Vol. 9 No. 9 - November 19, 2008

story update

Woman’s disappearance hits home

HOLMES BEACH - Haley’s Motel co-owner Sabine Musil-Buehler was like a member of the family to Sage Hall.

Referring to her in the past tense comes hard, judging by the catch in her throat.

Musil-Buehler has been missing since Nov. 4, when she reportedly argued with live-in boyfriend William Cumber, 208-B Magnolia Ave., a suspect in her disappearance. Her husband and business partner, Tom Buehler, also has been questioned by police, as has another man, Robert Corona, who was found driving her car shortly after she disappeared, told inconsistent stories about whether he knew her, and was arrested for theft. More...

news

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story‘Person of interest’ named in duplex blaze

HOLMES BEACH – Anna Maria resident William J. Cumber, 39, has been named as a "person of interest" in the investigation into Sunday night’s fire next door to Haley’s Motel, according to Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine.

Cumber, the boyfriend of missing Haley’s co-owner Sabine Musil-Buehler, is one of a number of suspects under investigation in the fire, which destroyed the Haley’s duplex at 8104 Gulf Drive, he said. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Koenigs gets 40 years

Less than a year after her shooting, Sue Normand feels vindicated.

The man who shot her on Dec. 5, 2007, at her store, Island Mail and More, is more likely than not to spend the rest of his days in prison after receiving a maximum sentence of 40 years and a minimum of 28 years last week, "I’m glad he won’t be back on the streets," she said after the sentencing. "I feel he would still be a menace." More...

New tourist tax on table

LONGBOAT KEY - Tourism industry representatives said they favor a new one-cent tax to promote tourism in Manatee County during a forum sponsored by the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) on Thursday.

Nearly 100 elected officials, hoteliers, restaurateurs and small business owners – about half from Anna Maria Island – generally agreed that the money is needed, but differed on why. More...

Public meeting set on bridge replacement

As work continues on the Anna Maria Island Bridge, the process of choosing a replacement is also under way.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has scheduled a public meeting at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16, to update everyone on the process, which is expected to take a decade or longer. More...

Pier project back to drawing board

ANNA MARIA – Big dreams for the project at the base of the city pier and the Pine Avenue corridor have come with a big price tag – so big that discussion of the project has been pulled from the Nov. 20 city commission agenda.

"If we do everything we’d like to, the project would cost almost three times what our grant is," said City Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick. More...

Center facing financial difficulties

ANNA MARIA – Like many institutions around the country, non-profits are feeling the economic pinch and the Island Community Center is no exception.

Treasurer Bill Ford reported at the board of directors meeting last week that for the first time in 18 years, the Center is operating at a negative cash flow. Revenue is down about $61,000 for the first quarter of the year. More...

Next phase of stormwater project unveiled

ANNA MARIA — The final phase of an ambitious drainage project designed to cleanup stormwater before it gets into the canals and the bay was unveiled at a meeting last week.

The project, which is projected to cost $$704,000, will be jointly funded by the city and the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Each will pay half. More...

Bridging the Gap ends with a bang

Anna Maria Island was bustling last weekend as Bridging the Gap came to an end following the reopening of the Anna Maria Island Bridge. The activities began Friday with artsHOP, a series of openings at the Island’s art galleries. Then came the Key Royale Golf Tournament, a progressive Realtor open house, a concert at the Community Center, an arts and crafts festival at Holmes Beach City Hall field and the Bridge Street Market on Saturday. More...


feature

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryIsland Style Weddings

Use the Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper's Wedding Guide to help you plan your special event. More...

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reel time

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryBay Buddies clean FISH Preserve

On Saturday Nov. 7, Rick Smith brought his team of environmentally minded students to the FISH (Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage) Preserve in Cortez for a day of trash clean up and removal of invasive species. The Bay Buddies, supported by the Sarasota Bay National Estuary Program was joined by members of FISH, the Sarasota and Manatee County Audubon Society, local citizens and Karen Fraley, of Around the Bend Nature Tours. In a morning of hard work and camaraderie the participants worked on the FISH Preserve property which is being developed into what will be one of the premier natural areas in Manatee County. More...



real estate

Sleek kitchen is the secret to selling

What’s the secret to selling your home in a competitive market? The kitchen? What’s the secret to selling your home for the best possible price? The kitchen? What’s the secret to selling your home quickly? The kitchen? With Anna Maria’s prime buying season on the horizon, it may be time to give your kitchen a makeover before getting it on the market. It’s something that can be done with surprisingly little money. More...



business

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryWebb offers big firm services on a personal scale

What’s the one thing you can do on a regular basis that doesn’t cost money and enriches your life? Donate your time to public service. Chuck Webb has been doing just that for most of his adult life in a variety of ways, and knows firsthand the rewards it yields.

After college, Webb served three years of active duty as a captain in the Marines before attending law school and was subsequently admitted to the Florida Bar in 1986. His credentials include working for the State Attorney’s Office in Brevard County andas assistant county attorney for both Broward and Charlotte counties, accruing five years of environmental legislative experience. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

Investment Corner

Picking market bottoms is tough to do

Whether you can honestly say you saw the financial crisis coming, or whether you are like most investors and had a diversified plan to help see you through market corrections and still got a nasty surprise this time around, it has not been a lot of fun for the last 15 months. More...



SPORTS

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Golfers go for Key Royale

HOLMES BEACH – Saturday began with cloudy skies, then a short rainstorm. Prospects for a day on the links looked dim until the rain stopped.

That’s when 68 people packed their clubs and headed for Key Royale Golf Club to play in the first ever All Island Golf Tournament. More...


 

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