HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, SUNDAY, MAY 10
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the news ...
Anna Maria city commissioners agreed
unanimously at their April 23 meeting that
there was no need to ask Mayor Fran Bar-
ford to have the planning and zoning board
redefine motel in the city code.
The decision came after Barford
informed commissioners that developer
and Bay Boulevard.
She asked the commission to release her
from the request.
"Today, it's no an issue anymore. I would
rather not waste the planning and zoning
board's time," the mayor said.
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick noted,
however, there has been "a lot of correspon-
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damages RVs, boats.
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er's opinion, readers'
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Lights dim for turtle
season. Page 8
Holmes Beach to
diniiin. issue again.
What's going on.
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Korean War vet finds
reward 55 years
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School in, ': AME
to host Mardi Gras
Mambo. Page 19
By Paul Roal
Water safety rules,
oil rigs blocked.
Fishing: Good times
ahead. Page 21
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Clockwise from top: Tori Coover's ilhiratioi, for her essay about mother Jennifer
Coover's protective measures. Brigitte Ulanch's mother, Alice, :'ithr Brigitte's son, Grey-
son D vi ,rt ti, \ Ulanch. Nicci Divita's ilhiraltion, for her essay about her mother, Krilii,
Divita, r nitin,. a roseate spoonbill. First-grade student Tori Coover, a winn,,,,i,,. ,alil.
In Mom's honor on Mother's Day
By Lisa Neff
Iaid, ,r Reporter
The LIi,,,,d r invited readers to celebrate
Mother's Day, which takes place Sunday,
May 10, by participating in an essay contest.
The newspaper received essays about moth-
ers and the sweet, comical, heroic, memo-
rable actions they take.
From those essays, The L/,ldh r staff
selected three for publication and the news-
paper will provide the winning writers -
Brigitte Ulanch of Anna Maria, Nicci Divita
of Palma Sola Park and Tori Coover of
Holmes Beach with Lalid ,r gift baskets.
First-grader Tori Coover's essay about her
mother, Jennifer Coover: Once I was walking
my dog Max and I saw a snake in the yard and
my mom waped a broom at it until it ran to the
Third-grader Nicci Divita's essay about
her mother, Kristine Divita: One evening my
family and I were driving home from a res-
taurant and we saw a large pink bird strug-
gling in the dark mucky water of a channel.
We took my little brother and dad back home
and my mother and I went back to the channel
by Palma Sola Bay.
It was starting to get dark, but we could
see there was a roseate spoonbill that was
PLEASE SEE MOM, PAGE 3
But Mattick soon joined her fellow com-
missioners in voting to rescind the request.
That decision, which came before any
public discussion, prompted many in the
nearly full chamber, including several attor-
neys, to make a path out the door. A number
of people had come to speak in opposition to
PLEASE SEE MOTEL, NEXT PAGE
public help on
By Rick Catlin
Now that Pine Avenue Restoration LLC
and the city of Anna Maria have agreed that
the six vacant lots on the northwest corner of
the Pine Avenue-Bay Boulevard intersection
are not suitable for development as a motel,
PAR principals Mike Coleman and Ed Chiles
are seeking public input for future projects.
The company is moving forward with
other restoration projects on Pine Avenue, and
Coleman said he and Chiles are "interested
in hearing from the community for ideas for
businesses and shops that would fulfill the
uniquely Anna Maria Village Center vision
we are pursuing.
He said PAR, which has a contract to
purchase the old Angler's Lodge at 117 N.
Bay Blvd., would like to preserve the lodge.
It was built in 1915 and is across the inlet
and the humpback bridge from the six lots
he and Chiles were seeking to develop. The
lodge is situated on three lots, and PAR
would like to donate the house and land to
the city, if possible.
The lodge is "perhaps the most endan-
gered, original, historically significant struc-
ture now on the Island," Coleman said.
He said he and Chiles would like to "work
out a way to make a gift of the property to
the city, and by doing so, have the property
become eligible for up to $1 million in historic
PLEASE SEE PAR, NEXT PAGE
Pine Avenue Ro l,,oralion, LLC is ',,,idh r-
ing how to best utilize the Angler's Lodge on
Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria, built in 1915,
i,,JIuliin a possible di,,,alion of the property
to the city. Ihlnd, r Photo: Rick Caldi,
Anna Maria, developer end motel talks
By Rick Catlin Mike Coleman would no longer pursue devel- dence on this issue," and she wanted a
baI,,,d r Reporter oping a motel or guesthouse at the six vacant definition of what constitutes a bed-and-b
There's no room at the Anna Maria lots on the northwest corner of Pine Avenue fast accommodation in the city.
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renovation grants." The property has been appraised
at $1.5 million, he added.
The company also is considering restoration
of the property and accompanying structure, then
making a donation of the completed project to the
Donating to the city is just one idea, but the eco-
nomics have to work, he said.
"We are still talking to people about how to save
the house. Without intervention, those three lots at
the Angler's Lodge will eventually be bought and the
house demolished for the land value," he predicted.
"It's very easy to do the wrong thing and difficult,
in this case nearly impossible, to do the right thing,"
Motels nixed in Anna Maria
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the motion and to oppose any future motel projects
in Anna Maria.
Coleman said he was glad to see the issue put to
"It would be a waste to explore a definition when
one is already on the books," he said.
Prior to the meeting, Coleman said he was no
longer pursuing the project.
In other business, the commission in a 3-1 vote
approved an ordinance that sets minimal standards of
landscaping for new projects. The ordinance applies
only to future projects. Commissioner Chuck Webb
The ordinance was needed to comply with the
2007 comp plan that requires the city to address land-
scaping and the environment.
Commissioner Christine Tollette said she had
too many questions about the ordinance and voted
against the measure.
The commission also approved a resolution
authorizing Barford to execute an agreement with the
Bradenton Beach may seek federal stimulus
money for stormwater management projects.
In April, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist announced
the award of more than $132 million to the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection.
The funds, provided by the U.S. American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will help
state and local governments finance improvements
to wastewater and stormwater projects deemed
essential for protecting public health and the envi-
"These federal stimulus funds will help create
jobs, boost local economies, improve aging water
infrastructure and protect our health," Crist said in
a news release. "At least 20 percent of the funds
will be committed to green infrastructure and pro-
moting innovative green practices such as water
and c niv. ,' efficiencies."
The $132 million in federal money will be used
Florida Department of Transportation to obtain $1.4
million of federal stimulus money for resurfacing of
roads and improvements and repairs to the humpback
Commissioner Dale Woodland said he was not
in favor of taking federal money.
"I don't support the current [federal] stimulus
plan. The perception of free money is seductive, but
the reality is we are going to have to pay for this
Barford also said she did not support the federal
plan, but her concern is the city. "If we don't ask for
this money, it will go to Holmes Beach and Braden-
ton Beach," she said.
"I need some help for infrastructure projects
to make low-interest loans to local governments
for wastewater and stormwater construction proj-
ects. At least 50 percent will go to communities in
the form of loans under which repayment of loan
principal will be forgiven. In addition, 20 percent
will fund "green" infrastructure projects.
'The influx of federal stimulus dollars will allow
DEP to put these funds to use quickly since many of
the communities that will benefit from the money
have been waiting for funding to become available,"
stated DEP Secretary Michael W. Sole.
Bradenton Beach project/program manager
Lisa Marie Phillips, in a memo to city staff, sug-
gested seeking stimulus funding for stormwater
improvements on Avenue A.
City building official Steve Gilbert also sug-
gested seeking funding for stormwater improve-
ments on Avenue B, in the Runaway Bay condo-
minium area and on Gulf Drive.
now. The other cities feel the same way, but that's
the nature of the beast."
Mattick observed that without the stimulus
money, the city would have to borrow money to
resurface roads and fix its bridges, or raise taxes.
"If we don't take this money, we have to raise
our taxes. A city of our size can't afford to turn this
down," she said.
The resolution passed 3-1 with Woodland dis-
The commission was prepared to discuss a vari-
ance for a dock project in the 500 block of Blue Heron
Drive, but city attorney Jim Dye said the public notice
procedure was invalid. The commission voted to con-
tinue the variance hearing to the May 28 meeting.
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THE ISLANDER U MAY 6, 2009 E 3
On beach, don't fool with Mother's, Father's nature
By Lisa Neff
Beachgoers who wander too close to a least tern's
nest learn not to fool with Mother's nature.
She will aggressively protect the nest.
So will Father tern.
The least tern parents create what sociologists and
biologists term a "modern family." They and other
shorebirds nesting on Anna Maria Island beaches
equally divide labor and parenting responsibilities
- with the exception of laying the eggs.
"These are modern birds," said bi, '1<".v profes-
sor Beth Forys of Eckerd College, who has been
researching beach-nesting birds on the Island and in
a broader four-county area since about 2001.
"It is a 50 percent split," Forys said. "They share
the incubation. When one bird is sitting on the egg,
the other is foraging out getting fish. And then they
When chicks hatch from the eggs, the male and
female birds continue to share parenting duties, Forys
Forys works with a number of organizations
and government agencies the Suncoast Shorebird
Partnership to study the birds, including, locally,
the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Audubon
Society chapters in Manatee and Sarasota counties.
Audubon volunteers on May 17 will take a beach
walk to learn about nesting shorebirds in preparation
to monitor the birds. Volunteers will meet at about 8
a.m. in the Broadway Street parking lot on Longboat
The monitors will have two primary roles. They
will serve as beach stewards, educating beachgo-
ers about nesting shorebirds in an effort to promote
awareness and protect the species. They also will
count the birds, pairs and chicks, performing three
counts during the spring/summer breeding season and
IF BIRDS APPEAR AGITATED OR TAKE FLIGHT, YOU ARE TOO CLOSE! .. -
Black skimmers gather at a protected nesting area on the beach north of the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna
Maria in this photo taken during the 2007 nesting season. The area, watched by state wildlife officials and
Manatee County Audubon Society volunteers, is an annual nesting ground for skimmers and terns. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
Mom thoughts for May 10
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tangled with fishing line around his legs and wing.
The fishing line was also caught in the mangroves
keeping him trapped. He was tired, scared and flap-
ping his wings and snapping his bill.
My mother looked down at the thick black muck
from the low tide. She didn't want to wade into the
shallow mud and water. She is afraid of snakes,
insects, alligators and other creatures. Plus, she had
on her good clothes and a brand new pair of shoes.
I said, "Please Mom, you have got to save Spoony."
(I had already given him a name)
So mom slowly stepped down into the mucky
water with her shoes on and screamed, "This feels
horrible ... awful ... hideous!"
Slowly she made her way to Spoony and care-
fully used fingernail clippers to cut the fishing line
holding the bird to the mangrove bushes. She told me
to get a beach towel from the car and be ready to help
her. She carried the bird to the edge of the channel
but couldn't get up the bank and hold Spoony at the
same time. So she told me to take this huge pink bird
from her arms and wrap it in a towel and hold it while
she climbed out of the channel.
I was afraid and nervous when she handed me
the big bird. It was snapping his large bill at me and
trying to get away. I kept the towel over his head to
keep him calm.
When mother got out of the channel she was cov-
ered in muck over her knees. Then she realized that
she had lost both of her new shoes in the muck.
I held Spoony while my mother took the clippers
and cut the fishing line from Spoony's legs and wing.
He seemed to be OK and we took him to another part
of the channel where the water was deeper and set him
free. He walked along the shore and then flew away.
Now every time I see a roseate spoonbill bird fly
in the sky I think it is Spoony and I remember how
my mother is a hero and saved a living creature.
Brigitte Ulanch's essay honoring her mother,
Alice Ulanch: Through the lives of four children
and over a dozen grandchildren, my mother, who is
otherwise the strongest woman I know, would faint
at the sight of blood. Dad has always been the one
to step in and clean up the boo-boos and apply the
Last summer, I moved to Anna Maria while seven
months pregnant. My mom continued to reiterate that
she simply couldn't be in the room while I delivered,
but would support me in any way she could. As the
delivery date grew nearer, Mom discussed the pos-
sibility of staying with me through labor, but leaving
the room before the baby arrived.
And through 20 hours of labor she supported me,
held my hand and cried with me. She left the room
for a little break and when she returned, I warned her
that the baby was coming very soon. I expected her
immediate retreat, but instead she ran to the bedside
and held my hand. She smiled as my son made his
appearance into this world, and we laughed and cried
together. When the doctor asked who was going to
cut the umbilical cord, no one was more surprised
than me to hear my mom say, "I am."
Her hands shook as she received the scissors, but
my mom honored the birth of my son with his first
lesson in love and bravery. As she has so often done
in life, she set aside her own fears in service and love
for another. And she once again proved to me that she
truly is the strongest woman I know.
The Islander thanks all those who entered the
essay contest, including the students in Heather
Nyberg's first-grade class at Anna Maria Elementary
another count in the winter.
The local volunteers, as well as monitors in Char-
lotte, Pinellas and other parts of Manatee and Sara-
sota counties, as well as on Egmont Key, will provide
the data to Forys.
The professor will analyze the data, as well as
share the numbers and her findings with govern-
ments and organizations that track populations of
black skimmers, least terns, American oystercatch-
ers, Wilson's plovers and snowy plovers.
Skimmers and oystercatchers are species of
special concern, least terns and snowy plovers are
threatened and the status of Wilson's plovers is under
review in Florida.
When Forys concludes her 10th year of data col-
lecting in 2011, she hopes to publish a major study
on the beach-nesting birds in the region, measuring
pairing, eggs, chicks, fledglings and examining where
the birds had success and where they did not.
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Anna Maria City
May 14, 7 p.m., city commission work meet-
May 28, 7 p.m., city commission regular
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
May 7, 1 p.m., pier team monthly meeting.
May 7, 7 p.m., city commission regular meet-
May 11, 3 p.m., ScenicWAVES committee
May 20, 6 p.m., city commission meeting on
amendments to the comprehensive plan.
May 21, 1 p.m., city commission regular
May 22, 1 p.m., city commission meeting on
May 28, 6 p.m., public meeting on stormwa-
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
May 6, 5 p.m., parks and beautification com-
mittee monthly meeting.
May 12, 7 p.m., city commission regular
meeting and work session.
May 21, 10 a.m., code enforcement regular
May 26, 7 p.m., city commission regular
May 28, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
May 21, 6 p.m., district commission monthly
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
May 10 is Mother's Day.
May 13, 3:30 p.m., Palma Sola Scenic High-
way Corridor Management Entity meeting, Mana-
tee County Administration Building, 1112 Manatee
Ave. W., Bradenton, 941-748-4501.
May 18, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation
Planning Organization monthly meeting, Holmes
Beach City Hall.
May 20, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Of-
ficials monthly meeting, Anna Maria City Hall.
May 25 is Memorial Day, when government
offices and many businesses will be closed, includ-
ing The Islander.
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.
4 E MAY 6, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
Gulf Drive Cafe 'chickee' clears a hurdle
By Lisa Neff
A Bradenton Beach beachfront restaurant has
cleared a hurdle but still has more to go before
a major expansion takes place.
The Gulf Drive Cafe, 900 Gulf Drive N., has
proposed a $500,000 expansion that includes a new
parking lot, chickee hut, tiki bar and lobby, as well
as a new kitchen and rest rooms.
The Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
tection recently issued a stormwater permit for the
proposed parking lot expansion, according to DEP
external affairs manager Pamala Vazquez.
But other OKs are needed, including a city hall
review and approval of the construction plans for
building code compliance, according to Bradenton
Beach building official Steve Gilbert.
The West Manatee Fire Rescue District also must
sign off on life-safety aspects of the project.
Gilbert said, as of last week, he had not seen a
set of construction drawings.
"Upon receipt of a formal building permit appli-
cation, along with all of the associated paperwork, we
will forward a copy to West Manatee Fire Rescue for
their review, and will begin the process of building-
code compliance review," Gilbert said.
Bradenton Beach officials are familiar with the
Last summer, the city commission, attaching
a number of stipulations, approved a preliminary
design for the restaurant.
The commission vote followed a recommen-
dation from the city's planning and zoning board,
which, when reviewing a preliminary design, focused
on the proposed chickee hut.
"Chickee" or "chiki" is the Seminole word for
house and the structures are considered by many
Florida engineers to be among the simplest but most
Afire at Lightner Motors in Cortez April 26 injured one man, destroyed a recreational vehicle and boat and
damaged three other RVs. The man was not seriously hurt. Islander Photo: Courtesy John Lightner
Tern nesting season hits Island
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The birds' nests, to the human eye, look like little
more than scrapes in the sand.
Oystercatchers and plovers are solitary nesters.
Least terns and black skimmers nest in colonies and
thus are the most visible nesting birds on the beach.
On the Island, nest sites have been found in Anna
Maria north of the Sandbar and in Bradenton Beach
near 25th and 26th streets. Birds already are at both
sites this year, and AMITW roped off sections of the
shore in Bradenton Beach.
"The habitat is very good," Forys said of the
Her data over the years shows successful skim-
mer and least tern nesting seasons in 2005 and 2006,
but less success in 2007 and 2008.
The data also shows no snowy plover nesting last
year on the Island.
"The snowy plover is most rare," Forys said.
"There are less than 200 pairs in Florida."
For years, the beach-nesting birds selected bar-
rier islands as breeding grounds because threats and
intrusions were scarce.
"It was a great strategy," Forys said. "Of course,
now there are problems."
Loss of habitat is a factor, which has led least
terns, black skimmers and, to a lesser degree, oys-
tercatchers to nest on gravel rooftops. However, the
number of rooftop nesters likely will decline because
the number of gravel rooftops is on the decline due
to changes in building codes and roofing designs.
But according to biologists and FWC law
enforcement officers, the most significant factors are
the presence of people and domestic dogs and cats in
or near the nesting areas.
"One cat can destroy an entire year's activity,"
Audubon to begin
nesting bird program
The Audubon Society chapters in Manatee
and Sarasota counties will host a beach walk
from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, May 17, as part
of a nesting shorebird monitoring program.
The program is supported by a grant from
TogetherGreen, a partnership between the
Audubon Society and Toyota.
Potential volunteers will gather at the
Broadway Street beach parking lot on Long-
Registration is required by May 10.
To volunteer or get more information,
e-mail shorebirds @manateeaudubon.org.
And just the presence of a dog on the beach -
banned on the Island but still occurring can inter-
"I saw a woman walking a Chihuahua down on the
beach in Anna Maria," Foyrs said, referring to a visit a
couple of years ago. "Every least tern flew off its eggs.
And what happens then is the eggs can bake."
But the beach-nesting birds do not readily aban-
don their nests.
"Colonial nesters, if they feel that they can ward
off a predator, they will be very aggressive," Forys
said. "A colony will try to ward off a predator by
mobbing him, dive-bombing him. They will go after
people who are probably too close to a nest."
Least terns are diminutive, with wingspans of just
20 inches and measuring just 8.5 inches in length, but
they can be fierce.
"From the moment they lay their eggs," Forys
said, "they are protective."
And so it's not nice to fool with Mother's nature
on the beach.
durable in hurricane-force winds.
A part of Native American tradition and culture,
chickee huts built by members of the Seminole or
Miccosukee tribes of Florida are exempt from the
permitting process, though rules such as setbacks do
apply. State and federal policies define a chickee hut
as an open-sided wooden hut with a thatched roof
of palm or palmetto or other traditional materials,
devoid of electric, plumbing or other non-wood fea-
tures and constructed by the Miccosukee or Seminole
The restaurant's chickee hut would be used for
special events, such as wedding receptions or execu-
The commission, in its preliminary approval last
summer, stipulated that the chickee hut would not be
supplied with electricity or water and that no food or
drink service would take place in the hut, with excep-
tions for private or permitted events.
Cortez RV fire
injures 1, damages
4 RVs, boat
An early afternoon fire April 26 injured one man,
destroyed the recreational vehicle he was working on
and an adjacent boat, as well as damaged three other
"Thankfully no one was severely hurt," said busi-
ness owner John Lightner.
He said the fire at the storage lot at Lightner
Motors, in the 8700 block of Cortez Road, was appar-
ently caused by the son of the owner of one of the
As Lightner described it: "A motor home stored
at the lot erupted into flames" after a man attempted
to start the engine.
The man made it out of the motor home with only
a small bur on his hand, but nearby vehicles were
"To the east of the motor home was a boat that
also went up in flames. Three other units were dam-
aged," Lightner said, "but not severely.
"The RV, which was parked there in 2008, was
rarely taken from the premises. When the RV owner's
son could not get it started, he apparently attempted to
add fuel to the carburetor system in hopes of starting
it easier. The engine backfired, sparked and started
the flames that consumed both it and a boat. Bystand-
ers said the heat could be felt 150 feet away."
Lightner said the rental contract signed by the
RV's owner states "any maintenance is to be carried
out off of the premises and anyone other than the
owner must show identification and the owner must
contact Lightner Motors before anyone else enters
the storage lot on their behalf."
Both of these stipulations were apparently
ignored by the renter.
West Manatee Fire Rescue firefighters doused the
flames before the fire could spread to more vehicles
and nearby fuel tanks.
Bradenton Beach staff and the mayor met April
30 with the city's special master to discuss the details
of expanding his role.
Last year, special master Harold Youmans pre-
sided over two code enforcement hearings related to
violations of the city's turtle ordinance.
Youmans' duties in Bradenton Beach were
recently expanded by a vote of the city commission
to include other quasi-judicial matters.
Youmans will now preside over a variety of hear-
ings at city hall, including challenges that in the past
have gone before the city's board of adjustment.
A master calendar will be set by the city clerk's
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 6, 2009 5 5
Mooring committee follows St. Augustine plan
By Lisa Neff
A Bradenton Beach advisory committee is fol-
lowing a charted path as it develops a mooring plan
for the city.
Instead of writing a new plan from blank pages,
the committee, meeting at city hall April 28, began
adapting St. Augustine's mooring field plan to suit
Bradenton Beach's needs.
This week the committee was scheduled to
meet again to focus on emergency management and
enforcement issues in the plan with Bradenton Beach
Police Chief Sam Speciale and Lt. John Cosby.
That meeting was to be the committee's last until
consultants on the project provide a draft mooring
plan, according to city project/program manager Lisa
During the session last week, the committee
reviewed more than half of the St. Augustine plan,
making edits to the document to make it apply to Bra-
denton Beach's mooring field south of the Historic
Bridge Street Pier.
The discussion focused on rules and regulations
for the mooring field, but was wide-ranging.
The committee reached consensus on a number
of points, including:
The harbormaster's address will be used by long-
time mooring residents to secure a post office box.
New arrivals to the field must register with the
harbormaster within a reasonable time period.
Rentals of mooring sites will be available on a
weekly, monthly and annual basis.
Boaters must have liability insurance, although
a dollar figure was not set.
Committee members did not reach a consensus
on whether commercial operations should be allowed
in the mooring field and whether renters can sublet
"I have a boat," said committee member Jaime
Bradenton Beach is working on a plan to establish an official mooring field south of the Historic Bridge
Street Pier. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Canfield. "I want it on that mooring field. I want an
educational classroom. I want to run eco-tours, his-
torical tours. I don't want to live on it. It's commer-
Other committee members currently using the
mooring field sided with Canfield, but others objected
to commercial operations in the city harbor.
"I think you are opening a real can of worms,"
said committee member Bill Shearon. 'To me it is
not a place to do business."
"If you have a business out there, you need park-
ing," said committee member Connie Drescher. "It
will affect the city's insurance. It will affect parking.
The city is going to lose control if we are operating
businesses out there."
The discussion was expected to resume this week,
with the committee meeting at 3 p.m. May 5, after
The Islander's deadline.
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city's consultant on the project, will write the draft
mooring plan, which the committee will review, fol-
lowed by the city commission, the city attorney and
Phillips said she hoped the city commission
would review the plan at its June 18 meeting.
"We're going to work hard and we're going to
pound this out," she said.
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6 E MAY 6, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
The simple life
Life just isn't the same as it used to be on Anna Maria
Like a television soap opera, the world has turned.
It's the first weekend of May and cars are parked along
the rights of way on Manatee Avenue while the occupants
are basking in the sun at the Manatee Public Beach. There
are visitors aplenty at the beach.
Is it because it's free? Are people turned off by theme
parks, high admission fees, and filling their tanks to drive
three or four hours for entertainment?
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society reported
record numbers of visitors to its free museum in January.
It seems value is the key here.
And though retailers were happy with season, pro-
prietors surely noticed lower-priced items selling in large
numbers, while higher-priced items stayed on the shelf.
High-priced restaurants offered lower-priced "bites"
and middle-priced restaurants saw fewer people waiting
People want bargains. The economy is bad and
there's no way to know when it will get better. Will it get
Or will we adopt to a new way of life that's less exces-
sive and more conservative?
Will we look for value and improve our values in the
way we spend and the things we do?
The evidence is pointing there. Maybe dinner will be
at the table rather than at a drive-thru. Maybe conversa-
tion and game boards will win out over electronic game
Maybe we'll talk more, read more, think more. Maybe
we'll invest in time together, and include others who may
be less fortunate.
It will be a time like no other or exactly like
We'll repeat history and be stronger in the solidarity
and camaraderie of another generation, a post-war era of
And, guess \u lt '
We can push our lifestyle back a notch.
Anna Maria Island, with its quaint, cottage-like ambi-
ence and reminders of a bygone era, will be more popular
We just have to grasp the natural beauty that surrounds
us, the essence that is Anna Maria Island.
Goodbye city life, Anna Maria Island we are there.
Thank Mother Nature for providing the necessary
value to our future on Anna Maria Island.
And thank your mother, your neighbor's mother, the
person you admire for being a great mother. The mother
you wish you had, the mother who helps and protects
others as she would her own.
We wish you all a happy Mother's Day, May 10.
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Relay for life invite
Cancer survivors, please join me in the Relay for
Life on Anna Maria Island for the survivor lap and a
dinner in your honor.
Being a survivor is not about how many or what
type of treatments you had, or what type of the more
than 100 forms of cancer you had.
Anyone who has heard, "You've got cancer" is a
survivor. It is not about our bodies, it is about spirit,
grace, dignity, courage and heart. Be proud of being
a cancer survivor and walk with me. Celebrate your
The opening ceremony of Relay For Life on Anna
Maria Island is at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 16, with the
survivor lap to follow. Golf carts will be provided for
those who need a ride in the lap.
Visit the team booths decorated for the theme
"Relaying Around the World," enjoy the entertain-
ment and then join me at 4 p.m. at for a dinner in
your honor catered by the Anna Maria Oyster Bar.
You don't have to raise any funds or join a team.
All you have to do is sign up and come to this life-
The forms are available at the Saturday Bridge
Street Market, The Islander office, or by calling me
I look forward to walking the survivor lap with
all the Anna Maria Island area cancer survivors.
Nancy Ambrose, Holmes Beach
Collecting for a cause
On behalf of the Rotary Club of Anna Maria
Island, we would like to thank all those local resi-
dents and visitors who gave generously to the Rotary
Foodraiser at Publix.
The need to conduct this type of food drive is
great, and our rotary club, as the organizer, is more
than gratified with the results.
At the writing of this letter, the Foodraiser was
still going on at Anna Maria Elementary School,
where it also was held on April 17.
Our garage is half-filled with the food that was con-
tributed on the first three days of the Foodraiser, and we
expect to exceed the 1,800 pounds of food raised during
our initial Foodraiser in September 2008.
On behalf of Rotary and those who will benefit
from this Foodraiser, we would like to reiterate that
we live in a generous community.
We thank the Brownies and their parents who helped
and the many members of Rotary who gave up blocks
of their weekend time to help in this \ orith) cause.
We thank David Zaccagnino for chairing the
event and volunteering time at Publix as well.
We are all better because we live in a community
that truly cares.
Dantia and Barry Gould, Holmes Beach
Choices to make
My experience with opponents to inevitable
capital improvement projects was that they fell
into two groups. One group accepted the inevitable
and got whatever concessions they could by giving
input on the design. After construction, most were
pleased with the project, albeit begrudgingly in
The other group, ill advisably, fought on tooth and
nail and unnecessarily spent the rest of their lives in
some cases bitter, frustrated and anti-government.
Everyone has a choice.
Garry Metcalf Bradenton
I am overwhelmed! Why would anyone write
such nice things about this 85-year-old man?
It is apparent that Islander reporter Rick Catlin
is a very good listener, a well-educated and excellent
writer, ergo, a good reporter.
Thank you for your kindness.
Joe Nolan, Holmes Beach and Worth, Ill.
THE ISLANDER f MAY 6, 2009 U 7
Privateers plan Kids Day _m o
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will navigate
the Skullywag pirate float to Bayfront Park in Anna
Maria on Saturday, May 16.
The annual Snooks Adams Kids Day 2009 will
take place in the park.
Festivities will begin at 10 a.m. and continue
until about 2 p.m.
Children can expect games, prizes and food.
The day both honors the Island's kids for another
nine months of school work and former Holmes
Beach Police Chief Snooks Adams.
Some decades ago Adams, the Island's first peace
in press asso
The Islander newspaper was named last week as
a finalist in six categories in the Florida Press Asso-
ciation's 2008 Better Weekly Newspaper Contest.
In the FPA's random list of winners for each of
County to hear from
DOT on bridge
The Florida Department of Transportation
was scheduled to present the Manatee County
Board of Commissioners on Tuesday its recom-
mendation for a high, fixed-span bridge on Man-
atee Avenue from Perico Island to Anna Maria
The recommendation still needs approval
from the U.S. Coast Guard, and any replacement
for the Anna Maria Island Bridge is more than a
To see the DOT's AMI Bridge PowerPoint
presentation, go to www.islander.org.
officer, drove a group of youngsters to the beach to
celebrate the end of the school year. Adams also pro-
vided hot dogs and soda pop. He continued to host
Kids Day into the 1980s, when the Privateers part-
nered in the fun.
The charitable organization carries on the Kids
Day tradition free hot dogs, pizza and soda for
kids, as well as a costume "pirate" contest, treasure
hunt, sack race and water balloon toss.
Adults, too, join the celebrating and feasting -
though they're encouraged to donate a bit of their
treasure to benefit AMIP causes.
s six awards
the 38 categories, The Islander was named in the
community service division for reporter Rick Catlin's
stories on World War II and Korean War veterans and
the newspaper's annual Veterans Day ceremony.
The Islander editorial staff also was honored as
a finalist in the editorial page category for its "Our
Opinion, Your Opinion" editorial page, including
Jack Egan's original cartoon.
Stories written by reporter Lisa Neff are among
the list of finalists in four categories, including sports
weekly section for "Island Passion, National Pas-
time," and sports feature story for "Memories of an
Neff also is a finalist in the sports column cat-
egory for 'The house that Spahn built," and in the
outdoor writing category for "Day by Day: Celebrate
the earth, Earth day stories."
Winners, runners-up and honorable mentions in
each category will be named July 11 at the FPA's
annual convention at the Breakers in Palm Beach.
For 2007, The Islander received eight FPA "better
In the May 5, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Holmes Beach city commissioners accepted
a $22,900 bid from Cross Environmental Services
to demolish the former city hall and police station
after agreeing it was not suitable as a location for
activities of the Anna Maria Island Community
Manatee County officials and representatives of
the Manatee County Sheriff's Office denied knowl-
edge of who had bulldozed a homeless camp behind
the Cortez School following a homicide there two
Anna Maria city commissioners voted 3-2
to deny Mayor Chuck Shumard's appointment of
Horace Knox to the vacant city clerk's position
because they had not been allowed to review his
resume. Shumard eventually agreed to start the
review process over again and to submit resumes
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8 E MAY 6, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
Nesting season brings dark sky push
By Lisa Neff to possible federal and state penalties that could result
Astrologists, conservationists and environmental-
ists renewed calls this month for darker skies, citing
a multitude of reasons to curb light pollution.
"The stars at night are big and bright if you give
them a chance," said Peter Morton of the Gulf Of
Mexico Atl v1< _'\ Network.
Morton and others in various fields said turn-
ing off lights can conserve c n.ii .i and save wild-
life, as well as inspire poetic thoughts or romantic
On Anna Maria Island, the impetus for turning
lights out or shielding lights from May 1 through
Oct. 31 is to protect female sea turtles nesting on the
beaches at night and the hatchlings that emerge from
The turtles, which naturally navigate toward
moonlight and starlight reflected on the water, can
become disoriented by artificial light. Adult turtles
can abort a nesting attempt if they become disori-
ented; hatchling turtles can be drawn to their deaths
"Just one light can kill thousands of turtles over
several years," said Robbin Trindell, a biologist with
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion. "Many lights burn all night without contributing
to human safety."
Darkening the beaches on the Island is not only
a call but the law.
Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach
have ordinances intended to protect threatened and
endangered marine turtles on the beaches by, accord-
ing to Anna Maria's ordinance, "safeguarding the
nesting female and hatchling marine turtles from the
adverse effects of artificial light; and adult and hatch-
ling marine turtles from injury or harassment."
The ordinances are similar in purpose, but differ-
ent in the details.
In Anna Maria, the ordinance requires that
from threatening an endangered species.
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First light, first walk
With the sunrise May 1, Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch volunteer Lee Ann Pelea walks a section of
beach in Anna Maria. Sea turtle nesting season
began May 1 and continues through October. During
that period, adult female turtles crawl ashore to nest
at night and hatchlings emerge from nests to crawl
to the water. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
property owners "must ensure that the beach is not
directly or indirectly illuminated by lighting originat-
ing from existing development during nesting season.
Artificial lighting from existing development must
not directly or indirectly illuminate the beach during
The ordinance also requires that "all temporary
structures, including but not limited to beach chairs,
umbrellas, cabanas, personal watercraft, boats, trailer
or any other man-made items that may interfere with
the use of the beach as a nest, must be removed from
the beach from sunset until sunrise."
Violators may be fined $100 on the first offense
and $200 per day for subsequent offenses, in addition
In Bradenton Beach, property owners also must
ensure that nesting habitat "is not directly or indi-
rectly illuminated by lighting originating from exist-
ing development during nesting season. Artificial
lighting from existing development must not directly
or indirectly illuminate sea turtle habitat during nest-
Items such as beach chairs, umbrellas, cabanas,
personal water craft, boats or trailers "that have the
potential for entrapment of marine turtles and which
may interfere with the use of the natural beach envi-
ronmental nesting habitat must be removed from the
nesting zone from sunset until sunrise" during the
Additionally, vehicle headlights in parking lots
or areas on or adjacent to the beach must be screened
utilizing ground-level barriers to eliminate artificial
lighting directly or indirectly illuminating sea turtle
Regulations in Holmes Beach state that "it is the
policy of the city that no artificial light illuminate any
area of the incorporated beaches of the city" from
May 1-Oct. 31.
The city requires that exterior lights be screened
or turned off from sunset to sunrise to keep the beach
The city also requires that interior lights be either
turned out or windows covered so not to illuminate
A workshop on lighting during sea turtle season
took place April 30, at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600
Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota.
Also, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch is work-
ing to promote turtle-friendly lighting this season
under a $4,100 grant from the state's vehicle tag
Lights dimmed, turned out for season
By Lisa Neff
A photograph flashed on the screen showing a
shoreline lit up like a carnival, and the audience for
a sea turtle workshop at Mote Marine April 30 col-
Bright lights on the beach are not what federal,
state and local authorities charged with enforcing
endangered species regulations want to see from May
We share the beaches," said Tony Tucker of
Mote Marine Laboratory's sea turtle conservation
and research program. "By day we thoroughly enjoy
them, but at night we relinquish the beaches and
give them over for the animals. And they need dark
beaches. It's that simple."
Artificial light can disorient nesting female sea
turtles and hatchlings, who navigate toward the bright-
est source of light, which, in a natural setting, would be
the moonlight and starlight reflected on the water.
Last week, Mote, in partnership with other local
organizations, the state Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission, the town of Longboat Key, Sara-
sota County and Florida Power & Light hosted the
fourth Sea Turtle and Lighting Workshop.
Attendees included government officials, such
as Holmes Beach code enforcement staff Nancy Hall
and Jan Gorman, but most people in the audience live
in the area or manage property and wanted to know
how to promote public safety and protect turtles.
Lighting, Tucker said in his welcome, "really is
a problem that we can solve individually and col-
He offered a slogan: "One light bulb at a time.
One building at a time. One island at a time."
About a half dozen people addressed the work-
shop audience, all of them agreeing that artificial
lights are the major cause of sea turtle disorientations
on the beach.
Tucker pointed out that there were 113 disorien-
tations in Sarasota County last year, the fourth highest
number in the state, and 42 disorientations in Mana-
Randy Fowler, codes administrator for Longboat
Key, reviewed the regulations at the federal, state
and local levels that protect nesting turtles, as well
as problems code enforcement officers encounter and
the process for enforcing the rules.
Suzi Fox, executive director of Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch, discussed how the organization works
with Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria and Holmes
Beach code enforcement officers and recalled years
in which the Island did not have local sea turtle ordi-
Suzi Fox of Anna
Maria Island Turtle
Watch and Keri
Nelson of Sarasota
County act out a
skit during the Sea
Turtle and Lighting
Workshop at Mote
April 30. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
Keri Nelson with Sarasota County's coastal
resources department discussed quick-fix lighting
solutions change the bulb, add a shield, turn out
"Light," she said, "does not just affect your little
piece of the world."
Nelson said if a light is a must, property owners
could consider true red lights. "Sea turtles," she said,
"see the world through a blue ocean filter."
Don Sayles from FPL said certain street lights
would soon go off for turtle season and said the com-
pany was testing new tc.ihnl,, '.y on the Island and
Longboat Key that will automatically turn on the
lights at the end of the season, eliminating the need
for crews to be assigned the duty.
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 6, 2009 0 9
Commercial red grouper catch effectively ends May 18
By Paul Roat
Longline fishing for red grouper will effectively
end for six months May 18 in the wake of a National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries
Service ban of catch in less than 300 feet of water in
the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
The rule changes current prohibitions to waters
less than 120 feet.
Red grouper are arguably the most prized of grou-
per and don't seem to live in the deeper waters.
Karen Bell of Bell Fish Co. in Cortez said that
about 25 longline boats those that run long lines of
baited hooks to catch the big fish and employ about
100 fishers will effectively be out of business.
"The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management
Council requested this emergency rule after a NOAA
observer study documented the reef fish longline fleet
was incidentally catching and killing too many log-
gerhead sea turtles," according to a council report.
\hltl shallow-water grouper fishing occurs
within the 50-fathom contour off the west Florida
shelf, an important sea turtle feeding area, where
most of the incidental sea turtle by-catches occur,"
the council report continued.
NOAA Fisheries Service administrator Roy
Crabtree said the group hopes to work out solutions
to the turtle-longline interaction during the 180-day
"We are working closely with the council and
constituents to find more permanent solutions to pro-
tect sea turtles affected by this fishing gear," he said.
"I hope we can identify options that not only provide
sea turtles the protection they need, but minimize the
economic affects to the fishing industry."
"We' re going to fight this," Bell said.
Pete's hosts Karaoke fundraiser
Pelican Pete's, 12012 Cortez Road, Cortez, will
host a benefit karaoke night at 7 p.m. Friday, May 8
for the Anna Maria Island Relay for Life.
The benefit will include a karaoke song auction, 50-50
raffle, a special Pelican Pete's Relay for Life cocktail and
a contest to guess the weight of some fresh stone crabs.
The person closest to the actual weight of the crab
claws donated by Star Fish Co. will take them home.
The Anna Maria Island Relay for Life, scheduled
to take place May 16-17 at Coquina Beach, raises
money for the American Cancer Society.
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The Island Players final production of the 2008-09
season will open Thursday, May 14, and continue
through May 24.
The theater group will present "Alone Together
Again," written by Lawrence Roman and directed by
Kelly Wynn Woodland.
The cast includes Mary Jo Johnson, James Thag-
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Back Alley hosts student show
Four students of art at Manatee High School will
take part in an art show debuting their talents at the
new Back Alley gallery and boutique in Bradenton
Beach on May 9.
Four Woman Show will feature MHS senior Eliza
Faillace, ceramics; senior Deanna Poelsma, painting
and ceramics; senior Cherylann Dykstra, ceramics;
and junior Tania Nino, ceramics.
MHS art teacher Rob Reiber helped organize the
show to assist the students to realize how to market
their art skills. The reception and sale of the students'
work will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
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of talents. They sell their own work and the hand-
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Manatee High to hold
Jazz concert May 8
The Manatee High School Bands "Jazz in the
Courtyard" concert will take place at 7 p.m. Friday,
May 8, at the school, 902 33rd St. Court W., Braden-
Seating will begin at 6 p.m. in the main court-
The event will feature Manatee High School's
two jazz bands, as well as the sale of food and bev-
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Matt and Dom's Pastry Cafe.
For more information, call the school at
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The Gulf Coast Writers will meet at 1:15 p.m.
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Members will share their work.
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Stage manager is Mike Lusk.
The box office will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon-
day-Saturday, as well as an hour before curtain times.
Productions will take place Tuesday through Sat-
urday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The theater is
dark on Mondays.
The theater and box office are located at 10009
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
For more information, call the box office at
Deanna Poelsma, a senior, created this work in
graphite, featured in the Manatee High Art Exhibit
at the Anna Maria Island Art League.
Manatee High student
The Anna Maria Island Art League will host the
15th annual Manatee High Art Exhibit May 8-29
at the league studio, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
The mixed-media exhibit will feature Manatee
High art students' paintings, drawings, photography,
ceramics, digital images and more.
A reception for the exhibit will take place from
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, at the studio
Hours for the exhibit will be Tuesday through
Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Conference set in code enforcement case
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By Lisa Neff
Attorneys in the code enforcement dispute
between the city of Holmes Beach and a Gulf Drive
property owner will head to the courthouse May 15
for a conference.
Circuit Court Judge Edward Nicholas set the con-
ference date for a status review of the case brought by
Dianne and William Sorg against the city. The case
is one of about 20 the judge will review that day.
At the hearing in the Manatee County Judicial
Center, Nicholas said he hopes to get an indication
of how long a trial might take and whether a jury or
non-jury trial will be sought.
Nicholas might also schedule the trial, which
could take place the weeks of June 15, July 27, Sept.
8, Nov. 9 or Dec. 14.
The case involves a lien filed by the city against
a duplex at 3707 Gulf Drive and property owners the
Sorgs, who then sued the city over the code enforce-
The city moved to foreclose on the property
because the Sorgs owed about $28,000 in fines asso-
ciated with a code enforcement ruling dating back to
August 2003, when city officials expressed concern
Holmes Beach comp plan
By Lisa Neff
The state reviewed Holmes Beach's proposed
comprehensive plan amendments and recommended
no changes to the document.
"The department gives notice of its intent to
find the amendment to the comprehensive plan for
Holmes Beach ... in compliance," Mike McDaniel of
the Florida Department of Community Affairs wrote
The Holmes Beach City Commission Feb. 24
unanimously approved an ordinance adopting the
evaluation and appraisal report of the city's compre-
The EAR amendments impact most sections of
the city's comp plan, including the future land-use
map, transportation, housing, infrastructure, coastal
management, conservation, recreation, intergovern-
mental coordination and capital improvements.
In the final weeks of the process, the city com-
mission made some slight modifications to the EAR
amendments, including adding language that encour-
ages the continued support of the Island trolley and
states that the city will create guidelines for the devel-
opment of "green" buildings and adopt exterior light-
ing standards to minimize light pollution and reduce
c e IK ,\ consumption.
The commission, following the recommendation
of city planning consultant Bill Brisson, also modi-
fied its five-year schedule of capital improvements,
which consists of work planned on roads and storm-
Another change in the final weeks of the adoption
process was the addition of a coastal high-hazard area
map, which covers the entire city, and the addition of
Key Royale Drive as an evacuation route.
On one of the more controversial issues, the com-
mission let stand a provision that restricts rentals in
single-family residential areas R-1 zones. The
provision limits rentals to no less than 30 days in the
R-1 areas, which some business people sought to cut
to a week.
The state's approval is not yet final. The notice of
intent opened a window of opportunity for additional
public inspection of the amendments.
"Any affected person ... has a right to petition
for an administrative hearing to challenge the pro-
posed agency determination that the amendment to
the Holmes Beach Comprehensive Plan is in compli-
ance," McDaniel stated.
Petitions would go to the agency clerk with the
DCA at 2555 Shumard Oak Blvd., Tallahassee FL
If no petition is filed with the DCA, the notice
becomes the agency's final action and the amend-
ments are approved.
about a missing railing on a second-floor balcony
on the building. Further review of the property had
found that there was no rental license on file with the
city, and later, the city raised concerns about repairs
made to the property without a permit.
By the summer of 2004, the matter was before
the city code enforcement board, which eventually
made four findings of fact: Repairs at the duplex
were made without a properly issued building
permit; without a permit there was no inspection
to ensure proper repair; the Sorgs had repeatedly
been told they needed a permit; and "the city must
maintain respect for its permitting system among
all property owners."
The code enforcement board levied a fine $30
a day "for every day the violation continues on the
After learning that the $30-a-day fine associated
with the property had accumulated lluo 'ugh May 2007
to a $28,000 debt, city commissioners instructed their
attorney to begin foreclosure proceedings.
A complaint for foreclosure of lien was stamped
Nov. 21, 2007, at the Manatee County Courthouse in
Bradenton. The Sorgs then filed a complaint against
the city challenging the fine and the lien against their
The city's answer stated "Plaintiffs are stopped to
bring this action on the grounds that any appeal of an
order imposing fine or other such administrative action
by defendant must be brought within 30 days."
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Islander graduates from UF
Holmes Beach resident Kimberly Kuizon, 21,
graduated from the University of Florida May 2
with a bachelor's of science degree in journalism
She minored in history.
Kuizon plans to become a reporter and is now
searching for a position locally.
She placed No. 14 in the nation for the Wil-
liam Randolph Hearst Competition for Radio II and
received other awards in journalism, as well as from
Islanders perhaps know Kuizon from her work
at the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria or her work
for the local METV.
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12 0 MAY 6, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Neighbor claims development should be denied
By Rick Catlin
Richard and Patricia Friday of the 100 block
of Park Avenue, Anna Maria, said they will oppose
any application by Steve Walker of Oregon and the
Walker Trust to build three houses at the beach end
of Park Street.
The Fridays claim Walker is building the houses
so he can sell them and invest the profits elsewhere.
Richard Friday said he spoke with Walker, who
owns a vineyard in Oregon. Friday said Walker
told him he does not intend to build for himself or
his family, but that his intention is to "extract as
much money as possible from the proposed sub-
division to invest in his commercial operation in
As adjacent landowners, the Fridays were asked
by the Florida Department of Environmental Protec-
tion for comment on Walker's application. Walker
needs a DEP permit to build seaward of the coastal
construction control line.
The Fridays opposed Walker's application to the
DEP and indicated they also would oppose the project
Historical society to present
The historical society's annual membership meet-
ing will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at the Anna
Maria Historical Park, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
During the meeting, the organization will award
three $1,000 scholarships to Island high school
Scholarships will be awarded to Nathan Hick-
erson, son of Joyce Karp and Gary Hickerson, of
Holmes Beach; Jessica Pate, daughter of David
and Deborah Pate, of Holmes Beach; and Severin
Walstad, son of Dana and Jamie Walstad, of Anna
at the city level.
The Fridays claim Walker is trying to build on
land that is zoned environmental and listed as con-
servation in the city's comprehensive plan.
"We made our decision to purchase the prop-
erty to a large extent based on that information. Mr.
Walker's proposed subdivision on those lots will be
an aesthetic, environmental and financial disaster for
us and a loss for the citizens of Anna Maria," the
Friday said in a letter to Mayor Fran Barford.
Efforts to reach Walker for comment were unsuc-
If the Fridays want to fight any construction
effort, they might need to move fast.
According to city planner Alan Garrett, Walker's
two lots on the south side of the beach access at Park
Street already have been designated a subdivision
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called Banyan Tree Estates. The lot on the north side
of the access, which is adjacent to the Fridays prop-
erty, is not part of the subdivision.
Garrett said the city will review any building
permit applications if and when Walker receives a
DEP permit and applies to the city.
The two lots that comprise the subdivision will then
be reviewed for a construction permit by the building
department, Garrett and the city commission. An appli-
cation to build on the single lot on the north side of the
beach access will be reviewed by building official Bob
Welch and Garrett, not by the commission.
Garret said that creating the subdivision was done
according to code.
He said the city has no ordinance prohibiting
construction on the seaward side of the coastal con-
struction control line.
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Holmes Beach outdoor dining back on agenda
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach city commissioners plan to take
another bite at the outdoor dining ordinance.
Commissioner Pat Morton suggested during a
meeting April 28 that the city revisit the issue and
found consensus among other commissioners.
The board is expected to take up the ordinance
at a work session May 12 at city hall, 5801 Marina
Morton said he's concerned with the procedure
that sends a restaurant owner before the board of
adjustment if a plan for outdoor dining requires a
"It's too costly for people," Morton said. "I'd like
the commission to revisit that."
Library celebrates book week
To celebrate National Children's Book Week, the
Island Branch Library will host young author Mat-
thew Boemer and artist/illustrator Alexandra Lillis.
The program will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday,
May 13, at the library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Matthew, 13, has two books in print "The
Great Dolphin Door: The Adventures of Frostfin
and Silverbeak" and "The Great Dolphin Door:
The Library" and a third in the works.
Lillis is an artist and illustrator who works
from her Island studio and teaches at the Anna
Maria Island Art League. She has illustrated print
and e-books, including "Kizzi's Special Friends"
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Commission Chair Sandy Haas-Martens polled
commissioners and they agreed to further discus-
"I wouldn't have any problem with that at all," said
Commissioner John Monetti, who manages the Colum-
bia Restaurant on St. Armands Circle in Sarasota. "I
don't think we have that many things on our plate."
Commissioner Pat Geyer, who operates Duffy's
Tavern, asked if a restaurant with special circum-
stances would instead go before the city commis-
Morton said he thought that would be the pro-
"We' 11 still look into safety?" Geyer asked.
"Oh, yeah," said Morton.
The commission adopted a new outdoor dining
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ordinance in August 2008 after a number of discus-
sions on the issue.
City policy had been to allow restaurants to place
eight seats outdoors, a rule adopted to soften the blow
of a state smoking ban. Additionally, restaurants
could bring more seats outdoors by eliminating the
same number of seats inside.
The new ordinance allows restaurants to further
expand outdoor dining allowed from 7 a.m. to 10
p.m. weekdays and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekends
provided applications to the city be accompanied
by an authorization from the property owner, contain
a site plan with "the proposed location of the out-
door dining area, showing dimensions, ingress/egress
access, exits and the proposed number of outdoor
seats and tables," as well as a description of inside
seats and tables and parking spaces.
Commissioner David Zaccagnino objected to the
new ordinance because it required legally noncon-
forming operations, such as Skinny's Place on Gulf
Drive, to first seek approval from the BOA. The res-
taurant is a grandfathered commercial operation in a
Morton raised the same issue last week, saying
a few other restaurants were in similar situations.
Several weeks ago, the commission adopted a
resolution setting a $100 fee for restaurants applying
for outdoor seating or to expand outdoor seating in
The resolution passed 4-1, with Zaccagnino
voting against it because, he said, the outdoor dining
ordinance should simply be revised to increase the
number of seats.
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Privateers golf tourney May 9
Think par and pirates.
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will hold its
annual Whitey Horton Memorial Golf Tournament
at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at River Run Golf Links,
1801 27th St. E., Bradenton.
The entry fee is $75 per person and includes a
round of golf, a drink ticket and a barbecue dinner.
As the Privateers prepare for the tournament, the
non-profit group is encouraging golfers to sign up and
sponsors and donors to contribute to a raffle to help
the Whitey Horton Memorial Student Scholarship.
The fund was established as a memorial to a longtime
member of the Privateers.
Also, the organization is preparing for its annual
Snooks Adams Kids Day May 16 at Bayfront Park in
Anna Maria and accepting applications for participa-
tion in the annual July 4 parade.
For more information, call 941-812-1412.
For event applications, go to www.amiprivateers.
Whelan, McKanna engaged
Danielle A. Whelan will marry Patrick J.M.
McKanna on May 16.
Danielle is the daughter of Doug and Ginny
Whelan of Bradenton.
Patrick is the son of Claudia Green of Natick,
Mass., and Steve McKanna of Narragansett, R.I.
Patrick is a manager at the Sandbar Restaurant
in Anna Maria and Daniele works for the Outback
Steakhouse on Cortez Road in Bradenton.
William James 'Bill' Gibson
William James "Bill" Gibson, 94, of Holmes
Beach, died April 28.
Born at Richmond Hill, Queens, N.Y., Mr.
County in 1957. He owned
and operated a gas station
in Bradenton, did the milk
routes for Hood's Dairy and
later Pet Dairy from Anna
Maria Island to Sarasota
until his retirement in 1980.
He worked on Wall Street as
Gibson a runner and at a box plant in
the 1930s, then joined Krug
Baking Company. He served in
the U.S. Navy during World War II, where he over-
saw the construction of LST 1022, which served
in the Pacific Theater during the war, including
the re-supply of the Marines at Iwo Jima and the
invasion of Okinawa Ginto in June 1945. He was
an avid bowler and golfer, and won many league
championships. He was an usher, later head usher,
at St. Bernard Catholic Church for more than 40
years. In 2001, at age 85, he had a hole-in-one at
the Palma Sola Golf Course. In 2002, at age 86, he
climbed the 219 steps of the Anastasia Light House
at St. Augustine. He left many friends around the
county, especially from the Palma Sola Golf Club,
Duffy's Tavern, the Beach House and the Sand-
bar restaurants, where he was a regular over the
Viewing and services were May 1 at the Bra-
denton Funeral Home. Graveside services May 2 at
Skyway Memorial Gardens, Palmetto. A Catholic
Mass for the Dead will be at 10:30 a.m. May 13 at
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
He is survived by daughter Pamela N. of Holmes
Beach and many nieces and nephews.
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Ruth Sabarese Knudson
Ruth Sabarese Knudson, 81, of Bradenton Beach
and formerly Long Island, N.Y., died April, 29.
Mrs. Knudson was born in Elmhurst, N.Y. She
worked in accounting for J.
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ing in Manhattan.
Memorial services will be
at noon Sunday, May 17, at
Roser Memorial Community
Church Chapel, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial
contributions may be made to
Knudson Floral Park United Method-
ist Church, 35 Verbena Ave.,
Floral Park NY 11001, Roser
Memorial Community Church or Salvation Army
of Bradenton. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in
charge of arrangements.
She is survived by son Robert and his wife, Lucy;
daughter Haley; brother Dwight Sabarese and wife
Elizabeth; and niece Danielle.
Church offers space
Roser Memorial Community Church offered
Island governments its church space for emer-
A letter to local government officials and
emergency officers offered the church buildings,
grounds, equipment and supplies in the event of
Specifically, the church offered its space to
serve as a relief station during the recovery phase
of an emergency, according to the Rev. Gary
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Whitey Horton Memorial Golf Tournament, River Run Golf Links, 1801
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6 to 11 pm -Anna Maria Elementary School "Mardl Gras
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Korean War vet finds
reward 55 years later
Palma Sola winter resident Mike Van Dyke never
really knew what he was doing in Korea when he was
After he left Korea in 1953, he did his best to
forget what historians have called the "Forgotten
Drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952, Mike had
a good job in Holland, Mich., as an auto mechanic
with a Chevrolet dealership.
He hardly knew where Korea was.
"When you' re 20 years old, you don't pay much
attention to what's going on overseas. All I knew
was that I was registered for the draft, and the Army
In typical Army fashion, Mike trained not as an
auto mechanic, but as a combat medic.
"They didn't ask me what I wanted. I was sur-
prised they sent me to become a medic and not to the
motor pool. It was typical of the Army," he said with
Following his basic and advanced training,
Mike was sent directly to Korea on a troop ship. He
landed in spring 1953 at Pusan and was assigned to
the 1092nd Combat Engineers.
"I was north of Seoul in what is now North
Korea," Mike recalled.
"We were about two or three miles behind the
front lines. When I got there, they said they didn't
need a medic, but they needed somebody who knew
something about engines. I was put in charge of the
generator system that provided electricity for the
His first night with the unit, he was given a tent
and told to sleep in it, but in the distance, he heard
sounds of thunder.
"The guys told me it was Chinese artillery. They
said, 'Don't worry, they never bomb here.' I just
hoped they were right."
The 1092nd occupied a compound in the Korean
mountains that can only be described as "desolate,"
according to Mike.
"It was a miserable place. We were out in the
boondocks. We had no post exchange, no movies, no
clubs," he said.
And Korea itself was a miserable place.
"I was surprised at how poor the country was. There
were no paved roads until you got near Seoul. The war
had just ruined the country. People lived in shacks."
Mike remembers people either begged for food
or stole what they needed. If a soldier put his arm out
of the truck, someone would immediately run by and
steal the watch off his wrist.
But at least he wasn't assigned to the frontline
infantry as a combat medic.
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"I think it was just the luck of the draw that I was
sent to the engineers. The infantry were fighting from
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"We used to joke with the infantry guys, but I
have the greatest respect for them. They were stuck
up there. At least we had a tent and hot meal s." a
sentike and his engineering buddies did have to put
up with "Bed Check Charlie. h throat.
It was a Chin res airplane that flew over every
night and dropped bombs and grenades on the engi-
"We were supposed to get into foxholes, but the
guy flying the plane had terrible aim. We finally said
to heck with this and just tried to sleep through it."
It was also the rainy season in Koreat Without paved
roads, the Korean ground quickly turned to mud.
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was that truce talks had begun at Panmunjom. That
quickly became the topic of the day for Mike and the
"The talk was all about when is the war going
to end. Is Eisenhower really going to stop the war?"
"There wasn't much else to talk about. The war
became static, just artillery going off every night."
Mike wrote home often, and his parents would
write back asking him for news of where he was sta-
tioned. It seemed as if the local papers had little to
say about Korea.
One day in late July 1953, Mike and the boys got
word that the fighting would cease the next day.
That night, the Chinese fired up every artillery
piece they had.
"They made a lot of noise. The sound was incred-
ible, but they didn't come close to us. We knew the
war had stopped because the next day, everybody quit
firing. It was so quiet."
After the truce, the 1092nd was pulled back into
what is now South Korea. The new compound had
a post exchange and was wired for electricity. Mike
was no longer needed to run the generator, so in
August 1953 he became the battalion mail clerk.
"Believe me, I was a popular guy. Nobody messed
with me because they wanted their mail. That was the
only thing we had to look forward to. I didn't do
guard or KP [kitchen police] duty."
While other guys in the battalion were rotating
back to the states, Mike had not been "in-country"
long enough to be sent back. He had to survive the
winter of 1953-54, but being a Michigan boy, "cold
weather didn't bother me," he said.
By the spring of 1954, Mike was a "short-timer"
and counting down the days until he could return to
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"I didn't dare go on sick call because they would
have kept me in Korea. I was ready to go back. Korea
was a place you wanted to forget. I got on the ship at
Inchon and never looked back. I didn't want to look
back. I had done my duty, but I really didn't have any
idea why we were there."
Mike returned to the United States, took his dis-
charge and went back to his old job in Michigan.
Nobody asked him where he had been. Nobody asked
After a year, he went to work for General Elec-
tric in the sample development department, where he
stayed 35 years.
Along the way at GE, he met a girl named Trudy
who also worked at the plant. They were married in
1958 and have three sons.
He and Trudy spend winters in Palma Sola and
summers in Michigan.
Mike never gave much thought to his service.
"For nearly 55 years, I wanted to just forget the
whole thing. All I wanted to do then was get out of
Korea and not look back."
But one day a few years ago, Mike learned the
South Korean government was paying expenses for
ex-Korea veterans to come back for a visit.
"The South Koreans provided everything but the
airfare. I was curious. I just wanted to see what the
country was like."
Mike said one of his sons talked him into going.
"My son said if I didn't go back to Korea soon, one
day it would be too late to go. So, in 2008, I went
back with my son."
The new South Korea was a shock to Mike, as
was the treatment afforded he and other Korean War
veterans by the government. Mike remembered a
war-torn, dirt-poor country and was greeted instead
by a modern, civilized and democratic nation, one
that honors those who helped it.
"They couldn't do enough for us. We met the
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tery, then to Panmunjom to see the peace talks, which
are held every day and only last about 10 to 15 sec-
onds. We toured the area and, I have to say, I became
a bit emotional."
The South Korean government also had a medal
ceremony for the returning veterans.
"They really care for the people who helped them
gain their freedom. It was impressive," said Mike.
"I didn't do that much in Korea, but I was appre-
ciated by these people, and that was enough for me.
To see such a modern country made me realize why
we were there back in 1953, why I was there. It took
55 years, but now I know. We are not forgotten."
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Mar Vista celebration
The public is invited to attend a ribbon-cutting
ceremony May 7, at the Mar Vista Dockside Res-
taurant on Longboat Key from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30
p.m. to celebrate completion of the restaurant's new
deck and cover.
Located at 760 Broadway on Longboat Key and
directly on the Intracoastal Waterway at marker 39,
the Mar Vista is easily accessible for people arriving
by car, boat, kayak or seaplane, said general manager
"Providing a deck with a cover for our guests
makes it possible for us to serve them in inclem-
ent weather. It was important for us to improve the
historic spot, but still maintain the charm that Mar
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from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 14, to benefit
the Longboat Key Turtle Watch.
Half of the $10 admission price to the event will
be donated to the volunteer program and patrons will
receive a $5 coupon toward a purchase at Harry's.
In addition, all wines purchased at Harry's Deli on
Thursday are reduced 20 percent.
The wine tasting will feature a variety of wines
from around the world along with entertainment and
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The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
Bureau is hosting an international marketing strategy
conference from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, May
12, at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, Anna Maria.
The BACVB is inviting people to attend who
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A BACVB press release said the term of four
current TDC members expire on June 30, while board
member Kent Davis is resigning.
To qualify for one an expiring seat, a person must
be a registered voter in Manatee County, be involved
in the tourism industry and subject to the 5 percent
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is not subject to the resort tax, but who has demonstrated
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With less than five days left until mambo time,
Anna Maria Elementary School parents are pushing
full steam ahead to produce the school's largest fund-
raisers in spite of sluggish early ticket sales.
The Parent-Teacher Organization's annual Spring
Fling dinner, dance and auction will be held from 6
to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
The 2009 party theme is "Mardi Gras Mambo"
and word has it that proper attire spans from street
party casual and beaded necklaces to fanciful ball
gowns and masks.
The evening includes a buffet dinner featuring food
from Moore's Stone Crab, Mr. Bones BBQ, Waterfront
Restaurant, Sandbar, A Moveable Feast, Harry's Conti-
nental Kitchens and some other donors.
The Sato family will be back this year running
the cash bar, which will feature a signature Mardi
Gras Mambo cocktail.
Music for the evening will be provided by Island
DJ Chris Grumley.
The Spring Fling offers parents an evening to mingle
with staff and members of theAME c 'mmu nit \\ i l thut
children in tow. Babysitting during the event is offered
at School for Constructive Play at a nominal cost.
Each year the PTO earmarks the event proceeds to
enhance the learning experience for AME students. This
year, like many others, teachers have requested new com-
puters. AME principal Tom Levengood recently met with
the event committee to present the request and indicated
that more than 50 of the classroom computers used by
students for daily lessons are more than five years old.
"The [Manatee County School] District won't
repair a computer that is more than five years old,"
Levengood said. Although many computers were
replaced when the technology lab was dismantled,
Levengood said the school still has a lot of desktop
systems showing signs of age.
A silent auction at the Mardi Gras Mambo will
include themed gift baskets assembled by each AME
classroom, artwork created by AME students and
items provided by local businesses.
Some of the gift baskets include a day of fishing, a
romantic evening for two, Gator gear and desserts.
Auction items donated by the community include a
week's stay at a Berkshire, N.Y., home, youth art camp at
the Anna Maria Island Art League, surf camp and scuba
Levengood said, "This year's student projects are
Among the student work up for bid is a beach chair
decorated by kindergarten students, a flip-flop quilt
made by first-graders, surfboard art by third-graders,
toy chests and beach-themed tiles and mirrors.
Tickets for the event are $40 per person or $280
for a table of eight, and are available at the school
office. Event chairperson Kyra Valadie said less than
half the tickets had been sold as of May 1.
"Fifty percent of our ticket sales are usually
members of the community who don't have kids at
AME," said Valadie. "This year that hasn't been the
case, but we're still hoping for a last-minute rush and
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Be safe on the water, without oil rigs for now
With daytime air temperatures edging into the
high 80s and water temps nudging 80 degrees, plus
beautiful blue skies and light winds, it is definitely
time for boaters to "use 'em if they got 'em."
Boating season is here.
To commemorate the season, we have National
Safe Boating Week May 16-22. It's a good time
to make sure all your gear is up and running, take
advantage of a free safety check offered by the Coast
Guard Auxiliary or Power Squadrons in our area, a
check available most weekends at most boat ramps
on Anna Maria Island.
And the folks at BoatUS have come up with
a crew safety checklist. The point is to make sure
everybody on the boat has some basic knowledge of
what's aboard, where it's located, how to use it and
what to do if problems ensue.
The list includes giving everyone on board a cor-
rectly sized life jacket, show each person how to put
it on and maybe forget to tell each one how to take
it off so he or she will wear it on the water? or
otherwise demonstrate where the jackets are stored.
A useful tip is to get people in their jacket, get it
fitted, then put their name on the personal flotation
device via a piece of tape so they know which is
There also are a lot of new PFDs on the market
these days that in no way resemble the old cumber-
some behemoths of World War II days. Some are
about the size of a typical fanny pack and inflate via
an air cartridge. Tuck the top over your head and
you're floating. They run about $80, but aren't the
lives of you, your family, friends and crew worth the
Show everyone how to use man-overboard gear,
All fire extinguishers should be easily accessed
and everyone aboard should know how to use them.
Explain the different types of fire extinguishers on
Not all boats can be stopped in the water the same
way, either by turning off the engine or shutting off
the fuel. Make sure everyone aboard knows how to
do the deed.
If your boat has a VHF radio, give a quick lesson
Manatee County's natural resources depart-
ment will host a volunteer workday at Robinson
Preserve in northwest Bradenton from 3 p.m. to
5 p.m. Saturday, May 9.
"Show a little love for your local environ-
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serve!" said county naturalist Melissa Cain Nell.
"We need your help to keep Manatee County's
Volunteers will work in the salt marsh to col-
lect and spread native seeds, clean up trails and
help create new habitat for wildlife.
The county also will sponsor a sunset bike
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of how to use it to all on board. Use of the Chartplot-
ter, GPS and Loran should also be get some attention.
It's not all that complicated.
And show everyone how to run the boat and let
each person take a turn.
Play out the possibility that in the event the driver
tumbles over the side, the shut-off lanyard should kill
the engine. But, also assume that while the captain is
floundering in the water, if no one on board knows
how to start the boat, where the man-overboard gear
is or how to use it, the current can sweep the cap-
tain away from the boat, and if you haven't planned
accordingly, it's possible no one knows how to start
the boat or run it.
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w li in., it appears that oil derricks will be detained
from rising out of the waters off Florida's shore this
But before it was denied in the senate, the Florida
House of Representatives passed an 1 th-hour mea-
sure to allow the governor and cabinet to approve oil
rigs in state waters up to about 3 miles from shore. As
explained by oil industry lobbyists, the oil that could
flow from the underground sources could also flow
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Florida would put a "stake in the heart of the econ-
omy in my district."
As well as in the heart of all coastal communi-
Florida lawmakers have been touting oil rigs in
the Gulf of Mexico as a cash cow for the state for
more than 60 years.
According to Eric Ernst of the Sarasota Herald-
Tribune, a company called Coastal Petroleum bought
oil and gas rights within 10 miles of the state's shore
from Naples northward to well into the Florida Pan-
handle in 1947.
The company would make a move to drill. State
officials would stop the action. Coastal would claim
the state was making an illegal taking on its rights
and sue. The matter would drag through the courts
for a few years, then the state would settle.
In 2002, courts ruled the state didn't have to pay
for Coastal's bluffs any longer, and in 2005 the state
paid Coastal $12.5 million to go away.
Then some members of the current group in Tal-
lahassee decided to play the game again.
It's hard to get accurate data regarding oil in the
Gulf of Mexico, but most coastal experts generally
snicker at the thought of the transformation of Anna
Maria's western vista into something resembling the
coastline of Texas or Louisiana.
There's oil out there, sure, but to such a minis-
cule degree, they say, that it just isn't economically
feasible to drill.
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Fishing: About as good as it gets
By Paul Roat
"Put off the household chores and go fishing,"
Danny Stasny of Island Discount Tackle said. "It's
getting really good out there."
Almost every species of fish in the waters off
Anna Maria Island seems to be in a spring feeding
frenzy right now and, with balmy days and mostly
light breezes, the weather is finally cooperating with
Inshore action is focusing on huge trout and red-
fish. Snook are big and really starting to hit well, as
they always do just as the season closes, which was
Mackerel are off the beaches and in the Gulf of
Mexico. Amberjack are around the reefs. Tons of
kingfish are being caught near shore, with the big
ones up to 15 miles out.
And there are reports of tarpon hookups, and
although they are scattered, the fish hooked are big.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing
Charters said he caught some nice-sized snook
before the closure, plus trout in the bays. "Trout have
come on strong with many keepers caught over the
deep seagrass of Anna Maria Sound," he said, adding
that sharks have moved into the bays.
Capt. Logan Bystrom said he hooked up several
kingfish off the beach, and found snook to be plentiful.
"We' ve been catching quite a few keeper and oversized
snook alongside the deeper mangroves," he said. "Red-
fish are on the flats holding up in potholes. All have been
biting on shiners on good moving tides." He said bait
has been plentiful and easy to get.
Danny at Island Discount Tackle at Catchers
Marina in Holmes Beach said "gator" trout are all
over the deeper seagrass flats on outgoing tides, with
Mirrolures working well. Catch-and-release snook have
moved into the bays, and he suggested casting close to
mangroves with shiners as bait, then when the linesid-
ers come out of the roots to hit the bait, reel in fast.
Tarpon also are off the beaches and in the passes, with
Matt Cox caught this nice-sized redfish while fish-
ing with Capt. Wayne Johnson.
Captain Mark Howard
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Alan Hayes of Edinburgh, Scotland, caught this redfish Alan while fishing as a guest of Dave Spencer with
Capt. Mark Howard ofSumotime Charters.
few hookups so far, but lots more in the days ahead.
Offshore, king mackerel are so thick that some fishers
are complaining that they can't drop a hook for another
species without catching a king. There are also lots of
mackerel and mangrove snapper on the nearshore reefs,
cobia are starting to show up, and amberjack are all over
the offshore reef systems.
At the Rod & Reel Pier, fishing is mostly for an
occasional mackerel and snapper.
At the Anna Maria City Pier, reports include
mackerel, jacks, catch-and-release snook and lots of
dolphins Flipper, not dinner roaming around
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said fishing is great. "Our parties are catch-
ing big red and gag grouper, lots of monster man-
grove snapper, amberjack, sharks, Spanish mackerel
and all the kingfish you want to catch. For the kings,
look for the birds working. No chumming or trolling
necessary, just fish." His king catches are anywhere
from 3 to 16 miles in the Gulf, with live bait working
the best. Deeper water is producing grouper, amber-
jack and snapper in 110 feet.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina said with cleaner and calmer
Gulf waters, the king mackerel blitz is on. "All of
my clients this week enjoyed some good kingfish
action within yards of the beaches of Anna Maria
and Longboat Key," he said. "Most of the big macks
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ran up to around 36 inches, but one topped the scales
at 30 pounds. Numerous jumbo Spanish mackerel
and juvenile kings are mixed in, along with a few
bonito." Capt. Zach said that tarpon have arrived on
the scene and should be in full swing within a couple
of weeks. Cobia have been scarce both inshore and
offshore, but based on reports he's heard about the
hot cobia action off Charlotte County, that condition
could change any day.
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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Perfection in reach for three Island football teams
By Kevin Cassidy
The races for first place in each of the three age
divisions of the Anna Maria Island Community Center
NFL Flag Football spring program are basically over.
With only four or five regular season games left to
play on the schedule, the big question now is; Can the
Panoramic Cardinals 8-9 division, Galati Yacht Sales
Texans 10-12 team and Beach Bistro Cardinals of the
13-16 division hold onto their undefeated records?
Panoramic Cardinals currently hold a 7-0 record
and a two-game lead over Island Dojo Martial Arts
Academy Jaguars in the 8-9 division. The Jaguars have
three games against the Cardinals so they have a realistic
chance of catching up on the scoreboard.
That's not the case in the 10-12 division, where
Galati Yacht Sales Texans boast an 8-0 record that
puts them three games in front of second place Mr.
Bones Vikings. The Vikings with a 4-2 record only
get one more shot at the Texans in the regular season
so they may have to wait until the playoffs and work
for an upset victory there.
Beach Bistro Cardinals with a 4-0 record hold a
slim lead in the 13-16 division over second place Island
Real Estate Colts, which is currently 3-2. They too meet
one more time in the regular season and also might have
to wait until the playoffs to have a move to the top.
Mr. Bones Vikings defeated Ross Built Chargers
20-7 in 10-12 division action on May 2. Richard
Almodovar led the Vikings with a pair of offensive
touchdowns, while Josh Zawistoski added one touch-
down. Jake Parsons chipped in with an extra point
to complete the Vikings scoring in the victory. Alex
Virgilio scored the lone touchdown for the Chargers
while Jake Ross added an extra point in the loss.
Panoramic Cardinals earned their fourth shutout
victory of the season in the 8-9 division when they
dismantled the RLS Industries Patriots 30-0 on May
1. Tyler Pearson led the way with three touchdowns,
while Masen Blandford and Michael Latimer each
added one touchdown in the victory.
Galati Yacht Sales Texans remained perfect in
10-12 division thanks to a 29-18 victory over Mr. Bones
Vikings on May 1. Chris Galati paced the Texans with
two touchdowns and three extra points, while Logan
Reiber added a touchdown and a two-point conversion.
Zach McGuire chipped in with a touchdown to complete
the Texan scoring in the victory. The Vikings received
a pair of touchdowns from Richard Almodovar and a
touchdown from Jake Parsons in the loss.
Mike Norman Realty Packers edged Sand Dollar
Colts 22-18 in 10-12 division action on April 30.
Quarterback Jack Shinn scored a pair of touchdowns
to lead the Packers, which also received a touchdown
from Keegan Murphy and a two-point conversion
from Seth Walter. Zach Stewart scored two touch-
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for the Colts.
Island Real Estate Colts earned a 21-12 victory
over Strategic Ministries Cowboys in 13-16 division
action on April 30. The Colts were led by Aaron Van-
hook, who scored a touchdown and an extra point,
while Zach Facheris and Kyle Parsons each scored
one touchdown. Chris Perez completed the Colts
scoring with a pair of extra points. JD Jackson scored
two touchdowns to lead the Cowboys in the loss.
Mike Norman Realty Packers put a little scare
into the Galati Yacht Sales Texans before dropping
a 20-16 decision in 10-12 action on April 29. Chris
Galati led the Texans with two touchdowns, while
Logan Reiber added one. Katie Christenson added
a two-point conversion for the Texans. Seth Walter
scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion to
lead the Packers, which also received a touchdown
from Morgan Greig and a two-point conversion from
Jack Shinn in the loss.
Beach Bistro Cardinals corralled the Strategic
Ministries Cowboys 39-13 in 13-16 division action on
April 29 behind a pair of touchdowns from Chandler
Hardy, and TDs from Issac Pinckney, Jordan Grabski,
Michael Galati and Dany Doyle. JD Jackson paced
the Cowboys with two touchdowns.
Island Dojo Martial Arts Academy Jaguars earned
a hard-fought defensive struggle over the RLS Indus-
tries Patriots by an 8-0 score in 8-9 division action on
April 27. Tyler Yavalar scored the lone touchdown
of the game to lead the Jaguars, which also received
a two-point conversion from Jean-Paul Russo.
Panoramic Cardinals saw their shutout streak come
to an end, but they still earned an impressive victory,
defeating Sparks Steel Art Falcons 33-12 in 8-9 divi-
sion action on April 27. Michael Latimer had a huge
day, scoring four touchdowns to lead the Cards, which
also received a touchdown from Jack Mello, a two-point
conversion from Tyler Pearson and an extra point from
Brooke Capparelli in the victory. Dylan Joseph paced
the Falcons with a pair of touchdowns in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
The 41st annual Key Royale Club awards pre-
sentation was held April 19 with guests and honorees
enjoying party refreshments and presentations from
club president Mike Selby and golf chairman Quentin
Men's champ Greg Shorten and women's club
champ Joy Kaiser received awards to recognize
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their accomplishments. Also recognized were mixed
couples champs Joy and Al Kaiser, men's handicap
champ Craig Humphreys and women's handicap
champ Jean Holmes. In addition, John Pirris and
Margie Jacob, the men's and women's President's
Cup winners, received their awards.
The fortunate golfers to have holes in one during the
past year also were recognized. Quentin Talbert, Bill Gal-
lagher, Ron Vandeman and Tom Warda all had aces.
The Key Royale Club men held their semi-
annual Stag Day, nine-hole handicap tournament
on April 29. They had a variety of games going on,
including team low net and individual low gross
and low net. The 8 a.m. team low net winners were
Art Hibbs, Jim Thorton, Bob Kral and Dave Schor-
ter with an 8-under-par 56. Bob Kelly carded a
4-over 36 to win the individual-low-gross game,
while individual-low-net honors were shared by
Fred Meyer, Bob Kelly, Earl Huntzinger and Tom
Lewis, all at 1-under 31.
Closest-to-the-pin winners were Ernie Hauser
and Bob Kelly, while Don Ledford chipped in on
The team-low-net winners for the 10:15 tee-off time
were Fred Miller, Art McMillan, Bob Mullin and Dana
Cessna with a 7-under-par 57, one shot ahead of Jim
Finn, Larry Pippel, Gary Silke and Al Morgan. Indi-
vidual-low-gross and low-net winner was Dave Kruger,
who carded a natural 34, a 29 with his handicap. Second
place went to Larry Pippel with a 30.
Kruger and Joe Mojika won the closest-to-the-pin
contests on holes three and eight.
The Key Royale Club women played a nine-hole,
individual-low-net and low-gross game onApril28. Fight
AA winner was Jean Holmes with an even par 32, four
strokes ahead of Sand Tocco. Grace Sayles and Joyce
Brown tied for first place in FlightA with an even-par 32, as
did Fight B winner Joanne Ozdych, who finished one shot
ahead of second-place finishers Markie Ksiazek and Jan
Turner. Fight C winner was Lorraine Towne, who carded a
1-under-par 31 to earn a four-shot victory over Joy Nelles.
Fight D winner was Theresa Schutt, who had the low-net
round of the day with a 3-under 29. Erma McMullen was
second in that flight \ ith a 32.
Jean Holmes also captured the low gross in Flight
AA with 39, while Joyce Brown and Grace Sayles tied
for first in Fight A % ilth iik thing 44s. Joanne Ozdych
and Jan Turner tied for third in Flight B with 48. Lor-
raine Towne at 48 and Theresa Schutt at 49 took low
gross honors in Flight C and D respectively.
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FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may
advertise 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, fax toll-free
1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
DUAL RECLINING SOFA and rocker-reclining
loveseat. Excellent condition. $600 or best offer.
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.
22-FOOT CHAMPION shuffleboard table for sale.
Brand new. 941-224-6726.
HOME BREW BEER kit: Never used. Video, book
and bottle capper, too! $70. 941-778-4783.
HANDPAINTED ROCKING CHAIR with dai-
sies, $100. Adorable fisherman handpainted hall
accent table, $75. Painted sofa table with Jaca-
randa tree and butterflies, $100. Red Barn Flea
Market, booth 172. 941-780-5164.
BOAT POWER CORD: 30 amp, $35. Dive float,
new, $20. Anchor, $8. 616-824-5404.
DESK WITH BLACK metal frame. 30x60, glass
top. $40. 941-756-6728.
EARTH BOX LATTICE enclosure, No box. $12.
Hibiscus tree, five-foot in pot, $10. Pond form,
vinyl, medium size, $40. 941-778-2901.
FLATWARE: STAINLESS-STEEL, serves six,
$35. King headboard, iron, $30. Framed Andrew
Wyeth print, $60. 941-778-0256.
COMPUTER DESK WITH file drawer, $60.
Antique wood bed, $85. Fax and printer, $20.
RESTAURANT TABLES, CHAIRS: 8 30-inch
square tables, 20 black wrought-iron high-back
chairs with padded seats. Miscellaneous goods.
WEDDING DRESS FOR sale: Ivory with beaded
bodice, cathedral train.Train pins in back to three
pleated layers. Size 14. Professionally cleaned and
preserved. $125 or best offer. 941-794-2312.
HUGE, DECORATIVE FRAMED mirrors: Several
styles to choose from, sizes from 4 by 6 feet, to
5 by 8. $250-$400. 941-730-2606.
ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet,
$350. Small antique burl-wood rocker, $200.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
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.
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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.
FREE GUN LOCK.Yes, free. Courtesy of Project
Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission and Holmes Beach Police Depart-
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5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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on Anna Maria Island since 1992.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Butterfly Park. Two lines,
$50. Three lines, $60. Forms at The Islander or
call 941-518-4431 for more information.
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.
ROYAL GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-noon Friday and
Saturday, May 8-9.715 Key Royale Drive, Holmes
RELAY FOR LIFE rummage sale: 3:30 p.m. Satur-
day, May 16, at Coquina Beach, site 18.All dona-
tions for research, American Cancer Society.
ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 9.
216 Cypress St., Anna Maria. Estate of Ralph
French. C. 1900 legal bookcase, chairs and table,
mahogany chests, tables, swords, knives, army
items, vintage clothes, accessories, linens, Fiesta
Ware and luggage, jewelry, figurines, Nippon, cut
glass, two violins, leather recliner, cedar chest,
four trunks, microscope, featherweight sewing
machine, Singer girls sewing machine, books,
stereopticon, fencing helmets, fish gear, tools,
work bench, antlers, air compressor, Shop-Vac,
records, books, bed linens, kitchen and more. Lim-
ited parking. Sale by Julie McClure. Pictures: www.
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.
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.
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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,
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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.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
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Lots of miscellaneous repairs. Call 941-795-1947.
BIMINI TOP FOR boat, 80-inch. As new.
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.
HOUSEKEEPER FOR CLEANING/light cook-
ing. Non-smoker. References. 3-7 p.m., Monday
through Thursday. 941-704-7336.
DRIVER WANTED: Delivery "on call." Must have
pickup truck, available to pickup and deliver equip-
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library in
Bradenton Beach. Information, 941-779-1208.
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school children. Call 941-778-2979.
CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified child
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CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
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NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
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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
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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
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Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
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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,
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TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to
the airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates.
Reasonable. Call Mike, 941-567-6634. Cell
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.
EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER AVAILABLE:
Island resident, excellent references. Call Becky
at 941-778-7828. Cell, 941-726-5252.
SEWING: HEMMING, BUTTONS, minor alter-
ations, cushion covers, ironing. Call Terry,
CAREGIVER FOR THE elderly: One-on-one care.
Home cooking, light housekeeping, appointments,
shopping, etc. Five hours or more. Top references,
25 years experience. Call 941-545-7114.
PEST CONTROL: LOCALLY owned. Call for a free
home pest inspection. The company that keeps
your lawn healthy can also keep the bugs out of
your home. Southern Greens, 941-747-6677.
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. Rentals our specialty. pinesolpatty@juno.
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,
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15.12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
TOTAL LAWN CARE, tree service. 25 years
proactive service. Call Ron, "Shake & Bake".
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured. Call Allen any-
time. Cell 941-224-8569.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. Cell, 941-448-3857 or 941-779-0851.
LARRY'S BACK! SHELL delivered and spread.
$45/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil
with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775,
"shell phone" 941-720-0770.
LANDSCAPE BOULDERS CHEAP! Various sizes,
$10-$95. Delivery and placement available. Also
free removal of your unwanted boulders. Plus we
are a complete tree and stump service. Insured,
experienced. Call Brad Frederick's LLC today.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
HOW TO PLACE A CLASSIFIED AD
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BOAT, RV & TRAILER STORAGE
Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available
SYour Shuttle Service on Anna Maria Island
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941-580-5777 Special Events
www.shuttleserviceami.com Most major credit cards are accepted
Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants, "
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup.
Call Junior, 807-1015
> MANATEE MOVING
Pickup & Delivery Services
Apartments Condos Homes -
1 item or Household
Free Estimates Affordable Rates
call Mike 759-8254
"Your -lome Town Mlover"
Licensed, Insured FL MNover Reg. # IM601
Providing islanders with personal service to and from
central and south Florida airports, etc. Since 1991.
Bruce Collins (941) 77S-6201
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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.
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.
SulCfBay Pfalty ofAnna Maria Inc.
SJesse Brisson roBmfrAssociate, 4WI
Thinking about Selling?
Call me to learn about a no-commitment
listing that you can cancel anytime if
you are unhappy with my
performance. I strive to be
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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.
ANNUAL: CHARMING BAYVIEW cottage.
1BR/1BA, partially furnished, washer and dryer,
dock. Nice quiet neighborhood. $850/month plus
utilltles. 941-545-7109 or 941-795-1132.
PERICO BAY CLUB
OPEN HOUSE 1-4PM SUNDAY
3BR/2BA bright end unit. Conan counter tops tile
floors. Priced lower than smaller 2BR condos. Updated
kitchen and baths. $328,000. Lease option.
Spacious building lot with Gulf views, 204 66th St.
Call Robert at 941-730-1291
Call me for a full list of foreclosures on the Island.
FOR RENT: 2BR/1BA, $800/month. 2919
Ave. E, Holmes Beach. Call 941-778-3455 or
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.
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.
ANNUAL 1BR UNFURNISHED apart-
ment. Kitchen, bath. No pets. Holmes Beach.
PERICO BAY CLUB: 3BR/2BA, clean, bright end
condo. $1,350/month, lease option available. Call
ANNUAL: AVAILABLE MAY 15.2BR/2BA elevated
duplex, two blocks to Gulf. $850/month includes
trash, washer/dryer, storage. Quiet neighborhood.
First, last, $250 security. Call 941-779-1112.
FOR RENT: ANNUAL. Wonderful bay view.
2BR/2BA-plus house in quiet neighborhood. All
appliances upgraded. $1,400/month plus utilities.
Phone 941-545-7109 or 941-795-1132.
WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA TOWNHOUSE with
boat slip on Palma Sola bay. Heated pool, patio,
cable, washer and dryer, cats allowed. Six months
plus. $950/month unfurnished, $1,050/month fur-
nished. Call 941-798-3842 or 941-720-7519.
WESTBAY POINT AND Moorings I: Lower corner
unit with spectacular view of Tampa Bay and Sun-
shine Skyway Bridge. 2BR/2BA, completely fur-
nished. Available November 2009 to March 2010.
Three months minimum rental. Call 401-497-6327
for more information.
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CORAL SHORES 5 minutes to beach, 3BR/2BA S165,900
WILDEWOOD SPRINGS 1700 SF floorplan 2BR/2BA enclosed
lanai, carport, great condition. Fantastic price of $130,000.
CAMBRIDGE VILLAGE WEST 2BR/2BA garage. Excellent
move-in condition. $165,900.
RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT, 2BR/2BA, clubhouse,
pool, tennis. S129,000.
RENTALS: Cottages to luxuryvillas. Vacation and annual.
GULFFRONT 1 & 2 BR, Available now. Weekly, monthly.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. S1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Annual or seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock,
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CUTE OFFICE FOR RENT. 315 58th St., Holmes
Beach. 941-794-8202. ANNUAL DUPLEX:
2BR/1BA Anna Maria City. Ground-level. $875/
month, water, trash included. Available May 15.
BEAN POINT: 3BR/2BA ground-level. New
stainless-steel kitchen, baths, washer and dryer.
ANNUAL DUPLEX: 2BR/1BA. Recently reno-
vated, new appliances. $750/month. North end
Anna Maria. 941-778-6088.
FABULOUS BAYFRONT 1BR/1BA with dock,
available immediately. $695/month, annual. Con-
tact at 330-805-7399.
WANTED: ANNUAL APARTMENT. Male with per-
fect credit looking for annual rental. Non-smoker,
non-drinker. No pets. 941-761-1980.
ANNUAL RENTAL: Bradenton Beach 2BR/2BA.
Tile floors, 1.5 blocks to beach, deck with Intra-
coastal Waterway view, screened lanai, covered
parking under duplex, washer, dryer. $950/month.
MEMORIAL DAY FOUR-day weekend special,
$399.2BR/2BA townhouse. Pool and boat dock and
more. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 1BR in Holmes Beach. $675/
month plus utilities and deposit. 941-778-6541,
days and 941-504-3844, evenings.
2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH furnished, block to
beach. Dishwasher, washer, dryer, pool. June 1
through December. $950/month. 847-769-6175.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
W Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
920 Waterside Lane
Perico Bay Club
2BR/2BA furnished villa. 2BR/2BA,
water views, 1132 sf, 24-hr guard
gate, heated pool. $229,000
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Available weekly or monthly
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The Beach House Private home directly on
the Gulf in Holmes Beach.
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REVERSE HOME MORTGAGES: Call us for fax
and free brochures. Richard and Alison Estrin,
licensed mortgage brokers, Blondin Mortgage
GORGEOUS 5BR/3BA TOWNHOUSE for sale
on Anna Maria Island. Fantastic location opposite
Publix and five minute walk to beach. Beautifully
decorated with superb rental history. Tennis courts
and two pools. Offers in excess of $310,000! Will
be sold to highest bidder. Telephone 01144 20
8508 0332, or e-mail: Sandypflorida@aol.com.
NEW CANALFRONT HOME. 4BR/4.5BA den, sit-
ting room in master suite, stainless-steel appli-
ances, zoned air, large lanai, pool, professionally
landscaped. $1,475,000.215 Chilson Ave., Anna
"DISTRESS" SALE: BANK foreclosures. Island
and mainland properties. Free list with pictures.
BED AND BREAKFAST for mom and pop.
$419,000, terms. West Bradenton exclusive. Real-
tor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
SPACIOUS VILLA: 2-3BR/2BA, 2,200 sf, double
garage. Minutes to beach. $159,000. Realtor,
941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
GOLF-LAKE LIVING in Tennessee. Finished
three bedroom villas $139,900! Golf-front par-
cels only $29,900 with 40 percent discount at
May 16 sale. Call Tennessean Land Sales today,
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria-
Bnnrng Pcpfr Home Simnr 1919
REDUCED! Anna Maria Gulf Front lot. SUNDANCEATCORTEZ! Gated entrance
Buildyourdream homehere.Walkthe with brick paver drives, 3 car gar The
sugar white sand beach, watch the quality construction and unique design
stunning sunsets, see the dolphins include beautifultile floors,elevatorand
swim by. Writeyournovel here! Becky balconieswith bayviews! Sharon High-
Smith or Elfi Starrett (941) 778-2246. tower (941) 778-2246. #M5802221.
#M504998. $1,199,000 $1,095,000
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PALMA SOLA SHORES 2107 Palma THIS3BR/2BABAYFRONTPROPERTY
Sola Blvd #29, Bradenton. Wonderful is nestled in the wonders of Anna
55+communitywith heated pool,active Maria. Located on a 10,000SFlotwith
large pool & direct bay views. Sit on
clubhouse and bayfront fishing dock. your porch & watch t e kids play in
Veryclean2BR/2BA. BeckySmith(941) the white sand or swim in thepool.
778-2246. #M5802687. $99,900 Must See Jennifer Summeralls (941)
778-2246. #M5803062. $1,350,000
2217 GULF DR. N. BRADENTON BEACH
(941) 778-2246 (800) 211-2323 WWW.WAGNERREALTY.COM
ESCAPE to a private 38-acre island in Sarasota Bay with half
dedicated to a protected nature preserve. Accessible only by boat
with private car parking and dock on the mainland. One-acre
building site, mature trees for shade and seclusion, water and
electric to the property. $499,000.
Adorable 3 BR/2BA ground-level home located just one house
from the bay New tile floors, great neighborhood and short walk
down the street to the beach! $350,000.
Bayfront. 2 cottages. One directly on the bay with a beautiful
view, the other on adjoining property and stones throw from
the beach. $690,000
Artist's studio/carpenter's workshop or rehab old cracker
house. Located in the fishing village of Cortez on a large lot.
$197,000. Owner financing.
Mike Norman Realty
3101 GULF DR HOLMES BEACH
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Runners take off in the annual Island Run May 3 to raise money for the Children's Academy
of Southwest Florida Inc. The event, an official Bradenton Runners Club race, also featured a
family fun run to benefit the not-for-profit nursery school that provides care for at-risk children in
low-income families. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Runners register for the Island Run in Anna Maria.
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Albert Wieringa, 62, and his grandson, Kai, 5, finished first
in the 1-mile run in Anna Maria May 3. Their time was
Tim Topa fills out his time card after placing second overall in the
annual Island Run May 3. The event began and ended at Bayfront Park
in Anna Maria. Michael Lamb placed first in the race. Lamb's time was
17:32 and Topa's was 17:50.
Tom Ore- Ngan Nguyen,
howsky of 10, right, and
the Braden- Tran Nguyen,
ton Runners '; 14, hand out
Club offers 4B certificates
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CancerSociety re l r m s .y oMaria.
Cancer Society relay relays message, money
By Lisa Neff
With crazy caps and glowsticks, wearing pajamas
and togas, dozens of Islanders will walk for a cause
The Island Relay for Life will take place from
about 3 p.m. Saturday, May 16, to 8:30 a.m. Sunday,
May 17, at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach.
Members of more than 20 teams will walk laps
around a track at the beach to raise money for the
American Cancer Society, which maintains that it
has contributed to a 15 percent decrease in the cancer
death rate since the 1990s.
"Eleven million survivors in the United States
will have a birthday this year, and that's something
to celebrate," said ACS national volunteer president
Elizabeth T.H. Fontham.
The ACS's signature fundraising activities are
the Relay for Life events, about 5,000 of which are
taking place this year.
Fontham said the Relay for Life involves more than
3.5 million participants "celebrating people who have
battled cancer, remembering loved ones lost and fighting
back to end a disease that has taken too much.
"The money raised through Relay has enabled
the American Cancer Society to play a role in nearly
every major cancer breakthrough in recent history.
As we celebrate the 25th birthday of Relay For Life
this year, it's critical now more than ever that Relay
participants understand the role they play in creating
a world with more birthdays."
The Island event will begin with a ceremony at
3 p.m. May 16, followed by cancer survivors and
caregivers taking a victory lap around the track.
The event, which provides a rare opportunity for
people to camp overnight at Coquina Beach, serves a
serious purpose but much of the 18 hours is devoted
to fun and games, with walkers dressing for crazy
hat laps and a pajama parade, as well as joining in a
limbo lap and a conga procession.
As of May 1, 20 teams were registered for the
Relay for Life and several other teams were expected
to register prior to the event, according to organizer
"So we are thrilled to have all these great teams
this year," she said.
Teams, decorating their booths and campsites for
a "Relay Around the World" theme, also will raise
money at the event, with a variety of fundraisers,
including the sale of food and beverages.
Ambrose encouraged non-walkers to attend the
relay to donate, but also to enjoy the activities and
free live music, including Larry Wilhelm, Later Days,
Blues Pig and HWY 41.
"We have games, activities and theme laps for
the teams, which are so fun for the community to
watch," Ambrose said. "At 8:30 p.m. we invite the
community to be a part of the luminaria ceremony,
which is so moving."
Organizers of the Island event hope to raise
$38,000. As of last week, $20,000 was committed,
including a leading contribution from the Walgreens
team of $5,870.
Volunteers sought for Relay
Volunteers are needed to help with the Relay
for Life on Anna Maria Island.
Organizers are seeking volunteers to work
shifts of one to two hours May 15-17.
For more information, call Nancy Ambrose