Book fair just in time for holiday gift-giving
Kay Kay Hardy, co-chairperson of the Anna Maria Elementary Scholastic Book Fair, shows a book to fourth-grader Stephanie Purnell, 9. The students were able to preview the books and prepare a holiday wish list. The book fair operates in the school auditorium from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Dec. 3. Islander Photo: J.L. Robertson Click on image to enlarge
Albert variance: yes, no, no By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Anna Maria resident Larry Albert had a setback variance approved by the planning and zoning board to build on his vacant lot at 796 Jacaranda Road.
Holmes Beach pledges fight over county charter By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore and city commissioners vowed at the Nov. 23 commission meeting to fight any attempt by the Manatee County Commission to impose a county charter that will take away home rule from municipalities.
Rather than accept the terms of a settlement agreement regarding the proposed Arvida-St. Joe Co. condominium project on Perico Island, the environmental group ManaSota-88 and Holmes Beach resident Joan Perry have asked to be voluntarily dismissed from their lawsuit against the project's approval by the City of Bradenton.
Community center auditorium may solve AME problem By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
The planned auditorium for the Anna Maria Island Community Center may be a solution to the need to eliminate some planned additions and amenities for the new Anna Maria Elementary School to meet the school board budget for the school.
Tidemark closing delayed By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
The long-awaited new financing agreement for the bankrupt Tidemark hotel and condominium project in Holmes Beach will have to wait at least three more days before Reliance Property Group of Connecticut actually comes on board with enough money to save the troubled company.