Top Stories this week on Anna Maria Island: Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009
1) Santa arrives to the Lawton Chiles Christmas Party for Kids through a canopy of seagrapes and a gateway of Anna Maria Island Privateers and lifesize cartoon and TV characters 2) Beckett Culhane gives Big Bird a big hug at the fifteenth annual Sandbar Restaurant-sponsored Lawton Chiles Christmas Party for Kids Dec. 15. A host of Sesame Street characters, elves and others entertained and served the crowd of kids, parents and agency representatives from Healthy Start. Islander Photos: Jack Elka
3) Elf hat and Ray Bans donít do enough to disguise the twinkle in the eyes of Ed Chiles at the party he hosts every year for disadvantaged children and their families at his Sandbar Restaurant.
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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