Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
Uniform Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Creator: Islander
Publisher: Bonner Joy
Place of Publication: Anna Maria Island, FL
Publication Date: April 22, 2009
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Manatee -- Anna Maria
Coordinates: 27.530278 x -82.734444 ( Place of Publication )
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Holmes Beach
celebrates Founders
Day. Back page.

the news...
Parking (,,0o ,'ul
drive changes in
Holmes Beach.
Page 3

Government cal-
endar: Meetings of
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Bradenton Beach
highway update
ready for review.
Page 4

Cumber admits to
pribalii n viiolaition.i
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Op/ed: The Island-
er 's opinion, your
neighbor 's opinion.
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Holmes Beach vet
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Kings out there, but
wind keeps fishers in
bays. Page 20

Making for a cleaner Island
Anna Maria Island Privateers regularly remove litter from Marina Drive in Holmes
Beach. On April 18, their cleanup coincided with/ the Great American Cleanup. Pictured
are Jeanette Mika, left, Claude Mika, Cindy "Bubbles" Shealy and "Big John" Swagger.
For more on the cleanup, see inside. Llindt r Photo: Lisa Neff

WMFR eyes 2 percent

rate hike for region

By Rick Catlin
Lhndlt r, Reporter
The West Manatee Fire Rescue District
board will set a fire assessment rate at its
May 21 meeting that is likely to be at least
a 2 percent increase from the current assess-
At the board's April 16 meeting, WMFR
Chief Andy Price said he will bring a pre-
liminary budget of about $5.5 million to the
May board meeting for discussion.
"There's not going to be a lot of fluff,"
Price said, but there are other issues to con-
sider in the upcoming budget.
"We also have to think of the following
year, and we have to think of our staff and
maintenance of equipment," he said.
"With a $5.5 million budget, we will
need at least an increase of 2 percent to bal-
ance it," Price added.
Under Florida law, the district can only
raise its assessment as much as the annual
personal income growth, which for the
upcoming fiscal year has been set at 7.1
Price said he hopes the assessment does
not have to be raised the maximum, but

unlike other fire districts in Manatee County,
the WMFRD has not seen revenues increase
in recent years.
"There is no room for growth," the chief
said. In fact, the district has lost some of its
coverage area in recent years due to annexa-
tion by Bradenton.
With no increase in revenues, Price said
it's "going to be a lean budget year." Without
any stimulus money from the federal govern-
ment, "We are going to have a lot of belt-tight-
Price invited the public to attend the May
21 meeting for comment on the preliminary
In other business, Price said only one
company attended the pre-request for propos-
als meeting on a facilities study.
However, Price learned that a company
that circulates RFP notices to companies that
perform studies did not send out any informa-
tion about the WMFRD proposal.
He said he contacted the company and
they have circulated the district's RFP to
appropriate companies.
If there is no increase in response, the
board might want to re-advertise, he said.

DOT: High-rise

replacement for

AMI Bridge

not final
By Rick Catlin
L,/i/t r, Reporter
Florida Department of Transportation
project manager Chris Piazza told representa-
tives at the Manatee Council of Governments
April 15 meeting that the DOT recommen-
dation on a replacement for the Anna Maria
Island Bridge is a 65-foot-high, fixed-span
structure built on an alignment about 15 feet
south of the present bridge.
Following the meeting, however, Piazza
cautioned that this is not the DOT's formal
recommendation to the U.S. Coast Guard,
the agency that makes the ultimate decision
on new bridges across the Intracoastal Water-
"This is our recommendation at this point.
We are still getting public opinion before we
officially notify the Coast Guard," Piazza
Piazza said he has yet to meet with four
elected bodies, including the Board of Mana-
tee County Commissioners and the Manatee-
Sarasota Metropolitan Planning Organization,
to present the DOT recommendation and the
various options for a replacement bridge.
If those elected officials can change the
DOT's current opinion, the recommendation
to the Coast Guard will change accordingly,
he said.
The high-rise, fixed-span recommendation
is based on several factors, Piazza said, not
the least of which is that 83 percent of people
surveyed by the DOT the past year preferred
a replacement bridge rather than continued
rehabilitation of the 52-year-old structure. Of
those 83 percent, 77 percent said their prefer-
ence was for a fixed-span, high-rise bridge.
Other factors supporting the recommen-

Mayor formally seeks annexation

By Lisa Neff
la/,il r, Reporter
Holmes Beach's mayor last week for-
mally asked the Manatee County Board of
Commissioners to allow the city to annex
Kingfish Boat Ramp.
"The Holmes Beach City Commission
is requesting the Board of County Commis-
sioners consider agreeing to the annexation

of the area east of our city boundary to the
Manatee Avenue Bridge," Mayor Rich Boh-
nenberger wrote County Commission Chair
Gwen Brown April 14.
"Should the commission agree to the
annexation, issues such as public safety, main-
tenance and boat ramp operations would be
agreed upon by interlocal agreement," the

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Homecoming party
It's a tl'ditilion to tie yellow ribbons around
trees to await the return of those dispatched
to a war zone. In the Manalifamily, it's a
tradition to mark special (I L 11ii r withl a
hii.h-yivin i' message. Tony Calabro, who
recently returned from serving in Iraq,
rejoices as a plane trails a message over-
head that reads, "Tony's back from Iraq! We
love you soldier" For more on the reunion,
see page 6. l1,iil r, Photo: Jack Elka

Youth flag football,
golf iit ',, horseshoe
report. Page 21

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Bridge height not set in concrete

dation are engineering analysis and environmental
studies, he said.
DOT District One Secretary Stan Cann said the
department now has to inform elected officials of its
recommendation to ensure proper public input.
"We have to let elected officials know our inten-
tions. This gives a chance for the elected board
member to comment on a specific endorsement," he
Cann said it didn't make any difference that the
Council of Governments is not an elected board, but a
non-voting group of elected officials from throughout
the county.
Presenting the recommendation now gives
elected officials from different jurisdictions "time to
study our recommendation and other options" and
provide input, he said.
DOT spokesperson Cindy Clemmons-Adente
said that the DOT plans to issue a press release and
update the AMI Bridge Web site with its formal rec-
ommendation after its presentation to the Manatee
County Commission and the MPO. The release will
be made prior to submittal of the recommendation to
the Coast Guard, she said.
The cost of a high-rise bridge is estimated at $102
million, about $30 million less than a drawbridge
would cost, Piazza said in March.
Opponents of a high-rise, fixed-span bridge said
the DOT announcement was expected.
Ursula Stemm, president of Save Anna Maria
Inc., a group opposed to a high-rise bridge, said she
was "disappointed" in the DOT decision, but "knew
it was inevitable."
She also said she didn't expect the DOT
announcement until June.
Stemm said the SAM organization, which fought
against a high-rise bridge proposal a decade ago,
would again take up the fight.
"We' ve already spoken to our legal counsel and

we have the same grassy-bed issue as before. We are
going to fight the DOT," she said.
Stemm dismissed the 10- to 15-year timetable
as irrelevant. "If it's going to take that long, why did
county commissioners go to Washington looking for
money for a new bridge?" she asked.
Stemm also questioned the results of the DOT
survey indicating 77 percent favor a high-rise bridge,
noting that more people spoke against such a bridge
at the March 26 public hearing than spoke in favor
of such a structure.
SAM favors repairing the existing bridge as long
as possible, Stemm said.
Holmes Beach City Commission Chair Sandy
Haas-Martens, however, said opinion polls show
Islanders are overwhelmingly in favor of a high-rise
bridge as a replacement.
"This project is still a long way off," Haas-Martens
said, "but 83 percent of the people said they wanted a
replacement bridge and 77 percent said they wanted
a high-rise bridge. The public is in favor of this and I
believe the Island needs at least one high-rise bridge.
"We need a non-opening bridge for the Island
that will have emergency lanes," she said.

Not so soon
Islanders anticipating either a legal battle over
a high-rise bridge, or the start of construction, may
have a long time to wait.
The DOT has no money or a timetable for the
project. There are no funds for engineering, design, or
environmental impact studies for a new AMI Bridge
in the Manatee-Sarasota Metropolitan Planning Orga-
nization's current five-year master transportation
DOT officials have indicated that it would be a
minimum 10-12 years for a new bridge project to
get under way. A more likely time frame is 15 to 20
years, Piazza has said previously.
Clemmons-Adente said any funding consid-
erations would not take place until after the Coast
Guard formally approves a DOT recommendation.

Ramping up
Boaters arrive at the Kingfish Boat Ramp at the
west end of the Anna Maria Island Bridge. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff

Kingfish area annexation sought
mayor continued.
In 2006, a survey of Kingfish determined that the
boat ramp was in unincorporated Manatee County to
the surprise of Holmes Beach officials, who had long
thought the county-operated ramp was within city
limits, just as is the county-operated Manatee Public
In November 2006, Bohnenberger asked County
Commissioner Joe McClash to back a voluntary
annexation of the property.
The county board rejected the idea of annexation
in a letter to Holmes Beach officials.
In more recent months, with the election of John
Chappie and Larry Bustle to the county commission,
there have been indications the county would recon-
Holmes Beach city attorney Patricia Petruff
has said the Manatee County attorney's office con-
tacted her about Kingfish, raising the question of the
Holmes Beach Police Department again providing
law enforcement protection in the area and indicating
that the county might explore annexation.
Bohnenberger said that if the city annexes the
property, the county still would manage the boat

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Parking c(
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Several concerns about parking in Holmes Beach
are driving a review of the city's codes.
The city commission, during a work session
April 14, discussed issues related to off-street park-
ing, overnight parking of commercial vehicles in resi-
dential areas and the parking of boats and trailers in
residential districts.
Some of the concerns involve easing up on reg-
ulations and other concerns involve tightening the
The commission worked through the issues with
city planning consultant Bill Brisson.

Commercial off-site parking
Commissioners this past year have talked with
Brisson about rules for off-site parking to support
existing and new commercial enterprises that are
unable to accommodate the required parking on
"This is a very good community for having off-
site parking," Brisson said.
Brisson told commissioners, "Our experience is
that when required parking is allowed off-site, it is
usually limited to a location not more than 500 feet
from the use it is intended to serve. It is also common
to require that the off-site location be within the same
zoning district as the use to which it is related."
Brisson said if the commission required a site-
plan review, off-site parking to be within 500 feet
from the primary property and in a zoning district at
least as intense as the principle use, they would "still

)ncerns drive changes
protect nearby properties." trying to regulate the box trucks and bigger."
He also recommended similar changes in regards She and other commissioners seemed uninter-
to supplemental parking. ested in prohibiting pickups or vans with lettering
Commissioners said they liked the proposals. on the side.
"This seems to do what we asked," said Com- "We're OK with that, lettering on the side of a
mission Chair Sandy Haas-Martens. pickup," Commissioner John Monetti said.
Brisson said he would retool his recommenda-

Overnight parking
Commissioners also have raised concerns in the
past year about commercial vehicles, specifically
"box trucks," parked overnight in residential dis-
Brisson researched the issue and found that the
city's LDC prohibits the overnight parking of com-
mercial vehicles in residential districts if the vehicle
weight is more than a ton.
Some box trucks weigh less than a ton and thus
comply with the LDC.
The planner suggested that using weight alone is
no longer appropriate, especially since some pickup
trucks now weigh a ton or more.
"The language should be changed to be more spe-
cific," Brisson said in a memo to the commission. He
suggested using a weight class, signage and sample
images of prohibited vehicles.
Commissioners and the mayor explored numer-
ous "what if' situations and scenarios for deciding
whether a vehicle is a prohibited commercial vehi-
"As long as it is not box trucks, I don't know
that we need to be changing our code," Mayor Rich
Bohnenberger said.
Haas-Martens said, "I don't have a problem

clean up
in the
ing lot
at the
Circle K
store in

Hot fan at store draws firefighters, police

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Multiple sirens wailed and flashing lights cleared
traffic April 16 as local police and West Manatee Fire
Rescue District personnel raced to a call from a Bra-
denton Beach gas station and convenience store.
The incident turned out to be minor. An exhaust
fan in the store, 2513 Gulf Drive N., overheated, gen-
erating some smoke and melting some tiles, accord-
ing to Dennis Dotson, WMFR battalion chief.
But the response was major, with multiple fire
trucks, WMFR supervisor vehicles and Bradenton
Beach and Holmes Beach police officers rushing
to the location at about 2 p.m. Gasoline pumps are
located just north of the store.
Firefighters in full gear checked inside the store
and on the roof, but did not locate any flames, just
"Somebody burn the popcorn?" nearby resident
Paul Herbert asked as he approached the scene with

a camera-phone.
Soon after, firefighters reported on the hot exhaust
Clerks at the store reported that there was no
damage and, once emergency personnel left, they
were conducting business again.

West Manatee Fire Rescue District firefighters
remove a ladder from the Circle K, 2513 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach, April 16.


Boat, trailer parking
Commissioners and the mayor also have raised
concerns over possible ambiguities in the city's codes
regarding the parking of boats, trailers and RVs in
residential yards.
"I've had more complaints from people," Haas-
Martens said.
The LDC generally prohibits parking recreational
vehicles in front yards and driveways, but allows for
one vehicle in the drive if the side yards are not con-
figured to accommodate the vehicle.
Brisson said, "Unfortunately, many of the lots
throughout the community have been platted and
developed in a manner that makes it difficult to park
boats, trailers, etc., in the side or rear yards."
He continued, "This situation is aggravated by
the fact that the lots along the canals in Holmes
Beach were platted and created many years ago,
before people had multiple toys, boats, trailers and
RVs. While there are instances of violations on lots
without frontage on canals, the occurrence appears
far more frequent on canalfront lots."
Brisson offered some solutions, including remov-
ing a prohibition on parking RVs, boats and trailers
at waterfront yards; requiring the removal of small
trees or bushes to create a 10-foot side yard to accom-
modate a vehicle; and allowing residents to park at
least one recreational vehicle in the driveway.
Haas-Martens suggested looking at eliminating
or reducing a three-foot setback in the side yard,
which other commissioners agreed seemed a good
Commissioners also indicated their tentative
support for allowing one recreational vehicle in the
driveway or front yard, but not in the backyards or
waterfront yards.
The proposed changes are attempts to simplify
the regulations, Brisson said.


Anna Maria City
April 23, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
941-708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
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.org.

Holmes Beach
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,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

West Manatee Fire Rescue
May 21, 6 p.m., WMFR District commission
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.

Of Interest
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.


Bradenton Beach byway update ready for review

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
An advisory committee on April 13 ran through a
final spell check and grammatical review on an update
of the management plan for Bradenton Beach's scenic
The next step for the plan is a review by the
Bradenton Beach City Commission, followed by an
approval at the state level.
The city received a grant for its ScenicWAVES
advisory committee to work with the IBI Group con-
sulting firm to update the plan for the Gulf Drive
corridor, which extends from the bridge to Longboat
Key north to the border with Holmes Beach.
The corridor is part of the state and federal scenic
highway system and the update is required to keep
the scenic highway status and to secure any perks that
go along with that status.
Most of the changes made to the draft document
last week involved editing fixes removing typos,
correcting tenses and replacing images.
The proposed update contains an inventory of the
features and amenities in the corridor, an analysis of its
strengths and weaknesses, a kn gtll chapter of goals,
objectives and strategies and an action plan for progress.
Proposed projects to be completed within five
years include:
Improve the gateways to the city, all of which
are in the corridor.
Nourish the beaches.
Improve directional signs.
Renovate facilities at Coquina Beach.
Improve the landscaping along Gulf Drive and
at street ends off the corridor.

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to the city,
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Gulf Drive
. and Cortez
Photo: Lisa

Construct dune walkovers at beach access Install public art in the corridor.
points. The city is expecting to receive more than
Survey older structures in the corridor. $800,000 in federal economic stimulus money for
Add more public parking. some Gulf Drive/State Road 789 improvements.
Long-term projects on the list include: The Florida Legislative Budget Committee
Replace exotic species with native vegetation. has recommended the funding for new sidewalks,
Build an open-air arts pavilion and a visitor additional crosswalks, planting and relocating trees,
center. installing new street lights and improving several
Alleviate traffic congestion on Cortez Road. beach access points.
Create a public square on Bridge Street. The funding still needs federal approval.

Tab for Holmes Beach outdoor dining permit set

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Restaurants applying for outdoor seating or to
expand outdoor seating in Holmes Beach will be
asked to pay a $100 tab.
That's the application fee set by the city commis-
sion during a meeting at city hall April 14.
The resolution adopted in a 4-1 vote by the
commission states that the land-development code
requires all restaurant owners wishing to establish
or expand outdoor dining areas to obtain a permit.
The LDC also requires the city commission to set
a permit application fee to defray the cost of review-
ing applications "in the best interest of the public
health, safety and welfare."
Commissioner David Zaccagnino voted against
the resolution. "I don't like it," he said. "We're adding
more layers of government."
When the commission revised its outdoor dining
ordinance to allow restaurants to expand seating, Zac-
cagnino urged the commission to increase the number
of allowed outdoor dining seats from eight to a larger
Instead the commission adopted an ordinance
allowing restaurants to expand outdoor dining beyond
an allotted eight seats provided applications to the
city be accompanied by an authorization from the
property owner, contain a site plan with "the pro-
posed location of the outdoor dining area, showing
dimensions, ingress/egress access, exits and the pro-
posed number of outdoor seats and tables," as well
as a description of inside seats and tables and parking
Zaccagnino said if the commission had followed
his recommendation there would be no need for a
permit application fee to cover staff review.
"There should be no staff time because we should
have just changed the number of seats," he said.
"No, I don't think so," replied Commission Chair
Sandy Haas-Martens.
In other business, commissioners:
Appointed Thomas Creed to the code enforce-
ment board.
Creed is a member of the Anna Maria Island
Rotary Club and involved with the Special Olympics
of Manatee County. He previously was a trustee at

the University of Tampa and director of Barnett Bank
of Tampa.
"I have grown to love the Island and its wonder-
ful ambience and wish to do what I can to preserve
this special place," Creed wrote in his application to
serve on the board.
Endorsed a letter from public works superin-
tendent Joe Duennes regarding property in the 100
block of Beach Avenue that lies primarily in Anna
Maria, but extends into Holmes Beach.
Duennes' letter states that it is acceptable to treat
the site as one plat but that since the two cities have
different LDCs, Holmes Beach "will retain limited
jurisdiction over development improvements."
"A lot of it is beachfront," Mayor Rich Bohnen-
berger said, referring to the property.
Briefly discussed the city's interest in annexing
the Kingfish Boat Ramp.
The mayor has sent a letter to Manatee County
commissioners proposing an annexation, which
would result in the land being within Holmes Beach
city limits, but the county would continue to operate
the ramp.
Zaccagnino urged a speedy resolution, citing
concerns about law enforcement jurisdiction in the
During a work meeting, discussed concerns and
questions about off-street parking, overnight parking
of commercial vehicles in residential districts and
parking of boats and trailers in residential districts.
Heard from Ken Ventors on the Florida Com-
munities for a Lifetime initiative. Anna Maria and
Bradenton Beach already participate in the program,
which falls under the Florida Department of Elder
Affairs and is intended to "build ... a place free of
physical, emotional and social barriers."
Commissioners agreed to proceed with a resolu-
tion to participate in the initiative.
Also, during a shade meeting, commissioners and
the mayor met with attorney David Pearson to discuss
Holmes Beach vs. Jack and Diane Crawford. A shade
meeting is allowed under the Florida Sunshine Law
for certain attorney-client matters.
The Manatee County civil court case that involves
a dock in the 600 block of Ambassador Lane and
dates to the spring of 2007, when the city notified

the Crawfords of an alleged code violation. The dock
encroaches on adjacent property, according to the
city's court filings.
The complaint the city filed in court seeks an
order that the Crawfords "remove and demolish all
portions" of the dock and boat lift "that violate provi-
sions" of city code.
An attorney representing the Crawfords previ-
ously has asked the city to withdraw from the issue
and let the Crawfords and their neighbor settle the
The commission opened a meeting in its cham-
bers, then moved to a conference room for the shade
session with Pearson and a court reporter.
The commission, after about 40 minutes, returned
to the chambers and closed the shade meeting. The
commission did not report details of the discussion
or take a vote pertaining to the matter.

Regina goes virtual

on the Internet
The Regina wreck has been a popular dive spot
for more than 50 years. Now, it can be toured without
a wet suit, or even having to get wet.
The molasses barge that ran aground and wrecked
in a storm just offshore of Bradenton Beach in the
Gulf of Mexico on March 8, 1940, is one of Flori-
da's Underwater Archaeological Preserves. It also is
featured on a new Web site produced in part by the
Florida Secretary of State's office.
"Visitors to the online site at www.museumsin-
thesea.com can choose a shipwreck, take a guided
underwater tour of the site, watch a narrated history
of the vessel, and observe the marine life that lives in
the wreckage," according to Secretary of State Kurt
S. Browning.
He stated that Florida's Underwater Archaeo-
logical Preserves "combine heritage, ecological and
recreational tourism opportunities at 11 shipwreck
locations around the state. The program began in
1987 in response to sites that were nominated by
local waterfront communities. Since then, the Florida
Bureau of Archaeological Research has established
the 11 shipwreck parks throughout the state."

THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 22, 2009 0 5

Cumber admits to probation violation

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The boyfriend of missing motel-owner Sabine
Musil-Buehler admitted to a violation of probation
charge in a Bradenton courtroom April 14.
William J. Cumber's sentencing was scheduled
for 11 a.m. May 14, and he will remain at the Mana-
tee County jail until then.
Cumber, 39, is the last known person to see
Musil-Buehler, co-owner of Haley's Motel in Holmes
She was reported missing on Nov. 6, 2008. He
saw her late on Nov. 4, 2008, when he said they
argued about his cigarette smoking and she left the
Anna Maria apartment they were renting.
Cumber faced repeated questioning in the disap-
pearance of Musil-Buehler, as well as the arson fire
of one of the buildings at the Haley's Motel com-
plex Nov. 16, 2008. Musil-Buehler's disappearance is
under investigation by the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office and considered a possible homicide. The fire
is under investigation by the Holmes Beach Police
As authorities were looking into both matters
in late December 2008, Cumber was arrested in
Marion County and pleaded guilty to driving without
a license.
Cumber was soon after charged with violating
the conditions of his probation on a 2005 arson con-
viction. Cumber, according to probation documents,
was not supposed to leave Manatee County without
approval from his probation officer. He also was not
to be convicted of another offense.
Appearing in court April 14, Cumber wore blue
jail scrubs, short-cropped hair, a close-cut beard and
He appeared with his attorney, Thomas Ostrander,
before Manatee County Circuit Court Judge Gilbert
Smith Jr.

William J. Cumber, 39, appears in a Bradenton
courtroom April 14 to admit to violating his proba-
tion. Islander Photo: Courtesy Tiffany Tompkins-
Condie/Bradenton Herald
Ostrander told Smith that Cumber decided to
admit to the violation, but that he wanted a sentencing
hearing because the defense and prosecution could
not agree on terms.
The attorney has said the prosecution is seeking a
harsh sentence for Cumber's minor violation because
he is a "person of interest" in Musil-Buehler's disap-
The prosecution has offered Cumber a 15-year

sentence for his admission that he violated his proba-
tion, but will now seek the maximum sentence of 30
Prosecuting attorney Tony Casoria did not object
to the sentencing hearing and said he was prepared
for the hearing last week.
Ostrander, however, requested a later date
because he plans to call four witnesses.
Cumber spoke occasionally during the brief
court session last week, mostly answering "Yes, your
honor" to Smith's questions about whether he under-
stood the process and the stakes.
"You understand that by admitting ... you face a
potential sentence of up to 30 years with the Florida
Department of Corrections?" Smith asked.
"Yes, your honor," Cumber replied.
Responding to a question about drugs, Cumber
told Smith he was taking anti-anxiety medication.
"I'm not clouded upstairs," he said.
The 2005 arson case involved a fire at the Bra-
denton home of a former girlfriend of Cumbers. An
arrest warrant quoted Bradenton Police Detective
James Curulla as saying that the fire consumed the
home. Four adults and two children inside the build-
ing escaped without injury.
Cumber, according to Curulla's report, stated
that "after a verbal argument with the female tenant,
he returned to the residence by crawling through an
opening in the patio screen. He then lit a chair on fire
with a lighter. He stated he did not have the intent to
burn down the house, but wanted to leave a message
since he felt scorned."
Cumber told The Islander last November that he
set fire to the lanai because the home was the sight of
a meth lab.
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The Islander, headlines announced:
Anna Maria Mayor Chuck Shumard and Com-
missioner Doug Wolfe engaged verbally sparred at
a commission meeting over who should appoint a
new city clerk. Wolfe said the city charter allows the
commission to hire a clerk, while Shumard contended
he had 30 days to appoint a clerk.
Bradenton Beach city commissioners were unable
to reach a consensus to install parking meters in the
city's parking lot and at the approach to the city pier, but
agreed to hold a public workshop on the issue. Police
Chief Sam Speciale proposed installing 40 parking
meters that would bring in $12,000 in annual revenue.
Manatee County Circuit Court Judge DurandAdams
signed a writ requiringAnna Maria city officials to furnish
The Islander newspaper with copies of the applications for
the vacant city clerk's position, or respond in writing why
the city could not provide the records. The newspaper had
filed a lawsuit against the city over a Sunshine Law viola-

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Manalis grandson
Carmen and Tony Manali of Anna Maria hosted
a welcome home party for their grandson, Tony Cala-
bro, April 11.
Calabro, an officer in the 4th Infantry Division
stationed in Baghdad, had returned from Iraq on
March 13.
He spent three weeks in Fort Hood, Texas, before
he took leave, and traveled to Cornwall-on-Hudson,
N.Y., where he joined his parents, Angela and Col.
John Calabro, for his trip to Florida.
At the party, more than 50 people gathered to
commemorate the homecoming.

returns from Iraq
Friends and family from the Tampa Bay area, and
some who traveled from Italy and Hawaii, joined in
the celebration.
The party took place on the beachfront at the
Manali home in Anna Maria.
Calabro's uncle, Anthony Manali and wife JoAnn,
sponsored a plane that flew over the party trailing a
banner that read, "Tony's back from Iraq. We love
you soldier."
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Island divided
As fans of baseball like to say, "It's like deja vu all
over again."
The quote is Yogi Berra's. He's been credited since
the 1940s with some deceptively simple observations
or flubs that live on in conversations.
And d6ja vu is appropriate to the Anna Maria Island
Bridge project.
If you just came to the story, then here's a few rea-
sons why folks 10-plus years ago got to be so miffed:
The DOT had first proposed to replace the Cortez
Bridge with a high, fixed span, and take by eminent
domain some 130 properties in Cortez and Bradenton
Beach. The outrage caused the DOT to back off.
The funding flipped to the Anna Maria Island Bridge
and another high, fixed-span proposal that included a
new two-lane road and a second twin span "down the
road," for a final four-lane mega-bridge.
Again, there was outrage, but a determined DOT
held steadfast to the plan. During a meeting, then district
director David May pointed his finger at Islanders and
told them adamantly, "You will have this bridge."
However, the public notice by the DOT was deemed
insufficient and the process was prolonged. Opponents
mounted a successful lawsuit on environmental grounds,
loss of seagrasses mostly, and the DOT backed off.
Fast forward. The DOT consists of different officials
and staff for the most part, hired consultants and seem-
ingly bent over backward to take comments in advance
of making a recommendation on the AMI Bridge.
That recommendation will be barring any mind-
altering reasoning from officials in the next 30-60 days
for a 65-foot-clearance, fixed-span replacement.
It's also some 15 years or so away in terms of plan-
ning and paying for a new bridge.
By Egan And, as we told District One Secretary Stan Cann,
maybe there are some compromises to make a new
bridge more palatable.
One conciliation by the DOT would be either to
allow fishing on the bridge, or provide either a fish-
ing pier or maintain the old bridge approaches for that

Fighting words
Cheers for the United States of America. Grass-
roots tea parties all over the country dramatically
displaying and demanding civil rights.
Topping that story locally is the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation's not-surprising recommen-
dation for a high-bridge replacement for Anna Maria
Got to hand it to the DOT staff. They learned
from their lack of public input mistake and had CYA
procedures down pat meetings galore, charming
and timely responses to questions, charts, tables,
studies. No stone left unturned. Pretty slick.
They were also slick in the way they continually
misrepresented and manipulated the facts. The actual
height of the bridge will be at least 80 feet at roadbed
- a full 15 feet more than the 65-foot "clearance."
Their own study proved that wind speeds are
higher at higher elevations, but they absolved them-
selves of any responsibility for public safety by
saying that it is "not their call" as to when bridge
travel is hazardous.
They admitted that there have been no interrup-
tions to emergency vehicular traffic.
They refused to address safety concerns about the
limited sight distance at the crest of the bridge. Their
public support survey was casebook for unreliability
and invalidity in design and questionable as to who
was allowed to respond.
In their words, "The decision was based on...
engineering and financial advantages...."
Expediency, not safety, is obviously their priority.
("$9 million in annual operating and maintenance
costs" for a brand new drawbridge? Just how much
does a bridge tender make?)
We believe that a high bridge is not the right
bridge for Anna Maria Island.
In this country, if you believe you are right, it is
your civil right, nay, your civic duty to fight for your

belief, you should fight until hell freezes over and
then you should fight on the ice.
FDOT, put on your skates.
Ursula Stemm, Jim Kissick, Nancy Deal, Carol
Soustek, Save Anna Maria Inc. board

Cement or sand?
Here we go again. When our economy is in melt-
down and people are losing their jobs and homes, the
Florida Department of Transportation has decreed
that $102.5 million should be spent to build a high-
rise bridge to Anna Maria Island.
Oh sure, they' re using the same old lies as before,
telling us the "people" want this monster. You wonder
who these geniuses are to conjure up such fantasy,
and just after spending millions of dollars rehabilitat-
ing the bridge.
Shame on elected officials for believing their
constituents have short memories. Their arrogance
only shows their lack of history.
Stand up and fight. Do not allow Anna Maria
Island to become another Siesta Key. Do you want
cement or sand? It's your choice.
Joe Kane, Cortez

Cent sense
Effective June 1, tourists will pay an 11.5 percent
tax for accommodations on Anna Maria Island.
Rarely can one pinpoint those responsible to
extend a thank you. We can thank our Manatee
County Commissioners John Chappie, Joe McClash
and Carol Whitmore for adding "only one cent" to
the existing 10.5 percent tax.
Who would believe that a 25 percent increase in
the resort tax would help the small business owners
on AMI and gain unanimous support of our elected
Bill Hahn, Holmes Beach

The DOT might also acquire the former Perico
Harbor property for a boat ramp and vehicle-trailer
parking area to relieve the congestion at Kingfish Boat
Ramp and enhance the recreational amenities par-
ticularly since the announced plan will require taking
land from the new not-yet-finished Neal Preserve.
If we must have a new bridge, a mega bridge to
Anna Maria Island, we should have some trade off for
the loss of character and "old Florida" flavor our com-
munity will suffer in the future.
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Bradenton Beach BOA holds

court-ordered hearing

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Ken Lohn won his right to a hearing before the
Bradenton Beach Board of Adjustment.
But the Bradenton Beach property owner and
resident lost the hearing April 15.
Leaving city hall after the BOA voted to rec-
ommend the city commission reject his arguments
and support the building official's decision to issue a
certificate of occupancy for a duplex at 109 Fifth St.
South, Lohn said, "It's going to get awfully expen-
"We'll never quit," he added.
The meeting, which lasted about 160 minutes,
was called to hold a court-ordered hearing on Lohn's
administrative appeal first filed in January 2008.
Lohn's appeal included complaints about two
properties that abut his Bay Drive South residence
- 502 Bay Drive S. and 109 Fifth St. S.
Initially the BOA and the city commission
decided that Lohn failed to file a timely and complete
administrative appeal on a certificate of occupancy
for either site.
But in September 2008, a circuit court judge
decided that Lohn's appeal was sufficient to hold a
hearing on the 109 Fifth St. S. property and that's
the hearing that took place April 15 at city hall.
Lohn's issues with 109 Fifth St. S., also known
as Hibiscus II and now owned by Synovus Bank,
include allegations that improper construction created
stormwater management problems, that the building
violates the city's general design standards and that a
driveway used to access multiple properties, includ-
ing one owned by Lohn, is illegal.
In the hearing, Lohn and his attorney, Robert
Turffs of Sarasota, focused on the driveway and the
placement of Hibiscus II, making multiple points in
their argument that the driveway violates the city's
land-development code.
Turffs argued that the driveway, placed on a
12-foot easement, is less than 12 feet wide, an alleged
violation of the LDC, and that the driveway is within
five feet of Lohn's property line, another alleged vio-
lation of the LDC.
"Despite what the easement says, the drive-
way was not built to comply with Bradenton Beach
codes," Turffs said.
Turffs also argued that the distance from the cen-
terline of Lohn's driveway to the centerline of the
Hibiscus driveway is much less than 40 feet, another
alleged violation of the LDC.
Turffs further argued that timbers placed to direct
stormwater and used for landscaping, as well as deco-
rative trim on Hibiscus II, extend into the driveway,
reducing access.
The driveway cannot be used by West Mana-
tee Fire Rescue District's ladder truck, according
to Turffs and testimony from one of his witnesses,
surveyor Leo Mills Jr.
Mills also testified that there appears to be dis-
crepancies in surveys in the area. His firm accepted
different survey monuments than another firm
involved with the development of Hibiscus II, part of
a larger project begun by GSR Development, which
is now in bankruptcy.
"We had some monuments there that we had a
hard time agreeing with," Mills said. "There were
discrepancies out there."
Lohn also testified during the hearing. Asked

The Bradenton Beach Board of Adjustment Dan
DeBaun, John Burns and Karen Cunningham -
hold a hearing April 15.

Attorney Robert Turffs and his client, Ken Lohn,
attend a Bradenton Beach Board of Adjustment
hearing April 15. The hearing focused on Lohn's
complaints regarding a certificate of occupancy for
109 Fifth St. S. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
whether the situation has impacted the value of his
home, he answered yes.
BOA Chair John Burns asked whether an
appraiser was involved in that assessment.
Lohn said no and revised his answer. "I believe
it has been degraded," he said, referring to his home
on Bay Drive South.
"There's a variety of problems with this prop-
erty," he added. "It's a disaster for the city of Bra-
denton Beach."
Building official Steve Gilbert represented city
staff at the hearing.
One of his points involved Lohn's argument that
the driveway is not 12 feet wide and thus violates the
LDC. Reading from the code, Gilbert said a 12-foot-
wide driveway is required for multifamily properties
and a 10-foot-wide driveway is required for single-
family and duplex properties. The improved access
in question, Gilbert said, serves duplex properties.
"A driveway at this site is to be 10 feet, not 12
feet," he said.
Further, Gilbert said that the improved access is
on an easement provided for a "Corrective Grant of
Easement for Ingress/Egress and Utility." The docu-
ment, signed by Byrne and Noriega, granted Ken and
Yung Lohn an easement for ingress and egress and
utility purposes to a landlocked lot they owned and
committed GSR to building a driveway over the ease-
ment in compliance with the city's LDC.
Gilbert said that the improved access is dealt with
in a private agreement between two parties. "It's a
legal agreement," he said, adding that an easement
and a driveway are two different entities, and Lohn's
complaint involves an "easement."
In regards to easements, the LDC states, "This
article is not intended to interfere with, abrogate or
annul any easement, covenant or other agreements
between parties."
Gilbert also addressed the concern about fire
trucks using the driveway or easement. He said the
West Manatee Fire Rescue District does not treat pri-
vate driveways the same as streets or alleys.
"As a matter of fact," Gilbert said, \\ t Mana-
tee Fire Rescue does not use our platted alleys for fire
The alleys, Gilbert said, are 10 feet wide.
During deliberations, BOA members Dan
DeBaun, Karen Cunningham and Bums reviewed the
information presented and made a list of findings of
fact and conclusions.
The board concluded that the required width for
vehicular access is 10 feet and therefore the improved
easement is sufficient, even with the landscaping.
"The easement is larger than it needs to be,"
Burns said.
The board then unanimously voted to recom-
mend that the city commission uphold the building
official's decision to issue a certificate of occupancy
for 109 Fifth St. S.

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A pie challenge will take place at 7 p.m. Satur-
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People are encouraged to bring up to two pies to
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Center offers support groups
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, is hosting two support
Parenting Education and Support meets at 7:30
p.m. April 27, May 11 and May 25 at the Center.
Childcare is available.
For more information, contact the Center's Terri
Milen at 941-778-1908.
The Bipolar and Depression Education and Sup-
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For more information, contact Marie Neid at

Kiwanis to meet Saturday
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club will meet at
8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at Cafe on the Beach at
the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The speaker will be chiropractor Ron Gilbert
talking about health.
For more information, contact member Al Guy
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Community Center. Willow joins siblings Katie Rose,
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Library's friends

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The Friends of the Island Library recently elected
new officers.
Beverly Neville is the group's new president.
Thea Kelley the vice president. David Weber is trea-
surer, and the Rev. Rosemary Backer is secretary.
Board members also include Jolie Bell, Barbara
Burda, Marcy East, Dick Eichhorn, Janice Kisner,
Pam Leckie, Kass Martin, Gladys Martineau, Judy
McClarren, Valerie McGannon, Alice Moerk, Joan
Pettigrew, Judy Schreier, Mary Pat Swamy, Jeannette
Wilkes and Judy Williams.
At an annual board of directors meeting in March,
members of the group expressed thanks to Bell, the
outgoing president.
"Our library experienced many changes during
the past two years, including cuts in staff and library
hours due to reduced state and county funding. With
many hours of planning and outstanding leadership,
services for the patrons and needs of the library were
accomplished," read a statement from Neville.
The Friends board and the Island Branch Library
staff also honored six retired members of board:
Mercedes Thornburg, Amy Hook, Denise Johnson,
Mardene Eichhorn, Mary Kowalski and Art Hibbs.
With the new board set and the winter season
over, the board already is making plans for next
Dick Eichhorn is planning a new landscaping
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Bradenton Beach identifies storm-proofing needs

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
A long-range strategy for mitigating the impact
of disasters received approval from the Bradenton
Beach City Commission April 16.
The strategy is part of a broader local mitigation
strategy that Manatee County is coordinating.
In Bradenton Beach, the hazards presenting the
most concern are tropical storms or hurricanes and
severe flooding from heavy rainfall, according to
police Lt. John Cosby, the city's point-person for
emergency management.
Bradenton Beach's LMS projects include install-
ing storm shutters and hardening city hall, improv-
ing drainage along Gulf Drive/State Road 789 from
Sixth Street North to 27th Street North, purchasing
eight new communications devices for the police
and public works departments, raising some roads
to combat flooding, installing more dunes on the
beaches, elevating the public works building, improv-
ing drainage along Bay Drive South and updating the
city's phone system.
"These are the projects that we've come up with
so far," Cosby said.
"As you can see, some we can do within the city,
by ourselves, without outside help," Cosby said. "And
some require the participation of an outside entity."
The strategy the commission approved revises
a plan that dates back to 1997 at the urging of the
Federal Emergency Management Agency.
FEMA would be one likely source for funding
for local mitigation projects, but the federal funding
might not come until after a disaster, when FEMA
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go to LMS," Cosby said.
Other sources of funding might be the state,
through the Florida Department of Transportation,
for stormwater improvements to State Road 789/Gulf
In other business last week, the commission:
Approved a $1,192.59 payment to J&H Diesel
Truck Service for repairs to a sanitation truck.
Approved payment of a $5,632.82 invoice from
M.T. Causley for building department services.
Advised public works director Tom Woodard
that the upcoming trimming of the city's 220 palm
trees should involve the removal of dead fronds, seed-
pods and coconuts but not the more severe "hurricane
Woodard had asked for direction because twice
a year, when the public works crew trims trees, he
receives a number of complaints that the trimmers
are cutting too much and too little.
Approved a series of contracts for post-storm
debris management in preparation for hurricane
Heard from Woodard that the city is exploring
the installation of decorative, solar-powered lighting
on Bridge Street.
Woodard said he would collect more information
and report back to the commission.
Approved a proclamation for Municipal Clerks
Week, observed May 3-9; a proclamation for Therapy
Dog Awareness Day, observed May 8; and a procla-
mation for Water Conservation Month in April.
Approved a special event application for the
Chinese Dragon Boat Festival at Coquina Beach May
30. The event is sponsored by the Gulf Coast Chi-
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and kayak races, a kite competition, arts and crafts.
Approved a request to place a banner for the
annual Island Blood Drive at the west end of Cortez
Road. The blood drive is scheduled to take place June
13-14 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach, to benefit the Florida Blood
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ScenicWAVES: Hello

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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Members of Bradenton Beach's ScenicWAVES
committee on April 13 cheerfully greeted the arrival
of a new preservation trust.
The committee that advises on matters related
to the city's scenic highway and waterfronts voted
unanimously to support and work with the Anna
Maria Island Preservation Trust.
Committee members are familiar with the prin-
cipals of the new group.
Sissy Quinn, former executive administrator
of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society, is the
trust's president and also a founding member of Sce-
Island businessman David Teitelbaum is a
member of ScenicWAVES and vice president of the
Anna Maria City Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick
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THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 22, 2009 0 11

ScenicWAVES welcomes trust
"I've been waiting three years to do this," Quinn
said of the audit, which will help identify properties
more than 50 years old that can be placed on the Florida
Master Site File in Tallahassee.
Such properties can also be recognized with
plaques from the trust for a $100 fee.
Quinn stressed a desire to save Anna Maria
Island's older cottages, piers and other structures
important to the Island.
"Really what I want to do is to bring attention to
the homes, the bungalows and cottages on the ground
level," Quinn said. "I'm not crazy about them being
ripped down and razed."
Quinn said Anna Maria Island is in danger of
losing its small-town, old-Florida charm. "It's going
away exponentially."
Quinn established the trust in late March and now
is at work.
"I already have my letterhead," she said. "I have
my calling cards.... There's a lot to save."
After Quinn's presentation, ScenicWAVES voted
to support and work with the trust's efforts.
"I want to commend you and what you are
doing," committee member Ed Chiles told Quinn.
In other business, the committee voted against a
proposal from the Lions Club to place benches in the
city, a plan that could have resulted in benches with
advertising along the scenic highway and throughout
the city.
The committee also made final changes to an
update of the corridor management plan for Bra-
denton Beach's scenic highway Gulf Drive from
the Longboat Pass Bridge to the Holmes Beach
The plan will next go before the city commission
for approval and then the state.
The next ScenicWAVES meeting will be at 3 p.m.
May 11 at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.

I. 1

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
April 24 brings a holiday for shade-lovers,
bird-watchers, privacy-seekers, tree-climbers and
all-around amateur naturalists.

April 24, the
last Friday in April,
is National Arbor
Day, when cities
across the country,
including Island
municipalities, will
celebrate with a
planting of trees and
encourage citizens
to do the same.
Arbor Day
originated in the late
1800s, the idea of
one man, J. Sterling
Morton, living in a
treeless community
in the Nebraska Ter-
ritory. Nationwide,
the National Arbor
Day Foundation
promotes the holi-
day, held two days
after Earth Day.
Locally, Keep
Manatee Beautiful
coordinates cere-
monies in partner-
ship with Holmes

and Fifth Avenue, where there are plans to place a
gumbo-limbo tree.
Anna Maria will hold a tree-planting ceremony
at 11 a.m. at city hall at the corner of Gulf Drive
and Pine Avenue, where there are plans to plant

Six things you should know when planting a tree.

1. Call Before You Dig Several days
before planting, call the national 811 hotline
to have underground utilities located.
,f 2. Handle with Care Always lift tree by
the root ball. Keep roots moist until planting.
3. Digging a Proper Hole Dig 2 to 5
times wider than the diameter of the root
ball with sloping sides to allow for proper
root growth.
4. Planting Depth -The trunk flare should
sit slightly above ground level and the top-
most roots should be buried 1 to 2 inches.
5. Filling the Hole Backfill with native
soil unless it's all clay. Tamp in soil gently to
fill large air spaces.
6. Mulch -Allow 1 to 2 inch clearance
between the trunk and the mulch. Mulch
should be 2 to 3 inches deep.

5. For more tree-planting tips and information,
visit arborday.org.
Source: )ArborDavFoundation-

The Arbor Day Foundation offers tips for planting trees
to commemorate National Arbor Day, which is on the
last Friday in April April 24 this year, two days after
Earth Day.

Beach and Anna Maria. At press time, no program
was scheduled for Bradenton Beach.
Holmes Beach will hold a tree-planting cer-
emony in a linear park at 10 a.m. at 38th Street

a live oak and
four green but-
To encourage
citizens to plant
trees, the Arbor
Day Foundation
offers a limited
selection of 10
free trees for each
new six-month
membership in
the non-profit
organization. For
more informa-
tion, go to www.
For those who
want a broader
selection, the
Manatee County
Extension Ser-
vice recommends
the following:
sugarberry, sea-
grape, Florida
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privet, persim-
mon, shortleaf fig,
Southern magnolia, American holly, myrtle oak,
wild lime, saffron plum, redbay, Jamaican dog-
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12 0 APRIL 22, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER

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announcing 30 acts of various entertainment.
Attendees enjoyed the show and refreshments in the
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
No new reports.

Bradenton Beach
April 12, 1500 Gulf Drive S., controlled sub-
stance. Officers from Hillsborough County, on duty
on Coquina Beach on Easter Sunday, stopped a vehi-
cle with a cracked windshield. After questioning the
driver and on searching the vehicle, officers found
powder cocaine. The driver and passenger were both
arrested. No further information was provided.
April 12, 100 block Gulf Drive, driving with sus-
pended license. A man was stopped after leaving the
beach. A record check revealed his driver's license
was suspended, and he was arrested. No further infor-
mation was provided.

Holmes Beach
April 11, 5500 Gulf Drive, drugs. Officers noticed
a man and woman apparently having an argument in
a truck when the woman left the vehicle and started
to walk away. Officers pulled up and noted a strong
odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and, after
a search, discovered a marijuana cigarette in the ash-
tray and a bag of the drug in the vehicle. Steven A.
Hollibaugh, 31, and Sarah A. Hollibaugh, 27, both of
Gainesville, were issued notices to appear in court for

drug possession.
April 12, 5400 Gulf Drive, Suds and Sand,
spouse abuse. Officers were called to the coin laundry
regarding an argument between a man and woman.
The man struck the woman, she said, then left. Bra-
denton Beach officers stopped the man, and he was
April 12, 300 block 64th Street, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took electronic games and a
cell phone from his unlocked vehicle. Total value of
the missing equipment was $900.
April 13, 6600 Gulf Drive, Beach Bistro, bur-
glary. Officers responded to a report of a burglary.
Entry to the restaurant was through a side door, and
cash was taken from a secured area near the cash
register. Fingerprints were taken at the scene and the
investigation continues.
April 13, 248 S. Harbor Drive, St. Bernard Cath-
olic Church, burglary. Officers noticed a duffle bag of
clothes and other material near a Dumpster, as well
as signs that a recreational vehicle had been broken
into. The vehicle, which had been parked there by
its owner, could not be located, and the bag and its
belongings were left with staff at the church.
April 14, 500 block 68th Street, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took his garbage can.
April 15, 3700 block East Bay Drive, theft. The
complainant said someone took the speedometer
from his bicycle.
West Manatee Fire
Rescue Captain Rich
Jasinski, at left, and
firefighter first class
John Stump present
a scholarship award
to firefighter trainee
Chris Jakusovas. The
scholarships, named
in honor offormer
WMFR firefighters
Brian Reed and Chuck
Stearns, are given
to deserving WMFR
students in firefighting,
emergency medical
and paramedic train-
ing. Islander Photo:
Rick Catlin

THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 22, 2009 0 13


Joan L. Macfarlane
Joan L. Macfarlane, 99, of Holmes Beach, died
April 12.
Ms. Macfarlane was born in Venezuela.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Roser
Memorial Community Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna
Maria FL 34219, or St. Josephs Food Pantry, 3100
26th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205.
She is survived by nephews Duncan, Patrick and
Michael Hagan, all of England.

Wyla V. Skene
Wyla V. Skene, 83, of Holmes Beach, died April
16. Mrs. Skene moved to Manatee County from Clio,
Mich., after teaching elementary school in Michigan
for 28 years. She was very active in church women's
ministries and Christian Women's Club.
Memorial services were April 18. Memorial
contributions may be made to Orange Grove Free
Methodist Church, 2202 26th St. Ave. E., Bradenton
FL 34208.
She is survived by Marcia and Dave Brockway
of Anna Maria; Duane and Jackie Skene of Spring
Arbor, Mich.; Cindy and Jeff James of Bridgeport,
Texas; grandchildren Nicole Ditzel, Rachelle Corn-
well, Joel and Aaron, and Mary and Austin James.

Phyllis A. Walthius
Phyllis A. Walthius, 78, of Bradenton, died April
14. Born in Chicago, Mrs. Walthius moved to Bra-
denton from Hinsdale, Ill., in 1990. She was fash-
ion coordinator for Bonwit Teller women's store in
Oakbrook, Ill. She was a member of Grace Episco-
pal Church in Hinsdale, Church of the Annunciation
Episcopal Church, Holmes Beach, the Village Green
Homeowner' s Association and the Alzheimer' s Asso-
A memorial service will be held at a later date
at Church of the Annunciation Episcopal Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Church of
the Annunciation Memorial Fund, 4408 Gulf Drive,
Alzheimer's Association, or Tidewell Hospice and
Palliative Care. Shannon Funeral Home, Westview
Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by husband George G.; son
Scott and wife Diane of Downers Grove, Ill; daugh-
ter Debra Holsten of Hinsdale; and grandchildren
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Volunteers clear litter from AMI

By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Keep Manatee Beautiful ran a clean campaign.
The organization, along with other groups,
sponsoring companies and a legion of volunteers,
hit roads, bridges, beaches and parks April 18 in the
Great American Cleanup.
The local effort was part of a nationwide cam-
paign that takes place every spring.
This year's cleanup fell several days before Earth
Day and promoted the slogan "Green Starts Here."
"Here in Manatee County and across the nation,
the 2009 Great American Cleanup is reminding fami-
lies that a better environment for us all starts in our
own communities, and the work we do in our own
backyards and towns affects our entire planet," said
KMB executive director Ingrid McClellan. "Our vol-
unteers are joining millions of others across the coun-
try to rid our streets, waterways and public spaces of
litter and illegal dumpsites."
By the time the Great American Cleanup con-
cludes May 31, an estimated 3 million volunteers will
have taken part in the effort, according to McClel-
Manatee County's volunteer number April 18
was expected to exceed 1,000.
The amount of trash and recyclables collected
this year is not yet known, but last year county vol-

George McKay with the city ofAnna Maria registers Dennis and Alice Ulanch for the Great American
Cleanup on April 18. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff

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Rusty Crickett's is celebrating not only its second
anniversary, but also its second year as the people's
choice for best boutique. Bring all your friends to
the open house, 5-8pm Thursday. April 23, for wine,
cheese, discounts and lots and lots of fun!
The Vintage Vagabond antique shop in Braden-
ton is one of those places we could stay all day. Check

Tiki & Kitty find dresses for each other at Rusty
Crickett's, voted the people' choice for best
boutique two years running, adjust in time to
celebrate its two-yearan~ neary with a special
open house 5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 23.
out the new antique furniture building, located at the
rear of the property.
Steff's Stuff on Longboat Key has oodles of vin-
tage clip-on earrings! Don't miss the Art and Antique
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a booth, 941-383-1901. Steff is open noon-4 every day
but Tuesday.
The Sea Hagg on Cortez Road is a nautical empo-
rium that will knock you over with all its cool things.
Check out the big warehouse sale going on now.
In Ellenton, The Feed Store Antique Mall is one
of the largest places around for antiques and collectibles.
Make sure to wear your comfy heels because this place
can keep you hunting!
The Historic Antiques District east of downtown Bra-
denton is home to Braden River Antiques, featuring
cool furniture and art from all eras, Retro Rosie's with
quality vintage clothing, and Cobwebs Antiques, with
its variety of antiques and collectibles. The district hosts
a flea market the second Sunday of every month, so don't
miss it!
If you have an apartment or home to furnish, we
recommend Bradenton Bargain Center. From quality
estate furniture to model-home furnishings, you'll find
great items at great prices, and lots of it!
The Whitfield Exchange has really neat furniture,
too. "High quality at low prices" is how owner Lindsay
describes her store. Go often new items arrive almost
daily and items fly off the shelf.
Visit the Community Thrift Shop on Manatee
Avenue West and find out why they are the people's

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THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 22, 2009 0 15

Cleanup on Island nets tons
unteers collected 123,672 pounds of trash and 5,396
pounds of recyclables. They also cleaned 162 miles
of roads and highways and 233 miles of shoreline.
Volunteers on Anna Maria Island focused on
the shorelines after registering for job assignments
at Anna Maria City Hall, Birdie Tebbetts Field in
Holmes Beach and Coquina and Cortez beaches in
Bradenton Beach.
"I came out because I want to do something
good," said Jon Howard, 8, of Bradenton. "I really
like the beach."
Alice Ulanch of Anna Maria said she volunteered
this year and in the past because, "I want to live in a
clean place."
Eddie Taylor Jr., who cleaned up Cortez Beach,
said, "My mother-in-law asked us to clean up."
Brooke Capparelli, 8, also cleaned up Cortez Beach,
because "People leave trash on the beach," she said.
"That's not nice. Animals could die from it."
Volunteers in Bradenton Beach also included a
dive team that came together at Sea Trek dive shop
and then went into the Gulf to remove debris from
the Shipwreck Regina.
Just off the Island, cleanup crews also hauled
trash from the Cortez FISH Preserve in Cortez and
along the Palma Sola Causeway in Bradenton.
"It's a shame that there's so much trash to pick
up, but isn't it wonderful that we get together for
this cleanup?" said volunteer Alec White of Perico

Eddie Jarrabet, 17, and Eddie Taylor Jr., both of
Bradenton Beach, clean up on Cortez Beach.

T Rex, left, Paul Banning and Wayne Grazzini pre-
pare for a dive to the Regina shipwreck in Bradenton
Beach. The trio of divers helped clean up the popular
site as part of the Great American Cleanup.

Volunteers to clean
LBK preserve
Volunteers with Sarasota Bay Watch, Save
Our Sea Birds, the Audubon Coastal Islands
Sanctuaries, the Longboat Key Club, the town
of Longboat Key and the Sarasota Bay Estuary
Program will clean up Quick Point Nature Pre-
serve from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 2.
Registration will take place at 8 a.m. at the
Longboat Key Club Moorings. The event will be
followed by lunch at the Portofino Ristorante and
Bar at the Longboat Key Club Moorings.
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of all the great merchandise, the staff is super nice as
The Beach Shop at the Manatee Public Beach is
packed full of new items: clothing, swimwear, accesso-
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have Native American turquoise jewelry that is "to die
The Bag Lady in Palmetto is where you want to go
for a new purse or tote. Make sure you mention Tiki &
Kitty and The Islander for a 10 percent discount on your
purchase. There are some lovely bags there, including
the bag lady herself, Patty.
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Another writer discovers Anna Maria Island

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Add the Hartford Courant to the growing list
of newspapers, magazines and Web sites that have
recently discovered and reported on the uniqueness
of an Anna Maria Island vacation.
In the newspaper's March 22 issue, travel cor-
respondent Betsy Witteman wrote about finding "old
Florida in new Florida" during her family vacation
on the Island.
Witteman described the Island and Anna Maria,
where her family stayed, as "Just what we had hoped
for when we planned the family's winter get-together.
We found Anna Maria had everything a little kid or
a tired schoolteacher could want."
The Island, Witteman wrote, "feels more than
welcoming. People wave as they bike past," or "nod
and say hello as we stroll the beach."
Anna Maria Island is one place where the visitor
won't find high-rise condominiums, chain motels and
fast-food outlets, Witteman wrote.
She mentioned a number of Island businesses
and business people for their friendliness, including
Jason Sato of Sato Real Estate, the company Witte-
man's family rented a house from during their stay,
and Ginny Dutton and Janie Joyce of Ginny's and
Jane E's at the Old IGA.
Witteman's glowing account of Anna Maria
Island caught Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce president Mary Ann Brockman a bit off
"We started getting all these e-mails and tele-
phone calls from Connecticut. I wondered what
was going on because we normally don't get a lot
of people from there. Then, somebody sent me the
article and I understood. It was a very good story
about the Island," Brockman said.
"We've certainly been discovered," she added,

mentioning USA Today, the Washington Post, The
New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the mag-
azine Southern Living as publications that in recent
years have popularized an Island vacation as a slice
of "old Florida."
"The amount of publicity we've gotten the past
year is priceless," Brockman said. The publicity
has certainly helped the Island during the economic
downturn, she indicated.
"I think we're seeing that the good things written
about the Island have paid off this season. It's been a
very successful season, and we're still busy."
Some of the favorable publicity for the Island
can be attributed to the work of the Bradenton Area

Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The BACVB regularly contacts travel publica-
tions, magazines and media outlets to suggest Island
stories and follows up with information about the
Island as a vacation destination.
The idea for the article about Anna Maria Island
that appeared in the March issue of Southern Living
was initiated with editors of the magazine by the
BACVB some time ago.
While the Southern Living story was unpaid pub-
licity for the Island, BACVB staff indicated consid-
erable effort went into convincing the magazine's
editors that the Island was worthy of a story and,
apparently, those efforts were rewarded.

Birthday girl
Edna Bussell
celebrates her
93rd birthday
with 30 of her
closest friends at
the Sandbar Res-
taurant in Anna
Maria. Bussell
.. was a longtime
Island resident
before moving to
a nursing home.
The party, put on
S {- by Linda Reeves
and Margret Art,
puts Bussell back
on the beach, she
says she misses
so much. Islander
Photo: Courtesy
Laurie Higgins

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parelli and
Cooper Hardy
are ready for
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scholastic book
fair from 5
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school hours
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24. Islander
Photo: Lynn

Family science night at AME

Anna Maria Elementary School will host a family
science night from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April
22, featuring food, activities and student projects.
The campus will come alive with science-themed
activities and information, beginning in the school
auditorium, where student projects will be on display.
Kindergarteners through second-graders will display
class projects, while older students will present indi-
vidual projects.
In the adjacent art room, there will be three dis-
plays: a marine bi'l<1,.'Y exhibit, pressed flower art
and bottle boat display.
Before heading inside the main building, stop
underneath the oak canopy to purchase refreshments,

including pizza, soda and dessert.
Inside the main building, the cafeteria and hall-
ways will feature guest scientists and "make-and-
take-it" projects about life cycles, airplanes, weather
and plants. Various environmental displays will be set
up around campus.
Upstairs in the media center, the Parent-Teacher
Organization will have free popcorn along the "red
carpet" leading to the Hollywood-themed book fair.
The book selection includes preschool to young -dult
titles in addition to a few cookbook titles for adults.
For more information about science night or
the book fair, call the school administrative office at

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AME school calendar
Monday to Friday, April 20-24, 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.
*Thursday, April 23, all day, Mote Marine Mobile
Exhibit on the bayfront.
Friday, April 24, 9 a.m., Parent-Teacher Orga-
nization board meeting.
Tuesday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., "Hall of
Presidents" student presentations in the auditorium.
*Tuesday, April 28, 5 p.m., family dinner by Jam-
rocks Jamaican Grill followed at 7 p.m. by the fourth-
grade performance of "Freedom."
Friday, May 1, 9 a.m., Tropicana/4-H Club
speech contest in the auditorium.
Thursday, May 7, progress reports go home.
Saturday, May 9, 7 p.m., Spring Fling at St.
Bernard Catholic Church.
Monday, May 25, no school.

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Holmes Beach vet
commends others first
This is the veteran's story that Joe Nolan of
Holmes Beach does not want told. He is the first to
say that other veterans of World War II and Korea
have much more interesting stories than he does.
"There are so many other wonderful guys, but
that's not me. I was three months late for the action,"
Joe said.
He didn't get overseas during WWII, but it wasn't
for lack of trying.
At age 18 and fresh out of high school in his
native Chicago, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army Air
Corps to train as a fighter pilot.
Unfortunately, Joe's eyesight wasn't 20-20 and
he was sent to aircraft mechanic school instead.
But the best thing about joining the service, Joe
said, was that he got to do his basic training in Miami
Having never left the Midwest, Joe was enthralled
by Florida's natural beauty and beaches.
"I said, 'Wow, will you look at this,' when I got
to Miami Beach," Joe said.
In fact, Joe had five assignments in Florida during
his time in the Air Corps, including stops at Avon
Park for gunnery school, Eglin Field near Pensacola,
Lakeland and, of course, Miami Beach.
As the air war in Europe dragged on and losses
mounted, the Air Corps relaxed its eyesight require-
ments for personnel wanting to train as a fighter pilot.
After becoming a crew chief on a C-46 transport,
Joe got his orders for pilot training in 1944.
He would eventually be commissioned a second
lieutenant and graduate from pilot school in Dothan,
Ala. He was waiting for an overseas assignment in
the Pacific when President Harry Truman ordered the

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atomic bomb dropped on Japan. The war ended a
week later.
"I never got overseas," said Joe. "I was ready to
do my part, but it wasn't meant to be."
Joe would stay on in the Air Corps for his full
three years before discharge.
But his Army service did have one benefit.
"I had been something of a goof-off in high school
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my education. After I got out of the service, I used my
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Joe graduated from the Illinois College of
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But he never lost his love for Florida and 20 years
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Holmes Beach. He even met a classmate from Dothan
in Holmes Beach, 60 years after the war ended.
He has no regrets about joining the service, but
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And, he takes somewhat of an issue with the term
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"I believe the greatest generation were those
people who left their homes in Ireland, France, Ger-
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"God has certainly been good to me," said Joe.
"I appreciate what you are doing for the veterans.
They are always dear to me."
Humble Joe Nolan: an ordinary man in extraor-
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"The Greatest Generation" and' I ,i, ,r Generation"
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Today is Earth Day.
Noon -Anna Maria Garden Club meeting at Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
5 to 7 p.m. Science night featuring food and activities at Anna
Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Scholastic Book Fair at Anna Maria Elementary
School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-708-5525.

Thursday, April 23
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch training work-
shop at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-5638.

Friday, April 24
10 a.m. Keep Manatee Beautiful Arbor Day tree planting at 38th
Street and Fifth Avenue, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-795-8272.
11 a.m. Keep Manatee Beautiful Arbor Day tree planting at Pine
Avenue and Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-795-8272.
3 to 10 p.m. Friday Music Fest along Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.
Information: 941-778-1541.

Saturday, April 25
8:30 a.m. The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets at Cafe on
the Beach with guest speaker chiropractor Ron Gilbert at Manatee Public
Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8444.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. De Soto National Memorial commemorates the
470th anniversary of the start of the Hernando de Soto expedition and
to celebrate Junior Ranger Day in America's National Parks. Landing re-
enactment, demonstrations and kids' activities. 8300 De Soto Memorial
Hwy., Bradenton. Info: 941-792-0458.
1 to 4 p.m. Cortez Village Native Potluck Picnic at the Maritime
Museum, 4511 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-795-7121.
7 p.m. Tiki Times barbecue, art and pie contest at 9908 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-713-2221.

The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee.
Information: 941-794-3489.
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, 8:30 a.m., free yoga on the beach at the Beach-
House Restaurant, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-6836.
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-708-6130.
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


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Avenue public beach access. Information: 941-794-6723.
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Bridge Street Market
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April 30, Manatee Community College Spring Fling Concert.
May 1, Barbara Harrison artist reception and exhibit at the Long-
boat Key Center for the Arts.
May 6, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce lunch at the

Save the date
May 9, AME Spring Fling dinner, dance, auction.
May 14, "Alone Together Again" at the Island Players theater.
May 30, Chinese Dragon Boat Festival at Coquina Beach.

Off-Island Arts & Events:
Thursday, April 23
5 to 7 p.m. Wine tasting benefit at Harry's Continental Kitchen,
525 St. Jude's Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-0777. Fee

Friday, April 24
6 to 9 p.m. Opening reception for Island artist David McGough
exhibit at Palmetto Art Center, 907 Fifth St. W., Palmetto. Information:

Saturday, April 25
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Manatee County Audubon Society Earth Day
celebration at Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave., Palmetto. Infor-
mation: 941-729-2222.

Tuesday, April 28
9 a.m. Oldrich Kulhanek's "Funny Money" exhibit opens at the
Manatee Community College Fine Art Gallery, 5840 26th St. W., Braden-
ton, through May 21. Information: 941-752-5225

Wednesday, April 29
6:30 to 8 p.m. Preston Whaley Jr., author of "Blows Like a Horn,"
discusses jazz and the beat generation at the South Florida Museum, 201
10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

Ongoing Off-Island Theater:
"Design for Murder" at the Howard Studio, Manatee Commu-
nity College, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton, through April 25. Box office:
941-752-5000. Fee applies.
"Smokey Joe's Cafe" at the Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton, through April 26. Box office: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.
"The Winter's Tale" at Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami
Trail, through May 16. Box office: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.
"The Devil's Disciple" at Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555
N. Tamiami Trail, through May 24. Box office: 941-351-8000. Fee
"Black Pearl Sings!" at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave.,
Sarasota, through May 30. Box office: 941-366-9000. Fee applies.
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include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a
contact via e-mail and phone.

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Fox to broadcast

from pier
Fox 13-WTVF television will broadcast its
morning news show will broadcast from the His-
toric Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach April
Morning news anchor Russell Rhodes is
expected to participate in the live 7 a.m. broad-
cast for the Tampa television station.
Bradenton Beach City Commissioner Robert
Bartelt said the broadcast would spotlight the
renovated pier and Bridge Street, the city's com-
mercial district.

DeSoto National Memorial

marks expedition
De Soto National Memorial in northwest Bra-
denton will host a series of activities Saturday, April
25, to commemorate the 470th anniversary of the
beginning of the Hernando de Soto expedition and to
celebrate Junior Ranger Day in America's National
At 11 a.m., there will be a re-enactment of the
landing on La Florida and throughout the day cos-
tumed re-enactors will talk about 16th century life.
The day also will include weapons demonstra-
tions, displays and kids' activities.
Event hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
De Soto National Memorial is at the end of 75th
Street North at 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway,

Anna Maria Garden Club

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Kings out there, but wind keeps most fishers in bays

By Paul Roat
It's all about that pesky wind when it comes
to fishing. As one captain put it this week, "Would
somebody please turn off the wind machine?"
High winds translate to high seas and the result
out in the Gulf of Mexico is a boat that's rocking
and rolling. For folks willing to risk a case of the
"urks," there are kingfish to be caught, as well as
lots of amberjack and grouper from the artificial reef
Backwater fishing features lots of snook, trout
and some redfish. There also are flounder and mack-
erel coming out of the piers in the passes, as well as
late-season sheepshead.
Mark your calendar for May 9 for the 23rd Annual
Kids Free Fishing Tournament at the Green Bridge
Pier in Palmetto. This is a catch-and-release tourna-
ment open to all kids between ages 7 and 14, with
sponsorship from Manatee-Sarasota Fish & Game
Association, Palmetto and Bradenton Kiwanis clubs,
as well as the City of Palmetto Parks and Recreation
Registration starts at 7 a.m. and all kids must
be accompanied by an adult. Youthful fishers should
have their own rod and reel, but equipment is avail-
able if needed. Bait, hooks and sinkers are provided
and prizes will be awarded for the first three places
in each age group. Palmetto Kiwanis volunteers will
be serving free hot dogs for lunch. To volunteer or
support the tourney, call 941-794-2806.
Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime Charters
said that fishing around Anna Maria for his char-

It's a tough job
Danny Stasny of Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach wet a line off the dock
outside the door of the shop in the city basin and
reeled in a whopper snook and released it last
week. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

size king
Dave Mac-
Dougall from
Milton, Wis.,
caught this
kingfish, as
well as grou-
per and snap-
per, on a trip
offshore with
Capt. Larry
The fish were
caught in
about 50feet
of water on
live pinfish.

ters has been good, with nice catches of trout and
redfish. "Redfish and snook have been tight to the
mangroves," he noted, "and chumming with shiners
will draw them in." He's finding trout "just about
everywhere," and Spanish mackerel are in 8 feet of
water "and eating ferociously."
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said the snook
bite "is really strong right now. Some fishers have
reported catching fish to 40 inches." Trout also are
a good bet in the backwater, with the best action
coming from the deeper seagrass beds. Redfish are
also around, but spotty. Offshore, there seem to be
kingfish, most in the school-size range, 15 to 20
miles out in the Gulf. They should move closer as
the spring run really starts, he said, suggesting troll-
ing with planers as the best plan of attack. Amberjack
continue to be thick around artificial reefs in the Gulf,
Danny added.
At the Rod & Reel Pier, reports include a few
flounder landings, plus Spanish mackerel, pompano,
snook and whiting.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
action at the pier continues to feature sheepshead.
Mackerel are starting to show up, as well as snook.
One fisher caught a 36-inch linesider last week "a
throwback," Jesus said, since it was too big to keep
other than for a picture. He said anglers are starting
to see some cobia, and everyone is waiting for man-
grove snapper to start to bite.
Capt. Tom Chaya on the Dolphin Dreams in
Holmes Beach out of Catchers said snook fishing
for him remains the hot ticket. "There are plenty of
large snook being caught up the Manatee River and
around Terra Ceia," he said, "and redfish are scat-

tered and hitting on pinfish in Miguel Bay." He added
that he's finding trout action to be excellent on the
good-moving tides on the deep seagrass beds near
Rattlesnake Key.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he's found that fishing turned on after
the wind calmed. "We are catching lots of gag and
red grouper, mangrove and yellowtail snapper, lots
of big sharks, Spanish mackerel and kingfish hook-
ups on most trips," Capt. Larry said. "The kingfish
are coming in stronger every day, with our main run
probably running weeks or even a month later due to
the windy weather. Our best action for kings has been
out in 50- to 70-feet of water, using a variety of live
baits." He added that grouper and snapper catches are
better at the 100-foot depths.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out
of Parrot Cove Marina said it's all about the wind.
"Above-normal winds coupled with dirty water in
the nearshore Gulf have kept the Dee Jay II from
plying the Gulf for several weeks," he lamented. "On
the bright side," Capt. Zach said, "inshore action has
been good. A party of three from Wisconsin nailed
a good number of above-average trout along with
chunky bluefish, mackerel and ladyfish. Broken
grassy areas in about 4 feet of water in northern
Sarasota Bay produced best." He added that there
was some excitement later in the week when a fisher
from Valrico hooked up "with an easily 100-pound-
plus tarpon on trout tackle in 5 feet of water. Much
to our amazement, he had the big tarpon on for 10-12
jumps before the light line parted."
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and may be
submitted to Paul Roat by e-mail atpaul@islander.org.

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Cardinals explode past Patriots in youth flag football

By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The Panoramic Cardinals utilized an explosive
offensive attack to roll past RLS Industries Patriots
24-8 in Anna Maria Island Community Center 8-9
Division NFL Flag Football action on April 13 at the
Holmes Beach field.
The Patriots missed out on taking an early lead
when Leo Rose got behind the Cardinal defense on
the game's first play, but he was unable to hold onto
the pass thrown by quarterback Brandon Mills. The
Patriots went back to the well on second down, but
this time Michael Latimer intercepted the ball at
the 45-yard line for the Cardinals. On the next play,
Pearson outraced everyone around the left end for a
45-yard touchdown run and a 6-0 Cardinal lead.
The Patriots' next possession started with a six-
yard run by Nick Destefano. A fumble on second
down put the Cards in third and long, but Mills con-
nected with Rose on a 30-yard pass play, giving them
a first down at the Cardinal 35. Unfortunately, the
Patriots' next pass play was again intercepted by
Latimer to snuff out a good scoring opportunity for
the Pats.
The Patriot defense finally got a stop on the Car-
dinals offense, limiting them to a 15-yard run by Jack
Mello. Spurred on by the defensive stop, the Patriots
got moving on offense. A false start penalty backed
them up five yards on first down, but that didn't
matter to Andrew Proctor. He ripped off consecutive
40-plus-yard runs to score a touchdown for the Pats
and added the all-important two-point conversion run
to pull the Patriots to within four points as the first
half came to a close.
Pearson and the Cardinals picked up where they
left off in the second half, scoring in four plays. Pearson
gained four yards on first down, and next up Latimer
ran for 35 yards and a first down on a reverse. Mello ran
for seven yards, which could have been a touchdown
had it not been for a nice flag pull by Class. On second
down, Pearson ran around the left end for an 18-yard
touchdown run and an 18-8 lead.
The Patriots next possession looked promising
when Proctor got loose on a 30-yard run which might
have gone the distance had it not been for Latimer's
tackle near midfield. A pair of fumbles and a penalty
negated that drive and the Cardinals took over on
The Cardinals put themselves in scoring position
when Mello took a third-down hand-off around right
end when he pulled up and fired the ball downfield to
Latimer for 40 yards and a first down. The Cards ran the
same play on first down, but this time Mello faked the
pass and ran around the right end for 15 yards. Pearson
gained five yards on second down, but Destefano inter-
cepted the ball to end the Cardinals drive.
With time running out, the Patriots were in need
of a quick scoring play and Class almost delivered,
gaining 30 yards on a reverse before Mello took his
flag. A penalty and two short runs ended the Patriot
drive giving the Cardinals the ball.


Captain Mark Howard

Snook Trout Redfish
Tarpon Grouper Shark

Cardinals player Michael Latimer rounds the
corner as Patriots defender Lucky Schmidt reaches
for his flag.

Latimer was stopped for no gain on first down,
but Pearson broke the game open with a 75-yard
touchdown run to essentially end the game with the
Cards on top 24-8.
Pearson finished with eight carries for 179 yards
and three touchdowns, while Latimer had three carries
for 75 yards, one reception for 35 yards and another pair
of interceptions. Mello finished with 55 yards on three
carries and chipped in with four flag pulls.
Proctor led the Patriots with four carries for 98
yards and a touchdown, a two-point conversion and
five flag pulls. Mills connected with Rose for a pair of
passes totaling 62 yards, while Class added 25 yards
rushing and six flag pulls.
In other flag football action last week:
The Sand Dollar Colts defeated the Ross Built
Chargers 34-13 behind a pair of TDs from Nicholas
Mello in 10-12 division action on April 16. Mello,
who also added a two-point conversion had ample
support from teammates Bradely Duffman, Austin
Marrow and Mikey Ellsworth, who each scored a
touchdown for the Colts. Jack Blauvelt completed the
Colts scoring with a two-point conversion. Ross Built
was led by Morgan Hackworth, who scored a touch-
down and an extra point, while Jake Ross scored one
It was an offensive shootout in 13-16 division
action on April 16 as the Beach Bistro Cardinals out-
lasted the Island Real Estate Colts 42-30. Max Miller
paced the Cardinals with three touchdowns, while
Jordan Grabski added two of his own. Danny Doyle
and Chandler Hardy each added single touchdowns
for the Cardinals in the victory. The Colts were led
by Wyatt Hoffman's two touchdowns and a two-point
conversion. Aaron Vanhook added two touchdowns
and Kyle Parsons had a pair of two-point conversions
in the loss.


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Galati Yacht Sales Texans outscored Mike
Norman Realty Packers 26-12 for an easy 10-12
division victory on tax day. Logan Reiber and Chris
Galati each scored a touchdown and an extra point,
while Katie Christenson and Zach McGuire scored
one touchdown apiece in the victory. Jack Shinn and
Seth Walter each scored one touchdown to lead the
Packers in the loss.
Island Real Estate Colts outlasted Strategic
Ministries Cowboys 36-26 in 13-16 division action
on April 15 behind three TDs from Aaron Vanhook.
Kyle Parsons and Wyatt Hoffman added one touch-
down apiece, while Henery Bernet chipped in with
a two-point conversion. The Cowboys were led
by Travis Belsito's two touchdowns while Luke
Shackelford and Justin Kile each added a touch-
down in the loss.
Island Dojo Martial Arts Jaguars edged Sparks
Steel Art Falcons 18-8 in 8-9 division action on April
13. The Jaguars were led by Jean-Paul Russo, Nicole
Sewall and Tyler Yavalar, who each scored a touch-
down in the victory. The Falcons were led by Edward
Cullinan's lone touchdown and safety.

Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole,
two-best-balls-of-foursome game on April 15 and
the team of Joe Dickinson, Pete Weir and the Proxy
brothers, Peter and Paul, who carded 113 to edge
Pablo Proxy, who was visiting from Mexico, and his
teammates Bob Kral, Gino DiClemente and Vince
Mercadante, by three strokes.
The men's nine-hole game on April 13 was also
a two-best-balls-of-foursome match and was won by
the team of Earl Ritchie, Bill Melvin, Pete Weir and
Tom Warda with a 14-under-par 50. That was one
stroke better than the team of Jim Helgeson, Bob
Schuetz, Al Gunn and Jerry Micho, who finished in
second place.

Horseshoe news
The horseshoe pits at Anna Maria City Hall
aren't as full now that the "snow-shoers" are head-
ing north for the summer. Four teams emerged from
pool play during April 18 horseshoe action. Gene
Bobeldyke and Tom Skoloda edged Norm Good and
John Crawford 23-17 in the first semi, while Mike
Lovey and Rod Bussey rolled past Herb Puryear and
Lewis Arnold 22-11 in the second game. The final
game saw Bobeldyke and Skoloda trounce Lovey
and Bussey 21-8.
The April 15 games saw Karl Thomas and Adin
Shank defeat Gene Bobeldyke and Rod Bussey 22-19
to earn biu,,inii rights for the day.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.



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By Rick Catlin
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Harry's wine
and jazz
Harry's Continental Kitchens
at 525 St. Judes Drive, Longboat Key,
will host a wine tasting event from 5
p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 23, to
benefit the Longboat Key Center for
the Arts jazz program.
Half of the $10 admission price to
the event will be donated to the pro-
gram and patrons will receive a $5
coupon toward a purchase at Harry's.
In addition, all wines purchased at
Harry's deli on Thursday are reduced
20 percent.
The wine tasting will feature a
variety of wines from around the world
along with some of owner Harry
Christensen's tasty appetizers and
other treats for guests to enjoy.
For more information, call
941-383-0777 or go online to www.

Sato is Tidemark
Beach Resort
rental agent
Sato Real Estate at 519 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria, has been named the exclu-
sive rental agent for units of the Tide-
mark Beach Resort in Holmes Beach.
Jason Sato said the company is
"extremely pleased" to be the rental
agent for such a unique beachfront
accommodation as Tidemark Beach

Bagels and business
Breakfast with the Chairman, a event
put on by the Manatee Chamber of
Commerce in "zones" to promote talks
on current issues, brought chamber
officials early April 9 to the Beach
Bistro for coffee, bagels and conver-
sation with Island members of the
Manatee chamber. Pausing after cover-
ing a range of island issues are, from
left, Dee Schaefer, owner of the Beach
Shop and co-owner with husband Gene
Schaefer ofPSB Associates, which
leases the county beach concessions;
chamber chairman Mac Carraway;
and Trudy and Stewart Moon ofAir &
Energy. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
For more information, call
941-778-7200, send an e-mail to rent-
als@satorealestate.com or visit the
Sato Web site at satorealestate.com.

Whitney Beach
deli fashions
and wines
The Whitney Beach Deli at the
Whitney Beach Plaza, 6810 Gulf of
Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, will
hold a wine tasting event Wednesday,
April 22, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admis-
sion is $5 and all patrons will receive
a $5 discount on wines purchased that

Playhouse preservation
Anna Maria Island Historical Society president Thea Kelley, center, presents
Island Players president Peggy Farrup with a plaque at the theater at Gulf
Drive and Pine Avenue in Anna Maria April 13. AMIHS honored the theater
with a plaque commemorating the building's long history as a theater, home,
tourist center and community hall. Pictured are, seated, from left, Carolyn Nor-
wood, Betty Yanger, Ellen Aquilina, Diane DeLong; '.. ,,..l;,,. from left, Susan
Anderson, Sandra Young, Kelley, Rob Roberts, Faarup, Debbie Roberts and
Doug DeLong; back row, from left, Dolores Harrell, John Quam, Bob Grant,
Linda Davis and Ben Cooper. Islander Photo: Courtesy AMIHS

In addition, the deli is hosting a
fashion show and gourmet dinner on
Wednesday, April 29, to benefit the
Sarasota Humane Society.
The $35 admission to the show
includes a three-course gourmet dinner
and a complimentary glass of wine.
Ten dollars of each admission will be
donated to the SHS.
Olivia's of St. Armands Circle is
providing the fashions.
To make a reservation for the fash-
ion show or for more information, call

Market continues
The Bridge Street Market will be
open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday,

April 25.
The open-air market, 107 Bridge
St., Bradenton Beach, features a tent
where people can relax, snack or join
in a game of dominoes or checkers.
The market includes vendors offer-
ing fresh mini-doughnuts, hot dogs,
brats and sausages, along with featured
vendor Whittle Peoples, selling shells,
novelties and souvenirs.
For more information, call Nancy
Ambrose at 941-518-4431.
Got a new business going up on
Anna Maria Island, or in Cortez, Palma
Sola, west Bradenton or on Longboat
Key? How about a new product or ser-
vice, an anniversary, a new hire? Call
Island Biz at 941-778-7978 or e-mail
us at news@islander.org.

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FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Up to three items,
each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less.
FREE. Deliver in person to The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, e-mail classified@
islander.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited
time offer)
22-FOOT CHAMPION shuffleboard table for sale.
Brand new. 941-224-6726.
DUAL RECLINING SOFA and rocker-reclining
loveseat. Excellent condition. $800 or best offer.
square tables, 20 black wrought-iron high-back
chairs with padded seats. Miscellaneous goods.
Call 941-487-7487.
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.
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.

MARY KAY CONSULANT will do make-over in
skin care. Free catalog sent to you. Free gift. Call
France at 941-795-1469 or go to web: marykay.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Global market,
market connections. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@
sothebysrealty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.
HAVANA CABANA: LIVE music April 24-26.
Friday, Jim Somers; Saturday, Rob Gorleg;
Sunday, Tom Kubrik. Shows start at 7 p.m.
Information, 941-778-7772. 5904 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Fun, fun, fun!
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.


Up to three items, each priced $100 or less,
15 words or less. FREE.
Deliver in person to: The Islander
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
e-mail to classifieds@islander.org
fax to 1-866-362-9821
(limited time offer)

k gutfBay Ralaty ofAinna aria Inc.
4 ) f Jesse Bssori -B rAsn ro associate, GJ
941-713-4755 800-771-6043

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,
experienced, professional
Broker on the Island & am
willing to put my skills to
the test. Guaranteed!
Call Jesse Brissonh
941-713-4755. -.

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
ISLAND ROCK SCHOOL at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Guitar, bass, drums,
flute, saxophone, clarinet, piano and vocals. Call
Scott Achor, 941-778-1747, or Koko Ray Hansen,
941-758-0395. Rock on!
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@
FREE GUN LOCK. Free at The Islander news-
paper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Don't be sorry, be safe.
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $50. Three lines, $60. Forms at
The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more infor-

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, April 25. 608 N.
Shore Drive, Anna Maria.


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

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.

34 Years of Professional Service
WILDEWOOD SPRINGS 1700 SF floorplan, 2BR/2BA, enclosed
lanai, carport, great condition. Fantastic price of $130,000.
move-in condition. $165,900.
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,
$2,900/mo. Seasonal
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
yrealty3@aol.com www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com

YARD SALE: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Thurs-
day and Friday, April 22-24. Furniture, linens,
kitchen stuff, TVs, a little something for everybody.
160 Crescent Drive, Anna Maria.
YARD SALE: 9 a.m. Saturday, April 25. Furniture
household items. 407 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria.
MOVING SALE 8AM-2PM Saturday, April 25,.
610 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Everything must
go. Lots of good stuff.
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: 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.
Reward! 513-633-6597.
FOUND: USB FLASH drive at Manatee Public
Beach. Black, iLogic 1GB. Please claim at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
LOST: SET OF keys on purple leather key ring.

Delightful 1266 SF
cheery home!

Buyer's one-year home
warranty. Call for details!
Laura E. McGeary PA punky2@aol.com Call 941-704-3708
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

(k" Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
1911 Bay Drive, N. Holmes Beach
Sweeping bay views! Built 2001,
3BR/3.5BA, 3330sf, pool, spa and
boat dock. Sold "AS IS" S999,900,

e-mail: michellemusto@prudentialpalmsrealty.com


Immaculate 2BR/2BA and two-car garage.
MORE THAN 11,000 sq.ft. Duplex-zoned lot
with older structure. Priced below assessment:
Unique custom-built home with room for office/
retail. In area of Pine Avenue Restoration Project.
Includes 1900+ sq.ft. heated and cooled living/
office area. Short distance to beach and ideal
parking. Live and work only $799,900

VP Maria qe.

"We ARE the Island!"
SINCE 1957
Marie Franklin, Lie. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
E-mail amrealty@verizon.net
Web site www.annamariareal.com

24 0 APRIL 22, 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

Paver Brick Store.com
Pool Deck, Patio & Driveway Renovations
Craig C. Fideler & Assoc, LLC
(941) 794-6504 cfideler@paverbrickstore.com

STUMP GRINDING starting at $39
insured for your protection
free estimates & seniors discount
25 yrs exp. Call Bill today 941-296-5971

rj: i:b TOO BIG or Too SMALL. Free Estima .
Call Dan, 941-713-3108

Protect your home When you're not here
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
Tropical Landscape Specialist
941-729-9381 Design & Ir11:.1.J1
SResidential ;",, I: mern: .jl

N V-: Residential & Condo Renovations
SKitchens Bath Design Service
Carpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
References available 941-720-7519

0ore than a mullet wrapper!

Te Islander
941 778-7978 WWW.ISLANDER.ORG


Comrca and0resiential contract

FOUND: CANON CAMERA, seems new. Found
March 26 between Gulf Drive and Holmes Bou-
levard, near 67th Street, Holmes Beach. To claim
call, 941-524-1445.
LOST: SIX-FOOT aluminum oar, red handle, near
Bradenton Beach, earlier this month. Please, call
941-592-5075. Reward.
FOUND: BLACK-AND-gold Pulsar watch. Easter
Sunday at cabana on 77th Street, Holmes Beach.
Claim at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
FOUND: SET OF keys around 64th Street and
Holmes Boulevard, Holmes Beach. U-Store-It key
chain. Claim at The Islander office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.

PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All applicants
screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.

BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
Laser, Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian at
BOAT REPAIR, WOOD items. Also furniture
repair. Lots of miscellaneous repairs. Call

Bradenton Beach. Information, 941-779-1208.

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,
long history in resort area. Beer/wine. Any good
cuisine would work. Confidentiality agreement
required. $160,000 plus inventory. Longview
Realty, 941-383-6112.
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-
ting. 941-778-5352


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ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified child
care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross train-
ing, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-4632
or 941-778-8405.
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
Jennis, 941-778-1746.
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 misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
advice. 941-545-7508.

mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reli-
able. Free estimates, licensed, insured.

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.

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.

and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.

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ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
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
exercise, meals, chauffer, clean, etc. 941-748-3247
or 941-713-7380.
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.
ations, cushion covers, ironing. Call Terry,
CAREGIVER FOR THE elderly: One-on-one care.
Home cooking, light housekeeping, appointments,
shopping, etc. Five hours or more. Top references,
25 years experience. Call 941-545-7114.

individualized plans to meet the needs of your
property while you are away. Fully insured. Con-
tact Tiffany at 941-962-7475, or visit gulfcoast-

TOM'S TOTAL DOOR and Window Service:
Repairs, replacements, inserts, frame changeout,
handsets replaced, insulated glass replacement,
screens, etc. 941-730-1399 or 941-722-7507.
COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of happy cus-
tomers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch, Storm-Check,
windows, etc. Rentals our specialty. pinesolpatty @
juno.com. 941-792-1000.
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,
941-795-7411. CAC184228.
THE ISLANDER. The best news on Anna Maria
Island since 1992.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
keeping, laundry, and errands or pet sitting for
you. Cell: 941-592-8684.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services when and what you need to ensure
your house is secure and cared for while you
are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
my.house@verizon.net for details.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island.
30 years experience. Gift boutique, nail prod-
ucts, handbags, jewelry and sunglasses. 9908
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an appoint-
ment. Now offering in-home pedicure services.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.

commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
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.
Call 941-374-0352.

Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call

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Warehouse/Workshops also available

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

THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured. Call Allen any-
time. Cell 941-224-8569.

clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. Cell, 941-448-3857 or 941-779-0851.

LARRY'S BACK! SHELL delivered and spread.
$45/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil
with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775,
"shell phone" 941-720-0770.

$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-
rlor/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
Nell, 941-726-3077.

carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,

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.

Available weekly or monthly
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SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.

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

able (all phase). Painter dedicated to the con-
sumer. No deposit! Clean, fast and courte-
ous. Voted #1 by the "Pier regulars" 2007-08.
941-962-5131, Nicholas.

DRYWALL FINISHER: DRUG-free, sober, reli-
able. 32 years experience. Retired to Florida.
Small repairs or entire rooms. Reasonable. Ask
for Gary, 941-524-4601.

WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Kelth 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
800-749-6665. www.wedebrockrentals.com.

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

Beach, 2BR/2BA, second floor $1,000/month
includes cable. Old Florida Realty, Sharon,

single-family home. Available now. 2BR/1BA or
3BR/2BA with living room, family room, washer/
dryer and carport. Block to the beach in Anna
Maria. 813-690-9762.

VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA, lovely, pri-
vate pool home near Palma Sola Causeway.
$900/weekly. Discounts for longer stays.
3BR/3BA gorgeous pool home, Intrac-
oastal Waterway, west Bradenton. $1,050
weekly. www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com,
or 941-794-1515.

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French or Karen Day 941-778-2246 Sharon Hightower 941-778-2246
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Cross street to Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA, washer,
dryer. Two decks, heated pool. $2,400/month.
813-634-3790. Available March, April, May, 2009.

CUTE OFFICE FOR RENT. 315 58th St., Holmes
Beach. 941-794-8202.

FOR RENT: 2BR/1BA, $800/month. 1BR/1BA,
$700/month. 2919 Ave. E, Holmes Beach. Call
941-778-3455 or 941-720-4152.

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.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/3BA canal home on Key
Royale. Large caged pool, garage. New kitchen
and tile installed one year ago. $1,950/month.

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.

washer and dryer. Available April-December, 2009,
$550/week, $2,000/month or $1,500/month with
year lease. Call 813 728-2590 or 813 294-3014.

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.

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 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.
QUAINT CORTEZ 1BR: Annual, partially fur-
nished, washer and dryer, lanai, near marina.
$650/month. 941-545-9025.

Artist's studio/carpenter's workshop or rehab old cracker
house. Located in the fishing village of Cortez on a large lot.
$197,000. Owner financing.

Mike Norman Realty,
800-367-1617 941-778-6696
www. mikenormanrealty.com

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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.

1BR/1BA, partially furnished, washer and dryer,
dock. Nice quiet neighborhood. $850/month plus
utilities. 941-545-7109 or 941-795-1132.

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.

FOR RENT: ANNUAL. Recently renovated
2BR/2BA house in quiet neighborhood. All appli-
ances upgraded. $1,400/month plus utilities.
Phone 941-545-7109 or 941-795-1132.

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.

SEASONAL RENTAL 2 BR/1BA. Steps to the
beach and bay. 55 and older. Three-month mini-
mum. $2,000/month. 206-365-4867.

ANNUAL FURNISHED 1BR/1BA, tile floors,
close to beach, $700/month. 1BR/1BA, Florida
room, fireplace, washer and dryer hookups, $725/
month. 1 BR/1 BA, tile floors, $675/month. Dolores
M. Baker Realty, 941-778-7500.

month. Washer/dryer, electric and water included,
across from beach, close to trolley stop, small
pets OK, recently renovated. 941-447-4843.

ANNUAL: GULFFRONT: 1 BR/1BA. $775/month.
503 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Michael,

1BR/1BA APARTMENT. Quiet neighborhood.
Three blocks to beach. $650/month plus utilities.
941-778-5143. Available May 1.
appointed condo. Ideal location near El Con-
quistador tennis and golf clubs. 941-465-6060 or

ANNUAL: 1BR/1BA NEWLY renovated in quiet
Bradenton Beach neighborhood. Close to beach
and trolley stop, furnished or unfurnished.
Available April 1. Call Liz at 941-778-2173 or

to beach, $700.1 BR/1 BA with fireplace, washer/
dryer hookup and Florida room, $725. 3BR/2BA
tile floors, washer/dryer hookup. $850. Dolores
Baker Realty, 941-778-7500.

VACATION RENTAL IN Bradenton Beach, three
days minimum. Half block from beach. Small
pet O.K. Large efficiency. Openings now. Call

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

and free brochures. Richard and Alison Estrin,
licensed mortgage brokers, Blondin Mortgage
Company. 941-383-6112.

Beach updated 1BR/1BA condo, turnkey fur-
nished. Owner financing. Price reduced, $139,900.

BEACH CONDO. FIRST floor, beautifully updated,
turnkey furnished, carport, pools, 2BR/1.5BA.
Reduced! 55-plus, no pets. 941-761-1923.

2BR/2BA ISLAND HOME for sale. Owner inter-
ested in renting back, and/or consider financing.
Negotiable or best offer. 2917 Ave. C, Holmes
Beach. 941-778-5125.

on Anna Maria Island. Fantastic location opposite
Publix and five minute walk to beach. Beautifully
decorated with superb rental history. Tennis courts
and two pools. Offers in excess of $310,000! Will
be sold to highest bidder. Telephone 01144 20
8508 0332, or e-mail: Sandypflorida@aol.com.

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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-
erresort2601 @verizon.net.

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.

Owner sacrifice! Drop-dead gorgeous marshfront.
Abutting lot 67 sold and closed for $259,900. Lot
68 just $89,900. Incredible homesite, beautiful
trees, captivating marsh views. Great area with
municipal sewer and water. Nearby hospital,
hotels, dining and more. Call 877-671-8837.

OVERSIZE LAKE LOT! 4.1 acres, $25,200. Free
boat slips! Was $39,900. Park-like hardwood set-
ting near lake. Enjoy deeded access to private
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age, utilities, warranty, deed. Excellent financing.
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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Sean Murphy tells someone about five times a
day, "I live in the best place in the world."
On April 17, the Holmes Beach restaurant owner
received honors from the city about which he so often
Murphy received the city's Community Partner
Award from Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnen-
berger and city commissioners during the second
annual Founders Day at city hall, 5801 Marina -
Bohnenberger praised Murphy for his success as
a businessperson, his charitable work, his civic pride
and his city support, from sponsoring the annual St.
Patrick's Day Parade to providing gifts for a monthly
city employee appreciation day.
Blushing at the applause, Murphy joked, "We
had an idea in a bar and came up with a parade."
Murphy said, with sincerity, "I don't do enough
for the city.... This is a great place to live."
The city also honored the late Helen Hagen with
the dedication of a black olive tree planted near the
children's playground north of city hall.
"A great benefactress," the mayor said, praising
Hagen, and husband Rex, who could not attend the
program last week and asked Manatee County Com-
missioner Carol Whitmore to speak on his behalf.
"She'll love it," said Whitmore, a former Holmes
Beach mayor, as she touched a leaf on the young
Whitmore said the Hagens "have been very good
to the city of Holmes Beach" and that Helen, known
"for her generosity to Island youth... will be missed
by all."
The inaugural Founders Day took place last
spring, with the dedication of the skate park and a
celebration of the life of the late Holmes Beach Police
Officer Pete Lannon.
This year's Founders Day featured a reception
in the lobby of city hall with coffee, tea, fruit and
cookies, as well as music by the members of the Anna -
Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra, who
also make up the Manasota Saxophone Quartet. '
An exhibit in the city commission chambers fea- --.'i
tured the work of local artists and a display in the '
lobby featured archival photographs and old press Hugh Holmes Sr., s
clippings. Maud Holmes, rece
After guests mingled for about an hour, the mayor Beach during Four
made some remarks. Islander Photos: L
Founders Day, he said, honors "the people who
laid the groundwork to make this great city we now
The city's namesake is Jack Holmes, a developer
whose post-World War II vision was of a 600-acre
Island community.
Hugh Holmes Sr., Jack's son, recalled the city's
early days development began in the late 1930s,
"came to a screeching halt" during World War II and
then resumed in the post-war years.
"They didn't want it to be like most beach com-
munities not commercial," Holmes said.
Others also spoke to the dozens of guests gath-
ered. Holmes Beach City
Whitmore said, "I love all of you" and called the Haas-Martens reach
Island her soul. the city's Communi
County Commissioner John Chappie, a former
mayor of Bradenton Beach, said, "We're all truly
blessed to live out here on the Island.... It's our
founders who made it what it is today."
Bohnenberger, who says he came to Holmes
Beach "on an open-ended vacation and never left,"
said he hopes to expand Founders Day to include
three days of activities next year, including a festival
on the city field.
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ty Partner Award.

Sean Murphy accepts the Holmes Beach Com-
munity Partner Award from Mayor Rich Bohnen-

Richard lanni, left, clockwise, James Stoltie, Diana
Rothanser and Richard Urbanski perform during
Founders Day. The musicians are members of
the Anna Maria Island Community Chi, nii and
Orchestra and also make up the Manasota Saxo-
phone Quartet.

Mayor Rich
berger, left,
talks with
Beach Bistro
owner Sean
after pre-
Murphy with
a city award.

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Founders Day.


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