Top Stories this week on Anna Maria Island: Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009
Clockwise from top Left:1)The Anna Maria Island Privateers take the lead, deliver the beads and entertain roadside merrymakers in their holiday parade. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy. 2) Island massage therapist Nadia Tryciecky tosses beads to the crowds along the Privateer parade route. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy 3) Santa Claus listens to Brian Greer, 8, left, and Bodi Wartenbert, 7, tell him whether they’ve been naughty or nice. 4) Shyanne Woodland, Meghan Woodland and Mariah Albert await a toss of beads during the Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas parade Dec. 12. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Voters had their say Sept. 7 in the special election to recall Anna Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus, but the results were only announced Monday, Sept. 13. Anna Maria voters chose 362 to 331 votes to remove Stoltzfus from office.
On the choice of who should serve his remaining term, Gene Aubry won the balloting with 363 votes to 333 votes for Stoltzfus.
By 10 a.m. Monday, all involved parties in the special election had filed either motions or responses demanding the immediate release of the voting results from the Sept. 7 election on the recall of Anna Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus.
At 1:52 p.m., the notice came from the Second District Court of Appeal that “all ballots, including absentee ballots, cast in the recall election of Sept. 7, shall be unsealed and open for public inspection.”
Bradenton Beach commissioners voted last week to move forward with a $2.66 million spending plan for 2010-11 and likely will adopt the budget this week.
The commission, meeting Sept. 7 at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., also unanimously adopted a resolution setting the proposed millage rate — the rate used to collect property taxes for the city — at 2.1539 mills.
Top Top Notch: Waves, camera, action
Chris Pate of Holmes Beach won the grand prize in The Islander's annual Top Notch contest with his photograph of a wave-skater at White Avenue beach. Pate won $100 from the newspaper, plus gifts from Islander advertisers, including a $50 gift certificate from the Chiles Restaurants Group, a $50 certificate for Hair's to You Salon, a $25 certificate from Mister Roberts Resortwear, a $10 certificate for Minnie's Beach Cafe and the framing of the winning photo by Karly Carlson Custom Framing. The weekly winners received Islander "more-than-a-mullet wrapper" T-shirts and front-page placement of their photos. Next week, The Islander's honorable mentions in the popular contest.
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