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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007
Rolling for rotary
Patti Bishop, right, and Barbara Andrews celebrate a good roll at the craps table run by dealer Andy Branco during the fifth annual Extravaganza and Casino Night. The event, presented by the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island on Jan. 27, drew a sell-out crowd to St. Bernard Catholic Church’s activity room, which was dressed up in bright lights and tinsel. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Trash talk in Anna Maria By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Residents of Anna Maria can expect a rate hike for their garbage and trash-hauling service if a proposed new contract with Waste Management is adopted.
Roser Cottage now Roser sales 'cottage' By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
The owner of the Roser Cottage on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria plans to convert the nearly 100-year-old structure into a real estate office after an apparent unsuccessful effort the past two years to sell the property as a residence.
MCAT reluctant to extend trolley route in Anna Maria By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford told city commissioners at their Jan. 24 meeting that she has talked to the Manatee County Area Transit about extending the route of the Island trolley to include North Bay Boulevard and North Shore Drive.
Don't compare Island real estate to mainland By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
A report last week from the Florida Association of Realtors that the average sale price of a home in the Sarasota-Bradenton area fell 17 percent from December 2005 to December 2006 shouldn't be used as a comparison for Anna Maria Island, local real estate agents say.
The Bayflite medical transport helicopter used the Birdie Tebbetts baseball field in Holmes Beach Friday afternoon to pick up and transport a construction worker who fell down an elevator shaft while working at a home on Oak Avenue in Anna Maria. According to West Manatee Fire & Rescue, the man suffered a broken leg and other injuries, and was expected to make a full recovery. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Traffic was slowed at the Cortez Road/Gulf Drive intersection Friday as workers with Ajax Paving Contractor replaced the median island in the intersection. The work was part of a $472,000 intersection improvement project funded by the Florida Department of Transportation. Major work is expected to begin after April 30 and will include resurfacing and new traffic signal masts. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
Parking discussions continue in Bradenton Beach By Paul Roat. Islander Reporter
"There is a parking problem in Bradenton Beach, no doubt."
Top Notch: First weekly winner also 2006 grand prize winner
The grand prize winner from among six weekly award-winning photos in the 2006 "Top Notch" Islander photo contest is 'Hermit' by Kim Klement of Bradenton. Her shot was the first winner on June 28 and was taken at Andros Island in the Bahamas in May. She can claim her grand prize, including $100 from The Islander, a dining certificate from Ooh La La! Bistro, a bottle of champagne from Anna Maria Island Liquor and Wine, dinner for two at a Chiles Group Restaurant and framing of the winning photo by Decor and More. Congratulations to all the winners - and be watching next week for our featured runnersup.
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