AME second-grader Emma Terry gets a hand from WMFR firefighter Darren Vollmer watering a palm tree with a fire hose in front of the school. Students learned that 750 gallons of water travel through the hose in three to four minutes. The demonstration was part of a fire prevention presentation given to students by WMFR Inspector Donna Braun. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan Click on image to enlarge
Tax 'hurricane' could devastate Island By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Island was spared the brunt of four major hurricanes this past summer, but those were natural disasters. The real threat could be unnatural.
Australian pines: save them or slay them? By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Island cities recently have all undertaken projects to remove Australian pines from city rights of way, citing a potential public danger and a Florida Department of Environmental Protection order to remove the non-native trees where possible.
Public purchase proposed for Gulffront Bradenon Beach lands By Paul Roat. Islander Reporter
More public beachfront land acquisitions may be in Bradenton Beach's future.
City commissioners last Thursday authorized Mayor John Chappie to approach several Gulffront property owners to see if they would be "willing sellers" of their property, the first step in a process that could turn potential homesites into public beach accesses or parks.