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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, July. 20, 2005
High heat and fire
An emergency medical technician applies some wet towels to the neck of a firefighter while other firefighters battle the blaze at 764 Jacaranda St. in Anna Maria Monday morning. No one was injured in the fire. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin Click image to enlarge
An upset Joan Zak of 764 Jacaranda St. in Anna Maria talks with husband Bob Dancey across the street from their residence after a Monday morning fire destroyed the home they had lived in since 1992. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin Click image to enlarge
Fire destroys Anna Maria home By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
A house fire Monday morning in Anna Maria totally destroyed a residence at 764 Jacaranda Street and caused smoke damage to three adjacent structures. It was the second time in the past six weeks that a fire has devastated a house in the city.
Hunts win lawsuit against Anna Maria By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
In what some local legal experts had considered a "slam dunk" case from the beginning, Anna Maria residents Robert and Nicki Hunt have won their lawsuit against the city for its denial of their site plan for a three-story retail-office-residential structure at 303 Pine Ave.
Fulfilling a pledge made two years ago when they bought Hunter's Hill Marina in Cortez (The Islander, April 4, 2003), Peter and Eva Thurell have submitted plans to build 39 single-family homes on the 12.5 acre site at 12504 Cortez Road that will be done in keeping with the architectural style of Cortez.
TOP NOTCH: 'On the Mountain' fourth weekly winner
Ed Chiles sent this fantastic nature shot taken on his travels and the Top Notch judges agreed that "it's a winner." He will receive a "More Than a Mullet Wrapper" Islander T-shirt, a bottle of wine from Anna Maria Island Liquor & Wine and a lunch certificate from Minnie Beach Cafe. The photo will go into a pool with other weekly winners eligible for the contest grand-prize package, including $100 from The Islander, a $50 gift certificate from Mister Robert's Resortwear, a premium bottle of champagne from Time Saver, dinner for two at Ooh La La! Bistro, and framing of their winning entry from Decor Gallery and Framing.