Vol. 10 No. 1 - September 30, 2009
A BRIDGE TO HISTORY
In a previous life, the Bradenton Beach city pier was a bridge to somewhere.
Specifically, it linked the area now known as Bradenton Beach to the mainland.
At that time, in 1921, it was the only way to access Anna Maria Island other than by boat. The bridge is gone now, but the Bradenton Beach historic pier, which was on the Island-end of the bridge, remains as the city pier. More...
Kids learn flu-fighting techniques
HOLMES BEACH – A hundred local kindergartners and first graders may know more about handwashing than most adults after their lesson last week.
Scratching your fingernails against your palms to get soap under them, scrubbing in between fingers and using a paper towel to turn off the water faucet were among the tips suggested by Miss Jenny and Miss Sarah, of Boar’s Head, who sponsored the special lesson. More...
Wave skimmers hit beach on Sunday
BRADENTON BEACH – Skimboarders will make a splash at the Skim Bash on Sunday, Oct. 4 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the BeachHouse restaurant.
The amateur contest features beginners and experienced skimboarders and raises money for red tide research at Mote Marine Laboratory. More...
Island Players: 60 years of entertainment
ANNA MARIA – The Island Players were born when the Women’s Club of Anna Maria asked distinguished playwright, actor and director Harold Igo to stage a play for one of their meetings.
The year was 1949 and the play, “The Preacher Takes a Wife,” was such a hit that the women asked Igo to form a theater company. Igo and a few dedicated theater lovers met in the town’s community hall. More...
KMB recognizes Island beautification
BRADENTON – Island governments, neighborhoods, organizations and its school were winners in the annual Keep Manatee Beautiful awards luncheon held last week at the Bradenton Country Club.
Anna Maria Elementary School received the Leave Your Mark Keep America Beautiful award for elementary schools. The Leave Your Mark program was created at Manatee High School in 2006 to promote awareness about littering on school grounds and encourage students to maintain their campuses. More...
Second duck hit by car
Life is getting dangerous for a group of ducks that live around Holmes Beach City Hall and the Island Branch Library.
For the second time in two months, a car has hit one of the ducks that call the area home. The driver didn’t bother to stop on either occasion. More...
Crab study under way
Horseshoe crabs may not be quite as cute as sea turtles, but they are a valuable part of the coastal ecology, and their declining numbers have prompted scientists to monitor their nesting beaches, too.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute needs to hear from anyone who finds a horseshoe crab nesting beach. More...
Get your motor running at Bayfest car show
ANNA MARIA – Head out on the highway and make your way to Pine Avenue on Oct. 17 for Bayfest’s annual Classic Car Show.
“Cars only will be on display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,” organizer Bill Mergens said. “There will be 100 cars and DJ Cruzin’ to the Hop with Lance will play oldies.” More...
Fast fall action is here
Anglers get a glimpse of the changing season when schools of predatory fish begin to gather around the local passes as fall approaches. The weather might be saying summer, but fall is definitely in the air and out on the local waters. Last week, I had the pleasure of experiencing some fast and furious action with my friend and Sarasota guide Captain Rick Grassett.
We launched Grassett’s 18 foot Action Craft flats boat at the Kingfish Ramp on Manatee Avenue about 10 in the morning and headed north in the general direction of the Tampa Bay ship channel. The tide was just starting to come in when we first surveyed the waters. More...
Is it time for renters to become buyers?
We’ve been hearing a lot about reset buttons this year. Reset buttons on foreign policy, reset buttons on how Americans view their finances and, of course, a still to be determined reset button on health care. But the reset button that most concerns me is the one related to home ownership, and it’s a really big button. More...
Stick with dividend payersInvestment Corner
In January, I wrote about investing in dividend paying common stocks as a source of income which could potentially top yields offered on government bonds and certificates of deposit in today’s low interest rate environment.
I believe that the reason to focus the bulk of your stock ownership in dividend paying companies goes beyond the income stream. It increases your chance of a successful total return strategy, which combines the dividend income with appreciation of the share price of the companies over time. More...
Soccer season in full swing
The 2009 Community Center soccer season is under way after The first week of games revealed some key strengths and weaknesses for teams in the early stages of the season. The oldest age divisions proved to have some offense-heavy teams, as Ross Built scored six goals and shut out its opponent in Division 1 and Mike Norman Realty scored 10 goals in two games in Premier League action. More...
Turtle watch celebrates 2009 nesting season
So far this season, 11,415 sea turtle hatchlings have scrambled from nests on the Island’s shores into the Gulf of Mexico. The safe entry into the waters around Anna Maria Island is thanks in large part to the volunteers with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch who’ve been on the beach every morning at dawn since May 1.
They look for signs of turtle nesting. When they find a nest, they verify that there are eggs and then mark off the nest with stakes and tape to make sure that no one inadvertently walks on the eggs buried in the sand. More...