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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, May 9, 2007
The Anna Maria Island Bridge will undergo a major rehabilitation project starting next year, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
DOT plans massive Anna Maria bridge rehab By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
When Islanders won the battle 10 years ago with the Florida Department of Transportation to save the Anna Maria Island Bridge, DOT officials promised that one day they'd have to return with a major project to keep the bridge operationally sound, a project that would likely cause Islanders and Island visitors a considerable amount of inconvenience.
As expected, the Florida Legislature failed to act on Florida's pressing property tax issues at the session that ended May 4 and scheduled a special legislative session in June to deal with the problem.
'Sunshine' lawsuit against Bradenton Beach stalled By Paul Roat
In response to the lawsuit filed by The Islander newspaper against the city of Bradenton Beach seeking public records, Circuit Judge Peter Dubensky entered an order directing Bradenton Beach to show cause why the court should not grant the relief requested in The Islander's complaint.
Who envisioned so many more folks living on Anna Maria Island than used to in the 1950s-70s when it was developing AND who then thought so many people would come to enjoy our recreational opportunities?
Top Notch: First weekly winner also 2006 grand prize winner
The grand prize winner from among six weekly award-winning photos in the 2006 "Top Notch" Islander photo contest is 'Hermit' by Kim Klement of Bradenton. Her shot was the first winner on June 28 and was taken at Andros Island in the Bahamas in May. She can claim her grand prize, including $100 from The Islander, a dining certificate from Ooh La La! Bistro, a bottle of champagne from Anna Maria Island Liquor and Wine, dinner for two at a Chiles Group Restaurant and framing of the winning photo by Decor and More. Congratulations to all the winners - and be watching next week for our featured runnersup.
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