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Publication Date: July 16, 2008
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VOLUME 16, NO. 37

.s on Anhna iMaria Island Since 1992

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Poll: Support grows
for offshore drilling.
Page 4

the news ...
Anna Maria, Holmes
Beach see population
drop. Page 3

Civic lessons: The list
of government, agency
meetings. Page 3

Anna Maria Elementary
earns 'A' in FCAT rank-
ings. Page 6

No contest for Holmes
Beach officials. Page 5

Our Opinion. Your
opinion: Editorial and
letters. Page 6

S , L dift.: The Island
police reports. Page 12


For what to do, where
to go and when check
the Islander Calendar.
Page 16


Island Biz:.
action, real
action, rest
action on Ai
Island - an
Page 19

The Greates
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AMI Bridge lane closures Thursday nights

One lane of the Anna Maria Island Bridge
will be closed to vehicular traffic from 8 p.m.
to 6 a.m. every Thursday through August, the
Florida Department of Transportation and Anna
Maria Island Bridge rehabilitation project con-

Meeting for

businesses with

DOT set
In an effort to have the dates for the
planned 45-day closure of the Anna Maria
Island Bridge moved forward to the Island's
slowest business period, The Islander will
meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 17, with repre-
sentatives of the Florida Department of Trans-
portation at the newspaper offices in the Island
Shopping Center in Holmes Beach.
All area business owners are invited to
attend and give input to the DOT on the accept-
able dates for the bridge closure.
The newspaper is advocating that the
45-day closure begin mid-August or after
Labor Day in September, when the Island is
at its slowest period.
Occupancy rates for Anna Maria Island
available from the Bradenton Area Convention
and Visitors Bureau show that September is
the Island's second slowest month for accom-
modation occupancy, trailing only January
Tourist season on the Island traditionally

begins in early to mid-October, which cre-
L. BiZ ates a conflict with the current 45-day closure
And with the Sept. 29 closure date, the
bridge is slated to reopen Nov. 13, just two
Retail weeks before Thanksgiving. Any delay in the
estate bridge reopening that extends into the holiday
aurant week will seriously affect Island restaurants,
nna Maria gift shops and accommodations, among other
id nearby. businesses, according to chamber of commerce
leaders, Island elected officials and business
operators on the Island.
Moving the closure period to the beginning
of September - or even late August after public
schools reopen - will allow "leeway" for busi-
b3 Rick Oca0li nesses in the event the bridge is not ready to
st Genera- reopen in 45 days, elected officials and business
lunt of Mt. owners and operators have indicated.

Vernon recalls his war
years. Page 20

Nesting by the numbers:
Turtle nests climb above
100, but no hatchlings
as of July 14. Page 22

Fishing: Capt. Mike
Heistand reels in the
reports for offshore,
near-shore and onshore
fishers. Page 23

Sports: Kids learn
tennis basics - fore-
hand, backhand and
serve - from a pro at
Longboat Key clinic.
Page 24

tractor Quinn Construction Inc. of Palmetto
have announced. DOT spokesperson Audrey
Clarke said the first closure is scheduled for
July 17, and flaggers will move traffic through
the one lane open to vehicular traffic.
Quinn will be repairing pile jackets during
the night closings, Clarke said, and all closures
are weather dependent.
An additional night-time lane closure was
slated for Monday, July 14, to allow Quinn
to install additional striping for traffic main-
Boat traffic through the bascule will not
be affected by the lane closures.
The bridge is scheduled to close to all
vehicular traffic for 45 days beginning on Sept.
29 and reopen Nov. 13, weather permitting.
While the bridge is closed to vehicle
traffic, boat traffic will be able to transverse
through the span at selected times that will
coordinate with raising the Cortez Bridge
bascule. The system is designed to ensure no
boat is "trapped" between the two bridges.
Also during the 45 day closure, emergency
vehicles such as ambulances, fire trucks and
police vehicles will be allowed across the

bridge with a phone call to the contractor.
The bridge is expected to reopen Nov.
13, operating on its normal schedule for all
vehicular and boat traffic.
For the latest information on the $9.2
rehabilitation project, go on the Web to and click on "community
links." People without Internet access can call

State permit OK'd

for Gulf Drive lane
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Florida Department of Environmental
Protection recently issued a permit to lengthen
the southbound left-turn lane at Gulf Drive and
Cortez Road.
Bradenton Beach and Florida Department
of Transportation officials want to extend the
turn lane before the Anna Maria Island Bridge
closes in September.
When the AMI Bridge on Manatee

Holmes Beach resident Brandon Mills, 8, sticks his landing during skimboard contest action
in a National Kidney Foundation-sponsored surfing festival held oceanfront June 26-29 in
St. Augustine, Fla. Islander Photo: Courtesy Phil Salick


Week 5 winner:
Close encounter
Don Lee of Springfield, Mo., 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 wrap-
per" T-shirt. Lee's entry - a photograph
1 - 4of divers encountering a marine turtle
in Belize - 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. The photograph was
submitted by diver Irene Pearman, left, an
Anna Maria resident.

. . . .......

JULY 16,2008 1 �


Holmes Beach to serve up dining ordinance

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Holmes Beach City Commission is nearly fin-
ished cooking up its outdoor dining ordinance.
Commissioners, meeting June 24 at city hall,
reviewed a draft ordinance intended to increase outdoor
dining opportunities, making slight revisions and agree-
ing the measure is ready for a first reading July 22.
"There's a lot of goods written into this thing,"
Commissioner John Monetti said, referring to notations
he made in the proposed ordinance. "Good, good, good,
good, good. I'm reading this as a restaurant guy."
Monetti, who oversees operations of the Colum-
bia Restaurant on St. Armands Circle, inquired about
a couple of provisions in the ordinance.
"I don't want something written in to make it

Gulf Drive lane extension approved
Avenue/State Road 64 is closed for 45 days for a
major rehab, the Island will be accessible by two
bridges - the Longboat Key Bridge and the bridge
on Cortez Road.
Most traffic is expected to travel the Cortez Road
Bridge, putting a lot of activity into what city and state
officials have long said is a problem intersection -
Gulf Drive at Cortez Road.
Earlier this spring, representatives from Bradenton
Beach and the DOT agreed that the southbound turn
lane should be lengthened by about 750 feet, at least
In addition to extending the turn lane, the DOT
wants to widen Gulf Drive, at least temporarily, so
motorists traveling south into Bradenton Beach's cen-
tral corridor will move more quickly through the Cortez
Road intersection.
The DEP permit was required because the proj-
ect will involve moving beach-quality sand, which the
DOT plans to use to renourish other coastal lands in
Bradenton Beach.
At the same time the DOT works on the road, crews
will also improve a sidewalk at the intersection.
The work will probably begin in August.

impossible," Monetti said, referring to a point at which
an outdoor dining application might get bumped to the
city's board of adjustment for review. "We want to
make it possible. We're trying to avoid a burden."
After some discussion, commissioners agreed to
leave the mechanism for the board of adjustment to
review a request to expand a "non-conforming" use.
"It doesn't seem too burdensome," Monetti con-
At the suggestion of Commissioner Pat Duffy,
owner of Duffy's Tavern, the commission did strike a
requirement that "outdoor dining seats and tables shall
be under a roof, awning or portable umbrellas."
"I don't think we should dictate that," Geyer said,
and she found no argument with other commissioners.
The commissioners also added to the ordinance
hours for outdoor dining - from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
weekdays and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekends.
Commission Chair Sandy Haas-Martens said, "If
it gets too noisy and the neighbors fuss..."
"We'll hear about it," Monetti said, completing the
The ordinance draft would create an administrative
permit process for restaurants.
The measure continues the eight allowed seats, but

also provides a process for restaurants to add outdoor
seats and an annual renewal of permits.
If adopted, the ordinance would require:
* Applications be made to the mayor, or the mayor's
designee, likely city staff.
* Applications be accompanied by an authorization
from the property owner.
* Applications contain a site plan that includes "the
proposed location of the outdoor dining area, showing
dimensions, ingress/egress access, exits and the pro-
posed number of outdoor seats and tables."
* Applications include a description of existing
inside seats and tables and permitted parking spaces.
* Applications include an explanation of how the
outdoor dining area will complement the existing
building and not create the need for additional parking
* Applications be approved by the fire district.
The draft ordinance states that "parking must be
addressed" as an issue, that no food preparation take
place in the outdoor dining area, that outdoor seats
cannot be moved indoors and that outdoor seats not
encroach on rights of ways and not "interfere with on-
site vehicular and pedestrian circulation, parking and
loading areas."

E Slow and easy
Bradenton Beach Police
Chief Sam Speciale is
talking with representa-
tives from the Florida
Department of Trans-
portation about lowering
the speed limit from 35
to 25 mph through this
curve in the 1200 block
of Gulf Drive South. The
speed limit on Gulf Drive
shifts from 25 mph in the
central business corridor
to 35 mph approaching
Coquina Beach. Islander
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THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 16, 2008 3 3

Anna Maria, Holmes Beach see population drop

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The U.S. Census Bureau's 2007 population esti-
mates show slight drops in Anna Maria and Holmes
Beach - ever so slight drops.
Bradenton Beach saw a slight increase in popula-
tion - ever so slight.
The percentage increase in Bradenton Beach from
July 1, 2006, to July 1, 2007, was .2 percent, represent-
ing an increase from 1,543 people in 2006 to 1,546
people in 2007.
Bradenton Beach, Palmetto and unincorporated
Manatee County showed population increases in the
new Census estimates. Other jurisdictions in Manatee
County showed declines.
The percentage decline in Anna Maria from July
1, 2006, to July 1, 2007 was .8 percent, representing a

decline from 1,847 people to 1,833.
The percentage decline in Holmes Beach was .5
percent, from 5,053 in 2006 to 5,028 in 2007.
Bradenton's population declined .2 percent and
Longboat Key's declined .7 percent.
Palmetto's population increased 2.2 percent and
unincorporated Manatee County's population went up
1.2 percent.
Overall, the county saw an increase in population
of .9 percent, from 312,197 to 315,108 people.
From a national view, New Orleans, hard-hit by
Hurricane Katrina in 2005, was the fastest-growing city
in the United States between July 2006 and July 2007.
The city's population rose 13.8 percent.
Houston led the nation's cities in numerical
increases in population, adding 38,932 residents from
July 2006 to July 2007.

Three other Texas cities - McKinney, Denton and
Killeen - made the list of top fastest-growing cities,
along with North Las Vegas, Nev., Cary, N.C., Port St.
Lucie, Ha., Gilbert, Ariz., and Clarksville, Tenn.
New York City remains the nation's most populous
city, with 8.3 million residents. Los Angeles ranked
second with 3.8 million residents and Chicago ranked
third, with 2.8 million residents.
To calculate population estimates, the Census
Bureau uses housing unit estimates such as building
permits, mobile home shipments and estimates of hous-
ing loss.
The bureau's next major census count will take
place in 2010. Census questionnaires will be mailed
or delivered to every household in the United States in
March 2010. By Dec. 31, 2010, the bureau must submit
population totals to the president.

Island cities face drop in state funds

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
More financial bad news for Island cities.
Already faced with a decline in property values and
an accompanying 10 percent decline in ad valorem tax
revenues for their 2008-09 budgets, Anna Maria Island
cities are expecting to be hit with a drop in their portion
of Florida's revenue sharing program.
The economic bad news starts with the budget
department of the Manatee County Office of Finance,
which plans to budget only $19 million in shared
revenues from the Florida Department of Revenue in
the county's 2008-09 budget. That's down 5 percent
from the $20 million budgeted for 2007-08.
According to Angie Bibler of the finance depart-
ment, the 5 percent drop was expected and it's likely
to be statewide.
Island cities are also bracing for a drop in revenue
under the Florida revenue-sharing program, which
includes the city's share of sales tax.
Anna Maria city treasurer Diane Percycoe said the
2007-08 budgeted amount for revenue-sharing income
is $46,209, but she plans on budgeting only $39,677
for the 2008-09 fiscal year, a drop of 14.1 percent.
Of the $46,209, 73.8 percent - $34,102 - is from
sales tax.
Percycoe said her figure is based upon the esti-
mated population of Manatee County and Anna Maria
related to the state's revenue-sharing plan.
She noted that the 2007-08 budget has $46,209
from revenue sharing, but the projected amount to be
collected by Sept. 30 is $44,226. Through July 8, the
city had received only $33,381 in state revenue-sharing
The Holmes Beach portion of revenue sharing may
not be reduced as much as its northern neighbor.
City treasurer Rick Ashley said he's budgeting for

$138,337 from the state for the 2008-09 fiscal year,
down just 1.2 percent from the $141,000 projected in
the 2007-08 budget.
Under the Florida revenue sharing plan, the
Department of Revenue collects sales tax, motor fuel
tax and special fuel tax, among a host of other taxes,
on behalf of cities and counties, then distributes those
revenues back to the cities and counties based on pop-
According to the Florida Legislative Committee
on Intergovernmental Relations at www.floridalcir.
gov/revenue_estimates.cfm, none of the three Island
cities increased in population, the primary criteria for
how much a municipality receives as its share of the
revenue pie.
The Florida Department of Revenue collects the
following taxes from state residents, consumers, busi-
nesses and visitors for distribution to municipalities and
* Constitutional fuel tax.
* County fuel tax.
* Local communications services tax.
* Local discretionary sales surtaxes.
* Local government half-cent sales tax.
* Local option fuel taxes.
* Ninth-cent fuel tax.
* Taxable sales of transient rentals.
* Facilities tax.
* Tourist tax collections.
* Local option tax rates by county, 2008.
* State and local fuel taxes.
* Local discretionary sales surtaxes.
* Local option tourist/food and beverage taxes.
Ad valorem taxes - commonly called property
taxes - and personal property taxes are collected
by the tax collectors of the individual Florida


In front of the lens
"Old Florida" does not necessarily mean quaint. One of the Gulf Coast's most popular old-style attractions,
the Weeki Wachee Springs is famed for its mermaids. The park celebrated the publication of its new mermaid
calendar with an autograph signing on the July 4 weekend. The event featured the mermaids who posed for the
calendar, as well as the man who shot the photographs - former Islander Andrew Brusso, now a professional
photographer best known for his celebrity portraits. For more information, go to
Islander Photo: Courtesy Weeki Wachee

Anna Maria budget

workshop July 22
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford and city commis-
sioners may have their collective hands full - if not the
city's bare pocketbook - when they meet July 22 for
the first of what promises to be a number of pre-budget
2008-09 workshops.
The city will face budgeting with a projected drop
of 10 percent in ad valorem tax revenues along with
an anticipated 14 percent decline in Florida revenue-
sharing funds.
Barford said the staff has been busy for some time
preparing the preliminary budget for the commission
using a new format that is "department driven."
Fact is, she and the staff are planning a "no frills"
budget, but not at the expense of the health, safety and
welfare of the residents, visitors and city businesses,
she said.
"We've been expecting this. We're not going to
compromise any city services," she pledged.
At the same time, however, Barford said, she had
to take note of the decline in revenues caused by the
downturn in the economy.
I'm confident, but concerned. I wonder just how
much you can cut. Luckily, we're not as bad off as other
cities," she said.
Alo ,ng \\ i- h the anticipated 10 percent drop in property
tax revenues for the upcoming budget, the city already
cut spending by 9 percent in the 2007-08 budget.


Anna Maria City
* July 22, 5 p.m., city budget work session.
* July 24, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
* July 29, 10 a.m., Island Fireworks Task Force meet-
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,

Bradenton Beach
* July 16, 6 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
* July 17, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,

Holmes Beach
* July 17, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting
* July 18, 1:30 p.m., police retirement board meeting.
* July 22, 7 p.m., city commission meeting, which
will include discussions on outdoor dining, the
2008-09 budget and comprehensive plan amend-
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,

Of Interest
* July 16, 4 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials
meeting which involves a tour of Port Manatee.
Port Manatee, 300 Tampa Bay Way, Palmetto,
* July 17, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire Rescue District
commission meeting.
Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, 941-741-3900,

4 0 JULY 16, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER

Poll: Offshore drilling support in Gulf grows

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A new poll indicates that about half of Americans
think neii. -.y exploration - including offshore in the
Gulf of Mexico - is the nation's top e nI. i _.Y priority.
"Amid record gas prices, public support for
greater energy exploration is spiking," the Pew
Research Center for the People and the Press reported
this month. "Compared with just a few months ago,
many more Americans are giving higher priority to
more n.l-.'v exploration, rather than conservation.
An increasing proportion also says that developing
new sources of enc i .-y - rather than protecting the
environment - is the more important national prior-
Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. John
Peterson, R-Pa., and U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La.,
have introduced pro-drilling measures in their respec-
tive chambers.
Pew conducted its c nc.l i. poll in mid-June, the
week that President George Bush, GOP presidential
candidate John McCain and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist
called for lifting the 26-year-old federal moratorium on
offshore drilling.
The poll found a 12-point increase in the percent-
age of Americans who support expanded exploration,
mining, drilling and construction of power plants. The
numbers went from 35 percent in February to 47 per-
cent in June.
The poll also found a decline in the percentage of
Americans who think the nation's top n i . priority
should be expanded conservation and regulation -
from 55 percent in February to 8 percent in June.
About 60 percent of Americans said developing
new L n i. sources must be a higher priority for the
country than protecting the environment.
And 50 percent of Americans favor drilling for oil in
Alaska's protected Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
"Much of the increase in support for e inL i .Y explo-
ration has come among groups that previously viewed

Oil rigs already exist in some locations in the Gulf of Mexico, including off Port Fouchon, La. Islander
Photo: Courtesy U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

this as a less important priority than ce in.,y conserva-
tion - young people, liberals, independents, Demo-
crats, women and people who have attended college,"
Pew reported.
For example, the percentage of women supporting
expanded exploration, mining and drilling increased
18 points from February to June, from 28 percent to
46 percent.
Environmental groups such as the League of Con-
servation Voters, however, remain opposed to expanded
exploration and drilling.
"More drilling means more toxic pollution seeping
into our water and air - and more greedy investment
in the dirty technologies of the past," LCR president
Gene Karpinski said.

And while a recent survey of Floridians found
increased support for offshore drilling, an informal poll
of Islanders found objections remain strong.
Two out of 20 people surveyed on a recent after-
noon outside the Publix Super Market in Holmes Beach
supported the expanded drilling approach touted by top
"We have got to get off our dependence on Mideast
oil," said Islander Geoffrey Tiffany, speaking in the
Speaking in the majority, summer Islander Carl Fis-
cher said, "The companies already have rights to drill
millions of acres and only are doing so on 18 percent of
the acreage open to them. This isn't a sincere solution,
but it threatens what we have here."

Coast Guard puts hold on pipeline application

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its review of
an application for a natural gas pipeline proposed from
the Gulf of Mexico through Tampa Bay.
"We must suspend processing of the license applica-
tion until the information needed is received, analyzed
and once again determined to be complete," wrote M.A.
Prescott, the U.S. Coast Guard's chief of the deepwater
ports standards division, and H. Keith Lesnick, direc-

Rinse and
Holmes Beach
city employees
and other volun-
teers wash a car
to raise money
for public works
employee Wayne
and his family,
whose home in
east Manatee
County burned on
May 31. Islander
Photo: Edna

tor of the Maritime Administration's deepwater port
licensing division, in a statement on the Port Dolphin
En. yI . LLC project.
The USCG did not cancel its review of the appli-
cation, but rather announced that more information is
needed from Port Dolphin, especially in light of the
company's announced rerouting of the pipeline around
a sand bed considered vital to Anna Maria Island and
Longboat Key for beach renourishment.
Port Dolphin has proposed a $1 billion project that

'A' is for Anna Maria Elementary School
The Florida Department of Education recently was among the recipients of an "A."

released school grades based on student performance
on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test for the
2007-08 school year.
Anna Maria Elementary School remained at the
top. For the seventh year in a row, the little school by
the bay earned an "A" grade.
In Manatee County, 25 schools received an "A" -
an increase from 18 in 2006-07. King Middle School

Fourteen schools received a "C" grade and the
number of "D" schools in Manatee County dropped
from eight to three. Once again, there were no "F"
schools in the district.
"Adequate Yearly Progress" results under the fed-
eral No Child Left Behind Act also were released. AME
met its AYP requirements, an improvement from last
year when it did not.

involves constructing a natural gas port in the Gulf of
Mexico about 28 miles from Anna Maria Island. A pipe-
line from the port was proposed to run from the Gulf
through Tampa Bay to Port Manatee, and then about
four miles inland.
When Manatee County officials learned of the pipe-
line route earlier this year, they realized the project
would jeopardize beach renourishment on Anna Maria
Island and Longboat Key. The pipeline would run so
close to an area where underwater sand is collected for
beach renourishment that the area would have been
off-limits for future sand collection.
The issue, said local officials, threatened the local
tourist economy, as county officials estimated that
the cost for renourishment would rise by millions of
dollars. The deposit off the north end of Anna Maria
Island contains the perfect sugar-white sand to shore
up the Island's coast. To find and collect that sand else-
where would cost more than $50 million over 40 years,
according to county estimates.
Fifteen members of Congress, including U.S. Reps.
Kathy Castor and Vern Buchanan, joined area officials
in protest.
A number of agencies at the federal and state levels
also responded to the Coast Guard's environmental
impact statement on the project, as well as non-profit
environmental groups, engineering companies, other
C ne1iL , companies and Island residents.
In June, Port Dolphin executives announced that
the pipeline would be rerouted to avoid interfering with
beach renourishment projects.
"We expect further data needs as a result of your
recent announcement to alter the offshore pipeline route
to avoid sand recovery areas," Lesnick and Prescott
stated in a letter to a Port Dolphin representative.
The officials also wrote, "Based on the comments
received on the draft EIS, we require additional project
information in order to develop the final EIS."
The government letter raised numerous issues
beyond the renourishment question, including the
impact of the project on artificial reefs, on sea tempera-
tures, on wetlands, on drilling and manatee protection
and on the use of helicopters for pipeline operations,
on tourism and recreation.

THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 16, 2008 5 5

No contest for Holmes Beach offices

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Come November, it will be business as usual at
Holmes Beach City Hall - and for the commission.
The general election will take place Nov. 4, but
Holmes Beach voters will not find a contest for mayor
or two city commission seats on the ballot.
Only the incumbents - Mayor Rich Bohnenberger and
Commissioners Sandy Haas-Martens and John Monetti -
qualified for office as of the noon deadline July 11.
"Right now, we've got a real good team," Bohnen-
berger said the day he qualified to seek another two-
year term. "There's a harmonious relationship between
the city commission and myself. I think it has produced
benefits for the community as a whole.... We seem to
be on the same page."
Haas-Martens and Monetti agreed.
The incumbents viewed the lack of challengers as
a good sign.
"Hopefully it means that we're doing a good job,"
Haas-Martens said. "I think we have a commission that
works really well together."
There also was a consensus that, given the troubled
economy and state-mandated tax reforms, financial
issues will continue to be a primary concern for the
next two years.
"That looms large," said Monetti, adding that he
didn't hesitate to seek a second two-year term.
"Dredging is a priority," the mayor said. "But it's
one of many. We've got storm water improvements,
which are essential."
Haas-Martens said she decided to seek another
term to complete a number of projects, including an
update to the comprehensive plan, continuing to build
a coalition with the other Island cities and the county
and dredging work.
In Bradenton Beach, there will be one city com-
mission contest on the Nov. 4 ballot - for the Ward 4
seat being vacated by John Chappie, who is making a
bid for a county commission seat. Bob Bartelt and Bill
Shearon are seeking the spot on the board.

In Anna Maria, there also will be a contest with two
commission seats to be awarded to the top vote-getters
from among Mark Alonso, Robert Barlow, Chuck Webb
and incumbent Jo Ann Mattick.
Closer on the calendar is the Aug. 26 election in
which Islanders will cast final votes in two county com-
mission races - for District 3 commissioner between
incumbent Jane von Hahmann and Chappie and for the
at-large District 7 race between incumbent Joe McClash
and challenger Greg Witham. There are no Democrats
in these races, so there will be no November contest.
Also on Aug. 26, Islanders will cast final ballots
in the District 2 school board race between incumbent
Harry Kinnan and challenger Dave Miner.

For more information about the elections, visit

Holmes Beach
commissioner recovering
Holmes Beach City Commissioner Pat Geyer is
recovering after a knee replacement surgery July 7 at
Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.
Geyer, who owns Duffy's Taverns, returned home
last week and was expecting to face about 10 days of
Holmes Beach's other city commissioners expressed
their wishes for a speedy recovering during a meeting
July 8 at city hall.

Gulf Drive busy with repairs, more in August
Anna Maria Island's Gulf Drive, which extends
the length of the Island from the Longboat Pass Bridge
to Pine Avenue in Anna Maria, underwent repairs and
traffic disruptions in two locations last week.
In Anna Maria, county workers were busy installing
new water pipes along Gulf Drive that resulted in only
one lane available for traffic during daylight hours. CR FELLOW SIP
Bradenton Beach fared a bit better, as Florida -
Department of Transportation workers improved side-
walks north of the Cortez Road-Gulf Drive intersection,
but no lane closures were necessary.
The "good news" for Island motorists is that even
more work on Gulf Drive is planned in August.
DOT spokesperson Lauren Hatchall said the DOT
will begin extension of the left-turn lane from Gulf
Drive onto Cortez Road beginning the first week of - - -
August. It's a rough job
The measure is designed to relieve traffic south- This Manatee County worker last week seemed to
bound on Gulf Drive and departing the Island during successfully manage traffic on Gulf Drive in Anna
the 45-day closure of the Anna Maria Island Bridge Maria without too much exertion as crews continued
beginning Sept. 29, she said. to install new water pipes along the road. The project
Hatchall said the project should be completed well forced one traffic lane to close during daylight hours
before Sept. 29, but some lane closures are possible and is not expected to finish until mid-August, county
during the construction. officials have said. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin

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Business: Have your say
If you own or operate a business on or near Anna
Maria Island, you're invited to give your input on the
timing of the Anna Maria Island Bridge closure at a
meeting hosted by this newspaper Thursday, July 17.
It's time to put up or shut up, and hopefully it's not
too late for the Florida Department of Transportation
to change what began as an ill-fated plan to close the
bridge for repairs in April.
The outcry was swift and severe on the announce-
ment that the bridge would close for 75 days just after
the Easter holiday - still well into the busy spring
tourist season.
The DOT reacted, shortening the duration to 45
days and moving the closure to Sept. 29, which was,
according to a DOT spokesperson, the consensus of
emergency service providers to reduce the probability
of storm/hurricane events.
That anyone locally knows when a storm or a hur-
ricane might occur is unlikely, because the National
Hurricane Center makes no such projections.
So lacking much response to our queries to local
officials, including emergency services, and the DOT
for what we perceive as a pressing need to move the
date up in September - or even in August - we are
now asking you, Island and area business owners and
operators, to join us for a discussion on when the DOT
should close the bridge for repairs.
We've heard business owners are thinking of clos-
ing up shop to cut their losses during the bridge closure.
We've heard dire predictions that if the bridge repairs
are prolonged it affects the Thanksgiving holiday -
and business revenues.
We've heard from many folks that sooner would
be better for the closure. Just after Labor Day is the
common thread, but some favor starting the rehab mid-
August after school starts and fewer folks frequent the
And history tells us that when the Cortez Bridge
rehab took place in 1995, the DOT called a business
owners' meeting and abided the consensus of a 30-day
closure over 120 days of intermittent closure. The result
was a prolonged closure of 54 days.
Why didn't business owners speak up when it was
announced the AMI Bridge would close late Septem-
ber? Maybe because Sept. 29 sounded like a windfall
compared to April, but The Islander pressed on for an
earlier closure.
The meeting is at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at The
Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Please, come tell the DOT how much you need
October and November to recover from August and
September. The economy and gas prices already have
some businesses in a tailspin and we can't just await
the crash.
Hello, DOT? Can you hear me now?

m I ma

SLICK Put up or shut up! By Egan


Whitmore apologizes
I am sorry to see that The Islander has decided to
take another jab at my credibility as an elected official
in Manatee County.
My husband and I were accused of putting a politi-
cal sign in our yard illegally. We would never know-
ingly do anything illegal and this is why I feel I need
to explain why signs were put on our property when
they were.
Signs were placed in my yard on a Sunday [pre-
July 5]. On Monday, July 8, I received a call to tell
me the signs were illegal. I promptly went to the city
of Holmes Beach code enforcement department and
was told that since the elections were in November, it
was too early to put the sign up. I clarified to the code
enforcement officer that the District 3 county commis-
sion election was in fact Aug. 26 and there would be
no election in November for District 3.
I was told that this changed the picture and code
enforcement needed to research the issue and talk to the
mayor. I then left the city and asked that they call or
e-mail me after they researched whether the signs were
indeed put up too early because if they were I would
take them down immediately.
I received from the city an e-mail stating that the
signs were OK, but I called to clarify because the e-mail
was vague. I was told that the signs were OK. I did not
know that the mayor made the decision he did until I
read it in the newspaper.
Unfortunately, I had told both candidates that I
would not publicly endorse them, would not use my
name on any invitations to fundraisers and would not
allow my name to be sent on any campaign literature.
I received the newspaper to find a photo of our
home, my car and a sign for one candidate in living
color. For that, I apologize to the other candidate, but
this [photograph] was not in my control.
As an FYI, even though it has been stated that the other
candidate has not put up any signs, this is wrong. There is
a sign hung in a local business that I saw July 8.
Also, there are city commissioners that have signs

in their yards, but The Islander chose to only put my
name in the paper.
Best of luck to both county commission candidates
for District 3 and I look forward to working with who-
ever wins.
Carol Whitmore, Holmes Beach

The blues on July 4
While the July 4 weekend was intended to be a cel-
ebration, it turned into a huge disappointment, largely
due to the local law enforcement.
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office, along with
the Holmes Beach Police Department, had no business
driving at the excessive speeds up and down Marina
Drive just prior to the parade starting.
It had all spectators nervous and wondering what
the reason for it was. When we asked an officer on
a motorcycle if he felt he was being safe and what
he would do if a little kid ran out in front of him, he
responded, "I've been doing this 10 years, so I know
what I'm doing."
Also, the ATVs driven by the firework's enforce-
ment team were out of line.
Driving up and down the beach at night with no
lights on is easily the dumbest thing I've seen in years.
While it gave them a better chance at catching those
with illegal fireworks, it put more people at risk for
injury than the fireworks did.
It's sad that they were there for the safety of the
public, but ended up putting that safety in jeopardy.
Ryan Braniger, Bradenton Beach

Mow Grassy Point?
In reference to the Grassy Point Preserve: Well, this
is a fine waste of valued land.
We should use it for new homes and condos.
Holmes Beach is not in need of any more loons.
We need tax dollars.
I suggest we sell it off and increase our tax base.
Charlotte Long, Holmes Beach

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Cortez families gather for reunion

More than 150 people came home to Cortez over
the July 4 weekend for the Fulford and All Cortez
Family Reunion.
Family members traveled from as far as Colorado
and Pennsylvania and all states south of the Mason-
Dixon line. Some had not returned to the historic fish-
ing village for 20 years and five generations were rep-
Four brothers and two sisters from the Fulford
family in Carteret County North Caroline settled the
area 120 years ago and most of the families who live
in Cortez are related to the early settlers.
The reunion was held at the Florida Maritime
Museum, where Cortez historic sites manager and
museum director Roger Allen Museum Director launched
a Cortez Skipjack and family members sailed Sarasota
Bay to see what it would have been like to fish from a
small sailboat the way their ancestors did in the 1880s.

Many local residents went to the museum to com-
pare notes on family history and figure out exactly how
they were related.
Reunion organizer Mark Green had a computer
database with more than 50,000 names that included
all the Cortez families since 1890.
Roy Ezell who was born in Cortez in 1945 dis-
covered his great-great-grandfather was the brother
of the great-great-grandmother of Cortez native Mal-
colm Green, who traveled to the reunion from Bristol,
Tenn. They had grown up together and both attended
the Cortez Community School as children not knowing
they were related until July 5.
That night, family and friends gathered at the
museum to share a meal. Cortez native and life-long
commercial fisher Blue Fulford supervised two fish
cookers and a crew of six frying 100 pounds of fresh
mullet to perfection.

In the July 15,1998, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* Bradenton Beach city commissioners unanimously
agreed to restructure the city's service tax ordinance
that would charge electric, gas and water companies
10 percent of the gross business each company does in
the city, while telecommunications companies would
be charged 7 percent. Previously, the city had charged
3.5 percent to all utilities.
* Lifeguard Collin Schmidt in Holmes Beach was cred-
ited with saving a life - that of a 6-foot-long nurse shark,
after the shark stranded itself on the beach at low tide. Schmidt
gathered up the shark, took it to the end of the Manatee Pier
and tossed it into deeper water, where it swam away.
* Master Chief Boatswain Mate Diane Bucci of
the U.S. Coast Guard relinquished command of the
USCG's Cortez station to Master Chief Boatswain
Brian Huff in a brief ceremony. Bucci was the first
woman in the Coast Guard to command a station and
the first to become a master chief. Bucci was transferred
to USCG headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Family members gather for the Fulford and All Cortez Family Reunion in the Florida Maritime Museum in
Cortez July 5. Islander Photo: Courtesy Mark Green

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Quiet 4th but

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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The plan put forth by the Island Fireworks Task
Force to confiscate illegal fireworks during the July 4
weekend was apparently successful, as law enforce-
ment in all three Island cities report the weekend was
a lot quieter than in years past.
While only a few people were arrested, police were
kept busy during the three-day weekend dealing with
illegal fireworks displays and drunks, often both at the
same time, and a belligerent attitude from those who
had fireworks confiscated. Most of the police activity
took place the evening of July 4, when an estimated
10,000 people gathered on the Island, despite the
absence of any planned fireworks display.

Anna Maria
"We confiscated about $5,000 to $6,000 worth of
illegal fireworks," said Sgt. John Kenney of the Mana-
tee County Sheriff's Office Anna Maria substation, "but
we didn't make any arrests. We were able to handle any
situation before it got out of hand."
Confiscation was the IFTF policy for the weekend
and arresting an individual for illegal fireworks activity
was deemed a "measure of last resort." The only arrests
reported during the holiday were in Bradenton Beach,
and none were for illegal fireworks.
"We shut down a bunch of displays, and most of the
people we confronted were from out-of-town and said
they didn't know about the ordinance," Kenney said.
But deputies couldn't be everywhere. Kenney said
he and the five other deputies on duty July 4 dealt with
complaints about illegal fireworks continually from
sundown until around 1 a.m.
In an incident on Oak Avenue, deputies confiscated
about $1,000 worth of illegal fireworks that were ready
to be shot up into the sky in a pre-arranged display.
Deputies also seized a foam raft floating in the
Gulf of Mexico that contained a large amount of fire-
works. The people involved were "a bit upset," said
Kenney, because they had spent a lot of money on the
Many people who had their fireworks confiscated
had also been drinking, he added, and "alcohol and fire-
works don't mix." That was apparent in the belligerent
attitude many people, particularly out-of-towners, had
toward deputies when confronted, Kenney observed.
Three men who identified themselves as lawyers

Seized fireworks
Holmes Beach police officers confiscated several thousand dollars worth of illegal fireworks July 4, including
those shown above. Law enforcement in Anna Maria seized about $5,000 worth of illegal fireworks, while Bra-
denton Beach police also confiscated a large amount of banned fireworks. Islander Photo: Courtesy Holmes

Beach Police Chief Jay Romine
from South Carolina complained that police were
taking away their constitutional rights by confiscating
their fireworks. Kenney said he informed the men that
deputies were just enforcing the law and that they, as
officers of the court, should understand the enforcement
issue. He said he also suggested that they could return
to South Carolina if they wanted to shoot off illegal
Considering that there were still thousands of
people on the Island July 4, even though the Sandbar
Restaurant dropped its annual July 4 fireworks show
this year, Anna Maria was "a whole lot quieter than in
years past," Kenney said.
"It was a strange night. There wasn't much com-
plaint from the local residents," he said, although one
person complained about a group of fire dancers on the
It was an organized event and about 1,000 people
were watching some Hawaiian dancers perform,
Kenney said.
There were no fireworks in the show and Kenney
said that "discretion was the better part of valor" in
this instance. "If we'd tried to break that up, we would

have had a riot. The event was very well organized and
Overall, this July 4 holiday was "like night and day
from last year to this year," observed Kenney.
There were no arrests or injuries in Anna Maria this
year and the entire evening was active but "manage-
able," he said.
Holmes Beach
In Holmes Beach, where three officers were on duty
the evening of July 4, HBPD chief Jay Romine said
officers confiscated enough illegal fireworks to fill four
large boxes.
"We had less fireworks shot off than normal, but
there were still a lot. We tried to handle it as best we
could, but we were pretty busy. We ran from one inci-
dent to another. We were never going to get them all.
Some people were belligerent, but you expect that," he
As in Anna Maria, a majority of the complainers
were from out of town and had been drinking. Echo-
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Firework displays down on Island

alcohol is always dangerous."
Most people facing confiscation of their fireworks
claimed ignorance of the law, although some said they
"just figured they could get away with it," Romine
No arrests were made, despite the "belligerent atti-
tude" from a lot of people who had fireworks confis-
cated. "We survived another year and nobody got hurt.
I consider that a success," he concluded.

Bradenton Beach
Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale,
whose officers cover Coquina Beach along with their
city beaches and streets, said he had all officers, part-
time and reserve, present, with a few working security
at a private affair.
"Coquina Beach was not as crowded as in past
years," the chief observed and fireworks activity at
other beach locations was quite a bit less than last
Officers did make several arrests July 4, but none
were for illegal fireworks and only one arrest was for
public intoxication.
Although many people who had fireworks confis-
cated were confrontational, Speciale said officers were
able to deal with the situation without any escalation.
"A lot of people were pretty irate. The biggest com-
plaint they had was that the people selling the fireworks
didn't tell them they were illegal in Manatee County.
Most of the people we confiscated from were from out
of town or out of state. Some people asked us what they
could or could not shoot off, and many just packed up
and went into town," the chief said.
Overall, this was probably the quietest July 4 he's
witnessed. "I' ve been out here 20 years and we were' t
even half as busy as in years past.
"This was definitely a success. I think informa-
tion to the public prior to July 4 about the confiscation
policy helped," he said. The main function of the task
force - to keep the public safe and prevent injuries -
was achieved."
But not everyone thought the task force was a suc-
Ed Green of Georgia said he drove 500 miles to
bring his family to the Island to set off $300 worth of
fireworks only to have them taken away by police.
"They could have told us before we got here. We' ve
been coming every year," said Green. "They really
spoiled our vacation."
Some Anna Maria residents complained about the
cancellation of the traditional fireworks show at the
Sandbar Restaurant.
"This stinks," the woman said.

Restoration gets second green light

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The dream of Anna Maria resident Michael Cole-
man and businessman Ed Chiles to preserve Pine
Avenue by restoring properties to their "Old Florida"
look continued to move forward July 9 when the plan-
ning and zoning board approved a site-plan for two
retail-office-residential buildings at 401 Pine Ave.
The site plan has two structures on two lots with a
six-foot separation. Each building will be two-stories
tall with a residence over a business operation.
Pine Avenue Restoration LLC - the Chiles-
Coleman investment group financing the projects -
has already received site-plan approval for a retail-
office-residential project at 315 and 317 Pine Ave.
In both cases, Coleman said the plan is to provide
the city with "the look and feel of Old Florida that we
all know and love."
While the landscaping was not finalized, Cole-
man pledged that it will be in the best interests of the
city and public.
"I can't wait to get started so people can see that
what we have in mind is what people have in mind.
I'm anxious to put something up," he said.
Coleman still has to obtain a building permit and
meet certain other requirements for the 401 Pine Ave.
project, including parking stops and construction of a
walkway for pedestrians on the Crescent Drive side
of the project.
Coleman and Chiles started Pine Avenue Restora-
tion LLC last summer after they became concerned
that too many new developments along Pine Avenue

The Island Fireworks Task Force was formed last
year by Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford following
a serious injury on July 4 in that city. A man sitting
on the beach was injured after someone randomly
threw a cherry bomb that exploded on his hand.
In their attempt to reach the injured man, emer-
gency medical personnel spent more than an hour in
traffic due to the inordinate number of vehicles on
Island streets and roads.
Public officials have previously estimated that more
than 15,000 people - perhaps as many as 20,000 -
are on the Island the evening of July 4, a situation that
law enforcement officers, fire department officials and
emergency medical teams had deemed "unmanageable"
for public safety. Many of those people were setting
off personal fireworks, including many expensive dis-
This past July 4, police estimated less than 10,000

were "mega-mansion" single-family homes with
no ROR component, and that these new structures
would create a "canyon" effect.
The company has several future projects
planned for Pine Avenue, in addition to a cottage-
style guest resort for the six lots it owns on the
northwest corner of the Pine Avenue-Bay Boule-
vard intersection.
While those projects are still in the planning
stage, Coleman said he hopes to break ground on
the first Pine Avenue development by mid to late

A conceptual rendering by architect Gene Aubry
shows the style of the already approved retail-
office-residential structures at 315 and 317 Pine
Avenue in Anna Maria, which are similar in
design to a Mike Coleman-Ed ( ihllt project at
401 Pine Ave., already approved by the planning
and zoning board July 9.

were on Island beaches.
Manatee County has an ordinance that prohibits the
discharge of exploding fireworks without a permit.
Barford said the task force accomplished its goals
for this year. "It was a safe holiday for residents and
visitors. Nobody got injured and we kept people and
their property safe."
The mayor noted that the task force is not a per-
manent body and will meet July 29 to determine any
course of action for next year, if in fact it should even
continue. The task force goals of educating the public
and confiscating illegal fireworks were met this year,
she said.
Good news for Island residents is that the task
force is going to "look at a special event permit for the
Sandbar (for a fireworks show) for next year. That's
something that people really enjoy," Barford said.

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Just a little more than a year after Anna Maria
Mayor Fran Barford dismissed building official Kevin
Donohue and his $90,000-plus annual salary as a cost-
cutting move, Barford told city commissioners at their
July 10 meeting that she now prefers to pay $130,000
per year for a full-time, out-sourced building official.
Barford said she wants to change the current con-
tract with M.T. Causley Inc. for a part-time building
official that costs the city $52,000 yearly to a $130,000
annual contract, more than double the current cost.
The mayor said that with the many responsibilities
of the building official - including the community-rat-
ing system and flood-plain management - a full-time
official makes sense. In addition, building department
revenues are on the increase and this will defray some
of the increased contract price.
Current building official Bob Welsh has done an
excellent job with the public and contractors, she said,
and city residents "deserve and need" his services and
expertise full-time.
Under the proposed annual contract, Causley will
still provide benefits to Welsh, including transporta-
tion, workers compensation, liability, communication
and photography equipment, a vehicle and health insur-
Causley would receive $2,500 per week for a
40-hour week under the proposed contract, while any
work after 5 p.m. or on Saturday would be billed at one-
and-a-half times the hourly rate of $62.50 per hour. For
work on Sunday and holidays, Welsh would be paid at
double the hourly rate.
Commissioners Duke Miller and Jo Ann Mattick,
who were both absent from the meeting, sent letters to
the mayor endorsing the proposal.
Businessman Mike Coleman gave a "thumbs up"
to the proposal, saying it was a "pleasure" to work with
Welsh and receive prompt and courteous answers.
Commission Chairman John Quam scheduled a
final vote on the contract for the commission's July 24
Barford said the idea to make the position full-time
had "been on the back burner for about a year, but the
time had come" when a part-time official was not meet-
ing the needs of the city.
In other business, the commission again tackled the
issue of whether to match zoning in the city with the
future land-use map.
City attorney Jim Dye explained that prop-
erty owners traditionally request the city to change
He explained that there are only two locations in
the city where zoning and land-use are inconsistent:
the newly approved retail-office-residential areas along

Gulf Drive and the six lots on the northwest corner of
the Pine Avenue-Bay Boulevard intersection.
Dye reiterated that the land-use designated by the
FLUM takes precedence over the current zoning. Some
sections of the city code may match what can be built in
existing zones, while some might not, and some might
overlap. But no development order can be inconsistent
with the comp-plan, he added.
"I still don't get it, said Coleman, who owns the six
lots at Pine and Bay. He suggested it would be easier
for the commission to simply rezone all those areas to
match the FLUM.
Miller has previously agreed that this would elimi-
nate any confusion where a property owner might read
the city land-development regulations for commercial
zoning and believe a certain structure could be built,
not realizing that the zoning is inconsistent with the
Quam agreed to place that issue and a discussion
of the site-plan review procedures on the agenda for an
Aug. 21 combined meeting of the commission-planning
and zoning board.
City clerk Alice Baird noted that there appears to be
a "municipal code error" regarding the recently adopted
site-plan review procedures.
The code language says the commission approves
site plans, but Baird and the commission were certain
that was changed in the ordinance passed July 26, 2007,
that gave most final site-plan review approval to the
P&Z board.
"We need to get it right," Barford said.
Dye allayed any fears that the city and P&Z board
had been in error the past year, noting that the ordi-
nance governs procedures, not how the municipal code
Commissioners also discovered another poten-
tial muni-code error in the sign ordinance when code
enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon noted that the ordi-
nance makes no mention of political signs.
Commissioner Christine Tollette, however, said she
was certain that language regarding political campaign
signs was added to the ordinance, and her fellow com-
missioners agreed.
As the ordinance reads now, said Rathvon, most
signs need a permit. Tollette, along with Quam and
Commissioner Dale Woodland, believed that had been
changed and directed Baird to find the minutes of the
meeting that changed the sign ordinance.
The commission also heard a presentation from
Florida Power & Light about how the city could
become "green" by using environmentally friendly
procedures and products that also save the city money.
Commissioners referred the matter to the environmen-
tal education and enhancement committee to establish
"guidelines" for the city to become greener.

Chief, commission to discuss

low-speed vehicles

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The use of low-speed vehicles in Bradenton
Beach's historic district is one of the issues scheduled
for discussion at the city commission meeting at 1 p.m.
Thursday, July 17.
The meeting will take place at Bradenton Beach
City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
Specifically the discussion on the limited use of
low-speed vehicles will focus on the use of a tram-like
vehicle to carry employees from the Coquina Beach
area to the Bridge Street commercial district.
The idea has the support of an advisory committee
working to resolve parking problems in the city, the
police chief and a number of local business owners
who want to allow more parking spaces in the district
for customers.
But the idea requires a review of the city's rules
regarding low-speed vehicles, currently not considered
street-legal in Bradenton Beach.
"What I want to do is find out if the city com-
mission will draft a limited-use ordinance," Bradenton
Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale said.

The chief said that to establish an employee shuttle
the city commission probably needs to pass a measure
allowing low-speed vehicles in Bradenton Beach's his-
toric district, from Fifth Street South to Cortez Road.
State law requires on-road carts to have Florida
Department of Transportation-approved tires, a rearview
mirror, reflectors, efficient brakes and reliable steering.
If operated at night, the cart must also have headlights,
brake lights, turn signals and a windshield.
Florida law also states that operation of golf carts
is prohibited unless a county or municipality has desig-
nated them street legal after determining that "carts may
safely travel on or cross the public road or street, consid-
ering factors including the speed, volume and character
of motor vehicle traffic using the road or street. Upon a
determination that golf carts may be safely operated on
a designated road or street, the responsible government
entity shall post appropriate signs to indicate that such
operation is allowed."
Additionally, Florida allows for carts to cross a
state road after the DOT "has reviewed and approved
the location and design of the crossing and any traffic

Commissioner holds state-of-county chat

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Manatee County Commissioner Jane von Hahmann
met with about three dozen people July 9 in Anna Maria
to offer her assessment of the "state of the county."
And to gage the opinion of others.
The informal meeting took place at Ginny's and
Jane E's at the Old IGA, 9807 Gulf Drive, with the
audience sipping soda pop, water and coffee.
A number of elected officials sat in the audience,
including Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford, County
Commissioner Carol Whitmore, Bradenton Beach City
Commissioner Janie Robertson and Bradenton Beach
Vice Mayor John Chappie. Chappie is challenging von
Hahmann for the District 3 seat that will be decided
Aug. 26.
Von Hahmann opened the discussion with a "thank
you" to her hosts and then reviewed the county's budget
process for fiscal 2008-09, which begins Oct. 1.
The commissioner said the process, which involved
working with zero-based budgeting, was more open and
systematic than in past years. Essentially, the budget
began at zero and was built up with necessary programs
and services and people to implement them.
"The budget was cut by $44 million with no sig-
nificant impacts on our employee base," she said.
An additional public hearing and a final commission
vote will be needed on the budget, but "we have very
few items to bring back for discussion," she said.
One matter, the decision to return responsibility
to the state for monitoring air quality, may get another
look, the commissioner said. "If the state cannot do it at
a level I can accept, I'll probably be out there fighting
for funding," the commissioner said.
Von Hahmann reviewed a recent successful local
campaign to reroute a natural gas pipeline away from
beach renourishment sand in Tampa Bay, but added,
"For me there are some questions to be answered about
the pipeline."

Slow-speed vehicles broached
control devices needed for safety purposes."
The employee shuttle would travel alongside Gulf
Drive to the Coquina Beach area from the commercial
area of Bridge Street.
The chief said he was not advocating widespread
use of low-speed vehicles in Bradenton Beach because
of safety concerns.
"The city has never allowed them," Speciale said.
"The primary concern is safety. I just don't feel com-
The chief added that traffic congestion also is a
concern, unless all of Anna Maria Island were to oper-
ate under a single, lower speed limit. Speed limits on
the Island vary from 35 mph to 25 mph, outside of the
school-crossing zone.
"If the whole Island went to 25 mph, it might
work," Speciale said.
Several recent studies underline Speciale's safety
A University of Alabama-Birmingham study pub-
lished in June found that about 1,000 people a month
are injured on golf carts. Boys and senior men had the
highest rate of injury.
"A lot of people perceive golf carts as little more
than toys, but our findings suggest they can be quiet
dangerous, especially when used on public roads,"
UAB researcher Gerald McGwin said.
Also last month, the American Journal of Preven-
tive Medicine reported that from 1990 to 2006 the
injury rate rose more than 130 percent, with people as
young as 2 months and as old as 96 suffering injuries
in golf-cart accidents.
The number of such accidents during that period,
150,000, is far less than the number of motor vehicle
accidents. And the spike, according to the research-
ers with the Nationwide Children's Hospital's Center
for Injury Research and Policy in Ohio was partly
due to more people using low-speed vehicles in more
A primary concern for safety seems to be child
The carts and other low-speed vehicles are not
considered on-road vehicles by the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration and thus not required to
meet certain federal safety standards.
"Golf carts are not designed for the safe transporta-

The commissioner said she remained concerned
about the pipeline's environmental impact.
During a brief question-and-answer period, the
commissioner fielded questions related to alternative
e ni ' ., taxes and transportation.
Asked by Steve Robertson of Bradenton Beach
what could be done to keep the Island's trolley fare
free, von Hahmann suggested another expansion in
"We are going to be out of the grant dollars," she
said. "What we would have to do is find a way to expand
[the trolley] to go after expansion grants.... What we
need to do is build a better system from the mainland,
like park and ride."
Anna Maria resident Bob Barlow asked whether
von Hahmann thought the Island received its "fair
share" of tax dollars paid to the county and also, "What
do we need to do to make certain we are getting more
of our fair share?"
"I agree with you that you are donors to the system,"
von Hahmann said. "I don't know what the answer is."
She added that the county, for years, has been a donor
to the state, not receiving a $1 back for every $1 sent.

Manatee County
Jane von Hah-
mann discusses
the "state of the
county" at Gin-
ny's and Jane
E's at the Old
IGA in Anna
Maria July 9.
Islander Photo:
Lisa Neff

tion of children," said Lara B. McKenzie of the CIRP
However, officials in a number of communities -
and not just warm-weather locales - are considering
allowing increased use of low-speed vehicles, which
can be gas- or battery-powered.
Some environmental groups also have endorsed
increased use of low-speed vehicles, though not over
alternatives such as public transportation, walking and
But much of the clamoring for increased allowance
of carts of late is coming from consumers watching fuel
costs rise beyond $4 per gallon. Gas-powered carts can
get about 12-60 mpg and electric carts can get about
3-10 hours on a charge, depending on their age and
City officials in Lebanon, Ind., and Roanoke, Va.,
are considering opening city avenues to low-speed
vehicles. So are officials in Flagler Beach, Fla.
The Flagler Beach City Commission recently asked
the city attorney to look into details on how to increase
the number of golf carts on local roads.
"I think it's a visionary thing. It's a new para-
digm.... You can hop in your golf cart and go to the
local store or go to a local function or visit a neighbor
or whatever," Flagler Beach City Commissioner Ron
Vath said, according to the News Journal.
Last year, at the request of Lake Helen residents,
city commissioners adopted an ordinance opening city
roads to golf carts. Drivers, under the ordinance, pay a
$25 annual registration fee to drive on city streets, but
they cannot cruise on county or state roads.
A number of other communities in Florida also
allow limited use of golf carts, including Holmes Beach,
where for more than a year Holmes Beach officials have
been working with the DOT to establish a golf-cart
crossing at the intersection of East Bay Boulevard and
Gulf Drive to open up more of the city to low-speed
In other business upcoming at the Bradenton Beach
City Commission meeting, the board is scheduled to
* Anchorage parking. Special raised the question
earlier this month of whether an area should be desig-
nated for overnight parking for boaters anchored near
the city pier.
* Bonuses for the city's administrative staff. The
commission briefly discussed recognizing employees
at a meeting earlier this month.

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Bradenton Beach
July 3, 1000 block Gulf Drive, theft. The complainant
said someone attempted to steal a kayak from his pickup
truck, cutting tie lines in the process.
July 4, 200 block Bay Drive South, disorderly conduct.
Officers were called regarding a man who was attempting to
pick fights outside on Bridge Street. Officers approached the
man, attempted to quiet him, and were met with profanity,
according to the report. He was arrested.
July 4, 100 block Gulf Drive North, information. Offi-
cers responded to a report of a fight and found a man bleeding
from the nose and mouth. He identified the man who struck
him; the other man was located and said the other man hit
him first. The bleeding man was taken to Blake Medical
Center for treatment. Since there were no witnesses as to who
was the primary aggressor, officers "let both parties involved
go their separate ways," according to the report.
July 4, 200 Highland Avenue, warrant. Officers noticed
a man staggering down the road and yelling. A record check
revealed he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest and he
was taken to jail.
July 5, 2200 Gulf Drive South, south boat ramp, burglary.
Officers responded to a burglary of a vehicle at the boat ramp
and found a man holding a cell phone. It was later determined
that the man had taken the phone from a pickup truck. The
owner of the truck arrived and said the phone was his, and
the man who had been holding the phone was arrested.
July 6, 2100 block Avenue A, burglary. The complain-
ant said someone took his car, which was later recovered in
Holmes Beach with a flat tire. The car's owner identified who
had access to the car keys, police questioned the suspect and
he was arrested after admitting he had taken the car without
July 6, Cortez Beach, domestic battery. Officers
responded to a fight in the parking lot at the beach. Witnesses
said that a man and woman had been fighting. The woman
refused to file charges, but the man was arrested on felony
battery charges.
July 8, 700 Gulf Drive N., Wally's Bar, battery. The
complainant said he was leaving the bar when he was beaten
by the suspect, according to the report. Due to conflicting
reports regarding the matter, the matter was dropped.

Holmes Beach
June 29, 200 block 66th Street, theft. The complain-
ant said someone took his bicycle, valued at $500, from his
June 30, Key Royale, water restriction violation. Officers
responded to numerous yard irrigation violations.
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July 1, 100 block 29th Street, theft. The complainant
said someone took five fishing poles, with a total value of
$1,000, from outside the resort unit in which he was staying
July 4, 6900 block Gulf Drive, theft. The complain-
ant said someone took six fishing poles from his unlocked
vehicle overnight.
July 4, 5800 block Gulf Drive, theft. The complainant
said someone took two rental bicycles from his condomin-
July 4, 300 block Clark Drive, criminal mischief. The
complainant said someone had scratched his car with a key.
July 4, 7600 block Gulf Drive, warrants. Officers
responded to a burglary call and observed a woman walk-
ing away from the residence. She was stopped, and a record
check revealed she had outstanding warrants from Sarasota.
She was arrested.
July 4, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, tres-
pass. Officers issued a trespass warning on a woman after
lifeguards asked her to leave the beach and she refused.
July 4, 500 block 71st Street, burglary. The complainant
said someone took a bicycle from her garage.
July 4, 200 block North Harbor Drive, trespass. The
property owner requested his stepbrother be issued a trespass
warning from the property due to intoxication and unruliness.
The warning was issued.
July 6, 500 block Manatee Avenue, driver's license.
Officers stopped a driver who was traveling at a high rate
of speed. A record check revealed he did not have proper
insurance or registration on the vehicle, nor did he have a
valid driver's license. He was arrested.
July 8, 3900 East Bay Drive, Publix, shoplifting. Offi-
cers responded to a call of a man who allegedly took steaks
and lobster from the store without paying for them. Store
personnel chased the man and eventually caught him and
led him back to the store as officers arrived. Items taken
totaled $141. The man was charged with retail theft, resisting
a merchant and was issued a trespass warning.
July 8, 6300 block Gulf Drive, theft. The complainant
said someone took a patio table, valued at $50, from his
July 9,3800 block East Bay Drive, theft. The complain-
ant said someone took his bicycle, valued at $395, from in
front of his condominium unit.
July 9, 600 Manatee Ave., theft. The complainant said
someone took his bicycle, valued at $20, from in front of his
condominium unit.
July 10, 100 block Neptune Lane, water ban. Officers
responded to a call of a homeowner watering his yard on a
day not assigned. The homeowner was informed of proper
days to water, and he said he would comply.
July 10, 3000 block at beach, fireworks. Officers
responded to a call of fireworks being fired and confiscated
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Bridge work may

change trash pickup
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Waste Management officials want permission for
earlier garbage pick up if necessary during the 45 days
the Anna Maria Island Bridge will be closed.
Company officials, during a meeting of the Holmes
Beach city commissioners July 8, said they were pre-
paring for a worst-case scenario.
The AMI Bridge on Manatee Avenue/State Road
64 is scheduled to close Sept. 29 for 45 days, part of a
major rehab effort coordinated by the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation. A meeting was scheduled to
take place at The Islander July 17 to discuss changing
the closure timetable.
During the Manatee Avenue bridge closure, regu-
lar traffic to and from the island will use the Cortez or
Longboat bridges.
"It's going to have somewhat of an impact," Waste
Management spokesperson Frank Brunner told com-
missioners. "Rather than be reactive, we want to be
proactive ... in the goal of getting all the garbage off
the Island."
Brunner said trash collectors might need to start
earlier and work later to haul garbage from Holmes
Beach and Anna Maria during the closure. Bradenton
Beach has municipal collection.
Currently in Holmes Beach, trash collection is
allowed to begin at 7 a.m. Brunner said collectors may
need to begin at 6 a.m.
Waste Management is facing two basic concerns.
One concern is for traffic congestion during the
bridge closure, especially during rush hour.
A second concern is the detour on Cortez Road
will add distance to hauler's drive to the Lena Road
landfill. Waste Management's trucks currently travel
on Manatee Avenue from the Island to the landfill. The
landfill is located east of Interstate 75, with an access
via Lena Road from Manatee Avenue.
City commissioners seemed amenable to allowing
a temporary change in hours, but emphasized only if
"It's good to be proactive, but not overly so," Com-
missioner John Monetti said. He wants Waste Man-
agement to try starting collection at 7 a.m. during the
bridge closure and "see how it works."
Commissioners did not act on Waste Management's
request because Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said city
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Man arrested for

alleged auto burglary
Bradenton Beach police recently arrested a man
suspected of a third offense in as many months.
Ricky S. McKinnon, 40, of Sarasota, was arrested
July 5 near the trolley stop at Coquina
Beach. He is facing a charge of auto
burglary, a third-degree felony.
McKinnon allegedly took
a cell phone from an automobile
parked near the south boat ramp at
Coquina Bayside.
McKinnon was arrested in
McKinnon Manatee County for trespassing in
April and petit theft in May. Court
records indicate he pleaded no contest to the trespassing
and petit theft charges, both misdemeanors.
On the auto burglary charge, McKinnon was sched-
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Cramer home

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One of the two suspects in the April 17
home invasion in Anna Maria involving former
City Commissioner Linda Cramer was denied
a request to act as co-counsel in his trial.
Judge Janette Dunnigan denied the June 25
motion by Michael Gambuzza to be a member
of his own legal team. Currently, Gambuzza
and suspect Christopher Drescher are repre-
sented by Michael Reiter of the public defend-
er's office.
Drescher and Gambuzza both remain in the
Manatee County jail on a $175,000 bond each
after a motion for a bail reduction was denied
by Dunnigan in June.
The suspects are formally charged with one
count each of home invasion and robbery, a
first-degree felony, and one count each of false
imprisonment, a third-degree felony. Drescher
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An Island man suffered serious trauma late July 11
during an assault in the Island Shopping Center parking
lot in Holmes Beach.
The man, not identified by the Holmes Beach Police
Department by The Islander's deadline, remained in
serious condition at Bayfront Medical Center in St.
The incident occurred at about 10:40 p.m., and three
patrons of D.Coy Ducks, 5410 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, according to HBPD Lt. Dale Stephenson.
"It started out as a disturbance and I guess you
could sort of say it was a fight," Stephenson said,
adding that the incident is under investigation as an
aggravated battery.
Stephenson said two men were seen in the parking
lot outside the bar hitting a third man.
Stephenson would only identify the victim as an
Island resident, withholding the name at this stage of
the investigation.
The victim, suffering trauma to the head, was taken
by medical evacuation helicopter from the Island to
Bayfront Medical Center.
One witness told The Islander that two men came
outside Ducks and were laughing about throwing a beer
on another man. That man then came from behind the
hardware store with a large umbrella and approached
the pair, who took the umbrella away and hit and kicked
the victim.
The morning after the incident a pool of blood, a

Sheriff investigating

man's death
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is investigat-
ing the death of a Tampa man whose body was found
near Seagrape Lane in Anna Maria July 11.
A report from the MCSO said that there were no
signs of trauma in the death of Chester Delvalle, 77, of
Tampa, but that an autopsy would be performed.
Delvalle apparently took a daily walk into the Gulf
of Mexico, usually wading into waste-deep water.
On July 11 at about 5:45 p.m., Delvalle's sister-in-
law and a family friend saw him walking the beach.
At about 6 p.m., Delvalle was found floating in the
water by his brother and a neighbor.
The two men attempted to revive Delvalle. So did
emergency rescue personnel, who rushed the man to
Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.
Delvalle was later pronounced dead.
"Nothing suspicious and no signs of trauma were
observed to the victim," stated an incident report from
the MCSO.

stained towel and a blue latex glove remained in the
parking lot and police continued to investigate the inci-
Stephenson said "we don't have any names yet" in
reference to the two suspects.
However, police have a description of both men.
One suspect was described as about 28-32 years
old, 160 pounds, 5 feet 7 inches with dark curly hair
and a dark complexion.
The second suspect was described as about 28-32
years old, 150 pounds, 5 feet 7 inches, with short blond
hair and a light complexion.
"Any witnesses, we would like to hear from them,"
Stephenson said. "Or they can contact Crime Stop-
Witnesses can call HBPD at 941-778-5804, ext. 243,
or Manatee County Crime Stoppers at 941-634-8477
for a possible reward in the event information leads to
an arrest.

Call all WWII, Korean War
The Islander newspaper is looking for World War
II and Korean War veterans to be featured in reporter
Rick Catlin's bi-weekly column.
If you are a WWII or Korean War veteran or have a
friend who fits the category who has not had his or her
story printed in The Islander, please contact the paper.
These men and women are members of a fraternity
that, sadly, is not accepting any new members.
Every veteran of WWII or Korea has a story to tell,
whether the veteran was a cook stateside, or in combat
on the frontlines in Europe, the Pacific, or the 38th
parallel in Korea.
If you're a WWII or Korean War veteran, please
call Rick Catlin at 941-778-7978.

Margaret J. Perry
Margaret J. Perry, 86, a resident of Anna Maria
since 1971 and formerly of Baltimore, died July 7.
There are no services planned. Memorial donations
may be made to TideWell Hospice and Palliative Care,
5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Brown & Sons
Funeral Homes & Crematory, 43rd Street Chapel, is in
charge of arrangements.
Ms. Perry is survived by three daughters, Joanne
Davis of Sarasota, Robin McCormick of Anna Maria
and Katie Burgess of Greenfield, Ohio; three grandchil-
dren and two great-grandchildren.

Hosted by Simply Put Artisan Gallery
11904 Cortez Rd. W.
* Friday * July 25 * 6-9:30pm
Bohemian Fire * Local Artists, Musicians & Performers
* Massage * Psychic Reading

OPEN Mon.-Fri. 730am-7pm

We're available to tend to
your urgent care needs
Fever/Infections * Minor Lacerations
Simple Fractures * Sprains
315 75th Street West * Bradenton

Episcopal Church of the Annunciation
4408 Gulf Drive - Holmes Beach
y .' 941-778-1638
. . Summer Schedule
Holy Eucharist - 9:00 am
S- . -- Religious Education Classes
It Children/9 am - Adults/10:15 am
Call for Holy Days
S- _ - Mon-Sat. 8 am - Morning Prayer
All are welcome! Thurs. 9:30 am - Eucharist/Healing

14 0 JULY 16, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER

Fa-la-la-la-la: Time for Christmas in July

The first named hurricane has formed.
The sun's rays are hot.
The Gulf of Mexico is warm.
The crowds have simmered down.
Must be Christmas in July time.
Longtime Islanders remember days when now-
defunct restaurants and bars turned up the Island
heat with a mid-summer frenzy called "Christmas in
The famed Pete Reynard's Restaurant in Holmes
Beach and Trader Jack's in Bradenton Beach - both
now gone - celebrated Christmas in July like New
Year's Eve.
Christmas in July is not unique to Anna Maria
Island. In fact, Christmas in July historically is tied to
Christmas in December. July 26 is the feast of Saints
Joachim and Anne, considered the parents of Mary and
the grandparents of Jesus.
Christmas in July is widely celebrated down under

with cooler-weather holiday traditions, such as roast
duck and plum pudding. That's because while Dec. 25
falls in the winter in the United States, it falls in the
summer in some parts of the world, specifically Aus-
tralia and New Zealand.
In the United States, Christmas in July observances
tend to take place in restaurants, bars or stores, and the
focus is on partying or retailing.
The Islander invites people, businesses or groups
celebrating Christmas in July to share notice of their
traditions - or announce events. Write to lisaneff@ or fax 866-362-9821.

'Jolly' July 25 event
The new Jolly Roger at the "old world Ooh La
La! Bistro" in Holmes Beach will join The Islander,
and hopefully some of the merchants that share store-

Fronts in the Island Shopping
Center, for a Privateer hap-
. * opening on July 25.
The Jolly Roger and
The Islander will be welcom-
ing the Anna Maria Island
Privateer for a christening
of the Jolly Roger, the ship
and members of the crew are
expected, and everyone is
welcome to join the fun.
The Christmas in July celebration and restaurant
christening will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25.
Kids, buccaneers, pirates and renegade privateers are
welcome - and hopefully, Santa will make an appear-
For more information, call the Jolly Roger any
night after 5 p.m., 941-778-5320.

Thos ee e the days

By June Alder
Reprinted from The Islander, circa 1993

20 YEARS AGO (1973)
Smoldering ruins are all that is left of the old
two-story, cypress Kathleen Donovan home that
once stood off Gulf Drive across from the Manatee
Beach. It has been razed by the fire department to
make way for a condominium development.
- The Islander
- "Miss Kathleen", as she was known for years
by children at the small island school where she
taught them music, was the daughter of Captain
John R. Jones, who filed to homestead the central
part of the Island in 1895. Irish-born Jones was a
lawyer, military man, ship's captain, horticulturist,
politician and very vocal opponent of Prohibition.
A true Island character.
- The Islander

40 YEARS AGO (1953)
Lions Club Friday and Saturday will clean up
Island. They will don their caps and board two trucks
and start out to sell 24 dozen brooms and 6 dozen
mops. The brooms will sell at $1.50 each and the
mops sell for $1.00. As plans stand, a truck will start
from either end of the Island and will work towards
one another. There will be door to door and store to
store selling. Products made by the Blind, Money for
Lions projects including the Island Youth Center.
- The Islander

80 YEARS AGO (1913)
Mr. Hugh Whitehead has sold his big farm
and will invest the proceeds in his store on Spring
Avenue and Shad Street. The store is quite a nobby
little affair and, being located in the center of the
Island, is destined to become very popular. This

The Islander
. Where Life Is Peaceful... and Fishing Is Good

The city's
map from a
brochure in

From " adwtiu.q b',fhc al o 1913. $scd by 1 the iw ol Clyde P. Phedp, d tent to The Itakn/r lot my good prapnie it
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makes two stores for Anna Maria, so visitors will find
it unnecessary to lay in a store of the "good things of
the land" before coming to the resort.
- Tampa Morning Tribune
* When what was to become Anna Maria City was
platted in 1912 by the Anna Maria Beach Company,
the main north-south streets were named after fish, and
most of the east-west streets were given the names of
trees or flowers. What is now Gulf Drive was called
Snapper, North .i,,. , c Drive was called Grouper, and
Crescent was .hidI. We still have Tarpon, a street only
three short blocks long, that used to extend, on paper
anyhow, up to the north tip of the Island. Most of the
botanical street names still survive, thank goodness.
The old plat map showed Gulf Boulevard hugging the
Gulf shoreline from Oak Street all the way up to Bean

point to meet Bay Boulevard. If it ever really existed
is i, ,iibfid1. Anyway, all that's left of the boulevard
is a short stretch between Magnolia and Palm ave-
nues west of Ernie Cagnina's IGA store. Some of the
oldest houses in Anna Maria front on it.

An annotated
collection of bits and
- pieces from Anna
,.. Maria's past, written by
June Alder and
originally published in
The Islander in 1993.

The Original

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Sea done by the
Island's leading
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reminder of the
Special times
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THE ISLANDER U JULY 16, 2008 0 15

Two weeks remain for 'Top Notch' contest

If you've got a great snapshot, we've got a contest
you could win.
The Islander Top Notch photo contest is in its fourth
week. Six weekly winning pictures are featured on the
cover of The Islander and one photo will be a grand prize
winner with $100 cash prize from The Islander and other
prizes and gift certificates from local merchants, includ-
ing Minnie's Beach Cafe, Tortilla Bay and Jolly Roger
in Holmes Beach, and a custom framing for the grand
prize winner courtesy of Karly Carlson Photography and
Custom Framing in Cortez. Weekly winners receive a
"More Than a Mullet Wrapper" Islander T-shirt.
This week's deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, July 11.
Top Notch judging begins with a selection of pic-
tures that may include abstract photos, still life pictures,
landscapes and scenics, candid unposed snapshots,
action, holidays, humor and animal pictures. Nothing
is overlooked, including great kid pics, sentimental
moments and moments of personal triumph.
Digital contest entries should be submitted in the
original JPG format via e-mail to topnotch@islander.

Amelia Talucci won the weekly contest in 2004 with
this snapshot of husband Nate and nephew Jacob.

org or on a disc.
Only photo cropping is allowed. No retouching,
enhancements or computer manipulation is allowed on
digital or print photos.
And while digital entries are encouraged, you
may send or deliver your favorite prints weekly to Top
Notch Contest Editor, The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Complete rules and entry forms for the contest are
published below. Please attach a photo contest label to
each photo or CD you submit.
E-mail entrants are required to submit the label
information in the text of the e-mail, one photo attach-
ment per e-mail. There is no limit to the number of
weekly entries. Entries need not be repeated weekly,
as any photos preferred by the judges but not selected
are moved forward each week of the contest.
Photos without entry forms will be disqualified.
Additional photo labels are available at the newspaper
office or they may be copied. E-mail entries may sub-
stitute signature with printed name.

Islander photo contest rules
1) The Islander Newspaper's Top Notch Photo
Contest is strictly for amateur photographers. Amateur pho-
tographers are those who derive less than 5 percent of their
income from photography.
2) Black-and-white and color photographs taken after
Jan. 1, 2007, are eligible. Photos previously published (in any
format/media) or entered in any Islanderor other competition
are not eligible.
3) Photographs may be taken with any make of camera.
No retouching or other alteration (except cropping) is permit-
ted of negatives, prints or electronic photo files; no composite


I have read the contest rules and affirm that this
entry is in compliance with them.

(signature not required for e-mail entries)

pictures or multiple print images will be accepted. Digital photos
must be submitted in their original JPG file format (via e-mail or
CD). Prints from digital or film are accepted. Slide (transparency)
photos are not accepted.
4) Entrant's name, address and phone number must be writ-
ten clearly on the contest label and affixed to the back of each print
submitted, or listed in the e-mail message along with the digital
photo attachment. One e-mail per photo submission. E-mail digital
entries to Mail print entries to The Islander
Top Notch Photo Contest, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL
5) Entrants by their entry agree that The Islander may publish
their pictures for local promotion. Entrants must be able to furnish the


I have read the contest rules and affirm that this
entry is in compliance with them.

(signature not required for e-mail entries)

original negative or original digital image if requested by the contest
editor. All photos submitted become the property of The Islander.
Photos will not be returned. The Islander and contest sponsors
assume no responsibility for submitted negatives, CDs or photo
Entrant must know and submit the name and address
of any recognizable persons appearing in the picture. Names
must be enclosed/attached with the entry.
6) Employees of The Islander and their immediate family
members are not eligible to enter the contest.
7) Any taxes on prizes are the sole responsibility of the
winners. Any cash prize won by a minor will be awarded to a
parent or guardian. Prize rights are not transferable.


I have read the contest rules and affirm that this
entry is in compliance with them.

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Wednesday, July 16
5:30 p.m. - Learn to draw mythical creations with
comic-book author and illustrator Bruce Allen Wallis at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Thursday, July 17
10:15 a.m. - Friends of the Island Branch Library
book club at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
2 p.m. - Movie at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:

Saturday, July 19
8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria
Island hosts a breakfast meeting at Cafe on the
Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
9 a.m. - Manatee County hosts a grand opening
at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. NW., Bradenton,
with trail hikes and a ribbon-cutting. Information:
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. - Wild Kids Weekends
"Summer in the Salt Marsh" hands-on activities and
games for children at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St.
NW., Bradenton. Reservations required: 941-748-4501,
ext. 4605.

but it's always cool to shop, especially when
you know the best local places to go. Join Tiki
and Kitty this summer as they beat the heat by
spending time in the cool comfort of the area's
finest shops.
On Anna Maria Island - Essence of Time
in Holmes Beach features beautiful handmade
beach-glass jewelry, a variety of art and fabulous
vintage finds. The Beach Shop at the Manatee
Public Beach is stacked full of unusual gifts,
cute swimwear, French Dressing jeans and more.
Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA in the city
of Anna Maria is the place to shop for vintage
furnishings and tropical goods and it's perfect for
a break - caf6 au lait, a homemade treat or a
Chicago-style hot dog with all the fixings. Tide
and Moon, located in Club Bamboo North, has
spectacular sterling silver jewelry - specializing
in chunky-and-funky pieces and a fresh new line
of summer dresses, perfect Islandwear.
In the historic downtown district of Palmetto,
The Bag Lady has the finest in designer-name
handbags and accessories - and just next door,
is the sassy-to-classy Classy Lady Boutique and

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - South Florida Museum Parker
Manatee Aquarium, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, cel-
ebrates the birthday of Snooty the Manatee. For details,
go to Information:

Tuesday, July 22
10 a.m. - The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, hosts a performance by the Earth-
lings Washboard Band. Information: 941-778-6341.
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets
for lunch and a program at the BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee. Information:
6 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Community
Center hosts teen sunset volleyball at the Manatee
Public Beach, 4200 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 941-778-1908.

Wednesday, July 23
5:30 p.m. - "Create a duct-tape wallet" program at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

* Antique summer fashion display Tuesdays through
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Anna Maria
Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria,
through August. Information: 941-778-0492.
* Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch
horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
* Simply Put Artesian Gallery, 11904 Cortez Road,
Cortez, hosts "Fourth Fridays" from 6 p.m. to 9:30

f"iki uand

GZ , f turningg Hello Kit asion and fun items.
Up the road in Ellenton, The feed Store invites
you to browse the area's best-known antique mall
with tons of great dealers - something for every-
one. Just south of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge
on U.S. 41 is Zula's Antiques, where all art is
20 percent off in July. The gals there just got a
ton of vintage owl jewelry - very cool! Be sure
to stop in.
Over in the Historic East Manatee Antiques
District, you can park-and-walk to several great
stores: Braden River Antiques has a great mix
of mid-century modern and classic pieces; Cob-
web's Antiques has moved in with Retro Rosie
to share a huge space with the best of both worlds
- Rosie's gorgeous vintage clothes and Cob-
web's cottage-style antiques, collectibles and
more; and The Wishing Well has new vendors!
Pop in and see the great selection of collectibles,
furniture and stunning orchids.
In downtown Bradenton, Rusty Crickett
continues to be the place to shop for the stylish
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p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month. Information:
* Teen Boys' Night meetings take place Wednesdays
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
* Teen Girls' Night meetings take place Thursdays
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1908.
* From 8 a.m. to noon the first Saturdays of the
month, the Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E.,
Palmetto, opens to visitors, with volunteers available to
answer questions about the flora and fauna and hiking
paths. Information: 941-729-2222.
* The first and third Mondays of each month, the
American Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Braden-
ton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee. Information:
* On the first and third Saturdays in July, the His-
toric Bridge Street Merchants Association presents the
Bridge Street Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Braden-
ton Beach. The event will take a late-summer break and
resume in the fall. Information: 941-518-4431.

Coming up:
* July 25-27, the Anna Maria Island Community
Center Fishing Tournament takes place. Information:
941-778-1908, ext. 9203.
* July 28-Aug. 7 the Island Players offers an impro-
visation workshop for ages 16 and older. Information:
* July 30, Mote Marine experts bring "Shark
Jeopardy" to the Island Branch Library. Information:

Kitty's Su]

soon, featuring shoes, handbags and jewelry and
stop in now for the new Tarina Tarantino jewelry,
great summer and back-to-school fashions, as well
as home d6cor, baby stuff and tons of other great
So now that you know where to go, be
sure to smile and tell everyone that Tiki and
Kitty sent you!

Tiki and Kitty say a big "THANKS to Amy and the talented stylists at Acqua Salon, Spa & Store for keeping us looking our best !"

July Sale! w
20% off all art in store!
Buying and selling Quality Antiques and Collectibles
10am-5:30pm Tues.-Sat. 729-9500
6441 US Hwy. 19 * Terra Ceia
Just south of the Skyway Bridge

THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 16, 2008 0 17

Cortez sets 'Fourth
Friday' event for July 25
The fishing village of Cortez plans to host a
Fourth Friday event July 25 and continue with
events on the fourth Fridays indefinitely.
Organizers are seeking artists, musicians, street
performers and retailers interested in participating in
Fourth Fridays, which will feature local art walks, vil-
lage tours - and wine and snacks while they last.
The event will be presented by Simply Put
Artesian Gallery, 11904 Cortez Road, from 6 p.m.
to 9:30 p.m.
For more information, call organizer Sherri
Adriano at 941-896-5053 or e-mail inartworks@

Save the date
* On Aug. 15-17, the Island Players welcome the
Welsh Players for a performance of "The Importance
of Being Earnest." Fee. Information: 941-778-5755.
* On Aug. 26, Florida holds its primary election.
* Sept. 1 is Labor Day.
* Nov. 14-16, "artsHOP" takes place at various
venues on the Island. Information: 941-778-2099.
Send calendar announcements to diana@islander.
org. Please include the time, date and location of the
event, a brief description and a contact via e-mail and

Mid-summer market
Bridge Street Market vendors will set up on the Bradenton Beach commercial street on July 19, with hours
from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Then the vendors will take a summer vacation, with the market to resume on the first and
third Saturdays in the fall. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

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featured shops are going strong this summer with great
deals and new merchandise - a shopper's dream!
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18 0 JULY 16, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER

Gov. Crist signs Florida Forever bill

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist recently signed a bill
intended to extend the Florida Forever program until
Florida Forever is the world's largest conservation
land-buying program.
"Florida's natural beauty is forever linked to our
economic security, so we are wise and prudent to do all
we can to preserve and protect her," Crist said in a news
release. "Continuing the state's efforts to acquire public
land will protect our fragile ecosystems and provide
more recreational opportunities for our residents and
our visitors."
The extension of the program will allow for the

Grand opening planned
The gates will open July 19 at Robinson Preserve
for a ribbon-cutting and other festivities commemorat-
ing the grand opening of the 487-acre county park.
The Manatee County conservation lands man-
agement department, with crews of professionals and
legions of volunteers, has been readying Robinson for
more than a year.


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preservation of Florida's natural resources and pro-
tection of wildlife. The governor specifically referred
to Florida Forever's role in securing the future of the
Everglades and conserving water.
But Florida Forever's grant program also has helped
localities preserve large and small tracts of land, includ-
ing acres in Manatee County.
In 2007, the grant program allocated money
for Neal Preserve, the county-acquired property
to the southeast of the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
The grant program allocated money for the pur-
chase of the county's Robinson Preserve in west
Bradenton, which will open to the public July
Also, Florida Forever funds were used in the pur-

for Robinson Preserve
The preserve features more than three miles of hiking
and cycling trails, winding courses for canoes and kayaks,
platforms for fishing and vantage points for bird watching.
The county also plans to eventually open a primi-
tive campsite in the preserve.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony with the county board
of commissioners will take place at 9 a.m.

some plants
Z4 .'at Robinson
. Preserve
- earlier this
year. The west
preserve will
open to the
public July
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chase of Grassy Point Preserve in Holmes Beach and
in the purchase of the Old Cortez Schoolhouse, which
houses the Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez.
This year, Bradenton Beach officials hope to secure
a grant through the program to purchase beach property
for a park. The city applied for the grant May 1. The
application indicates that the city will contribute 30 per-
cent toward the property purchase - about $600,000
if $2 million is an accurate price.

Celebrating the gold
Penny and John Reinholz of Holmes Beach are
celebrating their golden wedding anniversary this
month with a visit to children and grandchildren in
Washington, D.C., Virginia and New Jersey. Islander
Photo: Jack Elka

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at the new
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brandy peppercorn or bearraise sauce
Veal or Chicken Francaise
Veal or Chicken Marsala
Veal or Chicken Normandy
- Flamnb wdih calvados rinuishroorns arid apples
liniished wilh a splash 01 crearn
Fresh Calves Liver
-Proviri veal liver lighilly dusled arid sauleed wil
grilled red onions and crisp Neuske s applewood-
Srnoked bacon
Scallops Ooh La La!
- Fresh lumibo sea scallops rolled in ponko bread
crurnbs sauled ard irinis.hed wiin garlic.-uier sauce
Potato-Crusted Grouper
- Our specialty - Fresh Gull or Mexico grouper
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Bouillabaisse Marseilles
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By Rick Catlin

A rotten

Rotten Ralph's waterfront res-
taurants in Anna Maria and Bradenton
Beach will hold a benefit dinner July
18-20 for the family of truck driver Ray-
mond Neumann, who was killed in the
Interstate 75 truck crash and fire at the
Ellenton exit in June.
Owner Dave Russell, son of the late
restaurant-founder Ralph Russell, said
both restaurants will host an all-you-
can-eat pasta special on Friday, Saturday
and Sunday, July 18-20, with $1 off each
dinner donated to the Neumann family.
In addition, each location will have
raffles for prizes that include fishing gear
from Galati Yachts, golfing packages
and much more in prizes.
Rotten Ralph's Anna Maria location
on South Bay Boulevard will have live
music provided by Hwy. 41 on the three
days of the fundraiser.
In Bradenton Beach, Rotten Ralph's
is located on the Historic Bridge Street
To obtain more information on the
three-day event, call 941-778-3953.

Uniquely Batik
Laura Shely has always designed
and made muc of her own casual cloth-
ing, along with attire for friends and
When she opened the Tide and the
Moon jewelry store and gift shop at
2502 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach,
at the Club Bamboo Resort, she had little
time to devote to her hobby, at least at
But her friends continued to ask her
to make unique clothing items of Batik
designs and Laura decided to introduce
her handiwork at Tide and Moon.
In addition to handmade jewelry that
includes custom pieces for brides and
bridal parties, Laura now has her own
individually designed and created Batik
"These are all unique and individual.
No two outfits are alike," Laura said.
"I'm really glad to have them as I enjoy

creating Island-style fashions and Batik
is perfect for casual dress and many
Island events."
While Laura only has clothes she's
already created and fashioned on hand,
in the future she plans to have a system
where a client can pre-select a pattern to
be a custom-made outfit.
Laura also has her unique line of
custom jewelry for brides and bridal
parties that includes tiaras, hair clips
and other jewelry items. And she still
creates custom jewelry and hand-beaded
"It looks like we have a little bit of
everything for the Island shopper," she
said with a laugh.
An Island resident, Laura has more
than 20 years experience in fashion and
jewelry design.
Indeed. Tide and Moon also carries
beach supplies, snacks and sundries for
Store hours are currently from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and
To reach Laura, call 941-778-4050
or e-mail her at funkychick@tampabay.

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Key diners
Ray Arpke, owner and head chef
of the Euphemia Haye restaurant and
the Haye Loft at 5540 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key, has a summer spe-
cial for dinner guests at the Haye Loft.
The three-course dinner for $35 includes
appetizer, dessert and a choice from four
entrees, including Grecian lamb shank
and Gamberetti e Capellini - an Italian
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For more information, call

Holmes Beach real

estate news
Jon Kent of A Paradise Realty at
5201 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach has
begun a Holmes Beach real estate market
spread sheet for anyone interested with
details on homes sold in the city the past
The update sheet and accompany-
ing market analysis provide important
details to the prospective buyer or seller
about the Holmes Beach real estate
market. He also has reports for Braden-
ton Beach homeowners.
Kent also has a Web site at www.
For further information about the
analysis and market update, contact Jon
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Italia lunch

The Via Italia restaurant at 6777
Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, in the
Promenade Plaza has started a summer
luncheon special designed to ease the
burden on one's pocketbook.
For the summer, owner Mike
McGowan is offering lunch guests the
opportunity to order two entrees and get
the second at half the regular price.
"We really wanted to show our
guests our appreciation for dining with
us and we believe this is a great way to
enjoy fantastic Italian food for lunch at
really affordable prices. We think this is
the ideal way for couples and groups to
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Via Italia also has a $49.95 summer
dinner special for two people that
includes appetizer, soup or salad, side
dishes, entr6e, dessert for both guests and
a select bottle of red or white wine for the
twosome to compliment the meal.
Summer hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2
p.m. Monday through Friday for lunch.
Dinner is from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Monday through Saturday and reserva-
tions are requested.
To reach the Via Italia, call

Island real estate

335 Tarpon St., Anna Maria, 2382
sfur 4bed/2bath canalfront pool home
built in 1959 on a 110x85 lot was sold
06/23/08, Purnell to Honey Fish LLC for
524 67th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,760
sfla / 2,621 sfur 4bed/3bath canalfront
pool home built in 1972 on a 80x1 11 lot
was sold 06/25/08, Cuccio to Six Pack
Holdings LLC for $700,000.
143 50th St., Unit A, Coastal Cot-
tages, Holmes Beach, a 2,495 sfla
4bed/312bath/2car land condo with pool
built in 2008 was sold 06/24/08, Coastal
Cottages 6 LLC to Dell for $635,000;
list $695,000.
413 Poinsettia Road, Anna Maria, a
1,525 sfla / 2,311 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car
canalfront home built in 1972 on a
75x114 lot was sold 06/25/08, Mullins
to Farber for $550,000.
308 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,057
sfla 2bed/lbath home built in 1935 on a
105x110 lot was sold 06/25/08, Hinsch
to Pine Avenue Restoration LLC for
$525,000; list $750,000.
204 71st St., Holmes Beach, a 1,224
sfla / 1,522 sfur 2bed/2bath pool home
built in 1978 on a 65x105 lot was sold
06/25/08, Heffner to Clark for $442,000;
list $43 1,000.
306 64th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,600
sfla / 2,408 sfla 3bed/21/2bath duplex built
in 1980 on a 90x104 lot was sold 06 25 iS,
Higbee to Kaleta for $386,000.
3400 Sixth Ave., Unit 5, Fountain-
head, Holmes Beach, a 900 sfla / 1,139
sfur 2bed/2bath condo with pool built
in 1982 was sold 06/27/08, Martin to
Abbott for $305,000; list $324,900.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can
be reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-7244.
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John Hunt of Mt. Vernon thinks he was probably
playing marbles on Dec. 7, 1941, when he heard the
news about Pearl Harbor and that America was now in
World War II.
Only in the 10th grade in his hometown of Bend,
Ore., John and his friends had given little thought to a
After Pearl Harbor, however, a lot of people on
the west coast feared a Japanese invasion. Watching
for enemy submarines and aircraft became a popular
"In social studies class, we talked a lot about the
war. I got real interested and was able to identify any
type of Japanese aircraft," John recalled.
He also remembered an older boy - a Japanese-
American - who played on the high school basketball
"All the young guys looked up to him as a hero
because he was such a good player. He and his family
lived just a couple of blocks away. Then, a day or two
after Pearl Harbor, all of the sudden, they were gone.
We never found out where they went or what happened.
They just left."
As a lot of older classmates rushed out to join the
military, John and his pals began to give serious thought
to joining up when they were old enough. John wanted
the Navy after he saw an older schoolmate come home
in his new U.S. Navy officer's uniform.
"I was only 16, but I caught the bus to Seattle and
took the Navy test for officer's school. I failed miser-
ably," John recalled with a laugh. "The questions were
really tough."
But the trip was not lost. On the bus ride home,
John diverted to his grandfather's house in Portland.
They went out to the nearby U.S. Army Air Corps base,
where John became entranced with the fighter planes
and bombers.
He took the Army's aviation cadet test and passed,
but had to wait until his 18th birthday before entering
the service.
When he turned 18 in 1943, he had to go to the post
office to register for the draft. He showed the sergeant
on duty his enlistment papers, but he was listed as a
"draftee," though it made no difference in his orders.
"He told me he needed to put somebody down for
the draft, so he put my name down. I still ended up in
the Air Corps, though."
After a few more months of w ailiin_'. John was
called to active duty and began his basic training in
Wichita Falls, Texas, a place he fondly remembers as

"the most miserable place on earth.
"We didn't get uniforms right away and had to do
our physical training in our skivvies, then march past
the WAC [Women's Army Corps] barracks. Of course,
the girls would all come out and wave - or laugh - at
us as we marched past in our underwear."
He endured Texas and, after completion of basic
training, was sent to Washington State University in
Pullman, Wash., for preliminary aviation training and
college courses. He was then assigned to Carlsbad,
N.M. for bombardier school.
"I was training to be a B-17 bombardier, but we
didn't have any B-17s. They were all over in Europe.
We flew on a B-25 or B-26 for training missions. I was
glad I was sent to bombardier school as I had a cousin
who was a bombardier who had been shot down over
Germany and didn't come back," said John.
Graduating in late 1944, John was a bit discouraged
to learn that instead of being given the rank of second
lieutenant, he was made a flight officer, an Air Corps
rank just below a second lieutenant.
"We wore blue bars and were considered officers,
but we were the lowest rank of officer. They said there
were already too many second lieutenants."
And instead of being assigned to a flight crew
headed for combat with the 8th Air Force in Eng-
land, John joined a crew just back from completing its
required number of bombing missions over occupied
Europe. The crew was ordered to train on the new and
highly sophisticated B-29 bomber.
"We went to Victorville in California for training.
I had to go to radar school because all B-29s had an
advanced radar system and I had to learn how to bomb
using radar. The B-29 was a beautiful aircraft. It was
the biggest plane made, pressurized so you didn't have
to breathe oxygen at high altitude and had a lot more
room than a B-17."
Finally, in mid-1945, the crew got orders for the
Pacific, to Tinian, where the highly classified 509th

Lt. John
Hunt of
the U.S.
Air Force
at his
"suite" on
during the

Composite Group under Col. Paul Tibbetts was training
for the world's first atomic bomb mission.
"We went out and bought all the whiskey we could
find, then had it flown out ahead of us. We were within a
few days of leaving when we heard that an atom bomb
had been dropped on Japan," John recalled.
The atom bomb was the most top secret weapon of
the war, but as a B-29 crew training to potentially join
an atomic bomb group, word had leaked out among the
crews and John had heard of the weapon.
Instead of flying to the Pacific, John's crew was
ordered to wait a few days. Then, on Aug. 15, 1945,
word came that Japan had surrendered.
"I had a bit of a let-down because I had done all
this training and then it was over. So, I just got myself
off to college," said John.
After his discharge, John went to the University of
Washington in Seattle, where he earned his degrees and
obtained a teaching certificate.
But, as in 1941, a war would interfere with his
As an officer, John was kept in the inactive reserves,
even after his earlier discharge from the service. The
Korean War started in 1950 and a year later, he was
recalled to active duty
By now, the U.S. Army Air Corps had been trans-
formed into the U.S. Air Force and the rank of flight
officer had been eliminated. John finally received his
second lieutenant's bars, even though he would have
preferred that the Air Force keep the bars - and him
in Washington.
He was assigned to the Strategic Air Command as
bombardier of a B-29 bomber crew headed to Kadena
Air Base on Okinawa, where it would be part of a
squadron that bombed Korea on a near-daily basis.
"We flew a brand new B-29 to Okinawa and we
thought we had the greatest plane in the world. When
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and gave us a beat up piece of junk B-29 that had been
patched and repaired. The thing would barely fly. I
think 'disappointed' is an understatement."
Even worse, John was ordered to train on a new
radar system and separated from his original crew.
"That was something I didn't like. I didn't know
anyone on the new plane. If you're going off on combat
missions, you want to go with your friends, the guys
you've been with."
Luckily, John was transferred back to his original
crew after training, and the B-29 was named the "Koza
Kid," because "Koza Kid" was his nickname.
Then, the bombing missions began.
They were all at night because the North Korean
and Chinese anti-aircraft crews had blown up quite a
few B-29s during daylight raids over Korea.
"We flew 11 to 13-hour missions, all at night. They
were tough missions to fly," John remembers.
The group would mass several hundred bombers
for missions that were primarily to destroy military
targets such as bridges, roads, gun emplacements and
known or suspected enemy camps.
Occasionally, however, John's bomber would be
diverted out of the formation to fly low over a village
or city to drop its bombs as part of a 'special mission.'
It meant they were bombing civilian targets.
"You had to become de-humanized from what you
were doing to the people down there. It was the only
way you could survive," John recalled with a bit of
"Nobody said anything when that happened. We
all knew what was happening," he said.
And the conditions on Okinawa didn't help
At first, the flight crews lived in tents, sloshed
through the mud during the rainy season and froze
during the winter. There was little night life as Okinawa
was fairly primitive in those days. Upgrading to living
in a Quonset hut after an infantry unit had departed for
the front lines did little to improve the attitude of the
fly boys.
The girls at the local bars were between 13 and
16 and had been sold as slaves so their families could
obtain food or clothing. It was a depressing atmosphere
for the flyers and hardly conducive to good morale.
When a general came down from Tokyo to pump
up the squadron's spirits by congratulating the airmen
for their combat missions and "kills," he was met with
yawns from the men.
"All we wanted to do was complete our required
number of missions and go home. This was the forgot-
ten war. There was nothing patriotic about it, nothing
to cheer," John recalled.
He also remembers that the Air Force took out the
B-29's .50-caliber machine guns it had for protection
from enemy fighters to allow a few more bombs to be
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morning hours as the sun rose in the east, John was
startled to look out his bombardier's porthole and see
a Chinese Air Force Mig fighter jet flying alongside the
Koza Kid.
"What could we do? I waved at him. We didn't
have ,n\ nhing to shoot him down. The brass had taken
away our machine guns and our own fighters weren't
around. We figured the worst, but he just waved back
and disappeared. To this day, I don't know why he
didn't fire on us."
It was a strange war.
John's crew was originally told they only had to
complete 25 bombing missions to be sent home, but
25 missions came and went and the crew of the Koza
Kid still found their names on bombing mission rosters.
There were no crews or planes available as replace-
ments, the men of the Koza Kid were told.
"All you cared about was getting through the mis-
sion. The group lost a lot of planes, but my squad-
ron came through. I didn't lose any friends. You flew
because your buddies were flying and you didn't want
to let them down. You had your crew and that's all you
had over there. You relied on your buddies to get you
through the war."
Just when John thought the war would last forever,
a brand new B-36 bomber landed at Kadena. John and
his crew were informed - to their extreme delight -
that these guys were their replacements. The crew of
the Koza Kid had completed 29 combat missions over
Korea and the brass decided that was enough. Their war
was over.
"We got our orders in a few days and flew back to
the States. That's how it ended," John recalled.
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airport when they landed in the States.
"You just landed, got out and asked where you went
to get discharged. It was not a patriotic scene. It was
like people wanted to forget Korea, or they didn't even
know it was there in the first place," he remembered.
"Still, I did my duty, and I was lucky I had a great
crew. We got through it together."
After his discharge, John became a teacher in
Washington state. After seven years and three differ-
ent schools, he got a job with the U.S. Department of
Defense education system teaching to U.S. military
dependents at overseas bases.
He spent 40 years teaching in France and Germany
and married a former student. He retired from teaching
in 2001 and came to Mt. Vernon because a friend who
had helped him operate the teacher's union overseas
already had a place in the complex. His son still lives
in Washington.
"Korea was the forgotten war. Nobody cared. But I
did it. It was a great experience for a lot of reasons and
I believe it helped me in life. I'm proud to have been
an officer in the U.S. Air Force."
John Hunt. A member of both the Greatest Genera-
tion and the Forgotten Generation.

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Beachgoers turn leisure stroll into cause

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
"We used to come out and just go for a walk," says
Kris Young as she walks across the sand at the Manatee
Public Beach.
When Kris and her husband, Larry, joined Anna
Maria Island Turtle Watch in 1996, their leisurely stroll
took on added purpose.
The two became beach monitors in AMITW's Sec-
tion 6, walking a mile from the public beach in Holmes
Beach into Bradenton Beach each Friday morning in
the summer to watch for signs of nesting and hatched
marine turtles.
"We were out here and we thought,' Why don't we
help?'" Larry says.
The Youngs walked for a couple of years in the
mid-1990s, but then gave up the turtle patrol after relo-
cating to east Manatee County.
They rejoined AMITW when they moved west to
a home in the Palma Sola area this year.
"The main reason we do this is it gets us out
here to the beach," Kris says. "We look forward to it,
In their partnership, the Youngs live together, walk
together, sail together and work together, operating a
wholesale furniture sales and marketing company with
national reach.
Two months into the 2008 turtle-nesting season,
together they came across two false crawls and three

Kris and Larry Young patrol Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch's Section 6, which stretches from the Manatee
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had expanded in popularity.
The first two years they walked, they covered two
or three sections. Today, there are about 100 volunteers
involved, more than enough walkers helping to col-
lect more data, including the GPS coordinates of the
Section 6 also has changed as a result of beach
renourishment, the government-sponsored program that
in part funds AMITW. The organization works with the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
to chart the endangered animals, but also monitors the
beach through a contract with the county to chart the
impact of renourishment on nesting habitat.
"When we walked here before, the water's high-
tide line was at the rocks," Larry says, pointing away
from the shore, about 100 paces to the east toward a
row of rocks surrounding a residence.
"Yeah, and once a turtle crawled right over the rocks
to nest," Kris remembers. "A turtle called 'Pegleg'"
because of her tracks.
Larry, thinking back a decade ago, chuckles. "Oh
Like many walkers with the non-profit group, the
Youngs have never seen a nesting turtle.
But while boating, they have seen turtles in the
"Big ones, doing the their thing," Kris says. "Seeing
them is exciting."

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Sharks in Terra Ceia Bay, grouper offshore

By Capt. Mike Heistand
Catch-of-the-week goes to the lucky angler who
brought back a 30-pound cobia. It must have put up
quite a fight.
Speaking of fighting fish, tarpon are still off the
beaches and in Tampa Bay, and should hang out for at
least the end of the month.
Farther offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, grouper and
snapper fishing remains excellent, with lots of amber-
jack being caught.
For the backwater anglers, trout is a good choice to
target, as are redfish, catch-and-release snook and even
some early season flounder.
And mackerel are thick in the passes and just off
the beaches.
Capt. Sam Kimball out of Annie's Bait & Tackle
on Cortez Road said his offshore charters last week
were bringing back lots of grouper, snapper, amberjack,
barracuda, triggerfish and lane snapper.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Annie's said his inshore
charters were doing well with catch-and-release snook,
trout, mackerel and snapper by the rocks near the
At Tropic Isles Marina, reports include trout
coming out of Terra Ceia Bay up to 20 inches, redfish
and lots of small blacktip, bonnethead and blacknose
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said offshore fishing is
hot - both in angling action and temperature. There
are lots of reports of mangrove and American red snap-
per being caught in about 150 feet of water roughly 45
miles offshore, Bill said, and he's hearing that grouper
fishing is still stable and strong. Amberjack are also a
good bet off the artificial reefs offshore. For the back-
water anglers, redfish are on the seagrass flats, and
mackerel off the beaches. There are also some tarpon
hookups being reported, which should continue at least
through the end of July.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said anglers there
are catching mackerel, small redfish but within the slot
limit, jacks and lots of mangrove snapper.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier said fish-
ers there are catching mackerel in the morning, plus
bonnethead sharks and catch-and release snook.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
there are some huge snook hanging out under the dock
- of course, they're there because the season for line-
siders is closed. Other catchable catches include lots of
mangrove snapper and trout on the seagrass flats. He
also said one lucky fisher caught a 30-pound cobia near
the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa Bay.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's catching his
limit on redfish, plus some nice-size trout, mangrove
snapper and a few tarpon.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out
of Parrot Cove Marina said he's finding it hot
temperature-wise, both the air and the water. \ lh ,
inshore fish seek more comfortable digs where it
is deeper and, in the case of hot conditions, a little
more shady," he said. "So it makes sense to seek out
deep and shady areas to find snook and redfish this
time of year. Mangrove snapper and trout have been
the most cooperative species as is usually the case
in mid-July. These two species are also pretty fond
of the smaller live bait that is available right now."
He said he's been doing well inshore with reds,
Spanish mackerel, bluefish, small sharks, catch-
and-release snook and flounder, as well as lots of
juvenile grouper. Most of his action is coming from
northern Sarasota Bay, Palma Sola Bay and Anna
Maria Sound.
On my boat Magic, we caught trout to 20 inches,
flounder to 17 inches and mangrove snapper to 17
inches on our charters last week.

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Backwater * Near Shore * Up to 7 miles out in the Gulf
Snook * Redfish * Trout * Flounder
Mackerel * Snapper
Light Tackle Fishing * Reservations a Must!
Tackle, bait, ice, fishing license provided!
Capt. Mike Heistand * USCG Licensed

Biggest-ever gag - so far
Keaton Eisenmenger, 11, from Greenwood, Ind., caught the biggest gag grouper of his life in 50 feet of Gulf
water while fishing with Capt. Larry McGuire. But, Larry said, it was his first-ever fishing trip in saltwater.

Grin as big
as a shark's
Nicker, 11, of
Tampa, caught
this sand
shark while
fishing with
Capt. Larry
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Fish Charters.
The little guy
was caught in
about 55 feet
of Gulf water
offshore of the


Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 30-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 941-744-6281 to provide a fishing
report. Prints and digital images of your catch are also
welcome and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to news@ Please include identification for persons

Snook * Trout * Redfish -Tarpon *f.r

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Longboat Key's Cedars tennis clinics fun for kids

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
Tennis professional Tony Easton of the Cedars
Tennis Resort on Longboat Key spent a lot of time
talking about and demonstrating the proper grip, stance
and stroke on backhands and forehands, but the most
important thing he was teaching the 12 or so kids in
attendance was simple. "Have fun."
The weekly clinic started off with a warm-up activ-
ity that had the kids toe-touching a tennis ball. After-
ward, he made sure everyone was using the correct grip
before putting them through forehand and backhand
strokes on the practice court.
The next drill, called university, had them start-
ing with a forehand shot fairly close to the net - the
kindergarten spot. If they successfully hit the ball over
the net, they moved to primary, where they had to suc-
cessfully hit a backhand. A successful shot there moved
them over and further back from the net to high-school
level. A good forehand shot from there moved them
to university level, where they had to hit three good
backhand shots.
Easton spent time with each student, adjusting and
correcting grips and strokes throughout the clinic, but
he was also cracking jokes, having fun and encouraging
all the kids. The morning session ended with coaches
and players playing tennis Pac-Man and reviewing the
morning's lesson.
All the kids in attendance seemed to enjoy them-
selves, this for the low price of $10 for one child and
$5 for additional siblings.
The clinics are every Saturday and get started at 9
a.m. for children ages 5-8. Children ages 9-12 go from
9:45 to 10:30 a.m. while children ages 13-16 play from
10:30-11:15 a.m.
For more information, contact Easton at

Young Islander wins skimboard contest
Brandon Mills, 8, son of Joanie and Tony Mills of
Holmes Beach, recently participated in the first annual
St. Augustine National Kidney Foundation Surf Fes-
tival held June 26-29 at the St. Augustine Pier and
Oceanfront Resort in St. Augustine.
Brandon, who attends Anna Maria Elementary
School, where he is an upcoming third-grader, took
home first place in his age group in the skimboard com-


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Annie Walter, 6, returns a shot during tennis camp at
the Cedars Tennis Resort on Longboat Key. Islander
Photos: Kevin Cassidy
Brandon grabbed his prize with some strong rides,
including pulling off an "indy," which is when the rider
gets some big air and grabs the board between his or
her legs before getting it back underneath for a good
landing. He also pulled off a "180 pop shove it," where
the rider gets air and spins the board 180 degrees under
his feet before landing.
This was Brandon's third contest, and it was his
first championship win after placing third in the 22nd
annual Cocoa Beach NKF Labor Day Surf Festival.
Brandon, who also surfs, has surfing blood in his family
as mom Joanie was an accomplished surfer and her
older brothers, twins Rich and Phil Salick, were both
professional surfers "back in their day."
Next up for Brandon is the Back-to-School Skim-
board contest at the BeachHouse Restaurant, which
has been delayed to October to draw people during the
Anna Maria Island Bridge closing.
Congratulations to Brandon and family.

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Conal Cassidy, 6, hits a forehand during group les-
sons at the Cedars Tennis Resort on Longboat Key.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole, low-
net-of-partners game on July 9 at the Key Royale golf
course. First place went to the team of Don Ledford and
Bob Jorgensen, who combined to card a 51, three shots
better than second-place finishers Vince Mercandante
and Bob Kral, who carded a 54. Third place went to
George Womble and Chris Collins with a 56.
The ladies of the Key Royale Club played a low-
net, three-club game on July 8. Golf is usually played
with 14 clubs, but, for this game, players must choose
three clubs including a putter. First flight winners were
Sally Keyes, Joyce Brown and Tootie Wagner, who all
carded 3-under-par 29s. Second place went to Lois Biel,
one shot back at 30. First place in flight 2 was Erma
McMullen, who scorched the course with an 8-under-
par 24. Norma Moran Shearer fired a 29, good for
second place, while Nancy Grimme, Lorraine Towne
and Meredith Slavin all tied for third with 31s.
The men played a nine-hole, best-ball-of-foursome
match on July 7. The team of Don Ledford, Bob Jor-
gensen, John Driscoll and Paul Proxy fired an 8-under-
par 24 to grab clubhouse bi,,in n, rights for the day.
Second place went to the team of Dick Mills, Fred
Meyer, Jim McCartney and Jerry Brown with a 25.


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Tennis clinic participants listen to instructions from the coach at the Cedars Tennis Resort on Longboat Key.

The ladies and the men played on June 27 in a
match that had teams throw out their worst hole. The
team of Teddy Morgan, Al Morgan, Fred Meyer and
Paulina Proxy combined to card a 94, which was five
shots better than second-place team Lorraine Towne,
Terry Westby, John Driscoll and Don Ledford. Teddy
and Al Morgan both had a hand in their team victory
as Teddy chipped in twice and Al chipped in once.

Monster Jam returns to Center
The Center's 3-on-3 Monster Jam basketball tour-
ney will be July 18-20 at the AMICC gym. The cost is
$100 per team for up to four players, and team members
will each receive a Monster Jam T-shirt and two guar-
anteed games. There also will be a dunk and three-point

contest included as well.
Age groups start at 8-9 and go to the 40s and up.
Call the Center at 941-778-1908 to register or for more
The Center also offers adult hoopsters a chance to
show their stuff on Mondays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Play-
ers ages 18 and up play free if they are Center fitness
or annual members. Monthly members pay $2.50 per
session, while the fee is $5 for non-members.
Summer at the Center includes some other pro-
grams and activities, including a relaxed sunset volley-
ball game at the Manatee Public Beach for teens. Play-
ers are welcome to show up, socialize and enjoy the
sand and sunset. Sodas are available for $1, but the fun
is free for ages 11-17. The next event is 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Tuesday, July 22, and again Aug. 5 and 12. Teens can
meet at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive,

Phil Salick, left, and twin Rich Salick, right, direc-
tor of community relations for the National Kidney
Foundation, congratulate Holmes Beach resident
(and their nephew) Brandon Mills on winning first
place in his skimboard division at the first annual St.
Augustine National Kidney Foundation Surf Festival.
Islander Photo: Courtesy Phil Salick
or catch a ride at the Center by 5.45 p.m.
Two soccer camps are gearing up at the Center, a
British-run soccer camp will come to the Island Aug.
11 -15 at the Center with registration now through Aug.
1 for youths ages 4-16. Sessions start at $90 per player
and include a two-hour mini-camp, half-day morning
or evening camp.
The Center will run its own soccer camp in prepa-
ration for the fall season of league play. Players ages
4-14 can hone skill levels at the Aug. 27-29 events, but
registration doesn't begin until Aug. 1.

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Businesses creating ecotourism offers

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
"We were green before green was cool," Becky
Miller of Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch boasted.
"Well, it's cool now," replied Nancy Sloan of the
Sarasota Green Connection.
The two women sat a table in the Bayside Ban-
quet Hall in Cortez July 10 working on developing
cool opportunities for vacationers - Manatee County
ecotourism packages.
Thirty-three people joined them in the effort coor-
dinated by the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
"We are hoping this is going to be a productive
workshop," Karen Fraley of Around the Bend Nature
Tours said, welcoming participants to the event.
Around the globe, businesses and governments are
partnering to promote ecotourism, the fastest growing
segment of the tourist trade.
Ecotourism is defined by the International Ecot-
ourism as Society as "connecting conservation, com-
munities and sustainable travel. This means that those
who implement and participate in responsible tourism
activities should follow the ... ecotourism principles:
minimize impact, build environmental and cultural
awareness and respect, provide positive experiences
for both visitors and hosts, provide direct financial
benefits for conservation, provide financial benefits
and empowerment for local people and raise sensi-
tivity to host countries' political, environmental and
social climate."
Promotion of ecotourism is taking place at interna-
tional, national, state and regional levels.
The gathering in Cortez July 10 produced a net-
work of businesses and groups promoting the area's
environment, culture, aesthetics and heritage.
After the welcome, workshop attendees gathered
in groups of eight to discuss building partnerships and
creating tourism packages - though not solely devoted
to ecotourism, the idea was to help vacationers bound
for Manatee County find lodging, restaurants, cultural
activities and outdoor adventure.
The discussion at one table resulted in a package
that included a stay at an Anna Maria Island motel, the
rental of a rowboat, an afternoon on a Gulf of Mexico
fishing charter, an Island trolley tour and a visit to the
Anna Maria Island Historical Society museum.
Other discussions resulted in similar packages.
For about an hour the hall echoed with the cacophony
of conversations and people got to know one another:
"How many rooms do you have?"

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Attendees at the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau's workshop on ecotourism discuss tour pack-
ages at the Bayside Banquet Hall in Cortez. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

"I didn't even know you guys existed until today?"
"Do you clean the fish on the boat?"
"What are your hours?"
"What is green lodging?"
Participants included Island businesses and non-
profit groups, representatives from Longboat Key and
Sarasota, and also business representatives from Bra-
denton, Palmetto, Lakewood Ranch and Myakka.
Attendees shared an enthusiasm for building a

niche market.
"We are interested in growing the green economy,"
said Mary Anne Bowie of Sarasota Green Marketplace
Inc. "And ecotourism is a very powerful part of that
Zach Zacharias, captain of the Dee Jay II in Cortez, got
into the charter business before the rise of ecotourism, but
he said he expected the focus to be good for business.
"It should open up more opportunities," he said.

Robinson hosts 'Wild Florida 101' course

Manatee County's conservation lands manage-
ment Department will host a Wild Florida 101: Salt-
ern Tracks and Scat at Robinson Preserve at 6:30
p.m. July 25.
Wild Florida 101 classes are designed for
adult and teen participants over the age of 16.
The programs provide the community with a
great way to discover more about the preserves,
their resident wildlife and the county's manage-
ment methods.
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STEINWAY UPRIGHT: $500 or best offer. Bonus
organ. 941-778-3698.

ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet,
$350. Small antique burl-wood rocker, $200.

AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online:

OLD-FASHIONED DINER MUGS: $8 (includes tax).
Your coffee never tasted so good as when you drink
from the old-style mugs available at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:

LONGBOAT KEY HISTORY "From Calusas to Con-
dominiums" by Ralph B. Hunter. Signed copies avail-
able at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. 941-778-7978.

ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thursday. 9am-noon Saturday. Clothing sales. 511
Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

MOVING SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 19.
Furniture, refrigerator, TVs, lots of accessories and
miscellaneous items. Perico Apartments, 11005
Bristol Bay Drive, Building 6, Apartment 604, Perico

HUGE GARAGE/YARD sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday,
July 18. Adirondack chairs, name-brand clothes,
tables, pictures, handbags, shoulder bags. china,
figurines, fishing, etc. Hundreds of miscellaneous
items! 308 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

ESTATE SALE CLOSEOUT! Everything must go! 8
a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 19.9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday,
July 20. Oriental rugs, fine leather furniture, art cabi-
net, fine art, collectibles, frames, art supplies, house
paint, tools, statues, bird bath, antique doll house
and furniture, sewing machines, linens, mission
sideboard, computer, armoire. 105 Pelican Drive,
Anna Maria.


LOST EARRING JUNE 17 on beach at 77th Street,
Holmes Beach. Gold with zirconium, very sentimen-
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REWARD FOR WATCH lost at Bradenton Beach
parking area by Fourth Street. Call 941-870-3722.

For Expert Advice On Island Property
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subscribers. And Baby Evan Talucci of Holmes Beach
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LOST LARGE TIGER cat, pink collar. 3200 Gulf
Drive. Please call, 941-201-4571.

4 at the 63rd Street beach access, Holmes Beach.
813-689-4135 or 813-685-1585.

JIB/HEADSAIL BEACHCAT with white sail.
Lost July 5 along Bay Boulevard. Reward. Call

vate parties. 781-367-0339,

ISLAND ROCK SCHOOL at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center. Guitar, bass, drums, flute, saxo-
phone, clarinet, piano and vocals. Call Scott Achor,
941-778-1747, or Koko Ray Hansen, 941-758-0395.
Rock on!

FREE GUN LOCK.Yes, free. Courtesy of the Project
Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department.
Free at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.

sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $40. Three lines, $50. Forms at
The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more infor-

PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,

ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please, call 941-922-0774.

2001 FORD TAURUS SE: 4-door, 16,600 miles,
gold/tan cloth, new brakes, fuel pump. $4,895.
Harold, 813-956-7979.

2000 LAND ROVER SE7, 117,000 miles, excellent
condition, fully loaded. $6,200.00, 941-928-8735.

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3/2 waterfront, large lot, lush landscape, upgrades,
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BIMINI BAY SAILING: small sailboat rental and
instruction. Day, week, month. Sunfish, Laser, Zuma
and Precision 15. Call Brian, 941-685-1400.

CATALINA 25-FOOT SAILBOAT: $7,500. Ready to
sail, new Honda 9.9hp motor, great condition. Slip
available in north Anna Maria, $180/month with pur-
chase. Call Brian, 941-685-1400.

17-FOOT OFFSHORE OPEN fishermen with trailer,
90-hp engine. $1,800 or best offer. 941-321-9648.

EXPERIENCED REAL ESTATE agent to work full
time on Anna Maria. Send resume to Mike Norman
Realty Inc., 3101 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach FL

NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Res-
taurant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call

LIVE-IN, CHRISTIAN woman with references to
help care for Parkinsonian. Beautiful home with all
necessary handicap equipment. 941-794-9921 or

HOST/SERVER/BUS help sought at Ooh La La!
Bistro. Apply in person weekdays after 4 p.m., 5406
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

Bradenton Beach. Friendly atmosphere with great
community spirit. It's fun, give it a try! For more infor-
mation, 941-779-1208.

NAIL TECH OR massage therapist room available
for rent. 941-713-5244 to view.

GREAT SITE: FORMER service station on stra-
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sible: gas/convenience store, bank, restaurant, etc.
$1,300,000. Longview Realty: 941-383-6112.

FLORIST SHOP: PROFITABLE, established busi-
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and ready to go. Would make a great home or rental. Covered
parking, heated pool and close to , ,. i ;il. Seller will pay the
first 3 months condo fees for the buyer! $279,000
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Lawn Celebrating 25 Years of
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Replacement Doors and Windows
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ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School fresh-
man Chris Perez tutors elementary or middle school
children. Call 941-778-2979.
CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysitting.
ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified child
care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross train-
ing, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-4632 or
child daycare experience and Red Cross certi-
fied available all summer. Katie, 941-778-1491 or
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
BABYSITTER AVAILABLE ON the Island during the
summer. Lisa, 17, 941-538-8570.

NURSES: PRIVATE DUTY. Long-term home care
assisting lady with spinal injury. Five hour morning
shifts and overnights, 10pm-8am, available. Travel
opportunity. 941-383-6953.
a little or a lot, day or night. CPR, first aid, CNA
certified. Reliable, trustworthy, Island references.
Flexible scheduling. Personal/household care, driv-
ing, companionship. 941-778-5958.

LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice.

mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-0944.

puter solutions for business and home. Installation,
repairs, upgrades, networking, Web services, wire-
less services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer,
941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.

WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solv-
ing for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, West-
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tions, quality workmanship, prompt service, reliable.
Licensed and insured, free estimates, many Island
references. Contact Omar, 941-447-7627, opolar@

RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or

WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety,
changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202,
or 1-800-732-6434.

HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: Large duplex unit,
2BR/2BA, den, hookups, central air conditioner,
$975/month, $1,000 security. 941-962-5827.

north Holmes Beach, $875/month plus utilities.

2/BR DUPLEX NEAR Blake, one block off Cortez
Road, extra clean, $725/month. 941-761-4040.

NEAR BEACHES: 1 BR/1.5BA redecorated. Annual,
$750/month, furnished. Most utilities paid. Call

screened breezeway, washer/dryer if needed. Walk
to beach and bay, near community center. Water
and garbage included, $875/month. 941-756-8787,

BRADENTON BEACH BRAND new duplex, block
from beach. 3BR/3BA two-car garage, granite
kitchen, marble baths, office, eight-person Jacuzzi,
elevator, balconies overlooking Gulf and Intrac-
oastal. Turnkey furnished, absolutely pristine, no
pets, $2200/month annually with option to buy. Call
Lisa, 860-601-3838.

VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach. $400-$550/week. Winter and
spring dates available. Almost Beach Apartments.

tropical pool with spa, two boat lifts, minutes to Gulf.
Don't miss it! $2,300/month, annual, available Aug.
1. 941-730-1086.

BRING YOUR BOAT: waterfront duplex in Bradenton
Beach. Two blocks to beach with dock and davits,
washer, dryer and storage shed. $1,000/month. Call

of Holmes Beach. 5382 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for-
merly Smith Realtors, all new interior, high visibility,
1,900 sf. Only $2,400/month. Also, 24x12 storage
unit, $250/month. 941-746-8666.

HOLMES BEACH 1BR/1BA apartment. 100 feet
from bay. First, last, security deposit, $795/month.

unfurnished. One block from beach and trolley stop.
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941-778-2173 or 941-962-8844.

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ALL NEW SEASONAL 2BR/2BA in Holmes Beach.
Call 941-447-2678.

ANNUAL HALF DUPLEX, 3BR/2BA with washer/
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month. 1 BR/1 BA, tile, $700/month. No pets. Dolores
M. Baker Realty, 941-778-7500.

HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL rental. Elevated
duplex, 2BR/2BA, recently updated, walk to beach.
Two bonus rooms, large garage. $1,500/month.
404-441-6471, e-mail:

ANNUALS: 3BR/2BA Perico Island with two-car
garage $1,500/month. 1BR Gulffront with pool
$950/month. 2BR/1BA duplex $850/month. Key
Royale 2BR/2BA canalfront $1,400/month. 1 BR
Anna Maria with pool, all utilities included $1,050/
month, or call Sue at

ANNUAL 1BR/1.5 BATH. Gated community, pool,
turnkey furnished. Updated, $700/month. Realtor,

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1 BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site

ANNA MARIA CITY, historical 2BR/3BA, or
1BR/2BA plus 2BR/1BA guest. Screened porch,
workshop, carport, patios, shade, fruit trees, flow-
ers and privacy. Wheel-chair friendly. New aluminum
roof. Handyman special. $629,000. 941-778-9217.

BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA with Gulf just
across the street and terrific direct views. $440,000.
Owner, 941-388-5238.

1BR/1BA MOBILE HOME. You own land in water-
front park. No monthly fees. Great condition.
Reduced!! $85,000. 513-470-3851.

BEST BUY ON Pine Avenue. Residential/
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CANNOT BE DUPLICATED at this price! 2008 Home
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travertine and carpet, stone pavers, granite and
marble counters, wood cabinets, stainless appliances,
washer/dryer, impact-resistant windows, designer
fans. $635,000. 422 Spring Ave. 941-544-5459.

WHAT THE H? By Brendan Emmett Quigley / Edited by Will Shortz

1 Town at the
eighth mile of
the Boston
7 1971 Tom Jones
16 Dict. fill
19 Charlie Chan
player J. ___
20 Acted briefly
21 Online activity
22 V.I.P. in a limo?
24 Penn Station
25 Sycophant's
26 Articles by
27 Singer
28 Glass-enclosed
30 1999 film with
the tagline
"Fame. Be
careful. It's out
32 Way of the East
33 Open
35 Dirty
36 Stories about
halting horses?
39 Kisses, on paper
41 Team building'?
42 1954 event code-
named Castle
43 Swedish
Nobelist Tiselius

Answers to this
week's puzzle
on page 28

45 Detailed, old-
47 Produce for show
51 Roundabout
53 Corduroy feature
56 Certain guy, in
58 Causes of
60 "Q: Are We Not
Men? A: We Are
___"(hit 1978
61 Eponymous
German brewer
63 Says, in
64 Stir
66 They're in
control of their
67 Etc. and ibid.,
69 Unequaled
70 Missile's course
72 Trudge (through)
73 Baton wavers
76 Miffs
77 Iceland?
81 Fully or
partially: Abbr.
82 French-Belgian
border river
83 Start of a sign on
a gate
84 Scatterbrain
86 National League
East player
88 Kind of atty.
90 Explorer ___ da
94 MDX and RDX
96 National League
East player

98 Barrier Ahab
stands behind?
102 Literally, "back
to back"
104 Lure
106 60-Across
107 Long-distance
swimmer Diana
108 Something little
girls may play
110 Fifth pillar of
111 Body layer
113 Internet address
114 "What are you,
some kind of
115 Cry after writing
a particularly fun
119 Office note
120 Settle
121 Arab League
122 Eur. carrier
123 Small plane,
124 Common town

1 "Treasure Island"
illustrator, 1911
2 Showed delight
3 River crosser
4 Eng. neighbor
5 U.S.A.F.
Academy site
6 One who lifts a
7 Little stubble
8 Residence on the
9 Summer setting
in MA and PA

10 Extremely arid
11 In ___ (really out
of it)
12 Pitch maker?
13 "___ losing it, or

14 Investigators:
15 Goes up and
16 45, e.g.?
17 Connecticut town
where "The
Stepford Wives"
was filmed
18 Italian road
21 Sen. McCaskill
of Missouri
23 "Are you ___?!"
29 Like some good
31 Clergy attire
33 Out into view
34 Rock's Richards
and Moon
37 Orchestra sect.
38 High, in the Alps
40 Legal suspension
44 Overthrowing,
46 Lead-in to while
48 Cutting remarks?
49 Slogan holder,
50 It has a blade
52 Is shy
54 1887 Chekhov
55 Tomb raider's
56 Derisive
57 Where ax
weapons are on
59 Lines on a
musical staff

60 1973 Helen
Reddy #1 hit
61 Tylenol rival
62 Troupe org.
65 Calls one's own
67 Ray. e.g., in brief
68 Like the bad guy
71 Phnom Penh
72 Shaved, in a way
73 Bygone station
74 Part of N.C.A.A.:

75 Indication of big
shoes to fill?
78 Dip
79 Wishy-___
80 Words with snag
or home run
83 Carpenter's
85 Dow Jones fig.
87 Blue blood,
89 "Flags of Our
Fathers" setting

91 Pourer's 101 Polite turndown

92 Catfight
93 Boot Hill setting
94 Title family
name on TV
95 Eye part
97 Tiny laughs
99 One with bad
100 Letters on a

103 Best
105 Training staff
109 Fen-___ (banned
diet aid)
111 Exhausted
112 Michigan town
or college
116 Season for les
117 Little bird
118 Third-century
Chinese dynasty

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INVESTOR HOME 3BR/2BA. New roof, kitchen,
flooring, paint. $150,000. Has $1,100/month tenant.
Realtor, 941-756-1090.

garage. Cozy home, large private master suite. All
updated. $680,000. Realtor, 941-756-1090.

Heated pool, lake view, updated, furnished, lease-option
considered. $89,900. Realtor, 941-756-1090.

pool, spa, boat dock. Creative terms, $799,000.
Owner/Realtor, 941-356-1456.

A HUNDRED STEPS to the beach, cozy 2BR/1 BA.
Open plan, furnished, washer/dryer. $249,000.
Realtor, 941-756-1090.

DUPLEX ON TWO lots for sale. Both units
2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under building. Two
deeded lots, one duplex. $710,000. 941-730-2606.

NEW ARIZONA LAND rush! 1 or 2.5 football field-
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Q (A With Pat Neal, Owner of Neal Communities

Q: Why did Neal Communities create the new Cafe
A: Well, just about everyone knows the real estate market is
cyclical. With the current temporary downturn, we needed to
produce a home that filled the needs of our homebuyers and yet
was able to be sold at a price that fits today's market.
Q: How do you figure out what people want in a new home?
A: You ask them. We asked thousands of homeowners and some
apartment dwellers a lot of questions about what they wanted
and needed in a home. They gave us a great perspective about
today's young families, empty-nest couples, active adults, young
professionals, some not-as-young professionals, and single
We studied how people use their homes. The Neal family has
been building homes for over 38 years. And, more importantly,
we've been listening to our homeowners. We have a referral rate
of 98 percent. I think that's because we're good listeners. And,

as a company, we're all on the same page: we're dedicated to
creating unequalled customer satisfaction.
0: I understand you've sold a lot of these homes since they were
introduced in February of this year. Why do you think they've
been so well received?
A. The homes themselves offer people a large range of choices.
Throughout our communities there are 24 different home choices
in the Cafe Collection. These are cutting-edge designs with Neal
quality. More people are able to afford a home that is within
reach of today's budgets.
Aside from the homes themselves, the unique approach
is to offer these homes in amenitized communities that can
include recreation clubhouses, fitness centers, community pools
and spas, gated entrances, walking and biking trails through
neighborhoods that have large sections where we've created
nature preserves.
The initial Rose Cottage sold for $122,900. We couldn't

have built our new Cafe Collection homes without the help of our
Trade Partners. They're the people we've worked with for a long,
long time. Some of our vendors have been in business with us for
decades. They have helped us reduce the cost of building. And,
we're working with some land purchased as early as 1980.
Our land was purchased at what would be considered discounts
compared to current values. We're able to pass those savings to
our homebuyers.
Q: Do you think the Caf6 Collection is real estate's future?
A: I think it is real estate's immediate future. Right now, the
market has contracted and there is a great need for smaller, less
amenitized homes. As the market cycle continues to expand,
buyers will once again want larger homes with more architectural
elements. Neal Communities has added the Cafe Collection as
a part of the Neal Communities' extensive line of homes. We're
prepared for whatever the market cycle happens to create.

Introducing A New Member Of The Neal Communities' Family

In Prestigious Northwest Bradenton


Caf6 interiors are open and bright, with just enough formal area to add a touch of sophistication, and plenty of family space for an environment that's casual and
easygoing.With stately entrances, elegant columns, volume ceilings, bonus rooms, luscious lanais and floor plans ranging from 1,866-3,236 square feet, you can
sweeten to taste, all at a value that is definitely within reach.


Priced from $259,900
For information please call Betsy Schutz at

O Perico Harbor
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