Top Stories this week on Anna Maria Island: Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Stars and stripes salute
Penny Frick of Bradenton is this week's winner in the newspaper's six-week-long Top Notch contest, winning front-page placement of the photo and an Islander newspaper "More-Than-A-Mullet wrapper" T-shirt. Frick's entry - a striking red, white and blue-themed photograph taken at New Pass near Mote Marine - 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.
Top Stories this week on Anna Maria Island: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009
Incumbent Anna Maria City Commissioners Dale Woodland and John Quam were easily returned to office in the Nov. 3 city election, while political newcomer Harry Stoltzfus took the third seat, defeating incumbent Christine Tollette by 93 votes.
Woodland topped all candidates with 560 votes, while Quam polled 500. Stoltzfus garnered 345 votes, Tollette 379 and David Gryboski finished last with 335.
Voters in each Island city will cast ballots Tuesday, Nov. 3, in municipal elections.
In Anna Maria, voters will elect three people to two-year terms on the city commission. The field of five includes incumbents John Quam, Christine Tollette and Dale Woodland, as well as first-time candidates David Gryboski and Harry Stoltzfus.
Political newcomer David Gryboski lead all five Anna Maria city commission candidates in contributions and spending heading into the Nov. 3 election, while incumbent Christine Tollette was a close second in both fundraising and spending.
In his Oct. 30 campaign report to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office, Gryboski reported he had raised a total of $8,685, including in-kind donations, while spending $7,354.
Mayor Michael Pierce raised $3,249.68 in cash and in-kind contributions in the Nov. 3 race to hold onto his post in Bradenton Beach.
Challenger William “Bill” Shearon, who also faced Pierce in 2007, raised $3,520 in cash and in-kind contributions, according to campaign reports filed with the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Oct. 30.
On Tuesday, Nov. 3, voters will get a rematch between Michael Pierce and William Shearon.
The two men ran for mayor two years ago, with Pierce winning the post with 60 percent of the vote.
Pierce is running on his administrative record, touting a series of improvements in the Island’s southernmost city, from new sidewalks near the Cortez Road and Gulf Drive intersection to the planned installation of solar lighting in the commercial district.
Florida officials looking to pilot an anchoring and mooring project may steer to Bradenton Beach, where efforts already are under way to establish an official mooring field.
Earlier this year, the Florida Legislature directed the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to work with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to explore options for regulating the anchoring or mooring of non-liveaboard vessels outside legally permitted mooring fields.
The answer is neither yes nor no to the querie on whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public hearing on a proposal by Longboat Key to construct manmade breakwaters near the Longboat Pass entrance to combat beach erosion.