VOLUME 17, NO. 30
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Resort tax down, extra penny may help
By Rick Catlin
Resort tax collections by the Braden-
ton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
are down for this year when compared with
the first three months of 2008, although the
agency reports occupancy of Island tour-
ist accommodations is virtually unchanged
Figures provided by the BACVB
show $769,533 in resort tax was collected
through March this year, compared with
$852,120 through the same month last year.
The $82,587 drop represents a 9.7 percent
decline in tax revenue.
At the same time, however, occupancy
of BACVB member properties surveyed for
April 2009 was 65.4 percent for the month
compared with 65.6 percent for April 2008.
But that was April.
BACVB executive director Larry White
said the availability of resort tax collection
reports are usually one month behind the
release of occupancy rates.
Overall occupancy of BACVB member
properties was down 9.4 percent in March
2009 compared with the same month last year
- 80.5 percent against 88.9 percent and
resort tax collections dropped accordingly, he
The 9.7 percent decline in tax collections
also is reflected in the drop in the average
daily room rate reported by the BACVB on
Anna Maria Island for the first four months
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ch some waves at Cortez Beach. Surfers were out May 21 and May 22 to take advan-
e of some better than average waves. L,/land r Photo: Lisa Neff
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block of Marina Drive May 19. There were no injurii s reported and no damage other
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The Island's average daily rate for Janu-
ary 2009 was down nearly $12 from the ADR
for January 2008. The February 2009 aver-
age rate declined $4.35 from the same month
last year, and the rate for March 2009 was off
$8.48 compared with March 2008. The April
average rate fell by $6.40.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce president Mary Ann Brockman said
accommodation owners and managers may
have priced their units a bit lower to attract
"We had a great season, but faced a lot of
competition for the winter visitor," Brockman
said. "Smart owners and managers adjust their
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Rash of retail
By Rick Catlin
Neither the Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment nor the Manatee County Sheriff's Office
substation in Anna Maria received any complaint
of theft from a retail establishment last week.
The absence of reports came just a few
weeks after store owners and clerks in both
cities reported a rash of incidents involving
two women who distracted the clerk long
enough to rifle the cash register and steal the
In three reports in May two in Anna
Maria and one in Holmes Beach the two
suspects were described by police as black,
middle-aged, heavy-set women who appeared
to operate as a team.
The women enter a store and separate,
while one engages the clerk in conversation
about purchasing a large quantity of items.
While one woman distracts the clerk, the
other manages to open the register or cash box
and take whatever money is available, steal
the clerk's purse or some of its contents, and
the theft goes undetected until they leave the
Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson
advised retail store owners and clerks to be
on the lookout for the women and report any
'The incidents are under investigation
and we're working with the MCSO in Anna
Maria," said Stephenson.
Sgt. John Kenney of the MCSO in Anna
Maria said he's waiting for some DNA sam-
ples to come back from the laboratory that
might identify the suspects.
Anyone who observes suspicious activity
or people matching the suspect description,
or is the victim of such a retail theft, should
call their local law enforcement agency or 911,
Holmes Beach police can be reached at
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Resort tax collections down
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rates every year to attract visitors and, judging by all
the activity this past season, they priced very well."
BACVB executive director Larry White said
total resort tax collection figures should improve
after April's report is released because Easter was
mid-month this year.
"If Easter is in April, as it was this year, I always
like to wait until I see April collections before passing
judgment" on the pace of collections, he said.
But White acknowledged that even with a good
report for April, resort tax collections this year will
likely lag behind last year's pace.
Tourist tax revenues are expected to increase
after June 1, when the one-cent increase passed in
April by the county commission becomes effective,
bringing the total resort tax to 5 percent.
That extra revenue, however, may not be headed
toward the BACVB treasury, or even that of the Man-
atee County Tourist Development Council.
Revenues from the resort tax go to the tourism
tax trust fund governed by the financial management
department and county administrator Ed Hunzeker,
White said. Hunzeker recommends allocation of the
funds to the departments and the county commission
has final approval.
"I'd like to say we have some control over the
resort tax, but we don't. All we can do is request
funding," White said.
As collections decline, so does the amount allo-
cated to the BACVB, he said.
"We get something, but it gets smaller and smaller
every month," White observed. At the same time, tour-
ism partners of the BACVB have said they want more
money spent on marketing the Island, he indicated.
Tourist tax revenues presently fund the BACVB
marketing program, the Island beach renourishment
performed every 10-15 years, and other tourist-related
activities and programs.
And it's not likely that any extra resort tax rev-
Pine Avenue pride
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society presented Pine Avenue Restoration partners Ed Chill and Michael
Coleman with a photograph of the old Florida cottages that inspired their current Pine Avenue project. Pictured
are Chil ,, AMIHS president Thea Kelley, Coleman and his wife, Jane. Islander Photo: C. Melissa Williams
enues will reach the beach renourishment program,
currently slated to begin around 2012-13 with a $25
million price tag. A projected county share is about
$6.25 million, money that the county does not have
at present, Hunzeker said at the May 13 Anna Maria
Island chamber board of directors meeting.
That could be because everyone in county gov-
ernment "wants to tap into that fund," said Hunzeker
at the chamber meeting.
L\ lyone" includes County Commissioner Joe
McClash, who suggested at a recent commission
meeting the county use the extra penny collected to
keep the Island trolley free to riders.
Commissioner Carol Whitmore, a former Holmes
Beach mayor, wants the extra revenue earmarked for
beach renourishment, but Hunzeker said the addi-
tional funds would not make up all the expected defi-
cit for the next renourishment program.
What programs will be funded with the extra
penny are unknown.
Hunzeker said he will present a draft budget for
fiscal year 2009-10 at a commission workshop May
28. The draft will include his suggestion on allocation
of the resort tax revenue to specific departments or
White, however, believes the additional revenue
is headed somewhere other than the BACVB.
"Times are tough," he acknowledged. "I just hope
our normal resort tax revenues are good in April and
through the summer."
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Two arrested in Anna Maria Island burglaries
By Lisa Neff
"We got our guys," enthused Sgt. John Kenney
of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office the morning
officers arrested two 18-year-olds for a series of area
Still, emphasized Kenney,
supervisor of the Anna Maria
substation, Islanders need to take
crime prevention seriously.
To help, the MCSO is work-
ing with Anna Maria Mayor
Fran Barford on promoting pre-
Banker vention among residents and
That partnership will
involve two town forums on
Tuesday, June, 9. One forum will
take place at 2 p.m. and another
at 6 p.m.
"The time is right," said
Barford, who said the forums
o'Keefe will focus on how residents can
protect themselves and their
property, as well as their neighbors and their neigh-
During the forum, MCSO's crime prevention
experts will talk about a watch program that Barford
described as a "reverse 911."
When something happens in an area, authorities
notify people involved in the watch program.
"They will be dividing our city into sections,"
Barford said of the crime prevention department. "I
think it will work."
The forums will take place at Anna Maria City
Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, and were prompted by a rash
of burglaries in the Island's northernmost city.
MCSO also is working with the city on promot-
ing crime prevention tactics among businesses.
"We nipped this thing, but we still need to follow
through with a plan," Barford said of the recent bur-
glaries and the arrest of two suspects.
John J. O'Keefe and Patrick S. Banker, both 18,
of Sarasota, were arrested at about 2 a.m. May 19
after a foot chase in Anna Maria.
The two men allegedly were burglarizing the
Waterfront Restaurant, 111 S. Bay Blvd., for the
second time this month, when MCSO Deputy Alan
Judy interrupted them.
Judy was working an overnight patrol shift in
Anna Maria and had checked to make sure all was
Court records detail the charges facing two
18-year-old men arrested May 19 in Anna Maria after
a break-in at the Waterfront Restaurant.
One man, Patrick S. Banker of Sarasota, faces
multiple counts of third-degree felony burglary.
His bond was set at $5,000 on each count, reduced
from $10,000, and he was being held in the Manatee
County jail. Authorities say Banker has confessed, as
well as implicated a second man.
John J. O' Keefe of Sarasota, faces multiple counts
of third-degree felony burglary and other charges are
pending. His bond was set at $5,000 on each count
and he was being held in the county jail.
Both are scheduled for arraignment on June 26.
The incidents include:
On March 29, 4:30 a.m., the Anna Maria City
Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., was burglarized. A window
was broken and a safe and an undetermined amount of
cash were taken. Banker is charged with the crime.
On April 13, 1:05 a.m., the Touch of Class
Car Wash, 6310 14th St. W., Bradenton, was broken
into and about $400 and an undetermined number of
checks taken. Banker is charged with the burglary.
On April 13, 2:30 a.m., a crow bar was used to
gain entry to the Beach Bistro, 100 66th St., Holmes
Beach. About $550 was taken. Banker and O'Keefe
On May 1, early morning, the Waterfront Res-
taurant, 111 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, was burglar-
quiet at the Waterfront before driving to check secu-
rity at Rotten Ralph's restaurant farther south on Bay
Returning north on Bay Boulevard, Judy noticed
a newly parked car near the Waterfront and began
to investigate. On May 1, early in the morning, two
people had broken into the restaurant and stolen about
Judy heard breaking glass and then saw two
"He called for backup," Kenney said.
The MCSO, assisted by Holmes Beach Police
Department, established a perimeter and, with the
assistance of police dogs, searched for the suspects.
One man was found hiding in bushes on the
bayside, Kenney said. HBPD Officer Brian Hall
apprehended a second man near Gulf Drive and Pine
Inside the parked car Judy had noticed, investiga-
tors recovered gloves, bolt-cutters, hand-held radios
"We recovered a lot of evidence," Kenney said.
While law enforcement officers were handling
the arrest of Banker and O'Keefe in Anna Maria,
MCSO deputies were arresting two suspects in an
unrelated burglary in northwest Bradenton.
Such crimes are on the rise, according to state
and national statistics 72 percent of businesses
surveyed by the Retail Industry Leaders Associa-
tion reported an increase in crime in the last four
"These crimes present unwelcomed challenges to
communities of all sizes," said RILA vice president
An early news release from the MCSO stated that
Banker confessed to the May 19 Waterfront burglary,
but O'Keefe, who had fragments of glass in his arm,
denied any role.
Later, according to authorities, Banker admitted
to committing multiple burglaries.
"We're working on getting it all coordinated,"
Banker currently is facing at least 14 charges of
third-degree felony burglary, according to Manatee
County jail records, and O'Keefe is facing multiple
charges of third-degree felony burglary, as well as
petit theft and theft charges.
And officials said eventually as many as 20
charges may be filed against the two men.
BBPD is pursuing charges against Banker and
O'Keefe for a recent burglary at Rotten Ralph's res-
ized and about $4,000 taken. Banker and O'Keefe
are accused in the crime.
On May 7, 3:47 a.m., Pelican Pete's, 12012
Cortez Road, Cortez, was broken into, but nothing
apparently was taken. Banker is charged.
On May 7-8, sometime between 11:30 p.m.
and 6 a.m., Tyler's Ice Cream Shoppe, 11904 Cortez
Road, Bradenton, was broken into, but nothing appar-
ently was taken. Banker is charged.
On May 7-8, sometime between 11 p.m. and
midnight, two businesses at 101 Bay Blvd., Anna
Maria were burglarized. Seven watches valued at
$1,400 and clothing valued at $224 were taken.
Banker is charged.
On May 11, 12:57 a.m., Exit Art in the Centre
Shops, 5350 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key,
was burglarized. About $180 in cash and $4,000 in
jewelry were taken but recovered nearby. Banker and
O'Keefe are charged.
On May 11, about 1 a.m., Ciao's Restaurant,
5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, was bur-
glarized. About $580 was taken. Banker and O'Keefe
On May 11, about 1 a.m., the Don Frank Salon,
5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, was
broken into. The cash register, however, was empty.
Banker and O'Keefe are charged.
On May 11, about 1 a.m., Longboat Resort Wear,
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taurant on the Historic Bridge Street Pier.
BBPD detective Sgt. Lenard Diaz said Banker
confessed to breaking into Rotten Ralph's and video
also "places both of them there."
Video from the Circle K store in the 100 block
of Gulf Drive North also contains footage of Banker
and O'Keefe shopping at about the time of the Rotten
In Holmes Beach, Banker and O'Keefe are con-
sidered suspects in a burglary at the Beach Bistro.
HBPD Lt. Dale Stephenson said Banker is "being
cooperative" and talking with the department.
However, Stephenson said the two men are not
considered suspects in a February burglary at the
Acqua Aveda Spa and Salon.
Of the arrests May 19, Stephenson said, "It was
a great job."
By 9 a.m. that day, news of the arrests of Banker
and O'Keefe had spread Islandwide, with conversa-
tions taking place in post offices and restaurants, at
store checkout counters and gas pumps.
\ ly gosh," Barford said, "it was just like a relief
for all of us. I am so thrilled."
Barford planned to send a commendation letter
to the sheriff praising Judy's actions.
"He was great," she said.
Kenney also praised Judy: "He did an outstand-
Anna Maria City
May 28, 7 p.m., city commission regular
June 1, 10 a.m., capital improvements advi-
sory committee meeting.
June 1, 11 a.m., flood committee meeting.
June 2, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board
June 10, 6:30 p.m., environmental, enhance-
ment, education committee meeting.
June 11, 7 p.m., city commission work ses-
June 15, 4 p.m., City Pier Centennial Com-
mittee meeting at Bayfront Park.
June 17, 2 p.m., open house for MCSO Sgt.
John Kenney's retirement.
June 25, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
June 4, 1 p.m., pier team meeting.
June 4, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
June 18, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
June 8, 3 p.m., ScenicWAVES meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
June 9, 7 p.m., city commission regular meet-
June 18, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
June 23, 7 p.m., city commission regular
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
June 17, 6 p.m., district commission monthly
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
June 15, 9 a.m., Manatee County Tourist
Development Council, Holmes Beach City Hall.
June 15, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation
Planning Organization, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Father's Day is June 21, which also is the first
day of summer.
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4 E MAY 27, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach public works employees took
advantage of the wet weather last week.
The crew, with the assistance of members of the
city's parks and beautification committee, planted a
demonstration garden near the intersections of Key
Royale, Palm and Marina drives.
A number of plants went into the ground May 18.
And, with gray skies and a steady drizzle on May
19, the public works crew returned to the triangular
plot to add more plants and mulch.
By May 20, with still some rain in the forecast,
the garden was in use, with a few early risers walk-
ing among the plants and several people seated on a
nearby bench drinking coffee.
"It's nice for the neighborhood to have something
like this," said Helen Surrette of Holmes Beach. "The
beach, of course, is wonderful, but a city ought to
have parks and gardens, too."
In recent years, several pocket parks have been
established through a partnership between Mayor
Rich Bohnenberger, the parks and beautification com-
mission, citizens, businesses and the non-profit Keep
The demonstration garden is being funded in part
by the city and by the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program,
which awarded the beautification committee a $2,000
grant in January.
SBEP invited businesses, non-profit groups,
schools and civic associations to apply for grants of
as much as $2,000 for projects within the bay water-
Watershed boundaries are from Anna Maria
Sound south to the Venice Inlet and the barrier islands
The city now is approaching phase three of the
garden project, having already removed turf, created
garden planted in Holmes Beach
Holmes Beach public works employees Steve Beck, Lorenzo Rediker and Dave Forbes work on creating a
new public education garden May 19. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
the plant beds and paths and planted and mulched. plant labels, which may not take place until the fall.
Phase three will involve installing a rain barrel and "It's my new morning spot," Surrette said.
BB commission selects planning consultant
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach commissioners voted May
21 to hire Wilson Miller as a planning consultant to
update the city's land-development code during the
Four firms submitted bids on the job B.A.
Garrett Associates Inc., LaRue Planning and Man-
agement Services Inc., ZNS Engineering and Wilson
Commissioners voted in March to seek a consul-
tant to help update the city's land-development code
and to possibly serve as an ongoing consultant to the
planning and development department.
The city is amending its comprehensive plan a
process expected to be completed this summer -and
will next begin a major update of the LDC.
Wilson Miller, in its proposal, promised a "team
of professionals who bring the expertise necessary to
successfully and creatively complete the project."
The firm estimated the LDC update would cost
$16,000 $1,000 for an initial meeting on the proj-
ect, $2,000 for a review of the comp plan and LDC,
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5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, was bur-
glarized. About $1,600 in cash and $200 in checks
were taken. Banker and O'Keefe are charged.
On May 11, about 1 a.m., the Blue Dolphin
Cafe, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, was
burglarized. The cash register was empty, but about
$60 in rolled coins was taken. Banker and O'Keefe
On May 17, 5 a.m., Rotten Ralph's at the Pier,
200 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, was burglarized.
About $150 was taken. Banker and O'Keefe are
On May 19, 1:48 a.m., the Waterfront Restau-
rant was burglarized. A deputy on patrol interrupted
the crime. Banker and O'Keefe are charged.
$3,000 for a joint workshop with the city commis-
sion and planning and zoning board and $10,000 for
analysis and draft updates.
ZNS Engineering vice president Thomas C.
McCollum, in his proposal, said the firm is the oldest,
locally owned engineering consulting firm in the
"We are confident we can address the needs of
the city," he said.
ZNS's estimated charge a total of $19,700
- included $800 for an initial meeting on the LDC,
$2,000 for a plan review, $1,200 for a workshop with
the commission and planning board, $4,300 for drafts
of the LDC, $5,700 for three public meetings/hear-
ings of the planning board and $5,700 for three public
meetings/hearings of the city commission.
LaRue proposed to complete the LDC update for
an estimated $26,500 and indicated the fee would
include drafting the document, as well as holding 12
"We believe our approach, combined with our
professional expertise, will provide the city with the
broad perspective and technical competence you seek
for this important undertaking," said LaRue president
James G. LaRue.
Garrett's estimate was that an LDC update would
take a total of 86 hours for $8,707.50, without bill-
ing for travel or mileage and including a 25 percent
discount for government work.
During last week's meeting, representatives with
ZNS, LaRue and Wilson appeared to make pitches
for the job.
Commissioners said they were impressed with
the bids, but most impressed with the extent of the
research Wilson Miller had already conducted regard-
ing the city's comp plan and LDC.
City building official Steve Gilbert said the
update process probably will take a year.
He said the city should complete the process of
amending its comp plan in the next 60 days. "Fol-
lowing that we have 12 months to get the job done,"
Gilbert said, referring to the LDC update.
In other business May 21, commissioners:
Approved payment of a $5,937.51 invoice from
M.T. Causley Inc. for building department services.
Approved payment of invoices from city
attorney Ricinda Perry for $5,365.44 in March and
$5,282.64 in April.
Approved payment of an invoice from the
Lewis, Longman, Walker law firm for $9,936.19 for
work related to a suit The Islander filed against the
City clerk Nora Idso said the firm, after negotiat-
ing with the city, reduced outstanding fees in the case
by 25 percent.
Approved a request from Commissioner Janie
Robertson allowing for the as-needed hiring of a clerk
to prepare minutes for public meetings held under the
The city provides professional clerical staff to
produce required minutes of public meetings for the
board of adjustment, the pier team, the planning and
zoning board, and, when it hosts the Coalition of Bar-
rier Island Elected Officials and the Island Transpor-
tation Planning Organization.
But, Robertson said, there is no professional
minute-taking for a variety of groups that meet under
project/program, including ScenicWAVES and the
mooring field committee.
"Allow the department head to hire professional
clerical services to produce required minutes for all
public meetings," Robertson said.
Her motion was to allow the department to
spend up to $200 a month for a minute-taker. Mayor
Michael Pierce, who said volunteers have and should
help with the minutes, abstained.
He said he didn't want to weigh in with a "no"
vote. "I'll go along with it," Pierce said.
Approved a first reading of an ordinance on the
operation of the Historic Bridge Street Pier.
Heard from Bradenton Beach Police Chief
Sam Speciale that the police department had secured
$36,000 in grant money to buy six laptops and
$40,000 in grant funds for a new police vehicle.
THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 27, 2009 0 5
FAR out in Anna Maria City codes
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's planning and zoning board was in gen-
eral agreement at its May 19 workshop to discuss city plan-
ner Alan Garrett's proposed floor-area ratio as a means to
halt the proliferation of box houses in the city.
"This is way too complicated," said board member
Frank Pytel, and no board member disagreed.
That came after listening to Garrett's explanation
that floor area ratio would be a base starting point for
the total livable area of a new house. The FAR is the
gross floor area divided by the lot size, he said.
Garrett suggested a starting ratio of .5 or .7.
But a builder could add livable space by meeting
as yet unspecified "incentives" that would be estab-
lished by the city commission, Garrett said.
The issue was first presented at the May 14 city
commission meeting. Garrett then noted that some
commissioners are concerned that new homes in the
city are "boxes" that do not conform to the ambiance
of the single-story, older homes that they find more
acceptable in Anna Maria.
Commissioners, however, deferred action at that
meeting until the P&Z board could review the pro-
The FAR proposal, however, met with an unen-
thusiastic response from board members.
"Too complicated," said Pytel, while board
member Jim Conoly said he would prefer not to
change an \ thing in the land-development ordinance.
Board chairman Doug Copeland said he sees the
problem, but FAR may not be the answer.
He noted that Garrett's formula does not include
the ground-level parking or storage. If enclosed,
Copeland said, that counts as gross floor area and
would establish a FAR of more than 1.
Federal Emergency Management Agency regula-
tions require new home construction in Anna Maria
to be elevated, allowing two stories over parking/
storage at the ground level, which has to be enclosed
in most areas of the city, he said.
Complications could also arise if the commis-
sion tried to establish what the "incentives" would
be, Copeland indicated.
But Garrett suggested the board consider the
second-floor area to be a percentage of the first-floor
Not a bad idea, responded Pytel.
Copeland also found the suggestion interesting,
but rejected a 50 percent restriction for the second
floor of livable space third floor if the ground level
is enclosed as "draconian."
But board members were interested in Garrett's
suggestion that the second floor of living space could
be built to a maximum of 75 percent of the first floor
of living space.
Although there was some concern from the board
that the city might be taking away property rights,
building official Bob Welch pointed out that the city
has established 35 percent as the maximum lot cover-
age for a new residential structure.
The city can set certain minimum standards for
coverage, he said, without infringing on anyone's
Garrett noted that the 75 percent idea eliminates
opinions as to what "incentives" are, or what type of
architecture should be constructed.
Board members liked the 75 percent suggestion
and asked Garrett to take that idea back to the city
commission and see if commissioners will pursue
further discussion with that percentage in mind.
Former planning and zoning board chairman Tom
Turner agreed with the concept, saying that the FAR
proposal is "too complicated for this old country boy.
"Take that FAR and throw it out. Concentrate on
livable space," he told the board.
The board also heard from Garrett that the city
ordinance governing non-conforming uses and struc-
tures has different rules for each.
Owners of non-conforming structures can per-
form normal maintenance and re-roof the house,
while the ordinance is silent on whether non-con-
forming uses have the same rights.
The problem is that the city's ordinance contains
wording that the use of any structure is a non-con-
formity if the use "exists at a density in excess of
that allowable for the zoning district in which it is
Garrett said that when the city lowered the den-
sity per acre to six in the 2007 comprehensive plan,
about 90 percent of the city's residential properties
"It's not the intention of government to create
non-conformity," he said.
Striking that sentence from the ordinance elimi-
nates the non-conforming use of the house, Garrett
Board members agreed and recommended Gar-
rett return to the city commission with the board's
recommendation to eliminate those words.
The board also gave consensus to changing the
ordinance to allow non-conforming structures to be
Garrett said the land-development regulations
allow re-roofing to a non-conforming structure, but
are silent on re-roofing a non-conforming use. Both
non-conforming uses and structures are allowed
"normal maintenance and repair," and Garrett
argued successfully that both should be allowed
Members gave consensus to have Garrett report
to the commission that the P&Z board agrees. The
commission had asked for a P&Z opinion before it
considers any action.
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6 0 MAY 27, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Suddenly, it's summer
Well, it seems like it's summer. Memorial Day is
passed, and the calendar is nudging June.
Used to be we could gauge summer's beginning
with the end of school and, for those in the farm belt,
the height of the corn in the field.
While there's no corn field to ponder, Anna Maria
Elementary fifth-graders are celebrating graduation,
and officially public school classes end June 4.
The first of June marks another "turnover" in
rental accommodations. Out with the old, in with the
new. New visitors. Summer friends.
And summer friends are frequently Florida
friends. They come by carloads, ready for kicks,
many from Lakeland and the surrounding area.
You can do your own survey, or take our word
for it, but plenty of folks from Lakeland and around
Polk County own rental property here, invest here
and spend their spare time enjoying our beaches.
And although it's not yet officially summer, the
summer weather pattern of afternoon thundershowers
has arrived, with much relief for rain-starved lawns,
plants and water reservoirs.
Another sign of summer is a sunburn. Because
the sun is higher in the sky, and the day is longer,
there's a better chance of overexposure. And the
reflection of the Gulf water and white beach sands
enhance that scenario.
Just be careful out there. Lather up with sun-
screen and wear protective clothing. The only cure
for a sunburn is slow healing.
Another early summer sign? The Tampa Bay
Rays are hot, hot, hot. They finished off the Florida
Marlins with a six-run ninth inning Saturday and had
posted seven straight wins in the "Citrus Series."
And it's boating season. Expect to see the boat
ramps busy from now to Labor Day with folks look-
ing to wet a line or cruise the waters.
As we approach the Summer Solstice, the days
become longer. On June 21, the sun is at its highest
point in the sky and the day is the year's longest.
Following that day, the sun follows a lower path in
the sky each day until we reach the Fall Equinox.
From an astronomical viewpoint, the solstice, or
equinox, is the middle of the season, and thus, we're
working up to the peak of summer.
Yes, it's summertime here. And, hopefully, the
living is easy. It's good news for AMI, where, at least
in the present economy, the beach is more attractive
than ever as one of the great free "things to do."
Bring on the summer fun.
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Reduce the bulk
Today, the city of Anna Maria allows structures to
be developed to a maximum height of 37 feet and lot
coverage of 35 percent in residential and 40 percent
Structures are permitted to have tall vertical walls
and flat roofs. This has often resulted in very massive,
In 10-20 years what will our city be like as more
properties are developed to the maximum allowed?
More and more property owners are expressing
sadness and concern that the bulk of these maxed-
out buildings are not only reducing the charm of
the community, but are infringing upon the enjoy-
ment of their properties due to loss of air flow and
Many cities have addressed the problem by
adopting regulations that limit the size of the upper
story of the building in some way. There are vari-
ous options such as "daylight plane," where the
upper floor of a building is required to be stepped
back, regulations that reduce the upper floor area
by a certain percentage, etc. Such regulations result
in an increase in the amount of air, light and space
I would like to urge all concerned citizens to ask
the Anna Maria Commissioners and planning and
zoning board members, who are currently consider-
ing the issue, to please face the challenge and work
out some way to reduce the bulk of new structures in
Robin Wall, Anna Maria
Contribute for cats
Hello cat lovers. It seems the bad economy has
now impacted my little feral friends five kitties
who come to dine every day.
The cats have been spayed or neutered, and I'm
happy to report there have been no new litters for
more than two years.
Unfortunately I've been forced to cut back their
meals more than once.
I have a need for bags of dry cat food. Any food
bags will be greatly appreciated by all. You can drop
off your bags at 764 Jacaranda in Anna Maria or at
The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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Reasons to celebrate
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society had
its annual members meeting and party in the garden
at AMIHS on May 14. It was open to the public and
very well attended.
This meeting is held every year to elect a new
board and officers for the upcoming year. It is also
our tradition to give scholarships to outstanding
In addition, this year we had the pleasure of intro-
ducing our new director, Nelson "Rob" Roberts to our
members and the general public.
We want to thank our board members and officers
for all their work this year and for the wonderful hours
d'oeuvres they made.
We owe a special thank you to Ed Chiles for his
generous contribution of food and wine and to Joe
Rogers and Chef Ian at the Sandbar.
Vice-president Betty Yanger and husband Bill
also made a generous contribution of wine and soft
drinks. Bill Yanger served as our very able bartender
Our new director provided music and a
sound system. We also want to thank all our
wonderful members for attending and continu-
ing to support our Society in all its endeav-
Thea Kelley, AMIHS president
THE ISLANDER U MAY 27, 2009 U 7
Keeping it real
I would like to respond to the letter from Steve
Walker concerning his subdivision development plans
for the properties at the end of Beach and Park streets
on Anna Maria.
I did not say nor mean to imply that the
Walkers were carpetbaggers and environmen-
tally reckless. However, I did not fabricate the
statement that his intention is to divert the prof-
its from the development to his properties in
Oregon. He told me that in a phone conversation
a few weeks ago.
I am pleased to hear that the Walker family has
managed its timber resources in California and vine-
yards in Oregon in an environmentally sensitive
I hope that they do the same in Anna Maria.
I understand Mr. Walker's position. If I were in
his shoes, I would also want to maximize prof-
its and, I suspect that if he were in mine, he
would want to maintain the beachfront vegeta-
tion and the integrity of the dune system. He has
put together a professionally accomplished and
politically connected development team. He will
We purchased our house on Park Avenue in
Anna Maria based on the fact that the beachfront
lots adjacent to our property were zoned environ-
mental and listed as conservation on Anna Maria's
master plan. Florida statutes (3.07.0) define E-l,
preservation district as: "This district is intended
to prohibit development in areas considered vital to
the maintenance and recharge of water resources,
areas of unique or valuable topographic or sub-
surface features and areas of significant environ-
mental or ecological importance which shall be
preserved." Under use regulations it goes on to
define permitted uses as "noncommercial preserva-
tions, such as trail or walkovers, beach access or
Our first knowledge of the development plan was
a letter from the Florida Department of Environmen-
tal Protection at the end of March. We had 10 days to
object to the development. The site plans indicated it
was a large three-story house with outbuildings, pool
We subsequently learned that it was not one
house, but a three-house subdivision. We view this
as an aesthetic, environmental and financial assault
and contrary to the intent of Anna Maria's compre-
There is a compromise that might satisfy all par
ties: If the beachfront homes are moved back about
100 feet to the previous location of "Miss Eddy's"
house, the owners would continue to have beach
access and unobstructed views of the beach and dune
We have received a legal opinion that this is
The banyan trees would be preserved. The neigh-
bors would be happy. The citizens and guests of Anna
Maria would continue to enjoy the pristine beach
access as they have for the past 50 years. The dune
vegetation would remain. The city would get devel-
opment fees and new tax revenues and the integrity
of Anna Maria's comprehensive development plan
would be preserved.
Richard Friday, Anna Maria
In the May 26,1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
In a joint venture, Anna Maria and Holmes
Beach accepted bids to dredge Bimini Bay. The proj-
ect took two years to reach the bid stage, Holmes
Beach superintendent of public works Joe Duennes
said. The low bid was from Energy Resources for
Anna Maria Mayor Chuck Shumard defended the
actions of two Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies
who wrote 11 parking tickets to people attending aperfor-
mance at the Island Players theater. Shumard said one of
the deputies called him prior to issuing the tickets.
Holmes Beach officials asked the Florida Com-
munities Trust for an extension of a July 27 deadline
to provide supporting documentation for the FCT to
buy the Grassy Point area for $847,000. City trea-
surer Rick Ashley said more appraisals were needed
to complete the documents.
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8 0 MAY 27, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach city commissioners approved
a first reading of an ordinance intended to streamline
rules for the Historic Bridge Street Pier.
The commission held the hearing on the ordi-
nance May 21, and will hold its second reading and
hearing on the measure June 4 at city hall, 107 Gulf
City attorney Ricinda Perry drafted the ordi-
nance working with Bradenton Beach Police Chief
Sam Speciale, who directed reconstruction of the pier
following severe storm damage.
Perry said she and Speciale "wanted to bring
everything up to date under one ordinance."
"This was the chief's and my best stab at making
sure we had the rules in place to provide for a safe,
orderly use of our pier," she added.
There was no public comment offered on the
ordinance and commissioners had little discussion
on the proposal before unanimously approving the
first reading and setting another reading June 4.
The ordinance contains a list of pier prohibitions:
No swimming or diving.
No operation of autos, scooters motorcycles or
No carrying or discharging of firearms, fire-
crackers, torpedoes, rockets or other explosives.
No domestic animals, with an exemption for
the use or training of a service animal.
No igniting gasoline, kerosene, charcoal,
No dumping or littering.
No manual bleeding of fish.
No loitering, sleeping or "protractedly lounging
on the seats."
No indulging in riotous conduct or abusive lan-
No selling of merchandise without the consent
of the city commission.
No soliciting for any trade without the consent
of the city commission.
The ordinance also requires that children under
15 must be accompanied by an adult during the hours
of 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Violators could face up a $500 fine and 30 days
"There's a lot of policy making that's going on
in here about how your pier is used," Perry said.
HBPD chief re-elected
justice commission chair
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine
recently was re-elected to chair the Florida Crimi-
nal Justice Standards and Training Commission.
Romine was appointed to the commis-
sion in August 2002 by then Gov. Jeb Bush,
who reappointed Romine to the commission in
The commission sets training guidelines and han-
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correctional and probation officers in the state.
For more information about the commission,
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Nancy Sullivan of the
Artists Guild of Anna
Maria Island, right,
Terra Cole, a senior at
Bayshore High School.
Terra grew up on Anna
Maria Island, attended
Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School and plans
to attend Manatee
Community College to
study ceramic sculp-
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display at the Guild
Gallery, 5414 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
Bradenton, Island arts
By Dantia Gould
Special to The Islander
"Bradentonians and Islanders can work
together on arts," stressed the director of Braden-
ton Downtown Development during a meeting with
the Island-based Cultural Connections group May
BDD director Mike Kennedy is involved with
Kennedy met with Cultural Connections mem-
bers at the Studio at Gulf and Pine in Anna Maria to
discuss the "big picture" in the area.
"Arts and economic prosperity go hand in hand,"
he said, adding that $29.5 million is spent annually
on local arts and culture.
A recent study found that awareness is key to
drawing people to cultural events and also indicated
that more outdoor cultural events are desired.
In other business last week, Cultural Connec-
tions members focused on preparation for the second
annual Island artsHOP, which will take place in
November and involve more venues and more hours
than the inaugural event.
Ten galleries are scheduled to take part in the
Nov. 13 artsHOP artwalk, which will take place from
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Participants in the artwalk include the Anna
Maria Island Art League, Island Gallery West, the
Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island, the Studio at Gulf
and Pine, Front of the Back Alley, Ginny's & Jane E's
at the Old IGA, The Hive, Restless Natives, Emerson
Quillen and Twin Moons.
Pension trustees seek turnaround
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach police pension investments out-
performed the index in the first quarter of the year,
but still suffered in the economic crisis.
Fund manager Andrew Holtgrieve of Rockwood
Capital Advisors told the pension board of trust-
ees April 24, "We continue to be ahead, but that's
a small consolation when we are seeing such ugly
Rockwood manages the equity fund for the trust
that was at about $922,916 at the end of the first
quarter after dropping below $1 million in late 2008,
Holtgrieve said. The total assets of the pension trust
are about $3,877,685.
"We believe we have your portfolio positioned
prudently, appropriately for right now," Holtgrieve
said, adding that the investments are in defensive,
recognizable stocks. "We believe we will produce a
winning portfolio over time."
Police Lt. Dale Stephenson, chair of the trust-
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Not all funds are losing money in this economy,
"We' re just in a period right now of historical
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Bradenton Beach cell tower presentation planned
By Lisa Neff
A Bradenton Beach advisory committee is sched-
uled to receive a call June 8 an in-person presenta-
tion from representatives of a company wanting to
build a cell tower in the city.
The Bradenton Beach ScenicWAVES advisory
committee is scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. Monday,
June 8, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
The agenda includes a discussion on a histori-
cal audit of the city, way-finding and signage, an
employee shuttle program, enhancing the city's
Web site, improving the city's gateways and the cell
Ridan Industries and Alpha-Omega Communi-
cations proposed the tower for city-owned property
near the Bradenton Beach Police Department head-
The project is in a preliminary stage, with a
number of approvals still required at staff, planning
board and city commission levels.
Pension funds performing well
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Holtgrieve said, "We are not going to do a~n thing
Stephenson then invited Bryan Bakardjiev of the
Bogdahn Group, a pension fund advisor, to discuss
performance and whether it was time to raise a red
flag on Rockwood.
"There's not a lot of easy places to go out there
and find return right now. I don't think it's time to
make a knee-jerk reaction," Bakardjiev replied,
adding that all the trust's money managers beat the
market index and achieved benchmark goals.
Trustees said they are not concerned with beating
the index, they are concerned w ith making money for
retiring police personnel.
"We feel like the market environment hasn't
really provided the opportunity to make positive
returns," Bakardjiev said.
However, he said he would provide trustees with
additional information to help the board judge the
performance of the fund, as well as provide monthly
information about the fund.
"We'll try to address some of your concerns,"
He summed up the first quarter: "We feel com-
fortable about where you are."
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The tower would be a unipole, with a top radius
of 3 feet 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
Ridan 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.
The construction project would be a major devel-
opment in Bradenton Beach, which requires a review
and recommendation to the city commission from the
planning and zoning board.
Manatee County also has advertised that it has
land for lease on Perico Island and on the bayside of
Coquina Beach for cell towers.
However, County Commissioner John Chappie
said the county will not move to build a cell tower
in Bradenton Beach if the city is going forward with
plans for a tower by the police station.
"The county administrator doesn't see any need
for two cell towers," Chappie told city commission-
ers at a meeting last week. "If you guys are going to
build one, then the county doesn't need to go through
A unipole, which is proposed for Bradenton Beach.
The nearest existing cell towers are on Marina
Drive in Holmes Beach, Cortez Road in Bradenton
and Gulf of Mexico Drive on the south end of Long-
Library hours may get reduced
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County officials are readying for the
2009-10 budget process and another round of budget
The county expects to reduce its budget by $25
That could mean reduced hours for the county
public library system, which includes the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
However, the county does not plan to close any
of its six libraries.
"There are no wholesale closures planned for any
public libraries," said deputy
county administrator Karen On tI
Windon. "We're looking to see
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The Islander invites readers children and
adults to participate in its Father's Day tribute
Tell, in 500 words or less, your favorite story
about your dad.
The Islander staff will chose three stories to
publish June 17, and those writers also will receive
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The Anna Maria Island Community Center's
new Senior Adventures Program will launch with a
weekly social hour beginning June 5.
The social will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The program, coordinated by Pat Gentry, is free
"The first few weeks snacks and coffee will be
provided through the generosity of your neighbors,"
Gentry said in a news release. "As we get going,
everything from planning the snacks to the socials,
speakers, parties, picnics, classes, clubs and more,
will be completely up to you, our senior neigh-
Gentry said the attendees will meet new
friends, be entertained and learn about available
For more information or to arrange transporta-
tion, call the Center at 941-778-1908.
Church to hold rummage sale
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach, will hold a rummage sale 9
a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 30.
The sale will feature jewelry, holiday items,
clothing, food and "white elephant" finds.
For more information, call 941-778-3224.
Gulf Coast Writers to meet
The Gulf Coast Writers will meet at 1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, June 3, at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Members will share their work.
For more information, call Nancy Colcord at
Alexandra Kathleen Timmins Murphy graduated
Summa Cum Laude with highest honors in psychol-
ogy from Emory University in Atlanta.
She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
She is the daughter of Susan Timmins and Sean
Murphy of Holmes Beach.
Chamber to host music fest
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
is seeking vendors for its continuing festival series
in Anna Maria.
The Island Music Festival will continue with a
concert on the corner lot at North Bay Boulevard
and Pine Avenue from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, June
The chamber is seeking the participation of eight
food vendors and 20 retail vendors.
For more information, call organizer Cindy
Thompson at 941-761-4766.
BB assistant clerk resigns
Christina Irelan, a deputy city clerk for the city
of Bradenton Beach, resigned in mid-May after 4 1/2
years with the city.
Irelan recently went on maternity leave.
City clerk Nora Idso conducted interviews for a
replacement last week.
Save the Manatee Club offers banners to promote
awareness of the marine animals. Brigitte Stein-
mann-Riddle & Ray Riddle of Pasco County, pic-
tured, keep the Club's boating banner aboard their
trawler, Alegria. "We usually see lots of dolphins
and manatees since we cruise around 7 knots for
maximum fuel economy," Brigitte said.
The Save the Manatee Club is promoting boating
safety and manatee protection with the distribution
of yellow caution flags.
The flags are to be used by boaters in areas where
manatees are present and are available at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Those who pick up the flags are required to fill
out a form with cruising information that will be
placed into a database to track where manatee pro-
tection banners are used.
Banners also can be ordered from the club at
Rotary to meet
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will
meet Tuesday, June 2, for lunch and a program at
the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bra-
The program will feature a talk with Manatee
County Commissioner Carol Whitmore.
For more information, call Dantia Gould at
Attention students and parents: The Islander wel-
comes announcements of student graduations.
Please send announcements and photographs to
firstname.lastname@example.org or 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217.
Remember to include complete contact informa-
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Flood plain markers can
Members of the public have the opportunity to
purchase the naming rights to one of the benchmarks
for flood elevation being installed throughout the
county by the Manatee County Property Manage-
The benchmarks are part of a county program to estab-
lish markers that will provide precise elevation data.
A press release from the PMD said the top of the
aluminum markers are 3.5 inches and are designed to
withstand weather and time.
The cost of naming rights to a "next available"
disk is $75, while site-specific disks are $95. The
rights are offered to individuals, organizations, clubs,
businesses, and corporate groups.
For more information, contact Todd Boyle at
941-708-7485 or go on the Internet to www.public.
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Anthony Calabro, an officer in the 4th Infantry Division who returned from Iraq in mid-March, visits with
students at the School for Constructive Play. The children at the school where Calabro's aunt, Pam Ber-
trand, is director sent care packages to Iraq.
Anne Kinnan's fifth-grade students read biographies and came to class dressed "in character." One by
one, "Slash" from Guns N' Roses, Annie Oakley, Cleopatra, Elvis, Claude Monet, Susan B. Anthony, Steve
"Crocodile Hunter" Irwin and many others stood up to introduce themselves to the group. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Kyra Valadie
AME school calendar
Wednesday, May 27, 10:30 a.m., fourth-grade
math challenge in the auditorium.
Thursday, May 28, fifth-grade field trip to Busch
Thursday, May 28, 1:45 p.m., third-grade kite
Friday, May 29, 1:15 p.m., early release.
Friday, May 29, 9 to 10 a.m., mini mall.
Monday, June 1, 9:30 a.m., third- and fourth-
grade awards ceremony in the auditorium.
Monday, June 1, 1:15 p.m., fifth-grade awards
ceremony in the auditorium.
Tuesday, June 2, 9:40 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Joan
Sackett's class trip to the Anna Maria Island Histori-
cal Museum followed by lunch at Bayfront Park.
Tuesday, June 2, fifth-grade lunch at the Beach-
Tuesday, June 2, 11:30 a.m. to 1:35 p.m., Marcia
Brockway's class luncheon at the Sandbar Restau-
Wednesday, June 3, 9 a.m., fourth-grade auction
in the portable.
Wednesday, June 3, 9 to 11 a.m., Heather
Nyberg's class trip to the beach.
Wednesday, June 3, 10 a.m., fifth-grade DARE
Wednesday, June 3, 10 a.m. to noon, Becky
Demo's class lunch at the BeachHouse Restaurant.
Thursday, June 4, 1:15 p.m., early release.
Friday, June 5, first day of summer vacation.
Aug. 3, administration office reopens.
Thursday, Aug. 20, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Back-to-
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,
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12 0 MAY 27, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Pier centennial planners eye big celebration
By Rick Catlin
Plans for the centennial celebration of the Anna
Maria City Pier in 2011 are steadily gathering
steam, and members of the committee organizing
the affair are discussing a variety of events for a
At the committee's April meeting, members
discussed holding the multi-day celebration starting
March 21, 2011. The events would be held at various
venues in Anna Maria and some members suggested
Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach could host some
of the activities.
Committee member SueLynn, however, said she
wondered if that was such a good idea.
"It's nice to bring in the entire Island, but this is
Anna Maria's pier. We should make it big for Anna
Maria," the former Anna Maria Mayor said.
Activities under consideration include a fire-
works display at the pier, entertainment such as a
Dixieland band, a fashion show of period cloth-
ing, silent movies from the 1920s, an art fair and
a parade of tall sailing ships. The art fair could
involve paintings from students at Anna Maria
The committee could also consider advance sales
of T-shirts, coffee mugs and charms, among other
items, to raise money prior to the celebration, com-
mittee chairperson Sally Quinn suggested.
Anna Maria City Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick
suggested a "pier hop." The Island trolley would take
patrons to the dining establishments at each pier on
the Island to sample various dishes.
In fact, the Island trolley would play a key part
in a successful celebration, Quinn said.
"We need a 'trolley up' campaign to limit park-
ing," she suggested.
Mattick noted that the celebration dates are during
the winter season and, with the centennial becoming
a "major event," parking could be critical.
"We should hold events at different venues" to
avoid a parking jam at the pier, she said.
Mayor Fran Barford said the City Pier restau-
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committee member Joan Voyles said the centennial
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That's why Mattick said the city's business com-
munity should be involved soon in planning the cel-
ebration, and SueLynn said it's going to take a lot of
volunteers to have a successful event.
Quinn, however, noted that the committee has
not decided on anything specific except the probable
date. It's just exchanging ideas at this point.
"As we get closer to the date, we will decide what
we want to have," she said.
Barford asked that the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Society be represented on the committee and
invited AMIHS board member Susan Anderson to sit
in on the discussions and participate in the exchange
"We want the historical society involved," the
The committee was scheduled to meet in May,
but the meeting was canceled. A June meeting is
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Memorial Day for good people, not good wars
By Rick Catlin for no good reason, they claim. Those are bad wars, Washington agreed.
Islander Opinion some say. "What a splendid idea," he is reported to have
Memorial Day used to be celebrated every May
30. About 20 years ago, some genius got the bright
idea of designating it the last Monday of May.
Having grown up with May 30 as Memorial Day,
it's easy for me to forget the date when it's May 25, as
it was this year. Let us hope I am not late next year.
Memorial Day started in the southern states after
the Civil War to honor the soldiers who fought and
died in the war.
Now, Memorial Day honors all the veterans who
have been killed in war, or have made the last forma-
Any honor, any memorial, any tribute that can
be written to the departed veterans is far beyond the
abilities of this writer.
The Islander has been publishing stories I have
written of World War II and Korean War veterans for
six years now. For me, those stories serve as my trib-
ute to the men and women who served in the Armed
But the list of candidates for the feature grows
shorter every year.
"The Greatest Generation" and "Forgotten Gen-
eration" are fraternities that do not accept new mem-
More than 15 million men and women served in
the U.S. Armed Forces during WWII. Sadly, there
are only about 5 million left, and we are losing them
at the rate of 2,000 a week and the rate is increas-
Sadly, too, few people take the time to remember
the sacrifice of veterans, the "memorial" to those who
gave their lives in defense of their country.
To be sure, on Memorial Day there were honor
guards by the American Legion, some rifle salutes and
ceremonies and someone, somewhere played taps. By
and large, however, for the majority of people it was
just a holiday to start the summer.
We do not glorify war in the "Greatest Genera-
tion" and "Forgotten Generation" stories. They are
simply the stories of ordinary people in extraordinary
But the memory of those conflicts and why they
were fought grows dim as the years pass.
In this day and age, there are some who believe
America should not be involved in foreign, localized
wars because Americans are dying in those countries
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All wars are bad because men and women must
The anti-war feeling is nothing new.
After our country was founded and George
Washington elected our first president, someone in
his cabinet suggested that America not be involved
in war, that we limit our Army and Navy to just 2,000
men for defense only.
"If only our enemies will agree to the same
As long as our enemies continue to field armies
- large armies against freedom and democracy,
American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines will
continue to die in bad wars.
There is no such thing as a good war.
Only the good men and women who fight
Welcome, many thanks
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Cortez area loses two sex offenders, Coral Park gains one
By Rick Catlin
Two convicted sex offenders have moved from
the Cortez area in the past three months, leaving two
known convicted offenders living in that area.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Web
site lists a sex offender residing in the 10100 block of
46th Avenue West in the Cortez area, and another living
in the 4200 block of 129th Street West.
Convicted sex offenders, one who lived in the
12300 block of Cortez Road West and one in the 3900
WMFR deputy chief
Over Mother's Day weekend, 63 wildfires
broke out in Florida burning more than 2,500
The day after Mother's Day, West Manatee
Fire Rescue District Deputy Chief Brett Pollock
was called on to assist with battling the fires.
Pollock, as of May 14, was working as a
safety officer at the Orlando/Volusia Complex,
from where firefighters were battling 27 wild-
Exceedingly dry conditions in the state were
partly responsible for the increased wildfire
activity and those dry conditions are expected to
intensify in the coming days and weeks, accord-
ing to Florida Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices Commissioner Charles H. Bronson.
Below average rainfall in the peninsular part
of the state, coupled with freezes earlier this year
left Florida's vegetation ripe for wildfires. Low
relative humidity and gusty winds have provided
ideal conditions for wildfires to start easily, inten-
sify quickly and move rapidly.
Since Jan. 1, Florida has had more than 2,000
wildfires that have burned almost 56,000 acres.
Pollock said his first assignment after being
called out to central Florida was to assist with
the Dragonfly Fire in the Lake Harney area east
The fire, as of May 14, was holding at close
to 4,500 acres burned and was 55 percent con-
block of 116th Street West, are no longer at those
respective addresses, according to the FDLE.
The FDLE also lists a convicted sex offender
living in the 9100 block of Kingston Road in Coral
Park, adjacent to the Mount Vernon subdivision off
Cortez Road West.
A convicted sex offender also lives in the 100
block of Ninth Street North in Bradenton Beach. In
Holmes Beach, a convicted offender resides in the
4600 block of Flotilla Drive.
Additionally, the FDLE Web site also reports a
convicted sex offender living in the 7800 block of
Manatee Avenue West.
According to the FDLE, the man was convicted
in Manatee County of molestation of a child between
12 and 15 years of age by a person 18 years of age
or older and for failing to comply with registration
There are no convicted sex offenders living in
Anna Maria, according to the FDLE Web site.
Florida law requires that all convicted sex offend-
ers register their address with the FDLE whenever
moving to a new location, or whenever moving to
Florida from another state or jurisdiction.
All of the individuals reported above have been
released from probation, the FDLE Web site states.
Information on all sex offenders listed with the
FDLE can be found at the department's Web site at
www.fdle.state.fl.us, and a link is provided at The
Islander Web site, www.islander.org.
Praying in paradise Friendship and service
All Island Denominations past president Frank Mary Alice C /sh ..i -and..l. -receives the Valiant
McGrath, current president the Rev. John Bonser Woman Awardfrom Dr. Edwina Stanley, president
and the Rev. Jean Woady Louis of St. Bernard of Church Women United in Manatee County,
Catholic Church lead the service marking a Day of during a luncheon May at Roser Memorial
Prayer on Anna Maria Island. The program, part Community Church in Anna Maria. The luncheon
of the National Day or Prayer, took place at the was the CWUs ay Friendship Day program, for
West Manatee Fire Rescue District Station No. which 64 women representing 17 churches gath
on Marina Drive in Holmes Beach May 7. Islander ered.
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State and local emergency management officials
are reminding residents to remember their pets and
other animals as they prepare for the start of hurricane
The season officially begins June 1.
In the event of an evacuation, people with pets
must either seek shelter on their own or go to a des-
ignated pet shelter not all public shelters allow
pets. Additionally, certain guidelines must be met to
enter a shelter with pets.
"It is important to plan ahead and not wait until
an evacuation is under way because people may find
themselves with no place to go if they take their animals,
or they may be forced to leave them behind to fend for
themselves," Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles
Bronson said in a statement last week.
Some tips for people follow.
Do not leave pets behind when evacuating
because the animals can be injured, lost or killed.
Returning to a home after a hurricane may be
restricted and it might be days or weeks before some-
one could check on pets left behind.
Keep ID tags and vaccinations up to date.
Prepare a pet evacuation kit, including food
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
No new reports.
No new reports.
May 15, 100 block 34th Street, burglary. The
complainant said his wallet containing his driver's
license and credit cards was missing.
May 18, 6600 Gulf Drive, burglary. The com-
plainant said someone broke into his car and took
May 21, 7300 block Marina Drive, theft. The
complainant said someone took his boat motor,
valued at $1,000.
Hurricane season 2009
The Islander will publish its annual sup-
plement for the hurricane season on June 3.
Find a copy, and keep it handy through the
and water for at least a week, a manual can opener,
medications, medical/vaccination records, a pet car-
rier and bedding.
If possible, make arrangements in advance for
evacuation with pets. Find an appropriate shelter that
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Evacuate two to three days prior to hurricane
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filed in appeal
The Florida Second District Court of Appeals
received five volumes of documents related to the
prosecution and conviction of Mark Koenigs.
Ajury inAugust2008 convicted Koenigs of Bradenton
Beach for shooting Island businesswoman Sue Normand
and threatening to shoot two law enforcement officers
trying to arrest him on the Gulf shore. He was convicted
of one count of aggravated battery with a firearm and two
counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement.
In November 2008, Manatee County Circuit
Court Judge Diana Moreland sentenced Koenigs to
40 years in prison.
Soon after the sentencing, Koenigs' defense attor-
ney, public defender Peter Belmont, announced plans
to appeal the conviction.
That process moves slowly.
Belmont filed the notice to appeal in December 2008
and transcripts from Koenigs' trial were filed in January.
Most recently, the case documents from the trial
court were delivered to the appeals court.
Koenigs' current prison release date is Dec. 21,
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Patricia A. 'Buffalo Patty' Sestak
Patricia A. "Buffalo Patty"
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Beach, died April 28.
Born in Buffalo, N.Y.,
'" Mrs. Sestak preceded in death
: by husband Thomas, a Super
Bowl defensive tackle for the
PatriciaA. Sestak Buffalo Bills football team
from 1962-68. She lived in Bradenton Beach for 15
Memorial services were in San Diego and Buf-
falo. Memorial contributions may be made to San
Diego Hospice, 4311 Third Ave., San Diego CA
She is survived by son Thomas of San Diego;
sister Rosemary of St. Petersburg; brother Shawn of
Buffalo and Mike and his wife Shirley; and many
nieces and nephews.
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Bradley J. Mayer
Bradley J. Mayer, 40, of Bradenton Beach and
formerly New York City, died May 13.
Mr. Mayer moved to Bradenton Beach three
years ago. He was a freelance scenic designer. He was
a graduate of Notre Dame University, with a bach-
elor's degree in architecture and art history. He later
received a master's degree from New York University
in scenic design and production management.
Memorial services will be May 30 in Mound,
He is survived by his parents John and Nancy
Mayer of Parrish; sister Jackie Konz and husband
Jarrod; three nephews; and one niece.
18 0 MAY 27, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
By Rick Catlin
Harry's is united
Harry's Continental Kitchens,
525 St. Judes Drive, Longboat Key,
will host a wine tasting event from 5
p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, June 18, to
benefit the United Way Climbing for
Half of the $10 admission price
to the event will be donated to the
United Way, and patrons will receive
a $5 coupon toward a purchase at Har-
ry's. In addition, all wines purchased
at Harry's deli on June 18 are reduced
The wine tasting will feature a
variety of wines from around the world
along with some of owner Harry
Christensen's tasty cuisine.
Information on the Climbing for
Dollars program is available online at
For more information on Harry's,
call 941-383-0777 or go online to
www. harryskitchen. com.
Robert "Frenchy" St. Jean has
joined the real estate sales staff at
Gulf-Bay Realty, 5309 Gulf Drive,
Fluent in French, Robert brings
18 years experience in the industry to
Gulf-Bay, and has been an Island resi-
dent since 1963.
Sunrise resort team
Don "Jesse" Garcia and Lauri Slade, both of ResortQuest property manage-
ment and sales, are part of the new management team at Sunrise Garden
Resort, formerly known as Siam Garden, at 512 Spring Ave., Anna Maria.
The newly refurbished property held a preview showing on May 19. For more
information, call 941-778-2000, or go online to www.ResortQuestSWFL.com/
sunrise. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Known to friends and associates as
"Frenchy," Robert also is involved in
For more information, call
941-730-1291, or e-mail Robert@
The Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce will hold its May
business card exchange from 5 p.m. to
7 p.m., Wednesday, May 27, at the Pine
Avenue Restoration/Island Real Estate
offices, 401 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The cost is $5, and the event is
open to both members and non-mem-
For more information, call
In other chamber business, 16 new
members joined in April, including:
Beautiful Beach Weddings LLC,
Anna Maria, Donna Totorice-Masse,
Anna Maria Island Preserva-
tion Trust, Anna Maria, Sissy Quinn,
Marriage Works, 1007 Mana-
tee Ave. E., Bradenton, Don Power,
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Feeling Swell, 9903 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria, Bill Staley, 941-896-7876.
Island real estate
210 Periwinkle Plaza, Anna Maria,
a 1,525 sfla / 2,032 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car
canalfront pool home built in 1959 on
a 90x125 lot was sold 05/08/09, Wil-
ford to Sun Seng for $675,000; list
505 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a
1,130 sfla / 1,562 sfur 3bed/2bath/lcar
home built in 1962 on a 52x 100 lot was
sold 05/04/09, Meyer to Ramaekers fro
$620,000; list $679,000.
126 50th St., Holmes Beach, a
vacant 100x100 lot zoned R2 was
sold 05/06/09, Darsey to Wien for
$440,000. 204 57th St., Holmes
Beach, a 2,427 sfla 4bed/312 bath
duplex built in 1953 on a 75x117 lot
was sold 05/04/09, Sanders to Wegryn
for $423,000; list $445,000.
115 48th St., Holmes Beach, a
vacant 100x100 lot zoned R1 was sold
Janice Properties Florida LLC to Smith
2700 Gulf Drive N., Unit 103,
Ocean Park Terrace, Bradenton Beach,
a 1,092 sfla / 1,204 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1982
was sold 05/05/09, Loredo to Holi-
day Homes LLC for $330,000; list
5806 Gulf Drive, Unit 203 S,
Waters Edge, Holmes Beach, a 1,184
sfla / 1,292 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
with shared pool built in 1975 was
sold 05/08/09, Dallow to Laird for
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Wednesday, May 27
5 to 7p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business
card exchange at Island Real Estate, 401 PineAve.,Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
5:30 p.m. Teen "paper craft" program at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Saturday, May 30
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Chinese Dragon Boat Festival at Coquina Beach,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-822-0939.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rummage sale at St. Bernard Catholic Church,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769.
Tuesday, June 2
Noon Anna Maria Island Rotary Club lunch with guest speaker
Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore at the BeachHouse Res-
taurant, 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Fee applies.
Wednesday, June 3
1:15 p.m. The Gulf Coast Writers meeting at the Anna Maria
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. "Travel Time" party at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
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-
June 9, "Working with Adults and Children with Disabilities" pre-
sentation at the BeachHouse.
June 13-14, Blood drive at St. Bernard Catholic Church.
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$282,500; list $324,900.
6200 Flotilla Drive, Unit 242, Westbay Point &
Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 1,066 sfla / 1,458 sfur
2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1979 was
sold 05/06/09, Murray to Weber for $265,000.
6300 Flotilla Drive, Unit 90, Shell Point, Holmes
Beach, a 1,151 sfla 2bed/2bath condo with shared
pool built in 1973 was sold 05/04/09, Seigfried to
Hatz for $215,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay
Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay
941-778-7244. Current Island real estate transac-
tions may also be viewed online at www.islander.org.
Artist Paul White of Holmes Beach, left, and Bill
Staley, owner of Feeling Swell Surf Cafe in Anna
Maria. Paul will be painting on-site at the cafe
in June, when, Paul says, the fish aren't biting. A
long-time, part-time Island resident, Paul started
painting a couple of years ago. His paintings also
are can be found at The Fish Market in Holmes
Beach. Islander Photo: Rebecca Barnett
Off-Island Arts & Events:
Thursday, May 28
6 to 8 p.m. Opening reception celebrating the 40th Anniversary
of the Apollo 11 moon landing at Manatee Community College Fine Art
Gallery, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 752-5225.
Ongoing Off-Island Theater:
"Black Pearl Sings!" Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave.,
Sarasota, through May 30. Box office: 941-366-9000. Fee applies.
"La Cage aux Folles" at the Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St.,
Bradenton, through May 31. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.
"Laughing Matters" Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave.,
Sarasota, through June 6. Box office: 941-366-9000. Fee applies.
Send calendar announcements to email@example.com. Please
include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a
contact via e-mail and phone.
The Island Players wrapped up its 60th
season May 24 with an announcement of its next
The 61st season of the theater troupe will
open Oct. 8 with a performance of Neil Simon's
The schedule also includes:
"The Education of Angels" by Matthew
Carlin, Dec. 3-13.
Kaycee Ellis, supervisor with the Manatee County
Citizens Action Center, talks with members of the
Anna Maria Kiwanis Club recently. The club meets
Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Cafe on the Beach at
Manatee Public Beach. Islander Photo: Courtesy
Betty and Jack Dietrich are hosts to a prolific
orchid at their home on Mangrove Street in Anna
Maria, where the plant hangs outdoors "unat-
tended, according to Jack. It hangs year-around
under a seagrape tree, with "no attention, no
water." They then bring it inside to enjoy the
blooms, which this year numbered 23.
"Self Help" by Norm Foster, Jan. 21-Feb.
"Catch Me If You Can" by Jack Weinstock
and Willie Gilbert, March 18-April 4.
"The Prisoner of Second Avenue" by Simon,
A regular season subscription to the theater is
For more information, call 941-778-5755.
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20 E MAY 27, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
Nesting season plans outlined for state
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach outlined its plans for handling
regulations for turtle nesting season to the state in
response to inquiries about enforcement.
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch executive direc-
tor Suzi Fox had contacted the Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission with concerns about
illuminated beaches during nesting season.
Local beach No. 2
on 'Dr. Beach' best.
Siesta Key's beaches have reached the No. 2 spot
on the best beaches in the world rankings.
Sadly for some, Anna Maria Island is nowhere
on the list.
Coastal expert Dr. Stephen Leatherman aka "Dr.
Beach," announced his annual Top 10 Beaches just
before Memorial Day. Sarasota's Siesta Beach came
in at the No. 2 spot and Cape Florida State Park in
Key Biscayne was ranked No. 8.
Siesta Beach continues to make its way up Dr.
Beach's list after being ranked No. 3 in 2008 and No.
10 in 2007. Cape Florida State Park is up one spot
from No. 9 in 2008.
"Known for its 99 percent pure quartz sand
and easy-going atmosphere, Siesta Beach provides
beachgoers with a variety of activities and ameni-
ties," according to VisitFlorida, the state's official
spinner of good news.
The group adds that Siesta has "tennis and vol-
leyball courts, shaded playground and picnic area
and convenient concession stands. Gentle waves and
shallow water near the shoreline, along with year-
round lifeguard protection, make Siesta Beach a per-
fect family beach destination."
Leatherman, director of Florida International
University's laboratory for coastal research, has made
a Memorial Day weekend tradition of unveiling his
list of America's finest strands of sand and surf since
His list for 2009 is: Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii:
Siesta Beach, Sarasota; Coopers Beach, Southamp-
ton, N.Y.; Coronado Beach, San Diego, Calif.; Hamoa
Beach, Maui, Hawaii; Main Beach, East Hampton,
N.Y.; Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks of North Caro-
lina; Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne; Coast
Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Mass.; and Beachwalker
Park, Kiawah Island, S.C.
Leatherman has some 50 criteria he uses to pick
the best of the best in beaches.
"Dr. Beach" seems to like Southwest Florida's
beaches. He's picked the shore of Fort DeSoto and
Honeymoon Island, both to our north in Pinellas
County, as best beaches in previous years.
Artificial light can disorient female turtles emerg-
ing the Gulf to nest on the shore and hatchling turtles
that are naturally drawn to light. While AMITW's
official role with the state and county is as a data
collector, the group's members do take note of lights
and other obstacles to nesting.
Fox, earlier this month, reported that a number of
lights remained on at Gulf Drive properties, including
a number in the business corridor.
Her correspondence with Robbin Trindell at
FWC prompted a memo from Bradenton Beach chief
code enforcement officer Steve Gilbert detailing the
city's plan for the 2009 season, which began May 1
and continues through October.
The city's plan, according to Gilbert, includes:
Night-time beach inspections at the start
of season, mid-season and prior to the end of the
Issuing violations to properties that do not
adhere to the city's ordinance that prohibits illumi-
nated beaches during turtle season.
Gilbert said alleged violations may be reported
by completing a complaint form with the city plan-
ning and development department at 107 Gulf Drive
N., or by making a call to a city hotline.
Hosting educational seminars, distributing pam-
phlets and making on-site visits to talk with prop-
erty owners, residents and vacationers about nesting
Use an automatic ticketing procedure for viola-
tions. In addition to enforcement hearings before a
special master, the city will issue citations to be paid
at city hall.
Gilbert also stressed that the city would like
Nesting by the numbers
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported
three loggerhead sea turtle nests on the beach as
of May 22. AMITW reported one false crawl.
Nesting season continues through Oct. 31,
with the first hatchlings due about July 1.
AMITW to promptly provide reports when volunteers
observe problems with lighting or beach obstruc-
"It has not been the practice, despite the city's
request, for AMITW to immediately provide a copy
of its on-site disorientation incident reports, nor does
it fill out a city sea turtle complaint form," Gilbert
wrote Trindell. "Often the city does not receive these
forms, which contain the critical details necessary
for prosecuting a sea turtle violation, for more than
a week after the reported violation."
Fox said she does report incidents directly to the
city when they occur, sometimes calling the Bradenton
Beach Police Department in the middle of the night for
assistance with disoriented hatchling sea turtles.
"I've never not called," she said, adding that she
often waits on the beach for city personnel.
Additionally, Fox said the reports on turtle dis-
orientations she is required to file with the state take
several days to complete because follow-up investi-
gations are required.
Fox said she wants to see "a set plan that runs
smoothly" in Bradenton Beach and would help where
Dark beaches, good nesting
Hatchling sea turtles come out of their sandy
nests at night.
They find the ocean by seeking the brightest
On beaches where there are no people, this is the
twinkle of the moon and stars reflecting off the water.
The turtles do not actually follow the moon, as many
However, in areas where people live, lights on
their houses and streetlights appear very bright to
turtles. The hatchlings follow these lights inland and
don't often make it to the water. This is called "dis-
People can help the sea turtles by shielding or
turning off their lights so that the turtles cannot see
A beachfront property using proper lighting during
sea turtle nesting season, according to the state.
Islander Image: Courtesy Florida Fish and Wildlife
Deep sea catches
Islander Kurt Janisch
took some friends out
on his boat Fight's On
recently to 70 miles in
the Gulf of Mexico to a
catch ofblackfin tuna,
one at least 35 pounds,
plus jack crevalle.
Pictured are Dave Pate,
Andy Price and Kurt
Janisch with some of
the tuna catch. Islander
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THE ISLANDER 0 MAY 27, 2009 0 21
Tarpon, trout, reds ... all biting right now
By Paul Roat
It's still a great time to go fishing.
Backwater: trout and redfish. They're big, they're
hungry and they're hitting on almost anything thrown
in the water, from live to artificial bait.
Nearshore/passes: It's all mackerel, tarpon and
snook. Silver kings are along the beaches, mostly off
Longboat Pass and Whitney Beach. Macks are thick
near the piers off the north end of Anna Maria Island.
Snook are everywhere near the shore.
Offshore: grouper, especially gags, are out there,
but figure to go at least 20 miles out in the Gulf of
Mexico for the best bite. Snapper also are a good bet,
and king mackerel catches continue to be great.
Capt. Sam Kimball out of Annie's Bait &
Tackle on Cortez Road said he's putting his charters
onto lots of grouper and kingfish offshore. Best action
is coming about 45 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico.
He's also catching snapper.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Annie's said his inshore
charters are great, as whitebait is finally starting to
show up. He's hitting redfish near the mangroves, and
is finding that fish are hungry for the bait he's netting
out in the Gulf. "Beach bait are frisky," Capt. Mark
said, "and the bay fish seem to like it." He's catching
king mackerel and mackerel, plus barracuda in the
near-shore areas, with Palma Sola Bay being a prime
spot for the best redfish action. He's also catching
trout in the bays, but the fish are generally too big to
Dr. Andy Sharma and wife Amy, along with friend
Andy, reeled in a good catch while fishing with Capt.
Anthony Manali on Team Legmaker last week.
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keep. Tarpon are "everywhere," Capt. Mark added,
anywhere from Whitney Beach to Egmont Key.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fish Char-
ters predicted that fishing should turn on this week with
"very nice tides and the fish chewing hard. With all the
rain, the fish are moving out of the river and creeks and
moving toward the beach and open water. Tarpon are
thick off the beach and passes. Remember stealth is the
key to catching the silver king." He added that redfish
and speckled trout are "feeding heavy."
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said snook are
the hot button fish right now, mostly near the beaches.
He suggests a castnet for garnering whitebait, cast-
ing just offshore. Mirrolure or Mirrodine artificial
are also producing the big linesiders. Bill suggested
pretty much anywhere along the Island for good
snook catches. Backwater action is still all trout all
the time, with both artificial and live bait producing
good catches. Redfish are roaming around the man-
groves, but Bill suggested to wait for outgoing tides
and start fishing off oyster beds and away from the
trees for best results. Offshore, snapper and grouper
fishing is fantastic, but most of the best action is at
least 20 miles out in the Gulf. Tarpon are everywhere,
but seem congregated near Longboat Pass and Whit-
ney Beach. First thing in the morning is best, he said,
and pass crabs are the best bait, although Bill said
he's heard of some silver kings hitting shrimp.
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Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said it's mack-
erel and snapper at the pier for his fishers.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said
mackerel are the best bet at the city pier right now.
Tarpon are starting to roll by the pier with only a few
hookups, but fishers are catching lots of mangrove
snapper, flounder, cobia and stingrays.
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and
may be submitted to Paul Roat by e-mail at paul@
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Dig the Beach games played on Siesta Key
By Kevin Cassidy
Former Islander Gillian Cassidy, daughter of
yours truly, and her teammate Haley Coulter played
in Dig the Beach, a doubles volleyball tournament
played on the Siesta Key beach May 7. The girls, both
11, brought home fourth place in the 12 and under
division. They lost their first two matches, but battled
back to win two more matches to take second place
in their five-team pool.
In the semifinals, Cassidy and Coulter dropped
a hard-fought 21-17 decision to Thankdiwe Kangwa
and Brianna Marazzi to drop into the third-place
game. Trailing 17-20, Cassidy put in three straight
aces to tie the score at 20-20. Her next serve -
with the match on the line hit the sideline for an
apparent ace and the game, but she was called for a
foot fault, giving the match to Coutney Krause and
Hannah Richards of Venice.
Other locals who placed at the tourney include
Kayla Armer and Jesslyn Kinlaw of Bradenton, who
took third place in the 14-and-under girls division,
and 9-year-old Tristen Hall, who teamed with Alex
Meyer to take second in the boy's 12-14 division.
Flag football winds down
The regular season of the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center NFL Flag Football season is all but over
save for a couple of makeup games due to the recent
rains and, of course, the upcoming playoffs.
Galati Yacht Sales takes an undefeated record into
the playoffs in the 10-12 division, while Panoramic
Cardinals sit the same in the 8-9 division. Beach Bistro
Cardinals of the 13-16 division hold a one-game lead
over the Island Real Estate Colts, so its anyone's game.
The playoffs get started May 27 at the Holmes Beach
field with the Super Bowl set for May 30.
Mr. Bones Vikings defeated Ross Built Chargers
24-19 in 10-12 division action on May 21. Richard
Almodovar scored three touchdowns to lead the
Vikings, which also received a touchdown from Ben
Connors in the victory. Alex Virgilio led the Chargers
efforts with two touchdowns and an extra point, while
Jake Ross added one touchdown in the loss.
Tyler Yavalar scored the only touchdown of the
game as Island Dojo Martial Arts defeated Sparks Steel
Art Falcons 6-0 in 8-9 division action on May 21.
Mike Norman Realty Packers defeated Mr. Bones
Vikings 28-6 in 10-12 division action on May 20.
Jack Shinn led the way with a pair of touchdowns,
while Seth Walter added a TD and a two-point con-
version. Keegan Murphy completed the scoring with
a touchdown. Mr. Bones was led by Almodovar, who
scored the lone touchdown in the loss.
Chris Galati scored three touchdowns to lead
Galati Yacht Sales Texans past Ross Built Chargers
25-19 in 10-12 division action on May 18. Zach
McGuire added one touchdown and Seth Matthew
chipped in with an extra point in the victory. Jake
Ross led Ross Built with a pair of touchdowns, while
Alex Virgilio scored one touchdown and an extra
point in the loss.
The second 10-12 game of the evening saw Sand
Dollar Colts edge Mr. Bones Vikings 20-18 behind
touchdowns from Zach Stewart, Nicholas Mello and
Michael Duffman. Mikey Ellsworth provided the win-
ning margin with a two-point conversion. Almodovar
led the Vikings with three touchdowns in the loss.
AMICC summer camp approaches
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
offering several opportunities to improve game skills
or to make sure kids aren't bored this summer.
First up is a tennis camp for boys and girls
ages 5-14 that June 8 through Aug. 13. It will take
place from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday
at AMICC, and focus on skill development, sports-
manship and knowledge through drills, games and
matches. Cost is $99 per week for the camp.
Next up is the AMICC "Driven" Basketball
Camp. Campers will first have their determination
tested with endurance training and character devel-
opment in addition to offensive, defensive and team-
building activities, then move onto scrimmages to
Session I runs June 14-26, with a second session
July 14-24. Both sessions will be from 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Monday and Friday, and 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday and
Registration is under way with a deadline May
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for non-members, or both sessions $60 for members,
$85 for non-members.
Rich Bell and his Youth Sports Training organi-
zation offer a summer soccer camp for players ages
4-16 at the AMICC soccer fields June 29-July 10. This
camp will focus on age-appropriate skill development
through drills, games and competitions designed to
bring out the best in each player.
The 4-6 age group will work out from 9 a.m.-11
a.m. daily, while the 7-16 age group will take the
field from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost for the camp is $80
per week with registration by June 19.
Last, but not least, British Soccer Camp returns
Aug. 3-7 to AMICC. Registration is ongoing, and
players who register online at www.challengersports.
com before June 19 receive a free jersey.
Cost for BSC's two-hour mini camp from 9
a.m.-ll a.m. for ages 4-5 is $99, while the half-day
camp, 9 a.m. to noon, is $104 for ages 6-9. Camp for
ages 8-16 takes place from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. and
the cost is $104.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played a low-net-
of-partners game May 20. The team of Jim Thorton
and Bob Elliott combined to card a 5-under-par 123
to win first place by three shots over the team of
John Sagert and Dan Hayes, who fired a 2-under 126.
Third place went to the team of Pieter Thomassen and
The men played a nine-hole, individual-low-net
game on May 18. Paul Keyes fired a 3-under-par 29 to
take first place by two shots over Vince Mercadante and
Ralph Bassett, who tied for second place. Earl Huntz-
inger carded an even-par 32 to take third place.
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d!4 1F.E-4:.T;-1T TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Global market,
FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may
advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or
less, 15 words or less. FREE. Deliver in person to
The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, fax toll-free
1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
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.
KENMORE STOVE, WHITE, $99. 1920s vanity,
triple mirror, $99. 1950s electric lift chair, modern
Danish, $99. 941-580-4358.
CEILING FANS WITH lights (three). Like
new, white or blonde wood blades. $25 each.
WEED EATER, $40. Electric edger, Black &
Decker, like new. $25. 941-713-4048.
BIRD CAGE: 32x22x16. Great shape. $25.
QUEEN-SIZE BED, complete, like new, $100.
Sofa, clean, good condition, $75. Dinette set,
MANTLE, 2x4-feet, $12. Lattice, fits around Earth-
box (no box), $12. Large rattan dresser, $20.
HUGE, DECORATIVE FRAMED mirrors: Several
styles to choose from, sizes from 4 by 6 feet, to 5
by 8. $250-$400. Mahogany buffet, $350. Small
antique burl-wood rocker, $200. 941-778-1102.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
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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.
market connections. y41-U302-310. lerry.nayes@
WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Privateers
are collecting new or used, repairable fishing poles
and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to chil-
dren. Donate your gear at The Islandernewspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
KOKO RAY AND Scott Achor, Island Rock School
at Edison Academy will be hosting summer ses-
sions. For more information, call 941-758-0395.
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.
BIG SPRING CLEANING sale until May 31. Art-
ists Guild Gallery, 2414 Marina Drive, Holmes
REMODELING SALE: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.Tuesday-Fri-
day, through June 1. Couches, coffee table, kitchen
table and chair, refrigerator, range and hood,
dishwasher, entertainment center, TVs, butcher
block cart. 204 57th St. Holmes Beach. Call Dick
RUMMAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May
30, St. Bernards Church. Last rummage sale of
the season. Jewelry, clothing, housewares, books
and lots more. Lunch available. 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach.
MOVING SALE: 8 a.m.Thursday, Friday and Sat-
urday, May 28-30. Furniture and much more. 2105
Ave. B, Bradenton Beach.
A SALE EVERYDAY atThe Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office sup-
plies, t-shirts, treasures.
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.
LOST: CANON CYBERSHOT slide-front camera
in black case. Reward. 941-527-7631.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All applicants
screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
Laser, Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian at
SAILBOAT: 1974 25-FOOT Irwin. 2005
Yamaha 8-hp, four-cycle. $3,000 or best offer.
RESTAURANT: PROFITABLE, BEAUTIFUL,
long history in resort area. Beer/wine. Any good
cuisine would work. Confidentiality agreement
required. $160,000 plus inventory. Longview
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ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School soph-
omore Chris Perez tutors elementary or middle
school children. Call 941-778-2979.
CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified child
care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross train-
ing, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-4632
CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
I have experience with kids of all ages.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
First-aid certified, great with kids and animals!
Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.
NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter or
dog walker? Experienced. Red Cross certified in
CPR for all ages. Call the twins, Kayla and Ariel
TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red
Cross certified in babysitting. Loves children. Call
Katie, 941-778-1491 or 941-447-4057.
TRISH AND KIM babysitting service, house
cleaning and pet sitting. Certified. Experienced.
Call 941-538-8922 or 941-538-2081.
LAWN MOWING/DOG walking? Will walk dogs
any day, mow lawns after 5 p.m. weekdays, after
11 a.m. weekends. 941-447-7092.
CALL ZACK, 13, for odd jobs. Will do anything
you need done after school and Saturdays.
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.
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WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Prob-
lem solving for all animals, big and small. Call
Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service,
941-778-3455, or cell 941-720-4152.
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
PAINTING: INTERIOR/EXTERIOR, quality work,
free estimates, 15 years experience. Call Dave,
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
PIANO, ORGAN, VOICE lessons: Children's
classes. Music exercises the brain and keeps
thinking skills sharp. In children, music lessons
help develop the brain and increase math and
science skills and music lessons are fun! Call
Marilyn today, 941-773-6301.
COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Oldest
and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of happy cus-
tomers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch, Storm-Check,
windows, etc. Rentals our specialty. pinesolpatty @
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller,
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.
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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.
email@example.com 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.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
TOTAL LAWN CARE, tree service. 25 years
proactive service. Call Ron, "Shake & Bake".
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.
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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, $5-$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
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.
PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Island resident, very meticulous and reliable. I
take pride in my work. For a free estimate, call
Colin at 941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
COLORWORLD ECONOMY PAINTING: Afford-
able (all phase). Painter dedicated to the con-
sumer. No deposit! Clean, fast and courte-
ous. Voted #1 by the "Pier regulars" 2007-08.
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TROUT PLASTERING AND Stucco. Residen-
tial or commercial, new or remodel. Call Dave at
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-
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
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
ADORABLE 3 BR/2BA ground-level home located just one
house from the bay. New tile floors, great neighborhood and
short walk down the street to the beach! $350,000.
RENOVATED VILLA Immaculate 2 BR/ 2BT ground level
unit in Seaside Gardens. Top of the line appliances & 1 car
RUNAWAY BAY 2 BR/ 2 BT upper level unit in com-
plex close to beach with large pool, fitness room & tennis.
ZONED FOR 2 UNITS Over 3,000 SF w/ 12,844 SF
lot. Currently an office & residential space located in center
of Holmes Beach just 1 block to beach. Ideal live/work situ-
Mike Norman Realty
800-367-1617 941-778-6696 ,
3101 GULF DR HOLMES BEACH -
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, near Intracoastal Waterway,
west Bradenton. $1,050 weekly. www.coastal-
propertiesrealty.com, or 941-794-1515.
CUTE OFFICE FOR RENT. 315 58th St., Holmes
ANNUAL 1 BR UNFURNISHED apartment. Kitchen,
bath. No pets. Holmes Beach. 941-778-7039.
PERICO BAY CLUB: 3BR/2BA, clean, bright end
condo. $1,300/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.
WATERFRONT 2BR/2BATOWNHOUSE with boat
slip, pool, patio, cable, washer and dryer. Indoor
cat allowed. $950/month furnished or unfurnished.
Call 941-798-3842 or 941-720-7519.
ANNUAL DUPLEX: 2BR/1BA Anna Maria City.
Ground-level. $850/month, water, trash included.
Available now. 941-778-7003.
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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 Brisson \
FABULOUS BAYFRONT 1BR/1BA with dock,
available immediately. $695/month, annual. Con-
tact at 330-805-7399.
HOLMES BEACH: 1BR/1BA, 750 sf. First, last,
security deposit. $775/month. Available June 1.
VACATION RENTALS ACROSS from beach.
Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost
Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.
QUAINT CORTEZ 1BR. Partially furnished,
central air conditioning, washer and dryer, near
Marina. $645/month. 941-545-9025.
ANNUAL: GULFFRONT: 1 BR/1 BA. $775/month.
503 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Michael,
FOR RENT: 3BR/1BA tile family room, fenced
back yard, large trees. Six miles from Anna
Maria Island. 1011 67th St. N.W., Bradenton.
ANNUAL DUPLEX: 2BR/1BA. Recently reno-
vated, new appliances. $750/month. North end
Anna Maria. 941-778-6088.
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Perico Bay Club 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.
$425,000. Owner financing.
Shorewalk Condo end unit 2BR/2BA, off Cortez
Road. Overlooks lake, short-term rentals okay.
Call Robert St. Jean at 941-730-1291
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ANNUAL RENTAL: MEADOWCROFT, 55-plus
2BR/2BA. Appliances, washer and dryer, new
paint, ready to move in. $800/month plus deposit.
1443 56th St., W. Bradenton. Call 941-747-7321
SOME READY TO move in apartments with no
security deposit required (mention this ad) at 3611
117th St. W., Bradenton. Efficiency, one or three
bedroom available. $550-$850/monthly. Call Pat
with Florida Real Estate Team at 941-920-6637.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
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.
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"DISTRESS" SALE: BANK foreclosures. Island
and mainland properties. Free list with pictures.
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.
FOR SALE: #507.1 BR/1BA mobile home, Sand-
piper Resort Coop, Anna Maria Island. 55-plus
community. Steps to the Gulf and bay. Turnkey,
including large workshop. $120,000, includes
OPEN SUNDAY: 1 p.m.-3 p.m. 2BR/1BA, bayfront.
$949,000. 865 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria. Lynn
Parker, RoseBay Real Estate. 941-321-2736.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
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RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA, clubhouse,
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RENTALS: Cottages to luxury villas. Vacation and annual.
GULFFRONT 1 & 2 BR, Available now. Weekly, monthly.
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CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock,
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OD1101) & EI I 'S IICI HISTORY IRCOGNIZED
By Lisa Neff
Joe Turner hooked a big catch silver, shiny
and finned on the east side of the Rod & Reel Pier
early May 21.
On the west side of the pier that morning, Rod
& Reel Pier supervisor Dave Cochran also hooked
a prize a commemorative plaque from the Anna
Maria Island Historical Society.
AMIHS over the past year has presented plaques
designating the historic nature of the Anna Maria City
Pier, the Roser Cottage and the Island Players theater
in Anna Maria and the Monroe Cottage in Bradenton
On May 21, the Rod & Reel received its plaque,
which Cochran said he would probably hang in either
the bar or the upstairs restaurant.
The Rod & Reel Pier, according to AMIHS
records, opened on Feb. 15, 1950. Jim Hackney was
the pier's first owner and Dewey Adams, a charter
boat captain, was a partner. Hackney, at the time, also
owned and operated the Anchorage on the east end
of Pine Avenue across from the city pier.
The pier currently is owned by Mario Schoen-
felder of Holmes Beach.
One of the Rod & Reel's more colorful owners
was Frank Cavendish, who operated the business
for about 20 years. Daily, at 3 p.m., Cavendish
would jump into the water from the pier's second
floor to delight visitors. And, according to AMIHS,
he recorded the sharks caught from the pier 770
during his ownership of the structure, the largest
being a 1,386-pound hammerhead.
"There's good fishing out here," Turner con-
firmed last Thursday, though he had not caught any
sharks that morning.
Nearby, Josh Odem fished under the watch of a
hungry brown pelican. He said he casts off the Rod
& Reel Pier "all the time."
"A lot of people love this place for a lot of rea-
sons," said Martha Boster, who was dining at the
restaurant May 21 and paused to eavesdrop on the
small plaque presentation.
AMIHS board president Thea Kelley presented
the plaque to Cochran, offering congratulations and
a "thank you" for preserving and periodically
repairing the pier.
"You're now historical," Kelley said.
"Thank you very much," Cochran said.
"It's quite an unusual place," he said. "There are
not very many places like this left in the state."
Historic Island sites
The Rod & Reel Pier is listed in the Florida
Master Site File among Anna Maria Island's cultural
resources. Other properties in the file include:
Anna Maria: Belle Haven Cottage, 406 Pine Ave.;
Dave Cochran of the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria, left, accepts a preservation plaque from represent
tives of the Anna Maria Island Historical Society on May 21. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum, 402
Pine Ave.; City Jail, 402 Pine Ave.; Anna Maria City
Pier, Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard; the Island Play-
ers playhouse, 10005 W. Gulf Drive; Roser Memorial
Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.; Cozy Corner,
503 Pine Ave.; Anglers Lodge, 117 N. Bay Blvd.;
Bayfront Park, North Bay Boulevard; Enchanted Cot-
tage, 301 N. Bay Blvd.; Shell Cottage, 428 Pine Ave.;
Roser Cottage, 519 Pine Ave.; Palm Cottage, 9707
Gulf Drive; Coconut Grove, 207 N. Bay Blvd.
Bradenton Beach: The Regina Shipwreck in the
Gulf of Mexico; Green House (demolished), 302 Bay
Drive S.; Blue House (demolished), 304 Bay Drive
S.; Basil Monroe Cottage, 304 Church Ave.
Holmes Beach: 104 36th St.; 106 36th St.; 108
Frank Cavendish, a former owner of the Rod &
Reel Pier in Anna Maria, with a shark. The Anna
Maria Island Historical Society recently awarded
a preservation plaque to the pier. Islander Photos:
Courtesy Anna Maria Island Historical Society
The historic Rod & Reel Pier.