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Top Stories - This Week's: Wednesday, March. 31, 2004

New restaurant takes over city hall renovation

With all the on-again, off-again quibbling over the overdue remodeling and renovation of Anna Maria City Hall, Mayor SueLynn announced she put an end to things by signing a lease for the rundown city property with Taco Bell drive-in restaurants that will take effect April 1. "No foolin," said the mayor, "At least I have a sense of humor." Islander Prank: Bonner Joy
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City hall renovation project apparently stalled
By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter

Concerned about rising costs and unanticipated inspections, Anna Maria city commissioners are just about ready to dump the long-awaited city hall renovation project planned the past year by Mayor SueLynn.

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Luxury yacht destroyed by fire

Three people escaped injury last Wednesday afternoon, March 24, when the $4 million yacht they were traveling in burned up a little more than two miles offshore from Longboat Pass.

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BIEO learns about water taxis and molasses
By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter

The Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials is always interested in ways to reduce traffic on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key, particularly during the winter season.

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Maloney to bring back city manager issue
By Paul Roat. Islander Reporter

Holmes Beach City Commissioner Don Maloney wants city voters to decide once and for all if they want a city manager form of government.

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Fireworks at Holmes Beach commission
By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter

No fireworks exploded at the March 24 Holmes Beach City Commission meeting, although the commission did pass an ordinance adopting the Manatee County fireworks ordinance, despite protests from several residents.

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Outreach for Waterfront restaurant employees

The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and All Island Denominations have established independent programs to help employees of the Waterfront restaurant, which was badly damaged by fire on March 25.

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Cortez to celebrate Preserve payoff: 'It's ours!'

With the weekend's Tour of Historic Homes putting the funds for the FISH Preserve far over the top, Cortez on Saturday will celebrate making its final mortgage payment.

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