Vol. 9 No. 26 - March 25, 2009


Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Season booms despite economy

It looks to be a winning tourist season on the Island, according to local enterprises.

With snowbirds, spring breakers and local sun worshippers arriving daily, a few minutes crawling across the Manatee Avenue or Cortez Road bridges or inching along Gulf Drive tells the story. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Bradenton Beach going green

BRADENTON BEACH – Eco week 2009 attracted the serious and the curious to learn about and participate in the resurrection and preservation of our planet’s health.

Eco Week was sponsored by the city of Bradenton Beach Projects/Programs Department, The Anna Maria Island Sun, Bridge Street Bazaar, Big Olaf Iced Cream, Florida Power and Light, Publix, Cozzette Accounting Corp. and Mote Marine Laboratory. It began with a nature journaling course at Leffis Key on Wednesday, March 18. More...

Corona trial postponed

BRADENTON – The jury trial of Robert Corona was postponed on Monday when his attorney, Thomas Ostrander, withdrew from the case, citing a conflict of interest with another client, William Cumber.

Corona, 38, was arrested by a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy for theft of the car of missing Holmes Beach motel owner Sabine Musil-Buehler on Nov. 6, two days after her boyfriend, Cumber, reported seeing her last, according to sheriff’s office reports. More...

Bridge hearing Thursday

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will host the final public hearing on the Anna Maria Island Bridge Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study on Thursday, March 26, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. An informal open house will begin at 6 p.m. and the formal public hearing, consisting of a presentation by FDOT on the project and its associated impacts followed by public comment, will begin at 7 p.m. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story ‘Sylvia’ doggone good

ANNA MARIA – It’s a credit to the Island Players’ production of "Sylvia" that 10 minutes into the first act, every dog owner in the house feels guilty about leaving his/her dog at home.

Diana Shoemaker plays the lead role, a homeless Labrador/poodle mix that latches onto Greg (Joe Kerata) in a New York City park one day. Shoemaker taps into her inner dog so well that soon the audience forgets she’s a human being and accepts Greg scratching her behind the ears and rubbing her tummy. More...

Breezy, sneezy, wheezy days of spring are here

Just when you’re ready to spend all day outside enjoying the warm, breezy spring, your friendly neighborhood allergy doctor is telling you to stay inside with the air conditioning on.

For those with allergies and asthma, it’s a prescription to consider, because this is a record high pollen season, according to the National Allergy Bureau. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Festive atmosphere marks Tour of Homes

The 16th Annual AMI Tour of Homes was another successful event for the Island Community Center with 800 people participating to raise $22,646 to date to fund the Center’s programs and services.

It was a festive atmosphere as "tour-ists" waited in the Roser Church parking lot for the shuttle to take them to the three homes on the Island’s north end. Another shuttle at Crosspointe Fellowship took visitors to the remaining three homes. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Springtime brings nesting birds to beaches

Anna Maria Island is a haven for birds and bird lovers.

Each spring, the beaches are transformed into nesting areas for three imperiled bird species. The least tern and the snowy plover – both threatened – and the black skimmer, a species of special concern, all nest on the ground, so the nesting areas are roped off to keep beachgoers from accidentally trampling the sand-colored eggs. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryReaders' Choice 2009

THE RESULTS ARE IN and the favorites have been selected by Sun subscribers from as far away as England, Ireland, and Germany and as close as your next door neightbor. Join the fun and read all about your favorites, from where to get a grouper sandwich or a cheeseburger in paradise to the best place to catch a sunset. It’s all here in the Readers Choice Awards 2009. More...

reel time

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryThe architects of modern saltwater fly tackle

The modern saltwater fly angler has a problem, just like his predecessor in the early days of the sport. Back in the late 50s and early 60s, when competitive anglers were discovering an amazing variety of saltwater species from Miami to Key West, their problem was finding dependable tackle. Today’s anglers, on the other hand, are hard pressed to keep up with all the innovations in tackle. There are literally hundreds of rods, reels, lines and gadgets available. Exotic rod labeling systems denote rod stiffness and flex. Fly reels feature advanced drag systems with space age materials and computer designed specialty fly lines are available in mind-bending quantities. In short, saltwater anglers today have to figure out what to use; anglers in the 60s had to find something to use. More...

real estate

Age is an advantage for a reverse mortgage

I seem to be getting more and more questions about reverse mortgages from friends, neighbors and relatives. Maybe it’s because of the high percentage of seniors who call Florida home. Maybe it’s because more people in my personal circle are becoming senior citizens, or maybe it’s because of the economic downturn. Whatever the reason, reverse mortgages are the current hot topic. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryGifts galore at the Sand Dollar

Anna Maria Island has its fair share of traditions. Visitors to the Island will never give up the tradition of watching the glorious sun evaporate into the Gulf’s crystal waters, or being mesmerized by silvery dolphins leaping in the air. They’ve embraced the trolley as one of its newer traditions and turn out in record numbers for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

And when they want to take a break from the beach, they have traditionally wandered into the Sand Dollar in Holmes Beach and have been doing so for 50 years. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

Tax-free yields advantageous for many

Investment Corner

Thanks to the readers for the positive feedback on our recent article regarding the attractive yields currently available on both high-quality and high-yield corporate bonds. While these investments do carry a higher level of risk than government bonds or bank savings instruments, we believe they offer a high enough current yield to compensate for that risk, and with time may prove to be a very profitable investment as we ultimately recover from the current economic slowdown. More...


Little Leaguers continue improving

As the season approaches the halfway point, the competition is heating up for the Majors and Minors teams. This week both squads were matched up against some of the strongest teams in the league which caused problems for Islander batters and pitchers. Both teams are fairly young in age by comparison to the teams playing at G.T. Bray, and the playing inexperience for Island players poses an advantage for the in-town teams. More...


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