Construction crews at Anna Maria Elementary School reduced the ficus tree that once stood outside the school auditorium to kindling when it bulldozed the tree Dec. 30. The construction team announced its plans to cut down the tree at a public meeting in October and although a few citizens requested the tree be relocated, those efforts did not come to fruition. According to AME Principal Kathy Hayes, she was advised in December by Jane Dreger, school district construction services project manager, that Florida Department of Education building regulations prohibit transplanting of non-native species without a special exception. Demolition of the old school will continue Jan. 2-20. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
Juveniles charged for vandalizing school board property
Three Island juveniles, ages 12-13, were arrested for breaking 10 windows and spray-painting graffiti on the exterior walls, windows and doors at Anna Maria Elementary School over winter vacation.
Bulldozers, pipes and other equipment used by Goodloe Marine for the emergency beach renourishment project sat starkly naked on the sand in Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach last week, unused and unmoved for the Christmas holiday week - and unloved by beachfront accommodation owners.
Perico construction ready, lawsuit could apply brakes By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
The St. Joe Co./Paradise Pointe LLC wasted little time after receiving approval in early December from the City of Bradenton for its commercial development at the Perico Harbor Marina at the east end of the Anna Maria Island Bridge.