Top Stories this week on Anna Maria Island: Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Students with the Tang Martial Arts Center demonstrate their skills at Coquina Beach May 30. The Gulf Coast Chinese American Association sponsored the event in Bradenton Beach, which also featured arts and crafts, a retail stand and lots of food dishes. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Insert: A crowd lines up for the Asian Food Festival at the Dragon Boat Festival at South Coquina Beach May 30. The menu included dishes representative of cuisine from China, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand and India. "Best spring roll I've ever had," said festival-goer Chad Norman of Bradenton.
During a city commission meeting last week, Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford introduced Sgt. David Turner, who will be the officer in charge of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office substation in the city effective June 21. Turner will fill the post now held by retiring Sgt. John Kenney. Barford said Turner "knows the city like the back of his hand." Turner added, "I'm very familiar with Anna Maria. I'll fit in fine here." Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
When Eloy Reyna was last approached about a photo for a newspaper, he said the first time that happened a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer showed up to check him out within 10 minutes.
Investigators say Patrick S. Banker told them the when, where and how he and a second man burglarized area businesses. But both Banker and his alleged accomplice pleaded not guilty to multiple felony burglary charges last week.