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NFL films did a segment on Galati
Marine that was televised leading up to the
This year, Chris Galati says, the NFL
has made us a different offer.
"We' ve been invited to bring a luxury
yacht for display alongside Jackson's Res-
taurant at Harbor Island in Tampa during one
of the parties," said Galati. The party will be
hosted by Jim Carrey and Carmen Electra.
"We're trying to work out the details
now," he said.
And the Island will likely get some visi-
tors for Super Bowl week, said Bradenton
Area Convention and Visitors Bureau execu-
tive director Larry White.
While he said he can't predict how
many people will stay on the Island during
the week-long festivities, he's had a number
of people call and tell him they' ve booked
rooms on the Island that week.
Super Bowl festivities planned by the
Super Bowl Host Committee in Tampa begin
two weeks before the game and the vast
majority of rooms for NFL corporate spon-
sors are booked in the Tampa-St. Petersburg
and Clearwater Beach areas, he said.
We' re not the lead destination for the
Super Bowl," White noted.
Fans lucky enough to get a Super Bowl
ticket will be steered toward an accommoda-
tion in one of those destinations, all of which
are nearer to the stadium than Anna Maria
Island. Of course, individual fans may still
find their way to the Island.
"People who want to come to Anna
partners are going to those d
That's not to say that the CVB 1
an effort to get noticed by the host c
"We' ve notified them that we a
as an alternate destination," said C1
ing director Jessica Grace. "They k
here," she said.
White said the CVB was app
the host committee about market
tination for Super Bowl festiviti
dollars spent would not generate
interest in the Island because of t
to Tampa and the stadium.
Additionally, the competing te
"There's not much time to marl
as a destination to the fans of the
teams, when they' 11 first look to st
closer to the stadium and festivity
"But we'll still get some peop
said. "We have a pretty good rep
people looking for peace and q
beaches and some great fishing."
Chris Galati said recently that 1
mind seeing the Indianapolis Colt
coach Tony Dungy make an app
As coach of the Tampa Bay B
Dungy often chartered fishing
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the Colts made the Super Bowl,"
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Gone with the wind
The sales trailer for the St. Joe Co. 's Sev-
enShores condominium project on Perico
Island was removed Jan. 7, oppal ritly
i dini any immediate effort by the company
to sell iuil, at the site. Ilan,,, r Photo:
Raymond James Stadium in Tampa will host the Super Bowl Feb. 1.
Galati Marine to mak
Super Bowl appearan
By Rick Catlin Maria Island during Super Bowl
Ila,,,id r Reporter already know about us," White sa
The Island is certain to get its name in A veteran of two Super Bow
"super" circles with Super Bowl set for kick- Orleans, White said the event is
off in Tampa Feb. 1. corporate partners and 1
Galati Marine is set to repre- SL/pER BO visitors bureau that
sent Anna Maria Island during of the corporate d(
Super Bowl week, as it didk in its location must
at the 2001 Super Bowl in privilege, he note
Tampa between the New Tampa and St.
York Giants and the Balti- are the primary
more Ravens. Prior to that game, most of the rooms book
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By Rick Catlin
If seven is a lucky number in dice on the
first roll, then the St. Joe Co. apparently failed
to make its point with its SevenShores condo-
minium development on Perico Island.
The St. Joe Co. last week pulled its sales
trailer off the site, ending for now a 10-year
i effort to develop the north side of Perico
Island across the Intracoastal Waterway from
C e the Island.
c e When the project was first proposed, it was
involved in a lawsuit that would have taken up
S wi a season on television's "Boston Legal."
id The staff have been gone from the sales
s in Nw trailer for more than a year, and the removal
now about of the trailer may indicate St. Joe has given up
icensing. A on selling any of the 686 condo units approved
vants some for SevenShores.
dollars spent It's a victory of sorts for those who
t pay for the opposed the project when it was first proposed
ed. Because in the late 1990s, but any victory is bitter-
Petersburg sweet, said Glenn Compton of ManaSota-88,
y sponsors, the environmental group that was at the fore-
ed for NFL front of legal actions against the project.
destinations, "I'm not going to shed any tears that
they've left the site. It's a project that should
never have been approved," he said.
committee Compton noted that his non-profit orga-
re availablenization spent a considerable amount of time
VB market-and money in legal fees to oppose the project.
know we're Now, the damage to the Perico Island environ-
ment has been done, he said.
reached by "They could have been better stewards of
ng the des- the land," said Compton. "It's nothing but an
es, but the eyesore now.
that much In late 2006, St. Joe announced it was
he distancefacing sluggish sales at SevenShores and
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would pull its sales staff, but continue to develop
the infrastructure. St. Joe said then in a press release
that it would look for private builders to construct the
St. Joe wanted to sell units starting in the low
$500,000 range when it opened the sales office in
2005. At that time, waterfront condominiums on
Anna Maria Island were selling for $500,000 and
up, and St. Joe promised a luxury, gated community
with numerous amenities.
As the price of Island condos fell, however, so did
interest in SevenShores. After 18 months of market-
ing, the company said it had but nine reservations.
But St. Joe's decision to cut its losses and end
any sales effort for the foreseeable future came too
late to save the northwest side of Perico Island from
Bradenton annexed the property in 1999 and St.
Joe then known as Arvida quickly announced
plans to build high-rise condos on the site, which for-
merly contained a farm owned by the Preston family
Island cities, Manatee County, private citizens
and ManaSota-88 cried foul at the prospect of an
undeveloped barrier island replaced with 10-story
condo buildings that could accommodate up to 1,750
people. A series of court actions challenging the
annexation were quickly filed, with Manatee County
and ManaSota-88 at the forefront of the civil suits.
As part of the legal settlement with Manatee
County and ManaSota-88, St. Joe agreed to reduce
the number of units at SevenShores from more than
900 to 686.
By the time the road was clear for St. Joe to begin
construction, however, the boom days of Island real
estate were gone, replaced by a steady cycle of lower
prices, declining values and fewer sales.
SevenShores' $500,000 price tag for its lowest-
priced unit apparently didn't draw a lot of serious
interest as Island condominiums were selling for an
average of less than $300,000 earlier this year.
As part of its plans to develop SevenShores,
St. Joe purchased the Perico Harbor Marina. The
marina storage building and offices were torn down
during the closure of the Anna Maria Island Bridge
in October. St. Joe previously said it planned to
construct deep-water slips for high-draft boats and
St. Joe already has a Florida Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection permission to dredge the chan-
nel in front of the marina and put in more docks. The
company also has site-plan approval from Bradenton
for retail shops and a restaurant at the marina site.
It purchased and subsequently tore down the
former Leverock's restaurant on the western edge of
the marina property.
Construction of the infrastructure elements for
the retail shops at the site began last year, but have
since been halted.
St. Joe has removed information about Seven-
Shores from its Web site and no longer includes the
project among its list of Florida communities.
St. Joe has developed numerous housing and
commercial projects in Florida, primarily in the pan-
handle region, although in years past when it was
Arvida, the company built several projects on Long-
boat Key, including the Longboat Key Club.
According to St. Joe online at www.joe.com,
the company sold nearly 20,000 acres in northwest
Florida in December for $28 million. The company
said the land was "non-strategic" for any of its devel-
While the Web site makes no mention of the Sev-
enShores project, it does say the company foresees a
"prolonged economic downturn" in Florida and has
no plans for any new projects at this time.
The Web site says the St. Joe Company is still
the state's largest private landowner.
Efforts to reach St. Joe vice president Ed Hill
or St. Joe spokesperson Joe Ray for comment were
Island groups plan
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will
celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama with a
party at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N. Bradenton Beach.
The club will make sure a big-screen television
is on the premises for watching Obama's address.
Partygoers will dine on a lunch buffet for $15.
For reservations or more information, call Fran-
cine Slack at 941-778-3444, or Dale de Haan at
Also, at noon Jan. 23, the St. Bernard Catho-
lic Church CCW will host the Inauguration Fashion
Show in the church fellowship hall, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call Kathleen Uttendorfer
The official theme of Obama's inauguration is
"Renewing America's Promise."
In a press statement, the president-elect said, "At
this moment of great challenge and great change,
renewing the promise of America begins with renew-
ing the idea that in America, we rise or fall as one
nation and one people. That sense of unity and shared
purpose is what this Inauguration will reflect."
In Washington, D.C., inaugural festivities are
scheduled to begin on Jan. 18 with a welcome event,
continue on Jan. 19 with a celebration of Martin
Luther King Jr.'s life and on Jan. 20 with the swear-
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Island, LBK officials question Port Dolphin project
By Rick Catlin mation." information to the public and hold public hearings on
Proponents of the proposed natural-gas pipeline
from Port Manatee to the Gulf of Mexico may be
heading for some rough seas.
Officials of Port Dolphin LLC, the company that
has proposed the 28-mile pipeline, made a presenta-
tion and gave an overview of the project benefits to
the Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting Jan. 7
in Holmes Beach at the request of Manatee County
Commissioner John Chappie, whose district includes
Anna Maria Island.
The Jan. 7 presentation was supposed to be a
"baby step" in the approval process, said Chappie, but
Island and Longboat Key officials were in no mood
to baby anything.
Chief among the complaints of Longboat Key
town manager Bruce St. Denis is that Port Dolphin is
withholding information on areas of potential beach
renourishment sand that might be affected by the pro-
posed route of the pipeline.
Longboat Key uses several areas near the pro-
posed pipeline route as sources for its beach renour-
ishment projects, said St. Denis. In the future, the
town might want to test and possibly use sand that is
in the pipeline area, he said.
St. Denis said Port Dolphin officials have refused
to release results of their sand testing, while the infor-
mation he's received from marine engineers is that
the sand in the affected area might be suitable for
"Why won't you give us this information?" ques-
tioned St. Denis. "You seem to be withholding infor-
By Rick Catlin
A group of more than 20 vacationers from Chi-
cago created a bit of a stir on Fir Avenue in Anna
Maria during their Christmas-New Year's holiday at
a beachfront accommodation.
According to Fir Avenue resident and former City
Commissioner Duke Miller, the group rented a six-
bedroom duplex on Fir and parked a 30-foot-long
RV in the driveway. The RV also housed a number
of vacationers, he said.
Miller said the group parked the RV in the drive-
way, then hooked it up to water and electricity from
Occupying and using an RV for living quarters is
a violation of a city ordinance, Miller said. The RV
protruded into the right of way, another code violation
and possibly a law enforcement issue, he added.
But Miller said he and other Fir Street residents
declined to call city hall to file a complaint.
"Nobody wants to ruin anyone's holiday," Miller
Inauguration Jan. 20 in D.C.
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ing-in ceremony on the west front of the U.S. Capitol,
the 56th Inaugural Parade and a series of inaugural
balls. The events will conclude on Jan. 21 with the
newly inaugurated president and vice president join-
ing in a prayer service.
Several local law enforcement officials are sched-
uled to travel to Washington to help with security
during the inauguration, including Mike Leonard and
Stan House of the Holmes Beach Police Department
and Bradenton Beach resident Ed Straight, a reserve
officer with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
More than 2 million people are expected to gather in
the capital for the inauguration.
For those who plan to watch the historic events
on television, many networks and cable channels
already have committed to comprehensive coverage,
including programming geared toward children on
Longboat Key can only surmise that Port Dol-
phin has found renourishment quality sand in the area
where it wants its pipeline and "you don't want to tell
us," St. Denis said.
Harold Costello of Port Dolphin refused to budge.
He said the information is "confidential for commer-
cial, legal and permitting reasons."
Costello also balked at a suggestion by County
Commissioner Carol Whitmore that Port Dolphin
"consider giving more information" before the county
commission makes a decision on the company's
Costello had no comment to Whitmore's sugges-
Costello and German Castro of Port Dolphin also
disagreed with a suggestion by Holmes Beach City
Commissioner John Monetti that Port Dolphin could
follow the present pipeline owned by Gulfstream.
"We have to balance the route. We believe the
route we have is the best with the criteria," Castro
Monetti disagreed. "Your answer is not an answer.
Our greatest concern here is sand. What is your pri-
mary concern?" Costello declined to respond to Mon-
etti's question, along with a request from Whitmore
for a direct answer.
Castro said the company is not supposed to share
its information with the public. The information
gathered about the sea bottom along the proposed
route will be given to the lead government agencies
involved in the permitting process. Those agencies,
including the U.S. Coast Guard, will then release that
This RV was parked at a Fir Avenue rental in
Anna Maria during the end-of-the-year holidays.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Although Anna Maria is normally a fairly quiet
location for a vacation, even on New Year's Eve, the
revelers evidently thought differently, said Miller.
"The noise, day and night, emanating from the
20-plus people in residence at the six-bedroom prop-
erty was burdensome, adversely impacting the holi-
day enjoyment of all those around the duplex," he
The group also had several motorcycles that they
started up shortly after midnight on Jan. 1, then again
at around 3 a.m., Miller said.
Barbara Sato, whose company, Sato Real Estate,
manages the property, was upset about the use of the
property and the accompanying RV.
"I had no idea," Sato responded to Miller.
"Nobody wants to protect and preserve the
uniqueness and charm of Anna Maria more than me,"
she told Miller.
She said she appreciated the fact that Miller and
his neighbors did not call the city to complain about
the renters, and said every effort will be made to
avoid this type situation in the future.
"Thank you for handling this situation in such a
kind way and please send my apologies to the resi-
dents on Fir Avenue," she wrote.
Sato said the renters never indicated they were
bringing an RV, or had more people in their party
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the proposed project, he said.
Whitmore observed that this means the county com-
mission is being asked to make a decision on the project
without all the necessary background information. If
Port Dolphin would release some of its information, it
would "make our decision easier," she said.
Costello again declined to comment.
He did maintain that the company is cooperat-
ing with the Island cities, noting the company agreed
several months ago to move the route of the pipeline
from just a few hundred yards off Bean Point to an
area about 2 miles farther north.
That's not much cooperation, indicated St.
Holmes Beach City Commissioner David Zacca-
gnino said he has safety concerns about a ship loaded
with liquid natural gas anchoring 28 miles west of
Anna Maria Island. An explosion on board that ship
could easily reach the Island, he claimed. He also was
concerned about a potential terrorist attack against
such a ship.
The safety issues outweigh any economic ben-
efit the pipeline would bring to the area, Zaccagnino
"It's not worth the risk. We don't need it," he
Following the meeting, Whitmore on Thursday
said Manatee County attorney Sarah Shenck spoke
with Port Dolphin officials about the legal aspects of
their application and the need for the county to have
more information about the pipeline location and the
affected sea bottom along the route.
"They have now indicated they will provide more
information on those issues," Whitmore said.
Port Dolphin has been invited to make another
public presentation at an inter-governmental meet-
ing in Palmetto in late January, she said. Whitmore
expects the company will attend and provide more
information than it presented at the BIEO.
"This application still has to be approved by the
port authority and the county commission," Whit-
more said. "We need to know a lot more about this
pipeline and project."
Anna Maria City
Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m., EEEC meeting CAN-
Jan. 22, city commission meeting.
Jan. 26, 10 a.m., North Shore/South Bay Bou-
levard residents meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Jan. 14, 6 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Jan. 15, 5 p.m., boating master plan meeting.
Jan. 22, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Jan. 15, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meet-
Jan. 27, city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue
Jan. 15, 6 p.m., commission meeting.
Jan. 23, pension board meeting.
Station 1, 6001 Marina Drive, 941-741-3900,
Jan. 14, 3:30 p.m., Palma Sola Scenic Highway
meeting, Manatee County Administrative Building,
1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, govern-
ment offices will be closed.
Jan. 21, 4 p.m., Council of Governments meet-
ing, Palmetto Library, 923 Sixth St. W., Palmetto.
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Chicago vacationers draw
former commissioner's ire
4 0 JAN. 14, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
By Lisa Neff
Sabine Musil-Buehler went missing the night
Barack Obama won the White House.
The motel owner's enthusiasm over Obama's
candidacy and her excitement on election day make
the date of the Holmes Beach woman's disappearance
easy to remember: Nov. 4, 2008.
If she could, she would have called to celebrate
the election results on Nov. 5, friends have said with
"I would have expected her to call or to call
someone on [that] Wednesday," said Silvia Feuer-
bach, who last talked to Musil-Buehler on Oct. 30,
when she invited her friend to an Obama rally in
More than two months have passed since Musil-
Buehler, 49, disappeared.
RV targeted, not ticketed
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than indicated on the rental agreement. "We can only
believe what people tell us," she said.
Miller suggested property managers make their
clients aware of the city regulations designed to "pre-
serve and protect the uniqueness and charm of Anna
After all, said Miller, the city's "uniqueness and
charm" are what the rental agents are selling to clients
who want to stay in Anna Maria.
An occupied RV in Anna Maria is a rare sight, said
code enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon. She said in her
seven years with the city, she's only had two complaints
of an RV being used as a residence. In one incident, the
owner did not know that city codes prohibit people from
living in an RV and promptly moved out.
Rathvon pointed out, however, that the code does
allow an RV to be parked on private property. "A lot
of people don't realize that is allowed by the code,"
Miller said real estate agents should emphasize to
renters the city codes, particularly the days for trash
and waste collection.
He even suggested it might be time for the city
commission to consider an ordinance requiring a
minimum 30-day stay for rentals.
Sato said her property managers always provide rent-
ers with information on city codes, but will now be more
Sigiliit ,iKn ever in examining out-of-town applications
for rentals, and advise renters of the RV code.
Next week, the candidate Musil-Buehler pro-
moted with a campaign sign outside Haley's Motel,
will take the oath of office.
And investigators with the Manatee County Sher-
iff's Office, the Holmes Beach Police Department, the
state fire marshal's office and the West Manatee Fire
Rescue District will continue to try to solve the mystery
of Musil-Buehler's whereabouts and the "suspicious"
Nov. 16 fire at the motel she co-owns with her husband,
Tom Buehler, with whom she was separated.
The last known person to see Musil-Buehler is
William Cumber III, her boyfriend, who said they
were watching election news on television in an Anna
Maria home Musil-Buehler had rented when they got
into an argument and she left.
Cumber, as The Islander went to press, was in the
Manatee County jail on a charge unrelated to Musil-
Manatee County's Gold Star Club is offer-
ing up to $5,000 for information leading to the
whereabouts of Sabine Musil-Buehler or infor-
mation leading to the person or persons respon-
sible for her disappearance.
Also, friends and family are accepting
donations at Whitney Bank, 5324 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, in the name of the Sabine Bue-
hler Benefit Fund.
Anyone with information is asked to
call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at
941-747-3011, ext. 2519, or Crime Stoppers at
AMI Bridge work
The Florida Department of Transportation gave
short notice last week for some work that would have
extended bridge openings and halted traffic on the
Anna Maria Island Bridge Jan. 12 and Jan. 13. But
that plan was canceled by DOT District 1 Secretary
Stan Cann, and the DOT now says the contractor will
conduct the extended openings at a later date with
sufficient notice to the public prior.
The extended bascule opening is required in order
to install the Hopkins Frame mechanical drive.
For more information, call the AMI Bridge reha-
bilitation public information officer at 941-792-0369,
or go online to www.amibridgerehab.com.
Buehler's disappearance -
or the fire that destroyed a :.*
two-story building adjacent -
to the main motel on Gulf
The 39-year-old was on
probation for a 2005 arson '
conviction when he was
picked up near Ocala in
Marion County last month Musil-Buehler
for driving with a suspended
The arrest violated Cumber's probation, accord-
ing to the Florida Department of Corrections.
Cumber, who has been described by law enforce-
ment as a "person of interest" in the Musil-Buehler/
Haley's investigations, is scheduled for arraignment
at 8:55 a.m. Jan. 30 at the Manatee County Judicial
Investigators have not interviewed him since his
transfer from the Marion County jail to the Manatee
County jail, according to MCSO spokesman Dave
They have spoken with the passenger in the truck
Cumber was driving in Marion County. "We found
him," Bristow said of the man, who owned the vehi-
cle. "He didn't really have any information that was
Robert Corona, 38, also was scheduled for a court
appearance at the judicial center in Bradenton a
case-management hearing on Jan. 14.
Musil-Buehler did not disappear without a
Her white Pontiac convertible was recovered on
Nov. 6 on 26th Avenue West in Bradenton. Musil-
Buehler's blood was found in the front seat and her
belongings were found in the trunk. Her purse and
cell phone were not found.
The MCSO arrested Corona fleeing from the car
and charged him with grand theft auto.
Corona first told authorities that he was given
the keys of the vehicle to go buy drugs, leading to
an early but false report that someone saw Musil-
Buehler on Nov. 5 on 14th Street West in Braden-
Corona later told investigators that he found
the car in a parking lot at the Gator Lounge on 14th
Street. The key, he said, was in the ignition.
Anyone with information is asked to call the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office at 941-747-3011,
ext. 2519, or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.
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THE ISLANDER U JAN. 14, 2009 E 5
Commission backs native
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach city commissioners dug a
policy for the use of native plants on city property in
Commissioners unanimously adopted the policy
during a meeting Jan. 8 at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
The advisory ScenicWAVES committee proposed
the policy, voting last November to ask group co-
chair Carl Parks to present a recommendation to the
ScenicWAVES members found inspiration for the
policy as they toured public sites dense with native
landscaping in Anna Maria and followed the work of
Manatee County as it replaced non-native, invasive
species at Coquina Beach.
Before adopting the policy, Mayor Michael
Pierce clarified that it applies only to city property,
and that the city does not plan to undertake a clearing
of non-native plants.
"We're not all of a sudden tearing out plants to
replace then," Pierce said.
He added, "I've had afew phone calls."
The commission then voted to "make official
policy the planting of native landscaping with native
vegetation indigenous to Anna Maria Island along its
scenic highway and on all city of Bradenton Beach
rights of way and other public property under the
city's jurisdiction, whenever and wherever new plant-
ing is deemed necessary."
In other business, commissioners:
Approved the dates for EcoWeek, the green-
themed series of events coordinated by the city's
Eco Week will take place March 16-19 and
will again coincide with an outdoor Bridge Street
Publix Super Market agreed to sponsor the
Authorized city attorney Ricinda Perry to pre-
pare a request for proposals for a planner to help the
city work on its land-development code.
Heard from U.S. postal workers about a pos-
sible shift in how mail is processed in the area.
Approved a special event permit for a benefit
in the Drift-In parking lot on Bridge Street at 11 a.m.
Approved a travel request for Lisa Marie Phil-
Bradenton Beach Board of Adjustment
By Lisa Neff
The Bradenton Beach Board of Adjustment con-
tinued a hearing on a complaint regarding building
official decisions at the Sunset Beach Motel and The
Beach Club at 2201 Gulf Drive.
Neighbors to the property, Cynthia Dagher and
Mark Mixon, filed the complaint, officially called a
third-party administrative appeal.
The BOA was scheduled to re-open a hearing Jan.
7, but Dagher and Mixon requested a continuance,
which was set for 6 p.m. Feb. 11.
The complaint has been before the BOA repeat-
edly but has yet to be considered on its merits.
That's because the BOA's first task is to deter-
mine whether Dagher and Mixon made a timely
filing of their completed complaint, which involves
a number of allegations regarding city decisions
that led to a certificate of occupancy for 2201 Gulf
At a meeting last August, the BOA determined
they did not file on time, but the city commission
bounced the case back to the board for reconsidera-
tion following a court ruling in a separate, unrelated
Last fall, judge ordered the city to take another
look at concerns raised by resident Ken Lohn about
properties neighboring his at Fifth Street South and
Bay Drive South.
Lohn filed an administrative appeal of the city
building officials' issuance of certificates of occu-
pancy for 109 Fifth St. and 502 Bay Drive S.
He raised numerous concerns about the proper-
In February 2008, the BOA voted 4-0 to recom-
mend that the city commission dismiss Lohn's appeal
because it was untimely filed since appeals of COs,
under the city's land-development code, should be
filed within 30 days.
But in late September, Judge Paul Logan issued
an order granting part of Lohn's petition seeking a
city review of his complaint.
Logan said Lohn's appeal of the certificate of
occupancy for 502 Bay Drive S. was filed too late,
lips, project and program manager, to attend a meet-
ing in Bagdad, Fla., on the state's Waterfronts Florida
The expense was estimated at about $733, and
the trip was scheduled to take place Jan. 13-14 with
a focus on community redevelopment agencies.
Phillips said she decided to request attendance
after learning about the focus on CRA work, since
the city has a CRA and a redevelopment district.
"Go, have a good time. Learn a lot," said Com-
missioner Janie Robertson.
Approved the first reading of an ordinance on
a franchise agreement with TECO/Peoples Gas.
Approved payment of an invoice from M.T.
Causley Inc. for $5,890 for building department ser-
Approved payment of a $1,554 invoice from
Gregory Hootman for legal services in lawsuit filed
against the city by property owner Ken Lohn.
Approved payment of a $1,044 invoice from
Hertz Equipment Rental for the rental of a lift to put
up holiday decorations.
The city commission's next meeting will take
place at 1 p.m. Jan. 22 at city hall.
but that his appeal for 109 Fifth St. S. was timely.
The judge additionally said that a letter to the city
from Lohn's attorney on Jan. 4 "gave the city timely
notice of the petitioner's appeal."
The judge added that an appeal that is deficient
in form and substance is not the same as an untimely
appeal. The judge's decision not only prompted the
city commission to ask the BOA to review the Lohn
case but also to reconsider its ruling in the Dagher/
The BOA is scheduled to take up the Lohn case
at 6 p.m. Jan. 14.
Kiwanis to meet Saturday
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club will meet
at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Cafe on the Beach at
the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The speaker will be Bob Fowinkle, former gov-
ernor of the Kiwanis' state organization.
For more information, contact member Ralph
Bassett at 941-795-8697.
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A show of support
We' re left to wonder how such a gentle, kind
man came to be accused of sexual misconduct by his
church. But it is so. The Rev. Jean Ronald Joseph,
a pastor for several years at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, denies the accusation. But it seems he must
fight for more than the truth to clear his name, he
must fight the canons of his church, and the bishop
who enforces church law. He must fight for his faith,
for all he believes in and his way of life.
He has lived for the church, and for that the
church has provided for him. But Father Joseph wor-
ries daily how he will pay his mortgage, support his
mother and other family members who rely on him,
and how he will fight for his health against the odds
of a serious illness.
He worries about how he will help the needy in
his homeland of Haiti. He is concerned for his friends
and their faith.
His bishop promised him confidentiality until
the matter was investigated innocent until proven
guilty. Now Father Ron, as he is affectionately
known, feels he has been pushed aside. The bishop,
instead, sent an announcement about the accusation
to 56 parishes to be read the weekend after Christmas
to all the worshipers.
We needn't be Catholic to know Father Ron for
his altruistic and kindhearted nature. Now we will
know him for his strength, as he faces the public in a
forum where he hopes and prays, no doubt that
the truth will be his sword.
The Catholic Church will follow the bishop's
will as he carries out his authority in his way, but
many of us will follow Father Ron and support him.
Many people seek to have his name cleared and his
position at St. Bernard in the Island community
Father Ron says he wants to look each and every
person in the eyes and deny his accuser, a man now
31, who claims that 15 years ago he was touched
This won't be an easy task, and Father Ron
should know he has the love of many in the Island
community, those who hope to be his strength.
We should encourage Father Ron to maintain his
love of life and his way of life.
For that reason, we ask you to join us at a forum
with Father Joseph at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21,
at the Holmes Beach City Hall.
Come, please. Join me and many others who
believe in Father Ron.
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No pets allowed?
My husband and I met on Holmes Beach when we
both lived in Manatee County early in our careers. Though
we now call New York state home, we were excited to
return to celebrate our 15th anniversary and booked a two-
week rental with a local real estate agent.
But we were deeply disappointed that Anna
Maria Island was so unwelcoming to one member
of our family: our black lab, Kumara.
While it wasn't difficult finding a pet-friendly
rental, finding other pet-friendly things to do was
next to impossible. The beach was off limits. So,
too, was the paved walkway in Bradenton Beach and
most restaurants, other than Star Fish Co. in Cortez
and the Mar Vista Pub on Longboat Key. And while
numerous other people pointed out Palma Sola, it's
not quite the same as the Gulf and the traffic zooming
by seemed like an accident waiting to happen.
During our two-week visit, we commiserated
with lots of other dog owners locals and tourists
- who were likewise disappointed with the lack of
Luckily, we discovered a dog-friendly beach in
Venice. Still, with more than 10 miles of Gulf beaches
in Manatee County, it's hard to believe that 200 yards
can't be set aside as dog-friendly, as Venice has done.
While there are irresponsible pet owners who will no
doubt leave pet waste behind, this can be remedied with
steep fines. Not to mention that during our walks on the
beach, we' ve also seen irresponsible parents who leave
dirty diapers behind yet nobody is suggesting that
babies should be barred from the beach!
As more and more people choose to travel with
their pets, this isn't just a lifestyle decision it's a
business decision. In the future, we' 11 reminisce at the
Sandbar Restaurant, but we' 11 spend the bulk of our
money the lodging in a place that welcomes
our entire family.
Michelle Leder and Scott Cooper, Peekskill,
Re: "I' m not from around here" by Miki Maloney
Sr. in the Jan. 7 edition of The Islander:
Oh, come on ... it is ISLAND TIME! Trust me,
you will live a lot longer and have lower blood pres-
sure if you just take a deep breath and text your mom
just to say "hey" while driving 15 mph.
We only get the pleasure of being on Anna Maria
Island on weekends as our livelihood (which affords
us to be there on the weekends) is in Lakeland. It does
take some getting used to, but would you rather be
on a freeway driving 70 in the slow lane?
Love your columns. Keep up the good work.
Slow driving and loving it,
Harriet H. Boring, Lakeland and Anna Maria
Let's put a spin on the Jan. 7 Islander column
"I'm not from around here" by Miki Maloney Sr.
A friend from South Carolina spends at least two
months a year in a vacation rental on the Island. She
parks her SUV in the driveway and never uses her
car unless she leaves the Island. Trolleys, bicycles
and footpower get her everywhere she wants to go.
I' ve lived in our Island paradise for four years. I do
not own a car, so there are no car payments, no depre-
ciation, no maintenance, and I could care less about the
price of gas. Almost \ ci i hi ng I need is right here. If I
need to leave, the trolley to Sarasota costs me, a senior
citizen, 35 cents. A bus to Bradenton costs 60 cents.
Very few people need to drive once they are here,
regardless of whether they are tourists or residents. If
they would use the readily available public transpor-
tation, there would be much less congestion on our
one main road. In addition, they would help solve the
energy and global warming crisis.
More importantly, Maloney and others who really
need to drive could travel at the posted speed limits.
Dr. Jack Wilhelm, Homes Beach
THE ISLANDER U JAN. 14, 2009 7
SAM nominates officers mifs.
By Lisa Neff
Save Anna Maria Inc. members nominated
Holmes Beach resident Ursala Stemm to serve as
president for the next year at their meeting Jan. 10.
A vote will take place at SAM's next general
meeting in February.
At the Jan. 10 morning meeting at the fire station
in Holmes Beach, with seven members present, SAM
approved minutes, heard the treasurer's report and
dealt with old and new business.
Meeting business included the nomination of offi-
cers, with current president Billie Martini announcing
she chose not to run again.
Nominations included Stemm for president, Jim
Kissick for vice president, Nancy Deal for secretary
and Carol Soustek for treasurer.
"You cannot have a better board," Martini said.
Old business included a short discussion on
Grassy Point, the nature preserve in Holmes Beach,
and when it might open to the public.
"If you look around the Island, I think that is
about the last natural place there is," said Martini,
who said she wanted to learn more about the status
of the project.
SAM spent more time in an around-the-room talk
on the Florida Department of Transportation's study
on bridge alternatives on Manatee Avenue.
"I'm still curious why all the talk is about the
mid-Island bridge and not the Cortez Bridge," Mar-
tini said. "This should be approached before FDOT
makes a final decision."
Kissick said he presented DOT representatives
with documents of factualityy" to be considered on
"This was a huge pile of data as to why you should
not put a bridge 75-feet high" on Manatee Avenue
connecting Anna Maria Island to Perico Island. "It
went to everybody ... with an urgent note on top to
please review as you make your decision."
Members shared concerns that the DOT has yet
to respond to questions filed at a bridge forum late
last year at St. Bernard Catholic Church.
Deal said she wanted the DOT to provide more details
about the potential impact of bridge construction on prop-
erty in the areaofAnnaMarialsland Bridge, including the
Kingfish Boat Ramp on the west end of the bridge andNeal
Preserve at the east end of the bridge.
On another subject, members raised concerns
about the size and quality of new Island construc-
tion, specifically new duplexes.
Martini called them "popcorn houses."
"I think our biggest problem is FEMA," she
said, referring to the Federal Emergency Manage-
ment Agency's rules requiring the elevation of new
Soustek talked about "mcmansions" and also
what appear to be separate buildings deemed duplexes
by dubious shared connections.
"I always thought it had to be a living, commu-
nity wall to declare it a duplex," Soustek said. "I
guess I have more to learn."
"I'mjust seeing it look kind of crazy and a little
bit out of hand," she said. "It is something that I think
... SAM needs to look at.... I don't want a tunnel of
them down a street."
"Condo canyons," Deal said.
"Yes," Soustek replied. "Make the buildings look
like they belong on an Island."
On a final subject, Martini said she wanted SAM
to continue to look at erosion on Anna Maria Island,
especially on the bayside in Anna Maria.
"We're losing our Island," she said, adding that
she suspects dredging in Tampa Bay has had a nega-
tive impact on the Island.
The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for
10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
In the Jan. 13, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Officials of GTE said the cell phone tower they con-
structed at Smith Realtors, 5904 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, had been activated and the tower was being used
by carriers AT&T and Sprint The tower site plan was
approved in 1997, but former Mayor Bob VanWagoner
refused to sign off on the plan. GTE sued VanWagoner
and the city and won its case in federal court.
The Florida Communities Trust approved an
application by Holmes Beach for $847,917 to buy
the 37-acre Grassy Point area east of East Bay Drive
and preserve it for public use. FCT executive director
Anne Peery said the funds for Grassy Point became
available when Lee County decided not to accept a
$5 million grant, freeing up the purchase of Grassy
Point and two other projects on the FCT list.
Phil and Ben Seay of Anna Maia Oyster Bar Inc.,
owners of the restaurant lease at the Anna Maria city pier,
offeredthe city $5,000 permonthin rentforFebmary through
July and $3,000 per month for August through January. The
brothers had asked for a five-year lease with an option to
renew for three additional five-year terms.
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Anna Maria P&Z considers ROR changes
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's planning and zoning board at a
Jan. 6 public hearing agreed to a number of amend-
ments to the city's retail-office-residential ordinance,
including a recommendation that ROR structures no
longer have to be owner occupied.
The public hearing was held to amend the ROR
land development regulations to coincide with the
recently enacted comprehensive plan and recom-
mend to the city commission that it adopt a number
of changes approved at an August 2008 joint work
session of the commission and the board.
The board gave consensus to let stand the recom-
mendation from the joint session that ROR units do
not have to be owner occupied. The current ordinance
requires that such units be occupied by the owner or
renter of the building.
Several residents, however, contend that the ordi-
nance amendments are only being pushed by devel-
oper Mike Coleman of Pine Avenue Restoration LLC
to allow rentals for wedding parties that will use the
Sandbar Restaurant, which is owned by PAR partner
Former City Commissioner Carol Ann Magill
said she believes the requirement for owner-occupied
units was not intended to be eliminated in the ROR.
"Mike Coleman knew the law when he submit-
ted his proposal [at 315-317 Pine Ave.], and now he
wants to change the law for his investors," she said.
"Why should we change now to accommodate the
needs of an outside investor? I feel deceived and
Magill said the board and commission should
spend more time studying the impact of the proposed
That's when P&Z chairman Doug Copeland
stepped in to clarify how and why the ordinance was
"For the record," said Copeland, "this is an ordi-
nance developed by the city commission and the
planning and zoning board" in August. It was put
together by city planner Alan Garrett from the notes
of the work session and written by city attorney Jim
Dye. The ordinance is not about anyone or any par-
ticular project, he said.
Some residents, however, were concerned that
tenants could rent an accommodation in the ROR
for one or two nights, turning the district into a party
scene similar to other Florida barrier islands.
Coleman, however, said that Pine Avenue Resto-
ration LLC has only acted upon the recommendations
from the joint work session and the city's comp-plan.
He and the company have no intention of turning
Anna Maria into a Florida nightlife resort.
"The idea that, suddenly, the Fort Lauderdale
party scene and wet T-shirt contests will be on our
property is ridiculous. Anna Maria does not attract
that type of visitor. Families come here. The fears
being raised are unfounded," he said.
Coleman noted the change to remove the owner-
occupied stipulation in the ROR ordinance was first
suggested several years ago during discussions on
the comprehensive plan and approved as a recom-
mendation by commissioners and board members last
Board member Frank Pytel said the ROR is dif-
ferent than residential areas in the city and always has
been, but board member Sandy Mattick, owner of the
Pine Avenue General Store, said she would like the
same rights as property owners in other districts.
Board member Randall Stover said he didn't want
to see Pine Avenue turned into a hotel district and
suggested a one-week minimum rental in the ROR.
Pytel agreed, saying the city needs to prohibit
daily and weekend-only rentals.
After considerable discussion, the majority of
board members agreed to recommend the limitation.
The majority also were inclined to agree with the
joint session recommendation that would eliminate
the requirement that ROR units be owner occupied.
Coleman said he had no objection to a one-week
minimum stay in the ROR, but said discussion of
that issue might best be undertaken in another ordi-
"I have no problem putting a one-week stipula-
tion into any rental agreement, but that might be for
a separate ordinance," he said.
Copeland observed that the board has several
months to complete its recommendations and did
not have to agree on rental limitations that night.
A majority of the seven-person P&Z board also
agreed with the work session recommendation to
allow a swimming pool at each ROR residence. The
current ordinance prohibits pools in the ROR unless
they are at a single-family residence.
Pytel argued that if an ROR owner had a pool,
they could "party through the night," but board
member Margaret Jenkins countered that the board
was spending "too much time on what may or may
not happen. We are wasting time."
The board consensus was to allow a pool for each
After considerable discussion, board members
agreed to retain the joint session recommendation
that the maximum building coverage in the ROR
for a single-family unit be 35 percent and the maxi-
mum impervious-surface coverage be 40 percent.
For an ROR building in the district, the maximum
building coverage would be 40 percent and the
maximum impervious-surface coverage would be
As the proposal for a minimum one-week rental
in the ROR was not among the original recommenda-
tions from the joint session, board members agreed
to continue the public hearing to 6:30 p.m., Jan. 20,
when they will obtain counsel from Dye.
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... and AM commission wrestles with rentals
By Rick Catlin
Following some passionate discussions at the
Anna Maria planning and zoning board's Jan. 6
public hearing on amendments to the city's retail-
office-residential district, public comments at the city
commission's Jan. 8 first reading of the ordinance
were mild in comparison.
Except for the proposal to eliminate the owner-
occupant requirement in the ROR, commissioners
were in general agreement with the proposed amend-
ments, which had been agreed upon and discussed at
an August 2008 joint session between the commis-
sion and board.
But Commissioner Dale Woodland said he is now
against removing the owner-occupant requirement
from the ROR ordinance.
"The owner-occupied requirement is the founda-
tion of the ROR. When we looked at this inAugust, it
never crossed our minds about short-term rentals. No
one ever brought it up. I've thought about it a lot and
talked to both sides and I am opposed to removing
this requirement from the ordinance."
Opponents of the amendment to eliminate that
element of the ROR regulation were extremely vocal
in their opposition at the P&Z meeting Jan. 6. Most of
those opposed live on Spring Avenue and some live
near an ROR project at 315 Pine Ave. being devel-
oped by Pine Avenue Restoration LLC (see separate
At the Jan. 8 reading, former Commissioner
Carol Ann Magill charged that the commission and
board were rushing to pass the amendments.
She claimed that Pine Avenue Restoration prin-
cipal Mike Coleman had been told by members of
the commission and board that these changes were a
Pine Avenue Restoration wants to change the
character of the ROR to add rental units in the dis-
trict, she said.
"You need to look at the impact further," she
told commissioners, suggesting that further study
was needed and more information should be made
available to the public.
But Coleman said his group has based all its
projects on the results of public meetings of the
commission, the P&Z board and the joint session of
August 2008. The decision to make the ROR more
of a mixed-use district actually began several years
ago with the comp-plan committee.
"We got our answers and assurances right here
in the public. Nobody has ever said anything to me
outside the public process and the process has been
going on for years," he said. The company would
never have moved forward with any plans had it not
become aware of public decisions and discussions,
Any suggestion that the board, commission or
PAR principals have acted otherwise "impugns the
integrity of the comprehensive plan" and the entire
process, he said.
The comprehensive plan is meant to have diverse
retail and residential in the ROR and offer flexibility
to potential buyers in the district. "We are restoring
the original idea of Pine Avenue as a walking, mixed-
use center," he said.
Coleman did take time to note the concerns of
adjacent property owners that were discussed at the
Jan. 6 public hearing. He has met with many of those
concerned residents the past two days to allay their
fears, and will continue to do so in the future.
Other Spring Avenue residents said they support
the company's efforts and Sissy Quinn on the Anna
Maria Island Historical Society said she was pleased
that PAR was attempting to keep the look and feel
of the city as it was many years ago. The opposite of
the two-story ROR units being built by Coleman is
the three-story "mega-mansion" residences built on
the site of the former Island Marine property on Pine
Avenue, she said.
The amendments to the ROR ordinance are
needed to bring it into compliance with the compre-
hensive plan that was adopted in 2008. The revised
comprehensive plan took the city nearly five years to
develop and pass.
Another amendment to the ordinance includes
allowing each ROR residence to have a swimming
pool. At present, only single-family homes in the
ROR can have a pool.
But the complete list of recommended amend-
ments from the P&Z board's Jan. 6 public hearing
have not yet been formally delivered to the commis-
sion. The P&Z hearing was continued to Jan. 20.
The second reading of the ordinance is scheduled
for7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, but Commission Chair-
man John Quam said that hearing might have to be
continued to Feb. 12 if the formal P&Z recommenda-
tions have not been received by Jan. 22.
In response to the possibility of overnight or-
two-night rentals in the ROR, the P&Z board is con-
sidering a recommendation that rentals in the district
be for a minimum one-week stay, but the board is
awaiting legal advice to determine if that stipulation
has to be a separate ordinance.
In other business, commissioners heard a presen-
tation from Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick, chairper-
son of the transportation enhancement grant commit-
tee, on a proposed north-south boardwalk at the city
pier parking lot.
The TEG has been charged with creating projects
for the $371,000 federal grant that will be distrib-
uted by the Florida Department of Transportation in
its 2010-11 budget. The funds can only be spent on
new projects in the ROR district, not to enhance or
maintain existing structures.
TEG committee member Tim Eiseler presented a
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Island real estate
521 70th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,866 sfla / 2,808
sfur a 2bed/2bath/lcar canalfront pool home built
in 1967 on a 85x104 lot was sold 12/23/08, Ameri-
can Home Mortgage Servicing Inc. to Noviello for
$470,000; list $499,900.
317 64th St., Unit 9A, Island Walk, Holmes
Beach, a 2,001 sfla / 3,176 sfur 3bed/2/2bath/Icar
condo with pool built in 2005 was sold 12/23/08,
Whitaker to Finley for $450,000; list $519,000.
1603 Gulf Drive N., Unit 18, Tradewinds, Bra-
denton Beach, a 540 sfla ibed/Ibath condo built in
1971 was sold 12/23/08, Anna Maria LLC to Rain-
bow Investors LLC for $370,000.
104 Fourth St. S., Bradenton Beach, a 2,055 sfla /
2,061 sfur 3-bath triplex built in 1926 on a 50x99 lot
was sold 12/19/08, Coastal Cottages 5 LLC to CFI
USA Inc. for $350,000.
1603 Gulf Drive N., Unit 19, Tradewinds, Bra-
denton Beach, a 540 sfla ibed/Ibath condo built in
1971 was sold 12/23/08, Anna Maria LLC to Rain-
bow Investors LLC for $370,000.
5609 Guava St., Holmes Beach, a 1,276 sfla
2bed/2bath duplex built in 1960 on a 58x 105 lot was sold
12/23/08, Wells Fargo Bank to Kaleta for $239,900.
2601 Gulf Drive N., Unit 312, Sandpiper
Resort Coop, Bradenton Beach, a 416 sfla / 673 sfur
Ibed/ Ibath mobile home built in 1957, including one
co-op share was sold 12/24/08, Myers to Parsons for
$85,000; list $97,500.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of
Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-7244.
Current Island real estate transactions may also be viewed
online at www.islander.org. Copyright 2009
Featured sale: This Island Walk condo at 317 64th
St., Unit 9A, Holmes Beach sold in November 2005
for $723,500 and in December 2008for $450,000,
a decrease of 38 percent. The cost per square foot
is $225. Islander Photo: Jesse Brisson
Center hosts session
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., will host Caryn Prasse teaching the
benefits of massage therapy at 10 a.m. Jan. 17.
Participants are asked to bring a soft mat or blanket.
The fee is $15 for couples with Center member-
ships; $20 per couple for non-members.
For more information, call the Center at
The Artists Guild of
Anna Maria Island
hosts a reception
Jan. 9for its Janu-
- ary featured artist,
Sf watercolorist Sally
reception took place
at the Guild Gal-
lery, 5414 Marina
SBeach, where the
artist's work will be
out the month. For
hosts after-hours event
The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce will host a "business after
hours" program at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at The Egret's
Landing, 5602 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The chamber also will host a luncheon at 11:30
p.m. at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar,
2001 Siesta Drive, Sarasota.
In addition, a business breakfast meeting will
take place at 8 a.m. Jan. 27 at the chamber office,
5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
For more information or reservations, call the
office at 941-383-2466.
Club to host artist
Chicago-based watercolorist Mark Polomchak
will lead a two-day class in painting at the Casco
Dorado Condominium clubhouse on Cortez Road.
The class will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Jan. 20-21. Enrollment will be $45 for one day or $85
for two days.
For more about Polomchak, go to www.polom-
For more details about the class, call Sandi Now-
icki at 941-761-4695.
Crosspointe holds seminar
The Women's Ministry of Crosspointe Fellow-
ship will hold a "Living Well" seminar at the church,
8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, at 9:30 a.m. Jan.
Islander Steve Schewe will talk about lifestyle
changes that can improve health.
For more information or to register for the pro-
gram, call Kaye McConnell at 941-778-7845, or
e-mail kayebmcconnell @aol.com.
plans seminar, tree planting
Members of the Holmes Beach Parks and Beauti-
fication Committee met Jan. 7 at city hall and handled
a number of upcoming projects.
Members took on assignments for presentation
of a seminar on "Florida-Friendly Landscaping" that
will be held at city hall on March 18 and selected a
location for an Arbor Day planting Jan. 16 in con-
junction with Keep Manatee Beautiful. It was decided
that a gumbo-limbo tree will be planted at the newest
of three linear parks on Fifth Avenue between 38th
and 39th streets at 10 a.m. Friday.
Members heard a report from Dennis and Carol
Groh, who are donating plants and resources to
improve the new linear park, on their progress in
selecting native plants. The Grohs provided a sketch
that designates the location of the park's future plant-
ings that was favorable to the members.
Members also learned that they must continue to
wait for the result of a grant application made to the
Sarasota Bay Estuary Program for $2,000 to create
a Florida-friendly demonstration garden in the green
space at Marina and Key Royale drive.
The committee's next meeting will be 5 p.m. Feb.
4 at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
Rentals perplex commission
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conceptual drawing of the boardwalk and listed what
the TEG considers the positive and negative impacts
of such a structure.
A major plus is that enhancing the pier would coin-
cide with the city's planned 2011 celebration of the
100th anniversary of the pier. A boardwalk compatible
with Anna Maria's old Florida ambiance would make
a visit to the city a positive experience and improve
parking and stormwater drainage, Eiseler said.
The proposed boardwalk would not be "like Atlantic
City," he said, but similar to the boardwalk constructed
at the Robinson Preserve in northwest Bradenton.
The plan would rearrange parking and result in more
spaces, establish a better turn area for the Island trolley,
improve the existing pavilions at the pier entrance, pro-
vide educational information on the city, the pier and the
area's environment, and make access to the pier easier
for people with disabilities, Eiseler said.
"This is the anchor of the city," he said, and
should be something the city can be proud of when
Mattick said she has a preliminary estimate
of $300 per linear foot from the same company
that built the Robinson Preserve boardwalk. With
a 360-foot-long boardwalk envisioned, the cost
would be around $108,000, she said, but that's
Commission Chairman John Quam said he
believes the boardwalk could be shortened, while
resident Tom Turner said care should be taken to
ensure that the Waterfront Restaurant does not lose
any parking spaces.
With commission consensus to proceed, Mat-
tick will now ask Manatee County planners to design
the boardwalk at no charge. This would save about
$45,000 in grant money, funds that could go toward
beautification and landscaping of the boardwalk, or
other ROR areas, she said.
And Manatee County will fund $8,000 toward
each of the proposed two trolley shelters in the proj-
ect, Mattick said.
Considering the amount of taxes provided the
county by Anna Maria, said Mattick, she believes
the county will be receptive to providing the design
service at no cost.
Commissioners gave consensus for Mattick and
the TEG to obtain specific designs and cost esti-
In other business, the commission considered a
proposal by P&Z board member Randall Stover to
either lease or purchase property he owns on Pine
Avenue for city business or as a storage facility.
The commission agreed to obtain exact cost fig-
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Anna Maria guest house review sought
A proposal for a 24-unit guest house on the six
lots at the northwest corner of the Pine Avenue-
Bay Boulevard intersection in Anna Maria must go
through the application process.
Mike Coleman of Pine Avenue Restoration LLC
wanted to present his company's proposal at the city
commission's Jan. 8 meeting to get an informal con-
sensus from the commission on whether or not it
might favor such a project, but Quam said the com-
mission can't provide informal advice.
"You have to file and go through the process for
a public hearing," Quam said.
Coleman said his company did not really want the
six lots and doesn't really know what to do with them.
He wondered if a guest house the Anna Maria
Guest House might be favored by the city.
The guest house would be designed in an old
Florida style of architecture and would not allow
single-night stays. Coleman has already agreed to a
suggestion that ROR rentals be for a minimum one-
Before going any further, however, he wants to
know if it's appropriate to proceed.
Sorry, said Quam. "Our codes do not permit us
to give you direction."
Mayor Fran Barford said she asked Coleman to
make a presentation to "get this out there into the
sunshine," because there has been much speculation
and rumors about the project.
Coleman said he and the other investors in the
company would now consider whether or not to pro-
ceed without direction from the commission.
Ed Chiles, a partner in Pine Avenue Restoration
LLC, said he and Coleman "will continue to work
with the city to look at the best way to accomplish
what the city would like to see" at that location.
The lots can be developed with single-family
Coleman has said previously he does not favor this
type of development, and many residents have agreed
that more high-rise houses would be an eyesore.
A rendering of the proposed guest house, left, as
viewed from the North Bay Boulevard walkover.
State's blessing sought for collaborative
By Lisa Neff
In the pooling of endorsements for an Anna Maria
Island Watershed Collaborative, a Bradenton Beach
official is seeking support from the state's highest
"We will be requesting approval of the governor
via the basin board," Bradenton Beach project and
program manager Lisa Marie Phillips said.
The governor appoints citizens to basin boards
that provide guidance for local programs specific to
the basins they protect.
The Southwest Florida Water Management Dis-
trict has eight regional basin boards, including the
Manasota Basin Board, which oversees Anna Maria
Phillips is promoting the creation of a watershed
collaborative that would involve Bradenton Beach,
Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Manatee County, the
estuary programs for Sarasota and Tampa bays, the
Southwest Florida Water Management District and
Lynn Townsend and Associates, an engineering
Last fall, Phillips held a preliminary meeting
to discuss the concept. She also recently met with
Holmes Beach officials.
"I had this dream that we'd all get together and
talk about doing the right thing," she said.
Each of the Island cities deals with watershed
issues, such as stormwater runoff and drainage. Phil-
lips said it makes sense for the cities to get together
to share information and planning.
Phillips said she is not asking the Island cities for
cash, but rather that a liaison from a city department
be appointed to the collaborative.
"Our intention is not to come to a city and say,
'This is what you need to do to improve.'" Phillips
said. "But if we manage cooperatively, a city is going
to get points in the funding arena. We'll be able to
leverage a lot more funding."
A tentative timeline for the collaborative, sketched
out by Townsend and Associates, recommends estab-
lishing a mission and vision statement by March 20,
commencing research by May 1, identifying goals
by July 31 and completing a watershed report with
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A series of pet waste stations went up along the
Palma Sola Causeway last week.
A $10,000 grant from the Tampa Bay Estuary
Program to Keep Manatee Beautiful paid for the eight
stations, as well as supplies and signs providing dog-
walkers "The scoop on poop!"
TBEP funded the stations on a one-mile section
of the causeway, a stretch of Manatee Avenue west of
75th Street in Bradenton, to improve water quality.
Pet waste contributes 20-30 percent of water pol-
lution in the United States, according to TBEP.
Bradenton Beach also recently erected signs pro-
moting the proper disposal of pet waste and makes
biodegradable bags available to dog-walkers at sta-
tions along the bayfront.
Bradenton Beach found support for its pet waste
project from the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program.
The SBEP and TBEP are among 28 estuary pro-
grams in the country.
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rounds of grants early this year.
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Bradenton Beach gas line to get tested
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach city commissioners gave Tampa
Electric Company/Peoples Gas permission to test a
new natural gas line this week as they neared finaliza-
tion of a franchise agreement.
During a meeting Jan. 8, commissioners con-
tinued to show frustration with how the company
handled the process a rush to install the line but
long delays in negotiating a franchise agreement.
But commissioners, along with city attorney
Ricinda Perry and TECO representative Leroy Sullivan
also indicated an eagerness to conclude the process.
The commission approved a first reading of an
ordinance on a franchise agreement last week and
planned to hold a second reading during a 1 p.m.
meeting Jan. 22.
Saturday post office
Bradenton Beach's post office will cease its
Saturday window service Jan. 24.
The post office's weekday business hours
will remain unchanged from 8:30 a.m. to
noon and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday
Also, the post office will remain open 24
hours for customer access to postal boxes. Also,
customers who want to collect held mail and pack-
ages can pick up items at the dutch door at the
office, 116 Bridge St., on Saturday mornings.
Retail service on Saturday mornings still
will be available at post offices in Holmes
Beach, Anna Maria and Longboat Key, as well
as the Island Mail & More store in Holmes
The post office
hours in December.
announced the change in
Perry said minor changes still were needed.
"I'm pleased to let everybody know we worked
out pretty much every issue," she said.
Still to be ironed out is TECO/Peoples' request
that some information about gas customers be con-
fidential. Perry said the city, in the agreement, must
meet its obligations under the Public Records Act.
"But on the whole, the ordinance is ready to go,"
The TECO/Peoples Gas project, which has involved
the construction of a 4-inch gas line from 75th Street
in Bradenton along Manatee Avenue to the Island and
then on rights of way in Holmes Beach and Bradenton
Beach, had problems from its start in mid-June.
With permits from the Florida Department of
Transportation, TECO/Peoples Gas was ready to
begin installation of the pipeline along Gulf Drive,
a state road, but officials in Holmes Beach and Bra-
denton Beach had not yet heard of the project.
Bradenton Beach commissioners did not stop the
installation of the gas line in the city, but they did
require the negotiation of a franchise agreement and
prohibited TECO from connecting customers until
the agreement is signed.
The commission held to that requirement Jan. 8
after Sullivan requested the company be allowed to
connect customers before the ordinance is finalized.
Perry said she didn't object to a test, but that she
was concerned about allowing the gas line to become
operational before the final franchise agreement is
approved. The agreement contains protections for the
city in the event of a problem.
"I'm not comfortable with this whole thing," said
Commissioner John Shaughnessy. "I haven't been
comfortable from the beginning. I'm not in favor
of letting them go ahead until this whole thing is
The commissioners, including Shaughnessy,
however, approved the line test.
If you have a favorite recipe featuring blue crab or stone crab, you could
be our cooking contest winner. And you could hold a year's worth of brag-
ging rights to best "crabby" cook in the Anna Maria Island area. The Islander
newspaper with the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival is sponsoring a
CRAB COOKOFF for individuals and restaurants. Individuals may enter salad,
appetizer or entree, while restaurants will compete for "best crab cake."
Prepared entries will be judged at noon on Feb. 7 at the Florida Maritime
Museum in Cortez in advance of the Feb. 21-22 festival, where awards will
be announced. Go to www.islander.org for more information and an entry
form, or visit the newspaper office in the Island Shopping Center, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The Islander & Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival
Crab Cookoff Entry Form
* Entries may be appetizer, salad or main dish.
* Entry form is required, either in advance or with the recipe at the judging.
* Choose from two categories: individual (free) or restaurant/commercial ($25 entry fee).
* Individuals may submit up to three entries.
* Entries must be provided "ready to eat" on plain covered white disposable tableware or in plain,
covered plastic containers.
* The entry and recipe, including entry form if not submitted in advance, must be delivered to the
Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. West in Cortez, by noon Saturday, Feb. 7. Doors will open at 11
* Winners will be announced following the Feb. 7 judging at approximately 1 p.m. and prizes will be
awarded at the festival stage at a time to be announced.
* Judging for individuals will be for a first prize of $100. Runner-up will receive $25. "Most Original
Recipe" earns dinner for two at the Star Fish Company Restaurant.
* Restaurants must pay a $25 entry fee and the winner will receive "best crab cake" bragging rights
for a year and a framed certificate.
* All winners will be honored in The Islander newspaper and "centerstage" at the festival.
* Judges' decision is final. Entrants agree to allow publication of their recipe, and to participate in
promotion and publicity by the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival and The Islander newspaper.
Don't forget to include your recipe!
Submit entry form(s) by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; or by fax (toll free): 1-866-362-9821 or in person
at the museum. Restaurants: mail entry/check to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL
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Info: The Islander: 941-778-7978
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Priest denies wrongdoing, seeks public forum
By Lisa Neff
The Rev. Jean Ronald Joseph offers a story of a
life devoted to the Catholic Church, a false accusation
against him, and a betrayal by men he considers his
Joseph, 44, who most recently served at St. Ber-
nard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach, is facing an
accusation of sexual misconduct, a recent claim stem-
ming from an alleged incident 15 years ago.
He denies the allegation, and he said he wants
the opportunity to do so in a public forum, which
is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, at
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes
Bradenton attorney John P. Fleck Jr., who repre-
sents Joseph, also wants the forum.
"Once they made it public, it's public," Fleck
said, referring to the Diocese of Venice's disclosure
of the allegation.
The two men said they had honored the dio-
cese's request that the allegation and any details of
the investigation be kept confidential.
But the diocese broke the confidentiality agree-
ment, providing priests with a letter from the Most
Rev. Frank J. Dewane, bishop of the Diocese of
Venice, to read at Mass Dec. 27-28, and then releas-
ing a statement to the media on Dec. 29.
The allegation is "that sexual misconduct occurred
in 1993 between Father Joseph and someone who at
that time was a minor," the bishop's statement read.
"Father Joseph denies the allegation and strenu-
ously maintains his innocence. At my request, father
has agreed to remove himself from active ministry
while the inquiry proceeds."
Fleck learned that the diocese made the investiga-
tion public while listening to a radio news report.
Joseph, known to St. Bernard parishioners as
Father Ron, also learned about the letter and state-
ment from news reports.
He thinks the diocese timed the public announce-
ment to take place while he was away.
Forum planned Jan. 21,
A petition drive on behalf of the Rev. Jean
Ronald Joseph is under way on Anna Maria
Island for people to sign a statement calling for
a public forum and proclaiming, "We the under-
signed fully support Father Jean Ronald Joseph.
We totally deny the false accusations against
him from 15 years ago."
For more information about the petition, call
Barbara Sato at 941-778-7200.
Also, a forum with Joseph and his attorney
will take place at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan.
21, at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina
The Rev. Jean Ronald Joseph denies an allegation
of sexual misconduct 15 years ago in Fort Myers.
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
"I think the bishop thought I was in New Jersey,"
Joseph said. "But I did not go."
The diocese made public the allegation against
Joseph, but it declined to provide the media with
information regarding the nature of the accusation
or many details about the accuser.
Fleck and Joseph provided The Islander with
a series of documents, including a letter from the
accuser to the diocese, a letter from the diocese
informing Joseph of the allegation, and several other
"We have nothing to hide," Fleck said.
An Aug. 9, 2008, letter from a 31-year-old man,
named in this report as John Doe, contains the accu-
sation. Doe worked as a teacher and athletic director
for a school in the diocese, but a school spokesperson
said Jan. 9 that he no longer worked there.
Doe sent the letter to Dewane and the Rev. John
Doe wrote that he has known Joseph for more
than 15 years and that they met while Joseph was a
deacon serving in Port Charlotte.
Doe said he was a member of a youth group that
Joseph established in the area's Haitian community,
and that the priest sometimes "invited males from the
youth group to spend the night with him at his rectory
or designated sleep area after he became a priest."
The letter continued, "The male youth felt very
comfortable with this because of the trust factor that
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was there. Father Joseph was later transferred to St.
Francis Xavier in Fort Myers to serve as a priest
Doe, who did not return an Islander call, claimed
the sexual misconduct took place while Joseph was
in Fort Myers. He said he was invited "for a sleep
over at the rectory" and "invited to go alone."
"I was asked to sleep in the same bed by Father
Joseph. I woke up from a deep sleep and felt Father
Joseph touching my private parts. He was poking and
touching my penis. When I realized what was hap-
pening, I was in shock and disbelief. I immediately
closed my eyes, pretended [to] be asleep and said
nothing. Father Joseph stopped probably realizing
that I woke up."
Joseph said the incident and the sleep overs
-never took place.
"Never," he said.
He said he knows Doe, mentored him as a young
man, and that his family and Doe's family are close,
but that the accusation is false.
"I helped him out in the past," Joseph said. "He
was a troubled kid.... I met [Doe] a few months
before I was ordained."
Doe wrote that years passed and he did not report
the incident because "I was too scared, embarrassed
and felt shameful."
Victims of child sexual abuse have such feelings
as adults and delay in making allegations, accord-
ing to David Clohessy of The Survivors Network of
Those Abused by Priests.
"It usually takes years decades for vic-
tims to realize they've been hurt, the harm is severe
and ongoing and they have, in relatively few cases, a
chance to take legal action and protect others," Clo-
"A majority of victims, as kids, cope with the
trauma by minimizing it. 'Well, it didn't hurt that
much,' 'It only happened a few times,' 'At least he
wasn't violent.' As kids, we simply cannot know how
a sexual violation will impact us later in life," Clo-
"And as adults, it takes years of pain and fail-
ure and sometimes therapy until we understand that
the sexual assaults we suffered as kids contributes
to alcoholism, depression, self-mutilation, isolation,
Doe said he kept the secret to protect relatives,
especially his mother. He wrote that he told his father
and that eventually his mother too was told.
"She knows now and wants me to deal with this
situation. I have been advised to write you this letter
and deal with this abuse appropriately," Doe wrote.
He concluded his letter w I ilini.'. "I have no faith
in anything and I am very frustrated with the way in
which I have been hurt in the past by Father Joseph.
I feel I want to stop this happening again. I feel very
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5801 Marina Drive Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Manatee County Household Hazardous Waste
E-Scrap Collection is FREE for Residents
For your convenience, Manatee County in conjunction with the cities of Anna
Maria, Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach and Longboat Key, is having a Household
Hazardous Waste/E-Scrap Collection for the island residents to dispose of solvents,
latex and oil base paints, garden pesticides, household chemicals, ammunition,
flares, waste oil, propane tanks, fluorescent lamps, any mercury containing devices
(thermostats, thermometers, float switches from boat bilges), pool chemicals, old
gasoline (in gasoline containers), household, auto, and marine batteries.
We are also collecting televisions, computer components (printers, scanners, fax
machines, CPU's, keyboards, copiers, video and audio equipment, small household
electrical appliances (microwaves, hair dryers, irons, cell phones, digital cameras,
Collection Date and Location for Island City Residents:
9 AM 3 PM Jan. 31, 2009
Coquina Beach Gulf Side Parking/Access Road
Radioactive (smoke detectors) or Bio-Hazardous Materials (sharps being needles) will not be
accepted. Special accommodations for handicapped persons can be arranged if requested in
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angry about this and don't know what I would do if
I had to face him."
Joseph said he cried when he learned of the alle-
Fleck closely studied Doe's letter. The allega-
tion lacked any details about the time of the alleged
Doe's concluding comment "I feel very angry
about this and don't know what I would do if I had
to face him" also caught Fleck's attention.
The attorney said the statement sounds like Doe
and Joseph never saw one another after the alleged
'This person and his family are extremely close
to Father Ron's family," Fleck said. 'They've known
each other all these years. This person, Father Ron
has helped out all these years.... When this person
was allegedly kicked out of college, Father Ron was
the one to go get him."
Joseph said he saw Doe as recently as May 2008,
when Joseph took flowers to Doe's mother. Joseph
and Doe talked, joked and shook hands before the
priest left the mother's home.
Fleck and Joseph also have studied closely an
Aug. 26 letter from the Very Rev. Edward D. Moretti,
vicar general with the diocese.
Moretti's letter informed Joseph of the allega-
tion and notified him that he was not to say Mass or
administer sacraments, not to wear clerical garb, not
to reside in a location owned by the diocese and not
to have any contact with the accuser or "others who
may come forward with additional accusations."
Moretti, misspelling the accuser's name, wrote
that Doe "alleges that in the late 1990s, while he was
a freshman in high school, you fondled his penis."
Doe made no mention in his letter of his age at
the time of the alleged incident; Joseph said Doe was
16 when they met.
'They claim he was a freshman in high school,"
Fleck said. "But in his letter, he never made that alle-
gation. That is something that is very telling.... That
leads one to believe that these accusations were pre-
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planned between the church and" the accuser.
Fleck said statements in Doe's and Moretti's let-
ters "fly in the face of truthfulness."
After informing Joseph of the allegation in late
August, the diocese wanted the priest to fly to a clinic,
St. Luke Institute in Silver Springs, Md., for what the
priest thought would be a consultation.
Joseph who this past year has been dealing
with a serious illness, an infection in his esophagus
- hurriedly made arrangements to leave Bradenton
for as long as three weeks. But when he arrived at
Sarasota Bradenton International Airport at 6 a.m.,
he learned the diocese had canceled his ticket.
"I think it was the Lord telling me, 'Hey, don't
go,'" Joseph said.
Unapologetic, the diocese then asked Joseph to
leave for the center on Sept. 6.
That trip, however, never took place.
Joseph had learned something about St. Luke
Institute the Catholic church sends clergy to
there for treatment. Joseph said he learned that when
patients arrive, they are given labels to wear on their
chest, tags such as "child abuser."
"Heard of the scarlet letter?" Fleck asked.
Fleck, in a Sept. 4 letter, notified the diocese that
Joseph would not be "participating in any psycho-
logical testing and/or psychological treatment."
'The allegations against Reverend Ronald Joseph
are utterly false and without factual basis. The Rever-
end Ronald Joseph adamantly denies the allegations,"
Fleck said there is no valid scientific testing to
determine if a person committed sexual misconduct
and that psychological testing can be construed to
indicate an) ltli1ng'
The diocese, however, has continued to pressure
Joseph to undergo an evaluation, as well as sign over
his rights to evaluation results to the church.
Joseph expressed feeling conflicted over fol-
lowing the orders of the church and the wishes of
his shepherds, and the advice of his attorney and his
understanding of his rights.
"I will own my evaluation," Joseph said. "I will
not sign over my rights. No. Not in America."
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offered to submit to a polygraph examination, which
to date the church has not requested.
On Sept. 29, a review board met at the Catho-
lic Center in Venice over the allegation. The board
separately heard from Joseph and Doe, but Fleck said
attorneys were not permitted to comment.
A Sept. 18, 2008, letter from diocese attorney
Frederick A Higham Jr. notified Fleck and Joseph of
the board meeting. 'The review board meeting is not
a formal administrative proceeding.... It is a confi-
dential process and we ask that all parties maintain
and respect that confidentiality."
On Sept. 30, the day after the board meeting,
Higham wrote to Fleck, "The review board has
requested additional investigation be done prior to
reaching a recommendation. I anticipate that will be
concluded and presented to the review board within
the next three weeks. I will inform you of the recom-
mendation when I receive it."
Fleck, on Jan. 8, said the Sept. 30 letter was the
last word to him from the diocese's attorney.
'They said it was going to be done in three weeks
and we are still waiting to hear the results," Fleck
While Joseph periodically received communica-
tions from the diocese, including conversations with
the bishop, nothing happened with the investigation
until Dewane released his letter Dec. 27.
Fleck said the diocese has violated its policy in
its handling of the allegation.
A provision posted on the diocese Web site says
when an allegation is made, a preliminary investiga-
tion will be conducted "promptly and objectively"
and that "during the investigation the accused enjoys
the presumption of innocence, and all appropriate
steps shall be taken to protect his reputation."
Fleck said the diocese has neither been prompt
nor objective, and that it failed to protect Joseph's
"This process is supposed to be confidential,"
Fleck said. 'This was supposed to remain confiden-
tial within the church itself.... It was in all the news
media.... For whatever reason, the church decided to
release that information."
Church policy also states that when an accusation
is found to be false, the diocese "shall use whatever
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means ... to repair the damage done to the reputa-
tion of the diocesan personnel and to the church in
Joseph said he could not imagine how wrongs
can be righted and his reputation repaired: "How can
it be? When someone stops me in Sam's and says,
'You are the one.'"
Joseph grew up in Haiti, where he said he learned
that Catholic clergy give a voice to the voiceless.
He was inspired to become a priest at a young
"I always wanted to help the people who were
suffering and that's how I discovered I really wanted
to be a priest," Joseph said.
Joseph's ties to Haiti have remained strong. "I
would go to Haiti no less than six times a year," he
said. "I would spend my vacation in Haiti work-
Joseph was ordained as a priest when he was
"From 18 to 29, all I knew was studying to
become a priest," he said.
Joseph said he became a priest to give, and that
the priesthood gave back to him an opportunity to
meet people, to share experiences, to help and to
follow his faith.
Since late August, when he learned of the allega-
tion, Joseph said that in addition to dealing with his
illness, he has suffered many lows, bouts of depres-
sion that left him wanting to die.
After meetings at the diocese, Joseph said, "I
would wish my life would end right there."
One of the lowest points came the day before
Thanksgiving, after a meeting in Venice.
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On the drive back from Venice, Joseph stopped to
see his attorney, whom he has known for about five
Fleck encouraged the priest to devote himself to
a good deed on Thanksgiving, to perhaps help serve
dinner at a homeless shelter.
But the attorney said that when Joseph left his
office, he worried. "I thought he might be on his way
to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge."
"About the worst thing you can accuse somebody
of being is a child molester," Fleck said. "The hurt
somebody feels.... One has no way to feel what that
Public opinion polls support his statement.
And, in cases involving allegations against Cath-
olic priests, parties are quick to take sides.
National groups, such as SNAP, exist to support
accusers, and to support the accused, such as Justice
for Priests and Deacons.
Days after the flurry of news reports on the alle-
gation, a man stopped Joseph in a local store and said,
"I' ve seen you somewhere."
The priest, dressed in street clothes, said he sug-
gested maybe they had seen one another in church,
and the man replied, "Oh, you are the priest who
molested that boy."
But Joseph also has found he has ardent support-
ers to maintain his innocence and pray for him.
"I have friends, they will call me and encourage
me," he said. "That's what keeps me going. I have
the support of other people, their goodness."
He has received letters from some character
witnesses, including people who participated in the
youth group with Doe.
A petition drive is under way on Anna Maria
Island for people to sign a statement calling for a
public forum and proclaiming, "We the undersigned
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Another petition drive is taking place in Port Char-
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"Father Ron was ordained a deacon in 1993,"
Fleck said. "In over 15 years of being a priest, never
once has another allegation been made against Father
He added that since the diocese announcement,
"Not one youth has come forward to make another
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Asked what motive would exist for a false accu-
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but that they too are confused by the circumstances.
"What reason they have, we don't know," Fleck
said. "I don't know who has the real motive."
"I wish somebody could tell me why. I have no
idea," Joseph said.
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The cast of "The Affections of May," which opens
Jan. 22. Islander Photo: Jack Elka
Play opens Jan. 22
The Island Players will deal with the affairs of
the heart and small town gossips in the theater's next
production, "The Affections of May."
The play will open at 8 p.m. Jan. 22 and continue
through Feb. 8 at the theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sat-
urday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
The box office, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria,
will sell tickets Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m., as well as an hour before each performance.
Tickets are $15.
lTiki and K
Tiki & Kitt Adventures in Antiques, rt'Tiques and Chic Boutiques great dress
January marks the beginning of a new year, and yours truly
a new shopping budget, so let's get going! Just ea
We begin this week on Longboat Key in the tee Antique
Whitney Beach Plaza to shop at Steff's Stuff where Rosie and
we're sure to find some must-haves. Steff reminds us their flea n
of the flea market the first weekend of every month. We declare
We've marked our calendar for Feb. 6-7. way to spe
In Bradenton, we are totally in LOVE with The In Ellen
Whitfield Exchange where we always find great of those pla
pieces of furniture and home accessories, and owner lost inside.
Lindsay is always there with a friendly smile. On Ma
The Vintage Vagabond is one of those places tiki for son
where we could stay all day. Not only is it full of to wear, an
great stuff from antiques to retro finds, but owners Down
Don, Joy and Bev are so sweet and friendly, re-opened
In downtown Bradenton, the ladies at Rusty find great tl
Crickett's tells us they are getting ready for cotillion something
season with lots of new dresses for young ladies, and (Such was
fell in love
The Sea Ha
The play, written by Norm Foster, was first pro-
duced in 1990 at the Theatre New Brunswick.
Foster's story involves a woman rebuilding
her life after a separation from her husband and the
small-town buzz she generates as she deals with the
advances of two men vying for her affections.
The cast will include Dianne Brin, Heiko Knip-
felberg, Roger Byron and John Durkin, with Phyllis
Elfenbein as the director and set designer.
For more information, call the box office at
County fair opens
OK. You don't leave the Island much. But here's
something you won't find on Anna Maria Island any
time of year: a good, old-fashioned county fair.
Midway games and rides, livestock exhibitions,
blue-ribbon arts and crafts and elephant ears. Queens
and princesses. Ferris wheel. Live country music.
There's even a dog show.
Yep. It's time again for the Manatee County
Fair. It opens at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, and
runs through Jan. 26, and every day has a different
schedule of entertainment, swine and cattle shows,
bunnies and roosters, a plant show and sale and
lots of exhibits and prizes for arts, crafts, photog-
raphy, woodworking and more. There's a queen
contest, cheerleading competition, a middle and
high school talent show, and much more. There's
sed to know that they'll soon be offer ng,
es for the more "mature" beauties, such~s
, Tiki and Kitty.
st of downtown in the Historic Eastla la-
es District, Braden River Antiques~ Re ro
Cobweb Antiques urge you to check out
market the second Sunday of each month.
it some mighty fine shopping and a great
nd a Sunday.
nton, The Feed Store Antique Mall is one
ces where you need a GPS so you won't get
It is HUGE, and Lill of super neat things.
natee Avenue, we can't resist Baby Bou-
nething adora lorTiki's little "Baby 0"
d some great du national toys for him, too!
the road, Community Thrift Shop has
following a holiday vacation. We always
things there. Here's some advice: If you see
you want, get it now or it will be gone.
the case with the big ceramic lion Kitty
with but wanted to think it over first.)
we headed back to the Island, we stopped at
agg on Cortez Road and got very excited when
headline entertainment every day.
Admission prices are discounted on opening day, from
$7 for adults, age 13 and up, to $4, and children, normally
$5 for ages 6-12, will be admitted for $2 Thursday.
On Monday, Jan. 19, a school holiday for Martin
Luther King Jr. Day, all youth with school ID are
admitted free from noon to 3 p.m.
You won't find this attraction on Anna Maria
Island it's a short ride through Bradenton to Pal-
metto to the fairgrounds at 1402 14th Ave. W. and
it's always over too soon.
Put your boots on and enjoy some old-fashioned
For more information, consult the fair ad in this
edition of The Islander, contact the Manatee River
Fair Association information line at 941-722-8951,
or look online at www.manateecountyfair.com.
Rummage sale Saturday
A rummage sale is planned from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, by the Women's Guild
of St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Items to be sold include jewelry, clothing,
white elephant items and more, including food,
said the guild. Details may be obtained by call-
ing Rickie Arnold at 941-778-3224 or the church
owner Jan led us to the new "Sail" room, where we found
an awesome array of merchandise at mark-downed prices.
In Bradenton Beach, Tide and Moon Jewelry
is a little place with a big selection of funky-chunky
jewelry. Owner Laura is a delight. Stop in and see her
and try on some jewels!
The Beach Shop at the Manatee Public Beach is
FULL of great clothing, swimwear, gifts, and some
beautiful Native American turquoise jewelry. Owners
Dee and Dori have done a great job of selecting mer-
chandise that we all can love.
In Anna Maria, Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old
IGA continues to be THE gathering spot. Plus, there's a
great mix of vintage coastal furnishings. Grab a smoothie
or a sandwich and relax. Who wouldn't love it?
Last but not least, we found a new little place in
Anna Maria, Pirate's Island Exchange. Owner Jeff (a
pirate 200 years too late) tells us his new shop "suffers
from chronic, terminal uniqueness." We couldn't agree
more! Stop in and check it out yourself and tell Jeff
that Tiki & Kitty sent you!
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By Lisa Neff
A conceptual plan for a mooring field in Braden-
ton Beach will make its debut at a meeting Jan. 15 at
The city began working with Scheda Ecological
Associates on a recreational boating master plan in
2008, holding several public meetings on the sub-
A key component of the plan is the design of
a mooring field to the south of the Historic Bridge
One purpose of the Jan. 15 meeting, which will
begin at 5 p.m., will be to discuss a conceptual plan
for the mooring field, said city project and program
director Lisa Marie Phillips.
She encouraged recreational and cruising boaters
to attend, as well as bayfront property owners.
The planning "is intended to be a highly involved
public process," Phillips said. "We'll be notifying
upland property owners because they are stakehold-
ers. We want to involve everyone from the begin-
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a development that impacts natural resources, eco-
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The meeting also will include discussion on cre-
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status report on where the city and Scheda are in
drafting a master boating plan.
The writing of the plan will be paid for mostly
with a $39,200 grant from the Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission.
Cities to observe
Florida Arbor Day
Florida Arbor Day celebrations will take place
throughout the state Friday, Jan. 16, including two
on Anna Maria Island.
Florida Arbor Day takes place on the third Friday
in January. The state, like others in the country,
observes its own Arbor Day in addition to National
Arbor Day, which is celebrated the first Friday in
April and has been observed for the past 135 years.
In recognition of the holiday, the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection issued a call for
Floridians to plant native trees and to work to remove
and prevent the spread of invasive plants, including
Australian pine, chinaberry and Brazilian pepper
The Jan. 16 programs will be coordinated by
Keep Manatee Beautiful in partnership with Anna
Maria and Holmes Beach governments.
Arbor Day events will include:
10 a.m., a tree planting at 38th Street and
Fifth Avenue just south of Manatee Public Beach in
Holmes Beach. KMB donated a gumbo-limbo tree.
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For more information about the programs or
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Island garden club to meet
The Island Garden Club of Anna Maria will hold
its monthly meting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
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Palma Sola vet learned
The Korean War has often been called the "For-
gotten War," and Palma Sola resident Ed Morin
would have agreed with that until his dramatic return
to Korea 50 years to the day after he landed there as
a U.S. Army infantryman assigned to the 7th Divi-
Ed and his wife, Rose-Marie, along with 100
other Korean War veterans returned as guests of the
South Korean government on Sept. 2, 2002.
"Up until then, I had always wondered what we
had been fighting for. When I got back to Korea the
second time, I learned that we had not fought in vain,
that the Koreans still remembered us and honored our
effort," said Ed.
Ed's journey to Korea began in Florence, Mass.,
in late 1951, six months after he graduated from high
L\ .clyone had to register for the draft," he said.
"I knew I was going in, so I decided to enlist. I was
looking for a change of pace, and me and a buddy
went down to the Air Force recruiting office to
Alas, the Air Force recruiter informed Ed and his
buddy that his quota for the month was filled.
Ed remembers that he and his friend then walked
across the hall to the U.S. Army office, where they
were greeted with open arms by the recruiting ser-
"So we joined the Army. Two days later, the Air
Force sergeant called me to say he had an opening,
but it was too late. I had already signed the papers,"
said Ed, chuckling at the memory.
When the Army called him to active duty, Ed
was sent to Fort Dix, N.J., for 16 weeks of basic
"We were all infantrymen. They had never asked
us what we wanted. We just assumed we were going
During the first week of basic, however, Ed
became sick and was hospitalized for a week. That
put him behind his buddy's class in training.
\ ly buddy went to another company that was
ahead of me. They graduated a week before us and all
of them were sent to Germany. When my company
of 200 graduated, only three men were assigned to
Korea, the rest got Germany. I was one of the 'lucky'
ones who had orders for Korea."
Enroute to Korea by way of the Aleutian Islands,
Ed spent two weeks in Japan training in chemical
warfare. While the Chinese Communists and North
Koreans had not yet used any chemical or biologi-
cal weapons in the war, the Army was taking no
"I landed at Pusan on Sept. 2, 1952, and took
a troop train to Chuncon. I had orders for the 7th
Infantry Division. I was assigned to the 31st Infantry
Regiment on the front lines."
Like all soldiers new to combat, Ed was a little
concerned about the future, but he got his welcome
to combat in an unusual way.
"Riding in the truck to the front, I could hear
shells falling. I asked the driver what was up. He said
the Chicoms were shelling the crossroad that we were
heading for. That was the first time I got a bit scared
in Korea. The second time was the day I left and had
to pass the same crossroad. The Chicoms were still
shelling the same place," said Ed, laughing at the
Ed did have a little luck with the 31st Regiment.
He was assigned to the heavy-mortar platoon, which
was stationed about 100 yards behind the main line
"The first day I got there, the Chicoms mortared
us and we fired back. That was my introduction to
combat. Luckily, we had bunkers that were well built
Ed Morin of Palma Sola as a U.S. Army infantry-
man shortly before he shipped out to Korea in
and our mortars were dug in well."
The mortar platoon was stationed behind a small
hill, but "PapaSan Mountain" loomed directly past
that hill. It was the second tallest mountain in Korea,
and the Chicoms had all the high positions on the
"They could look right down at us and see every-
thing we were doing."
By this period of the war, truce talks had begun
at Pamwunjon and both sides were content to engage
in a "stalemate" war, although the United Nations
forces and the Chicoms would each fire artillery and
mortars at each other on a nightly basis.
"You got used to it. It was part of the territory.
Those bunkers really protected us," Ed said.
"We never had an offensive mission where we
were ordered to advance. The Chicoms, however,
would occasionally send an attack mission at us.
Luckily, they never broke through."
But Ed's close call soon came after the Army
brought in brand new heavy mortars that had a range
of five miles, enough to fire over the hills in front of
them and hit positions on PapaSan Mountain.
One night, soldiers on the MLR captured a
Chicom platoon of about 30 men. When questioned,
they said they had been ordered to find and destroy
the heavy mortar section because it had been blowing
up their positions on the mountain.
"When I learned that, I realized how close we
had come. They captured the enemy right in front of
our forward troops. It's a good thing the guys were
awake that night. After that, however, we doubled the
guard around the mortars."
Life on the front lines of Korea was definitely
not for the chair-borne commandoes of Seoul.
"There really wasn't anything to do. You couldn't
go to any town because there weren't any near us. We
were above the 38th parallel and weren't allowed to
go anywhere but to the rear. If you got lucky, you
got to go back to company headquarters about a mile
behind us to go to the post exchange or get a hot
shower. That was our entertainment."
Ed did get sent to a USO show well behind the
front lines, where Bob Hope entertained the troops,
but that was nothing but a momentary diversion, he
Life on the front did get a bit exciting one night
when a stray Chicom artillery round blew up the
latrine, covering the bunkers and men in excre-
"We figured it was an accident because they had
been shelling the front lines and the latrine was in
the rear. Still, it made everybody stink until we could
get showers and some new uniforms," said Ed with
While few of the top brass ever visited the front,
Ed, by now a squad leader, was surprised one day
when his company commander appeared with a colo-
nel. Ed was ordered to demonstrate the new mortar
by firing on a nearby road.
Knowing the powerful recoil of the weapon, par-
ticularly on a target that was nearby, Ed suggested
that might not be a wise idea. The captain, however,
suggested Ed might not be suited to the mortar com-
pany and could become a front-line infantryman.
"I then said, 'yes, sir' and set up that mortar and
fired. As soon as I fired, I got away from it."
Just as Ed had predicted, the recoil toppled the
mortar onto its side.
"The captain never said a word to me, but he
knew I was right and he was wrong. He just couldn't
afford to look bad in front of the colonel."
As with all infantryman, Ed knew the exact date
he would be rotated home.
"You had to get 36 points to get out. On the front,
an infantryman got 4 points a month, so I only needed
nine months to go home. The first day, I got me a
calendar and marked the date."
As his rotation date drew near, Ed found himself
counting down the days, hoping nothing would go
"We never lost a guy in the mortar platoon, so I
didn't want to be the first. I was just a guy doing my
duty. The place wasn't much to write home about,
but I did meet some great guys and some interesting
characters in Korea."
Some of the "interesting characters" were in the
Turkish Army, which relieved the 31st for two weeks,
while it got some rest and recreation in the rear.
"We had heard stories about them. They all car-
ried these long knives. The story was that they used
the knives to cut off the ears of the Chicoms as sou-
venirs and to prove they had killed an enemy. I never
asked them if it was true," recalled Ed.
Ed's parents wrote often, asking for news of the
war. Apparently, the local newspapers had little to
offer in the way of war news.
"Korea was pretty much forgotten by the people
back home. When I got home, I even had people ask
me where I'd been," said Ed.
Finally, Ed's rotation day came and his truck suc-
cessfully negotiated the crossroad that the Chicoms
"That day, I guess they were on lunch break
because they weren't firing when we went through.
That was a relief. That was the second time I was
really scared in Korea. I just didn't want anything to
screw up my orders to go home. Everyone had heard
stories about guys who had gotten killed on the day
they were due to leave."
But Ed made it through the crossroads and
returned to the United States through Seattle, then
on to Massachusetts for leave. He still had another
18 months in the Army.
After his 30-day leave, he was sent to Colorado,
where he worked in a discharge office, preparing sol-
diers for their return to civilian life.
With all the snafus and foul-ups common to the
Army when soldiers were discharged, Ed made sure
his papers were in order when the day came for his
\ ly file was at the top of the list and I was the
first one in line. You can bet I had e \ c thing signed
Upon his return to civilian life in Florence, Ed
worked in a greenhouse for a time.
"I went into the Army as a kid. I came out know-
ing a little bit about how to get things done, get along
with people. My Army service helped me in life.
"But nobody ever asked me about Korea. It was
strange. There wasn't a lot of talk about it in the local
papers. I don't think people really cared. They signed
the truce and Korea just faded away."
Ed eventually gave up the greenhouse job and
went to work for a bank. There, he met his future
wife, Rose-Marie, who was on the staff. They were
married in 1958.
Rising through the ranks, Ed eventually became
president of a bank, then retired to Palma Sola in
A proud Korean War veteran, Ed returned with
Rose-Marie to Korea in 2002 as the Koreans marked
the 50th anniversary of the war.
"I returned on Sept. 2, 2002, 50 years to the
PLEASE SEE FORGOTTEN, NEXT PAGE
Ed and Rose-Marie Morin retired to Palma Sola in 1995. Islander Photo Rick Catlin
Ed and Rose-Marie Morin retired to Palma Sola in 1995. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18
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children came out and waved to us and smiled. It
made me proud of my service. One guy with us had
been a prisoner of war of the North Koreans. When
we got to the Bridge of No Return, where the POWs
were released back to our side, he broke down in tears
at the memory.
"Another guy had won the congressional Medal
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Fire auxiliary hosts sale
The West Manatee Fire Rescue Auxiliary, a
non-profit organization that supports the WMFR
district, is collecting donations for a yard sale.
The sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 1
p.m. Jan. 17 at the old firehouse at the corner
of Second Street North and Highland Avenue in
Donations can be dropped off at the fire-
house anytime prior to the sale.
For more information, or to schedule a pick
up for donations, call 941-720-0426.
of Honor in Korea. He was real shy about it, but was
proud to show it to us."
The visit proved to Ed and his comrades that the
Korean War "had done some good."
Then the Korean government presented Ed with
the Medal of Freedom. It was too much for Ed.
"They treated us like royalty. They couldn't do
enough for us. That's when I really became proud to
be a Korean War veteran. I would do it again if I had
do, without a doubt."
Ed Morin. A proud member of the Forgotten Gen-
"The Greatest Generation" and "Forgotten
Generation" columns are for Island, Longboat Key,
Perico Island, Palma Sola, Village Green, west Bra-
denton and Cortez veterans, man or woman, who
served in the armed forces of any allied country (U.S.,
Canada, Britain, Holland, Norway, France, Poland,
Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, etc.) during
World War II or the Korean War. We'd like to hear
from you. Please, call Rick Catlin at 941-778-7978.
941-792-5300 10519 Cortez Road W.
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Giuseppe Amato, 86, of Bradenton and formerly
Saratoga Springs, N.Y., died Jan. 5.
Born in Carini, Palermo, Italy, Mr. Amato moved
to Manatee County in 1987. He was owner-operator
of Oma Pizza in Saratoga Springs. He was a veteran
of the Italina Navy during World War II. He was a
member of Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles Catho-
lic Church, Bradenton.
Visitation was Jan. 11 and services Jan. 11.
Brown and Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory was
in charge of arrangements. Online condolences made
He is survived by sons Lorenzo and wife Marina
of Bradenton and Paul and wife Dana of Longboat
Key; daughters Fifetta Mannio and husband Salva-
tore of Holmes Beach, and Josephine Rizzetto and
husband Gus of Bradenton; two brothers; two sisters;
16 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.
Deborah K. Eshelman Laws
Deborah K. Eshelman Laws, 48, of Zephyrhills
and formerly Anna Maria Island, died Dec. 26.
Born in Fort Campbell, Ky., Ms. Laws was an
"Army brat" who lived "everywhere from Texas
to Germany to Okinawa," recalled her daughter,
Racheal. She was a graduate of North Manchester
[Indiana] High School
before moving to Florida in
1978. She worked locally
at the Anna Maria City
Pier, D.Coy Ducks and
She died in a sky-
o diving accident at Sky-
dive City in Zephyrhills.
Skydiving was her pas-
sion, said Racheal, and
Deborah Laws she had completed nearly
1,000 jumps. Friends gathered for a memorial jump
on her behalf Jan. 3 and scattered her ashes as they
descended. Many friends were in attendance that it
took two airplanes to host the jumpers.
A celebration of Ms. Laws' life will be held at 5
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For more information about the gathering, call Beth
Reilly at 941-778-2454.
She is survived by daughter Racheal of Leesburg;
son Randy and wife Becca of Weirsdale; mother Diane
Eshelman of North Manchester, Ind.; father David
Eshelman and wife Pat of Sarasota; brother Rick Eshel-
man of Indiana; granddaughter Katelynn and Olivia
Pagan of Weirsdale; and grandson Tyler of Leesburg.
Robert Williams, 78, formerly of Holmes Beach
and Pahrump, Nev., died Jan. 6.
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
Jan. 4, 100 block Crescent Avenue, theft. Someone
took two stop signs and posts from the bridge, and poured
blue paint on the roadway on the approach to the bridge.
Jan. 1, 1600 block Gulf Drive North, license. Offi-
cers responded to a minor car crash. The driver, who
was arrested, had a suspended license, no insurance and
the license plate was not assigned to the vehicle.
Jan. 4, 800 Gulf Drive S., drugs. Officers stopped
at a parked vehicle at Cortez Beach and noticed a strong
smell of drugs from the vehicle. Lynn Hostetler, 57, of
Palmetto, and Jeanette Lee White, 26, of Bradenton,
were charged with possession of crack, crack pipes and
marijuana. Police also found $383.
Jan. 4, 2000 Gulf Drive S., drugs. During a traffic
stop, officers noticed a strong smell of marijuana and
alcohol coming from the vehicle. The driver, Ken-
neth A. Krals, 21, of Bradenton, did not have a valid
driver's license. A passenger, Tiffany A. Roe, 19, of
Sarasota, was found to have marijuana. Twojuvenile
passengers were suspected to have been drinking and
released to the custody of the grandmother of one.
Krals and Roe were arrested.
Jan. 5, 2500 block Avenue C, domestic. The com-
plainant said she and her live-in boyfriend got into an
argument the night before and she and her son left the
apartment. Officers went to the apartment and talked
to her boyfriend. A record check revealed he had an
outstanding warrant and he was arrested.
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There were no services. Memorial contributions may
be made to Hospice & Brian's House Bay, A McLaren
Health Service, Visiting Nurse Services of Michigan,
3140 W. Campus Drive, Bay City MI 48706.
He is survived by daughter Brenda Linstrom
and husband Roger of Au Gres; son David and
wife MiHwa of Pennsylvania; stepchildren Lonnie
Geurin Jr., Michael Geurin and wife Monica of
Kalamazoo, Mich., Bryan Geurin and wife Theresa
of Bradenton, and Sharon Pierce and husband Tom
of Las Vegas, Nev.; and several grandchildren,
great grandchildren, friends and neighbors.
Jan. 6,200 block Church Avenue, criminal mischief.
The complainant said someone urinated on the seats of
her vehicle. She suspected it was her ex-boyfriend.
Jan. 1, 5901 Marina Drive, skate park, theft. The
complainant said her son's cell phone, valued at $100,
was taken while he was skating at the park.
Jan. 1, 400 block 74th Street, disturbance. Officers
responded to a report of a disturbance. One man was yelling
at three other people. All appeared intoxicated, according
to the report, and officers drove one of the men home.
Jan. 2, 500 block 56th Street, probation. Officers
responded to a complaint of a suspicious vehicle. A record
check revealed the owner of the vehicle was injail in Sara-
sota and the driver was wanted by Palm Beach County
officials for violation of probation. He was arrested.
Jan. 2, 6200 block Holmes Boulevard, burglary.
The complainant said someone took a television set,
valued at $100, from a house he was renting.
Jan. 5, 600 block Foxworth Lane, criminal mis-
chief. The complainant said someone broke the wind-
shield on his boat. Damage was estimated at $600.
Jan. 6, 100 block 72nd Street, theft. The com-
plainant said someone entered his vehicle and took
a navigation system and a pistol. He was unsure if
the vehicle was locked.
Jan. 8,8100 block Marina Drive, BakerAct. The com-
plainant said her son had sent her text messages on her
phone stating he was very depressed. Officers responded,
talked to the man, who said he was depressed because his
girlfriend had left him and he had just wrecked his truck.
He was taken to the hospital for evaluation.
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Wednesday, Jan. 14
11:30 a.m. The Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island Players
luncheon with guest Nancy Ambrose speaking about the Anna Maria
Island Butterfly Park at the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 941-761-7374. Fee applies.
3 p.m. "Landscape and Nature Photography" with James Corwin
Johnson at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. ScoopDaddy's grand re-opening, 19C N. Boule-
vard of the Presidents, St. Armands Circle. Information: 941-383-2466.
Thursday, Jan. 15
10:15 a.m. The Island Library Book Club will discuss "Mountains
Beyond Mountains" by Tracy Kidder at the Anna Maria Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4669.
6 p.m. -The Island Garden Club of Anna Maria presents "Always
and Ever, Native Plants" with guest Mike Miller at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-0256.
7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Ballroom dance classes begin at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
941-778-1908. Fee applies.
Friday, Jan. 16
Today is Arbor Day. And today is records day for Manatee public
schools. There are no classes.
10 a.m. Celebrate Florida Arbor Day with a gumbo limbo tree
planting on Manatee Avenue East between East Drive and Manatee Public
Beach in Holmes Beach. Information: 941-795-8272.
11 a.m. Celebrate Florida Arbor Day with a tree planting at the
Anna Maria City Hall parking lot on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria. Informa-
Saturday, Jan. 17
7 a.m. Dolphin Dash race registration at Anna Maria Elementary
School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Five-k race starts at 8 a.m.
from the school parking lot, followed at 9 a.m. by a 1-mile fun run/walk.
Information: at 941-383-9675. Fee applies.
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. West Manatee Fire Rescue Auxiliary yard sale
at the firehouse on Second Street North at Highland Avenue in Bradenton
Beach. Information: 941-720-0426.
8:30 a.m. The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts a break-
fast meeting with guest speaker Bob Fowinkle, former Florida Kiwanis
district governor, at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
9 a.m.-lp.m.- Women's Guild of St. Bernard Catholic Church rum-
mage sale and food concession, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-3224 or 941-778-4769.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bridge Street Market featuring music, food, shop-
ping and a raffle drawing at 107 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information:
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2 p.m. "Egypt: From the Red Sea to the Pyramids" with eco-
traveler and anthropologist Patricia McCroy at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
5:30 p.m. Fifties Night at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491. Fee applies.
Monday, Jan. 19
Today is Martin Luther King Jr Day
5:30 p.m. Kickoff celebration for the American Cancer Society
Relay for Life at Star Fish Company, 12306 46th Ave. W., Cortez. Informa-
Tuesday, Jan. 20
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Democratic Club Inaugura-
tion party at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 941-778-3444. Fee applies.
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and
a program at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. Fee. Information: 941-778-1880.
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Longboat Key/Lido Key/St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce business after hours at the Egret's Landing, 5602
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-383-2664.
Wednesday, Jan. 21
3 p.m. "Outdoor Photography Lighting Techniques" with James
Corwin Johnson at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Off-Island Arts & Events:
Saturday, Jan. 17
7 to 10 p.m. "Brewtopia" beer-tasting event with food, music and
auction items sponsored by the Junior League of Manatee County at Gold
Coast Eagle Budweiser, 7051 Wireless Ct., Lakewood Ranch. Information:
941-748-0101 or www.jrleaguemanatee.org. Fee applies.
Sunday, Jan. 18
4 p.m. Concert organist Bradley Welch performs at Christ Church,
4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-747-3709.
7 p.m. "Divos" musical fundraiser at the Manatee Players, 102
Old Main St., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.
Monday, Jan. 19
7:30 p.m. Sarasota Senior Theater "Comedie Tonight!" per-
forms at Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information:
941-749-1111. Fee applies.
Tuesday, Jan. 20
8 p.m. to midnight Celebrate the presidential inauguration of
Barack Obama with the Manatee Democratic Club in the Polo Grill,
10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. Information: 941-761-8385.
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
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The 15th annual James Pay Exhibit, an all-media
exhibit open to members of the Anna Maria Island
Art League, opens with a reception Jan. 9. The
exhibit is named for a founder of the organization
and this year's "Best In Show" artist is Mary
DuCharme, who signs her work "Hadije."
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The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee.
Jan. 23, Inauguration luncheon and fashion show at St. Bernard
Jan. 23, "Finders Keepers: Collectors and Collections" opens at
the South Florida Museum.
Jan. 24, Pancake breakfast at Roser Memorial Community Church.
Jan. 25, Pancake breakfast at St. Bernard Catholic Church.
Jan. 28, Better birding photography workshop at the Island Branch Library.
Save the date
Feb. 1, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 50th Anniversary celebration.
Feb. 12, Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island presents its annual
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New year brings
Someday, possibly in 2009, visitors to the Neal
Preserve on the southwest shore of Perico Island will
tread in the sandy footprints of Native Americans of
more than 1,000 years ago.
But the primitive high-rise vista of Anna Maria
Island across Anna Maria Sound enjoyed by ancient
Calusa and Timuccan residents will be missing,
thanks to the Florida Department of Transportation
and the Tamiami Trail.
Call it ancient history erased for modern
Dr. MarshalL Newman was charged in 1933-34
with the task of employing men to locate and exca-
vate archeological sites in Florida. His task led him
to the mangrove island across the sound from what
would later be Holmes Beach.
Newman unearthed four linked prehistoric sites
in an area roughly 300 feet from the bay. The largest
of the sites was a huge mound of shell archeologists
call a midden. It was 900 feet long, 120 feet high and
about 5 feet high.
A shell ridge led south from the midden to a
60-foot diameter burial mound.
Near the ridge was what Newman called a cem-
Another midden, about a third the size of the
larger one, was even farther south.
Middens are "areas of accumulated refuse, mainly
shellfish, but also containing animal bones," a later
archeologist, Dr. J. Raymond Williams, wrote about
Middens are fairly common in this part of the
state the huge refuse sites of Calusa and Timuccan
Indians, circa 1500.
But what set Perico Island apart from the more
common middens were the burial mound and cem-
etery, and what Newman unearthed there:
A total of 185 skeletons from the burial mound,
and 43 skeletons from the cemetery area.
Later dating of the artifacts from the area revealed
that ancient man used Perico Island much earlier than
even before believed circa 100 to 1000 A.D.,
although some archeologists believe it may have even
been earlier than that.
A find of that magnitude should have received
greater attention and care. But in the rush of finding
work during the Depression, most of the find was
boxed and shipped to the Smithsonian Institute in
Later studies of the site cautiously called Perico
Island one of the more important finds in this part of
Florida. The skeleton remains indicated prehistoric
men were found there much earlier than researchers
believed. The elaboration of the site, with its shell
"walkways," was uncommon as well.
In fact, Newman said that the skeleton remains and
the pottery shards in the area appeared to be the most
northernmost of any of the Glades Indians found.
Also, according to Williams, the middens and the
burial sites were important from a national perspective.
"Throughout most of prehistoric times in Florida,
these coastal midden sites represented one type of
existence, which included the majority of the popula-
tion ... they are representative of a sedentary or semi-
sedentary way of life occurring much earlier that in
most portions of the nation. Thus, the relative scarcity
of the remaining ones should be viewed by local and
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state agencies as an important national resource."
So why wasn't more made of the site?
In the 1960s, the Florida Department of Transporta-
tion used most of the shell from the middens to create
the roadbed for Palma Sola Causeway as it led to the
Anna Maria Island Bridge. In fact, midden debris was
commonly used as a base for roads throughout South
Florida, especially the Tamiami Trail.
Farming and erosion also took its toll on the
ancient sites. By June 1970, Dewey Dye, Jr. wrote
that the northern midden "... now is almost totally
Four additional midden sites were found at the
southern edge of Perico Island in 1985. Smaller in
size, they were excavated by B.W. Burger prior to
the development of the Island by then-Florida Sen.
Pat Neal. Neal later sold the shoreside property on
southwest Perico to Manatee County for the nature
preserve that bears his name.
Ironically, if Newman had left the area more
intact, and if the DOT had been convinced by arche-
ologists to change the alignment of the road to pro-
tect the site, there is a good chance that much of the
development of Perico Island would have been halted
due to the historic significance of the region.
As it was, George Percy, the then Florida Histori-
cal Preservation Officer, wrote Nov. 1, 1985, that "...
no archeological or historical sites are recorded for
the projected area" of development, clearing the way
for new homes, marina and restaurants.
Talk about building on the bones of your ances-
Egmont Key changes proposed
Not as historically relevant as Perico Island is
Egmont Key. And, like time itself, changes blown
by the winds of politics are licking at the island just
north of Anna Maria in the mouth of Tampa Bay.
Egmont is partly U.S. National Wildlife Refuge,
part Florida State Park. Due to state budget cuts,
there has been some talk by state officials to divest
Florida from the federal equation. In light of federal
budget constraints, it appears unlikely that federal
dollars would be diverted to help protect the wildlife
The little key is home to myriad nesting birds
as well has holding a huge population of gopher tor-
Erosion has struck Egmont Key in a major way.
What once was about 600 acres of real estate when the
forts were under construction in the late 1890s is now
eroded down to about 290 acres. Most of the forts are
tumbling into the water or are already unwilling artifi-
cial reefs. Fort Dade, the main artillery battery, is now
hundreds of feet out in the Gulf of Mexico.
Egmont Key was something of a city in its heyday
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during the early 1900s. Tennis courts. Bowling alley.
Shops. Garrisons for the 300-or-so troops stationed
there, as well as civilians who catered to the troops.
In all, there were something like 2,000 people on the
key at one point, about three times the population of
Anna Maria Island at the time.
Besides holding remnants of the 70-plus struc-
tures, with redbrick roads leading from place to place,
the key has housing for the pilots who guide tankers
and other big vessels into and out of Port Manatee
and the Port of Tampa.
There is also a lighthouse and U.S. Coast Guard
facilities at the north end of the key.
Just what the fate of any state decision to divest
assets on Egmont Key is unclear. There is all of one
park ranger there at all times, after all, to control the
estimated 160,000 visitors who annually come to the
island by boat. Hillsborough County commissioners
have suggested picking up the budget slack, but no
decisions are expected until spring.
As with the winds and waves that have struck
Egmont Key across the years, the winds that could
bring change coming from Tallahassee are yet to
reach full strength.
Egmont Key houses the first lighthouse con-
structed between the Florida Panhandle and the Flor-
ida Keys. Built in 1846, it was quickly destroyed by
a hurricane and later rebuilt.
decline in '08
Manatee deaths declined in 2008, in large
part because of the low number of fatalities
associated with red tide, according to state
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research
Institute documented 337 manatee deaths in
state waters last year.
The deaths remain below the five-year
average of 357, according to the FWC.
However, manatee deaths caused by water-
craft strikes were above the five-year average
in 2008, with 90 casualties.
Also, newborn deaths reached a record
high of 101 in 2008.
In Manatee County, the state reported
seven manatee deaths in 2008 one death by
watercraft strike, one death by human interac-
tion, two newborn deaths, one death by natural
cause and two undetermined deaths.
Flotilla 81 offers boating help
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 83 will
conduct a boating safety course at 9 a.m. Saturday,
The course will take place at the American
Legion, Post 24, 2000 75th St. W., Bradenton.
A $40 fee will be charged for course materials.
For more information, call Robert Scott at
THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 14, 2009 0 23
Grouper continue to rule offshore; trout fishing good in bays
By Paul Roat
Gag grouper and amberjack are the hot-ticket
catches in the Gulf of Mexico of late. Grouper are
thick everywhere there's a structure, both offshore
and in Tampa Bay. Amberjack up to 60 pounds are
also being caught in deeper water, up to 125 feet or
Backwater fishing is good for trout, especially in
northern Sarasota Bay. There are also some redfish
and flounder catches being reported. Sheepshead are
also starting to get big and fat and are hitting well on
Don't forget the 33rd Annual Florida Fishing Col-
lege and Outdoor Expo at the Manatee Civic Center,
One Haben Blvd., Palmetto, next weekend. Hours are
noon to 7 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
The college is free and includes seminars taught
by local guides. Courses are inshore tips to catch
snook, redfish, trout, flounder and more; offshore
seminars will include how to catch grouper, snapper,
amberjack, tuna, cobia, wahoo and other species.
For more information about the Florida Fish-
ing College and Outdoor Expo, contact Jill Lakner-
McGarry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Capt. Mark Howard on Sumotime Fishing
Charters said fishing has been good with the mild
winter conditions. "A nice speckled trout bite has
been happening on a variety of Berkley Gulps," he
said. He suggested fishing deep potholes on a moving
tide for the best action. He's also catching mangrove
and gray snapper, plus grouper, off the nearshore
rocks and reefs. Kingfish and bonito are also near-
shore, Capt. Mark said.
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said grouper
continue to be an excellent target for fishers ven-
turing into the Gulf or Tampa Bay. Gags are the
species of choice, and they're big, hungry and to be
found not far off the beach. For backwater anglers,
sheepshead are starting to come onto sand fleas
used as bait, and they're starting to get big. Any
structure in the bays or passes is a good haunt for
the striped fish. Redfishing is good, but not great,
Max and George Miller, both from Gainesville,
hooked up on some really nice reds last week while
fishing with Capt. Logan Bystrom.
The Farese family Michael, Jim, Ryan, Kate and Nancy caught mangrove snapper and gag grouper
on theirfishing trip with Capt. Larry McGuire of.ih, '1 Me the Fish Charters. Thefish were caught in
about 55feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico off Anna Maria Island, using pinfish and sardines for bait. It
was the family's first offshore fishing trip.
Danny added, and the fish are to be found under
docks in the bays. He's also hearing good reports
of trout in northern Sarasota Bay.
At the Rod & Reel Pier, reports include drum
and sheepshead for the few fishers who are trekking
out on the dock.
At the Anna Maria City Pier, reports are also
on the slow side, with a few sheepshead being caught
and an occasional flounder.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said offshore fishing has been good for his
charters. He's catching amberjack to 60 pounds, plus
mangrove snapper. "We had to work harder for our big
gag and red grouper," he said. "We caught them but
not as to the intensity of the last few months. On our
trips we also caught yellowtail snapper, porgy, sea bass,
kingfish and big sharks. Best action was out 30 miles
or more starting in 125 feet for the monster amberjack.
Our parties were catching them on e \ i u hi n from big
live baits, jigs and even topwater lures." He said he took
Butch Owens from Lakewood Ranch and his sons Matt
and Hunter along with some friends on a trip while the
young men were home from college last week and put
them all on lots of fish.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams said
he's catching big trout in the 4- to 6-pound range on
the deep seagrass flats in Sarasota Bay. He's also get-
ting some good-sized mangrove snapper around big
structures throughout the bay and Gulf, and catching
some decent-sized snook for this time of year in the
back of Terra Ceia Bay.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee Jay II at
Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez said Spring-like
conditions for the past three weeks have resulted
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the weather remains mild. A few offshore boats
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Snook have also started coming out of their
winter holes very early and have been feeding
in the 70-degree water comfort zone." Other fish
caught include trout, mangrove snapper, floun-
der, sheepies, black drum, redfish, grouper,
bonito, bluefish, ladyfish and jacks. "Not too
bad for January!" Capt. Zach said.
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and
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An eight-week course for people new to the art of
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Wednesday at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron.
Classes will cover weather, currents, coastal
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more. Each class will feature an anchorage for
cruisers, and an important sailor's knot.
The SSS facility, including docks, moorings,
dry storage and a clubhouse, where the class will
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24 0 JAN. 14, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Center indoor soccer tourney blasts off
By Kevin Cassidy
The New Year's indoor soccer tournament put on
by the Anna Maria Island Community Center was a
big hit for all 14 teams that took to the center's new
gym for the action in the Jan. 6-11 week. Two division
champs were crowned on Jan. 10 and two remained
to be crowned at championship games played on Jan.
11, after this reporter's story went to press.
The U14 boys division was won by the Magic
Bullets, which defeated Border Patrol 10-1 to com-
plete an undefeated run through the tourney. The
Magic Bullets were led by three goals from Jacob
Titsworth and four goals from Xavier Erazo. Alex
Cook scored twice and Antonio Colacci added one
goal for the Magic Bullets in the win.
Joey Pilato scored the lone goal for Border Patrol
in the loss.
The Magic Bullets opened the tournament by
defeating Center Storm 17-2. Toby Howell and
Edwardo Ronderos scored four goals each to lead the
Magic, which also received three goals from Johnny
Salgado and two goals each from Antonio Colacci,
Morgan Hackworth and Jacob Titsworth. The Magic
then defeated the Border Patrol 13-1 in the second
round to advance to the finals. Jacob Titsworth led
the Magic offensive attack with six goals while Anto-
nio Collacci and Xavier Erazo added two goals each.
Eduardo Ronderos, Toby Howell and Johnny Salgado
completed the Magic scoring with one goal apiece.
The Border Patrol advanced by defeating the
Islanders 9-4 in the opening game played on Jan. 6
behind two goals from Yuri Pereia and Jarrett Tsai
and single goals from Joey Pilato, Matt Walden and
Ryan Burrows. They advanced to the finals by beat-
ing the Center Storm 5-3 behind a hat trick from Joey
Pilato and two goals from Matt Walden. Center Storm
was led by Trevor Bystrom's three goals.
The U12 division boy's division was a \ l,,ig"
affair with three teams Silver, Black and White -
Magic teams along with an Islanders team among the
four participants. White Magic outlasted their Magic
counterparts 4-2 in the Jan. 10 championship game.
Mitchell McCormick led the way with two goals while
Edson Chavez and Jacob Titsworth each added a goal in
the victory. Xavier Erazo and 1< 'igan I 1 k1i i tll each
scored goals to lead the Black Magic in the loss.
White Magic advanced to the championship game
by trouncing Black Magic 12-3 in their opener on
Jan. 7. They were led by Antonio Collacci and Edson
Chavez, who scored four goals apiece in the victory.
Jacob Titsworth and Mitchell McCormick added two
goals apiece for the White Magic. Santiago Cruz,
Toby Howell and Chris Fenton each scored one goal
for the Black Magic in the loss.
White Magic then defeated Silver Magic 10-1 on
Jan. 8 to advance to the championship game. Jacob
Titsworth led the White with five goals, while Mitch-
ell McCormick added two goals. Jonathan Harte,
Edson Chavez and Antonio Collacci completed the
Lane Bowers dribbles the ball toward goal as an
East Manatee Hurricane soccer player gives chase
during the Center's indoor soccer tourney.
scoring with one goal apiece.
Black Magic advanced through the loser's bracket
by defeating the Islanders 18-1 on Jan. 8 and followed
that up with a 6-2 victory over Silver Magic on Jan.
9. Xavier Erazo scored six goals, while Toby Howell
and Joel Hacussler scored four goals apiece in the vic-
tory over the Islanders. Matthew Shim added one goal
for Black Magic. Erazo led the way against the Silver
Magic, scoring two goals, while Howell, Hacussler,
Cruz and Ronderos each added one goal in the victory
- and that put them in the championship game.
The U10 boys division had Ross Built taking on
the East Manatee Hurricanes. Ross Built advanced by
defeating the Hurricanes 10-3 on Jan. 10. John Rivera
led Ross Built with three goals, while Jake Ross and
Jake LaFemina each added two goals. Andrew Ross,
Chris Pennewill and Alex Virgilio completed the
scoring with one goal apiece.
East Manatee opened the tourney with an 8-4 victory
over the Islanders on Jan. 6 behind three goals from Ryan
Ashby and two goals apiece from Mike Pastujoy and Nick
Anderson Ross Springstead scored one goal to complete the
Hurricane scoring. Jacob Talucci, Ben Connors, Seth Walter
and Michael Latimer each scored one goal to leadthe Islanders
in the loss. The Hurricanes defeated the Islanders in the Jan.
10 rematch by a 5-1 score. RyanAshby scored four goals and
Nick Anderson added one. Michael Latimer scored the lone
goal for the Islanders in the loss.
The U8 division has the East Manatee Hurricanes
taking on the Islanders in the finals on Jan. 11. East
Manatee advanced, edging the Islanders 8-7 in over-
time on Jan. 6. Ross Springstead led the Hurricanes
with two goals, while Morgan Moritz, Nick Ander-
son, Cameron Leffert, Kaitlin Bohan, Renee Ashby
and Colton Popp each added one goal. The Islanders
received one goal apiece from Aiden Grumley, Joe
Rodgers, Joey Stewart, Dylan Joseph, Trever Meek,
Christian Daniels and Leo Tinelli in the loss.
The Hurricanes then blew past Island History by
a 10-0 score on Jan. 10. Ross Springstead led the way
with four goals, while Morgan Moritz, Kaitlin Bohan
and Renee Ashby each scored two.
Later in the day, the Islanders defeated Island
History 2-0 in a loser's bracket game to advance
AMICC basketball standings
Team Wins Losses
Rotten Ralph's 3 1
A-Paradise 2 1
IRE 2 2
Bradenton Prep 0 3
IFP 2 1
Dips 1 2
Fronius 1 1
Sand Dollar 3 0
Panoramic 1 2
Observer 1 2
E-Training 1 2
Jessie's 3 1
Ross Built 3 1
A&E 1 2
Coastal 0 3
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players close in
on him during
action at the
to the finals. Dylan Joseph and Joey Stewart each
notched a goal to lead the Islanders in the victory.
Look for the conclusion of the U8 and U 10 divi-
sions in next week's Islander.
Four teams advanced from pool play during Jan. 10
horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Art
Kingstad and John Johnson rolled past Bob Rela and Gene
Bobledyk 21-12 in the semifinals. Norm Good and Fritz
Erdrich edged Herb Puryear and Doyle Starkey 22-18 to
advance to the finals. The final game saw Kingstad and
Johnson prevail 22-15 over Good and Erdrich.
The Jan. 7 games had only two teams advance
from pool play. Rod Bussey and Al Norman were
"pitted" against Art Kingstad and Doyle Starkey with
Bussey and Norman winning by a 21-13 score.
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.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole,
best-ball-of-foursome game on Jan. 7. The team of
Vince Fanton, Ernie Hauser, John Sagert and Bob
Landgren carded a 17-under-par 47 to edge the team
of Omer Trolard, Bill Gallagher, Don Latorre and
Bob Dickinson by one stroke for first place. Third
place went to the team of Chuck Boes, Tom Lewis,
Bob Lamp and Bob Sayles with a 14-under 50.
The men played a nine-hole, best-ball-of-four-
some match on Jan. 5. The team of Jim Helgensen, Al
Morgan, Al Gunn and Jerry Micho carded a 10-under-
par 22 to earn clubhouse bl,,_ini, rights for the day.
Three shots back in second place were Russ Olson,
Matt Behan, Larry Fowler and Charlie Knopp.
The Key Royale Club members teamed up for
a coed, best-ball-of-foursome match on Jan. 2. The
team of Frankie Smith-Williams, Gordon McKinna,
Jerry Brown and Al Morgan fired a 5-under-par 27
to claim first place. Jane Winegarden, Sue Hookum,
Jim Finn and Matt Behan matched the 28 carded by
the team of Nell Bergstrom, Rose Slomba, Earl Hunt-
zinger and Teddy Morgan to finish tied for second.
Al Morgan chipped in on hole five while Earl
Huntzinger chipped in on number six.
AMICC basketball schedule
Premier Division (ages
Jan. 14 8 p.m.
Jan. 15 8 p.m.
Jan. 20 8 p.m.
Division I (ages 12-13)
Jan. 16 8 p.m.
Jan. 20 7 p.m.
Division II (ages 10-11)
Jan. 16 6 p.m.
Jan. 16 7 p.m.
Division III (ages 8-9)
Jan. 14 7 p.m.
Jan. 15 7 p.m.
A Paradise vs. IRE
A Paradise vs. Ralph's
Academy vs. IRE
Dips vs. Fronius
Dips vs. IFP
Sand Dollar vs. Panoramic
Observer vs. E-Training
Ross Built vs. Orthopedics
A&E vs. Jessie's
Instructional League (ages 5-7)
Jan. 14 6 p.m. Walter vs. Bistro
Jan. 15 6 p.m. Walter vs. Sandbar
THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 14, 2009 0 25
Neal Preserve to celebrate area's 'pre-history'
By Lisa Neff
The shells lay scattered sandy and faded,
cracked and chipped, not at all the kind of polished
treasure beachgoers generally gather up.
But the shells are treasured relics of this area's
prehistoric past, evidence of a people living on the
western shores of Manatee County.
On a recent morning, archaeologist Bill Burger
trekked into Neal Preserve to revisit Perico Island's
"pre-history" past and to discuss the county pre-
The preserve, on 132 acres just east of the Anna
Maria Island Bridge on the south side of Manatee
Avenue, is not yet open to the public. But officials
expect that by the time they ring in 2010, the public
will be visiting Neal, a key component in the network
of conservation properties in west Manatee County.
The county acquired Neal in 2005 from developer
Pat Neal and has since received grants from state and
federal sources for improvements and conservation
This year, under the direction of the county's
natural resources department, the preserve will gain
a kayak launch, shell trails, a 20-foot observation
tower, parking for about 10 vehicles, as well as a host
of native plants.
Burger is the project archaeologist. From his
home in Terra Ceia, he analyzes the data and his-
tory compiled by past researchers at Neal, as well as
the artifacts he's found to document the preserve's
Burger began his recent visit at the gated entrance
that is usually locked to keep out trespassers. From
his spot, he could see the eastern shore of Anna Maria
"There were a number of shell middens here
once, and some remain," Burger said.
The shell middens of Perico Island were mined
for road-building material, first to build Manatee
Avenue from downtown Bradenton to 75th Street
and later to build the causeway east of 75th Street.
A buckboard wagon probably was employed to
haul and drop the shell. "It allowed the shell to fall,
and you have shell-rut roads," Burger said.
On property now part of the idled SevenShores
development, a shell midden once rose up 20 feet
high and covered an area of 1,000 feet.
"A mountain of shells," Burger said, "left by pre-
"All we can say about them is they are prehistoric
aboriginals," he continued. "It is pre-history, there are
no names and never will be names. All we have are
the physical remains of the people."
"It is not legitimate to project those names thou-
sands of years into the past. People need a name and a
handle, but we don't have names for these prehistoric
The mountain of shells and other middens
existed in the mid-1800s, when a Cuban fisherman
who would give Perico Island its name arrived. The
fisherman had tried to establish title to property in
Bill Burger walks through Neal Preserve.
Bill Burger walks through Neal Preserve.
A shell midden in Neal Preserve. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
'B i 1 "' story.The soil, he said, yields clues about the land's
Fiddler crabs crawl at low tide in Neal Preserve.
Charlotte Harbor, but was denied, said Burger.
"We do know Perico was up here in the 1840s,"
he said, and he likely guided early settlers in the
But physical evidence of Perico, who probably
lived on a midden, "would have been the first mate-
rial taken away" by road-builders.
As he stepped through the entrance to Neal,
Burger stood before an expansive clearing, where
in late 2008 Australian pines and Brazilian peppers
were cut to allow native vegetation to grow.
Motorists passing by the preserve have likened
the area to a bombsite, but Burger said the removal
of the invasive plants was necessary for Florida spe-
cies flora and fauna to thrive.
On the northwest edge of Neal, Burger bent to
point to a soft white piece of fuzz on a wisp of a
"This," he said, "is wild cotton. It is a Florida
The cotton tree came up after the non-natives
were cleared. "It's been struggling for light," Burger
said. "This is the first time I've ever seen it."
Burger wondered aloud whether long-ago inhab-
itants used the cotton for clothing, fishing line or
Nearby, under a bush, Burger pointed to a pile of
white feathers not prehistoric evidence, but recent
evidence of a bobcat meal.
Throughout the preserve, Burger has placed
small yellow flags to designate where he has taken
So do the plants.
A cluster of mother-in-law tongue, for example,
indicates a home once stood in the northwestern
corner of the preserve. "That's non-native and typi-
cally a domestic ornamental plant, suggesting a house
was here," Burger said.
The shells also yield clues.
Middens were early garbage dumps -shells were
discarded food containers. By analyzing the types of
shells, Burger can learn more about the time of year
that people inhabited Perico Island.
As for dating the shells, Burger plans to con-
duct radiocarbon-dating tests and continue test exca-
vations, small holes that go a couple meters deep.
Already he has conducted about 450 "shovel tests,"
one every 10 meters in the preserve.
"The idea is to recover material in context, to peel
back the layers of the story," he said. "Archaeology
is about how you find material. We are not collectors,
we're out hunting context, figuring out as much of
the story as we possibly can."
Burger expects to find evidence of people pos-
sibly as early as 1,000 B.C.
"The site has been used by many different people
over a very long time," he said, adding that the riches
of Sarasota Bay first brought people to the location.
"We don't see agricultural use among prehistoric
peoples of Florida. It was the richness of the estuar-
ies that brought them."
Burger stepped over an artificial Christmas tree
and noted that it was not left by Native Americans.
"There's been a lot of illegal dumping over the years,"
He arrived in a clearing where, 65 years ago, a
project of the Civil Works Administration not to
be confused with the Civilian Conservation Corps -
led to the discovery of human skeletons.
"Perico Island was selected as one of the CWA's
archaeological sites," Burger said. "The place looked
a lot different then than it does today."
The director of the Perico CWA project was Mar-
shall T. Newman, a researcher with the Smithsonian
The researchers first found a small burial mound
and the remains of about 45 skeletons. Newman,
according to Burger, called the site the "cemetery
area" and dated it to about 200 B.C.
"Work here was difficult because of the height
of the water table," Burger said.
At a larger clearing nearby, Newman's team
discovered 185 skeletons, and fragments of human
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26 0 JAN. 14, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
AME dolphin dashers race into town Jan. 17
By Diana Bogan
Anna Maria Elementary School's third annual
Dolphin Dash is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 17. The
event consists of a 5k run beginning at 8 a.m. fol-
lowed by a 1-mile fun run that starts an hour later.
Pre-registration fees are $20 for adults and $10
for children under 16. Entry forms are available in
the school administration office, or can be completed
online at www.runnergirl.com, click on "races."
The cost will be $25 for those who register on
race day. Race day registration opens at 7 a.m. at the
More than 60 Island students have been training
weekly before school for the race, which is sanc-
tioned by the Bradenton Runner's Club.
Students who log 12 miles of running or walk-
ing at practices prior to the race will receive a pair of
dolphin dash shoelaces.
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vacation rentals, annual rentals and
Broker / Associate / Notary Public
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6000 Marina Drive Suite 105 Holmes Beach
941.778.4847 toll free 1.800.772.3235
According to AME race coordinator Becky
Walter, "Sixteen students have earned laces, way
more than last year, and there are a lot more students
who may still earn laces by Saturday."
Walter expects a record turnout and warns that
traffic may back up on Gulf Drive at 8 a.m., when
the 5k race begins and again at 9 a.m. when the fun
Otherwise, she said, police officers will monitor
traffic, stopping the flow of motorists only to allow
AME school calendar
Jan. 16, Manatee School District "records day,"
Jan. 17, 5k Dolphin Dash, 7 a.m. registration at
AME. Fee applies. www.runnergirl.com.
Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
For more information, call the school office at
941-708-5525. AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive,
The Islander welcomes photographs and
notices of the milestones in readers' lives wed-
dings, anniversaries, travels and other events.
Please send notices and photographs with detailed
captions along with complete contact infor-
mation to email@example.com or 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Brining People ImSince 1939
We Are Home Town!
VALUE IS IN 2 LOTS only a few 100
yds.from Gulf. Beautiful street and
beach access. Build two homes or
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2BR/1.5BA.Karen Day, 941-778-2246.
HOLMS BEACH BAYI-HUNI Pan-
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and private setting. Dock & vertical
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views of Palma Sola Bay from this available 1 or 2BR units, some
magnificently decorated 4BR/4.5BA updated- phone for details. Park-like
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#M5799513. $1,249,000. Others fishing pier. On-site rentals. Priced
from $699,900. $269,000-$324,900.941-778-2246.
2217 GULF DR. N. BRADENTON BEACH
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groups of runners through intersections as needed.
Dr. Mona Welch is donating water and the Lardas
family will be manning water stations along the race
route, which begins and ends at AME.
Walter said Cedars Tennis Resort has donated
tennis lessons as a door prize for two lucky win-
An awards ceremony will be held following the
fun run. All participants will receive a Dolphin Dash
T-shirt, which features a design by AME fifth-grader
For more event information, call Walter at
Preserve offers glimps of past
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remains still exist at the site.
"This burial mound probably dates to about 0
in time," Burger said. "Males and females, mostly
adults, without any grave goods were found."
Neal Preserve also contains a small landlocked
pond now called "Kidney Pond that Burger
said might have been made by early inhabitants.
Neal also contains evidence of modern-day
In the 20th century, land on Perico was cleared
for crops. Ditches were dug to drain the marsh and
eliminate mosquito habitat.
In the late-1960s, a company sought to develop
the Neal property, which was cleared. Bulldozers and
chain saws were used to rip out mangroves.
"The abuse this property has been subject to,"
Burger said as he emerged from a woodsy area of the
preserve onto barren salt flats.
In the sunshine, at low tide, hundreds of fiddler
crabs crawled on the soft ground, sounding like pop-
corn popping. An osprey was perched in a tall tree
and several heron sat in young mangroves.
Burger said more wildlife can be expected as
Neal Preserve is returned to a more natural state.
And, he said, history also will be preserved.
The shells, left by prehistoric people, will
The burial sites will remain, and will be identi-
And the story will come together.
"Prehistory is broad brush," Burger said. "It's
like house paint, not a fine brush. But we are learn-
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LIQUOR LICENSE: 4COP, Manatee County.
In escrow. Clean. $280,000. Call today,
MEADE ASTRO-TELESCOPE with electronic
controller, accessory lenses. Discover the stars.
RESTAURANT TABLES, CHAIRS: 8 30-inch
square tables, 20 black wrought-iron high-back
chairs with padded seats. Miscellaneous goods.
WEDDING DRESS FOR sale: Ivory with beaded
bodice, cathedral train.Train pins in back to three
pleated layers. Classic A-style gown with short
sleeves. Perfect for spring or fall wedding. Size
14, altered slightly at waist and shoulders. Pro-
fessionally cleaned and preserved. $125 or best
HUGE, DECORATIVE FRAMED mirrors: Several
styles to choose from, sizes from 4 by 6 feet, to
5 by 8. $250-$400. 941-730-2606.
ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet,
$350. Small antique burl-wood rocker, $200.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. 9 a.m.-noon Satur-
day. Clothing sales. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
GARAGE SALE: 7 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, only!
Lots of stuff! 202 56th St., Holmes Beach.
BEADS, FINDINGS, HANDCRAFTED jewelry,
crystal, costume. 9 a.m.-noon Friday and Sat-
urday, Jan. 16-17. 203 71st St., Holmes Beach.
Beading for beginners, small classes forming.
RUMMAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-1p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17.
Jewelry, clothing, white elephant. Food available.
St. Bernard's activity center. 248 S. Harbor Drive,
YARD SALE: 8 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
Jan. 16-18.Tools, furniture, etc. 114 Cedar Ave.,
A SALE EVERYDAY atThe Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office sup-
plies, coffee mugs, treasures and junk.
REWARD FORTHE return of precious memories
taken from our vehicle. Camcorder, camera, iPod,
memory cards, etc. No questions asked! Reward
depends on amount and condition of returned
FOUND: KEYS. HOUSE and Ford car keys on
Verizon lanyard. Call George, 941-713-4048.
FLORIDA'S OWN RODNEY Dangerfield avail-
able for private parties and golf tournaments.
ISLAND ROCK SCHOOL at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Guitar, bass, drums,
flute, saxophone, clarinet, piano and vocals. Call
Scott Achor, 941-778-1747, or Koko Ray Hansen,
941-758-0395. Rock on!
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Courtesy of the
Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation 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.
1997 BMW 740-1: Four-door sedan, 8,800 miles,
black with black leather interior, moon roof, excel-
lent condition. Garaged and only used six months
per year. $7,500. 941-778-7458.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
Laser, Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian at
NEW SAILS, REPAIRS, custom rigging and outfit-
ting service. 25 years experience. Knighton Sail
MOBILE MARINE/DOCKSIDE. Repairs, mainte-
nance, installations. Over 35 years experience,
certified and professional. Phone 941-518-3868.
2005 HURRICANE DECK boat, GS211. Just like
new. 150-hp Yamaha four-stroke, center console,
Bimini top, fishing package, trailer and more.
Asking $24,500. Call 941-358-5772 for details.
GELCOAT RENEWAL: DON'T wax or paint your
boat, Seakote it! The best finish there Is! Payment
terms available. Save $200 by contacting us at
seakote.com, or call 941-301-5378.
CERTIFIED PHYSICAL THERAPIST for physical
therapy with elderly gentleman. One hour, three
times a week. Near 75th Street West, Bradenton.
References required. 941-761-3046.
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Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
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* Antennas *Mirrors
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Craig C. Fideler & Assoc, LLC
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AMERICAN ALLSTAR TREE SERVICES INC
Tree remove trimming demossing palms trimmed bucket
truck bobcat service debris remove hauling landclearing
landscaping sod brush hogging
free estimates licensed & insured
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library in
Bradenton Beach. Friendly atmosphere with great
community spirit. It's fun, give it a try! For more
GREAT SITE: FORMER service station on stra-
tegic Longboat corner. Many business uses
possible: gas/convenience store, bank, restau-
rant, etc. Priced reduced to $999,000. Longview
RESTAURANT: PROFITABLE, BEAUTIFUL,
long history in resort area. Beer/wine. Any good
cuisine would work. Confidentiality agreement
required. $180,000 plus inventory. Longview
ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School soph-
omore Chris Perez tutors elementary or middle
school children. Call 941-778-2979.
CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ISLANDTEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified child
care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross train-
ing, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-4632
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.
NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter or
dog walker? Experienced with both children and
pets. Red Cross certified in CPR for all ages. Call
the twins, Kayla and Ariel Jennis, 941-778-1746.
The best team around!
TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red
Cross certified in babysitting. Loves children. Call
Katie, 941-778-1491 or 941-447-4057.
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.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reli-
able. Free estimates, licensed, insured.
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PROFESSIONAL I.T SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repairs, upgrades, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engi-
neer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Prob-
lem solving for all animals, big and small. Call
Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service,
941-778-3455, or cell 941-720-4152.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Oldest
and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of happy cus-
tomers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch, Storm-Check,
windows, etc. Rentals our specialty. pinesolpatty@
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
YOUR ISLAND LEAK-detection service. Fast,
accurate, professional and affordable. Pinpoint-
ing hidden leaks. Cell, 941-951-1833.
PAINTING: INTERIOR/EXTERIOR, quality work,
free estimates, 15 years experience. Call Dave,
GET A BID, then call Nick. Voted No.1 painter.
LACKASNOWBIRDS CLEANING SERVICE:
Snowbird homes and vacation rentals, Decem-
ber-May. Island references. Visa/MasterCard
accepted. 941-779-1646 or 207-745-5116.
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired
tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call
Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999.
941-778-7770. Leave message.
MAID TO CLEAN: Cleaning on the Island for eight
years, charge by the hour, residential and rentals.
Call Wendy, 941-778-0321.
COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
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NIKI'S NOOKS AND CRANNIES. I will do house-
keeping, laundry, and errands or pet sitting for
you. Cell, 941-592-8684.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller,
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
services 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.
email@example.com for details.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island.
30 years experience all phases of nail care. Gift
boutique, nail products, handbags, jewelry and
sunglasses. 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call for
an appointment. Now offering in-home pedicure
PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINING: Private studio,
certified trainer, 16 years experience. Specializ-
ing in sport-specific training, improving balance,
strength, and stamina. Toni Lyon, 941-928-8735.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
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, mulch-
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30-years experience.
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured. Call Allen any-
time. Cell 941-224-8569.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. Cell, 941-448-3857 or 941-779-0851.
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 phone" 941-720-0770.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill 941-795-5100.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island
service since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118.
941-778-3924 or 778-4461.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
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.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man liaht nlumhinn electrical liaht haulinn nres-
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Lawn maintenance, .'.., 11'" ....I.. Cl.l U1 -76 ...... ror '.
sure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.
mulching, plantings, shell and more. Great mainte-
nance rates. Fully insured and references. Please
call 941-778-2335 or 941-284-1568.
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call ike 739-8254
'"Your lome Trown Mrover"
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S"Quality landscaping at an exceptional value"
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licensed & Insured
* Free Estimates Gravel Yards
Railroad Tie Terracing
* Sprinkler Systems Brick Patios
Over 30 Years Experience
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Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available
Renovation Specialist All Carpentry Repairs
Completing more than 2000jobs on Anna Maria Island
SDarrin J. Wash 941.725.0073
LOCALLY OWNED AND FAMILY OPERATED SINCE 1988
0Your Shuttle Service on Anna Maria Island
h.t.t en ss -i.ic f Permitted/Licensed/Insured
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Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants,
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup:'
Call Junior, 807-1015
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K&C PAINTING LLC. Interior, exterior, faux. A
woman's touch. Kelly Meshberger. Free estimates.
PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Island resident, very meticulous and reliable. I
take pride in my work. For a free estimate, call
Colin at 941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
READY TO REPLACE those old lanai windows?
Vinyl, acrylic or hurricane. I will beat anyone's
price. Limited lifetime warranty window. Cash
CHRIS BUSH MASONRY: 30 years experience.
Small repairs, brick and concrete, driveways and
decks. Licensed and insured. 941-779-6642.
MASTERS OF RENOVATIONS! Start the new
year with a home renovation. Free estimates.
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.sun-
SPACIOUS ISLAND BAYFRONT 2BR/2BA, dock,
furnished. Also has studio for $900/month with
utilities. Call 941-794-5980. www.divefish.com.
ANNUAL BAYVIEW CONDO: Holmes Beach,
2BR/2BA, second floor. Old Florida Realty,
Sharon, 941-778-3377 or 941-713-9096.
HARBOR PINES: 2BR/2BA, washer and dryer
connections, tile/carpet, 12-month lease, close to
MCC, Bayshore High School and shopping. $750/
month, $500 security. Call 941-650-3476.
one block to
ADOKABLE 3B1/2BA home just 1 house from the bay.
New tile floors, great neighborhood. Many possibilities.
Mike Norman RealtyNC
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POOL HOME: VACATION rental. Eight minutes
from the beaches in northwest Bradenton. Gor-
geous 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, sleeps six,
inclusive. Contact 941-794-1515. View at www.
OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL space:
625 sf, $500/month. 8799 Cortez Road. Call
FOR RENT: 7504 Palm Drive. 3BR with washer
and dryer and fireplace. Near beach. $1,100/
IT'SYOUR TURN to enjoy true Florida living:Wake
up to your spectacular water view from huge living
and dining area. Plateglass windows, doors and
30x12-foot screened deck fronting bay beach and
park with Gulf beach an easy walk. 3BR, washer
and dryer, annual in north Anna Maria. A must
see even for snowbirds! Call 941-748-5334 for
CHARMING MONTHLY/SEASONAL condo.
Cross street to Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA,
washer, dryer. Two decks, heated pool. $2,400/
month. 813-634-3790. Available March, April, May
WINTER SPECIAL! Anna Maria, just steps to
beach, large 1BR/2BA, courtyard. Reduced.
$1,895/month plus tax. www.gulfdriveapartments.
com. 727-369-6992, leave message.
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH duplex. 2BR/2BA with
garage. Clean, quiet area, No smoking or pets.
SEASONAL: GROUND-LEVEL 2BR/1BA, Anna
Maria, pet friendly, near beach, trolley, weekly,
monthly rates. 941-567-4789.
CORTEZ: 1 BR ANNUAL. Furnished, $685/month
(consider seasonal). Washer and dryer, near
ONE BEDROOMS AND efficiency, unfurnished,
$550-$650/monthly. Furnished, $1,000-$1,200.
Just off Island, just off Cortez. Pat McClary, Flor-
ida Real Estate Team, 941-920-6637.
MARTINIQUE NORTH: BEAUTIFUL Gulffront
3BR/2BA condo. Seasonal rental, large heated
pool. Spectacular sunsets. Call 352-514-7046.
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
S Yes o REALTOR.
34 Years ofProfessional Service
HERON'S WATCH 10 minutes to beaches,
3BR/2BA, Lush landscaping, Upgrades. Cherry Cabinetry. $299,000
RIVER OAKS Waterfront, 2BR/2BA, clubhouse,
pool tennis. $139,000
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
GULFFRONT 1 & 2 BR, Available now. Weekly, monthly.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Annual or seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock,
HOLMES BEACH 941-778-0807
RUNAWAY BAY OWNERS attention: Couple with
quiet and 100 percent-trained toy poodle seek
Runaway Bay condo for the month of March.
BRAND NEW: 2BR/1 BA canalfront home across
from bay beach. Washer and dryer. $975/month.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: 3BR/2BA, close
to beach, spacious, 1,100 sf. Available Jan.15.
$950/month plus electric. 585-473-9361 or
HOLMES BEACH SEASONAL, 2BR/1BA, steps
to beach, lanai, turnkey furnished. $495/per week.
585-473-9361 or 941-778-5412.
2BR LUXURY CONDO: Steps to beach, heated
pool, sauna, tennis. $750/week. 863-688-3524
or cell, 863-608-1833. E-mail: chickenplucker@
ANNUAL RENTALS: BEAUTIFUL 2BR/1BA,
close to beach, $700/month. Tiled 3BR/2BA
with washer-dryer hookups, $875/month. Tiled
2BR/2BA, $725/month. Rustic 3BR/2BA, Gulfside
in Anna Maria, $900/month, no pets. Dolores M.
Baker Realty, 941-778-7500.
CUTE 1 BR/1 BA LONGBOAT Key annual. Washer
and dryer included. $800/month. First, last, secu-
rity. 651 Linley. 941-448-6079, to see.
FEBRUARY/MARCH AVAILABLE due to cancel-
lation. 3BR/3BA townhouse. Two pools, tennis and
two-car garage. Across street from Gulf with Gulf
views. $3,500/month. 941-779-2008.
ROOM TO RENT: Private bath, kitchen and
house privileges. North end Longboat Key.
LUXURY GULFFRONT VILLAS: Available now.
Week or month. T.Dolly Young Real Estate,
COMMERCIAL OFFICES: FROM $250/month,
includes utilities. Different sizes to fit your budget,
from small office to 1,600 sf. 941-746-8666.
2010 MARTINIQUE CONDO: 2BR/2BA on beach,
ocean view, lanai, pool, tennis, garage, furnished.
MARTINIQUE NORTH:TOP floor 2BR/2BA reno-
vated condo. Available Feb.1-March 14. Fabulous
Gulf and bay views. 941-761-4153.
S Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
5400 Gulf Drive #17, Holmes Beah
Furnished 2BR/1.5BA condo with
partial Gulf views, new tile, carpet and
updated kitchen and baths. 55+ com-
munity. $384,000. M.#A383220.
i q~GuCffay a(Cty ofAnna Maria Inc.
Jesse Brisson BroeFrAssociate, qGJ
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
Make an offer! Gulfview 2bed/2bath condo in 55+
community with pool. Totally redone exterior! Views
of the Gulf in a great location close to everything the
Island has to offer. Turnkey Furnished. Come see for
Call Jesse Brisson, 941-713-4755.
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ANNUAL: HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1BA, steps
to Gulf with view. Just remodeled, tile through-
out, extra-large storage room, washer and dryer
hookup, undercover parking. $1,075/month.
BEACHFRONT FURNISHED CONDO for rent.
Two or more months or annual. 55-plus, no pets.
ANNUAL: BAY VIEW unfurnished 2BR/1BA,
newly renovated, pool, huge screened porch, new
high-efficiency central air conditioning. $1,125/
month plus deposit. 201 S. Bay Blvd. Rondi,
941-778-1470, or Reggie, 786-375-9633.
1BR IN HOLMES Beach. $675/month plus
security deposit. 941-778-6541, weekdays and
941-504-3844, evenings and weekends.
ANNA MARIA ANNUAL: 2BR/1BA duplex unit.
Very nice condition with terrazzo floors and ceiling
fans throughout. Lanai, patio, garage, washer and
dryer. Large lot with mature fruit trees. Available
April 1. $925/month plus utilities. 941-778-8456.
SUMMER SANDOS CONDO: Gulf to bay com-
plex with private beach and heated pool. Under-
building parking with security elevator entrance.
Large 2BR/2BA with 30-foot lanai overlooking
the Gulf (across Gulf Drive). Beautifully furnished
plus washer and dryer. Available March, $3,000.
30-day minimum. Visit aposporos.com for photos.
Aposporos and Son, 941-387-3474.
WESTBAY COVE CONDO: Second floor with
views of bay and lush tropical landscaping.
2BR/2BA with large lanai. Nicely furnished plus
washer and dryer. Two heated pools and tennis
courts. Available Jan. 1-Feb. 28. $2,900/month.
30-day minimum. Visit aposporos.com for photos.
Aposporos and Son, 941-387-3474.
2BR/1.5BA: ONE BLOCK to Gulf. February,
March, April, $2,500/month. 941-224-4417.
DIRECT INTRACOASTAL 1BR/1BA, boat slip,
great fishing. Tile, central heat/air conditioning.
UPDATED 3BR/2BA: Walking distance to down-
town Holmes Beach and beach. New paint, diago-
nal 18-inch tile, carpet. Very neat, clean. Located
on dead-end street with private yard, large
brick paver rear patio. $1,150/month. Annual.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA 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! $398,000.
"DISTRESS" SALE: BANK foreclosures. Free list
of foreclosed Island and mainland properties.
Free list of homes with pictures. www.manatee-
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HOLMES BEACH: KEY Royale. An absolutely
spectacular canal home, 4BR/2BA, two-car
garage, split-plan, custom remodeled through-
out. Deep sailboat water with new dock and lift,
direct access to Tampa Bay and Gulf. Must see!
Owner can hold second. Owner, 941-809-1522.
See online at: www.617Foxworth.com.
REVERSE HOME MORTGAGES: Call us for fax
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$49,000 OR BEST offer. Small 1 BR mobile home, addi-
tion and driveway. Price includes land. Located at 63
Third Street in Paradise Bay. Low monthly mainte-
nance fee. Call 941-447-9852 for information.
MOBILE HOME: 1BR/1BA. One mile from Anna
Maria Island. You own the land. Not a co-op. No
monthly fees. Steps to water. Great condition.
Free boat ramp access. $79,000. 513-470-3851.
PINE BAY FOREST condo: 3BR/2BA near
Palma Sola Bay. Close to everything. $238,500.
BEACH CONDO HOME: wrap-around beach and
Gulf views. 55-plus. 717-392-4048.
CANAL HOUSE: 717-392-4048.
NEW LISTING: ISLAND lot for sale. Ready-to-
build corner lot. (52x110) in the city of Anna
Maria. Located within walking distance to restau-
rants, shopping, the community center and the
Island's free shuttle. $285,000. 218 Palm Ave.
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FOR SALE: OWNER. Cortez, lowest price in
Smuggler's Landing. 2BR/2BA end unit, low fees,
view deep-water canal, pool. New carpet, flooring.
Boat lift or 40-foot dock. $329,000. 941-794-2573
DUPLEX ON TWO lots for sale. Both units
2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under building. Two
deeded lots, one duplex. $710,000. Call Ilona
Kenrick, 941-713-3214, or Sherry Sasser at Sato
Real Estate, 941-778-7200.
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Mixon's in the Grove
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