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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007
In New York City last week, the United Nations General Assembly wrestled with issues of sanctions and war. In Holmes Beach, at Anna Maria Elementary School, white doves flew and children celebrated the concept of peace. The UN established an annual International Day of Peace in 1981 as an observance of global non-violence and ceasefire. The day is usually observed on Sept. 21, but AME postponed its celebration due to inclement weather. Islander Photo: Joanie Mills
DCA comp plan report next week
The Florida Department of Community Affairs will hold a formal review of Anna Maria’s recently submitted comprehensive plan and future land-use map for “consistency” with the minimum criteria required under Florida law.
Sandbar Restaurant to halt some beach weddings By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Anna Maria and the Sandbar Restaurant have reached a “mutual agreement” that after Nov. 30, 2007, the restaurant will no longer hold outdoor weddings, Mayor Fran Barford told the city commission at its Sept. 27 meeting.
A motorist apparently slammed through the median and took out two trees and a utility pole in the 5500 block of Marina Drive at about 4 a.m. Sept. 30, according to the Holmes Beach Police Department. Officers are investigating, but the motorist left the scene of the accident. The motorist was traveling north on Marina Drive at a high rate of speed when the accident occurred. The motorist left behind a 2005 Nissan with deployed airbags, two broken palm trees and a heap of concrete rubble. No injuries were reported nor were any suspects identified, according to HBPD on Monday. To report information on the incident, call HBPD at 941-708-5804.
County cuts library hours By Lisa Neff. Islander Reporter
Island Branch Library patrons will encounter an abridged schedule beginning in November.
Holmes Beach resident Clyde Thomas Fretwell, 52, has been charged by Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies with scheme to defraud, exploition of the elderly, grand theft of more than $100,000 and failure to pull property permits in what has been described as a home repair scheme that lasted five years.