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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Third weekly winner: Top notch kids
John Barker of Holmes Beach titles his all-for-one, one-for-all shot of Islanders Adam Woods, left, Chris Adkins and Jacob and Shelby Barker "The Four Musketeers." Barker is the third winner in the six weeks of Top Notch, with prizes including front page placement for his photo and an Islander newspaper "more-than-a-mullet wrapper" T-shirt. Her entry will go into the pool of weekly winners to be eligible for the grand prize of $100 from the newspaper and a bevy of gift certificates and prizes from Islander advertisers.
Anna Maria ousts Donohue By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
In what Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford termed strictly a cost-cutting move, building official Kevin Donohue was dismissed from his $90,000-plus per year position June 18.
Judge boots Nally v. Anna Maria suit By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
A lawsuit filed by William and Barbara Nally of Spring Avenue against the Anna Maria City Commission for its approval of the Sandbar Restaurant site plan has been quashed by Manatee County Circuit Court Judge Paul Logan.
No problem for 3 of 4 requests in Bradenton Beach By Paul Roat
Developers were 3-for-4 before the Bradenton Beach City Commission last week, as officials approved letters of no objection for construction seaward of the state coastal control line to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Longboat study: Bradenton Beach roundabout creates traffic congestion By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
A just-completed study of traffic congestion on the barrier islands in Sarasota and Manatee County claims that the “northbound capacity of the mini-roundabout” at Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach needs to be increased to alleviate a growing traffic problem.
TDC wants Island input for offshore races at Coquina By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
A proposal by the Offshore Super Series boat racing organization to the Manatee County Tourism Development Council June 18 to hold a weekend of races in September 2008 at Coquina Beach met with tacit approval from the TDC. However, members want to hear from the three Island cities before entering into any formal agreement to host the event.