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Top Stories this week: Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006
Andy Wasiniak, Walbridge Aldinger's senior project manager, and Pierrette Kelly, executive director of the Anna Maria Island Community Center, got a sneak peek at items contained within the time capsule buried on site in 1983. Not set to be opened until 2077, the capsule was broken in an attempt to move it from the construction site. In addition to a lot of water, a few of the items that spilled out were Islander newspapers, an Island map and $1 sealed in plastic with a note stating it is intended to pay the annual rent to the city. Word has it that the capsule also includes Center T-shirts and a silver-plated sledge hammer that was used to knock down the old Center in 1983. The contents of the capsule will be sealed into a new capsule and kept at the Historical Society until it is can be again buried at the Center.
Center fundraising goal set: $2.8 million more for new building By Diana Bogan. Islander Reporter
After several meetings with the Anna Maria Island Community Center's design team, Executive Director Pierrette Kelly announced the cost of construction for the new Center facility is now at $4.1 million, almost twice the original $2.5 million budget.
Engineer rips Buky's proposed Gulffront project By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
A marine engineering firm hired by Anna Maria to review plans submitted by Holmes Beach resident Gabriel Buky to build a house at 103 Elm St. - the former Negele property and a subject of past controversy - has detailed nine objections to the plan with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Not new in Anna Maria: attorney threatens legal action By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
Lawyers who show up at Anna Maria City Commission meetings - and indeed at just about any city committee or board meeting - frequently threaten the city with legal action if they or their clients don't get what they want.
Waterfront successes, hardships described By Paul Roat. Islander Reporter
No matter whether it is Baghdad - Florida, that is - or Fernandina Beach or Daytona Beach or even Bradenton Beach, the issues are pretty much the same for the various projects involved in the Waterfronts Florida program:
Villa Rosa scores court victory - maybe By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Court Judge K. Robert May might have given financially troubled GSR Development LLC of Anna Maria Island a helping hand last week when he approved a proposed sale of the company's Villa Rosa property in Anna Maria to Gaspar Properties Inc. of Tampa and extended the deadline for completion of the sale.
Survey says: Part of Westbay Cove in county, not city By Rick Catlin. Islander Reporter
The old game show Family Feud used to ask contestants the most common answers to certain questions asked of 100 people. Host Richard Dawson used to say “And the survey says” as the answers were displayed on the board.
Top Notch: First weekly winner also 2006 grand prize winner
The grand prize winner from among six weekly award-winning photos in the 2006 "Top Notch" Islander photo contest is 'Hermit' by Kim Klement of Bradenton. Her shot was the first winner on June 28 and was taken at Andros Island in the Bahamas in May. She can claim her grand prize, including $100 from The Islander, a dining certificate from Ooh La La! Bistro, a bottle of champagne from Anna Maria Island Liquor and Wine, dinner for two at a Chiles Group Restaurant and framing of the winning photo by Decor and More. Congratulations to all the winners - and be watching next week for our featured runnersup.
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