Arts show at Coquina Beach canceled by city By Paul Roat. Islander Reporter
Citing commercial and private gain for use of public property, Bradenton Beach city commissioners denied a permit to an arts and crafts festival at Coquina Beach planned by its promoter for last weekend.
Ralf Hesseler of the Manatee County Area Transit introduced two of the four new Island trolleys July 7 that will operate on Anna Maria Island. The new trolleys are quieter, have a better interior design, create less pollution than the previous trolleys, and are built to resist the salt corrosion found on the Island, he said. The older trolleys will be taken out of service, but used as backups. The Island trolley carried nearly 380,000 people last year and takes an estimated 1,000 vehicles off Island roads each day, Hesseler added. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
No irregularities with homestead for Robertson By Paul Roat. Islander Reporter
The Manatee County Property Appraiser's Office has determined there are no irregularities regarding homestead exemption for Bradenton Beach City Commissioner Janie Robertson.
'Picture postcard' of Venice gondoliers Top Notch winner
The third weekly winner in the 2006 "Top Notch" Islander photo contest is Patricia Whitacre of Bradenton. The "postcard quality" of her shot taken in Venice, Italy, in June 2006 really caught the judges eye. Her prize is an Islander "more-than-a-mullet-wrapper" T-shirt and a certificate for Minnie's Beach Cafe, and his photo will go into the pool of six weekly winners eligible for a grand prize that includes $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.
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