VOLUME 16, NO. 39
s on Anna Maria Island Since 1992
Reeling in fun and funds
for the Center. Page 14
the news ...
The Top Notch grand-
prize winner is...
Meetings: Island meet-
ings, workshops on the
calendar. Page 3
Island cities wrestle with
budgets. Page 4
Editorial page: Our
opinion, your opinion
and the cartoonist's view.
How warm is the Gulf
water? Page 7
* I *MEWSAM
Vote 2008: Questions for
the county commission
candidates. Page 8
Bids for boating plan
under review in Braden-
ton Beach. Page 10
Church reaches 50-year
milestone. Page 12
St, t lift: The Island
police reports. Page 13
Back to school: Ready-
ingfor 2008-09. Page 15
Obituaries, page 15
Artists Guild announces
Cortez hosts 'Fourth
Friday' affair. Page 17
by Rick Owtln
West Point grad saw war
approaching. Page 18
Fishing, page 23
DOT: Bridge closure date won't change
By Rick Catlin
Any hopes of getting the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation to move the clos-
ing date of the Anna Maria Island Bridge
forward to early September have been
Responding to a July 17 request by a
group of Island business owners to have the
date moved forward out of concern that the
bridge won't reopen on Nov. 13 as sched-
uled, the DOT said in a press release that
"the department has concluded it is not pos-
sible to change the closure period for several
The business group was brought together
by The Islander after a number of owners and
managers expressed reservations about the
Sept. 29 closure date.
The DOT said it would take at least 60
calendar days to get the U.S. Coast Guard to
change its "temporary final rule" for closing
dates and the bridge contractor "would not be
able to start work until this rule was posted
to the Federal Register."
Additionally, the DOT said custom
materials needed during the bridge closure
"will not be available" if the date was moved
forward and some of the subcontractors are
committed elsewhere in September.
But the DOT is offering a helping hand
The press release noted that the DOT is
"... many of us have been
saying since the [closing] date
was first announced that it
was unacceptable." - Mary
Ann Brockman, Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce
"committed" to improving the Gulf Drive-
Cortez Road intersection and traffic signal
modifications "in an effort to alleviate traffic
congestion during the bridge closure."
The DOT said it has been "communicat-
ing the closure dates to the public since last
fall in order to prepare and notify residents,
businesses owners, suppliers, government
officials and others." To change the closure
date now would "create confusion on the part
of the public."
But Islander newspaper publisher Bonner
Joy and Manatee County Commissioner Joe
McClash said they have been requesting the
earlier closure to no avail since the Sept. 29
closure was announced last year by the DOT.
The business owners had met at The
Islander offices in an attempt to have the
DOT change the closure date to include all
The eastbound traffic lane of the Anna Maria Island Bridge has been "narrowed" consider-
ably for motorists in a work safety measure as crews for Quinn Construction Inc. will be
closing one lane of traffic on Thursday and/or Friday nights until at least the end of August
to repair pile jackets. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
of September after Labor Day and the first
two weeks of October.
Business owners unanimously agreed
that September is the slowest month for tour-
ism and retail activity and the winter season
traditionally begins in October as part-time
residents and some visitors begin their annual
Another fear among the owners is that
the bridge re-opening will be delayed - as
many public projects finish late - and any
delay in the re-opening will infringe upon
the Thanksgiving holiday, a "make-or-break"
week for many Island accommodations, res-
taurants and retail outlets.
Witho Iu the "life-line" to the mainland,
visitors and mainland residents may decide
to bypass Anna Maria Island, many owners
said at the meeting.
Lois Gift of Whitney Bank in Holmes
Beach said the bank has had customers call-
ing to say they won't be back for this winter
season until the bridge reopens.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce executive director Mary Ann Brock-
man said quite a few visitors planning a
winter trip to the Island have already called
the chamber to say they won't be coming
until the bridge is open.
Witholt visitors, Brockman fears many
Island businesses will simply close.
"I'm not surprised at their answer,"
said Brockman. "But many of us have been
saying since the [closing] date was first
announced that it was unacceptable. Our
fear is that the bridge will still be closed by
"If the DOT can build an entire bridge
in three weeks, it would seem they can
move this date forward without any prob-
lem," said Brockman, referring to the recent
truck accident on Interstate 75 that resulted
in demolishing and rebuilding an overpass
Do not expect the AMI Bridge to re-open
Nov. 13, said businesswoman Dee Schaefer of
the Manatee Beach Caf6 and Gift Shop. With
21 years in business on the Island, she's seen
more than her share of government-financed
projects and "none of them ever finished on
time," she said.
If the bridge is still closed Nov. 14, it
will be tough luck for us, she said. The DOT
doesn't work here.
"We won't survive" if the bridge doesn't
open on time, predicted Dave Russell, owner
of Rotten Ralph's.
But Russell's plea apparently didn't
result in any changes from the DOT.
Commissioner McClash said he was
not surprised to learn the DOT could not, or
would not, change its dates.
"It's one of those things that's infuriating,
that we are still trying to request a different
day," the commissioner said. "I'm disap-
PLEASE SEE BRIDGE, NEXT PAGE
. ] The Florida Department of Transporta-
dB = tion is now having its own version of "Friday
Night Lights" on the bridge, at least until the
end of August.
A DOT press release states the agency
What's up for business? and bridge contractor Quinn Construction
Page 24 Inc. of Palmetto "have scheduled continuous
night-time lane closures every Thursday and/
or Friday from now until the end of August."
The DOT had previously announced lane clo-
sures for Thursday nights.
Quinn needs one lane of traffic closed to
repair pile jackets with concrete, the release
Motorists can expect the closures to
occur between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., weather
Only one lane of traffic will be closed and
flaggers will be used to move traffic through
the lane closure, the DOT said.
For the latest information on the project,
go on the Web to www.islander.org for a link
to the project. People without Internet access
can call 941-792-0369.
Friday night lights on AMI Bridge
2 0 JULY 30, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
Bridge schedule unchanged
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
pointed. I voiced these concerns last year," McClash
said, yet the DOT took no action.
McClash promised to petition the DOT to open
the bridge to vehicular traffic for the Thanksgiv-
ing holiday if the bridge fails to reopen Nov. 13 as
"I would lobby to reopen the bridge for that
week, and I'm sure the DOT would be sensitive to
the wishes of the Island," he said.
McClash did note that the contractor faces a
$10,000 per day fine for every day after Nov. 13 that
the bridge is not open for vehicular traffic.
Dates and seasons
The DOT has had "difficulty" with dates since the
inception of the $9.2 million AMI Bridge project.
With no advance notice to the Island public or input
from local elected officials or business owners, the DOT
arbitrarily announced in October 2007 that the bridge
would close for 75 days starting April 1. DOT officials
said they based that on information they received that
the Island's tourist season had ended by that date.
Following a public outcry that their schedule
would seriously disrupt the Island's tourism, the DOT
presented Islanders with three options for closing the
bridge, but gave no specific dates.
After a preference was voiced for a 45-day full
bridge closure as opposed to a 105-day closure of one
lane vehicular traffic, the DOT announced a Sept. 29
closing and a Nov. 13 re-opening.
The Sept. 29 date was chosen out of DOT fears that
any earlier closing date might encounter a hurricane.
Brockman found it difficult to believe that the DOT
was so concerned about a hurricane that it would jeopardize
an entire economy. "Hurricane season lasts until Nov. 30.
They could easily have chosen an earlier date," she said.
Responding to the DOT press statement, The
Islander posed a series of questions on where the DOT
obtained its information about the Coast Guard, the
sub-contractors and availability of materials.
Efforts to reach the U.S. Coast Guard in Miami for
comment on the 60-day waiting period for publication
in the Federal Register were unsuccessful.
By Rick Catlin
Island charter boat captains have enjoyed a
solid year of business, despite an almost 50 per-
cent increase in gas prices to run their boats. But
any delay in the reopening of the Anna Maria Island
Bridge beyond Nov. 13 could hurt their business
more than rising fuel costs.
Success in this original Island industry comes
by keeping operating costs at a minimum and
having visitors on the Island, the captains said.
So far this year, the fishing business has been
fair to good.
"I haven't slowed down a bit," said Capt. Mike
Greig of Capt. Mike's Charters. "It's been real
Greig raises his charter prices by $25 to accom-
modate the higher fuel costs, but he maintains that
price by buying fuel at an Island gas station rather
than a marina, where gas can cost up to 90 cents
more per gallon.
"But we're still going good. I'm booked all
week and I'm going to the [Florida] Keys next
week" for a charter, he said. "Business has been
If there's an economic recession, it hasn't hit
the Island's charter fishing business, said Capt.
Mark Howard of Sumotime Charters.
"I had a real good season, the best I've had in
the past six years," said Howard. "And I'm still
While gas prices have increased, he tries to
keep his operating expenses limited by fishing in
locations closer to shore.
"I concentrate on the good spots I know that are
in or near Anna Maria Sound. I don't use as much
gas. And I don't drive as fast as I used to."
Although his charter prices have gone up
because of higher fuel costs, Howard maintains
Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime Charters.
plenty of fishers are still coming to the Island and
"I have noticed that I get more half-day charters.
I cater to what people want. A lot of people from the
Midwest enjoy the half-day trips."
Capt. Steve Salgado of Complete Anglers has a
somewhat different view because he operates a new
25-foot boat and can't trailer it to gas up at a service
He's stuck paying more than $5 a gallon for gas
and had to increase his charter rates slightly to com-
pensate for higher gas prices.
"It's been a fair season, thanks to the economy,"
said Salgado. "I'm still getting several calls a week
and interest in a half-day charter is very good." The
slower economy, however, has caused him to lose
some charters, he indicated.
Still, Salgado sees the silver lining.
"Business should start to pick up around mid-
October. By the holidays, it should be good," he
That optimism could change if the Anna Maria
Island Bridge construction is delayed and the 45-day
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(RIND PRIZE WINNER
Mary Anne Keenan of Bradenton won the rand prize in The
Islander's annual Top Notch contest for this photo of ducklings
anticipating a swim at Freedom Village. Keenan won $100 from
the newspaper for her grand prize, plus certificates from restaurants,
the Jolly Roger, Tortilla Bay and Minnie's Beach Cafe, of Holmes
Beach, and framing for her photo from Karly Carlson Photography
and Custom Framing of Cortez. Other photographers were weekly
winners in the Top Notch contest - Suki Janisch, Craig Fisher,
Don Lee, Kimberly Walters and Hannah Howell. The weekly win-
-- ners received Islander "more-than-a-mullet wrapper" T-shirts and
front-page placement of their photos. Good luck next year. Look
. ". ". for next week's edition and some noteworthy runnerup photos.
Dolly delivers rip currents to Island
By Lisa Neff
As Hurricane Dolly socked south Texas last week,
the storm sent rip currents to Anna Maria Island's Gulf
Manatee County lifeguards handled more than 20
rescues in a few days, said Jay Moyles, chief of the
"We had 20 this week compared to none last week,"
Moyles said. \ ly staff was very active."
The county lifeguards responded to situations at
Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach, Coquina
Beach in Bradenton Beach and several outside the
limits of the county beaches.
The rescues, he added, were due to swimmers
caught in rip current situations.
"We need to let people know that these situations
occur and that they can occur quickly," Moyles said.
A weather-related event in the Gulf of Mexico,
even if a storm is headed for Texas or Mexico, will
impact Florida's coast, Moyles said.
People "are under the idea that it won't," he said.
"But we are going to get some surf impact - large
waves and heavier winds."
"The Gulf is, in essence, a closed body of water
Bridge closure cramps captains
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closure runs into Thanksgiving.
The charter fishing captains had mixed views on
the effects of the Sept. 29-Nov. 13 closure of the Anna
Maria Island Bridge.
Their consensus is that there will be some slight
effect in October, but if the bridge doesn't reopen on
Nov. 13 as planned and visitors can't or won't come to
the Island, business could turn bad.
Salgado said that while he can pick up his
charters anywhere - including the mainland side
of Anna Maria Sound or on the Manatee River -
if there are no people booking a charter because
they're not coming to the area, "that will hurt every-
He acknowledged that September until mid-Octo-
ber is slow in the charter fishing industry, but November
marks the return of the season.
Howard was optimistic as long as the bridge
reopens on schedule. He said that his business should
not be affected by the 45-day closure of the Anna Maria
"It's a slow time for everybody in the industry. But
business starts picking up in late October. If we get
into November and the bridge is still closed, it would
hurt the entire Island, not just the charter industry," he
The telephone number for Ed Gonzalez, direc-
tor of operations at DOT District 1 in Bartow, is
with just two exits," Moyles said. "Once a storm gets
in there, it's a soup bowl.
Moyles suggested beachgoers look for flags at life-
guard stations that provide clues as to the conditions
"They're like traffic lights," he said. "A quick
glance is going to give you a lot of information."
Green means go, conditions are good; yellow
means caution; red means danger and double red
means no ,%" imuinin'. "the beach is closed," according
A rip current is a large channel of water that flows
outward from shore. It is not an undertow.
"What happens is people get caught in one, they try
to swim so feverishly back to shore that they become
exhausted," Moyles said.
None of the incidents last week resulted in seri-
ous injury, but earlier this year three people drowned
off Longboat Key after becoming caught in a rip cur-
The county has partnered with the National Oceanic
Atmospheric Administration in a nationwide campaign
to inform people about safe swimming.
The campaign, Break the Grip of the Rip, promotes
some basic rules and recommendations:
* Be cautious at all times, especially when swim-
ming at unguarded beaches. If in doubt, don't go out.
* Obey all instructions and orders from life-
* If caught in a rip current, remain calm to conserve
e n, i.\ and think clearly.
* Don't fight the current. Swim out of the current
in a direction following the shoreline. When out of the
current, swim toward shore.
Hurricane Season: June 1-Nov. 30, 2008
Dollv. forming in Ihe easternn Caribbean Sea.'
became a Iropical slorin on Jul: 20 and a ihur-
.rjiaiie Julh 22. Doll. impacled soulh Texas on
*. ............... .
* Crislobal forined as a Iropical depression,
O'iff Ihe coast of South Carolina on Jul IS and
became a Iropical slorin on Jul. 19.
* Berllia became lhe first hurricane of the
2008 Alanlic season on Julh 7. The slorm formed
off the coast of Africa on July 3.
* Arthur formed on NMai 31 and drenched
.- Reamaining names for the season: Edotuard.
Fa'. Gusla. Hanna. Ike, Josephine. Ki le. Laura.
Marco. Nana. Oiniia Paloma. Rene. Sall. Tedd.,
In Ma. the National .mllmospheric and Oce-
anic Administrnation said there was a 90 percent
,clhaicethe 2008 hurricane season 01ould be near
'or above normal in terms or number aud inlen-1
'ufigurof storms. ..
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* If you are unable to swim out of the rip current,
float or calmly tread water. When out of the current,
swim toward shore.
* If you are still unable to reach shore, draw atten-
tion to yourself: face the shore, wave your arms and
yell for help.
* If you see someone in trouble, get help from
a lifeguard or call 911. Throw the rip current victim
something that floats and yell instructions on how to
Anna Maria City
* Aug. 5, 7 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
* Aug. 7, 5 p.m., budget work session.
* Aug. 14, 5 p.m., city commission work session.
* Aug. 19, 5 p.m., budget work session (tentative).
* Aug. 21, 6 p.m., joint city commission and planning
and zoning board meeting.
* Aug. 28, 5 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
* Aug. 6, 6 p.m. board of adjustment meeting, will
include discussion on challenge to building official's
* Aug. 7, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
* Aug. 21, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
* Aug. 12, 7 p.m., city commission meeting, will
include discussion on Peoples Gas project.
* Aug. 21, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
* Aug. 6, 1:30 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials
meeting with U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan at Anna
Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-6130,
* Aug. 13, 5:30 p.m., The Islander candidate forum
for the Aug. 26 primary at Holmes Beach City Hall,
5801 Marina Drive, 941-778-7978, news@islander.
* Aug. 21, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire Rescue District
commission meeting at Station No. 1, 6001 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900, www.wmfr.
* Aug. 25, 9 a.m., Manatee County Tourist Develop-
ment Council meeting at Holmes Beach City Hall,
5801 Marina Drive, 941-748-4501, www.mymanatee.
* Aug. 26, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Manatee County primary
elections at various precinct locations, www.votema-
4 0 JULY 30, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
ISLAND CITIES WRESTLE WITH BUDGETS
Record $3.96 million Anna
Maria budget misleading?
By Rick Catlin
While it looks like a lot of money on paper, Anna
Maria's proposed $3.96 million budget for fiscal year
2008-09 is not what it seems.
It looks like it's a 41.4 percent increase over
last year's $2.8 million budget, but looks can be
The budget includes $1 million in revenues from
the city's line of credit for its stormwater drainage
Take that money away and the budget proposed
by Mayor Fran Barford at the city commission's July
22 work session is $196,000 more than last year, a 7
Even that jump is somewhat misleading because it
includes revenues from grants and $78,710 in revenue
from the city's recently passed stormwater utility fee.
Money from the stormwater fee can only be used for
approved stormwater projects.
The city also anticipates an increase in building
fees and charges for other services because it recently
raised those limits.
And this is a "bare-bones" budget at that, Barford
With ad valorem tax revenues projected at 12
percent less than last year, preparing the 2008-09
budget "was a difficult process," she said. In
addition, the budget is now "department driven,"
rather than "usage driven" as in years past, Barford
Regardless of the preparation method, the
reduced budget "does not jeopardize the health,
safety and welfare of the citizens of Anna Maria,"
the mayor pledged.
The city can get by on a bare bones budget because
of its dedicated staff, who are multi-task experts, she
said. While most cities with 1,800 people have staff
twice the size of Anna Maria, the city gets by on six
full-time employees and one part-time person.
"We have half the staff of like-sized cities, but we
still have all the work," Barford said.
But times are tough.
The staff is getting a 3 percent cost-of-living
increase in salary, although the Tampa Bay region
has a 5.2 percent adjustment. The total amount of the
requested salary increase is $10,800, city treasurer
Diane Percycoe said.
The city will be hit with a 12 percent decline in
revenue because of lower property values in the city -
the first such drop in 16 years - but the city's 2007-08
millage rate of 1.7886 is proposed to remain, thanks
to budget trimming in many areas and the multi-task
ability, the mayor said.
For people who complain about high taxes, Barford
reminded commissioners that only 10.8 percent of a
resident's annual tax bill from goes to the city. The
remaining 90 percent is gobbled up by the school dis-
trict (46.4 percent), county government (38.7 percent)
and other special taxing districts (4.1 percent).
Commissioners were pleased with the budget and
Commission chairman John Quam said it was
"much easier" to read and understand than in previous
years because each department's expenses are together
in the budget.
"Good job," said Commissioner Dale Woodland.
After a discussion of health benefits and several
other items, commission consensus was to maintain the
current 1.7886 millage rate, although the millage won't
be officially established until the commission holds two
hearings, the first of which will be Sept. 18, then votes
at the second hearing.
The next budget work session is slated for 5 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 7, at city hall, with another session
planned for 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, if needed.
Look for more Island cities
budget information online:
The budgets at a glance
Present 2007-08 budgets
Anna Maria: $2,793,056
Bradenton Beach: $3,688,748.99
Holmes Beach: $7,967,723
Proposed 2008-09 budgets
Anna Maria: $3,964,652
Bradenton Beach: $3,567,182.43
Holmes Beach: $8,470,017
2007-08 millage rate
Anna Maria: 1.7886
Bradenton Beach: 2.2579
Holmes Beach: 1.5989
2008-09 maximum millage rate
Anna Maria: 1.7886
Bradenton Beach: 2.1539
Holmes Beach: 1.5989
Sources: Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach pro-
posed 2008-09 budgets and 2007-08 adopted budgets.
Bradenton Beach shifting
funds to balance budget
By Lisa Neff
"It's all good," Bradenton Beach Mayor Michael
Pierce said of the city's 2008-09 financial forecast.
But, he added, that's because the city set aside rainy
day funds for the drizzle that has begun.
Bradenton Beach city commissioners reviewed a
draft 2008-09 municipal budget July 23 balanced by
shifting money from two capital projects and dipping
The shifting of funds is needed to account for an
anticipated $171,224 drop in revenue due to a decline
in property values and escalating costs, such as fuel and
landfill tipping fees, said Bradenton Beach Police Lt.
John Cosby, who worked on the budget with city clerk
Nora Idso and deputy city clerk Christina Irelan.
They presented the proposed budget to Pierce, Vice
Mayor John Chappie and Commissioners Janie Robert-
son and Bob Connors at city hall. Commissioner John
Shaughnessy was absent.
To account for the shortfall, Cosby recommended
using $125,000 from the city's reserve. The city has
about $1.6 million on reserve.
"Six or seven years ago, when things started to turn
around, we really worked hard to lower the millage
rate," Cosby said. "But we also knew that the housing
market would correct itself. And we put some money
Cosby also recommended moving $10,000 of the
$22,000 in the capital projects account for improve-
ments to Herb Dolan North Park to general project and
program expenses and possible matching grants.
The commission approved that change during the
Cosby also recommended - and the commission
ok'd - moving $15,000 set aside for mitigation of city
hall in the capital projects plan and $3,000 set aside
for a planning vehicle to pay off previously purchased
The proposed budget is $3,567,182.43 compared
to the 2007-08 budget of $3,688,748.99.
"There are no raises for employees," Cosby said.
Irelan said the employees are covered by a merit-
based pay-raise system and cost-of-living increases are
discretionary. A step-plan for raises was dropped about
four years ago.
Cosby added that the spending plan increases
the amount of the employees' co-pay and deductible
responsibilities for health care. The city pays 100 per-
cent of employee premiums, but the insured pay co-
pays and deductibles for medical treatment.
"That helped us keep our costs down," Cosby
The officer also recalculated other insurance costs in
the budget. For example, he said an auto policy included
coverage for nine vehicles that "we don't own."
To save money elsewhere, Cosby suggested the
commission select one primary attorney.
"We're using two separate attorneys and we're
paying them to do the same work sometimes," Cosby
said. "We really would like the commission to pick a
lead attorney.... That is a problem."
Pierce replied, "We are working on that."
Administrative expenses in the proposed budget
total $380,655.92, with salary being the highest expense
at $189,420. This budget also includes other personnel
costs, as well as $28,000 in attorney fees.
Commission expenses total $195,569, which
includes the city's $150,000 investment in the Com-
munity Redevelopment Agency for historic district
The project and program manager budget total is
$110,598, with salaries at $55,100. The budget also includes
additional personnel costs, $4,000 in attorney fees.
The police department budget totals $875,387,
with salaries at $482,300. Attorney fees are budgeted
at $2,000 and costs for gas, oil and tires are budgeted
Cosby said all the departments are trying to cut
Sin .' and fuel costs, noting that light switches in
buildings will be converted to automatically shut off
after business hours.
"And the chief issued a mandate - if the car ain't
inm, in . it ain't running," Cosby added.
The city's emergency operations budget is proposed
at $23,935, with telephone operation being the highest
expense at $12,000.
In the planning and development department, the
largest expense is salaries and wages at $216,775, fol-
lowed by attorney fees at $108,000.
The budget for facilities management includes
$56,000 in salaries and $20,000 in building repairs and
The streets and roads budget is $187,107, with sala-
ries projected at $84,000, insurance at $11,757, attorney
fees at $3,000 and gas and oli at $3,000.
The sanitation budget is $321,490, with salaries at
$95,680, landfill tipping fees at $88,000, professional ser-
vices at $4,000, accounting and auditing costs at $4,000
and equipment repair and maintenance at $20,000.
The stormwater management expenses are budgeted
at $159,629 and pier operations at $49,337, including
$2,200 for accounting and auditing, $500 for attorney
fees, $5,000 for insurance, $7,000 fob building repairs
and maintenance and $10,000 in administration fees.
The capital projects budget for 2008-09 is $133,174
and the Tingley Library budget is $15,457, with the largest
expenses being utilities and insurance at $3,500 each.
CRA expenses are projected at $566,100, with
$550,000 to be directed to payments on the loan to
restore the Bridge Street Pier.
Cosby said in the budget preparations there was
discussion about refinancing the pier loan but "we got
such a good rate" the decision was to pay off the exist-
ing loan in the next three years.
On the revenue side, the general fund projection is
for $1,131,300 and includes some franchise fees, ser-
vice taxes, licenses, fees, interest income and fines.
Streets and roads' revenues are projected at
$124,500, with money coming from gas taxes and state
The CRA revenue is projected at $455,000, the
sanitation revenue at $438,720 and the library revenue
at $14,000 - mostly from an interest-earning certifi-
cate of deposit.
The budget projects $1,278,766 in revenue from
ad valorem taxes.
During last week's meeting, the commission voted
to set the maximum millage rate at 2.1539 compared to
the 2007-08 rate of 2.2579.
A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value of
property less any exemptions. This rate can be lowered
through the adoption of the budget at public hearings on the
spending plan, but it cannot be raised by elected officials.
For a house valued at $525,000 in Bradenton Beach,
minus $25,000 homestead, the property tax bill from
the city for the next year would be $1,076.95.
"I'm just so happy that it worked out as well as it
did," Pierce said.
"All in all, we're not as bad off as we could be,"
Cosby said, recalling tougher times when he joined
BBPD 20 years ago.
"When I first got here in '88, when we got our
paychecks, they told us not to cash them," he said.
Idso also remembered other troubled financial times
when she went to work at city hall in 1999. "We were
making minimum payments on the Visa," she said.
THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 30, 2008 5 5
Holmes Beach keeps 2007-08
millage rate, cuts budget
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach city commissioners authorized the
mayor to sign papers setting the 2008-09 maximum
millage rate at the 2007-08 level: 1.5989 mills.
The commission also explored a draft of the pro-
posed 2008-09 budget, presented July 22 by city trea-
surer Rick Ashley.
"I'm very pleased to be here tonight talking to you
about a balanced budget that isn't going to be real pain-
ful," Ashley said. "The reason it has come out better
than it could have been is because in the years when
we had extra money we did not spend that money for
During the recent boom years in Holmes Beach
and much of Florida, Ashley said the city invested in
capital improvements such as stormwater, dredging
and street projects.
"We spent those dollars on major construction,
one-time projects, and that is the one thing that helped
me this year in putting together this budget with last
year's millage rate," he said.
Reports during the last several months, from the
state to the municipal level, have indicated that drastic
cuts in government expenses will lead to layoffs and
reduced services in some governments.
Ashley said Holmes Beach's proposed 2008-09
budget of $7.96 million is $502,294 less than the
2007-08 budget, yet the city staff still will see a 3
percent cost-of-living increase in their salaries and no
one will be laid off.
The treasurer said in the new budget, stormwater
improvements will be funded only from the improve-
ments fund and not include money from the general
Additionally, the 2007-08 budget contained fund-
ing for improvements to Marina Drive and a higher
funding level for reserves.
During the July 22 meeting, Ashley recommended
commissioners approve a maximum millage rate of
1.5989 mills per $1,000, although city could have gone
as high as 1.9075 with the rate.
"We thought it would be really great to hang it in at
1.5989 mills," Commission Chair Sandy Haas-Martens
said. "Let the citizens take a break."
"A lot of people need that," Commissioner John
Monetti said. "It's a good budget."
A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value of
property less any exemptions. The rate can be lowered
through the adoption of the budget at public hearings
on the spending plan, but it cannot be raised by elected
For a house valued at $525,000 in Holmes Beach,
minus $25,000 homestead, the property tax bill from
the city for the next year would be $799.45.
"This budget is proposed at 1.5989 mills," Ashley
said. "The budget that's presented here is basically a
continuance of existing services. There are no cuts in
services. No cuts in positions. It includes a cost-of-
living raise for 3 percent. It includes any step raises....
It's basically a continuance of business as usual."
Holmes Beach's proposed budget anticipates $7.96
million in revenues and carryovers, with $3.36 million
coming from local sources, primarily property taxes.
The budget contains $7.96 million in expendi-
The proposed budget for the mayor/city commis-
On the schedule
Anna Maria City will hold its budget hearing
Bradenton Beach has not yet set a date for its
Holmes Beach will hold its budget hearing at
6:30 p.m. Sept. 8.
By state law, the municipal hearings cannot
take place the same day as a the county commission
budget hearing or the school district hearing.
sion is $161,745 and includes $45,345 in personnel
costs, $100,000 for reserve contingencies, $5,400
for training and memberships, $9,000 for travel and
$2,000 for operating supplies.
The general government expenditures total
$658,284 and include $332,784 for personnel,
$178,000 for professional services such as legal
expenses, $40,000 for insurance, $21,500 for account-
ing and auditing, $16,000 for utilities and $17,000 for
The police department budget totals $2,018,926
and includes $1.6 million for personnel costs, $124,000
for liability, auto and workers compensation insurance,
$85,000 for operating supplies, $32,000 for repairs and
maintenance and $18,000 for utilities.
The public works budget totals $2,057,835 and
includes $803,810 for personnel costs, $532,000 for
professional services, $125,000 for utility services,
$87,000 for insurance, $90,000 for repairs and main-
tenance and $85,000 for operating supplies.
The code enforcement budget of $142,296 con-
tains $124,596 for personnel costs and $16,600 for
The proposed budget for stormwater utility projects
is $250,000, including $210,000 in capital outlay.
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said the stormwater
improvement work would probably be the city's larg-
est efforts in the next several years.
"We' re pretty much caught up on our infrastructure
needs," he said. "We don't have any real big needs at
this time. And we could possibly finish up the dredging
The proposed budget also includes the Hagen
Fund, $13,137 in donations for eventual lighting of
the Birdie Tebbetts Field and the carryover and reserve
account would contain $2.66 million.
A public hearing on the budget will take place
at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8. The hearing is the night before
a regular commission meeting because the Manatee
County School Board has scheduled a budget hearing
Sept. 9. State law prohibits a municipal budget hear-
ing from taking place at the same time as a county or
school district hearing.
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6 0 JULY 30, 2008 E THE ISLANDER
Life is good
It must be. It's on a T-shirt.
But we sense there's fear in the air. And it's not for
hurricanes, gangs or crime. It's about what will happen
when the Anna Maria Island Bridge is closed for 45
days, starting Sept. 29.
The Florida Department of Transportation says that
date can't be changed, but it won't pay the price for
their ill-conceived plan. We will.
We, meaning Islanders. Business owners, accom-
modations and small rental owners, residents and,
even visitors, who may delay their winter retreat to
The DOT does not understand Islanders, Island
lifestyles or the Island economy. It wouldn't have con-
ceived this plan if it did.
And to say we should have spoken earlier is an
insult. We e-mailed. We went to meetings. Even our
elected officials joined the pleadings. Sept. 29 is too
late. October and November begin our winter season.
April - the DOT's first plan for a 75-day closure
- was unbelievably bad timing, but now the bridge
will close on the heels of summer and the indisputable
worst month of the year for the Island economy, Sep-
Those who came forward at a recent meeting tried
to impress the DOT of our dire situation, saying they
know "snowbirds" who won't come back until the
bridge work is done.
More woe for our economy.
Yes, we will have to patronize Island business even
more than we already do. As the community newspaper,
we're looking for ways we can help our businesses,
readers, residents and visitors through what promises
to be tough times.
We hope to have incentives in place for Islanders
to do business with Islanders and to remind people of
both the possible hardships of maintaining a north-end
business and owners who must support their families.
As if rising gas prices, home foreclosures and the
ghastly economy weren't bad enough, some businesses
will suffer and some won't survive summer, let alone
the bridge closure.
Even charter fishing guides fear the startup of their
season will be hindered by the bridge closure.
And there is reduced enrollment and limited num-
bers of "choice" students whose parents can't make the
long drive to our elementary school - and the resulting
cuts in staff.
It's a shame we can't convince the DOT to plan the
bridge work around us.
Maybe we should take a step back and relook at
the one-lane closure option. It could lessen the burden
But will the DOT hear us now?
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Save our shops
If you will pardon my semi-plagiarism, I believe
that it would be appropriate to say: "Now is the time for
all good residents to come to the aid of their island."
The catastrophic prediction that Anna Maria Island
businesses will be decimated when the Manatee Avenue
bridge closes for 45 days in late September can be
somewhat ameliorated if the 5,000 full-time Island
residents band together for the modern equivalent of
an old-time barnraising.
While it is impossible for the residents alone to
totally offset the financial loss of absent Island visitors,
we can minimize the impact with a little forethought
Rule No. 1 is simply "Think Island First." When
you get into your car for that shopping trip or evening
out, be sure that you first consider all of the Island ser-
vices before heading to the mainland. Go to the shop,
restaurant, pub or entertainment available on the Island
to satisfy your needs.
Rule No. 2 is "Don't Forget Rule No. 1." Our busi-
ness owners are our friends and neighbors and anything
that we can do to relieve their pain is what we need to
do. When the bridge is reopened, it will be in every-
one's best interest to see that the businesses that were
there when it closed are still there when it opens.
I would suggest that when you exercise Rule No.
1 that you wear a hat, T-shirt or some other item that
clearly says "Anna Maria Island" and identifies you
as an Island resident. By this we can show our busi-
ness people who their friends are and demonstrate our
Mel Yudofsky, Holmes Beach
I can remember when Richard Connick was mayor
of Bradenton Beach for 13 years [1973-86]. It took
several years for the citizens to learn of the dictator-like
methods he used to govern the city. He almost devas-
tated the little town. The damage he caused showed in
various administrations thereafter.
I bring this up because John Chappie, formerly mayor
and now a commissioner, supported Connick all those
years. I believe Chappie likes to be where the power is
and he and Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whit-
more have become quite a duo. He must believe they will
make a great team if he's elected to the county commis-
sion over incumbent Jane von Hahmann.
I believe big business and big-money developers
are still trying to control our area. It is sad to say, but
it appears some people think they will get elected by
being in their circle. I believe officials need to be indi-
viduals and think for themselves.
Long ago, then County Commissioner Pat Glass
said, "We made mistakes by not allowing high-rise
It is increasingly clear that the circle I speak of is
the one supporting Chappie and Whitmore.
I wonder if theirs is a move to provide a majority of
votes on the county board to the circle of developers?
My theory was validated in the July 10 Bradenton
Herald article about a meeting on the incorporation
of Lakewood Ranch, at which the business alliance
announced its support for county commission candidate
Larry Bustle (against incumbent Amy Stein), Chap-
pie and Donna Hayes. Chappie, Bustle and Hayes are
members of each other's host committees. And what is
I write these words of concern for the many people
who remain as I do, dedicated to preserving Manatee
County's low-key way of life.
Katie Pierola, Bradenton, former mayor of Bra-
I read The Islander regarding Rick DeFranks
moving from Anna Maria.
Myself and I am sure many other Anna Maria resi-
dents will miss DeFranks' history of speaking out pub-
licly on city issues.
His presence will be missed.
Charlie Daniel, Anna Maria
THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 30, 2008 7 7
Gee gains partial victory in
lawsuit against Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin
Laura Gee has won one victory in her legal action
against Anna Maria over the issuance of a number of
variances to her neighbors, the Olesen family.
Gee, of 502 S. Bay Blvd., sued the city in Decem-
ber 2007 after it granted multiple variances to the Oles-
ens as part of a court-ordered settlement of a lawsuit
between the city and the Olesens.
Manatee County Circuit Court Judge Paul Logan
ruled in favor of Gee - and against the city - regard-
ing the variance that allowed the Olesens to place air-
conditioning equipment "along the side of the property
nearest Laura Gee's property," city attorney Jim Dye
told Mayor Fran Barford.
Logan's reason, said Dye, is that "competent, sub-
stantial evidence was not presented to the city commis-
sion as to the hardship" faced by the Olesen family. The
evidence presented did not show that the Olesens were
suffering a hardship that was not of their own making,
"or not economically based," Dye continued.
This means that the variance the city issued to the
Olesens is "invalid," Dye said, and the air-conditioning
equipment is "illegally placed."
Dye said the Olesens have several options to
remedy the problem, including appealing to the Second
District Court of Appeal, filing for a new variance and
"making a better argument than was presented the first
time through," or "move the air-conditioning equip-
ment to a place where it does not violate the city's
Additionally, the city can ask for a rehearing or
file an appeal of the order, although Dye recommended
against those options.
The city should "defer" to the Olesens to "see how
they wish to proceed," he said.
The Olesens have 30 days to make a decision, after
which the city can take enforcement steps against the
air- conditioning equipment placement, said Dye, even
though the city approved the variance placing the equip-
ment in its present location.
Dye also informed the mayor that the Olesens
"object" to the city placing a sign on "their" side of
the beach path designating a beach access and have
"authorized their attorneys to go to court over their
view that they control half of the path."
The city has granted the Olesens a variance to build
within the beach access, but has never acknowledged
the Olesens own any of the 10-foot-wide path.
Dye held a shade meeting with the city commission
July 24 to discuss the pending matter.
Who's on first?
Interestingly, ownership of the beach access path
is the reason all the lawsuits have been filed against the
city, both by the Olesens and Laura Gee.
The matter began in April 2007 when then-build-
ing official Kevin Donohue ordered a halt to the Oles-
ens' remodeling project because he believed it was
encroaching on a city-owned 10-foot-wide right of way
on the north end of the Olesens' property. The path lies
between the Olesen house and Gee's home.
Although the Olesens produced letters from city
officials in the early 1980s indicating those officials
believed the Olesens owned the easement, Dye was not
able to find where the city had ever legally vacated the
easement to the Olesens.
The Olesens sued the city, Donohue was dismissed
in a cost-cutting measure, the city agreed to mediation
and eventually the variances were granted by the city
commission as part of a court-ordered settlement.
Gee counter-sued, claiming the air-conditioning
equipment is in a location that interferes with her abil-
ity to sleep, among other issues she had with the vari-
In the July 29,1998, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* The lawsuit filed against Holmes Beach by GTE
Mobilnet and Smith Realtors over construction of a
cell tower at 5904 Marina Drive officially ended July
9 when a federal judge signed a consent order to end
the year-long dispute. The order by Judge Elizabeth
Kovachevich required the city to not interfere with con-
struction of the tower and issue all permits and approv-
als to operate the tower.
* Bradenton Beach city commissioners agreed to
a $1.915 million budget that maintained the city's ad
valorem tax rate at 2.5508, gave $505,000 to operate
the city's police department and increased garbage col-
lection fees by 20 percent.
* Holmes Beach police were searching for a man
who robbed the First National Bank of Manatee at 5324
Gulf Drive of an undisclosed amount of cash during the
bank's afternoon rush hour. The bank teller involved
told police the suspect handed her a note saying he had
a gun and demanding all her cash.
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8 0 JULY 30, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
Q&A: Manatee County commission candidates
Ask the candidates: District 3
By Lisa Neff
Incumbent Jane von Hahmann is facing challenger
John Chappie in the race for Manatee County District
3 commissioner on the Aug. 26 ballot.
The Islander asked the candidates:
The District 3 representative serves a specific
region of the county, which includes Anna Maria Island.
What is the foremost issue in this area? And how do you
plan to address this issue?
John Chappie: The economy, the bridge, safety
and environment - these are all top issues for the
Island as well as District 3.
I will work to develop Manatee County into a
strong sustainable community.
As the district commissioner, my top priority will
be to have regular scheduled and advertised meetings,
working with all Island cities, the city of Bradenton,
Cortez village and the other unincorporated areas of
District 3 by working with local chambers and busi-
ness to improve the economic, environmental health
and safety of Manatee County.
Jane von Hahmann: The first issue is continu-
ing with our long-term beach renourishment program
because it is an economic catalyst for the Island commu-
nities and to Manatee County. I will continue, through
the long-term relationships I have developed, to assure
we continue to meet all requirements to receive federal
and state funds that are vital to our renourishment pro-
gram. We cannot go it alone on the cost....
The second issue is to continue to work with our
local legislative delegation to make changes to the way
property is assessed. We must move away from the
"highest and best use" form of assessment. This is a
part of our tax process that has yet to be addressed and
would be of significant use in lowering assessed value
of island properties. I will do this the same way I have
in the past. I worked with Citizens Against Runaway
Taxes and our local state legislators to develop and pass
a tax deferral program at the county level for mom-
and pop-lodging facilities on the islands experiencing
extreme escalation in property values and taxation.
There is more to be done and I am willing to do as
I have in the past and work with the representatives of
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The District 7 representative serves countywide.
What is unique about this post on the board?
Joe McClash: I was elected as the first countywide
commissioner in 1990. I try to look after the big-picture
issues such as roads, parks, environment, dredging and
our tourism needs.
I serve on regional boards such as the Metropolitan
Planning Organization, West Coast Inland Navigation
District and Tampa Bay National Estuary Policy.
I have extensive knowledge in areas of transporta-
tion, dredging and environmental mitigation and pro-
Greg Witham: As an at-large commissioner you
have the responsibility of representing residents from
all communities within Manatee County. Each with its
own set of unique issues.
This is a very challenging position, one that requires
a great deal of work, perseverance and leadership.
our Island communities to get the assessment methods
changed through the Legislature. Together we can get
this job done.
The Islander: How do you think a commissioner
should approach representing both the county and the
di \h i I.'
Jane von Hahmann: As the district commissioner,
it's my job to be ever cognizant of the impact board
decisions have on my district.
I have and will continue to educate my fellow com-
missioners as to the needs of my district, recognizing
that in order to accomplish anything at the board level,
I must be supported by at least three other members.
I have over the last eight years developed good
relationships with the vast majority of the board and,
in having done such, I have been very successful in
addressing the needs of my district at our board level.
John Chappie: I will address all issues as the Dis-
trict 3 commissioner, being representative and account-
able not only to the residents of the county but the
residents, taxpayers, businesses of District 3 and the
cities of District 3.
Ask the candidates: District 7
Incumbent Joe McClash is facing Greg Witham in
the at-large Manatee County District 7 commissioner
contest on the Aug. 26 ballot.
The Islander asked the candidates:
"Incorporating a beautiful healthy smile with a rejuvenated body"
People head into the water at Cortez Beach July
23 after Manatee County health officials lifted an
advisory for the popular spot in Bradenton Beach.
The department had issued a July 16 warning about
higher bacteria levels that could pose health risks,
specifically to people with open wounds. The depart-
ment said the rise in bacteria resulted from bird feces
washing from an erosion jetty into the water. The
feces had collected during a period of little rain and
washed away in heavy rains. For more information
about water monitoring, go to www.doh.state.fl.us
and click "A-Z topics" for "Beach Water Quality."
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THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 30, 2008 0 9
Turtle season brings troubles for shop
By Lisa Neff
The owner of a Bradenton Beach ice cream shop
recently questioned whether lighting regulations for
turtle nesting season are fairly applied.
John Pretty of Get the Scoop, 103 Gulf Drive N.,
attended a recent city meeting to inform commissioners
that he is complying with nesting regulations that pro-
hibit the lighting of beaches from sunset to sunrise.
But, Pretty said, compliance has cost him money
"We spent a couple hundred dollars on roll-down
shades so that the light doesn't come out of our building
like it used to," said Pretty, whose store is on the south
side of city hall.
Now, he said, "we' ve seen a significant drop in our
business after dark. It is difficult for passersby to tell
that we are open. There's a certain amount of frustration
that has come out of this."
Pretty said city officials have been helpful in bring-
ing some businesses into compliance, but he questioned
whether all violators get noticed by city code enforce-
Pretty said Florida Power and Light has an
unshielded light at First Street and Gulf Drive that
illuminates the beach at night.
He also alleged that a sign outside the BeachHouse
Restaurant illuminates the shore.
"On a pole on the beach side of the street is a 5-foot
neon fish that burns brightly every single night and for
some reason, maybe it was off the night of the inspec-
tion, they seemed to have escaped," Pretty said.
"I'm not saying we shouldn't enforce the ordi-
nances. Just the opposite - that we enforce them
equally," Pretty said.
Earlier this year, with the arrival of nesting season
in May, city code enforcement officers Gail Garneau
and Wendy Chabot conducted a comprehensive light-
ing survey on the beach with state Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission agent Jean Higgins.
The survey resulted in a number of letters suggest-
ing lighting improvements to business owners and man-
agers along Gulf Drive, as well as some condominium
A report from that review cited problems N ith light-
ing at nine businesses and two condominium develop-
ments, but Higgins did not note problems at the Beach-
House or with the FPL light.
Suzi Fox, the executive director for Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch, said the BeachHouse's beach lights
are covered and that other light sources are "not on right
now, even the state said that."
Fox added that the FWC issued a permit for the
BeachHouse's neon sign, which also gets turned off at
"It just doesn't seem to be drawing hatchlings,"
Fox said, adding that the Island saw its first hatchlings
emerge this week and that people with beachfront
property should be vigilant about keeping lights off
the beach at night.
Caryn Hodge, spokesperson for the Chiles Group,
which owns the BeachHouse, said the restaurant lights
have passed reviews by the city, the state and AMITW,
which is not an enforcement agency but sometimes
offers advise on lighting.
"The Chiles Group adheres to and abides by sea
turtle ordinances," Hodge said.
Artificial lights can disorient the turtles, draw-
ing them away from the Gulf of Mexico and possibly
resulting in death from dehydration or being run over
by a vehicle.
Nightmare on - or near - Elm Street
Work crews for the Manatee County Utilities Department are expected to be working on Gulf Drive in Anna
Maria throughout August with installation of new pipes. The county told Mayor Fran Barford they should com-
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review in Bradenton Beach
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach city officials are reviewing two
proposals to develop a recreational boating master
The city received three bids from firms seeking
to develop a plan that would lead to the creation of a
mooring field and establishing other boating ameni-
ties. The IBI Group, Scheda Ecological Associates and
PBS&J submitted bids on the project in mid-July.
Meeting July 21, city commissioners prioritized the
proposals for further consideration, selecting the lowest
bidders, the IBI Group and Scheda.
The commission was scheduled to hear presenta-
tions on the proposals at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, after The Islander went to
press for the week.
An act of the Florida Legislature in 2006 authorized
the expansion of Bradenton Beach's boundaries 500
feet into the waterways surrounding the city. City offi-
cials sought the expansion to pursue the creation of an
anchorage and mooring field, which will be located in
Sarasota Bay south of the Historic Bridge Street Pier.
The city has completed a number of tasks required
to establish the mooring field, including mapping the
area seagrasses and building a harbormaster's office on
the renovated pier.
The city also secured a $39,200 grant from the
By Lisa Neff
Estella Freeman left the Holmes Beach City Com-
mission meeting like a diner not quite satisfied with her
At the request of Freeman via City Commissioner
David Zaccagnino, the commission embarked on an
update of the city's outdoor dining ordinance in Febru-
ary. On July 22, the commission held the first reading of
a revised outdoor dining ordinance. The vote to approve
was 3-1, with Commissioners Pat Morton, John Monetti
and Sandy Haas-Martens voting yes and Zaccagnino
voting no. Commissioner Pat Geyer was absent, on the
mend following surgery earlier this summer.
Zaccagnino voted no and Freeman, co-owner of
Skinny's Place on Gulf Drive, left city hall unsatis-
fied because the new ordinance may not help Skinny's
expand its outdoor seating.
The restaurant, a grandfathered commercial opera-
tion on property zoned residential, is classified as a
legal non-conforming use in the city.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
to hire a consultant to help create a recreational boating
The request for bids outlined the scope of the project:
"Services relating to consultation, investigation, study, fea-
sibility, planning and reporting. The work entails involve-
ment with the public, analyzing current conditions, pro-
ducing the needed documents for a legal review to institute
a managed anchorage and mooring field, complete appli-
cations for buoys and markers, any engineering required
for permitting, final design phase of non-motorized launch
sites within the city boundaries, cost estimates to institute
launches" and the mooring field.
Scheda proposed doing the job for $44,000 and IBI
for $39,200, the amount of the FWC grant.
City project and program manager Lisa Marie Phil-
lips offered an evaluation of both proposals.
Regarding Scheda's, Phillips said, "I love the way
this proposal reads - it is the most focused on our
However, Phillips said, the proposal did not address
the city's request to study establishing non-motorized
Regarding the IBI Group proposal, Phillips said the
firm submitted a previous bid that the city pursued but
"had trouble negotiating a contract."
She added, "They do a good job of including both
project areas of study."
Thus, Skinny's must either seek a zoning change to
commercial or take its expanded outdoor dining plans
to the Holmes Beach Board of Adjustment.
Both Zaccagnino and Freeman had hoped the city's
plan for allowing an expansion of outdoor dining could
have been simpler - increasing the allotted eight seats
for each restaurant to 12 seats, 16 seats or more.
"Eight was a magic number," Zaccagnino said.
"Why didn't we just go to a magic 20 or a magic 15?"
Noting that the Beach Bistro's operation also is
classified as a legally non-conforming use, the commis-
sioner said, "Basically ... these two restaurants could
be out of the loop if the BOA turns them down.... Isn't
there some other vehicle?"
"We're worried we might get stuck at the board
of adjustment," Freeman said. "We might possibly be
stuck there and we've been the main ones wanting this.
For us, that's a real big problem in the ordinance."
Haas-Martens replied, "The board of adjustment is the
PLEASE SEE DINING, NEXT PAGE
Dining measure doesn't
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The Florida Department of Transportation spends a rainy Thursday working at the traffic circle at Gulf Drive
and Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Dining ordinance questioned
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10
proper procedure for i\ timing that is grandfathered in."
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said Freeman could
consider seeking a zoning change, which could elimi-
nate the restaurant's non-conforming status.
Bohnenberger added, "I don't think it is proper to
hold up passage of this ordinance because we have an
issue with one property. We can always revisit that."
The ordinance, scheduled for a final reading Aug.
12, would allow restaurants to expand outdoor dining
- allowed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and from
7 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekends - provided certain require-
ments are met.
Specifically, 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 also be approved by the West Mana-
tee Fire Rescue District.
The proposed 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 way and not "interfere with on-
site vehicular and pedestrian circulation, parking and
The commission on July 12 also approved amend-
ing the comprehensive plan to include a public schools
element, a new requirement from the state.
The inclusion of the public schools element in
the plan is required under the city's interlocal agree-
ment with Manatee County, the school board and other
The element identifies a number of goals and
objectives, the foremost being to "maintain coordi-
nation and cooperation between the school board of
Manatee County and participating local governments"
in regards to emergency planning, concurrency and
In other business, commissioners discussed:
* A proposed franchise agreement with TECO/
Peoples Gas, which is installing a natural gas line to
the Island, beginning in Bradenton Beach.
* An early draft of the city's 2008-09 budget, which
will begin Oct. 1.
* A proposed resolution to allow Waste Manage-
ment Inc. refuse collectors to begin pickups at 6 a.m.
rather than 7 a.m. if needed during the 45-day closure
of the Anna Maria Island Bridge in September.
The next commission meeting will be at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 12, with the outdoor dining, Waste Man-
agement and TECO Peoples Gas matters again on the
By Lisa Neff
The Florida Department of Transportation is
improving the roundabout in Bradenton Beach.
City and state officials expect the improvements to
be completed before Aug. 4, when the DOT will begin
work to extend a turn lane on Gulf Drive at the Cortez
The left-turn lane on the southbound side of Gulf
Drive is expected to be lengthened about 750 feet to
ease traffic flow.
When the Anna Maria Island Bridge closes for 45
days beginning Sept. 29, vehicles will be detoured to
travel to and from the Island on Cortez Road. That will
put a lot of vehicles at Cortez Road and Gulf Drive in
Bradenton Beach, an area already heavily traveled.
The roundabout work on the state road is not part
of the preparations for the bridge closure but rather
a DOT maintenance project, said Bradenton Beach
Mayor Michael Pierce.
"We want to improve the ADA access there,"
Pierce said, referring to Americans with Disabilities
Act. "Also, a lot of the [bricks] in the path have moved
and we need to make it so it is not a stumbling place
City public works director Tom Woodard said brick
pavers will be repaired at the intersection, entrances wid-
ened and enhanced with ramps to better accommodate
wheelchairs and new features added to help people with
sight-impairments better navigate the roundabout.
"They' re putting in truncated domes," Woodard
said. "Those are used to help people know where they
are when they are leaving or getting on a sidewalk."
Cindy Clemmons-Adente of the DOT said the proj-
ect would cost about $4,700.
Bradenton Beach's roundabout was created in
1992, apparently the first in the state.
A study by the Insurance Institute of Highway
Safety, Ryerson Polytechnic University and the Univer-
sity of Maine found a 5-to-1 decline in the number of
vehicle crashes after the construction of the Bradenton
In general, the researchers found that crashes at
intersections dropped by 38 percent after the installa-
tion of roundabouts and injury-related crashes dropped
by 76 percent.
Island Rotary welcomes
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island recently
welcomed five new members, bringing its membership
to 35 people.
New members include Annamarie Reithmiller,
Michael Klotz, Ava Hils, Berni Volkmann, and Brad
The club has adopted a "Make Dreams Real" theme
for the next year of Rotary activities, including the
Extravaganza and Casino Night scheduled for March
14, 2009. Rosann Creed and Dantia Gould will serve
as chairs for the club's biggest fundraiser.
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Church reaches 50-year milestone
By Lisa Neff
One of Gloria Dei's glorious days arrived 50 years
ago Aug. 3.
The new Lutheran church held its first service Aug.
3, 1958, at the Annie Silver Community Center in Bra-
So this Sunday, also Aug. 3, the church, 6608
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, will host a special service
at 9:30 a.m. followed by a brunch at 11 a.m., according
to the Rev. Rosemary Backer.
At the time Gloria Dei was established, Anna Maria
Island was home to Baptist, Episcopal, Catholic and two
non-denominational churches, but not a Lutheran church.
Some Islanders began organizing to establish a
Lutheran church with the support of the Rev. Walter
Jennings Moretz at Trinity Lutheran in Bradenton.
A church history stated, "The closest Lutheran
church on the mainland was too far away to keep chil-
dren interested.... There was no bus service and, even
though two new bridges eliminated a scary ride on rick-
ety planks, the 30-cent toll was a barrier. The price of
land was going up every day, so it would have to be
purchased soon if a church were to be built."
A group called the Island Missionary Society met in
October 1957 and prepared a letter to Donald Hauser of
the American Missions of the United Lutheran Church
in America. The IMS proposed establishing an Island
church and "the board responded positively."
Seventy-five people attended the first service.
To commemorate the event, Backer hopes to gather
historical materials, conduct a pop quiz on American cul-
ture in 1958 and even use an original church bulletin.
Gloria Dei formally became a congregation of the
Florida Synod on Feb. 1, 1959, and the church plans to
mark that 50th anniversary with another, even bigger
celebration, Backer said.
Gloria Dei held services at Annie Silver until May
13, 1962. The Rev. Frank Lyerly, the missionary devel-
oper in Gloria Dei's earliest days, became the church
pastor in 1959. He served through the construction of
the church building that was designed by Victor Lundy,
a student of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Lyerly left in 1963 and then returned in 1974, serv-
ing a total of 18 years at Gloria Dei.
Pastors at Gloria Dei have included the Revs.
Gloria Dei's timeline
* 1958: The Rev. Frank Lyerly begins work
as mission developer for the church.
* Aug. 3, 1958: The church's first worship
service takes place at Annie Silver Community
Center in Bradenton Beach.
* Feb. 1, 1959: The church's congregation
is formally organized.
* June 1959: Lyerly becomes pastor of
* 1961: Three acres are purchased in
Holmes Beach for a new church building.
* Aug. 20, 1961: A groundbreaking service
* May 13, 1962: The first service is held in
the new sanctuary.
* 1964: The church building is completed.
* 1969: A cross is added to the building.
Lester M. Utz from 1964-1967, Franklyn Lambert from
1967-1974, Danith Kilts from 1993-2003 and Backer
In addition to celebrating its 50th anniversary in
2008-09, Gloria Dei is planning a heroes' celebration
for 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 28.
During a special service, Gloria Dei's congrega-
tion will recognize members of local police and fire
departments, who will be invited to attend the program
in uniform, Backer said.
For more information about Gloria Dei or the cel-
ebrations, call the church at 941-778-1813.
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HBPD hires new officer
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
July 22, 2300 block Avenue C, driving with
license suspended. Officers stopped a man and, after
a record check revealed his license had been sus-
pended, told him to not drive. He was later seen driv-
ing and was arrested.
July 24, 1900 block Gulf Drive South, driver's
license. Officers stopped a driver without working
rear lights. A record check revealed the driver did not
have a valid driver's license and he was arrested.
July 18, 600 block Key Royale Drive, burglary.
The complainant said that someone took a lawn edger
from his garage.
July 20, 5801 Marina Drive, skate park, trespass.
Officers were called after dispatchers observed two
youths at the skate park on bicycles. The youths were
asked to leave and later returned. They were issued
July 21, 200 block 67th Street, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took a bicycle from her rental
July 21, 7000 Gulf Drive, theft. The complainant
said someone took two bicycles from his home.
July 22, 5700 Marina Drive, warning. Officers
stopped a vehicle that was being driven erratically
without headlights. The driver said she was attempt-
ing to buy crack cocaine but was unable to locate the
correct residence. Paraphernalia was confiscated from
the vehicle, but no drugs were found. She was issued
a verbal warning.
July 22, 200 block 72nd Street, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took a scooter and bicycle
from her home.
July 23, 3007 Gulf Drive, Anchor Inn, theft. The
complainant said she left her purse on the bar and,
when she returned, it was gone.
July 23, Key Royale, water violations. Officers
responded to several water violation calls and left
notices at apparently unoccupied dwellings.
July 23, 500 block 67th Street, fraud. The com-
plainant said he received a check and letter in the
mail. He was advised to ignore the offer.
July 23, 300 block 66th Street, burglary. The com-
plainant said someone broke into her screened porch
and took two coolers containing a large amount of
July 24, 4000 Gulf Drive, trespass. Officers
responded to a complaint of a customer at the beach-
front restaurant being belligerent. Management
requested she be issued a trespass wai nin.' and she
left the establishment.
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By Lisa Neff
Brian Hall knew growing up he wanted to become
a police officer.
He also knew he wanted to work in Holmes Beach,
- c the city developed by
his great- grandfather
Jack Holmes in the late
Hall recently joined
S t- . the Holmes Beach Police
w-o- Department as a patrol
-- officer, filling a vacancy
created when Steve
Wolff replaced Terri
Davis, who resigned, as
Hall started with
HBPD Officer Brian Hall HBPD in mid-July on
days, but was expecting
to eventually go to work on the midnight shift.
For the eight years prior to joining HPBD, Hall
worked as a deputy with the Manatee County Sheriff's
"I was on patrol and selective enforcement," he
said during an interview with The Islander at HBPD.
Hall spent his early childhood in Florida, living in
Bartow and often visiting Anna Maria Island.
He attended high school in Crystal Lake, Ill., and
returned to Florida in 1996, living in Holmes Beach
and then Bradenton.
"I've been in town about five years," Hall said.
"I'm hoping to get back out here soon. My mom's
whole family is here."
Hall said when he made the decision to go into law
enforcement, he had hoped to get a job with HBPD.
"It's pretty neat to be here," he said. "I have all my
memories as a kid being out here."
Law enforcement, he said, is "just something I
always wanted to do, even as a kid."
The job of a patrol officer, said Hall, is ser-
vice-oriented. "I pretty much patrol the city," he
said. "I answer calls for service.... It's a safe
community, but you still have things occur. You
can't let your guard down because things happen
A victim in a fight outside D.Coy Duck's bar July
11 has apparently declined to press charges in the case,
prompting police to close the case.
According to police, Jeff Haskins, 39, of Bradenton
Beach, was found in the parking lot near the bar, 5410
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, at about 10:40 p.m. July
10 with a head wound.
He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St.
Petersburg in critical condition but has since been
released, according to the hospital.
Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson had
described the incident as a fight that escalated and
HBPD was investigating the situation as an aggravated
battery and issued descriptions of two suspects, both of
them men about 28-32 years old.
In addition to interviewing the victim, police inter-
viewed at least six witnesses.
One witness told police that the fight began inside
the bar, where he saw two men joking about pouring a
beer on a third man, believed to be Haskins.
The witness said Haskins had left the bar, drove
away, then returned to the parking lot with a beach
umbrella he allegedly used to hit one of the suspects.
The witness said one of the suspects then grabbed
hold of the umbrella and began using it to hit Haskins
and the other suspect used an unidentified object to hit
the victim while he was on the ground.
"The attack took all of 30 seconds," a witness said,
according to an incident report released July 28.
Another witness erroneously reported that the
victim was beaten by 12 men from North Port, one of
a number of rumors that circulated in the weeks after
Police also reviewed possible evidence leading to
the identity of the suspects. Video surveillance cameras
exist in the area. Also, the bar uses a scanner system to
check the validity of identification cards.
On July 24, HBPD detective Steve Wolff inter-
viewed Haskins after his release from the hospital.
Wolff's report said, "Haskins stated that he remem-
bered having beer spilt on him at the bar and remem-
bered getting into his car and parking it behind the
"Haskins admitted that he was furious and went
after the two men, but doesn't remember anything
Wolff also reported that "Haskins stated that he did
not want anything done; he just wanted to put this inci-
dent behind him. He said that he did not want to press
charges and asked to sign a waiver of prosecution....
Haskins stated that he is thankful that this whole deal
Cramer home invasion
trial set for January
The jury trial of the two men charged in the
April 17 home invasion in Anna Maria involv-
ing former City Commissioner Linda Cramer
has been scheduled for Jan. 20, 2009.
Michael Gambuzza and Christopher
Drescher are 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 and Gambuzza
have entered not guilty pleas to the charges.
The suspects remain in the Manatee
County jail on a $175,000 bond each and Judge
Janette Dunnigan has refused to lower the bail
Drescher is represented by attorney Michael
Reiter, while counsel for Gambuzza is John
The case will come up for a docket sound-
ing on Sept. 4.
Victim declines to pursue charges
14 E JULY 30, 2008 U THE ISLANDER
Reeling in fun, funds for Center
By Lisa Neff
"I got one. I got one," Felicity Lord, 3, shouted as
she reeled in her fishing line at the Anna Maria City
Pier July 26.
At the end of her line, dangling about three inches
above Saturday's mellow water, was a piece of squid.
Never mind that the squid was Felicity's bait, she was
one happy fisher.
Felicity was one of about 40 kids who competed
in a children's contest, part of the Anna Maria Island
Community Center's Fishing Tournament that began
with a captain's meeting July 25 at St. Bernard Catholic
Church in Holmes Beach and concluded with a banquet
July 27 at the Center in Anna Maria. A total of $16,000
in cash prizes were at stake for adult fishers.
About 30 fishers went out on boats late July 25,
most of them planning to fish near shore, but six were
bound for off-shore waters, said the Center's Bob Vita,
who coordinated the tournament.
"We've got them in from St Petersburg, Tampa, Ruskin,
Sarasota and local," Vita said of the entrants in the big tour-
nament. "And we've got the best of the best. We have a lot
of locals and a lot of very determined fishermen."
Galati Marine in Anna Maria City and the 59th
Street Boat Ramp on the Manatee River in Bradenton
were the two designated weigh-ins, with the last boats
required to arrive by 11:59 p.m. July 26.
"And they'll go to the last minute," Vita said as he
prepared to head out on the pier to watch the children
Michael Harrington, 13, was among the first in the
children's tournament to reel in fish - catching two
snapper within the first 30 minutes.
"I just like catching a fish," Michael said as he
lifted his line to make sure his bait shrimp was still on
Quinn McNulty, 6, fished with his father and grand-
father on the pier. Still early in the tournament he had
caught five fish, including snapper and flounder.
"I like it because it's really fun," he said of the
Quinn's grandfather, Ernie Florio, added, "We're
here at least once or twice a week."
"I just love fishing," said Devon Cole, 10, who cast
out from the back of the pier. "I was born with it."
Devon had seen a few nibbles in the mid-morning,
but nothing close to the 4-foot snook he once reeled in
with his Shakespeare pole.
\ ly dad taught me a few things," Devon said. "But
he's not really a fisherman. Mostly I just learned."
Sharing a bench with Devon, Matthew Wilson,
13, reeled in a pinfish that he had measured and then
returned to the water.
"I just love this," said Matthew, of Liverpool, Eng-
land. "It's great fun. "I have got a few friends with the
Center and they said, 'Come along.'"
Under shade at the pier, Megan Kotkowski, 16, and
her mother, Dawn McCall, measured the catches. Both
are supporters of the Center and McCall is a member of
the Anna Maria Island Privateers, which assisted with
"So far we're seeing mostly pinfish and mangrove
snapper," said McCall, known among the Privateers as
Megan's duty was to hold the flopping fish on the
"This one's 10 and a half," she called out.
She turned as a child approached with another
"That's the ugliest fish I've seen today,' Megan
said, looking into the eyes of a toadfish.
She knew the fish by name.
"I've been fishing my whole life," she said.
Sisters Felicity and Renee Polite, 5, said they're
relative newcomers to the sport.
\ ly brother taught me how," Renee said. "Sometimes
we go in our backyard to a pond. This is my first time here."
And, she added, "I hope a catch a fish - a big
Vita said proceeds from the tournament were still
being collected, but that the Center had covered its
costs, estimated at $22,000.
"We're trying to get 10 percent over that," Vita
said. "Funding as a whole has been down for organiza-
tions. We know we made the break-even costs, but we
hope to do a lot better."
Inshore winners: 1st place, Bobo Team, Capt. Allen Bobo,
Points 538 ($3,000); 2nd, Anna Maria Charters, Capt. Erik Nichol-
son, Points 495.47 ($2,000); 3rd, Bada Bing, Capt. David Darnell,
Points 479.36 ($1,000); 4th, Shallow Dreams, Capt. Roger Wal-
dron, Points 477.54 ($500); 5th, Reel 'Em In, Capt. Gary Wood,
Points 468 ($300), 6th, Sheeps Head, Capt. Cody Summers, Points
449.5 ($300); 7th, Oswald Trippe, Capt. Scott Townsend, Points
444 ($250); 8th, Hands Down, Capt. Art Weaver, Points 434 ($250);
9th, Getcha Sum, Capt. RC Martinez, Points 424.5 ($200); 10th,
Team Merrill Lynch, Capt. John Vita.
Offshore winners 1st, Team Galati, Capt. Chris Galati, Points
429.6 ($3,000); 2nd, X-Treme Fishing, Capt. Tommy Butler; Points
315.3 ($2,000); 3rd, We Need Many, Capt. Central Market, Points
284.2 ($1,000); 4th, Wet il .. 1. Capt. Hank Williams, Points 270.4
($500); 5th, Buggin Out, Capt. Glen Gee, Points 247 ($300); 6th,
Sun, Capt. Joey [..ii.. Points 234.4 ($300); 7th, Gulf Coast Chop-
Capt. Chris Cramer, Points 209.8 ($250); 8th, Coca Cola, Capt.
Eric Clark, Points 59.4 ($250).
Vita, with Merrill Lynch, and Central Market donated their
prizes back to the Center.
THE ISLANDER U JULY 30, 2008 0 15
Lee R. Edwards
Lee R. Edwards, 64, of Palmetto and formerly of Holmes
Beach, died July 24. He was born in Akron, Ohio, and moved
to this area from there in 1970.
Mr. Edwards was a member of Westside Christian
Church. He was the founding president of the West Bradenton
Kiwanis Club in 1973 where he had more than 20 years of
perfect attendance. He was instrumental in building Green-
houses for Girls Club, MARC and Jo Burta Bullock School.
He started West Bradenton Kiwanis-Manatee Broncos in 1978
so more young kids could play youth football. He was a fresh-
man football coach at Manatee High School. He was active in
the Manatee High School Football Booster Club and helped
remodel the stadium and weight room in the 1980s and 90s.
He helped start up the Manasota Stars semi-pro football team.
He built football and soccer buildings at G.T. Bray Park. He
was instrumental in organizing the Christmas Party for the
Jo Burta Bullock School for challenged children. He was a
certified diver and an avid fisherman.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday,
July 30, at Westside Christian Church, 3512 15th Ave. W.,
Bradenton FL 34205. Memorial donations can be made to
Westside Christian Church or Anna Maria Island Community
Center, P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216. Brown & Sons
Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd St. Chapel is in charge
of arrangements. On-line condolences can be sent to www.
Survivors include his wife; Carla L.; son Troy of Bra-
denton; daughter Kimberly Edwards of Milton, Fla.; mother
Betty Dial of Bradenton; brother Bill Edwards of Braden-
ton; sisters Joyce Thompson of San Antonio, Texas and
Becky Surgenor of Jonesborough, Tenn.; and four grand-
children, Ashlie, Zachary and Bethany Odom and Adrienne
James E. Hanson
Jim Hanson, a reporter for The Islander newspaper since
1995, died on the Fourth of July.
Memorial services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at
2990 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota. A memorial fund has been
established in Jim's name in care of the Anna Maria Island
Privateers, with proceeds to go to a journalism scholarship.
Checks should be made out to AMI Privateers and mailed to
The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Vincent A. Kost Jr.
Vincent A. Kost Jr., 70, of Longboat Key, died July 20.
Mr. Vincent moved to Sarasota in 1994 and to Longboat
Key in 2001. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He graduated
Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a degree in electrical
engineering. He worked for United Illuminating Company
of New Haven, Conn., until he retired in 1994.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN
38105, and online at www.stjude.org. Arrangements are by Brown
& Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, 26th Street Chapel.
He is survived by two sisters, VivianA. Laskarzewski and
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husband Francis and Patricia A. Murad and husband Peter;
brother Robert J. Kost and wife Joanne, all of Newtown, Conn.;
and several nieces and nephews.
Jon Timothy 'Tim' Lease
Jon Timothy Lease (Tim), 45, Bradenton, formerly of
Holmes Beach, died July 16.
There will be a celebration of Tim's life for all friends
and family members from noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at
the Palma Sola Botanical Gardens at 9800 17th Ave. N.W.,
Bradenton. People are encouraged to bring photos of Tim
and stories to share.
Anna Mildred Marcheck
Anna Mildred Marcheck, 94, of Holmes Beach, died
July 16. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., the eldest of nine
As a young woman, Mildred became an accomplished
seamstress. She married Joseph Marcheck on Aug. 29, 1940,
and together they had five children. She taught third-grade
at St. Margaret's Catholic School in Greentree from 1960 to
1980. She then began volunteering and working at Marian
Manor, a Catholic nursing home in her community. She vaca-
tioned regularly on Anna Maria Island from 1984 to 1995. In
May of 1996, Mildred moved to the home she would share
with her daughter in Holmes Beach for the next 12 years.
Mrs. Marchek attended St. Bernard Catholic Church,
where she served as a member of the Women's Guild and as
a Eucharistic minister to those unable to attend mass. She
also volunteered in the church office. Mildred also had volun-
teered with Hospice of Bradenton. She was passionate about
baseball and faithfully supported the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Arrangements were made by William Slater II Funeral
Services of Pittsburgh. A funeral Mass was held at St. Marga-
ret's Catholic Church July 21. A Memorial Mass will be held
at St. Bernard Church in Holmes Beach at a future date.
She is survived by her son, William Marcheck and wife
Helen; four daughters, Anne Doran and husband William,
Joan Miller and husband William and Mary Catherine Amin,
all of Pittsburgh, and Barbara Marcheck of Holmes Beach;
and 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, the young-
est of whom is Drake Hugh Doran, born June 24, 2008.
William John Sandhoff Jr.
William John Sandhoff Jr., 80, of Bradenton, died July 25.
Mr. Sandhoff served in the U.S. Navy in World War II
and Korea and for two tours of duty in Vietnam in the Sea-
Bees. His great passions in life were his family, friends, his
dog, Kingsley, softball and boating. He was a member of the
VFW and a past member of the Power Squadron.
A memorial service was held July 28 at the Mixon at
Mixon Fruit Fanns, 2712 26th Ave E., Bradenton. Memorial
contributions may be made to Bayside Community Church
Building Fund, P.O. Box 20997, Bradenton FL 34204 or to
Tidewell Hospice, 3355 26th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Luci; daughter
Janet Mixon and husband Dean of Anna Maria; sons Bill and
wife Ginger of Bradenton, Don and wife Sue of Ellenton;
and 14 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
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By Diana Bogan
The Anna Maria Elementary School admin-
istrative office reopened this week and AME
principal Tom Levengood is urging parents of
kindergarten and new students not yet regis-
tered to stop by and complete the process.
Also, fourth- and fifth-grade students' Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Test scores for the
2007-08 school are available at the administrative
office from 8 a.m. to noon, and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30
Levengood said the much-awaited class
assignments for the new school year will be
posted on the cafeteria and administrative office
windows, viewable from outside, on Tuesday,
AME's open house is scheduled for Thurs-
day, Aug. 14. Kindergarten through second-grade
classrooms will be open from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30
p.m. and third- through fifth-grade classrooms
will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The open house is a good opportunity for
parents and students to meet their teacher and
acclimate to the classroom, Levengood said.
The first day of school begins at 8:30 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 18.
For more information, call the AME office
New info line opens
A new parent information phone line for the
Manatee County School District will start up on
Monday, Aug. 4.
The purpose of the phone line is to answer
questions regarding registration, school zones,
bus stop locations and times. The phone line
will be operational from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
through Aug. 22.
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16 0 JULY 30, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
Suit alleges negligence in shooting
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach businessperson Sue Normand
recently filed a negligence suit against the man sched-
uled to soon stand trial for shooting her.
Mark W. Koenigs, 55, of Bradenton Beach faces
multiple charges in the Dec. 5, 2007, shooting at the
Island Mail & More store that Normand owns.
According to court documents, authorities maintain
that Koenigs walked into the store with a package that
contained a handgun and shot Normand once in the
Afterward, Koenigs allegedly ran from the store
and the parking lot of the Anna Maria Island Centre on
East Bay Drive and was apprehended by law enforce-
ment personnel two miles south on the Gulf shore in
A standoff on the beach led to three charges of
aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer with a
firearm against Koenigs, who was shot three times by
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies. For shoot-
ing Normand, Koenigs faces aggravated battery with
Initially Koenigs was facing an attempted murder
charge. The prosecution's formal complaint against
him stated that there was probable cause to believe that
the "defendant did shoot the victim with premeditated
intent to affect the death of the victim."
Koenigs was arrested upon his release from Bay-
front Medical Center in St. Petersburg and since then
has remained in the Manatee County jail awaiting
trial, which is scheduled to begin the week of Aug.
4 at the new Manatee County Justice Center in Bra-
Normand also was treated at Bayfront Medical
Center, then went into a rehabilitation program at a
Sarasota facility. She continues her recovery today at
home in Holmes Beach and in physical therapy, maneu-
vering with the aid of a walker and a scooter.
On July 21, Normand's attorney, Todd R. Stern,
filed a lawsuit at the Manatee County courthouse alleg-
ing negligent discharge of a firearm.
The suit claims Koenigs, a customer at Island Mail
& More with no ill will toward Normand, unintention-
ally shot Normand and for that she is seeking unspeci-
fied damages in excess of $15,000. Normand lacked
medical insurance coverage the day she was shot and
her bills have escalated beyond $200,000, according to
The civil suit reviews some claims already put
into the record by law enforcement: Koenigs entered
Island Mail & More with a box that he told Normand
he wanted to mail. Normand held the box, which
contained something that moved around and she
told Koenigs he needed additional packing material.
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Koenigs then opened the box, which contained a hand-
Normand's suit claims that Koenigs juggled the
gun from the box and it discharged.
Soon after the incident, Normand, in an interview
with The Islander, said Koenigs "is somebody who is
not in a good mental state. I think he wasn't in his right
mind and, from what I' ve read, he hadn't been for a
"I think of him as somebody who is mentally ill,"
she continued. "I' m surprised that I don't feel anger or
hatred. But don't get me wrong. I want to see him get
the maximum punishment allowable."
Normand's attorney said last week, "Their prior
relationship had been courteous and cordial. We know
now, after the fact, that Mr. Koenigs may have dis-
played prior signs of delusional conduct, but never with
Sue Normand. Obviously, anyone who attempts to mail
a handgun, let alone a loaded handgun, may not be
"However, if Mr. Koenigs truly had the inten-
tion of shooting Mrs. Normand, why did he have the
handgun sealed up in a box ready for mailing? Why
didn't he have it easily accessible on his person and
draw it out of his clothing in order to shoot Sue Nor-
mand? Why did he juggle the gun as he attempted to
remove it from the box? Why didn't he shoot her in
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All of this evidence points to a negligent discharge
of the handgun as opposed to an intentional act of
shooting Mrs. Normand in order to cause her great
Stern said either Koenigs did not check to see that
the gun was loaded or was under the belief he could
ship a loaded handgun.
A hearing to determine the status of the Koenigs
case was scheduled to take place Monday, July 28, as
The Islander went to press.
Already a number of people have received sub-
poenas for the trial, which will involve public defender
Peter Belmont representing Koenigs and assistant state's
attorney Lauren Berns handling the prosecution before
Judge Diana Moreland.
Most recently Berns amended a list of possible wit-
nesses to include a Manatee County Sheriff's Office
crime-scene technician. Berns amended a list of pos-
sible evidence to include a ballistics report.
The prosecution also anticipates a discussion of
Koenigs' competency during the trial.
In addition to the criminal trial and Normand's neg-
ligence suit, Koenigs is the defendant in several other
matters at the county courthouse, including foreclosure
proceedings on property he owns in Bradenton and a
misdemeanor criminal mischief charge.
artist Mary Hamilton in February, watercolor artist
Sandi Nowicki in March and Pippel in April.
In addition to the Guild Gallery events, AGAMI
will hold business meetings at 7 p.m. the first Mon-
days of each month at the Episcopal Church of the
Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Programs will include Paula Schoenwether
discussing photographing art on Oct. 6, Robin
Kaercher discussing art criticism on Nov. 3, a
Christmas dinner on Dec. 1, Kathy and Wayne
Moser discussing interior redesign on Jan. 5, a rep-
resentative from Keeton' s Office and Art Supply in
Bradenton discussing new products on Feb. 2 and
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West Point graduate
saw war approaching
John Atkinson of Holmes Beach was already a
second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps on Dec. 7,
1941, the "Day of Infamy," when the Japanese bombed
Pearl Harbor and America entered World War II.
"We had been expecting a war, but we all thought
it would come from the Germans, not the Japanese,"
said John, who was in flight school at Valdosta, Ga., at
John never expected to be a pilot when growing
up in Auburn, Ala. His parents both taught at Auburn
University and John figured he would graduate from
Auburn just like most of his friends.
During his freshman year, however, he saw a pic-
ture of one of his friends in the uniform of a cadet at
the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
"I thought that looked real sharp and that this was
the place for me," remembered John.
It took a congressional appointment, but John
entered West Point in 1937, survived "Beast Barracks"
during that first summer and graduated in June 1941.
During those four years, the world had forever
War in Europe had broken out in September 1939
and by the time John and his class graduated, they all
expected to see combat.
"But we weren't in any rush to get into combat,"
recalled John. "We knew we weren't ready for a war.
We had people training with broom sticks as rifles and
wearing World War I uniforms and helmets," he said.
John would eventually earn his pilots wings and, as
a regular U.S. Army Air Corps officer, had his choice
of advanced training on either fighters or bombers.
He choose the ungainly B-17 bomber as his pre-
ferred plane and was packed off to Sebring to learn the
intricacies of the plane that became known forever as
the 1 I\ n Fortress."
In early 1943, John was assigned to combat crew
training in Idaho and was scheduled to take command
of a squadron, only to have movie actor Jimmy Stewart
given the assignment.
"He took the squadron to England, so I had to fly
with a B-24 crew," John recalled.
Still, he bore no grudge against Stewart, who
would eventually fly 23 combat missions over occu-
Following Stewart, John led the 831st Bomber
Squadron flying B-24s - "Liberators" - on the south-
ern route to the war, flying to Trinidad in the Caribbean,
then to Brazil for the hop across the southern Atlantic
to Liberia in Africa and eventually reaching southern
Italy in late 1943.
The squadron was assigned to the 15th Air Force
and stationed at Venosa.
To call Venosa an airfield was a misnomer.
"It was nothing but mud when it rained and we had
steel planks stuck in the ground for the planes to land
and take off on. We had to live in tents and it rained all
the time," remembered John.
Although eager for a combat mission, John, as
squadron commander, would not have the comfort of
flying every mission with the same crew.
While most air crews in WWII became like broth-
ers to each other, John would have to trust the different
crews he flew with each mission to do their jobs and
get them safely back to Italy. Thankfully, they did.
His first combat mission was to bomb some indus-
trial targets in what was then Yugoslavia and John
remembers being nervous.
"This was war. This was for real. Anyone who tells
you they weren't scared the first time they went on a
combat mission is a liar. We were all scared, but we
were going to do our job."
His first mission was supposed to be a "milk run,"
but John remembers that as they neared the target, he
saw what appeared to be black clouds obstructing the
Those "black clouds" turned out to be anti-aircraft
fire from the German gunners below. The flak was so
thick, "you could almost get out and walk on it," he
Holmes Beach resident John Atkinson as a graduat-
ing cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point
in June 1941.
As the squadron leader, John's plane had the squad-
ron bombardier. All the other B-24s in the squad would
drop their bombs off his aiming point.
With his first mission behind him, John was con-
sidered a veteran bomber pilot.
"After that first mission, I was at ease with lead-
ing the squadron, but I never got over being scared.
Nobody did. The German fighters would always
aim for the lead aircraft and, as squadron leader,
that was me." John would learn to deal with being
attacked on every mission by JU-88s, ME-19s and,
eventually, the ME-262, the world's first jet fighter
John and his squad also learned to accept bombing
the German oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania, the most
heavily defended German installation in Europe.
The 15th Air Force lost a lot of bombers over
Ploesti, and John would gradually learn to deal with
the loss of comrades, but it was never easy.
"But I was absolutely lucky. My plane was never
hit real bad, although on one mission, my wingman
got shot and killed, but the co-pilot was able to make
it back safely. I was just very lucky to survive."
Luck was helped by the famed Tuskegee Airmen,
the African-American fighter squadron that flew fighter
protection for the B-24s.
Led by Col. Benjamin Davis, the Tuskegee Airmen
never had an Allied bomber lost to a German fighter
when they were on duty. Years later, after the war, John
would serve with Davis.
As the infantrymen would say, "There are no athe-
ists in foxholes," the bomber crews would follow by
saying, "There are no atheists at 20,000 feet."
John remembers that the praying would start before
"I got religion. I had a lot to go back for as I had
a wife and child back in the States. I had gotten mar-
ried right after graduation and I wanted to get back to
His return to the United States was delayed by
the 15th Air Force command, which kept raising the
number of combat missions needed to qualify to return
home and escape the war.
At the start of the war, the requirement was 30
combat missions, but by the time John had been in Italy
for more than three months, that number was raised to
35, then 40 and, eventually, 50 missions.
The missions would blur together. John remembers
that when he landed his bomber, he would just give
thanks to God that he had made it through another mis-
But after quite a few close calls and more flak
than he cares to recall, his mid-century number finally
arrived one day.
"I remember my 50th mission. I was nervous. I
told the crew we were going to fly this one by the book.
Nothing fancy. I can't recall, but I do think that last one
was a milk run, probably the only one I ever flew."
But John would not see America immediately.
He was assigned to Mediterranean Allied Air Force
headquarters in Naples, Italy, as an intelligence officer.
The duty kept him out of combat and allowed him
much more free time. He bought a motorcycle and was
out driving the countryside one day when the motor-
cycle struck a rock, throwing John to the ground and
"busting up my knee."
That knee injury got him assigned back to the
States. As a Regular Army officer, he planned to make
the military his career.
He was assigned to the Pentagon as chief of air
intelligence, but with the war with Japan still raging,
he figured it was only a matter of time before he would
be assigned to the Pacific.
Then, in early August 1945, the atom bomb was
dropped on Japan and the war ended officially on Sept.
John stayed in air intelligence and was sent to
Hickam Field in Hawaii. There, he was able to bring
his family with him for several years in paradise.
While at Hickam, the U.S. Air Force came into
existence in 1947. John traded in his khakis for the blue
suit of the Air Force.
He would spend another 20 years in the Air Force
and served on Taiwan with the same Gen. Benjamin
Davis of Tuskegee Airmen fame. After retirement, he
became a stock broker.
He and his family moved to Bradenton in 1978 and
John was eventually elected as to the Bradenton City
Council and became vice mayor of Bradenton.
"I have no regrets about my service. I'd go back
to West Point and do it all over again if I had to," said
"I wasn't a hero. We left the heroes over there. I
just did my duty and I thank God that I made it back.
"It was a different time, a different era, but we all
A proud member of the Greatest Generation.
"The Greatest Generation" and "Forgotten Genera-
tion " columns are for Island, Longboat Key, Perico
Island, Palma Sola, Village Green, west Bradenton
and Cortez veterans, men or women, who served in
the armed forces of any allied country (U.S., Canada,
Britain, Holland, Norway, France, Poland, Australia,
New Zealand, the Philippines, etc.) during World War II
or the Korean War. We'd like to hear from you. Please,
call Rick Catlin at 941-778-7978.
C Retired U.S.
enjoys life on
Key Royale in
time to give
and groups on
his years at
West Point and
i -as a bomber
THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 30, 2008 19
By June Alder
Reprinted from The Islander, circa 1993
20 YEARS AGO (1973)
Some people owning land along the shore west of
Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach between Cortez Road
and Trader Jack's restaurant don't want to grant an ease-
ment to the county to protect the roadway with rocks.
Councilman Dick Connick, roads committee chairman,
said that what these people don't realize is that by not
granting the easement they will lose their property.
- The Islander
* When it comes to giving up beach "rights" for
(supposedly) the common good, people don't change
much. In the late 1970s Bradenton Beach Mayor Dick
Connick and Mayor Ernie Cagnina of Anna Maria
(where erosion was particularly severe, unlike today)
lost out on a federal renourishment project, mostly
because too many Gulffront property owners didn't
want it. Many people remember Trader Jack's fondly.
It burned down several years ago, leaving a concrete
eyesore along the Gulf.
40 YEARS AGO (1953)
With a new Cortez bridge being constructed
between the Manatee mainland and Anna Maria Island,
Bradenton Beach would appear to stand on the edge of
a new era of popularity as a resort center.
The Cortez bridge, plus proposed bridges between
the mainland and Anna Maria to the north and between
Anna Maria and Longboat Key to the south, will send
new flurries of tourist traffic pouring into Bradenton
Beach from three directions.
Yet there is a bug in the ointment. This is the squab-
bling within the Bradenton Beach City Council, which
has existed since three members opposed, and two
members last June favored unification of Anna Maria
Island into one municipality.
Anna Maria and Holmes Beach, the other island
towns, voted for unification. Bradenton Beach voted it
down and thus sank the whole project.
Unification would have been a good thing for the
Island just as it is proving a good thing for the four
cities on Treasure Island at the Gulf Beaches. But since
a majority of Bradenton Beach voters said "no," their
opinions must be respected.
- St. Petersburg Times, Aug. 17, 1955
* Until after World War II there was only minuscule
Anna Maria up on the north end, incorporated in 1923.
It had dozed through the Great Depression while the
rest of Anna Maria Island remained a virtual wilder-
ness, a place for mainlanders to come to drink and
dance at the few roadhouses.
With the war's end and the coming of good times,
a colony of cinder-block houses built by Yankee Jack
Holmes began to take shape around Cobb's Corners at
mid-Island. There was another colony of cottages down
south opposite Cortez.
Soon both groups decided they wanted to be munic-
ipalities. The mid-Island folks created their own city
in a 49 to 12 vote on March 13, 1950, naming it after
Holmes (some favored the name Coquina Beach). The
southerners created Bradenton Beach on Dec. 21,
1951, by a vote of 84 to 56.
S' - This was the
office in the
80 YEARS AGO (1913)
One of the attractions for the summer at Anna Maria
Beach will be the opening of a skating rink. The con-
cession has been let and the time will be short until the
lovers of the skate will have the opportunity to indulge
in this graceful exercise.
- The Tampa Morning Tribune
* Another promise not kept.
Coming next week: June Alder's Saga of Anna
collection of bits and
pieces from Anna
Maria's past, written by
June Alder and origi-
nally published in The
Islander in 1993.
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20 0 JULY 30, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
Young Islanders take to 'cool' summer volleyball
By Kevin Cassidy
The Wednesday night volleyball clinic - con-
ducted in the cool, air-conditioned gym at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center - drew a nice crowd
of 15-20 players for the early session.
Led by veteran volleyball coach Ted Rigo, players
at the clinic typically start with a warmup, consisting of
a few laps around the gym, followed by some stretching
and agility exercises. Afterward, it's on to volleyball
drills. The players perform a number drills to hone their
passing or bumping, as it is also called. Good passing
is instrumental to the game.
Next, the players were split into four groups, where
Rigo and his assistant coaches fire successive spikes at
them to simulate what can happen in what is often a
The players then move to practicing their toss and
eventually their serve - overhand, of course.
Last, but not least, Rigo i . k_ t%\\ h proper approach
to hitting or spiking before getting to work. Rigo stood
on a folding chair holding the ball up in the air. The
players then get in position, approach and take a swing
at the ball.
All in attendance learn the basics of volleyball and,
best of all, they have fun.
For more information about the volleyball pro-
gram, contact Center athletic director Andy Jonatzke
Key Royale golf news
The women of the Key Royale Club played a low-
net game, in addition to the best four gross holes in a
row on July 22. Tootie Wagner carded a 3-under-par 29
to edge Diane Miller, Lois Biel and Roswitha Fowler,
each of whom shot a 30 to tie for second in flight 1.
Penny Williams totaled 15 to claim first place in the
four best holes in a row in flight 1. Meredith Slavin with
an 18 had the best four holes in the second flight.
Tom Rhodes and Gary Howcroft powered their way
past Rod Bussey and Jay Disbrow by a 21-10 score
to win the July 23 horseshoe competition at the Anna
Maria City Hall pits.
The July 19 games saw two teams advance from
pool play to battle it out for the day's bir,,in, rights.
After battling to a 10-10 tie, Tom Rhodes and Ron
Pepka kicked it up a notch on the way to a 21-14 vic-
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Summer things to do
The Anna Maria Island Community Center offers
a multitude of things to do for adults and youth alike.
Check out the list below and find your thing!
Adult basketball: The Center offers adult hoop-
sters a chance to show their stuff from 6:30 p.m. to
8:30 p.m. on Mondays. Players ages 18 and up can play
for free if they are Center annual or fitness members.
Monthly members pay $2.50 per session, while it's $5
Sunset volleyball: The AMICC Teen Program
offers a relaxed sunset volleyball game at the Mana-
tee Public Beach. Teens are welcome to come out and
play, socialize and enjoy the sand and sunset. It's not
a formal game and often the rules do not apply.
Participants: Ages 11-17.
When: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 5 and 12.
Location: Manatee Public Beach. Teens can gather
at the beach or meet at the Center by 5.45 p.m. for a
Video-gamer challenge: Those videogamers who
think they rule will have another chance to prove it
when the Center begins its second Video Gamer Chal-
lenge. It's a head-to-head gaming extravaganza for
players to battle for the challenge championship title
and first-place prize.
What's your game? Call the Center, 941-778-1908,
ext. 9207, and let them know.
Players will compete Aug. 12-15 for a chance to
play in the Video Gamer Challenge finals on Aug. 16.
The finals will be played out on a 20-by-10-foot projec-
tion screen in the Center gym.
Maddie Valadie goes low to pass the ball to a teammate. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
Registration: Now through Aug. 8.
When: 2.30 p.m.-3.30 p.m. Aug. 12-16.
Fee: Member $10, nonmember $12.
Youth Tennis Session 2 with instruction by Wayne
Sewall for ages 7-17. Registration is ongoing.
When: 6p.m.-7 p.m. through Aug. 14.
Fee: Member $10/month, nonmember $20/
British Soccer Camp
The No. 1 soccer camp in the United States is
coming to the Island providing a great opportunity
for kids to learn soccer and improve their game. The
coaches have an innovated method of teaching and all
players of any skill level can benefit from their instruc-
Registration: Now through Aug. 1.
Participants: Boys and girls ages 4 to 16.
When: Aug. 11-15 atAMICC.
Sessions: Two-hour mini camp, half-day morning
or evening camp.
Fee: $90-$100 based on camp time.
Center soccer camp
Gear up for soccer season and get a kick start on
skills at the Center camp designed for all skill levels to
help players get ready for fall season try-outs.
Participants: Ages 4-14.
Registration: Aug. 1-27.
When: 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 27-29.
Fee: $25 for members, $40 for non-members.
Join Her-icane golf challenge
The Manatee High School Her-icanes girls soccer
team is hosting a fundraising golf tournament at the
Bradenton Country Club at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.
The team needs the money for uniforms, warm-up suits
and tournament travel.
For a $100 donation, players can test their golf
skills at Bradenton's most exclusive and challenging
layout in a four-person scramble.
All players registered before the Aug. 1 deadline
will receive a goody bag, cart and greens fees, a post-
tourney banquet and guaranteed fun throughout the day.
Also on tap are a straightest-drive contest, two closest-
to-the-pin contests, a putting contest and raffles for tons
of prizes. The field is limited to the first 100 golfers, so
The Her-icanes are also looking for tournament
sponsors to help their cause. For $800, a business can
purchase the Hat Trick package, consisting of a four-
some, banquet, tee or green sign on the course and a
banner that will be displayed at all Manatee Her-icane
home soccer games. A golden goal sponsorship pack-
age includes a foursome and a tee or green sign on the
course for $500, or a tee or green sign for the tourna-
ment for $125.
To sign up a foursome, list the four players and
each players phone number and send the list with a
check payable to Manatee Girls Soccer Booster. Mail
it to me, Her-icane Coach Kevin Cassidy at 2011 79th
St. N.W., Bradenton FL 34209. For more information,
call me 807-1105.
Hayley Coulter goes high to spike the ball during the
Center's weekly volleyball clinic.
Big league camp, campers
Islanders Jacob Talucci, 9, left, and Austin Morrow,
9, took part recently in a baseball camp hosted by
the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Peters-
burg. There were more than 100 kids in the day camp
and each day did they did drills in groups for points.
Austin won first place in his group. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Amy Talucci
Wednesday, July 30
8 a.m. - The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands
Key Chamber of Commerce "Wake up Wednesdays"
event includes breakfast at the chamber office, 6960
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information:
5:30 p.m. - "Shark Jeopardy" is led by the experts
from Mote Marine at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Friday, Aug. 1
6:30 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, hosts
movie night in the gym. On the screen will be "The
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Information:
Saturday, Aug. 2
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:
Sunday, Aug. 3
11 a.m. - Anniversary brunch commemorating 50
years of service on the Island at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
Tuesday, Aug. 5
10 a.m. - Family story hour at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island
meets for lunch and a visit with Rotary District Gov.
Margie Cypher at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee. Information:
6 p.m. - The Anna Maria Island Community
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Center hosts teen sunset volleyball at the Manatee
Public Beach. Information: 941-778-1908.
Wednesday, Aug. 6
1:15 p.m. - Gulf Coast Writers meet to share
their writing at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.
* 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., play-
ers pitch horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City
Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
* Simply Put Artesian Gallery, 11904 Cortez
Road, hosts "Fourth Fridays" from 6 p.m. to 9:30
p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month. Information:
* Teen Boys' Night gathering Wednesdays at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
* Teen Girls' Night gathering Thursdays at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center. Information:
* 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:
* Watch "Toy Story" at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center Aug. 8.
* Meet and greet Manatee County Commissioner
Jane von Hahmann at the Anna Maria Centre Shops
Aug. 9. Free hot dogs, cold drinks, music by Eric von
* Video game tournament at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center Aug. 12-16.
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Save the date
* Open house at Anna Maria Elementary School
* On Aug. 15-17, the Island Players welcome
the Welsh Players to the Island for a performance of
"The Importance of Being Earnest." Fee. Information:
* Aug. 18 is the first day of class for 2008-09 public
* 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
Cynthia Reese and Jon Sachtjen were married July
12 at the home of the bride's maternal grandmother,
Jeanne Rozamus of Key Royale. The bride is a nurs-
ing student at Manatee Community College and the
groom is the graphic designer at The Islander news-
paper. The couple resides in Holmes Beach. Islander
Photo: Courtesy Lauren Bourgoing
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22 0 JULY 30, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
First turtle hatchlings head for Gulf
By Lisa Neff
Sometime on July 22, 80 sea turtle hatchlings emerged
from a nest on the north end of Anna Maria Island.
Three days later, one more hatchling left the nest
for the Gulf of Mexico.
The hatchling was found, caught in a partially open
shell, during an excavation of the nest early July 25.
John DeFazio, a coordinator with Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch, checked the nest that morning.
He knew at dawn July 23 that hatchlings had emerged
by the dip in the sand and "all the tiny tracks going
down to the water.
DeFazio became involved with AMITW, which
monitors the beach for nesting activity on the Island,
about 20 years ago.
Over the years, he's excavated hundreds of nests.
On July 25, DeFazio arrived to Bean Point with a
clipboard, two AMITW volunteer walkers and two of
their curious relatives.
He removed the yellow stakes used to mark the nest
and pushed the sand. Then DeFazio reached into a hole
in the sand and began to remove broken turtle eggs.
Several minutes into the process, he lifted from the
nest a hatchling, still partly stuck in its egg, covered in
sand and somewhat sluggish.
The onlookers stepped forward and voiced a col-
DeFazio set the hatchling on the sand, allowing it
time to "wake up," and continued to review the contents
of the nest, which contained a total of 80 hatched eggs,
one dead hatchling and one unhatched egg.
DeFazio then carried the hatchling to about three feet
from the water's edge and set the turtle on the wet sand.
The hatchling crawled, and with each wave seemed
to lose ground, but eventually went out to sea.
DeFazio said it's important the turtles crawl on the
"As far as we know, when they crawl on the beach
they get certain chemical clues," he said, adding that
when females reach adulthood, they nest on the beach
where they were hatched.
Nesting season on Anna Maria Island begins in
early May and continues through October. AMITW
volunteers monitor the beach primarily during the first
months for the creation of nests. In July, nesting slows
down and the hatching of the nests begins.
The hatchlings, according to the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission, wait just beneath
the sand surface until conditions become cool. The
temperature cue prompts the hatchlings to emerge -
usually at night.
The turtles instinctively move in the brightest direc-
tion - on a natural beach that's the open view of the
night sky, reflected by the water. The hatchlings tend
to move away from silhouetted objects associated with
dunes and vegetation.
Nesting by the numbers
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported 143 log-
gerhead sea turtle nests and 88 false crawls on the beach
as of July 27.
AMITW also reported 81 hatchlings.
Nesting season continues through October.
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Turtle Watch honors veterans, newbies
Bud and Gretchen Edgren receive the annual Sadie Award and a gift basket from Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch executive director Suzi Fox July 22. AMITW held its mid-season awards banquet at the Moose Lodge
in Bradenton Beach. The Sadie Award is named for a 325-pound loggerhead sea turtle rescued in 1999. Sadie
was found trapped on Coquina Beach after falling from a jetty and suffering a fractured plastron, the bottom
shell. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann
Frank Almeda, left, one of the founders of the Island's
turtle watch program, with his plaque for 28 years of
volunteer service. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann
Above, a loggerhead sea turtle nest was uncovered
during the excavation of a nest in Anna Maria last week.
The hatchling, which had become trapped in its partially
broken egg, crawled to the Gulf of Mexico. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
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Trout, reds inshore
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Backwater fishing has been a bit slow of late, but
offshore action in the Gulf of Mexico for grouper and
snapper is still great.
For bay fishers, redfish and trout are the best bets,
followed by flounder and catch-and-release snook.
There are also a lot of amberjack being caught in
the Gulf at the 30-mile line, as well as some dolphin.
And there are a lot of sharks being caught in Terra
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said offshore fishing is
stable for grouper and snapper, plus some amberjack
and a few dolphin - the fish, not Flipper - at about
30 miles out in the Gulf. In the bays, he said that redfish
are the big catch, as well as extremely big trout and
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishing has
been a bit slow, but anglers are catching a few sand
perch and yellowtail jacks. Bait has moved away from
the pier, as have the mackerel, he said.
At the Anna Maria City Pier, fishing reports were
also slow, with a few snapper and jack catches coming
Capt. Mark Johnston out of Annie's Bait and
Tackle on Cortez Road said he's been putting his char-
ters onto trout and catch-and-release snook.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
there are lots of big mangrove snapper being caught up
to 16 inches in length, plus some oversize redfish.
At Tropic Isles Marina, reports include sharks
coming out of Terra Ceia Bay, with some blacktips
coming in better than 6 feet in length.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said his catch-and-release
snook fishing is good, plus limit-catches of redfish and
big mangrove snapper.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams, also
out of Catchers, said mangrove snapper and Spanish
mackerel were hitting small shiners over all structures
and reefs. Sharks were lurking near shallow sandbars
on the bulkhead, and he's also catching some nice-size
trout and a few reds in deep seagrass in Terra Ceia
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said fishing is hot offshore of Anna Maria
Island. "Best bites this week are limit catches of big
red grouper and American red snapper," he said. "We're
also catching gag grouper, mangrove snapper, lots of
amberjack, big barracuda, and lots of varieties of sharks
up to 8 feet. Best action is out past depths of 125 feet
using live pinfish and grunts." He said one of his best
charter moments was when 16-year-old Taylor Parker
from Denhan Springs, La, hooked into an 8-foot ham-
merhead shark and fought him for about 40 minutes
until he broke off at the boat. But, Capt. Larry said,
"the trip that stole the show was when 13-year-old
David Maulick hooked up a 7-foot sailfish. "The big
sail jumped, got crazy and ran and finally broke off,"
Capt. Larry said.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Annie's said it was all mangrove snapper, sea trout and
redfish in that order for his charters. "Tarpon season for
all intents is over, but there still will be some sporadic
silver kings hooked up around the area right up until
the first cold fronts of the autumn season," he said. He's
finding snook to be fairly thick around the beaches,
near most passes, "and their spawning duties are pretty
much done as of the full moon in July. Find the line-
siders starting to make their way to the backwaters in
dribs and drabs for the next several weeks," he added.
Capt. Mark Howard caught this 8-pound mangrove snapper while fishing with Capt. Kurt Janisch aboard his
boat "Fight's On."
David Ross of Brandon receives his Rookie-of-the-Year Award from Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, as well as
some gas money. Ross often walks more than one day a week for AMITW. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann
He's finding snapper just about anywhere there is some
structure "and they will jump all over the smaller bait-
fish available right now. We have been scoring some
really fat Spanish sardines and finger mullet that have
worked exceptionally well on days with favorable con-
ditions. The trout love this bait as well, and most of the
larger fish have been taken drifting over deep seagrass
On my boat Magic, we've been catching some red-
fish to 30 inches and trout to 20 inches.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing
guide. Call him at 723-1107 to provide a fishing report.
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sl d Biz
By Rick Catlin
Paradise at a
Dennis Girard and Joanne Zim-
merman of the Beach Club of Anna
Maria Island, 2201 Gulf Drive, Bra-
denton Beach, were wondering how to
stimulate inquiries during the normally
slow period of August and September.
The duo may have come up with the
They recently introduced a "summer
sizzler" special pricing package for the
next 10 sales at the fractional ownership
Dennis said the special package
insures that the buyer will be getting tre-
mendous value for a purchase and make
a unit much more attractive as an asset.
With 14 units ranging from a studio
to a three-bedroom luxury unit and prices
starting at $15,000 with the "summer
sizzler" package, the Beach Club has the
size and style to appeal to people look-
ing to own a "piece of paradise," said
Fractional owners can choose to
either use their unit for their own enjoy-
ment or rent to vacationers for income
production. And, unlike a timeshare, a
fractional owner gets a deed to the prop-
The Beach Club has a private beach,
pool, hot tub and sun deck.
Dennis has already contacted a
number of Island real estate agents and
briefed them about the property and the
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Swords drawn, Jolly opening
The Anna Maria Island Privateers gather July 25 to the new Jolly Roger restau-
rant at the old-world Ooh La La! Bistro in Holmes Beach for a ribbon-cutting.
The Privateers treated customers at Jolly Roger to beads and merriment, while the
restaurant offered refreshments and Chef Aldo Cipriano pizza and other special-
ties to guests. Young patrons enjoyed free meals from the kid's menu. The Jolly
Roger "pirate theme" restaurant is located at 5406 Marina Drive and can be
reached at 941-778-5320. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
summer special" pricing.
For more information on the Beach
Club, call Dennis at 941-809-0041, or
go on the Internet to www.thebeachclub-
Islanders looking to learn yoga are
and breath work to participants.
For more information, interested
parties can go on the Internet to www.
To register for the class, call Kath-
leen at 941-713-1637.
walks for diabetes
invited to contact Kathleen Gallen of The Florida Suncoast Chapter of the
Island Yoga Space 9805 Gulf Drive, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Anna Maria, to register for the next ses- recently honored Euphemia Haye Res-
sion. taurant owners Ray and D'Arcy Arpke
Entitled "Developing your Personal and the entire restaurant staff - Team
Self-Care" Practice," the class will intro- Euphemia Haye - as the top fund-rais-
duce gentle yoga poses, self-massage ing team during the recent Walk to Cure
Team Euphemia Haye
D'Arcy Arpke, at left, along with hus-
band Ray Arpke from Team Euphemia
Haye were named the No. 1 corporate
team for fundraising during the recent
Walk to Cure Diabetes held on Siesta
Key. Jeanne Kawcak of the Florida
Suncoast Chapter for Juvenile Dia-
betes Research Foundation, sponsors
of the event, presented the award.
Islander Photo: Courtesy JDRF
Diabetes held on Siesta Key. The team
raised more than $20,000 for diabetes
The event was special to the Arpkes
as they have an adult daughter with Type
Euphemia Haye Restaurant and the
Haye Loft are located at 5540 Gulf of
Mexico Drive on Longboat Key.
For more information, call
Certified reading therapist Bruce
Skorupa recently reopened his prac-
tice in northwest Bradenton and is now
Bruce teaches reading by "sound to
code," he said, and can begin reading
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therapy with students as young as 3 years
old. Sessions are generally one-on-one
and last an hour. In some circumstances,
Bruce can teach two-on-two or three-on-
three. He has been a reading therapist for
Bruce offers a free newsletter on
reading therapy and his services are avail-
able by calling him at 941-795-0303.
Wind Inspections LLC of Pal-
metto recently introduced an easy way
for Island homeowners to save good
money on their homeowner's insurance
premiums, while also lowering escrowed
Barry Batson of Wind Inspections
said that because of a "law unique to
Florida," homeowners that provide cer-
tification of certain construction features
are entitled to "discounts, credits or other
New at Wagner
.him. ,ii Hightower recently joined the
staff of Wagner Realty at 2217 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach. She can
be reached at 941-778-2246. Islander
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homes qualify for the certification.
Wind Inspections has trained inspec-
tors that will come to a home and docu-
ment the construction features with
digital photographs and complete the
"Florida Uniform Mitigation Verifica-
tion" inspection in less than 30 min-
The company then sends the docu-
mentation to the homeowner's insurance
agent, who files it with the insurance car-
"Upon review by the carrier, the cus-
tomer is notified of their savings and, in
most cases, refund checks and new rate
endorsements are delivered within 21 to
30 days," Batson said.
If a customer has insurance escrowed
into their monthly house payment, they
are then able to call their mortgage com-
pany to request a "mortgage analysis."
Usually, it's only a matter of minutes
before the homeowner is informed of a
new, lowered monthly mortgage pay-
ment, he said.
"In these economic times, many
people are looking for ways to save
money wherever possible," Batson
A certification from Wind Inspec-
tions saves money without sacrificing
quality or convenience, he added.
For more information, go to the
company's Web site at www.Windln-
spect.com, or call 941-920-3737.
Got a new business going up in
Anna Maria Island, Cortez or Long-
boat Key? How about a new product or
service, an anniversary, a new hire, or
an award-winning staff member? Call
Island Biz at 941-778-7978, fax your
news to 941-778-9392, or e-mail us at
Jesse Brisson, Islander real estate
reporter, is on vacation this week. Look
for next week's edition for a complete
list of real estate transactions for the past
Island housing prices up
nearly 8 percent
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Island's housing slump
appears over as the number of sales and
the median price for homes are once
again on the rise.
According to preliminary data from
the Anna Maria Island Property Sales
Report for July, there were 104 single-
family home sales in June with a median
price of $575,450.
That's up 7.8 percent from the June
2007 median figure of $533,750, accord-
ing to the AMIPSR.
Sales are also up when compared
to the same month last year, rising 33
percent to 104 from 78 last June.
Sale prices were also better when
compared with the listing price. Houses
sold in June 2008 averaged 91 percent of
the list price, while those sold in June 2007
averaged 89 percent of the listing price.
The inventory of properties declined
considerably from June 2006, when
more than 900 Island properties were on
the selling block. The AMIPSR reported
that fewer than 600 Anna Maria Island
properties were offered for sale on the
Manatee County Multiple Listing Ser-
vice in June 2008.
Real estate agent Barry Gould of
the AMIPSR said the data is limited to
MLS and information from the Mana-
tee County Property Appraiser's Office
would be analyzed and added to the
report within the week.
the Beach Club
of Anna Maria
Island, 2201 Gulf
ton Beach, are
hard at work this
summer with a
Marge Moran, manager of the
Club Bamboo Resort in Braden-
ton Beach, will be leaving the
resort Aug. 1 after eight years
at the property. Moran will head
south for a job on Longboat Key
with Florida Vacation Con-
nections, owned by her daugh-
ter, Jan Jordan, and Michele
Knuese. Islander Photo: Rick
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SEALY DOUBLE BED, 2 months old, $150. Ross
exercise bike, $100. Camping and hiking equipment.
YAMAHA PA SYSTEM, three mikes, stands, $350.
SIX FILE CABINETS: black, 4-drawer legal or
regular file cabinets. $20 each. The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.
ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet,
$350. Small antique burl-wood rocker, $200.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
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:
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.
SIDEWALK "YARD" SALE continues at The Islander,
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, July 30-Aug 1,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
GARAGE SALE 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Aug. 2.
Good stuff. 5 Lakeview Place, Anna Maria.
WOMAN'S PRESCRIPTION GLASSES found July
4 at the 65th Street beach access, Holmes Beach.
813-689-4135 or 813-685-1585.
Handyman Special! Old house on 83 x 100 lot in Cortez.
Turnkey-furnished 2BR/2BA. A block to the beach.
Large pool! A best buy! $285,000
Mt. Vernon Deal! 2BR/2BA, ground level end unit
with views of Sarasota Bay. Private and spacious.
$165,000 CONDO. Located in the center
of Holmes Beach. This 2BR/1BA unit fea-
tures a huge garage and walking distance
Norman 3101 GULF DRIVE
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JIB/HEADSAIL BEACHCAT with white sail.
Lost July 5 along Bay Boulevard. Reward. Call
ENTERTAINMENT: CORPORATE, GOLF and pri-
vate parties. 781-367-0339, www.bbrodney.com.
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.
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.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
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 information.
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.
2000 LAND ROVER SE7, 117,000 miles, excellent
condition, fully loaded. $6,200.00, 941-928-8735.
Full Gulf views from the upstairs master bedroom and living/
dining room downstairs. Across the street from community
bike path and direct beach access. Three large deck/patios.
Good rental income. Charming beach decor. $619,000
IMPERIAL HOUSE Full unobstructed Gulf views from
this ground floor end unit in Imperial House. Deeded beach
access, pool, fishing dock are just a few of the amenities at
this 55-plus condo. $324,900.
2001 FORD TAURUS SE: 4-door, 16,600 miles,
gold/tan cloth, new brakes, fuel pump. $4,895.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: small sailboat rental and
instruction. Day, week, month. Sunfish, Laser, Zuma
and Precision 15. Call Brian, 941-685-1400.
NOW HIRING ALL positions. Rotten hours, rotten
pay. Apply at Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Res-
taurant, 902 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, or call
LEADING REAL ESTATE office located in Anna
Maria needs a part-time administrative assistant. If
you have excellent communication skills, thrive in a
team environment, highly organized, self-motivated,
who wants a flexible schedule and a supplemental
income, we would like to speak with you. Monday,
Wednesday, Friday, 4-5 hours per day. $8/hour start-
ing, $10/hour after 30 days. Please send us your
resume via e-mail to email@example.com or
stop in and fill out an application in person, 419 Pine
Ave. No phone calls, please!
HOST/SERVER/BUS help sought at Ooh La La!
Bistro. Apply in person weekdays after 4 p.m., 5406
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library in
Bradenton Beach. Friendly atmosphere with great
community spirit. It's fun, give it a try! For more infor-
NAIL TECH OR massage therapist room available
for rent. 941-713-5244 to view.
3101 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 778-6696 Office
Vic Caserta (941) 778-4364 Fax
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Italian, Spanish and English (941) 778-6943 Home
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room for pool. $259,000.
3/2 waterfront, large lot, lush landscape, upgrades,
room for pool. $299,900.
4 bedroom, handicap accessible, Birch cabinets, Corian tops,
Large covered porch. Extras, Like new. $295,000.
SHELL POINT BAYFRONT COMPLEX 2BR/2BA corner, ground floor, pool
view, tennis, turnkey, $239,000.
WOODLANDS 4-5BR/3BA Pristine Palma Sola. 2,875 sf. Many extras. $699,000.
SUNBOW BAY 2BR/2BA bayfront end unit, turnkey furnished. $395,000.
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
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MARINER'S COVE 3BR 2BA TKF condo. Captivating full
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lake view. $279,500.
WEST BRADENTON! Price Slashed! 3BR 2BA family room,
lanai, FHA considered., .S,49r90 $138,900
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GREAT SITE: FORMER service station on stra-
tegic Longboat corner. Many business uses pos-
sible: gas/convenience store, bank, restaurant, etc.
$1,300,000. Longview Realty: 941-383-6112.
GARDEN/HOME DECOR. Enchanting Holmes
Beach shop is fun to run. Only $45,000. Longview
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
BABYSITTING AND PETSITTING. Teen with
child daycare experience and Red Cross certi-
fied available all summer. Katie, 941-778-1491 or
BABYSITTER AVAILABLE ON the Island during the
summer. Lisa, 17, 941-538-8570.
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.
NURSES: PRIVATE DUTY. Long-term home care
assisting lady with spinal injury. Five hour morning
shifts and overnights, 10pm-8am, available. Travel
EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER AVAILABLE to help
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 OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer service
and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-0944.
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
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-
coast Nuisance Wildlife Service, 941-778-3455, or
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING Co.: Oldest and
best on Anna Maria! 34 years of grateful, happy
customers. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-9217.
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/spy-
ware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis
and repair, internet/wireless networking, custom
system design. 941-224-1069.
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired trades-
man, Island resident. No job too small. Call Steve
SEWING: HEMMING, BUTTONS, minor alterations,
cushion covers, ironing. Errands: grocery, doctor's
appointments. Call Terry, 941-778-3125.
CLEANING FAIRIES: LONG-time resident, weekly,
biweekly, reasonable rates and attention detail. Free
A&B WINDOW CLEANING: residential, commer-
cial, window caulking, pressure washing and paint-
ing. Island resident. Day: 941-545-3845. Evening:
PLEASE, LET ME clean your house for you, your
way. 20 years experience. Barb, 941-792-1381.
SUPER CLEAN YOUR home! I'm a fastidious,
Asian housekeeper who loves to clean. I'll make
your home sparkle! Island resident, 100 percent
reliable with VIP references. Free estimates. Call
ESP CLEANING: PROFESSIONAL cleaning team
serving Anna Maria Island. Call Steve and Maria,
HUSBAND AND WIFE cleaning team with old-
school work ethics, references available. We also
have a house-checking service for vacationers. Call
INSIDE/OUTSIDE PRO. Thorough cleaning inside
and out. Pro cleaning, pressure wash, landscape,
windows, insured. Jeff, 941-545-0128.
WASH AND FOLD Service: Formerly at Holmes
Beach Laundromat, now available for pickup and
delivery to your door. Ironing, too. Call Cheryl,
We Make Owning a Vacation Home
on Anna Maria Island a Reality
state-of-the-art comforts you expect from a luxury resort.
Dennis Girard, Realtor
Joanne Zimmerman, Realtor
ANNA MARIA ISLAND
2201 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach
Fractional Ownership from $15,000 -*47,000
This advertisement is being used for the purpose of soliciting fractional ownership sales as
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This offer is not directed to residents in any state in which a registration of the timeshare plan
is required but in which registration requirements have not yet been met.
"Bay Club Is Simply The Best Value
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years experience. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober
and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-779-2294.
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ences. Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen
Floor Coverings. 941-726-1802.
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man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
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2/BR DUPLEX NEAR Blake, one block off Cortez
Road, extra clean, $725/month. 941-761-4040.
ANNUAL DUPLEX: ANNA Maria, 2BR/1BA,
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
KEY ROYALE CANALFRONT paradise. 2BR/2BA,
tropical pool with spa, two boat lifts, minutes to Gulf.
Don't miss it! $2,300/month, annual, available Aug.
PRIME COMMERCIAL LOCATION in heart
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.
1BR/1BA ANNUAL APARTMENT furnished or
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Great outdoor living in Bradenton Beach. Call Liz,
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ANNUAL HALF DUPLEX, 3BR/2BA with washer/
dryer hookups, beautiful tile, close to beach, $900/
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.
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404-441-6471, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPACIOUS ISLAND BAYFRONT. Dock, furnished.
$1,750/month, $800/week. $125/night includes utili-
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HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: Large 2BR/2BA,
den, hookups, central heating/air, pets consid-
ered, $925/month, $1,000 security. 941-962-5827.
OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL Space. 8799
Cortez Road. 625 sf. Call 1-800-952-1206.
PALMA SOLA 3BR/2BA, 2-car garage. Walk to bay
and beach. Caged pool, separate 11x40 screened
lanai, updated domed kitchen, formal dining
room, much more. $1,595/month, plus deposit.
FURNISHED CONDO: 1BR/1.5BA redecorated. 2BR/1 BA, LARGE YARD, close to beaches, walk to
Annual, $700/month. Most utilities paid. Close to bay. $950/month. Agent/owner, 941-545-5786.
beaches. Call 941-758-9133.
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VACATION RENTALS: 2BR apartments across
from beautiful beach. $400-$550/week. Winter and
spring dates available. Almost Beach Apartments.
HOME EXCHANGE? OUR New York City apart-
ment for your Anna Maria Island place. We are get-
ting married on the Island and would love to swap
around April 11, 2009. AnnabelKaplan@yahoo.
LARGE DUPLEX: 2,000 sf with garage. Sunny
Shores, quiet, close to everything, beaches. Avail-
able now. $900/month. 941-761-1471.
NEAR BEACH 1BR/1BA duplex. Covered park-
ing, utility room with washer/dryer hookup, no pets.
$750/month plus utilities, $750 security deposit.
ANNUAL EFFICIENCY APARTMENT. Unfurnished.
1. No pets. 941-778-7039.
TWO WOMEN RELOCATING with granddaughter
starting kindergarten need affordable annual as
soon as possible. 419-756-7980, gjsmith449@aol.
ROOM FOR RENT. $100/week. 941-893-0757.
WANTED: ANNUAL UNFURNISHED 2BR/2BA
ground-floor apartment/house. Neat, single female,
senior citizen. No pets. 941-779-3993.
PERICO BAY CLUB 1BR/2BA, one-car garage,
furnished villa. Available now through December.
$1,100/month. Realtor, 941-756-1090.
VACATION RENTAL 2BR/2BA. Boat docks, pool.
$350/three days. $600/week. Turnkey furnished.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/2BA home near Bean
Pointe, $1,500/month. 2BR/2.5BA Key Royale canal-
front, $1,400/month. 2BR/1 BA FURNISHED condo,
$1,000/month. 1BR/1BA Gulffront condo, $950/
month. 3BR/2BA Perico Island home, $1,500/month.
Call Sue at An Island Place Realty, 941-779-9320.
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.
LARGE UPDATED VILLAGE Green condo, 702
67th St. W. Open 1-3 p.m. Sunday. 941-795-5345.
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/
commercial. $569,000, compare at $750,000.
4-5/BR TOWNHOUSE FOR sale by British owner
at Sunbow Bay. Superb location, opposite Publix
supermarket. Turnkey furnished with beautiful
leather sofas. This house is all set up on three Web
sites as a rental unit and provides an excellent
income. Tennis courts and two swimming pools on
site. Open 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3 and 1-5 p.m. on
Saturday, Aug. 9. 3803 Sunbow Bay, Unit 3A, off
East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Offers invited in
excess of $425,000. Contact Rita at 941-778-7169
KEY ROYALE ISLAND home, 3BR/2BA. Taste-
fully remodeled. Large pool, boat dock. $799,000.
LONGBOAT VILLAGE HOME, 3BR/2BA, two-car
garage. Private master suite entrance. $685,000.
Lease option considered. Realtor, 941-756-1090.
HOME OFFICE, FREE-STANDING building comes
with updated 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, pool home.
$299,000. Realtor, 941-756-1090.
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GATED COMMUNITY, TURNKEY furnished
1 BR/1.5BA. Heated pool, lease-option considered.
$89,900. 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-
sized lots! $0 down. $0 interest. $159-$208/month!
Money back guarantee! 866-819-2485 or www.sun-
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. * Anna Maria
I* Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
883 Waterside Ln., Bradenton:
2-3BR/2BA, 1,632 sf, furnished,
I water and preserve views. Gated com-
munity. Only two miles to Gulf beaches.
Bmrixg Peopl Home Sin 1939
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Build your dream home here. Walk the 100 yds.from Gulf. Beautiful street
sugar white sand beach, watch the & beach access. Build 2 homes or
stunning sunsets, see the dolphins remodel cottage & live in paradise.
swimby.Writeyournovelhere! Becky 2BR/1.5BA . Karen Day (941)
Smith or Elfi Starrett (941) 778-2246. 778-2246. #M573537. $849,000
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Well maintained 3BR/2BA canal front
residence w/open floor plan, private
setting with new dock, paver brick
patio & drive and excellent Island loca-
tion. Dave Moynihan (941) 778-2246.
Kt THU TALt Deautiui corner lot wint
large boat basin. Completely updated
2BR/2BA home with heated pool. New
kitchen with cherrywood cabinets and
Corian countertops, marble floors.
Deborah Thrasher, 941-778-2246.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON excep- PARADISE BAY Great community
tional Pine Meadow pool residence, with docks available for your boating
3-4BR/2BA.Seperatelivinganddining pleasure. Updated 2BR/2BA with
areas, eat-in kitchen, familyroom, den/ . Community centerwith pool,
office,vaultedceilingsandoutstanding carport. ommuntycenterwithpool,
caged pool area with summer kitchen. just 1 mile to the beaches. Vince
Dave Moynihan, 941-778-2246. Meaney, 941-778-2246. #A387808.
#576374. $329,900. $159,900.
2217 GULF DR. N. * BRADENTON BEACH
(941) 778-2246 * (800) 211-2323 * WWW.WAGNERREALTY.COM
HOW ABOUT TENNESSEE? For a list of available
lake and mountain homes and properties call Lake-
side Realty toll free at 888-291-5253, or visit www.
VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS TWO acres on moun-
taintop near New River State Park, great fish-
ing, view, private, $29,500. Must sell, call owner
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
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GRAND OPENING LAKEFRONT sale! Seven-
acres, $49,900. August 9 only. New to market! Spec-
tacular, level, seven-acre hardwood setting, deep
waterfront! Prime Alabama location, minutes from
interstate! Gated community, paved roads, county
water, utilities, more. Lowest financing in years! Call
now, 800-564-5092, ext 1188.
2700-SF LOG CABIN kit and one-plus acre lake
access with free boat slips, only $84,900. Sale! Sat-
urday, Aug. 2.160,000-acre recreational lake in Ken-
tucky! Ask how to receive $5,000 gas card! Lowest
financing in 25-plus years. Call now, 800-704-3154,
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Terry Hayes, Realtor@ discoverannamaria.com
200 S. Gulf Drive Palm Isle Village
SOLD unit 3- only 2 units left! Hurry! Bank-owned Investment opportunity! 300 feet from the beach,
foreclosure! Beachfront condos with granite and turnkey furnished cottages with pool. Rental income
10-ft ceilings. Call Terry for details.These won't last at of $30k - $50k1
Priced trom the $450s
2418 Avenue C 244 South Harbor Dr
Builders home! Custom finishes, chefs kitchen in Bayfront town home with dock and lift.Wonderfully
this 3BR/2BA condo with exquisite gulf views and maintained and updated. Gorgeous views and rooftop
panoramic island views from roof-top patio. Ready patio is amazing!
for hot tub!
Reduced short sale $599,000
9657 NW 18th Avenue Circle
Gated and custom built home with 4900 sf.,covered pool,
living dining,great room and game room with wet bar! Great
798 N. Shore Drive
North end of Anna Maria just across street from beach!
Adorable beach house with 3BR/2BA plus I BR/I BA guest
suite. Gulf views,vaulted ceilings, bnght and open with lots of
windows and open plan. Beautifully maintained, fresh paint,
and furnished. Rental history in place!
909 North Shore Dr
Amazing views from this bayfront with beach, one level and
custom renovated with granite and wood cabinetry Beauti-
ful open plan offers 3BR/3BA and garage.
105 81st St.
Adorable beach house 2nd in from Gulf with Gulf views.
SK ob s LogbatKey F.-22
306 S Gulf Dr
Gulffront with private beach back yard. 4BR/3BA currently and successfully
used as duplex rental with a 2BR/2BA on one side and 2BR/ I BA on the
other. Large L-shaped lot offers a pool and magnificent views of the Gulf.
Perfectly located just one block to Bridge Street shops and restaurants.
32 0 JULY 30, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
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
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
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
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0 Robinson's Preserve
O Botanical Garden Park
0 Rivertown Marina
0 Stewart Elementary School
O King Middle School
O U.S. Post Office
0 Urgent Care Medical Center
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