Vol. 10 No. 8 - November 25, 2009


Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Giving Back

About 300 people will sit down to a Thanksgiving feast this week at Our Daily Bread – a special meal of turkey, cranberries, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans and bread.

It’ll be a little bigger and a little more festive than the hot meal served to the homeless the other 364 days of the year. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Residents wary of sidewalk project

ANNA MARIA – To several residents on and near North Bay Boulevard, the construction of sidewalks outside their homes is tantamount to having the post office force home delivery on them.

They attended the meeting on Monday, Nov. 16, where the Florida Department of Transportation held an open house to explain the projects that are being financed by stimulus funds, also known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and they voiced their disapproval. More...

PAR responds to parking issues

ANNA MARIA – There’s been a quick response to newly elected City Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus' letter to the mayor and commissioners asking for safety changes to parking and driveway regulations on Pine Avenue.

Pine Avenue Restoration’s (PAR) attorney, Richard S. Rumrell, an attorney with the Jacksonville firm of Rumrell, Costabel, Warrington and Brock, sent a letter to the city responding to Stoltzfus. More...

Staying on the right side of Sunshine, public records laws

ANNA MARIA — Steering clear of the kind of lawsuit that may ultimately cost the city of Venice $1.5 million was one objective of a training session on Florida’s Sunshine and public records laws last week.

“In Venice, a group of elected officials ran on a reform slate,” City Attorney Jim Dye told city commissioners and members of the city’s boards and committees. “They felt they were elected to clean up the city. One of the first things they did was send each other e-mails.”. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryParticipants report artsHop success

ANNA MARIA – Members of Cultural Connections meeting at The Studio at Gulf and Pine last week reported that the second artsHOP weekend was a success, but found several areas where improvements could be made.

The weekend included a gallery walk a play, an arts and craft festival, a sock hop, a concert and a silent auction of 31 doors created by local artists.More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Prom Night mystery raucous fun

ANNA MARIA – It was back to high school for the cast of Saturday night’s inaugural murder mystery party, a fundraiser for the Anna Maria Island Community Center and a bargain for those who paid $25 to sit in the audience, snack on appetizers and help solve the mystery.

The audience was invited to dress in 1950s prom night attire and that ranged from a long dress with a corsage and a tuxedo to a more casual sock hop attire. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story A real Florida birthday on the pier

When Pam McMillen walked into a rehearsal of the Magic of Manatee Sweet Adelines chapter three years ago, director Lois Van Beek had a déjà vu experience.

“Lois walked up to me and said, ‘I know you. You look just like your mother,’ ” said McMillen, now the costume chairperson and assistant choreographer for the group. More...

Port Dolphin sails toward license

ANNA MARIA – Port Dolphin may obtain the license to build its liquefied natural gas port 28 miles off Anna Maria Island by February, according to company spokesman Wayne Hopkins.

The U.S. Maritime Administration has released the particulars of its decision to approve the license for the submersible port, where liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers will dock, convert the LNG to vapor and offload it into a new, 42-mile-long underwater pipeline that will come ashore at Port Manatee for shipment to energy suppliers. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryBeach sculptures rise from sand

BRADENTON BEACH – Festivities and a bold sand sculpture at the BeachHouse restaurant kept traffic at a standstill through this city Saturday. It was the ninth annual Sandblast, sponsored by Keep Manatee Beautiful, the city of Bradenton Beach, Manatee County Parks and Recreation Department and Team Sandtastic. More...

reel time

Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryCobia on the fly

As the waters cool in the Tampa Bay region, savvy anglers know it’s time to start looking for cobia in area waters. These feisty game fish can grow to over 100 pounds, and 50- to 60-pound fish are common during the fall. While most anglers target cobia in the Gulf, they range widely throughout local bays as well. A few years ago, I was introduced to a fantastic cobia fishery in upper Tampa Bay by Captain Bryon Chamberlin, of Land Of Lakes. More...

real estate

Giving thanks for affordability

Thanksgiving Day is tomorrow and giving thanks for good health, family and friends is traditional when we celebrate this day. But there is also something more you should be thankful for this year – an affordable real estate market. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News StorySharon Villars sworn in a president of Women's Council of Realtors

Sharon Villars, of the RE/Max Alliance Group Real Estate office in Holmes Beach, was sworn in as president of the Women’s Council of Realtors on Thursday, Nov. 17, at an installation banquet at the BeachHouse restaurant. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryAMI Video to close

HOLMES BEACH – After a slow summer that forced them to reduce their hours in September, the owners of AMI Video have quit renting movies, are selling their inventory and will close when it’s all gone.

Michelle Jones manned the cash register while her husband, Andy, painted “Store closing” on the front window Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 17. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

Historical precedent is positive

Investment Corner

A little over a month ago, I wrote a column here in the Sun, which referenced the seven-month winning streak ending Sept. 30 for the stock market’s major indexes and how it might pay to be a little cautious in the near term and watch for pullbacks in prices before moving additional money into equities. More...


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