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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007
Man injured in trolley accident
A Holmes Beach man was injured Sunday, struck by a van after exiting an Island trolley on Marina Drive in Holmes Beach. Evan Zappola, 22, of Holmes Beach, was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where he was listed in fair condition on Monday. He had stepped off the trolley and was crossing the street in front of the trolley when he was struck by a 1998 Chevrolet van driven by Howard Stewart, 67, also of Holmes Beach. Stewart was traveling northbound behind the trolley and had pulled out to pass the trolley when he struck Zappola, according to Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson. Charges in the incident are pending, he said. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
7 arrested at Acute Care facility in Anna Maria By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Agents from the Florida Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Unit in Tampa on Feb. 23 arrested seven women who worked at the Acute Care facility office on Gulf Drive and charged them with $2.6 million in counterfeit billing claims.
Anna Maria eyes roofing company litigation By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Anna Maria city commissioners agreed unanimously at their Feb. 22 meeting to retain the Bradenton law firm of Ozark, Perron and Nelson to represent the city in any litigation against Roof USA Inc. for the mold and damages caused by that company to city hall during installation of a new roof on the building last summer.
Shifting sands in Anna Maria By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Anna Maria city commissioners at their Feb. 22 meeting were all set to consider reviewing each of the 11 special event permit applications for wedding events submitted by the Sandbar Restaurant on an individual basis, particularly after Commissioner Duke Miller wondered how a private party could be a special event.
GSR's unsecured creditors aim for 'Targets' By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Not satisfied with the progress of the attempted sale of any of bankrupt GSR Development LLC’s real estate assets, the official GSR unsecured creditors committee has asked the federal bankruptcy court to allow it to take off the kid gloves and strike back at GSR principals Robert Byrne and Steve Noriega along with several other firms and individuals involved in some of GSR’s “usurious” transactions.
Top Notch: First weekly winner also 2006 grand prize winner
The grand prize winner from among six weekly award-winning photos in the 2006 "Top Notch" Islander photo contest is 'Hermit' by Kim Klement of Bradenton. Her shot was the first winner on June 28 and was taken at Andros Island in the Bahamas in May. She can claim her grand prize, including $100 from The Islander, a dining certificate from Ooh La La! Bistro, a bottle of champagne from Anna Maria Island Liquor and Wine, dinner for two at a Chiles Group Restaurant and framing of the winning photo by Decor and More. Congratulations to all the winners - and be watching next week for our featured runnersup.
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