. .VOLUME 17, NO. 14
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Anna Maria has
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Meetings: The gov-
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faces tough financial
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honors Ed Chiles
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ers BOA changes.
The Island street
map. Pages 16-17
Make a date. Page 21
White pelicans flock
to area. Page 22-23
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By Lisa Neff
City officials thought they put to bed a
decision to eliminate short-term lodging in
Holmes Beach's most residential neighbor-
But the city commission returned to the
issue during a work meeting Jan. 27 and has
booked at least one additional talk on short-
term lodging for Feb. 10.
When the city updated its land-devel-
opment code, the update included a revision
for the low-density, single-family residential
zones known as R-1. A rental restriction was
amended to eliminate seven-day rentals and
require minimum rentals of 30 days, with
a 10-year phase-out period for licensed rent-
In the future-land use section under "Low
Density Residential," the LDC states, "Resort
housing in ol1 ing occupancy for periods of
less than 30 days is prohibited."
A 30-day restriction also applies in Key
Royale, zoned R-1AA.
Elsewhere in the city in areas zoned R-2,
R-3 and R-4, a seven-day minimum is the
The R-1 rental rule also is part of the pro-
posed comprehensive plan amendments under
consideration by the city that has passed a pre-
liminary state review.
There are pockets of R-1 zoning around
The waders that Mark Kevin Harmon and Brian Bryant of Cik iinali purchased for
their .':Aeili,, on Anna Mara Island proved a :'-i,,ithhili investment. Looking for shells,
Harmon waded about 200feet into the :',// r near the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria
Jan. 27 and found a i:ic,,bl Bahama Sea Star starfish, as well as many average size
starfish. "I've never seen i,,yllin.; like it," Harmon said of the large starfish. The state
regulates the ,akini. of certain live shells, sand dollars and starfish, if lhuin.; the Bahama
Sea Star, which is c ,,'idt fairly common to the area, U L. ,,rding to Mote Marine Labo-
ratory. For more about shells, see page 9. Ilimnd ,r Photo: Lisa Neff
City hosts scenic highway charette
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach citizens gathered Jan.
30 for a marathon talk on how to drive for-
ward plans for the city's scenic highway.
The 2.8-mile segment of State Road
789/Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach is desig-
nated as a Florida scenic highway, with three
distinct sections the primarily resort and
residential north end, the central commercial
district and the recreational south end.
Last Friday, city officials, consultants,
and citizens gathered at city hall, 107 Gulf
Drive N., for a charette on the future of the
Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway Corri-
"This is a once every 10 years charette,"
said Carl Parks, chair of the city's Scenic-
WAVES advisory committee, welcoming
about 30 people to the event.
The discussion that followed Parks' wel-
come provided information needed to update a
corridor management plan, which is mandated
by the state.
The city's original corridor management
plan was submitted to the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation in October 2000. At
the time, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key and
Anna Maria also considered seeking scenic
highway status, but opted not to pursue the
designation in their city limits.
Bradenton Beach's corridor management
plan "covers just about everything in our city
because you are never very far from the cor-
ridor," said city project and program director
Lisa Marie Phillips.
The charette followed an agenda that
PLEASE SEE HIGHWAY, PAGE 3
FEB. 4, 2009 1
Holmes Beach, but the bulk of R-1 is from
66th Street north to the city limits and east of
Last fall, some representatives from the
real estate community asked commissioners
to revisit the restriction.
The commission agreed, but delayed a
discussion until winter residents also could
The discussion began last week, with
people on both sides of the issue appearing
Resident and businessperson Frank Davis
said the short-term rental issue has come up
repeatedly over the years and that he favors
PLEASE SEE RENTAL, NEXT PAGE
By Lisa Neff
A coalition of conservation groups
recently announced their intent to sue if the
federal government does not act immediately
to protect sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico.
The groups' announcement comes after
fisheries observer data revealed that the Gulf
of Mexico bottom long-line fishery, which tar-
gets reef fish like grouper and tilefish, resulted
in the capture of nearly 1,000 threatened and
endangered sea turtles between July 2006 and
the end of 2007.
Last week, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery
Management Council voted to banish long-
line grouper boats to water 300 feet or deeper
for five months, beginning in late spring or
early summer. The National Fisheries Service
still must draft and publish the measure before
it goes into effect.
Representatives in the commercial fish-
ing and the seafood industries said such a rule
would cause economic harm, and possibly put
some out of business.
Karen Bell of Bell Fish Co. in Cortez said
that she could not believe such a longline ban
"Where is the significance to people?" she
asked. "We are what feeds people, and they
keep hacking away at us."
She said Cortez has about 25 longline
grouper fishing boats, with three to four people
working each boat. All will be out of work if
the longline ban is enacted.
"There are no red grouper in more than
300 feet of water," Bell said of the most popu-
lar of the grouper, found on restaurant menus
throughout the state.
"We're going to fight this," she said.
But the rule has the support of environ-
PLEASE SEE LONGLINE, PAGE 3
On the Internet
The government's recovery plan for
loggerhead turtles is available on the web
htm or www.fws.gov/northflorida.
Rental debate resumes in Holmes Beach
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Rental renovations requested
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allowing short-term rentals in R-1 areas.
Davis said when he first purchased on the Island
in 1978, he used the property as a rental until he
eventually moved to Holmes Beach full-time.
"It allowed me to have my piece of paradise
when I wanted it," Davis said.
Davis also argued that the drive to draw ever
more tourists seems to conflict with the city's effort
to reduce available lodging for vacationers.
"We're spending big money to get people here
and we're saying we don't want you here," he said.
Larry Chatt, a member of the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce board, asked the commission
to consider the economic hardships property owners
Chatt also said that on behalf of the chamber he
initiated a survey last fall on the short-term rental
Of 300 property owners surveyed, 90 supported
a one-week rental in R-1 areas and 41 supported the
new 30-month rule.
Opponents of short-term rentals in the R-1 also
Jeff Gerry of White Sands Beach Resort said if
the city feels the need to increase the number of short-
term resort rentals, it should encourage the creation
of more units in commercial and hotel-zoned areas.
Ken Gerry of White Sands said there is not a
shortage of resort housing. "For the last six months,
we've had vacancies," he said.
He argued that easing the restriction would be
unfair to his resort business. "It would be like me
opening a bar in my house," Gerry said.
After hearing from the public, Commission Chair
Sandy Haas-Martens said the commission will con-
tinue the discussion at its Feb. 10 meeting, which
begins at 7 p.m. at city hall. 5801 Marina Drive.
In other business, commissioners:
Revisited the question of whether a super-
majority vote was needed when the commission
considered a special exception application from John
Agnelli Construction at 6000 Marina Drive.
The commission voted 3-2 on Jan. 13 for the
special exception and Haas-Martens declared that it
passed. But almost immediately after, city attorney
Patricia Petruff said the measure did not pass. She
said a super-majority vote was needed to approve
Agnelli's request because the building official had
recommended its denial.
But during last week's meeting, the commission
determined that the building official's staff report did
not contain a recommendation to deny or approve the
special exception application. The commission did
have a clear recommendation to deny the application
from its city planning consultant.
The commission voted 3-1 to reaffirm its vote for
the Agnelli request, with Haas-Martens, John Monetti
and David Zaccagnino in favor and Pat Morton against.
Pat Geyer, who voted against the special exception on
Jan. 13, did not attend the Jan. 27 meeting.
The Manatee County
S Department and the
Island cities held
a hazardous waste
and e-scrap col-
lection Jan. 31 at
the Coquina Beach
parking lot to allow
free and proper
disposal of outdated
als free to area
Photo: Bonner Joy
Approved a recommendation from Holmes
Beach public works superintendent Joe Duennes to
seek an extension of the Palma Sola Scenic Highway
from East Bay Drive to Gulf Drive/State Road 789
at the Manatee Public Beach.
The designation currently runs from 75th Street
West in Bradenton to East Bay Drive.
The Palma Sola Scenic Highway Corridor Man-
agement Entity committee will consider recommend-
ing the extension to the state next month.
Approved the reappointment of Melissa Snyder
to the city's parks and beautification committee.
Authorized the mayor to sign a contract for the acqui-
sition of property that the Federal Emergency Management
Agency listed in its severe flooding program.
The property on Holmes Boulevard will become
a city park and cannot be developed under FEMA
rules. (See separate story.)
Denied a request from property owners seek-
ing the city's vacation of an unimproved alley. (See
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mental groups that maintain the longliners catch and
"Allowing this fishery to continue to kill threat-
ened and endangered turtles while the government
studies the problem is irresponsible and illegal. It's
like refusing to turn off a leaking gas valve when
you're trying to put out a house fire. The law and the
science are clear: These animals have to be protected
right now," said Andrea Treece, an attorney with the
Center for Biological Diversity.
Of particular concern for the environmental
groups are loggerhead sea turtles, which accounted
for 799 of the 974 captured turtles in the government
analysis. Loggerheads nest on Anna Maria Island
beaches, as well as many other beaches on Florida's
The number of captured loggerheads is more than
three times the number of loggerheads the govern-
ment authorized the fishery to take in 2005, according
to the environmental groups.
Loggerhead nesting populations in Florida have
dropped by more than 40 percent over the past 10
"It's devastating to think about all the hard work
and progress we have made in safeguarding Flor-
ida's loggerheads and their nesting beaches being
destroyed by this rampant level of take, said David
Godfrey, executive director of the Florida-based
Caribbean Conservation Corporation. "We must stop
and reassess the impacts of this fishery before it's too
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Highway plans offered
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An introduction from Phillips, who said, "This
is one of the most important things we are going to
do all year."
A review of the process that goes into updating
the scenic highway corridor management plan for the
state by consultant James Taylor of the IBI Group.
The city received a National Scenic Byways grant to
hire the consulting firm to help with the update.
A review of the features and amenities in the
scenic highway corridor provided by Taylor.
Prior to the charette, Taylor walked, drove and
biked the corridor, taking photographs as he trav-
eled to document what exists along Gulf Drive in the
The consultant tallied trolley stops, sidewalk
lengths, parking spots, beach access points, lights,
non-native plants, crosswalks, bike racks and other
He also examined the bike lane for hazards or
A discussion on goals for Gulf Drive led by
Taylor and Sue Thompson of IBI Group.
A group discussion on the scenic highway's
strengths, weaknesses and future.
The Gulf of Mexico bottom longline fishery oper-
ates primarily off the west coast of Florida.
Bottom longline gear generally consists of a
mainline made of steel cable or monofilament with
up to 2,100 hooks. Turtles can get caught on the
lines when they attempt to eat the bait from hooks
or become entangled when swimming near a line.
Earlier this year, the federal government released
the final version of its plan for the recovery of the
Northwest Atlantic loggerhead.
The revised plan reviews and discusses the spe-
cies ecology, population status and trends, and identi-
fies threats to the loggerhead turtle in the northwest-
The plan lays out a recovery strategy to address
the threats and includes recovery goals and criteria. In
addition, the plan identifies actions needed to address
the threats to the species and achieve recovery.
An initial recovery plan for the loggerhead turtle
was approved in September 1984. The initial plan
was a multi-species plan for all six species of sea
turtles occurring in the U.S.
In 1991, a separate recovery plan for the U.S.
Atlantic population of the loggerhead turtle was
In 2001, NOAA's Fisheries Service and the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service, which share federal juris-
diction for sea turtles, initiated the process to revise
the loggerhead plan for a second time.
This revised plan is significant in that it identi-
fies five unique recovery units, which comprise the
population of loggerhead turtles in the Northwest
Atlantic, and describes specific recovery criteria for
each recovery unit, according to NOAA.
A review of the timetable for updating the plan.
The schedule calls for a draft of the plan to be avail-
able by March 9 and a final plan presented by mid-
A to-do list for the scenic highway includes
constructing a sidewalk along Gulf Drive from city
hall to Cortez Road, improving parking accommo-
dations, promoting trolley ridership and bicycling,
improving the gateways and promoting native land-
scaping, implementing design guidelines, opening
an environmental education center, updating related
Web sites, improving stormwater drainage, removing
obstacles in the bike lanes and improving the signage
Those who attended the charette also agreed on
the need to pursue grant money and other non-munic-
ipal sources of funding for enhancements.
For example, participants seemed eager to pursue
the type of grant the city of Anna Maria secured for
enhancements along Pine Avenue.
Participants also encouraged additional improve-
ments at Coquina Beach, which is maintained by the
county. Much praise was offered for the installation
of a multi-use path at the site and much enthusiasm
was shared for additional improvements.
Taylor said, "It's easy to recognize it is the beach
that lays the golden egg. You've got to protect that
Anna Maria named
Thanks to the Florida Department of Elder
Affairs, Anna Maria can now officially add the
words "Community for a Lifetime" to its name.
The DEA last week recognized the city as the
newest member of Florida's "Communities for a
Lifetime" initiative after the city commission Jan.
22 adopted a proclamation joining the statewide
Elder Affairs effort.
Elder Affairs Secretary E. Douglas Beach
said, "By partnering with the Department of
Elder Affairs, Anna Maria has taken an impor-
tant step to ensure that seniors will be able to
enjoy countless benefits and an improved qual-
ity of life."
Communities for a Lifetime initiative helps
Florida communities and counties plan and imple-
ment improvements that benefit their residents of
all ages, a DEA press release said.
"Communities use existing resources and
state technical assistance to make improvements
in housing, health care, transportation, accessibil-
ity, business partnerships, community education,
employment, volunteer opportunities and recre-
ation," the release said.
Bradenton Beach became a participant in the
program last year.
For more information on the initiative, go on
the Internet to www.communitiesforalifetime.org,
Anna Maria City
Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m., environmental enhance-
ment committee meeting.
Feb. 12, 7 p.m., city commission work ses-
Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board
Feb. 26, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Feb. 5, 1 p.m., city pier team meeting.
Feb. 5, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Feb. 9, 3 p.m., ScenicWAVES Partnership
Feb. 11, 6 p.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Feb. 19, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Feb. 4, 5 p.m., parks and beautification com-
Feb. 10, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Feb. 24, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
Feb. 10, 9 a.m., Manatee County Board
of Commissioners meeting, county administra-
tive building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton,
Feb. 14 is Valentine's Day not an official
Feb. 16 is Presidents Day, and many govern-
ment offices, including the Island city halls, will be
Feb. 19, 6 p.m., West Manatee Fire Rescue
District Commission meeting, Station No. 1, 6001
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
Feb. 23, 11 a.m., Island fireworks task force
committee meeting, Anna Maria City Hall, 10005
Feb. 24, 9 a.m., Manatee County Board
of Commissioners meeting, county administra-
tive building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton,
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Anna Maria has renourishment hope
By Rick Catlin -Anna Maria
Islander ReporteriMayor Fran
Anna Maria property owners on the bayside of
North Shore Drive and Bay Boulevard concerned
about beach erosion and renourishment received
some encouraging news Jan. 26 at a meeting on the
issue called by Mayor Fran Barford.
But any chance for beach renourishment in the area
could be a long and difficult permitting process, said
Rick Spadoni of Coastal Planning and Engineering, the
company engineering the Manatee County renourish-
ment project that is slated to begin in 2011-12.
Spadoni said that because the area is south of the
Joint Coastal Permit marker established by the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection about 50 years
ago, it falls outside the scope of the DEP's eligibility
rules for state funding for a coastal renourishment proj-
ect. That means it won't be included in the 2011 Anna
Maria Island renourishment project. The marker is near
Jacaranda Street, just north of the Rod & Reel Pier.
Spadoni said the DEP marker is to show where
the "open Gulf coast ended" and the bayside began.
But the area has changed considerably in 50
years, he observed, particularly Passage Key, an
island just off Bean Point that was designated a bird
The key has disappeared in the past few years, he
said, allowing northwest waves to enter Tampa Bay
and "wrap around" Anna Maria. The wave action has
caused the channel along the north and east shores to
move closer to land, he said.
In addition, the Island has been hit by severe
storms, including the "Storm of the Century" in
All of these factors have contributed to erosion of the
bayside, yet the DEP continues to maintain the established
marker separating the Gulfside from the bayside.
And the JCP is separate from the Coastal Con-
struction Control Line, which pertains to coastal
development, not renourishment, he said.
The DEP itself has called Anna Maria's bayside
"critically eroded," and Spadoni couldn't agree more.
However, Anna Maria has no funds available for
beach renourishment. The best chance to renourish
the area is to get the DEP to move the marker south-
ward, he said.
While that sounds simple, the city has to convince
the DEP's bureau of beaches and coastal systems of
the critical need to move the marker, Spadoni said.
The city needs to explain the problem and con-
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ing with affected
vince the bureau to investigate further, Spadoni
City officials will likely need old photographs dem-
onstrating how the sand has shifted, and some evidence
of the impact of erosion on turtle nesting and the impact
of erosion on the island's environment.
All that could cost money, but Barford said she
won't know until she contacts the bureau. She'll take
her findings from the bureau to the city commission
Barford said she would make this a major priority
and hoped to have information to report this month.
Kristen Minor, an aide to U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan,
R-Sarasota, attended the meeting and promised to send a
letter with Buchanan's signature requesting assistance.
Minor indicated Buchanan might be more effec-
tive in dealing with the U.S. Army Corps of Engi-
That agency represents the city's next option to
renourish the bayside.
Spadoni said he and Charlie Hunsicker, director
of Manatee County's natural resources department,
would meet with the Corps later in the week to dis-
cuss a planned Corps maintenance dredging in two
years of the Tampa Bay channel.
If the material dredged by the Corps is of "beach
quality" sand, and the bayside can hold sand without
it quickly washing away, Spadoni said he and Hun-
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everything is approved, the city would need a DEP
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about a two-year process, Spadoni said.
Some residents said they weren't too concerned
about the quality of sand, but Spadoni said the sand
has to meet certain state criteria.
"We're not going to dredge up mud or rocks," he
Another option to save the bayside beaches is to
construct T-groins. The average T-groin costs about
$150,000, Spadoni observed.
The planned 2011 Islandwide renourishment
project, which will include some Anna Maria beaches
and a portion of Bean Point, calls for installation of
some T-groins along Bean Point and in other key
areas of the Anna Maria shoreline. But the T-groins
can't be placed in an area that the DEP does not rec-
ognize for renourishment, he said.
North Shore resident Joan Dickinson said she
was confused by the two markers, the JCP and the
"And two separate bureaus of the DEP," Spadoni
A third option for affected residents is to use
some sand dredged from Lake LaVista.
Good suggestion, said Spadoni, but the city will
need a DEP permit for that, too.
Public works director George McKay said it would
be a "can of worms," but he would check to see what the
process is to allow the city to place sand from Lake LaVista
on the beach. Presently, the permit calls for the dredged
sand to be trucked off the Island to a specific location.
"It's worth a chance," said Spadoni. "It's not a
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FEMA-sponsored home demolition to advance
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach is due to get a park on Spring Lake
later this year to the dismay of city officials, taxpay-
ers and the residents who will lose their home.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency
placed a home in the 6800 block of Holmes Boule-
vard in its severe repetitive-loss flood program last
August, and gave property owners Michael and Cyn-
thia Rushforth a few options.
FEMA informed the Rushforths that they could
tear down their home and build an elevated house,
pay the highest of insurance premiums, or accept
government money for the demolition and sale of
The couple reluctantly decided to pursue the
demolition of their home, a project that will be
financed by an $819,000 FEMA grant that requires
the transfer of the property to the city of Holmes
Beach and prohibits any future construction on the
site. The grant will cover the demolition, site cleanup
and administrative costs and the leftover funds will
go to the Rushforths.
On Jan. 27, the Holmes Beach City Commission
authorized the mayor and public works superinten-
dent Joe Duennes to proceed with the project.
While the city will designate the property as a
park, city officials are as unenthusiastic about the
deal as the Rushforths.
"We lose the tax revenue forever," said Mayor
Rich Bohnenberger. "It can never be built upon
Public works superintendent Joe Duennes said
the Rushforths purchased the property about six years
ago, improved it and suffered no flood loss during
their ownership of the site.
"The timing here is nuts," Duennes said.
During a recent discussion on the issue, the
mayor and commissioners wondered whether other
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"It's crazy government," said Commissioner
"It doesn't make sense to me," Bohnenberger
said. "It doesn't work."
Citizens also have questioned the logic of the
"We have no business paying somebody $800,000
for a piece of property," said resident Bob Lane,
By Lisa Neff
The Holmes Beach City Commission unani-
mously voted to deny a request that the city vacate
an unimproved alley on property fronting the Gulf of
The commission vote came Jan. 27 after an hour-
long public hearing on the request from property
owners Susan and Fred Bartizal. They want to build
a pool on a 10 foot by 50 foot section of the alley
on the Gulfside of their duplex in the 2800 block of
Several people spoke in favor of the Bartizals'
application two Holmes Beach property owners
and attorney Derin Parks.
Parks said the Bartizals' project would not impact
beach access, and it would not result in the destruc-
tion of plants, including sea oats.
He presented the commission with a number of
documents showing where other property owners
already have improved the alley, apparently without
seeking a vacation from the city.
Parks identified a home "built across this entire
Because the city allowed improvements to the
alley in the past, it should vacate the section the
Dick A. Chapman, DDS
appearing recently before the commission. "It just
seems to me a little bit odd.... They are getting almost
twice the going rate."
Lane added that if FEMA s still in the market, he
has a five-bedroom house for sale.
"These are my tax dollars too," Lane said. "I find
it unacceptable.... This is wrong."
Bohnenberger emphasized, "It's odd.... It's not
anything the property owners wanted to do. It's not
anything the city wanted to do."
Barizals' seek, he argued.
"In light of the fact that those property owners
have constructed permanent improvements, we see
no reason our client should be denied," Parks said.
City Commissioner David Zaccagnino argued
"This is one of the oldest parts of the Island," he
said. "Some of these houses are 80, 90 years old."
Zaccagnino said improvements in the city-owned
alley probably took place years ago. "These things
were done 50 years ago," he said. "It's not like you
can enjoy things done 50 years ago.
Zaccagnino said he was opposed to the vacation,
and not eager to vacate any public property.
Commission Chair Sandy Haas-Martens and
Commissioners Pat Morton and John Monetti also
expressed their opposition. Pat Geyer was absent.
"Just because something was built doesn't mean
it was right," Haas-Martens said, referring to previ-
ous improvements to the alley.
The commission voted unanimously to deny the
vacation request after hearing from a number of resi-
dents also opposed.
Resident Steve Legore compared Parks' argument
to someone saying that because Bonnie and Clyde
robbed a bank, "I'm allowed to rob a bank too."
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6 0 FEB. 4, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Everyone's looking to make a little progress. The
new president is looking for progress on many fronts,
and one of those is the economy. It can't happen soon
But look at the numbers in this week's Island
news: Accommodation sales are up, if only slightly,
from a year ago for November and December. And
vacatopm rentals are projected to be up for our winter
season. Now that's a big step in the right direction.
It may only amount to small steps for some, but
look north at the alternative. The news is nowhere
near that good "up north," as folks like to refer to
the Northeast and Midwest. And the news is not that
good in other, more attraction-oriented areas of Flor-
ida. Not nearly so good.
Did you know that the majority of folks who
come to visit Florida come first and foremost to
visit friends and family? Maybe you suspected that
because your house fills up frequently with visitors.
And that's good for our economy, too.
But did you know that you can pay one day's
admission to Busch Gardens and get a pass good
for a year? What a deal for any kid family -
who loves to visit the park on days off from school.
Pack a lunch and snacks and you've got a good day.
Thanks, Busch, that's a great boost for our entertain-
And you don't need to own a boat to show off
our environment to those visitors with a few hours
on the water? Shelling, birding, manatee and dolphin
watching are possible on charter boats that don't just
go fishing. That's a good day.
The trolley amounts to progress for Anna Maria
Island. It may not be free forever, but for now, take those
visitors who are getting antsy in your house for a ride.
Anyone new to the Island can get the "lay of the land"
on one loop, and soon they're motivating on their own
to the beach, for ice cream, putt-putt and other fun.
And, hey! Whatever happened to that idea for a
Bradenton Beach is laying the groundwork for
a water taxi at its bayside pier, a mooring field for
liveaboards and overnight boaters. It's definite prog-
ress for the waterfront.
We say folks here want progress, but no one
wants change. And there's no better example than
the resistance to change in Anna Maria.
But we can make changes for the better. We can
better serve residents and visitors, improve our econ-
omy, the outlook and the future. We can embrace it.
Yes, we can.
SLICK By Egan
With regard to Miki Maloney Sr. and his "view,"
thank you for a most enjoyable read published Jan. 7
in The Islander. It is by far my favorite.
I moved here five years ago in love with the idea
of enjoying a daily walk on the beach. Now I find
myself looking longingly and wishing I had the time.
Today, I promised myself that daily walk.
Also, I laughed out loud at your description of
out-of-state drivers. And these same drivers will
impatiently pass you on the right if you stop for a
family crossing Gulf Drive.
You do, indeed, do your grandfather justice. You
are a wonderful addition to our Island(er).
Laura LeGrand, Bradenton Beach
Angels of AMI
During the first couple of weeks of December, I
was desperately looking and praying for household
items, linens and furniture for one of our mothers
who had worked in our shelter program for self-suf-
ficiency and was moving into a home of her own.
Through the efforts of my daughter-in-law, Anita
Kendrick, and her contacts through her job at Anna
Maria Gulf Coast Rentals, those items became reality
through an anonymous donor.
Without the angels who are so willing to offer
their time and donations, we would not see the bless-
ings that come our way.
It is to attempt to say thank you to our anony-
mous donor that I ask you to publish this letter.
We don't really need a name.
God knows where the angels are.
Carolyn M. Kendrick, Cornerstone Family
My lucky day
Recently I lost my house and car keys and faced
an expensive, time-consuming job to replace them.
Just when I though there was no hope, I read an ad in
the lost-and-found section of The Islander. A gentle-
man named George had found my keys and went to
a great deal of trouble to get them returned to me. I
am truly grateful for his efforts.
George refused any reward, saying, "What goes
around, comes around."
Hopefully, the day will come when I can extend
and extreme kindness to someone else in a similar
fashion as George did for me.
Many, many thanks George, and also thanks to
The Islander for publishing the free notice in the clas-
sified section of the newspaper.
Veronica Callahan, Holmes Beach
Looking forward to next year
We first visited Holmes Beach in 1997 and
immediately began making plans to return. This is
our 12th January on the Island.
We enjoy the peaceful environment afforded
by the residents and vacationers. People are kind,
patient, courteous and helpful. We can walk, ride
a bike, and drive vehicles without being rushed by
people in a hurry to move past us.
Eleven months out of the year, we look forward
to the month of January on Anna Maria Island.
Barney and Ann Thweatt, Benton, Ky.
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THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 4, 2009 0 7
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By Miki Maloney Sr.
Is the end coming?
I know I'11 likely regret it, but I'm going to bring
up something to do with religion. This question has
been churning in my mind for weeks now, so I'm
putting it out there.
May 21, 2011. That's the date wife Bridget' s aunt
told us that "IT" is going to happen. IT being the
end of the world. On each of my frequent trips to
the bookstore, I come across a gargantuan amount
of literature pointing to some date in 2011-12.
Many, many other individuals have proclaimed
dates for the end of the world which have come, gone,
or will soon pass, I hope.
Predicting the end of the world has become big
business. Movies, books, religions, lives are devoted
to the topic.
I possess zero prejudice for an individual's per-
sonal choice for spiritual guidance. You can worship
a kangaroo, to my way of thinking, as long as your
doctrine or chosen path of faith does not involve any
form of disrespect to others.
I owe this attitude to the people of many variet-
ies of background and ways of life I' ve come across
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during my years growing up in New York City and,
later, living with wife Bridget in San Francisco. Let
me be clear, I mean it when I say I have come across
The issue I personally have with the whole
"end-of-the-world" thing is this: OK, so we have
a date. Now what are we supposed to do? Do I have
more children? Should I feel guilty for having the
child that I now have? Do I bother to floss? How
much tooth decay can one endure in the remaining
time? Do I need to pay my bills and continue to
monitor my credit score? Should I end my concerns
related to healthy living? Do I need life insurance?
As a sports fan, should I worry about my favorite
athletes leaving their teams when their contracts
expire? I guess you get the point by now. I just
don't get it.
Don't get me w ion~ the world is clearly trou-
bled on many fronts. Saying that times are tough
has almost become cliche. For me, that point was
driven home when I read about a poor store clerk
who was trampled and killed by a stampede of
overzealous, bargain-seeking shoppers. Bad things
I am all for repenting and aspiring to live a better
life, however, giving me only two years doesn't seem
to be nearly enough time to accomplish my goals.
I attended and taught in Catholic schools long
enough to understand that for the "end-of-the-world"
people, there is much ado for the supposed after-life,
but I just don't understand the deadline especially
for those people who have already passed. It's simi-
lar to the confusion that I have when celebrities and
athletes give God credit for their accomplishments,
as if God is concerned with the outcome of the Super
Bowl or the Academy Awards. There are far more
pressing issues on our daily agenda, including war
Listen, if you can predict for me the moment
when we can expect the end of the world, could you
also shed some light on where all the missing socks
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In the Feb. 3, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Bradenton Beach offered the Anna Maria Island
Privateers a location for their boat float, but th In-N 11 or
Connie Drescher said she had received no response from
the organization. The Privateers were forced to move
their float from Holmes Beach to the mainland when
then-Mayor Bob VanWagoner decided to enforce the
city's ordinance that banned trailers on a vacant lot.
Television crews filmed a commercial at the
Anna Maria city pier for Blue Cross Blue Shield that
was to be shown on cable networks such as Life-
time, A&E and the Discovery Channel, according to
producer Larry Shure. The commercial follows the
movie "Palmetto" starring Woody Harrelson that was
filmed partially in the city and Manatee County.
Anna Maria resident and World War II veteran
John Bacich was the narrator and star of a public televi-
sion station's program about skid row during the 1950s
in Minneapolis. Bacich owned a liquor store and room-
ing house in the area, before urban renewal improved
the area. He was known as "Johnny Rex" when he took
care of drunks, outcasts and down-and-out veterans of
WWII in Minneapolis.
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Jan. 26 50 74 0
Jan.27 55 '79 0
Jan.28, 61 78 0
Jan. 2 66 76 .10
Jan. 30 50 67 .75
Jan. 31 42 62 0
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8 0 FEB. 4, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Tough times for donor-dependent Center
By Rick Catlin
The economic downturn has hit the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, said AMICC executive
director Pierrette Kelly, but the Center is maintaining
all its major programs and has gone into higher gear
to raise funds.
"We' re not critical, but the economy has affected
all non-profit organizations, not just us. We're really
operating on a tight budget," she said. In fact, the
Center's current budget is the same amount as it was
As a local non-profit community center, the
Center can't count on the luxury of regular revenues
such as a tax base, Kelly observed.
"We' re a small non-profit," she said. "We are
looking at additional fundraising measures and we' ve
always been looking at fundraising since I've been
here. It's just a bit more urgent now."
The Center still maintains all its most important
programs, such as after-school care, sports leagues
and youth and senior activities, but, given the current
economy, it now has to look at
what services and programs are
not quite that necessary.
One person who will help
serve the Center at no cost is a
Volunteer in Service to America
volunteer who starts this month.
Benefits and salary for the VISTA
Kelly volunteer are paid by the federal
The VISTA volunteer will be out in the commu-
nity looking to assist senior citizens with any unmet
needs, such as an electric bill or house repair, Kelly
On the bright side, Kelly said all the pledges
for the construction of the new $4.6 million facility
that opened in 2007 are being met and some are still
Island tourism up in November, December
By Rick Catlin
Occupancy of Anna Maria Island accommodation
units rose in November and December, an indication
that the current nationwide economic slump may not
yet have affected the winter tourist season.
The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
Bureau reported Island occupancy was at 41.3 per-
cent for November 2008, up slightly from the 40.5
percent reported for the same month in 2007.
December occupancy also rose when compared
with December 2007. The BACVB reported occu-
pancy of Island accommodation units for December
2008 at 39.6 percent, a 2.6 percent gain from the 37
percent reported in November 2007.
For all of 2008, occupancy of Island accommoda-
tion units was virtually unchanged from 2007.
The BACVB reported a 57.6 percent occupancy
rate for 2008 against a 57.5 for 2007.
For the entire BACVB area, December 2008
occupancy was at 47.2 percent, a 4.1 percent increase
from December 2007, when the BACVB reported a
43.1 percent occupancy rate.
While occupancy was going up on the Island, the
average daily rate was headed in the opposite direc-
BACVB statistics reported an average daily rate
of $143.23 on the Island for December 2008 against
$154.02 for the same month in 2007.
The year-to-date average daily rate on the Island
rose from $148.99 to $151.08, a 2 percent increase.
BACVB marketing director Jennifer Grace said
she's hopeful that the figures indicate a successful
winter season here, while other Florida destinations
are reporting a decline in visitor arrivals.
"I think this shows that we offer value for
money. We target to people who want to enjoy a
nice, quiet atmosphere. We' re not Orlando, we' re
not Fort Lauderdale, and we don't want to be," said
It also hasn't hurt that the Island has received
some favorable publicity of late in some national
The USAToday newspaper recently published an
unsolicited travel story about the Island by a reporter
who was very complimentary.
E-mails and phone calls to the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce surged after the story
appeared in a December issue of the paper.
"And we are still going strong," said AMI Cham-
ber of Commerce president Mary Ann Brockman.
"We' re all keeping our fingers crossed. So far, so
good. The cold weather up north has helped us down
here," she said.
"We are so grateful people are bringing in their
pledges. We're in good shape with our mortgage,"
The Center was able to obtain a U.S. government
EDGE loan that provided a low-interest mortgage for
construction of the new facility.
"We' re making our payments," said Kelly.
But the financial crunch has created a hiring
freeze on new, full-time staff, she said.
When developmental director Aida Matic recently
left the Center to take a job in Sarasota, the position
"We still hire part-time staff when we have an
opening and we are always looking for volunteers to
help. Volunteers fill such a critical role for us," Kelly
The Center will get a boost on April 4, when
it hosts its 25th annual Affair to Remember dinner-
It's the Center's major fundraiser of the year and
a much-anticipated event on the Anna Maria Island
But the Center is not resting on just that event.
Kelly said a Kiwanis Club dance is planned for
Feb. 12 and pop singer Billy Rice will entertain on
"In these economic times, we can't rest," con-
For more information on the Center activities or
to volunteer, call 941-778-1908.
Parks committee plans
seminar Feb. 4
The Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification
Committee will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb.
4, to continue its discussion on a number of proj-
Coming up for the committee is its annual
The program, with a focus on Florida-
friendly landscaping, will take place at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 18.
The committee meets at city hall, 5801
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The arrival of the winter season does not bring
snow to Anna Maria Island, but it does bring a flurry
of activity to local
Some of the activ-
ity involves lying in the
sun for long stretches
- hopefully with sun-
And some of the
activity involves col-
lecting sea shells on
the shore or in the
be aware of state stat-
utes and conservation
regulations that apply
to recreational shell
of shells is generally
permitted, but the
taking of shells con-
taining live organ-
isms is regulated at Coquina shells
the state level.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion requires that residents and non-residents have
a recreational saltwater fishing license to harvest a
sea shell containing a live organism.
In Manatee County, at the urging of local
SAM to meet
Save Anna Maria Inc. will hold a meeting
at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 7 at the West Manatee Fire
Rescue Station No. 1 in Holmes Beach.
SAM will elect officers for the next year
and discuss the Anna Maria Island Bridge, as
well as other topics.
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officials, the state has limited collectors to har-
vesting or possessing no more than two shells
containing live organisms of any single species,
except for oysters, hard clams, sunray venus
clams and coquinas.
The rule applies to
mollusks and echi-
F ing tulips, whelks,
starfish, sand dol-
lars, sea urchins
and sea biscuits.
Also, the harvest of
the Bahama Starfish
and just the posses-
sion of a live Queen
Conch is against the
law in Florida.
officers might remind
i, ~collectors of the law
regarding the collec-
tion of shells.
might quote from
a book frequently
checked out of the
public library. Anne Morrow Lindbergh in "Gift
From the Sea," wrote, "One cannot collect all the
beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect
only a few, and they are more beautiful if they
City seeks BOA members
The city of Holmes Beach is accepting applica-
tions from citizens interested in serving on the board
There are three positions on the board avail-
For more information, call 941-708-5800 or visit
city hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 4, 2009 0 9
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The Christmas holiday has passed. The
new year has been ushered in. Inauguration
Day was celebrated and Groundhog Day
passed with hardly a notice. Now, yes, it is
time for Valentine's Day and The Islander
wants to know your heart's passion.
Share with us, complete the following "I
An example: "I love Paris in the spring
time." Of course, that one has been taken, but
that's the idea.
E-mail your submission to Lisa Neff at
firstname.lastname@example.org by noon Friday, Feb. 6.
Submissions may also be dropped off at The
Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach; or faxed to 866-362-9821.
Please tell us who you are, including your
name, city of residence and the best way to
Watch for the responses in the Feb. 11
issue of The Islander.
Historical society plans concert
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society will
host a jazz concert from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 5 at the
Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria.
The event will feature Jimi Gee on guitar and
vocals, Judy Lynn on vocals, Ted Young on piano and
Bil Bowdish on flutes, saxes and vocals. Their repertoire
goes back to the 1920s and spans seven decades.
AMIHS will sell tickets to the fundraiser at its museum,
402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, as well as at the door. Tickets
will be $6 in advance and $8 the day of the event.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday. Wednesday is a popular day for
a visit, because the museum also sells fresh-baked
For more information, call 941-778-0492.
The grade-point average for Holmes Beach resi-
dent Amber Wright reported by the Florida Institute
of Technology, Melborne, Fla., for the term ending
December 2008 was incorrect. Wright maintained a
3.62 to earn a spot on the dean's list.
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Gloria Dei celebrates
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Epiphany celebration includes
'Blessing of Chalk'
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church celebrated the epiph-
any Jan. 5 with a Polish traditional the Blessing
of Chalk. The Revs. Rosemary Backer and John
Bonser of Gloria Dei, Frank McGrath of CITI Min-
istries and Harry Parsell of the Episcopal Church
of the Annunciation participated in the bless-
ing. After the blessing, the chalk is distributed to
those at the service to use in blessing their homes,
according to McGrath. Above their entranceway,
people write in chalk the first two numbers of the
year, the letters "C," .\" and "B" and then the
last two numbers of the year. The letters represent
the names of the three wise men said to bring gifts
to baby Jesus. The letters also represent "Christus
mansionem benedicat" which means '.\ ., Christ
bless this dwelling."
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Garret Horigan and Nancy Parker were wed Jan.
24 at sunset on Magnolia Avenue beach in Anna
Maria. The Rev. Louis B. King of Philadelphia offi-
ciated. A reception with family and friends followed
at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria. The couple honey-
mooned at Harrington House Bed & Breakfast Inn.
The bride is the daughter of John and Ersa Parker
of Toronto, Canada. The groom is the son of John
and Trudy Horigan of Holmes Beach. Nancy has
three children, Aaliya, Drayton and Marley. The
new Mr. and Mrs. Horigan reside in Anna Maria.
Amanda Spicer ofBradenton will compete in the
Nationals 2009 Miss Jr. Pre-Teen Tampa pageant,
scheduled to take place Feb. 15. The winner will
advance to a competition in Orlando. Amanda, 9, is
a student at Stewart Elementary School. Her biog-
raphy says her favorite food is fruit and salad, she
likes to draw and skate and has won many awards
for her art. Amanda is the daughter of Gina Gen-
tiluomo and David Spicer and grand-daughter of
Frank and Barbara Gentiluomo of Holmes Beach.
Marianne Moyer, right,
cuts the cake celebrating
the one-year anniversary
of the Southwest Florida
Myositis Association that
she helped organize. The
group meets quarterly to
discuss issues related to
the auto-immune disease
myositis. From left, Grace
Bryce, Kathy O'Connell,
Patches Bryan, Barb
Kluding, Cathie Hines
and Tony Ungaro share
the honors. Moyer, of
welcomes anyone inter-
ested in attending the
TMA meetings to call her
at 941-794-8350. The
next meeting is Feb. 7 in
Sarasota. Islander Photo:
Fri-Fest event starts up
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
will host its first Fri-Fest of the new year on Feb. 6.
The event will take place from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
on a vacant lot at the corner of Pine Avenue and Bay
Boulevard in Anna Maria, the same location of the
chamber's annual Bayfest stage.
The event will include "taste of the Island" con-
cessions, arts and crafts vendors and a concert.
An anonymous donation to cover a $500 event
permit required by the city made it possible for the cham-
ber to eliminate a $1 per person donation request.
For more information, call organizer Cindy
Thompson at 941-761-4766.
Rotary to meet
The Rotary Club ofAnna Maria Island will meet Tues-
day, Feb. 10, for lunch and a program at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The program will focus on the club's interests at
Anna Maria Elementary School
For more information, call Dantia Gould at
Rally for Cure tourney
The women golfers of the Key Royale Club will
tee off with a shot-gun start at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday,
Feb. 10, in the annual Rally for the Cure Tourna-
The event at the Holmes Beach course will raise
money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foun-
dation, which invests in breast cancer research. Last
year's event, involving 80 golfers, raised more than
Registration for golfing is closed, with organizers
already keeping a waiting list.
A lunch will follow the golf.
For more information, call Cindy Miller at
Kiwanis to meet Saturday
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club will meet
at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Cafe on the Beach at
the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The speaker will be Diana Smith with the Mana-
tee County 4-H group.
For more information, contact member Al Guy
at email@example.com or 941-778-8444.
Bay watch, buddies
to clean Sister Keys
Volunteers with several environmental groups
will clean up Sister Keys Feb. 7.
The volunteers will leave for Sister Keys from
Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant, 760 Broadway St.,
Longboat Key, at about 9 a.m.
They will return to the restaurant at noon for a
post-event lunch sponsored by Sarasota Bay Watch
and Mar Vista.
People interested in joining the volunteer
crew should call SBW's Charlotte Richardson at
941-539-1987, or Rusty Chinnis at 941-383-2900.
Heritage Day on March 7
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society will
host its annual Heritage Day celebration with old-
fashioned fun at its museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4
In the next several weeks, AMIHS will be lining
up vendors to participate, including those who want
to sell art, antiques, crafts, food or other items.
The cost for table space is $25, tent space is $35
and food vendor space is $100.
For more information, call AMIHIS at
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Crabs will take center stage in Feb-
ruary at the Cortez Commercial Fishing
Festival, where the theme for 2009 is
Prior to the festival on Feb. 7, 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 imme-
diately following the contest judging
and prizes will be awarded at the festi-
val, which will be held Feb. 21-22.
There will be only one category: Crab. Home
chefs can enter one each from appetizer, salad or
entree categories that must contain either blue crab
or stone crab. The recipe quantity should be suf-
ficient 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" bl ,__in' rights for a year with a framed
certificate and honors in the newspaper and take
"centerstage" at the festival. Proceeds from the
entries will benefit the fishing festi-
An entry form and instructions are
available on page 12 in this edition of
The Islander, online at www.islander.
org, and at the newspaper office in the
Island Shopping 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 Jo Ann Meil-
ner of Bradenton Beach, replacing
Islander publisher Bonner Joy.
Entries must be delivered to the Florida Mari-
time Museum by noon on Feb. 7, and winners will
be announced at the end of the judging.
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
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Help is sought to sell tickets, provide infor-
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the two-day event, plus work at ticket booths.
The festival costs $2 for admission for
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from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Beside a
cornucopia of food and drink, festival goers
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12 FEB. 4, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
Design committee for bridge supported, but premature
By Paul Roat
Regional transportation planners apparently plan
to have a premiere design for any replacement of the
Anna Maria Island Bridge.
Former Bradenton Beach Mayor Katie Pierola
requested that the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization members create a design team
to provide input to the Florida Department of Trans-
portation on the appearance of any new span linking
Holmes Beach to Perico Island.
The design team would deal with aesthetics,
Pierola said Jan. 26, with the aim to create a signature
bridge that would be in keeping with the ambiance
of Anna Maria Island.
Exact specifications on the bridge are still to be
determined as to height, width and placement.
DOT District 1 secretary Stan Cann said he had
no problem with having a design team address the
bridge after preliminary work has been completed by
the state as to engineering, environmental and other
"We've discussed the concept of a design team,
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
No new reports.
Jan. 25, Coquina Beach, warrant. Officers
noticed a motorist passing in a no-passing zone
and stopped the vehicle. According to the report,
the driver said, "I ain't gots a license, man, I'm
coming from the graveyard and I gots stupid."
Officers checked his record and discovered he
did not have a driver's license and also had an
outstanding arrest warrant for retail theft. It was
and I have no problem with it," he said. "We want to
have input open to everyone, and would like to have
a local flair of how the bridge will look."
Cann said that design teams have been very effec-
tive elsewhere in the state.
He added that once DOT staff has addressed
the various elements of the vertical and horizontal
makeup of the bridge, "then would be the time to
discuss the design of the bridge."
Cann has said that during the first step of a
bridge replacement, called the project development
and environmental study, public input is sought on
the span. All comments from citizens and others are
welcomed. The actual design as to how the bridge
will look will come toward the end of the process,
which is estimated to be about 10 years away.
Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash said
he supports the design team approach, but said that
effort would probably come later in the process.
The 51-year-old bridge is in the final stages of a
repair effort by the DOT that is expected to extend
the life of the bridge by at least a decade. Islanders,
determined he was driving his late mother's car.
He was arrested.
Jan. 25, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Publix, burglary.
Officers were called to the scene by a man who
reported hearing what sounded like gunshots
coming from the store parking lot. He said he
saw a gray car speed from the lot with a man
driving and a youth in the passenger seat. They
found a car in the lot with its driver's window
shattered. The car owner said her purse, contain-
ing her cell phone and makeup, was missing.
once opposed by the majority to any new bridge, have
now indicated a willingness to have a new structure
to replace the aging bascule but whether it will
be another drawbridge or a fixed-span is yet to be
Former Bradenton Beach City Commissioner Jim
Kissick also addressed the bridge issue at last week's
MPO, citing studies that he said prove that lower
bridges were safer in high winds that higher spans.
Cann said that the DOT will be conducting mod-
eling tests to determine effects of bridge height in
various wind speeds and that those figures will be
factored in future bridge planning.
In other business, the MPO narrowly rejected a
move to expand its membership by increasing rep-
resentation from North Port and Bradenton.
North Port Commissioner David Garofalo had
requested additional membership based on the city's
The MPO is comprised of 15 voting members.
Three are members of the Sarasota and Manatee
county commissions respectively; one collectively
represents the cities of Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach
and Holmes Beach; one each represents Venice,
North Port, Longboat Key, Bradenton and Palmetto;
one member is from the Sarasota-Manatee Airport
Authority; and two members are city of Sarasota
Sarasota got two seats on the board because,
when the MPO was formed in 1982, it "was sub-
stantially the largest city in the two-county area,"
Howe said in a report to the board. He said popula-
tion estimates have both North Port and Bradenton
residents now surpassing Sarasota's total, hence the
request for adding members from those two cities.
But a motion to that effect failed, six to seven.
The next MPO meeting will be at 9 a.m. March
2 at the University of South Florida Sudakoff Center,
5700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
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.
CORTEZ CRAB COOKOFF
The Islander & Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival
Crab Cookoff Entry Form
* 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, one each from choice of appetizer, salad or entree.
Restaurants may submit only for "best crab cakes."
* 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 forms) by e-mail: news@islanderorg; or by fax (toll free): 1-866-362-9821 or in person
at the museum. Restaurants: mail entry/check to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL
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THE ISLANDER 0 FEB. 4, 2009 0 13
State sees high count in annual manatee survey
By Lisa Neff
Alicia and Marcia Childs stood on the Bay Bou-
levard humpback bridge in Anna Maria looking
The children, vacationing from England, wanted
to see a manatee. "Like Snooty," Marcia Childs, 7,
said, referring to the much-celebrated manatee that
lives at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton.
Several Islanders who passed by offered their
comments: "It's still too cold." "Sun's not high
enough." "Try the marina in Holmes Beach."
"It's really been too cold to see manatees here,"
said Anna Maria resident Howard Griffiths. "Not
until we get a lot warmer."
Manatees may not be easy to find in the water
around Anna Maria Island in the winter, but the winter
is the best time for state officials to count the endangered
marine animals protected by state and federal laws.
With the recent passage of several cold fronts over
Florida in a short time period, manatees clustered in warm-
water sites, according to Holly Edwards, a biologist with
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.
The cold, along with clear weather and waters,
allowed state scientists to conduct its annual synoptic
survey the week of Jan. 19 and get a high count.
A team of 21 observers from nine organizations
counted 2,153 manatees on the state's east coast and
1,654 manatees on the west coast. The total exceeded
the record count, set in 2001, by 500 manatees,
according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
The counters found that manatee population
numbers appear to be increasing in the northwest
area of the state, along the Atlantic Coast and on the
upper St. Johns River.
State officials stressed that the survey results are
not population estimates and should not be used to
START unveils new film on red tide at annual dinner
Solutions To Avoid Red Tide premiered its second
film to rave reviews Jan. 29.
The not-for-profit citizen's group unveiled "Red
Tide Refrain" to about 300 people. The short film is
an in-the-water look at area marine life and the threats
of red tide outbreaks.
The high-definition film was produced by Susan
Sember. It follows on the heels of START's highly
regarded "Guardians of the Gulf" production.
START chair Sandy Gilbert said the film illus-
trates the productivity and fragility of the nearshore
waters of Southwest Florida. He said he hopes soon
to have the productions introduced to students in
Manatee and Sarasota counties.
The group, Gilbert said, was formed in an effort
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are honored with plaques at the annual Solutions
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were instrumental in funding the film "Red Tide
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kill fish and marine mammals. Red tide also impacts
respiratory systems of humans, causing sneezing,
coughing and more serious complications for some
people with existing respiratory problems.
During red tide outbreaks, economic stress is also
felt by water-dependent, tourism-driven businesses,
to the tune of millions of dollars.
Cause of red tide is as yet uncertain. Combating
the outbreaks is also an unknown, although Gilbert
said recent research is offering several promising
leads in fighting the battle to diminish red tide.
Research needs are slowly being met, said former
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"There was no real coordination when we
started," Chiles said. "Funding was at about $250,000
a year. Now we've got $3 to $4 million going to red
Chiles, former executive director Jeremy What-
mough, and red tide researcher Dr. Karen Steidinger
were honored at last week's affair, which, in addition
to the video i k\\ inl.' featured dinner from a score of
local restaurants. Also lauded were Sherry and Doug
Chapman, who funded much of the film's production.
Restaurants contributing to the event included
Harry's Continental Kitchens, Sun House, Blas6 Caf6,
Broken Egg, Euphemia Haye, Mattison's Riverside,
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Holmes Beach Civic Association holds annual meeting
By Lisa Neff
Members of the Holmes Beach Civic Association
gathered Jan. 31 at the Island Branch Library for an
annual meeting and a discussion on city matters.
Eight people attended the meeting, a number that
caused some concern for HBCA board members.
"People are coming and going a little more than
they used to," said president Al Wierdorn.
He then introduced Holmes Beach City Commis-
sioner Pat Morton to discuss a range of topics.
While HBCA members questioned the low turn-
out for their meeting, Morton said city commissioners
often see low turnouts at their meetings, sometimes
attended only by the commission, the mayor, the city
clerk and the press.
Morton also discussed garbage removal and recy-
Waste Management, currently undergoing a
change of leadership, recently informed city offi-
cials that customers in Holmes Beach owe more than
$36,000 to the company for trash removal. About
$27,000 of the amount owed is more than a month
A letter from Waste Management to Morton cited
several problems: accounts that may need to be writ-
ten off due to foreclosures, customers who are ignor-
ing their bills and customers who are moving garbage
to different locations to avoid payment.
"There are people who are not paying their bills,"
Morton said, adding that the company has picked up
some garbage cans. "Most of the people were 60 days
or more out.... That's an issue.... A lot people have been
ignoring notices for years and we can't just let it go."
Waste Management also wants to eliminate the pick
up of trash bags left outside the Waste Management
containers, which are being put into use nationwide.
In an effort to reduce the amount of waste gener-
ated in the city, Morton wants to inspire more recy-
cling, especially in condominium communities.
"I'm really pushing recycling," said Morton said,
explaining that since he's begun a stringent recycling
program at home, he produces just one bag of trash
HBCA members said customers need an update
on what types of materials can be recycled, and how
best to recycle them.
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recycling bin to hold papers.
"You should have two bins," Morton said.
The discussion then turned to littering, with an
HBCA member asking if law enforcement shouldn't
do more to police littering.
"If they see it, they'll do it," Morton said of law
enforcement ticketing litterbugs, but, he added, police
cannot be assigned to litter patrols.
The discussion also touched on people letting
their dogs run free and not cleaning up after pets,
flooding in streets, loud music from cars and van-
dalism, specifically skateboarders using property for
Regarding vandalism, Morton encouraged par-
ticipation in the city's "no trespass" program.
The Holmes Beach Police Department rolled out
the "no trespass" program in February 2007 to make
it easier for officers to deal with trespassers in the
To participate, an establishment must register
with HBPD, complete an "affidavit of authorization"
each year, and display an official trespass warning
sign, which costs about $34.
The sign, with a bold "Notice," states, "For your
protection all city of Holmes Beach police officers
are authorized to advise any person to leave these
premises. Failure to leave these premises after being
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Claude 'Moldy' Fulford
Claude "Moldy" Fulford, 73, a lifelong resident of
Cortez, died Jan. 26.
Visitation was Jan. 30, and services Jan. 31. Brown
and Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, 26th Street
Chapel, Bradenton, was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Fulford was the son of Willie and Julia Fulford
and the grandson of Capt. Billy Fulford, one of the orig-
inal settlers of the area. He is survived by companion
Mary Crowley of Bradenton; sons David and Donald of
Bradenton; daughters Betty Noble, Peggy Monteith and
Brenda Ramsey, all of Bradenton; sisters Betty McEn-
tire of Largo, and Phyllis Russell of Joplin, Mo.; five
grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Bernice Meyer, 91, of Anna Maria and Kimberly,
Idaho, died Jan. 22.
Born in Bridgeport, Ct., Mrs. Meyer worked for a
Bradenton law firm until her retirement in 1979. She
was a graduate of Bates College in Maine and taught
junior high school. She worked for UnitedAircraft, later
known as Chance Vought. She traveled extensively,
played competitive bridge and was an artist.
No services were planned.
She is survived by son Dr. Robert and wife Kathy
of Twin Falls, Idaho; two grandsons; two step-grand-
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a nephew; a niece; a grand-niece; and cousins.
Lois P. Townsend
Lois P. Townsend, 82, of Bradenton, died Jan. 23.
One of the founders of Children's Haven, Mrs.
Townsend worked at Head Start and was active in the
Palmetto Women's Club. She received a bachelor's
degree in education and library science from the Univer-
sity of South Florida. She taught school at St. Barnabus
Episcopal School and worked as a reference librarian for
Stetson University in DeLand, Fla. She was a member
of Christ Episcopal Church, Bradenton, was active in
the Daughters of the King, volunteered at Hospice and
tutored elementary-age students.
A celebration of her life was held Jan. 31 at Christ
Episcopal Church. Memorial contributions may be made
to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand
Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Brown and Sons Funeral
Homes and Crematory, Bradenton, was in charge of
She is survived by daughters the Rev. Rock-Anne
Paul, Lois-Lynn Bellemare, Laura Faye Charnell, all
of Manatee County, and Margaret Townsend Martin of
North Carolina; brother Rock C. Payne and his wife of
Anna Maria; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchil-
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The Islander's Super Bowl XLIII trivia contest
Paul F. Georges of Bradenton Beach won The
Islander contest, chosen from a pool of the top
He wins a free Islander T-shirt of his choice and
some other "trivia" from the newspaper.
Questions and answers:
1. Super Bowl XLIII is taking place at Raymond
James Stadium in Tampa on Feb. 1. How many times
has Tampa Bay been the site of a Super Bowl?
2. If you see an official with one wrist striking
the other above the head during the game, what has
Answer: A personal foul.
3. Who holds the record, through Super Bowl
XLII, for most Super Bowl fumbles in a career?
Answer: Roger Staubach, 5.
4. The final score in Super Bowl I, which took
place in 1967 at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles,
Answer: Green Bay 35, Kansas City 10
5. Who sang the national anthem before the Super
Bowl game in 1991 and who played that game?
Answer: Whitney Houston, New York Giants,
6. In how many Super Bowls has Paul McCartney
Thousands of people went through the Super Bowl
NFLX just outside the Raymond James Stadium
in Tampa last week as they celebrated the area's
hosting of the Super Bowl between the Cardinals
and the Steelers. Holmes Beach residents Erma
and Chas McMullen assisted with the experience,
shagging footballs for those testing their punting
and passing skills.
7. What team holds the record, through XLII, for
the most touchdowns in a Super Bowl game?
Answer: San Francisco, 8.
8. True or False: The NFL pays for up to 150
Play ball: Baseball season begins soon
Do you remember the first pro baseball game you
attended? The first home run you belted out of the
park? The first ball glove you oiled up or the first bat
you buffed? The first complete set of baseball cards
The Islander invites readers young and old,
male and female to reflect on their past and our
national pastime as we prepare for the spring-training
season, followed by opening day of Major League
Share your baseball memories and baseball .
moments in words and photographs. E-mail reporter .
Lisa Neff at email@example.com. Please include a ..
telephone number and home town.
A baseball autographed by Babe Ruth and part of the
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9. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are
scheduled to rock this year's Super Bowl at half-time.
Who rocked at Super Bowl half-time in 2002?
10. What Dallas quarterback was the most valu-
able player in Super Bowl VI?
Answer: Roger Staubach.
11. The maker of the Vince Lombardi Trophy,
which costs about $25,000, is:
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12. Super Bowl XLVI will take place on Feb. 5,
2012 in what city?
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St. Bernard site of dessert party
The St. Bernard Catholic Church CCW will
present its annual dessert and card party at 1 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 19, in the church activity center, 248
S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Organizers ask that attendees bring cards and
games of their choice.
Tickets will be available after all Masses and at
the church office.
A $10 donation is requested.
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Anna Maria Residents are urged to reduce the amount
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Information that illustrates how to use these methods is available at the
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Community rallies to support priest
By Lisa Neff
For several weeks, Islander Barbara Sato has cir-
culated a petition pledging support to the Rev. Jean
Ronald Joseph in a quest to clear his name.
"I have hundreds," Sato said, referring to the number
of signatures on the petition, which can be signed at Sato
Real Estate, 519 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The priest, who until placed on leave in August
was serving parishioners at St. Bernard Catholic
Church in Holmes Beach, is the target of a recent
accusation of sexual misconduct with a male teenager
15 years ago.
The Venice of Diocese is conducting an investi-
gation of the allegation, which it deemed "credible"
in a Jan. 15 letter to Joseph.
Joseph maintains his innocence.
The accusation was made by a 31-year-old man
who is employed at a diocese school and who was
involved in Joseph's youth group in 1993 at St. Xavier
Catholic Church in Fort Myers. The accuser wrote in
a letter to church officials that he was on a sleepover
at the church and woke up because the priest was
touching his private parts.
Joseph says the incident never took place, nor did
any sleepovers ever take place during his time at St.
Xavier. Several former members of Joseph's youth
group have stepped forward in recent weeks to attest to
Joseph's claim, and to state their support of the priest.
Meanwhile, Sato's petition drive continues in
concert with another petition drive taking place in
Port Charlotte, where Joseph was prior to his assign-
ment to Fort Myers.
Sato said last week that no decision had been
made on how to use the petition.
Local residents and businesspeople also are
The Rev. Jean Ronald Joseph is on leave from St.
Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach pend-
ing an investigation into a recent claim of sexual
misconduct 15 years ago.
showing support for Joseph and his attorney, John
Fleck of Bradenton, with a legal fund.
Longboat Key resident David Sandora estab-
lished the Father Ron Legal Fund at Regions Bank,
3900 Sixth Ave., Holmes Beach.
Fleck, friends with Joseph for about five years,
has said he took Joseph's case because he believes in
the priest, and that he would not accept any payment
So Sandora decided to get involved. He put $300
into the legal fund to cover costs and expenses and
invited others to donate. As of last week, the fund
"I've known John for years and I know how kind
he is," said Sandora, adding that Fleck also is his
attorney. "Sometimes he's a little too giving. I know
him too well, and I know he wants to absorb the costs.
But that's too much."
Sandora also said he knows Joseph, and he
believes the priest is innocent.
"Not one other soul has come forward," Sandora
A spokesperson with the diocese said last week
that the investigation is ongoing.
The Jan. 15 letter from the diocese to Joseph indi-
cated that a review board examined the allegation and
recommended to the bishop, the Most Rev. Frank J.
Dewane, that it is credible.
The letter, written by the vicar general, the Very
Rev. Edward Moretti, states that Dewane would
review the recommendation, taking the time "he
deemed necessary to study and consider all elements
of the initial investigation" and "concluded that the
allegation needed continued examination."
"I guess we kind of are waiting to hear from the
diocese," Fleck said.
Ministry to hold fundraiser
Ministry of Presence, an organization co-
founded by the Rev. Jean Ronald Joseph, a priest
familiar to parishioners of St. Bernard Catholic
Church in Holmes Beach, will host a Caribbean
Night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 22.
The event, featuring door prizes, a silent
auction, raffles and food, will take place at the
Elks Club, 2711 75th St. W., Bradenton.
Admission will cost $35.
The Ministry of Presence raises money to
assists orphans in Haiti.
For more information, call 941-822-2131.
Cumber gets new attorney in Musil-Buehler matter
By Lisa Neff
William Cumber III, the last known person to see
Sabine Musil-Buehler before she disappeared Nov.
4, was assigned a new attorney to defend him against
an alleged probation violation.
Cumber, 39, had been assigned a public defender in
the case, which is not directly linked to the disappear-
Manatee County's Gold Star Club is offer-
ing up to $5,000 for information leading to the
whereabouts of Sabine Musil-Buehler or infor-
mation leading to the person or persons respon-
sible for her disappearance.
Also, the Sabine Buehler Benefit Fund is
accepting donations at Whitney Bank, 5324 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Money raised also will go
toward a reward for information.
Anyone with information is asked to
call the Manatee County Sheriff's Office at
941-747-3011, ext. 2519, or Crime Stoppers at
The on-again off-again trial of the two men
charged in the April 17, 2008, Anna Maria home
invasion involving former City Commissioner
Linda Cramer has been rescheduled to the March
23 court docket.
Suspects Michael Gambuzza and Christo-
pher Drescher were slated for a jury trial to begin
The two men are charged with one count
each of home invasion and robbery, a first-degree
felony, and one count each of false imprisonment,
a third-degree felony. Drescher and Gambuzza
have entered not guilty pleas to the charges.
The home invasion charge carries a maxi-
ance of Musil-Buehler, 49, or the fire on Nov. 16,2008,
at Haley's Motel. Musil-Buehler co-owns the Holmes
Beach motel with her husband, Tom Buehler.
Last week, a judge at the Manatee County Judicial
Center approved a motion from the public defender to
withdraw and assigned the case to Regional Counsel
Michael Paul Reiter's office.
Reiter said the new attorney on the case is Tom
The assigned public defender filed a motion to
withdraw because of "personal knowledge of this
case," according to court documents.
Cumber was arrested in late December in Marion
County for driving on a suspended license.
The Florida Department of Corrections main-
tains that Cumber violated his probation on a 2005
arson conviction by leaving Manatee County without
notifying or securing permission from his probation
officer and by getting arrested.
In the 2005 case, Cumber was arrested for setting
fire to a girlfriend's home. An arrest warrant quoted
Bradenton Police Detective James Curulla as saying
that the fire consumed a home. Four adults and two
inside escaped without injury.
Curulla said Cumber stated that "after a verbal argu-
mum sentence of 30 years upon conviction, while
a guilty verdict for false imprisonment could
bring up to 10 years jail time.
The suspects remain in the Manatee County jail
on a $175,000 bond each and Judge Janette Dunni-
gan previously declined to lower the bail amount.
Cramer was beaten and robbed at the home
of Cramer's boyfriend, Joe Pandolph of Cres-
cent Drive, after two men posing as delivery men
forced their way into the house looking for cash,
jewelry or other valuables. Pandolph was not at
home at the time of the attack.
Cramer received multiple facial bruises in
ment with the female tenant, he returned to the residence
by crawling through an opening in the patio screen. He
then lit a chair on fire with a lighter. He stated he did
not have the intent to burn down the house, but wanted
to leave a message since he felt scorned."
Cumber has told The Islander that he set fire to the
lanai because the home was the sight of a meth lab.
After pleading guilty, he was sentenced to 42
months in prison and three years probation, and
ordered to make restitution.
On the probation charge, Cumber was scheduled for
arraignment Jan. 30, but prior to the hearing filed a state-
ment denying he violated probation regulations, waiving
formal arraignment and seeking a speedy hearing.
Cumber has been described as a person of interest
by investigators working on Musil-Buehler's disap-
pearance and the review of the motel fire.
He is Musil-Buehler's boyfriend and is the last person
known to have seen her. The two were at the home she
rented on MagnoliaAvenue inAnna Maria on Nov. 4 when
they had an argument, according to Cumber.
Cumber said she left in her car, which Manatee
County Sheriff's Office deputies found early Nov. 6
in Bradenton after a car chase. Musil-Buehler's blood
was found in the front seat and some of her belong-
ings were found in the trunk.
The man arrested fleeing from the car, Robert
Corona, 38, is in jail awaiting trial on a charge of
grand-theft auto. Corona initially said he was given
the key to the car but later told the MCSO he found
the car, with the key in the ignition, behind the Gator
Lounge on 14th Street West in Bradenton.
The MCSO has said Corona is not a person of
interest in Musil-Buehler's disappearance.
Last week, through inmate mail, Corona filed a
motion to dismiss his public defender, Patrick Kane,
and his public defender filed a motion asking the
court to dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction.
At Islander press time, neither motion had been
Meanwhile, authorities investigating the fire,
deemed suspicious and "intentionally set" according to
sources, and Musil-Buehler's disappearance, deemed a
possible homicide, continue to await lab results.
Cramer home invasion trial delayed again
AME school calendar
Tuesday, Feb. 10, FCAT Writes testing for
9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, Spring Fling plan-
ning meeting in the cafeteria.
6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, Lyn Boyer of the
Manatee County School District discusses budget
issues in the auditorium.
For more information, call the school office at
941-708-5525. AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive,
Choice enrollment open
Parents in the Manatee County School District inter-
ested in sending their childto a school other thanthe neigh-
borhood school to which they are assigned for the 2009-10
school year, need to submit a School Choice Open Enroll- .
ment Application by Friday, Feb. 13.
This enrollment period is the only time during the
year when parents can apply to have their child attend -
another school without providing a specified need for .
the change. Choice applications are available at school
sites, or online at www.manateeschools.net, click on the
link "School Choice," or at the MCSD Parent Informa-
tion Center, 234 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton.
Approval of School Choice applications is subject to
enrollment capacities and other demographic criteria.
Choice options for elementary students are lim-
ited to schools within a specific geographical clus-
ter, and to a specific geographical region for middle One good cake
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Choice to attend any district high school; however a on his special day, Jan. 12, following dinner at
student cannot choice to another school once they home. Big sisters Piper and Maite helped blow out
have completed 10th-grade. the candle, but left the rest up to the birthday boy.
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By Rick Catlin
Chef Raymond Arpke and wife
D'arcy, owners and operators of the
Euphemia Haye restaurant, 5540 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, will
begin their spring cooking classes start-
ing at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11.
Each class will be about three hours.
The first class is "From Russia
with Love," and features Russian cui-
sine, including Kulebyaka of Salmon.
The class on March 1 is entitled
"Let's do Lunch." Students will learn
how to prepare fruit platters, tomato
feta and salad and marinated fish with
onion and capers.
Other classes will be held March
11, March 25, April 8, April 22 and
May 6. Chef Ray will teach students
how to prepare a variety of menus.
For more information, call
941-383-2523 or e-mail the restau-
rant at email@example.com. The
restaurant also has a website at www.
Condo trade show
The 2009 Community Associa-
tion Day educational exposition and
tradeshow that highlights products
and services to condominiums, coop-
eratives and homeowners associations
that are supplied by local businesses
will be held March 9 at the Manatee
Convention Center in Palmetto.
More than 140 tradeshow booths
are planned, with businesses from
such fields as accounting, banking,
insurance, landscaping, law, painting,
plumbing and roofing among those
planning to attend.
An educational seminar on "green"
products and services is scheduled
from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the conven-
Admission is free, but pre-registra-
tion is required.
The event is sponsored by the
West Coast Chapter of Community
To register to attend, call
941-927-1910 or visit the association's
Website at www.caiwestflorida.org.
The Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce Wedding Group held its
second annual wedding festival Jan. 25
with a host of activities for brides and
grooms and interested persons, and a host
of opportunities for Island businesses.
Following a breakfast at the
BeachHouse Restaurant in Braden-
ton Beach, the group headed to the
chamber offices on Gulf Drive for
Guests then attended a fashion
show next door at Acqua Aveda Salon
Spa featuring the latest in bridal attire,
hairstyles and makeup.
The event ended at the Sandbar
Restaurant where, following a sunset
celebration, a mock wedding took
place. Prize drawings from among the
more than 40 vendors who participated
in the event were also held.
The festival drew more than 200
According to David Teitelbaum of
the Manatee County Tourism Develop-
ment Council and owner of three Island
resorts, the average wedding party
brings between 50 and 200 people to
Anna Maria Island.
"These people have to stay some-
where, eat somewhere, and shop
somewhere. The Island offers all of
that and more. The long-term effect
occurs when these wedding guests fall
in love with our paradise and laid-back
style, and then decide to return to the
Island for their vacation, anniversary,
family reunion or simply a weekend
getaway," said Teitelbaum.
Other sponsors of the annual event
included the Anna Maria Beach Cot-
tages, BridgeWalk Resort, Body and
Sol Wellness, Harrington House Bed
and Breakfast, Headquarters Salon,
Matt and Dom's Pastry Caf6, SeaSide
Hot diggity 'Googie' dogs
The Bridge Street Market will open at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, and every
Saturday through April, on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach, featuring Tony
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Inn, Silvia's Flower Corner, The Loft,
Sun House and the Waterfront Restau-
Unofficially, there were more than
200 weddings on the Island in 2008
that put an estimated $10 million into
the Island's economy.
The Bridge Street Market will host
chef Pete Barreda demonstrating easy-
to-cook recipes at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 7,
Feb. 14 and Feb. 28.
Barreda will demonstrate how to
make bananas Foster Feb. 7, bruschetta
Feb. 14, and sauces and marinades Feb.
For more information, call
market organizer Nancy Ambrose at
The Bridge Street Market will
take place every Saturday in February,
March and April.
And each weekly market on Bridge
Street in Bradenton Beach will feature
a vendor. The featured vendor Feb. 7
will be artist Debbie Buxeda, whose
booth will feature hand-painted items
- coconuts, shells, signs and pic-
Also, during the Feb. 7 market,
Peter Barreda will demonstrate how to
make bananas Foster. The demo will
take place at 11:30 a.m.
Market hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, call Nancy
Ambrose at 941-518-4431.
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Wednesday, Feb. 4
1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Silk scarf painting class at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
941-778-1908. Fee applies.
Friday, Feb. 6
8a.m. to 4p.m. Open house and yard sale at Cortez Park, 12507
Cortez Road W., Clubhouse on A Street.
Saturday, Feb. 7
8 a.m. to 4p.m. Open house and yard sale at Cortez Park, 12507
Cortez Road W., Clubhouse on A Street.
8:30 a.m. The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts a break-
fast meeting with guest speaker Diana Smith from Manatee County 4-H,
at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
9 a.m. Sister Keys environmental clean up. Volunteers depart
from Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant, 760 Broadway St., Longboat Key.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Book sale at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
10 a.m. to noon Creative Clay class for ages 7 and older at the
Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Four-
week session. Information: 941-778-2099. Fee applies.
11 a.m. to noon Mixed media art demonstration by Mary Hamilton
at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
11:30 a.m. Pete Barreda demonstrates how to make Bananas
Foster during the Bridge Street Market on Bridge Street in Bradenton
Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Computer class for seniors at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 MagnoliaAve., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
3 to 5 p.m. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 50th Anniversary open
house, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
Sunday, Feb. 8
8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Pancake breakfast at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769.
10a.m. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 50th Anniversary worship at
6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
7 p.m. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 50th Anniversary dinner at
the Key Royale Club, 700 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Monday, Feb. 9
9 a.m. Senior singles coffee and conversation gathering with
guest speaker Andy Little, author of "Wheeler's Wake," at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
Kiwanis to meet Saturday
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club will meet
at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Cafe on the Beach at
the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The speaker will be Diana Smith with the Mana-
tee County 4-H group.
For more information, contact member Al Guy
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Wednesday, Feb. 11
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island Players lun-
cheon at the Sun House Restaurant, 100 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
12:30 to 3 p.m. Garden stepping-stone craft class at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
"The Affections of May" runs through Feb. 9 at the Island Players
Theatre, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Box Office: 941-778-5755. Fee
"Society of Artists" exhibit through Feb. 19, at the Manatee Com-
munity College Fine Art Gallery, 2840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee.
Tuesday at 7 p.m., the Bay Chorale holds rehearsal at H2U Blake
Hospital Building, 6049 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-761-1221
Tuesday at 7 p.m., smoke-free bingo atAnnie Silver Community
Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1915.
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
Every Thursday (except the first Thursday of the month) at 7 p.m.,
The Village Bookshop Poets and Writers Group meets at the shop, 1006
11th Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-750-9141.
Every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through the end of May, Bra-
denton Courthouse Square lunchtime concerts featuring a new act each
week at 1115 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-704-4366
Saturday at 8:30 a.m., Yoga on the beach with Jasmine Bowman
near the Pine Avenue public beach access. Information: 941-794-6723.
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., downtown Bradenton Farm-
er's Market along Old Main Street. Information: 941-932-9552 or
Feb. 12, Kiwanis Valentine Dance at the Anna Maria Island Com-
Feb. 14, Anna Maria Island art and craft festival to benefit the
Feb. 14, Couples Yoga on the beach near the BeachHouse Res-
Feb. 15, AMI Community Choir and Orchestra concert.
Save the date
Feb. 19, Syesha Mercado "Follow Your Dreams" benefit concert for
Manatee School District students at the Manatee Convention Center.
Feb. 21, "Heart and Soul" dance at the Anna Maria Island Com-
Feb. 21-22, Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival.
Match 7, Run for Runaways along Manatee River waterfront.
March 28, Bottle Boat Regatta.
*April, month-long Manatee Jazz Festival.
Off-Island Arts & Events:
Friday, Feb. 6
6 to 9 p.m. Paul Carr will sign his book "Beauty in Science and
Spirit" at the Village Bookshop, 1006 11th Ave. W., Bradenton. Information:
6 to 9 p.m. -Artist reception for Olga Greco at the Manatee Arts
Council Gallery, 92612th St. W., Bradenton, through Feb. 28. Information:
8 p.m. Open mic night at the Village Bookshop, 1006 11th Ave.
W., Bradenton. Information: 941-750-9141.
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. John Nail will sign copies of his book "Perpetual
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11-episode season premiered Jan. 15. Bird said his
"mission was technical animations and some his-
toric recreations." He traveled to three port cities
in southern England to research technology on the
ships, which are operated by Tampa-based Odyssey
Revolt" at the Village Bookshop, 1006 11th Ave. W., Bradenton. Informa-
Saturday, Feb. 7
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. -Fuel-saving displays and seminars for boats,
cars, trucks and planes at the HHO Games held at Manatee Technical
Institute, 5603 34th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-753-1136.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plantation Festival at the Gamble Mansion,
3708 Patten Ave. (on US 301), Ellenton. Information: 941-723-4536.
2p.m. and 7p.m. "Imagine That" Magic of Manatee Sweet Ade-
lines concert at the Neel Performing Arts Center, Manatee Community Col-
lege Campus, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-794-0218.
Sunday, Feb. 8
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. -Fuel-saving displays and seminars for boats,
cars, trucks and planes at the HHO Games held at Manatee Technical
Institute, 5603 34th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-753-1136.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plantation Festival at the Gamble Mansion,
3708 Patten Ave. (on US 301), Ellenton. Information: 941-723-4536.
Monday, Feb. 9
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. -Fuel-saving displays and seminars for boats,
cars, trucks and planes at the HHO Games held at Manatee Technical
Institute, 5603 34th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-753-1136.
Tuesday, Feb. 10
6:30 to 8 p.m. "Your Place in Space: Earth as a Habitable Planet"
at the South Florida Museum, Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131 ext.
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Snowbirds of a color moving south for winter
Snowbirds visiting Florida during the winter
months comprise a greater group than humans who
hail from a state beginning with a vowel.
The Sunshine State regularly sees snowbirds in
the form of American white pelicans.
We also have finned "friends" in the form of
great white sharks who cruise through the Gulf of
And climate change may be driving another white
avian, the snowy owl, south for the winter not to
Florida, but far from their usual arctic haunts.
White pelicans: biggest
snowbird of them all
Winter to the north means American white peli-
cans in our locales. The birds are far larger than their
brown cousins, with wingspans that can stretch to 10
Except for black trimmings on wing edges and
a rosy-colored bill and feet, white pelicans are, well,
The birds spend winters in Florida and throughout
the Gulf states of Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas,
as well as southern Mexico and southern California.
There are some juvenile whites that spend summers
here, but they join the rest of the flock to head north
for the summer to western Canada and the northwest-
ern United States as they grow older.
White pelicans don't dive into the water from on
high to scoop up fish in their voluminous bill sack for
dinner as do the more familiar browns. Whites float
on the surface, head down, and scoop up their fish
They also tend to work together, with a group
herding fish into the bills of others.
It's common to see the big birds roaming the
shallows off Anna Maria Island and Cortez this time
They are a stately looking bird, with their long
necks and regal bearing, except when they feed,
swimming along head-down with their butts stick-
ing out of the water
White pelicans have had a hard time adapting to
humans. They're shy, for one thing, and will leave a
nest if disturbed.
They nest on the ground, making their eggs and
young easy prey for predators.
Their brilliant white feathers were sought by
plume hunters in the 1880s and used in hats and
other decorations. That industry nearly wiped out
some species in Florida until protection was provided
White pelicans also suffered human intervention
through pesticides in the 1960s, particularly DDT,
which softened eggshells and dramatically reduced
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But the birds have had a resurgence in numbers
of late and continue to visit us every winter.
'Jaws' just offshore
"Jaws" apparently winters in the Gulf of
[Hit the John Williams score: Dum da dum da
dum da ....]
Great white sharks are not just a finny night-
mare found off New England during the summer, as
penned by author Peter Benchley in his book and film
"Jaws." The fish also are found in the Gulf of Mexico
during the winter.
How many? Nobody knows.
How big? Nobody is sure, but at least 15 feet in
How hungry? Very.
More to the point: how far offshore?
Call it about 20 miles out in the Gulf.
Dr. Bob Hueter of Mote Marine Laboratory in
Sarasota told St. Petersburg Times writer Terry Toma-
lin that a great white shark of more than 15 feet in
length and weighing more than 2,200 pounds was
caught 23 miles off Indian Rocks Beach in January
1994. That size compares to the length and weight of
a small car.
"These fish migrate from northern waters during
the winter months," Hueter told the Times. "When
they are young, white sharks feed primarily on fish.
But as they age, their teeth change so they are better
equipped to eat marine mammals."
Humans are mammals, in case you forgot.
Oh, and Hueter added that although whites aren't
all that common, or at least spotted all that much, the
ones that are out there are probably pretty big.
As Tomalin wrote, "Jose Castro, a shark
specialist with the National Oceanic and Atmo-
spheric Administration Fisheries Service, said
white sharks probably once fed on Caribbean
monk seals, which became extinct in 1948.
'People forget that we once had seals here. White
sharks probably fed on these marine mammals.
So historically speaking, white sharks have
always been here."'
The fish has been protected from catch since
2004. Jaws of "Jaws" used to bring anywhere from
$7,800 to $22,000. Today, on the black great
white? market, who knows what a set of teeth
Record catch of a white shark was made by
Alfred Dean in Australia in April 1959. It weighed
2,664 pounds, according to the International Game
and Fish Association.
As Tomalin put it: "How common are white
sharks in the Gulf of Mexico? Numbers aren't
known because no formal census has been con-
ducted. But from December to February annually,
commercial bottom longline boats working the
west coast of Florida typically catch several white
sharks while fishing for grouper.
In the Gulf, white sharks are typically found in
deep water, from 20 to 100 miles offshore. Unlike
California, Australia and South Africa, which have
marine mammals i.e., seals and sea lions -
living along their coasts, the Gulf doesn't have a
food source to bring white sharks close to shore.
Mature white sharks average about 14 feet in
length, though they can grow to 18 or 19 feet. A
21-foot white shark was reportedly caught off the
coast of Cuba in 1948, but marine biologists doubt
the veracity of that claim. Reports of white sharks
20 feet and longer can be found in historic records,
but those reports have not been substantiated."
Snowy owls flapping farther south
On a more pleasing note, it seems snowy owls
are finding winters in the south more to their liking.
The bad chord in that refrain is that the winter
migration could be a sign of climate change.
According to the Associated Press, the usu-
ally arctic species is now finding a home in Ten-
nessee, Georgia and Alabama. It's the first time
in more than 20 years the birds have been spotted
that far south.
Snowy owls have moved south in the past in a
semi-regular pattern, but usually because their arctic
food supply of lemmings is sparse. This has been a
banner year for lemmings, though, and breeding of
the birds has reached such a large number that owls
are just roaming around, fat and happy.
The following ditty is popular on all manner
of merchandise in curio shops throughout Florida.
It's usually credited to having been penned by poet
Ogden Nash, although it was probably written by
Dixon Lanier Merritt. It goes:
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His bill will hold more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
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thick offshore; reds
good bet in bays
By Paul Roat
Cold weather again stymied fishers last week,
but the action for those able to get out in the Gulf of
Mexico was productive for gag grouper and snap-
Amberjack are also getting big and hungry, with
lots of reports of lots of big fish being caught.
Backwater fishing is good for sheepshead and
redfish. Trout are also being caught in northern Sara-
sota Bay and Palma Sola Bay.
Remember, gag grouper season closed Feb. 1.
Capt. Sam Kimball out of Annie's Bait &
Tackle on Cortez Road said his offshore trips for
grouper and snapper remain phenomenal. He's also
catching amberjack off the natural ledges in the
Capt. Mark Johnston of Annie's said his inshore
trips have been productive, but it's been a struggle
with the fronts scattering fish from their usual haunts.
He's still catching redfish by docks in the bay waters,
black drum and some skinny sheepshead.
Danny Stansny at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said fishing has
AJs A-OK for these fishers
Dave Cattau, left, Frank Torch, Jeff Wallace, Bob Dykhouse, Denny Miller and Joel Beacroft are pictured
with part of their catch of big amberjack. The party also caught grouper, porgys and lots of mangrove, yel-
lowtail and lane snapper while fishing last week with Capt. Larry McGuire of M1i. .ii Me The Fish Charters.
All the action was in the Gulf of Mexico in about 125feet of water.
been a bit slow, what with cold fronts and rain, but there
were some gag grouper and snapper caught last week.
Inshore fishing for sheepshead has also been good.
At the Rod & Reel Pier, reports include lots of
sheepshead being caught, up to five per day in the
6-pound range. There are also bonito running past
the pilings and some decent-size flounder, but the
flatties are not real prevalent. Black drum are also
being caught, and dolphin are having lots of fun
catching mullet. The mullet are herding under the
pier to escape, and all the action means a good show
for pier patrons.
At the Anna Maria City Pier, reports include
good catches of bonito and some sheepshead.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said action is "great offshore of Anna Maria
Island and Longboat Key after each cold front. The fish
probably don't feed much when it's storming, but when
the weather calms down, they're real hungry and the
bite gets wild and crazy. We have to be very flexible
this time of year and get offshore before the next cold
front comes through. Our parties are catching all the
big amberjacks they want or can handle, lots of monster
mangrove, yellowtail and lane snapper, po 'i .' \,. gag and
red grouper. Best action has been out past 100 feet, and
deeper is usually better for the larger fish." He's using
frozen sardines and squid to put a lot of scent in the
water, followed by live bait for the catch.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out
of Parrot Cove Marina said he managed to get in
a couple of trips between the most recent weather
fronts. "Despite the dramatic swings in water tem-
peratures, the action remains fairly good on a number
of fronts," he said. "The cold temperatures have
helped the sheepshead to bunch and munch. Many
of the nearshore Gulf reefs have started to give up
good numbers of sheepies to 6 pounds, along with
mangrove snapper, black sea bass and countless gag
and red grouper. Right along the beaches near any
structured areas are spotted and gray trout, pompano
and bluefish." Capt. Zach said his trips to the bays are
yielding trout, pompano and ladyfish from a variety
of artificial offerings such as Cal shad tail jigs, Cotee
Jigs and Gulp fished with a popping cork. Around
deeper, highly structured docks and sea walls, he's
been seeing good action with more sheepshead, red-
fish, black drum, mangos and flounder, taken mostly
with live shrimp and cut ladyfish. "Try to seek out
areas with a southern exposure, dark bottom and an
abundance of glass minnows and there should be
something lurking around," he advised, adding that
snook apparently survived the cold last week but
they're not biting.
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and may be
submitted to Paul Roat by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Davis renews quest to solve Angkor Wat mysteries
By Rick Catlin
Holmes Beach resident Kent Davis could have
been forgiven if he had given up his dreams of
publishing books on Asian history, supporting a
Cambodian school, and decoding the mystery of
the 1,780 female statues at Angkor Wat temple in
Davis and his wife "Pa," a native of Thailand,
were lucky to be alive after an April 17, 2008, house
fire destroyed their Holmes Beach home.
Also lost in the blaze were more than 20,000
research pictures Davis had taken of the famous
temple complex, along with his priceless collection
of some 2,000 books and documents on Southeast
Asia, including many rare and first edition volumes.
The research materials and book collection were not
covered by insurance.
When the fire broke out, Davis was preparing to
republish "Angkor the Magnificent," a 1924 book
written by Titanic survivor and American socialite
Helen Churchill Candee. Candee's tale of Asian
adventure was heralded then as one of the most pro-
vocative descriptions of the lost Khmer civilization,
and her book is credited with opening Cambodia to
American and English tourism prior to the outbreak
of World War II.
The fire, however, destroyed Davis' original edi-
tions of the book, his working manuscripts and origi-
nal research photos.
But Davis does not give up easily.
After working diligently throughout the year,
Davis finally completed his revisions of the book
and in November received the first copies from his
publisher of his expanded edition of "Angkor the
The next day, he flew to Cambodia to donate
copies of the book to libraries, spend two weeks
retaking 7,000 photos of Khmer temples, and visit-
ing research libraries to replace documentation lost
in the fire.
Davis also arranged to send textbooks and clothes
to the Srei Devata Middle School that he and his wife
built with proceeds they earned from the 2005 sale
of the Siam Garden Resort in Anna Maria.
Now back in Holmes Beach, Davis plans to
continue his three-year research project investigat-
ing the significance of the 1,780 female statues at
Angkor Wat, each distinctly different from another.
The stone images, carved between 1120 A.D. and
1150 A.D., might represent a single generation of
royal Khmer women, theorized Davis, or they could
Holmes Beach resident Kent Davis atop Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia during his recent visit to the
ancient ruins to retake some f il,, 20,000 research photos destroyed in April 2008 when his Holmes Beach
residence burned. Islander Photo: Courtesy Kent Davis
depict actresses and entertainers at the royal Khmer
Davis is hoping his research will unlock the mys-
tery of the identity of the women.
He plans to publish the first phase of his research
later this year in a book entitled "Daughters ofAngkor
"The Khmer civilization was one of the most
advanced on Earth, but, in modern times, the Cambo-
dian people have been decimated by colonial subju-
gation, war and the recent genocide of the communist
Khmer Rouge regime," Davis said. \ ly mission is
to help restore education and the legacy of history in
In March 2008, Davis completed his first publi-
cation on southeast Asia, "Earth in Flower," which
documents the history of Cambodia's sacred dance
When the Khmer Rouge and dictator Pol Pot
came to power in the 1970s, more than 90 percent
of the country's dancers and an estimated 1.5 mil-
lion people died in the communist genocide of the
population, made famous in the movie 'The Kill-
Following the fire and destruction at his home,
Davis pledged to continue his literary efforts, even
if he had to start again with just his few remaining
notes and drawings.
Davis has kept that promise.
'The house fire and possessions lost did not
define me. That's not who I am," he said.
'These are all transient things. Pa is from Thai-
land and we lived in Southeast Asia for many years.
The Buddhist mentality there is that material things
are worth nothing. What you do with your life is
"Completing these books and continu-
ing our efforts to support the school is ful-
filling something in our lives. These are not
things that the fire could destroy," Davis con-
All of the Davis' projects and links to related
Web sites can be found at www.Devata.org. Both
"Earth in Flower," and "Angkor the Magnificent"
are available from Internet bookseller Amazon.
com, Davis said.
THE ISLANDER U FEB. 4, 2009 E 25
Division races tight, playoffs approach
By Kevin Cassidy
Aside from the Division II pennant race where
Sand Dollar remains undefeated and apparently
unchallenged, the other three divisions in the Anna
Maria Island Community Center Basketball League
have two teams battling for top seed as season winds
down. A Paradise Realty holds a slim, one-game lead
over second-place Rotten Ralph's, while Dips Ice
Cream and Fronius are tied for first place in Divi-
sion I, as are Jessie's Island Store and Ross Built in
Ross Built and Jessie's will do battle for the top
seed on Feb. 4 while Fronius and Dips go at it on Feb.
5. The Premier League game between league-leader
A Paradise and second-place Rotten Ralph's will be
played on Feb. 3 with the winner likely earning the
top seed for the playoffs.
In basketball action on Jan. 31, Jessie's Island
Store remained in a tie for first place in Division
III on the strength of a 22-6 victory over Coastal
Orthopedics. Seth Walter's eight points and six points
from Mickey Koczetsut paced Jessie's in the victory.
Ellie Leibe, Gavin Lutus, Jean Paul Russo and Lucky
Schmidt completed the scoring for Jessie's with two
points apiece. Coastal Orthopedic received two points
apiece from Josh Class, Leo Rose and Luke Valadie
in the loss.
Island Real Estate earned its third win in the Pre-
mier Division on Jan. 31 despite going 3-20 from the
charity stripe in a 38-27 win over Bradenton Prep.
Forrest Schield led the way with 13 points. Joe Kara-
siewicz added 10 points. Celia Ware chipped in with
seven points for IRE, which also received four points
apiece from Julian Botero and Trevor Bystrom in the
victory. Bradenton Prep was led by Ed Brown's eight
points and seven points from Harry Minton. Kyle
Victor added six points for Bradenton Prep, which
also received two points apiece from Shiloh Magann,
Emory Bonner and Robert Gaugenti in the loss.
Rotten Ralph's pulled to within a game of first
place on Jan. 31 in Premier action with a 43-41 vic-
tory over division-leader A Paradise. Matt Bauer led
a balanced Rotten Ralph's scoring attack with 18
points while Wyatt Hoffman added 11 points. Daniel
Janisch added six points and Chris Callahan scored
four points for Ralph's, who also received two points
apiece from Blake Rivers and Christian Hightower in
the victory. Kyle Aritt led all scorers with 21 points,
while A-Paradise teammate Kyle Sewall added 14
points in the loss. Erin Dolan, Patrick Edwards and
Sheldon Phillips completed the scoring with two
E-Training Solutions earned its third win in Divi-
sion II on Jan. 29 with a 12-8 victory over Panoramic
behind five points from Blain Jenefsky. Mikey Ells-
worth added three points and Bryce Smith finished
with two points to lead E-Training Solutions in the
win. Jake Parsons scored four points and Jacque Lynn
AMICC basketball schedule
Premier Division (ages 14-17)
Feb. 4 8 p.m. Prep vs. IRE
Feb. 7 10 a.m. Paradise vs. Prep
Feb. 7 11 a.m. IRE vs. Ralph's
Feb. 9 8 p.m. Prep vs. Ralph's
Division I (ages 12-13)
Feb. 5 8 p.m. Fronius vs. Dips
Feb. 9 7 p.m. Fronius vs. IFP
Feb. 10 8 p.m. Dips vs. IFP
Division II (ages 10-11)
Feb. 7 noon Sand Dollar vs. Panoramic
Feb. 7 1 p.m. Observer vs. E-Training
Feb. 10 noon E-Training vs. Panoramic
Division III (ages 8-9)
Feb. 4 7 p.m. Ross Built vs. Jessie's
Feb. 5 7 p.m. A&E vs. Orthopedics
Feb. 6 7 p.m. A&E vs. Jessie's
Feb. 6 8 p.m. Ross Built vs. Orthopedics
Feb. 9 6 p.m. Orthopedics vs. Jessie's
Instructional League (ages 5-7)
Feb. 4 6 p.m. Sandbar vs. Bistro
Feb. 5 6 p.m. Bistro vs. Walter
Feb. 6 6 p.m. Sandbar vs. Walter
Cameron Brauner brings the ball up court for his
undefeated Sand Dollar team during Division II
basketball action at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Armer and Jack Coleman each scored two points for
Panoramic in the loss.
A Paradise Realty foreclosed on Island Real
Estate with a 53-33 Premier Division victory on Jan.
28. Kyle Aritt led the way with 19 points, while Kyle
Sewall added 12 points. Erin Dolan and Troy Kosze-
wski each added eight points for Paradise, which
also received four points from Patrick Edwards and
two points from Sheldon Phillips in the win. Forrest
Schield scored 16 points and Julian Botero added
seven for IRE. Celia Ware chipped in with five points,
while Amanda Daniels, Joe Karasiewicz and Chris
Pate each finished with two points.
Ross Built rode a balanced scoring attack led by
Jake Ross' eight points to a 21-15 victory over Coastal
Orthopedic on Jan. 28 to remain in a tie for first place
in Division III. Gavin Sentman and Brooke Capperelli
each added four points for Ross, which also received
three points from Andrew Ross and two points from
Connor Gsell in the victory. Coastal Orthopedic's Luke
Valadie exploded for 13 points to lead all players, while
Leo Rose added two points in the loss.
Dips Ice Cream cruised past Island Family Physi-
cians by a 62-34 score on Jan. 27 to remain in a tie for
first place in Division I. Justin Gargett scored 17 points,
Max Miller scored 16 points and Daniel Schroder fin-
ished with 11 points to lead the Dips onslaught. Connor
Field added eight points, while Jerry Meyer finished
with four points in the Dips victory. IFP's Lee Bergeron
scored 19 points to lead all scorers, while teammates
Zach Guerin, Mallory Kosfeld and Isaiah Beaton each
scored four points in the loss.
E-Training Solutions edged Longboat Observer
8-7 on Jan. 27 in Division II basketball action. Logan
Reiber and Blaine Jenefsky led the way with four
points apiece in the victory. Madison Gsell scored
four points, while Jack Blanvelt scored two points
and Joey Salinas added one point in the loss.
Sand Dollar remained the only undefeated team
thanks to a 24-12 victory over Panoramic in Divi-
sion II action on Jan. 27. Burke McCampbell-Hill
led the way with 16 points, while teammate Cameron
Brauner added eight points in the win. Alexia Yava-
lar scored six points to lead Panoramic, which also
received four points from Jacque Lynn Armer and
two points from Jake Parsons in the loss.
Bradenton Prep upset the number-two seed in
Premier Division basketball action on Jan. 26 with a
23-18 win over Rotten Ralph's behind eight points
from Jason Shkodnic and five points from Sienna
Bonner. Robert Gaugenti added four points, while
Shiloh Magann, Devin Coulter and Emory Bonner
each finished with two points. Daniel Janisch led
Rotten Ralph's with seven points, while Wyatt Hoff-
man added four points.
Dips Ice Cream earned an important 42-24 vic-
tory over Fronius on Jan. 26 to pull even in the Divi-
sion I standings. The top seed in this division will
earn a bye in the first round of the playoffs, so this
win could go a ways to determine the champ. Justin
Gargett led the way with 26 points, while Max Miller
added six and Jerry Meyer scored four. Brennan
Gallagher, Connor Field and Daniel Schroder each
finished with two points in the win. Travis Belsito
scored nine points and Savannah Schield added eight
points to lead Fronius, which also received five points
from Taylor Wilson in the loss.
Jessie's Island Store rode a balanced scoring
attack led by Seth Walter's nine points to a 21-18 win
on Jan. 26 over Air & Enl. i .' in Division III action.
Mickey Koczetsut added six points, while Brandon
Mills finished with four points. Michael Latimer
led all scorers with 16 points, while A&E teammate
Cameron Pasco finished with two points in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole,
low-net-of-partners match on Jan. 28. The team of
Bob Kral and Hal Sears carded a 3-under par 125
to edge second-place finishers Gary Harris and Bob
Elliott, who were four shots back at 129. Third place
went to Pieter Thomassesen and Peter Proxy with a
135 net score.
The women of Key Royale Club played a low-
net game on Jan. 27. Flight AA winner was Cindy
Miller with a 2-over-par 34, while Flight A winner
was Marcia Helgeson with a 3-under 29. Meredith
Slavin's 5-under-par 27 was good enough to win
Flight B, while Maryanne Kaemmerlin and Mary P
Miller tied for first in Flight C with an even-par 32.
Theresa Schutt fired a 2-over-par 34 to capture Flight
The men's Jan. 26 nine-hole game was also a
low-net-of-partners game and was won by Gordon
McKinna and Tom O'Brien with a 3-under par 61.
Two shots back at 1-under 63 was Dick Mills and
Jerry Elson. Ralph Bassett and Danny Hayes matched
the 4-over 68 carded by Bob Sayles and Bob Lamp
to tie for third place.
The Jan. 23 coed game was a best-bal-of-four-
some match won by the team of Jane Winegarden,
Sue Hookem, Gordon McKinna and Marian Mulroy
with a 4-under-par 28. McKinna and Hookem each
had chipins that contributed to the team victory.
Only three teams managed the prerequisite three
pool-play victories during the Jan. 31 horseshoe games
at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Art Kingstad and Al
Norman warmed up by beating Gene Bobeldyke and
Norm Good 21-11 in the semifinals before rolling past
Mike Lovey and Fritz Dahlquist by a 21-5 score.
Four teams were hot enough to earn three pool-
play wins on Jan. 28. Norm Good and Jim Rush
defeated Adin Shank and Steve Grossman 21-17 in
one semifinal, while Sam Samuels and Bruce Munroe
came back from an 11-point deficit to defeat Art
Kingstad and Don Miller 24-17. Samuels and Munroe
then defeated Good and Roush 21-12 in the finals.
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
AMICC Basketball League
standings as of Jan. 31
Team Wins Losses
A Paradise 6 3
Rotten Ralph's 5 4
Bradenton Prep 4 4
IRE 3 7
Fronius 5 3
Dips 5 3
IFP 2 6
Sand Dollar 9 0
Observer 5 4
E-Training 3 6
Panoramic 2 7
Jessie's 7 2
Ross Built 7 2
A&E 2 7
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AFFORDABLE COASTAL FURNISHINGS. The
Mermaids Attic, just a short drive away. Ellenton,
MANASOTA MEMORIAL PARK: Double niches,
inside Grecian Temple. Two openings and clos-
ings. Today's value: $5,300. Sell for $3,900. Call
RESTAURANT TABLES, CHAIRS: 8 30-inch
square tables, 20 black wrought-iron high-back
chairs with padded seats. Miscellaneous goods.
WEDDING DRESS FOR sale: Ivory with beaded
bodice, cathedral train. Train pins in back to three
pleated layers. Classic A-style gown with short
sleeves. Perfect for spring or fall wedding. Size
14, altered slightly at waist and shoulders. Pro-
fessionally cleaned and preserved. $125 or best
Linda and Lee Butts of Key Royale in Holmes Beach
and Cumming, Ga., marched in this year's Macy's
Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, play-
ing with the Second Time Arounders Band of St.
Petersburg, Fla. The 512-member band, whose ages
range from 18 to 81, was chosen to march from 500
applications, and was featured on the NBC telecast.
The Butts performed in college in the 1960s with the
University of Georgia Redcoat Band.
HUGE, DECORATIVE FRAMED mirrors: Several
styles to choose from, sizes from 4 by 6 feet, to
5 by 8. $250-$400. 941-730-2606.
ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet,
$350. Small antique burl-wood rocker, $200.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. 9 a.m.-noon Satur-
day. Clothing sales. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
MULTI-FAMILY YARD sale: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday
and Saturday, Feb. 6-7. Tarawitt Drive at 5600
block of Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
ANTIQUE AND ART Fair: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Satur-
day and Sunday, Feb. 7-8. Treasures, antiques,
art, jewelry, organic produce, exotic orchids,
fun and funky stuff for all. For information, call
941-383-1901. 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Long-
In the glare
Lance and Jill Young recently traveled to sunny
Cancun, Mexico, for a stay at the Royal Sunset
Resort. There they celebrated their first wedding
DRIVEWAY SALE: 8 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Feb.
7. Tools, fishing and miscellaneous. 504 83rd St.,
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office sup-
plies, coffee mugs, treasures and junk.
FLORIDA'S OWN RODNEY Dangerfield avail-
able for private parties and golf tournaments.
THE ISLANDER WANTS your comments. Do
you remember the first pro baseball game you
attended? The first home run you belted out of
the park? The Islander invites readers to reflect
on their past and our national pastime as we pre-
pare for spring-training season and Major League
Baseball. Share your baseball memories and
baseball moments in words and photographs.
E-mail reporter Lisa Neff at email@example.com,
and include a phone number and home town.
SHARE THE LOVE with The Islander. It is time for
Valentine's Day and The Islander wants to know
your heart's passion. Share with us, complete the
following "I love..." An example: "I love Paris in
the spring time." E-mail your submission to Lisa
Neff at firstname.lastname@example.org by noon Friday, Feb.
6., drop off at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Tell us who you are, including your
name, city of residence and the best way to reach
you. Watch for the responses in the Feb. 11 issue
of The Islander.
WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Priva-
teers are collecting new or used, repairable fish-
ing poles, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to
children. Donate your gear here at The Islander
newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Courtesy of the
Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission and Holmes Beach Police
Department. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't
be sorry, be safe.
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ISLAND ROCK SCHOOL at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Guitar, bass, drums,
flute, saxophone, clarinet, piano and vocals. Call
Scott Achor, 941-778-1747, or Koko Ray Hansen,
941-758-0395. Rock on!
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $50. Three lines, $60. Forms at
The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more infor-
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All applicants
screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
Laser, Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian at
GELCOAT RENEWAL: DON'T wax or paint your
boat, Seakote it! The best finish there is! Payment
terms available. Save $200 by contacting us at
seakote.com, or call 941-301-5378.
FOR RENT: BOAT slip in Holmes Beach. Fits up
to 23 feet. $140/month. 941-778-2581.
FOR RENT: DEEP-WATER boat slip. North end,
Anna Maria. Gulf access. 941-794-8877.
FOR SALE: BOAT slip with dock. Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-730-2995.
SEEKING PART-TIME/full-time property manager
for small resort on Anna Maria Island. Computer
skills required. E-mail resume to mail@annamar-
abeachcottages.com, or fax to 941-778-1645.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library in
Bradenton Beach. Friendly atmosphere with great
community spirit. It's fun, give it a try! For more
GREAT SITE: FORMER service station on stra-
tegic Longboat corner. Many business uses pos-
sible: gas/convenience store, bank, restaurant,
etc. Priced reduced to $999,000. Longview Realty,
RESTAURANT: PROFITABLE, BEAUTIFUL,
long history in resort area. Beer/wine. Any good
cuisine would work. Confidentiality agreement
required. $180,000 plus inventory. Longview
ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School soph-
omore Chris Perez tutors elementary or middle
school children. Call 941-778-2979.
CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ISLANDTEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified child
care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross train-
ing, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-4632
CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
I have experience with kids of all ages.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
First-aid certified, great with kids and animals!
Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.
NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter or
dog walker? Experienced with both children and
pets. Red Cross certified in CPR for all ages. Call
the twins, Kayla and Ariel Jennis, 941-778-1746.
The best team around!
TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red
Cross certified in babysitting. Loves children. Call
Katie, 941-778-1491 or 941-447-4057.
TRISH AND KIM babysitting service, house
cleaning and pet sitting. Certified. Experienced.
Call 941-538-8922 or 941-538-2081.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reli-
able. Free estimates, licensed, insured.
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repairs, upgrades, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, networkengi-
neer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Prob-
lem solving for all animals, big and small. Call
Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service,
941-778-3455, or cell 941-720-4152.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Oldest
and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of happy cus-
tomers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch, Storm-Check,
windows, etc. Rentals ourspecialty. pinesolpatty@
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
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Licensed & Insured
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
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Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
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Craig C. Fideler & Assoc, LLC
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AMERICAN ALLSTAR TREE SERVICES INC
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truck bobcat service debris remove hauling landclearing
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ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
PAINTING: INTERIOR/EXTERIOR, quality work,
free estimates, 15 years experience. Call Dave,
GET A BID, then call Nick. Voted No.1 painter.
INCOME TAX SERVICE for individual and small
businesses. Also prepare all states and file elec-
tronically. Member of National Society of Tax
Professionals. Call Pat at Kenney Tax Service,
TOM'S TOTAL DOOR and Window Service:
Repairs, replacements, inserts, frame changeout,
handsets replaced, insulated glass replacement,
screens, etc. 941-730-1399 or 941-722-7507.
PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT with Lewis
Mobile Detailing. Cleaning, spot removal, seats,
carpet and waxing. 941-465-6963.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999.
941-778-7770. Leave message.
ESP CLEANING: COMMERCIAL and residential
cleaning. Floor care, buffing, stripping and waxing.
941-345-2162 or 941-737-6164.
SUPER CLEAN YOUR home: 100 percent reliable
Island resident. I love to clean and will make your
home sparkle! Free estimates. VIP references.
Call "Pa" at 941-778-3086.
COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
NIKI'S NOOKS AND CRANNIES. I will do house-
keeping, laundry, and errands or pet sitting for
you. Cell, 941-592-8684.
DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs
covered! Print work: logos brochures, brand
identity. Web design: Flash, HTML and 3D. Call
Jon at Smashcat Studios, 941-778-2824 or
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller,
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services when and what you need to ensure
your house is secure and cared for while you
are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island.
30 years experience all phases of nail care. Gift
boutique, nail products, handbags, jewelry and
sunglasses. 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call for
an appointment. Now offering in-home pedicure
PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINING: Private studio,
certified trainer, 16 years experience. Specializ-
ing in sport-specific training, improving balance,
strength, and stamina. Toni Lyon, 941-928-8735.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Lawn maintenance,
mulching, plantings, shell and more. Great mainte-
nance rates. Fully insured and references. Please
call 941-778-2335 or 941-284-1568.
PERSONAL TOUCH LAWN Maintenance.
Grass mowing, bush trimming, cleanup, weed-
ing. Experienced, efficient, reasonable price.
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JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30-years experience.
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured. Call Allen any-
time. Cell 941-224-8569.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. Cell, 941-448-3857 or 941-779-0851.
LARRY'S BACK! SHELL delivered and spread.
$45/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil
with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775,
"shell phone" 941-720-0770.
GET MOORE FOR your money: Tree trimming,
removal, lot clearing, brush chipping. Estate,
garage and shed clean ups. Certified arborist
since 1978. Free estimates, insured. Call Lew
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill 941-795-5100.
CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Island and off-Island
service since 1975. Repairs and new construction.
Free estimates, no overtime charges. Now certify-
ing back flow at water meters. FL#RF0038118.
941-778-3924 or 778-4461.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, 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
MASTERS OF RENOVATIONS: Complete
home beautification or any home repair. Free
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
KITCHEN, BATHROOM, REMODELING, custom
cabinetry, wood, Thermo-foil doors, countertops,
all remodeling. Call Tudor, 941-376-0015.
LOCAL CRAFTSMAN: 25 years experience. All
phases of home improvement. Reliable, refer-
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
SPACIOUS ISLAND BAYFRONT 2BR/2BA, dock,
furnished. Walking distance to restaurants and
beaches. Call 941-794-5980.
ANNUAL BAYVIEW CONDO: Holmes Beach,
2BR/2BA, second floor. Old Florida Realty,
Sharon, 941-778-3377 or 941-713-9096.
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Providing islanders with personal service to and from
central and south Florida airports, etc. Since 1991.
Bruce Collins (941) 778-6201
* Free Estimates Gravel Yards
Railroad Tie Terracing
* Sprinkler Systems Brick Patios
Over 30 Years Experience
HOW TO RELAX
ON AN ISLAND...
Massage by Nadia
Gift Certificates Available
PETER'S HANDYMAN SERVICE
* Home Repair
* Soffit & FEsci3 '
* Ceiling Fans
* Cleaning (Maid)
Licensed and Insured / We speak Dutch and
NoJobisTooSmall 941 .524.4568 German too!
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BOAT, RV & TRAILER STORAGE
Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available
-Renovation Specialist All Carpentry Repairs
Completing more than 2,000 jobs on Anna Maria Island
Darrin J. Wash 941.725.0073
LOCALLY OWNED AND FAMILY OPERATED SINCE 1988
0Your Shuttle Service on Anna Maria Island
m.s tte s-ic f Inc Permitted/Licensed/Insured
941-580-5777 Special Events
www.shuttleserviceami.com Most major credit cards are accepted
Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants, "c
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup:
Call Junior, 807-1015
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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.
OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL space:
625 sf, $500/month. 8799 Cortez Road. Call
IT'S YOUR TURN to enjoy true Florida living: Wake
up to your spectacular water view from huge living
and dining area. Plateglass windows, doors and
30x12-foot screened deck fronting bay beach and
park with Gulf beach an easy walk. 3BR, washer
and dryer, annual in north Anna Maria. A must see
even for snowbirds! Call 941-748-5334 for details.
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH duplex. 2BR/2BA with
garage. Clean, quiet area, No smoking or pets.
2BR LUXURY CONDO: Steps to beach, heated
pool, sauna, tennis. $750/week. 863-688-3524 or cell,
863-608-1833. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMERCIAL OFFICES: FROM $250/month,
includes utilities. Different sizes to fit your budget,
from small office to 1,600 sf. 941-746-8666.5382
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
ANNUAL: HOLMES BEACH 2BR/1BA, steps
to Gulf with view. Just remodeled, tile through-
out, extra-large storage room, washer and dryer
hookup, undercover parking. $1,050/month.
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
Bnainng Pc pk Hone Since 1939
Home Town Realtor since 1939!
PRICED RIGHT CANALFRONT Well PERICO BAY CLUB NEW PRICE!!!
maintained 3BR/2BA canal front 2BR/2BA waterfront condo 2.5 miles
residence w/open floor plan, private to Beach. Gated security 24/7. Canoe/
setting with new dock, paver brick kayakdirectaccess. Pools, spa, tennis,
patio & drive and excellent Island loca- first floor. Penny Bray (941) 778-2246.
tion. Dave Moynihan (941) 778-2246. #M578818. $249,000
UNIQUEWATERFRONTHOME. Superb ANNA MARIA ISLAND 1 BR/1 BA condo
waterviewsacross Bimini Bay. 3066 SF, in Tradewinds with all the amenities for
open FL lifestyle interiors, Fab kitch, a great vacation. Turnkey furnished,
hugeentertainmentdeck,pool,w/swim walk to the sugar sand beach or
jets,Pvt. dock, sailboatwaterCall Sandy bayfront pier and pool,tropical setting.
French or Karen Day (941) 778-2246. Sharon Hightower (941) 778-2246.
#M5797455. $1,800,000 #M5801813.$329,000
2217 GULF DR. N. BRADENTON BEACH
(941) 778-2246 (800) 211-2323 WWW.WAGNERREALTY.COM
UPDATED 3BR/2BA: Walking distance to down-
town Holmes Beach and beach. New paint, diago-
nal 18-inch tile, carpet. Very neat, clean. Located
on dead-end street with private yard, large
brick paver rear patio. $1,150/month. Annual.
SEASONAL: FURNISHED 2BR/2BA condo.
Heated pool. February or April only $2,400/month.
407-846-8741. Holmes Beach.
ANNUAL RENTAL: HOLMES Beach. 2BR/1BA
close to shops and transportation, half block to
the Gulf. Washer/dryer on premises, $750/month,
utilities included! Call 941-224-1484 for more
VACATION RENTALS ACROSS from beach.
Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost
Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.
ANNUAL: 1BR IN Holmes Beach. $675/month
plus security deposit. 941-778-6541, weekdays
and 941-504-3844, evenings and weekends.
HOLMES BEACH: 1BR/1 BA furnished apartment.
100 steps to bay. Washer and dryer. February,
March, April, $1,800/month. Jill, 949-813-4900.
SEASONAL: BEAUTIFUL GROUND-level single-
family home. Available now. 2BR/1 BA or 3BR/2BA
with living room, family room, washer/dryer
and carport. Block to the beach in Anna Maria.
LOCATED TWO MILES from beach, one block
from water, washer and dryer included. Rent
includes water, trash, pest control. Application and
security required. Annually, $800/month. Please
e-mail email@example.com, or call 941-773-1552
for more information.
For Expert Advice On Island Property
CALL THE ISLANDERS
CAuL CHRIS & JOHN
941-778- 6066 ,
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6101 MARINA DR HOLMES BEACH
Great NW Bradenton location! North of Manatee,
close to river, Lewis Park and garden club. Charming
2BR/1.5BA with open floor plan. Newly painted inside
and out, new roof, soffitt and fascia. Huge yard with a
beautiful mature tropical foliage. Attached 1 car garage.
Ready to move in. $195,000.00
1L. Lak. -
Elevated 2BR/2BA home near beach with large screened
porch and plenty of parking. A fabulous buy at $325,000.
Mike Norman Realty C
3101 GULF DR HOLMES BEACH
www. mikenormanrealty.com 1
VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA, lovely, private
pool home near Palma Sola Causeway. $900/
weekly. Discounts for longer stays. 3BR/3BA gor-
geous pool home, Intracoastal Waterway, west
Bradenton. $1,050 weekly. www.coastalproper-
tiesrealty.com, or 941-794-1515.
ANNUAL: BRADENTON BEACH. 3BR/2BA single
home. Huge yard, most pets welcome! Washer/
dryer. $999/month. 2204 Ave. C. Available Feb.
19. 2BR/1BA, washer/dryer. Pets OK! Yard! $899/
month. 1BR/1BA, washer/dryer. Pets OK! Yard!
CORTEZ ANNUAL FURNISHED 1BR, $675/
month, seasonal, $1,075. Washer and dryer, cats
BEACH CONDO! NEWLY remodeled. Furnished,
unfurnished, two pools, carport, shuffleboard,
clubhouse. Annual or seasonal. 941-761-1923.
GRANDPARENTS BEACH DELIGHT: Condo
available April 1, 2009. 717-392-4048.
SEASONAL RENTAL: MARCH, April. 1BR/1BA,
west of Gulf Drive, Anna Maria city. $1,300/month,
tax included. 941-778-4499.
1BR PERICO APARTMENT: Take over lease,
expires Nov. 30, 2009. Available immediately.
Furnished, balcony, pool hot tub, gym. Very
clean. $589/month plus utilities. No extra fees.
1BR/1BA duplex. Two people, no pets. February
and March, $1,600/month. 203 Peacock Lane,
Holmes Beach. 810-614-6962.
ANNUAL: DUPLEX, 2BR/2BA, tile floors, $725/
month. 1BR/1BA, close to beach, $700/month.
Rustic 2BR/2BA, family room, Gulfside, Anna
Maria, $900/month. Dolores M. Baker Realty,
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
DON'T MISS THIS ISLAND GETAWAY
Wonderful 2bed/2bath, 1 block to beach
in Holmes Beach. Property is turnkey
furnished and is a successful vacation
rental. Asking $359,000.
SCustom-designed home with excellent craftsmanship
S has 3BR/2BA. Beautifully maintained and 450 feet
to the beach! Reduced!
Spacious 2BR/2.5BA with two-car garage in lovely /
Bay Palms. Located in attractive Holmes Beach
Deluxe-sized duplex-zoned lot with older home.
Refurbish, add on second unit or reconstruct...
YOUR CHOICE. Reduced!
"We ARE the Island!"
i SINCE 1957
Marie Franklin Li. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
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BRADENTON BEACH 2BR/2BA with Gulf just
across the street. Direct, terrific views! $398,000.
HOLMES BEACH: KEY Royale. An absolutely
spectacular canal home, 4BR/2BA, two-car
garage, split-plan, custom remodeled through-
out. Deep sailboat water with new dock and lift,
direct access to Tampa Bay and Gulf. Must see!
Owner can hold second. Owner, 941-809-1522.
See online at: www.617Foxworth.com.
REVERSE HOME MORTGAGES: Call us for fax
and free brochures. Richard and Alison Estrin,
licensed mortgage brokers, Blondin Mortgage
MOBILE HOME: 1BR/1BA. One mile from Anna
Maria Island. You own the land. Not a co-op. No
monthly fees. Steps to water. Great condition.
Free boat ramp access. $79,000. 513-470-3851.
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.
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE: 2BR/2.5BA town-
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.
2009 Anna Maria Island Calendar
%.... .... .
a great $12.00
A beautiful collection of Anna Maria Island photographs
by Jack Elka compiled into a high quality 12 month calendar.
Available at the Islander Newspaper office, other stores on the Island
or call Jack Elka 941-778-2711
Office: (941) 778-2246 Fax: (941) 778-4978
WAGNER A. REALTY
Great rental invest-
pool, elevator, gulf
and bayviews. Pro-
duces over $65,000
per year in rental
1 mile from the Gulf
and 1 block from
Palma Sola Bay.
3BR/2BA 3462 SF
boat ramp and RV
pad for RV hookup.
The Preserve in Pan-
ther Ridge. 4BR/3BA
with bonus room,
wet bar, study, large
heated caged pool
with spa. 4-car
throughout, crown molding, doubleoven, breakfast bar,
formal dining room, fireplace, outdoor kitchen, lake view,
community playground and tennis courts. $895,000
ANNA MARIA CORNER lot, no streets to
cross to the beach! 117 Willow Ave. $350,000.
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
CANAL HOUSE FOR sale, 717-392-4048.
UNBELIEVABLY MARVELOUS BEACH condo
EXCEPTIONAL ISLAND VALUE: Updated
1 BR/1 BA condo, turnkey furnished. Owner financ-
ing. Price reduced, $159,000. 941-962-8220.
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.
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.
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
k GulfBay fafty ofAnna Maria Inc.
Jesse Brisson Broer Associate, GI
Totally redone head to toe 1BR/1BA in Sandpiper
Resort. Come see affordable Island life at it's best.
New AC, appliances, assigned parking and a full share
in the co-op is included. $159,900
Make an offer! Gulfview 2bed/2bath condo in 55+
community with pool. Totally redone exterior! Views
of the Gulf in a great location close to everything the
Island has to offer. Turnkey Furnished. Come see for
Call Jesse Brisson, 941-713-4755.
VIRGINIA MOUNTAINS: BRAND new luxury
cabin! On river, private five acres, great fishing,
ready to move in! Bank financing. $349,500. Call
BIG LOT, SMALLEST price. 12 acres just $99,900.
Best neighborhood in Tallahassee area! Rare spa-
cious country living close to everything! Great for
kids with horse privileges. Best price ever, a must
see. Great financing. 866-938-1521.
SOUTH CAROLINA BARGAIN: Golf-access lot!
Now $39,900, was $139,900. Rare opportunity to
own beautiful view homesite in area's finest golf
community, now for fraction of its value. Paved
roads, water, sewer, all infrastructure complete!
Golf-front lots available at comparable savings!
Low-rate financing. Call now, 866-334-3253, ext.
TIMBER COMPANY LIQUIDATION! 50 to
500-plus acres. Own prime West Virginia acre-
age at fraction of value! Timber company liquidat-
ing over 33,000 acres! So many deer and turkey,
natives call them pests! Mountain streams, wild-
life ponds, spectacular views, meandering trails.
Recreational paradise! Own for $1,300 to $2,000
per acre! Perfect for camp/cabin! Financing. Call
877-261-4868, ext. 26.
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HERON'S WATCH 10 minutes to beaches,
3BR/2BA, Lush landscaping, Upgrades. Cherry Cabinetry. $299,000
RIVER OAKS Waterfront, 2BR/2BA, clubhouse,
pool tennis. $139,000
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
GULFFRONT 1 & 2 BR, Available now. Weekly, monthly.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Annual or seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock,
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
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We thought it time to let folks know what we've been up to.
We are working to realize the expressed intentions of our citizen's and officials as adopted in the Comprehensive Plan to create
a mixed-use, walkable, main street to serve as a Village Center for Anna Maria.
In doing so we are constructing... SO much less than is allowed.
The table below compares what is allowed vs what we are doing:
Allowed Actual Difference
Square Footage 63,000 28,500 34,500
Residential Space 42,000 12,000 30,000
Commercial Space 21,000 16,500 4,500
Habitable Floors 21 floors 14 floors 7 floors
Building Heights 37 ft 27-32 ft 5-10 ft
Ok, we admit it, having intentionally done all this to keep our promise, it rankles a bit when "the almighty dollar" is offered up
as our guiding principle.
So much more than is required.
At a time when many are cutting corners to save money, we are adding corners and spending money.
Storm Strong: Insulated Concrete Form construction consists of a solid 6" concrete core poured over a steel grid, encased in a
total of 5" of Styrofoam insulation. Built to stand extreme wind loads far exceeding the 140 mph requirement.
Energy Mizer: Once you start down the path of true energy efficiency with ICF, you can't stop there, you must follow thru
Extra Thick, Hurricane Rated, Solar Heat Gain Glass increases efficiency while retaining the maximum light inside the
building, reducing glare.
Spray Foam Ceiling Insulation seals the attic completing the "thermos bottle" that earned the Florida Green Building
Coalition award points when we were only half finished.
On Demand Hot Water, which only consumes energy when you are actually using hot water, no energy is wasted keeping an
unused tank full hot.
Native Landscape: we were the first to adopt, voluntarily the recommendations from the Environmental Enhancement
Committee for Native Landscaping. Point of fact, we far exceed those recommendations.
No "hardscape," non-building coverage is all sand/filter-mix. No asphalt or pavers, except as required for the handicap space.
Even our pool "decks" are not concrete pavers, but, actual decks, which drain into retention below.
While we agree that folks shouldn't be told what to plant in their own back yards, we enthusiastically embrace the principles
of "sense of place" landscaping, particular to our island, requiring minimal to no irrigation, pesticides or fertilizer while
providing habitat to all the little critters that need sustaining and that sustain the ecosystem.
Speaking of ecosystem, we won big points with the Green Building Council when we decided, consistent with the old florida
feel, to use river-recovered heart pine flooring.
We sincerely believe we are setting a new high-water mark for Green Construction, not as a marketing tactic but because it
makes sense and is the right thing to do.
Just like saving the historic Cozy Corners (Bean, Rosedale house) and incorporating it into the project intact and without addition.
Our wide sweeping porches promote a pedestrian feeling for our neighbors and visitors alike while providing for on site water
retention. We believe these are "legacy" buildings that will be enjoyed for generations.
Finally, this project is the logical end product of a thoughtful and deliberate review of our comprehensive plan, resulting in
amendments to encourage mixed-use development and save our precious business district.
We will stand firm in our commitment to thoughtful development, consistent with the emotional preference of most of our
citizens, doing far less than the law allows and far more than is required in order to create the Village Center our town needs.
For more information, contact Micheal Coleman atprovl813 @msn.com. 941-592-6642.