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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2006
The Magic Snow
Florida Studio Theater actors performed winning student-written plays in the media center at Anna Maria Elementary School to inspire students to write their own play for the 2006 Young Playwrights Festival. Here, FST actors perform 'The Magic Snow,' a poignant play penned by a Manatee County second-grader about making a wish - for a father to come home from Iraq - before the first snow hits the ground so that it will come true.
Playmakers inspire AME writers By Diana Bogan. Islander Reporter
Florida Studio Theater's Playmakers group came to Anna Maria Elementary School to inspire second- through fifth-grade students to let their imaginations and emotions help them carve out a good play.
Sandbar site plan may be in jeopardy By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Ed Chiles and the Sandbar restaurant could be in danger of starting from scratch with a new site plan to remodel the existing facility after Chiles failed to meet the city's six-month deadline to return to the city commission with a final site plan.
Boatel planned for part of Bradenton Beach Marina By Paul Roat. Islander Reporter
Changes may be in store for the Bradenton Beach Marina.
Owner Allan Bazzy highlighted renovation plans for the marina on Church Street, just south of the Cortez Bridge on Anna Maria Sound, at a planning and zoning board meeting last week. No plans have been filed at the city, he admitted, but he wanted to be sure that the city's ongoing review of the comprehensive plan would concur with his thoughts on changing the use of the property.
Consolidation study not moving - yet By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Although both Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach approved a non-binding referendum last November to discuss the feasibility of consolidating either the two cities or some essential services, the initial effort appears to be lagging.
Holmes Beach land-use changes: Yes and yes By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach city commissioners at their Jan. 10 meeting agreed that a discrepancy between the city’s 1989 future land use map and the zoning between the Anna Maria Elementary School and the former Moreland Marine should be corrected to favor the type of structures that exist there.