Vol. 10 No. 6 - November 4, 2009

Breaking News

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryIsland rated best for ‘quaintness’

“Quaint,” according to Webster, means “marked by beauty or elegance, unusual or different in character or appearance, pleasingly or strikingly old-fashioned.”

That’s Anna Maria Island, according to the November issue of Islands magazine, which names it the “Best Quaint Island” in the world for family vacations.

The Island is ranked alongside 13 others as exotic as Tahiti’s Bora Bora and Hawaii’s Kauai. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryRemembering a year without Sabine

ANNA MARIA - More than 25 people gathered at the beach behind the Sandbar restaurant Wednesday evening to commemorate the first anniversary of the disappearance of Sabine Musil-Buehler, co-owner of Haley’s Motel.

Tina Rudek, who used to walk the beach with Musil-Buehler, said she still feels the missing woman’s presence at the beach.

“This is a place she enjoyed and she’s still here,” Rudek said. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Voters speak in Anna Maria

The three candidates who were seen as against the Pine Avenue Restoration project won decisively Tuesday night.

Incumbents Dale Woodland took 24 percent of the vote with 560 votes and John Quam came in second with 500 votes (22 percent).  Newcomer Harry Stoltzfus came in third with 472 votes (21 percent). Incumbent Christine Tollette got 379 votes (16 percent) and won’t be back for a second term and David Gryboski earned 335 votes (14 percent). More...

Two incumbents, one newcomer elected

HOLMES BEACH   – Incumbent Commissioner David Zaccagnino was the high vote getter in Tuesday’s election with 715. Newcomer Al Robinson came in second with 530, followed by incumbent Commissioner Pat Morton with 520. The three will serve on the commission for the next two years

Incumbent Commissioner Pat Geyer came in fourth with 485 votes and newcomer Andy Sheridan came in fifth with 458 votes. More...

Pierce get second term

Bradenton Beach Mayor Michael Pierce has been re-elected for two more years, defeating Bill Shearon for the second time.

Pierce got 191 votes (64 percent) compared to Shearon’s 103 (35 percent). More...


Free swine flu shots for students and staff

The Manatee County School District has scheduled H1N1 swine flu shots for students and staff at all district schools, including Anna Maria Elementary. The shots will be given at AME on Friday, Nov. 6, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. The shots are free.

According to AME Principal Tom Levengood, consent forms are going home Tuesday and parents will have to bring them back signed when they come to get their children inoculated. Levengood said that only students and staff are eligible for the shots. He said the district does not have enough serum for siblings, parents or members of the community.

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story A year later, no breaks in Sabine case

HOLMES BEACH – One year ago on Nov. 4, 2008, Haley’s Motel co-owner Sabine Musil-Buehler had an argument with her boyfriend, William Cumber, not about the election, but about his cigarette smoking, and left their home.

That’s what Cumber told police when they came knocking on his door at 208 B Magnolia Ave. after she was reported missing by her husband, Tom Buehler, two days later. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryLongline ban evokes net ban anniversary

CORTEZ – As fishermen from nearby states pull into town with their boats in tow for the annual battle over lucrative mullet roe, Cortez fishermen are reminded of the war they lost 15 years ago this week.

When Floridians voted to amend the state Constitution to ban gill nets in 1994, their aim may have been to save dolphins and sea turtles, but their target turned out to be commercial fishermen and their families who lost their livelihoods. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Boat owners warned

LONGBOAT KEY – A ring of boat thieves out of Miami is active all over the state of Florida and the attempted theft of a 30-foot Grady-White boat from Anna Maria recently was the work of that ring.

That’s what more than 30 boaters heard at an information meeting at Cannons Marina on Thursday, Oct. 29. More...

City prefers short pier

HOLMES BEACH –“If you had your druthers of the three different types of piers, what would you like?” Manatee County Commissioner John Chappie asked city commissioners last week regarding a replacement for the Manatee Beach Pier. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story ArtsHOP to open Island art season

ArtsHOP weekend, Nov. 13 through 15, opens the Island art season and offers a wide variety of arts and cultural activities for the entire family.

The event is sponsored by Cultural Connections, representing nine Island arts and cultural groups. Activities include a gallery walk and play on Friday; an arts and craft festival, a sock hop and a play on Saturday; and an arts and craft festival and concert on Sunday. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Berni returns to enthusiastic crowds

HOLMES BEACH – The bright lights of New Town, Fla., (pop 10,518) weren’t too bright and Berni Roy is back on the Island where she first found fame.

Roy, who gathered a large following playing piano and singing or letting members of the audience sing in nightspots like D Coy Ducks and Eddie B’s, left with her husband, Jim Robbins, in 2001, and she said that for the most part it was a good experience. More...

Car burglary suspects arrested

HOLMES BEACH – Several car burglary cases may have been solved with the arrest of two Bradenton Beach residents.

Collin J. Thompson, 27, and Julie Marie Stokes, 37, were arrested after one of the victims tracked them to their residence on Avenue B, in Bradenton Beach. More...

Police arrest two following short search

HOLMES BEACH – Two people were arrested and charged with resisting a law enforcement officer without violence on Thursday, Oct. 22, after a short search on S. Harbor Drive. Police say the two are tied to a suspicious incident the night before. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryThe haunted Island comes alive ...

Strange noises could be heard on the beaches, the streets and in the buildings last week as Anna Maria became a haunted Island in time for Halloween.

Kids dressed up in costumes, many of them for more than one event, and their bags were full of goodies when the holiday ended. More...

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Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryHow to land a seabird

On Oct. 17, members of Sarasota Bay Watch teamed with Save Our Seabirds and Audubon Coastal Islands Sanctuaries to conduct a monofilament cleanup of bird rookeries in Sarasota Bay. The event was organized to remove fishing line from mangroves during the season when birds are not nesting. The event was a great success despite the arrival of a strong cold front that roiled local waters. During the morning event participants collected yards of line from Roberts Bay to Manatee County. More...

real estate

Spooked by identity theft

Last week was Halloween, and keeping in the spirit of the occasion, I had a little black magic sprinkled over my head. It took the form of a potential fraud connected to my bank accounts, and it make for a confusing, inconvenient and basically irritating week. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

Put your estate plan in order

Investment Corner

Estate planning is the process of planning for your own demise. It is probably the least favorite subject of personal finance, but is also one of the top priorities for many retired individuals and couples.

The process of detailing your wishes for disposition of your assets can be a very detailed process, and depending on your personal and family situation, perhaps very complicated. With limited space, my goal is to provoke a few thoughts for your consideration, and to encourage you to take action at a level appropriate for you. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Teams battle for first place in last week of season

With one week left in the regular season, things are shaping up for an exciting finish and playoff run in all three age groups of Community Center soccer. In Division 1 action, Wash Family Construction beat first place Ross Built to close the gap in the standings. More...


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