Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Place of Publication: Anna Maria Island, FL
Publication Date: January 21, 2009
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VOLUME 17, NO. 12

Florida Arbor Day
observed. Page 13

the news ...

Bridge workers plan
15-minute (cl in-i.
Page 2

Island gateway

By Rick Catlin
Lh1ind r, Reporter
Anna Maria Island Bridge contractor
Quinn Construction Inc. of Palmetto has
been on the site for nearly 10 months, and
the collection of trash and waste materials
at the east end of the bridge has steadily
Florida Department of Transportation
spokesperson Audrey Clarke said the con-
tractor has a master cleanup plan to imple-
ment when the project is completed, but no
cleanup is scheduled before then. The proj-
ect is slated to finish by summer.
Clarke said she would speak to com-
pany officials to determine if some imme-
diate cleanup would be undertaken. She
said a boat stored on the north side of the
east entrance is used by the contractor to
inspect the bridge and make repairs to the
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohhen-
berger said that he's not driven over the east
end of the bridge during daylight for some
time, but would make it a point to look at
the current collection of trash. City Com-
missioner Sandy Haas-Martens also pledged
to inspect the area, which is in Manatee
County, but, as right of way, is controlled
by the DOT.
Last November, Bohnenberger warned
that even though the area is not part of
Holmes Beach, it is the gateway to the city
and was unsightly, particularly to visitors
coming to Anna Maria Island.

By Lisa Neff
Lhaind r Reporter
Manatee County and Holmes Beach are
revisiting questions about the annexation and

A forum :'illt Father
Ron Joseph takes
place at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 21,
at Holmes Beach
City Hall. Page 14.

St, tilif : Island
police reports.
Page 18

Corona seeks trial,
bond reduction.
Page 19

Island Biz

Trade and commerce
report. Page 20

Stuff to do. Page 21
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Clt iiiling the bay.
Page 22

Large amounts of trash, discarded
lumber and rubble from the Anna
Maria Island Bridge ir hiabililtlion,
have begun to collect at the east
end of the bridge on both sides of
Manatee Avenue. Above, at low tide
a cable spool and yellow hazmat
boom are discarded on the shore,
and, right, debris is piled up near
the trailers and the right of way used
by contractor Quinn Cn,,iltrut itii.
Ll,,lnd r Photos: Bonner Joy

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policing of the Kingfish Boat Ramp.
The status of the Kingfish ramp came up
in two public meetings last week a Holmes
Beach City Commission meeting Jan. 13 and
a Palma Sola Scenic Highway Corridor Man-
agement Entity meeting Jan. 14.
And officials are expected to take up King-
fish issues again during a Council of Govern-
ments meeting at the Palmetto Public Library
at 4 p.m. Jan. 21.
"Let's just see what happens," said Holmes
Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger.
In 2006, a survey of Kingfish determined
that the boat ramp was in unincorporated Man-
atee County to the surprise of Holmes Beach
officials who had long thought the county-
operated ramp was within city limits.
In November 2006, Bohnenberger asked
County Commissioner Joe McClash to back
a voluntary annexation of the property.
The county rejected the idea of annexation
in a letter to Holmes Beach officials.
Now, however, there are indications the
county wants to reconsider.
Holmes Beach city attorney Patricia
Petruff said the Manatee County attorney's
office contacted her about Kingfish, raising the
question of the Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment again providing law enforcement protec-
tion in the area and indicating that the county
might explore annexation.
"I said that's very interesting," Petruff
Holmes Beach City Commissioner David
Zaccagnino said with a new county commis-
sion, which includes Island residents John
Chappie and Carol Whitmore, perhaps the

Masters of ceremony
Tyler Yavalar and Emma -Ib ,nu ., keep the talent r ,lliing 'itlh their own knack for host-
ing a variety show that features their peers. The duo paired up as masters of ceremony for
an Anna Maria Elementary School student talent show in the auditorium. For more on the
performance, see page 26. landti r Photo: Courtesy Caroline Pardue

City, county revisit

annexation of Kingfish

New public beach
trolley stop a mis-
take. Page 3

S.t 1iiL 1llt vs pursues
expanded CRA.
Page 4

I'm not from around
here. Miki Maloney
Sr.'s column. Page 7

Bradenton Beach
introduces concep-
tual ni2 ring field.
Page 12

JAN. 21, 2009 1 M~

2 E JAN. 21. 2009 K THE ISLANDER

Anna Maria seeks jurisdiction clarification

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford and city attor-
ney Jim Dye plan to attend the Manatee Council of
Governments meeting Jan. 21 to discuss whichjuris-
diction has law enforcement responsibility along the
city's waterfront.
The council has on its agenda discussion of
police powers for Groover's Market in Palmetto
and at the Kingfish Boat Ramp in Holmes Beach,
and Anna Maria will present its law enforcement
jurisdiction issues to the council members.

Kingfish annexation discussed
county board would vote differently.
Bohnenberger said that if the city annexes the
property, the county still would manage the boat
Also, the county continues to pursue plans for
Kingfish improvements, including new landscaping,
a sidewalk, a redesign of the parking lot and a rebuild
of the seawall.
The improvements likely will take place in stages
and could begin this year.
Bill O'Shea, of the county's natural resources
department, said the county is reviewing the status
of all its boat ramps and Kingfish is a priority.
"On the top of the list will be Kingfish," he said,
adding that he is preparing a report to the county
commission for February.
One aspect of the improvements still to be worked
out is parking control on the south side of State Road
64/Manatee Avenue, where boaters often park when
the parking lot is full.
O'Shea said signs may go up, along with some
landscaping, to prohibit parking.

Dye said the Anna Maria issue relates to regula-
tory control of the near-shore waters around the city,
including the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay and Bimini
Barford said the question of who has law enforce-
ment jurisdiction in near-shore waters has been
around for some time, but only came to light again
recently in the city's code enforcement case against
Jack and Evelyn Fiske of South Bay Boulevard. (See
separate story, page 8.)
The Fiskes have 12 boat docks at their residential
property and the city has allowed them to continue to
operate as a marina, but Manatee County is supposed
to be responsible for issuing dock permits, the mayor
said. During investigation of the code case, the city
determined that the county had never issued any dock

"It's similar to Kingfish Boat Ramp," Barford
Holmes Beach police used to patrol the boat ramp
and surrounding area until about two years ago when
Holmes Beach learned that, because Kingfish is oper-
ated by Manatee County and in the county limits, the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office has law enforce-
ment jurisdiction there.
Barford said she and Dye were going to the coun-
cil just to present their issue. While no action will be
taken at the meeting, she said the city is expressing
its concerns to "get the issue on the table" and get a
commitment from county officials to investigate the
The council will meet at 4 p.m. Jan. 21 at the
Palmetto branch of the Manatee Public Library at
923 Sixth St. W., Palmetto.

15-minute bridge closings

to inconvenience motorists

The Florida Department of Transportation
and contractor Quinn Construction Inc. will
close the Anna Maria Island Bridge to vehicular
traffic for approximately 15 minutes beginning
at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23, and again at 11 a.m.
the same day.
Additionally, the DOT will close the bridge
to motorists to accommodate construction
plans at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26 for
planned 15-minute periods.

DOT spokesperson Audrey Clarke said the
closures are to allow the contractor to install the
mechanical drive system. During the closures,
the drawbridge will be raised to allow workers
to complete the installation.
Clarke advised pedestrians and cyclists that
the south sidewalk of the bridge is closed, but
the north sidewalk remains accessible.
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THE ISLANDER U JAN. 21, 2009 E 3

New public beach trolley stop a mistake

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
A new Manatee County Area Transit trolley stop
at Manatee Public Beach on the west side of the park-
ing lot lasted about one week before county officials
deemed its location unsafe and ordered it removed
and a trolley stop built on the east side where it
previously existed.
Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whit-
more said county officials "realized we'd made a
mistake"and that the west side location was unsafe.
Although the new trolley shelter on the west side
was not finalized, numerous bollards were installed
and the shelter was well under way, and trolleys
had been discharging and picking up passengers in
the location.
The west side trolley stop was closed down and
county property manager Jim Staples assigned a work
crew to immediately begin construction of a trolley
stop on the east side of the drive-through by the lift
station, Whitmore said.
Funding for the move came from money in the
MCAT budget that had been designated for Holmes
Beach, said Whitmore, a former Holmes Beach
The west side location was approved by the plan-
ning department and MCAT, but immediately after
it became operational, complaints were received by
passengers that it was unsafe to get on or off the
trolley and cross the drive-through to the parking lot,
Whitmore said.

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Manatee County workers were busy last week at Manatee Public Beach removing this ", ,1 trolley stop
on the west side of the parking lot that was to replace one on the east side. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

An MCAT bus driver, who asked not to be identi-
fied, agreed with the change.
"It was unsafe for passengers. A lot of people
almost got hit crossing the driveway. I'm glad they

changed to the other side. I almost hit some people
crossing the road," the driver said.
The east side trolley stop became operational
Friday, Jan. 16.

Trolley advertising less than a success

By Paul Roat
The advertising campaign for the Manatee Trol-
ley has proven to be less than a stellar success.
Manatee County Area Transit division manager
Ralf Heseler said that only one advertiser the
Beach Bistro restaurant in Holmes Beach took out
a $384 12-week ad on the trolley's interior, scrolling,
electronic message board.
The sum of advertising is a far cry from the
$50,000 officials hoped to reap annually.
Heseler addressed the Island Transportation Plan-
ning Organization Jan. 12. The group is comprised of
mayors representing Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach
and Holmes Beach.
The Manatee Trolley on Anna Maria Island offers
free fares to riders. From Oct. 1, 2007 through Sept.
31, 2008, there were 474,782 riders on the bus, which
travels from Coquina Beach to the Anna Maria City
Pier 365 days a year from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Cost of the trolley operation is about $1 million
a year. Federal and state grants pay a portion of the

tab for its operation, as well as Manatee County.
Last year, Heseler said, the operation faced a
$50,000 shortfall. The three Island cities then ponied
up $8,000 each to keep the trolley free for riders, with
the Manatee County Tourist Development Council
picking up the rest of the needed funding.
The agreement with the cities included reim-
bursement if the advertising program proved suc-
cessful, which it has not to date.
Heseler said the grant funding will be greatly
diminished in two years, leaving an estimated
$235,000 shortfall. Just what will happen at that point
is uncertain, he said.
One idea is to merge the transit systems in Man-
atee and Sarasota counties. That concept, among
others, is expected to be discussed at a special work-
shop with Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning
Organization members at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26,
at Sudakoff Center, 5700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota,
at the New College-USF campus.
Another item that will come up at the MPO meet-

County workers quickly assembled a "newer" trolley pull-in and shelter on the east side of the drive-
through at Manatee Public Beach to replace the ". ,i "' trolley stop on the west side of the parking lot that
was to replace one on the east side. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

ing is the creation of a design review committee to
address the look of any bridge to replace the Anna
Maria Island Bridge between Holmes Beach and
Perico Island.
Florida Department of Transportation officials
are completing a $10 million renovation of the
span, which they estimate will extend the life of the
51-year-old bridge another 10 years.
A majority of Island residents have indicated a
willingness for a new bridge. Its exact height and
configuration are yet to be determined, as well as
cost, funding and construction dates.
Former Manatee County Commissioner Jane von
Hahmann suggested last year that a bridge study team
be formed. The concept was embraced by DOT Dis-
trict 1 Secretary Stan Cann, but needs MPO approval,
said former Bradenton Beach mayor and Save Anna
Maria historian Katie Pierola.

Anna Maria City
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,
941-708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
Jan. 22, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Jan. 30, 1 p.m., scenic highway charette.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
Jan. 27, city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, .. I.. Ih,, 1 1 l,, Ifl .-rg.

Of Interest
Jan. 21, 4 p.m., Council of Governments
meeting, Palmetto Library, 923 Sixth St. W., Pal-
Jan. 26, 8:30 a.m., Metropolitan-Planning
Organization, Sudakoff Center, 5700 N. Tamiami
Trail, Sarasota.
Send public meeting notices to lisaneff@

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4 0 JAN. 21, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER

ScenicWAVES pursues expanded CRA

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
An advisory committee Jan. 12 reaffirmed its
vote to recommend that the Bradenton Beach City
Commission appoint a businessperson and resident
to an expanded seven-person community redevelop-
ment agency board.
The Bradenton Beach CRA currently stands at
five members, who are the elected city commission-
But at the request of ScenicWaves members
and local businesspeople, the commission has been
looking at expanding the board, which oversees how
money is spent in the CRA District.
The city established the CRA to revitalize the
blighted district with Community Redevelopment
Block Grant money, other grant sources and incre-
mental tax assistance. The district is mapped as the
area between Sarasota Bay, Cortez Road, the Gulf of
Mexico and Fifth Street South.
When the CRA was established in 1992, the
downtown district, which the CRA plan called His-
toric Old Town, was considered blighted. The 1957
Anna Maria Island and Cortez bridges that had fueled
development in Holmes Beach had resulted in a
decline in Bradenton Beach, according to the CRA
master plan. The 1957 bridge in Bradenton Beach
replaced the crossing at Bridge Street, which became
the city pier.
"The city pier became the last inheritance of the
original bridge still jutting out 660 feet into the
bay, but looking tired and shopworn from years of
benign neglect," the plan stated.
"For 35 years, from 1957 to 1992, Bradenton
Beach has limped along the edge of a prosperous
Island economy."
The city had been a bustling community some-
what dependent on vice for commercial enterprise in
its earliest years. With the end of Prohibition, "Bridge
Street developed into stores and services on both sides
of the street as every automobile entering the Island
drove through the midst of the town.... From 1922
until 1957, Cortez Beach was the economic center of
the Island."
The creation of the CRA, with an infusion of cash
from grants and dedicated property tax dollars, was
intended to rejuvenate old town's slump.
The goals set forth in the CRA plan called for cre-
ating a traffic pattern to bring people to Bridge Street,
attracting new investment in commerce, partnering

with organizations and businesses to promote histori-
cal, social and recreational programs, improve and
increase public parking and secure historic district
status for the community.
Last year, the city commission voted to make the
ScenicWaves group an advisory committee on CRA
ScenicWaves' first recommendation was to
expand the CRA board. At a city commission meeting
Sept. 18, 2008, commissioners endorsed that recom-
mendation and requested that attorney Ralf Brookes
draft a resolution.
Commissioner Janie Robertson said last week
that the commission was still waiting for a draft reso-
ScenicWaves' second recommendation was that
the two new CRA members be Ed Chiles, owner of
the BeachHouse Restaurant, and Connie Drescher, a
resident within the CRA district and former mayor.
Both Chiles and Drescher said they would accept the
Chiles said the idea behind expanding the CRA
to include a district businessperson and a district resi-
dent is "as old as the Boston Tea Party."
The CRA, he said, "is a fabulous program."

Sissy Quinn of
the Anna Maria
/ Island Historical
S Society, center,
presents a plaque
to Bradenton
S . Beach City Com-
missioners Janie
S Robertson and
S Bob Bartelt. The
plaque recognizes
S the historic status
of the city-owned
Monroe Cottage,
k i built in 1940.
SIslander Photo:
Lisa Neff

In other business last week, ScenicWAVES:
Discussed improving the gateway to the city
at Gulf Drive and Cortez Road. The committee
planned to devote time at its several future meetings
to improving the gateway, as well as promoting other
public art projects.
Discussed updating and refining the city's Web
Began to review with a consultant, James Taylor
of the IBI Group, material for an update of the Bra-
denton Beach Scenic Highway Corridor Management
The city hired the IBI Group, using a National
Scenic Byways grant, to help with the update, which
is required for officially designated corridor manage-
ment entities.
In recent weeks, Taylor has conducted a number
of surveys in the city, especially along Gulf Drive. In
the coming weeks, he plans to continue his review,
including taking a bicycle ride to look for breaks or
problems in the bike path.
On Jan. 30, Taylor will join city officials and citi-
zens in a four-hour charrette on the scenic highway.
The program is tentatively scheduled to begin at 1
p.m. at city hall.

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THE ISLANDER U JAN. 21, 2009 E 5

Anna Maria ROR amendment: not a zoning change

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria city planner Alan Garrett empha-
sized this week that proposed amendments to the
city's retail-office-residential district that have stirred
up controversy in the city are not zoning changes.
While the proposed amendment and accompanying
regulation changes have created a bit of an outcry from
some residents, Garrett said the city is required by the
Florida Department of Community Affairs to pass an
amendment to the ROR land-development regulations
to bring it into compliance with the comprehensive plan,
which was revised and adopted in 2008.
Zoning ordinances to match the comp plan will
eventually be adopted by the city commission, just
not yet.
Some of the newly proposed ordinance changes
evolved from the August 2008 city commission-
planning and zoning board joint work session, while
others are already part of the comp plan.
One area of the comprehensive plan provides that
the ROR will be a mixed-use district of single-family

residences and ROR structures.
Garrett said the city must hold two public hear-
ings on the proposed amendment because it involves
ROR land uses. The next public hearing on the
amendment will be Feb. 12.
The first public hearing was held Jan. 8, and some
of the people making comments were against a guest
house at the northwest corer of the Pine Avenue-Bay
Boulevard intersection. The guest house was brought
up at the hearing by Mike Coleman of Pine Avenue
Restoration LLC. PAR presently has an option to
purchase the land.
Garrett noted that PAR has made no application
to the city for a guest house at that location.
Coleman said his brief presentation Jan. 8 was made
to get an informal opinion from the commission, but
City Commission Chairman John Quam said it was
inappropriate for the commission to comment on a
project before receiving any formal application.
And one is not likely to be forthcoming in the
near future, if ever, indicated Coleman.
"I'd like to put this entire issue behind us,"

he said.
Coleman explained that he only presented the
idea to the commission at the request of someone
outside the company to "get the subject out there for
discussion" to see if there was any support.
"It was not my idea in the first place. We have
no intention of fighting city hall or going forward
without support," said Coleman, who lives in Anna
"If a guest house is not an appropriate use for
the ROR, we'll look at other possibilities. We are not
looking to fight with our neighbors," he said.
PAR only controls the land and is not the owner,
said Coleman.
As the property is in the ROR district, the owners
may eventually consider such permitted uses as a retail
complex, ROR structures, a restaurant, or six single-
family residences, each two stories over parking.
The owners could also ask the city to consider
purchasing the property for use as a parking area for
the city pier or to enhance the recreation area, Cole-
man indicated.

... and ROR not on commission agenda this week

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria city planner Alan Garrett empha-
sized this week that proposed amendments to the
city's retail-office-residential district that have
stirred up controversy in the city are not zoning
While the proposed amendment and accompa-
nying regulation changes have created a bit of an
outcry from some residents, Garrett said the city is
required by the Florida Department of Community
Affairs to pass an amendment to the ROR land-

development regulations to bring it into compliance
with the comprehensive plan, which was revised and
adopted in 2008.
Zoning ordinances to match the comp plan will even-
tually be adopted by the city commission, just not yet.
Some of the newly proposed ordinance changes
evolved from the August 2008 city commission-
planning and zoning board joint work session, while
others are already part of the comp plan.
One area of the comprehensive plan provides that
the ROR will be a mixed-use district of single-family
residences and ROR structures.

Garrett said the city must hold two public
hearings on the proposed amendment because it
involves ROR land uses. The next public hearing
on the amendment will be Feb. 12.
The first public hearing was held Jan. 8,
and some of the people making comments were
against a guest house at the northwest comer of
the Pine Avenue-Bay Boulevard intersection.
The guest house was brought up at the hearing
by Mike Coleman of Pine Avenue Restoration
LLC. PAR presently has an option to purchase
the land.

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Take out the trash
The Coasters sang it in the 1960s,
'Take out the papers and the trash,
Or you don't get no spending' cash ...
Yakety yak, don't talk back."
If your travels take you across the Anna Maria
Island Bridge on Manatee Avenue to and from Braden-
ton, you too will be singing that old tune to the construc-
tion company that evidently thinks it's OK to put the
trash out where all can see.
Some trash is winding up in the surrounding waters,
as evidenced by a visit to the area last week at low tide
- a large cable reel was visible about 75 feet from the
high-water line and a hazmat boom there was either
discarded or disregarded.
We saw pieces of lumber, food and drink trash,
concrete rubble, tires, 55-gallon drums, a boat that's
not on a trailer (licensed?) and much, much more. And
it's not just trash, it's construction debris.
And, sadly, it's the last thing a motorist sees before
crossing the bridge to arrive to Anna Maria Island.
Just alongside the construction area, the Neal Preserve
is undergoing restoration to a natural area of native plants
and trees and shell middens and burial grounds.
What a shame that the contractor can't be a better
steward of this area, some of which was a mangrove
mitigation project.
Hey, somebody, take out the trash!

Who goes there?
The city of Anna Maria has another little squabble
brewing over who can reside where, how long and
whether owners must occupy residential units along
Pine Avenue in the residential-office-retail district.
It seems now some citizens of Anna Maria want to
require certain residences to be owner-occupied.
They've apparently decided that renters are too
rowdy and, further, that only the owner of the business
on the ground level of mixed-use structures should be
allowed to occupy the residence above them.
The problem here, we think, is that this is a typical
case of don't do as I do, and heaven forbid you should
do it in my backyard.
The new ROR building already in place and nearly
ready for occupancy and conforming to the city's
regulations has separately deeded business and resi-
dential units. Others proposed on Pine Avenue will be
the same.
We're hard pressed to imagine why the ROR owners
shouldn't be allowed to rent their property as they see
fit as about one-third of city properties are rentals,
including about 400 bed-tax paying, quiet, mindful folks
who are doing so presently.
Should Pine Avenue be any different?

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As a property owner/partner, I would want a
neighbor to contact our rental agency promptly if
one of our renters was abusing the use of our home.
One of the many qualities of Anna Maria Island
is the fact that it is a quiet place to escape to. That
is one of the reasons I love to come to the Island. I
love the fact that at night you can almost hear a pin
If one of our guests was being disruptive, I would
hope someone would make a call and that brings
to mind that we all do not have signs saying who
represents our properties, so this might mean a call
would have to be made to the police. I say, do what
needs to be done to promise everyone's serenity.
Jennifer Sunderhaus, Cincinnati and Holmes

Feeling manipulated
We have owned our respective properties on
Spring Avenue in Anna Maria for 20 years. In May,
we were notified by certified letter about a city meet-
ing regarding future construction on lots on Pine
Avenue that back up to ours.
The developer, Micheal Coleman, proposed two
buildings, each having retail stores downstairs and a
residence upstairs. Current law requires the residence
be occupied by the building owner or one of the retail
Now we learn Coleman is selling each retail
space and residence separately. The living quarters
will be furnished for vacation rentals, and local Real-
tors are encouraged to promote the sale of them as
investment property.
Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar Restaurant,
which hosts more than 200 weddings a year, is an
investor in this project. He is in the position to let
wedding parties know about these rental properties
- creating the potential of rentals to people who
come to party and celebrate, often with complete

disregard for the neighbors. These units are being
marketed this way, even though it violates current
Our comprehensive plan strikes the language
that residential units attached to businesses in the
ROR district must be owner occupied. We under-
stood that this language was going to be shifted to
the land-development regulations and would not be
Coleman knew what the law was when he sub-
mitted his proposal. He constructed his new build-
ings, and now he wants it changed to be more favor-
able to investors at the expense of the charm and
tranquility of our city.
We feel deceived and manipulated. We are angry
that a project labeled "Pine Avenue Restoration" is
not restoration at all, but a total commercialization
of a previously quaint street.
Neal and Sally Eaton and Edward and Nancy
McLain Pedota, Anna Maria

Fir Avenue RV fiasco
Regarding the 20 guests at the Fir Avenue rental
with motorcycles, RV, and excess noise: It seems as
though the issue could have been dealt with promptly
and directly, rather than after the fact and reactionary.
A simple call to Sato Real Estate would have fixed
the problem. A year ago a similar problem occurred
next door to me when tenants staged a big party and
it was addressed promptly by Barbara Sato.
Ignoring a situation never fixes it and legislating
one-month rentals would penalize owners and tenants
alike. Ninety-nine percent of the rentals in our neigh-
borhood are seamless and go very well, including
those at my property.
Deal directly with individuals. Don't use a heavy
hand to punish everyone. The current structures in
place are adequate, if people will deal directly with
issues and not whine or complain after the fact.
Rick Call, Anna Maria

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RI'm not

. a By Miki Maloney Sr.

Did ya hear the one

about Anna Maria?
I recently returned from a visit to my in-laws
in New Jersey. In addition to some rather crisp
air and a rush of football fever thanks to the ever-
important Giants vs. Eagles matchup (and wife
Bridget upset by the final outcome), I was fittingly
re-introduced to the unique driving style of the
people of New Jersey. And I only observed a few
gestures reminding me I was "number one." I even
saw a few snowflakes, which was much more
enjoyable as a novelty than a regular experience.
It also turned out that I chose a convenient
week to step away from Anna Maria Island due to
some of the stir caused by my previous column.
Now, I must remind everyone that I chose to
live here for the same reasons as everyone else
did to live in paradise. I wanted to raise my
family here fully aware that it's a place where
other people chose to vacation.
I would also like to remind people that every-
thing that I've chosen to write about in this news-
paper is for the intention of good old-fashioned
fun. The purpose is definitely not to offend. My
grandfather, Don Maloney, did tell me before he
passed that no matter what he had written about,
somebody would get upset.
Recently, I became engaged by several people
in a parking lot in an impromptu debate over the

topic of driving on Anna Maria Island.
Which leads me to my next thought. If we
are all residing in or visiting this fine island, and
we all agree that this is in fact paradise, then why
do some people here become so easily upset? Are
we not supposed to be laid back beach bums? I
have noticed a small ration of the opposite in some
people. There are those who become quite upset
by the most minor things, such as a newspaper
This thought leads me to the next one. My
impression of laid-back beach living would be
reflected in a lack of care or concern for what
other people are doing. Again, I have experienced
the opposite. Sometimes, I feel as if I am living
on a school campus due to the amount of gossip
and rumor that occurs in certain pockets of the
For example, my profession, real estate is a
competitive field of work. On more than one occa-
sion, I've heard my name portrayed in a negative
light the result of gossip and unsubstantiated
rumors. I've seen the same occur with others. Of
course, much of this is due to human nature.
Because we live in paradise, I think we should
be even more tolerant than the typical citizen due
to our excessive exposure to the sun, surf and all
other amenities tied to our lives in paradise.
Last week, the topic was resolutions for the
new year. And I have now decided to make a new
plea for an Islandwide resolution. Let us all increase
our efforts to relax and live our lives stress-free.
Remember, with all of the visitors we accom-
modate on our tiny oasis, we do not want to ruin
the image that they have of us as Island natives.
It's high time we Islanders all set our clocks
and watches and computers and cell phones to
"Island time."
And finally, for those who I singled-out in my
last column, no hard feelings. Don't forget, I'm not
from around here I'm a (former) New Yorker.

In the Jan. 20, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Phil and Bean Seay and John Home of Anna Maria
Oyster Bar Inc., operators of the Anna Maria city pier
restaurant, submitted a proposal to the city to renew the
restaurant lease calling for a $48,000 annual fee. The
company also proposed three five-year renewals with
the same terms and conditions. The city commission
countered with an annual lease of $72,000 for five years
and $93,000 upon renewal.
Six Holmes Beach residents qualified to run for
a seat on the city commission in the Mar. 9 election,
including incumbents Luke Courtney, Pat Geyer and
Don Maloney, former Mayor Rich Bohnenberger, and
challengers Sheila Hurst and Walter Stewart.
Holmes Beach resident Dale Marler, a former
1970s aide to then-U.S. Sen. Lawton Chiles, agreed
to plead guilty to possession of marijuana and cocaine
with intent to distribute. Marler was arrested in August
following a four-month investigation. Prosecutors
claim he distributed up to 200 pounds of marijuana
and 5,000 grams of cocaine in the past two years.

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Flood insurance

info now online
By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Although Anna Maria's open house for resi-
dents with building official Bob Welch Jan. 15 to
learn more about the Federal Emergency Man-
agement Agency Community Rating System for
flood insurance drew a sparse crowd, there's good
news for residents interested in what's happening
to their flood insurance premiums.
FEMA, which directs the National Flood
Insurance Program/Community Rating System,
now has the quarterly NFIP/CRS update available
and people can subscribe by e-mail.
To become a subscriber to the publication,
e-mail NFIPCRS@iso.com. Persons without
e-mail access can call 317-848-2898.
In addition, Welch has copies of the update
available in his office at city hall.
Welch said the public open house was part of
the outreach program of the NFIP
"We're trying to give the stakeholders infor-
mation on the National Flood Insurance Program
as far as rules and regulations for insurance rates,"
he said.
"If the stakeholders are more informed, they
will know when there are changes to the regula-
tions upcoming," Welch said. "People will know
when we have to make changes."
Welch said the latest NFIP/CRS update has
information about a 4-foot height limit on below-
grade crawl spaces that might be important to
Currently, Anna Maria residents enjoy a 25
percent discount on their flood insurance premi-
ums, courtesy of the city's CRS rating of Level

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria's code enforcement board agreed at its
Jan. 12 meeting to approve a settlement between Jack and
Evelyn Fiske and the city that finally brought to a close the
nine-month code violation case against the Fiskes.
The Fiskes were given 180 days to comply with
the agreement.
The board's action made official what the city
and the Fiskes agreed to in a Dec. 11 settlement.
While the agreement of Jan. 12 has some minor
changes from the Dec. 11 form, the essential elements
remain as established.
The agreement limits the number of onshore stor-
age boats and trailers to five, and no more than five
vehicles, other than those belonging to the Fiskes, are
allowed on the property at any one time.
The two businesses that currently operate at the
Fiskes residential zoned property a charter boat
and a kayak rental will transport people from an

The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce Wedding Merchants will present a
second annual wedding festival 11 a.m. to 6
p.m. Jan. 25.
More than 40 vendors are expected to par-
ticipate in the event, which will include 12 sta-
tions on the Island.
Festivalgoers will check in and register at
the chamber office, 5313 Gulf Drive Holmes
From the chamber, festivalgoers may drive,


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off-site destination to the Fiskes.
No new commercial enterprises are allowed
under the agreement.
The Fiskes retain their 12 wet slips and may rent
dock space to personal watercraft, but major mainte-
nance of a boat, such as Fiberglas repairs or repaint-
ing, is not permitted.
"As long as the property stays within the bound-
ary of the agreement, it will be deemed to be in com-
pliance by the city," city attorney Jim Dye said.
The city's code violation case against the Fiskes
began in April 2008.
Adjacent neighbors had complained to the city
that the marina uses at the Fiskes residence had
increased during while Galati Marine underwent
The Fiskes countered that the property has been
utilized as a marina since the 1930s and a number
of city commission's had expressed approval of that

walk, trolley or take a limo to various destina-
tions to learn about the Island's photographers,
bakers, florists, musicians, caterers, restaurants,
dressers, stylists and lodging.
Registration will cost $7 per person in
advance and $10 the day of the event.
To pre-register, go to www.amichamber.
The festival will conclude with a mock
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Vote fails on Agnelli special exception

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
John Agnelli Construction failed to secure from
the Holmes Beach City Commission a super-majority
vote needed to approve his application for a special
exception at 6000 Marina Drive, according to the city
Agnelli's attorney, Ricinda Perry, said, "The city
attorney is unsupported by the ordinance she cited"
and added, "We are uncertain where this leaves our
approval and are hopeful that there is a solution that
does not involve the courts."
The commission voted 3-2 to adopt a resolution
approving a special exception and site plan for 6000
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, where John Agnelli
Construction wanted to locate a general contractor
In the seconds after the vote Jan. 14, it appeared
the construction company had secured the commis-
sion support, but city attorney Patricia Petruff said
that city regulations required a super-majority vote
because the project did not carry the recommenda-
tion of city building official Bill Saunders. Nor did
the project have the recommendation of city planning
consultant Bill Brisson.
In a memo last fall, Brisson wrote, "It is our
recommendation that there comes a point where the
limitations of a site must be recognized, particularly
in light of the impacts of the use of the property on
its neighbors, and that this special exception should
be denied.
In a more recent memo, Brisson said he reviewed
a revised site plan from Agnelli but it contained only
two substantive changes, neither of which led him to
change his recommendation.
"While these changes represent improvements,
they do not alter the overall situation and our basic
finding that the site plan does not provide sufficient
screening to adequately buffer the adjacent residential
properties from the impacts of the use as proposed,
and does not meet the city's parking requirements,"
Brisson wrote Dec. 23.
Based on the concerns of city staff, consultant
and neighboring property owners, the commission
requested a draft resolution with conditions.
Such a resolution was proposed on Jan. 14. The
conditions included:
The special exception permit runs with the
applicant, John Agnelli Construction, and cannot be
No more than 25 percent of the building would
be used for the general contractor operation.
The site plan would need to be amended to
include a second handicap parking space and park-
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Agnelli Construction would park more than four
construction vehicles trailers, commercial vehi-
cles, construction vehicles on the property. The
height of the vehicles would not exceed 11 feet.
Construction vehicles would need to be parked
at the rear of the property and would be operated
between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Outdoor storage of construction materials would
be prohibited.
Agnelli Construction would need to put up a
6-foot high opaque vinyl fence to buffer residential
The amount of impervious surface that exists
on the property 78 percent would not be
Signs would be installed in the parking lot for
one-way traffic.
The resolution also would have authorized a vari-
ance allowing more than 20 percent of parking spaces
to be for compact cars.
Commissioners said that since the board heard
pubic comment on the issue at three different meet-
ings last year Oct. 28, Nov. 18 and Dec. 9 addi-
tional comment was not needed last week.
"We thought we came up with a decent com-
promise," said Commission Chair Sandy Haas-Mar-
The commission then voted, with Haas-Martens,
David Zaccagnino and John Monetti voting for the
resolution and Pat Geyer and Pat Morton voting
against it.
Haas-Martens announced that the motion
passed, but Petruff then commented, "The origi-
nal staff report did not recommend approval. The
follow-up staff report did not recommend approval.
In my judgment, you needed a 4-1 vote and you
did not receive that vote.... I would say the vote
Perry said later, "It was disappointing to hear the
city attorney's after-the-fact argument that the com-
mission's decision was not to be upheld based upon
a wrongly applied ordinance wherein she completely
disregarded the recommendation of Mr. Duennes,
choosing instead to rely upon an out of town plan-
ner's inaccurate report."
Brisson's initial review was based on the wrong
site plan, according to Perry.
She added, "We enjoyed working with the mayor
and his staff through this process and were pleased
with both their support of our application and the
winning vote of the city commission."
After the discussion on the vote, about 15 people
left the commission chambers, and some brief but
loud arguing could be heard coming from the foyer.
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Held a first reading of an ordinance vacating and
closing a portion of a 10-foot-wide alley. Fred and
Susan Bartizal requested the vacation, which drew
no objections from utilities services. (See separate
Authorized the mayor to execute a contract
with Piedroba Marine for the removal and disposal of
6,890 yards of dredge material from eight canals.
The project estimate from Piedroba was
Authorized the mayor to execute a contract with
Gator Grading and Paving for stormwater mainte-
nance improvements for the city's basin 7.
The project estimate was for $119,856.
Reappointed Ray Dialto to the police retirement
Appointed John Wize to the code enforcement
Announced a board of adjustment meeting at 9
a.m. Jan. 22 and a city commission meeting at 7 p.m.
Jan. 27, both at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.

USF sponsors

discussions, lectures
The University of South Florida's Academy for
Lifelong Learning is holding a series of free small-
group discussions on a variety of topics through
The Einstein Circle groups will meet at 11 a.m. at
the Studio at Gulf and Pine for several talks, includ-
Jan. 28, a discussion on government consolida-
tion on Anna Maria Island.
Feb. 11, a discussion on news reporting and
separating truth from bias.
March 4, a discussion on altruism, "humane or
In addition, the academy is sponsoring a series
of lectures.
The winter lecture series will include:
Mike Mahon discussing identity theft from
10:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 21 at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Dr. Samuel Gross discussing "The Rise and Fall
of American Medicine" from 10:30 a.m. to noon Feb.
4 at the Center.
Former U.S. Rep. Dan Miller lecturing on the
topic of "New President, New Congress: What Can
We Expect?" at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 25.
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Circle are required, and can be made by calling the
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Roser, St. Bernard to host
pancake breakfasts
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, will serve a pancake breakfast
from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24.
Tickets will be $5 at the door. The menu will
include pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, apple-
sauce, orange juice and coffee and tea.
On Sunday, Jan. 25, St. Bernard Catholic Church,
248 S. Harbor Drive, will hold a pancake breakfast
and sell baked goods.

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Bill Donnelly watches over his "golden browns"
on the grill at the St. Bernard Catholic Church
pancake breakfast Dec. 28. Breakfasts also will
take place Jan. 25, Feb. 8, Feb. 22, March 8 and
March 22 at the church hall, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann
Kiwanis to meet Saturday
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club will meet
at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at Cafe on the Beach at
the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The speaker will be Diana Dill of Take Stock in
For more information, contact member Ralph
Bassett at 941-795-8697.
Center to stage 'Snow White
and the Seven Dwarfs'
The drama team at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center is accepting registrations for children
who want to appear in "Snow White and the Seven
The deadline to register for the program is Jan.
22. The fee is $75 for Center members and $95 for
Rehearsals will take place from 4 p.m. to 5:30
p.m. Monday and Thursdays for the performance
scheduled for March 6.
For more information, call director Linda Has-
brouk at 941-761-9546.

Painting demo planned
Barbara Orear, a Longboat Key artist, will lead a
watercolor demonstration at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan.
24, at Island Gallery West, 5368 GulfDrive, Holmes
Beach. Orear willfocus on "negative painting." The
program is free and open to the public.

Gene Aubry's work is on display at the Studio in
Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Studio hosts

Aubry exhibit
The Studio at Gulf and Pine is hosting an exhibit
featuring the work of local artist and architect Gene
A reception for the exhibit, which continues
through Feb. 12, took place Jan. 17 at the Studio,
10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Aubry's career has spanned 50 years and during that
time he has designed more than 1,000 projects, including
museums, universities and performing arts centers.
Two years ago, Aubry took his interest in a new
direction, picked up a brush and began to paint.
"Gene is pleased and grateful to share these early
examples of his artistic endeavors with the public,"
read a news release from the Studio.
Other artists to be featured at the Studio this
season include Richard Thomas, Feb. 16-March 12;
Cheryl Kinderknecht, Feb. 15-March 12; Charles
Townsend, March 14-April 14; Cheryl Jorgensen,
March 14-April 14; and Mary Ducharme, April
17-May 14.
For more information, call the Studio at

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Bingo is back at the Annie Silver Commu-
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The center, 103 23rd St. at Avenue C in
Bradenton Beach, will host games at 7 p.m. on
Thursday through the season.
Dale and Dave Redeker will serve as the
Gloria Mayfield will serve sloppy joes, and
hot dogs, coffee, soda pop and cake also will be
on the menu.
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Sandpiper chorus holds
open house Jan. 29
The Manatee Gulfcoast Sandpiper Chorus is
inviting people to join a guest night and open house
at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29.
The event will take place at the Town Center at
Water's Edge of Bradenton, 3132 21st Lane W.
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Rescue Techniques" Fridays and Saturdays this
month and next at the south end of the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge.
SOS is a bird hospital and sanctuary on City
Island in Sarasota. The hospital is located on the
former site of the Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary.
For more details about the free seminar on bird
rescues, call SOS at 941-388-3010.

Crab cooking contest

promises bragging rights

Whether you' re a home chef or a restaurant chef,
there's a crab cooking contest that promises "brag-
ging rights" for a year for its winners.
Crabs will take center stage in February at the
Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, where the
theme for 2008 is "Claws."
Prior to the festival, The Islander newspaper is
hosting a cooking contest at the Florida Maritime
Museum in Cortez that will feature crab recipes, and
all are welcome to enter.
Winners will be announced immediately fol-
lowing the contest judging on Feb. 7 and prizes will
be awarded at the festival, which will be held Feb.
There will be only one category: Crab. Home
chefs can enter an appetizer, salad or entree that must
contain either blue crab or stone crab. The recipe
quantity should be sufficient for three judges to
sample the entry. There is no fee for individuals to
enter and no limit on the number of entries.
And professional chef's can enter a restaurant
contest for best crab cake. Restaurants must pay a $25
entry fee and the winner will receive "best crab cake"

bi,,,inii rights for a year with a framed certificate
and honors in the newspaper and "centerstage" at the
festival. Proceeds will benefit the fishing festival.
An entry form and instructions are available in
this edition of The Islander, online at www.islander.
org, and at the newspaper office in the Island Shop-
ping Center, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Judging for the contest will be 12th Judicial Circuit
Court Judge Janette Dunnigan, Manatee County Commis-
sioner Joe McClash and Islander publisher Bonner Joy.
Entries will be required to be delivered to the
Florida Maritime Museum by noon on Feb. 7, and
winners will be announced at the end of the judg-
All entrants must include a recipe with their
crab dish. Entries must be provided "ready to eat"
on plain covered white "disposable" tableware or in
plain plastic containers.
For individual entries, the judges will award a
first prize of $100, and a runner-up will earn $25.
There also will be a prize for "Most Original Recipe,"
and that winner will receive a dinner for two at the
Star Fish Company Restaurant.

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A contingent of Holmes Beach citizens turned
out Jan. 13 to fight a proposal that the city vacate a
portion of a waterfront alley.
The crowd left mid-meeting under the impression
that the proposal from Susan and Fred Bartizal failed
for lack of a motion from a city commission reluctant
to give away public property fronting on the Gulf of
However, the issue came up at the end of the
meeting when Derin Parks, an attorney for the Bar-
tizals, alleged that the commission's failure to take
public comment on the proposal violated due pro-
A public hearing had been advertised for a first
reading of an ordinance on the alley vacation, said
City attorney Patricia Petruff said she was not
aware a hearing was advertised. Neither was Com-
mission Chair Sandy Haas-Martens.
So the commission moved a first reading of the
ordinance and opened a public hearing, though there
was no public comment.
A second reading will be scheduled and a second
hearing will take place at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at city hall,
5801 Marina Drive.
The Bartizals asked the city to vacate a 10-foot
unimproved alley on the Gulfside of the Bartizals'
duplex in the 2800 block of Avenue E.
"It's unbuildable," said city public works super-
intendent Joe Duennes. "Some 18 feet from the alley
is the erosion control line.... For all practical pur-
poses, it will never be used for anything."
The Bartizals' application states, "The property to
be vacated is an unimproved alleyway that, from all
records, was never used or improved. The alleyway is
approximately 10 feet wide and separates two parcels
of real property owned by the Bartizals. The vacation
of this alleyway would not deprive any landowners of
access to their property, nor would it deprive public
access to the beach. Furthermore, portions of the
alleyway located north of the Bartizal property have
either already been vacated or the City of Holmes
Beach has consented to the construction of permanent
structures over the entire alleyway."
The application also provides the reason the Bar-
tizals seek the property: "As a practical matter, the Bar-
tizals would like to construct a pool over that portion
of the unimproved and unconstructed alleyway that
separates their two otherwise adjacent properties. If the
alleyway is not vacated, they will be forced to construct
a pool extremely close to their existing home."

Utility services in the area did not object to the
vacation, but residents in the area attended the Jan.
13 meeting planning to object to the application.
They left thinking they had won without raising
their voices because none of the city commissioners
moved for a first reading of the proposed ordinance.
Commissioner David Zaccagnino said a vaca-
tion would do little to boost the city's tax base. More
importantly, he said, he is opposed to vacating public
property, especially public property on the beach.
Commissioner John Monetti added, "We' re not
normally in the business of giving away public prop-
erty." He said he walked the area several times and
noticed that the alley contains sea oats and dunes.
Commissioner Pat Morton said, "I'm for not
giving it away" and Commissioner Pat Geyer made
a similar comment.
Haas-Martens then said for lack of interest, the
issue is "gone."
Later in the meeting, during public comment,
Parks addressed the commission.
"This is a due-process violation," Parks said
of the commission's failure to hold a public hear-
ing on the application. He said his clients paid
the $2,500 application fee, as well as the costs of
public notice. "There was to be a public hearing.
There was no public hearing. The only thing that
was considered was the testimony of the commis-
sioners.... We believe there should have been a
public hearing."
Parks also questioned a delay in scheduling a com-
mission review of the application. He said the applica-
tion, dated Sept. 15, 2008, was held until some Holmes
Beach residents returned for the winter season.
After some discussion, the commission agreed
to open a hearing and Parks reserved his comments
until Jan. 27.

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The eight members of the Eyeland Needlers
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5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, to see their Tour
of Homes Quilt and participate in the "Name-the-
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The winner of the contest will get free chance
tickets to win the quilt, with the drawing scheduled to
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City introduces conceptual mooring field

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A preliminary plan for Bradenton Beach's mooring
field got a test cruise Jan. 15 and it proved buoyant.
The city, in partnership with Scheda Ecological
Associates, hosted a public meeting on its effort to
draft a master recreational boating plan. The city,
with a state grant, hired Scheda to help research and
write the plan.
Mostly boaters attended the meeting, which also
attracted a few city officials and a few waterfront
property owners.
In the commission room at city hall, Wendy Her-
shfeld with Scheda showed the audience an aerial pho-
tograph of the proposed mooring field south of the His-
toric Bridge Street Pier. The display showed a rectangu-
lar area, the mooring field, with small circles depicting
mooring locations for vessels of various sizes.
Hershfeld emphasized the preliminary nature of
the design.
"It will change," she said.
The design will change based on the comments of
boaters and others interested in creating the mooring
field. And the design will change during the review
process with the state.
To create the conceptual plan, Scheda reviewed
existing studies of the area, as well as conducted
some field surveys.
"We have done some preliminary investigating,
looking at the seagrasses outside the area," Hershfeld
said. "We looked at water depths, distance from the
The preliminary mooring field area measures
about 14 acres, according to Lisa Marie Phillips, the
city's project/program director. And the conceptual
plan contains about 40 mooring sites.
When several boaters said the number seemed
optimistic, Hershfeld replied, "That's the thing about
permitting, you want to go in with as much as pos-

Vacancy on Anna Maria
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The Anna Maria Environmental Education and
Enhancement committee is looking for an enthusi-
astic city resident to fill a vacancy on the committee
that works to beautify the city.
The committee also makes recommendations and
advisories to the city commission on issues that affect
the city's environment.
Diane Caniff has left the committee and Tim
Eiseler, who served as EEEC chairman for more than
seven years, has stepped down, but remains a com-
mittee member. He was replaced as chairperson by
Susan Brownewell.
Mayor Fran Barford said anyone interested in
serving in the volunteer position should apply at city
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Phillips and Hershfeld also reviewed the ame-
nities that boaters would find with the creation of
a mooring field. In addition to the rest rooms and
showers already on the pier, the city plans to open
a harbor master office, create a laundry facility and
pump-out station and renovate its dinghy dock.
"I understand the desire for this and I understand
the need for this," said boater Wes Waldrope. He
urged the city not to make the mooring opportuni-
ties too expensive for those who live on their boats
out of financial necessity or for way of life.
Phillips encouraged Waldrope and other boaters
to join a steering committee to help develop the plan,
as well as propose rules and regulations for the moor-
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"I really appreciate what you town officials are
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signed up for the committee. He said the plan must
meet the needs of different types of boaters livea-
boards who tend to stay put, liveaboards who sail
about and transient sailors.
"It's great that you are forward looking on this,"
Thomson said.
There was consensus among the group that the
city's timing may prove crucial because the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission is proposing
legislation this year on anchoring and mooring.
The legislation, according to the FWC's boating
and waterways division, is intended to clean up the
statutes and clean up the state's waters. The legis-
lation also would allow the state to enforce tighter
restrictions on where boaters can anchor and how
long they can stay in a spot.
"Whoever does not have an established mooring
field will have to fall under the most stringent state
regulations," Phillips said.
The next meeting on the boating plan has not
been scheduled. However, the city commission is
scheduled to discuss the mooring field and an interim
policy for the area during a meeting at 1 p.m. Thurs-
day, Jan. 22.

Garden club to meet
The Anna Maria Garden Club will meet at noon
Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The meeting will include the showing of a DVD
film about the Keukenhof Garden of Holland by Rita
Trefz and Kitty VanZile.
Lunch will follow at 1 p.m.
Hostesses for the event include Mary Manion,
Sharon Ansted, Margaret Art, Nancy Barense, Stevie
Coppin, Monica Fleicsh, MaryJane Moore, Kathy
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Florida Arbor

Day observed
By Lisa Neff ~

Islander Reporter
Local officials lifted shovels for a growing cause
Jan. 16. They planted gumbo-limbo trees in Anna
Maria and Holmes Beach in observance of Florida
Arbor Day.
Local celebrations also took place in Palmetto
and Bradenton in partnership with municipalities and
Keep Manatee Beautiful, which donated the $500
"Trees," according to KMB executive director
Ingrid McClellan, "have always played a crucial role
in the long-term health, beauty and vitality of any
thriving community."
KMB, as it observed the state holiday,
emphasized that trees help reduce stormwater
runoff, reduce soil erosion, lower air temper-
ature, reduce glare and wind speed, improve
air quality, absorb noise, reduce energy needs,
provide wildlife habitat, provide privacy and
increase property values.
The Holmes Beach ceremony took place in a new
linear park at 38th Street and Fifth Avenue.
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger praised
citizen interest in promoting greenspace in the city,
especially the city's parks and beautification commit-
tee members.
"Arbor Day is a good chance to celebrate what
we have," he said.
The Anna Maria ceremony took place at the
city hall parking lot on Pine Avenue, where Deputy
Mayor John Quam read a proclamation for Florida
Arbor Day and encouraged residents to plant trees.
Trees are a "source of joy and spiritual renewal,"
Quam said.
At both ceremonies, Ed Flowers of the
Florida Division of Forestry talked about the
gumbo-limbo, which is native to the area, grows
to about 50 feet in height and provides a good
shade canopy.
Gumbo-limbo trees already stand among the
plantings at Anna Maria City Hall.
Holmes Beach, meanwhile, hopes to plant a line
of the trees along Manatee Avenue from East Bay
Drive to the Manatee Public Beach.

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Joseph R. Bracken
Joseph R. Bracken, 83, of Holmes Beach and
formerly New York City, died Jan. 13.
Born in Chestnut Hill, Pa., Bracken worked in
advertising in Detroit, New
York City and Mexico. He
was a graduate of the Uni-
versity of Michigan. He flew
combat missions in the U.S.
Army Air Corps, 15th Air
Force, 2nd Bomb Group, in
World War II. After retiring
S to Holmes Beach, he served
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Enforcement Board and was president of the Anna
Maria Island Community Choir and Orchestra,
Friends of the Island Library, and the Holmes Beach
Civic Association. He was an active member of St.
Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach.
A Memorial Mass was held at St. Bernard Catho-
lic Church Jan. 16. A final memorial and inurnment
will be held in Grosse Pointe, Mich. Memorial contri-
butions may be made to St. Bernard Catholic Church
General Fund, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach
FL 34217. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in charge
of arrangements.
He is survived by daughter Mary Bracken Rock
of Detroit, Mich.; son Joe of Holmes Beach; brothers
Richard and John; grandchildren Jeanette, Justin and
Adam; and great-grandchild Mariah.
Carol Kerr
Carol Kerr, 59, of Holmes Beach died Jan. 18.
Born in Wichita, Kan., she moved to Manatee
County in 2000 from Green-
ville, SC. She was manager of
the White Egret gift shop in
Holmes Beach, and a member
of the Holmes Beach Book
Club, Kansas State University
Alumni and Alpha Delta Pi
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Survivors include her husband of 24 years, Ed
Kerr; step-daughter, Pamela (James) Diwik; step-
granddaughter, Alexandra Diwik; sister, Jan (Scott)
Elder and six nephews and nieces.
Helen B. Hagen
Helen B. Hagen, 79, of Anna Maria Island and
Lake Wawansee, Ind., died Jan. 15.
Born in Chicago, Mrs. Hagen moved to Anna
Maria Island in 1994. She was a homemaker and had
also been involved with the family business, Supe-
rior Sample, since its inception in 1957. She was a
member of Ligonier United Methodist Church and
had also been involved in various civic organiza-
tions over the years. She loved playing tennis, golf
and bridge. She and husband Rex were involved in
numerous charitable efforts on the Island, including
the skate park in Holmes Beach, through the Hagen
Family Foundation.
"She was so instrumental in so many kids' programs
in Holmes Beach and Anna Maria Island," recalled
Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore,
formerly a Holmes Beach city mayor. Whitmore said
Helen and Rex Hagen financed the equipment for the
Holmes Beach skate park, as well as maintaining a fund
for lights for the Birdie Tebbetts field.
"She was a great contributor to Holmes Beach
and will be sorely missed," Whitmore said. N\ly
thoughts go out to Rex and the family."
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger recog-
nized the Hagens in April 2008 when he included the
Hagen Family Foundation on a plaque displayed at
city hall recognizing their contributions to the city.
Memorial services were Jan. 18 at Ligonier United
Methodist Church, Ligonier, Ind. Memorial contribu-
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Beth Stage and husband Rich of Big Sky, Mont.; son
Mark David and wife Jeanna of Cromwell; grandchil-
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enforcement and jail supplies internationally He was the
first Springboro police chief and later joined the Vanda-
lia police department. He served in the U.S. Navy during
World War II. He was a member of Franklin Masonic
Lodge No. 55, Antioch Shrine, Scottish Rite and the Royal
Order of Jesters Court 189 of Florida. He was a member of
Manatee County 100 Club, Buckeye State Sheriffs' Asso-
ciation, National Sheriffs'Association, Ohio Association of
Police Chiefs, Warren County Fraternal Order of Police,
and VFW Post No. 3809. He was a member of the Franklin
United Methodist Church.
Visitation and memorial services were held in
Springboro. Online condolences many be made at
He is survived by wife Ruth Ann; daughters Carol
Ann and Diane Lynette Maloney, both of Springboro;
grandson Stephen M. Maloney II; and sisters Mary
Smallwood and Phyllis Zier, both of West Palm
Beach, and Margaret Cox of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Clifton Lamar Ward
Clifton Lamar Ward, 55, of Bradenton, died
Jan. 9.
Mr. Ward was a songwriter and musician. He
served in the U.S. Army and Navy. He was of the
Christian faith and expressed his faith through his
Web sites, ridinforjesus.com, andimetjesus.com. He
was an avid motorcycle rider.
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Community Church, Bradenton Beach. Memorial contri-
butions may be made to TideWell Hospice and Palliative
Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL34238. Covell Crema-
tion Center was in charge of arrangements.
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Bradenton Beach
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Holmes Beach
Jan. 9, 611 Manatee Ave., CVS, theft. Officers
responded to the store after the manager said four
women had taken items and left without paying.
The women had done the same thing several times
in recent weeks, the manager said. Officers took a
copy of the surveillance tape and the license plate
number of their car provided by the manager.
Jan. 10, 3000 Gulf Drive, driving under the influ-

ence test refused. Blossom D. Wicker, 30, of Braden-
ton, was observed driving in the middle of the road
and swerving. She was stopped after nearly hitting
another vehicle. Officers noticed a strong smell of
alcohol in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle found
two empty beer cans and four unopened cans, plus
a nearly empty bottle of vodka. She failed a field
sobriety test and refused a breathalyzer test. She was
Jan. 10, 700 Manatee Ave., driver's license. Offi-
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light. The driver of the vehicle said he did not have
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get shot," according to a police report.
"The victim was in fear for his life and ran from
the scene, along with two other witnesses," accord-
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Stops: Two to four blocks apart along the route.
Fare: Free
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Corona seeks trial, bond reduction

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The man arrested allegedly fleeing from a miss-
ing Holmes Beach woman's car last November is
seeking a trial.
The name at the top of the prosecutor's poten-
tial witness list in its case against Robert Corona
is Sabine Musil-Buehler, 49, the owner of Haley's
Motel who was reported missing Nov. 6, 2008.
Corona, 38, is charged with grand theft auto, a
third-degree felony; resisting or obstructing an officer
without violence, a first-degree misdemeanor and no
valid driver's license, a second-degree misdemeanor
in the case.
The trial is tentatively set for March.
Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested
Corona after a chase early Nov. 6. A deputy had tried
to stop the car for a traffic violation. The driver tried

Police arrest Holmes Beach
drugs: Diazepam, Oxycodone and Xanax.
Royals did not have a prescription for any of the
drugs, according to officers.
He was given a breathalyzer test for alcohol,
which registered .119. The legal limit in Florida is
Royals was arrested and charged with aggravated
assault with a firearm, use of a firearm while under
the influence of alcohol and three counts of posses-
sion of a controlled substance.
He was taken to the Manatee County jail.

to flee, leading to a foot-chase in the neighborhood.
With the assistance of a police dog, deputies pursued
Corona and found him hiding under a truck.
They also recovered Musil-Buehler's convertible
on 26th Avenue West.
When MCSO deputies reported the find to hus-
band Tom Buehler, with whom Musil-Buehler is
separated, he filed a missing person report.
The earliest public notice of Musil-Buehler's dis-
appearance from the MCSO indicated that a witness
saw Musil-Buehler on 14th Street West in Bradenton
on Nov. 5, a day after she was last seen on Anna
Maria Island by her boyfriend, William Cumber III.
Cumber, who is in the Manatee County jail on a
charge unrelated to the disappearance, has said Musil-
Buehler left the home she rented in Anna Maria late
on Nov. 4 after an argument with him.
The MCSO later said the sighting of Musil-Bue-
hler on 14th Street on Nov. 5 proved false, that it was
provided by Corona, who had said he was given the
keys to her car to go by some drugs.
Corona, according to court documents, later told
authorities that he did not know Musil-Buehler and
that he found her car, with the key in the ignition, in
a parking lot at the Gator Lounge.
Musil-Buehler's car contained what the MCSO
described as a small amount of her blood in the
front seat and personal belongings, including
clothes, in the trunk. Her purse and cell phone were
not recovered.
The MCSO has said Corona is not a person of
interest in Musil-Buehler's disappearance, which was
followed with a fire at Haley's Motel on Nov. 16 that

remains under investigation.
But Corona remains in the county jail on $50,000
bond, an amount assistant public defender Patrick
Kane said is excessive.
Last week, Kane filed a motion to reduce Coro-
na's bond that will be considered Feb. 5 at the Mana-
tee County Judicial Center. The motion stated that the
"bond is excessive and violates the defendant's rights
under the 8th and 14th amendments."
Meanwhile, assistant state attorney Tony Casoria
filed a list of potential witnesses in its case against
Corona, as well as a list of possible evidence.
The witness list includes Musil-Buehler and
Cumber, as well as several deputies and a detective
with the MCSO. The list also contained the names of
two Bradenton residents, Diane Couran and Hubert
Cumber, meanwhile, remains jailed for allegedly
violating his probation on a 2005 arson conviction
for burning an ex-girlfriend's house. Cumber served
time in prison and, after his release last September,
was on probation until 2011.
The Florida Department of Corrections said
he violated his probation when he was arrested in
Marion County in December for driving with no valid
driver's license.
From Marion County, Cumber was extradited
to Manatee County and is being held in jail on no
In a motion filed at the courthouse last week,
Cumber denied he violated probation, waived his
arraignment and requested a hearing within 15

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Wednesday, Jan. 21
10:30 a.m. Mike Mahon discusses identity theft as part of the USF
Academy for Lifelong Learning lecture series on the Island atAnna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Ann Maria. Information:
Noon The Anna Maria Garden Club presents a film about the
Keukenhof Garden of Holland at Roser Memorial Community Church,
512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2607.
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.

Thursday, Jan. 22
7p.m. Bingo at the Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St.,
Bradenton Beach. Food, fun and smoke-free environment. Information:
8 p.m. "The Affections of May" opens at the Island Players The-
atre 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Play runs through Feb. 8. Box Office:
941-778-5755. Fee applies.
Friday, Jan. 23
Noon Inauguration luncheon and fashion show at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:

Saturday, Jan. 24
8 to 11 a.m. Pancake breakfast at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 778-7072. Fee.
8:30 a.m. The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts a break-
fast meeting with guest speaker Diana Dill, executive director of Take
Stock in Children, at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-795-8697.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 13th annual Anna Maria Island Arts and
Crafts Show benefiting Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center at
the field by Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive. Information:
10 a.m. to noon Negative painting demonstration by watercolor
artist Barbara Orear at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.
11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Detox yoga workshop with Cindy Phil-
lips at the Island Yoga Space, 9805 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
941-778-3149. Fee applies.

Sunday, Jan. 25
8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769.
Fee applies.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 13th annual Anna Maria Island Arts and
Crafts Show benefiting Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center at
the field by Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive. Information:

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Wed-
ding Merchants wedding festival featuring a mock wedding and reception
at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Registration
and tour begins at the Chamber office, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: www.amichamber.org/weddingregister.cfm. Fee applies.
7 p.m. Auditions for "Sylvia" at the Island Players Theatre
10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Play runs March 19-April 5. Box Office:

Tuesday, Jan. 27
Noon: The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets for lunch and
presentation by Holmes Beach Officer Brian Copeman aboutAnna Maria
Elementary School's Drug Abuse Resistance Education at the Beach-
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee. Information:
10:30 a.m. Dr. Barry Ladd will discuss his memoir "Reflections
of a Country Doctor" at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Wednesday, Jan. 28
3 p.m.- "Better Birding Photography" with James Corwin Johnson
at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
tion: 778-6341.

Off-Island Arts & Events:
Wednesday, Jan. 21
Noon to 10 p.m. Manatee County Fair at 1402 14th Ave. W.,
Palmetto, through Jan. 25. Information: 941-722-1639. www.manatee-
countyfair.com. Fee applies.
Thursday, Jan. 22
5 to 10 p.m. Manatee County Fair at 1402 14th Ave. W, Palmetto,
through Jan. 25. Information: 941-722-1639. www.manateecountyfair.
com. Fee applies.
7 to 9p.m. -Singers are invited to join the Bay Chorale for rehearsal
at H2U Blake Hospital Building, 6049 26th St. W, Bradenton. Information:
941-761-1221 o4 941-907-1224.

Friday, Jan. 23
5 to 10 p.m. Manatee County Fair at 1402 14th Ave. W, Palmetto,
through Jan. 25. Information: 941-722-1639. www.manateecountyfair.
com. Fee applies.
6 to 8 p.m. Opening reception for "Society of Artists" exhibit
at the Manatee Community College Fine Art Gallery, 2840 26th St. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 941-752-5225.
6 to 8 p.m. Preview reception for "Finders Keepers: Collectors and
Collections" at the South Florida Museum, 210 10th St. W, Bradenton.
Reservations: 941-746-4131 Ext. 37.

Saturday, Jan. 24
Noon to 10 p.m. Manatee County Fair at 1402 14th Ave. W.,
Palmetto, through Jan. 25. Information: 941-722-1639. www.manatee-
countyfair.com. Fee applies.
6:30 p.m. Cheryl Simone discusses her book "Midnights with the
Mystic, A Little Guide to Freedom and Bliss" at Yoga Arts, 1122 12th St.
W., Village of the Arts, Bradenton. Information: 941-747-9397.
7 to 9:30 p.m. Sarasota Wine and Food Festival on Hillview
Street, Sarasota. Information: www.sarasotawineandfood.com. Fee.

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'The Affections of May'
bound for stage
"The Affections of May" will open Jan. 22
and continue through Feb. 8 at the Island Players
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, is open to sell tickets Monday through
Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., as well as an hour
before each performance. Tickets are $15.
The play, written by Norm Foster, was first
produced in 1990 at the Theatre New Brunswick.
The cast will include Dianne Brin, Heiko
Knipfelberg, Roger Byron and John Durkin,
with Phyllis Elfenbein as the director and set
For more information, call the box office at

Sunday, Jan. 25
Noon to 6 p.m. Manatee County Fair at 1402 14th Ave. W.,
Palmetto, through Jan. 25. Information: 941-722-1639. www.manatee-
countyfair.com. Fee applies.
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-708-6130.
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee.
Information: 941-794-3489.
Yoga on the beach with Jasmine Bowman every Saturday at 8:30
near the Pine Avenue public beach access. Information: 941-794-6723.
Coming up:
Jan. 28, Cirle of Light Meditation at Island Yoga Space.
Jan. 31, Living Well seminar at CrossPointe Fellowship.
Feb. 1, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 50th Anniversary celebra-
Feb. 3, Budding young artists class at the Anna Maria Island Art
Feb. 5, Antique appraisals at the South Florida Museum.
Save the date
Feb. 11, "Fireproof" film viewing at CrossPointe Fellowship.
Feb. 19, Syesha Mercado "Follow Your Dreams" benefit concert for
Manatee School District students at the Manatee Convention Center.
Feb. 21-22, Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival.
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Aiding and abetting cleanup of Sarasota Bay

Clean and healthy water surrounding Anna Maria
Island is a thing of beauty and joy.
The bays and Gulf of Mexico were once, not so
long ago, truly a thing of beauty. Dark times came
to the shimmering expanse of water in the early part
of the 20th century in the form of rapid development
that stripped the shoreline of its fragile, filtering wet-
lands to make room for shoreside homes.
Dredges pounded the bays day and night to dig
up the bottom and its fragile critters with it for navi-
gational channels for recreational boaters and ship-
Once pristine waters became filled with muck.
Fish, birds, crabs and other marine life suffered due
to human intrusion.
Southwest Florida author Randy Wayne White
expressed the situation well in his book "The Man
Who Invented Florida," when he wrote:
"According to anecdotal accounts, the bays of
Southwest Florida had been not tannin-stained but
clear up until the turn of the century, when a power-
ful consortium the Army Corps of Engineers and
the state government, plus land-boom developers -
began its assault on the swamps, dredging, filling,
building roads, straightening rivers. It was generally
accepted that the wholesale loss of root structure had
mucked the water system. Erosion. It was also gener-
ally accepted that, because most of the dredging had
been stopped in the 1970s, the bays would gradually
heal themselves."
Enter a relatively new doctor to the amphitheatre
of bay healing: Sarasota Bay Watch.
Sarasota Bay Watch formed about a year ago with
a relatively simple mission of "preserving and restor-
ing Sarasota Bay's ecosystem through community
education and citizen participation."
Sarasota Bay generally the stretch of bay water
from the north tip of Anna Maria Island south to the
Venice Inlet in Sarasota County is in pretty good
shape. It holds an Outstanding Florida Water moniker
from environmental regulators, had a National Estu-
ary designation before that group became a not-for-
profit organization, and the bays aren't in too bad a
shape environmentally.
But the water quality and clarity isn't what it once
was, say 100 years or so ago. Sarasota Bay Watch
want to help us remember and bring back that thing
of beauty and joy.
"Sarasota Bay is out there," Rusty Chinnis says,
"but it doesn't have a face. It depends on how we live
our lives. We all need to work with a common inter-
est in mind, with what ways we can do a common
Sarasota Bay Watch and Chinnis are not re-
inventing the wheel in their estuarine quest for good.
The not-for-profit group is building on tried-and-true

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means to bring about positive change, using cur-
rent technology and a lot of help from its new eco-
The group held its first "Sarasota Bay Great Scal-
lop Search" last year, counting 947 of the delicate
mollusks, generally thought to be the harbingers of
clear water and a clean estuary. The group drew 62
snorkelers on 31 boats for the one-day search.
The scallop count wasn't huge just one of
Florida's Nature Coast scallopers can harvest that
many in a day but since scallops had pretty much
disappeared in SarasotaBay in the late 1970s, to find
that number is a good indication that the bay's recov-
ery may be a reality.
A Tampa Bay scallop search uncovered a lone
scallop a few years ago, for example.
Another Sarasota Bay Watch venture, this more
landbome, will be held Feb. 7 on Sister Keys in the
north bay just off the northeast tip of Longboat Key.
Volunteers will be cleaning up the human detritus
on the islands from 9 a.m. to noon, and will have a
luncheon at the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and
Pub on the key afterwards.
Chinnis said the group is working on reconstruc-
tion of its Web site, which should be up and running
shortly. Check out sarasotabaywatch.com for more

Help from friends
And as to bay friends ....
Chinnis said Sarasota Bay Watch has a hefty
group of folk who have been helping the organi-
zation. He's been an avid angler and contractor on
Longboat Key for 28 years, founder and first presi-
dent of the Manatee Chapter of the Florida Conserva-
tion Association, president and chair of the Florida
Outdoor Writers Association and is a member of the
Outdoor Writers Association of America. He serves
as president of the organization.
John Ryan is the group's secretary. He's an envi-
ronmental professional employed by Sarasota County
who specializes in water quality and has worked with
Mote Marine Laboratory.
G. Lowe Morrison is treasurer of Sarasota Bay
Watch. He's a principal with Sabal Trust Company,
a seventh-generation Floridian and has been a trustee
of Mote Marine, board member of Tampa Bay Watch,
treasurer of the Sarasota Chapter of the Coastal Con-
servation Association and trust officer of the Pope &
Young Club Trust Fund.
Ed Chiles is a bay watch board member. He is
owner of the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria, as
well as the Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Pub
on Longboat Key and the BeachHouse Restaurant
in Bradenton Beach. He's a founding member and
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10 years as well as a long-standing member of the
Manatee County Tourist Development Council and
a host of other business groups in the region. Chiles,
son of the late Governor Lawton Chiles, also serves
as vice chair of the Lawton Chiles Foundation.
Adam J. Fernandez, also a board member, is an
attorney with the law firm of Grimes Goebel Grimes
Hawkins Gladfelter & Galvano, PL., in Bradenton.
Board member Sandy Gilbertis the current chair
of START. He has a background in advertising before
his retirement, and was with Time magazine for 26
years as associate advertising director and was direc-
tor of ad sales at Smithsonian magazine.
J. Ryan Denton is a board member and lives
on Anna Maria Island. A Florida native, he is with
Morgan Stanley and president of the Manasota Chap-
ter of START.
Charlotte Richardson serves on the board and is
a graduate of University of Durham in England with
a degree in Medical Anthropology. She is a member
of the Manasota Track Club, Big Brother Big Sisters,
Tampa Bay Watch, START and the Mote Marine Dol-
phin and Whale Hospital.
Board member Capt. Jonnie Walker has been a
Sarasota resident since 1956 and a professional fish-
ing guide since 1974. He is a charter member and past
president of Coastal Conservation Association. He is
also a charter member of the citizens advisory coun-
cil of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, a member
of the Sarasota County Reef Committee, and served
eight years on the Natural Resources and Parks and
Recreation Advisory Board of Sarasota County.
"We want our group to be inclusive, not exclu-
sive," Chinnis said. He said its members include
Realtors, developers, restaurateurs and environmen-
talists, as well as citizens who care about the health
of the bay.
And the group has received some significant
funding to aid in its efforts.
START donated $20,000 to the organization
for start-up expenses. The Duckwall Foundation
provided a $3,000 matching grant. The Elizabeth
Ordway Dunn Foundation provided $20,000.
The contributions provide a clear financial indi-
cator to the value many place on Sarasota Bay, Chin-
nis said.
"Water quality has a huge economic impact on
the whole region," he said.

Sandscript factoid
Karl Bickel probably best summed up the lure
and importance of Sarasota Bay in his book "Man-
grove Coast" when he wrote:
"Stand on the beach and look to sea. You will see
creatures as strange as the trees and plants the rare
and lonely manatee, the great sea turtles, the slowly
turning dolphin, the flashing tarpon and the king.
Then the old tales begin to take shape, tales of Span-
ish cavaliers, and smuggled drugs and Chinamen, of
the wrecks when the bitter lash of the nor 'wester has
struck the coast. The sun is setting. Look about you.
The saying goes that if you once get the sand of the
Coast in your shoes, you will itch forever after with
the longing to return to bury your toes in the sand of
this shore, to smell its morning winds, and gaze at its
high blue sky."

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Cold chills fishing, but gags, reds still hit shrimp

By Paul Roat
Cold water and rough seas, plus strong winds,
has slowed fishing a bit of late.
Offshore fishing, in fact, is pretty much at a
standstill as back-to-back cold fronts pound the area.
On good days, though, gag grouper action offshore
is great.
Gags are moving into the near-shore waters. Troll
the edges of the ship channels in Tampa Bay for some
good catches.
Backwater fishing for sheepshead, redfish and
trout is great right now. All the fish are working their
way off the seagrass flats and into canals and rivers,
and hunkering down around any type of dock or
structure. Try shrimp or sand fleas as bait, or lures.
Remember that there are new gag grouper rules
in effect as of Jan. 1. Daily catch is two fish per fisher,
and minimum keeper size allowed is 22 inches.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams said
he's catching some nice-sized reds near sandbars on
the lower tides. He's also putting his charters onto
trout and bluefish from the deeper pockets over sea-
grass flats in Sarasota Bay, and "there's still plenty
of snapper around area bridges."
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach gave his report
after being called to the phone from the outside dock,
where he was watching snook sunning themselves in
the canal next to the shop. "It's been tough with the
weather being so cold," he said as to fishing. "But
with the cold, the gag grouper are moving inshore,

Power squadron offers courses
The Anna Maria Island Power Squadron will hold
a series of boating education classes in February.
Pre-registration is required for the classes, which
will take place at 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton.
A boating safety course will take place in two
Saturday sessions Feb. 7 and Feb. 14 at 8:30
The fee is $35.
A chart-reading class will take place at 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 10.
A GPS seminar will take place at 6:30 p.m. Feb.
A knots seminar will take place at 6:30 p.m. Feb.
For more information, call Gloria Potter at

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and the action is awesome." He suggests trolling
along the ship channels in Tampa Bay, especially
along the edges. Offshore action on gags is also great,
but with rough seas and high winds, most charters
are steering closer to shore for their trips. Backwater
action is accommodating on that front, with good
reports of snapper and sheepshead, with snapper hit-
ting on shrimp and sheepies coming on to sand fleas.
Redfish are moving into the canals near docks and
any structures. And snook? They're still in canals,
but the cold water is stressing them a bit and, since
they're still out of season to keep, Danny advises to
either leave them be for now or treat the linesiders
with some delicacy if you hook one.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said he had
little to report on the fishing front due to the cold
fronts that dropped temperatures and interest in fish-
ing for even the hardiest of fishers.
At the Anna Maria City Pier, things were also
slow last week. A few sheepshead were landed, as
were some mackerel, according to reports.


Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said "the roller coaster ride for
water temperatures is back. Temps went from low 70s
with a rash of Spanish mackerel and kingfish hitting off-
shore to water in the upper 50s and a whole different set
of fish caught." He said he went from hardly any bites
on some rainy, cloudy days to colder and more blustery
outings on extremely low tides producing trout, sheep-
shead, black drum and redfish. "Most of the latter action
came while plying local canals and deep-water docks
with live shrimp," Capt. Zach said, adding he's finding
live shrimp, cut bait especially ladyfish and lead-
head jigs worked very slow producing the best results.
He also predicts that when water and winds die, beaches
from Egmont Key to Longboat Key should start giving
up big winter trout, plus pompano, bluefish, sheepies,
flounder and some redfish.
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and may be
submitted to Paul Roat by e-mail at paul@islander.

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Basketball kids back in action after holiday break

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's
winter basketball league is back in action after a
three-week hiatus over the Christmas break. And alot
has changed in two of the four age divisions during
the week. Premier Division saw Rotten Ralph's fall
out of first place after losing two games, while A Par-
adise Realty went to the top of the standings thanks
to a newly forged two-game winning streak. Fronius
put together a two-game winning streak of its own
to overtake Island Family Physicians for first place
in Division I.
Division II ranking hasn't changed much as Sand
Dollar remains undefeated and in control, though
Longboat Observer is back to .500, which is good
enough for second place. Meanwhile, Jessie's Island
Store and Ross Built continue to battle it out for Divi-
sion III supremacy.
Fronius earned the top spot in Division I on the
strength of a 32-28 victory over Dips Ice Cream on
Jan. 16. Savannah Schield scored 17 points to lead
Fronius, which also received five points from Jeffer-
son Bachler and four points apiece from Travis Bel-
sito and Chris Galati. Taylor Wilson completed the
Fronius scoring with two points in the victory. Justin
Gargett scored 15 points to lead Dips, which also
received six points from Daniel Schroder. Connor
Field scored four points and Helio Gomez finished
with three points in the loss.
Longboat Observer got back to the .500 mark on
Jan. 16 thanks to a 16-12 victory overE-Training Solu-
tions. Josh Zawistoski led the way with eight points,
while Jack Blanvelt, Madison Gsell, Joey Salinas and
Andrew Zink each added two points to the victory.
Blaine Jenefsky led E-Training Solutions with eight
points, while Amanda Bosch-Nyberg and Mikey Ells-
worth each finished with two points in the loss.
Sand Dollar continued its domination of Divi-
sion II on Jan. 16 with a 26-13 victory over Pan-
oramic. Burke McCampbell-Hill led all scorers with
14 points. Sand Dollar teammate Cameron Brauner
added four points, while Mikayla Kane and Lauren
Sapienza finished with two points apiece in the win.
Jacque Lynn Armer paced Panoramic with seven
points, while Adam Clark added four and Emma
Terry finished with two points.
A Paradise Realty made it to the top of the Premier
League by knocking off Rotten Ralph's by a46-34 score
on Jan. 15. Kyle Aritt scored 21 and Troy Koszewski
added 14 to lead Paradise. Kyle Sewall and Patrick
Edwards scored four points, while Erin Dolan and
Sheldon Phillips each scored two points to complete
the Paradise scoring. Chandler Hardy scored 12 points,
while Blake Rivers and Chris Callahan each scored six
points to lead Rotten Ralph's. Daniel Janisch chipped
in with seven points and Christian Hightower finished
with four points in the loss.
Seth Walter scored four of his game-high eight
points in the fourth quarter as Jessie's Island Store
edged Air & Energy 14-12 in Division III action Jan.
15. Brandon Mills added four points, while teammate
Jean Paul Russo finished with two points in the vic-
tory. Michael Latimer scored six points to leadA&E,
which also received two points apiece from George
Lardas, Leo Tilelli and Tyler Yavalar in the loss.
Ross Built smothered Coastal Orthopedic by a
24-2 score in Division III action on Jan. 14. Andrew
Ross led the way with 12 points, while brother Jake
added six points. Morgan Bums, Brooke Capperelli
and Maya Sapienza each scored two points in the
victory. Emma Moneuse scored two points to lead
Coastal Orthopedic in the loss.
Paradise Realty foreclosed on Island Real Estate
41-29 in Premier Division action on Jan. 14. Kyle
Aritt and Troy Koszewski led the way with 13 and
12 points respectively. Sheldon Phillips added four
points, Kyle Sewall three points and Erin Dolan
scored two points to complete the scoring for Para-
dise. Trevor Bystrom and Joe Karasiewicz paced IRE
with eight points apiece, while Forest Schield added
five. Zach Evans chipped in with four points for IRE,
which also received two points apiece from Chris
Pate and Julian Botero.

A&E received 10 points apiece from Tyler Yava-
lar and Michael Latimer in their 20-9 victory over
Coastal Orthopedic in Division III action on Jan. 12.
Emma Moneuse scored five points and Luke Valadie
added four points for Coastal in the loss.
Bradenton Prep won its first Premier Division
game of the season, edging Rotten Ralph's 25-23 on
Jan. 12. Edward Brown led the way with 11 points,
while teammate Jason Shkodnik added 10 points.
Devin Coulter and Sienna Bonner each finished
with two points in the victory. Matt Bauer led Rotten
Ralph's with 11 points, while Daniel Janisch added
eight. Wyatt Hoffman and Chandler Hardy completed
the scoring with two points apiece.
On Jan. 12 at the Center court, Travis Belsito
exploded for 19 points to lead Fronius to an exciting
25-24 victory over Island Family Physicians in Divi-
sion I action. Denver Hardy and Savannah Schield
completed the Fronius scoring with three points
apiece in the victory. Lee Bergeron led Island Family
Physicians with 12 points, while Mallory Kosfeld
scored eight points and KaylaArmer added four.

Indoor tourney comes to a close
The Anna Maria Island Community Center New
Year's indoor soccer tournament came to a close on
Jan. 11 with two championship games. The East Man-
atee Hurricanes edged out the Islanders 5-3 to claim
the U8 title. Nick Anderson and Cameron Leffert
scored two goals apiece to lead the Hurricanes, which
also received one goal from Ross Springstead in the
victory. The Islanders were led by Dylan Joseph, who
scored two goals and Leo Tilelli, who added one.
Ross Built rolled to the U10 title with two goals
apiece from Henry Howell, John Rivera and Andrew
Ross in an 8-1 victory over the East Manatee Hurri-
canes. Jake Ross and Jake Lafeminia added one goal
apiece to complete the Ross scoring. Mike Pastujon
notched the lone goal for the Hurricanes in the loss.

Sign up now for Little League
Registration and tryouts for the 2009 Little
League season at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center will be held from 5-7 p.m. and Friday, Jan.
23, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at
the Center baseball field. Youths ages 5-16 who live
within the AMICC Little League boundaries are eli-
gible to play. Registration is required, even though a
child may have played previously.
AMICC Little League will have five age/ability
groups, including T-ball, pony, minors, majors and
junior/senior divisions. The league will provide instruc-
tional clinics highlighting hitting, fielding and pitching,
and also host fun activities, including "Friday Night
Lights," where games will be played under the Center
field lights and include parents and players. Also on tap
are Family Fun Day and a home run derby day.
For more information, including a description
of the league boundaries, contact Robert Vita of the
Center at 941-778-1908, ext. 9210, or e-mail him at
Rvital @tampabay.rr.com.

Flag Football returns
The Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL
Flag Football program is also accepting registration
Feb. 2-26. Registration must be completed online at
The cost to play is $45, which includes an NFL
team jersey and flag set. Games will be played at
the Holmes Beach field and the schedule will begin
March 23.

Horseshoe news
Frigid to Floridians temperatures on Jan.
17 limited the field for the horseshoe competition
at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. John Johnson and
John Crawford earned bragging rights for the day,
defeating Al Norman and Jerry Disbrow 22-13.
Four teams emerged from pool play on Jan. 14.
The first semifinal saw Jerry Disbrow and Ted Powers
defeat Al Norman and Bruce Munroe 21-13. Gene
Bobledyk and Bryan Wagar edged Hank Huyghe
and David Batchelder in the other semifinal match

to advance to the finals. Disbrow and Powers rolled
in the finals, posting a 21-8 victory.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. War-
mups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team
selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is

Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole,
better-ball-of-partners game on Jan. 14. The team of
Jim Mixon and Hal Sears carded a 7-under-par 57
to edge second-place finishers Bob Elliott and Jim
Thorton by one stroke. Vince Fanton and John Sagert
matched the 59 carded by Bob Dickinson and Jim
Helgesen to finish in a tie for third place.
The ladies of Key Royale Club played an individ-
ual-low-net game on Jan. 13. Flight AA winner was
Penny Williams with an even par 32. Judy Squire was
a shot back in second place, while Marilyn Thorton
and Jean Holmes finished in a tie for third at 35.
Flight A winner was Judy Crowe with a 1-over-
par 33. Beverly Neville, Donna Soos and Cindi Man-
sour finished in second place with 35s.
Flight B went to Marcia Helgeson with a 5-under-
par 27. Meredith Slavin was alone in second place with
a 29 while Jan Turner was in third with a 2-under 30.
The men played a nine-hole two best balls of
foursome tournament on Jan. 12. The team of Fred
Miller, Garth Bryant, Richard Wheeler and Bill
Lowman earned bragging rights for the day with an
11-under par 53. Two shots back was the team of
Gordon McKinna, Fred Meyer, Jim Finn and Jerrry
Brown who matched the 55 carded by Bob Dickinson,
Omar Trolard, Neil Hammer and Bill Gallagher.

AMICC Basketball schedule
Premier Division (ages 14-17)
Jan. 21 8p.m. IRE vs. Paradise
Jan. 24 10 a.m. Academy vs. Paradise
Jan. 24 11 a.m. Ralph's vs. IRE
Jan. 26 8 p.m. Ralph's vs. Academy

Division I (ages 12-13)
Jan. 22 8 p.m. Fronlus vs. Dips
Jan. 24 12p.m. Fronlus vs. IFP
Jan. 26 7 p.m. Dips vs. Fronlus
Jan. 27 8 p.m. IFP vs. Dips

Division II (ages 10-11)
Jan. 22 7 p.m. E-Training vs. Panoramic
Jan. 23 8 p.m. Observer vs. Sand Dollar
Jan. 24 1 p.m. Panoramic vs. Observer
Jan. 24 2 p.m. E-Training vs. Sand Dollar
Jan. 27 6 p.m. Panoramic vs. Sand Dollar
Jan. 27 7 p.m. E-Training vs. Observer

Division III (ages
Jan. 21 7 p.m.
Jan. 23 7 p.m.
Jan. 24 3 p.m.
Jan. 24 4 p.m.
Jan. 26 6 p.m.

Orthopedics vs. Jessie's
A&E vs. Ross
Jessie's vs. Ross
Orthopedics vs. A&E
Jessie's vs. vs. A&E

Instructional League (ages 5-7)
Jan. 21 6p.m. Sandbar vs. Bistro
Jan. 22 6 p.m. Bistro vs. Walter
Jan. 24 6p.m. Sandbar vs. Walter

Basketball League standings as
of Friday, Jan. 16
Premier Division
Team Wins Losses
A Paradise 4 1
Rotten Ralph's 3 3
IRE 2 3
Bradenton Prep 1 3

Division I
Fronlus 3 1
IFP 2 2
Dips 1 3
Division II
Sand Dollar 4 0
Observer 2 2
Panoramic 1 3
E-Training 1 3

Division III
Jessie's 4 1
Ross Built 4 1
A&E 2 3
Coastal 0 5

THE ISLANDER U JAN. 21, 2009 E 25

AME Dolphin Dash draws 150 runners

By Diana Bogan
Islander Reporter
Despite the brisk 39-degree temperature early
Saturday morning, Jan. 17, a field of 150 runners "
gathered at Anna Maria Elementary School in Holmes
Beach for the third annual Dolphin Dash.
The Parent-Teacher Organization event not only
serves as a fitness promotion for students and the
community, but also raises funds for the PTO.
The Dolphin Dash features a 5k race that kicked
off at 8 a.m., followed by a 1-mile fun run an hour
later at 9 a.m.
Race coordinator Becky Walter has been helping
AME students train for the race on a weekly basis
since school started in the fall and 27 AME students
participated in the 5k race. The youngest student to
run the 5k was Daniel Sentman, 6, who finished in
41 minutes.
AME fifth-grader Henrik Hellem-
Brusso was the first AME student to cross
the 5k finish line in 23:19 minutes. 5k start
The first three female students to finish the race More than 100 runners registered for the third annual Anna Maria Elementary School Dolphin Dash,
were Ashleigh Rodhouse, 26:02, Sophia Bernet, which funneled participants from the starting line at the school, through the streets of Holmes Beach and
31:06 and Emma Moneuse, 31:18. back to the school finish line. Islander Photos: Diana Bogan
Emma's brother Max Moneuse, a seventh-grader It rI.,
at King Middle School who participates on his school j "
cross-country running team, also ran the 5k race. .
Many of the runners at the Dolphin Dash are
members of the Bradenton Runner's Club, which
sanctioned the Island race. First-place finisher Johna- P
than Hufty is a Bradenton Runner's Club member .
who beat his previous race time by 30 seconds, fin-
ishing this year in 17:35 minutes. l
The race also drew out Island vacationer Dawn .
Rappold for the 1-mile fun run, which she completed
with her two children, Tony, 6 and Jacqueline, 2. The r .
family is visiting from Wisconsin.
After the race, door prizes and awards were dis-
tributed near the hospitality booth, where many racers
warmed up with a cup of hot chocolate provided by
A Castaway Charters.
Walter said that AME's running club will con-
tinue to meet at 8 a.m. each Wednesday morning for
the remainder of the school year. Anyone interested
may join the group on the school field to run laps.
For more information, call Walter at
941-383-9675. Fun run
The A~ME Dolphin Dash's 1-mile fun run begins at 9 a.m., an hour after the 5k race, and serves as a post-run
cool down for many racers, as well as an opportunity for younger students to participate with family members.


Fast kids
Dolphin Dash coordinator Becky Walter said this
year there were "a ton more" kids participating
in the 5k race. The two fastest finishers were Max
Moneuse and Henrik Hellem-Brusso. Moneuse, a
seventh-grader at King Middle School, finished in
23:03 minutes and Hellem-Brusso, an A~ME fifth- .
grader, was close behind at 23:19 minutes. .

Dashing to a win
Johnathan Hufty and
Mickey Hooke ran I.
neck-and-neck through-
out the A~ME Dolphin
Dash course, but it was
Hufty who sprang ahead
at the finish line for a Early birds Fun finish
17:35-minute finish -
17:35minute finish r Anna Maria Elementary School parents \ I., ;.. Jacob Talucci was the second AMtE student to cross
beating his prior race Cucci and Becky Walter braved the bitter cold to the finish line of the 1-mile fun run. Talucci also
time by 30 seconds. l. hil D h

set up regItiratI UoiJI iLf r ULtpiLL Ui Ue U.Im.
Jan. 17. The two kept busy registering racers for
the Parent-Teacher Organization fundraiser.

ran the 5k race earlier in the morning.

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Talent pool
Island students
participating in
the Parent-Teacher
Organization talent
show Jan. 13,
gather on stage for
the grand finale.
Third- through fifth
graders showcased
comedy, "'',/,.,.
dancing, athletic
and musical talents
following a family
dinner catered by
Ruby's Subs and
More of Anna

AME school calendar
Wednesday, Jan. 21, report cards go home.
6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, science fair infor-
mation night at the school auditorium.
Tuesday, Jan. 27, student health screenings.
1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, December/January birth-
day book club party in the media center.
9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, anti-smoking program
for fifth-graders in Anne Kinnan's classroom.
Tuesday, Feb. 10, FCAT Writes testing for
9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, Spring Fling plan-
ning meeting in the cafeteria.
For more information, call the school office at
941-708-5525. AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.

AME singer
Fifth-grader Emma Peery sings it.,..l by Me"
at the Anna Maria Elementary School talent show
Tuesday, Jan. 13. The evening performance fea-
tured students in third- through fifth-grades and
was sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Organiza-
tion. Islander Photo: Courtesy Jack Walter

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YARD SALE: ROSER Thrift Shop. 9 a.m.-noon
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GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 24.
Pictures, rugs, household items, clothing. 114
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TRASH-TO-TREASURE sale: 8 a.m.-noon Sat-
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A SALE EVERYDAY atThe Islander, 5404 Marina
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ESTATE SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and
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2703 10th Ave. W., Bradenton, located off 26th
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REWARD FOR THE return of precious mem-
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PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
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able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.

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landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
Mark. 941-301-6067.

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.
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.
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service since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
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TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
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Neil, 941-726-3077.

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man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.

JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.

K&C PAINTING LLC. Interior, exterior, faux. A
woman's touch. Kelly Meshberger. Free estimates.

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
talks. 941-201-9360.

year with a home renovation. Free estimates.

V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
941-795-1947. Lic.#RR0066450.

cabinetry, wood, Thermo-foil doors, countertops,
all remodeling. Call Tudor, 941-376-0015.

RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or
800-749-6665. www.wedebrockrentals.com.

variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-

furnished. Also has studio for $900/month with
utilities. Call 941-794-5980. www.divefish.com.
2BR/2BA, second floor. Old Florida Realty,
Sharon, 941-778-3377 or 941-713-9096.
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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.
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.

625 sf, $500/month. 8799 Cortez Road. Call

FOR RENT: 7504 Palm Drive. 3BR with washer
and dryer and fireplace. Near beach. $1,100/
month. 941-224-0285.

IT'SYOURTURN 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

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.
garage. Clean, quiet area, No smoking or pets.
$950/month. 941-776-1789.

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Maria, pet friendly, near beach, trolley, weekly,
monthly rates. 941-567-4789.
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.

3BR/2BA condo. Seasonal rental, large heated
pool. Spectacular sunsets. Call 352-514-7046.

BRAND NEW: 2BR/1 BA canalfront home across
from bay beach. Washer and dryer. $925/month.
to beach, spacious, 1,100 sf. Available Jan.15.
$950/month plus electric. 585-473-9361 or

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@

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.

includes utilities. Different sizes to fit your budget,
from small office to 1,600 sf. 941-746-8666.
Gulf with view. Just remodeled, tile throughout,
extra-large storage room, washer and dryer hookup,
undercover parking. $1,075/month. 941-778-3427.
great fishing. Tile, central heat/air conditioning.
$850/month. 941-720-5664.

34 Yars of ProssioMl Serv
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,
$2,900/mo. Seasonal.
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
yrealty3@aol.com www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com

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.
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.
Heated pool. February or April only $2,400/month.
407-846-8741. Holmes Beach.
close to shops and transportation, half block to the
Gulf. Washer/dryer on premises, $750/month, utilities
included! Call 941-224-1484 for more information!
FOR RENT: ANNUAL or seasonal. Greatest
Meadowcroft South end unit. Huge screened
lanai, waterfront. Hurry! 941-792-6004.
Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost
Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.

VACATION RENTALS: 1BR/1BA, upstairs with
deck, clean, comfortable, close to beach. $500/
week, $1,600/month. 941-779-1112.

to Gulf, quiet street. Extra-large garage, washer/
dryer hookups, balcony, lots of storage space.
$795/month. 941-795-3800 or 941-518-9482.
Two or more months, or annual. 55-plus, no pets.

CORTEZ ANNUAL: $675/month, seasonal
$1,075/month. 1BR, washer and dryer, lanai.

2BR/2BA apartment. Jan. 27-Feb. 12, 2009. $650/
week plus tax. January, February, March 2010,
$2,500/month. Steps to beach. 941-778-7741.

Maria. 2BR/2BA. Available now through April 1.
Block to beach. 813-251-9201.

Wonderful 2bed/2bath, 1 block to beach
in Holmes Beach. Property is turnkey
furnished and is a successful vacation
rental. Asking $359,000.

gulfBay alty ofAynna Maria Inc.
Jesse Brisson BroerAssociate, g'J
941-713-4755 800-771-6043

Sandpiper Beauty
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

Imperial House
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
yourself. $324,900
Call Jesse Brisson, 941-713-4755.

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ANNUAL: 1BR IN Holmes Beach. $675/month
plus security deposit. 941-778-6541, weekdays
and 941-504-3844, evenings and weekends.

ANNUAL: 2BR/1BA, HOLMES Beach. Remod-
eled, tile floors, very nice. All new appliances,
washer and dryer, dishwasher, patio, storage
shed, shady lot. Paid water, trash, lawn service.
No pets. $875/month. 941-778-5522. Dotflinn@

family room, porch, west of Gulf Drive, $900/
month. 3BR/2BA, tile floors, washer/dryer hookup.
$875/month. 1BR/1BA, close to beach, $700/
month. 2BR/2BA, tile, $725/month. No pets. Dolo-
res M. Baker Realty, 941-778-7500.

lanai, washer and dryer. Two heated pools and
tennis courts. Available February-March, 2009.
Asking $2,900/month, 30 day minimum. Visit
aposporos.com for photos. Aposporos and Son.

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

HOLMES BEACH: KEY Royale. An abso-
lutely spectacular canal home, 4BR/2BA,
two-car garage, split-plan, custom remod-
eled throughout. 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.

CANAL HOUSE: 717-392-4048.


(941) 778-2291
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria

Brnaging Pcok Homer Smla 1919

We Are Home Town!

REDUCED! Anna Maria Gulffront lot.
Build your dream home here. Walk
the sugarwhite sand beach, watch the
stunning sunsets, see the dolphins
swim by. Write your novel here! Becky
Smith or Elfi Starrett, 941-778-2246.
#M504998. $1,199,000.

maintained 3BR/2BAcanalfront Holmes
Beach with open floor plan, private set-
tingwith newdock, paverbrickpatioand
drive and excellent Island location. Dave

9100 Block Cortez Road Spectacular SWEEPING VIEW of Bay and Skyway.
views of Palma Sola Bay from this Best in Holmes Beach complex. Com-
magnificently decorated 4BR/4.5BA pletely renovated featuring spectacular
home, private elevator, 3-car garage kitchen, built-in entertainment center
Sharon Hightower, 941-778-2246. and office area. Many upscale design
#M5799513. $1,249,000. Others from amenities. Karen Day, 941-778-2246.
$699,900. #M5801450. $379,000.
(941) 778-2246 (800) 211-2323 WWW.WAGNERREALTY.COM

BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA with Gulf just
across the street. Direct, terrific views! $398,000.
Owner, 941-447-2061.
and free brochures. Richard and Alison Estrin,
licensed mortgage brokers, Blondin Mortgage
Company. 941-383-6112.
$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: 1 BR/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.

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.

house. Large living room, pool, storm shutters,
garage, storage. $399,000. 941-722-0640.
"DISTRESS" SALE: BANK foreclosures. Island
and mainland properties. Free list with pictures.
Call Vince Meaney, 941-315-1501. www.mana-
teeareaforeclosu res.com.

ANNA MARIA CORNER lot, no streets to
cross to the beach! 117 Willow Ave. $350,000.

Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
846 Waterside Lane,
Best Buy! Furnished 2BR/2BA villa,
water views, 1292 sf, pool, tennis
and 24-guard gate. Only $219,000!
.... MI#A380062
email: michellemusto@prudentialpalmsrealIty.com

BEACH CONDO HOME: Wrap-around beach
and Gulf view. 55-plus. 717-392-4048.
HOLMES BEACH: ISLAND investment property.
2BR/2BA pool home with separate studio apart-
ment on three waterfront lots. Call Will Bouziane
at Boyd Realty, 941-773-3757 or 941-750-8844,or
e-mail: wbouziane@hotmail.com.

p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25. 6224 7th Ave. W., Bra-
denton, off 59th Street and Manatee Avenue.
2BR/2BA, all tile, new air conditioning Move-in
condition. No age requirement. Best in complex.
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.

acres with 10-foot waterfall in established com-
munity, great views, lots of options, only $99,500.
Owner, 866-789-8535.
GOLF LOT BARGAIN! Now $39,900, was $139,900.
Includes membership! Rare opportunity to own a beau-
tiful view homesite in upstate South Carolina's finest
golf community. Now for a fraction of its value. Paved
roads, water, sewer, all infrastructure completed. Get
much more for much less. Low-rate financing available.
Call now 866-334-3253, ext. 2126.

NOW IS THE time to buy your Tennessee lake
property. Four seasons and no state income tax.
Call Lakeside Realty, 888-291-5253, or visit www.

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gourmet-to-go pizza & catering 387-8678

Jamaican food, reggae, beer, friday buffet 383-4932

relaxed, waterfront, continental cuisine 312-4975

Tiny's Lounge
bar, music, smoking 383-3355

dockside dining 383-2391

Moore's Stone Crab Restaurant
Seafood dining headquarters on LBK 383-1748

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hair services, mani-pedi, more *387- 9807
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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
WWW.ISLANDER.ORG 941-778-7978

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, news@islander.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
34217. Proceeds to benefit the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival. Thanks for entering!
Info. The Islander. 941-778-7978
Museum. Roger Alien, 941-708-6121 or 941-704 8598.

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