Vol. 9 No. 37 - June 3, 2009


Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Beach Inn, Tidemark in foreclosure

HOLMES BEACH – The saga of the Tidemark and the Beach Inn developments, owned by Reliance Realty Partners, continues with another twist – both are in foreclosure, but there is a potential buyer.

On April 30, Mercantile Bank began foreclosure proceedings on the Beach Inn and on May 8, Freedom Holdings began foreclosure proceedings on Tidemark. However, Mainsail Development International, of Tampa, has made an offer on the properties. More...

City may ban sex offenders

ANNA MARIA —Anna Maria is considering drafting an ordinance that would prohibit sexual predators and sexual offenders from living with in its city limits.

Commissioner Chuck Webb would like the city to take a look at the issue, he announced at the May 28 meeting. More...

Lines drawn in underwater sand

The average beachgoer who sets up a chair and an umbrella on Anna Maria Island or Longboat Key has no idea what lies beneath.

Clean, white sand doesn’t just get washed up onto the beach by Mother Nature. It takes barges, dredges, pipes, bulldozers, permits, and money – lots of money. More...

Life in the dead zone

It’s as if nothing had ever happened.


The only way you can tell today that there was a catastrophic event in the Gulf of Mexico in August 2005 is to look at the sponges. More...

Island cities support Longboat pipeline position

Holmes Beach and Anna Maria commissioners agreed to support a request by Longboat Key officials to move the location of the Port Dolphin pipeline so it doesn’t affect the town’s possible sand source for renourishment projects.

"Longboat Key does not oppose the project, but wants to protect its sand sources," Longboat Key Town Manager Bruce St. Denis explained to Holmes Beach commissioners at their May 26 meeting. More...

County waits for city’s cell tower decision

BRADENTON BEACH – As the city works on a request by a company to build a cell phone tower near the public works building, Manatee County has sent a memo saying it doesn’t want to give the city mixed signals about what it wants to do.

The county originally proposed building a cell phone tower at the site of a new building for the county marine rescue unit, near the southern tip of the Island on the bayside. According to Manatee County Information Services Director Diane Frenz, they have already found another site to enhance emergency radio signals. More...

New charge filed against suspect

Manatee County has filed a 15th charge against one of the two 18-year-old Sarasota residents arrested on May 19 for allegedly robbing the Waterfront restaurant.

Patrick Banker was charged on Wednesday, May 27, with breaking into the Waterfront restaurant, in Anna Maria, on May 1. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News StorySaltwater shoreline fishing license required Aug. 1

Saltwater anglers who fish from shorelines, bridges, piers or docks will have to buy a $7.50 annual license ($9 with a service fee) by Aug. 1 under a new Florida law approved by Gov. Charlie Crist last week.

The requirement, which applies to anglers fishing in saltwater from land or structures attached to land, extends licensing requirements to everyone in the state unless they are specifically exempted, said Lee Schlesinger, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryOne season ends...while another begins

Indeed, a hurricane can bring widespread destruction as Katrina did to New Orleans on August 29, 2005, but many would prefer those slow moving storms to tornadoes that can strike in the middle of the night without warning. More...

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Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryLand of the silver mermaid

Part 2 of a 2 part series

It was in the mid to late 70s when the floodgates opened up in the area. It was a time when the world’s greatest fly anglers and guides made an annual May migration to Homosassa. Billy Pate, Joe Robinson, Al Pflueger, Captain Eddie Whiteman, Carl Navarre, John Emory, Captain Bill Curtis, Captain Dale Perez, Captain Steve Huff, Captain Jim Brewer, Tom Evans, Captain Cecil Keith Jr., baseball legend Ted Williams, Captain Nat Ragland and Captain Lee Baker were regulars. The fishing was so incredible that world records never made it to the IGFA record books because they were broken day after day. More...

real estate

County clerk offers on-line auction option

The great American humorist Art Buchwald once said, "Whether it is the best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we have," which is a a good reason to stop lamenting about the real estate market and do something about it. If you’ve got a couple of extra bucks and want to start doing something with the only times we have available to us, check out the on-line auction option affiliated with the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court Office. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryA ‘PAR-ty’ in Anna Maria

ANNA MARIA – The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Business Card Exchange drew a big crowd on Wednesday, May 27, to the Pine Avenue Restoration (PAR) project. You might call it a "PAR-ty."

The porches of the two new residence-over-business buildings served as a perfect place for a party, although the summer sun sapped some of the energy from the occasion. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

Build your own ‘guarantee’

Investment Corner

History has shown that when most investors are doubtful or fearful, seeking safety is the wrong thing to do because the fears of these investors are caused by price declines which have usually already occurred. Presently, while the critical point of the recent credit market crisis appears to have passed, many investors are still in a state of shock and having trouble seeing themselves own any investment without some sort of guarantee. More...


Island Dojo offers summer camp fun

The Island Dojo Martial Arts Academy offers a summer camp this year for kids from kindergarten through fifth grade. The cost is $125 per week or $30 per day for drop-ins. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and aftercare is available for $5 per hour for kids who are not staying for a karate class. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryEverything you ever wanted to know about turtles

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch (AMITW) volunteers will be celebrating their 30th year in 2010. At dawn each morning during nesting season, 100 volunteers take turns walking every stretch of the Island’s beaches. They search for signs of nesting activity. AMITW Director Suzi Fox, who has run the organization since 1996, said lots of people have questions about turtle nesting. We’re sharing some of those questions and Fox’s answers this week. More...


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