Anna Maria: Barford is mayor; Mattick, Miller take commission seats By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Fran Barford, the former mayor of Temple Terrace, will now occupy the same role in Anna Maria, handily defeating former planning and zoning board chairman Tom Turner, 695 to 260, in the Nov. 7 election for the mayor's post vacated by outgoing Mayor SueLynn.
Art appreciation starts off Island art season
"Look at this one," 4-year-old Blake Hallman, of Tampa, says, calling his mother's attention to a photograph. Blake, his family, and dozens of other art and craft enthusiasts browsed on Sunday afternoon at the Arts and Crafts Fair in Holmes Beach. The two-day fair on the lot next to Holmes Beach City Hall brought out local and regional artists, who showed off their photographs, watercolors, sculptures, carvings, jewelry and fun items like dog hats, and fun-to-eat items, like kettle corn. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Manatee County Sheriff's Deputy Beau Griner stopped traffic in one lane along Marina Drive by the Island Shopping Center to protect a disabled hawk in the road. Griner called Wildlife Inc. of Bradenton Beach, which happened to be manning a booth just a few blocks away at the art festival. Gail Straight of Wildlife Inc. said it is a Sharp-shinned hawk, and that it was "stunned" and came back to life. It had no injuries, she said, and "they're crazy birds in captivity," and so they released it a couple of hours later. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
New bridge opening time delayed By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Islanders and Longboat Key residents expecting that the U.S. Coast Guard would implement peak opening times of every 30 minutes on demand for the Cortez Bridge and Anna Maria Island Bridge this December in time for the winter season may have to wait a bit longer.
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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