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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009
The waders that Mark Kevin Harmon and Brian Bryant of Cincinnati purchased for their vacation on Anna Mara Island proved a worthwhile investment. Looking for shells, Harmon waded about 200 feet into the water near the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria Jan. 27 and found a sizable Bahama Sea Star starfish, as well as many average size starfish. "I've never seen anything like it," Harmon said of the large starfish. The state regulates the taking of certain live shells, sand dollars and starfish, including the Bahama Sea Star, which is considered fairly common to the area, according to Mote Marine Laboratory. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
State regs limit shell collecting By Lisa Neff. Islander Reporter
The arrival of the winter season does not bring snow to Anna Maria Island, but it does bring a flurry of activity to local beaches.
Tough times for donor-dependent Center by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
The economic downturn has hit the Anna Maria Island Community Center, said AMICC executive director Pierrette Kelly, but the Center is maintaining all its major programs and has gone into higher gear to raise funds.
Do you remember the first pro baseball game you attended? The first home run you belted out of the park? The first ball glove you oiled up or the first bat you buffed? The first complete set of baseball cards you collected?