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"Motels" a topic in
Anna Maria. Page 9
Cleanups set for
April 18. Page 10
Visitor numbers don't reflect real season
By Rick Catlin
Iaiiidt r Reporter
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce president Mary Ann Brockman is
perplexed by the March occupancy figures
from the Bradenton Area Convention and
The BACVB reported that occupancy of
Island accommodations during March 2009
fell 6.2 percent from March 2008, dropping
from 88.9 percent to 82.7 percent.
"That's so hard to believe because a
lot of places were full during March and
everyone was extremely busy. And rooms
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"No one has been complaining about the
season. Many people have said it's the best
ever," she added.
At the same time the BACVB said Island
occupancy declined, it reported that Longboat
Key occupancy figures also dropped, falling
from 89.4 percent for March 2008 to 85.7 for
the same month this year.
Occupancy of mainland accommodations
took the biggest plunge, dropping from 88.3
percent for March last year to 74.6 percent for
March 2009, according to BACVB figures.
But David Teitelbaum, part owner of the
Tradewinds, Tortuga and Seaside resorts and a
Manatee County Tourist Development Coun-
cil member, cautioned that the BACVB figures
can be misleading.
"They only survey 26 percent of the avail-
able accommodation rooms on the Island,
and they don't include seasonal rentals in the
survey, and those are way up this year," he
Indeed. Several Island real estate compa-
nies reported in January that seasonal rentals
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s. staff reported good tips.
Reps for accommodations reported few
vacancies and trolley after trolley traversed
gfish the length of the Island filled to capacity.
At the west end of Manatee Avenue
most days last week, a caravan of automo-
Biz biles moved slowly toward the Manatee
Public Beach and neighborhood beaches
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2 Cortez Road in Bradenton Beach with
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Signal change a go in Holmes Beach
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine
says there's a green light for a plan to improve
traffic management at the intersection at East
Bay Drive and Manatee Avenue.
The change the installation of new
signal heads is the result of cooperation
between HBPD, the Florida Department of
Transportation and Manatee County and some
urging from Holmes Beach citizens.
Citizens, especially residents at Westbay
Cove condominiums, had complained that
motorists traveling north on East Bay Drive
often turn left onto Manatee Avenue, cutting
off drivers exiting Westbay Cove.
A sign at the intersection cautions the
left-turning East Bay motorists to yield, but
Romine said too many fail to follow the rule.
Several weeks ago, the DOT agreed to
install stronger mast arms at the intersection
for heavier signal equipment and then "split
phase" the traffic signal. Split-phase signals
display the left-turn arrow and circular greens
in one direction, then cuts both of those off,
and displays the left-turn arrow and circular
greens for the opposite direction.
The new mast arms, however, were not
scheduled for installation until 2010, when
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were up 20-30 percent from last year.
At Island Real Estate, Larry Chatt, who manages
175-plus rental units for IRE clients, said occupancy
is "fantastic" this season.
"We were up 30 percent this March compared
with March 2008. In January, our occupancy was
double last year, and in February we were up 20 per-
cent," he said.
"We' re well over 90 percent occupancy for the
season. In March, we had three of the four weeks
where we had no full week available at any unit."
Chatt said most of the other rental companies
likely had similar increases this season.
"I would say the BACVB might want to consider
seasonal rentals in their occupancy report. It's not
apples to apples," Chatt said.
Teitelbaum said determination of occupancy is a
topic he might discuss when the TDC meets April 20
at the Holmes Beach City Hall. It's hard to believe
occupancy was down in March when so many busi-
ness and accommodation owners and managers are
reporting increased occupancy and sales, he said.
"It really is a great season," Teitelbaum said.
"And Easter was wonderful. We were booked solid,
the weather was great, and we had a lot of families
who were repeat guests. The word about the Island
Figures for March activity at the chamber office
in the Tidemark Shoppes on Gulf Drive indicate the
month was extremely busy for chamber staff.
The chamber set a record for walk-ins during
March, with 4,260 visitors signing the guest book. In
March 2008, the chamber reported 3,012 walk-ins.
"We were extremely busy here in March,"
Brockman said. "We handled 891 telephone calls
from people looking to book an accommoda-
tion or for information on activities and proper-
ties, and our Web site had 65,709 visits from 101
different countries. I'd say that's pretty busy."
With a number of Island retail establishments
No room at the beach?
Umbrellas, blankets and people vie for space at the beach for the Easter holiday as warm weather and
sunny skies descended on Anna Maria Island. Islander
reporting increased activity for this year's season,
Island restaurant owners agree the season has been
"We' re actually up this year from last year," said
Dave Russell, owner of Rotten Ralph's in Anna Maria
and on the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton
"We had some great weather in March. Things
are moving in the right direction and it's been a very
good season," he said.
Likewise for Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar
Restaurant in Anna Maria, the BeachHouse in Bra-
denton Beach and the Mar Vista on Longboat Key.
"The weather during March was great. We're
an indoor-outdoor business, so all three locations
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had a phenomenal month. This has been a fantastic
season. Man, there are people everywhere. I've never
seen this many people during the winter and I have
to believe other restaurants are also having a great
season," Chiles said.
At the Waterfront Restaurant in Anna Maria,
owner Jason Suzor agreed.
"The weather has been great and there are a lot
of people on the Island. The traffic here has been
gangbusters and we're having a very good season."
While the Island was enjoying a solid winter
tourist season, the Manatee County Commission at
its April 7 meeting approved a resolution to increase
the resort tax from 4 cents per dollar to 5 cents per
dollar. The increase will become effective in May.
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Holmes Beach to celebrate founding
Holmes Beach will hold its Founders Day work through the Anna Maria Island Art
celebration Friday, April 17, beginning at city League.
hall, 5801 Marina Drive. The celebration will move outdoors for the
The celebration will begin with a reception dedication of a tree to honor benefactor Helen
at 9:30 a.m. at city hall, followed by an opening Hagen.
ceremony at 10 a.m. For more information, call city hall at
Also, the city is exhibiting local artists 941-708-5800.
Midge Pippel, left, Barbara Hines and Chris Galanopoulos are local artists whose work is featured in the
Founders Day exhibit at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive. The exhibit, depicting Island life
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Easter draws crowds to Island
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long lines of autos traveling over the bridge en
route to Gulf Drive and then on to Coquina and
At the beaches, and on roads throughout the
Island, law enforcement personnel could be seen on
the watch and at the ready.
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office and the
Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach police depart-
ments increased their staffing levels for Easter week,
which coincided with many spring break vacations,
including Manatee public schools.
"It's what you have to do," said HBPD Chief Jay
Romine, who said the agencies anticipated an increase
in routine calls for service, especially through the
Sirens occasionally could be heard as emergency
personnel raced to calls, most of them minor traffic
incidents or medical matters.
Easter week on the Island concluded with tra-
ditional church services, including the 45th annual
Sunrise Service hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Anna
Maria Island at Manatee Public Beach.
The week's activities also included several
egg hunts formal events at St. Bernard Catho-
lic Church, the Episcopal Church of the Annuncia-
tion and the Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge, and
informal hunts staged by families in parks and back-
But most of the Easter Week action took place on
the coastline, where in the middle of the week surf-
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other improvements are scheduled to take place on
East Bay and Gulf drives in the city.
Romine continued to seek a speedier resolution
to slow left-turning drivers and last week learned that
the DOT and county will partner on an interim fix -
the installation of new signal heads and an agreement
to hold back drivers turning left from East Bay until
motorists exit Westbay Cove.
The DOT will provide the equipment and the
county will install the signals sometime in the next
ers rode waves and all week the sun-starved bathed
in rays and the swimmers bathed in warming Gulf
"This is heaven," said Island vacationer Mary
Pagano of Des Moines. "You can't believe the winter
we've had. Can't believe it. It's still snowing back
home, you know."
Pagano and her kids were visiting relatives in
Lakewood Ranch last week and spent Good Friday
on Coquina Beach playing volleyball, building sand-
castles, sleeping on sandy towels and splashing in the
Gulf of Mexico.
"We saw two dolphins and got lots of shells,"
said Pete Pagano, 7. '"That was like pretty cool. I'm
Macy Pagano, 14, added, "If vacation could last
like nine months and school could be like a week,
that would be cool."
Above the Pagano base camp at Coquina, Mana-
tee County lifeguards with the marine rescue division
watched for problems, occasionally whistling for the
attention of a swimmer or racing off on an ATV to
the water's edge.
"We've had some rescues," said Capt. Joe West-
erman of the marine rescue team. "Some swimmers
Westerman said swimmers were rescued from
currents and none required transport to the hospital.
"Our goal is to get to them so that's not neces-
sary," Westerman said.
Marine rescue guards raised yellow caution flags
at some of beach locations last week and red "no
swimming" flags in other areas.
"We're taking preventative measures," Wester-
The county's full complement of Gulf coast life-
guards was on duty for the weekend.
"More guards, more eyes," said Westerman.
At both Coquina and Manatee Public beaches,
the crowds occasionally grew so large that the guards
found the ATVs difficult to navigate and foot patrols
became the better option.
But crowd-members didn't mind the crowds.
"I think it's more fun when it's more crowded,"
Danielle Ruehlmann of Lansing, Mich., said as she
sunned at Manatee Public Beach. "It means this is
the place to be."
The 2009 election in November will include
municipal seats in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach,
In Anna Maria, voters will elect three city com-
missioners to two-year terms in seats currently held
by John Quam, Christine Tollette and Dale Wood-
In Bradenton Beach, voters will elect
a mayor, a two-year post currently held by
Michael Pierce. Voters also will elect a com-
missioner to a two-year term in Ward 1, the
seat now held by John Shaughnessy, and a
commissioner in Ward 3, the seat now held by
In Holmes Beach, three two-year city commis-
sion terms will be decided. The seats currently are
held by Pat Geyer, Pat Morton and David Zaccag-
The election will take place Nov. 3.
Qualifying deadlines are Sept. 1-Sept. 15 for
Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach and Aug. 24-Aug.
28 for Holmes Beach.
For more information about becoming a candi-
date, go to www.votemanatee.com.
Anna Maria City
April 21, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning
April 23, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
April 15, 6 p.m., board of adjustment meet-
April 16, 12:30 p.m., city commission meet-
April 21, 4 p.m., managed anchoring, moor-
ing field committee meeting.
April 23, 1 p.m., city commission meet-
April 28, 4 p.m., managed anchoring, moor-
ing field committee meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive
N., 941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.
April 16, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
April 17, 9:30 a.m., Founders Day celebra-
April 23, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
April 24, 1:30 p.m., police retirement board
April 28, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
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West Manatee Fire Rescue
April 16, 6 p.m., WMFR District commission
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
April 20, 9 a.m., Manatee County Tourist
Development Council meeting, Holmes Beach City
April 20, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation
Planning Organization meeting, Holmes Beach
April 22 is Earth Day.
April 24 is National Arbor Day, with dedica-
tions in Holmes Beach at 10 a.m. and Anna Maria
at 11 a.m.
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.
4 E APRIL 15, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
Field work: Committee meets on mooring plan
By Lisa Neff
Members of the newly created Bradenton Beach
Managed Anchorage and Mooring Field Committee
reached their first consensus April 7.
The consensus was to focus on establishing a
mooring field and not try encourage anchorage. It
was an agreement that might result in the committee
shortening its name.
"I'm OK with mooring field committee," Lisa
Marie Phillips, the city's project/program manager
and committee coordinator, said as the group dis-
cussed anchoring of boats in the area south of the
Historic Bridge Street Pier.
The committee met at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive
N., where it will meet again at 4 p.m. April 21 and at
4 p.m. April 28.
The committee's primary task is to help draft a
recreational boating plan, which city officials hope
to complete sometime in June.
The city received a state grant to hire a consulting
firm, Scheda Ecological Associates, to work on the
plan, which will cover the opening of a harbor master
office, the creation of a mooring field and the siting
of a kayak launch.
The group's first meeting provided an opportu-
nity to get to know one another and to learn about the
Most of the committee members expressed a love
"I've been a sailor all my life," Canfield said,
recalling growing up on Long Island Sound and shar-
ing his plans to restore a wooden sailboat to use as
an on-the-water classroom.
Drescher, a former mayor of Bradenton Beach,
said, 'The last boat I had was a 45-foot houseboat
and we lived on the Mississippi. We just loved it."
Harrington, retired from a law enforcement
career, said he spends many mornings drinking coffee
near the Historic Bridge Street Pier, where he can
watch boaters come in to shore.
Curd is a delivery captain. "I run boats from the
Great Lakes to anywhere," he said.
A longtime sailor who lives on a boat in the city's
mooring field area, Waldrope said he's logged about
20,000 cruising miles.
Shearon, a former city commissioner and current
Members of the newly created Bradenton Beach Managed Anchorage and Mooring Field Committee meet
at city hall April 7 to work on a master boating plan. Pictured are, clockwise from left, Wes Waldrope, Rick
Curd, Michael Harrington, Connie Drescher, Jaime Canfield, Dianne Rosensweig, Wendy Hershfeld and
Bill Si, ... Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
member of the city planning and zoning board, said
he lived on a motor yacht for six years.
"I'm very aware of boating the fun of it and
the responsibility that comes with it and I really look
forward to getting our mooring field adopted so that
its done the right way and the most economical," he
Phillips welcomed the committee members.
'This project upon which you are embarking was
actually conceived of 10 years ago," she said and then
she turned the session over to Dianne Rosensweig
and Wendy Hershfeld of Scheda to discuss details of
the plan and the process.
The mooring field will be established from the
pier to Seventh Street South.
A current map shows 41 mooring spots in the
field, but Phillips described the design as "pie in the
sky" and acknowledged the number likely will be
The committee reviewed the problems necessi-
tating the creation of a mooring field improper
anchoring of boats that can damage seagrass or prop-
erty, improper disposal of sewage and the existence
of abandoned or derelict vessels.
The committee also listed the objectives in creat-
ing a mooring field protecting the environment,
maintaining safety, promoting economic develop-
ment, providing affordable housing, managing waste,
supporting public access to the water and establishing
a self-sustaining harbor operation.
The committee members left city hall with some
homework assignments to read the interim moor-
ing field ordinance adopted in Bradenton Beach ear-
lier this year, as well as to review boating plans for
other communities, including Fort Myers Beach and
Legislature considers beach access issues
By Lisa Neff
Legislation is moving forward in the Florida
House and Senate that would make it a first-degree
misdemeanor for a private landowner to block access
to the beach.
The Senate version of the bill, introduced by
Charlie Justice, D-St. Petersburg, was approved by
the environmental, preservation and conservation
committee March 29 and under review by the com-
munity affairs committee last week.
The House version, introduced by Maria Sachs,
D-Palm Beach, was approved by the House Agricul-
ture and Natural Resources Committee March 24 and
had a first reading last week.
Local officials last week said they were review-
ing the proposed measures House Bill 527 and
Senate Bill 488 to determine the potential impact,
if any, on Anna Maria Island.
"At this point, I personally do not see any great
impact one way or the other," said Bradenton Beach
building official Steve Gilbert. "However, it's always
best to wait and see what happens to the bills in com-
mittee and during debates."
Florida's constitution states that the public owns
shorelines seaward of the high-water line, but state
lawmakers supporting the "public access to beaches"
bills say that too often property owners attempt to
restrict public access.
The bills, according to a legislative staff analy-
sis, would prohibit private entities from restricting
access to beaches, prohibit the placement of signs
declaring a beach private property, prohibit a gov-
ernment agency from placing fencing, barricades or
other obstructions on a public beach unless it is nec-
essary to protect public health, safety and welfare or
to protect wildlife and its habitat.
The bills also would put the burden of proof on
a property owner who sues someone for trespassing
to reach the beach.
"With more and more coastal development, we
need the state of Florida to step up and say that Flor-
ida beaches belong to all Floridians," Sachs testified
to the natural resources committee in late March.
The legislative analysis found that with passage
of the beach access bills, which would take effect July
1, local governments would face some expenses, spe-
cifically in fulfilling the requirement that municipali-
ties provide the state with a list of potential dead-end
street beach-access points.
The legislative analysis concluded that the bills
declare "that the public has a free and unrestricted
right to enter and use the public beaches of Florida.
By creating this new right, the bill serves to trump
private property rights to those owners who hold litto-
ral title to upland areas adjacent to public beaches.
"It may be read that this bill gives the public the
right to traverse real property when that real property
can serve as an accessway to a public beach."
The bills are on the Florida League of Cities'
The bills have the support of a number of state
recreational and environmental groups, including
Surfrider Foundation, which has 11 chapters around
The foundation claims that trespassing arrests for
beachgoers are on the rise and public beach-access
points are on the decline statewide.
Anna Maria Island's beaches were crowded last
week with vacationers, many on spring break.
Many said they found the Island's beaches easy
to access, with some exceptions on the north end in
Anna Maria and along sections of Gulf Drive North
in Bradenton Beach.
The chief complaint among beachgoers was
access to parking, not access to beaches.
"We drove around for maybe 45 minutes before we
found some place," said Kirsten Naylor of Indianapolis,
whose family was splashing in the Gulf of Mexico in
the 12000 block of Gulf Drive in Anna Maria.
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Bradenton Beach city commissioners are sched-
uled to take up routine business at 1 p.m. Thursday,
The commission's agenda includes consideration
of several invoices for payment, proclamations for
Dog Therapy Awareness Day and Water Conserva-
tion Month and applications related to the annual
Islandwide blood drive and a boat festival.
The agenda also includes discussion on contracts
for debris management in a storm and trimming city
The meeting will take place at city hall, 107 Gulf
THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 15, 2009 0 5
Dock variance, environmental improvement sought
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria resident Jake Martin has spent the better
part of the past year getting approval from the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection to construct a
walkway on his canalfront property on Blue Heron Drive
through the mangroves to a dock he wants to build.
And he now needs a variance from the city to
build both the dock and walkway.
The plan presented to the board will minimize the
damage to the mangroves that border Martin's prop-
erty, attorney Scott Rudacille, representing Martin,
told the Anna Maria planning and zoning board at its
April 7 hearing on Martin's variance request.
The board concurred and voted to recommend
that the city commission approve Martin's variance
The variance will allow Martin to build a walk-
way 10 feet or more in length and to place the dock's
mooring pilings more than 20 feet from the waterway
Prior to the vote, board member Jim Conoly
asked that the hearing be continued until city attor-
ney Jim Dye could render a legal opinion on riparian
rights and jurisdiction of the canal and dock building
City planner Alan Garrett, however, said the
county is the authority in the waterway, but the city
controls building permits, even for docks. Building
official Bob Welch agreed with Garrett, noting that
the city is the issuing authority for a dock-building
The board proceeded to hear the request.
Rudacille said there are "a lot of misconceptions
about the mangroves" at Martin's property.
Under the DEP's approved mitigation plan,
Martin has to plant more mangroves than will be
removed by construction of the walkway. The DEP
will supervise and inspect the planted mangroves for
and zoning board
at their April 7
plans for a pro-
and dock on Blue
before the board
to request a
variance for the
compliance with the permit, Rudacille said.
"We are trying to avoid impacting the mangroves
and this [plan] has the least environmental impact"
on the area, he said.
The DEP appeared to agree, but Martin still must
obtain a building permit from Anna Maria.
Welch said the DEP mitigation plan would be
part of the applicant's building permit and available
for public inspection.
Rudacille said Martin met all eight criteria for
a variance, including that the hardship to build was
not created by the applicant, there are unique cir-
cumstances to grant the variance and that a dock is a
permitted use for a canalfront home.
But board member Frank Pytel said he has con-
cerns about seagrasses in the area and the reaction of
Martin's neighbors to the project. He asked Garrett if
he had considered the letters to the city from adjacent
landowners who opposed the variance.
Garrett said the staff's position is only to "look at
the code and not take sides." Any decision is "up to
the board," he said, and the letters of objection were
provided to board members and will be forwarded to
the city commission.
One of Martin's neighbors, Howard Payne, said
he and his wife originally were "very concerned
about the proposed dock" as it appeared to them the
dock would extend into the mangroves.
However, after discussing the issue with Martin,
Payne said he and his wife are "satisfied that's not
going to happen. We feel he is doing a very good job
protecting the integrity of the environment in that
The board agreed and voted 5-1 to recommend to
the commission that it approve the variance request.
Conoly cast the dissenting vote.
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Flotsam and jetsam
Marine debris. Various waste in the Gulf of
Mexico, the oceans, the bays and the waterways.
One is accidental. The other intentional. Some-
times the debris is valuable, as are some items from
a shipwreck, and sometimes the jettisoned trash from
ships is harmful to marine life and the environment.
It's flotsam and jetsam that eventually litters our
shores. It floats in the wind, or on the water and fre-
quently comes to light on the sand. And it takes many
hands to clean it up.
It takes just about everyone who walks on the
shore, cruises on a boat or lives on the waterfront
to make a difference and collect every bit of trash
And for those who litter, it's long past the time,
once and for all, to stop.
Cigarette butts? They last thousands of years in the
environment, as do plastic bags, water bottles and other
jetsam. And do immeasurable harm to wildlife.
You only need walk down your street to see -
and collect the evidence. There will surely be a
discarded bottle, cigarette butts or some such litter.
And likewise on the beach. Along the canal. In the
Take time to collect what you find, and feel good
for what you can do for the environment the para-
dise we enjoy.
And consider joining the Great American Cleanup
Saturday, April 18.
It's a good thing.
It seems the Easter season intensifies the old
argument of which came first, the chicken or the egg?
The tourist or the tourist dollar?
As Anna Maria Island winds down a great season
for visitor accommodations, future rentals will raise
funding to make up for shortfalls in the Manatee
A penny on the dollar from visitor rentals will
go far to fund some of the needs on Anna Maria
Island that would otherwise go lacking: the trolley,
the public beach pier, and some sand in the future for
Build paradise, and they will come. And for now,
we need help to maintain it. And we need to look
toward the future of tourism, not next year, but five,
10, 20 years from now.
If we grow and don't maintain, then what? Do
we become flotsam and jetsam?
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Slick By Egan
It would be wonderful if the powers that be in
the government of the city of Anna Maria could find
a way in their land-use regulations to permit Bimini
Bay Sailing to continue in operation.
They are performing a great service to day sail-
ing and kayaking enthusiasts in a protected body of
A first-time visitor here, I found that Brian Dahms
and Jack Fiske offered the only opportunity on the
islands for me to rent a Sunfish.
Their rental charges are modest, barely covering
the costs of wear and tear on equipment. It's obvious
that their primary motive is to bring a pleasurable
water experience to their clients.
How much better the environment would be if
the propulsion of water craft were dependent upon
the forces of wind and/or exertion of human c ii i.v
rather than roaring gasoline engines belching noxious
I will be sorely disappointed if on my return next
year I find they have been closed down.
Jon Grossman, Branford, Conn.
Wishing for Wizard's return
We would like to thank everyone in the commu-
nity for the support, letters, phone calls and e-mails
regarding the search for our beloved Wizard.
We are still hoping that Wizard, an African grey
parrot, will be returned so we are not giving up the
search. We want everyone to know that Wizard is
highly missed by the Sun & Surf family, but we had
no idea what a huge fan club Wizard had until now.
She is famous here at Sun & Surf.
If you see or hear any bird that you think may be
Wizard, or have any other information, please con-
tact us at Sun & Surf, call 941-778-2169, or e-mail
Marty and Heather Duytschaver, Sun & Surf,
On March 22, the Anna Maria Island Community
Chorus and Orchestra concluded its 2008-09 season
with a sold-out concert of Bizet's "Carmen." It was
a wonderful high with which to end the year. Our
musicians, under the leadership of maestro Alfred
Gershfeld and chorus master Daniel Hoffman, per-
The soloists were magnificent. And the audi-
ence, overwhelmed with what they had just heard,
responded with an ovation.
We wish to express our appreciation to the
Anna Maria Island community and to our neigh-
boring communities of Bradenton, Sarasota and
beyond for supporting our programs. Their gener-
ous donations are vital for the success and survival
(in this economy) of a small music organization.
And we are ever mindful of that, as well as grate-
So we are writing to thank all of our friends and
fans in these communities for their enthusiasm and
support for attending our concerts, for giving gen-
erously to our various fundraising drives, and for
making certain we remain foremost in the minds of
music lovers in Southwest Florida.
We are looking forward to next season, and hope
you will be back to cheer us on. Have a happy and
fruitful summer. Thanks again.
Jim Stoltie, president, Alice Jeghelian, vice presi-
dent AAMICCO board
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By Miki Maloney Sr.
My friend: The cigarette
I love to smoke. Despite the abundance of risks
associated with my habit, I continue to focus on the
positive contributions offered by my cancer-causing
friend. Indeed, there are reasons for what might be per-
ceived by others as my reckless and foolish ways.
I have failed to count the number of occasions in
which cigarettes have served as both friend and ally during
moments of conflict, stress or pain. Often, cigarettes have
served me as a catalyst for meetings and conversations that
brought about resolve during moments of crisis and times
w\ i, 'tug1h \\ ith unforeseen circumstances.
If your personality is anything like mine, you
might find yourself sometimes moving through life
at a frantic pace. I cannot stop myself. I simply do
not know how to take a break. For example, I love
television, but I can't stop taking care of other matters
long enough to watch a program in its entirety.
Some have accused me of possessing a mild
case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, however, I
don't check the lock on the door or the light switches
repeatedly before heading off to work each day.
Cigarettes force me to take the break that I cannot
take on my own, and, clearly, stepping away for a
moment from any difficult situation is beneficial.
In most work environments, co-workers who don't
light up can gripe of unfairness due to the additional
break-time that smokers receive for their habit.
I view the situation differently, because nothing
should stop a non-smoker from taking five minutes
from his or her desk for mental refreshment. And it
wouldn't be fair to deprive smoking workers of their
right to smoke. Talk about creating a hostile environ-
I've witnessed occasions when the need to smoke
has interceded during fights and arguments. Nine
times out of 10, stepping away just at the peak of a
clash will diffuse the encounter.
The common bond shared by smokers is some-
times enough to diffuse even the most serious dis-
agreements. Although wife Bridget does not smoke,
my habit and a sudden need for stress relief has spared
her many of my stupid comments when in the midst
of a marital squabble.
The act of smoking has provided me with
moments of reprieve from feelings of being over-
whelmed. Like any true addiction, cigarettes are an
escape from the reality of the situation at hand.
Cigarettes can serve as a reward for a job well
done or a task fulfilled. And, although I am not a
drinker, it is evident that for those who do, the drink
bone is connected to the smoke bone.
The best qualities of cigarettes are the social ben-
efits. Smokers make time for each other in ways that
most nonsmokers do not. Cigarette smokers converse,
listen to each other, and even extend a conversation to
finish a smoke. Smokers take the time to offer another
person advice. We do all of the social things that some
other people in 2009 appear to have stopped doing.
If you're a nonsmoker, I have one simple ques-
tion. When was the last time you struck up a conver-
sation with a complete stranger at the airport?
For smokers, it's more frequent as we search for
a light, especially now that the required lighter is no
longer allowed for security reasons. This person-to-
person, stranger-to-stranger connection can be some-
thing special. How can something so bad for us at the
same time be so good?
So, you may wonder, what is the reason for my
kind words related to the awful art of smoking?
It's because I am finally planning on quitting. Not
until June, according to my plan, but soon enough for
this column to serve as a eulogy to my dear and faithful
- yet, extremely dangerous friend, the cigarette.
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Following Anna Maria Mayor Chuck Shumard's
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copies of all applications submitted for the vacant city
clerk position or to view the applications, the newspa-
per filed a public records lawsuit against Shumard and
the city. Shumard had previously lost two prior public
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The Manatee Public Beach jetty in Holmes
Beach reopened after completion of a $190,000
improvement project to make the jetty safe for public
use. The jetty had been closed for several years
because of unsafe conditions.
The Holmes Beach City Commission agreed,
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An evening of elegance and entertainment yielded
a cache of cash for the Anna Maria Island Community
In these difficult economic times, Anna Maria
Island Community Center executive director Pier-
rette Kelly could only pray that the Center's 25th
anniversary Affaire to Remember held April 4 would
be at least partially successful.
Her prayers were answered.
"We were hoping for about $180,000 and that's
what we got," said Kelly.
Preliminary reports indicate that the 2009 Affaire
Under the Starfish Sky generated an estimated
$130,000 for the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
The bulk of the money raised this year and
in past galas came from the auctions. Organiz-
ers also reported receiving another $58,000 from
in-kind sponsorships for items such as lighting,
food, alcohol, entertainment and a host of other
The Center cut the ticket price to the gala from
last year's $150 to $100 per person, citing the ailing
economy and tighter budgets for patrons of the non-
Last year's gala, the first held at the rebuilt Center
Three generations of artists will participate in "A
Family Affair," an exhibit scheduled for April 18 at the
Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
The show will feature a collection of paintings by
Mary "Hadije" DuCharme, along with work by her
granddaughter Julie Reish Fernandez, her grandson
Victor Plagany and her daughter Valeri DuCharme.
Mary DuCharme, who paints under the name of
"Hadije," has been painting for almost 50 years, 20
of them in Florida.
Valeri DuCharme, a local massage therapist, took
an interest in pottery after attending a workshop in
North Carolina several years ago.
Victor Plagany began working with clay as a
young boy and attended pottery workshops with
Julie Fernandez began painting at age 3, while
sitting on the floor beside her grandmother. Acrylic is
her medium of choice, but she also works with oils,
pastels, charcoal and watercolor.
and taking place earlier in the calendar year, raised
$200,000. But in prior years, the Center saw results
of more than $700,000.
Kelly said, "It was a wonderful time for people
to be kind to us. We're really pleased with the out-
The Affaire, held in a Center gym darkened and
decorated for the gala, featured cuisine from area res-
taurants, cocktails and wine, the band SoulRcoaster
and other musical entertainment, raffles and silent
and live auctions.
During the program, the Center recognized
Stewart and Trudy Moon with lifetime achievement
awards. Stewart Moon was instrumental in the Cen-
ter's building campaign and Trudy Moon led the
effort to raise $3.4 million in 13 years of chairing
The Center's next fundraising activity is a talent
show on April 18.
And the Islandwide Father's Day blood drive in
June in is always a good event for the Center.
A foundation donates $100 to the donor's choice
of several non-profits, including the Center, for every
pint of blood received during the drive.
"It's a great way to save lives and support our
community," Kelly said of the blood drive.
For information on the Center or the blood drive,
Studio at Gulf and Pine exhibit to feature "A
Family Affair" in April.
A reception will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
at the Studio.
For more information, call the Studio at
Chamber to host music fest
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The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
is seeking vendors and volunteers for its continuing
outdoor music series in Anna Maria.
The Island Music Festival will continue with a con-
cert on the corner lot at North Bay Boulevard and Pine
Avenue from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, April 24.
Bootleg will perform.
The chamber is seeking the participation of arts
and crafts vendors, who must pay a $50 entry fee,
and food vendors, who must pay a $100 entry fee.
The chamber also is seeking volunteers to sell
and serve drinks.
For more information, call chamber president
Mary Ann Brockman at 941-778-1541
Exhibit brings family together
Rotary Foodraiser at Publix
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island, Anna
Maria Elementary School and Brownie Troop 316
will collect food for area food banks April 17-20.
The food drive will take place at two locations,
Publix, 3900 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, and
Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive,
Collections of non-perishable food items will
take place at AME April 17 and April 20.
Collections at Publix will take place from 3 to 7
p.m. April 17, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 18 and 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. April 19.
Last September, the Rotary Club and supporters
collected more than 1,750 pounds of food and $600
Center offers lessons
The Anna Maria Island Community Center
will host several language classes beginning
The classes include:
French for beginners, a six-week class
with instructor Patrizia Storelli that will meet
at 10:30 a.m. Friday from April 17 through
Italian for beginners, a six-week class
with Storelli at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday from
April 15to May 20.
Intermediate Italian, a six-week class with
Storelli meeting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday from
April 15 through May 20.
For more information, call the Center's
Sandee Pruett at 941-778-1908, or e-mail spru-
Kiwanis to meet Saturday
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club will meet at
8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at Cafe on the Beach at
the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The speaker will be podiatrist Ron Haddam.
For more information, contact member Al Guy
at firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-778-8444.
for the Food Bank of Manatee/Meals on Meals PLUS
of Manatee Inc.
The collections from the upcoming Foodraiser
will be donated to the Food Bank of Manatee and
the All Island Denominations Food Pantry based at
Roser Church in Anna Maria.
Items needed include baby food and formula, dia-
pers, pasta, healthy cereals, tuna and other canned
meat and fish, peanut butter, rice, canned soups and
stews, macaroni and cheese, dried and canned beans,
canned fruits and vegetables, fruit juice, flour and
sugar and nutritious children's snacks.
For more information, call Rotary organizer
Dantia Gould at 941-778-1880.
Benefit planned for Pieter Hahn
A benefit to help raise money for Fantasy Travel
office manager Pieter Hahn's medical expenses will
take place from 4 p.m. to 8 pm. Sunday, April 19,
at the Tequila Beach Sport
Grill, 7423 Manatee Ave. W.,
Hahn, also the former
manager of The Fumble In,
is described by friends and
colleagues as a champion for
"Now he needs our help,"
states a poster announcing Hahn
the benefit this month.
Hahn underwent major
medical surgeries in December and January. He is
back at work, but lacking health insurance coverage,
he faces high medical bills.
Organizers of the benefit want Hahn's friends to join
them for food, drinks and raffles that include a cruise.
General raffle tickets will be priced at $5 and the big-
prize raffle tickets for the cruise will sell for $50.
A limited number of raffle tickets 350 -
will be sold for the cruise, and can be purchased in
advance of the benefit at Fantasy Travel, 6630 Cortez
Road W., Bradenton.
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No motels in Anna Maria, but definition needed
By Rick Catlin
A number of Anna Maria residents wondered
why the city commission at its April 9 meeting was
discussing whether the city should change its ordi-
nance to allow motels in the commercial district.
Carl Pearman said he couldn't understand why
the commission was considering the change.
"There's no demonstrated needed," he said.
Indeed Ahost of speakers at the meeting, and letter writ-
ers, agreed the city should oppose motels in the future.
No one in the audience supported allowing
motels and none of the city commissioners expressed
an interest in providing zoning for motels.
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick said that although
she does not favor more motels, the issue needs to be
discussed by the commission.
"Let's get it resolved once and for all," she
Commissioner Dale Woodland shouldered the
blame for the issue being on the agenda.
Several years ago, he said he casually mentioned
to developer Mike Coleman that the six lots at the
northwest corner of the Pine Avenue-Bay Boulevard
intersection by the city pier would be a perfect loca-
tion for a motel.
"I said that I would support debate and discussion,
but I would not encourage a plan," Woodland said.
Fast forward to the April 9 commission meeting, when
Woodland said he had talked to some residents and it is
"unanimous that people don't want more motels."
"People make mistakes and this is one I've
made," he said. "The feeling is that hotels/motels
would have a negative impact on the quality of
life and I agree with those people. I was elected
to serve the people so I respect and support their
Coleman too said he is opposed to more motels in
the city. He pursued the idea of a motel on the six lots
simply to find a use of the property for its owners.
"A motel is the wrong use for those lots," Cole-
City attorney Jim Dye cautioned the commission
not to focus on a particular piece of property, but the
broader issue of allowing future motels in the city.
"If you focus just on one piece of property, it
could possibly be seen as spot zoning," he said.
A motel is not presently a permitted use, said city
planner Alan Garrett. The four motels now in the city
are non-conforming, but grandfathered.
But Commissioner Christine Toilette said it was
her understanding the commission was only looking
at the six lots.
"I don't want motels put on any other property.
I thought tonight's discussion was only about those
six lots," she said.
Garrett told commissioners that six retail-office-
residential structures could be built on the six lots
mentioned, and the residential units in each building
could be rented on a nightly basis.
Woodland suggested the discussion was over
and the consensus was not to amend the ordinance
to allow motels.
Commissioner John Quam said he also opposes
changing the city codes to allow motels and that, too,
appeared to end discussion.
But Commissioner Chuck Webb suggested the
commission needs a better definition of a motel.
The city permits single-family homes to be rented
on a nightly basis, he observed, but motels are defined
as renting a unit on a nightly basis.
The city needs to know what type of multi-family
dwellings it will allow, he said. Webb suggested the
city's current definition of a motel needs refining.
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Great American Cleanup set for April 18
By Lisa Neff
Crews in the Great American Cleanup have found
cash not much.
Cleanup crews have found some oddities from
arrowheads to underwear.
And cleanup crews have found some ironies -
such as "no dumping" signs.
But mostly crews in the Great American Cleanup,
which will take place locally on April 18, have found
a lot of trash over the years bottles, cans, bags and
Last year in the United States, the Great Ameri-
can Cleanup resulted in the collection of 86 million
pounds of litter and debris from 144,000 miles of
roads, streets, highways and coastlines.
In Manatee County last year, 1,558 Keep Mana-
tee Beautiful volunteers collected 123,672 pounds
of trash and 5,396 pounds of recyclables; cleaned
Bradenton Beach will mark Earth Day with an
underwater cleanup of the Regina shipwreck and a
display about plastic pollution at the Tingley Memo-
Earth Day is officially on April 22, but observed
around the world with events taking place before, on
and after the date.
The underwater cleanup will begin at 10:30
a.m., Saturday, April 18. Participating divers will
be required to have open water certification and at
least 10 dives. Divers can sign up by calling Sea Trek
Divers at 941-779-1506.
Lorraine Athas, who owns the Sea Trek dive shop
with husband Pete, said debris, carried by currents, accu-
mulates near the shipwreck in the Gulf of Mexico.
Of particular concern are a number of abandoned
crab traps that are buried in the sand and present a
hazard to divers, according to Athas.
A team of highly experienced divers will start
earlier on April 18 to clear the site of ropes that could
entangle divers and some of the most dangerous
The Regina is an old molasses barge that sank in
a 1940 storm, and is now a part of Florida's Underwa-
ter Archaeological Preserve system. It lies in 12-20
feet of water about 75 yards from the shore and is the
only known shipwreck on the Gulf coast.
The display about plastic pollution will be at
the Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N.,
behind city hall from April 18-24. It will illustrate
how discarded plastics in the environment are not
only unsightly, but are also deadly to endangered sea
turtles, marine birds and other wildlife.
Earth Day event
The Manatee County Audubon Society will cel-
ebrate Earth Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday,
April 25, at the Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th
The event, free to the public, will feature face-
painting, crafts, wild bird exhibits, guided nature
walks, speakers discussing eagle watch programs
and landscaping for climate change, and T-shirt and
Also, Earth Day celebrants will be invited to help
plant a butterfly garden.
For more information, call Audubon at
941-729-2222 or go to www.manateeaudubon.org.
162 miles of roads and highways and 233 miles of
shoreline and planted 676 trees.
The Great American Cleanup, organized nation-
wide by Keep America Beautiful, involves about 3
million volunteers cleaning up their communities on
dates throughout the spring.
"For each of the millions of volunteers nation-
wide, 'green' starts with his or her decision to help
clean up a local park, an abandoned building lot, a
community garden or any of the thousands of sites
across the country where volunteers work to improve
the community," said Matthew McKenna, president
of Keep America Beautiful.
Keep Manatee Beautiful coordinates the local
cleanup campaign, which this year involves volun-
teers working from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 18
at multiple locations.
On Anna Maria Island, cleanup crews will focus
on the shores.
Audubon: Bird migi
By Lisa Neff
Snowbird visits to Anna Maria Island appeared
strong this winter, not so for other migratory spe-
Island birders this season did not see many
orange-bellied American robins, did not hear much
of the robin's familiar song "cheerio, cheeriup."
The migratory patterns of a number of birds are
changing, according to the National Audubon Soci-
ety, and a noticeable result may be fewer robins and
other species on Anna Maria Island.
Two years ago in late winter, hundreds of robins
vacationed on Anna Maria Island, feeding on winter
That same year, Audubon received reports of
about 2 million robins in a roost ring in Weedon
Island Preserve near St. Petersburg, north of Anna
This year, Audubon received reports of about
a half a million robins at Weedon Island, and scant
sightings of robins on Anna Maria Island.
"We are definitely seeing less birds," said Steve
Black, president of the Manatee County Audubon
Society. "There are, without a doubt, less migrating
Habitat destruction is a factor, Black said, but
he added, "There is evidence the birds seem to be
going farther north in the summer, which could be
an indication of climate change."
There also is evidence migratory birds are not
going as far south in the winter.
The National Audubon Society, using data such
as the Christmas Bird Count that Black and a number
Sign-up locations include Anna Maria City Hall,
10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria; Birdie Tebbetts Field
near 62nd Street and Flotilla Drive in Holmes Beach
and Coquina Beach near the concession stand.
Crews also will meet at 11601 Cortez Road W. to
clean up the FISH Preserve and at the Palma Sola beach
pavilions to clean up along the Palma Sola Causeway.
Additional cleanup will take place at various
locations in Palmetto and Bradenton, including a
major focus on removing trash at DeSoto National
Memorial in northwest Bradenton and Emerson Point
Preserve in Palmetto.
Keep Manatee Beautiful recommended that vol-
unteers bring gloves and wear closed-toe shoes.
After the work, KMB and the city of Palmetto
will host a party for volunteers at Lamb and Sutton
Parks at Seventh Street West and 10th Avenue West
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ration shifts north
of other local residents help collect each year, ana-
lyzed 40 years of research.
The researchers found that 58 of the 305 wide-
spread species that winter on the continent shifted
significantly north since 1966, some by hundreds of
miles. Northward movement was detected among
species of every type, including more than 70 percent
of highly adaptable forest and feeder birds.
Audubon, in the study "Birds and Climate Change:
On the Move," reported that the findings "provide
new and powerful evidence that global warming is
having a serious impact on natural system."
Population shifts among individual species are
common, fluctuate and can have many causes. How-
ever, Audubon scientists said the ongoing trend of
movement by some 177 species closely correlated
to long-term winter temperature increases reveals
an undeniable link to the changing climate.
"Birds are showing us how the heavy hand of
humanity is tipping the balance of nature and causing
ecological disruption in ways we are just beginning
to predict and comprehend," said Greg Butcher, the
report's co-author and Audubon's director of bird
conservation. "Common sense dictates that we act
now to curb the causes and impacts of global warm-
ing to the extent we can, and shape our policies to
better cope with the disruptions we cannot avoid."
While the average trend of birds was 35 miles
northward, some birds over a 40-year period moved
much farther north.
For example, purple finches have moved an esti-
mated 433 miles north in four decades.
And the center of wintering distribution for the
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THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 15, 2009 0 11
Neal Preserve planning continues
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County continues to make preparations
to open Neal Preserve with a date on the 2009-10
But improvements to the preserve, on 132 acres
just east of the Anna Maria Island Bridge on the south
side of Manatee Avenue, remain in the design phase,
according to county officials.
The county acquired Neal Preserve in 2005 from
developer Pat Neal and has since received grants
from state and federal sources for improvements and
Under the direction of the county's natural
resources department, the preserve will gain a kayak
launch, shell trails, a 20-foot observation tower and
parking for about 10 vehicles, as well as a host of
Birds migrating farther north
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10
robin has moved north more than 206 miles in the
past 40 years. Florida is at the southern extent of
the robin's winter range and the specie's abundance
in the state, not just on Anna Maria Island, is on the
In addition to the robin, Audubon found in Flor-
ida the greatest change among Eastern bluebirds,
the center of wintering distribution moving north
by 114.5 miles in the past 40 years; American gold-
finches, the center of wintering distribution moving
north more than 219 miles; short-billed dowitchers,
the center of wintering distribution moving north
more than 147 miles; and the ring-necked duck, the
center of wintering distribution moving north more
than 219 miles.
"Experts predict that global warming will mean
dire consequences, even extinction, for many bird
species, and this analysis suggests that that the pro-
cess leading down that path is already well under
way," said National Audubon Society president
John Flicker. "We're witnessing an uncontrolled
experiment on the birds and the world we share with
Butcher said many birds move great distances
to find suitable food and habitat, but questioned how
far they will be able to move in the face of climate
change before they run out of habitat or food.
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"The exotics are removed," said Keith Bettcher of
the Manatee County natural resources department.
The clearing of invasive non-native plants,
including Australian pines and Brazilian pepper trees,
took place last fall.
Now, Bettcher said, the county is at work on
designing the preserve's features, specifically the tidal
connections made possible, in part, by the removal of
the non-native trees.
"We have no design, just conceptual at this
point," Bettcher said. "It is moving forward."
Bettcher said there was a delay in the design
work because the county wanted to take aerial pho-
tographs of the property after the removal of the inva-
Located near the southeast end of the Anna Maria
An American robin. Islander Photo: Lee Karney
cies and even in the short term, a single harsh winter
could have a devastating impact on birds that have
moved too far," he added.
Butcher anticipated that the new study will help
attract the attention and spark action among birdwatch-
ers, tens of thousands of whom contributed to the Christ-
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"Citizen science is allowing us to better recognize
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Island Bridge, Neal Preserve may be impacted by
a future bridge project, according to a draft envi-
ronmental assessment study released by the Florida
Department of Transportation.
The DOT is examining alternatives to the exist-
ing bridge. A possible southern alignment of a new
bridge could require the use of some right of way on
the south side of Manatee Avenue east of the bridge,
where the right of way narrows from 1,000 feet to
190 feet, and, thus, would have a potential impact the
Neal Preserve and sovereign submerged land, accord-
ing to the assessment.
However, the state's assessment of a new bridge
in terms of impact on parks and recreation states that
neither Neal Preserve nor the Grassy Point Preserve
in Holmes Beach "will be impacted by the proposed
project build alternatives."
Neal, once it opens, will become part of a vast
collection of recreation and conservation property in
the west part of the county.
Other county holdings include Robinson Pre-
serve, Geraldson Farm and Riverview Pointe in
west Bradenton, the unopened Perico Preserve on
the north side of Manatee Avenue on Perico Island,
Leffis Key and Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach
and the Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach.
State urges caution
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission is urging boaters to follow the posted
speed zones and watch for manatees as temperatures
Manatees are again moving from warm water
sites to coastal areas where they forage for food, rest
and care for their young.
The number of documented manatee deaths
resulting from watercraft strikes was higher than
average statewide from December 2008 to March
It was particularly high in the southeastern region
of Florida, where necropsy results show that at least
17 manatees died from boat strikes.
Now, with the warmer temperatures, manatees
will be vulnerable as they migrate and forage in the
same waterways shared by many boaters along the
Gulf and Atlantic coasts, according to the FWC.
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DOT to reduce speed to, from Island
Following the recent completion of a study of
vehicle speeds on the Anna Maria Island Bridge, the
Palma Sola Causeway and that portion of Manatee
Avenue in Holmes Beach, the Florida Department of
Transportation has announced it is lowering the speed
limit in those areas.
DOT spokesperson Lauren Hatchell said, based
on the results of the speed study, "A determination
has been made to lower the speed limit from 50 mph
to 45 mph on State Road 64 [Manatee Avenue] from
just east of East Bay Drive [Holmes Beach] to west
of 79th Street [on the mainland]."
The DOT is in the process of "coordinating this
change in speed limit with local authorities," Hatchell
"Once the new speed limit signs are installed, the
45-mph speed limit will then become effective," she
Hatchell said she did not know when the lower
speed limit would be implemented, but will issue a
Manatees on the move in area
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11
"Boaters can help manatees have a safe migration
by staying in marked channels, wearing polarized
sunglasses to improve vision, obeying posted boat
speed zones and having someone help scan the water
when under way," said Kipp Frohlich, leader of the
FWC's Imperiled Species Management Section.
During warm weather, some waterways will have
more restrictive waterway speed zones.
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The DOT performed its speed study follow-
ing a request by The Islander newspaper to study
the impact of the 50-mph speed limit on the AMI
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine said the
lower speed limit is not likely to have much effect on
motorists entering the city.
"It's not like going from 60 to 40. I don't think
it's going to make much difference at all," Romine
The chief noted that there is a speed limit sign
near Kingfish Boat Ramp that says 40 mph, but
the speed limit drops to 35 mph at the city limit
on Manatee Avenue just west of the Kingfish Boat
"We already watch for speeders in this city limit
area, but we don't have any more there than in other
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April 7, 9908 Gulf Drive, Beach Fitness Center,
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April 1, 500 block Gulf Drive South, theft. The
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to $5,000 from the residence.
April 3, 2408 Gulf Drive, Via Roma, burglary.
April 4, 200 Bridge St., Rotten Ralph's Restau-
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Corona questions delays; Cumber set for hearing
By Lisa Neff
The man accused of stealing Sabine Musil-Bue-
hler's car has raised a series of as yet unanswered
questions about his defense and right to trial.
Robert Corona, 38, was arrested Nov. 6, 2008,
by Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies after a
pursuit that resulted in the seizure of Haley's Motel
owner Sabine Musil-Buehler's car. At the time, it was
not known she was missing.
Corona initially was identified as a person of
interest in Musil-Buehler's disappearance, but later
MCSO authorities said they suspected he did not
know the Holmes Beach woman.
Corona first told authorities he was given the
keys to the vehicle to go buy drugs, according to
court records. He later said he found the car, with the
key in the ignition, behind a 14th Street bar.
Corona, held at the Manatee County jail, has
pleaded not guilty to charges of grand theft auto,
resisting arrest and driving without a valid license.
He has been scheduled for multiple hearings since
his arrest last November, but has yet to appear in a
courtroom at the Manatee County Judicial Center.
Due to repeated conflicts of interest, Corona has
been assigned three attorneys.
Last week, Corona wrote Circuit Court Judge
Gilbert Smith Jr., raising questions about his wait
for a trial, which currently is scheduled to take place
He cited three concerns.
"One, why I haven't been to my trial dates.
"Two, why haven't I been given the polygraph
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Meanwhile, William Cumber III, 39, boyfriend
of Musil-Buehler, remains in the Manatee County
jail awaiting a violation of probation hearing, which
is scheduled for this week.
Cumber allegedly violated his probation on a
2005 felony arson conviction by leaving the county
without approval from his probation officer and by
pleading guilty to driving without a license in Marion
County, where he was arrested.
Cumber is the last known person to have seen
Musil-Buehler. He has said the two were watching
election news on Nov. 4, 2008, in their apartment in
Anna Maria when they argued about his smoking
Cumber said she left in her vehicle, which was
recovered two days later when MCSO deputies
arrested Corona and said to contain traces of her
blood, as well as some belongings.
The MCSO has described Musil-Buehler's disap-
pearance as a possible homicide and characterized
Cumber, who has undergone repeated questioning
in the case, as a person of interest.
Cumber also was characterized as a person of
interest in the arson fire that destroyed a building at
the Haley's Motel complex on Nov. 16, 2008. That
incident remains under investigation by the Holmes
Beach Police Department, in partnership with the
West Manatee Fire Rescue District and the state fire
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Nallys claim Sandbar violates site plan
By Rick Catlin
William and Barbara Nally of Spring Avenue
have rejected an opinion by Anna Maria city plan-
ner Alan Garrett that the Sandbar Restaurant is not
violating its site plan by using temporary tents to
accommodate guests at the restaurant.
The Nallys are adjacent neighbors of the restau-
rant, which is located on Spring Avenue.
Attorney Jeremy Anderson of the law firm of
Lobeck and Hanson, representing the Nallys, wrote
Mayor Fran Barford on March 26 that he disagrees
with Garrett's opinion as presented to him by code
enforcement officer Gerry Rathvon.
Anderson said he was "informed" that Sandbar
management has "admitted to using the tents to pro-
vide for additional food serving areas and/or for the
service of alcoholic beverages to guests."
Further, he said, "This new or expanded use upon
the Sandbar property increases the size of the com-
mercial area." This has the effect of "increasing the
intensity" of the use of the property.
Anderson said he reviewed the Sandbar's
amended site plan as approved by the planning and
zoning board and he has "been unable to locate any
depiction and/or other information of indication that
tents would be used in conjunction with business
activities" at the restaurant.
Anderson claimed the use of temporary tents
should have been noted in the amended site plan.
S\ly clients demand a serious review" of the
described activities occurring at the Sandbar, Ander-
Anderson asks that Rathvon "be compelled to
perform her duty, which is to enforce the city's code
He also said Rathvon should turn "this matter
over to the code enforcement board for review," and
that the Sandbar should be required to make an appli-
cation to the city to use tents in the future.
The law firm of Lobeck and Hanson represented
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regarding the city commission's approval of the
Sandbar site plan. A judge eventually ruled in favor
of the city.
HB mitigation strategy focuses on flooding
By Lisa Neff
Evacuation routes and drainage are priorities in
Holmes Beach's mitigation strategy, part of a larger
plan being pulled together for Manatee County.
County officials are working to complete an update
of a local mitigation strategy that addresses projects vital
to mitigating the impact of disasters natural and oth-
erwise in unincorporated areas of the county, as well
as Bradenton, Palmetto, Longboat Key, Holmes Beach,
Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria.
A county local mitigation strategy was first put
together after Hurricane Andrew to break the costly
cycle of devastation and rebuilding. The decision to
create local mitigation strategies in the state followed,
with a push from the Federal Emergency Manage-
The current effort involves a plan update, which
notes special circumstances for the coastal com-
munities: "Due to their location on barrier islands,
the cities of Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, Holmes
Beach, and Longboat Key and the coastal areas of
the city of Bradenton and unincorporated Manatee
County are the most vulnerable to the affects of a
hurricane or coastal storm. Depending on the severity
of the storm, additional areas in Bradenton, Palmetto,
and unincorporated Manatee County near the mouth
of the Manatee River could also be vulnerable."
The county's draft goes on to state that all areas
of Manatee face the threat of severe storms, torna-
does, severe rains and flooding, droughts, heat waves
and hazardous materials disasters.
Bradenton Beach officials briefly discussed their
local mitigation strategy earlier this month and the
city commission is expected to approve LMS priori-
ties April 16.
Bradenton Beach's projects varied, from harden-
ing city hall to installing new communications sys-
tems to improving drainage to diminish flooding on
Holmes Beach's projects listed in the draft LMS
focus on improving drainage to prevent flooding and
to keep evacuation routes clear.
The wish-list projects include:
Improving drainage on State Road 789, esti-
mated to cost about $18,000 to study and $225,000
Improving drainage on Marina Drive, estimated
to cost $11,000 to study and $64,000 to construct.
Drainage improvements at the intersection of
66th Street and Palm, Key Royale and Marina drives,
which are estimated to cost $11,000 to study and
$75,000 to construct.
Improving drainage at Gulf Drive from 77th
Street to Marina Drive, estimated to cost $15,000 to
study and $210,000 to construct.
Drainage improvements on Key Royale Drive,
estimated to cost $7,500 to study and $20,000 to con-
Drainage improvements on Holmes Boulevard,
estimated to cost $7,500 to study and $35,000 to con-
The projects identified in the draft plan could be
funded with grant money or funding that might be
allocated along with disaster relief.
In preparing the draft LMS, officials looked at
"historical hazard events" and determined "the primary
causes for concern in Manatee County continues to be
weather events, wildfire, hazardous materials incidents,
and coastal oil spills. Of these, tropical storms, hurri-
canes, tomados, drought, wind lightning and repetitive
flooding have been the major concern.
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By Lisa Neff
Nelson Roberts sees his new gig as part-time
director of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society
as a learning experience.
Hired last week by the AMIHS board to help
guide the non-profit and its operation of a museum on
Pine Avenue in Anna Maria, Roberts hopes to learn
more about the island he loves.
"What better way than to learn that from the
people who spent so much time bringing the Island's
past into our present," he said.
Roberts replaces Sissy Quinn, who was let go by
the AMIHS board last month and is now working on
a trust to promote Island history and preservation.
Roberts lives in Holmes Beach, worships at
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and has been a staff
member of the Island Fitness Center. He moved to
the Island from Lakeland in 1978, where he was a
professor of computer science at the University of
South Florida. Roberts has a master's degree in the-
ology, a bachelor's degree in business management
and an associate's degree in business.
He recently participated in a Q & A with The
The Islander: Are you on the job at AMIHS?
Nelson Roberts: I spent yesterday (April 7) at the
museum. We had many visitors and, even though I
am in the learning stage, I had a wonderful time talk-
ing to them about our island.
The Islander: You moved to Anna Maria Island
from Lakeland. Are you Florida born and raised?
NR: I was born in Beachwood, N.J., where I lived
for my first five years. My father was a fishing boat
captain and he took a job that moved us to West Palm
Beach. I've lived most of my life in Florida, excluding
my service to our country in the U.S. Marine Corps.
The Islander: Interesting background you have -
computer science, business management and fitness?
What is it about your background that you think the
historical society board found attractive?
NR: I'm a good organizer and planner. I am also
a details person, and I like to see how things work.
Having been an educator for many years, I love help-
ing people in the learning process.
The Islander: Tell us something about your inter-
est in history? In Anna Maria Island history?
NR: There is so much to learn about the history
of this island. I believe learning about its history will
help us in directing its future. Everybody who lives
erts is the
of the Anna
on this island will eventually be part of its past. We,
as a community, can have a great effect on how others
will see this island many years from now.
The Islander: Those of us from the north and
there are a lot of us tend to think of historical
in terms of 100 years, 150 years. Do you think this
notion that "historical" requires a century of age
makes preservation in a place such as Anna Maria
NR: It all depends on how you view time. We
can look at yesterday as the past. E\ ci1 tlhi ng is dated
and grows old with time. I simply believe we should
learn from our past.
The Islander: Do you have a vision for the his-
torical society? And what is it?
NR: Right now my plan is to get to know the
people who made their vision a reality long before I
came on board. It's like when you buy a new vehicle.
You don't just take off on a trip until you know how
to fully operate it. I'm sure as time goes by, together,
we will look at future events.
Snow temporary head
of Anna Maria CIAC
Bill Snow was recently elected as the
temporary chairman of Anna Maria's capital
improvements advisory committee.
Snow agreed to take the position for two
months while three new members of the com-
mittee become acclimated to committee duties
The new CIAC members are Bob Barlow,
Tom Turner and George Barford. Dr. Carl Pear-
man returns as a committee member.
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AME school calendar
Wednesday, April 15, 9 a.m., Spring Fling meet-
Wednesday, April 15-May 8, Spring Fling tick-
ets are for sale in the front office.
Saturday, April 18, 5 p.m. AME night with the
Devil Rays at Tropicana Field.
Monday, April 20-Friday, April 24, 9 a.m. to 3
p.m., Scholastic Book Fair in the media center.
Wednesday, April 22, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Science
Night and Scholastic Book Fair.
Tuesday, April 28, 5 p.m. Family Dinner night
in the cafeteria, followed at 7 p.m. by the fourth-
grade performance in the auditorium.
Saturday, May 9, 7 p.m., Spring Fling at St.
Bernard Catholic Church.
For more information, call the school office at
941-708-5525. AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive,
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By Kevin Cassidy
In the aftermath of the
Tampa Bay Rays 2008 season
- undeniably one of the great-
est sports stories of last year
- a question inevitably arises.
"Was it a fluke, the worst-to-
first season of success and will
it be replaced by a return to the
cellar?" The Rays answered
that question emphatically by
winning its season-opening
series April 7-9 in Boston, the
first season-opening series loss
by the Red Sox since 1988.
Baseball pundits across
the nation haven't written the
2009 Rays off, but nobody is
giving them much of a shot to
defend their American League
East division crown, much
less make it back to the World
Series. Such is life when you
play in the division with the
Boston Red Sox and New York
The Yankees, as they often
do, opened their wallets this
year for high-priced free agents,
such as pitchers A.J. Burnett
(five years, $82.5 million), C.C.
Sabathia (seven years, $161 mil-
lion) and first-baseman Mark
Teixeira (10 years, $180 million)
in response to the team's out-of-
the-playoffs finish for the first
time since 1995.
The Red Sox did not stand
pat either, though they didn't
break the bank like the Yan-
kees. The Red Sox signed free
agent pitchers John Smoltz and
Brad Penny, while also adding
Rhode Island native and former
Ray player Rocco Baldelli.
To be fair, the Rays didn't
exactly stand pat either. It's
one of the few teams in Major
League Baseball that increased
its team salary from around $44
million in 2008 to more than
$64 million for 2009. They
brought in a much-needed
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right-handed power-hitter in Pat
Burrell for $16 million over two
seasons and retooled the bullpen
by bringing in left-hander Brian
Shouse and right-handers Jim
Nelson and Lance Cormier.
All of this means nothing once
the teams get on the field and,
though it's only three games, the
fact that the Rays took two out of
three from the Red Sox in Boston
is huge. The Rays now have won
consecutive series in Boston after
not winning one in its previous 25
trips to Beantown, and have now
captured 13 of its last 19 games
against the Red Sox.
Winning two out of three
games in a 162-game regular
season is no reason for the Rays
to start printing World Series tick-
ets, nor is it cause enough for Red
Sox fans to give up on their team.
It did however keep them pretty
quiet on local talk radio shows,
which is another small but wel-
come victory for Rays fans.
The Rays open a home sched-
ule with the aforementioned Yan-
kees in a three-game series that
began April 13. Let's hope the
seats are filled with Rays fans.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men
played an 18-hole, better-ball-of-
partners game on April 8. Ernie
Hauser and John Sagert carded
an impressive 10-under-par 54 to
match the score posted by Lew
Winegarden and Garry Harris to
tie for first place. Dale Hudson
teamed up with Peter Proxy to
card an 8-under 56 and second
place while four teams tied for
third place with 7-under par 57s.
The men played a nine-hole,
best-ball-of-foursome game on
April 6 with the team of Earl
Ritchie, Ed Havlik, Pete Weir and
Bill Melvin grabbing first place
with a 9-under-par 23. One shot
back in second place were Tom
The Rays are so deep in pitching that they were able to send post-
season phenom David Price to the minors for more seasoning.
Lewis, Chuck Boes, Larry Fowler
and Bob Lamp who matched the
score carded by Charlie Knopp,
Chet Hutton, Jim Auch and Matt
The rains defeated all but two
foursomes during the Key Royale
Club's monthly mixed scram-
ble on April 3. The team of Nel
Bergstrom, Beverly Nevill, Larry
Fowler and Chris Collins sloshed
their way around the course and
carded an 8-under-par 24 to earn
bulrain rights for the day over
Erma McMullen, Chaz McMul-
len, Jim Dunne and Paulette
Proxy, carded a 7-under 25. Nel
Bergstrom's day was made better
with a chipin on hole two.
Only two teams emerged from
pool play during April 11 horse-
shoe action at the Anna Maria City
Hall pits. Norm Good and Hank
Hughe ran over and through Adin
Shank and John Crawford in the
finals, defeating them by a score
of 22-9 to earn the day's bul, in1
The April 8 games saw three
teams emerge from pool play with
the pre-requisite 3-0 record. John
Johnson and Mike Lovey rolled
past walker Tom Rhodes 23-4,
while Norm Good and Art King-
stad advanced to the finals on the
lucky bye. There was no luck
involved in the finals as Good and
Kingstad rolled past Johnson and
Play gets under way at 9 a.m.
every Wednesday and Saturday
at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.
Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. fol-
lowed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and
everyone is welcome.
in the mid-
Thursday, April 16
10:15 a.m. Friends of the Island Branch Library book club discus-
sion of "What is the What" by Dave Eggers at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Friday, April 17
9:30 a.m. Founders Day celebration at Holmes Beach City Hall,
5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941- 708-5800.
3 to 7 p.m. Island Rotary Club and Brownie Troop 316 food
drive at Publix on East Bay Boulevard, Holmes Beach. Information:
Saturday, April 18
8:30 a.m. -Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meeting with guest
speaker Ron Haddam, a podiatrist, at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public
Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8444.
9 a.m. Keep Manatee Beautiful "Great American Cleanup" at
various locations including Cortez FISH Preserve, Coquina Beach Gulf-
side near the concession, Palma Sola Causeway pavilions, Holmes
Beach Birdie Tebbetts Field and Anna Maria City Hall. Information:
9 a.m. to 7p.m. AMI Rotary Club and Brownie Troop 316 food
drive at Publix, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1880.
6 to 8 p.m. Talent show at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
Sunday, April 19
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. AMI Rotary Club and Brownie Troop 316 food
drive at Publix, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1880.
Monday, April 20
Noon Anna Maria Island Democratic Club meeting with guest
Frederich Ford, president, Floridians for Healthcare, at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Fee applies.
Wednesday, April 22
Today is Earth Day
Celebrate National Library Week with puzzles, riddles and brain-
teasers during library hours through April 18 at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W, Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee.
The second and fourth Mondays of each month, 6 to 7:30 p.m.,
parenting group meeting at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens by gender for ages 11-17 meet
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
Wednesday, 6 to 7:30 p.m., bipolar and depression support group
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
Wednesday, 8:30 a.m., free yoga on the beach, BeachHouse
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the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,Anna Maria. Informa-
Every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through the end of May,
Bradenton Courthouse Square lunchtime concerts at 1115 Manatee Ave.
W., Bradenton. Information: 941-704-4366 or 941-932-9439.
Saturday at 8:30 a.m., Free yoga on the beach near the Pine
Avenue public beach access. Information: 941-794-6723.
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Bridge Street Market
at 107 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, through April. Information:
*April 23, Wine tasting benefit at Harry's Continental Kitchen.
April 24, AMI Chamber of Commerce Friday Music Fest in Anna
April 24, Reception for Island artist David McGough at Palmetto
*April 25, Cortez Village Natives Potluck Picnic.
*April 25, Earth Day at Felts Audubon Preserve, Palmetto.
Off-Island Arts & Events
Wednesday, April 15
7 to 9 p.m. Dark Matter and Dark Energy: How Clueless Are We
About Our Universe presented by astronomer Jeff Rodgers at the Bishop
Planetarium, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
Friday, April 17
4 and 7 p.m. "Bob the Builder" children's program at the Van
Wezel Performing Arts Center, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Informa-
tion: 941-953-3368. Fee applies.
6 to 8 p.m. Opening night of "OHH Water" exhibit featuring chil-
dren's activities and jazz entertainment at the South Florida Museum, 201
10th St. W, Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Sunset- Reels at Rossi Park presents "August Rush" along the
waterfront at Rossi Park, 808 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Information:
Saturday, April 18
1 to 2:30 p.m. Palmetto High School Jazz Band performance
at Palmetto Historical Park, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto. Information:
6 to 10 p.m. Culture Cafe featuring a taste of New Orleans at
the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Sunday, April 19
4 to 8 p.m. Benefit party for Fantasy Travel's Pieter Hahn at the
Tequila Beach Sport Grille, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Informa-
7p.m. Jazz quintet soulRcoaster performs at the Manatee Play-
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Center hosting talent show
The Anna Maria Island Community Center
will host a talent show from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday,
April 18, with more than 30 acts scheduled to
The vocal winner in the talent show will
receive a certificate good for a three-song
demo at Howling Dog Studios in Palmetto to
be recorded by Del Couch, who has a master's
degree in studio.
Talent show prizes will be awarded in three
age groups 12 years and under, 13-18 and 19
Auditions took place April 6, and a dress
rehearsal is on April 16.
For more information, call the Center at
Monday, April 20
8 p.m. Vocal performance workshop "Songs and Scenes from
Musical Theater" at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bra-
denton. Information: 941-752-5000.
Ongoing Off-Island Theater:
S"Inventing Van Gogh" Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami
Trail, through April 16. Box office: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.
"La Musica International Chamber Music Festival" at Sarasota
Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, through April 19. Box
office: 941-366-8450. Fee applies.
Island Democratic Club to meet
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will
meet for lunch at noon Monday, April 20, at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bra-
The guest speaker will be Frederick W. Ford,
president of Floridians for Health Care.
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Data collection versus fish: new rules, new fees?
Perhaps flimsy aspects of whimsy are transform-
ing ironclad reality in our environmental world.
Think butterfly wings versus steel.
But where's the fun?
Case in point of the above dispute of lighthearted
fighting going against some strongarm regulations
proposal is an offering by the Florida Legislature
charging for shoreside fishing.
In a pure, unfettered way, you've got a Huck Finn
out there with a string and a bobber and a hook and
a whole trotline of catfish, just whilin' away another
good southern day.
Then come regulators, with a proposal to charge
shoreside fishers to pay for the opportunity to wet a
line and rack up enough fish for dinner.
A bill is wending its way through chambers in
Tallahassee to charge $17 a year for folks who want
to dip a hook from shore or pier in a body of water.
No license is currently required for wade, dock,
pier or other non-vessel fishers. Anyone trying to
catch a fish from a boat in Florida waters is required
to have a license.
State regulators figure something like $1.7 mil-
lion could be raised annually under the wade-and-
pay, or surf-cast and contribute proposal.
According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune's Dale
White, "The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission says it is the best way to meet an upcoming federal
mandate. Next year, the National Marine Fisheries Service
wants to create a registry of all anglers in the nation so it
can get better data when making decisions about how to
manage, protect and preserve fisheries.'They want to build
a database of fishermen with names, addresses and phone
numbers,' said Lee Schlesinger, spokesman for FWC."
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Scallops are showing up along the shores ofAnna
Maria Island. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
According to the press report, if the state doesn't
implement the database, the feds will at a charge,
and the feds will keep any fee and use it for whatever
federal programs they deem fit.
So Huck and his buddies actually, it prob-
ably won't be Huck, since kids 16 and younger are
Special boats in Cortez this weekend
The Fourth Annual Great Florida Gulf Coast Small Craft Festival at Cortez will be held April 17-19. The event
features traditional sailing vessels, with upwards of 80 scheduled to compete in races and "showmanship"
events. "Please bring musical instruments and voices if you are into that as well," said Cortez site manager
Roger Allen, adding that the musical group Main Hatch Motleys will be providing entertainment and welcoming
additional performers. The event features boats, mostly wood, from around the country, as well as the artisans
who create the vessels. For further information, contact Allen at 941-704-8598, or Ted Adams at 941-708-6120,
or e-mail Roger.Allen@manateeclerk.com. Islander Photo: Courtsy Roger Allen
probably exempt, as are seniors are faced with the
threat of Big Brother Fed or Big Brother Florida to
collect some dollars each year.
Frank Winkle, who's the manager of a Sarasota bait
and tackle shop, summed the whole matter up pretty
well with his comment to the Herald-Tribune: "We get
a lot of lesser financially sound people here. For a lot of
people from Newtown, it's their only recreation. This
has been one of the perks of living here."
In other words, tax the poor for trying to put some
fish on the table.
Data are good. Fishing data are important. How
else can good fishery management practices be cre-
ated without data?
But charging folks like ol' Huck as a means to
collect that data just seems the wrong way to go in
light of ol' Huck barely able to have a tent over his
head in our current economic climate.
In a move of history coming up to snap at our
fingers, scallops are apparently again pulsing through
our local bay waters.
Islander boss Bonner Joy spotted and photo-
graphed a few scallops in Anna Maria Sound last
week. Sarasota Bay Watch spotted a slew in a search
for the mollusks last year.
Call scallops the canary in the mine shaft for
estuary health. Like the little yellow birds, scallops
are the critter most susceptible to anything bad in the
atmosphere, be it air or water.
When the birds died in the mines, the miners ran
When scallops disappeared in the bays, the back-
waters were in trouble. For Anna Maria Sound, Tampa
Bay and Sarasota Bay, years of pollution problems
meant no scallops.
But now they're back.
It's important to remember that NO SCALLOP
HARVESTING is allowed in our waters. Look,
enjoy the little blue-eyed critters and then leave them
If you really want to enjoy scallops, go to your
favorite seafood restaurant. Saut6ed in butter with a
tad of garlic is best.
Scallop resurgence in our area is a huge accom-
plishment for environmental bay regulators, who
have been fighting the good fight to get excessive
pesticides, fertilizer and other nutrients out of the
Those efforts appear to be w 'ikinll. if the little
flappy, sometimes-swimming mollusks showing up
along our shores are any clue.
Fishing regulations change all the time. The
Islander keeps up on the latest regulations for the
most popular fish sought in our area, and the rules
and regs are available on-line at www.islander.org.
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Hey, king, king,
By Paul Roat
Kingfish are near in the Gulf of Mexico. Really.
This is not a fish story.
The problem is getting through the rough seas to
find the rascals.
Reports of king mackerel are scattered among the
offshore anglers willing to run their charters out to
catch the big fish. Some are hitting, some not sorta
like the nature of fishing.
Backwater action is still great for trout, redfish
and snook, although linesider fishing is mostly run-
ning a bit on the small side.
And sheepshead are still around, even this late in
the winter fishing season.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said inshore
anglers are reeling in great catches of trout.
"Snook season is in full swing," he said, with
winter-season fishing still in full force and lots
of black drum and mangrove snapper coming
from the backwater regions. Amberjack and gag
grouper are a good bet offshore right now, as
well as snapper. Kingfish? Well, with the winds
and rough weather of late, fishers aren't straying
far offshore, but he said as soon as the wind dies
the kings should be out there in numbers as they
migrate north for the summer.
At the Rod & Reel Pier, reports include sheep-
shead and some mackerel being caught.
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early morning or late night, he added.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said fishing is hot offshore of Anna Maria
Island. "Finally, we got a break in the wind," he said,
"and we are catching gag and red grouper, scamp,
monster mangrove snapper, yellowtail snapper,
amberjack, Spanish mackerel, sharks and a few king-
fish." He said his best action is coming from at least
100-foot depths in the Gulf, with live bait working
the best as fish enticement.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out
of Parrot Cove Marina waxed eloquent in his
comments: "Some old dude once wrote that April
is the cruelest month. Not sure who he was, but i
he was one smart guy. For weeks now, just about
every fishing reporter in this area has been touting
the arrival of killer spring action, but the wind and
weather has made fools of us all." Capt. Zach said
he's pretty much staying in the bays of late, catch- .,
ing lots of snook in the 20- to 27-inch range. "Not
a single linesider made it to the cleaning table,"
he said of the small-slot-size catch, "but a few
redfish, trout, mackerel and bluefish have." Good Mack attack
Friday "provided a killer incoming tide, topping Ian Gilcrist of England pulled in a big mackerel
out around noon, but was coupled with a bright from Tampa Bay while fishing with Capt. Mark
full moon and strong southeasterly winds," he said. Howard of Sumotime charters.
He worked the deep seagrass flats of Anna Maria
Sound for huge mackerel, hefty bluefish, ladyfish and trout. "When the tide looked optimum," Capt.
Zach said, "we switched to some extreme backwa-
ter mud flats that were somewhat protected from
the bulk of the wind and boated some really nice
snook. There were numerous redfish in the same
area but they would not accept any offerings. Water
temperatures took a hit from the strong cold front,
but once it hit about 68 degrees, the snook started
to cooperate. It's been a long time since I've seen
the weather be such a huge factor in the spring runs
of king mackerel."
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and may be
submitted to Paul Roat by e-mail at paul@islander.
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By Rick Catlin
Diane McCausey has been a busy
bee since she purchased Everything
Under the Sun at 5704 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, in October.
The past six months have been a
Sh and it's been
ing all the
McCausey people, dis-
they want or need and helping them
landscape their homes and gardens."
Diane isn't resting on her laurels,
She's been working with native
plant specialist Mike Miller to intro-
duce native plants for sale at Every-
thing Under the Sun.
"We're bringing in the drought
tolerant native plants for customers. I
think people will be delighted with the
variety available," she said.
For information, call 941-778-4441.
Wagner Realty with headquarters
at 3639 Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton, has
named Jennifer Summeralls as its top
listing agent on Anna Maria Island
for March, while Dee Dee Burke took
home the honor for Wagner's Long-
boat Key office.
Burke along with Cathy Meldahl
won the top sales award honor for
Wagner Realty has offices at 1801
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach and at
5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive on Long-
For more information, call
941-727-2800, or visit the company
Web site at www.wagnerrealty.com.
Island real estate
621 Emerald Lane, Holmes Beach,
a 2,180 sfla / 2,400 sfur 3bed/3bath/ Icar
canalfront pool home built in 1969 on a
100x115 lot was sold 03/25/09, Crisp
to Moore for $550,000; list $574,900.
115 Maple Ave., Anna Maria, a
900 sfla / 2,401 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car
home built in 1976 on a 50x100 lot was
sold 03/24/09, Weatherly to Kennedy
for $550,000; list $674,900.
304 Hardin Ave., Anna Maria, a
1,588 sfla / 1,799 sfur 3bed/2bath/3car
home built in 1996 on a 78x108 lot
was sold 03/25/09, Hill to Rappold for
$515,000; list $559,500.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can
be reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-7244.
Vitamin Sea coming
Owners of the Vitamin Sea health
foods store in the Anna Maria Island
Centre shopping plaza on East Bay
Drive in Holmes Beach said they
hope to open by the end ofApril. The
store is located adjacent to Island
Mail and More and will carry a line
of health food vitamins and products.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Up and running
New manager Rick Kluver at the Midas
shop on Manatee Avenue in Bradenton is
ready to service autosfor Islander read-
ers. He transferred from Venice and has
been with Midas five years. The store has
advertised with The Islander for several
months, and Kluver reports it's really
* . 1-h i_,. customers seem pleased with
our savings, and we're ready for more."
You can reach Midas at 941-794-9080.
Islander Photo: Toni Lyon
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load up on her tours, in
which she show off the
bay and Gulfwaters
and teaches partici-
pants how to catch the
To book a tour with
Capt. Charlotte, call
S-. 941-812-8805. Islander
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FOR SALE: SEVEN-piece living room set.
Includes sofa, loveseat, two chairs, coffee and
two end tables. Excellent condition. Earth-tone
colors. $1,000 or best offer. 941-713-3214.
BEIGE/BLACK TWEED queen sleeper-sofa,
great condition. $350. Six-drawer dresser, $35.
STORE CLOSING SALE: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednes-
day-Saturday. Noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Seaside decor
up to 50 percent off during April. The Mermaid's
Attic in Ellenton across from the historic Gamble
22-FOOT CHAMPION shuffleboard table for sale.
Brand new. 941-224-6726.
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. Size 14. Professionally cleaned and
preserved. $125 or best offer. 941-794-2312.
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.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Global market,
market connections. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@
WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Priva-
teers are collecting new or used, repairable fish-
ing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to
give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander
newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
ISLANDER MOTHER'S DAY tribute contest: The
Islander invites readers, children and adults,
to participate in its Mother's Day tribute. In 500
words or less, tell your favorite story about your
mom, something sweet, comical, heroic or special
that she did for you. Entries must be received by
May 1. Send entries to the newspaper via mail
at 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217;
via fax at 866-362-9821 or via e-mail at news@
PERICO BAY CLUB
Immaculate 2BR/2BA condo with
fabulous water views. Only minutes
from sparkling white beaches of Anna
Maria Island. $215,000.
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SJesse Brisson BrokerAssociate, gqJ
Thinking about Selling?
Call me to learn about a no commitment
listing that you can cancel anytime if
you are unhappy with my
performance. I strive to be
the most knowledgeable,
Broker on the Island & am
willing to put my skills to
the test. Guaranteed!
Call Jesse Brisso
FREE GUN LOCK at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't
be sorry, be safe.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. 511
Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
YARD SALE: 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, April
18-19. Tools, books, odds and ends. 2709 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
AROUND THE CORNER garage sales. 8am-1 pm.
Saturday April 18. Lots of good treasures. 426
Magnolia Ave. and 309 Tarpon St., Anna Maria.
SALE: MULTI-FAMILY. 8 a.m-1 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, April 17-18. Furniture, plants, house-
hold items. Many bargains. 506 69th St., Holmes
ESTATE SALE: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday,
April 18. 520 74th St., Holmes Beach, located
off Marina Drive. Sofa, loveseat, pair of wicker
chairs, dining room table and chairs, large-screen
TV, chandelier, mahogany antique chests, night
stands. Canterbury prints, lamps, mirrors, king-
size bed set, kitchenware, linens, tools and nice
decorative accessories. Sale conducted by Palma
Sola Sales. Numbers given out at 8 a.m.
MINISTRY OF PRESENCE Inc. garage sale:
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Suncoast
Schools Federal Credit Union on S.R. 70, first
light east of 1-75. We need your donations to help
the orphaned children of Haiti. Spring-cleaning?
Think of us. Call 941-822-2131, for pick up of your
items. See you at the sale.
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office sup-
plies, T-shirts, treasures.
FOUND: PRESCRIPTION GLASSES. Brown with
polka dots. Found near Waterfront restaurant. Can
be claimed at The Islander office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
FOUND: DODGE CAR keys. Near 76th and
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Please claim at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
LOST: MEN'S RING, white gold, grooved. 20
feet offshore near buoy, Club Bamboo.
FOUND: USB FLASH drive at Manatee Public
Beach. Black, iLogic 1GB. Please claim at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
34 Years ofPrnfr winal 'Serv ce
WILDEWOOD SPRINGS 1700 SF floorplan, 2BR/2BA, enclosed
lanai, carport, great condition. Fantastic price of $130,000.
CAMBRIDGE VILLAGE WEST 2BR/2BA, garage. Excellent
move-in condition. $165,900.
RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT, 2BR/2BA, clubhouse,
pool, tennis. $129,000.
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
LOST: SET OF keys on purple leather key ring.
FOUND: CANON CAMERA, seems new. Found
March 26 between Gulf Drive and Holmes Bou-
levard, near 67th Street, Holmes Beach. To claim
LOST: SIX-FOOT aluminum oar, red handle, near
Bradenton Beach, earlier this month. Please, call
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
FOR SALE: 1997 Toyota RAV 4. 92,000 miles,
one owner. Good condition. $4,500, books for
$4,975. Call 941-713-3214.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
Laser, Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian at
FOR RENT: DEEP-WATER boat slip. North end,
Anna Maria. Gulf access. 941-794-8877.
BOAT REPAIR, WOOD items. Also furniture
repair. Lots of miscellaneous repairs. Call
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. $160,000 plus inventory. Longview
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.
PERICO BAY CLUB
OPEN HOUSE 1-4PM SUNDAY
3BR/2BA bright end unit. Corian counter tops, tile
floors. Priced lower than smaller 2BR condos. Updated
kitchen and baths. $328,000. Lease option.
Call Robert at 941-730-1291.
Immaculate Bay Palms home.
2BR/2.5BA/2CG. Ideal for winter or
second home, or first-time homebuyer.
Lots of potential to add third bedroom
and/or pool. Reduced! $389,500.
Custom 3BR/2BA and more than 3400
SF. Meticulous in detail. Attractive Florida-
design furnishings included. Spacious
decks and 450 ft to choice Anna Maria
Beach! Reduced $1,100,000.
"We ARE the Island!"
Marie Franklin, Lie. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
24 0 APRIL 15, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
OSBORNE ENT TREE TRIMMING &REMOVAL
STUMP GRINDING starting at $39
insured for your protection
free estimates & seniors discount
25 yrs exp. Call Bill today 941-296-5971
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We Come To You Full Warranty
Power Locks f
Trunks Door Handles 941-780-1735
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Log on: ProtectionPropertyWatch.com
Call Jon Kent at 941-920-0832
New Kitchens Shutters Room Additions
New Home Construction
Weatherside, LLC *Ted H. Geeraerts
Nature's Design Landscaping a
Tropical Landscape Specialist I
941-72-9381 Design & Ii:.I.3ll
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RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
Residential & Condo Renovations
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Carpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
References available 941-720-7519
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COMMERCIAL OFFICES: FROM $250/month,
includes utilities. Different sizes to fit your budget,
from small office to 1,600 sf. Ideal for accounting,
attorney or office away from home. 941-746-8666.
5382 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
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-
ISLAND TEEN 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. Red Cross certified in
CPR for all ages. Call the twins, Kayla and Ariel
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.
LAWN MOWING/DOG walking? Will walk dogs
any day, mow lawns after 5 p.m. weekdays, after
11 a.m. weekends. 941-447-7092.
CALL ZACK, 13, for odd jobs. Will do anything
you need done after school and Saturdays.
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, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engi-
neer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
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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.
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
PAINTING: INTERIOR/EXTERIOR, quality work,
free estimates, 15 years experience. Call Dave,
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to
the airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates.
Reasonable. Call Mike, 941-567-6634. Cell
GET A BID, then call Nick. Voted No.1 painter.
EXPERIENCED HOME COMPANION: Baths,
exercise, meals, chauffer, clean, etc. 941-748-3247
EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER AVAILABLE:
Island resident, excellent references. Call Becky
at 941-778-7828. Cell, 941-726-5252.
HOUSE AND CONDO Watch: Enjoy peace of
mind while you're away. Free home inventory for
all new clients. Call 888-884-8615. www.house-
SUNNY DAY SERVICES. Cleaning, laundry,
shopping, doctors' appointments and more. We
make a difference. 941-720-2018.
COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Oldest
and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of happy cus-
tomers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch, Storm-Check,
windows, etc. Rentals our specialty. pinesolpatty@
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,
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Call for an appoint-
ment. Now offering in-home pedicure services.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
04 pkiid 4am
Available from Commercial News Providers"
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.
TOTAL LAWN CARE, tree service. 25 years
proactive service. Call Ron, "Shake & Bake".
DANNY'S IRRIGATION: NEW installs, valve track-
ing, pool pump repair, all your irrigation needs.
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
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.
LANDSCAPE BOULDERS CHEAP! Various sizes,
$10-$95. Delivery and placement available. Also
free removal of your unwanted boulders. Plus we
are a complete tree and stump service. Insured,
experienced. Call Brad Frederick's LLC today.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
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.
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.
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
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-
ANNUAL BAYVIEW CONDO: Holmes Beach,
2BR/2BA, second floor. Old Florida Realty,
Sharon, 941-778-3377 or 941-713-9096.
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.
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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.
CHARMING MONTHLY/SEASONAL condo.
Cross street to Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA, washer,
dryer. Two decks, heated pool. $2,400/month.
813-634-3790. Available March, April, May,
CUTE OFFICE FOR RENT. 315 58th St., Holmes
ANNUAL RENTAL: BRADENTON BEACH. Fur-
nished 2BR/2BA condo, steps from beach. Unit
is two levels above covered parking, washer and
dryer in unit. Very nice unit, live at the beach.
$1,000/month plus utilities. 813-245-0428.
RENT FOR 2010 season: Hidden Lakes new
luxury condo. 2BR/2BA, pool, sauna. garage.
Seven minutes to beach. $3,200/month, less
for longer. See at: vacationrentals.com, #44541.
FOR RENT: 2BR/1BA, $800/month. 1BR/1BA,
$700/month. 2919 Ave. E, Holmes Beach. Call
941-778-3455 or 941-720-4152.
ANNUAL 1BR/1BA DUPLEX: Bradenton Beach.
Close to Gulf, clean, bright, quiet. First month rent
and security. $700/month. No pets. Call evenings,
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/3BA canal home on Key
Royale. Large caged pool, garage. New kitchen
and tile installed one year ago. $1,950/month.
FURNISHED TWO BEDROOM condo for rent.
Minimum three months. Beautiful location, Beach
across street in front, Intracoastal Waterway in
back. Fishing pier, clubhouse, heated pool, won-
derful neighbors. 55 and older community. Avail-
able April. 813-927-1632 or 813-247-3178.
HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/2BA, ground floor, pool,
quiet, tennis, DSL. Monthly: April-October, $1,500,
November-December, $2,000. 931-636-2620.
2BR/2BA VILLA: Harbor Landing. Brand new.
Elevator, tennis courts, pool, gym, gated com-
HOLMES BEACH SUNSET: 2BR/1 BA furnished,
washer and dryer. Available April-December,
2009, $550/week, $2,000/month or $1,500/
month with year lease. Call 813 728-2590 or 813
WATERFRONT KEY WEST-STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach. $1,700/month, $750/
week. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.com.
ANNUAL 1BR UNFURNISHED apart-
ment. Kitchen, bath. No pets. Holmes Beach.
ANNA MARIA VILLAGE 3BR/2BA fully furnished
optional. Washer and dryer, steps to beach. Avail-
able May 1. $1,200/month. Call 941-737-9662.
VACATION RENTALS ACROSS from beach.
Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost
Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.
PERICO BAY CLUB: Clean, bright end condo.
$1,400/month, lease option available. Call Jesse,
ANNUAL EFFICIENCY: OWNER occupied. First,
last and deposit. Take a look! 24th Street, Braden-
ton Beach. 941-778-8626.
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CAYMAN CAY Fabulous central island
S. u Fully furnished 2BR/2BA with heated
pool,covered parking ,screened porch,
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2BR/2BA condo with pond, fountain
view. Located between beach access
and bayfront fishing pier Enjoy heated
pool, clubhouse, tennis, workout room
and more. Becky Smith and Elfi Starrett,
941-778-2246. #M5798574. $249,000.
ISLAND GEM! Impeccable home
on quiet street only a block plus to
beach and a "stones throw" from
popular dining spots and all kinds of
shopping. 2BR 2BA, elevator. Karen
Day, 941-778-2246. #M5797823.
PERICO BAY CLUB End unit, first-
floor beauty! 2BR/2BA, Furnished,
patio, Glass enclosed lanai, deck,
attached garage, preserve view, secu-
rity 24/7. Penny Bray, 941-778-2246.
2217 GULF DR. N. BRADENTON BEACH
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ANNUAL 3BR/2BA LUXURY ranch. Tropical par-
adise five miles from beach. Like new. Two-car
garage, walk to schools. Long-term lease avail-
able. 2100 sf. $1,400/month. 941-400-8547.
FULLY-FURNISHED 2BR/2BA corner-unit condo
on the water. Sweeping views of Tampa Bay on
Anna Maria Island. Includes tennis courts, pools,
and Jacuzzls. Available for season or yearly. Call
HARBOR PINES: 2BR/2BA, washer/dryer con-
nections, water, cable, 12-month lease, close to
MCC, Bayshore High School, shopping. $725/
month. Call 941-650-3476.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/3BA remodeled canal-
front pool home with spa and boat lift. Almost
2,000 sf of living space. Available April 18. $1,950/
month. Call 941-713-3214.
ANNUAL: CHARMING BAYVIEW cottage.
1BR/1BA, partially furnished, washer and dryer,
dock. Nice quiet neighborhood. $850/month plus
utilities. 941-545-7109 or 941-795-1132.
ANNUAL: AVAILABLE MAY 15.2BR/2BA elevated
duplex, two blocks to Gulf. $850/month includes
trash, washer/dryer, storage. Quiet neighborhood.
First, last, $250 security. Call 941-779-1112.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/3BA two-car garage,
Harbor Woods, West Bradenton. Quiet
neighborhood, large yard. $1,300/monthly.
WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA TOWNHOUSE with
boat slip on Palma Sola bay. Heated pool, patio,
cable, washer and dryer. Lease six months plus.
$950/month unfurnished, $1,050/month furnished.
Call 941-798-3842 or 941-720-7519.
QUAINT CORTEZ 1BR: Annual, partially fur-
nished, washer and dryer, lanai, near marina.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL. Large 2BR/1BA
duplex freshly painted, includes trash, lawn care,
exterminating. Call 973-423-3817.
HOLMES BEACH: 2BR/2BA, ground floor, pool,
quiet, tennis, DSL. Monthly. April-October, $1,500/
month. November-December, $2,000/month.
SEASONAL RENTAL 2 BR/1BA. Steps to the
beach and bay. 55 and older. Three-month mini-
mum. $2,000/month. 206-365-4867.
BRADENTON BEACH: REAR apartment.
2BR/1BA furnished. $675/month. Across from
beach. Available April 30. Water, garbage.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
"DISTRESS" SALE: BANK foreclosures. Island
and mainland properties. Free list with pictures.
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.
EXCEPTIONAL ISLAND VALUE: Bradenton
Beach updated 1BR/1BA condo, turnkey fur-
nished. Owner financing. Price reduced, $149,000.
BEACH CONDO. FIRST floor, beautifully updated,
turnkey furnished, carport, pools, 2BR/1.5BA.
Reduced! 55-plus, no pets. 941-761-1923.
RIVER PLACE: BEAUTIFUL updated, gated
condo on Manatee River. 2BR/2BA with boat
slip and 10,000-lb. lift, pool, tennis. Close to 1-75,
outlet mall. 515 Leffingwell Ave., Ellenton. Patty
Chaffin, Wagner Realty, 941-720-3022.
VILLAGE GREEN VILLA: 2BR/2BA, office,
2,254 sf, completely updated, nicely furnished,
two-car garage, beautiful condition. $225,000.
2BR/2BA ISLAND HOME for sale. Owner inter-
ested in renting back, and/or consider financing.
Negotiable or best offer. 2917 Ave. C, Holmes
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded
lots, both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under
building. $520,000. Call Sherry Sasser at Sato
Real Estate, 941-778-7200, or Ilona Kenrick,
941-713-3214. Owner: 941-730-2606.
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New 3br/2ba cando I bockto beah!
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2319 Ave C Unit #200 514 Key Royale 774 North Shore Drive
New 3br2ba 1770sq ft condo I blockto beach wh Spaaous canal fntpod home wrh 3br3ba and fuly Gulf ews from this 4br/3.5ba beach house Beach
gulf ews! Beautfull finished, updated! access ust across street
$424,000 $999,000 $699,999
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FOR SALE AT auction: 10 a.m. Wednesday April
29. One cooperative ownership share and exclu-
sive use of bayfront lot (lot S-4) in the Sandpiper
Resort Co-Op, a 55-plus mobile home park.
Share and use of lot are subject to the provisions
and restrictions set-forth in the by-laws, master
occupancy agreement and rules and regulations
of Cooperative (available upon request). Mini-
mum bid: $130,000. 2601 Gulf Drive N., Braden-
ton Beach FL 34217. For details, 941-778-1140
between 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday. sandpip-
OVERSIZE LAKE LOT! 4.1-acre $25,200. Free
boat slips! Was $39,900, park-like hardwood set-
ting near lake. Enjoy deeded access to private
lake, free boat slips and pavilion. Quiet road front-
age, utilities and warranty deed. Excellent financ-
ing. Must see. Call now, 888-792-5253, ext. 2274.
TN Land/Lakes, LLC
BEAUFORT, S.C.: STEAL my marshfront. Owner
sacrifice! Drop-dead gorgeous marshfront. Abut-
ting lot. 67 sold and closed for $259,900. Lot 68
just $89,900. Incredible homesite, beautiful trees,
captivating marsh views. Great area with munici-
pal sewer and water. Nearby hospital, hotels
dining and more. Call 877-671-8837.
SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE: 150 ACRES,
$499,900. Nicely wooded with nature pond and
tons of wildlife. State road frontage, utilities. Ideal
for hunting, getaway, farming and livestock. Call
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By Lisa Neff
The sounds came from the Anna Maria Island
Community Center parking lot, and dozens of chil-
dren in the Center gym turned to see whether the stars
of The Tricky Dog Show had arrived.
"I think that's them," said Amanda Tate, 6, as she
clapped her hands together. "I'm sure that's them."
Tate joined more than 100 other school-age
children, parents and educators mid-morning April
8 at the Center to see The Tricky Dog Show starring
Chico, Twinky, Lucy, Peewee, Minnie and Ziggy and
the tricksters' handler, Rick Martin.
The Center hosted the show, and the Friends of
the Island Branch Library sponsored the event to
celebrate National Library Week. National Library
Week, promoted by the American Library Associa-
tion, is an annual celebration of the contributions of
our nation's libraries and librarians.
Children's librarian Jane Connolly greeted young
library patrons as they arrived in the gym, and helped
the smallest secure seats on the floor near the stage.
"This is a good crowd," Connolly said.
The cast of Martin's show features six dogs, all
of them adopted from animal shelters and all of them
natural-born comics and trained showoffs.
"Each has its own story, its own tale," Martin
said, wagging one dog's tail and smirking.
Twinky, a rat terrier that Martin adopted in 1999
from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Ani-
mals, was the first to perform barking along to a
stereo recording of "Who Let the Dogs Out?"
Chico, a mixed-breed dog, performed a fire-
fighter-style "stop, drop and roll" and other canine
colleagues followed on the stage, performing comedy
routines, jumping through hoops, leaping over poles,
walking on tubes, skipping rope and skateboarding
over a ramp.
"People ask me, 'How did I learn to do this?'"
He said he went to a library and checked out
some books on dog training and circuses.
"This book was so good I bought it," Martin said,
referring to a dog-eared book in his hand.
"Well, actually they made me by it. Peewee
chewed on it," he continued, referring to the poodle
in his clan.
Martin said after reading and training his dogs,
he went on to write a book called "Circus Tricks for
Your Dog: 25 Crowd-Pleasers That Will Make Your
Dog a Star." He donated a copy to the Island Branch
Library last week.
The Tricky Dog Show, held in conjunction with
National Library Week and spring break, gets shouts
of approval from the crowd.
Showman Rick Martin and Twinky jump rope in The
Tricky Dogs Show April 8 at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Lucy takes a ride on a skateboard.
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