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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
'Tis the season - for turtle nesting by Lisa Neff. Islander Reporter
During sea turtle nesting and hatchling season, which begins May 1 and continues through Oct. 31, state officials, scientists and volunteers along Florida’s coastlines work to collect data and protect the animals.
Homeowner still has questions about 58th Street fire by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
With a house surrounded on two sides by water and a 30,000 gallon pool upwind of the fire that ravaged his home April 17, Holmes Beach resident Kent Davis and a number of bystanders were left wondering why firefighters couldn’t pump from the bay or Davis’ swimming pool.
Fiskes seek land-use judgment by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Evelyn and Jack Fiske of South Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria have filed a legal action against Anna Maria, asking for a “declaratory judgment” that their property can be used for commercial marine purposes.
Concerns rise for Anna Maria beach renourishment by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Anna Maria beaches might not be included in Manatee County’s planned 2011-12 beach renourishment project - or at least one section of the city’s eroded beach areas - if County Commissioner Ron Getman’s opinion holds water with the other six commissioners.
Scenes on the Anna Maria Island Bridge such as this traffic delay last week caused by work crews repairing sections of the drawbridge can be expected during the next several months as contractor Quinn Construction Co. of Palmetto prepares for its 45-days closure - beginning Sept. 29. In this photo, a worker can be seen 'hanging' onto the top right portion of the bascule. For the latest information on the bridge rehabilitation project, go to www.amibridgerehab.com. People without Internet access may call 941-792-0369 for information. Islander Photo: Molly Sinclair McCartney
Bradenton Beach insurance discount to begin by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach property owners can expect to soon get a better discount on their flood insurance premiums, to help offset expected rate hikes.
Nancy Douglass and Joe Sage of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission stand on the sand near where they reserved a small area on Anna Maria's beach for nesting shore birds. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch walkers in the area will monitor the nesting situation. The state urges people to stay outside the roped area. For more information, call the FFWC at 888-404-3922. Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
Biggest Gulffront sale ever for Island
Mike Norman of Mike Norman Realty recently listed and marketed a Gulffront house on 75th Street in Holmes Beach that has been sold for $3.5 million, the most expensive Gulffront home sale in memory, he said. The sales agent was Barbara Sato or Sato Real Estate.
Cramer upbeat following home invasion, beating by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Former Anna Maria City Commissioner Linda Cramer is continuing to recover following the home invasion April 17 in which two men beat her about the face, tied her up and stole guns, cash and jewelry from the Crescent Drive home where she resides.