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Bradenton Beach signals interest in cell tower
By Lisa Neff
Iaiind r Reporter
Bradenton Beach officials signaled
interest May 5 in allowing the construction
of a cell tower near the police headquar-
But the project, proposed by Ridan
Industries, remains in a preliminary stage,
with a number of approvals still required at
staff, planning board and city commission
J. Kevin Barile, president of Ridan,
and James Eatrides, CEO of Alpha-Omega
Communications, presented a proposal for
a tower to Mayor Michael Pierce and Com-
missioners Bob Connors and Bob Bartelt.
Commissioners Janie Robertson and John
Shaughnessy did not attend the meeting.
At the conclusion of the presentation, the
commission approved a limited motion autho-
rizing Police Chief Sam Speciale and build-
ing official Steve Gilbert to send a draft lease
agreement to city attorney Ricinda Perry.
"The city, for a while, has been trying to
get a cell tower in the area," said Bradenton
Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale, who intro-
duced Barile and Eatrides to commissioners.
"We have terrible coverage.... In some areas,
there is no coverage at all."
Special said the poor coverage creates
headaches for residents and visitors, but is a
safety issue for emergency personnel.
Currently, the nearest towers are on
Marina Drive in Holmes Beach, Cortez Road
in Bradenton and Gulf of Mexico Drive on
the south end of Longboat Key, offering the
best service to customers within a mile. The
only carriers with antennas on towers on the
Island are Alltel and Nextel, according to a
map provided by Ridan.
"You are a long way from a tower," Barile
The county has explored placing a tower
on the bayside of Coquina Beach and a pro-
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sland- reports season's
tters- first turtle nest
By Lisa Neff
In1,1,it r Reporter
SFred Mack was in a giving mood May
8, feeling like a proud papa.
"I should pass around cigars," said the
S Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch walker as
i ', he stood beside the first loggerhead turtle
unce- nest located on the Island in the 2009 season,
10 which began May 1.
Mack, wife Marge and Bobby Kap-
renova- penmacher were walking along the shore
'green' in Holmes Beach near the Martinique when
e 11 they came across the distinctive tractor-like
tracks left by a female loggerhead.
"We had just started the walk," said
reports. Mack, who has volunteered with AMITW
for nine years. One year he found four nests
in one day, but most years he finds one or
BiZ two nests throughout the season.
The nest he found May 8 was his first
"first nest of the season."
"I saw the water temperature last night
rove- was 82 and so I was hoping," said Marge
,ion,, Mack, who often walks with her husband
age 16 on his beach patrols.
b00( The nest is located in AMITW's section
IoQo four, where Bud Edgren coordinates activ-
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On Friday morning, with a crowd of
AMITW members and beachwalkers grow-
ing, Edgren used his hands to dig into the
sand to verify that the nest contained eggs.
"This is not very good for the manicure,"
AMITW executive director Suzi Fox
"Got 'em," she said soon after starting
to move sand from the center of the nest.
Kappenmacher, the Macks and a number
of curious beachgoers stepped forward to
peer into the nest to see two eggs dusted
with sand. The eggs were just at the top of
the nest, which could contain as many as 100
eggs, Edgren said.
"I think I'll give Fred a raise," he added
cheerfully. Other AMITW coordinators from
other sections had arrived to see the nest and
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Emergency workers rush to aid a victim of a two-vehicle crash May 9 in Bradenton Beach.
hlindt Photo: Courtesy Larry Matzen
Injured man airlifted after crash
By Lisa Neff
A man was evacuated by medical helicop-
ter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Peters-
burg in stable condition following a two-car
crash in Bradenton Beach May 9.
A second person was taken by ambulance
to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton with
Authorities, at hindh r press time, had not
completed a report but identified the man taken
to Bayfront as Charles Custer of Phoenix.
The crash occurred at about 4:30 p.m. at the
intersection of Gulf Drive and Cortez Road.
Police said a red Ford F-250 pickup truck
traveling north on Gulf Drive ran a red light
and hit a blue Pontiac sedan turning left from
southbound Gulf Drive on Cortez Road.
The impact of the crash pushed the Pontiac
around until it rested, facing northward, on the
sidewalk on the east side of Gulf Drive.
The windshield of the Pontiac, which
had Arizona license plates, was shattered,
the front doors pressed inward and the hood
The pickup truck suffered front-end
damage and a boat hitched to the truck rammed
into the back of the vehicle.
Debris from the vehicles was scattered in the
road and two signs were felled, and police closed
a section of Gulf Drive north of Cortez Road for
about 30 minutes following the accident.
The Bayflite helicopter circled the area
three times before landing on a concrete pad at
the former Trader Jack's restaurant just south
of the Gulf Drive Cafe to pick up the patient.
Gabriel F(,. hi','. 5, takes aim in a :',i, r
pistol duel at last year's Kids Day. The Anna
Maria Island Privateers will again present
Snooks Adams Kids Day from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Bayfront Park in
Anna Maria. Children can expect food, fun
and loot at the end-of-school event named
for retired Holmes Beach Police Chief
Snooks Adams. Ila,,in r Photo: Lisa Neff
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Cell tower discussion starts
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posal exists for a tower on Perico Island, but Barile
said Bradenton Beach's best option is to allow a
tower at 403 Highland Ave.
That way, he said, the city improves its commu-
nications services and makes money through a lease
agreement with Ridan.
Ridan is a third-party owner and operator of cell
towers, which means that the company builds and
maintains the towers, but leases space on the struc-
tures to communications companies such as Verizon
"I've done hundreds of towers across the U.S.,"
Barile told commissioners.
Ridan has built a number of towers, including
stealth structures that look like church crosses, trees
For Bradenton Beach, Ridan is proposing a uni-
pole with a radius of 3 feet at the top and a radius
of 5 1/2 feet at the base that would be white, gray or
blue and would conceal the antennas. Antennas are
on the outside of the more common monopoles.
Because of wind concerns on barrier islands, Eatrides
said a tower disguised as a pine tree "would look like the
biggest fake Christmas tree you've ever seen."
Barile showed commissioners a series of pho-
tographs taken from various locations in Bradenton
Beach in which a 150-foot unipole was super-imposed
at the proposed location. The photos made the tower
as unobtrusive as a mast on a sailboat.
He proposed a 50-year lease in which the city
would provide Ridan with about 1,900 feet of ground
space to erect the tower and related components, and
Ridan would pay the city the greater of $24,000 a
year or 25 percent of gross revenue. Ridan also would
cover the costs associated with building the tower,
estimated at $350,000.
"We think that's a pretty good return," Barile said,
adding the tower could be operating by next April.
City building official Steve Gilbert said the con-
A unipole, which is proposed for Bradenton Beach.
struction of a tower would be classified as a major
development that requires a review and recommen-
dation to the city commission from the planning and
"Where it is proposed, it is an allowable use,"
At the end of the presentation, Pierce said, "I' d
like to entertain a motion," and eventually the com-
mission authorized city staff to send the lease agree-
ment to the city attorney for review.
But Bartelt emphasized that more discussion and
questions would follow.
"I think this is something that is going to bring
forth a lot of interest from the community," he said.
A scheduled discussion on hiring a planning
consultant was postponed until May 21 due to the
absences of Robertson and Shaughnessy.
"I feel it is important to have a full quorum for
this choice," Pierce said.
For more information on cell towers,
go online at www.islander.org.
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By Lisa Neff and Paul Roat
A team of law enforcement officers is investi-
gating a series of burglaries to Anna Maria Island
"We' re working them pretty hard," said Mana-
tee County Sheriff's Office Sgt. John Kenney, who
supervises the Anna Maria substation.
The MCSO officers assigned to patrol Anna
Maria are working with MCSO detectives, as well
as the Holmes Beach Police Department.
On May 8, Kenney said someone broke into Two
Sides of Nature in Anna Maria through a window at
Two Scoops Ice Cream and stole about $1,600 in
Also, on May 1, the Waterfront Restaurant, 110
S. Bay Blvd., was the target of a burglary.
The thieves took $4,000 from a safe, the report
"There is video and we are following up on leads.
We do have several leads and we are hopeful we
are going to bring this to a successful conclusion,"
He also said the break-ins this month might be
connected to others burglaries.
"We're not sure," Kenney said. "We didn't have
any burglaries and now all of a sudden we are having
a rash of them."
On April 13, the Beach Bistro, 6600 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, was burglarized by thieves who took
cash from the register.
On March 29, thieves broke the Anna Maria City
Pier and took the safe and its contents.
Also, on Feb. 1, Feb. 1, the Acqua Aveda Spa in
Holmes Beach was the target of a burglary. Someone
broke the door and took $1,185 and a blank check.
Anyone with information is asked to call the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office at 941-747-3011
or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.
THE ISLANDER U MAY 13, 2009 E 3
County reviews bids for marine rescue HQ
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County is moving forward with plans
for a marine rescue headquarters south of Leffis Key
in Bradenton Beach.
The headquarters has been in the planning stage
for a decade, said Bill Hutchison, director of public
safety for the county.
County officials have received bids on the project
and were preparing to review them as The Islander
went to press. Project costs from architectural fees
to permitting to construction are not to exceed $1
"The facility will provide a work space for the
marine rescue lifeguards, storage space for all their
gear and vehicles, a conference and lecture room that
may be used by schools and teachers when doing field
trips, training facilities for lifeguards, lockers for per-
sonal effects and computer facilities for employees,
etc," Hutchison said.
He said the headquarters also will contain work
and storage space for the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office marine deputy branch.
"A dock in the rear of the building will be used
by MCSO for their boats," Hutchison said.
"They are currently being stationed at Regatta
Point on the northwest side of the Green Bridge. They
will move to the new facility, which will put them
much closer to their area of operations."
The marine rescue lifeguards who work on
the beach currently store gear in the lift station on
Coquina Beach near the rest rooms.
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A harbor management plan, part of a broader recreational if.., m: master plan, is due in June. The plan
will provide for a mooring field south of the Historic Bridge Street Pier. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Harbor plan goes to final draft
By Lisa Neff
A harbor management plan for Bradenton Beach
is now being worked into a final draft.
An advisory committee finished its preliminary work
on the document during a meeting May 5 at city hall.
The harbor management plan, part of a larger
master plan for recreational boating in the city, details
the rules and regulations for the mooring field south
of the Historic Bridge Street Pier.
The document is modeled on St. Augustine's
harbor management plan.
Members of the advisory committee met with
Police Chief Sam Speciale, city project/program
manager Lisa Maria Phillips and plan consultants
Sue Thompson and Dianne Rosensweig to discuss
The group had a number of questions for Spe-
ciale about whether a harbormaster would enforce
city ordinances or call in police.
Special suggested that the harbormaster might
become a code enforcement officer and take on some
responsibilities, but that his department and Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers
would enforce the law in the field.
First turtle nest found on Island
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to congratulate Mack and Edgren.
The AMITW team then placed stakes to mark off the
nest, as well as stakes to mark off the crawl thatAMITW's
newest walkers were asked to visit and study.
Measurements also were taken, including the
length of the crawl from the waterline to the nest
and the distance of the nest from the dunes.
"We're striving for accuracy," said Fox, noting that
the turtle crawled 72 feet from the waterline to nest.
Fox also made a calculation, determining that the
due date for the eggs to hatch is July 1.
"Just before the Fourth of July, that's peachy,"
For more information on sea turtles,
go online at www.islander.org.
Committee members also talked with Speciale
about procedures in the event of a hurricane.
Special said boats could remain in the mooring
field, but in an evacuation, boaters would be urged
"We'll get the boat out. We'll get the loudspeaker
out" and urge people to evacuate, Speciale said.
And boaters who do not evacuate from the moor-
ing field will be issued toe tags, just as residents who
refuse to leave their houses are issued tags, he said.
Special also clarified for the committee the city's
current rule for business on boats. Boaters staying in
the mooring field can operate businesses from the
boats, but not within the mooring field.
The rule seemed to satisfy some committee mem-
bers concerned that the city planned to prohibit charter
operations or other boating businesses in the area.
"You just can't conduct any type of business in
the mooring field," Speciale said.
In discussing renters' rights and responsibilities,
committee members reviewed with Phillips the city's
motive for establishing the mooring field.
"It is our intent to have economic development
as a result of this," Phillips said, adding that the city
wants to encourage vacationing boaters and livea-
boards to stop in Bradenton Beach waters and spend
money on the Island.
The goal, Phillips stressed, is not to provide wet
storage for local boaters at a cheaper rate than mari-
The city hopes to fund construction of the moor-
ing field with a state recreational boating grant from
The grant, which would require funds from the
city, would provide for the design, engineering and
installation of the mooring field, including mooring
tackle, and a pump-out station for waste disposal. The
mooring field work is estimated at $126,000 and the
pump-out station estimated at $100,000.
Phillips estimated the city's "hard cash" contribu-
tion at about $56,500, adding that the city also would
provide "in-kind" contributions.
The city's contribution would be built into the
capital improvements plan and would need to be
approved through the budget process.
"This will be a blessing for them," Hutchison
said of the new building.
The county issued a request for proposals on the
project a couple of months ago and the bidding period
closed May 8.
"There was considerable interest in the project
and we had many, many requests for drawing pack-
ages," Hutchison said.
A completion date or even a construction start
date was not available.
Hutchison emphasized that the permitting pro-
cess for the bayfront facility is "extremely rigorous.
Part-time AM job
draws more than
Anna Maria city clerk Alice Baird and Mayor
Fran Barford got more than they bargained for when
they advertised for a part-time, as-needed administra-
More than 300 applications were submitted.
Baird said the list was narrowed to five applicants
and those selected will undergo a few days training
in the next several weeks.
The idea is to have a list of "on-call" assistants
to use when full-time staff are sick, on vacation or
take time off, said Baird.
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 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 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 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 0 MAY 13, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Commission votes with BOA on Gulf Drive complaint
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach commissioners May 7 decided
what might become a rare issue for them whether
to uphold or reverse a ruling of the board of adjust-
ment on third-party administrative complaints.
In the future, with adoption of an ordinance ear-
lier this year, a special master will be more likely to
hear third-party complaints than the advisory BOA.
"You are not going to see a lot of these in the
future," city attorney Ricinda Perry told commission-
ers last week, opening a hearing on a complaint filed
by Cynthia Dagher and Mark Mixon regarding the
city's issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the
ResortQuest property at 2201 Gulf Drive.
At the conclusion of the 45-minute hearing, the
commission voted 4-0 to uphold the BOA's recom-
mendations regarding the CO. Commissioner John
Shaughnessy did not attend the meeting.
On each allegation made by Dagher and Mixon,
the BOA had recommended the commission support
the building department's decision or found that the
complaint was flawed in some manner.
The couple's appeal initially was broad, but then
narrowed down to several basic allegations inad-
equate buffering between the properties, improper
placement of the air-conditioning units and excessive
noise from the air-conditioning units.
"The location of these units has created an ongo-
ing hardship with the quality of life we had enjoyed
before ... this project," stated Mixon and Dagher in
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By Rick Catlin
What's a home without a view?
Several Anna Maria residents in the 12000 block
of Gulf Drive have complained that a new home at
100 Sycamore Ave. is blocking their view of the Gulf
Resident Vicky Dunn, who lives opposite the house
on the landward side of Gulf Drive, said the new house
has taken away a view of the Gulf of Mexico that she
and her husband enjoyed for several years.
She suggested the city consider an ordinance that
would control how much view can be taken by new
construction and said she knows of other cities that
have this restriction.
City planner Alan Garrett said the house was
built according to city codes and Federal Emergency
Management Agency regulations that require new
construction in a flood zone to be two stories over
parking. The height of the construction is 37 feet, the
maximum allowed by city code.
L\ cything was done according to the codes,"
Garrett said. "I can sympathize with people, but it's
their appeal. "We ask the board to hear our plea and
restore peace back in our lives."
Meeting March 25, the BOA determined the
city's land-development code does not specify that
air-conditioning units cannot be placed within build-
Further, the BOA found that the air-conditioning
units were identified on the building plans, approved
by the building official and required to be elevated
for flood-proofing and in state building code compli-
The board agreed to recommend to the commis-
sion that the building official's decision regarding
the elevation and placement of the air conditioners
In regards to the noise generated by the air con-
ditioners, the board agreed that such matters are
addressed administratively by the city through code
On that complaint, the BOA recommended
affirming the building official's decision.
In regards to buffering, the BOA determined that
the land-development code does not require land-
scape buffering between two R-3 properties.
Building official Steve Gilbert reviewed the
city's case for the commission last week, and Mixon
explained his argument.
Gilbert suggested some of the concerns Mixon
and Dagher expressed could be addressed as police
or code enforcement matters.
He also acknowledged that the noise the air con-
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bors that the
of the Gulf
not illegal to block someone's view."
Dunn agreed that everything was done according
to city code, she just doesn't like losing the view.
The issue of controlling new construction
to limit how much view an existing adjacent or
nearby neighbor might lose was discussed at length
during the many ad hoc comprehensive plan com-
mittee meetings before the comp plan was adopted
But no restrictions on construction style were
adopted in the comp plan and the maximum height
of new structures remains at 37 feet.
The owner of the new, elevated house, Richard
Theidel of Hinsdale, Ill., however, apparently does
have concerns for and listen to his neighbors.
Dunn said another neighbor called Theidel
recently about a fence that was being installed around
the property and said Theidel agreed to lower the
"We salute him, as that was not legally required,"
Efforts to reach Theidel for comment were unsuc-
ditioners generate means "it's like living in back of
the Holiday Inn."
"We have a situation where the air-conditioning
systems that are two feet from our property line and
12 feet from our living room," Mixon said. "You
cannot even enjoy the backyard."
Mixon added that he and Dagher had other con-
cerns not addressed by the BOA.
"All we're asking is that ... we roll up our sleeves
and we get down with the owner and come to some
sort of compromise," Mixon said.
Commissioners and Mayor Michael Pierce asked
a number of questions of Gilbert and Mixon about
the case, including whether relocation of some air-
conditioners to the roof might help.
Mixon said yes, and that relocation would cost
less than $4,000. He also suggested additional blan-
keting of the air conditioners and more buffering
Gilbert said ResortQuest has cooperated and
would likely going forward, but added that the com-
mission's decision last week was limited to ruling on
the BOA's recommendation.
"You are to review the evidence and testimony
... and not retry the case," Gilbert said.
Responding to commissioners' signs of frustra-
tion, Gilbert said the ResortQuest project "fits within
"We don't seem to have an\ Lhing to stand on,"
said Commissioner Janie Robertson, indicating the
commission wanted to help Dagher and Mixon, but
"our codes, the LDC, doesn't address these mat-
After the vote, commissioners urged Gilbert to
work with the planning and zoning board to close
loopholes in the land-development code.
Commissioners also urged Mixon and Dagher to
talk with ResortQuest owners.
In other business May 7, the commission:
Approved a special event application from the
Anna Maria Island Privateers for the group's July 4
parade, which will run from Coquina Beach in Bra-
denton Beach to the Anna Maria City Pier.
Approved a special event application from the
BeachHouse Restaurant for a July 3 fireworks dis-
play. The fireworks will begin at about 9:15 p.m. on
the eve of Independence Day and will be fired from
a barge in the Gulf of Mexico.
Approved payment of an invoice for $5,421.88
from M.T. Causley Inc. for building department ser-
Approved payment of an invoice for $7,000
from the Institute of Government for planning ser-
vices from January through March.
Approved a request from city clerk Nora Idso to
attend a class at the University of South Florida to main-
tain clerk and finance certification. Clerks are required
to earn continuing education credits each year.
Approved a motion to place city-sponsored offi-
cial events on the city's monthly calendar.
"It would be five or six a year at the most," Rob-
Heard from resident Richard Michael of Third
Street South, who asked if the commission could do
something to remind motorists to use their directional
signals and to instruct motorists on how to use the
roundabout at Bridge Street and Gulf Drive.
Heard from a representative of the Florida Lions
Organization about the Bradenton Lions Club's "free"
The organization wants to place some benches
- available in molded plastic or concrete at the
trolley stops along Gulf Drive.
Some of the benches would contain advertising
for businesses and the Lions Club.
Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whit-
more said if the city decides to swap out benches,
she wanted to buy the one on Bridge Street containing
Commissioners chuckled and Pierce said, "A
No action was taken on accepting the Lions Club
offer, which the ScenicWAVES group has voted to reject
because the benches would contain advertising.
New house rises, neighbors
lose view of beach
THE ISLANDER U MAY 13, 2009 B 5
Anna Maria adopts new e-mail system
By Rick Catlin
What took place in Venice recently because some
staff and elected officials in that city misused e-mail
and failed to keep records won't happen in Anna
Following settlement of a civil suit against the
Venice City Council in March over improper use of
e-mails that allegedly violated Florida's Government-
in-the-Sunshine Law and cost the city $1 million
in legal fees Anna Maria now has its own e-mail
server and individual e-mail for staff, elected officials
and committee members.
The system automatically stores all incoming and
Acting at the request of city treasurer Diane Per-
cycoe, the city commission moved swiftly to approve
funds for the system and get it operational. Percy-
coe had suggested the city might want to act quickly
because of the potential liability found in the Venice
The new Anna Maria e-mail addresses went into
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In the Venice lawsuit, the city and nine officials
were sued by Anthony Lorenzo for violating Florida's
open records laws, primarily for communicating via
private e-mail and then not saving the records. The
city admitted the violations in a settlement that may
require the city pay some $1 million in legal fees.
Individual officials are negotiating to have their legal
fees paid, but that matter has not yet been resolved.
Under Florida law, e-mails to and from public
officials and members of public committees and
boards are considered public record.
At the same time, Florida Attorney General Bill
McCollum established a new Web site www.myfl-
sunshine.com to aid local governments, boards,
associations and law enforcement agencies with the
requirements of the law.
In the late 1990s, The Islander newspaper suc-
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Could it be the cell tower's time has come on
Anna Maria Island?
Seventeen years ago, when The Islander came
into being, there was neither a cell tower nor a cell
phone to be found here.
Any suggestion of cell phones brought rants from
readers. Who needs it, they reasoned.
But one by one, we succumbed. Maybe some,
like me, drove home one day, pulled in the drive-
way with cell phone in hand, talking to family about
something undoubtedly important, and thinking all
the while, that phone in the house goes nowhere, and
the cell phone goes everywhere.
About 10 years ago, the downfall of the "land-
Now we're wondering about the phone book.
Who needs it?
Click, type, find phone numbers online. Add to
the computer address book with another click, and
the convenience never ends.
For anyone old enough to remember, when mom
got on the phone and turned the crank and spoke to
an operator to relay the message that the barn was on
fire and Lassie had alerted the family, well, another
communications era began.
Now, in storm events, such as a hurricane passing
some 300 miles to the west of Anna Maria Island, cell
phones are essential communication devices.
But not so many years ago, AMI residents balked
at the idea of cell towers. In Holmes Beach, the mayor
initiated opposition lawsuits to cellular communica-
tion towers and resident opposition was the norm, but
maybe "big brother" knew best.
A "Chicken Little" attitude prevailed in Anna
Maria when a cell tower was proposed at Roser
Memorial Community Church, and that tower would
have hoisted a lighted cross as a to beacon to wor-
shippers, but others thought the transmissions would
damage people's brains.
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Appreciate progress? Improve communications?
Because surely before it's said and done, some-
thing new will take its place.
But for now, are we ready to say "yes" to a cell
tower in Bradenton Beach and send the signal for
After all, it's not a signal to end our Island ambi-
ance it's just the beginning of better reception.
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Many Island residents are searching for quality
work to be done on their residences, therefore, we
would like to have this letter printed in the "Opinion"
section of your newspaper to help make their deci-
sions a little easier.
Our names are Joseph and Lorianne Piquette, we
purchased a condominium in the Anna Maria Island
Club in Bradenton Beach in 1989. After approxi-
mately 14 years we sold the condo and bought a
motor home and traveled the country. But we longed
to be back on Anna Maria Island. After four years of
traveling, we stationed ourselves in Holiday Cove on
One morning, we noticed our condominium was
back on the market and we re-purchased our old unit.
By this time, it was approximately 22 years old and
in serious need of an update.
Being in the home renovation business for 35
years, it was important to us to choose a contractor
who was honest and trustworthy. We did many inter-
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We would like to express our thanks to Darrin
and Dawn Wash and their crew for a job well done.
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Recently someone asked me why the Anna Maria
Island Community Center needs to have so many
If you follow the news of the Center, you will
see that they completed a series of fundraisers in
February, March and April. One of the main rea-
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sons they concentrate on this period of time is that
they receive some funding from the United Way
While those funds are appreciated, they do not
stretch enough to cover the expense of operating costs
and many diverse programs offered at the Center.
There also is a stipulation that the Center cannot do
fundraising while United Way is fundraising.
I imagine most readers come from a hometown
similar to the one I grew up in Elkhart, Ind.,
where a major part of our city government was the
parks and recreation department. It is something
that is fully funded by the local government and
takes care of all programs, buildings, employees,
landscaping and anything else related to the city
I don't know how many parks Elkhart has now,
but when I was young, there must have been a
dozen in a city that was then a population of about
My point is the Center is our parks and recre-
ation department. It is not entirely funded by local
government, but it is true that each of the Island cities
budgets some funding for the Center.
We are blessed with the Center, a director, a
professional staff and a board of directors that work
tirelessly to make so many programs available to not
only residents of the Island, but to our many visitors
Marcia Powers, Bradenton
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THE ISLANDER f MAY 13, 2009 7
City lacks funds to buy lots mE"SES
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By Rick Catlin
"It's a beautiful dream," said Anna Maria Mayor
Fran Barford on the issue of the city buying the six
lots at the northwest corer of the Pine Avenue-Bay
Boulevard intersection for public use.
"But it's only a dream," Barford added.
"We have no resources for such a purchase. We
had to use stimulus money for our infrastructure.
But the thought of the city owning that property has
crossed my mind many times," she said.
Now that Pine Avenue Restoration LLC has
elected not to pursue a guest house on the six lots,
several city residents have written Barford suggesting
the city purchase the property.
"We can look at grants" to find the money, Bar-
ford said, but such a project in this economy is not
as easy as it sounds. And no city commissioner has
pushed the issue onto the commission's agenda.
"There's nobody raising the issue right now.
Maybe we can take a look at it in the future," the
With the idea of a motel, bed-and-breakfast inn or
guest house off the table, PAR indicated the property
might be developed as six single-family homes.
Five years ago, Jeff Van Hoose, the owner of the
former Island Marine property in the 400 block of Pine
Avenue, offered to sell the five lots encompassing that
property to the city for $2 million. The non-profit Trust
for Public Land was willing to advance the city 75 per-
cent of the purchase price, but required the city to pay
approximately $2,000 for an appraisal.
The TPL said that if the property met the Florida
Communities Trust requirements, the entire purchase
price would have been covered by the FCT.
The city commission, however, balked at any
cost without a guarantee from the owner to pay for
the appraisal. The property was eventually sold and a
builder put up several nearly identical three-story homes
on the site that caused some controversy due to the simi-
larities and the contrast in scale to older homes.
But commissioners and city residents shouldn't
count on any FCT funding this year.
The Florida Legislature's 2009-10 budget did not
fund the FCT and the trust recently sent out a notice
that it would not accept any applications for funding
in the 2009-10 fiscal year.
The trust said it hopes to resume funding for pur-
chases in 2010-11.
City Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick said she
believes city ownership of the six-lot property at
Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard is worth a look, but
acknowledged the city lacks resources for a purchase.
An outside funding source is needed, she indicated.
Center camp registration
Registration for youth summer camp at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center is taking place at
Anna Maria Elementary School and the Center.
Camp, with the exception of field trips, will take
place at the Center, 407 MagnoliaAve., Anna Maria.
The camp program, SummerMy Way, offers options for
children who want to participate in Creativity Camp, which
focuses on arts and crafts projects and involves field trips to
movie theaters, and Sports Camp, which involves fitness and
nutrition activities, as well as sports fundamentals.
The Center also will offer an opportunity for
youth to enroll in other classes, including Spanish.
Creativity and Sports camps will be held from
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursdays for 10
weeks, beginning June 8.
Additional classes take place from 12:30 to 2:30
p.m. Monday through Thursdays.
On Friday, the Center will conduct youth field trips.
Fees for camp vary, as do registration times.
For more details, call the Center at 941-778-1908.
In the May 12,1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Bradenton Beach city clerkAlice Baird resigned
after 15 years with the city. Baird said she was moving
to Oregon, and recommended deputy city clerk Pat
Grizzle for the position.
Manatee County commissioners discussed
an Island-wide beach renourishment project that
would begin in 2001, but only include a small
portion of Anna Maria's shoreline because nine
property owners refused to sign easements to
allow access by construction vehicles to the
In a 3-2 vote, Bradenton Beach city commis-
sioners agreed to hire Roger Titus of Winter Haven
as the city's building official to replace Bill Sanders.
Sanders said he resigned because of problems dealing
with city officials.
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Relay to raise
The May 16-17 Relay for Life event on Coquina
Beach, a benefit for the American Cancer Society,
will feature more than 20 teams.
Eight teams took part in 2007 and 17 teams in
This year's fundraising goal is $38,000.
The Relay for Life kicks off at 3 p.m. Saturday,
May 16, continues with overnight camping and con-
cludes at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, May 17.
Events are open to the general public.
Saturday highlights will include opening ceremo-
nies at 3 p.m., a "Survivor Reception" followed by
the "Survivor Victory Lap" at 4 p.m., and the lighting
of luminarias at 8:30 p.m.
The evening will include a concert featuring
Larry Wilhelm at 4:30 p.m., Later Days at 6 p.m.,
Blues Pig at 7:30 p.m. and Highway 41 at 9 p.m.
Sunday highlights include a sunrise service at 8
a.m. and closing ceremonies at 8:30 a.m.
There also will be theme laps throughout the
event, as well as games and activities, a yard sale
and food and refreshments sold.
The tentsite will become a marketplace, with
teams selling water, Popsicles, baked goods, break- Pink pep
fast sandwiches, fruit drinks, hot dogs, smoked mullet Jon Kent of Island Real Estate and Beall's Inc. are sponsoring a Pretty in Pink team in the Island Relay
and a variety of arts and crafts. for Life scheduled to take place from 3 p.m. Saturday, May 16, to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, May 17, at Coquina
For more information, call organizer Nancy Beach. The event raises money for the American Cancer Society. People interested in joining Pretty in Pink
Ambrose at 941-518-4431. can call Kent at 941-920-0832. Islander Photo: Jack Elka
WMI proposes revised AM holiday service
By Rick Catlin
In the wake of declining use of the Saturday service
offered by Waste Management Inc. prior to Monday
holidays in the city of Anna Maria, the company is pro-
posing to shift collection forward a day during holiday
WMI district manager Melissa Doyle said in
a letter to Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford that if
Monday were a holiday, customers normally ser-
viced on that day would be serviced the next day
- Tuesday. Tuesday customers would be serviced
on Wednesday and so on for that week.
Doyle said for Memorial Day, service to Monday
customers in Anna Maria would shift to Tuesday, May
26, for solid waste and recycling and all subsequent days
also would be serviced one day later that week.
As July 4 falls on a Saturday this year, there
would be no change to WMI service, but the holiday
schedule shift would apply to Labor Day, Monday,
For Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26, solid waste
would be picked up on Friday, Nov. 27. Christmas
and New Year's Day fall on Friday and service would
not be affected on those days, she said.
Barford said she would present the proposal to
the city commission for discussion at its May 14 work
For more information on WMI, call
Improved system could bring homeowner savings
By Rick Catlin
The independent Insurance Services Office,
a company that provides ratings for property and
casualty insurance companies, lowered Anna Maria's
building code effectiveness grading schedule from a
4 to a 3 with information on insurance risk.
And that's good news, said Anna Maria build-
ing official Bob Welch. The lower grade could mean
Island residents delivered #
non-perishable food to
Island letter carriers and .....
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the days before as part of
the National Association of
Letter Carriers annual food
drive. Pictured are post-
master Gloria Kincaid and
postal clerk Pam Stacy at
the Anna Maria post office
with some early donations.
The demand for food pantry
assistance is up 22 percent
nationwide this year. The
union, in conjunction with
the U.S. Postal Service,
sought to collect 200,000
pounds offood nationwide -
and 3,000 pounds on the
Island. Islander Photo:
some insurance premium savings for beleaguered
Anna Maria property owners already paying high
premiums on wind and property insurance, he said.
Welch said the lower rating takes effect for any
construction that received a certificate of occupancy
since Jan. 1.
"It's a plus for the city and should eventually
mean a slight difference in comprehensive and wind
insurance premiums," Welch said. "I'm just not abso-
lutely positive we'll get the lower premiums."
Any decision to lower premiums in Anna Maria
will be made by the insurance companies, he said.
Welch said that if the West Manatee Fire Rescue
District is given a 3 ranking by the ISO that should
definitely bring lower fire insurance premiums to
Anna Maria and the entire Island. The current WMFR
rating is 4.
WMFR Chief Andy Price said the district is due
for an inspection, but, based upon previous inspec-
tions, the WMFR rating won't improve to a 3 unless
more firefighters are added.
"If we don't add more firefighters, there won't
be any change from the last ISO inspection, and they
won't have a reason to inspect us," he said.
Tonya Jones of the ISO wrote in a letter to Welch
that the Class 3 grading schedule for Anna Maria is
for 1 and 2-family residential, commercial and indus-
Jones also noted that lower premiums are not
always guaranteed with an improved grade.
"We want to emphasize that the ISO building
code effectiveness grading program is an advisory
insurance underwriting information and rating tool,"
The grading system is not to "determine compli-
ance with any state or local law, nor is it for making
loss prevention or safety recommendations," she con-
Welch said the ISO had indicated last year that
it was considering moving the city's grade from 4
to 5, but improvements recommended by the ISO at
that time were implemented prior to the recent ISO
THE ISLANDER f MAY 13. 2009 N 9
City wants to stop wildlife feeding on pier
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach officials are concerned about
the diets of wildlife gathering around the Historic
Bridge Street Pier.
The diets consist of too much bait shrimp from
fishers and french fries from Rotten Ralph's diners.
So the Bradenton Beach pier management
team, a group of city staffers that meets monthly
to discuss the operation and maintenance of the
pier, endorsed posting a "do not feed the wildlife"
message on the pier.
The message will be placed repeatedly on
the railings that pier visitors use to steady their steps
or to lean against while looking out to Sarasota Bay,
public works director Tom Woodard told the city pier
Seeking to avoid the placement of more signs
on the pier, Woodard said May 7 that public works
employee Pat O'Neill, an artist, will paint "Do not
feed the wildlife," as well as "Please use cutting
boards" on pier railings.
Prior to painting the messages, Woodard said
public works staff will pressure-clean and whitewash
A public works crew already has installed over-
head webbing to keep birds out of the outdoor section
of Rotten Ralph's Restaurant on the pier.
"They told me they called it the 'spider web,"'
"I think it will make a big difference," said Dave
Russell of Rotten Ralph's. "I think it will work like
Russell reported to the pier team that season was
"pretty decent" in terms of business and lasted longer
than in past years.
... while nesting birds need help from a distance
Florida Audubon, the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission and the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection encourage the protection
of nesting birds with the following guidelines:
When walking along the beach, avoid the temp-
tation to flush groups of birds. They may be resting,
feeding or sheltering eggs.
Obey leash laws and don't allow dogs to flush
birds. Even in areas where there do not appear to be
groups of shorebirds, solitary nesters may be cam-
ouflaged with the beach. Dogs are not permitted on
the Island's Gulf beaches.
Currently skimmers and least terns can be found
on the beach in Bradenton Beach near 26th Street
North, where Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch roped
off nesting grounds earlier this year, and on the beach
in Anna Maria north of the Sandbar Restaurant. That
area has been roped off in the past, but has not yet
been roped off this year.
Black skimmers and least terns nest in colonies
of 100 to 200 pairs in the open sand on beaches.
The skimmers' nests are built on the ground and
tend to consist of little more than scrapes in the sand.
A normal clutch consists of four or five white eggs
blotched with black and brown.
Like the skimmers, the terns construct a nest by
working a shallow depression into loose sand. Two
eggs cream-colored with flecks of dark brown -
are usually produced, laid in the spring. The eggs
hatch after about three weeks.
Because of habitatloss from coastal development,
the number of suitable nesting spots for skimmers,
listed by the state as a "species of special concern,"
and least terns, classified as a "threatened species,"
have declined and the threat of disturbance has gone
Recent years have not been good for nesting
activity on the beach in Anna Maria, according to
Audubon and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
Occupants of some nearby homes have com-
plained about the size of the protected nesting site and
having to walk around the zone to reach the water.
And, in the past, the ropes designating the zone
So now, with the arrival of the summer months
and summer vacationers, Audubon, the FWC,
AMITW and the Florida Department of Environmen-
tal Protection are cautioning beachgoers and boaters
to respect the nesting birds.
Specifically, the experts urge people to stay out of
nesting areas, whether they are designated or not.
The crush of people drawn to Florida's coasts
for summer holidays specifically the just-passed
Memorial Day and the upcoming Fourth of July -
can be disastrous for beach-nesting birds, whose nests
are little more than scrapes in the sand, according to
Human disturbance flushes the birds off their
nests, leaving their eggs to cook in mere minutes in
the hot sun.
A single intrusion into a nesting area can affect
hundreds or thousands of birds and their nests, and
only during this critical nesting period.
For more information about nesting birds, call
FWC at 863-648-3200.
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lery at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. AMIAL is hosting the 15th
annual Manatee High Art Exhibit through May 29. The exhibit opened May 8 with a reception. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
Mums the flower
Tammy Woodward of Bradenton, Devon Davis of
Holmes Beach and Mary Elizabeth Woodward, 15,
a Manatee High School Sugarcane, sell .\l ,,,, for
Mom" outside Anna Maria Elementary School May
9. The benefit raised money for the high school
band program. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Bridge Street Market
features Organic produce
Vintage Organic Acres will join the open-air
Bridge Street Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday,
May 16, on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach.
VOA features locally grown organic blueberries
and heirloom tomatoes.
Oneco Produce also will offer fresh vegetables
The market's featured vendor May 16 will be
Patti Evans, who makes charms.
The Historic Bridge Street Merchants Associa-
tion sponsors the market.
For more information, call organizer Nancy
Ambrose at 941-518-4431.
Vets invited to
Armed Forces Day party
The Dr. Dave Band, originating from Holmes
Beach, will be one of the featured bands at a party
May 16 in Sarasota to celebrate the 59th anniversary
of Armed Forces Day.
Entitled "For Love of Country," the party is from
7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, May 16, at the Stardust
Event Center, 2571 12th St., Sarasota.
Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door,
and all active duty military personnel will be admitted
at no charge. All veterans and spouses, family mem-
bers and the general public are invited to attend.
Other entertainment includes the Ghost Iron Posse
and a tribute to the United Services Organization.
For more information or to order a ticket, go online
to www.POPSExtras.org or StardustEventCenter.com.
AGAMI celebrates Hughes' work
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island is cel-
ebrating the work of Jane Hughes at its Guild
Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, in
May. Hughes has been painting oils of landscapes,
florals and still lifesfor almost 30 years.
Baby makes 3
Sister Lola, left, and brother Marlin welcome Finn
Martin Duytschaver to their family with a beach
portrait. Finn was born April 14 at 8 pounds, 22
inches, the son of /i,.i and Julia Duytschaver
of Holmes Beach, owners of Native Rentals at the
Island 's,. T T"', Center in Holmes Beach.
Kinnan proposes outdoor ed
partnership with school
By Lisa Neff
A Manatee County school board member is pro-
posing an outdoor education program involving Anna
Maria Elementary School and county parks.
School Board Member Harry Kinnan recently
suggested the school district work with the county to
establish an outdoor education classroom at Robinson
Preserve in northwest Bradenton.
County crews already are at work restoring the
Valentine House, and it was suggested the property
could be used for an on-site classroom.
The 100-year-old house sits near the entrance
to the preserve and will serve as a visitor center and
staff office. A barge transported the structure to the
preserve from Terra Ceia last year.
Additionally, Kinnan recommended the school
district consider developing a marine education pro-
gram at the AME bayfront campus, where staff and
students already are involved in an extensive envi-
ronmental education program involving the tending
of campus gardens.
In AME's gardens, which include a peace garden,
an edibles garden, a sensory garden, a butterfly garden
and a wildflower garden, students learn about the
environment, but teachers also use the gardens for
reading and writing lessons.
Kinnan recommended AME as the site to develop
a marine education program because of its location
on Anna Maria Sound and its proximity to the Gulf
Other elected officials have shown enthusiasm for
Kinnan's suggestions, first made at a Manatee County
Council of Governments meeting this spring.
County Commissioner Joe McClash said the
Palma Sola Botanical Park and the Geraldson Farm,
both located across the street from Robinson Pre-
serve, offer additional educational opportunities.
The botanical park features freshwater and Ger-
aldson is a community farm that promotes organic,
sustainable agricultural practices.
Kinnan's suggestions are now under review by
the county and the school district.
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The Burton Store in Cortez may soon go green
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The store, located to the east of the historic 1912
schoolhouse, now Florida Maritime Museum off 119th
Street in Cortez, could soon become an "off-the-grid"
structure with its own power and water sources.
Cortez historic site manager Roger Allen told
Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage members at
the group's annual meeting last week that the building
is undergoing renovations. Grants will be sought to
make the building environmentally friendly to create
passive air-conditioning and water usage.
"The state-of-the-art in green construction is
changing almost daily," Allen said. "We're trying to
keep up with it all."
The store started its life in 1896 when William Bratton
built a small building on his dock. He soon leased it to Jesse
Burton, who developed it as a small general store, post
office and community center. His family lived upstairs.
A couple of rooms were added as rentals in 1900,
then in 1906 the building was expanded to hotel size and
it became the Albion Inn, with the original store attached.
When the hurricane of 1921 hit the village, it destroyed
nearly all of Cortez except the Albion, the store, and the
brick schoolhouse built nine years earlier.
FISH President Allen Garner gave meeting
attendees an update on ongoing activities of the
Discussions are ongoing, although without much
success, to acquire lots owned by Iris LeMasters in
the center of the 100-acre Preserve property. She
had indicated a desire to build on the land; FISH has
attempted to buy her property, but yet to no avail.
The 2009 Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival
held in February raised more than $80,000 for FISH
projects, Garner said.
FISH members re-elected David Zaccagnino,
Kim McVey and Sheila Mora as board members, and
added Jane von Hahmann as a new officer.
Garden club installs officers
The Anna Maria Garden Club met April 21 and
installed officers for 2009-11.
The officers are president Barbara Callaghan, vice
president Jeanie Pickwick, recording secretary Susan
Little, corresponding secretary Jean Taylor and trea-
surer Kitty Van Zile.
The club will take a summer vacation and next
meet Oct. 21.
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By Mike Quinn
Special to The Islander
Bradenton Beach Police arrested Chad Alexan-
der Foster, 18, of Riverview, at about 6:30 a.m. May
3, after investigating a report of someone firing a
weapon from the balcony at 1955 Gulf Drive N.
Holmes Beach Police Department officers
assisted Bradenton at the resi-
dence, where about 30 people
Upon entering the resi-
dence, Holmes Beach Police
Officer Joel Pierce reported he
saw Foster reach for a Sig Sauer
.40-caliber handgun. Pierce
Foster said he could see the butt of the
weapon sticking out from under a blanket.
Angelo Louloudes, 82, of Bradenton and for-
merly Anna Maria, died May 4.
Mr. Louloudes was raised in Bridgeport, Conn.,
and moved to Anna Maria in 1974. He was the
owner of Zorba's Pizzeria in Bradenton. He served
in the U.S. Marine Corps and fought in Guadal-
canal and Bougainville with the 3rd Marine Corp
Regiment. He was a graduate of the University of
Bridgeport. He was a former member of the Holy
Trinity Greek Orthodox of Bridgeport, and served
on the church council and as treasurer. He also was
a former member of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox
Visitation and services were May 8. Covell
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A witness identified Foster as the man he saw
standing on the top-floor balcony with a gun in his
hand and that Foster had pointed the gun south and
discharged it toward Gulf Drive.
Foster told police, according to the report, that
he had been "partying all night," drinking vodka and
spiced rum. Police noted an odor of alcohol on Fos-
ter's breath and that he was unsteady on his feet.
Foster faces charges of discharging a firearm in
public, possession of a firearm with altered/removed
serial numbers, using a firearm while under the influ-
ence of alcohol, carrying an unconcealed firearm and
possession of marijuana. He since bonded out of
the Manatee County jail by posting a bail bond of
Mike Quinn is publisher of NewsManatee.com,
a news partner of The Islander.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years Dhimitra;
sons James of Fairfield, Conn., Theodore of Braden-
ton, Thomas of Louisville, Ky; grandchildren Robert,
Nikola and Teddy of Bradenton; brother Paul of Strat-
ford, Conn.; and many nephews and nieces.
Gertrud Mann, 68, of Holmes Beach, died May 3.
A celebration of life will be announced at a later
Survivors include daughter Patricia L. White of
Holmes Beach; son Richard and wife Sharon of Las
Vegas; sisters Hildegard and Louise, both of Switzer-
land; brother Huntz Noller of Germany; and grandson
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May 1, 110 S. Bay Blvd., Waterfront Restaurant,
burglary. Two men entered the restaurant after hours
and took cash from a safe.
May 2, 100 block Third Street South, theft. No
further information was available.
May 2, 2100 block Avenue B, burglary to vehicle.
No further information was available.
May 3, 100 block Third Street South, theft. No
further information was available.
May 3, 2000 Gulf Drive N., Bungalow Beach
Resort, discharge of firearm. Two shots were heard
coming from a firearm. No damage was reported.
May 5, 5317 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria Island Fit-
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May 6, 6800 block Palm Drive, theft. The com-
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Bradenton Beach man arrested
By Mike Quinn
Special to The Islander
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office arrested
Shawn P. Gettinger, 21, of the 1200 block of Gulf
Drive South, Bradenton Beach.
According to the arrest
report, between December
2008 and April 2009, Get-
tinger allegedly stole jewelry
and electronics from people
he was living with in the 500
block of South Drive in Anna
Gettinger The items stolen amounted
to 57 individual items valued in excess of $10,000.
Gettinger then sold the items in 26 pawn shop trans-
actions. He used the money to support a drug habit,
the report said.
Fourteen items were recovered from pawn shops.
Gettinger was charged with grand theft, nine
counts of defrauding a pawn broker and nine counts
of dealing in stolen property.
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Committee seeks funding for SR64 plantings
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Commit-
tee members hope to secure a county neighborhood
improvement grant to create an avenue of trees along
the west end of Manatee Avenue.
The committee, which met May 6 at city hall,
helped secure a permit from the Florida Department
of Transportation to plant a line of gumbo limbo
trees along the south side of State Road 64/Manatee
Avenue from East Bay Drive to the Manatee Public
The committee had planned to apply next winter
for a state forestry grant to pay for the trees and the
planting, but is now exploring another option.
The county currently is accepting applications
for neighborhood improvement grants up to $2,500,
and committee chair John Molyneux suggested the
committee apply for the county grant.
"It seems to me this really lends itself to our
needs," Molyneux said of the grant program.
He added that Mayor Rich Bohnenberger and
public works superintendent Joe Duennes said the
city also would invest in the project.
"I think we can get $6,000 to do that job," Moly-
neux said. "I think it might also contribute toward
doing something on the other side of the street."
Island Democratic Club to meet
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will meet
for lunch at noon Monday, May 18, at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The guest speaker will be state Rep. Keith
Fitzgerald providing a report on the legislative ses-
sion. Fitzgerald represents District 69 and is a politi-
cal science professor at New College in Sarasota.
For more information, call Dale de Haan at
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If the committee is ineligible as a city advisory ing and has plans to move to New Mexico.
board to the mayor, members may ask a neighbor-
hood group, such as the Westbay Cove Condominium
Association, to apply for the grant.
In other business, committee members agreed
to take an inventory of city green spaces, parks and
plantings, especially on main roads.
The inventory would help the committee identify
its past efforts and could help guide future projects.
Also, Molyneux notified committee members
that traffic islands in the 5400 block of Marina Drive
near Jessie's Island Store and the near the Manatee
Public Beach were due for new plantings.
Also, committee member Maureen Hirthler
announced at last week's meeting that she was resign-
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p.m. Friday, May 22, at the post, 2000 75th St. W.,
Celia Szelwach, of the Women Veterans Net-
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Molyneux thanked Hirthler, a master gardener,
for her contributions to the committee and the city.
The committee's next scheduled meeting is 5
p.m. Oct. 7 at city hall.
While the committee is on summer break, the
city's public works crews will be tending the new
demonstration garden at Key Royale and Marina
The beautification committee won a grant from
the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program to create the
garden and, through the spring, worked with public
works staff to select plants and design the space.
Plants will be placed later this month, said com-
mittee member Fred Heger.
county has awarded similar grant dollars to neighbor-
hood groups that undertook aesthetic improvement
projects to their neighborhoods. This year, the county
wants groups that apply for the grant to suggest a new
range of possibilities.
"We' re looking to the neighborhood groups to
come up with new and innovative ways to make
their community a better place to live," said Debbie
DeLeon, neighborhood specialist with the county.
"The goal is to bring neighbors together. By coming
together the sky is the limit as to what they can
Manatee County will match selected neighbor-
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ment of up to $2,500.
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Doug Bloomer, left, owner of Code
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Islander Photo: Rebecca Barnett
Code Red for
Doug Bloomer, owner of Code
Red Plumbing, is a busy man.
A resident of Perico Island, Doug
has found that his 24-hour emergency
service is helpful to many on Anna
It also helps that Doug and his staff
do more than plumbing. The company
remodels kitchens and bathrooms, repairs
and installs water heaters, and cleanout
and repair sewer and drain lines.
Code Red also does commercial
and new construction work.
It's also a plus that senior techni-
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Whatever the person needs, Code Red
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Code Red is recognizable by its
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For more information, call Doug
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We be jammin'
Jamrocks Jamaican Grill has
moved to Bradenton Beach, much
to the delight of Islanders who have
enjoyed authentic Jamaican and Carib-
bean cuisine since the restaurant first
opened on Longboat Key last Novem-
Jamrocks is now at 1701 Gulf
Drive N., site of the former Beach City
Co-owner and chef Rodney Wil-
liams promised an enhanced menu will
"We've added a lot more items to
our menu. We' ve got surf and turf done
Jamaican-Caribbean style and a spe-
cial salmon dinner that uses a special
recipe and seasonings," he said.
The move to Bradenton Beach was
logical after Rodney and co-owners
Sandy Leedy-Williams and David
Simms discovered a large number of
their clientele are from Anna Maria
Island, and many more come from the
Manatee County mainland.
"Moving here wouldn't have been
possible without all the support from
our customers. We have to thank them
and we're going all out to make their
dining experience the best when they
come to Jamrocks."
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hour begins at 3 p.m. Rodney advised
patrons to be watching for nightly spe-
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The restaurant is open from 11:30
a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through
Sunday and is closed on Monday.
For more information on Jamrocks,
Richey's turns 60
Richey's of Florida Homemade
Candies at 7469 Manatee Ave. W. in
the Manatee West Shopping Center,
Bradenton, recently turned 60 years
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celebrating with some delicious choco-
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Richey's has more than 200 variet-
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The Feeling Swell restaurant at
9903 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria is rent-
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Owner Bill Staley, former owner
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and plans for a big "bash" for Memo-
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To reach Feeling Swell, call
New location for
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The store's new address is 8102 Cortez
Rd. W. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
For more information, call
Wagner Realty with headquarters
at 3639 Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton, has
named Peter Feuerstein as its top listing
agent on Anna Maria Island for March,
while Woody Woodworth took home
the honor for Wagner's Longboat Key
Penny Bray took the March top
sales award on Anna Maria Island,
while Dee Dee Burke garnered the
award at the company's Longboat Key
Wagner Realty has offices at 1801 Gulf
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West Coast rockers
Mikey Silbaugh has a job working with his parents at West Coast Air Con-
ditioning in Holmes Beach, but other times he plays with Soul Purpose, a
popular local band that includes members, from left, Pat Monahan, Joe
Freed, Al Owen, Slibaugh and Mike Hamad. The group will open for the
classic rock band "War" on May 15 at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg.
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Jeff Levey and Roberta Schaefer
from Apollo Beach are now partners
in Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old
IGA, 9807 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
And they don't plan on being silent
"We're definitely working part-
ners," said Roberta, who has been
busy the past week learning the ropes
from Ginny. 'This will give Ginny and
Jane some much needed time off. They
deserve some rest, and we're happy to
be here working and meeting all the
regular and new customers."
For more information or to reach
Roberta or Jeff, call 941-778-3170.
519 75th St., Holmes Beach, a
1,288 sfla / 2,266 sfur 2bed/2bath Icar
canalfront home built in 1972 on a
90x121 lot was sold 04/22/09, Flynn
to Fenstermacher for $416,000; list
213 75th St., Holmes Beach, a
2,142 sfla / 2,700 sfur 3bed/2bath /lcar
home built in 1960 on a 85x140 lot was
sold 04/24/09, Vanorsdol to Runway
Farms LLC for $300,000.
317 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, a
864 sfla / 1,039 sfur 2bed/ 1/2bath home
built in 1983 on a 52x120 lot was sold
04/23/09, Bobbitt to Swift Enterprises
Inc. for $286,500.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at
Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can
be reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-7244.
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 13, 2009 0 17
Current Island real estate transactions
may also be viewed online at www.
islander.org. Copyright 2009
The Anna Maria Island Community
Center has auctioned a number of travel
packages over the years to raise money.
Now the Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria, has launched a club
to appeal to travelers and to raise money
for the non-profit organization.
People can become "preferred
members" of the AMICC Travel Time
club for free by l,,-in, on to www.
Club benefits include $200,000 in
traveler's insurance, roadside assis-
tance and concierge service.
On the Web site, club-members
can find competitive rates for travel
and a portion of the bookings on the
set go to the Center.
The club is through a partnership
with Worldventures Marketing LLC.
For more information, call the
Center at 941-778-1908.
The Longboat Key/Lido Key/St.
Armands Key Chamber of Commerce
will hold its annual golf tournament
Friday, May 22.
The event will take place at 11 a.m.
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Wednesday, May 13
7:45 to 9a.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise
breakfast at Gulf Drive Cafe, 900 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
6 p.m. Meet child author Matthew Boerner and freelance illus-
trator Alexandra Lillis at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1908.
Thursday, May 14
5p.m. -Anna Maria Island Historical Society annual membership
meeting at 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0173.
8 p.m. "Alone Together Again" opens at the Island Players,
10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Play runs through May 24. Box Office:
941-778-5755. Fee applies.
Saturday, May 16
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bridge Street Market featuring Vintage Organic
Acres, Rob Lonsdale's fresh doughnuts, jewelry, crafts and more at 107
Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Anna Maria Island Privateers host Snooks
Adams Kids Day, featuring games, contests and refreshments at Bayfront
Park in Anna Maria.
Noon to 5 p.m. The Florida Highwaymen artists visit the Studio
at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria for a one-day only show, sale and dem-
3 p.m. The American Cancer Society benefit Relay for Life on
Anna Maria Island begins and continues to Sunday morning at Coquina
Beach, Bradenton Beach.
Monday, May 18
Noon -Anna Maria Island Democratic Club luncheon with guest
speaker state Rep. Keith Fitzgerald at the BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-9287. Fee
Tuesday, May 19
Noon -Anna Maria Island Rotary Club lunch featuring a presenta-
tion about the Rotary Camp Florida at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies.
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens by gender for ages 11-17 meet
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
Every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through the end of May,
Bradenton Courthouse Square lunchtime concerts at 1115 Manatee Ave.
W., Bradenton. Information: 941-704-4366 or 941-932-9439.
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the theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. The cast includes Mary Jo Johnson and Miriam Ring, pictured,
as well as James Thaggard, Gabe Simches and Jo Kendall. Productions will take place Tuesdays through
Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. The theater is dark on Mondays. For more information, call the
box office at 941-778-5755. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
May 22, Longboat Key-Lido Key-St. Armands Key Chamber of
Commerce Golf Tournament.
May 27, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Business
Exchange at Island Real Estate.
May 27, Teen paper crafts at the Island Branch Library.
Save the date
May 30, Chinese Dragon Boat Festival at Coquina Beach.
Off-Island Arts & Events:
Wednesday, May 13
6 to 8 p.m. Setting sun bike trip at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th
St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-4501.
Thursday, May 14
7:30 p.m. Opening night of "La Cage aux Folles" at the Mana-
tee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton, through May 31. Information:
941-748-5875. Fee applies.
Saturday, May 16
7 to midnight "For Love of Country" music concert honoring
America's armed forces, featuring Ghost Town Posse, Dr. Dave Band
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Sunday, May 17
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exotic Bird Expo at the Manatee Convention
Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 941-475-7103. Fee
Tuesday, May 19
Noon to 3:30 p.m. Manatee County Small Business Financing
Fair at the Manatee Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto.
Ongoing Off-Island Theater:
"The Winter's Tale" Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami
Trail, through May 16. Box office: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.
"Murderers" Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail,
through May 16. Box office: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.
"The Devil's Disciple" Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N. Tamiami
Trail, through May 24. Box office: 941-351-8000. Fee applies.
"Black Pearl Sings!" Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave.,
Sarasota, through May 30. Box office: 941-366-9000. Fee applies.
"Laughing Matters" Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave.,
Sarasota, through June 6. Box office: 941-366-9000. Fee applies.
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Islander runs Boston race, track, more
By Kevin Cassidy
Island resident Sandy Meneley, 62, competed in
the Boston Marathon with her daughter, Jamey Dris-
coe, on April 20. The mother-daughter pair qualified
for the event at the Marine Corps Marathon last year,
where Sandy placed first in her age group.
According to Sandy, the Boston race is the only
marathon where one must meet a qualifying stan-
dard at a previous marathon to be accepted. At this
year's event, she placed 13th in her age group at 3:53.
After running together for most of the 26.2 miles,
Jamey was able to sprint into the finish with a time
Sandy's time of 3:53 is impressive, and good
enough to qualify in the 40-45 age group.
On May 8, Sandy ran in the Indianapolis Mini-
marathon (13.1 miles) with her son, M.J. Meneley.
The race is the largest half marathon in the United
States with about 40,000 runners participating. The
Anna Maria Island runner placed first out of 360
women in her age group for the second year in a row
with a time of 1:43.
3 v 3 Monster Jam is back
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
accepting registrations for the 2009 3 v 3 Monster
Jam indoor basketball tournament. This is a classic,
three-on-three, double-elimination tourney Memo-
rial Day weekend, May 23-25, open to players in
eight divisions. Divisions are 8-9, 10-11, 12-13,
14-15, 16-17, 18-29, 30-39, and 40 and over. Teams
are guaranteed two games, and each player earns a
The Center is also looking for event sponsors for
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The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole,
better-ball-of-partners game May 6. The team of
Lou Winegarden and Gary Harris combined to card
an impressive 10-under-par 54 to claim first place
over the team of Ed Havlik and Earl Ritchie by two
On May 5, the club women played a nine-hole,
low-net golf tournament. Sue Hookem grabbed first
place in the 0-13 handicap flight with a 1-under-par
31 to edge second-place finisher Mary Selby by one
Pat Rice claimed first place in the 14-20 handicap
group with a 2-under-par 30, one shot better than
Layah Margrit who finished in second place. -
The men played a better-ball-of foursome match
on May 4 with the team of Matt Behan, Chet Hutton,
Paul Kaemmerlen and Charlie Knopp combining to
card a 7-under-par 25 to take first place.
John Johnson and Norm Good were the only duo
to post the prerequisite 3-0 pool-play record on May 9
and were the day's outright champions. Tom Skoloda
and Sam Samuels won the ensuing playoff for second
place with a 21-11 victory over Bruce Munroe and
The May 6 games saw two teams emerge from
pool play to battle for the day's bl,,iiin, rights.
Munroe and Samuels blasted the team of Good and
Paul Sheatler 22-7 to take first place.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.
Miles Fischer, Luke Valadie, Brandon Mills and
Ethan Bertrand competed in the third-grade four-
by-100 meter relay team at the countywide track
meet Saturday, May 9. Islander Photo: Joanie Mills
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20 E MAY 13, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
Seagrass bed coverage increases off Anna Maria Island
They're obvious at any extreme low tide: sea-
grass beds where green-and-brown leaves poke out
of the tidal muck.
Seagrasses are what most people think about
when they consider what's under the surface of Sara-
sota Bay or Anna Maria Sound. Seagrass beds are a
critical element of the marine food chain, providing
food and homes for thousands of varieties of plank-
ton, crabs and fish.
And the underwater grasses are apparently start-
ing to flourish again after years of declining
Scientists have found that seagrass beds in the
bay system from Venice inlet to the north end of Anna
Maria Island have increased by about 28 percent from
2006 to 2008.
The findings are especially good for Islanders
because the most intense increase in seagrass bed
coverage has occurred in northern Sarasota Bay
and Anna Maria Sound, which saw a 32 percent
Upper Sarasota Bay saw an increase in seagrasses
of 1,844 acres. The southern portion of Sarasota Bay
had an 850-acre increase; Little Sarasota Bay had a
197-acre increase, while Roberts Bay and Blackburn
Bay had declines of 25 acres and 79 acres, respec-
tively, according to biologists with the Southwest
Florida Water Management District.
Swiftmud conducts aerial surveys of the bays
throughout its region and compares the photos with
previous shots to determine seagrass coverage.
For comparison, Tampa Bay saw a 5 percent
increase in seagrasses. Charlotte Harbor had a 5 per-
Why the increase?
Officials with the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program
said a reduction in the amount of treated effluent from
treatment plants and septic systems flowing into the
bays had a direct correlation with the growth of the
The city of Sarasota has dramatically curtailed
treated effluent discharges into the bay at Whitaker
Bayou, causing an increase in seagrass beds there.
In northern Sarasota Bay near Tidy Island, Manatee
County has added treatment processes at the plant
near there, plus a deep-well injection process for even
more treated sewage.
The "beds of gold" for the bay environmental
system should reap improve harvests and the life
cycle of fish, crabs and other marine life in the years
to come. More important, though, is the indication
that the enhanced seagrass beds have reversed the
previous years of decline in productivity for Sarasota
"Benthos is a Greek word that refers to the depths
or bottom of the sea," writes Jim Culter in the tech-
nical assessment of Sarasota Bay titled "Framework
For Action." Culter is a benthic scientist at Mote
"The science of benthic c,'1, .\ is the study of
the plants and animals that inhabit the benthos. Ben-
thic organisms are generally not highly mobile; the
majority of individuals in the benthic community will
live their adult lives within a relatively small area. It
is due to this restricted mobility that benthic organ-
isms are considered excellent indicators of habitat
conditions and, in some cases, environmental qual-
In the Sarasota Bay area, including the near-shore
waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Culter estimates there
are 500-1,000 different species of tiny benthic crea-
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Culter discovered five types of bay bottom in
Sarasota Bay. From most- to least-common types,
Sarasota Bay is divided into:
Unvegetated subtidal sand, muddy/sand,
Intertidal and subtidal seagrass meadows,
Artificial hard bottom (reefs, seawalls, bridge
Natural rock outcroppings (including the near-
shore Gulf), and
There are seven different species of seagrasses
in Florida. Sarasota Bay has five of them: Thalas-
sia testudinum (turtle grass), Syringodium filiforme
(manatee grass), Halodule wrightii (shoal grass),
Ruppia maritima (widgeon grass) and Halophila
engelmannii (star grass).
Generally, Culter found that the closer the sea-
grass beds are to an inlet with regular exchanges
of water with the Gulf, the healthier the seagrasses
"In Sarasota Bay, barring direct physical impacts,
seagrass meadows decline in diversity and abundance
at an increasing distance from open Gulf waters,"
So what's so important about seagrasses?
"Through their complex physical structure, sea-
grass meadows serve as habitat by providing shelter
for both adult and juvenile crabs, shrimp and fish,"
"Seagrass blades act as a substrate for an entire
community of marine organisms, including microal-
gae, microinvertebrates, protozoa and diatoms. Her-
bivores that graze directly on the seagrass blades
include fishes, manatees, sea turtles and sea urchins,
while the attached epiphytes provide a valuable food
source for a host of other marine life. Dead leaves
and epiphytic growth falling to the bay bottom make
up the majority of the material in the detrital food
"Seagrass leaves slow the water current and pro-
mote the deposit of organic and inorganic particles
in the water column; their presence also inhibits the
resuspension of sediments. Roots, runners and rhi-
zomes form an interlocking grid that tends to lock in
the accumulated sediments and retard erosion of the
bay bottom. The physical e nlu ,.'v of waves and cur-
rents tend to be dissipated by the presence of seagrass
leaves, helping to protect adjoining shorelines from
erosion. With their photosynthetic ability, seagrasses
are a major contributor of dissolved oxygen to the
"Finally, seagrasses play an important role in
the nutrient cycle. Seagrass leaves take up dissolved
nutrients from the water column, while the roots take
up and store nutrients from the bottom sediments.
The removal of excess nutrients improves water qual-
ity with respect to light penetration."
In Sarasota Bay, seagrasses are threatened by
added nitrogen found in treated sewage effluent and
in increased levels of contaminants found in storm-
water runoff. Pesticides, excess fertilizer, and petro-
leum products from automobile exhausts run from
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The really good news: More seagrasses mean
more fish, and more fish means more potential catch
Seagrass coverage has increased dramatically in
the Sarasota Bay system. Yay!
But what's not mentioned and could fall in the
"best-kept secret" category is the quality of the sea-
Not all seagrasses are the same in terms of envi-
Turtle grass is generally regarded as one of the
more biologically important grasses in the bays. It's
lush, it plays host to a slew of critters and it just a
good thing to have.
Shoal grass has thinner blades and works well
as a sediment holder but doesn't perform as well as
a critter collector.
None of the seagrass studies delve into the types
of seagrasses that are out there. Sure, there are some
spot-checks made, but no real mapping of types of
grasses is included in the seagrass reports.
Good news, though, is that scallops are again
coming to our bays in great numbers. Scallops are
a perfect indicator of the health of an estuary: clean
water means scallops, and scallops are back not
in numbers to support any harvesting, but they're out
A landscape by R.L. Lewis, one of the Florida
Studio to host Florida
For one day, the Studio at Gulf and Pine will
host a show featuring the work of the famed Florida
The event will take place at the Studio, 10101
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, from noon to 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 16, and will feature a demonstra-
tion by seven of the surviving Florida Highway-
From the early 1950s through the 1980s, 66
African-American artists now known as the Florida
Highwaymen painted in vivid, bright colors the
"They painted from their garages and back yards
on inexpensive Upson board and then, on the week-
ends, they would travel and sell their Highwaymen
paintings to hotels, businesses and individuals for
around $25 a piece," Studio owner Rhea Chiles said
in a news release.
The Florida Highwaymen 25 men and one
woman have been inducted into the Florida Hall of
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Go fishing. Right now. Everything is biting. Enough said
By Paul Roat
"Fantastic" is the word that echoes through the
fishing reports this week. Almost everything finny
both near and far from Anna Maria Island appears
hungry and willing to take all manner of bait.
Inshore fishing remains excellent for trout, red-
fish and catch-and-release snook.
Tarpon are starting to make an appearance both
at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge area in Tampa Bay
and off the beaches from Anna Maria's Bean Point
to Whitney Beach on Longboat Key.
Mackerel are in the passes and just offshore in
the Gulf of Mexico. Farther out in the Gulf are good
reports of snapper, kingfish, grouper and amber-
There also are some sailfish reports as close as
20 miles from shore, with blackfin tuna also being
caught at the 40-mile range. The Gulf's Loop Cur-
rent wends its way close to Florida's west coast at
this time of year, bringing the usually deep-water fish
Remember that snook season is closed. Red
snapper fishing, despite some published rules, is also
closed until the end of May.
Capt. Wayne Johnson on ExtremeFlatsFishing
said he has been jumping tarpon and catching snook
and trout in good numbers. "We have been targeting
tarpon at the Skyway when the wind will cooperate,
and trout in the seagrass flats in the morning," he said,
"then targeting snook in the afternoon once the tide
starts to dump out." Capt. Wayne said he's jumping
at least one silver king a trip, most in the 80-pound
range, but he had one 120-pounder on the hook that
jumped five times before it broke the leader. Back-
Martin Hayes, of Edinburgh, Scotland, caught this
nice-sized speckled trout while fishing as a guest of
Dave Spencer with Capt. Mark Howard of Sumo-
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water fishing in Terra Ceia, Miguel and Palma Sola
bays, he's catching upwards of 50 trout in the 15- to
22-inch range per trip, plus 25 snook at 28 inches
daily, with one monster linesider of 35 inches caught
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said fishing is
what's happening right now off Anna Maria Island.
Tarpon have showed up off the beaches as well as
near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, and he expects
the silver kings to make an appearance in the South-
west Channel off Egmont Key any day now. Redfish
and snook action is terrific right now, and he advises
fishers to work the hard outgoing tides near the man-
groves for the best action. Trout are everywhere in the
backwaters and are even being caught off the north
end of Longboat Key in the Gulf. Offshore action is
just as good, with grouper and snapper being caught
as well as huge amberjack near the artificial reefs. Bill
said he also heard of a sailfish caught about 25 miles
out in the Gulf, and a blackfin tuna at the 40-mile
mark. Kingfish are also everywhere in the Gulf. "It's
a wonderful time of the year," Bill said.
At the Rod & Reel Pier, reports include mack-
erel, flounder and pompano, plus some mangrove
snapper and a few catch-and-release snook.
At the Anna Maria City Pier, reports include
mackerel and a few catch-and-release snook.
Capt. Mark Howard on Sumotime Charters
said the recent big tides have turned fishing "red hot.
We caught many big trout up to 24 inches and some
nice catch-and-release snook. The redfish bite has
been sporadic. Tarpon fishing is starting to become
an option, as the fish have started to pour into Tampa
Bay and surrounding beaches." He went 80 miles
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offshore one day last week and caught blackfin tuna
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Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he is catching many big red grouper,
nice-sized gag grouper, "a ton of kingfish and myriad
snappers, including mangrove, vermillion and lane.
Even with all those, we've still been getting a decent
influx of cobia and amberjacks. Our young people on
trips have been excited about all of the sharks and
barracudas we' ve been catching, and I think the kids
just love reeling in something that can eat people."
He said that red grouper action is fantastic out past
100 feet, with gag grouper and a bunch of snappers
mixed in the party. Best grouper bites are definitely
out past 130 feet of water, he noted. Bill Mackson
from North Port probably had the catch of the week
with a 40-pound cobia, his first, caught on 20-pound
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out
of Parrot Cove Marina said good kingfish action
is continuing off Anna Maria Island and Longboat
Key. "You do not have to venture far to get in on
the action," he advised. "Look for dense schools of
bait off the beaches and fish in the vicinity. Kings to
38 inches and Spanish mackerel to 28 inches have
been common. And there have been shark, tarpon
and bonito in the mix." Bay trips are producing spot-
ted sea trout action to 22 inches, hefty bluefish and
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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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 email@example.com, fax toll-free
1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
COMPUTER: COMPAQ EVO D300V Pentium 4,
1.6 GHz processor. $100. 941-756-6728.
COMPUTER MONITOR: COMPAQ #1701.17-inch
LCD flat panel. $80. Desk with black metal frame.
30x60, glass top. $40. 941-756-6728.
22-FOOT CHAMPION shuffleboard table for sale.
Brand new. 941-224-6726.
POWER WASHER, $80. Weed-wacker, $50.
Champion juicer, $50. Call 941-751-4777.
MEN'S ITALIAN CRUISER: $80, Breville juicer,
like new, best offer. 941-792-1480.
SMALL CHEST FREEZER, holds 175 pounds.
Excellent condition. $75. 863-860-4607.
TORO GAS TRIMMER. As new. $50. Black &
Decker electric edger, $25. 941-778-4048.
PIANO, GOLF CART. Wurlitzer spinet, $700. Elec-
tric EZ golf cart, $950. 941-356-1456.
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.
PERICO BAY CLUB
OPEN HOUSE 1-4PM SUNDAY
3BR/2BA bright end unit. Corian counter tops, tile
floors. Priced lower than smaller 2BR condos. Updated
kitchen and baths. $328,000. Lease option.
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.
Funeral Homes & Crematory
Independence Locally owned and operated, our family serving your family
Integrity Our proven devotion to what is right
Fairness Respect, a key factor in the quality of our service
Professionalism Caring as much for others as ourselves
Excellence Setting the standard to which others aspire
Pre-planning for peace of
mind, fully-insured, guaranteed
prices that will never increase,
no finance charge, 100% ValFiFCW
refundable at any time. Pre-arrangement Counselor
Brown and Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory
Established in 1975 Private on-site Crematory
26th St. Chapel 43rd St. Chapel
5624 26th St. W 604 43rd St. W
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-night
special, $249. Reserve now, 941-779-0101.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Global market,
market connections. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@
WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Priva-
teers are collecting new or used, repairable fish-
ing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to
give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander
newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
KOKO RAY AND Scott Achor, Island Rock School
at Edison Academy will be hosting summer ses-
sions. For more information, call 941-758-0395.
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Courtesy of the
Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission and Holmes Beach Police
Department. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't
be sorry, be safe.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $50. Three lines, $60. Forms at
The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more infor-
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. 511
Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
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.
GOOD STUFF GARAGE sale: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat-
urday, May 16. Come and get it. 421 Hibiscus
Road, Anna Maria.
AN INTERDENOMINATIONAL COMMUNITY CHURCH
PO Box 243, Bradenton Beach, 34217
300 CHURCH AVE. BRADENTON BEACH
2 BLOCKS NORTH OF BRIDGE ST. CLOCK TOWER
5412 Marina Drive Island Shopping Center
Holmes Beach 941.778.2253
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Pastor Rosemary W. Backer
Saturday 5pm Celebrate!
Sunday 9:30am Traditional Worship
Celebrate with us!
778-1813 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach www.gloriadeilutheran.org
HUGE SALE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, May 16.
Furniture, outdoor furniture, antiques, pool, fish-
ing and household items. 608 Concord Lane,
GIGANTIC YARD SALE! 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and
Saturday, May 15-16. Everything must go! 7304
13th Ave. Drive W., Bradenton.
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office sup-
plies, t-shirts, treasures.
FOUND: BLACK-AND-gold Pulsar watch. Easter
Sunday at cabana on 77th Street, Holmes Beach.
Claim at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
FOUND: SET OF keys around 64th Street and
Holmes Boulevard, Holmes Beach. U-Store-It key
chain. Claim at The Islander office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
LOST: LADIES GOLF club. 8-iron, Big Bertha,
Callaway. Lost at Manatee County Golf Course. If
found, please call 0044-787-058-8878. (U.K.)
LOST: CALICO CAT. Yellow, white and black.
Name is Ping-Ping. Last seen Bridge Street, Bra-
denton Beach. 941-782-1123.
LOST: 12-FOOT flat-bottom Johnboat. Flat
front, faded green. ID number: FL7169JS.
LOST: TUNGSTEN MEN'S wedding band. Lost
after 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, at the beach
near 64th Street. Engraved: NEF JLM 10-18-08.
If found, please, call 207-671-5166.
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.
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SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
OPEN Mon.-Fri. 73oam-7pm
Sat., Sun., Holidays 7soam-5pm
SWe're available to tend to
your urgent care needs
Fever/Infections Minor Lacerations
Simple Fractures Sprains
C PINNACLE MEDICAL CENTER
315 75th Street West Bradenton
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A Non-Denominational Christian Church
Rev. Gary A. Batey Serving the Community Since 1913
S Come Celebrate Christ
Worship Service: 10am
Adult Church School: 9am
Children's Church School: 10am
Youth Church School: 10am
STransportation & Nursery Available
512 Pine Ave, Anna Maria 778-0414
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BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
Laser, Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian at
CUSTOM MARINE TEAK products boat repair,
wood items. Also furniture repair. Lots of mis-
cellaneous repairs. Call 941-795-1947. Cell,
30-FOOT 1977 TROJAN boat. Twin 230
Chrysler inboards, auto-pilot. Sleeps six. $6,000.
BAYLINER 2655 CIERA weekender fisher-
man on lift in Key Royale. Has trailer. $14,000.
NURSES: LONG-TERM home care assisting
lady with spinal injury. Sleep-over shifts available
Friday/Sunday night, 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m. Also, Sat-
urday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Travel opportunity for some
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library in
Bradenton Beach. Information, 941-779-1208.
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All Pro Real Estate
4411 60th St. Ct. W, Bradenton
RESTAURANT: PROFITABLE, BEAUTIFUL,
long history in resort area. Beer/wine. Any good
cuisine would work. Confidentiality agreement
required. $160,000 plus inventory. Longview
ANNA MARIA ISLAND investment opportunity: 8
percent APR guaranteed return, 100 percent fully
secured. Local company offering these returns for
investments of $250,000-$2,500,000. Get your
CD money working for you again, call us at 9
Solutions today, 941-704-7289.
ISLANDTUTORING. Manatee High School soph-
omore Chris Perez tutors elementary or middle
school children. Call 941-778-2979.
CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ISLANDTEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified child
care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross train-
ing, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-4632
34 Y~ars ofProfessiol Srvice
CORAL SHORES 5 minutes to beach, 3BR/2BA $165,900
WILDEWOOD SPRINGS 1700 SF floorplan, 2BR/2BA enclosed
lanai, carport, great condition. Fantastic price at $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 luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
GULFFRONT 1 & 2 BR, Available now. Weekly, monthly.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Annual or seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock,
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
I have experience with kids of all ages.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
First-aid certified, great with kids and animals!
Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.
NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter or
dog walker? Experienced. Red Cross certified in
CPR for all ages. Call the twins, Kayla and Ariel
TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red
Cross certified in babysitting. Loves children. Call
Katie, 941-778-1491 or 941-447-4057.
TRISH AND KIM babysitting service, house
cleaning and pet sitting. Certified. Experienced.
Call 941-538-8922 or 941-538-2081.
LAWN MOWING/DOG walking? Will walk dogs
any day, mow lawns after 5 p.m. weekdays, after
11 a.m. weekends. 941-447-7092.
CALL ZACK, 13, for odd jobs. Will do anything
you need done after school and Saturdays.
StffSay Wafty ofmnna9 Maria Inc.
Jesse srisson Brokerssociate, gzU
Thinking about Selling?
Call me to learn about a no-commitment
listing that you can cancel anytime if
you are unhappy with my
performance. I strive to be
the most knowledgeable,
broker on the Island, and
I'm willing to put my skills
to the test. Guaranteed!
Call Jesse Brisso1
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Sandy' Established in 1983
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77841345 and hardscape needs.
Licensed & Insured
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
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Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
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* Antennas *Mirrors
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Call Dan, 941-713-3108
Read and write reviews
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Protect your home When you're not here
Log on: ProtectionPropertyWatch.com
Call Jon Kent at 941-920-0832
New Kitchens Shutters Room Additions
New Home Construction
Weatherside, LLC *Ted H. Geeraerts
Nature's Design Landscaping -
Tropical Landscape Specialist
941-729-9381 Design & Inr .l.ll
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PROFESSIONAL CHAUFFEUR AT TAXI PRICES
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References available 941-720-7519
Cal 9,1-78-385 CBC2102
RED CROSS LIFEGUARD for private parties
at your pool. $10/hour. Call Marie Durocher,
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reli-
able. Free estimates, licensed, insured.
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engi-
neer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Prob-
lem solving for all animals, big and small. Call
Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service,
941-778-3455, or cell 941-720-4152.
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
PAINTING: INTERIOR/EXTERIOR, quality work,
free estimates, 15 years experience. Call Dave,
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.
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.
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura: Good references,
happy customers! 941-539-6891.
AN HONEST AND dependable woman would
like the opportunity to clean your home. Call
'O.D.,' T' h e Il a n d e r
I IL-Thie Islander
EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER ADAPTS to chang-
ing daily challenges. Nutritional meals. Quality of
life matters. Nancie, 941-704-2402.
COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Oldest
and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of happy cus-
tomers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch, Storm-Check,
windows, etc. Rentals our specialty. pinesolpatty@
NIKI'S NOOKS AND CRANNIES. I will do house-
keeping, laundry, and errands or pet sitting for
you. Cell: 941-592-8684.
DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs
covered! Logos, brochures, brand identity. Web
design: Flash, HTML and 3D. Call Jon at Smash-
cat Studios, 941-778-2824 or 941-545-0192.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller,
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services when and what you need to ensure
your house is secure and cared for while you
are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island.
30 years experience. Gift boutique, nail prod-
ucts, handbags, jewelry and sunglasses. 9908
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an appoint-
ment. Now offering in-home pedicure services.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
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.
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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".
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Lawn maintenance,
mulching, plantings, shell and more. Great mainte-
nance rates. Fully insured and references. Please
call 941-778-2335 or 941-284-1568.
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
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.
PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Island resident, very meticulous and reliable. I
take pride in my work. For a free estimate, call
Colin at 941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
COLORWORLD ECONOMY PAINTING: Afford-
able (all phase). Painter dedicated to the con-
sumer. No deposit! Clean, fast and courte-
ous. Voted #1 by the "Pier regulars" 2007-08.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide
variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate,
941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.sun-
ANNUAL BAYVIEW CONDO: Holmes
Beach, 2BR/2BA, second floor $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
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu- WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA TOWNHOUSE with
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard, boat slip on Palma Sola bay. Heated pool, patio,
941-779-2294. cable, washer and dryer, cats allowed. Six months
plus. $950/month unfurnished, $1,050/month fur-
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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.
CUTE OFFICE FOR RENT. 315 58th St., Holmes
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
FOR RENT: ANNUAL. Wonderful bay view.
2BR/2BA house in quiet neighborhood. All appli-
ances upgraded. $1,400/month plus utilities.
Phone 941-545-7109 or 941-795-1132.
ANNUAL DUPLEX: 2BR/1BA Anna Maria City.
Ground-level. $875/month, water, trash included.
Available May 15. 941-778-7003.
HOLMES BEACH SUNSET: 2BR/1BA furnished,
washer and dryer. Available April-December,
2009, $550/week, $2,000/month or $1,500/
month with year lease. Call 813 728-2590 or 813
BEAN POINT: 3BR/2BA ground-level. New
stainless-steel kitchen, baths, washer and dryer.
BRAND NEW 6BR
The ultimate rental prop-
erty one block from the
beach. Exquisitely fur-
nished with flat screen
TVs in every room. One
of a kind pool and Tiki
bar. Elevator and 2 car
garage. Lush landscap-
2 BR / 2 BA
just 1 short
block to beach
AuIKIUALCU i /zl Azn ground-level nome locatea just one
house from the bay. New tile floors, great neighborhood and
short walk down the street to the beach! $350,000.
GORGEOUS POOL HOME close to the beach, 2/2,
nicely furnished with great outside dining area. Take a look!
Mike Norman RealtyIN
3101 GULF DR HOLMES BEACH
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: 1BR in Holmes Beach. $675/
month plus utilities and deposit. 941-778-6541,
days and 941-504-3844, evenings.
HOLMES BEACH: 1BR/1BA, 750 sf. First, last,
security deposit. $775/month. Available June 15.
VACATION RENTALS ACROSS from beach.
Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost
Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.
THE SANCTUARY: 2BR/2BA, washer and dryer,
carpeting, screened porch, close to MCC, shop-
ping, Bayshore High School, IMG Academies.
$725/month, (half off first month's rent). Call
2BR/2BA WATERFRONT FURNISHED villa.
Great view, good fishing from dock. June 1-Dec. 1.
$800-$1,000/month. Call Steve, 941-224-6521.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA IMMACULATELY maintained
ground-level duplex. Washer-dryer hookups, large
patio, fenced yard, pet OK. Half-block to beach,
north end. $975/month. Available June 1. Cell
941-704-8674, home 941-778-4837.
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BEACHFRONT CONDO: 941-779 -1013.
ANNUAL DUPLEX: 2BR/1BA near beach. Cov-
ered parking, utility room. $800/month plus utili-
ties. No pets. 941-538-8200.
ANNUALS: 2BR/1BA FURNISHED. Plantation
Grove, 55-plus, $625/month. 2BR/2BA updated
home, Ringling Museum area, $950/month. IMG
area, 3BR/2BA, two-car garage home, private
heated pool, maintenance-free, $1,300/month.
Real Estate Mart, 941-356-1456.
SHORT-TERM RENTALS: Days to months.
2BR/2BA townhouse, pool, dock. Longboat Vil-
lage house. Flexible. 941-356-1456.
ANNUAL DUPLEX RENTALS: 3BR/2BA, tile floor,
washer-dryer hookups, close to beach, $900/
month. 1 BR/1BA, Florida room fireplace, washer-
dryer hookups, $725/month. 1 BR/1 BA tile floors,
$700/month. No pets. Dolores M. Baker Realty,
PALM COVE CONDO: 3BR/1 BA. Lakefront, pool,
tennis, fitness room, all appliances. Rent to own.
ANNUAL: BEAUTIFUL FURNISHED duplex.
2BR/1BA $1,200/month.1BR/1 BA $850/month
includes water, trash, lawn. 941-748-7631.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
In-ground heated pool.
Location! Amazing value,
Buyer's one-year home
warranty. Call for details!
Laura E. McGeary PA email@example.com Call 941-704-3708
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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.
"DISTRESS" SALE: BANK foreclosures. Island
and mainland properties. Free list with pictures.
www. manateeareaforeclosu res.com.
REMODELED TWO-STORY ground-level canal-
front home with 4BR/5BA and two studies. Large
lot, pool, dock, boat lift and near Gulf beach. Sale/
leaseback with positive cash flow to the buyer. A
deal at $1,250,000. 212 Oak Ave., Anna Maria.
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OUR LOSS, YOUR gain: Charming canal houses,
paid $600,000-plus in 2004, selling, $490,000
and $520,000. Gorgeous on-the-beach condo,
view from every room, paid $700,000-plus in
2004, appraised for $950,000, selling, $598,000.
Designer turnkey. 941-779-1013.
ESTATE SALE: 3BR/3BA home. 411 28th St.,
Holmes Beach. 619-861-1246.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
NORRIS LAKEFRONT LIVING: East Tennes-
see. Visit NorrisLakeFrontProperties.com or
call 865-278-3900. Vicki, 423-626-6353, Realty
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: Nice flat lot
in Andrews, conveniently located and borders
a large rushing creek with view of the moun-
tains! Only $35,000. http://valleytownrealty.com.
800-632-2212. valleytownrealty @verizon.net
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.
LAKEFRONT BARGAIN! 135 ACRES.
Was $269,900, now only $179,900. Nicely
wooded with dockable deep waterfront on
Warrior Lake. Perfect for outdoor recreation,
hunting, fishing. Convenient access 1-20.
Excellent financing. Call now, 800-564-5092,
LAKE ACCESS 4.5-plus acres only $54,900.
Beautiful oaks, great location, ready to build.
Owner financing. Call owner, 866-352-2249.
LAKE LOT DEEDBACK! 3.3 acres, $18,200. Free
boat slips! Was $34,900, back on market for bal-
ance owed! Hardwood lot with deeded access to
private lake, pavilion and free boat slips. Country
road frontage, utilities, warranty deed. Excellent
financing. Must see. Call now, 888-792-5253, ext.
FREE LIST OF private, large acreage land hold-
ings being liquidated by timber company. www.
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Holmes Beach and Palmetto Homes May 20th
Nominal Opening Bid: $100,000
HOLMES BEACH, FL
2814 Gulf Dr #B
2BR 1BA 871+/- sf multi-family.
Auctioning unit B only. Built 1958.
Open house: 1-4pm Sun May
10th, 17th and 2 hours before
Sells: 11:15am, Wed, May 20th
Nominal Opening Bid: $25,000
.. -. 1603 22nd Ave W
S4BR 2BA 1,983+/ sf. Built 2006.
750+ Properties Approx .28ac lot.
Nationwide Open house: 14pm Sun May
an aiaeo ni17th and 2 hours before sale
Many Available For Online Bidding! Sells: 10am, Wed, May 20th
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REDUCED! Anna Maria Gulffront lot. HARBOUR LANDINGS This premier
Build your dream home here. Walk custom-built 5BR home is perfect for
the sugar white sand beach, watch thefamilywholovesboating.40'dockin
thestunningsunsets,seethedolphins protected basin, accessto Palma Sola,
swim by. Writeyournovel here! Becky Tampa Bay and the Gulf! JenniferSum-
Smith or Elfi Starrett, 941-778-2246. meralls, 941-778-2246. #M5803068.
#M504998. $1,199,000. $2,195,000.
3007-3009 Avenue E
Holmes Beach, one block to
n4-Plex with pool! Each unit 2br
derfully maintained and updat
3BR/2BA BAYFRONT home nestled in WESTBAY POINT & MOORINGS
Anna Maria. 10,000-sf lot with large Primeground-floor2BR/2BAendunit,
pool, direct bay views. Sit on your privatecourtyard,glassed-inlanai,tile
porch, watch the kids play in the white floors, peek of bay. Lush grounds,
sand or swim in the pool. Must see! heated pool/spa, tennis. Turnkey.
Jennifer Summeralls. 941-778-2246. Dave Moynihan 941-778-2246.
#M5803062. $1,350,000. #M5804434. $279,900.
2217 GULF DR. N. BRADENTON BEACH
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AME fourth-grade FCAT scores hold steady
By Diana Bogan
Scores for this year's writing portion of the Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Test show Anna Maria
Elementary School fourth-graders remained relatively
the same, while districtwide scores improved.
56 AME fourth-graders were administered the
FCAT writing test, and 71 percent scored 3.5 or
above, a minimally acceptable level.
In comparison, 50 AME fourth-graders were
administered the FCAT writing test in 2008, and 76
percent of that group scored 3.5 or above.
This year, AME ranks below the district average
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of 79 percent of Manatee County fourth-graders who
achieved scores of 3.5 or above.
In previous years, the writing exam was a com-
bination of an essay and multiple-choice questions,
however, in 2009 the multiple-choice items were
removed from the statewide writing assessment.
There are three types of writing assessed on the
2009 FCAT Writing Plus. Expository writing requires
students to explain something; narrative writing asks
students to describe something; and persuasive writ-
ing requires students to present an argument. The
FCAT Writing Plus is scored on a range of 1-6, with
6 being the top level of achievement. A score of 3.5
is the state of Florida's designated level of profi-
The 2009 results corresponds with the 2008
results from the essay portion of the exam.
AME school calendar
Friday, May 15, 9 a.m., Parent-Teacher Orga-
nization board meeting.
Thursday, May 21, 12:30 to 2:45 p.m., Florida
Aquarium presentation in the auditorium.
Monday, May 25, no school.
Tuesday, May 26, family dinner night in the
cafeteria, followed at 7 p.m. by the fifth-grade per-
formance: "100 Years on Broadway."
Thursday, May 28, fifth-grade field trip to Busch
Friday, May 29, 1:15 p.m., early release.
Thursday, June 4, 1:15 p.m., early release.
Friday, June 5, first day of summer vacation.
Monday, Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m., first day of the
2009-10 school year.
For more information, call the school office at
941-708-5525. AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive,
Lynda Hicks and Kelly Joseph greet arrivals at the
Anna Maria Elementary School Mardi Gras Mambo
Spring Fling Saturday, May 9, at St. Bernard Catholic In jest
Church. The event raised $9,000 in ticket sales. Pro- Damir Glavan, masked from head to toe, kept his identity
ceeds will help the school replace outdated comput- a mystery for the early part of the evening at the AME
ers. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan Mardis Gras. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan
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in colorful feathered masks. Islander Photo: Diana
Damir and Johanna Glavan kicks up their ,. i/ il, .,
touch of the jitterbug at the AME Mardi Gras Mambo.
Islander Photo: Joanie Mills
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