Rick Schluederberg relaxes with a cup of coffee aboard "Sea Wolf," the 35-foot sloop he sailed around the world. He recently dropped anchor in Anna Maria Sound near where his parents Dick and Ann Schluederberg live.
Tax revolters head to county commission By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Members of the Coalition Against Runaway Taxation group founded on Anna Maria Island last year will head to the Manatee County Commission Jan. 25 asking to present their proposal for an entirely new taxation system for the Island.
Nationally recognized outsider artist Ruby C. Williams has contributed three of her paintings to the event organized by local artists to raise funds for victims of the tsunamis. It will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Williams delivered her paintings this week because she will be traveling from her home in Bealsville to Washington, D.C., for a reception for "On Their Own," including her works at the Smithsonian Institution. Williams was featured at a fundraiser hosted last year by The Islander. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Daylight plan law prompts pros, cons in Bradenton Beach By Paul Roat. Islander Reporter
A rare meeting of members of all of Bradenton Beach's advisory boards drew one conclusion: There are a lot of opinions regarding a proposed daylight plane law to regulate the size and scale of buildings in the city.
Bradenton Beach murder trial this week By Paul Roat. Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach's first murder trial is ongoing this week.
Jury selection was scheduled to begin yesterday, with opening comments by defense and prosecuting attorneys slated to being today, Jan. 19, in the death of Carol Foreman allegedly at the hands of Kim Bean.
Twisster shines in national spotlight By Paul Roat. Islander Reporter
Twisster, the 4-year-old Shetland sheepdog, did very well at his first national agility championship in Tampa last weekend. According to owner Brenda Twiss of Anna Maria, Twisster took the 10th-place spot in his division at the American Kennel Club's National Agility Championship.
McClash outlines county charter to Holmes Beach By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
In biblical times, Daniel went into the lion's den and came out a winner. The same might not be said for Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash, who entered the Holmes Beach City Commission meeting Jan. 11 to give a presentation on the proposed county charter to a bunch of lions ready for their evening meal.