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Proposed budget calls for $1 trolley pass


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Property owners might see taxes cut
in Manatee County in the new fiscal year,
but residents might also see fees and fares
increase.
The Island trolley fare, for example,
might go from zero to $1 a day in fiscal year
2010, which begins in October.
Manatee County administrator Ed Hun-
zeker delivered his budget message and
preliminary 2010 budget to county commis-
sioners May 28, outlining how the govern-
ment can slash $33.7 million to deal with a
significant decline in revenues.
The county will cut costs by eliminat-


ing 82 positions, many of them vacancies, but
some held by workers.
The county also will cut operating
expenses to have a balanced $497 million
budget.
And, Hunzeker said, the county will need
to increase fees.
For local transit services, Hunzeker out-
lined a plan he said would allow for the county
bus system and trolley to continue to operate
without using reserves or reducing services.
The plan includes a $1 day pass for the
Island trolley, using a greater portion of fed-
eral grant funds for operating expenditures and
reducing the operating budget to reflect lower
fuel costs.


While the plan calls for riders to pay to
ride the trolley, it would not require Anna
Maria, Bradenton Beach or Holmes Beach to
contribute to the trolley budget, as the cities
did this fiscal year.
"The contributions to the trolley from the
tourist development tax and from the Island
municipalities are recommended to be discon-
tinued in fiscal year 2010 since the proposed
trolley fare will supplant those contributions,"
Hunzeker said in his budget message.
However, Hunzeker also said the county
attorney is looking into the legality of using
tourist tax money for the trolley, "which could
provide the commission with an alternative to
PLEASE SEE TROLLEY, NEXT PAGE


Cumber transferred
from county to
Miami jail. Page 4

Holmes Beach to
update animal regs.
Page 5

Op/ed: Warning:
Hurricane season.
Page 6

Anna Maria
approves plant list,
landscaping fee.
Page 8

Community
announcements.
Page 10


Turtle season enters
month two. Page 11


Island police reports.
Page 14



Page 15

The Greatest Gen-
eration: Page 16

Sports: Flag football
season ends. Page 18

AME graduates
announced. Page 19

Fishing: Tarpon time
is of Anna Maria
Island. Page 21


Ed Geyer, right, died Saturday at home with
his family and wife at his side. He was the
man behind his proprietress-wife Pat at their
Duffy's Tavern. He most often orchestrated
from a bar stool and made the soups. More
on page 3. Islander File Photo: Bonner Joy





INSIDE:


Lifelong Islander Jean Bystrom captured mullet photos last week at "mom and dad's
dock," Jean and Hugh Holmes Sr., in Holmes Beach, where the fish were schooling and
gurgling on the bay water's surface. More on mullet, page 8.


LBK taps AMI to oppose


offshore pipeline route


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Longboat Key officials are seeking to
tap into Anna Maria Island and Manatee
County clout as they challenge a proposal
to run a gas pipeline through sand resources
in Tampa Bay.
Longboat Key town manager Bruce St.
Denis has appeared recently before Anna
Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach
city commissions to build an alliance against
Port Dolphin's planned route for a liquefied
natural gas pipeline from the Gulf of Mexico
into Tampa Bay.
Port Dolphin has proposed building a
$1 billion floating port about 28 miles off
the north shore of Anna Maria Island, feed-
ing a pipeline into Tampa Bay to the main-


land at Port Manatee. The company altered its
route last year to appease local officials who
objected to its proximity to beach renourish-
ment sources and Anna Maria Island, but has
refused to again alter its proposal.
St. Denis, at each meeting, stressed that
Longboat Key is not opposing Port Dolphin's
project, but that there are concerns that the
pipeline would make off-limits valuable
sources of sand for beach renourishment.
"There is not as much sand out there as
we all think there is," St. Denis said.
That directly impacts Longboat Key, but
could also impact Anna Maria Island, as com-
munities compete for beach-quality sand, St.
Denis stressed.
If Longboat Key lost potential sand
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Avenger contest
What hurricane kit necessities can you list
from the cover of The Islander annual storm-
ready, Storm Avenger section?
List the items to win a free Islander T-shirt
and AMI sticker. Enter via e-mail to news@
islander.org or fax to 866-362-9821. Please,
include your name and contact information.
The deadline to enter is June 10.


Skimming
the news ...
Kingfish bait sales
questioned. Page 3

Meetings: The gov-
ernment calendar.
Page 3

Two plead not guilty
to burglaries. Page 4





2 0 JUNE 3, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER

Trolley free ride may end
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
the $1 fee."
Hunzeker said fiscal year 2011 also will be a dif-
ficult year to address transit issues, in part because
grants for the trolley will have expired, creating "a
revenue loss for the program" that "may require ser-
vice-level reductions."
Hunzeker's preliminary spending plan, which will
be reviewed through a series of meetings this summer,
also contains a $92.5 million budget for the sheriff's
office that is $4.5 million less than this year.
The MCSO, which contracts with Anna Maria
to provide law enforcement in the city and works
with the Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach police
departments, is proposed to eliminate 12 vacant posi-
tions, reduce overtime, cut operating expenses by
$1.3 million and trim $1.8 million by deferring pur-
chases of new vehicles, radios and in-car computer
systems.
For the natural resources department, which is
involved with improvements in Neal and Perico pre-
serves, as well as the operation of the Kingfish Boat
Ramp and Robinson Preserve, the proposed budget
does not contain personnel cuts.
However, with the planned opening of two
new parks Jiggs Landing and Pine Island and no
new hires allowed personnel likely will be reas-
signed.
In the parks department, which is involved in the
maintenance and operation of Bayfront Park in Anna
Maria, Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach and
Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach, Hunzeker said
six positions will be eliminated.
This will "cause moderate reductions in general
park maintenance activities," Hunzeker said.
The county's information services, which runs
the public libraries, will lose one position under Hun-
zeker's budget that will result in shorter hours at the
Central Library in Bradenton.
The proposed budget did not detail any cuts at
the Island Branch Library in Holmes Beach, where


Pipeline proposed off AMI
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
because of the Port Dolphin project, "the next area
for us to go into is where you are or down to Boca
Grande," he said.
St. Denis proposed a simple alternative for Port Dol-
phin to run with an existing Gulf Stream pipeline.
"That doesn't impact our future resources," he
told Anna Maria commissioners.
Earlier in May, St. Denis told the Bradenton
Beach City Commission, "They agreed to move it
once, but it is still ... where we get our best sand. We
want it to go further north."
Officials in each of the Island cities showed inter-
est in accepting Longboat Key's request for help by
writing letters for the federal record.


"I know the anguish that Longboat Key is going
through right now," Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford
said May 28, after listening to St. Denis' report.
Local officials were expected to take up the pipe-
line issue, as well as discuss beach renourishment,
during a meeting at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, at the
Manatee County Administrative Center, 1112 Mana-
tee Ave., W., Bradenton.
Port Dolphin's project still must get the approval
of a number of state and federal agencies.
St. Denis said he was not optimistic about a
realignment.
"We're getting strong opposition from Port Dol-
phin and we don't know why," he said.
Representatives with Port Dolphin did not return
The Islander's calls.


The Port Dolphin pipeline route and potential sand resource impacts. Islander Image: Courtesy Longboat Key

positions have been eliminated and hours reduced in ated from the additional penny will be presented in


the past.
Hunzeker said that the new budget will reflect
the addition of a fifth cent in the tourist development
tax and "the proposed uses for the revenue gener-


a budget work session."
For property owners, the administrator's budget
recommends keeping the countywide property tax
rate at $6.30 for every $1,000 of assessed value.


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THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 3, 2009 0 3


Mobile bait sales questioned at Kingfish Ramp


By Bonner Joy
When Eloy Reyna was last approached about a
photo for a newspaper, he said the first time that hap-
pened a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission officer showed up to check him out within
10 minutes.
Reyna said the previous photographer possibly
only wanted a snapshot to make a complaint, but, also
that he has all the permits and licenses necessary for
his mobile bait business.
Reyna has a retail saltwater products license
registered with the FWC that expires June 30. And
he registered a fictitious name with the state for his
company, Gulf Coast Magical Shrimp Company.
Also, he and his wife, who reside in Bradenton,
each operate a mobile bait trailer. On the day The
Islander observed Reyna selling live bait from a
tank on a trailer behind his pickup truck at the
Kingfish Boat Ramp, he said his wife was doing
the same thing at the 59th Street boat ramp in Bra-
denton.
Eloy Reyna produced a business card for his
painting and pressure cleaning business, but he
said he had little work and was suffering from the
slow economy. He sought out the mobile bait busi-
ness as a way to support his family "through the
hard times."
Wife Marlene Reyna said she "did all the
homework" and "got all the necessary permits and
licenses" for their business in advance. She said
they have vendor and retail licenses from Manatee
County.
"We' ve had no problems," Marlene Reyna said,
"not even at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge."
She said she and her husband sell live shrimp for
$3 per dozen and they are "not looking to take over
the market, but every sort of business has competi-
tion.
"We buy and sell 2,000 shrimp and when they' re
gone, we' re gone. We go out early in the morning and
sometimes we're done by noon."
But hard times may have found the Reyna family
again. A complaint was made about Reyna's two
operations to Manatee County Commissioner John
Chappie that resulted in instructions from Manatee
County Citizens Action Center supervisor Kaycee
Ellis to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office that
deputies advise vendors of the county rules at King-
fish.
According to county ordinance, "No person shall
offer for sale any services, article or thing; nor place
Vendors,
operate most
weekends and
holidays on
the Palma
Sola Cause-
way. Islander
File Photo ,


Edward E. Geyer, 89, of Holmes Beach, died
May 30.
Mr. Geyer was born in Maysville, Ky., and moved
to Holmes Beach in 1960. He owned and operated an
air conditioning company and he and wife Pat have
been the owners of Duffy's Tavern since 1971. He
served in the U.S. Army from 1935-39, and again
from 1943-45 during World War II. He was a member
of the National Guard from 1945-1974. He was a
member of the American Legion.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday,
June 4,at Shannon Funeral Homes Westview Chapel,
5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. A memorial ser-
vice will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 5. Burial will
follow the service at 2:30 p.m. at the newly dedicated
Sarasota National Cemetery.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers memo-
rial donations be made to Tidewell Hospice and Palli-


any stand, cart or vehicle for the transportation, sale
or display of any such article or thing, in any park
unless authorized to do so by a county-issued license
or concession under the authority and regulation of
the director."
However, there was no response by presstime
from Manatee County regarding whether the Reynas
are "authorized" or licensed to sell at county parks.
The boat ramp at least, for the time being -


City, county share

causeway
Enforcement of laws on the Palma Sola
Causeway falls under two jurisdictions, that of
the city of Bradenton and the Manatee County
Sheriff's Office.
The north side of the causeway, where rest
rooms and picnic tables are provided, is con-
sidered unincorporated county property, accord-
ing to Kaycee Ellis of the county citizen action
center.
The south side of the causeway, where
the new boat ramp is nearing completion with
the addition of a parking lot, falls within the
incorporated boundaries of the city of Braden-
ton.
A city ordinance prohibits street vending on
public lands or property unless authorized by
city council, according to Bradenton administra-
tive aide Renee Raymond.
Raymond indicated that the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation does not allow vending
on its roads or rights of way.
Enforcement is another issue. Bradenton
code enforcement officer Volker Reiss said the
city code enforcement staff does not work week-
ends or holidays. He said the responsibility then
falls to law enforcement.
And lacking complaints of vendors operat-
ing on either city or county property, police and
deputies are kept busy pursuing calls of more
urgent, crime-related matters and traffic enforce-
ment.
But another complaint was made to the
county that does not fall within either the county
or city of Bradenton jurisdiction pertains to bait
sales occurring in the Intracoastal Waterway
south of Cortez Road.


Ed and
Pat Geyer
at Duffy's
Tavern in
Holmes
Beach.
Islander
Photo:
Rick Catlin


ative Care, 3355 26th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205.
He is survived by wife Pat; daughters Mary Jean
Wilk and husband William of Cincinnati, Patti Reid
and husband Rodney, Pamela, Peggi Davenport and
husband Bruce, Penni and Polli Stroup and husband
Erick; and nine grandchildren and 16 great-grand-
children.


falls under county jurisdiction, and enforcement there
falls on the sheriff's office.
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger has
made an official request to the county to allow the
city to annex and patrol Kingfish Boat Ramp,
but no action has resulted.


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Eloy Reyna sells live shrimp at the Kingfish Boat
Ramp. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy


Anna Maria City
June 2, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board
meeting.
June 10, 6:30 p.m., environmental, enhance-
ment, education committee meeting.
June 11, 7 p.m., city commission work ses-
sion.
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, 941-
708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
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, 1 p.m., ScenicWAVES sub-committee
meeting on a proposed cell tower.
June 8, 3 p.m., ScenicWAVES meeting.
June 17, 9 a.m., special master session.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
June 9, 7 p.m., city commission regular meet-
ing.
June 18, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
June 23, 7 p.m., city commission regular
meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

West Manatee Fire Rescue District
June 17, 6 p.m., district commission monthly
meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.

Of Interest
June 15, 9 a.m., Manatee County Tourism De-
velopment 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.
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.


Ed Geyer, 'Mr. Duffy,' died Saturday





4 0 JUNE 3, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Island duty
During a city com-
mission meeting last
week, Anna Maria
Mayor Fran Bar-
ford introduced Sgt.
David Turner, who
will be the officer in
charge of the Mana-
tee County Sheriff's
Office substation
in the city effective
June 21. Turner will
fill the post now held
by retiring Sgt. John
Kenney. Barford said
Turner "knows the
city like the back of
his hand." Turner
added, "I'm very
familiar with Anna
Maria. I'll fit in
fine here." Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff


Another Island

store robbed
Two people walked out of the Holmes Beach
Walgreens, 3248 E. Bay Drive, without paying for
an estimated $480 in body wash products May 27.
According to Holmes Beach Police reports, the
store manager called officers after noticing a man and
woman loading an unusual amount of merchandise
into the trunk of their car and driving off.
She spotted an empty shelf that had contained the
merchandise and asked the clerk about the transac-
tion.
According to the report, the woman, described as dark-
skinned, African-American, 5 feet 4 inches in height, about
110 pounds and wearing a purple-and-white print dress,
distracted the clerk while her male companion wheeled a
full shopping cart out the door and to the car.
He was described as dark-skinned, African-
American, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, wearing a dark
green shirt and black shorts. Both appeared to be in
their mid-20s.
The store robbery is the latest in a string of
thefts in stores on Anna Maria Island in the past few
months.
In most cases, store clerks have been distracted
by one customer while another riffles through unat-
tended purses or cash drawers.
Several restaurants have also had break-ins in
which the thieves took cash and safes while the busi-
nesses were closed, but the Manatee County Sheriff's
office arrested suspects in those cases May 19.


String of holiday

car burglaries in

Bradenton Beach
Bradenton Beach Police worked seven car bur-
glaries on Memorial Day weekend.
Three of the reports came from the 1100 block of
Gulf Drive North. There were single auto burglaries
in cars at the 2000 block of Gulf Drive North, one
in the 100 block of 22nd Street and one in the 2300
block of Gulf Drive.
There was also a burglary and aggravated assault
at Tortuga Inn, 1325 Gulf Drive N.
"They appear to be crimes of opportunity," said Chief
Sam Speciale. "People go on vacation and they forget the
safety tips. They don't lock their vehicles. They get into
the holiday spirit and forget the safety rules.
"People need to remember when they go on
vacation to take their valuables out of their cars," he
added. "Put them in a room safe, if offered, or ask the
desk clerk to put them in the office safe. You can't let
your guard down when you're on vacation."
Investigation in all burglaries is ongoing, Spe-
ciale added.


Cumber transferred

from county jail
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
William J. Cumber was transferred May 28 from
the Manatee County jail to the Florida Department of
Corrections reception center in Miami.
Cumber, 39, eventually will be transferred from
the Miami facility to another state prison, where he
will serve 13.5 years.
Cumber, whose last address was on Magnolia
Avenue in Anna Maria, was sentenced to prison May
14 after pleading guilty to violating the terms of his
probation on a 2005 arson conviction that stemmed
from a house fire in Bradenton.
In late December 2008, Cumber was arrested for
driving on a suspended license in Marion County.
After pleading guilty to the traffic offense and
serving 10 days in the Marion County Jail, he faced
a charge in Manatee County of violating his proba-
tion because he left the county without permission
from his probation officer and by committing a new
offense.
Cumber is the only person publicly identified by
authorities as a person of interest in the November
2008 disappearance of his girlfriend, Sabine Musil-
Buehler, and the November 2008 arson fire at her
business, Haley's Motel in Holmes Beach.
During the sentencing hearing, Cumber said
he was rebuilding his life last fall, when a series of
events illness, Musil-Buehler's disappearance, the
Haley's fire, media publicity and public suspicion
about his involvement led to his loss of work and
housing, despair and a desire to leave the area.
"I wasn't able to put up with anything.... I was
just running because I had no future.... Bradenton
was dead to me," Cumber told the judge.
Cumber's attorney alleged that the prosecution
sought a stiff sentence for the probation violation
because of Cumber's relationship with Musil-Buehler
and law enforcement's interest in his knowledge of
her whereabouts.
Musil-Buehler was reported missing Nov. 6,
2008, after her car was found in Bradenton contain-
ing blood.
Her last confirmed whereabouts were on Nov. 4,
2008, when she argued with Cumber and, according
to him, left their rented home in Anna Maria in her
car.
Cumber has until mid-June to appeal his sentence
in the probation case.
In the meantime, he likely will remain at the
reception center in Miami. Inmates usually spend
about a month in a reception center before moving
to a more permanent facility.
At the center, workers will assess everything from
Cumber's health to education level to past incarcera-
tion and determine where he will be placed, accord-
ing to DOC public affairs officer Gretl Plessinger.


Two plead


not guilty to


burglaries
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Investigators say Patrick S. Banker told them the
when, where and how he and a second man burglar-
ized area businesses. But both Banker and his alleged
accomplice pleaded not guilty to multiple felony bur-
glary charges last week.
The two 18-year-old men, both from Sarasota,
remained in the Manatee County
jail with bond set at $5,000 on
each charge, as of The Islander's
press time,
Banker and O'Keefe were
arrested May 19 after Manatee
County Sheriff's Office Deputy
Alan Judy observed signs of a
Banker break-in at the Waterfront Res-
taurant in Anna Maria.
Investigators said that
Banker confessed to burglarizing
the Waterfront and a number of
other businesses on the Island,
Longboat Key and mainland, as
well as implicated O'Keefe.
Authorities have linked bur-
O'Keefe glaries at the Anna Maria City
Pier, 100 S. Bay Blvd., Anna
Maria; Touch of Class Car Wash, 6310 14th St.
W., Bradenton; Beach Bistro, 100 66th St., Holmes
Beach; Pelican Pete's, 12012 Cortez Road, Cortez;
Tyler's Ice Cream Shoppe, 11904 Cortez Road,
Bradenton; 101 Bay Blvd., Anna Maria; the Centre
Shops, 5350-5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
Key; and Rotten Ralph's at the Pier, 200 Bridge St.,
Bradenton Beach.
At the Manatee County Judicial Center last week,
Banker's attorney, Varinia Van Ness, filed a demand
for a jury trial, a waiver of Banker's formal arraign-
ment and entered a not guilty plea.
Van Ness also filed a notice requesting the pros-
ecution turn over the names of witnesses and state-
ments related to the case.
O'Keefe's attorney, Derek Byrd, filed similar
papers.
While authorities allege that they have in custody
the two men responsible for the rash of burglaries on
the Island, they are encouraging business owners and
residents to keep their property secure.
The city of Anna Maria is partnering with the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office crime prevention
unit to hold two forums, one at 2 p.m. and another at
6 p.m., June 9 at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.
"It is very important that we hold this at this
time," Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford said.
She added, "We want to keep our residents
safe."
Barford, during a city commission meeting May
28, praised the law enforcement response to the bur-
glaries, especially the work of Judy, who was patrol-
ling the city when he observed the break-in at the
Waterfront Restaurant May 19.
"You were right there," Barford said, adding that
she sent a letter praising the deputy to the sheriff.
Judy said, "It worked out great."





THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 3, 2009 0 5


Holmes Beach to update animal regs


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach commissioners will consider
updating the city's animal regulations by adopting a
Manatee County animal control ordinance with some
city revisions.
City attorney Patricia Petruff presented the com-
mission with a draft ordinance May 28, adding that
the city would continue to prohibit pets at eating
establishments and would maintain its aggressive
animals provisions.
The proposal before the commission states, "No
animal shall be permitted to accompany its owner at
either an indoor or outdoor dining facility. No provi-
sion of the Manatee County Animal Ordinance, as
it is applied in the city of Holmes Beach, shall be
interpreted to permit any animal to accompany its
owner at indoor or outdoor dining facilities. This sec-


tion shall not apply to service animals."
The county ordinance was written to be adopted
uniformly in incorporated and unincorporated areas
of the county.
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger asked Petruff, as she
finalizes the ordinance for the commission's consid-
eration, to make certain the city was not giving up
authority to prosecute a dangerous dog case.
In other business last week, commissioners:
Reappointed John Wize to the code enforcement
board.
Discussed a request from the town of Longboat
Key to object in writing to the federal government
regarding the route of a proposed liquefied natural
gas pipeline in Tampa Bay.
Longboat Key officials maintain that the pipeline
would threaten sand sources for beach renourishment
projects.


Fish Thursday
More than 90 residents of Westbay Point and Moorings in Holmes Beach turned out for an end-of-season a
fish fry organized by Jon and Barb Lindwall, left, Em and Cal Weener, Marion McCartney, Marge Soeffker,
George Parker, Lance Linderman, Debbie and Chuck Mann and Fred Silber.


Family Dentistry Cosmetic Dentistry
Implants Snoring and Sleep Therapy


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"Incorporating a beautiful healthy smile with a rejuvenated body"


Discussed a variety of parking issues, including
off-street parking of commercial vehicles in residen-
tial districts and the parking of boats and trailers in
residential districts.
Discussed with the mayor the naming of
parks.
The mayor recommended a park to be developed
in the 6800 block of Holmes Boulevard be named
Spring Lake Community Park. The city acquired the
property after the Federal Emergency Management
Agency designated it as a severe repetitive loss prop-
erty due to flooding.
The mayor also suggested naming the greenspace
behind Regions Bank, which was established by the
bank, Regions Park.
A pocket park located at 85th Street/84th Street
should be named Nunn's Way in memory of the late
Holmes Beach public works foreman Skip Nunn,
suggested Bohnenberger, who said he would pres-
ent resolutions to the commission.
The commission's next meeting will be at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, June 9, at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.



County to celebrate

Trails Day
Manatee County will celebrate National Trails
Day June 6 at Robinson Preserve in northwest Bra-
denton.
From 9 a.m. to noon, the National Trails Day
Festival will promote kayaking, hiking and biking
in the preserve.
Also, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday, June 14,
the county will conduct "plant identification fun" at
Robinson, during which people will walk the trails
with a master gardener.
At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18, a volunteer ori-
entation will take place at Robinson, and at 6 a.m.
Saturday, June 20, kayakers will take a "summer sol-
stice" paddle trip through the preserve.
For more information or reservations, call the
county at 941-742-5757, ext. 2.


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Warning: Hurricane season
In all, more than 800 people were killed in Haiti by
four consecutive 2008 hurricanes in August and Sep-
tember: Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike. The devastation
of crops, homes, roads and the misery is ongoing.
Hurricane Ike was the third most destructive storm
to hit the United States in 2008. It was the ninth named
storm and the fifth hurricane of the 2008 hurricane season.
It made landfall in the States at Galveston, Texas,
a coastal island that suffered severe losses. News
accounts estimated about 40 percent of the 57,000 resi-
dents stayed. Floods filled the historic district with 7
feet of water. Seventeen or more buildings burned. It
damaged 17,368 of about 20,000 structures. And the
mandatory evacuation was ordered for Galveston two
days before Ike's landfall.
But before it reached the U.S. shore, Ike devastated
Cuba and was the fourth storm to ravage Haiti.
Hurricane Gustav was Haiti's third damaging,
killer storm, striking the town of Jacmel Aug. 26.
Eight months after Hurricane Hanna, workers are
still trying to remove tons of mud from homes and
roads in Gonaives.
Following Ike in Galveston, residents were kept
from the island for two weeks and it took weeks to
restore power and water. Government there is work-
ing on changes for the 2009 season, including ear-
lier evacuation of low-lying areas, upgrading water
and sewer plants to resist storm damage, reducing
checkpoints for re-entry to improve traffic flow, and
plans are being made to open shelters on the island
more quickly. And to open shelters after the storm for
returning residents.
What does all this mean for us? It means be pre-
pared. Evacuate early if ordered to do so and have a
plan for how and where you will go. Plan ahead.
The examples are alarming. The consequences
and the risk too severe.
In April, Miami Herald photographer Patrick Far-
rell's photographs documenting Haiti's "most brutal
struggles" were recognized with a Pulitzer Prize.
The harrowing photos and a story about Farrell's
and reporter Jacqueline Charles' journey to document
"Haiti's Misery" can be found on the Web at www.
miamiherald.com.
They are surely worth a moment of your time.
Then, prepare for the worst, hope for the best.
Start now by consulting this week's Islander
Storm Avenger special section, and be prepared to
follow through with your hurricane plan.


Slick By Egan


Jpiio


Then and now
Now, let me understand this.
Sissy Quinn was terminated at the Anna Maria
Island Historical Society, and one of the reasons as
I understand it was her vocal support of the Pine
Avenue Restoration group, which was prohibited by
the AMIHS board of directors.
Then I read that the historical society has given a
photograph to members of the PAR group supporting
its developments in Anna Maria.
Seems like there is something wrong with this
situation.
Charlie Daniel, Anna Maria

Save Anna Maria,
past and present
I became a member of Save Anna Maria when it
incorporated in 1994. The founders came together to
fight high-level, fixed-span bridges and other issues
that would reshape the environs of Anna Maria
Island.
It was well documented in local newspapers that
Carol Whitmore, then Holmes Beach mayor and
now county commissioner, slammed SAM and sup-
ported any other bridge, but not rehabbing bascule
bridges.
SAM helped defeat the Florida Department of
Transportation plans to construct a fixed-span bridge
in 1998.
Earlier this year, SAM held a public meeting in
Holmes Beach to support Sissy Quinn in her efforts
to form a historical trust to protect dwellings more
than 50 years old.
Whitmore attended, falsely stating she had been a
member of SAM and that officers of SAM hold secret
meetings.
I am a past president of SAM and I will attest that


the officers follow the rules of the by-laws.
Also, present officers researched the membership
records and Whitmore was never a member.
Does this mean Whitmore has changed her mind
on fixed-span bridges?
Why has she requested $140 million to con-
struct a new bridge from U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan,
R-Longboat Key?
Why did she recently vote against $28 million to
build the Fort Hammer Bridge?
Katie Pierola, Bradenton

Tower talk
The May 13 Islander newspaper story headlined
"Bradenton Beach signals interest in cell tower" coin-
cided with a radio interview with Dr. George Carlo
on the same topic.
It was interesting that reasons given for needing a
tower in Bradenton Beach were headaches and safety
issues.
Headaches and safety issues, according to Carlo,
also are reasons for not having cell towers in residen-
tial areas.
For the interview, visit www.wmnf.org and select
archives, radio activity for May 11.
To learn about the location of cell towers near
your home, visit www.antennasearch.com.
Bot Web sites provide fascinating views of the
controversial issue.
Diane Caniff Anna Maria


Sincere thanks
A very sincere thank you to everyone who
donated cat food for my little feral friends.
It's great to know you're out there and care
enough to take the time.
Joan Zak, Anna Maria




THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 3, 2009 0 7


WMFR district facilities

study nudges forward


By Bonner Joy
The West Manatee Fire Rescue District facilities
committee convened at Station 1 in Holmes Beach
on May 27 to review proposals from nine companies
bidding to perform the district's study on its facility
needs.
An earlier round of proposals for the architec-
tural, engineering, needs assessment and design ser-
vices for the district's stations and administration
building resulted in only one response, so the request
for proposals was re-circulated.
The committee and Chief Andy Price sorted
the RFPs into three categories, A for keepers, B for
maybes and one in category C, a definite no.
The members discussed criteria from which they
will narrow the acceptable RFPs, including whether
the proposal meets the RFP requirements; if the firms
are a local company, which is encouraged; how many
studies and for how many fire departments has each
company performed; whether the firm has experience
on a barrier island; an evaluation of green design
experience; and the qualifications of staff and sub-
contractors and their experience on similar projects,
among other considerations.
Price is to review the proposals based on the
agreed criteria and will report his results at the next
facilities committee meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday,
June 3, at Station 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach.
The committee is expected to arrive at a short list
at that meeting from the following companies:
Architect Design Group of Winter Park.
Jerry N. Zoller of Bradenton.
Envision Architects of St. Petersburg.
World Design of Bradenton.
Cuhaci & Peterson Architects of Orlando.


Starmer Ranaldi Planning & Architecture of
Oviedo.
Totems Architecture of Sarasota.
Design Team West of Bradenton.
Wannemacher & Jenson Architects of St. Peters-
burg.
The next fire district commission meeting will
be at 6 p.m. June 18 at Station 1.

Father's Day contest open
The Islander invites readers children and
adults to participate in its Father's Day tribute
contest.
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
Islander gift bags.
Stories will be judged on appeal, uniqueness and
the age-appropriate quality of writing.
Entries must be received by noon Thursday, June
11.
Send entries to the newspaper via mail at 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217; via fax at
866-362-9821 or via e-mail to lisaneff@islander.
org.

Graduation announcements
Attention students and parents: The Islander wel-
comes announcements of student graduations.
Please send announcements and photographs to
news@islander.org or 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217.
Remember to include complete contact informa-
tion.


In the June 22, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Anna Maria commissioners entered into an
agreement with Jim Toomey allowing him exclusive
use of a city alleyway. The alley had been used as a
drainage swale. The city had previously refused a
request to vacate the alley.
State Attorney Earl Moreland charged
then-Anna Maria Mayor Chuck Shumard with
two non-criminal counts of violating the public
records law. The action was prompted by the
city's denial of records to The Islander and resi-
dent Jim Conoly.
The body of a man was found floating off
Bean Point in Anna Maria. Florida Marine Patrol
said the man's death was an apparent suicide
and that he may have jumped from the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge.


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Jumping, gulping mullet puzzle some folks


By Paul Roat
Although mullet are most sought after when they
are full of eggs in the fall and winter, the bottom-
feeding fish are at the surface in the waters of Anna
Maria Sound of late.
Mullet, Mugil cephalus, is one of the most
common fish found in the waters off Anna Maria
Island. They grow to 20 inches or more in length.
You know a kid's sketch of a fish, that skinny,
lopsided "8" lying on its side, with a fin or two
and a big tail on one end and a big round eye
on the other? That's what a mullet looks like,
complete with a grayish-brown top and a white
underside.
The species has a soft mouth used to gum its
algal diet and is loathe to take a hook. There have
been reports of catching a mullet with a doughball-
encrusted hook, but most mullet are caught today
with a castnet.
The fish also jump. A lot. Three, four, even as
many as seven times in a row. Think of sturgeon leap-
ing over waterfalls in the Pacific Northwest and you
get an idea of a mullet jumping out of the water in
the placid bay waters.
Why do they jump"
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle in Holmes
Beach said he's been reading about jumping mullet


Mullet school, bottom feed, are mostly vegetarian,
jump from the water for seemingly no reason, and,
now, are frequently observed skimming air and
plankton on the water's surface. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Jean Bystrom
for years. No one seems to know why, he said. He
offered his own thought: because they can.
Biologists have proposed that the fish jump to
rid themselves of parasites. Or to attract a mate. Or
to avoid prey. Or to help in the digestion of the gassy
algae which constitutes their diet. Or just for the fun
of it. Or to see what's out there.
Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage president


Allan Garner offered one of the most whimsical rea-
sons: "Because they're trying to evolve."
But the question now is: What are the bottom
feeders doing on the surface?
Feeding, according to Capt. James Lee, owner
of Cortez Bait and Seafood in Cortez, who said he's
noticed that whenever there are fish traveling along
the surface, there are also fish swimming along the
bottom.
"There's a plume of stuff that the bottom fish stir
up to the surface that the surface fish eat," he said. "I
guess when the surface fish get full, they swim down
to the bottom and stir up more for the rest."
Richard Stevens of Enfield, Conn., visited Anna
Maria Island in March and dropped by the newspaper
office to comment on the "great fishing" he found
from the dock on the bay where he stayed in Holmes
Beach. He also brought photos of a 30-inch-plus red
drum he caught there, and offered that he has fished
"all over the world, and this is some of the best I've
ever seen.
Stevens had also observed the odd mullet behav-
ior, attributing it to the mullet "vacuuming" plankton
from the water's surface.
And as for the jumping?
Capt. Lee Wyre said "it's because they
don't want to smell their own farts."


Anna Maria approves plant list, landscaping fee


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria City Commission last week
adopted a list of native plants to be used under the
city's recently enacted landscaping ordinance.
During the meeting May 28 at city hall, 10005
Gulf Drive, the commission also amended its fee
schedule to include a $200 permit fee to review land-
scaping plans and conduct site inspections.
The votes were 4-1, with Commissioners Chuck
Webb, Jo Ann Mattick, Dale Woodland and John
Quam voting yes, and Christine Tollette voting no,
as she did against the landscaping ordinance the com-
mission adopted April 23.
"The landscaping ordinance did allow for estab-
lishing a fee," city building official Bob Welch said,
explaining the proposal before the commission.
Welch said that the $200 rate was based on an
initial review of a landscaping plan followed by two
visits to the site to "verify that the plants were planted
appropriately."
He added, "I don't think we are going to see a lot
of landscape permits."
Woodland questioned the amount, saying, "$200
rubs me the wrong way.... We're telling people what
they've got to plant, and then we're charging them to
do it."
The new landscaping ordinance sets minimum
standards for new developments or major renova-
tions. The ordinance requires a minimum of three
trees and nine shrubs be planted for new-construction
or major renovation of residential properties. A quar-
ter of the plants on a residential lot must be native


At the Anna Maria City Commission meeting
May 14, commissioners agreed on liaison assign-
ments for commissioners and the mayor.
Mayor Fran Barford will be the liaison for the


Bradenton Beach boat

launch to get review
Bradenton Beach's plan for a non-motorized boat
launch in Herb Dolan North Park was set for a public
review this week.
A meeting was scheduled to take place at the
proposed launch site, 2500 Ave. A. at 5 p.m. Tuesday,
June 2 after The Islander's deadline.
City officials planned to review their plan for
the launch for kayaks and canoes, part of a larger
recreational boating plan, as well as take questions.


species and 75 percent of the plants on commercial
lots must be natives.
Welch, replying to Woodland's concern at last
week's meeting, said, "It can be a complicated little
issue.... I'm not for it myself, but I'm willing to do
the work."
Before voting, Mattick asked Welch to keep track
of the actual cost of reviewing landscaping plans to
determine if the city needs to raise or lower the fee.
"We don't want to overcharge or undercharge,"
she said.
"I appreciate that you are passing this this eve-
ning," said Robin Wall of the city's environmental
enhancement and education committee. She added,
"The $200 isn't excessive in the big picture."
The commissioners did not discuss the native
plant list, which was previously reviewed and includes
trees and shrubs deemed appropriate for the barrier
island. The list also identifies invasive species pro-
hibited in new plantings: paper mulberry, Australian
pine, carrotwood, earpod tree, punktree, chinaberry,
bowstring hemp and Brazilian pepper.
In other business, commissioners:
Heard from Longboat Key town manager Bruce
St. Denis about concerns with the route of a proposed
liquefied gas pipeline.
Approved an agreement with B.A. Garrett and
Associates to draft a water supply element for the
comprehensive plan, which is required by the state.
City planner Alan Garrett said the job would take
about 50 hours at a rate of $100 per hour.
He also will work on a less-involved capital
improvements element to the comp plan.


Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials, the
Island Transportation Planning Organization, the
Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organiza-
tion and the Manasota League of Cities.
Commission Chairman John Quam will have the
Anna Maria Island Players, including inspections,
while Commissioner Christine Tollette will continue
with the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
and the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick, who was absent
from the May 14 meeting, will liaise with the Anna
Maria Island Historical Society and head up grant
exploration.
Commissioner Chuck Webb will take the envi-
ronmental education and enhancement and city pier
committees, while Commissioner Dale Woodland
will continue to serve as capital improvements advi-
sory committee liaison.


The commission vote was 4-1, with Woodland
voting no. He said since the vote involved city expen-
ditures, it should be postponed to allow for more
public comment.
Reviewed a list of the city's projects to be
funded with federal economic stimulus funds, includ-
ing repairs to the Crescent Avenue and Bay Boule-
vard bridges, resurfacing of Pine Avenue from Gulf
Drive to Bay Boulevard, Resurfacing of Gulf Drive
between Pine and Willow avenues and new or rebuilt
sidewalks in several locations.
"It isn't costing us one cent," said Anna Maria
Mayor Fran Barford.
Authorized, in a 4-1 vote, a letter from the mayor
to the county and city of Holmes Beach and adopted a
resolution relating to concerns about boundaries and
the city's legal description.
The resolution stated, "Issues have recently come
to light indicating that the shared boundaries between
the city and the other two local governments should
be reviewed and adjusted."
Specifically, Anna Maria officials want to pursue
the expansion of city boundaries to take in portions
of the Gulf, Tampa Bay and Bimini Bay, and also
want to resolve overlapping boundaries with Holmes
Beach.
"This overlap," the resolution stated, "appears to
be an oversight which may have been created when
the city of Holmes Beach Charter was approved in
the 1950s. This overlap may have existed for years
and it simply needs to be addressed, probably as a
scrivener's error."
Webb voted no on the motion. He questioned
whether the city was following the right procedure
to deal with the issues.
t Set a tentative schedule for the city's budget
process, which will begin with a work session July
16 and conclude with public hearings and votes in
September.
Barford said the budget would be "really, really
lean."
Approved the appointment of Sonny Hogue to
the city's EEEC.
Approved special event applications for the
Anna Maria Island Privateers to hold a July 4 parade,
the Sandbar Restaurant to hold a July 4 fireworks
display and the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce to hold a concert June 12.
Also during the meeting, Webb said he wanted the
commission to address two issues at an upcoming work
session the construction of a public swimming pool
and the drafting of a sexual predator ordinance.
The next commission meeting will be at 7 p.m.
June 11 at city hall.


Anna Maria commission liaisons set





THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 3, 2009 0 9


Police: Be wary of advance reservations scam


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Holmes Beach Police Lt. Dale Stephenson has
some advice for people in the tourist accommodation
business on Anna Maria Island.
"Watch out for the advance reservations deposit
scam," he warned. The department gets about three
or four complaints every month about the scam.
While most Island property managers and owners
are aware of the scheme, someone new to the rental
market might be unsuspecting and fall for the trap.
The scam involves an advance reservation, usu-
ally from overseas. Central European countries such
as Romania and Hungary are favored locations for
the scam operators.
The person making the advance reservation sends
a certified check or bank money order as the deposit
on a unit, but the check is made out for several hun-
dred dollars more than the required deposit.
The checks are invariably drawn on an overseas
bank.
Prior to the arrival of the check at the accommo-
dation, the sender follows with an e-mail or telephone
call to the owner/manager acknowledging a mistake
in the amount owed and asking that the check be
deposited and the balance returned in the form of
another cashier's check.
The operators hope that the owner/manager will
take the check to their bank, deposit it to their account
and, at the same time, obtain a real cashier's check for
the difference and mail it to them before the phony check
is discovered by the international banking system.
"The checks look legitimate," said Stephenson,


"but they are either forged or stolen. Don't fall for
this trick."
Several years ago, one Island property owner got
stung by the scam. Since that occasion, accommoda-
tion owners and managers have kept a sharp eye out
for anyone sending a certified check for more than the
required amount and asking for a return check. When a
phony check shows up, it's reported to the police.
HBPD reports such incidents to the Federal
Bureau of Investigation.
But not all scams on the Island involve deposit
checks.
The Internet is full of scam artists looking to get
banking information from an unsuspecting Internet
user. With a number of people on the Island new to
the Internet and e-mail, some could easily fall victim
to the scam artists, Stephenson said.
Although the HBPD has not heard of anyone fall-
ing for these scammers, Stephenson advised people
to beware of e-mails asking for personal banking
information.
Among the more popular e-mail scams are:
Nigerian oil company scam. The sender pur-
ports to hold $25 million in a secret bank account
in Nigeria or other oil-rich country and needs your
banking information to help get the money out of the
bank. The sender will give you 20 to 40 percent of
the money for your assistance.
Banks updating customer information.
The scam artists send these e-mails out by the
millions from every major U.S. bank, hoping to hit
someone who uses that particular bank and believes
the story. Although authentic looking and with the


correct logo, the e-mail begins: "Dear customer," not
your name.
The e-mail says the bank is updating or verifying
its customer information and wants you to go to a link
to enter your personal and bank information.
Don't be fooled. Your bank would send you a
letter addressed to you.
All the scammers want is your bank account
number to drain it of any money.
"Don't fall for any of these scams," said Stephen-
son.
When in doubt, call your local bank office to
verify if they are sending you e-mails.
The scam artists will use the logo of any bank,
but among the more popular for a phony letter are
Wachovia, Bank of America, USAA and SunTrust.
Stephenson advised Internet users to avoid
responding to any e-mail that asks for personal or
banking information.

Slow-go continues on LBK
Paving of Gulf of Mexico Drive on Longboat Key
will cause lane closures through the end of June.
According to the Florida Department of Transporta-
tion, the resurfacing project of the highway began in late
April. What some motorists called "horrendous" traffic
tie-ups took place, but apparently have eased since.
The project runs from the Manatee-Sarasota county
line north to Longboat Pass Bridge. "Lane closures will
be in effect throughout paving operations," according to
DOT representatives. "Lane closures will be scheduled
between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through
Friday." There will be no nighttime work.


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Kennedy graduates from
University of Florida
Kara Lane Kennedy graduated from the University
of Florida College of Journalism and Communica-
tions with a bachelor's degree in public relations
May 2 and then on May 3 received a bachelor's
degree from the UF College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences. She plans to attend law school in the fall.
Kara is the daughter of Charlie and Joe Kennedy
of Holmes Beach.

Holmes Beach
student graduates
with honors
Kyle Andrew Victor has
graduated with honors
from Bradenton Prepa-
ratory Academy. As a
senior in high school,
the Holmes Beach
student worked on the
student advisory board
for the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers football team. Kyle is attending classes
at Manatee Community College and will transfer to
Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers.

Bridge Street Market
takes place June 6
The open-air Bridge Street Market will take place
the first and third Saturdays in June and July from 9
a.m. to 2 p.m.
The next market will be June 6 on Bridge Street
in Bradenton Beach.
The market features the sale of fresh fruits and
vegetables, arts and crafts, as well as entertainment.
For more information about the event sponsored
by the Historic Bridge Street Merchants Association
call organizer Nancy Ambrose at 941-518-4431.

Rotary to meet
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
at noon Tuesday, June 9, for lunch and a program
at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach.
The program will feature a talk with Marla Doss,
director of development of Community Haven for
Adults and Children with Disabilities.
For more information, call Dantia Gould at 941-
778-1880.

Computer hot spots
The surfing is free and easy on the Internet at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Other free hot spots on the Island:
Melinda's Cafe & Catering, 5315 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach.
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA, 9807 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria.
Matt & Dom's, 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Feeling Swell, 9903 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N.,
Bradenton Beach.
If you offer this convenience, please, e-mail
reporter Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.org.


Pettigrew graduates from Stetson
Brett B. Pettigrew, center, celebrates his gradua-
tion from Stetson University College of Law with
wife Meaghan Keeler Pettigrew, left, and mother
Joan Pettigrew. He graduated summa cum laude
from Stetson University College of Law May 16.
He is the son of Joan Pettigrew and the late John
Pettigrew of Holmes Beach. Brett was named to
be included in "Who's Who Among American
Universities and Colleges" on May 15, as well as
recognized as a Stetson Law Review member who
received an Outstanding Associate Award last fall,
a Stetson Chief Ambassador and a winner of the
Nadar/Zrake Memorial Award. He will join the law
firm of Carlton Fields in Tampa.


Vidal graduates
Zachary Vidal, son of the late Maurice Vidal and
grandson of Mike and Ines Norman, recently suc-
cessfully completed high school through the Inter
Baccalaureate program at Riverview High School.

Privateers plan concert
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will present the
Anna Maria Island Plunder Fest Saturday, June 6, at
Ace's Lounge, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton.
The concert will begin about 6 p.m. and will fea-
ture a number of musical acts, including the Shineola
Band, Ground Fault, Rocker Box, Mike Upton, Uncle
Ray, Chaz Trippy of the Allman Brothers Band and
Dangerous Dan Toler, formerly co-lead guitarist with
the Allman Brothers Band and the Toler Brothers.
The cover charge for the concert is $10.
The event will raise money for AMIP's scholar-
ship fund.
For more information, go to www.amiprivateers.
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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch volunteers
walked into a second month of a turtle nesting season
that seems on par with 2008.
AMITW volunteers identified 17 turtle nests on
Island beaches this May compared with 16 nests in
May 2008.
The numbers are higher when compared to May
2007, when AMITW counted seven nests, and May
2006, when AMITW tallied six nests.
One nest this year, located on Bean Point in Anna
Maria, may have been washed out the eggs remain
but probably were damaged by water according
to AMITW executive director Suzi Fox.
In addition to the nesting tallies, Fox reported 10
false crawls in May, one less than in May 2008.
A false crawl is an abandoned nesting attempt.
AMITW volunteers can identify a false crawl from
the tracks left by the female turtle.
Other terminology used by Anna Maria Island
Turtle Watch veterans that Islanders and visitors
might hear on the beach or read in the news this
season follows:
Dead pipped: A dead turtle partially hatched


Nesting by the numbers
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported
17 loggerhead sea turtle nests on the beach as
of May 30.
AMITW also reported 10 false crawls.
Nesting season continues through Oct. 31,
with the first hatchlings due about July 1.


from an egg.
Depredation: The destruction of a nest by pred-
ators, typically by raccoon, armadillo, fox, bobcat,
dog, ghost crab or fire ant.
Disorientation: Confusion of turtles due to arti-
ficial light or other impediment to natural movement
on the beach that can result in the death of adults and
hatchlings.
Escarpment: An erosional cut, cliff or bluff in
the sand along the water's edge or dune line.
Excavation: The act of digging up a nest, typi-
cally takes place about three days after hatchlings
emerge.
Hatchlings: Turtles newly hatched from eggs.
Inundation: The flooding of a nest due to high
tides or storm tides.
Live pipped: A turtle found partially hatched
from an egg.
Marine turtle permit: The permit issued by the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Bureau of Protected Species Management authoriz-
ing the permit-holders to conduct specific work with
marine turtles.
Nest survey: The activity of groups such as
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, which involves
identifying and monitoring nests.
Non-nesting emergence: A nesting attempt that
is abandoned without leaving eggs.
Observer: Turtle patrol personnel who monitor
nesting activity and record data.
Principle permit holder: The individual on each
turtle permit who is responsible for all individuals
and activities listed on the permit.
Relocation: The transfer of a nest to an alterna-
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Honors for Dutch,
Pat Arends
Former Longbeach
Village Association
president John "Dutch"
Arends and his wife,
Patrizia, former Long-
boat Key town clerk, are
honored April 8 by the
association for years of
community service. Pic-
tured are Dutch and Pat
Arends, seated on their
dedication bench, with
past Longbeach Village
Association presidents
Joe Mazza, left, Bob
Burnett, Michael Drake,
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Cortez museum, library receive book gift


By Doug Calhoun
Special to The Islander
The Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez has
received an important and scarce set of books as a
gift to its library.
The set contains line drawings as well as photo-
graphs and plans of historic American boats, many
of which have melted into the mud and have subse-
quently been lost. Line drawings are elegant three-
dimensional works of art based upon many measure-
ments that capture the form of a ship or boat with a
web of curving lines on paper so that its designed
shape can be seen and understood.
The benefactors, Cindy and Bob Pitt, discovered
the books on a trip to the Florida Keys searching
for information about the schooner Louisa and how
involved a relative of Bob's was in the vessel's build-
ing.
Their search took them to the Key West Library,
where the reference librarian recognized the boat and
remembered information on the Louisa was in a set
of books that were in the library's vault. Looking
through the books, Bob and Cindy became aware
that the volumes contain much more Florida maritime
history than just that on the Louisa, and they decided
to find a set and make them available to the people
of our area.
There is no set in Manatee or Sarasota coun-
ties and, according to the Online Computer Library
Center, there is not another set in the entire state of
Florida .
The set, Melvin H. Jackson's "The Historic
American Merchant Marine Survey," published by
the Ayer Company, Salem, N.H., in 1983, is in seven
elephant folio volumes (ca. 23 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches)
bound in cloth over boards on a total of more than
2,000 pages. It was an effort of the United States
Works Projects Administration, being Federal Project
No. 6, which began operations in March 1936.
The set is bound in such a way that pages of plans
can be removed relatively easily for copying.
A listing of the table of contents gives an idea of
the present scope of the work.


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Plans/Various Craft/Foreign Vessels.
Regarding boats relevant to Florida, the introduc-
tion states: "In Florida, the project was almost an
'American' survey in itself." Boats in Florida were
documented to have been built in Maine, Long Island
and several other New York State sites, New Jersey,
Chesapeake Bay and Alabama. Other boats built in
the Bahamas and Nicaragua show the foreign influ-
ence.
The volumes contain drawings and plans of 52
Florida-built vessels from the early sponge industry
vessels, the earliest an 1898 lateen-rigged one mast
double-ender of Mediterranean design, to many other
types of boats such as sloops, dinghies, keel and cen-
terboard schooners, sharpies, skipjacks (one made in
Cortez), catboats, dugouts, pilot boats, stern-wheel
river steamers, tourist boats, tow boats, dispatch boats
and many others built for coastal locations from Jack-
sonville to Pensacola.
The books contain line drawings, some from
the actual boats when they survived, some from half
models, as well as plans and photographs that could
be used to reproduce the vessels depicted. Some
drawings contain details of various parts of boats,
some even details of parts of parts.
Not only are nautical details a concern, but also
the historical information and dates are included when
known about the designer, the builder, the location,
the owner, where used, who surveyed the boat and
the source of any other bits of information almost
anything you could think of about the boat. One page
or several pages may be devoted to a single boat.
The preface to the work concludes, "There can be
little doubt of the abiding influence of The Historic
American Merchant Marine Survey as a landmark in
the preservation of a sector of America's maritime
past."
Cindy and Bob Pitt have deep ties to the com-
munity. Cindy has helped to educate young people
as a teacher at the Center Montessori School in
Bradenton. Bob has been a boat builder for more
than 30 years, volunteered at the Manatee Village
Historical Park and now is the boatbuilder for the
Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez. They both feel
they have benefited from the community and want
to give something back that may be of benefit to the
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jailhouse with a visit to the Anna Maria Island Historical Museum and its old city jail in Anna Maria. Soci-
ety executive director Nelson Roberts led students on an educational tour of the museum grounds. Islander
Photos: Diana Bogan


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Brianne Morris seek
answers for a scav-
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Anna Maria Island
Historical Museum.


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William 'Bill' John Kepping
William "Bill" John Kepping, 62, died May 17.
He was born in Hazelton, Pa. He was a U.S. Army
Vietnam veteran. He served as the code enforcement
officer in Holmes Beach at one
time and was an employee in
the city public works depart-
ment.
A memorial service is
planned for a later date in Penn-
sylvania. Sauls Funeral Home,
of Ridgeland S.C., handled
Kepping arrangements.
A remembrance celebration will be held starting
at noon June 13 at Skinny's Place in Holmes Beach.
Friends are invited to come and share their memories
and stories.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Maggie
Walters Kepping of Ridgeland; son Jeremy and wife
Elizabeth, also of Ridgeland; daughter Ashleigh
and husband Zack Spurlock of Savannah, Ga.; and
two grandsons, Jacob and Evan.


Bobby Maddox
Bobby Maddox, 68, of Myakka City, died May
27.
Mr. Maddox was a lifelong resident of
Myakka City and the founder of the Myakka
City Fire Department in 1980, starting with two
trucks and a few volunteers in a barn with a dirt
floor. He led the department for 18 years. He and
his volunteers worked alone until 1986, when the
state designated Myakka as a fire-control dis-
trict, with a board of fire commissioners autho-
rized to levy taxes. When he retired in 1998, he
was the longest serving fire chief in Manatee
County. In 1992, Myakka became a dependent
fire district under Manatee County government.
He was chosen the first grand marshal for the
Myakka City Christmas Parade in 1997. After
his retirement from his woodworking business,
he opened a shopping center in the community.
He was an avid hunter and fisher.
Viewing was May 28 and services May 29. Grif-
fith-Cline Funeral Home was in charge of arrange-
ments.
He is survived by his wife Cheryl, formerly of
Holmes Beach and Flamingo Cay; sons Lorrin and
Royce; and four grandchildren.


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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
May 20, 8600 Gulf Drive, driving with license
suspended. Deputies stopped a vehicle driving
35 mph in a posted 25-mph area. A record check
revealed the driver was a habitual offender with a
suspended license and on probation, according to
the report. It was determined that the violations were
severe enough to constitute felony charges, as well as
a misdemeanor charge for not having valid vehicle
insurance. He was arrested.
May 26, 500 block Magnolia Avenue, burglary.
The complainant said someone took an iPod, valued
at $300, from his vehicle.
May 26, 9800 Gulf Drive, information. A north-
bound driver did not brake in time and struck another
vehicle which, in turn, struck a deputy's vehicle.
"There was no damage to any of the three vehicles,"
according to the report. "No one was injured and all
three vehicles were operational. No damage, not even
a scratch, was observed."
May 27, 100 S. Bay Blvd., driving with
suspended license. Deputies stopped a vehicle
which failed to come to a complete stop and was
producing loud music. A record check revealed
the driver has a suspended license. It was deter-
mined the violation was severe enough to war-

Isabel Mary Whitehead
Isabel Mary Whitehead, 85, of Bradenton, died
May 27.
Born in Kelowna, B.C., Canada, she emigrated
with her family to the United States in 1935 and
became a U.S. citizen when she turned 18. She was
a graduate of San Diego State College, Calif., and
became a school teacher in California and Maryland.
She was a member of Eastern Star, Episcopal Church
of the Annunciation, Episcopal Church Women, and
taught reading on behalf of the Literacy Council of
Manatee County.
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Satur-
day, June 6, at Church of the Annunciation, 4800 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Memorial contributions may
be made to Shriners Hospitals For Children, 12502
USF Pine Drive, Tampa FL 33612-9499. Griffith-
Cline Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by sons Ed, Allen and Bob; 11
grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. She
was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Ray;
son Tim; and granddaughter Suzi.


rant felony charges, and the driver was arrested.
Found in the vehicle was a marijuana cigar. The
vehicle's occupants "did not say whose it was,"
according to the report, so no charges were filed,
although the drug was confiscated and placed
into evidence.

Bradenton Beach
May 16, Leffis Key, burglary to a vehicle. No
further information was available.
May 24, 100 block Fifth Street South, domestic.
No further information was available.
May 24-25, 1325 Gulf Drive N., Tortuga
Inn. Five auto burglaries took place Sunday and
Monday on Memorial Day weekend. Three other
cars were broken into and items taken at 2000 Gulf
Drive N., 2300 Gulf Drive N. and 100 block 22nd
Street.
May 25, 1325 Gulf Drive N., Tortuga Inn, aggra-
vated battery. No further information was provided.

Holmes Beach
May 23, 3000 block Gulf Drive, missing
person. A woman called to say her grown daugh-
ter, who was staying with her, had not returned
home and did not answer her cell phone. A miss-
ing person report was filed. Officers were able to
contact the daughter later, she returned home and
the search for her was terminated.
May 23, 3000 block Gulf Drive, DUI. Offi-
cers responded to a vehicle crash and noted
one vehicle pulling out of the parking lot and a
man yelling at the driver and officers. Officers
stopped the vehicle driven by Myles A. Carey,
52, of Holmes Beach. Officers had Carey take
the vehicle out of gear and exit, noting a strong
odor of alcohol, according to the report. Carey
said he had given information to the owner of the
vehicle he struck while attempting to turn around
his car and thought the matter settled. Officers
administered field sobriety tests on Carey, which
he failed, and took him to the police department
for a breath test, which he refused. He was
arrested.
May 27, 5800 block Gulf Drive, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took his $300 bicycle from his
carport.
May 27, 3248 E. Bay Drive, Walgreens, larceny/
theft. The complainant said that a man and woman
removed bath items, valued at $450, from the store
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Neal celebrates 40 years, preservation
Neal Communities is celebrating 40 years in business in 2009 and celebrating a reputation for respon-
sible land development, innovative home building and natural habitat preservation, according to a news
release. Representatives of Neal Communities recently gathered with Manatee County officials on Perico
Island at the Patrick and Charlene Neal Nature Preserve, 119 acres conveyed by the Neal family in 2005.
Pictured are Keith Bettcher of the county conservation lands management department, County Commis-
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Island real estate

transactions
635 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,376
sfla / 3,239 sfur 3bed/22bath/2car bayfront pool
home built in 1968 on a 100x150 lot was sold
05/11/09, Sullman to Murphy Property Group LLC
for $1,050,000; list $1,175,000.
306 Gulf Blvd., Anna Maria, a 1,769 sfla
3bed/2bath Gulffront home built in 1928 on
a 57x100 lot was sold Boothe to Paulk for
$925,000.
200 Gulf Drive S., Unit 2, Sandcastle Beach
Resort, Bradenton Beach, a 1,375 sfur / 1,494 sfla
2bed/2bath Gulffront condo with shared pool built
in 2003 was sold 05/15/09, First Priority Bank to
Werginz for $600,000; list $675,000.
761 Jacaranda Rd., Anna Maria, a 1,966 sfla
/ 2,001 sfur 3bed/3bath home built in 1971 on a
77x100 lot was sold 05/11/09, Komejan to Walking
for $490,000; list $529,000.


2501 Ave. C, Bradenton Beach, a 1,700 sfla
/ 2,535 sfur 4bed/3bath duplex built in 1978 on a
50x100 lot was sold 05/15/09, Carl to Barnes for
$425,000.
403 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 2,112 sfla /
4,109 sfur 3bed/3bath/lcar home built in 1991 on
a 57x110 lot was sold 05/15/09, Homesales Inc. to
Christofferson for $400,000.
6601 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,570 sfla
/ 2,310 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront home built in
1985 on a 75x146 lot was sold 05/11/09, Griscom to
Kraner for $329,000.
6400 Flotilla Drive, Unit 45, Westbay Point &
Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 985 sfla / 1,377 sfur
2bed/2bath canal-view condo with shared pool built
in 1977 was sold 05/14/09, Showalter to Bartschke
for $257,000; list $299,000.
301 Bay Drive N., Unit 7A, Bay Watch, Braden-
ton Beach, a 1,079 sfla / 1,211 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
with shared pool built in 1982 was sold 05/14/09,
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munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-
1908.
5 p.m. The Mystery Florida Conference hosts its free Mystery
Mingle, featuring about 50 authors, at Lido Beach Resort, 700 Benjamin
Franklin Drive, Lido Key The conference continues through Saturday at
the resort. Information: wwwmysteryflorida.com or 941-388-2850.

Tuesday, June 9
Noon Anna Maria Island Rotary Club presents "Working With
Adults and Children with Disabilities" with guest Maria Doss at the Beach-
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies.

Wednesday, June 10
7:45 to 9 a.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce "Sunrise
Breakfast" at Melinda's Cafe, 5315 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-778-1541. Fee applies.

Ongoing:
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee.
Information: 941-794-3489.
Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., teens 11-17 meet at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
941-778-1908.
Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-708-6130.

Coming up:
June 13-14, blood drive at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes
Beach.
June 17, young organists competition at Christ Episcopal Church,
Bradenton.
June 19-21, Bradenton/Sarasota Home and Garden Show.

Ongoing Off-Island Theater:
"Laughing Matters" Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave.,
Sarasota, through June 6. Box office: 941-366-9000. Fee applies.
Send calendar announcements to diana@islander.org. Please
include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a
contact via e-mail and phone.

$190,000; list $219,900.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay
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Flamingo Key vet saw Army,
Navy duty during WWII
Farrell Baker of Flamingo Key might be the only
World War II veteran in the area who served in the
U.S. Army during the war, serviced aircraft of the
Army Air Force, was stationed on a Navy ship, and
underwent Marine Corps training.
Farrell's unique saga to WWII began in his home-
town of Stockton, Mo. He was still in high school
when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7,
1941.
"I remember in school the next day we all lis-
tened to President Roosevelt announce that we were
at war. Some of my friends went out and joined up
right away," Farrell said.
"I figured the draft was coming for me and I
wanted to get in some schooling before I went in the
service."
With an interest in engineering and aircraft, Far-
rell went to the Springfield School of Aeronautics
after high school. There, he learned about aircraft
maintenance and repair and how to install and rebuild
damaged wings and other essential parts of an air-
plane that keep it flying and operating.
By early 1943, he was working as a civilian at
Patterson Field in Ohio.
"We worked for the manufacturer, getting new
aircraft like the P-47 and the P-51 ready to fly. I also
did a lot of work on the B-29 bomber, which had just
been introduced to the Air Corps," Farrell recalled.
His civilian experience came in handy when he
was drafted in mid-1943 and immediately assigned
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After basic training, Farrell and a number of other
specialized aircraft maintenance technicians were
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electrical systems, everything about planes. My job
was to fix cables, wings, plastic components and the
fuselage."
It didn't take Gen. "Hap" Arnold, head of the
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Still a private, Farrell took a test on aircraft
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to finish and the only guy who got a 100 percent on
the test.
"The lieutenant in charge asked me to stay and
help him teach the course. He said I' d make corporal
in 30 days, so I stayed with him and made corporal.
Everyone else was shipped out to the Pacific."
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the Navy. When his ship arrived in San Diego, the
Army guys had to undergo Marine training, said Far-
rell.
"They said we had to do this because we were on
a Navy ship in war time. We also had a Navy uniform
we had to wear. We all had two sets of uniforms, one
Army and one Navy."
The military's idea was that the unit would sail
from one Pacific island airfield to another, repairing
damaged planes to return to combat.
The 9th AMUF serviced aircraft on Midway,
Saipan and Eniwetok before sailing to Guam.
When his ship was about 200 miles from Guam,
orders came down to send Farrell and some other men
to Guam immediately.
The B-29s flying out of Guam, Tinian and Saipan
had been grounded because the hydraulic system that
operated the bomb-bay doors was freezing at the high
altitudes flown by the bombers during their missions
over Japan.
"They put us on a PT boat to get us there as fast
as possible. We got there and we fixed three B-29s by
changing the hydraulic system to an electrical one.
We trained their guys how to do it, and the next day
the bombers went back to Tokyo," said Farrell.
From Guam, the 9th AMUF sailed to Iwo Jima
in February 1945, where the Marines had landed a
few weeks earlier.
Iwo was strategically important to the Allies
because it was halfway between Tinian, where most
of the B-29s were stationed, and Tokyo, the main
target of the bombers.
Iwo served as a Japanese early warning radar
site when the B-29s were flying to Japan, Japanese
fighter aircraft from Iwo were attacking the B-29s as
they flew bombing missions, and B-29s damaged in a
raid over Japan had difficulty making the 1,300-mile
return trip to Tinian. Iwo Jima, however, was just 600
miles from the Japanese mainland.
"The main reason the Marines had to take Iwo
was so the B-29s would have an emergency landing
field on their return to Saipan or Tinian," said Far-
rell.
The Marines took the island, but the cost was
staggering. More than 5,000 Marines were killed on
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Iwo Jima, and another 15,000 were wounded. Of the
20,000 Japanese soldiers on Iwo when the Marines
landed, only about 15 survived the battle.
"When we got there, the Marines had been there
a couple of weeks. The battle was winding down. We
had the airfield secured and B-29s were crash land-
ing. They also had some P-51s stationed there with
some damaged wings," said Farrell.
"That's when we started getting shot at. The
island was only a couple miles long and the Japa-
nese were hiding everywhere. They fought to the last
man."
Farrell still can recall the sulfur smell and the
smell of death that permeated Iwo.
"The smell was terrible. You never got used to
it."
After Iwo was secure, the 9th returned to Tinian,
where Farrell was introduced to the Air Corps' newest
aircraft, the helicopter.
"They hadn't been used in battle. We had it on the
ship and I had to learn everything about that thing.
It was brand new to the war and I was the only one
authorized to work on the helicopter."
One day, a lieutenant told Farrell he was going
to test fly the helicopter.
"I told him to make sure he had a 25-foot air
cushion under him before moving forward, but he
said not to worry."
Farrell watched in dismay as the lieutenant
promptly tried some maneuvers before reaching the
25-foot-high clearance. He immediately plunked the
helicopter down on the deck.
"The captain chewed him out good because he
had heard what I said."
A previous run-in with the captain had also ended
well, but had started out as a disaster.
One night while the ship was at anchor off Iwo,
a Japanese fighter plane attacked the fleet.
Farrell was on a gun crew firing at the Zero when
the captain came on deck and lit up a cigarette.
"I swatted it out of his hand and said you weren't
supposed to light up at night or during battle."
When the captain sent for him the next day, he
figured he was headed for a court-martial, but the cap-
tain instead told Farrell, "You did the right thing."
Farrell would later learn that his gun crew was
credited with downing the Japanese plane.
By mid-summer of 1945, the 9th was back at
Tinian, repairing B-29s as the Allies continued their
nightly bombing missions to Tokyo and other Japa-


nese cities.
On the night of Aug. 5, 1945, Farrell and some
other men from the 9th were taken off ship and
assigned as part of the perimeter guard for the air-
field.
"We didn't know what was up, but we did hear
something about a special mission," he recalled.
Farrell had a suspicion because, a few nights
earlier, B-29s had raided Japan not to drop bombs,
but leaflets written in Japanese from President Harry
Truman telling the Japanese to surrender immediately
or face total destruction.
As a Japanese reply, said Farrell, "Tokyo Rose
came on the radio and laughed at us."
The next evening, Aug. 6, 1945, Farrell and the
world learned that the "special mission" of B-29s
had flown to Hiroshima and dropped the world's first
atomic bomb.
"We learned real quick about the atom bomb.
When the second one was dropped and Japan decided
to surrender, we had one big party."
But just because the war was over did not mean
Farrell would return home right away.
"You needed 85 points to get home and I didn't
have enough. A lot of guys did and said goodbye. It
was tough to see them go. We had become like broth-
ers. We went 13 months in the Pacific without any
shore duty. Repairing planes was tough business."
On Saipan, after the surrender, Farrell finally got
his wish for shore duty and he became a sergeant
on the B-29 flight line. The B-29s now flew mercy
missions, picking up released Allied prisoners of war
in Japan and southeast Asia and returning them to
Saipan and other locations for processing back to the
States.
"The Army wanted me to stay in. They offered
me a commission because I was the only one who
knew anything about helicopters. I said 'no thanks'
and eventually got my discharge in 1946."
Returning to Missouri, Farrell was pleased to
learn that his brother, who had been in the Navy,
had also returned home safely.
Farrell would eventually end up at Patterson
Field in Ohio as a civilian contractor. In Ohio, he
would get married to a local girl and they would raise
a family.
He spent 33 years in the Dayton-Greenville area
before retiring. He and his family moved to Braden-
ton in 1983 and Flamingo Key in 1995.
Farrell has never forgotten his war experiences.
"It was good to be part of something. I learned
how to improvise to get a job done. I learned how to
get along with other men. The guys were great and


Farrell Baker of Flamingo Key, wearing his Iwo
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Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
we became like a family.
"I'm proud of my service, but I certainly wasn't
a hero. The heroes were left behind on Iwo Jima."
Farrell Baker. A proud member of the Greatest
Generation in both the Army and the Navy.

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By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL
Flag Football season came to a close May 30 with
three division championship games and all-star games
and an award ceremony. In addition, there were water
slides and a bounce house at the Center for the kids
to cool off and kick up their heels in fun.
Panoramic Cardinals completed an undefeated season
in the 8-9 division, while Galati Yacht Sales Texans did the
same in the 10-12 division with respective victories at the
AMICC Super Bowl Saturday. Beach Bistro Cardinals,
the number-one seed in the 13-16 division, held serve and
captured its division as well.
The Cardinals edged the Colts 21-20 in an excit-
ing back-and-forth contest. The Cards jumped out
in front early when Rainia Lardas caught a 10-yard
touchdown pass from quarterback Issaac Pinckney.
Jordan Grabski caught the extra point pass for a 7-0
Cardinal lead.
The Colts came right back thanks to a 45-yard
touchdown run from Wyatt Hoffman to pull to within
one point. The Colts took the lead on a safety, then
extended its lead thanks to a 20-yard TD run from
quarterback Austin Ferrer for a 14-7 advantage as the
half came to a close.
The Cardinals got back into the game during its first
possession of the second half, but it wasn't easy. Facing
third down and long, Cardinals quarterback Pinckney
connected with Grabski for a 25-yard pass play and a
first down. Pinckney went right back to Grabski and
hooked up for a 20-yard touchdown pass and the ensu-
ing two-point conversion for a 15-14 lead.
The Cardinals defense forced the Colts to a three
and out to get the ball right back to its offense. Pinck-
ney connected with Danny Doyle on a 30-yard pass
play before lofting a nice pass to the corner of the end
zone to a leaping Chandler Hardy for a 21-14 lead.
The Colts got a 14-yard run from Aaron VanHook
and a six-yarder from Hoffman, which gave them a
first down. On first down, quarterback Ferrer dropped
back to pass, but Pinckney sacked him for a 5-yard
loss. On second down, Ferrer scrambled to his left
before lofting a 30-yard TD pass to a well-covered
VanHook, who somehow came down with the ball.
Unfortunately, Ferrer's extra-point pass fell incom-
plete, leaving the Cards in the lead.
The Cardinals then ran out the clock to end the
game as Super Bowl champs.
The Colts players earned their way into the 13-16
Super Bowl thanks to a 35-12 playoff victory over
Strategic Ministries Cowboys on May 27.
The 10-12 division Super Bowl game saw the unde-
feated Galati Texans jump out to a 26-0 lead over the
Mr. Bones Vikings on the way to a 40-20 victory. Three
players had huge games for the Texans, most notably
quarterback Zach McGuire, who had three touchdown
passes, one touchdown reception and two interceptions,
including one he returned for a touchdown.
Chris Galati also had a big game, including a
20-yard touchdown reception, a 45-yard touchdown
run and an extra-point reception. Logan Reiber
caught two touchdown passes and a two-point con-
version pass, while Joey Salinas and Matthew Seth
each added extra-point receptions.
Trailing 26-0, it would have been easy for the
Vikings to pack it in, but they kept playing, getting
a 45-yard touchdown run from Josh Zawistoski to
pull closer. Zawistoski then connected with Jacob
McPherson on a 35-yard touchdown pass and the
ensuing two-point conversion making the score
33-14. Zawistoski completed the Viking's scoring
with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Chris Gunn.
The Texans advanced to the Super Bowl with a
50-12 blowout of the Sand Dollar Colts on May 28.
The 8-9 Super Bowl was a blowout for the Pan-
oramic Cardinals, which defeated Island Dojo Martial
Arts Jaguars 32-6. The Cardinals were led by a pair of
touchdowns from Jack Mello, who also added a two-
point conversion. Tyler Pearson added two touch-
downs, while Michael Latimer chipped in with one
TD in the victory.
Tyler Yavalar scored the lone touchdown for the
Jaguars in the loss.
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Two up,
one down
Two kids go up
the staircase
as one comes
down the inflated
water slide at the
AMICC End-of-
School Extrava-
ganza May 30.
The event included
fun, food and
football. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy


Tyler Pearson, left, accepts the Anna Maria Island Anna Maria Galati accepts the Anna Maria Island
Community Center NFL Flag Football 8-9 division Community Center NFL Flag Football 10-12
offensive MVP award, while teammate Michael division defensive MVP award, while Jack Shinn,
Latimer, center, takes home the defensive MVP center, accepts the sportsmanship award. Chris
award. Dylan Joseph won the division sportsman- Galati took home the division offensive MVP.
ship award. Islander Photo: Courtesy Becky Walter Islander Photo: Courtesy Becky Walter


Austin Ferrer, left, is awarded the Anna Maria AMICC NFL 8-9 Division Champs: Panoramic
Island Community Center NFL Flag Football Cardinals: Reese Bell, Masen Blandford, Brooke
13-16 division offensive MVP, while Aaron Van- Capparelli, Jacob Copeman, Larsen Hackworth,
Hook, center, accepts the division defensive MVP. Michael Latimer, Jack Mello, Tyler Pearson and
Aaron King is the division winner of the sportsman- Coaches Larry Pearson and Rich Bell. Islander
ship award. Islander Photo: Courtesy Becky Walter Photo: Bonner Joy


AMICC NFL 10-12 Division Champs: Galati AMICC NFL 13-16 Division Champs: Beach
Yacht Sales Texans: Katie Christenson, Anna Bistro Cardinals: Chris Callahan, Danny Doyle,
Maria Galati, Chris Galati, George Lardas, Zach Michael Galati, Jordan Grabski, Chandler Hardy,
McGuire, Logan Reiber, Joey Salinas, Mathew Seth Denver Hardy, Rainia Lardas, Max Miller, Isaac
and Coaches Chris and Kelly Galati. Islander Photo: Pinckney and Kelly Stewart. Islander Photo: Kevin
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AME school calendar
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 graduation.
Wednesday, June 3, 10 a.m. to noon, Becky
Demo's class lunch at the BeachHouse restau-
rant.
Thursday, June 4, 1:15 p.m., early
release.
Friday, June 5, first day of summer vaca-
tion.
Aug. 3, administration office reopens.
Thursday, Aug. 20, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.,
Back-to-School night.


The Islander would like to congratulate the Anna
Maria Elementary School 2009 graduating class. To
celebrate the students' transition to middle school,
they were treated to lunch at the BeachHouse Res-


Franceska Akel
Lily Banyas
Amanda Bosch
Emma Bouchard
Jacqueline Burgess
Samantha Burgess
Neil Carper
Devon Cole
Joseph Cucci
Katie Rose Dell
Geremias Desouza


Maxwell Driscoll
Michael Duffman
John Ellsworth
Devon Francisco
Sibella Glavan
Kieran Grumley
Christopher Gunn
Joely Hernandez
Rebecca Hinds
Simone Hostetler
Jewel Martinez


taurant in Bradenton Beach and spent a day at Busch
Gardens.
The following is a list of AME students who will
be moving up to middle school in the fall:


Keegan Murphy
Emma Peery
Christian Phillips
Diana Pimentel
Sarah Quattromani
Jazmin Rivera
Roberto Rodriguez
Alexandria Salinas
Lauren Sapienza
Bryce Smith
Zachary Stewart


Cody Tsai
Madeline Valadie
Jared Wacaser
Katrinna Wallace
Jack Walter
Julia Ware
Lucas Winstead
Sarah Wolfe
Alexia Yavalar
Andrew Zink


The Cardinals advanced to the Super Bowl on the
strength of a 19-0 shutout victory over RLS Industries
Patriots.

Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole,
best-ball-of-foursome match on May 27. The team of
Bob Kral, Vince Mercadante, Earl Huntzinger and Paul
Proxy torched the course with a 14-under-par 50.
The men teed up for a nine-hole, low-net-of-partners
game May 25. Gordon McKinna and Paul Proxy com-
bined to card a 1-over-par 65 to take first-place honors.
Club members teamed up on May 22 for a coed,
best-ball-of-foursome match. The team of Terry
Westby, Gordon McKinna, Joyce Brown and Peter
Proxy fired an 8-under-par 24 to lay claim to first
place honors by three strokes.

Horseshoe news
No teams managed undefeated pool-play records, but
three teams emerged with 2-1 records and battled for first-
place honors during horseshoe action at the Anna Maria
City Hall pits on May 30. Debbie Rhodes and John Bennett
defeated Hank Huyghe and Herb Ditzel 21-14 in the semi-
final match. Rhodes and Bennett then edged Jay Disbrow
and Sam Samuels 23-19 in the finals.
On May 27, John Johnson and Hank Huyghe
were the day's outright winners with the only 3-0
pool-play record. Second place went to the team of
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The School for Constructive Play in Anna Maria
has space available for its summer Voluntary Pre-
Kindergarten program. The free statewide program
begins June 9 and runs through Aug. 14.
Enrollment in the summer session is open to
all children who will be eligible for kindergarten in
August 2009 and did not participate in a VPK pro-
gram during the 2008-09 school year.
There are no registration or supply fees. Classes
will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday

Students stay smart,

review for fall
The buzz about summer vacation is that students
can lose more than two months of knowledge during
the break from classes if they don't actively use the
skills they' ve learned.
To help prevent the knowledge loss, the School
for Constructive Play in Anna Maria is offering a
summer program for in elementary school-age chil-
dren that includes a review of grade-level skills.
Limited enrollment will allow participants to
work in small groups, and teachers to provide indi-
vidualized attention to each child.
From 9 a.m. to noon participants will work on
reading, writing and arithmetic. Games and activities
will focus on promoting skill retention and improving
areas of weakness.
Four two-week sessions are offered, with the first
session startup June 15 and the final session begin-
ning Aug. 3. Aftercare is also available.
Call the school for registration and session fees
at 941-778-2210.


through Friday.
The summer class is limited to 10 students and
a minimum of four must be enrolled for the program
to begin.
School of Constructive Play also will offer VPK
for the 2009-10 school year. The fall session begins
Aug. 24 and only a few spaces remain.
During the school year, the program is a full day
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and enrollment is limited to 18
students. The fall program will be open to students
eligible for kindergarten in 2010.
For more information, call the School for Con-
structive Play at 941-778-2210. The school is located
at 302 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.


Broadway review
Anna Maria Elementary School fifth-graders tip
their hats to Broadway with a musical review to
wind down both the school year and the fifth-grad-
ers' time at the little school by the bay. The Parent-
Teacher Organization family dinner night preceded
the performance. Islander Photo: Diana Bogan


Anna Maria Elementary


School's 2009 graduates


Sports
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Pythons, sea-level rise and other horrors, oh my


Pythons edged out sea-level rise on the threat-
assessment level by one noted environmental scien-
tist.
Meg Lowman is director of environmental ini-
tiatives and a professor of biology at New College
in Sarasota. She is in the midst of a five-year study
of science matters for Sarasota County, and offered
some thoughts last week.
Burmese pythons are invading the state, she
bluntly said. The snakes are found predominately in
the Everglades in huge numbers: Lowman pegged
their numbers at 30,000, while others estimate five
times more of the big reptiles.
And big the python can get, at up to 26 feet and
200 pounds.
State and federal officials toured the Glades late
last week to address the slithering subject. State wild-
life commissioners met with U.S. Secretary of the
Interior Ken Salazar, Gov. Charlie Crist and U.S. Sen.
Bill Nelson.
Salazar said he was interested in placing a bounty
on the head of every Burmese python. Dead or alive
is not known.
Crist said the idea had merit, and a state wildlife
commissioner said he'd pony up $10,000 out of his
pocket for the program, according to the St. Peters-
burg Times.

Snake 101
Burmese pythons are not Florida native reptiles.
They are popular among some folks, though, who
keep them legally as pets.
But the cute little wrigglers quickly grow into big
eating machines and a big problem for the owners.
Rather than dispatch their prized "Professor Slith-
erin," they tote him to a swamp or wilderness area
and open the cage with a cry of "be free!"
The snakes are prodigious swimmers, Lowman
said, as well as good climbers and a threat for nesting
birds and small animals.
Also house cats and even alligators are at risk.
Remember that picture a while back of a dead python
that tried to swallow a big gator and died?
Most officials say pythons are one of the most
damaging species to invade the Everglades.
And they're moving north.
Lowman said there have been a number of reports
of the snakes in Lee and Charlotte counties, fewer in
Sarasota. Manatee County shouldn't be too far away
from the reptile rumble.
She added that a general rule of thumb for Bur-
mese pythons is that there are about 10 in the bush
for every one in the hand.
Taking the federal census, that means that there
could be 1.5 million pythons thumbing their noses -
or flicking their tongues, probably as us. Waiting.
Watching.

Oh, yeah, sea-level rise
The New College environmental expert has also
addressed sea-level rise as it pertains to global warm-
ing.
Lowman said that depending on which weather
expert you talk to, estimates by the year 2100 put the
water up 3-15 feet.
Variables abound on the estimates, she added, as
do the science used to create the data. Ice-sheet melt,
Antarctic ice-flow calving and myriad other factors
are weighed in the figures.
For example, a study released late last week by
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threatened coastlines of New York, Boston, Halifax
and other cities in the northeastern United States and
Canada."
If the ice melts faster than anticipated, the ocean
circulation may shift and slosh more water closer to
and over the shore in that part of the world.
By the numbers, NCAR reports:
"The 2007 assessment of the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change projected that sea levels
worldwide could rise by an average of 7 to 23 inches
this century, but many researchers believe the rise
will be greater because of dynamic factors in ice
sheets that appear to have accelerated the melting
rate in recent years."
NCAR said that if the Greenland ice melts as it
predicts, the sea-level rise along the northeast coast
of the United States could be 12-20 inches more than
the worldwide norm.
Lowman said she has data, which indicates the
rise could be as much as 24 feet.
Anna Maria Island is generally about 5 feet above
sea level.

Honors offshore
There's a new "exotic" to the underwater marine
scene now, too, which may not really give a hoot
about sea-level rise or pythons.
Florida now claims the two largest artificial reefs
in the United States off its shores.
The USNS Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg, a retired


U.S. Navy warship, was sunk last week about 7 miles
offshore in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctu-
ary. It rests in about 140 feet of water, but since the
17,250-ton ship is so high, part of its superstructure
is only 40 feet beneath the surface.
The sinking cost about $8.6 million, and included
removing tons of stuff that would be harmful to its
new visitors divers, fish and other marine life.
For divers, the cleanup included wires and cables
that could snag a swimmer.
For marine critters, the removal required hauling
off all sorts of leftover chemicals and toxins, includ-
ing asbestos.
It was a costly sinking, but one that the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration believes will
prove cost effective. NOAA estimates that the economy
for the Florida Keys and Monroe County will net $7.5
million annually in tourism and related services.
The Vandenberg was built in Richmond, Calif., in
1943. It was commissioned as a World War II troop
transport ship. After Japan surrendered, the Vandenberg
was the first Navy ship to return to New York Harbor.
It later transported refugees from Europe and Aus-
tralia to America, then went into service to track mis-
siles. In the 1960s, the U.S. Air Force used the Vanden-
berg to track missiles and space shuttle launches.
She was decommissioned in 1986, then chosen
for her ability to become an artificial reef.
According to CNN, the ship was a feature in the
1999 movie "Virus," with Donald Sutherland and
Jamie Lee Curtis.

Sandscript factoid
New College's Lowman said there are 44 invasive
reptiles in Florida. Nile monitor lizards and Mexican
black spiny iguanas are but two, both making their home
in Southwest Florida in Lee and Collier counties.
As to the Burmese python, the usually mild-man-
nered, outgoing, former director of Marie Selby Botani-
cal Gardens Lowman said: "We have to eradicate them
before they take a hold in our watershed."


Hearing set on sea turtle, fishing rules


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Coun-
cil will hold a hearing June 4 in Madeira Beach on
sea turtles and long-line fishing.
The hearing will take place at 6:30 p.m. at
Madeira Beach City Hall, 300 Municipal Drive,
about 40 miles north of Anna Maria Island via the
Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Statements made at the hearing will become part
of the federal record as the government decides how
to proceed with protecting sea turtles as well as com-
mercial fishing interests in the Gulf of Mexico.
In mid-May, the federal government enacted an
emergency rule restricting long-line fishing for 180
days beginning May 18.
The temporary rule requires the commercial reef
fish long-line fleet to fish seaward of a boundary
approximating the 50-fathom contour in the Gulf of
Mexico. Prior regulations required this type of fishing
seaward of 20 fathoms.
The new rule, which the government is consider-
ing making permanent, primarily impacts long-line
commercial fishers who target shallow-water grouper
species, such as red grouper.
Fishing industry associations and fishers say the
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will impact the consumer sale of fish.
"We cannot sustain this blow," Bobby Spaeth,
executive director of the Southern Offshore Fishing
Association, said of the temporary rule. "This fishery
is made up of many small Florida businesses. Most
could barely survive being shut down for two months,
never mind five."
The government moved to adopt its emergency
rule facing threat of legal action by a coalition of
conservation groups responding to data revealing that
the long-line fishery resulted in the capture of nearly
1,000 threatened and endangered sea turtles in the
Gulf between July 2006 and the end of 2007.
Of particular concern for the environmental groups
are loggerhead sea turtles, which accounted for 799 of
the 974 captured turtles in the government analysis.
Loggerheads nest on Anna Maria Island beaches, as
well as many other beaches on Florida's coastline.
The number of captured loggerheads is more than
three times the number of loggerheads the govern-
ment authorized the fishery to take in 2005, according
to the environmental groups.
Loggerhead nesting populations in Florida have
dropped by more than 40 percent in the past 10 years.
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THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 3, 2009 0 21


Tarpon time is now for Anna Maria Island fishers


By Paul Roat
Tarpon are off the beaches, roaming the shallows
near Egmont Key and swarming off Whitney Beach
on north Longboat Key.
Best catch to date is Tommy Price with his 125-
pound silver king, but there must be some bigger ones
out there. Anybody got a good tarpon picture? Send
it in, please.
Backwater action is superb for trout and redfish,
plus some catch-and-release snook. Linesiders are
mostly thick off the beaches, though.
Offshore, look for snapper and grouper, with
snapper working best both offshore and in the near-
shore areas.
Frank Whitney at the Rod & Reel Pier said there
was a lot happening at the pier. "Snook are terrorizing
the whitebait around the pier. Dolphin are eating blue
runners within 15 feet of the pilings and providing quite
a show," he said. Fishers are catching black drum, man-
grove snapper and too many mackerel to count. Fishing
is best in the mornings up to about 10 a.m., although the
mangroves seem to hit at any time.
Rocky at the Anna Maria City Pier said mack-
erel, most over the legal-size limit in the 15-inch
range, are everywhere, plus snapper and catch-and-
release snook. They even saw a cobia brought to the
dock last week. Tarpon are around, although there
haven't been any hookups on the pier yet, he said,
but with all the bait working around the pier, a silver
king catch is inevitable any day.
Capt. Mark Johnston out of Annie's Bait &
Tackle on Cortez Road said he was rushed catching
grouper and mangrove snapper in the passes to give
an extended fishing report, but said that he was put-
ting his charters on redfish in the bays and "tarpon are
slapping around everywhere. Gotta go, fish on!"
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said things on
the water are as good this week as last. Look for
lots of good catch-and-release snook, mostly near
the beaches, with whitebait creating the best results
pretty much anywhere along the Island. Backwater
action is still good for trout, with both artificials and


King of fish
Nick Wyatt of Bradenton Beach
was in his kayak about 100
yards offshore of the Manatee
Public Beach last week when he
hooked this huge king mackerel.
It must have been a wild ride,
Nick!


Reel good tarpon
Tommy Price, 15, of Holmes Beach, caught this 125-pound tarpon off Egmont Key last week with dad
Andy. The light-tackle hookup resulted in a fight for about 55 minutes to get the silver king to the boat for
a picture before it was released.


live bait producing good catches. Redfish are near the
mangroves, with outgoing tides best, and Bill said to
start fishing off oyster beds and away from the trees
for good results. Offshore, snapper and grouper fish-
ing is fantastic, but most of the best action is at least
20 miles out in the Gulf. Tarpon also are everywhere,
but seem congregated near Longboat Pass and Whit-
ney Beach.
Capt. Mark Howard on SumoTime Charters
said he's finding the summer fishing pattern to be in
full swing. "The tarpon have moved into the bay and
on the beaches," he said. "Snook are in the passes.
The speckled trout bite is still going strong, with some
fish to 25 inches long being landed." And Capt. Mark
offered a suggestion for seagrass snorkelers: "Sharks


are all over the deep grass and chewing hard."
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez said he did well early
last week, but "the bloom was off the rose at weeks
end due to a lackluster tidal flow." He went out in the
Gulf one calm day and did well with mangrove snap-
per, numerous grouper, and some "ballbat" Spanish
mackerel. "A couple of bonito crashed the party as
well, and a lone straggler king mackerel was hooked
and lost on too light tackle." He said he caught some
decent-size trout to 23 inches in length in north Sara-
sota Bay, plus a few redfish. Later in the week he put
his charter on a backwater slam of snook, trout and
redfish, but he found the action sporadic. He noted
that water temperatures have been moderated by the
onset of the rainy season, but water quality is still
good despite some heavy stormwater runoff.
Capt. Logan Bystrom said he's been doing very
well with tarpon. "The winds last week made fishing
off the beaches a little more difficult," he said, "but
the pass fishing has been really good with plenty of
hookups using crabs on the strong outgoing tides."
He said his backwater trips have been producing a
lot of redfish, snook and trout. "Keep an eye out for
cobia while fishing for tarpon off the beaches," he
added.
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and may be
submitted to Paul Roat by e-mail at paul@islander.
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BEDROOM FURNITURE: TWO chests, $40 each.
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ing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to
give to children. Donate your gear at The /slander
newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach.

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at Edison Academy will be hosting summer ses-
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FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Courtesy of the
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items, bedding, bath and other items. 105 49th
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A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
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FOUND: SET OF keys around 64th Street and
Holmes Boulevard, Holmes Beach. U-Store-It key
chain. Claim at The Islander office, 5404 Marina
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LOST: TUNGSTEN MEN'S wedding band. Lost
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FOUND: CONTACT CASE AND contacts Satur-
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office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FOUND: GOLD RING with red and white stones,
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LOST CAT, white with black and brown striped
patches. Both ears are bent forward and he has
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LOST: ONE-YEAR old female black cat. Spayed,
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RED CROSS LIFEGUARD for private parties at
your pool. $10/hour. Call Marie Durocher, 941-
795-4722.
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. 941-
778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
advice. 941-545-7508.

ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-
0944.

PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engi-
neer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.

WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem
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.
SEWING: HEMMING, BUTTONS, minor altera-
tions, cushion covers, ironing. Call Terry, 941-778-
3125.
CAREGIVER FOR THE elderly: One-on-one care.
Home cooking, light housekeeping, appointments,
shopping, etc. Five hours or more. Top references,
25 years experience. Call 941-545-7114.
PAINTING: INTERIOR/EXTERIOR, quality work,
free estimates, 15 years experience. Call Dave,
941-812-6213.
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.
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Charley is fixed,
chipped and
ready for a home!
He was rescued
from the shelter,
very active and
friendly, 12 weeks,
10 pounds, $200
adoption fee. Call
Julie at SunCoast
Real Esate, 941-779-0202, or Manatee Humane
Society, 941-747-8808.
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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 941-746-
3535.
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.
FREE HOUSESITTER/PETSITTER, etc. Retired
Christian couple available anytime. Excellent local,
repeat references. 770-832-7319, ewingwt@
earthlink.net.
HOW CLEAN IS your house? I will make it cleaner.
Give Wendy a call, 941-778-0321.
COMPUTER GOT YOU 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@
juno.com. 941-792-1000.
DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs
covered! Logos, brochures, brand identity. Web
design: Flash, HTML and 3D. Call Jon at Smash-
cat Studios, 941-778-2824 or 941-545-0192.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-
795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services when and what you need to ensure
your house is secure and cared for while you
are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
my.house@verizon.net for details.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience. Gift boutique, nail products,
handbags, jewelry and sunglasses. 9908 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an appointment. Now
offering in-home pedicure services. 941-713-
5244.


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TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.


CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanups, hauling and more! Insured.
941 -778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941 -
778-2581.
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 pro-
active service. Call Ron, "Shake & Bake". 941-
773-1357.
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, cleanups. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-
807-1015.


STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
Mark. 941-301-6067.
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured. Call Allen any-
time. Cell 941-224-8569.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. Cell, 941-448-3857 or 941-779-0851.

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

LANDSCAPE BOULDERS CHEAP! Various
sizes, $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
today. 941-730-0001.


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
Neil, 941-726-3077.

CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
941-779-2294.

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!
941-795-1947. Lic.#RR0066450.

COLORWORLD ECONOMY PAINTING: Afford-
able (all phase). Painter dedicated to the con-
sumer. No deposit! Clean, fast and courteous.
Voted #1 by the "Pier regulars" 2007-08.941-962-
5131, Nicholas.
TROUT PLASTERING AND Stucco. Residential
or commercial, new or remodel. Call Dave at 941 -
545-5032.
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
800-749-6665. www.wedebrockrentals.com.

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CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING &edial
Serving the Island, LBK, Manatee & Sarasota Counties since 1975
New Construction Remodeling \
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778-3924 or 778-4461 5508 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach pen Sat.

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941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available
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WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
com.

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
Maria. 813-690-9762.
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.
PERICO BAY CLUB: 3BR/2BA, clean, bright end
condo. $1,300/month, lease option available. Call
Jesse, 941-778-7244.
FOR RENT: ANNUAL. Wonderful bay view.
2BR/2BA house in quiet neighborhood. All appli-
ances upgraded. $1,400/month plus utilities.
Phone 941-545-7109 or 941-795-1132.
ANNUAL DUPLEX: 2BR/1BA Anna Maria City.
Ground-level. $850/month, water, trash included.
Available now. 941-778-7003.


()1O EXPERIENCE
REPUTATION
A IR. RESULTS
35 Years of Professional Service
CORAL SHORES 5 minutes to beach, 3BR/2BA. Large lot,
trees, room for pool. $165,900
PALMA SOLA 3BR/2BA, pool, large lot short block to bay.
Wel maintained. $199,000.
RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT, 2BR/2BA condo, downstairs
end unit. Clubhouse, pool, tennis. $129,000.
RENTALS:
GULFFRONT 1 & 2 BR, Available now. Weekly, monthly.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Annual or seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock,
$2,900/mo. Seasonal.
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, vacations, weddings, reunions, seasonal.
HOLMES BEACH 941-778-0807
yrealty3@aol.com www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com


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: 1BR/1 BA. $750/month
includes water and sewer. 503 Gulf Drive S., Bra-
denton Beach. Michael, 1-813-244-6032.
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
or 941-705-7321.
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.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA with carport. North
end Anna Maria. Background check. 941-795-
7089.

BRADENTON: MIRROR LAKE, next to IMG Acad-
emy. 2BR/2BA, ground floor, pool, direct lake view.
$895/month. 941-726-0485.


ki Gulff'ay flty ofAInna Maria Inc.
J yesse risson BrokrmAssociate, g(y.
= 941-713-4755 800-771-6043

Thinking about Selling?
Call me to learn about a no-commitment
listing that you can cancel anytime if
you are unhappy with my
performance. I strive to be
the most knowledgeable,
experienced, professional
broker on the Island, and
I'm willing to put my skills
to the test. Guaranteed!

Call Jesse Brisso1t
941-713-4755.


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Sales Rentals
Property Management
141.920.0669
site for all our rentals
sonannamaria.com
941-778-7777
) 5316 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach FL 34217


ANNUAL DUPLEX: 1 BR/1 BA, Florida room, fire-
place, washer and dryer hookup, $750/month.
1 BR/1 BA, tile floors, close to beach, $700/month.
3BR/2BA, tile floors, washer and dryer hookup,
$850/month. Very rustic 3BR/2BA, up/down
on Gulfside in Anna Maria, $850/month. Small
2BR/1 BA older cottage with Florida room, $750/
month. No pets. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 941-
778-7500.
ANNUALS: MID-SARASOTA, pet-friendly
2BR/1BA. Lawn service. $980/month. Ringling
museum area, 2BR/2BA, updated. $980/month.
Cat OK. Also, northwest Bradenton 3BR/2BA,
furnished. Month-to-month, $1,200. Realtor, 941-
356-1456.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1 BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
2spinnakers.com.


REVERSE HOME MORTGAGES: Call us for fax
and free brochures. Richard and Alison Estrin,
licensed mortgage brokers, Blondin Mortgage
Company. 941-383-6112.
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.
941-713-3098.

y, Gulf-Bay Realty
941-778-7244
Toll-Free 1-800-771-6043
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.
$162,900.
Call Robert St. Jean at 941-730-1291
Call me for a full list of foreclosures on the Island.
robert@gulfbayrealty.com

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FOR SALE: #507.1 BR/1 BA mobile home, Sand-
piper Resort Coop, Anna Maria Island. 55-plus
community. Steps to the Gulf and bay. Turn-
key, including large workshop. Bargain priced!
$120,000, includes share. 585-359-8187.

OUR LOSS, YOUR gain. Charming canal houses.
Paid $600,000-plus in 2004, selling for $490,000
and $520,000. 941-779-1013.

WEST BRADENTON VILLA: Pet-friendly.
2BR/2BA, high ceilings, garage, private caged
courtyard. $165,000 or best offer. Realtor, 941-
356-1456.

LONGBOAT KEY VILLAGE HOME. Updated
3BR/2BA, two-car garage. High ceiling, fireplace.
Great neighborhood. $399,000 or best offer. Real-
tor, 941-356-1456.
BRADENTON BEACH OCEAN-VIEW home
for sale. Beach access. 3BR/2BA or 2BR/1 BA,
1BR/1BA duplex, $329,000 ($100,000 less than
purchase). Double lot for two homes! 2204 Ave.
C. 216-469-2857.

GORGEOUS DIRECTLY-ON-beach condo.
Gulfview from every room, appraised in 2006 for
$950,000, selling, $598,000. Designer turnkey.
941-779-1013.


VILLAGE GREEN: SPACIOUS 2,600-sf villa with
two-car garage. $159,000. Forty-Three West,
2BR/2BA garage villa with screened-in court-
yards, high ceilings, pet friendly. $165,000 or best
offer. Realtor, 941-356-1456.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.


NORRIS LAKEFRONT LIVING: East Tennessee.
Visit NorrisLakeFrontProperties.com or call 865-
278-3900. Vicki, 423-626-6353, Realty group.

OLD FLORIDA CHARM: 4.5-plus acres, $66,300.
Was $89,900. Beautifully wooded! Private, with
direct lake access. Country elegance with city
convenience. Underground utilities, city water and
sewer. Call 866-352-2249.
COASTAL GEORGIA: BANK ordered sale. One-
plus acre. Ocean-access, $29,900.888-982-8952,
ext. 5192. http://www.oceanaccess299.com/

LAKE LOT DEAL fell through! 2.6 acres, $19,300.
Free boat slips! Was $39,900. Secluded wooded
lot with deeded access to private, stocked bass
lake. Quiet road frontage, utilities, warranty deed.
Excellent financing. Must see, call now! 888-792-
5253, ext. 3038.


LAKEFRONT BARGAIN! 135 acres, was
$269,900, now only $179,900. Nicely wooded
with dockable deep waterfront on Warrior Lake.
Perfect for outdoor recreation, hunting, fishing.
Convenient access to 1-20. Excellent financing.
Call now, 800-564-5092, ext. 1492.


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the Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to
advertise any preference, limitation or discrimina-
tion based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap,
familial status or national origin, or intention to
make any such preference, limitation or discrimi-
nation Familial status includes children under
age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians,
pregnant women and people securing custody of
children under 18. This newspaper will not know-
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10 years the only measure of success, but
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Vic & Cathy 7 years
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800-367-1617 941-778-6696
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Asian pride
Students
with the
Tang Martial
Arts Center
demonstrate
their skills
at Coquina
Beach May
30. The Gulf
Coast Chinese
American
Association
sponsored
the Dragon
Boat Festival
in Bradenton
Beach, which
also featured
arts and
crafts, a retail
..stand and lots
offood dishes.
j8B O T Islander
Photos:
-'i ,' Lisa Neff

Tom Walker;
president of the
Sarasota-based
Sumi-E Soci-
ety of America,
works on a sign
to draw people
to the Dragon
Boat Festival in
Bradenton Beach
May 30. About
50 people belong
to the club, which
teaches brush
techniques and
serves "as a A crowd lines up for the Asian Food Festival at the Dragon Boat
cultural bridge Festival at South Coquina Beach May 30. The menu included
between the East dishes representative of cuisine from China, Japan, Singapore,
and the West." Vietnam, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand and India. "Best spring roll
I've ever had," said festival-goer Chad Norman of Bradenton.










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Victoria Tang, Nicole Hittel and Bea Gelongo of the Tang Jack Love, 3, and sister Bella Love, 5, of Cortez, check out a fancy rowing boat during the
Martial Arts Center prepare to show off their skills during the Dragon Boat Festival. Organizers say next year; for the second annual festival, they hope to have
Dragon Boat Festival. a dragon boat to showcase.

Bradenton artist
Hanh Kien, who
studied art in
Vietnam and Cam-
bodia, works on a
creation during the
Dragon Boat Fes- L
tival May 30. Kien
primarily works in
a studio, but likes
the festival work
"to change my
atmosphere." Students in the Tang Martial Arts Center demonstrate acrobatic skills at the festival.


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lying escape routes flood 2-4 hours before arrival of the
storm center. Small craft in unprotected anchorages break
moorings. Hurricane Frances of 2004 made landfall over
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Outer Banks of North Carolina as a Cat 2 hurricane.
Category Three
Winds 111-130 mph (96-113 kt or 178-209 km/hr).
Mobile homes and poorly constructed signs are destroyed.
Low-lying escape routes are cut off by rising water 3-5
hours before arrival of the center of the hurricane. Flooding
near the coast destroys smaller structures with larger
structures damaged by battering from floating debris.
Terrain continuously lower than 5 feet above mean-sea
level may be flooded inland 8 miles or more. Hurricanes
Jeanne and Ivan of 2004 were Cat 3 storms when they made
landfall in Florida and Alabama.

Winds 131-155 mph (114-135 kt or 210-249 km/hr).
Complete destruction of mobile homes. Extensive damage
to doors and windows. Low-lying escape routes may be
cut off by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the storm
center. Major damage to lower floors of structures near the


shore. Terrain lower than 10 feet above sea level may be
flooded, requiring massive evacuation of residential areas
as far inland as 6 miles. Hurricane Charley of 2004 was a
Cat 4 hurricane that made landfall in Charlotte County.
Category Five
Winds greater than 155 mph (135 kt or 249 km/hr).
Complete roof failure on many residences and industrial
buildings. Some complete building failures with small
utility buildings blown over or away. All shrubs, trees and
signs blown down. Complete destruction of mobile homes.
Severe and extensive window and door damage. Low-lying
escape routes are cut off by rising water 3-5 hours before
arrival of the storm center. Major damage to lower floors
of all structures located less than 15 feet above sea level
and within 500 yards of the shoreline. Massive evacuation
of residential areas on low ground within 5-10 miles of
the shoreline may be required. Only three Category Five
hurricanes have made landfall in the United States since
record-keeping began: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935,
Hurricane Camille (1969), and Hurricane Andrew in August
1992. Hurricane Katrina, a Cat 5 storm over the Gulf of
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Determine safe evacuation routes. Learn the locations
of official shelters. Make emergency plans for pets. Check
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battery-powered radios and cell phones. Buy food that
will keep and store drinking water. Buy plywood or other
material to protect your home. Clear clogged rain gutters and
downspouts. Trim trees and shrubbery. Decide where to move
your boat in an emergency. Review your insurance policy.
During the storm
When in a watch area, which means hurricane
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Internet reports. Fuel vehicles. Board up windows in case
the storm moves quickly and you have to evacuate. Stock
up on batteries, food that will keep, first-aid supplies,
drinking water and medications. Store lawn furniture and
other loose, light-weight outdoor objects, such as garbage
cans and garden tools. Have cash on hand. Plan to evacuate
if you live in a mobile or manufactured home; live on the
coastline, an offshore island or near a river or flood plain;
or live in a high-rise.
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After the storm
Keep listening to local radio and TV or checking the
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flooded road, turn around. Avoid weakened bridges and
washed out roads. Stay on firm ground. Moving water
just a half-foot deep can sweep you off your feet. Standing
water may be electrically charged from power lines. Once
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for damage. Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Never
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2009 STORM NAMES
Will there be a storm called Wanda?
The 2009 Atlantic storm names are:
1. Ana 12. Kate
2. Bill 13. Larry
3. Claudette 14. Mindy
4. Danny 15. Nicholas
5. Erika 16. Odette
6. Fred 17. Peter
7. Grace 18. Rose
9. Henri 19. Sam
10. Ida 20. Teresa
11. Joaquin 21. Victor
22. Wanda
Why name a storm Joaquin or Ida? Not to honor
anyone, but because experience shows that the use of short,
distinctive names in communications is quicker and less
subject to error than the older more cumbersome latitude-
longitude identification methods.
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Rating the rage
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is a 1-5 rating
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an estimate of the potential property damage and flooding
expected from a hurricane landfall. Wind speed is the
determining factor in the scale, as storm surge values are
highly dependent on the slope of the continental shelf and
the shape of the coastline in the landfall region.

Winds 74-95 mph (64-82 kt or 119-153 km/hr). No
significant damage to building structures. Damage
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trees. Some damage to poorly constructed signs. Also, some
coastal road flooding and minor pier damage. Hurricane
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the South Carolina coast.

Winds 96-110 mph (83-95 kt or 154-177 km/hr). Some
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