Vol. 9 No. 51 - September 9, 2009


Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Busy beaches at summer's end

Labor Day is traditionally known as the end of summer up north as people turn their attention to school, changing leaves, cooler temperatures, Halloween and the year’s end holidays.

On Anna Maria, it means one more time at the beach for people who live close enough to drive, but too far to call it home. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryTrolley ads, donation boxes approved

Several Manatee County department heads met with Island trolley supporter David Teitelbaum on Monday, Aug. 31, to work out details on a plan to keep rides on the trolleys free.

As a result, the trolleys now have donation boxes for people to donate money toward keeping the rides free and the county is working on the mechanics of selling ads both outside and inside the decorative public transit vehicles. More...

County endorses sand deal

The Manatee County Commission has unanimously endorsed a plan to remove beach renourishment sand from Port Dolphin’s preferred underwater pipeline route before the project is constructed.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) proposed the plan, which would salvage sand for Coquina Beach renourishment projects that the 42-mile-long pipeline would make inaccessible. More...

Cortez welcomes grouper program

CORTEZ – A new program will give commercial fishermen the flexibility to fish when weather and market conditions are favorable, instead of having to race to catch fish before the overall quota for the fishery is met.

The Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) program will divide grouper and tilefish quotas among eligible commercial fishermen, creating a year-round season and eliminating closures, according to the Gulf Fishermen’s Association. More...

Local broker accused again

BRADENTON BEACH – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is accusing a Holmes Beach man of selling unregistered securities.

Doyle Scott Elliott, who owns Elliott & Associates, of Bradenton Beach, is one of three people and three companies named in a lawsuit by the SEC charging they sold unregistered securities. More...

Biker OK after spectacular accident

HOLMES BEACH – Many people who witnessed an accident between a car and a motorcycle last Friday between 5 and 6 p.m. thought the cyclist would be another statistic, but that wasn’t the case.

That cyclist was Bob Hills, husband of Realtor Betsy Hills, and while he’s not up and about, he still with us and his injuries could be worse. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Island Riders a new Island institution

ANNA MARIA — There are no rules. There are no meetings. Members live all over the world. The one requirement for membership is to have fun and to accept one of the club’s T-shirts. Then you’re in.

“So if you hear someone say they’re a member, and they ask you when the next meeting is, you know they aren’t really a member,” said Steve Kring, an Anna Maria resident who founded Island Riders with "Chopper" Bob Pollard. “You know that because there are no meetings for this club.” More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Mote asks, 'Where’s Waldo?'

Waldo the robot is missing, and Mote Marine Laboratory is offering a $500 reward for its recovery.

The red tide detection device has been missing since July 31. Mote tried using side-scan sonar to find the bright yellow autonomous underwater vehicle, but so far, it’s gone without a trace. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News StorySee you in September

It’s September, that bittersweet time of year when the water starts to cool down and the sun begins to set on the summer. We polled Labor Day weekend beachgoers about their favorite summer beach songs, offering some old favorites of the Sun staff for starters, like “See You in September” and “Sealed with a Kiss.”. More...

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Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryExtend your season in Big Sky country

Most of Florida’s summer season offers unparalleled fishing to area anglers. Snook, trout, redfish, grouper, tarpon, snapper and a smorgasbord of pelagic species swim area waters. While many snowbirds head north in May or June, anglers in the know wouldn’t think of leaving Florida that early in the season.

That all changes when the tarpon thin out and the day time temperatures and humidity make fishing local waters uncomfortable for anglers and fish alike. This doesn’t mean that we’re not interested in pursuing our passion. More...

real estate

More information than we need to know

Not only is the world flat, it’s also shrinking and all because of the Internet. There is practically nothing that you can’t find out from the comfort of your home, while in your pajamas, with the stroke of a few dozen keys. And when it comes to real estate information, the access is endless, with improvements to existing real estate Web sites or new ones created practically every week. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryIsland Animal Clinic howls

Anna Maria may only be a small island off the west coast of Florida but, as some Island residents will tell you, you can find most anything you need without crossing a bridge. And if you’re an animal lover whose pets also don’t want to cross the bridge, they can trot on over to the Island Animal Clinic where they have been taking of the Island’s pets for over 20 years. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

Bond-based portfolios

Investment Corner

Traditionally, most mainstream advice on asset allocation within investment portfolios has tended to lean toward emphasizing common stocks over fixed income to take advantage of the higher long-term rates of return traditionally offered by equity investments compared to bonds.

This philosophy lead to typical portfolio allocations for retired individuals of 60 percent in stocks and 40 percent in bonds. Of course, the recommended allocation could vary based on the individual situation and personality for assuming risk. More...


Golfers needed for fun time

The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Golf Outing at the Bradenton Country Club on Monday, Sept. 28, with registration at 11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at noon.

The cost is $125 per golfer, which includes greens fees, a cart, dinner, awards and a gift bag. For those who want to attend the awards dinner only, the cost is $35. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Turtle Watch volunteer nears end of first season

She’s been bitten by the bug. That bug is some undefined, but benign thing that affects people who step forward to help save the sea turtles that dig their nests and lay their eggs on our shores.

Cyndie Alderman is a speech therapist by day at Manatee Memorial Hospital. Come Sunday mornings, she walks the section of the beach from Cortez Road to 15th Street South in Bradenton Beach. More...


Horseshoe tossers endure heavy rain

The rainy season is here in force and the horseshoe players take advantage of the canopy of native trees around the pits at Anna Maria City Hall to stay dryer than most people out in the weather, thanks to Perfect Island indigenous landscaper Mike Miller, who planted them. More...


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