Yummmmm! Let's get crabby
Stone crabs came into season Oct. 15 and the delicacy started arriving on dinner tables almost immediately, thanks to Cortez commercial fishers. Here, Paul Brugger of Star Fish Co. restaurant and market on the Cortez waterfront shows off some ready-to-crack-and-eat claws. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose Click on image to enlarge
Surprise: Outdoor dining illegal in Anna Maria City By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
If you are one of the many people who enjoyed a fine meal outdoors at an Anna Maria restaurant this past weekend, don't be upset to know that you and the establishment that served you that nice dinner are breaking the law.
Tax protesters organize, but face lengthy battle By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
More than 70 concerned Island business and property owners calling themselves the Citizens Against Rising Taxation jammed the Holmes Beach city commission chambers Oct. 14 in the second protest meeting of the past two weeks against rising taxes on the Island, taxes that many claim are forcing them out of business (The Islander, Sept. 15, 29, Oct. 13).
Ex-Bradenton Beach Fishing Pier franchisee files suit against city By Paul Roat. Islander Reporter
A lawsuit has been filed by franchise holders of the popular fishing pier in Bradenton Beach against the city in the wake of damage sustained to the structure during Hurricane Frances on Labor Day weekend.
Holmes Beach commission candidates differ, agree By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Two divided by four always equals one-half. That means half of the four candidates for the two Holmes Beach commission seats up for election in November will be left out, while two will gain a two-year term on the commission.
Island Lumber site plan draws public ire By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Most people who spoke at the Oct. 12 Holmes Beach commission meeting on the site plan submitted by Island Lumber at 213 54th St. for a new storage facility had little opposition to the plan. Instead, they brought up a litany of transgressions about parking and safety at the location that they claim have been on-going for years.
King Middle School faces construction obstacles By Diana Bogan. Islander Reporter
The parents and faculty at King Middle School have been asked to consider some options that affect their student's ability to attend the current facility while the Manatee County School District struggles with the best option to build a long overdue new facility.