowhere to turn. That’s where they’re wrong. More...
Weddings & Engagements - Island style
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...
A bailout plan for the ages
Did you hear that? Did you hear the crash? Listen again. It’s subtle, but I know I heard something. It may be my imagination, but I think I heard the housing market hit the bottom last week. Hold on. Don’t start dipping into what’s left of your kids college funds or your 401(k) and scoop up five condos. If economists are correct, the bottom will be around for quite a while. More...
Cook healthy meals quickly and cheaply
The Island Community Center offers the following classes at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. For further details or to register, call Sandee Pruett, adult program coordinator at 778-1908, ext. 0.
Quick, cheap and healthy
Is food taking a big bite out of your budget? Join popular chef Ellen Jaffe Jones and learn how to make healthy recipes quickly and cheaply. She will teach you how to eat well on $4 a day or less. Jaffe Jones’ students often lose weight, many as much as 10 pounds in 6 weeks. 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, West Coast Air runaway division leaders
Danish soccer superstar Michael Laudrup was in the Real Madrid squad when it beat rivals Barcelona 5-0 and also appeared in the Barcelona squad when it beat Real Madrid 5-0. To quote Scottish legend and 80's TV pundit, Jimmy Greaves, "It's a funny old game!"
It's no surprise that the two teams still unbeaten are runaway leaders in their respective divisions. In Division II it's Mr. Bones with five wins out of five and West Coast Air head the Premier Division with five wins and a tie. It's all to play for in division one and the battle between Mike Norman Realty and Ross Built will be played out until the end of the season. More...
Last turtle dig
Volunteers from Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch excavated the last few nests remaining on the beach last weekend. Ron Edmonds pulls unhatched eggs from the nest and Jimmy Kosco counts them as AMITW Director Suzi Fox watches. Fox is in the process of compiling her final report for the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission. More...