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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Holmes Beach resident and Anna Maria Elementary third-grader Brandon Mills sticks his landing during skimboard contest action in a National Kidney Foundation-sponsored surfing festival held oceanfront June 26-29 in St. Augustine, Fla. Islander Photo: Courtesy Phil Salick
Quiet 4th but police busy with confiscation, peace-keeping by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
The plan put forth by the Island Fireworks Task Force to confiscate illegal fireworks during the July 4 weekend was apparently successful, as law enforcement in all three Island cities report the weekend was a lot quieter than in years past.
Anna Maria building official to cost $130,000 annually by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Just a little more than a year after Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford dismissed building official Kevin Donohue and his $90,000-plus annual salary as a cost-cutting move, Barford told city commissioners at their July 10 meeting that she now prefers to pay $130,000 per year for a full-time, out-sourced building official.
One lane of the bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. every Thursday through August, the Florida Department of Transportation and Anna Maria Island Bridge rehabilitation project contractor Quinn Construction Inc. of Palmetto have announced.
Don Lee of Springfield, Mo., is this week’s winner in the newspaper’s six-week-long Top Notch contest, winning front page placement for the photo and an Islander newspaper “more-than-a-mullet wrapper” T-shirt. Lee’s entry - a photograph of divers encountering a marine turtle in Belize - will go into a pool of weekly winners eligible for the grand prize of $100 from the newspaper and a bevy of gift certificates and other prizes from Islander advertisers. The photograph was submitted by diver Irene Pearman, left, an Anna Maria resident.
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