Bridge work start date still uncertain By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Quinn Construction Co. of Palmetto was supposed to start preliminary work on the $9.6 million Anna Maria Island Bridge renovation project this week, but that was under its old contract with the Florida Department of Transportation.
Construction continues on the big boat storage complex of the Bradenton Boat Club on the old C&C Marina land on the north side of Cortez Road in Cortez village, buildings that one longtime resident likened to "a space ship assembly building at Cape Kennedy." According to plans, the massive buildings will have storage space for 330 boats in a total of 34,000 square feet under roof, along with 30 wet slips on the adjacent canal. Land access is off 123rd Street via Cortez Road. Manatee County approved the project after a hearing at which Cortezians expressed concern about the impact on the historic fishing village. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
Court places Byrne into involuntary bankruptcy By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Just a few years ago, Robert Byrne was one of the leading real estate developers on Anna Maria Island. He and business partner Steve Noriega lived a “jet-set” lifestyle consistent with the booming Island real estate market of the early 2000s.
Christine Olson: Making a BIG difference for others Islander of the Year By Bonner Joy
One of the worst parenting nightmares I can recall was sending my daughter at age 16 driving away alone in “our” car for a night out with her friends. Not so bad really, good kids all - but she was driving. Her first time. Alone, driving at night. No adult, no watchful eyes.