VOLUME 17, NO. 26
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Shorebird m iiing
season begins on
Island. Page 13
Late season rush
propels real o/a/t .
Holmes Beach tunes
up satellite dish rule.
field work. Page 4
Miki Malone Sr.
flying objects. Page 6
Pine Avenue Restora-
tion LLC takes new
partners. Page 9
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Earth Day brings
golf, ba,% dl1l and
horseshoes. Page 18
S. it ,u I night held at
AME. Page 19
Fishing report: Good
trout filing in bays.
By Paul Roat
alternatives and old
I,,lanby,. Page 21
What to do and
when. Page 22
By Rick Catlin
LIidt r Reporter
The Florida Department of Environmen-
tal Protection believes Anna Maria's north-
east coastal shoreline from Bean Point to
the Rod & Reel Pier "may now be directly
affected by wave activity from the Gulf of
Mexico" and may be reevaluated "for fund-
In a letter to Manatee County, Cathe-
rine Florko of the DEP said her office will
reevaluate the shoreline for eligibility for
beach renourishment funds under the Flor-
ida Beach Erosion Control Program at the
request of state Rep. Bill Galvano of Bra-
The DEP previously maintained that the
shoreline in this area is on an inland water-
way and not eligible for beach renourish-
ment, Florko said in the letter. However the
submergence of Passage Key is allowing
waves from the Gulf of Mexico to affect the
That marks a 180-degree change in the
DEP's opinion, but before the DEP reevalu-
ates the affected coastline, Florko said she
needs confirmation from the county that it
wants the reevaluation.
If the county wants the reevaluation,
Florko said she needs documentation sup-
porting the claim that the shoreline is directly
affected by the Gulf of Mexico, and in need
of beach renourishment or other erosion-
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford was
delighted that the DEP would reevaluate the
"I'm very pleased this is happening.
This is the only hope we've ever had in all
the years of trying to get that area renour-
ished with state funds. I'm hopeful this will
help. At least, it's a start," she said.
The city will provide Manatee County
Natural Resources Department director
Charlie Hunsicker and the DEP with all pos-
sible assistance, she pledged.
The county's January 2007 feasibility
study of the Anna Maria shoreline recom-
mended restoration with erosion-control
structures, such as T-head groins.
Hunsicker said he would send whatever
information and documentation the DEP
needs to change the designation.
"It's been a long time coming. I just hope
this is successful. We're definitely going to
work with the DEP to get this area included
in the next beach renourishment," he said.
That project is scheduled to start in
2012-13 at a cost of about $16 million, not
including the northeast Anna Maria shore-
line, Hunsicker said.
Joan Dickinson of North Shore Drive
Fifth-grader Katie Rose Dell takes a closer
look at a starfish brought to Anna Maria Ele-
mentary by Mote Marine Aquarium j I nidly.
AME fifth-graders learned from a Mote
volunteer about a sea creatures and visited the
touch tank and other mobile displays April 23.
Ilh,,ia r Photos: Diana Bogan
AME second-grader Michael Potter care-
fully :I ids to a tropical sage plant at the
school's bayfront estuary trail. He and
classmates in Toni Lashway's class added a
splash of environmentally friendly red plum-
age to the ihilivt landscape in (t l brailon of
Earth Day April 22.
has been trying for years to have the beach
at her house and at her neighbors included in
"I have to thank the mayor. She really
stepped up and did her best to get someone to
look at this shoreline. I'm optimistic," Dick-
Barford said she contacted Galvano and
U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Longboat Key)
last year asking for assistance in getting the
DEP to consider the shoreline as part of the
Gulf of Mexico, not an inland waterway.
"I'm grateful Bill [Galvano] got the ball
rolling. Let's keep our fingers crossed," she
By Rick Catlin
Llhiad r, Reporter
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford told
members of the Anna Maria City Pier Cen-
tennial Committee at their April 20 meeting
not to count too much on the cooperation of
the tenant at the pier's restaurant.
Barford said Mario Schoenfelder, who
holds the lease and also owns the Rod &
Reel Pier in Anna Maria, has requested a rent
reduction when the city considers renewal of
his current city pier lease in March 2010.
"We took a tough stance and asked him
to justify the reduction at a time when city
revenues are down," she said.
Barford also informed the committee that
Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive likely will be
repaved in the near future under the federal
stimulus plan, but trolley shelters are not part
of the city's stimulus package. The shelters
have to be funded separately.
The mayor also noted that a planned
boardwalk at the city pier is funded through a
grant administered by the Florida Department
of Transportation, also not part of the stimulus
City Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick, who
chairs the committee planning the boardwalk
project, said the goal is to have everything
ready to begin construction by July 2010, nine
months before the centennial celebration.
By Lisa Neff
Ll,,Iii r Reporter
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch volun-
teers registered for duty last week.
And this week the volunteers put on their
sandals, flip- flops and Crocs and begin their
morning walks looking for signs of nesting
turtles on Anna Maria Island beaches.
In about six to eight weeks, the volunteers
also look for signs that hatchling sea turtles
have crawled across the sand to take their first
swim in the Gulf of Mexico.
Sea turtle nesting season officially begins
May 1 on the Florida Gulf Coast.
On April 23, AMITW volunteers gath-
ered at Holmes Beach City Hall for an annual
orientation meeting and to sign up to walk a
section of beach. The volunteers often work in
pairs, generally assigned to walk about a mile
of beach once a week looking for tracks and
other signs of nesting activity.
The walkers also will look for signs of an
aborted nesting attempt or a turtle disorienta-
PLEASE SEE TURTLES, NEXT PAGE
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2 E APRIL 29, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
Slow-go on LBK
starts this week
Paving of Gulf of Mexico Drive in the Man-
atee County section of Longboat Key will cause
lane closures on the key for the next month.
According to the Florida Department of
Transportation, the paving of the highway will
begin at the Manatee-Sarasota county line and
proceed north to the Longboat Pass Bridge.
Work was scheduled to begin April 27. "Lane
closures will be in effect throughout paving
operations, which will last at least four weeks,"
according to a DOT spokesperson. "Lane clo-
sures will be scheduled between the hours of 8
a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday." There
will be no nighttime work.
Motorists on Anna Maria Island are
reminded they can ride the free trolley on AMI
to Coquina Beach, where the Sarasota trolley
runs south to St. Armands Key and downtown
Sarasota for the fare of 75 cents, and less hassle
Turtles should be coming ashore
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
The orientation was part motivational work-
shop and part educational forum led by Suzi Fox,
AMITW' s executive director and the primary permit
holder with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission's sea turtle nesting program.
Fox characterized the program as a "family
reunion" but a lot of new members of the family
turned out to register. There were more potential
volunteers than walking assignments.
"Are you ready for the turtles?" she asked the
crowd in the city commission chambers.
"Yes," the volunteers collectively called back.
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Fox reviewed a list of equipment the walkers
should bring on their beach patrols a cell phone
to call in a report, paper and pen for any note-taking,
flags to mark a crawl or nest and a bag to collect
She also reviewed lists of do this and don't do
that on the beach, such as do make the walk promptly
at sunrise, and do not make the walk during a thun-
AMITW has collected data on nesting sea turtles
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since 1982, providing information used to track the
status of the endangered animals, as well as chart the
impact of changes on the coast. Additional groups
around the state provide data to create a composite
picture of activity on the coasts information used
by local and county governments, the FWC and the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection, as
well as federal agencies such as the U.S. Army Corps
Last year, AMITW reported that 10,074 hatch-
lings emerged from nests on the Island.
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THE ISLANDER U APRIL 29, 2009 E 3
Late season rush propels Island real estate
By Rick Catlin
Many Island real estate agents say that in the first
few months of 2009, their offices were buzzing with
inquiries about Island properties.
Did those inquiries turn into sales, or were people
expressing only a casual interest?
At first glance, it would appear that many pro-
spective buyers were "window shopping," as one
Indeed. The area's multiple-listing service shows
that just 10 Island single-family homes closed in
March, along with five condominiums.
But as the late Paul Harvey would have said,
"Now for the rest of the story."
The MLS figures also show 22 single-family
Island home sales pending closure and 20 Island
condominium units in the same position.
Most, and probably all, of those pending sales
will close, said Barry Gould of Island Vacation Prop-
erties. That would translate into 55 real estate sales
since March 1.
"March was a very positive month for the
Island," Gould said. "From what I've seen and heard,
we'll also have a lot of April sales that will close in
Gould noted there also have been a number of
unrecorded sales, such as "by owner," that are not in
the MLS system. He knows of two such properties
and estimated more private sales have taken place
recently on the Island.
Buyers appear to have found value in condo-
miniums and investment property, Gould and other
"Investment property is the hot market for
buyers," said Jason Sato of Sato Real Estate in Anna
Maria. "We've had an incredible amount of walk-in
traffic and many of them were looking for an invest-
With vacation rentals up 20 to 30 percent this
winter season compared with last year, prospective
buyers are focusing on investments with a return on
"People have seen how well the winter rental
market has done. They figure they're getting a good
buy," said Sato.
Asking prices are as low as they are going to get,
he added, and that translates into some good bar-
"Prices are at the bottom. They are not going
down further, so the time to buy is now," Sato said.
The average Island sale the past three months has
been for $550,000, while last year at the same time,
the average selling price was $489,000.
"I don't know if that's a trend, but I do know that
sales prices have held steady the past six months," he
Gould also has seen some good buys in the
second home market, but many investment property
purchases have been for cash.
Banks are loaning money for a single-family
home or for a second home, but appear reluctant if the
buyer already owns three or four homes, he indicated.
The people with cash are getting the good values in
investment property, Gould said.
'The rule of thumb is never pay more than 10
times the annual rental income. When people see that
vacation rentals have jumped 20 to 30 percent this
year, they can do the math and find a good value on
an investment property."
Condos go low
Quite a number of the bargains appear to be in
the condominium market, Gould observed.
Many condominiums are priced in the mid-to
upper-$100,000 range, and the five closed and 22
pending condo sales indicate people are finding value
for the price in that market sector, he said.
Gould noted that one recent condo foreclosure
sale was for $109,000.
Buyers generally are from the Midwest and Great
Britain during the winter season, but Sato is hoping
that some positive publicity about Anna Maria Island
in the March 22 issue of the IL,, rf, I,, Courant will
translate into New Englanders discovering the Island
and its real estate market.
'The lady who wrote the story rented from us and
fell in love with the Island. We even got a mention in
her story. We normally don't get a lot of people from
New England walking in to look at property, so we're
hoping this story will generate interest," he said.
Island not the mainland
Sato also said that a recent news story that home
sales in Florida are up 20 percent compared with last
year at this time doesn't apply to the Island.
Those sales were predominantly mainland fore-
closures sales to first-time buyers, Sato indicated.
But Island real estate sales are on the upswing.
If the 42 pending contracts all close and are
added to the 15 known closures since March 1, the
57 sales would indicate a considerable jump when
compared to 2008. For the three-month period from
Feb. 1, 2008, through the end of April 2008, just 64
properties closed, according to MLS figures.
'The market is steadily going back up," said
While the sales numbers are not at the dazzling
heights of three and four years ago, buyers are plung-
Fox on Bridge Street
Bridge Street plays a starring role on Fox 13/WTVT-TVApril 24 as anchor Russell Rhodes and the Tampa
news team broadcast live from the Bradenton Beach commercial district. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
ing into the market, Gould said.
And there have been some foreclosure and
"short" sales on the Island, he added.
A "short" sale is when the mortgage holder, usu-
ally a bank, accepts an offer for a purchase that is
less than what is owed on the property. While not
common for the Island, such sales can be found, but
they usually are not on the market long.
"Buyers will find some very good bargains out
there," he predicted, echoing Sato and Jesse Brisson
of Gulf-Bay Real Estate.
The test results for the winter real estate market
will show in May and June closed sales figures.
Brisson said many people like to wait until the
end of the season to make up their mind. He predicted
a lot of buyers are now jumping into the market. Any
sale in late April might not show up in the MLS until
late May or early June.
Note: See this week's Island real estate transac-
tion report on page 17.
Anna Maria City
May 4, 10 a.m., capital improvement advisory
May 5, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board
May 14, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
May 28, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
May 7, 1 p.m., pier team meeting.
May 7,7 p.m., city commission meeting.
May 11, 3 p.m., ScenicWAVES committee
May 14, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
May 6, 5 p.m., parks and beautification com-
May 12, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
May 21, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
May 26, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
May 28, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, ww I ii..1,,, ,, ir, i.rg.
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
May 21, 6 p.m., district commission meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
May 4, 9:30 a.m., Metropolitan Planning
Organization meeting, Sudakoff Center, 5700 N.
Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-359-5772.
May 4, 9 a.m., Manatee County Board of
Commissioners meeting, Manatee County Admin-
istration Building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Braden-
May 10 is Mother's Day.
Palma Sola Scenic Highway Corridor Man-
agement Entity meeting, 3:30 p.m. May 13, Mana-
tee County Administration Building, 1112 Manatee
Ave. W., Bradenton, 941-748-4501.
May 18, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation
Planning Organization meeting, Holmes Beach
May 20, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Of-
ficials meeting, Anna Maria City Hall.
May 25 is Memorial Day, when government
offices and many businesses will be closed, includ-
ing The Islander.
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4 E APRIL 29, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
Bucks, boats interest BB mooring field committee
By Lisa Neff
The Bradenton Beach advisory committee tasked
with drafting a harbor management plan is tackling
questions about boats and bucks.
One batch of questions the committee explored
during a meeting April 21 involved: What size boats?
How many boats? And for what durations should
boats be allowed in the mooring field south of the
Historic Bridge Street Pier?
Another batch of questions involved bucks, as
in dollars and cents: How much will it cost to create
the mooring field? How much will it cost to operate
and maintain the field? Can the city create a self-
The committee, working with city project/pro-
gram manager Lisa Marie Phillips and consultants with
Scheda Ecological Associates and the IBI Group, was
scheduled to reconvene April 28 to conduct more work
on the harbor management plan, part of an effort to
create a recreational boating master plan for the city.
The group first met April 7 to review its mission,
then regrouped April 21 to review the elements in a
harbor management plan.
Sue Thompson of the IBI Group led the presenta-
tion, which involved putting a series of questions to
the committee for consideration:
What is the city's authority regarding the moor-
What is the harbormaster's authority?
What is the mooring renter's responsibility?
How should rates be calculated for each vessel
When should renters pay fees?
Should renters be required to carry liability
insurance? If so, how much?
Should the harbormaster make an initial inspec-
tion of a boat?
How often should inspections take place?
Should the harbormaster be able to tow boats?
What should be included in the rules and regula-
... and county OKs
kayak storage at
By Lisa Neff
The Manatee County Board of Commissioners
last week authorized the county natural resources
department to offer kayak and canoe storage space
at Robinson Preserve.
The northwest county preserve, a popular main-
land destination for Islanders, features an extensive
intertidal canal system that winds for more than 3
miles. The site is a favorite among paddlers on the
75-mile long Manatee County Blueway Trail.
Amenities in the preserve include a non-motor-
ized boat launch, wash-down stations and, near the
launch, the new storage complex, a bank of compart-
ments, each behind a wire door and containing a tube
to contain the kayak or canoe.
The county commission, in approving its consent
agenda at an April 21 meeting, approved draft rental
agreements for six-month and one-year storage of
canoes and kayaks at the 487-acre preserve.
Paddlers can rent storage space for six months at
$30 per month plus tax or for a year at $30 per month
plus tax, but those who pay for a year in advance can
rent for 12 months at the price of 11 months.
"The public has expressed a great deal of interest
in this project and has already requested information on
reserving space," stated a memo to commissioners from
natural resources department director Charlie Hunsicker.
The draft agreement stipulates that a single renter
cannot lease more than two spaces, that the storage
space can be used only for kayaks, canoes and related
equipment and that the "renter shall be solely respon-
sible for securing the contents of the storage facility
with an owner supplied lock for the latched gate."
tions section of the plan?
What issues should be covered in storm contin-
How should the harbormaster work with the
How can the rental revenue fees for mooring
be used by the city?
Some questions, the committee agreed, need to
be given some thought, while others proved easy to
The committee agreed, for example, that sail-
boats and motorboats should be permitted in the field
and that a variety of options should be available for
renters, from overnight mooring to annual mooring
The committee also agreed that the field should
contain mooring spots for boats 20-50 feet long, with
the harbormaster having some latitude for smaller or
Also, the committee previously agreed to allow
mooring in the field, but not anchoring.
And some questions, specifically those pertaining
to revenue and expenditures, really caught the com-
drafted by a
field south of
U..- the Historic
Committee members wondered whether mooring
fields make money, lose money or break even, and
why some are more successful than others.
"I need to get more information," said committee
member Michael Harrington, when told the commit-
tee would be asked to recommend rates for the moor-
Phillips said the average monthly rate for moor-
ing in Florida is $300 and that the average occupancy
rate is about 70 percent.
But committee members asked the consultants to
provide budgets for other mooring fields, as well as
some fee examples.
"This has got to be self-sustaining," said commit-
tee member Bill Shearon. "That's the key... We don't
want to put in a Cadillac when we can only afford a
Phillips said the committee is scheduled to com-
plete its work by the end of May. The plan will then
be shared with the commission, as well as state and
federal agencies, for recommendations before it is
formally submitted for approval.
Kayakers at Robinson Preserve. The county is offering storage sites for canoes and kayaks at the northwest
Manatee preserve. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Satellite dish rule getting tune up
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach city officials are reconsidering
a regulation that classifies satellite dish antennas as
"structures" in the building code.
The classification means that a property owner
must first obtain a building permit prior to installing
a dish, according to attorney Warren Pies, who works
with city attorney Patricia Petruff.
Additionally, if the dish is equipped with an
electric power drive, the city's regulation requires
an electrical permit as well.
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said
satellite dishes have become more popular and
smaller since the city began classifying them as
"structures" and requiring a building permit for their
The mayor, as well as members of the city com-
mission, said it is time to update the regulation by
eliminating the "structure" classification and simply
restricting the size of dishes, probably to no more
than about 3 feet in radius.
Pies, in a memo to Petruff that was passed along
to city staff and elected officials, stated that the city's
code violates the Federal Communication Commis-
sion's Over-the-Air Reception Devices rule adopted
in 1996 and dealing with restrictions on viewers'
ability to receive programming signals from direct-
The FCC rule prohibits most restrictions that
"unreasonably delay or prevent installation, mainte-
nance or use; unreasonably increase the cost of instal-
lation, maintenance or use; or preclude reception of
an acceptable quality signal."
"The city's code is currently in violation of the
OTARD regulations and should be amended," Pies
The city commission is expected to take up the
issue at an upcoming meeting, possibly as early as
THE ISLANDER U APRIL 29, 2009 E 5
Commission seeks end to EAR process
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach officials say they will address a
state question on a preservation land-use category and
still meet their goal of resubmitting a set of comp-
plan amendments to the state by June.
The city commission, with Janie Robertson and
John Shaughnessy absent, held a work meeting April
23 at city hall with planning consultant Tony Arrant,
building official Steve Gilbert, code enforcement offi-
cer Gail Gareau and city attorney Ricinda Perry.
The purpose of the meeting was to review the
status of proposed amendments based on the city's
evaluation and appraisal report.
The Florida Department of Community Affairs'
objections, recommendations and comments on the
city's proposed amendments were received at city
hall in February and first discussed by the commis-
sion March 9.
Commissioners at that meeting gave Arrant direc-
tion on addressing the state's concerns, most of which
dealt with inserting data, a formula or map.
"The easy stuff wasjust that easy, "Arrant said
Three concerns still need to be addressed, he
The state, in its letter, indicated that further
proof is needed that the amendments do not allow
for increased density in the coastal high-hazard area.
One of the DCA's primary purposes is growth man-
agement, specifically restricting growth in coastal
"We decreased potential population," Arrant
said, but added that an old map for the city was not as
detailed as a newer map and that creates a problem.
"It wasn't digitized and it wasn't to scale. So
there was no way we could tell what the actual acre-
age was. But I'm going to get as close to accurate as
I possibly can, "Arrant said.
A second issue requires Arrant to refine a water-
resource management plan even though Manatee
County supplies the city's water.
"They wanted a little more, "Arrant said, refer-
ring to the DCA and explaining that he would rework
the section to detail the city's commitment to conser-
What might be most difficult in the water-man-
agement section, Arrant said, is the state indicated
that it wanted more detail a calculation on sea-
The third issue, a question about the preservation
land-use category, appears to be the toughest for the
city to deal with in the next several weeks.
The DCA's concern is that the preservation land-
use category, as defined in the proposed amendment,
appears to allow for development that could increase
Arrant said he recognized that was not the city's
intent, and said one option would be to state in the
proposed amendment that no development would be
Perry expressed a legal concern with that
approach, not because the city wants to allow major
construction on preservation land, which essentially
is beach property, but because development also
refers to minor structures such as gazebos or dune
"I cannot agree to zero development in the pres-
ervation category, "Perry said, and she suggested that
perhaps the proposed amendment could be tweaked
to state that development would not increase den-
'That way it expressly hits the concern that DCA
has, "Perry said.
"We can probably work with some language
about resource-based recreational structures, "Arrant
But the discussion continued, eventually to a
third more involved option eliminate the pres-
ervation land-use category since the city also has a
conservation land-use category.
"I just strongly encourage the commission to
realize removing the class of preservation ... that's
a big step," said Bill Shearon, a member of the city
planning and zoning board who attended the meet-
Shearon said the planning board, as well as an ad
hoc committee that worked on the EAR amendments,
"spent hundreds of hours in regards to the preserva-
tion area and the need for it.
"It would be a disservice if this is changed
without going through the whole process again....
We need to keep the preservation area the way it
The commission did not reach a consensus on
which direction to take, but instead asked for further
review by Arrant and Perry.
There was, however, consensus that the amend-
ment process should not be delayed.
The next city commission meeting will be at
7 p.m. May 7 at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., but
the commission will not likely take up the EAR
amendments until a meeting tentatively set for 6
p.m. May 20.
City employees earn gifts
Rob Velardi of the Holmes Beach Police
Department won a Beach Bistro dining cer-
tificate in the monthly employee appreciation
drawing held at city hall.
The Beach Bistro and other Holmes Beach
businesses donate prizes a monthly drawing for
Bob Shaffer of the building department won
a gift certificate to Peach's Restaurant.
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6 0 APRIL 29, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
In the April 28, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Anna Maria resident Jim Conoly filed criminal
charges against the city for allegedly violating Flor-
ida's public records law after he was denied access
to copies of applications for the vacant city clerk's
position. Conoly's filing followed a civil complaint
two weeks earlier by The Islander newspaper against
the city for the same offense. The court ruled in favor
of the newspaper in that complaint.
Coastal Corp. of Houston proposed a $1.2 billion,
700-mile natural gas pipeline that would originate in
Mobile, Ala., come ashore on Anna Maria Island and
terminate in Fort Pierce. An open house was scheduled
for May 4 at the Manatee County Civic Center for com-
pany officials to discuss the project, which had the bless-
ing of the environmental group ManaSota-88.
Holmes Beach city commissioners directed then-
Mayor Carol Whitmore to draft procedures for an
approval process and fee to organizations and groups
that want to use the city commission chambers at the
newly completed city hall. Whitmore suggested a $25
fee for use of the chamber.
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April 20 65 78 0
April 21 64 '77 0
April 22 61 79 0
April'23 57 86 0
Aprilk24, 61 84 0
April 25 62 88 0
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< By Miki Maloney Sr.
'Danger, Will Robinson'
I swore I wouldn't submit this column. But the
past three installments of "I'm Not From Around
Here" have put into play a contemplative yarn, and,
I thought, why not?
I realize I' ve shared enough personal information
here to be considered by some of my Island neighbors
as certifiably cuckoo, but here I go again.
For the past year, I've found myself frequently
awake at unusual hours, the result of having a 1-year-
old child. Other first-time parents can attest to the
restless hours. My solution to pass the time is to gaze
at the night sky while eagerly awaiting son Miki Jr.'s
return to dream world. It is during these periods that
I witness some unusual phenomenon.
I keep seeing something unusual in the night sky.
I can only describe what I have seen as a tremendous,
short burst a neon flash of orange-white light.
It travels horizontally in a left-to-right motion, and
it is not a shooting star. I am sure of that.
On other occasions, I have observed a different
object moving more %%" ifll\ within Al\ things I have ever
come across during my life much more \ ifll\ '
What compelled me to share these experiences
regarding the strange light occurrences were the tes-
timonies shared with me by other individuals on the
Island. And believe me, the encounters they had are
far more strange and convincing.
I am not making an argument for the existence
of aliens or UFOs. Although, as a former science
teacher, I have sometimes felt that much of the evi-
dence points to the likelihood that we should not
expect to be alone in this universe. I am simply curi-
ous as to the source of these unusual evening sight-
ings. And I'm even more nosy as to the source of the
sights reported by others.
One person described to me an event that took
place when she was a child growing up on Anna
Maria Island. She's convinced that she and others
witnessed a flying craft ascend from the depths of the
bay waters into the sky. Another woman described to
me a similar circumstance, an object she observed
rising out of the waters beyond Bean Point into the
Now, these accounts by no means constitute a
full-fledged investigation by me and I don't consider
myself an expert on the matter. I'm simply captivated
by that which is not easily explained.
Is everyone who has witnessed something out of
the ordinary automatically judged as crazy or a victim
of trickery? Are we mistaken to say we saw what we
thought we saw?
I've come to the conclusion that, in addition to
extremely slow drivers from Michigan, this slice of
paradise is full of the unexplained. I've lived in many
places, but this is first I've ever seen of what I've
been witnessing in the skies over Anna Maria.
I just want a little information. Is this the work of the
military as it continues to develop new toys and we are
forbidden from knowing the details? Are these sightings
the result of unreported natural phenomenon that occurs
in our local skies? Are they visual effects created by the
salinity of the Gulf and bay waters? Are we observing
the latest technologies of the New World Order? Or am
I simply watching the fabled weather balloon streaking
past? Someone, please, give me some sort of sensible
explanation or theory!
I challenge my fellow Islanders to join me in
taking a closer look, and helping me decide whether
there is more than meets the eye in the Florida sky.
And, if I suddenly turn up missing after the publish-
ing of this article, we'll all know what happened.
Beam me up, Scotty.
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THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 29, 2009 0 7
Lipstick on a ... bridge
Anna Maria Island need not morph into one of the
other over commercialized barrier islands just because
an improved bridge is added to our infrastructure.
A higher bridge would be of benefit to Island
residents, boaters and the occasional tourist.
It certainly would be greener, as sailboats would
have easier access to the Gulf, encouraging more sail-
boat moorings at Anna Maria Island.
It would also be greener in another way by reducing
wasted fuel we all use while waiting for a drawbridge.
We debated this before and ended up putting lip-
stick on a pig by repairing the current bridge.
It was a waste of many millions of dollars. Let's
not do this all over again.
A new, higher bridge would be of benefit for
years to come, for all of us.
David Youngs, Anna Maria
Parking for preserve
Recent articles in The Islander have brought up
concerns of folks parking along Manatee Avenue at
the back entrance to Robinson Preserve.
Now I realize as a lifelong resident that there
are some Islanders with some sort of anti-parking
fetish and these folks are now trying to bring that
fetish to the mainland. They feel that parking near
this entrance on Perico Island is dangerous.
I ride my bicycle along that route quite often and
never felt it was that much of a problem. At the most
you may see six to eight cars or trucks on a busy day.
On the other hand, when I make it to the Island,
say on a Sunday, you can be faced with 40 or more
cars parked from the Manatee Public Beach all the
way to the East Bay Drive traffic light.
These folks are unloading small children, chairs,
coolers, etc. on a very busy section of Manatee
Avenue. So where is the outrage about this?
So please parking-fetish Islanders work on this
problem first before venturing across the bridge look-
ing for places to put your no parking sig
Rick Lewis, Bradenton
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in our zoning regulations that would pe
on Pine Avenue. We cite the following r
1. When I was on the commission,
reduce all possible zoning to single-family
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2. I later did a cash-flow analysis fo
what it would take to support any type
on Pine Avenue. The consensus of the c
was that only a professional office doc
etc. might be able to generate enough
make the venture profitable.
3. Pine Avenue has been the buria
a number of businesses that could neve
customer base to support them. As an end
city, we did not and do not have the traff
to support them. The multiple turnover
ships of several existing businesses supp
current number of "for sale" signs along ]
and the length of time many of these pro
been on the market speak loudly for the 1
mercial attractiveness of Pine Avenue.
4. To permit motels would be ope
dora' s box of zoning change requests tha
ever tarnish the character of our city. Hav
learned our lesson about zoning change
looking violations of existing zoning reg
5. The majority of Anna Maria resi
want to see more motels anywhere in Ai
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Green by the gobs
There's an old, old children's chant about "great
green gobs of greasy, grimy ... (fill in the yucky
parts) and me without my spoon."
It comes to mind now, while it's more popular
than ever to go "green."
Remember Kermit the Frog singing, "It's not
easy being green" on "Sesame Street"? Once used
to describe melancholy, wow, has our green tune ever
We easily could fill every edition of The Islander
with green news, including how we can better exist
in our Island environment with wildlife, marinelife
and neighbors and friends.
There's always something we can do to be a little
more "green" in our everyday lives, such as conserv-
ing water resources by abiding lawn-watering regula-
tions, or using a water filter for drinking water rather
than contributing plastic bottles to the landfill.
We' ve had news about how to better share the
beach with nesting shorebirds, some of which are
losing habitat and numbers at an alarming rate.
This week the focus is on helping sea turtles to
coexist with us on the beaches where they nest.
We' ve seen a successful Great American Cleanup
on land and in the Gulf of Mexico at the Regina
shipwreck dive spot, and students at the Anna Maria
Elementary School this past week put a lot of effort
.'' -... into making Earth Day meaningful and productive.
We saw trees planted native species that are
:*'.'.'.. more friendly to our environment for National
J ) Arbor Day, another green feather in our Island cap.
We learned of a business that's gone green with
solar power, and over the past winter we learned
By Egan about "green" building materials, and the return of
cisterns for rainwater storage.
We' re finally seeing some progress in Bradenton
Beach on a mooring field that will help reduce emis-
sion of human waste in our waterways. And eventu-
ally the city will put in a kayak-canoe launch for
green" (non-motorized) boaters.
ns. Nearby, Robinson and Leffis Key preserves offer
passive pleasures. The FISH Preserve is essential.
on Manatee The Neal Preserve on Perico Island is shaping up,
,,.PalmaSola and, hopefully, the Grassy Point Preserve in Holmes
includingrep- Beach will soon welcome visitors to paddle and ply
e Island. its mangrove canopies.
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By Rick Catlin
Attorney Stephen Thompson, who represents
Richard Friday of Park Avenue, Anna Maria, claims
that an attempt to obtain a Florida Department of
Environmental Protection permit to build seaward
of the coastal construction control line is a disguise
for creating a subdivision on the city's Gulf coast.
As an adjacent landowner, Friday was asked by the
DEP to comment on an application made by the Stephen
A. Walker Land Trust for construction of a house on
Park Avenue that would be seaward of the CCCL.
Thompson said he discovered a letter from
the city indicating the property is zoned R-2 (two-
family), but his research found the zoning to be E-1
(preservation), according to the city's zoning and
comprehensive plan maps.
"The maps clearly indicate that the property is
zoned E-1 and designated conservation on the com-
prehensive plan," Thompson wrote in a letter to Anna
Maria Mayor Fran Barford.
Thompson said he also noted that the Walker
Trust is proposing to develop two additional houses
seaward of the CCCL and adjacent to the first house.
Because his client's property is not immediately adja-
cent to those two houses, he was not asked for com-
ment on those permit applications.
"Clearly, Mr. Walker [sic] is attempting to construct
a small subdivision within the city of Anna Maria on a
very environmentally sensitive area," Thompson said.
He suggested that the city be involved in the
development review process along with the DEP
"The city must determine the current zoning and
comprehensive plan designation on these proper-
Based upon his observations, Thompson said the
development "should not be permitted."
Thompson also claimed that city planner Alan Gar-
rett informed him that the R-2/E-1 is a "floating zone"
determined on a case-by-case basis by the city.
Thompson disagreed. The burden to prove that
the property can be developed in an E-1 zone is on
Walker, not the city, he said.
The attorney also noted that, according to the
zoning category, the owner of a two adjacent lots or
parcels is required to combine the lots and the parcel
is then considered as one building site.
"At a minimum, these lots should be combined for
a maximum of one house that must also be reviewed
for compliance with the criteria" in the comp plan
and land development code, Thompson said.
He also claimed the city has to review the pro-
posed project for compliance with the comp plan.
Thompson said he has made his objections known
to the DEP
Garrett, however, said the city has made no deci-
sion on whether to grant Walker a building permit
pending a DEP decision.
"If the DEP grants a permit, then we look at the
criteria to build on those lots," he said.
The city recently adopted an ordinance elimi-
nating the R-2 zoning district by combining it into
the Residential-1 zone. However, noted Garrett, no
application for a building permit has been submitted,
only a site plan.
He said if Walker obtains the DEP permit, he has
to apply for a building permit and the site plan would
then be reviewed by the city.
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Garden club grows projects
The Anna Maria Garden Club gave $300 checks to the Anna Maria Elementary School, Felts Audubon
Preserve and the Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park to promote gardening initiatives. Pictured are outgoing
club president Mary Manion, incoming president Barbara Callaghan, Nancy Ambrose and Joan Malcolm
of Butterfly Park and Jeanne Schlesinger of the Audubon. Islander Photo: Courtesy Nancy Ambrose
By Rick Catlin
Pine Avenue Restoration LLC, the brain-child
of Island residents Ed Chiles and Mike Coleman to
revive "Main Street" in Anna Maria, announced last
week that Mike and Liz Thrasher have become prin-
cipals in the company.
The Thrashers, who hail from Great Britain,
have a home in Anna Maria and own several vaca-
tion properties. The couple also owns Beach Bums,
a bike and kayak rental operation and beach store on
Pine Avenue in Anna Maria.
Chiles said the Thrashers "share our passion for
creating a true village center, responsive to the local
community and it's history."
The Thrashers also have a deep interest in envi-
ronmentally friendly projects and site development,
Mike Thrasher was enthusiastic about becoming
a partner with PAR.
"Like everyone else here, we love the Island and
find the laid-back lifestyle conducive to living and
working in a very appealing place," he said.
PAR will make Anna Maria a "better place to
live and will compliment the existing houses and
businesses on what is essentially Anna Maria's main
street," Mike Thrasher added.
The Thrashers have been negotiating with the
company for the past 12 months, said Coleman.
"It became obvious that Mike and Lizzie would
bring significant creative and analytical strengths to
the table. We are very pleased they've decided to join
Liz Thrasher said she and her husband believe
in the wise use of natural resources and sustainable
materials at their properties and recently installed
solar panels at Beach Bums.
PAR has several retail-office-residential projects
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Liz Thrasher at the Beach Bums shop she owns on
Pine Avenue, Anna Maria, is now a partner along
with her husband, Mike, in Pine Avenue Restora-
tion LLC. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
under way on Pine Avenue that will feature the old
Florida look and ambiance and green building
The company was formed in 2007 after a number
of city residents complained that the proliferation of
three-story houses at the site of the former Island
Marine would turn Pine Avenue into a canyon of
PAR has said it will only build two-story struc-
tures in the Pine Avenue-ROR district.
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Elizabeth 'Betty' J. Sparre
Elizabeth "Betty" J. Sparre, 84, from Middletown,
Ohio, and formerly Holmes Beach, died April 17.
Mrs. Sparre moved to Holmes Beach from Ohio
in 1968, returning to Middletown in 2003.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc., 2600 Net-
work Blvd., Ste. 300, Frisco TX 75034, or the Ameri-
can Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals,
424 E. 92nd St., New York, NY 10128-6804.
She is survived by nieces and nephews.
Colleen Kerns Walter
Colleen Kerns Walter, 71, of Anna Maria, died
Born in Minneapolis, Minn., Mrs. Walter was
involved on numerous boards and volunteered for
Visitation will be at 3 p.m. Friday, May 1, with
memorial service at 4 p.m. at Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial
contributions may be made to Saint Stephen's Episcopal
School, 315 41st St. W, Bradenton FL 34209.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Rich-
ard; daughters Beth Bernet and husband Josh of Anna
Maria, and Tiff of Myakka City; sons Steve and wife
Janet of Longboat Key, and Mike and wife Becky of
Longboat Key; brother Bill Kerns and wife Marva of
Evergreen, Colo.; and grandchildren Henry, Sophia
and William Bernet, and Lucy, Reagan, Jack, Seth,
Anni and Tori.
Philip 'Flipe' G.Ware Jr.
Philip G. "Flipe" Ware Jr., 55, Holmes Beach,
died April 17 at Bay Pines Veterans Hospital. Philip
came with his family to Anna Maria Island in the
1970s from Providence, R.I.
He served in the U.S. Air Force for 11 years.
His last station was McDill Air Force Base. He was
employed from 2000 to 2007 at the Circle K store on
imogene Osgood 9idge J(eoe
Mom left us for her place m heaven
on April 22, 2009. She passed
peacefully with her beloved children
and daughter-m-law at her side in
For Worth, Texas. She is survived
by her husband, William Keboes
children Jody and Craig Judge
and daughter-m-law Terry Judge,
grandsons, Cory and Trevor Judge,
and sisters Patricia Buell, Marianna
Weaver andBarbaraHery. Shewas
the daughter of William and Anna
Osgood of Elmira, N.Y Jean lived
and worked nm the Ehlma area most
of her lfe and was last employed by the archectural firm of Haskell,
Connor, Frost and Foor. Upon retiring, she moved to Bradenton where
she married Bill on Anna Maria Island m 1997. In 2004, they relocated
to Fort Worth to be near their family, where they hved together always.
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He is survived father Philip G. Ware Sr. of Braden-
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loughby-Woods of Chico, Calif.; brother Albert of St.
Cloud; sister Mary McGuire of Waynesville, Ohio;
five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Church to host
spaghetti dinner May 3
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is supporting the
Southeast High School girl's basketball team by host-
ing a spaghetti dinner May 3.
The event, beginning at 5 p.m., will raise
money for the team to attend basketball camp this
The dinner is $10 per person.
"This is our one shot to make the money these
kids need, for camp has gotten more expensive, like
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Kiwanis donates collection
to churches from
Easter sunrise service
The Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club raised
hundreds of dollars for Island churches with its 45th
annual non-denominational sunrise service on Easter
The service took place at Manatee Public Beach,
4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, with the Rev. Rose-
mary Backer of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church deliver-
ing the sermon, "Sunday's Coming."
Other Island churches, as members of All Island
Denominations, also participated in the service with
readings from Scripture and songs.
During the service, Kiwanis members collected
donations for Gloria Dei, St. Bernard Catholic Church,
Roser Memorial Community Church, Harvey Memo-
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the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation.
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Earth Day brings cleanup to Island
By Lisa Neff
"We're doing good," said Jeremiah Soto, 5, sum-
ming up the efforts of the children collecting litter
from the shore in Bradenton Beach.
The Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge in Braden-
ton Beach invited the Children's Academy of South-
west Florida to celebrate Earth Day on the Island.
So on April 22 dozens of children enrolled in
the pre-kindergarten academy's four schools helped
clean up the shore in Bradenton Beach and then dined
in the Moose lodge on chicken fingers, potato chips,
fruit drinks, fruit and cookies.
The event was the last in the academy's educa-
tional Earth Day series that included making bird
feeders, planting gardens, conducting a compost
experiment, visiting an organic farm and learning
about water conservation, said Pam Graetzer of the
The children and teachers arrived via bus and
van at about 10 a.m. and, after slipping on protective
gloves, quickly went to work picking up litter.
"Do you know what we are here for?" Graetzer
plans Island Run
The Children's Academy of Southwest
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on Sunday, May 3.
The run will begin at Bayfront Park in
Anna Maria, with an estimated 300 participants
The Bradenton Runners Club sanctions the
run and The Islander is a sponsor.
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litter on the
of an Earth
asked the children.
"Earth Day," the kids shouted.
L\ ciybody around the world is cleaning up
trash," Graetzer said. She paused for the right words.
"People are just ... very, very sloppy."
Many kids nodded in agreement.
"What we're going to do is to help the Earth
today," Graetzer said.
"We're going to pick up trash," said Dieondra
"Right," said Graetzer.
"What if we find shells?" shouted a child.
"Why don't we pick up shells after we pick up
the garbage," Graetzer suggested.
And then the trash collection began, with chil-
dren racing across the sand to pick up plastic bottles,
shopping bags, paper cups, Styrofoam cartons, ciga-
rette butts, drinking straws and cans.
"It's all big people stuff," said Jeremiah.
The children filled six bags with trash just days
after volunteers in the Great American Cleanup
hauled away multiple bags of trash from the area.
The Great American Cleanup, sponsored by
Keep Manatee Beautiful in partnership with local
municipalities, corporations and other non-profits,
took place April 18.
Preliminary results indicate that along the Palma
Sola Causeway, 44 volunteers removed 1,187 pounds
of litter, including a portable toilet, eight tires, a grill,
a fish net and Styrofoam sheets.
In Anna Maria, 115 volunteers removed 609
pounds of litter, including a lot of plastic.
In Bradenton Beach, 157 volunteers cleaned up
783 pounds of litter, including some lawn chairs and
plastic Easter eggs.
In Holmes Beach, 11 volunteers with two adopt-
a-highway groups helped clean up along roadsides.
On Longboat Key, 19 volunteers removed 142
pounds of litter.
And at the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heri-
tage's FISH Preserve in Cortez, 19 volunteers helped
remove an undetermined amount of litter.
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By Diana Bogan
Students at Anna Maria Elementary School went
wild April 22. Bitten by the Earth Day "bug," each
class rotated through 14 gardens on the campus,
planting wildflowers and native plants that either
feed or host butterflies.
Several Island organizations helped fund the
learning experience. The school received grant money
from the Longboat Key Garden Club, Native Plant
Society and Island Garden Club totaling $1,050. Fol-
lowing Earth Day, the Anna Maria Garden Club gave
$300 to the school's gardening program.
Volunteers from the Anna Maria Garden Club spent
the day helping students plant beach sunflowers, Rosen
weed, milkweed, passion vine, verbena, tropical sage,
pennyroyal and wax myrtle. Students did the work of
unpotting plants, placing them in pre-dug holes, filling
in the soil and adding mulch and decorative shells.
The campus features a rain garden adjacent to
the auditorium and art room, a sunflower and sensory
garden near the cafeteria, a butterfly-shaped butterfly
garden and an estuary trail along the bayfront. The
newest addition is the character garden at the start of
the estuary trail behind the school.
The character garden is shaped into a five-point star
with a bird bath in the center. There are five flowerbeds
corresponding with the five points and 10 pillars, two per
point, with character traits posted to them. The character
traits reflect those the students strive to emulate, such as
respect, friendship, responsibility and integrity.
Hand-painted letters were added to the pillars
over spring break to complete the foundation of the
garden. The Earth Day event was the first opportunity
for students to work in the new garden.
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Anna Maria Elementary School counselor Cindi
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student Logan Bullard adds soil. Logan and her
fellow second-graders spent Earth Day in the
school's "Character Garden," adding plants that
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Shorebird nesting season begins on Island
By Lisa Neff
Some winter migratory birds remain on Anna
Maria Island, but a new birding season the spring
mating season has begun.
While birders still can see an occasional migra-
tory species that's delayed its trip north, the next cycle
of bird activity is under way with nesting shorebirds
on beaches in several locations on the Island.
Least terns and black skimmers, which nest in
colonies on the open sand, returned last week to the
Gulf beach north of the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna
Also, least terns and black skimmers returned to
the beach in Bradenton Beach near 26th Street North
and near 25th Street North.
To protect the birds and their nests, Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch executive director Suzi Fox, Bra-
denton Beach Commission Bob Connors and public
works employees David Higgins and Bronson Blades
cordoned off areas near the 25th and 26th Street North
beach access points on April 22.
In addition to monitoring nesting sea turtles
during the summer, AMITW monitors nesting shore-
birds, especially in key sections of Bradenton Beach
and Anna Maria.
The area in Anna Maria, at press time, was not
yet marked off but Fox, who is working with the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
and Manatee County Audubon, said the nesting site
on the north end also would be protected.
Black skimmers are listed by the state as "spe-
cies of concern." Because of habitat loss from coastal
development, the number of suitable nesting spots for
skimmers is on the decline.
The skimmers' nests are built on the beach and
tend to consist of little more than scrapes in the sand.
A normal clutch consists of four or five white eggs
blotched with black and brown.
The state's population of least terns, classified as
a "threatened species," has declined and the threat of
disturbance has gone up.
Frequent disturbances on the beach, according
to FWC, can cause adult birds to take flight, leav-
ing their nests exposed to predators and temperature
Like the skimmers, the terns construct a nest by
working a shallow depression into loose sand. Two
eggs cream-colored with flecks of dark brown -
are usually produced, laid in April or May. The eggs
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The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will
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Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria.
Also, the chamber will hold a sunrise breakfast
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Arbor Day adds green to Island
By Lisa Neff
"It's all about trees," Anna Maria Mayor Fran
Barford proclaimed as she joined in a city hall cel-
ebration of National Arbor Day April 24.
Another celebration took place in a small park
in Holmes Beach, where Commissioner Pat Morton
proclaimed, "Everything that goes green is better."
The cities hosted the ceremonies in partnership
with Keep Manatee Beautiful, a nonprofit organiza-
tion that provided a gumbo limbo for Holmes Beach's
park at 38th Street and Fifth Avenue and, in partner-
ship with Modern Woodmen of America, donated
a live oak and three buttonwoods to a green space
outside Anna Maria City Hall.
Bradenton Beach did not hold an Arbor Day pro-
gram. KMB executive director Ingrid McClellan said
the city was finalizing its scenic highway plan, which
would provide direction for future tree-plantings.
At the ceremony in Holmes Beach, state forester Ed
Flowers discussed the properties and benefits of the gumbo
limbo, a tree native to the southeastern United States that
adapts to a variety of habitats, from dry to moist, and is
fairly salt-tolerant. The tree is considered one of the most
wind-tolerant trees in south Florida and is recommended
as a good, hurricane-resistant species.
"It should do fine here," Flowers said. "And it
will be a very good shade tree in time to come."
John Molyneux, chair of the city's parks and
beautification committee, looked at the recently
planted tree and praised its "nice shape" and "nice
Eventually, at least 12 more gumbo limbos will
be planted nearby.
During the ceremony, landscape architect Bev
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In Anna Maria, the Arbor Day ceremony took
place near the corer of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue,
where the city has made stormwater improvements
and installed a new shell parking lot.
Flowers attended and discussed the trees.
The live oak is a southern symbol of strength that
lines the streets of many small southern towns.
"It will be a great shade tree," Flowers said.
The buttonwood has a high salt-tolerance and
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The Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant
and Pub at 760 Broadway in the northern
village on Longboat Key is putting on
the ritz and a ribbon-cutting with music
by Koko Ray to celebrate its new roof
over the outdoor dining deck.
The public is invited to join owner
Ed Chiles, also proprietor of the Sand-
bar and BeachHouse restaurants on
Anna Maria Island, for the celebration
at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7.
According to Chiles, "this is
another great project designed by
architect Gene Aubry of Anna Maria.
His design exemplifies architecture
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The Waterfront Restaurant at
111 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, will
resume its weekly wine tasting events
on Thursday, April 30.
Michael Garey of Trans-Atlan-
tic Wines will provide a host of new
imported wines for guests to sample at
the event, while the Waterfront kitchen
will serve hors d'oeuvres for attendees.
Every fifth week, the event is a
lager and ales tasting affair.
The cost is $10.
To learn more about the summer
events, call 941-778-1515 or e-mail
Beach Bums at 427 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria, recently installed solar
panels to generate electricity needed
for the business.
Store manager Lauren Sato said
Solar Direct of Bradenton used 27
panels generating 4,725 watts of elec-
tricity for the establishment.
Sato said she believes Beach Bums
is the first commercial establishment
on Anna Maria Island to install solar
panels for electricity.
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Mike Norman Realty at 3101 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, has reported that
Sally Greig and Carla Beddow took
the spotlight in April with several clos-
ings and some pending contracts.
A company press release said there
is renewed interest from clients who
want to view homes for a potential pur-
chase, giving rise to optimism about
the Island real estate market.
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Everyone's invited to a May 2
birthday party of the Tortilla Bay Tex-
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Holmes Beach, in the Island Shopping
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The date marks exactly one year
since owners Zoe and Perry Pittman
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They have planned refreshments,
birthday cake, balloons, games and
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Island real estate
520 58th St., Holmes Beach, a
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was sold 03/30/09, McGrath to Kaleta
114 Tern Drive, Anna Maria, a
2,848 sfla / 5,180 sfur 4bed/3bath/2car
canalfront home built in 2001 on a
91x100 lot was sold 04/01/09, Shell to
Mclean for $750,000; list $885,000.
506 Bay Drive S., Unit 1, The
Hibiscus, Bradenton Beach, a 1,597
sfla / 1,789 sfur 2bed/2bath bayfront
condo with shared pool was sold
04/01/09, Lighthouse Pointe LLC to
Fletcher-Wilson for $650,000.
2414 Ave. C, Bradenton Beach,
a 1,625 sfla / 2,582 sfur 4bed/2bath
duplex built in 1979 on a 50x100 lot
was sold 03/31/09, First State Bank
Arcadia to Eason for $336,700.
5200 Gulf Dr., Unit 108, Marti-
nique South, Holmes Beach, a 1,169
sfla 2bed/2bath Gulfview condo
with shared pool built in 1970 was
sold 03/30/09, Davis to Calsyn for
$315,000; list $349,000.
6006 Gulf Drive, Unit 210, Playa
Encantada, Holmes Beach, a 1,534 sfla
/ 1,742 sfur 3bed/2bath Icar Gulfview
condo with shared pool built in 1980
was sold 04/07/09, Dieterman to Smart
for $690,000; list $699,000.
111 Gull Drive, Anna Maria, a 1,426
sfla / 3,016 sfur 3bed/2bath canalfront
home built in 1983 on a 91x100 lot was
sold 04/09/09, Bogart to Plumfish LLC
for $525,000; list $645,000.
1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 207,
Runaway Bay, Bradenton Beach, a
1,080 sfla / 1,140 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1978
was sold 04/09/09, Aikman to Maloney
for $225,000; list $275,000.
3801 Fourth Ave., Unit 3, La Play-
ita, Holmes Beach, a 1,197 sfla / 1,433
sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool
built in 1981 was sold 04/09/09, Groh to
Pachmeyer for $220,000; list $279,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
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NFL action, Island style, Packers edge Chargers
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Maria Island Community Center NFL Flag Football with three offensive touchdowns, one defensive score
10-12 division action on April 23. and a pair of extra points. Zach McGuire and Logan
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an offensive drive. Midway through the first half, points. Jake Ross led the Ross Built offensive attack
the Packers started at their own 5-yard line with with two touchdowns, while Andrew Ross and Alex
a sweep by Morgan Greig for 4 yards. On second Virgilio each scored one touchdown in the loss.
down, Packer quarterback Jack Shinn took the snap
and looked to his right before switching up and com-
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outran everyone down the sideline before cutting
back at the 5 to walk it in for what turned out to be
the game's only score.
The Packers then ran the clock out to ice the
game. The Pack was led by Greig's 45-yard touch-
down reception. Greig also contributed 21 rushing
yards and four flag pulls. Shinn passed for 112 yards
and a touchdown, while also rushing for 35 yards and
three flag pulls. Seth Walter ran for 52 yards, had 40
receiving yards and added a 16-yard pass comple-
tion, while teammate Jacob Talucci finished with 53
The Chargers were led by Morgan Hackworth's
32 passing yards and 28 receiving yards from Jake
Ross. Virgilio finished with two pass breakups and
In other flag football action last week:
Beach Bistro Cardinals ran past the Island Real
Estate Colts 28-12 in 13-16 division action on April
25. Michael Galati led the Cardinals with two touch-
downs and two extra points, while Jordan Grabski
added a pair of touchdowns. Danny Doyle and Max
Miller each added an extra point for the Cardinals.
Wyatt Hoffman and Kyle Parsons each scored a
touchdown to lead the Colts in the loss.
Galati Yacht Sales Texans remained undefeated in
the 10-12 division after edging the Sand Dollar Colts
29-24 on April 25. Chris Galati paced the Texans with
three touchdowns and a two-point conversion. Logan
Packer quarterback Jack \,h,,,, cuts back as Char-
ger defender Andrew Ross pursues in flag football
Packer player Jack Shinn goes high to attempt a
catch, but C hI..,,.. defender Chris Pennywell broke
up the pass play during Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center NFL Flag Football action at the Holmes
Beach field. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
Reiber added a touchdown and a two-point conver-
sion, while Zach McGuire completed the scoring with
an extra point. Zach Stewart paced the Colts in the
loss with two touchdowns, while teammates Michael
Duffman and Nicholas Mello chipped in with one TD
Mr. Bones Vikings received a pair of safeties and
a shutout from its defense and one touchdown from
Jacob McPherson to record a 10-0 victory over Mike
Norman Realty Packers in more 10-12 division action
Panoramic Cardinals earned its second consecu-
tive shutout victory in 8-9 division action on April
25, defeating Island Dojo Martial Arts Jaguars 27-0.
Michael Latimer had a pair of touchdowns and an
extra point to lead the Cardinals in the victory, along
with two touchdowns from Tyler Pearson and a two-
point conversion from Brooke Capparelli.
The last game of the day saw Sparks Steel Art
Falcons edge RLS Industries Patriots 12-6 in 8-9
division action. Turman Carlsen and Dylan Joseph
each scored touchdowns to lead the Falcons to vic-
tory. Josh Class scored a touchdown for the Patriots
in the loss.
Panoramic Cardinals continued to roll in 8-9 divi-
sion on April 24. They rolled past RLS Industries
Patriots 26-0 behind a pair of offensive touchdowns
from Michael Latimer and a two-point conversion.
Tyler Pearson and Masen Blandford each added an
offensive touchdown for the Cards.
The second game of the evening saw Richard
Almodovar score three touchdowns to lead Mr. Bones
Vikings past the Sand Dollar Colts 30-6 in 10-12 divi-
sion action. Ben Connors and Jacob McPherson each
added touchdowns for the Vikings. Bradley Duffman
Monster Jam returns
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
accepting registrations for its 2009 3 v 3 Monster
Jam basketball tournament. This is a classic, three-
on-three, double-elimination tourney that will take
place Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25, at the
It is open to teams of up to four players in eight
age divisions: 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15, 16-17, 18-29,
30-39 and 40 and over. The team cost is $75, but
after May 1 registration increases to $100. Teams are
guaranteed two games, and three-point and dunking
contests. Each player receives a tournament T-shirt.
The Center is looking for event sponsors. For
information, call Andy Jonatzke or Billy Malfese at
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole
low-net-of-partners game April 22. Ernie Hauser and
Bob Landgren took home first-place honors with a
2-under-par 128 to edge second-place finishers Dick
Grimme and Bob Kelly, who matched the even-par
128 carded by Jim Mixon and Peter Proxy. One
shot back in third place were Dan Hayes and Don
The Key Royale women played a nine-hole,
individual-low-net game and a team-low-net game
April 21. Sandy Tocco carded a 4-under-par 28 to
take first place in Flight AA; Flight A went to Judy
Crowe with a 5-under 27; Nancy Grimme, Markie
Ksiazek and Jan Turner tied for first place in Flight B
with a 2-over 34; Flight C honors went to Barb Har-
rold with a 5-under 27; and Ruth Williamson fired a
1-under par 31 to lay claim to Flight D.
Judy Crowe, Jean Holmes, Margrit Layh and Jan
Turner were low-net team with a 130, while Holmes
and Sue Christenson each had chipins.
The men played a nine-hole, individual-low-
net game on April 20 that saw four players Bill
Melvin, Ernie Hauser, Fred Meyer and Charlie Knopp
- card 3-under-par 29 to tie for first place.
On April 17, the ladies and gentlemen got together
for a best-ball-of-foursome match. The team of Jim
Finn, Jerry Brown, Dean Christensen and Paulette
Proxy fired a 9-under-par 23 to take first place over
Nell Bergstrom, Judy Christensen, Larry Fowler and
Dorothy McKinna, who carded a 25.
Useful tools and
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AME science night engages kids
By Diana Bogan
Anna Maria Elementary School students spent
months researching science projects, and all the effort
culminated in a fun-filled evening of hands-on activi-
ties, food and learning when the school opened its
doors after hours to the community for Science Night,
the Parent-Teacher Organization book fair and and
Earth Day celebration.
The entire campus was buzzing with activity,
beginning at the school auditorium where science fair
projects by both individual students and classrooms
were on display.
The event is an annual opportunity to showcase what
AME students have learned. Project topics this year ranged
from the effects of sunlight on fabric to the cost of laundry
detergent. One project reflected upon which soda contains
the most carbon dioxide, while another questioned the
effects of soda and milk on teeth.
Madeline Valadie researched the impact of caf-
feine on a person's heart rate. She tested four peers,
ages 9 and 10, asking them to drink the same amount
of Diet Mountain Dew. She checked each person's
heart rate in advance of the trial, immediately after
drinking the beverage, and in 10-minute intervals.
Without any physical activity, all four students
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Horseshoe action on April 25 saw the team of
Gene Bobledyk and Steve Doyle earn the distinc-
tion of undisputed champions of the day. That's
because they were the only team to post a 3-0 record
in pool play, leaving three teams to play for runner-up
honors. John Crawford and Jerry Disbrow rolled past
Art Kingstad and Fritz Erdrich 21-6 before dispatch-
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showed a gradual increase in heart rate. The average
increase was 10 beats per minute.
Two students teamed up to determine which
newspaper is preferred by Island readers. Raven
Smith and Sofia Serio looked through both Island-
based papers and decided that The Islander had
"bigger, juicier articles," and had been in print the
longest, and concluded in their hypothesis that The
Islander would be the preferred paper.
Smith and Serio polled a wide age range of
people and ages, and The Islander was the winning
choice overall in their study.
After perusing projects, students were given the
chance to learn about the life cycle of ladybugs and
ants, to make paper airplanes, take a close look at
a crab and make a kite. Wildlife Inc., the Manatee
County Natural Resources Department and Around
the Bend Nature Tours were on hand to provide
Following a full evening of exploring science,
families relaxed at the outdoor picnic area, where the
PTO sold donated pizza from Domino's and baked
goods provided by parents. The media center also
was hopping with shoppers, who made selections
from the PTO Scholastic Book Fair, an event that is
ongoing this week.
Ready to fly
Parents and stu-
dents crowd around
the flight station
to create and toss
paper airplanes into
the air. Toward the
end of the science
gathered in the field
behind AME for a
The April 22 games had three teams emerge from
pool play with Gene Bobledyk and Jay Disbrow earning
the bye into the finals. Jerry Disbrow and Rod Bussey
edged Steve Doyle and Art Kingstad 21-15 in the semi-
final game before hanging a zero on opponents Jay Dis-
brow and Bobledyk in their 21-0 victory.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.
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AME school calendar
Wednesday, April 29-May 8, Spring Fling ticket
sale at the front office.
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.
Tuesday, May 26, Family dinner night in the
cafeteria followed at 7 p.m. by the fifth-grade "100
Years on Broadway" performance.
Thursday, May 28, fifth-grade field trip to Busch
Friday, May 29, 1:15 p.m., Early release.
Thursday, June 4, 1:15 p.m., Early release.
Friday, June 5, First day of summer vacation.
Monday, Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m., First day of the
2009-10 school year.
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Kings finally starting to show, trout great in bays
By Paul Roat
King mackerel are out there in the Gulf of
Mexico. It's just the task of beating through the wind
and waves for fishers to get to the fish that's the chal-
King-size catches of kingfish are starting to come
in after a late start this spring. Amberjack also are a
good bet off the artificial reefs in the offshore areas,
as are lots of big gag grouper.
Inshore waters are giving up big trout, snook and
redfish. Spanish mackerel also are a good bet in the
Tarpon are starting to show up off the beaches
and in Tampa Bay, but early hookups are sparse.
And if you can break away from the water for a
day, you may want to take advantage of a free course
on what to do if someone falls off your boat. West
Marine in conjunction with the Coast Guard Auxil-
iary and the Power Squadron is hosting a "man over-
board" safety seminar at most of its stores throughout
the day April 29. The event is free, and discussion
elements include personal-flotation devices, flares,
sounding equipment and fire extinguishers all
required on any boat.
Further information is available by calling the
local West Marine store at 3324 E. Bay Drive, Holmes
Beach, at 941-778-4858.
Capt. Logan Bystrom said he's having a great
time snook fishing in the bays, with "quite a few
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with a 31 1/2-inch linesider.
keeper-sized snook coming out of potholes and near
mangrove islands. We've also been finding plenty
of redfish. Trout fishing has still been good in the
deeper seagrass edges." Bystrom said he's finding
bait plentiful and easy to get, and looking forward to
Capt. Wayne Johnson with Extremeflatsfish-
ing.com said his charters in lower Tampa and Terra
Ceia bays have been great. He's been putting his
charters onto lots of snook to 30 inches. "We've been
targeting these fish in shallow-water seagrass flats
along the mangrove lines in Terra Ceia Bay using
whitebait," he said. "We've been chumming the
snook up with success and getting a lot of action in
the feeding frenzy. This week we've been averaging
40 snook per trip between 18 and 30 inches." He's
also finding trout action to be great, and is also catch-
ing sharks up to 3 feet, mackerel, snapper, juvenile
grouper and an occasional tarpon.
Capt. Mark Howard on SumoTime Fishing
Charters said fishing is entering its spring peak. He's
catching kingfish off the Island and in the Egmont
Key channel, as well as off the beaches and near the
Sunshine Skyway Bridge. He's mostly concentrating
on inshore action of snook, trout and redfish, which
are all hitting well on whitebait. Mangrove snapper
are thick around reefs and wrecks.
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said tarpon are
starting to make an appearance in the area. "We've
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yet. That will probably change this week." Trout
fishing is still strong in the bays. Snook are starting
to move off the beaches into the passes and bays,
he added. Offshore fishing is great for gag grouper,
as is the amberjack catch near artificial reefs. He
said there are also some reports of big cobia being
caught. Kingfish? Well, they're out there, Danny
said, but the wind is keeping most fishers away
from the good catches. "The few guys who went
out for kings did well," he said.
At the Rod & Reel Pier, reports include "too-
small" mackerel, plus drum, snapper and some sheep-
shead. Snook are all around the pier, but don't seem
interested in taking a hook.
Rocky at the Anna Maria City Pier said pier
fishers there are catching mackerel, snook, flounder
and some late-season sheepies. Whitebait seems to
be in scarce supply near the dock.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he's finding kingfish action to be
"fast and furious offshore of Anna Maria Island and
Egmont Key. Last week Kris Krzysztof from Chi-
cago and his party hooked up 50 kingfish and caught
and released 25-plus nice grouper and snapper on a
6-hour trip. We were catching them on lures, live and
even dead bait." Capt. Larry said he found the best
action to be 10 to 15 miles out, and Egmont channel
was a hot spot. "On longer trips, we're catching larger
red and gag grouper, monster mangrove snapper, yel-
lowtail snapper, vermillion snapper, lane snapper, lots
of sharks and amberjacks." Longer trips mean deeper
water and larger fish in the 150-foot water depths. He
noted that the king mackerel run is running about a
month late, but the fish are starting to be hook up.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said kingfish are finally starting
to hit. He took Rick and Matt Fuchs from Cincin-
nati out last week and caught kingfish to 30 inches,
numerous gag and red grouper, mangrove snapper
and Spanish mackerel on the reefs off Anna Maria
Island and Longboat Key in 30- to 45-foot waters.
Inshore action included "some dandy spotted sea
trout just inside of Longboat Pass," he said.
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and may be
submitted to Paul Roat by e-mail at paul@islander.
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Power presents myriad challenges, opportunities
Empowerment, be it good or ill, is looming on
Anna Maria Island's horizon.
Oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico as near as 3 miles
Alternative e nii-. 'Y plants on property near Port
Rejection of solar power in Sarasota.
And gasp! the threat of global extermina-
tion by cooking over open fire in India.
Oh, the horror.
The Florida House of Representative Policy
Council voted last week to allow drilling for oil
within offshore state waters. The move could allow
drilling out to 10 miles from shore.
The word "could" is important. The council
decision moves the matter to the full membership
of the House and, if it meets that body's approval,
the Florida Senate, and then Gov. Charlie Crist must
approve the measure.
There are a whole lot of folks who must sign off
on a controversial matter that was broached so late
in the legislative session with little debate or notice.
The session is slated to end May 1.
The bill calls for the Florida Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection to develop rules for nearshore
drilling, then submit the proposal to the governor and
cabinet for final authorization. It is estimated that
billions of dollars could flow into state coffers if oil
companies pony up their big bucks to drill.
Drilling for oil in Gulf waters off Florida has
been a contentious issue for decades. Environmental-
ists have fought the matter on grounds that any spill
or seepage from oil rigs would irreparably damage
fragile coastal regions.
Tourism officials warn that the threat of a spill
could devastate the purity of fine white beach sand,
thereby slashing the huge tourism dollars that flow to
Florida from folks who want to enjoy the sun, sand
and surf the Sunshine State offers.
One house panel vote does not a rule make, but
as with many matters: Stay tuned.
Alternative .nei. i.' could be coming, or at least
generated locally, in the near future.
FB Enii-.l' of Bradenton is proposing a $185
million, 60-megawatt electric generation facility
using plant material to provide electricity to Progress
Enil\-,, which in turn supplies power to Lakewood
Ranch and parts of Hillsborough County. The bio-
mass plant would be located near Port Manatee in
northern Manatee County.
Approval must come from the Manatee County
Commission. And, not to be without its controversy,
pollution concerns have been voiced about the opera-
According to FB Enc. i ,'v, it would use Port Mana-
tee as a means to provide "clean wood chips," which
would then be burned. Power generated could supply
By Paul Roal
electrical needs to upwards of 45,000 homes as well
as commercial customers.
Solar power nixed in Sarasota
County commissioners have nixed hopes for
solar e ni.u _.' power in Sarasota County.
The plan called for government to create a solar
hot-water utility for homes and businesses.
According to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune,
the county plan was to own, install and main-
tain solar hot-water heaters, generally accepted
as being the most efficient way to heat water.
Residents would pay a fee for the service that
would have been less expensive than traditional
e n .' I \ sources.
County commissioners balked at the proposal,
citing the current economic climate as being too
hot for a government to branch out into a relatively
The board did encourage a public-private part-
nership on the solar deal, a collaboration that will
probably come back to the table later this year.
On the eve of Earth Day last week, President
Barack Obama announced a program to "develop the
renewable e i.- _.'v projects on the waters of our Outer
Continental Shelf that produce electricity from wind,
wave and ocean currents. These regulations will enable,
for the first time ever, the nation to tap into our ocean's
vast sustainable resources to generate clean e i.- ,_'Y in
an environmentally sound and safe manner."
Cost is uncertain as yet and congressional
approval is needed, but it's a good step toward turn-
ing green in the deep blue sea.
So the future of e nc.- i in our region may be to
burn wood chips to power our air-conditioning sys-
Now we're told that the wood stoves that zillions
of people in India use every day to cook their gruel is
a major contributor to global warming and the melt-
ing of the ice caps.
According to The New York Times, soot from
open-fire stoves in India is pouring black carbon into
the atmosphere at an alarming rate. Carbon dioxide is
the major contributor to rising global temperatures,
scientists say, but the soot is contributing something
like 18 percent of the emissions.
"In fact," the Times reported, "reducing black
carbon is one of a number of relatively quick and
simple climate fixes using existing technologies -
often called 'low hanging fruit' that scientists say
should be plucked immediately to avert the worst
projected consequences of global warming."
Scientific solution is conversion to low-soot
cookstoves. Unfortunately, food doesn't have the
same taste that people come to expect in their smoked
graders in Anne
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Friday, May 1
5 to 7 p.m. Reception for artist Barbara Harrison, show-
ing through May 27, at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts
Gallery, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key.. Information:
Sunday, May 3
7 a.m. Island Run benefiting United Way begins with reg-
istration at Bayfront Park Pavilion on North Bay Boulevard in Anna
Maria. Information: 941-746-2121, ext. 122. Fee applies.
5 p.m. Spaghetti dinner to benefit the Southeast High
School girls basketball program at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,
6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
Wednesday, May 6
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce luncheon at the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
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, southside
of the BeachHouse Restaurant, Bradenton Beach. Information:
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horse-
shoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Information: 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
May 9, AME Spring Fling dinner, dance, auction.
May 14, "Alone TogetherAgain" at Island Players, Anna Maria.
May 16, "For Love of Country and Its Music," featuring
Island-based Dr. Dave Band and others at Stardust Event Center,
Save the date
May 30, Chinese Dragon Boat Festival at Coquina Beach.
Uptown gallery feal
The Arts Council of Manatee County gallery
will feature the work of Cortez artist Linda Molto,
an Island favorite.
Molto's solo exhibit, "Drifting to Byzantium,"
will open May 1 and continue through May 29 at
the gallery, 926 12th St. W., in Bradenton's Village
of the Arts.
Off-Island Arts & Events:
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:
Thursday, April 30
7p.m. -Spring Fling Concert featuring Manatee Community
College students at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St.
W, Bradenton. Information: 941-752-5252. Fee applies.
Ongoing Off-Island Theater:
"Three Postcards" Asolo Theater, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail,
through May 3. Box office: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.
"The Winter's Tale" Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N.
tures Molto works
The exhibit will feature Molto's hand-printed
serigraphs, colorful works that reflect life in the
historic fishing village.
Molto was born in Toronto, moved to Florida
in 1965 and years ago settled in Cortez.
For more information about the exhibit, call
the gallery at 941-746-2223.
Tamiami Trail, through May 16. Box office: 941-351-8000. Fee
"Murderers" Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail,
through May 16. Box office: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.
"The Devil's Disciple" Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N.
Tamiami Trail, through May 24. Box office: 941-351-8000. Fee
"Black Pearl Sings!" Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm
Ave., Sarasota, through May 30. Box office: 941-366-9000. Fee
"Laughing Matters" Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm
Ave., Sarasota, through June 6. Box office: 941-366-9000. Fee
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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
DUAL RECLINING SOFA and rocker-reclining
loveseat. Excellent condition. $800 or best offer.
HEADBOARD FULL/QUEEN bed. Wood with mir-
rors and drawers. $35. Futon frame, natural wood,
PANASONIC COUNTERTOP MICROWAVE: One
year old, 1,250 watt with turntable.
COMPUTER: COMPAQ EVO D300V Pentium 4,
1.6 GHz processor. $100. 941-756-6728.
COMPUTER MONITOR: COMPAQ #1701.
17-inch LCD flat panel. $80. 941-756-6728.
DENIM LOVE SEAT, $100, wicker five-shelf
bookcase, $75, wicker desk with chair, $50.
TROY-BILT weed eater. 17-inch, 21cc, four-cycle,
$100. Hedge trimmer attachment, $50. Both like
RESTAURANT TABLES, CHAIRS: 8 30-inch
square tables, 20 black wrought-iron high-back
chairs with padded seats. Miscellaneous goods.
WEDDING DRESS FOR sale: Ivory with beaded
bodice, cathedral train. Train pins in back to three
pleated layers. Size 14. Professionally cleaned and
preserved. $125 or best offer. 941-794-2312.
HUGE, DECORATIVE FRAMED mirrors: Several
styles to choose from, sizes from 4 by 6 feet, to
5 by 8. $250-$400. 941-730-2606.
FOR EXPERT A4DI(E ON ISLAND PROPERTIES
CALL THE ISLANDERS
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Call me to learn about a no commitment
listing that you can cancel anytime if
you are unhappy with my
performance. I strive to be
the most knowledgeable,
Broker on the Island & am
willing to put my skills to
the test. Guaranteed!
Call Jesse Brissonhb
ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet,
$350. Small antique burl-wood rocker, $200.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
ANTIQUE AND ART Fair: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Satur-
day and Sunday, May 2-3. Treasures, antiques,
art, jewelry, organic produce, exotic orchids,
fun and funky stuff for all. For information, call
941-383-1901. 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Long-
BRADENTON BEACH GETAWAY! Beautiful Gulf-
front studio condo. Ground-floor end unit right on
the beach. Summer weekend getaway two-day
special, $249. Reserve now, 941-779-0101.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Global market,
market connections. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@
WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Priva-
teers are collecting new or used, repairable fish-
ing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to
give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander
newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
KOKO RAY AND Scott Achor, Island Rock School
at Edison Academy will be hosting summer ses-
sions. For more information, call 941-758-0395.
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
Delightful 1266 SF
In-ground heated pool.
Location! Amazing value
Buyer's one-year home
warranty, Call for details!
Laura E. McGeary PA email@example.com Call 941-704-3708
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
PERICO BAY CLUB
OPEN HOUSE 1-4PM SUNDAY
3BR/2BA bright end unit. Corian counter tops, tile
floors. Priced lower than smaller 2BR condos. Updated
kitchen and baths. $328,000. Lease option.
Call Robert at 941-730-1291.
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/
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
office area. Short distance to beach and ideal
parking. Live andwww.annamariareal.comly $799,900
"We ARE he Island!"
Marie Franklin, Lie. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www. annamariareal.com
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Courtesy of the
Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission and Holmes Beach Police
Department. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't
be sorry, be safe.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $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.
ESTATE/REMODELING SALE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat-
urday, May 2. Furniture, books, art, music, house-
hold, collectibles, more. 125 52nd St., Holmes
Beach. No early birds!
MOVING SALE: ENTIRE household, ongoing
during May. Everything must go, as soon as pos-
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.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
34 Years ofProfessional Service
CORAL SHORES 5 minutes to beach, 3BR/2BA $165,900
WILDEWOOD SPRINGS 1700 SF floorplan, 2BR/2BA enclosed
lanai, carport, great condition. Fantastic price of $136,000.
CAMBRIDGE VILLAGE WEST 2BR/2BA garage. Excellent
move-in condition. $165,900.
RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT, 2BR/2BA, clubhouse,
pool, tennis. $129,000.
RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
GULFFRONT 1 & 2 BR, Available now. Weekly, monthly.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Annual or seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayviewpool, boatdock,
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
GORGEOUS POOL HOME close to the beach, 2/2,
nicely furnished with great outside dining area. Take a look!
GULFFRONT COMPLEX. Least expensive unit in this 55+
condo with private beach access, heated pool and shuffleboard.
2 BR/1.5 BT. $279,900.
Mike Norman RealtyC
3101 GULF DR HOLMES BEACH
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Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
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Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
N -':\ Residential & Condo Renovations
Kitchens Bath Design Service
.I yCarpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
References available 941-720-7519
OSBORNE ENT TREE TRIMMING &REMOVAL
STUMP GRINDING starting at $39
insured for your protection
free estimates & seniors discount
25 yrs exp. Call Bill today 941-296-5971
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Power Locks f5lL'
Trunks Door Handles 941-780-1735
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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
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feet offshore near buoy, Club Bamboo.
FOUND: USB FLASH drive at Manatee Public
Beach. Black, iLogic 1GB. Please claim at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
LOST: SET OF keys on purple leather key ring.
FOUND: BLACK-AND-gold Pulsar watch. Easter
Sunday at cabana on 77th Street, Holmes Beach.
Claim at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
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.
LOST: LADIES GOLF club. 8-iron, Big Bertha,
Callaway. Lost at Manatee County Golf Course. If
found, please call 0044-787-058-8878. (U.K.)
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.
1990 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD: Black, loaded,
new tires, battery, brakes. 185,000 miles. Runs
great, $1,500. Andy, 941-778-1707.
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 941-795-1947.
KAYAK: PROWLER 13. Like new. Includes
all accessories. Purchased 2008. $499. Call
2000 SEADOO BOMBARDIER: three-seater.
Trailer. Runs great! $3,000. Jet-Ski floating dock,
PRIVATE DUTY NURSES: Long-term home care
assisting lady with spinal injury. Six-hour morning
shifts available. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Travel opportunity.
FLEXIBLE, FUN JOB: Must live on Anna Maria
Island. 30-40 hours/week. Some physical work.
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library in
Bradenton Beach. Information, 941-779-1208.
RESTAURANT: PROFITABLE, BEAUTIFUL,
long history in resort area. Beer/wine. Any good
cuisine would work. Confidentiality agreement
required. $160,000 plus inventory. Longview
COMMERCIAL OFFICES: FROM $250/month,
includes utilities. Different sizes to fit your budget,
from small office to 1,600 sf. Ideal for accounting,
attorney or office away from home. 941-746-8666.
5382 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School soph-
omore Chris Perez tutors elementary or middle
school children. Call 941-778-2979.
CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ISLANDTEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified child
care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross train-
ing, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-4632
CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
I have experience with kids of all ages.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
First-aid certified, great with kids and animals!
Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.
NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter or
dog walker? Experienced. Red Cross certified in
CPR for all ages. Call the twins, Kayla and Ariel
TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red
Cross certified in babysitting. Loves children. Call
Katie, 941-778-1491 or 941-447-4057.
TRISH AND KIM babysitting service, house
cleaning and pet sitting. Certified. Experienced.
Call 941-538-8922 or 941-538-2081.
LAWN MOWING/DOG walking? Will walk dogs
any day, mow lawns after 5 p.m. weekdays, after
11 a.m. weekends. 941-447-7092.
CALL ZACK, 13, for odd jobs. Will do anything
you need done after school and Saturdays.
RED CROSS LIFEGUARD for private parties
at your pool. $10/hour. Call Marie Durocher,
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.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in
town and the best results from classified ads and
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LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reli-
able. Free estimates, licensed, insured.
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engi-
neer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Prob-
lem solving for all animals, big and small. Call
Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service,
941-778-3455, or cell 941-720-4152.
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
PAINTING: INTERIOR/EXTERIOR, quality work,
free estimates, 15 years experience. Call Dave,
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to
the airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates.
Reasonable. Call Mike, 941-567-6634. Cell
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.
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.
CLEANING COUPLE: A few open slots for
offices, condos, houses, common areas, park-
ing lots, etc. We also do errands and hurricane
checks. Honest and dependable. 941-448-7119
COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Oldest
and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of happy cus-
tomers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch, Storm-Check,
windows, etc. Rentals our specialty. pinesolpatty@
NIKI'S NOOKS AND CRANNIES. I will do house-
keeping, laundry, and errands or pet sitting for
you. Cell: 941-592-8684.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller,
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services when and what you need to ensure
your house is secure and cared for while you
are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
JISLAN DER I CLASSIFIED ~
Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants, _
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup:7
Call Junior, 807-1015
> MANATEE MOVING
Pickup & Delivery Services
Apartments Condos Homes -
1 item or Household
Free Estimates Affordable Rates
Call Miike 739-8254
"Your H-"odme Town lMover"
Licensed, Insured FL Mcover Reg. # IM601
Providing islanders with personal service to and from
central and south Florida airports, etc. Since 1991.
Bruce Collins (941) 778-6201
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER AVAILABLE. Your complete irrigation repair company. Call
Island resident, excellent references. Call Becky 941-778-2581.
at 941-778-7828. Cell, 941-726-5252.
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SHOW TO PLACE A CLASSIFIED AD
Print and online classified ad submission:
CLASSIFIED RATES for business or individual: Minimum $12 for up to 15 WORDS. 16-30 words: $20. 31-45 words: $40. Box:
$4. (Phone number is a "word." Spell out all words except 2BR/2BA.)
I The classified print and online deadline is NOON Monday
Monday holidays result in deadline at NOON Friday (prior to desired publication date).
Run issue dates) or TFN start date:
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Your e-mail for renewal reminder:
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* Water Heaters
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Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available
Renovation Specialist All Carpentry Repairs
Completing more than 2000 jobs on Anna Maria Island
Darrin J. Wash 941.725.0073
LOCALLY OWNED AND FAMILY OPERATED SINCE 1988
0,Your Shuttle Service on Anna Maria Island
Sm.,t. ___ _m ,_ Permitted/Licensed/Insured
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TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15.12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
TOTAL LAWN CARE, tree service. 25 years
proactive service. Call Ron, "Shake & Bake".
DANNY'S IRRIGATION: NEW installs, valve track-
ing, pool pump repair, all your irrigation needs.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured. Call Allen any-
time. Cell 941-224-8569.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. Cell, 941-448-3857 or 941-779-0851.
LARRY'S BACK! SHELL delivered and spread.
$45/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil
with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775,
"shell phone" 941-720-0770.
LANDSCAPE BOULDERS CHEAP! Various sizes,
$10-$95. Delivery and placement available. Also
free removal of your unwanted boulders. Plus we
are a complete tree and stump service. Insured,
experienced. Call Brad Frederick's LLC today.
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.
PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Island resident, very meticulous and reliable. I
take pride in my work. For a free estimate, call
Colin at 941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
COLORWORLD ECONOMY PAINTING: Afford-
able (all phase). Painter dedicated to the con-
sumer. No deposit! Clean, fast and courte-
ous. Voted #1 by the "Pier regulars" 2007-08.
FLOOR COVERING, CARPET, vinyl, tile. 28
years installing on Anna Maria Island. Call home
941-746-9040, home or cell 941-704-2780.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
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RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
ANNUAL BAYVIEW CONDO: Holmes
Beach, 2BR/2BA, second floor $1,000/month
includes cable. Old Florida Realty, Sharon,
2009-10 SEASON: BEAUTIFUL GROUND-level
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
VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA, lovely, private
pool home near Palma Sola Causeway. $1,000/
weekly. Discounts for longer stays. 3BR/3BA gor-
geous pool home, Intracoastal Waterway, west
Bradenton. $1,050 weekly. www.coastalproper-
tiesrealty.com, or 941-794-1515.
CHARMING MONTHLY/SEASONAL condo.
Cross street to Holmes Beach. 2BR/2BA, washer,
dryer. Two decks, heated pool. $2,400/month.
813-634-3790. Available March, April, May,
CUTE OFFICE FOR RENT. 315 58th St., Holmes
FOR RENT: 2BR/1BA, $800/month. 2919
Ave. E, Holmes Beach. Call 941-778-3455 or
ANNUAL RENTAL: BRADENTON BEACH. Fur-
nished 2BR/2BA condo, steps from beach. Unit
is two levels above covered parking, washer and
dryer in unit. Very nice unit, live at the beach.
$1,000/month plus utilities. 813-245-0428.
RENT FOR 2010 season: Hidden Lakes new
luxury condo. 2BR/2BA, pool, sauna. garage.
Seven minutes to beach. $3,200/month, less
for longer. See at: vacationrentals.com, #44541.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/3BA canal home on Key
Royale. Large caged pool, garage. New kitchen
and tile installed one year ago. $1,950/month.
FURNISHED TWO BEDROOM condo for rent.
Minimum three months. Beautiful location, Beach
across street in front, Intracoastal Waterway in
back. Fishing pier, clubhouse, heated pool, won-
derful neighbors. 55 and older community. Avail-
able April. 813-927-1632 or 813-247-3178.
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28 E APRIL 29, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
Turtle watch readies for 2009 season
By Lisa Neff
May Day means one thing to Anna
Maria Island Turtle Watch executive
director Suzi Fox: The official start of
the nesting season for sea turtles in the
Gulf of Mexico region.
On that day and maybe a few
days before AMITW walkers will
conduct sunrise patrols of the Island's
beaches looking for signs that turtles
Later in the season, which lasts
through October, AMITW walkers
will look for signs that hatchlings have
emerged from nests.
The Islander recently caught up
with Fox as she prepared for the start
of the nesting season.
The Islander: Turtle season will
soon arrive. Do you have a predic-
tion on the first turtle delivery? A date
for a first nest?
Suzi Fox: I started monitoring nest-
ing beaches April 1 by ATV as part of
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
permit requirements for renourishment.
The volunteer base starts May 1.
on gloves and
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for me this ye
nesting may b
changes in ho
Turtle Watch w
from past year
SF: None t
SF: We hav
the north and sc
which is anoth
tours this year?
SF: Yes, in June and July and part
of August. All they need to do is call
me starting in May and I will put their
names on a list.
When nesting starts to pick up, we
will start the tours. The start date of
tours is yet to be set.
The Islander: Eco-tourism has
really caught on around the world.
What more do you think the Island
could do to promote eco-tourism during
nesting season? Or should the Island
do more to promote eco-tourism?
SF: I get a bunch a calls in and out
of season from people who ask me to
name turtle-friendly and eco-friendly
resorts and rental companies.
I have friends who come for two
months every year and [had] stayed
at the same resort. That resort doesn't
recycle. They thought it was their city,
but found out the resort just didn't want
to bother. They have changed resorts.
People are very into eco-any-
The more the resorts can do the
s on the lAV 1 have had The Islander: I've wondered this:
full foul-weather gear. Do sea turtles make any noise while
re like a sweatshirt start nesting?
ar. Which also means SF: Sure do. They breathe really
e early the warmer hard. Honest.
bring the girls on the The Islander: Can you recommend
In the past years, sections that had very ers outside of AMITW have from May a good book for those interested in
'der: Are there any low numbers are starting to see higher ;L,...,,. 1 October? learning more about sea turtles?
w Anna Maria Island nesting density. Until we see some SF: Great question. They need to SF: Anything byArchie Carr, Jack
ill do its job this year extra sand on the north and south ends, watch to keep their lights seen from Rudloe and Blair Witherington. My
s? I think this trend will continue, the beach shielded, pick up trash when favorite teaching guide is "Sea Turtles
hat I can see. The Islander: Last year, AMITW they find it, keep all dogs off the beach an Ecological Guide" by David Gulko
der: What do current kept watch over nesting birds on the very important for our nesting birds. and Karen Eckert.
have you watching for shore in addition to monitoring logger- Stay out of the bird nesting areas that The Islander: Last question. Would
head activity. Will you do so again? are roped off. Report anything out of you rather listen to a song by the Mon-
e lost so much beach at SF: Yes. I went to my first 2009 the ordinary about nests on the beach. keys or the Turtles?
south ends of this Island. Nesting Workshop March 19. The Islander: Last year, AMITW SF: OK, Lisa, neither. How about
is down. We also have The Islander: Turtle nesting takes hosted some tours for those interested some good old Van Morrison, like
seawalls placed around, place from one t ,,.l..il,. Island to the in learning more about turtles and "Moondance."
er type of habitat loss. other. What responsibilities do Island- nesting season. Will you repeat those To reach Fox, call 941-778-5638.
Leave only footprints, keep beaches dark
Ancient creatures of the sea fight a battle each
year to reproduce and survive in a world not always
hospitable to them.
Sea turtles nesting on Florida's beaches face an
uncertain future, according to Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission scientists. Threats
come from encroachment on nesting beaches by
coastal development and encounters with pollutants,
beach debris and fishing gear.
Five species of sea turtles nest on Florida beaches,
with the loggerhead showing up in the largest num-
bers beginning in early May. Green and leatherback
sea turtles also nest in the Sunshine State. Two other
species, Kemp's Ridley and hawksbill sea turtles nest
infrequently in Florida but inhabit Florida waters.
The FWC lists the loggerhead as a threatened species,
with the other four listed as endangered.
However, the loggerhead's status could change
because of data collected showing a downward trend
since 1998. During the 2007 nesting season, scientists
found the lowest number of loggerhead nests in 19
years. At the same time, the number of loggerheads
found dead, sick or injured each year in Florida has
more than doubled during the past decade.
"If we don't do something to reverse this trend,
the loggerhead will also become endangered," said
Robbin Trindell, an FWC Imperiled Species Program
Nearly 90 percent of the loggerhead population
that nests in the southeastern United States, nests on
Florida's beaches. This population is one of only two
large loggerhead nesting populations worldwide.
Sea turtles are air-breathing reptiles, well suited
A loggerhead turtle i; :. ottholi of Anna Maria
Island waiting for the right time and tempera-
ture before nesting. Islander Photo: Courtesy Ted
for sea life with a hydrodynamic-shaped shell, large
and powerful front flippers. These physical charac-
teristics enable them to dive deep into the ocean and
to swim long distances.
Female loggerhead turtles begin coming on shore
in the spring with peak months for laying eggs in June
and July. The nesting female digs a hole with her hind
flippers and then lays approximately 115 eggs. After
covering the nest with sand, the massive creature,
weighing nearly 300 pounds, makes her way back to
the ocean. A female might come ashore to nest two to
five times during the season. Amazingly, the females
come back to the same beach where they hatched
decades earlier. The males, once they make the long
crawl after hatching out of the egg, never return to
Major disturbances to sea turtle nesting habits
come from seawalls and beach nourishment projects.
Individuals can help by following proper beach light-
ing suggestions, filling holes dug for sand castles and
picking up litter.
"Just one light can kill thousands of turtles over
several years," Trindell said. "Many lights burn all
night, without contributing to human safety."
Late in the summer, after an incubation of 55-70
days, the hatchlings begin breaking out of their shells
and crawling out of the nest. Instinct tells the 1-2-inch
hatchling to head toward the brightest horizon and
away from dark silhouettes.
In days long gone in Florida, the brightest hori-
zon shone over the ocean, and the hatchlings would
move away from the shadows on the dunes and begin
the crawl to the sea. Nest predators might include
raccoons, ghost crabs and fire ants.
In modern-day Florida, hatchlings must crawl
through a battlefield of debris left by humans. Chairs
and tents left by beachgoers can obstruct a nesting
female turtle or become a trap for the hatchlings.
Avoiding fireworks leftovers strewn along the
hatchling's path can cause exhaustion and delay in
getting to the water. If stranded on the beach when the
sun rises, the hatchling's chance for survival dimin-
ishes and dehydration and sun exposure can lead to
"We can all help sea turtles survive," Trindell
said. "If we just take personal responsibility, we can
go a long way to ensure the sea turtle co-exists with
us for many more years to come."