Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-graders Molly Wolfe, Ricky Miller and Eric Larsen are assisted by Honor Guardsman Dick Krempasky of Kirby Stewart American Legion Post No. 24 in raising the American flag previously flown at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. The flag was sent to AME by Army Maj. Rick Ely while he was stationed there. The flag is of further significant because it flew over the base on Humanitarian Aid Day. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan Click on image to enlarge
AME raises American soldier's flag from Afghanistan By Diana Bogan. Islander Reporter
Raising the American flag over Anna Maria Elementary School at the start of the school day was a special honor Tuesday, May 11.
Parking plan going forward in Anna Maria By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
A divided Anna Maria City Commission grudgingly gave the go-ahead at its May 6 meeting for a draft ordinance to govern parking within the designated beach access zone. Commission Chairperson John Quam said he would have the ordinance ready for a first reading at the May 27 commission meeting.
New Arvida site plan heads to Bradenton Planning Commission By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Island residents will hold their collective breath May 19 as the revised Arvida site plan for its proposed Perico Island condominium project goes before the Bradenton Planning Commission that day. A favorable recommendation by the commission will send the issue to the Bradenton City Council, which approved the original Arvida plan in 2000.
Aubry's alternative for King construction ignored By Diana Bogan. Islander Reporter
Architect Gene Aubry has an alternative to the Manatee County School Board's decision to re-use an existing school design at King Middle School. He has a design he generated eight months ago at the superintendents behest that could be ready for construction in 90 days if school board officials were considering efficiency and excellence instead of mediocrity.