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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, March. 1, 2006
Gas leak, cleanup, traffic woes
West Manatee Fire & Rescue responded to the Citgo gas station Saturday morning on East Bay Drive at Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach due to a malfunction at the pumps that apparently spewed gasoline on the drive-up area. The cleanup operation took some time and traffic was rerouted, causing a backup of vehicles for most of the morning. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy
Insert: Meanwhile, back at the station
Chris Sheperd, president of the West Manatee Firefighters Association and a district lieutenant, flipped flapjacks for a morning pancake-and-sausage fundraiser at the West Manatee Fire & Rescue Station No. 1 in Holmes Beach, while firefighters responded to the Citgo station gas leak.
'Gentleman' gunman strikes in Bradenton Beach
As polite as a man with a gun can possibly be, two couples out for an evening stroll reported an encounter with a "gentle-speaking" gunman who took their money and stealthly disappeared on foot.
Anna Maria 'good old days' return - almost By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
In a scene reminiscent of the "good old days" in Anna Maria, when city commission meetings often degenerated into name-calling and spitting contests, not to mention past-midnight marathon sessions, Mayor SueLynn and city commissioners got into a spat at the commission's Feb. 23 meeting over the separation of legislative (commission) and administrative (mayor) duties.
Pipes won't be moved after all By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Manatee County Ecosystems Manager Charlie Hunsicker has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers not to remove and store the pipes currently on Anna Maria Island used for beach renourishment because of several factors, not the least of which is that contractor Goodloe Marine would have to put back the pipes in a mere three weeks.
Board says cleanup eyesore home By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Owners of an Anna Maria home that has been a visual eyesore for a number of years were given until March 29 by the code enforcement board to clean up the property or face a fine of up to $250 a day for continued code violations.