Vol. 11 No. 36 - June 15, 2011
LaPensee wins Business of Year
HOLMES BEACH – LaPensee Plumbing & Pools is one of four winners of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce 2011 Manatee Small Business of the Year awards.
The Island business was honored last week as the winner in the category of small business with more than $2 million in annual sales. More...
New uses sought for Thelma by the Sea
ANNA MARIA – Commissioners were amenable to three requests from Lizzie Vann and Mike Thrasher, of the Historic Green Village on Pine Avenue.
The first was to make Thelma by the Sea a bed and breakfast, the second was to serve beer and wine at evening events at the Village Cafe at Rosedale and the third was to hold a farmer's market at the Village. More...
Protest of budget cuts planned
A group of pro-animal activists is asking others to join a protest against proposed cuts in Manatee County Animal Services' adoption programs in front of the old courthouse across from the county administration building at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 16. Protestors are asked to wear green.
According to a release from the Humane Society of Manatee County, the county had originally been working toward a no-kill policy for animals that come to the pound, but now the commissioners are talking about cutting the budget and eliminating those efforts. More...
City wants six lots on Pine
ANNA MARIA – Commissioners said they are in favor of trying to find a way to purchase the six lots at the pier end of Pine Avenue, but want to know the fair market value before proceeding.
Mayor Mike Selby told commissioners that he had talked to the lender, and he offered to sell the lots for $3 million at 3.75 percent interest for 10 years with no payments for two years and interest only payments for 10 years. More...
Local birds could be delisted
BRADENTON BEACH – The city commission met with the planning and zoning board last week to discuss two ordinances submitted by a professional planner, and they decided to borrow from a neighbor to regulate signs.
The two governmental bodies were given a draft ordinance by Tom McCollum, director of planning for ZNS, the company the city hired to review and modify the city's comprehensive plan. More...
April tourist tax collections up
Resort tax collections for Anna Maria Island confirm casual observations that the 2011 winter tourist season was a busy one.
According to the Manatee County Tax Collector's office, resort tax collections from January through April, the most recent month for which statistics are available, were up on the Island from the same four-month period last year. More...
AME to keep resource officer
ANNA MARIA – Lizzie Vann and Mike Thrasher are seeking historical information on three buildings in their Historic Green Village on Pine Avenue – the Rosedale and Sears cottages and the white house adjacent to the Sears Cottage.
Capt. Mitch Davis built the Rosedale Cottage at 503 Pine Ave. in 1913 for George Emerson Bean. It was constructed from molded concrete blocks shipped from Tampa. More...
Adopt a sea turtle nest
ANNA MARIA – John DeFazio digs carefully into the sand, feeling for leathery loggerhead sea turtle eggs as a group of women gather around and watch, like midwives at a birth.
"How do you know they won't break?" asks one of the group of teachers and friends from Illinois. More...
Rum for Fathers' Day
The political bosses of Chicago and the south side of Boston are legendary.
My dad ran the south end of Halifax, Nova Scotia. He did it with rum and cash and nylons.
Three months before election day dad got to appoint five ladies who were paid with government money to be the electoral officials in each four-block poll. The ladies were picked for their loyalty – and because they had a lot of relatives. More...
June coastal events planned
A year ago, oil was gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon oil well, but already, the roaring riptide of outraged public opinion seems to have turned into a mild undercurrent.
Last June, about 400 people attended the Hands Across the Sand event at Manatee County Public Beach, along with people at similar events in all 50 states and 42 other countries. More...
Tarpon fishing: Show a little respect
Tarpon season is in full bloom and should be heading to a peak on the full moon in a couple of weeks. If you've never tried tarpon fishing, call a couple of friends and go out with one of the many excellent guides fishing our area waters. You don't have to be a pro to catch tarpon, but a guided trip will be the best investment you've ever made, guaranteed! More...
Double dip disaster
Remember those summer days when double dip meant nothing more threatening than dripping chocolate ice cream on your white shirt. Not only may carefree summer days be in the past, but our economic recovery also seems like a thing of the past.
June 1 and 3 were both bad days for the country's financial recovery. Not only did the job growth numbers tank, so did the stock market. On June 1, Automatic Data Processing, one of the country's leading payroll companies, announced private sector jobs grew at a much slower pace than economists had been predicting. More...
Investment advice: A retrospectiveInvestment Corner
As the owner of a registered investment advisory firm, I spend a lot of time examining decisions made and advice promulgated in the past to see how it worked out, looking for clues to try to improve our methods in the future. No one is perfect, and as I always say, nothing can replace a disciplined rules-based system of portfolio management.
In writing articles for the Sun, I try to share the principles used in real life management of money for clients in a general sense that a reader can consider for their own financial and investment decisions. For that reason, I like to look back to see how we did in offering this basic, general advice over the last year. I must say I'm pleased with the fact there aren't any big mistakes requiring me to develop a taste for "crow." Generally, our middle of the road approach to decision making appears to have been reasonably good, but you can be the final judge. More...
Basketball champions crowned
Division III (8-9-year-old):
June 11, Saturday, 3 p.m.
Agnelli Pool & Spa - 0
Cortez Kat Charters – 18
Your place or mine?Feasting on Fitness
As temperatures heat up, you may be wondering how to continue exercising in the Florida summer. With the tourist season winding down, it's actually a great time to start an exercise program.
I'll never forget my defining moment after moving here. I woke up to the sound of a gunshot and thought for sure someone was dead. I groggily stumbled over to Bayfront Park at the northern end of the Island and saw several hundred people lurching forward as a 5K race began. More...