Sharks unwelcome in Anna Maria Islander Photos: Courtesy Nate Talucci
Beachgoers and boaters reported large numbers of sharks along the beaches of Anna Maria Island last July - a somewhat unusual occurrence. Robert E. Hueter, Ph.D., director of the Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laboratory said the blacktip sharks pictured are adults about to migrate south and, typically, they're not dangerous. Commissioners in Anna Maria City evidently feel differently.
Sharks still biting in Anna Maria By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Sharks 1, Islanders 0.
Proposed discussion by the Anna Maria City Commission of a possible ban on shark fishing within the city didn't get a bite at the commission's Jan. 8 workshop.
Trolley nuisance under Anna Maria noise ordinance By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Anna Maria city commissioners had their first reading Jan. 8 of a proposed noise ordinance that is based upon a Manatee County ordinance, but if eventually passed, the Manatee County Area Transit's Island trolley might be the first offender.
Holmes Beach again needs 'special counsel' By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach has a contracted city attorney, but following the latest recusement of the law firm of Dye, Deitrich, Prather, Petruff and St. Paul at the city commission's Jan. 6 meeting from yet another issue, the city again needs "special counsel" for legal advice.
Hughes files civil suit for public records By Diana Bogan. Islander Reporter
Attorney Richard Groff of Dye, Deitrich, Prather, Petruff & St. Paul filed a civil suit against Island Middle School Inc. and IMS Director Kelly Parsons Jan. 8 in Manatee County Circuit Court on behalf of ousted Island Middle School Director Gary Hughes.