Origami artists decorate, display
Artists who meet once a month to practice the ancient art of origami at the Island Branch Library this week decorated a Christmas tree at the library with the product of their labors, origami ornaments. Pictured, standing left to right, Ava Ehde, Laura Beard, Beverly Beaver and Merle Scribner. In front of the tree are, left to right, Maryellen Savo, instructor Judy Pruitt, Brook Funk and her baby Alayna. Islander Photos: Edna Tiemann
No loophole in Pine Avenue construction By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Reports that the three single-family homes currently under construction on the old Island Marine property on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria could easily be converted to retail-office-residential units and by-pass the city’s requirement for a site plan are not quite accurate, according to Building Official Kevin Donohue.
A kitchen fire alarmed some residents around 11:30 p.m. Sunday when sirens were heard from two engines, an areial ladder truck and the battalion chief responding to a fire call from West Manatee Fire & Rescue. Longboat Key Fire District and Cedar Hammock Fire and Rescue each responded with an engine as well.
Westbay Cove residents object to Kingfish expansion By Paul Roat
When Manatee County Natural Resources Director appeared before the Holmes Beach City Commission in August asking for the city's approval for the county to remove Brazilian pepper trees and add parking spaces at Kingfish Boat Ramp, Commissioner Roger Lutz suggested the commission postpone any decision until Westbay Cove residents had returned for the winter season and could provide input.
The year-long red tide bloom has mostly busted off Southwest Florida and, although there are still some isolated reports of concentrations of the algae, it has mostly diminished in its counts off Anna Maria Island.
Restaurant scam investigation nets remorseful culprit By Paul Roat
Rosemarie Le Donne has admitted to and apologized for sending some 12 letters to local restaurants asking for "some sort of restitution" after having her own "unpleasant experience" in what has been acknowledged as a scam to attempt to gain free meals.