This power pole and transformer in the parking lot at the Rod & Reel Pier and the motel of the same name in Anna Maria was downed Sunday afternoon by high winds from Hurricane Frances. Winds at the Anna Maria City Pier at 2 p.m. were gusting 47 mph. Islander Photo: Paul Roat Click on image to enlarge
Some Island motels reap Frances benefit By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
One man's misery is often another man's fortune.
That seemed to be the case this past weekend as Florida east coast residents flocked to Manatee County and Anna Maria Island to get out of the way of powerful Hurricane Frances.
Lawsuit filed against Anna Maria, arbitration hearing requested By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
True to their word, Robert and Nicky Hunt have filed a lawsuit against the City of Anna Maria requesting that the circuit court overturn the Aug. 2 city commission denial of their site plan for their property at 303 Pine Ave.
Hope for North Shore property owners By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Property owners on North Shore Drive in Anna Maria already suffering severe beach erosion this summer (The Islander, Aug. 4 and Aug. 11) were hit hard by the backside of Hurricane Frances that brought waves crashing against their already damaged beaches and homes. The foundation of a home at 765 North Shore is now exposed from the wave action this past weekend.
O'Brien out of commission race in Bradenton Beach By Paul Roat. Islander Reporter
Citing family concerns, Bradenton Beach Ward 4 City Commissioner Anna O'Brien announced Aug. 2 that she was withdrawing from the Nov. 2 ballot, making Bill Shearon the commissioner-elect for the southern portion of the city.
Public input given to Holmes Beach planners By Diana Bogan. Islander Reporter
A dozen residents attended the information gathering sessions held by the Holmes Beach Planning Commission and city planner Bill Brisson last week. The sessions provided residents with a forum to provide input on comprehensive plan and land development issues they believe the city needs to address.