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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008
Santa's arrival to the Sandbar Restaurant Dec. 16 brings kids running for a hug - and later bags of presents for all. The Anna Maria restaurant hosted the annual Lawton Chiles Christmas Party with children in Head Start and Healthy Families Manatee. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Options abound for new AMI bridge by Lisa Neff. Islander Reporter
The Florida Department of Transportation gave Islanders a plethora of choices for replacement of the Anna Maria Island Bridge at its Dec. 16 public meeting at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach, including a “no build” option that would keep the current bridge operating for another 10 years.
Developer resolves parking, variance withdrawn by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Mike Coleman of Pine Avenue Restoration LLC withdrew his request for a variance for additional parking spaces at the company’s proposed retail-office-residential project at 503 Pine Ave,, telling the city commission Dec. 18 that he had rearranged the site plan and resolved the parking issue.
USA Today travel story sparks flurry of AMI interest by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
A travel story in the Dec. 11 issue of USA Today about vacationing on Anna Maria Island spawned a frenzy of telephone calls and e-mails to the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce from people looking for accommodation information.