Taking a turtle tally
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch coordinator and board member Ed Sterba excavates a loggerhead sea turtle nest on the beach near 52nd Street in Holmes Beach July 29. "I'm just fishing here," Sterba said as a crowd gathered to see the routine work. The nest hatched on its due date, July 27. As of July 29, six nests had hatched on the Island, according to AMITW executive director Suzi Fox, and walkers have identified a total of 124 nests and 138 false crawls for the season. About 95 hatchlings emerged from the nest. AMITW's primary mission on the beaches is to collect data for the state about nesting sea turtles and their hatchlings. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Barford proposes $2.7 million Anna Maria budget
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford assured city commissioners at their July 24 budget workshop that her proposed $2.789 million budget will maintain the quality of life in the city for residents and visitors.
When a complaint was made to the city of Bradenton Beach by building department employee Gail Garneau that she had been the victim of sexual harassment, she named her department head, Ed McAdam, and shortly thereafter he resigned his $82,000-per-year position.
GSR deadline Thursday By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Hear ye, hear ye.
The federal bankruptcy court in Tampa has announced that Thursday, Aug. 2, is the absolute and final deadline for anyone with a claim against bankrupt GSR Development LLC to file a notice against the estate or forever hold their peace.
Tom Thomas of Holmes Beach won the grand prize in The Islander's annual Top Notch contest for this photo of a 2 1/2-year-old Labrador retriever named Taylor greeting a blue crab on a sandbar near Longboat Pass Bridge. Thomas won $100 from the newspaper, plus a bevy of gifts from Islander advertisers, including Cafe on the Beach, Creations by L, The Sea Hagg, Subway and Walgreens. Five other photographers were weekly winners in the Top Notch contest - Robert L. Brown, Kim Klement, John Barker, Lori Kee and Mary Anne Keenan. The weekly winners received Islander "more-than-a-mullet wrapper" T-shirts and page 1 placement of their photos.
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