Top Stories this week on Anna Maria Island: Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Happy (egg) hunting
Children take off to hunt for eggs April 4 during the annual Easter egg hunt at the Anna Maria Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach. The hunt followed a plant sale, with the Anna Maria Women of the Moose sponsoring both events. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Jarrett Givens, right, Charmain Gray, Patrick Gray Jr., Bev Terry-Kay, Kelly Lynn and Jazmine Gray, left, wait for the Easter egg hunt to begin at the Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach.
Alex Day, 3, of Buffalo Grove, Ill., collects an egg.
The U.S. Office of Management and Budget, which operates directly under the White House, has apparently halted the use of $83 million in stimulus funds earmarked for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers beach nourishment projects.
It was heave-ho for emergency personnel and law enforcement summoned to the Anna Maria Island Bridge Sunday afternoon, where they assisted the driver and passengers of a vehicle that crashed into the traffic barrier to push over the barrier and back onto the road. The tires were flat, but the driver managed to get the vehicle off the bridge to await a tow truck. The incident backed up traffic for nearly an hour for miles in all directions. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
In what some local residents might consider not really news, hurricane forecasting experts say Anna Maria Island has a chance of encountering a hurricane or tropical storm during the 2009 Atlantic season.