The Anna Maria Island Privateers presented $27,000 in scholarships to local students, pictured, at the Cafe on the Beach July 4. The students joined the Privateers in the holiday parade, then dined on barbecue at the beachfront restaurant before receiving their scholarships. Awards were presented to Austin Eason, Kimberly Kuizon, Elise Mundy, Claire Ingram, Ashley Bishop, Chris Chawi, Nicholas Gotts, Angela Jackson, Dion Shorey, Eric Whitley, Ashley Stinton, Elizabeth Aguilar, Josie Cockerham, Charlie Green, Lupita Perales, Ashley Petersen, Kelsey Taylor, April White and Sean Price. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Contractor reconsiders Anna Maria stormwater project by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
After Anna Maria was forced to delay the projected start of Phase 1 of its stormwater drainage project because it never received the required Southwest Florida Water Management District permit, Adkins Contracting Inc. - the successful project bidder - wrote Anna Maria city engineer Tom Wilcox a letter demanding the company be paid $235,000 of the $539,000 contract it had signed with the city for the project.
City attorney rejects Anna Maria lot-split issues by Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Anna Maria city attorney Jim Dye has rejected claims, that the city’s controversial zero lot-line ordinance is at odds with the city’s already established codes and recently adopted comprehensive plan.
Special master orders compliance with turtle regs by Lisa Neff. Islander Reporter
A beachfront resort was ordered to comply with sea turtle regulations or face a daily fine during the first special master hearing to take place in Bradenton Beach since the city adopted the code enforcement practice.
Fourth weekly winner: Top Notch 'Taking the plunge'
Mary Anne Keenan of Bradenton 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. Her entry - a photograph of ducklings anticipating a plunge into a storm drain at Freedom Village - 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.
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