Stories this week on Anna Maria Island: Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010
Wade fisher fatality
John Bell and Kelley Grey await the transfer drowning victim Terry Cox, brought to an awaiting ambulance by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Law Enforcement Officer Terry Noll. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
A fisher wading in the shallow waters along the southern shoreline of the Intracoastal Waterway southeast of the Anna Maria Island Bridge drowned July 27 after possibly being swept under by a rip current, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Law Enforcement Officer Terry Noll, who had been patrolling the area, found the body of Terry Cox, 50, in the bay in about 4-foot depth some 120 yards south of Manatee Avenue.
Anna Maria Commissioner Dale Woodland said he is “100 percent supportive” of the efforts by a committee of residents to circulate a petition on parking. So he signed the petition.
The committee wants to have the commission add language to the parking ordinance that would spell out exactly what is required for parking on Pine Avenue. Parking has been the subject of considerable debate in the city for a number of years.
“By supportive, I mean that what the committee is doing is great. I really would like to see parking regulations clarified. There are too many ambiguous ordinances in the city,” Woodland explained.
The July 21 issue of The Islander reported that Anna Maria’s tentative millage rate of 1.8665 for the new fiscal budget represents a tax increase. This is not correct, said city treasurer Diane Percycoe.
Penny Frick of Bradenton wins the sixth and final week of The Islander’s Top Notch photo contest with this stop-action image of a white pelican landing on the shore near an entourage of laughing gulls in Cortez. She wins an Islander T-shirt, which can be picked up at the newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. And she is one of six nominees for the Top Notch grand prize. Also next week, look for an array of honorable mention photos.
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