Vin's People: Just-for-fun AMI parking permits become a hot item

September 27, 2013 

The brouhaha over "day trippers" on Anna Maria Island has certainly inspired the creative and entrepreneurial spirit in some folks.

First, there were pals Charmian Miller and Debbie Pinkley, who produced oblong stickers that read, "AMI Day Tripper."

Now there's Nick St. John, who owns Speed King Signs in Palmetto with brother, James.

Coaxed by dad, Sandy, Nick printed up more than 100 3-inch by 4-inch green-and-white decals reading: "AMI Day Trip Parking Permit Manatee County Taxpayer."

Mom, Paula, took them to Bradenton Beach's Bridge Street Market, quickly sold out and Nick had to run off some more.

"The only thing funnier will be if we really need these things!" Sandy said.

• Oh, no! Say it ain't so! Don French hit the Big 5-0! It's all downhill for the Braden River High School assistant principal.

• Here's wishing a full recovery to Krystal Weaver's fiancé, Brent Laudicina, who was injured burning a brush pile outside their Myakka City residence last Saturday. He was hospitalized at Tampa General Hospital, but is now recuperating at home.

• Finnegan Daniel McGarry is 2. Cheers from parents, Jill and Josh, who are expecting the imminent arrival of the birthday boy's baby sister.

• Steve Ross had a special guest in town to help him celebrate turning 44. It was daughter Sloane Lewis, Miss Kansas 2012 and a former Miss America contestant. The University of Kansas senior also watched brother, Justin Ross, play wide receiver for the Braden River Pirates, the same position his pop played back in the day for the Southeast Seminoles.

• Bill and Jean Garringer are wed 61 years.

• Evelyn Cote is 103 years young.

• Thursday was proclaimed Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee Day by the Manatee County commissioners. The organization's was named 2013 Overall Nonprofit of the Year and 2013 Health and Human Services Nonprofit of the Year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal last June.

• Lynn Pierce is 39. Again. Cheers from Fred, Lauren, Kim, Sherri, Chris, Jim and Sue.

• Florence Lawrence is 102 years young Tuesday.

• Among the august panel of judges for the annual charity Chow

down for the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association will be BayNews 9's Summer Smith, Elections Supervisor Mike Bennett and 'CTQ's Maverick Johnson. The culinary schools judges are Euphemia Haye's chef/owner Ray Arpke and Derek's Culinary Casual chef/owner Derek Barnes.

It's Oct. 10 at the Riverhouse Reef & Grill, 995 Riverside Drive, Palmetto.

• Alyssa and Cody Handy named their first bundle of love, Camden Allen.

• Luola Cox is 91 years young Tuesday.

• The Manatee High School Class of 1963's 50th reunion is Oct. 11-13. Visit to register. Or e-mail for details.

Vin's People, is by local columnist Vin Mannix. He can be reached at 941-745-7055. Twitter: @vinmannix

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