Vol. 9 No. 7 - November 5, 2008
Bridge set to reopen next week
HOLMES BEACH – The Anna Maria Island Bridge looked deserted beyond the barricade last Friday. The eastbound lane was covered with a tarp and all the action was in the middle, where workers were finishing the installation of the metal grate that serves as the driving surface of the moveable bascule.
The tarp covering the roadway was there to allow the new concrete underneath to cure, a process that would take up to Wednesday, Nov. 5, according to Audrey Clarke, spokeswoman for Parsons Brinckerhoff, the project’s managing contractor. More...
Kids find fins, fun at fishing tourney
BRADENTON BEACH — It was sweatshirt weather, but that didn’t deter the more than 20 kids who turned out with their fishing rods Nov. 1 for a fishing tournament at the Bradenton Beach city pier.
"The kids seemed to have a great time, and I think I might have had the best time of all," said Jake Spooner, the organizer of the tournament. "They were catching fish like mad." More...
Big plans for city pier entrance
ANNA MARIA — A 110-foot boardwalk along the bay. Covered picnic pavilions. Shade trees. Benches to sit on and overlook the water. Bicycle parking. Motorcycle parking. All are part of a vision dreamed up by the Transportation Enhancement Grant Committee.
The committee’s plans for the pier grew out of a long series of meetings on how to spend the $300,000 the city will receive from the Florida Department of Transportation in 2011 to enhance the business corridor in the city. Jo Ann Mattick wrote the grant several years ago before she became a city commissioner. Funds for the design phase of the project will be available in 2010. More...
Commissioners approve $38,100 for bridge fix
ANNA MARIA — After several weeks of delay, the city commission voted to spend $38,100 to repair the approaches to both the North Bay Boulevard and the Crescent Street Bridges at a special commission meeting on Oct. 31.
Commissioners balked at approving the contract when it came before them at their Oct. 23 meeting, saying they wanted more information about what was causing problems. They also wanted to be sure that the city was getting a warranty. More...
Another honor for Beach Bistro
Once again, Beach Bistro has been awarded the highest Zagat ranking for food excellence with 28 out of 30 points. The restaurant also scored 27 out of 30 points for service.
"28 for food and 27 for service are the highest scores in the state and some of the highest in the country," Beach Bistro owner Sean Murphy said. "Higher scores have been increasingly difficult to accomplish. The numbers arrived on my birthday – it was a very special gift." More...
Bikers have fun at Island poker run
HOLMES BEACH – The parking lot at Duffy’s looked like a motorcycle dealership last Saturday after the riders in the Island Fun Poker Run gathered to have their entries judged and to see who won the prizes.
Organizer Christine Holmes said that there was a lot of interest in making this an annual event and she said she would organize it again. More...
Request to park construction vehicles continued
HOLMES BEACH – Commissioners continued a request by John Agnelli for a special exception to park construction equipment at Agnelli Group Professional Park, 6000 Marina Drive, to Nov. 18 so city staff could be present to make a presentation.
Agnelli’s attorney, Ricinda Perry, elected to proceed with her presentation without staff present and pointed out that the business is in the city most intense commercial zone. More...
Bridging the Gap Briefs
Arts and culture weekend planned
Experience the arts and culture of Anna Maria Island at artsHOP weekend on Friday through Sunday, Nov. 14 through 16. The event is sponsored by Cultural Connections of Anna Maria Island. More...
Busy Halloween for kids young and old
Halloween was a busy one on Anna Maria Island. There were costume contests, oodles of candy and more fun than a barrel of witches.
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce had its costume contest and many of the participants came to Haley’s Motel after the event to go travel past a graveyard, walk through a haunted house and check out everyone else in costume. More...
Against the wind
Josie Sands, jacket zipped tight under his chin, looked more like a captain on Lake Michigan than a Bahamian bonefish guide as he piloted the Dolphin skiff from the dock at Little Creek on South Andros Island. It was early November and strains of Bob Seger’s 1980s rock and roll hit "Against the Wind,” ran through my mind. Overhead, palm tree fronds stood at 90-degree angles from their trunks, like flags stiff with starch. The day before the largest cold front to pass through the Bahamas in two years brought clouds, rain, gusting winds and plummeting temperatures to the area. The morning had broken bright and clear, but it was cold, with sustained 25-mile-per-hour north winds. More...
Open houses offer effective exposure
When your home is on the market you have to accept that your life is practically an open book. First, real estate professionals will be trailing through to check out what’s new in the marketplace so they can partner your home with one of the buyers they have been working with. Then come the buyers, scrutinizing everything from your choice of kitchen appliances to the organizers in your closets. More...
Southern Belle welcomes you
Andrea Spring is finally doing a bakery.
Spring is best known for her pies. Usually these pies are baked along side her husband, Ed, and daughter, Serena, at their family owned restaurant, The Sign of the Mermaid, in Anna Maria.
Last year Spring entered the National Pie Competition sponsored by Crisco and took first place in the “other” category with her Chocolate Espresso Explosion Pie. She also was awarded top prize in the citrus competition with her key lime pie, which ultimately captured the title of Best Overall in the entire event. More...
Fat pitch investing
In baseball, a "fat pitch" occurs when the pitcher makes a mistake, and the ball appears to the hitter as being so fat there is no way he can miss it. In the realm of investing, a fat pitch opportunity occurs when market emotions have become so extreme that an asset class is totally mispriced and presents almost a no-miss scenario for the investor willing to step up to the plate. More...
Soccer Division I still a race
Soccer continues at the Community Center with two teams set to battle until the end.
Panoramic 4 - Mr. Bones 2
Panoramic has been there or thereabouts all season, and although it couldn't stay with runaway leader Mr. Bones throughout, it does take the prize of being the first team to defeat the team that is the division champion. Improvements were apparent as the season progressed and this was a determined Panoramic squad that saw Tyler Yavalar fix his sights on a goal in order to bag a hat trick. Teammate Leo Rose was also on target. Coach Wash had an excellent team from the beginning, firepower coming, predominantly, from Michael Latimer, but with a solid defensive unit it was going to be a big task for any team, a task that Panoramic proved able to accomplish. More...