VOLUME 16. NO.46
Ike inundates Island
with water. Page 4Closure
the news ...
Federal grand jury
calendar. Page 3
DOT advisories on
AMI bridge closing.
Our opinion, your
opinion. Page 6
In the headlines: 10
years ago. Page 7
boardwalk for Anna
Maria pier. Page 7
County board backs
TECO a go in Holmes
Beach. Page 9
Palma Sola group
elects new chairs.
Those were the days:
Looking back with June
Alder. Page 12
arises again. Page 14
Anna Maria, Braden-
ton Beach, Holmes
Beach hold budget
votes. Page 18
Anna Maria Elemen-
tary adds two teaching
units. Page 20
Make a date. Page 21
MHS Canes and sports.
By Rick Catlin
Florida Department of Transportation
District One Secretary Stan Cann said the
DOT will not change its plan to close the
Anna Maria Island Bridge for 45 days to
complete its $9.2 million rehabilitation of
Cann's announcement rejected an effort
earlier this month by Islander publisher
Bonner Joy to get the DOT to alter its plan
by keeping one lane open during the closure,
or moving the entire closure to a time more
suitable for Island business owners.
The effort began in July, when Joy held
a meeting at which more than 30 concerned
Island business owners attended to express
their fears that the timing of the bridge clo-
sure - Sept. 29 to Nov. 13 - would hurt
their business and interfere with the start of
the winter tourist season.
The business owners asked the DOT,
which did not send a representative to the
meeting, to change the closure date to early
September for completion in mid-October,
a period considered by the owners to be the
slowest time for business.
Cann agreed to contact elected officials
and some business owners to determine if the
105-day one-lane closure was preferred.
But while Joy expected Cann to reject
the plea, what was not expected was Cann's
news that the DOT signed the contract for
the September-November closure two weeks
Cann said the DOT had only recently
signed the contract with Quinn Construc-
tion Co. of Palmetto, but that he is confident
that the incentives, one of the largest per-day
incentives he's ever seen, will result in an
early finish for the 45-day closure.
Joy noted that the DOT has been tell-
ing Island business owners it was too late to
change the closure dates or the closure plan
"They didn't tell us they hadn't signed a
contract," Joy said. "What they told us since
February was that they had a contract and it
was costly to make changes."
Weekly press releases from the DOT the
past six months on the bridge closure have
repeatedly said the closure will be from Sept.
29 to Nov. 13.
In its latest update, dated Sept. 10, the
DOT said "The bridge is "expected to close
Monday, September 29, 2008, and remained
(sic) closed until Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008."
DOT spokesperson Audrey Clarke, who
wrote the update, said she was just rewriting
the bulletin with different words. "There is
no hidden meaning in the language change,"
"We plan to close the bridge on Sept.
29," she said, but cautioned that the weather
or issues within the construction industry
could always occur to upset the timetable,
although none are expected.
"Oh my gosh," said Anna Maria Island
From demolition to restoration
An effort in Anna Maria to preserve and restore the old-Florida feel of a main avenue
involves the demolition of a structure at 315-317 Pine on Sept. 12. The project by Pine
Avenue Restoration Inc. and partners Mike Coleman and Ed ( l/C , will result in two build-
ings housing a retail-office-residential operation. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Chamber of Commerce president Mary Ann
Brockman. "I hope this doesn't mean any-
thing. I shudder to think what would happen
if this is delayed even a few days."
Chamber members, Brockman and Island
business owners have publicly expressed
their fear that if the Manatee Avenue bridge
doesn't reopen Nov. 13, it will significantly
impact the Thanksgiving holiday weekend,
when Island accommodation owners expect
full occupancy, restaurants consider adding
more staff, and retail shops should begin
seeing a steady flow of traffic, not to men-
tion the chime of ringing cash registers.
Any delays could extend the closure into
the Christmas season and create a severe
impact to the Island economy, Brockman has
But Quinn has some incentives to com-
plete the job on time.
DOT's final meeting
Sept. 18 before
A final public meeting regarding the
Anna Maria Island Bridge closure will
be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at
St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes
Florida Department of Transporta-
tion officials and other public entities
such as emergency medical services and
the West Manatee Fire Rescue, along
with private companies that deal with
Island businesses, will be available to
discuss plans for the closure period.
The DOT said it would ask the
contractor, Quinn Construction Co. of
Palmetto, to send a representative.
For the latest information on the
rehabilitation project, go on the Web to
www.islander.org. and click on "com-
munity links." People without Internet
access can call 941-792-0369.
Cann said the DOT will pay Quinn
$25,000 per day for every day it finishes the
job before Nov. 13. Likewise, Quinn will be
penalized for every day beyond Nov. 13 that
the bridge is not re-opened to motorists.
"Except we have no access to the con-
tractor," she said. "Quinn does not attend
meetings or even agree to interviews. We
would like some statement or assurance from
the contractor that it can do this job, and on
Cann said he would release public infor-
mation on Quinn's intentions to meet the re-
Cann assured Joy that the DOT has "gone
over every element of the job and the DOT
is very serious about not allowing the job to
go beyond 45 days."
Following the weekly bridge update press
release, efforts to reach Cann for further com-
ment were unsuccessful.
Alternate transportation shuttle
Martin Malar of Anna Maria and owner of
. hil/l Service AMI found his recreational
sport came in handy when, due to the pass-
ing of Hurricane Ike, streets flooded at the
north end of Anna Maria near Bean Point
and an alternate "shuttle" was required.
For more on Ike, see page 4. Islander
Photo: Courtesy Svenja Martin
2 0 SEPT. 17, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
Federal grand jury investigates GSR
By Rick Catlin
The federal bankruptcy case of GSR Development
LLC and former principals Robert Byrne and Steve
Noriega has moved from bankruptcy court to criminal
court with the announcement that a federal grand jury in
Tampa subpoenaed records of the three island cities.
City clerks in Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bra-
denton Beach were subpoenaed to provide the grand
jury with all documents and correspondence relating to
Byrne or Noriega, or GSR permit applications, denials,
site-plans and miscellaneous conversations.
The subpoenas required that the city clerks appear
in court, but Anna Maria city clerk Alice Baird said she
was told by a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent
that she was not needed to testify at this time, only to
provide the requested documents.
The subpoenas were served by FBI special agent
Leo Martinez of Sarasota. All questions to the FBI's
Sarasota office were referred to the U.S. Attorney's
office in Tampa.
U.S. Attorney spokesperson Steve Cole, however,
could neither confirm nor deny the existence of any
investigation. He cautioned that this is only a grand
jury subpoena, although it does indicate the grand
jury has an interest in the activities of Byrne and
Confirmation of any investigation usually occurs
when a party is arrested and charged by the U.S. attor-
ney. Once a grand jury completes its investigation, its
findings are forwarded to the U.S. Attorney's office
for a decision on whether or not the evidence warrants
prosecution, Cole indicated.
GSR investors Mel and Carol Yudofsky of Holmes
Beach and Kent Davis, also of Holmes Beach, said they
have not been contacted to give testimony or provide
"This is the first I've heard about it," said Davis,
Ready for Cortez
Replacement of the humpback bridge on 127th Street in Cortez was completed about one week past the targeted
completion date of Sept. 1, according to Bradenton Boat Club owner Norm Burke, who financed the $1 million
project. The bridge should open in a few days, pending completion of negotiations with Manatee County over a
defect bond, Burke said. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
who gave Byrne a personal loan of $600,000. The Yud-
ofskys invested some $441,000 in the company.
Through a civil suit against Byrne, Davis recovered
all but approximately $135,000 from Byme, and he and
other investors eventually forced Byrne into personal
bankruptcy in an effort to recover additional money.
Neither the GSR bankruptcy, nor Byme's personal bank-
ruptcy, have been discharged by the bankruptcy court.
Mel Yudofsky also said he has not been called to
testify before the grand jury. "I would have a lot to
say," he added, noting that he looks forward to his day
in court with Byrne and Noriega.
Efforts to reach former GSR employees Laura
Delatorre and Debby Dorsey to determine if they were
subpoenaed were unsuccessful, as were efforts to con-
tact Byrne or Noriega for comment.
A source close to the GSR bankruptcy case estimated
the amount of money involved in the grand jury probe
could be as high $11 million in unaccountable funds.
BB commission to
meet Sept. 18
The Bradenton Beach City Commission will meet
at 1 p.m. Sept. 18 at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
The agenda includes a discussion on a request from
members of the ScenicWAVES advisory committee to
expand the city's community redevelopment agency
board to include two citizen members.
The current board, which decides issues for the
historic downtown redevelopment district, consists of
the city commissioners.
Business leaders suggested earlier this year that the
board be expanded to include other voices.
Other agenda items include:
* Several requests for special event permits.
* Discussion of potential overnight parking sites for
boaters who use city mooring sites and bring cars into
* Several requests for payments on services to the
city for legal, building and planning issues.
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DOT advisories on road, bridge work
In addition to notices of the ongoing work on the
Anna Maria Island Bridge that connects Holmes Beach
to Perico Island and the mainland, this week's Florida
Department of Trans-
portation's bulletin o h sla
announcing road work 1:ia
includes construction Islanda
in several Island and
Island-area locations I
for the next two weeks. Swad
Motorists should be y\
aware of the following
locations for road work
and possible delays:
* Cortez Road-Gulf
Drive intersection -
DOT work on the exten- "
sion of the southbound 9 \
turn lane from State
Road 789 (Gulf Drive) ",
onto Cortez Road is
continuing and motor-
ists are advised to "expect periodic lane closures while
crews are working. The project will be completed by
This sign on Manatee
Avenue near the 75th
has begun flashing
a notice to motor-
ists that "Manatee
Avenue Bridge will
close 9/29/08," as an
advance warning that
the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation
will close the bridge
on that date for 45
days or repairs and
motorists using Mana-
tee Avenue to reach
the Island will have
to detour. Islander
Photo: Rick Catlin
Civil War program set
The Egmont Key Alliance will hold its annual
Discover Egmont Key at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, and
Sunday, Nov. 9, and tickets can be purchased now.
Shuttle boats will leave Fort Desoto Park in Pinel-
las County both days on a regular schedule from 9 a.m.
to 2 p.m. The park is located in Tierra Verda on the
north side of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
The event will involve a Civil War reenactment,
with people playing roles for the both Union and Con-
In addition, on Nov. 8, state, federal and Tampa Bay
area officials will join in a ceremony at the Egmont Key
lighthouse to marks its 150-year anniversary.
Admission will be $15 and advance ticket purchase
Sept. 29, the first day of the [Anna Maria Island] bridge
closure," the DOT said.
* Cortez Bridge - the DOT said there will be
"intermittent east and
Bridge Closure Detour westbound lane clo-
sures" at the Cortez
drawbridge from 9 p.m.
* ManateeAvenwue est _ to 6 a.m. Thursday,
., 14 .4 Sept. 25, and motor-
I ists are "advised to
use caution and expect
e,/seo, possible delays."
Ba y * Cortez Road -
The DOT also said
that, between 9 a.m.
Si and 4 p.m. from now
S through Friday, Sept.
-^ W419, there will be
some eastbound lane
FDOTGraphic closures on Cortez
Road between 75th
and 58th streets and
westbound lane closures between 99th and 103rd
streets. Motorists are advised to use caution.
Nov. 9 for Egmont Key
is recommended by going online to www.egmontkey.
Meeting canceled due to flooding
A meeting of the Island Emergency Operations
Committee was canceled Sept. 10 due to flooding asso-
ciated with Hurricane Ike.
The meeting was scheduled to take place at the
West Manatee Fire Rescue District Station No. 1, but
high water on Marina Drive and nearby side streets
made access to the parking lot difficult.
The committee had not scheduled its next meeting
as of Islander press time.
Ryan Moore of
West Manatee Fire
Rescue has been
firefighter to lieuten-
ant. Moore began
at WMFR in 1999
as a volunteer and
became a full-time
Firefighter in 2001.
/ . , He is a state-certified
f emergency medical
technician and holds
a U.S. Coast Guard
S Courtesy WMFR
Take a Detour
The Islander invites readers to join us on a Detour
to Paradise as we ride out the Sept. 29-Nov. 13 closure
of the Anna Maria Island Bridge.
Sure, the bridge will be closed for 45 days. And
traffic, depending on the hour, may be moving slow on
and off the other bridges at Cortez Road and along Gulf
Drive in Bradenton Beach and on Gulf Drive leading
to Longboat Key.
But hey, this is an Island on the Gulf of Mexico, a
place of good vibes and good times, casual charm and
And we encourage readers to watch in the coming
weeks for our ideas about how to make the most out of
the 45-day wait.
Take the detour to paradise.
DOT to help fund EMS
during bridge closure
The Florida Department of Transportation will help
fund the cost of maintaining an additional emergency
medical services team on Anna Maria Island during the
upcoming 45-day Anna Maria Island Bridge closure
that starts Sept. 29.
The team and accompanying vehicle will be located
at West Manatee Fire Rescue Station No. 1 in Holmes
WMFR Chief Andy Price, along with Anna Maria
Mayor Fran Barford, had suggested placement of an
additional EMS team on the Island when the DOT
first announced it was closing the bridge for 45 days
to complete a $9.2 million rehabilitation project on the
Anna Maria City
* Sept. 23, 5:30 p.m., city commission final hear-
ing on budget.
* Sept. 25, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
* Sept. 17, 6 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
* Sept. 18, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
* Sept. 24, 7 p.m., final budget hearing.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
* Sept. 18, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
* Sept. 23, 6:30 p.m., final budget hearing.
* Sept. 23, 7 p.m., city commission regular meet-
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
* Sept. 17, 7 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
* Sept. 18, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire Rescue
Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, 941-741-3900, www.wmfr.org.
The Islander wel-
comes photographs and
notices of the milestones
in readers' lives - wed-
travels and other events.
Please send notices and
photographs with detailed
captions - along with
complete contact informa-
tion - to news@islander.
org or 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach FL 34217.
4 0 SEPT. 17, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
By Lisa Neff
The Anna Maria Island Privateers ship nearly
floated on water Sept. 10.
The ship, a land-loving motorized vessel on wheels,
was seen in the midst of rising floodwater caused by
heavy rainfall at an above-normal high tide early Sept.
The outer bands of Hurricane Ike, passing about
300 miles to the west in the Gulf of Mexico, drenched
Anna Maria Island with 2.5-4 inches of rain, and over-
filled the Tampa Bay-area basin.
The National Weather Service reported that winds
in the area were as high as 30-40 mph during the day
on Sept. 10 and then diminished considerably Sept. 11,
with Ike farther west in the Gulf.
Both days, Ike-related tides on the Island were 2-3
feet above normal, causing beach erosion in areas that
already suffered losses with Hurricane Gustav a week
With the high tide and heavy rain, numerous streets
were flooded in all three Island cities.
In Anna Maria, high water forced the closure of sec-
tions of North Shore Drive and Bay Boulevard. From the
Rod & Reel Pier, which was closed early Sept. 10, waves
could be seen crashing against the same bayside seawalls
that took heavy hits from Gustav's distant fury.
Other roads, especially at Anna Maria's north end,
were under water, as much as a foot in some loca-
"I hope it is all right to walk in," Dianne Mer-
riwhether said as she trudged in a pair of flip-flops
through the water toward the Anna Maria post office.
In Holmes Beach, long sections of Marina Drive
were flooded, as well as arterial streets, as water
overflowed from canals and spilled from stormwater
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church's front lawn became
a temporary pond, attracting numerous egrets, herons,
gulls and even two pelicans and a roseate spoonbill at
mid-day Sept. 10.
At different times through the morning, Holmes
Beach police officers helped direct traffic through and
around the high water.
"This might be the only day someone could be
envious of a driver in a Hummer or Land Rover," said
Annie Grant, as her Camry stalled in a high-water area
on Holmes Boulevard.
Bradenton Beach streets also held high water, espe-
cially the roads nearest the bay at the city's north end.
"I don't remember it being this bad," observed
Henry Ohlson as he walked his dog near the Sandpiper
Resort mobile home park. "The cities ought to put out
'No Wake' signs for cars."
Island residents from north to south and east to west
speculated that floodwater in their neighborhood was
higher than previously witnessed or that stormwater
drainage systems were ineffective.
At the Manatee Public Beach, a discussion about
Ike's Island impact escalated to a shouting match
between an Island resident complaining about poor
stormwater drainage and a vacationer from Miami.
"We pay these fees for stormwater drainage and
then we get a big rain and we can't get our cars out of
our driveways," complained Islander Carl Junger.
Junger's comment outraged vacationer David
Moyers of Miami, who countered, "You know you live
on an island, right? Some water in the streets is noth-
ing to cry about. I've known two people who died in
Island officials said inclement weather tends to gen-
erate hyperbole, but that the rain combined with the
above-normal, day-long high tide caused some excep-
tionally high water on the barrier island Sept. 10.
The cities, however, did not report significant
damage from flooding, waves, wind or rain, which
also caused minor flooding on the mainland in Manatee
Both the Manatee and Braden rivers overflowed
in areas, and in Cortez, residents reported that a squall
hit at about 9 a.m. Sept. 10, causing punishing weather
Seems we on Avenue 1 are now an islana unto an islana, "says Kevin itzgerata oj noimes tBeacn, who pro-
vided this photograph, taken from his driveway looking north. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Boaters rush to tie up their vessel on the Cortez shore
as rain and wind associated with Hurricane Ike hits
early Sept. 10. Islander Photo: Ellen Jacobs
A surfer takes a short walk on a short pier.
A walker takes shield behind an umbrella on the
Anna Maria City Pier Sept. 10.
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Vehicles cruise through the water collected on Marina Drive during a Hurricane Ike-related rain Sept. 10.
for boaters who rushed to tie up at Cortez docks, and
sending waves rolling over decking.
"I was up early and looking out my lanai windows
just as the sun came up," said Ellen Jacobs, a resi-
dent of the Cortez Trailer Park. "At that point the rain
already blocked out the lights from the Bridge Street
pier, which is directly across from me. The rain con-
tinued and became very, very heavy."
Gustav produced perfect surf, bringing board riders
from throughout the state and attracting many beachgo-
ers, but Ike's Island impact proved stormier, drawing
fewer people to the beaches.
"The waves are too hard," said surfer Keith Becker
of St. Petersburg. "1 thought the surfing would be better
Mostly, boaters also kept off area waters, heeding
an advisory from the U.S. Coast Guard about dangerous
Other areas of the Florida Gulf Coast felt the impact
of Ike as the hurricane headed toward Texas, building
Meanwhile, with more than two months remaining
in the Atlantic hurricane season, the National Hurri-
cane Center continued to monitor for storms. "Tropical
cyclone formation is not expected during the next 48
hours," NHC reported on Sept. 11.
THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 17, 2008 5 5
Preparing for high water on the Island
High tides, heavy rains and strong winds caused
minor flooding on Anna Maria Island roads last week.
Island officials said severe weather, combined with
the characteristics of a barrier Island, make controlling"
But there are precautions property owners can
take in addition to some ongoing municipal drainage
* Use vegetation instead of pavement when possible
* Redirect runoff from roofs, patios and drive-
ways to grassy areas or swales, where it can be filtered
through silt and recharge groundwater levels.AR
Water that goes directly into a body of water often
carries sediment, leaves and grass clippings.
* Wash cars, when possible, on the lawn instead of
in a driveway.
* Dispose of trash, which can interfere with drain-
* Landscape yards and gardens so water stays on
Also, because stormwater runoff eventually makes
its way into surrounding waters, property owners are".
encouraged to limit the use of pesticides and herbi-
Additionally, keep vehicles in good repair to pre-
vent oils and fuels from leaking onto pavement and L
eventually polluting water.
Source: Bradenton Beach public works department .
10 signs went
up near North
59i, c Drive in
Ike left streets
Some of the deepest water on roads could be found
on Clark Lane in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo:
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-;, .:-'-.*.. " "4-. - ! -' -- Hurricane Ike dumped enough rain Sept. 10 to create
. .- ..- - -. . - - - some difficult drainage problems in all three cities,
Water slows traffic on Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach but these Holmes Beach kids enjoyed their new
Sept. 10. Many roads held water early that morning, pool on Clark Lane in Holmes Beach. Members of
though officials said that didn't deter many morning the Kadanas family, including mom Stephanie and
commuters. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy Alexis, Calista and Nicholas along with neighbor
Andy Proctor, got a chance to try out their skim-
'the Annunciation boards thanks to Ike. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Is your home already on the market
If either of these statements applies to you, then join us for What to Know
i b.. , .iiN. Your Home, a free seminar featuring Senior Resident Specialist Geri
Kenyon. Mrs. Kenyon is a real estate advisor who will address relevant
information and current trends in senior real estate transactions. She will tell
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Wednesday, October 1 * Noon to 2:00 p.m.
Florentine Dining Room in
The Landings at Freedom Village Bradenton.
(Follow Event Parking signs on campus)
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4408 Gulf Drive - Holmes Beach
Holy Eucharist - 9:00 am
Religious Education Classes
Children/9 am - Adults/10:15 am
Call for Holy Days
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All are welcome! Thurs. 9:30 am - Eucharist/Healing
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Come Celebrate Christ
Worship Service: 10am
Adult Church School: 9am
Children's Church School: 10am
-Youth Church School: 10am
Transportation & Nursery Available
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Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Pastor Rosemary W. Backer
Saturday 5pm - Celebrate!
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6 0 SEPT. 17, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
Hurricane Ike sent heavy rain, gusty winds and above-
normal high tides our way last week.
We can be relieved that the worst we suffered was some
flooded streets and water pooling on lawns, parking lots,
driveways and floors. And we should take notice that Ike's
wrath was far more fierce - deadly, damaging - else-
Each storm in the season brings lessons.
Cautions to surfers.
Warnings to swimmers.
Bewares to Island inhabitants.
Ike prompted even public works officials to take note
of the exceptionally high waters that flooded some areas on
the Island at an exceptionally quick pace.
We trust that those heading up our municipalities under-
stand the importance of stormwater-drainage improvements.
We hope our investments will lead to efficient and effective
systems, though we recognize that a barrier island in the Gulf
of Mexico will always struggle to wade through stormwater
But we also trust that our residents will follow some
simple guidelines to see that high waters recede as quickly
as possible - and that when water does return to the bay
and the Gulf, it is as clean as possible.
How many of you motored through the high water on
Island streets last week?
We know you probably rinsed the undercarriage of your
vehicle, but what contribution did your vehicle make to water
We know you probably trudged through standing water
to collect a newspaper from the driveway, haul out trash or
collect the mail. How much flotsam and jetsam did you find
in the stormwater? Most likely the floating trash and yard
waste came from Islanders and visitors, boaters and beachgo-
ers, and Ike merely sent it on its wayward way.
The lesson we hope Islanders take from Ike's passing is
that stormwater-drainage improvements rest with municipali-
ties, but also with you, and you and you.
We won't be able to keep the water from our streets, but
we can mitigate the storm impacts. Some recommendations:
* Use vegetation instead of pavement when possible in
* Redirect runoff from roofs, patios and driveways to
grassy areas or swales, where it can recharge groundwater.
* Wash cars, when possible, on the lawn instead of in a
* Properly dispose of trash, which can interfere with
* Because stormwater runoff makes its way into sur-
rounding waters, limit the use of pesticides and herbicides.
* Keep vehicles in good repair to prevent fluids from
leaking and polluting water.
* Fishers and boaters should take precautions to prevent
trash and waste from making its way into the waters.
* Properly dispose of cigarette filters, one of the most
prominent litter items found on beaches and is harmful to
almost all marine life.
SLICK Storm surge preparation: Plan B By Egan
A recent letter writer couldn't be more off base and
obviously didn't do a lick of homework prior to decry-
ing the stormwater utility fee for Anna Maria.
In fact, 100 percent of her statements are incorrect.
Homeowners were not sent a surprise notice. The
issue was on the commission agenda for months, con-
tinually reported by local press and aired at the required
number of public hearings. Plus, mailings were sent to
The cost of "preparing, mailing and collecting the
bills and city employee time involved" is nil. The fee is
levied automatically by the county on existing tax bills.
The stormwater utility fee does not have "all the
overhead, administration and potential for run-away
costs." The opposite is true: It is an on-paper entity, no
employees, no overhead, and is administered by the
Nor, as the misinformed writer states, does it "open
the door for all sorts of creative thinking." The proceeds
can only be used to maintain existing infrastructure.
None can even be used for future stormwater projects.
The "creative thinking" has been done by a very
dedicated group of fellow residents. This program is
good for the city, because it resolves a classic pay me
now, or pay me much more later, scenario. It is not a
tax. It is binding assurance that those of us who are now
investing hundreds of thousands in infrastructure won't
see foresight go down the drain (pun intended).
Duke Miller, Anna Maria city commissioner
Time out for AMI
I'm so glad to learn [from an opinion letter pub-
lished in The Islander Sept. 10] John Bacich is an envi-
ronmentalist. Now if he could learn to read a watch, he
would have his problem solved.
The Anna Maria Island Bridge on Manatee Avenue
opens for boats every 20 minutes on demand starting
on the hour. Avoid that time.
Face it - it's not the bridge that actually creates traffic
back ups, as the bridgetender's log shows that the bridge is
only closed to vehicles for about four minutes each time.
Actually the bridge openings ease what could be
major backups on the bridge created by the one-minute
stoplight at Manatee and East Bay Drive, a short dis-
tance from the bridge.
Had they put in the bridge they wanted, we would
not be able to see the boats, fishermen, beautiful waters
of the bay or the beautiful Island of Anna Maria.
Billie P. Martini, SAM Inc. president and former
city commissioner, Holmes Beach
Family Promise gratitude
I have never been as proud to be an Islander than I was
to be a part of the Family Promise Week at Roser Memo-
rial Community Church and watching Island churches
working together to help others from Manatee County.
A special thank you to the board of Roser for allow-
ing Roser to be "home" for our families.
Members of Roser, Gloria Dei Lutheran, Church
of the Annunciation, Crosspointe Fellowship and St.
Bernard Catholic Church spent hours volunteering and
making a difference in the lives of our guests.
It was heartwarming to see members from the vari-
ous churches sharing the experience together and open-
ing their arms and hearts.
Thank you to each person who helped in any way.
Thank you to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch,
which helped one of our young guests decide to work
toward becoming a marine biologist.
Just when I thought our community couldn't show
more love, Duncan Real Estate provided the news that
a client would donate the contents of a condo to one
of our guests that would soon be moving on from the
Family Promise program.
Thank you to Sweet Peas and my husband, David
Ambrose, for volunteering to move the furnishings to
St. Bernard for temporary storage. It was an honor and
a blessing to work with all of you and to be a part of
this wonderful program. I am grateful to everyone who
participated and to Roser for opening its doors.
Nancy Ambrose, AMI Family Promise volunteer
coordinator. Holmes Beach
THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 17, 2008 7 7
Committee considers boardwalk for pier area
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's transportation enhancement grant
committee at its Sept. 8 meeting gave consensus to an
ambitious project for the city pier - constructing a
boardwalk along the waterfront to attract visitors and
make their city pier experience "pleasurable and memo-
rable," said City Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick, who
chairs the committee.
The committee - charged by the city commission
with overseeing where and how an upcoming $358,000
federal grant for improvements in the retail-office-res-
idential district should be spent - has already made
improving the area of the city pier a priority. Now the
committee wants to go a step further and enhance the
entire pier area with a boardwalk, native plants and
other landscaping, along with a trolley shelter designed
in keeping with the old-Florida ambiance of Pine
Avenue and the pier, Mattick said.
And there's good news associated with the shel-
That portion of enhancement at the pier could be
funded by the Manatee County Area Transit. However,
when MCAT first implemented the Island trolley in
2002, Anna Maria residents rejected shelters, opting
instead for benches with no protection against the ele-
Mattick, however, believes times have changed
and newly designed trolley shelter should fit with the
look of Pine Avenue and the pier will give visitors and
residents alike a memorable experience.
Contractor and committee member Steve Kring
volunteered to build a model shelter for public view-
ing before the committee moves forward on that phase
of pier enhancements. The planned shelter will be wood
construction, bear up under the elements and fit with
the pier's character, he pledged.
The committee also wants to redesign the trolley
turnaround at the pier, move the trash enclosure from
the north end of the parking lot, install parking bumpers,
and is considering the addition of some pavilions.
Although the $358,000 is a federal grant, the Flor-
ida Department of Transportation oversees its disburse-
ment and is providing technical and engineering design
services at no cost to the city.
The committee is moving in a step-by-step direc-
tion for improvements at the suggestion of Mike Piazza
of the DOT, who cautioned that the U.S. government
"doesn't like to see areas of multiple work" when fed-
eral funds are involved. Concentrate on just one aspect"
of the project, he suggested.
TEG members have until July 2009 to submit a list
of enhancement projects to the DOT, Piazza said. The
DOT will make the final selection on the feasibility of
projects with the available funds. The grant is expected
to be in the DOT's 2010-11 budget.
Mattick also welcomed a new member to the com-
mittee Sept. 8. Former Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn was
recently appointed to the committee by her successor,
Other members of the committee include Manon
Lavoie of the DOT, and city residents Janet Aubry,
Don Brownewell, Nancy Colcord, Mike Coleman,
Tim Eiseler, Steve Kring, Cindy Mansour, Sissy Quinn,
Mary Selby and Betty Yanger.
The TEG usually meets at 6:30 p.m. at city hall
on the first Monday of every month and the public is
encouraged to attend.
Former Anna Maria Mayor SueLynn, shown here
thanking voters following her election in 2002, is
now a member of the city's transportation enhance-
ment grant committee. She was mayor from February
2002 until November 2006, when she elected not to
In the Sept. 16,1998, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
* The Publix Super Market planned on the site of
the former Island Foods at 3900 E. Bay Drive, Holmes
Beach, was to be completed by late summer or early fall
1999, said Mat Perry of Keene Construction in Mai-
tland, the store's contractor. Demolition of the Island
Foods building was scheduled to begin, with site work
to start Oct. 1.
* An Islandwide forum on a curfew for juveniles
instituted by Anna Maria Mayor Chuck Shumard drew
only 10 Island residents, with most of those opposing any
curfew. Shumard said a Pinellas County Circuit Court
ruling that found Pinellas County's curfew law uncon-
stitutional probably contributed to the low turnout.
* An Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch volunteer
made two Tampa youths vacationing in Anna Maria
release the 13 baby turtles they had caught to keep as
pets. The boys actually did a good deed as they found
them in the street and kept them in cool seawater in a
dark space, and later released them in the Gulf.
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County board backs beach improvements
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County commissioners on Sept. 9 backed
a slate of enhancements for beaches on Anna Maria
The commissioners, meeting in Bradenton last
week, approved several proposals from staff that could
lead to new play and picnic areas, new sidewalks,
improved trolley shelters and a rebuilt pier.
For Coquina Beach, the board authorized county
staff to seek a $177,600 Florida Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection grant to help pay for two new
picnic pavilions, estimated to cost $75,000 each; a new
playground, estimated to cost $150,000; six benches on
pads along the multi-use trail at the beach, new picnic
tables and grills and eight additional parking spaces
designed for access under the Americans with Disabili-
The improvements are part of the county's effort
to create a family-friendly, safe atmosphere at Coquina
Beach, according to Cindy Turner, director of county
parks and recreation.
Turner said the amenities were in part identified by
the Save Our Beautiful Beaches Task Force that met
after a shooting incident on Coquina Beach last year.
The county board, at the urging of Commissioner
Carol Whitmore and Commission Chair Jane von Hah-
mann, backed additional work related to the damaged
pier at Manatee Public Beach.
In February, county commissioners directed staff to
secure permits required to rebuild the pier at the county
beach at the western end of Manatee Avenue.
Last week, commissioners agreed to a change order
for the county's work with Coastal Planning and Engi-
The Manatee County Board of Commissioners endorsed a continued effort to create the engineering and design
plans needed to obtain permits to eventually reconstruct the pier at Manatee Public Beach. Islander Photo:
neering of Boca Raton on permits for the pier project.
The permitting process could take six months,
according to county officials, who also emphasized
that presently the board has not approved the physical
reconstruction of the pier.
For both Coquina and Manatee beaches, the county
commission also authorized staff to pursue New Free-
dom Grant money from the Federal Transit Administra-
The county will seek about $238,000 from the new
FTA program for ADA improvements to transit shelters
at Manatee and Coquina beaches, install sidewalks for
ADA access at Coquina and Manatee beaches, as well
as purchase two vehicles to enhance the county's ADA
transit service, according to Fred Loveland, director of
the county's community service department.
Bradenton Beach Planning board OKs dock
By Lisa Neff
The Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board
without hesitation gave its approval to a special excep-
tion request for a 72-foot dock in Anna Maria Sound.
And, if at least one member of the board gets her
way, such docks eventually will not be special excep-
tions to the rule.
Meeting on Sept. 11 at Bradenton Beach City Hall,
the board backed a variance request from Kevin McNa-
mara, who wants to build a 72-foot dock and install two
boatlifts at his property in the 100 block of Seventh
Street South on Anna Maria Sound.
McNamara, a marine contractor who also has
plans to rebuild the city-owned dock near his property,
requested the exemption because the city's land-devel-
opment code limits docks to 65 feet on the bayfront.
The provision states, "The height of any dock or
pier shall not exceed 6 feet above mean sea level as
determined by the U.S. Geodetic Survey of 1929 on
sea-level data. The maximum length of any dock or
pier from the shoreline shall not exceed 65 feet. No
dock or pier shall be closer than 25 feet to the center
of a channel used by the boating public. Any variance
from these dimensions shall require approval of the city
commission after a public hearing."
P&Z Vice Chair Jo Ann Meilner, after studying
docks on Google Earth, said the majority of docks in the
city exceed the 65-foot limit, including the city-owned
dock at Seventh Street South.
Meilner said she counted 39 docks longer than 65
feet, 16 docks under 65 feet and 12 docks, based on the
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"I hope we can find our way to get this on the
agenda," she continued.
Building official Steve Gilbert suggested a work-
shop discussion in October.
The board, following a recommendation from city
staff, approved the special exception, as well as a request
from McNamara to reduce the city fees in the case from
$1,000 to $500. The $500 payment, according to Gil-
bert, would be sufficient to cover the city's costs.
The Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
tection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also
approved McNamara's plan for the dock.
In other business last week, board members agreed
that they want to expedite their work on a number of
issues facing the city - specifically working on the
land-development code and cleaning up other regula-
tions in the city's code book.
The board's next meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Oct.
2 at city hall to discuss proposed amendments to the
comprehensive plan based on the state-approved evalu-
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Gas line a go
By Lisa Neff
Start the engines. Holmes Beach city commission-
ers voted unanimously Sept. 8 to approve a franchise
agreement with TECO/Peoples Gas.
The final reading of an ordinance on the agreement
took the brakes off the company's effort to install a gas
line to service customers in Holmes Beach.
TECO contractors had arrived on Anna Maria
Island earlier this summer with permits from the Flor-
ida Department of Transportation to install a natural
gas line in the state's rights of way. The company's
plans involved bringing the line from west Bradenton
to Anna Maria Island, through parts of Holmes Beach
and Bradenton Beach, and connecting with service on
But Island officials were surprised that TECO was
ready to install the line without having presented plans,
seeking permits or proposing a utility franchise agree-
ment in Holmes Beach or Bradenton Beach.
In Bradenton Beach, city officials gave TECO
authorization to proceed with its installation work while
attorneys drafted an agreement.
In Holmes Beach, officials required TECO to wait
for signatures on a franchise agreement before obtain-
ing permits and going to work, installing its utility lines
in the city's rights of way.
City commissioners and the mayor signed the
agreement after approving the document Sept. 8.
TECO representatives signed the next day.
Before approving the agreement, commissioners
asked TECO representative Lance Horton several ques-
tions, primarily about the construction work.
Horton pledged that if the work interfered with
traffic during the closure of the Anna Maria Island
Bridge, TECO would halt installation until the bridge
The agreement for the franchise operation between
Holmes Beach and the company calls for a 15-year
contract, with the city receiving a fee of 6 percent of
the locally generated revenue.
Company officials estimated that initially the rev-
enue to the city would be about $6,000 a year based on
the company securing 25 commercial accounts.
In other business Sept. 8, commissioners approved
a capacity program for the Manatee County school dis-
trict, an action required under an interlocal agreement
between the city and the district.
The commission also accepted a $1,500 settlement
offer involving a code enforcement lien on property in
the 6000 block of Marina Drive.
The property was foreclosed upon and a court likely
would determine that a code enforcement lien also was
foreclosed upon as a matter of law, according to city
attorney Patricia Petruff.
The bank that owns the property wanted to clear
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Islanders may have noticed quite a few work crews along Palma Sola Causeway and near the Anna Maria
Island Bridge recently, particularly as companies are leaving some vehicles and equipment at both the east and
west ends of the bridge when the day's work is done. Here, workers for Tampa Electric Company were busy
installing a natural gas pipeline to the Island that will be used by both residential and commercial customers
when completed. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
the title and a $1,000 offer was made to the city.
Responding, commissioners asked for and received
a total of $1,500 to cover legal fees.
Commissioners, as they unanimously accepted the
offer, also asked the mayor to have code enforcement
officers closely watch the property.
"It's been in and out of compliance all summer,"
The next city commission meeting will be at 7 p.m.
Sept. 23, at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive. Before the
meeting, at 6:30 p.m., the commission will hold its final
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START came together following a season of severe
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Scenic group elects new chairs
By Lisa Neff
The advisory group charting changes on the Palma
Sola Causeway elected a new chair during its first meet-
ing after a summer break.
Seth Kohn, the new chair, is not a newcomer to
the Palma Sola Scenic Highway Corridor Management
Entity. Kohn of the city of Bradenton's public works
department has served as the CME's vice chair and
guided this past year's improvements on the cause-
Kohn replaces Ingrid McClellan, executive direc-
tor of Keep Manatee Beautiful, who is leaving the
Palma Sola committee to focus on improvements to
the Tamiami Trail Scenic Highway.
Over the last year, major changes were made along
the Palma Sola scenic highway, the stretch of Manatee
Avenue from 75th Street in Bradenton through a mix
of Bradenton and unincorporated Manatee County to
East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach. Crews removed non-
native invasive trees, including all Brazilian peppers
and some Australian pines and landscapers planted
hundreds of trees and shrubs. A contractor installed a
new boat ramp on the southwest side of the causeway.
And, to keep vehicles from reaching the water at certain
locations, crews planted rows of bollards.
McClellan's exit created a vacancy on the commit-
tee, which will be filled by outgoing Manatee County
Commissioner Jane von Hahmann, currently a county
representative on the committee.
Von Hahmann's association with the Palma Sola
project dates back to the earliest formation of the scenic
She declined to serve as the committee's vice chair,
explaining that she's not certain of her plans after she
leaves the county board in November.
So the committee, meeting Sept. 10 in the county
administration building in Bradenton, elected Holmes
Beach resident Molly McCartney as vice chair.
McCartney, a correspondent for The Islander, was
not present for the vote.
In other business last week, the committee:
* Agreed to accept the Sarasota Bay Estuary Pro-
gram's offer to assign a New College intern to help
write and update the corridor management plan.
The process is expected to take about eight weeks
and must be completed by May 2009.
* Discussed the replacement of trees that have died
along the scenic highway.
The contract for the landscaping work requires
the replacement of trees that do not survive in the first
"Mostly, it's the cabbage palms," Kohn said, adding
that replacement would "not be a problem."
* Discussed plans for a parking lot at the new boat
ramp on the southwest end of the causeway.
Kohn said construction of the shell parking lot was
delayed until the Florida Department of Transportation
issued a permit for work in the rights of way.
"That's where it sits," Kohn said.
Until the permit is issued and the parking lot cre-
ated, the boat ramp cannot be used.
"I can't open a boat ramp without parking people,"
The group's next meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. Nov.
12 at the county administration building.
A boat ramp on the Palma Sola Causeway will remain closed until a shell parking lot can be constructed at the
site. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
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from the dock, then starting it up and driving off.
It is also believed that there was surveillance of the
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Still engulfed in Anna
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Manatee County Utility crews
--.. continue work on Gulf Drive
in Anna Maria, installing new
water pipes for the county's
system and forcing motorists
to use just one lane during
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THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 17, 2008 0 11
Motion magic taught
By Lisa Neff
Maureen "Mo" Dye has earned a living in human
resources - as a personnel director, a public relations
agent and a motivational lecturer.
She also works in human resources of another
nature - promoting physical and mental fitness.
Dye is an instructor with the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
She teaches a workshop on adult ballet and "Mo's
Mixed Movements," an exercise class, sometimes with
a show tunes soundtrack.
The Islander, in the first in a collection of profiles
of Center instructors and volunteers, asked Dye, a resi-
dent of Holmes Beach, about her teaching role.
The Islander: How did you come to be an instructor
with the Center?
Mo Dye: I think I volunteered - from being
there on Tuesdays and Thursday doing "Muscles and
The Islander: Name one thing you expect students
to take from your classes?
The Islander: How long have you been teaching
MD: Sporadically, most of my adult life.
The Islander: What was the last adult education
class or program you personally enrolled in?
MD: I enrolled in a refresher Spanish course when
I first came to the area because I had not found a ballet
class to participate in or had not done any marketing to
teach my own as yet. I needed to keep my brain rust-
The Islander: How would you describe the Center's
role on Anna Maria Island?
MD: To bring the entire community together -
children and adults - by providing a physical and
emotional education and support.
The Islander: What's one class you'd like to see at
the Center in the future?
MD: Belly dancing or Middle Eastern dancing.
The Islander: Finish the statement: Lifelong learn-
MD: ... the essence and the driving force of a
joyous, productive, healthy and long life.
For more information about Dye's courses at the
Center or other classes, call 941-778-1908.
mainland poker run
Secure the mainland.
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will be cruis-
ing off the Island for the second annual "Shiprek AMI
Privateer Poker Run" on Sept. 28.
The event will raise money for the non-profit
group's scholarship fund.
The poker run - motorcycles are encouraged but
four-wheeled vehicles are welcome - begins with a
registration at Peggy's Corral in Palmetto. The run will
include stops at Scalawags, the Sarasota Sailing Squad-
ron, Skipper's Lounge, the Distillery before returning
to Peggy's for food and music.
For more information, go to www.amiprivateers.org
or call Ron "Jewels" Luckerman at 941-720-0426.
Players to present
first play of season
The Island Players open the 2008-09 theater season
on Anna Maria Island with a presentation of "The Cock-
tail Hour" Oct. 9-19.
Performances will take place at the Island Play-
ers theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, at 8 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday. The
theater is dark on Mondays.
The play, by A.R. Gurney, deals warmly and
humorously with a playwright who has written about
his family - and wants relatives' OK to go public with
The theater group's season will continue with
"Cliffhanger," Dec. 4-14; "The Affections of May,"
Jan. 22-Feb. 8, 2009; "Sylvia," March 19-April 5; and
"Alone Together Again," May 14-24.
The theater box office opens 10 days before open-
ing nights. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through
Saturday and an hour before curtain time.
To reach the box office, call 941-778-5755.
Center to host skate night
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is invit-
ing youngsters to lace up their roller skates for a family
fun night Sept. 26.
The skating party is from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the
gym at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
For more information, call the Center at
Sale to benefit seabirds
A campaign to raise money for the benefit of sea-
birds - Save Our Seabirds Inc. - will hold a yard sale
from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20.
The event will take place at the former Pelican Man
Bird Sanctuary adjacent to Mote Marine Laboratory at
1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota.
For more information, or to donate items for the
sale, call Lee Fox at 941-388-3010.
Friends host library programs
The Friends of the Island Branch Library will host
a film and craft-making event for teens at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 24.
In "Books Unbound," participants will paint, recy-
cle and attach new material to transform old books into
Also, the library will host a screening of a film, the
specific movie not yet determined.
Participants should bring a book and photos for the
craft period to the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
For more information, call the library at
Kiwanis to meet Sept. 20
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will hear
from Karen Lutz of Sarasota Children's Services at 8:30
a.m. Sept. 20 at Cafe on the Beach in Holmes Beach.
Prior to the program, the club will meet for break-
fast at the Manatee Public Beach restaurant.
For more information, call Al Guy at
County to set hearing on
Manatee County is preparing to hold a public hear-
ing on a request to name a Cortez playfield for County
Commissioner Jane von Hahmann.
Von Hahmann - who is running for re-election
against Bradenton Beach Vice Mayor John Chappie on
Aug. 26 - is a longtime resident of Cortez.
The Cortez-based Florida Institute for Saltwater
Heritage voted in May to request that an area on the
southeast corner of the Cortez School House Preserve
be named "Jane von Hahmann Field."
The group is seeking the designation to honor the com-
missioner "for her continuous support for the preservation
effort in the historic Cortez fishing village and Manatee
County in general," said Allen Garner, FISH chair.
"Jane has consistently worked to preserve the
unique quality of life available to residents of Manatee
County," Garner said.
The county commission on Aug. 12 approved a
request to hold a public hearing on the matter. However,
a date has not been set.
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Those were the days
gather at Anna Maria
By June Alder
The annual picnic of the Peninsular Telephone
Company will be held next Wednesday at Anna
Maria Beach. It is not a picnic only for the Bra-
dentown exchange of the big independent telephone
company, but for all branches as well as the head-
quarters at Tampa.
It is estimated that from President W. G. Bror-
ein on down the line there will be not less than 700
persons in the party group.
This is the first time the general picnic of
the company has been held in this section. Every
employee who can be spared from duty that day will
attend with family members from Tampa, Lake-
land, Bradentown, Clearwater, Plant City, Bartow,
Sarasota, Winter Haven, Lake Wales, Haines City,
Frostproof, Tarpon Springs and Mulberry divisions
of the Peninsular.
- Evening Herald, Aug. 18, 1923
* Think of it - 700 people! The Island hadn't
seen a throng like that since the dedication of the
bridge in 1922 when there were elephants, a water
ski show and a wax replica of the Last Supper. The
new town of Anna Maria, inaugurated on Aug. 7,
had only two weeks to get ready for the event.
Mayor Mitch Davis arranged for the county to
truck in several loads of shell to spread on bumpy
Snapper Street (as Gulf Drive was then called) and
hired a man to mow down the carpet of weeds on
Pine Avenue. Town Clerk Jim Whitehead posted
"Speed Limit 20 Mi." signs at the town limits. The
agent for the New Hampshire owners of the wharf
got it patched up. And Sam Davis at the beach
pavilion hastened to prepare 18 gallons of scallops,
shelled and packed in ice, plus traditional fixins for
Came Aug. 22 and at noon the steamer Jessie
B. Adams arrived from Tampa with 300 picnick-
ers aboard. Others made the trip in Model-Ts and
roadsters loaded with beach umbrellas and beach
The Evening Herald scribe described the scene
in a crescendo of purple prose:
"Some folks walked from the dock to the Gulf
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or more shapely young women were in the surf at one
time, and the mermaids that are wont to haunt the sil-
very strands of the broad beach took a look or two, tore
out whole handfuls of silky hair in a fit of jealous frenzy
and sank silently beneath the bottle green waves.
"Even Old Sol, who is wont to glare down upon
bathers during the early afternoon, and put red and
brown tints on complexions that are so carefully saved
up for outdoor exhibitions, kindly pulled a whole stack
of clouds over his face and kept it hid for the after-
"But anon J. Pluvius frowned, and the sky took it
to heart and began to weep. That made it necessary to
hold the shore dinner indoors, at the Davis pavilion.
But the pavilion is on the shore and the dinner was a
real dinner, and so there you are! It was a shore dinner
to the final letter and the last escallop. Yes, that's the
way to spell the word."
After the gastronomical indulgence came the
speechifying. Peninsular President Brorein and Bra-
dentown exchange super W. U. Lathrop praised
their "girls and boys" for upbuilding the company
(1923-24 was shaping up to be the biggest growth
year in Peninsular's history). And the "distinguished
guests" - the mayors of Bradentown, Palmetto and
Sarasota - glowed with optimism about the future
of the "Manatee section."
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Raymond dead at 92
Bataan Death March survivor Steve Raymond, an
original Islander who grew up in Anna Maria, has made
M his last formation. He passed
away at his home in Lecanto,
Fla., on Sept. 7, according
to his wife. He was 92 years
In tribute to Steve, indeed
to all World War II veterans
and all military veterans, his
Greatest Generation story from
the March 14, 2007, issue of
The Islander is reprinted here
Steve Raymond: 'Too Dead to Die'
If you are one of those people who believe that the
Japanese military of World War II considered Ameri-
cans a worthy opponent and deserving of decent treat-
ment in combat or as prisoners of war under the Geneva
Convention, do not read this column. In fact, you prob-
ably won't want to read Anna Maria native Steve Ray-
mond's recently published book, "Too Dead to Die,"
about his experiences as a POW of the Japanese. This
story and Steve's book could shatter your conception
of how "civilized" soldiers act in wartime.
Unlike many other WW II veterans, Steve Ray-
mond has no pictures of himself in uniform during the
You see, where Steve was "stationed," there were
no cameras. There were also no latrines, no uniforms,
no telephones, no medical care, no food and no compas-
sion. There was only disease, cruelty, inhumanity and
death. On rare occasions, there was survival.
Steve Raymond was a POW of the Japanese for
nearly three-and-a-half years.
Steve Raymond was one of the war's rarities, one
of the lucky ones. He lived to tell his story. More than
100,000 other Allied personnel captured by the Japanese
during the war died at the hands of their captors. That
was out of about 250,000 POWs held by the Japanese.
In other words, Steve only had a 60 percent chance of
survival from the day of his capture on April 9, 1942.
Steve was in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Philip-
pines in April 1942 when approximately 18,000 Ameri-
can soldiers surrendered to the Japanese on the Bataan
Peninsula in the Philippines. It was the largest surrender
by the U.S. Army in history, and its greatest tragedy.
The 18,000 Americans along with 55,000 Filipino
soldiers, were force-marched about 100 miles after their
surrender to internment. An estimated 20,000 soldiers
- 5,000 Americans and 15,000 Filipinos - died on
the march, although official records have been impos-
sible to come by the past 65 years. They were hacked to
death, beheaded, butchered, starved to death, deprived
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of water, trampled on by Japanese tanks and trucks,
deliberately shot for no reason other than they wanted
some water, killed by the Japanese if they fell behind, or
otherwise slowly bayoneted to death just for pleasure.
Steve made it to the Camp O'Donnell POW camp
as a Death March survivor only to discover another
hell awaited. He spent nearly three-and-a-half years
as a Japanese prisoner of war. He survived the brutal-
ity, indifference, cruelty and contempt of the Japanese.
He survived systematic torture, starvation, disease and
deprivation. He survived killing just for killing's sake.
He survived because he was "Too Dead to Die," as
he says in his own words.
Steve's story really begins here on Anna Maria
Island in 1916.
Steve's dad, Elmer "Shug" Raymond, had home-
steaded property on the north end of the Island, which
had a total population in those days of about 25 people,
maybe 40 during the winter months. When Steve's
mom, Mimi, became pregnant, she told "Shug" that
she refused to deliver a child in the woods with the only
medical care being a mullet.
"Dad arranged for a boat coming around the pen-
insula from Tampa for Jacksonville to stop and pick up
mom," said Steve. The boat continued up the east coast
and Mimi got off in New Jersey, where Steve was born
on June 30, 1916.
Mother and infant son returned to Anna Maria
Island later that year and Steve grew up as just about
the only child on the Island.
Graduating from Bradenton High School in 1933,
Steve spent a year at the University of Florida before
an illness cut his collegiate career short. He returned
to Bradenton and worked as a reporter for the old Bra-
denton Herald and at a local print shop.
Not wanting to be drafted into the foot-slogging
infantry, Steve, already 24 years old, enlisted in the U.S.
Army Air Corps, an outfit that didn't seem to mind that
he was color-blind and had been rejected by the Navy.
After basic and advanced training in Savannah, Ga.,
Steve got his first leave and returned to the Island where
he hung around a place called Todd's, which today is
the Sandbar Restaurant.
By this time, Steve and his buddies could see the
war clouds gathering, although most thought the United
States would jump into the European war first.
Little thought was given to a war with Japan when
Steve and his Air Corps unit were ordered to Manila to
join the 248th Material Squadron, part of Gen. Doug
MacArthur's 27th Bomb Group. They arrived on Nov.
20, 1941, not realizing their safe world had only 19
more days before it would be forever shattered.
When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec.
7, 1941, they also attacked the U.S. air bases in the
Philippines. Because Manila is across the international
date line, it was Dec. 8, 1942, when the Japanese caught
MacArthur's Air Corps napping on the ground and
destroyed nearly 80 percent of all combat aircraft in
the Philippines on the first day of the war.
Steve and his fellow soldiers, however, didn't think
the Japanese would last a week.
"But deep down, we knew how unprepared we were
THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 17, 2008 0 13
for the attack. We knew there were no replacements for
the aircraft we lost. With no planes, we quickly became
infantrymen. Our job was to fend off the Japanese while
we awaited replacements."
They never came.
Bottled up by the Japanese on the Bataan penin-
sula, surrender for the American-Filipino Army came
on April 9, 1942.
Steve credit's his survival on the march to a couple
of pals, Geissman and "Deacon," and his realization
that to stop marching would mean certain death. His
friends had to drag him the last few miles to the trains
that took the prisoners to Camp O'Donnell.
In his book, Steve has recorded the words of the
Japanese commandant of the POW camp, as translated
by a Filipino collaborator.
"The captain, he say Nippon has Java and Sumatra.
He say you are miserable specimens because you do not
stand at attention while an officer speaks to you. The
captain, he say you are beneath contempt. He say you
are completely at his mercy and anyone who tries to run
away will be killed. He say escape is impossible."
The captain told the POWs that they could expect
"no mercy" and that it was only through the "benevo-
lence of the Japanese military code" that they had been
permitted to live this long.
With that, Steve began three years and four months
of captivity at the hands of an indifferent Japanese Army.
He was liberated on Sept. 5, 1945, at a POW camp in
Japan, 20 days after the Japanese surrendered.
After his liberation, Steve returned to Anna Maria
Island in time for Christmas 1945. By then, there were
a lot more people on the Island and a number of soldiers
were home from the war and trying to be civilians.
But the war was not over for Steve. Back in Anna
Maria, alcohol helped him forget what he had been,
what he had seen and how he had survived. He often
wondered if, as a civilian, he could survive the savagery
and inhumanity of the Japanese.
Survive, he did.
Already with some newspaper experience, Steve
entered the University of Missouri in 1946 and studied
journalism. It was here, Steve says, that he "rejoined
mankind." He graduated in 1950.
Steve joined the staff of the old Tampa Times and
eventually owned his own weekly newspaper, the Pal-
metto News. He finished his career with the Tampa Tri-
bune in 1978 and retired to Lecanto near Crystal River.
It took Steve nearly 45 years to fully complete his
memoirs. His original diary had been lost in a long-
forgotten POW camp in Japan. He wanted to have them
published, but either couldn't find a publisher or didn't
have the money to publish the book himself.
In 2003, his manuscript reached the hands of
Mike Pride, the editor of the Concord Monitor in New
Hampshire. Mike agreed to take Steve's manuscript,
"straighten it out and find a publisher." He succeeded.
"I turned 90 years old on June 30, 2006," said
Steve. "Getting 'Too Dead to Die' into print has been
a race against time. Finally, the race is won."
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Flagpole controversy again arises
By Rick Catlin
Retired naval aviator Jim Kissick of Bradenton
Beach says that as long as he's around and has a say
in the matter, there will never be a military veterans
memorial flag pole at Leffis Key.
The 2001 plan by Kissick and the Manatee Veterans
Council to place a small monument and flag pole at
Leffis Key in Bradenton Beach honoring Island veter-
ans has long been buried after the local Audubon Soci-
ety complained that the noise from the flag pole rope
might frighten migratory birds that frequent the park.
Rather than accept a compromise location at a small
hill about 100 yards south of Leffis Key, Kissick and
the MVC walked away from the project.
Fast forward to 2008, when the Longboat Key
Town Council rejected the idea of a wireless commu-
nications services device - don't call it a cell tower
- at the north end of the town.
Enter Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whit-
more, who thought a cell tower disguised as a flag pole
atop the alternate hill proposed in 2001 made sense.
\ly idea was so that the veterans could have a
memorial and get some revenue to maintain the place.
The t. vhnl 1, 'y has changed so much you could not
recognize it as a cell tower," Whitmore said. "I was
just trying to do something nice for the veterans."
No way at that location, Kissick said.
'They can put a monument anywhere they want
as long as it's not on that hill," he said. "It would be a
disgrace to all the veterans."
Kissick still has harsh words about the Audubon Society
and the stance of then Manatee County administrator Ernie
Padgett, who proposed the alternate site, complete with a
parking lot, flood lights on the flag, and a small path leading
to the monument and flag pole, all handicap accessible.
Whitmore said the rent from the cell tower would
pay for all those amenities at the monument, as well as
Forget all the amenities, said Kissick. He still con-
siders a flag pole at that location a disgrace.
Whitmore said the county could still find a place for
a memorial for Island veterans, and it could still approve
a cell tower at that location without the memorial.
"I was just trying to help out," she said. While Kiss-
ick has an opinion, it's not the final say on the issue.
Whitmore has provided her proposal to the Mana-
tee Veterans Council.
Maybe he's only one voice, said Kissick, but he will
still oppose any flag pole at the proposed location.
The Islander holds it annual Veterans Day tribute
to veterans at the butterfly park location.
Eberhard H. Johanning
Eberhard H. Johanning, 94, of Anna Maria Island,
died Sept. 6. He was born in Germany and was a vet-
eran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War
He is survived by daughter Barbara Bahorik; grand-
children Vincent Bahorik, Babette Motzer and Leslie
Pulver; eight great grandchildren; and six great-great
Ivan C. Pavlin
Col. Ivan C. Pavlin, retired U.S. Army, 75, died
Sept. 10. He was a devoted husband, dedicated father,
son, brother, and decorated soldier.
Mr. Pavlin was born and raised in Chicago and
attended the University of Illinois. He served honor-
ably and with commendation in the U.S. Army in both
the Korea and Vietnam wars and retired from military
service in 1952. He was co-founder of Adopt-a-Family
of Manatee County, spending five months per year coor-
dinating efforts to bring joy to families in need during
the holidays. He was a 13-gallon blood donor. In recent
years, he dedicated time to taking his dog, Zarah, to area
hospitals and nursing homes for patient-pet therapy.
Arrangements were by Shannon Funeral Home.
Visitation was Sept. 13 at Shannon Funeral Home,
Westview Chapel, of Bradenton. Burial at a later
date is planned to be alongside his wife in Arling-
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Lenz; and niece Wendy Lewellen.
Raymond Westbrook, 62, of Anna Maria, died Sept.
2 after a long illness. He was born in North Carolina
and grew up in Birmingham, Ala.
Mr. Westbrook and wife Terri owned property in
Anna Maria since 1999 and moved to the Island full-
time in June 2007.
He was a successful real estate salesperson with
New Homes.com Realty and won numerous achieve-
ment awards for sales. He was a Phi Delta Theta at
Tulane University and earned a master's degree in
business administration from the American Graduate
School of International Management in 1976.
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County Inc., 2515 14th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205 or
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Sept. 5, Magnolia Avenue and Crescent Drive,
theft. The defendant was observed taking a chainsaw
from a construction site, then fleeing on a bicycle. The
contractors gave chase, and the defendant dropped the
chainsaw in a ditch and got off the bike and drove away
in a car. Deputies seized two bicycles at the scene.
Sept. 9, Gladiolus Street, information. The com-
plainant said someone took a political sign from his
yard. Further information revealed that code enforce-
ment officers had confiscated the sign - and others
- in the city.
Sept. 1, 200 Gulf Drive N., BeachHouse Restau-
rant, trespass. A man suspected of theft in the past was
in the restaurant and staff alerted police, who issued a
Sept. 5, city pier, abandoned vehicle. A car without
a tag that had been in the parking lot for several days
Sept. 6, Bradenton Beach Marina, 402 Church St.,
warrant. A man involved in a boat crash previously was
arrested for an outstanding warrant.
Sept. 7, 111 7th St. N., Fishbowl Bar, burglary.
Officers noticed a rear door open. It was determined
that someone had taken some games.
Sept. 7, 6400 block Holmes Boulevard, trespass.
The complainants said a woman who appeared drunk
came to their residence and started shouting. The
woman left before she received a trespass w ,i nini . but
returned later, then returned again and was arrested.
Sept. 11, 5410 Marina Drive, D.Coy Ducks, pos-
sible intoxication/drugs. Officers responded to the bar
after a juvenile was angry after being asked to leave.
He was stopped, his mother was called, and his bike
was taken to the HBPD bike barn.
Sept. 11, Key Royale Drive, water violations. Four
homeowners were cited for lawn-watering violations.
Sept. 11,200 block Chilson, assault. The complain-
ant said he was taking pictures for insurance purposes
when the resident approached him, ordered him to
leave, which he did. The homeowner later confronted
the complainant and made verbal threats against him.
Police were called, but no charges were filed.
Sept. 11, 100 block White Avenue, theft. The
complainant said someone took her daughter's digital
camera from her beach bag while she was swimming.
Former Bradenton Beach Mayor Katie Pierola wants
Islander readers to know that within her acknowledge-
ment of the 1985 Beach Action Committee published
in The Islander Sept. 10, the sponsorship of the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce was inadvertently
She also wished to acknowledge June Alder, a
reporter for the former Islander newspaper, for her sup-
port and for providing the name for the Beach Action
The Islander regrets the ommisions.
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National survey explores beach water
By Lisa Neff
A national survey of beach water quality gave W adding into an Issue...
better-than-average grades to Anna Maria Island, but
stressed the need for improved monitoring requirements How widespread is beach pollution? in contaminated beach water can c
at the state level. Every coastal state has a beach pollution prob- of diseases. Most waterborne dis,
The National Resources Defense Council released lem. In 2007, beach pollution prompted 22,571 clos- the United States occur during the
its annual survey of water quality at U.S. beaches, find- ing and swimming advisory days at ocean, bay and estimate that as many as 7 million
ing at the national level for 2007 the second highest Great Lakes beaches. According to the most recent sick every year from drinking or sA
level of closures in 18 years. data available, 56 percent of the beaches reporting contaminated by bacteria, viruses
NRDC, a nonprofit organization of scientists, law- pollution are monitored and 44 percent are moni- What can be done to make swi
years and environmental specialists, used 2007 data from tored at least once a week. safer?
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to prepare What are the major causes of beach pollution? Federal, state and local gov
its report, "Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Qual- The most frequently identified pollution source make beach-water pollution prev
ity at Vacation Beaches." is stormwater, which led to more than 10,300 closing by requiring better controls on si
The study found more than 20,000 closure and and health advisory days in 2007, followed by sewage and sewage, the two largest know
advisory days at ocean, bay and Great Lakes beaches spills and overflows, which accounted for more than lution. The federal government she
last year. 4,097 closing and advisory days that year. of beach-water protection program
"Some families can't enjoy their local beaches because Rain is often a contributing factor to beach water the Clean Water State Revolving I
they are polluted and kids are getting sick - largely pollution. As rainwater washes over land, it picks and fully funding the Beach Prote
because of human and animal waste in the water," said up pollutants and carries them directly to coastal Individuals can also help coi
Nancy Stoner, director of NRDC's clean-water project. waters. tion by taking simple actions, su
Across the country, a number of closures and advi- Could a person get sick from swimming in con- pet waste, putting plastic pants o
series were prompted by pollution due to an increase in taminated beach water? the water and keeping trash off th
sewage spills and overflows. The highest level of pollu- Yes. Exposure to bacteria, viruses and parasites Source: Natural Resources D,
tion in beach waters was found around the Great Lakes.
However, NRDC's report wasn't gloomy for Anna
Maria Island's beaches or Florida.
The state ranked 21st in NRDC's survey, putting it
in the middle range in regards to the number of days in
which bacterial levels exceeded maximum standards.
The survey included results for Bayfront Park in
Anna Maria, Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach
and Bradenton Beach's Coquina Beach and Cortez
Beach, where an advisory was issued earlier this summer
due to a heightened level of bird feces in the water.
The monitoring frequency at each of the Island sites
generally is once a week, according to NRDC, which
would like to see more frequent testing. The highest
level of testing in the country is five times a week.
The report indicated that 4 percent of the water
samples taken from Bayfront Park and Coquina Beach
North exceeded the state's daily maximum bacterial stan-
About 2 percent of the water samples taken from
Coquina Beach South, Manatee Public Beach and
Cortez Beach exceeded the state's bacterial stan-
Those numbers were far below the percentages in Creative recycling
other parts of Florida in 2007: About 66 percent of Judy Pruitt, right, teaches the art of origami - this week c
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exceeded state standards. At the county level, Dixie the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Be
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Anna Maria tax rate down for 2008.09
By Rick Catlin
What if they gave a budget hearing and nobody
In years past, Anna Maria budget hearings drew
residents and protesters like flies to a cow heap.
But times have changed.
When Anna Maria city commissioners held the first
public hearing Sept. 10 of the city's 2008-09 budget and
only two members of the public attended.
Apparently, everything is right in Anna Maria as
commissioners lowered taxes and the budget, breezing
through the meeting with no opposition.
While the proposed 2008-09 budget calls for $3.9
million in revenues, Commissioner Dale Woodland
pointed out that's a bit misleading. That's because the
city's $1 million line of credit for stormwater improve-
ments is shown as revenue in the budget, along with
$764,000 in grants for the project, he said.
The 2008-09 operating budget is for $2.2 million,
down 6 percent from the $2.24 million needed to run
the city in fiscal year 2007-08.
Commission Chairman John Quam said commis-
sioners could approve a lower budget because the city
BB commission votes to lower
millage rate, set budget
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach commissioners voted Sept. 10 to
lower the city's tax rate from 2.2579 mills to 2.1539
The commission, during the 10-minute meeting,
also tentatively approved a $3.56 million budget for
the fiscal year 2008-09, which came down from $3.68
million in 2007.
The vote followed a public hearing at city hall,
107 Gulf Drive N. One citizen, former Mayor Connie
Drescher, attended the hearing along with several mem-
bers of the press.
Drescher asked one budgetary question, whether
the stormwater budget varied from year to year.
City clerk Nora Idso, who helped draft the budget,
said the expense and revenue remains steady because
we have not raised stormwater rates."
Drescher also observed the lack of attendance from
"You probably won't have any citizens at the final
hearing either," she said. "But they'll complain after-
Present at the dais were Commissioners John Chap-
pie, Janie Robertson, John Shaughnessy and Mayor
Michael Pierce. Bob Conners did not attend the hear-
The commission reviewed a draft budget in July
and the document has not changed since then, Idso
At that meeting, Idso, Bradenton Beach Police
Lt. John Cosby and deputy city clerk Christina Irelan
reviewed the spending plan with the commissioners.
To balance the budget and meet citizens' mandates
for tax reform, Cosby said the budget calculators recom-
mended shifting money from two capital projects and
dipping into reserves to meet an anticipated $171,224
drop in revenue.
The budget does not contain raises for city employ-
ees - neither cost-of-living increases nor merit-based
Also, the budget increases the amount of the
employees' health care co-pay and deductible respon-
sibilities, though the city continues to fund 100 percent
of health insurance premiums.
The budget also contains a staff recommendation
that the city commission select a primary attorney to
avoid redundancies in legal services.
Specifically, administrative expenses in the 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 and the proj-
ect and program manager budget total is $110,598, with
salaries at $55,100. The budget also includes additional
personnel costs and $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
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 oil at $3,000.
The sanitation budget is $321,490, with salaries at
$95,680, landfill tipping fees at $88,000, professional
services at $4,000, accounting and auditing costs at
$4,000 and equipment repair and maintenance at
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 for 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
CRA expenses are projected at $566,100, with
$550,000 to be directed to payments on the loan to
restore the Bridge Street Pier.
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. This is the revenue generated by the
property tax. The maximum rate, as set by the commis-
sion, is 2.1539 mills.
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 final hearing on
the spending plan, but elected officials cannot raise the
For a house valued at $525,000 in Bradenton Beach,
minus $25,000 homestead, the property tax bill from
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach city commissioners took care of a
$7.9 million matter Sept 8.
Commissioners held a public hearing on the pro-
posed 2008-09 city budget and millage rate at city hall,
but found they had no citizens present to comment.
Swiftly, after brief words from city treasurer Rick
Ashley, the commission approved the first reading of
an ordinance establishing a millage rate for 2008.
The rate is 1.5989 mills, said Ashley, adding that
the rate represents a 12.7 percent decrease from the
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,
will need less money to operate in the coming tax year.
And, along with a lower budget, the ad valorem tax rate
will be dropped 12.4 percent, from 2.0415 to 1.7882.
Commissioners rejected a Florida League of Cities pro-
posal for wind insurance for the pier that would cost $60,000
annually, but did agree to Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick's
suggestion that the city form a committee to look for grant
money to rebuild the pier, or to make major improvements.
If the proposed budget is approved at the final public
hearing Sept. 23, the reserve fund will have $78,000,
while the contingency fund will maintain about 38 per-
cent of revenues, city treasurer Diane Percycoe said.
Beach 2008-09 fiscal year
Revenue/carryover by budget category:
* General fund: $1,131,300 million in 2008-09
($2.5 million in 2007-08).
* Revenue sharing motor fuel: $0 ($11,000).
* Gas tax: $124,500 ($122,500).
* CRA shared revenue/Interest income:
* Sanitation: $438,720 ($439,558).
* Library: $14,000 ($33,000).
* Ad valorem taxes: $1,278,776
* Reserve/CIP transfers: $140,000.
Total revenue budget: $3,578,296
Expenditures by budget category:
* Administration: $380,655.92 ($374,720 in
* Project/Program: $110,598 ($121,202).
* Commission: $195,569 ($232,804).
* Police: $875,387 ($877,260).
* Emergency Operations: $23,935
* Planning: $424,474 ($405,295.65).
* Pier: $49,337.51 ($59,500).
* Streets and Roads: $187,107 ($189,950).
* Stormwater: $159,629 ($150,500).
* Facilities management: $125,769
* Community Redevelopment Agency:
* Capital Improvements Projects: $133,174
* Sanitation: $321,490 ($400,896.80).
* Library: $15,457 ($21,730).
* Total expenditure budget: $3,567,182.43
* The proposed property tax for Bradenton
Beach is 2.1539 mills per $1,000, compared to
last year's 2.2579.
the city for the next year would be $1,076.95.
A final budget hearing will take place at 7 p.m.
Sept. 24 at city hall.
minus $25,000 homestead, the property tax bill from
the city for the next year would be $799.45.
The commission next approved the first reading of
an ordinance establishing the budget for the fiscal year
that begins Oct. 1.
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 per-
cent cost-of-living increase in salaries and no one will
be laid off.
The treasurer said that in the new budget, storm-
water improvements will be funded only from the
improvements fund and will not include money from
the general fund.
Additionally, the 2007-08 budget contained fund-
ing for improvements to Marina Drive and a higher
funding level for reserves.
The proposed budget for the mayor/city commis-
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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 includes $332,784 for personnel, $178,000 for pro-
fessional services, such as legal expenses, $40,000 for
insurance, $21,500 for accounting and auditing, $16,000
for utilities and $17,000 for operating supplies.
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 contains
$124,596 for personnel costs and $16,600 for operating
The proposed budget for stormwater utility projects
is $250,000, including $210,000 in capital outlay.
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.
The mayor, before the unanimous vote on the budget,
praised city staff for its "professional management."
Commissioner David Zaccagnino added, "I think
Proposed Holmes Beach
2008-09 fiscal year budget
* Federal sources: 0 (0 in 2007-08).
* State sources: $958,835 ($1,038,514).
* Local sources: $3,366,688 ($3,722,177).
* Carryovers/reserves: $3,642,200
Total revenue budget: $7,967,723
* Mayor/commission: $161,745 ($197,472 in
* General government: $658,284
* Code enforcement: $142,296 ($134,420).
* Police: $2,018,926 ($1,965,469).
* Public works: $2,057,835 ($2,583,476).
* Hagen Trust Fund: $13,137 ($33,137).
* Stormwater utility: $250,000 ($335,000).
* Carryovers/reserves: $2,665,500
Total expenditure budget: $7,967,723
* The proposed property tax for Holmes
Beach is 1.5989 mills per $1,000.
we run a tight ship here."
The final budget hearing will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept.
23 at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
County commission continues 1 cent bed-tax increase
Manatee County commissioners at their Sept. 9 meet-
ing voted to continue the additional 1 percent resort tax,
also known as the "tourist development tax" and "bed
tax." The extra penny on the dollar was enacted as a local-
option-tax, in addition to the state-enacted 3 percent tax,
in October 2003 and commissioners voted to permanently
remove its termination date of Nov. 30, 2008.
The county commission had added the penny tax
onto the rate of accommodation rentals that is col-
lected to provide additional funds to the county tourism
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development council budget and the Bradenton Area
Convention and Visitors Bureau. The resort tax was
initiated by the Florida Legislature in 1989.
The additional penny provides "enhanced marketing and
promotion of Mlanatee County" CVB executive director Larry
White told commissioners, and based on the success of pro-
motions, the CVB recommended that the expiration date be
"deleted" from the ordinance.
White said the CVB's marketing budget for 2009
is based on a 4 cent tax.
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Anna Maria offers
some a 'tax' break
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city commissioners agreed that some
people living in the city need a tax break. Er, make that
a stormwater utility-fee break.
At its Sept. 11 meeting, commissioners approved
an option to the recently adopted stormwater utility fee
that will allow low-income property owners to apply
for an exemption to the annual fee.
The property owners have to meet guidelines estab-
lished by Manatee County for poverty, and city clerk
Alice Baird said she believed there may be 14 families
in the city that may qualify.
In other business, commissioners sent a proposed
amendment for the city's sign ordinance to code
enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon and city planner
Alan Garrett for additional study. The amendment
would exempt some residential and commercial signs
from code enforcement action, even if found in viola-
tion of the ordinance.
Commissioner Dale Woodland and Commission
Chairman John Quam took time during the meeting
to praise public works director George McKay for his
assistance to residents who had their property flooded
during the heavy rains and high tides experienced
during the passage of hurricanes Ike and Gustav in the
Gulf of Mexico.
Woodland also said he'd like the city to host
another pre-Christmas "citizen and staff appreciation
party" to honor volunteer service to the community
by a resident, and outstanding performance by a city
Due to a reporter's error, The Islander incorrectly
reported Aug. 27 that the Holmes Beach City Commis-
sion was expected to take a final vote on changes to the
comprehensive plan. The commission voted to transmit
a draft of changes to the state Aug. 12. The commission' s
final vote will take place after a review by the state, prob-
ably in December. The Islander regrets the error.
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AME adds two teaching units, loses technology
By Diana Bogan
It seems that the technology lab's move from a
portable into the main building at Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School this year was premature. Following the dis-
trict's assessment of student enrollment numbers, it was
determined that AME's kindergarten and fourth-grade
classes could benefit from an additional teacher.
The short-lived computer lab has been emptied out
and awaits the arrival of a new kindergarten teacher.
AME principal Tom Levengood said that the process to
hire the new teacher has begun with the district notify-
ing existing teachers of all classroom openings and all
will have an opportunity to transfer to another school.
Levengood said his phone, both at school and at
home, has been "ringing off the hook" with teachers
inquiring about the position. The appropriate candidate
must be certified either in early childhood or kindergar-
Levengood said requests for voluntary transfer are
due by Sept. 16 and placement will be made Sept. 17.
In the event no one volunteers to transfer to AME, the
district will transfer a teacher from any school with
Levengood said that although two teaching positions
are needed at AME, the school district is only allocat-
ing one outside hire. AME's Pidge Taylor, presently the
school's t . lhn< olo< .'\ teacher, is a certified elementary edu-
cation teacher and she will fill the fourth-grade vacancy.
Taylor's classroom will be located in the arts build-
ing adjacent to the school's main building which dis-
places the music class there to a nearby portable.
Taylor said she is excited about the change and
is already preparing her classroom. Levengood said
Taylor will begin teaching fourth-grade when the new
kindergarten teacher is in place.
The change in Taylor's position, however, leaves
the school without a t,._ hn, ,1, ,,'\ teacher and without a
designated t1.- hn 1< olo, ' lab.
Te luhni olo has been taught along with music, art,
gym, media and t.- hn< 1< olo,' one day a week. However,
given the need for another kindergarten and fourth-
grade class, Levengood said he was faced with a
Because teachers are guaranteed a 40-minute plan-
ning period each day, the school no longer has the man-
power to provide individual class specials. And volun-
teers are not able to lead a classroom, but are restricted
to assisting staff.
The current solution Levengood said is to move
most of the lab's computers into the media center and
have AME's media specialist Lynn McDonough incor-
porate t.1ii hn, lo .' skills into her library lessons. Teach-
ers will be asked to incorporate t.lhniii ', o.'y skills into
their lesson plans and use classroom computers or the
Some computers from the lab will be placed in the
fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms to replace outdated
Students will continue to receive art, music, gym
and media specials each week, only classes will need
to double up. For example, two first-grade classes will
attend music together. Levengood said that he has
requested that the school district allocate an additional
teacher's aide to assist with art, music and gym twice
The Parent-Teacher Organization has agreed to
organize volunteers to help McDonough in the media
AME's new lunch prices, menu items
Anna Maria Elementary
Anna Maria Elementary School has many
events throughout the school year in which the
community is welcome.
Upcoming activities include:
* Sept. 19, Peace day celebration at 9 a.m. on
the front lawn.
* Sept. 26, birthday book club at 1 p.m. in the
* Oct. 10, Parent-Teacher Organization meet-
ing 9 a.m. in the cafeteria.
* Oct. 14, family-dinner night 5 p.m. in the
cafeteria followed by the third-grade play at 7 p.m.
in the auditorium.
* Oct. 14 and 16, bay estuary project, all day,
on the school estuary.
* Oct. 25, Fall Festival.
For more information, call 941-708-5525.
AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Anna Maria Elementary School Menu
Monday. Sept. 22
Breakfast: Cheese Omelet with Hashbrowns,
Cereal, Toast, Yogurt, Oatmeal.
Lunch: Hot Ham or Turkey and Cheese
Sandwich or Chicken Nuggets, Potato Smiles,
Green Beans, Peaches.
Tuesday, Sept. 23
Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza, Cereal, Toast,
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, Fruit.
Lunch: Hamburger or Pork Riblets, Hash-
browns, Broccoli with Cheese Sauce,
Melon and Grapes.
Wednesday, Sept. 24
Breakfast: Choice of "Jump Start" boxed
selections. Super Donut, Toast, Cereal.
Lunch: Cheese Sticks with Marinara,
Assorted Salads and Sandwiches, Broccoli,
Strawberry Cup, Chortles.
Thursday, Sept. 25
Breakfast: Pancakes with Sausage,
Oatmeal, Cereal, Fruit.
Lunch: Tacos or Burrito, Spanish Rice,
"Happy Birthday" Cupcakes.
Friday, Sept. 26
Breakfast: Sausage and Egg Patty on a Bis-
cuit, Cereal, Toast, Fruit.
Lunch: Whole Grain Pizza or Shrimp Pop-
pers, Carrots with Dip, Corn, Sherbet.
New meal prices: $1 breakfast, $1.75 lunch
Juice and milk are served with every meal.
By Diana Bogan
Cafeteria manager Rene Harper is geared toward
having healthy food choices and healthy students at
Anna Maria Elementary School. Later this month, she
will visit classrooms to offer lessons in nutrition and
involve students in planning upcoming lunch menus.
Harper plans to discuss the components of a healthy
lunch - an entree accompanied by a serving of fruit,
vegetable and milk - and then allow students to vote
on the menu items to have prepared by the cafeteria. A
student-planned meal will be featured monthly and all
but kindergarteners will plan a meal.
Harper wants more student involvement with the
lunch program, and one project she plans to incorporate
is the fourth-grade edible garden. Each year fourth-
graders plant a winter and spring organic garden adja-
cent to the cafeteria.
Harper wants to extend the gardening lesson into
the kitchen, allowing the fourth-graders to help pre-
pare a meal utilizing the produce and herbs they've
"By becoming involved with the edible garden,
we can teach kids how to prepare food properly," said
Harper, "and they won't miss a step in the garden-to-
table food chain."
She also wants student feedback on new menu
items. At another district school, fifth-grade students
taste-test new menu items and provide food reviews on
the school's morning news broadcast. Harper believes
offering AME students that opportunity would get stu-
dents excited about new offerings.
New menu items, new prices
There are a few new menu items this school year.
And Harper says riblets, a boneless barbecue entree, is
fast becoming a favorite.
A new snack item is yogurt-covered granola called
A few items students like that parents might not
easily identify as healthy choices are "Bosco" sticks
and the Super Donut. Bosco sticks, a lunch entree, are
large breadsticks with mozzarella cheese inside, served
with marinara dipping sauce.
The Super Donut is a whole grain donut made with
applesauce and fortified with vitamins. It's a low-fat
option for breakfast.
Harper notes that the food services department is
held to government standards for nutrition, which calls
for meals with 30 percent or less fat and 10 percent or
less saturated fat over the course of the week.
Harper noted that portion sizes are also appropriate
for elementary students.
"Parents may wonder why we serve pizza on Fri-
days," said Harper, "but they might not realize we've
switched to a multigrain crust and low-fat cheese."
Harper said she is also stocking healthier
options on the a la carte menu. Selections range
in price from 25 cents to a $1 and include string
cheese, hard-boiled egg, dill pickle and bottled
Students may also select ice cream from the menu
once a week by grade level, and "crunch" bars and ice
cream cups are student favorites. Sherbet will be added
Parents are encouraged to prepay for student meals
utilizing the online Meal Pay Plus system or paying at
the cafeteria. The online system allows parents to keep
track of their student's balance and can be accessed at
And parents will notice an increase in meal prices
this year. Harper said it's a result of the rising food costs
nationwide, but she believes $1 for breakfast and $1.75
for lunch is a bargain. Breakfast costs $1.50 and lunch
is $2.65 for family members who choose to dine with
The cafeteria staff recently welcomed AME parent
and Moore's restaurant owner Robert Hicks to its staff.
Hicks will be working a daily three-hour shift, helping
to prep lunch.
Harper said Hicks is a great addition to the school's
cafeteria and looks forward to working with him.
She noted that the cafeteria is always in need of
helping hands and volunteers are welcome.
Harper said volunteers earn $9 an hour towards the
school or school organization of their choice.
Volunteers help prep food, serve meals and monitor
the lunchroom for any length of time - even if it's just
for an hour and Harper encourages anyone interested
to stop by the school.
For more information about menu items or volun-
teer opportunities, call Harper at 941-708-5525.
Prepping for the student lunch rush, Anna Maria Ele-
mentary School parent and restaurant owner Robert
Hicks is now a part-time member of the cafeteria
staff. Sept. 12 was his first day on the job. Islander
Photo: Diana Bogan
Thursday, Sept. 18
10:15 a.m. - Friends of the Island Branch Library
book club at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
2 p.m. - Travel-themed movie at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
6 to 7 p.m. - Spanish language lessons begin at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria. Seven sessions. Information:
941-778-1908. Fee applies.
Friday, Sept. 19
9:30 a.m. - Friends of the Island Branch Library
board meeting at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
6:30 p.m. - Family movie night featuring
"8 Below" at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
Saturday, Sept. 20
8:30 a.m. - The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria
Island hosts a breakfast meeting with guest speaker
Karen Lutz from Sarasota Children's Services at Cafe
on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Marsh restoration volun-
teer workday at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W.,
Bradenton. Kids can help. Information: 941-748-4501
Monday, Sept. 22
Autumn begins today.
4 to 6p.m. - "Greening Your Business" workshop
sponsored by the Bradenton Beach Scenic Waves advi-
sory committee at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-981-9253.
6 to 7:30 p.m. - Put the fun back into parenting
Volunteers needed to plant
at Robinson Preserve
Manatee County's natural resources department is
rounding up volunteers for a marsh restoration project
at Robinson Preserve in west Bradenton.
"We need your help to keep Manatee County's pre-
serves beautiful," said NRD naturalist Melissa Cain
Nell. "Come join staff to do some good work in one of
your conservation lands."
Volunteers from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 20
will help plant native coastal plants in order to re-create
the salt marsh within Robinson Preserve. The group
also will spend time helping to plant native species
along the edge of a saltwater lagoon.
To volunteer, call Nell at 941-748-4501, ext. 4605.
workshop at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Childcare available.
Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
Tuesday, Sept. 23
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island
meets for lunch and a program about Rotary Leadership
Institute with director Don Thomas at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee.
Wednesday, Sept. 24
5 to 7p.m. - Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce business card exchange at Beach Fitness, 9908
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 778-1541. Fee
5:30 p.m. - Teen movie and "Books Unbound"
craft night at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
* Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch
horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
* 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:
* Sept. 28, Shiprek AMI Privateer Poker Run, www.
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* Sept. 28, Hero's celebration at Gloria Dei Lutheran
* Sept. 29, the annual Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce golf tournament. Information:
* Oct. 1, Democratic congressional nominee Chris-
tine Jennings speaks at the Sun House Restaurant.
Save the date
* Oct. 18, Island Bayfest, Anna Maria.
* Oct. 25, Anna Maria Elementary School Fall Fes-
* Oct. 31, Trail of Treats.
* Nov. 1, Sarasota Blues Festival, www.sarasotab-
* Nov. 2, Anna Maria Elementary 1950s student
* Nov. 8-9, Discover Egmont Key.
* Nov. 14-16, "artsHOP" takes place at
various venues on the Island. Information:
* Nov. 15, village of Cortez Folk Festival.
* Nov. 15, Anna Maria Island Community Center
"Concert on the Green."
* Nov. 16, Anna Maria Island Community Chorus
and Orchestra "Fall Welcome" concert. Tickets on sale,
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City promotes proliferation of murals
By Lisa Neff
Under the paintbrush of city public works employee
Pat O'Neill, a mural is taking shape near the historic
Monroe Cottage in Bradenton Beach.
"That's mural No. 2" for the city, Bradenton Beach
project and program manager Lisa Marie Phillips told
members of the Scenic WAVES advisory committee
Sept. 8 at city hall. The group meets monthly to deal
with issues related to enhancements to the waterfront
area and scenic Gulf Drive corridor.
Earlier this year, O'Neill, a freelance artist as well
as a city employee, created a mural on the north wall
of the Bradenton Beach Police Station. He also has
created murals for the interiors of city buildings and
for Bradenton Beach businesses.
Phillips said she hoped the outdoor murals would
increase in number, prompting Barbara Rodocker,
owner of the Sun House restaurant and Bridgewalk
Resort to state, "I have a huge wall that we can put a
Committee member Sissy Quinn, administrator of
the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, said murals
could boost civic pride and draw tourists.
Quinn recently returned from a personal trip - an
Ohio River excursion - in which she was impressed
with murals along the route.
"This should be something the whole city should
get behind," Quinn said, adding that she planned to ask
Anna Maria officials for permission to create a mural
on an exterior wall at the historical society museum.
In other ScenicWAVES business, Phillips suggested
An early look at the mural going up near the Monroe Cottage in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
the group consider establishing a subcommittee to dis-
cuss non-native, invasive species in public parks.
"We should be looking at all our invasive species,"
she said. "And the ni. \l thi ng we'll look at is a subcom-
mittee to tackle the issues."
During a city commission meeting earlier this year,
public works director Tom Woodard said he had fielded
inquiries about trimming Australian pines in a city park.
That prompted questions about whether the city should
encourage the eventual replacement of the trees.
Federal grant awarded for county's Neal Preserve on Perico Island
By Lisa Neff
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded a
grant to Manatee County to help restore Neal Preserve,
the conservation land on the southeast side of the Anna
Maria Island Bridge on Perico Island.
The county acquired the preserve in 2005 and ear-
lier this year received money from the state of Florida
as reimbursement for the property purchase from devel-
oper Pat Neal.
More recently, the county learned of a grant from
the federal FWS to assist in restoration plans for the
Neal Preserve and another FWS grant to assist in the
restoration of Bennett Park, a 175-acre site along the
The county plans to restore at least 132 acres at
Neal Preserve, according to financial management
director Jim Seuffert.
A major part of the restoration involves the removal
of non-native, invasive plants in the uplands. A county
description of the preserve states, "A large portion of
the upland and spoil areas are infested with non-indig-
enous invasive plants, primarily Australian pines."
The removal of exotics and planting of native spe-
cies will "provide significant benefits to habitat" and
"improve the water quality of the site."
Toward those goals, FWS offered the county
$30,000 to assist with studies needed to acquire permits
for the restoration at Neal.
The total cost to restore Neal Preserve is estimated
at $450,000, with about $328,000 in funding already
awarded from the Southwest Florida Water Manage-
The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program is distribut-
ing applications for its 2009 Bay Partners Grants.
The purpose of the grant program promotes
environmental education, awareness and steward-
ship for Sarasota Bay and its tributaries.
Businesses, non-profit organizations,
schools, academic institutions and civic asso-
ciations in Sarasota and Manatee counties with
projects that will benefit the bay watershed are
The watershed boundaries are from Anna Maria
The budget for Neal Preserve consists of $16,500
from the county for planning and permitting, $25,000
from the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program for planning
and permitting, $328,000 from Swiftmud for site
improvements and, now, $30,000 from FWS, accord-
ing to Seuffert.
His memo to the county board indicates FWS
might also provide funding for restoration work in the
Sound south to the Venice Inlet as well as all of the
barrier islands in between.
A maximum amount of $2,000 may be awarded
to applicants. Matching funds are not required, but
Bay Partners grant applications must be received
in SBEP offices by 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13.
Applications can be downloaded from the
SBEP Web Site, www.sarasotabay.org.
For more information, call SBEP's Julia Burch
at 941-955-8085, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
WMFR remembers Sept. 11, 2001
West Manatee Fire Rescue District Chief Andy Price, left, hears firsthand
from Dennis Doran, retired captain from the Jersey City fire department, who
obtained for WMFR the steel from the remains of the World Trade Center.
Doran and his department participated in the rescue and recovery effort at
the twin towers. The dedication ceremony for the steel beam took place Sept.
11 at Station 1, while the remainder of the memorial will be finished and
dedicated at a date to be announced. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy
Tim Fitzpatrick, a former New York City fire-
fighter who retired to Bradenton in 1999, shared
his thoughts about 9/11 at the memorial dedica-
tion at WMFR Station 1. "Believe it or not, live
or die, I wish I was there" when it happened.
The steel beam recovered from the
World Trade Center has an added
cross for the display at the WMFR
memorial. WMFR battalion chief
Barry Brooks said the lights at
night will reflect the cross on the
yet-unfinished granite plaques that
will bear a message and the names
of 343 firefighters who lost their
lives in the rescue effort at the
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Ike all but halts offshore trips,
but reds, snapper in bays
By Capt. Mike Heistand
Hurricane Ike churned up the Gulf of Mexico for
most of last week and kept most of the offshore fish-
ers in port, but Capt. Sam Kimball of Annie's Bait
& Tackle on Cortez Road said he managed only one
trip out to deep water due to the weather, and caught
grouper, snapper and amberjack.
The backwater fishing was good for trout, redfish
and some keeper snook. Linesider season looks to be
a good one, some have predicted.
Capt. Mark Johnston, also from Annie's, said he's
catching limit catches of snook on almost every trip, as
well as redfish and trout.
Capt. Brook Wallace of Palmetto said he's catch-
ing lots of trout and a few redfish.
Tom Cassetty at the Rod & Reel Pier said most
fish caught were on the smaller side - mackerel, man-
grove snapper and black drum, although the mackerel
catch was sporadic, snapper were thick. There were also
a few keeper-size snook caught.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier said the
fishing there pretty much mimicked the Rod & Reel,
plus a few bonnethead sharks caught.
At Tropic Isles Marina, reports include lots of
small trout, and scattered reds on the lower tides. Fish-
ers reporting there said lots of black tips, bonnetheads
and bull sharks are taking the bait.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said
mangrove snapper are thick in the mornings, some up
to 17 inches in length. There are also some 31-inch
redfish around Terra Ceia Bay and Miguel Bay.
Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said he had limit
catches of snook and redfish.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said the weather kept him in port all last
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said he too stayed at the dock
due to the passage of Hurricane Ike.
Bill Lowman of Island Discount Tackle said
he heard from offshore fishers who said it was too
rough, but inshore guides and fishers found mainstays
of snook, redfish and mangrove snapper in spite of the
At Snead Island Crab House, the reports from
fishers are thick mangrove snapper in the mornings,
up to 17 inches, and other good catches, including a
31-inch redfish caught and released from around Tera
Ceia and Miguel Bay.
On my boat Magic, in two trips we caught up to
20 reds around 23-25 inches each. The next day we
returned and got shut out at the same spot, but found
snapper up to 18 inches by the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge and mackerel all over the place.
Good luck and good fishing.
Capt. Mike Heistand is a 30-year-plus fishing guide. Call
him at 941-744-6281 to provide a fishing report. Prints and
'Big Red' release
It would have made a great redfish stew, but this
catch was an inch over the 27-inch limit. Kendra
Presswood caught it on artificial bait from a dock in
Anna Maria Sound. It was released back into the bay.
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
digital images of your catch are also welcome and may be
dropped off at The Islander 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
or e-mailed to email@example.com. Please include identification
for persons in the picture along with information on the catch
and a name and phone number for more information.
Regulators: Let turtles ride out storm
By Lisa Neff
With Hurricane Ike barreling into the Gulf of
Mexico last week and threatening Florida's west coast
with wild waves, state wildlife regulators urged people
not to interfere with turtle nesting activity.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission issued a warning that people attempting to save
turtle eggs and hatchlings may cause more harm than
"Although storms can have a negative effect on sea
turtle nests and hatchlings, these animals have evolved
to have nesting strategies that enable them to survive
natural events such as hurricanes. No storm season is
a total loss to sea turtles, even in years when Florida
has sustained direct hits," read a caution from FWC.
Though Anna Maria Island has not been in the direct
path of a tropical storm this season, waves associated
with Hurricane Gustav eroded the beach and damaged
41 nests, according to Suzi Fox, executive director of
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch.
Hurricane Ike also had an impact on nests on Anna
Maria Island, as well as other Gulf of Mexico beaches.
Mote Marine Laboratory, which monitors nesting
on Longboat Key and 35 miles in Sarasota County,
reported that preliminary data showed 192 sea turtle
nests were totally "washed out" - meaning the eggs
were exposed and/or washed out to sea and so the nests
are considered lost. Another 313 nests were "washed
over," meaning they were affected in some way by the
storms, but the nests are still potentially viable.
Mote and AMITW received a number of inquiries
from beachgoers who wanted to rescue eggs from nests
marked by stakes.
Fox said AMITW emphasized the eggs cannot, by
law, be removed, but that eggs rolling into the surf can
FWC officials cited several hazards with trying
to rescue eggs from a nest washed over by waves or
high tide. Foremost, according to the state, di'iii. into
marked or unmarked nests can cause severe damage to
the turtle eggs.
FWC also cautioned against trying to rescue hatch-
lings from the surf, emphasizing that the young turtles
have the ability to swim through large waves.
Additionally, disturbing turtle nests - even with
good intentions - is a violation of state and federal
The FWC urged beachgoers who see a nest erod-
ing into the Gulf or a hatchling that appears sick
or injured to call the state's wildlife alert hotline at
Nesting by the numbers
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported 147 log-
gerhead sea turtle nests and 97 false crawls on the beach
as of Sept. 14.
AMITW also reported 6,121 hatchlings emerged
Nesting season continues through October.
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Summer slowdown, soccer startup
By Kevin Cassidy
Soccer tryouts are over and all of the teams in the
Anna Maria Island Community Center's fall recre-
ational soccer league are practicing for the upcoming
season. Coaches are putting their players through the
paces to improve their teams' teamwork, overall skills
and physical conditioning.
Teams will get a chance to see how they're doing
when the Center's spirit week kicks off on Sept. 19-20.
Teams in each division will play a pair of mini-games
in a jamboree format. The action gets started on Friday
evening and continues throughout most of Saturday.
The results won't count in the official league stand-
ings, but it always feels good to get off to a spirited start
on the field.
Parents, friends and family members are also expected
to take to the field to get in cheering shape for the season.
All are encouraged to wear their team colors and show
their team spirit. The winners of spirit week are to be
announced during the end-of season awards ceremonies.
Prior to the jamboree, players and family members
are invited to the kick-off season dinner at the Center at
6:30 p.m. Sept. 18. The Beach Bistro will be donating
the Italian-style meal, including spaghetti, Caesar salad,
garlic bread and drinks. Cost for the fundraiser is $6
for adults and $5 for children under 16. All proceeds
benefit the soccer program.
Key Royale golf news
The men of the Key Royale Club played a nine-
hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome game Sept. 8. First
place went to the team of Fred Meyer, Ralph Bassett,
Bill Snyder and Paul Proxy with a 7-under-par 57.
There was a tie for second place at 5-under-par 59.
Don Ledford, Bob Jorgensen, John Driscoll and Paul
Keyes matched the score put up by Jerry Brown, Jim
Finn, Dick Mills and Jim McCartney.
The women of Key Royale Club played an individ-
ual-low-net game and low putts on Sept. 9. Lois Biel,
Tootie Wagner and Roswitha Fowler each carded 34s
to tie for first in flight one.
A 33 by Shirley Cessna took top honors in flight two,
while Lorraine Towne finished in second with a 34. Ruth
Williamson was three shots back in third place with a 36.
Low putts for flight one went to Nancy King, Biel
and Fowler with 15 putts, while Williamson won in
flight two with only 13 putts. Nancy King and Lorraine
Towne both had chipins on the day.
The women teamed up with the men on Sept. 12
for a best-ball-of-foursome match. First place went to
the team of Jane Winegarden, Joyce Brown, Web Cut-
ting and Jeanette Cashman with a 6-under-par 26. Four
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strokes back in second place was a pair of teams, Doro-
thy McKinna, Jim Finn, Jerry Brown and John Driscoll
matched the 30 carded by Frankie Smith-Williams, Earl
Huntzinger and Don Ledford.
Debbie Rhodes and Steve Doyle were the only team
to manage a perfect, undefeated record during pool-play
horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits on
Sept. 6. For their efforts, they were declared champions
for the day and got to watch Hank Huyghe and Tom
Skoloda battle it out with George McKay and Herb
Ditzel for second place. Huyghe and Skoloda sprinted
out to a 14-2 lead, only to watch as McKay and Ditzel
charged back to earn a 23-18 come-back win.
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.
AMICC soccer league Spirit Week schedule
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Sparks vs. Panoramic F2
A&E vs. Panoramic F1
Coastal Ortho vs. Bones F2
Jessie's vs. AM Glass F1
Norman vs. Ross F2
Sand Bar vs. Sand Dollar F1
Sand Bar vs. Oyster Bar F1
Harcon vs. Lapensee F2
Oyster Bar vs. Jessie's F1
WCAC vs. Harcon F2
AM Glass vs. Sand Dollar F1
Lapensee vs. Wash F2
WCAC vs. Wash F2
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Ross vs. IRE F2
Ralph's vs. Panoramic F1
Norman vs. Autoway F2
A&E vs. Beach Bistro F1
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OF ANNA MARIA ISLAND, INC.
Offering Gulf cottages, Luxury Gulf homes, plus
near-the-beach units during bridge closure month
of October to November 15th. Rates as low as
$500/wk. Make your reservations today!
CALL FOR DETAILS!
Available sale properties priced from $429,900
"We ARE the Isl and!
Marie Franklin, Lic. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
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LOST: MAN'S BLACK wallet. Lost in Holmes Beach
laundromat area. Call 941-518-0400.
SAILBOAT RUDDER LOST from boat at 73rd
Street, T-end canal. Holmes Beach. Reward. Call
FOUND: SEIKO WATCH in surf. Call Chris to claim.
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 infor-
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
All are current on vaccines. All applicants screened.
Please, call 941-922-0774.
* Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
5808 Gulf Drive 106N
" r Holmes Beach. Furnished 1BR/1.5BA
with den used as second bedroom.
Partial Gulf views! $399,000.
FOR SALE: 1991 F-350 bucket truck. Excellent con-
dition. $6,000 or best offer. 863-528-7296.
2000 LAND ROVER SE7, 117,000 miles, excellent
condition, fully loaded. $6,200.00, 941-928-8735.
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
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.
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.
ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School soph-
omore Chris Perez tutors elementary or middle
school children. Call 941-778-2979.
Fre wrees Itene a Te slndr'
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2BR/2BA and 3BR/2BA
and room for a pool.
Close to the beach.
Built in 2000.
All offers considered.
",k gdff (Bay Raty ofAnna Maria Inc.
1 Jesse (Brisson - (Broassociate, g4
Totally redone head to toe 1BR/1BA in Sandpiper
Resort. Come see affordable Island life at it's best.
New AC, appliances, assigned parking and a full share
in the co-op is included. $159,900
Great 2nd floor unit with views of the bay. Turnkey
furnished and ready to go. Would make a great home
or rental. Covered parking, heated pool and close to
everything. Seller will pay the first 3 months condo
fees for the buyer! $269,900
Call Jesse Brisson, 941-713-4755.
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33 Years of Professional Service
HERON'S WATCH 10 Min. to beach. 3/2, 2 car garage. 4.5 yrs old. fenced,
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. $279,000.
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.
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
ANNUAL- 3/2, like new, 10 min. to beach. $1,100+last+Sec.
ANNUAL: 3/2 Canalfront, Pool. $1,700/mo 1st,last, sec
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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
CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting. I
have experience with kids of all ages.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
First-aid certified, great with kids and animals! Best
on the Island! 941-779-9783.
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
CAREGIVER/COMPANION: Reliable, trustwor-
thy, flexible scheduling. Personal and household
care, errands and appointments. 941-705-0706 or
DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER'S: SMALL group
home. Openings now. Call nurse Mary Jane for
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.
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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
ESP CLEANING: PROFESSIONAL cleaning team
serving Anna Maria Island. Call Steve and Maria,
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SEWING: HEMMING, BUTTONS, minor alterations,
cushion covers, ironing. Errands: grocery, doctor's
appointments. Call Terry, 941-778-3125.
GRANITE COUNTERTOPS: $995 installed, many
colors to choose from, up to 25 sf. Local references.
STORM COVERS FROM $99.50, also windows,
doors, inserts, parts, service, repair, panel buddies
and poly buddies in stock for quick install. Profes-
sional installation available. Metro Home Supply,
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Monday through
Friday. Excellent references. 941-539-6891.
ONE MAN AND a power washer! Boat docks, pool
decks, patios, driveways, house and trailer washing,
sealing and staining. Local professional, licensed,
insured, Anna Maria Island chamber member. Free
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37-years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
DO YOU NEED plans and estimates for your con-
struction projects? A good plan will save you money.
Houses, decks, porches, renovations and additions.
Call Carl V. Johnson Jr. 941-795-1947.
CLEANING BY HELENE: Long-time resident,
weekly, biweekly, reasonable rates and attention to
detail. Free estimates. 941-778-5717.
NEWLY RENOVATED IBR villa in Seaside Gar-
dens. Walk to library, beach, restaurants and shopping.
ELEVATEI EI zBK/zA/h nome near oeacn witn large
screened porch, plenty of parking. A fabulous buy at
Mike Norman Realty
800-367-1617 * 941-778-6696 INC
3101 GULF DR HOLMES BEACH
) www. mikenormanrealty.com
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Sandy' Established in 1983
Lawn Celebrating 25 Years of
evice Quality & Dependable Service.
SCall us for your landscape
778-1345 and hardscape needs.
Licensed & Insured
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
j Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza - Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured * Island References
Home Purchase & Refinance Experts
Lynn Zemmer Broker/Owner 941-778-8103
www.9411ending.comrn * 104 Bridge St. * Bradenton Beach
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2100Ave A. Sumte B * Bradenton Beach
EXPERIENCED RESIDENTIAL CLEANING busi-
ness looking to take on more homes in the area.
Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly and one-time basis,
references and free estimates available. Please,
WEDDING PHOTO PACKAGE starting at $289. Call
Stephanie Anne Photography for your photography
KEEP IT COOL mobile window tinting: Residential/
automobile. High quality Llumar film will help cut
costs on electric bill. Competitive rates. 20 percent
off with mention of this ad. Mark, 941-504-1784.
keepitcoolwindowtinting @ hotmail.com.
WASH AND FOLD Service: Formerly at Holmes
Beach Laundromat, now available for pickup and
delivery to your door. Ironing, too. Call Cheryl,
COMPUTER GOT YOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help? Call
NIKI'S NOOKS AND CRANNIES. I will do house-
keeping, laundry, and errands or pet sitting for you.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair and/
or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the
Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and per-
sonalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reasonable
price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for an
appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking ser-
vices - when and what you need - to ensure your
house is secure and cared for while you are away.
Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.my.house@
verizon.net for details.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience all phases of nail care. Gift bou-
tique, nail products, handbags, jewelry and sun-
glasses. 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an
appointment. Now offering in-home pedicure ser-
PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINING: Private studio,
certified trainer, 16 years experience. Specializing in
sport-specific training, improving balance, strength,
and stamina. Toni Lyon, 941-928-8735.
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shots, $35. Call
Julie at SunCoast
I' 941-779-0202, or
Manatee Humane Society, 941-747-8808.
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CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes, tree
trimming, property maintenance. Insured. Since
1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulching.
Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island resi-
dent. Cell 941-951-1833.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your land-
scape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark Mark.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30-years experience.
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscaping
and property management. 15 years Island experi-
ence. Licensed and insured. Call Allen anytime. Cell
CRUSHED WASHED SHELL delivered and spread,
For all your hauling needs, call David Bannigan.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch, clean
ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. Cell,
941-448-3857 or 941-778-0851.
LARRY'S BACK! SHELL delivered and spread. $45/
yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with
free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Bill 941-795-5100.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island ser-
vice since 1975. Repairs and new construction. Free
estimates, no overtime charges. Now certifying back
flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118-941-778-3924
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil,
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114 Bridge Street - Bradenton Beach - 782-1130
DON MEILNER & SON
Commercial and residential contractor
serving Anna Maria Island for 27 years.
New construction, remodeling, kitchen
makeover ... all your needs from
design to completion.
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CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
TILE AND MARBLE Installation: Many Island refer-
ences. Free estimates, prompt service. Steve Allen
Floor Coverings. 941-726-1802.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.
K&C PAINTING LLC. Interior, exterior, faux. A
woman's touch. Kelly Meshberger. Free estimates.
SDB HOME REPAIR LLC: Handyman, painting, tile
work, sheetrock, hauling, electrical, light plumbing.
HURRICANE WINDOWS. 30 PERCENT off!
100 percent financed! We build, install and guar-
antee them! No other company does it all. Call
941-400-5384 for a free estimate good for one year.
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety,
changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202,
or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
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, $2,200/month annually with option to buy. Call
SPACIOUS ISLAND BAYFRONT. Dock, furnished.
$1,750/month, $800/week. $125/night includes utili-
ties. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.com.
NEAR BEACHES: 1 BR/1.5BA redecorated. Annual,
$700/month, furnished. Most utilities paid. Close to
beaches. Call 941-758-9133.
WATERFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA, boat dock, fire-
place, pool, $1,200/month, annual. 941-792-0524.
ONE BEDROOM, SECOND-story, extra room,
updated, gorgeous. Balcony, half block to the beach.
FANTASTIC FULLY-FURNISHED 2BR/2BA corner
unit condos with sweeping views of Tampa bay
on Anna Maria Island. Available for season. Call
MARTINIQUE CONDO: 2BR/2BA fully furnished,
lanai, sea/beach view, garage, laundry, tennis,
heated pool. January-April. 423-884-2598.
SEASONAL ANNA MARIA 3BR/2BA. Available
March 1, 2009. Steps to beach, theater, bakery
restaurants, and more. Call now, 941-737-9662.
ANNUAL EFFICIENCY APARTMENT. Kitchen/bath/
living areas. Unfurnished. No pets. 941-778-7039.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA ELEVATED Holmes Beach
duplex near beach. Covered patio, deck, carport,
washer and dryer hookups and large storage area.
Available October. $1,100/month. 828-684-9354.
ANNUAL BAYVIEW CONDO: Holmes Beach,
2BR/2BA, second floor. Old Florida Realty, Sharon,
941-778-3377 or 941-713-9096.
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WESTBAY POINT & Moorings Phase I: 2BR/2BA
lower corner unit overlooking Tampa Bay and Sun-
shine Skyway Bridge. Available January-March 2009.
$2,900/month plus taxes. Call 401-497-6327.
TEN MINUTES TO beaches. Five-year old
3BR/2BA, fenced. No pets. $1,100/month plus last
month and security. T. Dolly Young Real Estate,
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: Large 1,100-sf
3BR/2BA, close to beach, available Oct.1. $950/
month plus electric. First, last, security. 585-317-7344
VACATION FALL RENTALS: Perico Bay Club
villa, 2BR/2BA, $1,100/month. Cay townhouse,
2BR/2BA, pool, boat dock, $399/week. Island
unfurnished waterfront home, 3BR/2BA, pool, boat
dock, $700/week, $2,500/month. Real Estate Mart,
ANNUAL 2BR/2.5BA KEY Royale canalfront with
one-car garage, $1,400/month. One bedroom with
sunroom, Gulffront complex, two pools, $950/month.
Call Sue at An Island Place Realty, 941-779-9320.
ISLAND VACATION RENTAL: Canalfront, 3BR/2BA
fully furnished with pool/spa. $1,300/week or
$4,500/month. Call now for holiday bookings.
HOLMES BEACH: 1 BR/1.5BA apartment, 100 feet
from bay, $850/month. Holmes Beach 2BR/1BA
house, 1.5 blocks to beach, $1,100/month. First, last,
security deposit. Available Oct. 1. 941-587-1456.
PEBBLE SPRINGS 3BR/2BA first-floor condo,
furnished or unfurnished, renovated, neutral
colors, pool, tennis. Annual, $1,100/month, Sea-
sonal, $1,600/month. Water and cable included.
813-368-7383. See us at www.macalusoproperty.
FISHING FOR a good deal? Look in The Islander,
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA duplex, Holmes
Beach. Short walk to beach. $900/month plus utili-
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL rental. Elevated
duplex, 63rd Street, 3BR/2BA, recently updated,
walk to beach. very large garage. $1,450/month.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1.5BA, elevated duplex
on Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Large yard and
garage. Very nice. References and security deposit
required. Call 706-252-6530 or 770-547-6796.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON: 2BR/2BA, two-car
garage plus den. Culdesac. Hot tub, tile, and fire-
place. Fenced-in yard, pets OK. Washer and dryer.
$1,300/month plus security. 941-448-3660.
ANNUAL RENTAL: HOLMES Beach. 2BR/1BA.
Washer and dryer on premises. Close to trolley
stores and half block to Gulf. $900/month, utilities
included! Call Jason at 941-778-7200 for more infor-
CHARMING CANAL HOUSE: 2BR/2BA. $1,350/
month plus utilities. 717-392-4048.
BOATERS: 3BR/2BA, two-car garage large canal-
front home. Flamingo Cay. $1,650/month. Owner/
ROOM/SHARE WANTED: Looking to share expen-
sive bills? Single, professional woman coming to
work in the area with two cats, well behaved with
expensive furniture. No smoking, drinking, drugs.
Starting new job in October, need space to live and
settle in new home. Please, call 847-363-5922.
TWO-BEDROOM LUXURY condo, steps from
the beach. Tennis, sauna, heated pool, near good
restaruant. $995/week plus tax and cleanup. Call
863-688-3524, cell 863-608-1833.
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
2BR/1.5BA ELEVATED DUPLEX, quiet area of
Holmes Beach. Washer/dryer included. $1,000/
month, plus utilities. First, last, secu-
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
BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA with Gulf just
across the street. Direct, terrific views! $440,000.
PRICED TO SELL: Canal home. 717-392-4048.
PARADISE BAY: Cozy mobile, addition, driveway.
Completely rebuilt inside. Low monthly mainte-
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Glorious views of Bimini Bay from most rooms of this
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306 S Gulf
Adorable Key West-style duplex right on the Gulf of
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2500 Gulf Dr. 514 Key Royale 2418 Avenue C
New! Direct gulf front town home in Bradenton Canalfront with new dock and lift! 2,700 sf with New 3BR/2BA condo with Gulf views and exquisite
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Caged pool with large lanai area for entertaining. Beau- fabulous rooftop patio offering panoramic views of
tifully landscaped. Gulf and bay.
$1,250,000 $1,100,000 $599,000
2312 Gulf Dr #209
2BR/2BA Gulffront top floor corner unit condo with
exquisite views, screened lanai and pool. Building is well
maintained and offers enclosed parking, private ground
floor storage and private beach access.
211 Elm Ave
North endAnna Maria condo.So unique and finished
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bamboo vaulted ceilings,granite and more. Outside pri-
vate gardens offer rockwaterfall. One blockto beach.
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909 N Shore Dr.
Exquisite bay views and beach from this one level with
3BR/3BA home, furnished and with high end finishes
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105 Pelican Dr
North end Anna Maria, large family home offers 4BR/3.5BA on canal with dock, lift and
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ous master suite features spa bath with Jacuzzi, sitting room,his/hers closets and private
screened lanai. Beautiful setting, walk to Bean Point beach or bay beach.
32 0 SEPT. 17, 2008 0 THE ISLANDER
QW&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 cufftting-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 Cafe 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.
IntroducingA New Member Of The Neal Communities' Family
In Prestigious Northwest Bradenton
Cafr 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.
Pric dl frmr4 $ -54,,9M
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