Vol. 9 No. 33 - May 6, 2009


Second restaurant robbed

ANNA MARIA – For the second time in two weeks, an Island restaurant has been robbed of its cash receipts overnight. The latest victim, The Waterfront Restaurant, 110 South Bay Blvd., was burglarized between 1:52 and 2:12 a.m. on Friday, May 1, according to a security recording.

Waterfront owner Jason Suzor said they knew how to get around the alarm. "They took out a glass panel from the door to get in," he said. "Since they did not open the door, they did not trip the alarm."

However, Suzor said the camera caught images of the burglars. More...

‘Stay calm, don’t panic’

BRADENTON – Don’t panic, wash your hands often and stay away from sick people – that was the advice from county health officials Friday at a public forum on swine flu organized by U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan.

"We have a very serious public health concern," Buchanan told residents. "There’s cause for concern, but no need to panic. We’d rather be safe than sorry." More...

Mambo at the Spring Fling

HOLMES BEACH – The St. Bernard Catholic Church hall will be transformed into a New Orleans-style street party on Saturday night during Spring Fling’s Mardi Gras Mambo.

The Anna Maria Elementary Parent Teacher Organization hopes to raise $26,000 from parents and school supporters at the annual event, which draws casual, formal and even costumed participants. More...

Sabine mystery drags on

HOLMES BEACH – It’s been six months this week since Haley’s Motel co-owner Sabine Musil-Buehler was last seen or heard from by family and friends.

Her Nov. 4, 2008, disappearance and a Nov. 16 fire at Haley’s are still being actively investigated, according to spokesmen for the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal’s Office. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryWe can all help sea turtles survive

Turtle nesting season officially began last week on May 1. There are no nests on the Island yet, but you can tell it’s nesting season because the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch volunteers are out on the beaches each morning at dawn.

They’re searching for the telltale tracks that show a female turtle has crawled ashore, dug a nest and deposited her eggs. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Writing books is like a symphony for Moerk

ANNA MARIA – It was music to her ears when Alice Moerk learned that Peppertree Press would publish her quartet of thrillers.

Moerk, who has a doctorate in musicology, was professor of music at Fairmont State University in West Virginia for 32 years before retiring to the Island in 2000. She has composed 40 instrumental works, seven dramatic works, 33 vocal/choral works and eight collections since 1985. More...

Outdoor dining ordinance reviewed

HOLMES BEACH – Commissioners last week agreed to consider making the process less costly and difficult for at least one restaurant seeking expansion of its outdoor dining.

In February 2008, the Freeman family, owners of Skinny’s Place, appealed to the city commission to increase the restaurant’s outdoor dining seats. That request led to an ordinance that created a procedure for restaurants to do so. More...

Blood drive has new element

This year’s Anna Maria Island Blood Drive returns to St. Bernard Church on June 13 and 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with another opportunity to stock up the county’s blood supply plus a new way of giving that goes right to the heart of the matter.

As in prior years, each donation of blood means an anonymous organization will give $100 to one, some or all of five nonprofit organizations, and each donor will have a say as to which one gets that money. But if you volunteer to donate under the Alyx Component Collection System, that donation doubles. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryCenter summer camps focus on art and sports

Island youths will have a myriad of choices for summer activities in camps and classes being offered at the Island Community Center.

"The overall camp is called Summer My Way, and kids get to pick their summer activities," Education Director April Jonatzke explained. "In the past, we’ve had a theme for summer camp and it was all inclusive, but we always had kids who didn’t want to do art or didn’t want to do sports." More...

reel time

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryTarpon tutor: Fishing with Captain Rick Murphy

Tarpon fishing has been a passion of mine for years. I’ve been fortunate to photograph and observe some of the best fly anglers in the business, and while I’m capturing the action digitally, I’m also asking questions to learn how the best got that way. Last week I had the pleasure of fishing for tarpon with my friend Reid Zoller, of Bradenton, and Captain Rick Murphy, of Homestead. Zoller, the director of U.S. Operations for Loop Tackle, a Swedish fly tackle manufacturer, has been expanding the North American base of the internationally renowned company and had been invited to fish for a day with Murphy, a representative of the company. More...

real estate

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Bridgeport balconies offer Gulf and bay views

You’ve probably driven by it hundreds of times on your way on or off the Island and may have even wondered what exactly those pink buildings at the foot of the Cortez Bridge are all about. Well, I’ve also driven by innumerable times and finally decided to take a closer look. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryGinny, Jane E.’s new partners in paradise

I’ve heard it said a lot during the years I’ve lived in Florida those who fish don’t golf and vice versa. Well there’s a place in Bradenton Beach where you can take that theory and literally putt it out of the water. The Fish Hole on Bridge Street goes way beyond traditional miniature golf calling itself adventure golf with a little local history and fishing education mixed in. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

To time, or not to time

Investment Corner

For many years prior to 2008, the investment philosophy of buy and hold was promoted by major financial firms, mutual fund companies and academics who study market trends. And, for the last two or three decades the strategy worked marvelously. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Three teams still perfect in flag football

It was another full week of intense gridiron action with the top teams in each division remaining unbeaten. The Panoramic Cardinals of the 8-9 division continued their hot streak, winning two games this week and remaining undefeated at 7-0. It was the same story this week for the Galati Yacht Sales Texans, who won a pair of games to improve to 8-0 atop the 10- to 12-year-old division. The Beach Bistro Cardinals also won their game this week improving their record to 4-0 in the 13-16 division. More...


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