Landmark restaurant bucks gloomy tide by Jim Hanson. Islander Reporter
Florida’s depressed real estate market doesn’t seem to have an affect on the Seafood Shack in Cortez, says owner Ham Jones - “I’ve got a whole stack of prospective buyers, I’m in negotiations every day.”
Anna Maria building official lobbies for full-time job by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
While Anna Maria is saving about $50,000 a year by outsourcing its building official position and paying for just part-time help, it’s not really getting the maximum level of service, current building official Steve Gilbert told city commissioners at their Feb. 28 meeting.
Commissioners vocal on potential Anna Maria charter changes by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Ten members of the public showed up at the Anna Maria Charter Review Committee’s town hall forum Feb. 25 to provide the committee with public input for possible changes to the city’s charter. And of those 10, half were city elected officials.
Grant committee favors funding pier trolley shelter by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Anna Maria’s transportation enhancement grant committee agreed at its Feb. 27 meeting that its first priority for allocating the $358,000 federal enhancement grant will be construction of a new trolley shelter at the Historic Anna Maria City Pier at the Pine Avenue-Bay Boulevard intersection.
Work crews for Quinn Construction Company Inc. of Palmetto continued last week with installing hydraulic equipment that will be used to raise and lower the Anna Maria Island drawbridge for boat traffic when the bridge closes Sept. 29 for 45 days as part of the $9.1 million Florida Department of Transportation rehabilitation project. The north sidewalk of the bridge has been closed to pedestrians, but not fisherman, during the current stage of the project. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
The new national president of Common Cause Bob Edgar, left, was honored Feb. 27 with a reception at the Beach Bistro in Holmes Beach. About 50 people attended the event, hosted by Florida Common Cause and Beach Bistro owner Sean Murphy. Pictured with Edgar are, from left, Holmes Beach resident Molly McCartney, vice president of Florida Common Cause; Ben Wilcox, executive director of Florida office of Common Cause, Tallahassee; and Walter Dartland, president of Florida Common Cause, also from Tallahassee. Edgar was here as part of a statewide tour to help energize Common Cause, a nonpartisan, non-profit citizens lobby established in 1970 to promote government accountability. Edgar is a former six-term congressman and former general secretary of the National Council for the Churches of Christ USA. Other stops on his week-long Florida tour included a presentation to Gov. Charlie Crist and the Florida Cabinet in Tallahassee. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Police seek 'customer' for counterfeit checks
Island business owners are being put on the lookout for a wanted customer — a man who has passed fake checks at Manatee and Sarasota county restaurants.
Fireworks task force to use stuffers, announcements
The Island fireworks task force headed by Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford plans to educate the public about local ordinances prohibiting the unauthorized use of fireworks, particularly during public holidays such as July 4.
GSR objects to more claims by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Fresh with victory in the successful objection in January to 24 unsecured claims, lawyers for bankrupt GSR Development LLC last week filed 17 more objections to unsecured claims totaling more than $4 million.