Ready, set, go AME
Overall winner Mickey Hooke (16 minutes, 54 seconds), top photo, front center, shows his determination at the start as runners take off in the 5-kilometer Anna Maria Elementary School Dolphin Dash Saturday. The dash also featured a 1-mile run and Morgan Hackworth, right, an AME fourth-grader, was the first to cross the finish line in that race at 6:51. The event raised money for the school's Parent-Teacher Organization. It was followed by refreshments and prize drawings at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff (top), Diana Bogan (right)
AME Dolphin Dash draws a crowd By Diana Bogan. Islander Reporter
The first Anna Maria Elementary School Dolphin Dash Saturday, Jan. 20, was such a success, that event coordinator Becky Walter said she’s already planning to do it again next year.
Commissioner raises concerns about city pier By Molly McCartney. Islander Reporter
Anna Maria City Commissioner Chris Tollette has some serious concerns about the maintenance at the city pier and wants the city commission to take over that responsibility from the current lease-holder, Mario Schoenfelder.
GSR snubs Island real estate agencies By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Financially strapped GSR Development LLC filed a motion with the federal bankruptcy court last week to allow it to retain RoseBay Real Estate as an "exclusive broker" for a number of its Island properties, apparently ignoring a proposal from at least one Island real estate company and failing to contact other major real estate players for a proposal.
Insurance: Lawmakers seek sensible solutions By Molly McCartney. Islander Reporter
Tallahassee - State legislators have produced a "big win" for Anna Maria Island in their effort to resolve the state insurance crisis in the judgment of state Rep. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, who represents western Manatee County.
Top Notch: First weekly winner also 2006 grand prize winner
The grand prize winner from among six weekly award-winning photos in the 2006 "Top Notch" Islander photo contest is 'Hermit' by Kim Klement of Bradenton. Her shot was the first winner on June 28 and was taken at Andros Island in the Bahamas in May. She can claim her grand prize, including $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. Congratulations to all the winners - and be watching next week for our featured runnersup.
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