AME officially opens
The ties of ribbon guarding the main entrance of the new Anna Maria Elementary School were soon cut, allowing scores of kids, parents and officials to enter the building for guided tours and a reception at the May 1 school dedication. Trimming the ribbon (inset) is Manatee School District Superintendent Roger Dearing, who had help from Principal Kathy Hayes. A welcome program and student entertainment in the newly remodeled auditorium, a flag salute, singing of the "Star-Spangled Banner" and recital of the school pledge preceded the ribbon-cutting. Construction crews worked nearly round-the-clock to put the finishing touches in place in time for the dedication. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy
Anna Maria beach renourishment not until late 2006 By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Anna Maria residents expecting a quick beach renourishment this month at the end of the current project in Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach are going to have to wait a little longer.
Imagine how bad you'd feel after a great day on the water when your car sinks at the boat ramp. It happened Friday at approximately 5:30 p.m. to Thorsten and Paul Huelquist at the Kingfish Boat Ramp in Holmes Beach when the Dodge Caravan they were using to pull out their boat went under water. No one was injured, unless you account for pride. Islander Photo: Don Meilner
Commission turns 'good neighbor' for community center By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Not wishing to saddle the not-for-profit Anna Maria Island Community Center with nearly $60,000 in permit fees for its upcoming expansion, the Anna Maria City Commission followed Teddy Roosevelt’s lead and turned into a "good neighbor" at their April 27 meeting.
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies at the MCSO's Anna Maria substation last Wednesday arrested a New York man for failing to register with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as a convicted sex offender.
Wall Street Journal discovers Island tax problem By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
National publications are just now discovering what Islanders, particularly business and non-homesteaded property owners, have known for years. There's a problem here with rising taxes and there's a problem with the methods used by the Manatee County Property Appraiser to determine taxable value, particularly on commercial property such as motels and rental accommodations.
Lutz, planner, mayor spar over comp-plan amendments By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Two proposed small-scale amendments to the Holmes Beach comprehensive plan were questioned by City Commissioner Roger Lutz at the commission's April 27 meeting as he wondered what the "driving" force was behind the amendments.
Holmes Beach continues consolidation exploration By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
How do you consolidate a city of one?
Even though Bradenton Beach has now dropped out of the consolidation study effort and Anna Maria was never in it, the Holmes Beach City Commission wants to continue at least preliminary studies of the measure as mandated by city voters last November.