Vol. 10 No. 5 - October 28, 2009
Port Dolphin clears major hurdle
ANNA MARIA – The U.S. Maritime Administration signed a document on Monday that clears the decks for a license to be issued for Port Dolphin’s liquefied natural gas port, planned 28 miles off Anna Maria.
Port Dolphin officials attended the signing ceremony in Washington, D.C. and have organized a reception at the Bradenton Yacht Club on Nov. 5. to celebrate the watershed event. More...
Fishing ban partially lifted
CORTEZ – Some commercial longline fishermen are headed back out to the Gulf for grouper after regulators partially and temporarily lifted the five-month-old emergency ban on longline fishing.
The ban, which has kept fishermen from using their gear in shallow water since May and in deep water since June, has been replaced by an interim rule allowing longline fishing in water 35 fathoms or more with 750 rigged hooks until a long-term rule is implemented this spring. More...
Gulf drilling foes unite
The three Anna Maria Island cities and Manatee County have joined other municipalities in west central Florida that are uniting in their opposition to oil and gas exploration and drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
While local governments have little jurisdiction in the Gulf, a united front among cities and counties could sway state and federal representatives leaning towards oil activities, according to local government officials. More...
Owners to meet over boat thefts
A recent rash of boat thefts has prompted one local boat dealer to try and help its customers avoid becoming the next victim.
Cannons Marina's Benny Parrish sent a letter to customers regarding the thefts and inviting them to a meeting at the marina on Longboat Key.
“We want to inform our owners that there is something going on out there and they should take precautions,” Parrish said. “We figure the more our customers know about this, the more roadblocks we can put to stop these people from stealing our boats.” More...
Roser honored at commission meeting
ANNA MARIA — Roser Memorial Community Church was celebrated and honored as the Anna Maria Citizen/organization of the year at the October city commission meeting last week.
In accepting a plaque honoring the church, Pastor Gary Batey noted the historic interconnections between the church and the city.
“The chapel was once in the care and keeping of the city of Anna Maria,” he said. “Our history and that of Anna Maria have been intertwined.” More...
Civility reigns at Anna Maria candidates’ forum
Voters will select three of five candidates on Nov. 3 at the polls at city hall.
ANNA MARIA – Despite concerns that the gloves could come off, candidates were on their best behavior in The Sun’s forum last week at the Island Community Center.
Incumbents Christine Tollette, John Quam and Dale Woodland joined challengers David Gryboski and Harry Stoltzfus on the Center’s stage to answer questions submitted by residents in advance. Candidate profiles appeared in last week’s Sun. More...
Residents question candidates in Holmes Beach
Voters will go to the polls at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on Nov. 3 to select three commissioners.
HOLMES BEACH – Candidates for three commission seats responded to questions on a variety of issues posed by about 50 residents at city hall last week.
Incumbents Pat Geyer, Pat Morton and David Zaccagnino are being challenged by Al Robinson and Andy Sheridan. Candidate profiles appeared in last week’s Sun. More...
Ghosts and monsters to invade school
HOLMES BEACH – Be forewarned, all sorts of monsters will assemble in the parking lot of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce on Saturday morning, Oct. 31, around 10 a.m. Shortly after that, judges will determine the scariest of the lot and then they will march in waves on Anna Maria Elementary School for Fall Fest. More...
Dog day Halloween
ANNA MARIA – After spending Upwards of 250 people watched as more than 30 pooches of all types and sizes competed in the Anna Maria Island Sun’s Seventh Annual Dog Costume Contest Saturday.
The dogs and their owners competed for several trophies, although every entry took home a ribbon. A.J.’s Island Network and several other businesses provided a basket of goodies. More...
How to land a seabird
On Oct. 17, members of Sarasota Bay Watch teamed with Save Our Seabirds and Audubon Coastal Islands Sanctuaries to conduct a monofilament cleanup of bird rookeries in Sarasota Bay. The event was organized to remove fishing line from mangroves during the season when birds are not nesting. The event was a great success despite the arrival of a strong cold front that roiled local waters. During the morning event participants collected yards of line from Roberts Bay to Manatee County. More...
Chinese drywall – the good, the bad, the ugly
The good, the bad and the ugly are all aspects of the Chinese drywall controversy that the state of Florida is heavily involved in. The good is that some positive relief for homeowners may be available. The bad is, as usual, the insurance companies, and the ugly is what Chinese drywall is doing to homes. More...
New school gets preliminary nod
ANNA MARIA — A Waldorf School may soon open its doors at 305 Pine Avenue, right next door to Pine Avenue General Store.
Property owner Ed Rost appeared before the city’s planning and zoning board on Oct. 20 to ask for approval of a preliminary site plan that the buyers of his property required before the sale. More...
Looking ahead after seven up monthsInvestment Corner
In my last article, I mentioned the fact the stock market had risen for seven months straight, and while this was not a rare event, investors should be ready for a pause in this upward trend at some time in the near future. The main theme of that article was not to start to put all of your sideline cash to work after such an impressive run, but to be methodical in making new investments if you find yourself being cash heavy today. More...
Autoway Ford knocks off undefeated Ross Built
Autoway Ford was able to do what no other team could so far this season – beat the Ross Built team that had been dominant all year long. Not only were they able to go home with the victory, but Autoway Ford was able to shut out a team that had previous games of scoring up to eight goals. Michael Latimer showed great skill and talent by scoring both of Autoway Ford’s goals and continuing his spectacular play this season. Autoway Ford improved to 6-2-1 and closed the gap between them and the 7-1 Ross Built team in first place. With only two weeks left in the season, there is still time for either team to claim first place in the division as the playoffs approach. More...