VOLUME 18. NO. 17
the news ...
on track in Holmes
Beach. Page 3
endar: Meetings of
interest. Page 3
By Rick Catlin
Yes. It is a good season.
Anna Maria Island tourism climbed
more than 15 percent in January, compared
with the same month in 2009.
Occupancy of Island accommodations
for January 2010 hit 51 percent, compared
with 44.2 percent in January 2009, a 15.4
percent jump, according to the Bradenton
Area Convention and Visitors Bureau's
That marked the fifth consecutive month
that occupancy of Island accommodations
increased over the same month the prior
Occupancy of all units in the BACVB area
Beachgoers crowd the sand at Manatee Public
Beach. Islander File Photo: Rick Catlin
for January 2010, however, was down slightly.
Overall occupancy was reported at 53.6 percent
against 54.3 percent for January 2009.
The slight drop could be attributed to
occupancy on Longboat Key, which fell from
63.9 percent in January 2009 to 49.5 percent
for January 2010, a 22.5 percent decrease.
Mainland occupancy was at 59.5 percent
for January 2010, down 2.6 percent against
occupancy for January 2009.
The 51 percent occupancy-rate marks the
third consecutive January that occupancy of
Island accommodations has increased. From
30.4 percent occupancy in January 2007,
Island occupancy has climbed 67 percent to
its current 51 percent January 2010 level.
While Island tourism was increasing in
January, the average daily rate showed only a
slight rise from the rate in January 2009.
The BACVB reported the Island's Janu-
PLEASE SEE TOURISM, NEXT PAGE
Need to get around:
The Islander Island
map. Page 16-17
Gangs force police to
increase Island pres-
ence. Page 20
Island police blotter.
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Construction crews for
the Florida Department
of Transportation last
week closed the Crescent
Drive humpback bridge
to vehicle traffic while
repairs are under way.
Once repairs are com-
pleted and the bridge
reopens, crews will
begin work on the North
Bay Boulevard bridge.
The projects should be
completed by summer
By Rick Catlin
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Tampa
has filed an adversarial proceeding against
the live-in girlfriend
of former Anna Maria
Island real estate devel-
oper Robert Byrne,
claiming she received
money from Byrne that
should have gone to him,
and possibly the court.
Byrne Court trustee
Angela Welch Esposito, who represents the
estate in Byrne's personal bankruptcy pro-
ceeding, filed the complaint Feb. 23 against
Kimberly Jeschke of Chicago.
The case involves a condo at 333 W.
Hubbard St. in Chicago that Byrne purchased
through a trust he owns.
Esposito alleges that Byrne bought the
condo in 2005 for $1.175 million, then sold
PLEASE SEE BYRNE, NEXT PAGE
Federal wildlife officers are investigat-
ing the Feb. 14 destruction of a heron nest
at Kingfish Boat Ramp.
Two juvenile great blue herons were
injured and one young heron died in the
Wildlife Inc. of Bradenton Beach has
been rehabilitating the injured birds.
"The two surviving herons are doing
fine, eating like pigs," said Wildlife's Gail
The organization also was working with
Florida Fish and Wildlife law enforcement
officers looking into the destruction of the
FWC did not comment on the case until
offs to Feb. 22, when it reported that the investigation
g foot- was being handled by federal authorities.
4 "The FWC investigation into the
destruction of a heron nest at the Kingfish
hiZ Boat Ramp has been turned over ... the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service," said Gary Morse
of FWC. "In situations where we turn the
ol certi- investigation over to USFWS, FWC makes
6 no comment until the case is resolved by
indication that a violation of federal law may
have taken place."
Residents near the county-operated boat
ramp discovered the nest early Feb. 14 and
alerted Wildlife Inc., as well as local law
PLEASE SEE NEST. NEXT PAGE
A young neron is rescue reo. 14. isianaer
File Photo: Margaret Kelley
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Island tourism surged
Anna Maria planning
board approves PAR
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tax pitched. Page 5
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opinion, your opin-
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enforcement officers. City and county officials also
responded that day to the boat ramp, where it was
determined that the nest likely was destroyed during
the cutting of an Australian pine tree.
That weekend, a tree-cutting service had cut two
Australian pines, part of work to repair the seawall at
the boat ramp, according to county spokesman Nick
The county had contracted with Wood Dock and
Seawall of Cortez for the work, which subcontracted
the tree-cutting job to Mike Burton's Dependable
Tree Service of Palmetto.
The nest was found at the base of one of the trees,
with the three juvenile herons nestled inside.
Later, after the rescue of the birds, Wildlife Inc.'s
Ed Straight said he saw a lone great blue heron in the
area, perhaps the birds' mother.
Straight also said the herons, like many other
birds, are protected under the Federal Migratory Bird
Treaty Act of 1918.
A violation of the act is a misdemeanor that can
result in a $15,000 fine and a six-month prison sen-
BYRNE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
the property March 16, 2006, for $1.275 million.
He allegedly transferred the proceeds of the sale
- $105,000 to Jeschke, described by Esposito
as Byrne's girlfriend, and told the court he received
"nothing of value" from Jeschke for the transfer.
The transfer was within two years of Byrne's
bankruptcy petition and Byrne was required to file
that transfer with the bankruptcy court.
At his March 2008 bankruptcy hearing, Byrne told
the court about the sale and transfer, but said the condo
was "held in a land trust so my wife couldn't get at it."
He said he gave the sale proceeds to Jeschke because
she was part-owner of the trust, but Esposito said docu-
ments reveal Byrne is the sole owner of the trust.
Byrne was living in Holmes Beach at that time
and was married to Arlene Byrne. The couple has
Esposito alleges that Jeschke invested the
$105,000 in her condo at 1000 Washington Blvd.,
Chicago, and, with the transfer funds from Byrne,
paid off her mortgage.
Esposito claims the $105,000 transfer by Byrne
was fraudulent and a fair portion, if not all, should
have gone to him and been reported to the trustee.
Esposito has asked the court for an undetermined
amount of money from Jeschke.
Esposito also noted that within a few days of
a December 2009 court order freezing $1.6 million
in assets allegedly belonging to Robert and Arlene
Byrne on the Isle of Man, Jeschke put the condo up
Byrne made the transfer "with the actual intent
to delay or defraud" anyone he owed money to at
the time of the transfer, or in the future, according to
Jeschke was not part of the trust, was "not a good
faith transferee," and Byrne should have received the
value of the transfer, said Esposito.
Byrne and former business partner Steve Noriega,
through their company GSR Development LLC, at
one time owned substantial amounts of Island real
estate and had several development projects planned,
including the Villa Rosa gated community in Anna
Maria and the Rosa del Mar condominium project in
The projects were not built and GSR went into
bankruptcy in July 2006. Byrne was forced into per-
sonal bankruptcy in October 2007.
Several months after his bankruptcy petition was
filed, Byrne declared to the court he had no income
and only $500 in his bank account.
The court subsequently found $1.6 million in the
Isle of Man, along with funds in other accounts in the
Cook Islands and Tanzania.
Byrne reportedly owes nearly $5 million to unse-
cured creditors of GSR, including debts to Island resi-
dents Kent Davis and Mel and Carole Yudofsky.
Jeschke, at one time an employee of Southwest
Airlines according to a Facebook page, wrote on the
same page in 2008 that she and Robert planned to get
married and live in New Mexico.
Court documents indicate Byrne and Jeschke live
together in Chicago.
TOURISM CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
ary 2010 average daily rate was $142.65, a .9 percent
increase from the January 2009 average daily rate of
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce presi-
dent Mary Ann Brockman confirmed that tourism to
the Island has been on the upswing.
"We were extremely busy in January, and I
haven't had any member complain it's been slow,"
Indeed. The chamber reported in January there were
3,672 walk-ins to the office on Gulf Drive, along with
1,024 telephone calls from people requesting informa-
tion about the Island.
In addition, Brockman said, "We had 1,160
people in the United States and 42 from Canada who
told us they had reservations on the Island this season
and needed a guide and information booklet. That
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By Nick Walter
Discussions continued last week to extend side-
walks from the north and south ends of Manatee
Avenue to Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach.
Holmes Beach City Commissioner David Zacca-
gnino, superintendent of public works Joe Duennes,
two Manatee County engineers and Manatee County
Commission Chair Joe McClash met on the sidewalk
of Manatee Avenue Feb. 22 to discuss the project.
For more than two years, Zaccagnino has been
pushing to connect a sidewalk on Manatee Avenue
from the west end of Kingfish Boat Ramp to Gulf
Drive, a roughly 950-foot extension. Currently, there
is little separating that path of grass on Manatee
Avenue from what many use as a pedestrian path.
"The main reason is for safety and convenience,"
But the plan also would extend the sidewalk
on the southern side of Manatee Avenue alongside
Regions Bank about 250 feet to Gulf Drive.
Duennes estimated the cost of construction for
a sidewalk extension on the south side of Manatee
Avenue to be $25,000-$30,000.
For the north side, which is on Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation property, Duennes said the
DOT initially considered the area to be wetlands,
and so the county was considering building a side-
walk with a railing, an estimated $250,000 project.
But, Duennes added, during the Feb. 22 site meeting,
the five discussed the possibility of an 8-foot-wide
combined bicycle-pedestrian path. "Which would
be much less expensive than $250,000," Duennes
County engineers will make a design drawing
of the project and present it to the DOT for consid-
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Cars park along Manatee Avenue where sidewalks
eration. Duennes said funding is unknown, although
the county could apply for stimulus funds to support
Duennes said the biggest challenge will be DOT
McClash said that in the design dil, inl, the
northern pathway would be similar to the existing
one along the Kingfish Boat Ramp, with a sidewalk
"I think the cost would be affordable," McClash
McClash added there could be leftover money
from the city's project that will beautify the inter-
section of East Bay Drive and Manatee Avenue. The
beautification is slated to include 209 foxtail trees, 42
Alexander palms, 96 beach sunflower plants, a crape
myrtle tree and a mulch tree.
The $697,000 project includes new traffic sig-
Sidewalk discussion on
track in Holmes Beach
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Anna Maria City
March 4, 6 p.m., joint city commission-planning and
zoning board meeting.
March 8, 5 p.m., code enforcement board meeting.
March 10, 6:30 p.m., EEC meeting.
March 11, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
March 24, 6 p.m., city commission meeting on permit fees.
March 25, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-6130,
March 4, 1 p.m., pier team meeting.
March 4, 1:30 p.m., Web-site team meeting.
March 4, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
March 9, 1 p.m., budget orientation meeting.
March 16, 1 p.m., community redevelopment agency
March 16, 4 p.m., charter review committee meeting.
March 18, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
March 23, 4 p.m., charter review committee meeting.
March 30, 4 p.m., charter review committee meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-778-
March 3, 5 p.m., parks and beautification committee meet-
March 9, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
March 18, 10 a.m. code enforcement meeting. CAN-
March 23, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-708-
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
March 18, 6 p.m., district commission meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
March 14, daylight saving time begins.
March 15, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation Planning Orga-
nization meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
March 16, 9 a.m., Manatee County Board of Commission-
ers meeting, county administration building, Bradenton.
March 17, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting,
Bradenton Beach City Hall.
March 17 is St. Patrick's Day.
March 22, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization board meeting, New College of Florida,
Sudakoff Center, 5700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
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AM P&Z approves controversial site plan
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's planning and zoning board at a Feb.
23 public hearing narrowly approved Pine Avenue
Restoration LLC's site plan for 216 Pine Ave., but the
controversial decision may face a legal challenge.
The 4-3 vote came after nearly four hours of testi-
mony and opinions on the plan, and with board mem-
bers split evenly, the deciding vote came down to
that of newly elected P&Z chairman Randall Stover.
Stover voted to approve of the plan.
Stover said his decision was difficult because, in
his opinion, the city's comprehensive plan and land-
development regulations are unclear on the issue of
density in the retail-office-residential district. Addi-
tionally, the city's traffic circulation ordinance needs
amending, he said.
Frank Pytel, Jim Conoly and Margaret Jenkins
voted against the plan, while Mike Yetter, Sandy Mat-
tick and Bob Barlow voted for the project.
Mattick said the board had to make a decision
based on the evidence presented, not personal opin-
ions or a legal challenge.
Indeed, a request for an administrative review
of the city's density computation in the ROR district
was filed in February with the Florida Department
of Community Affairs by Anna Maria residents and
developers Robert and Nicole Hunt. The Hunts have
claimed the city method violates the comp plan.
Mattick said that PAR assumes all the risk if it
builds 216 Pine Ave. and a court later determines that
the city's method of computing density was incorrect.
PAR could be ordered to tear down its project,
Dye agreed, citing a case on Florida's east coast
about 10 years ago in which a developer built a $30
million condo project, despite an ongoing legal objec-
tion. The petitioners won their case and the developer
was ordered by a state court to tear down the entire
PAR's site plan calls for one building on two lots.
The structures are joined by a covered walkway. Each
building will have two floors of occupied space, with
retail on the ground level and a residential unit on the
second story. Fourteen parking spaces are included in
the plan, along with a fence at the rear of the property.
One building will be 1,243 square feet, while the
second will encompass 1,765 square feet. Swimming
pools are included in the plan.
City attorney Jim Dye, planner Alan Garrett and
building official Bob Welch agreed the 216 Pine Ave.
site plan complies with existing codes and the comp
plan as they interpret it, but indicated changes to the
comp plan and LDRs are needed.
The comp plan indicates density in the residential
district is configured on a lot-by-lot basis, but is silent
on such calculations in the ROR. The plan does state
that mixed-use development should be encouraged in
Pytel argued unsuccessfully that density for 216
Pine Ave. should be calculated on a lot-by-lot basis
because the project will have residences.
Dye has opined previously that the city's method
of computing density in the ROR by dividing gross
Board members cautioned
During a five-minute recess at the Feb. 23
Anna Maria Planning and Zoning Board public
hearing on a site plan for 216 Pine Ave., board
members Margaret Jenkins, Frank Pytel and
Randall Stover discussed the application while
on the dais, but out of range of the public.
City Commission Chairman John Quam
approached the trio during recess and cautioned
them about discussing the site plan outside of
the public hearing.
After the hearing resumed, Jenkins apolo-
gized for talking with the other board members
while the hearing was in recess. She said she was
unclear about parking on the site plan and asked
the other two members for an explanation.
"I didn't think it mattered," Jenkins said.
Dye later in the meeting questioned each
board member as to whether they had received
other information about the 216 Pine Ave. site
plan from a member of the public or the appli-
cant. Each board member said no, none other
than what was presented to them during the
open meeting or by city staff for the meeting.
acreage by the number of lots with structures com-
plies with the comp plan.
He said the 50-by- 100-foot lots at 216 Pine Ave.,
which were platted around World War I, were grand-
fathered by the city commission several years ago as
Pytel wanted the city commission to make the
final decision on approval or denial of the plan, not
the P&Z board. He said that board members are only
appointed, while commissioners are elected. Dye,
however, said that under the city charter, the board
left, and board
Pytel and Mar-
discuss the PAR
project during a
mission at the
board's Feb. 23
despite the fact
that the public
could not hear
had to reach a decision at the public hearing, even if
it was to deny the applicant.
Four city commissioners, all but Harry Stoltz-
fus, who has lobbied against the project, attended the
Dye has said that calculating density in the ROR
on gross acreage divided by number of units is legal
and the city has approved a number of other plans
using that calculation.
Other board members and members of the public
expressed concern with density and parking safety.
Resident Larry Albert said the city's traffic circula-
tion ordinance states that all parking must be on-site
and there must be driveways for vehicles to enter and
exit the property. The project has none of those, he
said, and should be denied.
Mike Coleman of PAR pledged to voluntarily
modify the parking at 216 Pine Ave. to comply with
a Pine Avenue Corridor master parking plan, if one
Prior to the start of the hearing, and after the
meeting officially opened, Stover made a brief pre-
sentation on a master parking plan for Pine Avenue.
The master plan will be given to the city commission
for review and input, he said.
The board did make contingencies to go with its
PAR is required to add a sidewalk on the North
Shore Drive side of the project and to rearrange park-
ing in that area. PAR must also call its units "resi-
dences," not "apartments," and build a connecting
sidewalk from the parking areas to the retail shops.
The P&Z decision to approve the site plan is not
reviewable by the city commission.
Several years ago, the commission agreed to give
site-plan approval to the board, although an amend-
ment to the site plan procedures is under way to return
approval to the commission.
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Countywide business tax pitched to Island cities
By Nick Walter
In order to develop an outreach program to
bolster businesses in Manatee County, John Rice
of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce Economic
Development Council and county administrator Ed
Hunzeker are proposing a $35 annual tax on county
Rice and Hunzeker presented their ideas to
Holmes Beach city commissioners to get feedback
at their Feb. 23 meeting at city hall.
The county attorney will draft an ordinance before
the first of two readings by the board of county commis-
sioners March 16. If the board approves the ordinance,
Hunzeker said revenue for the proposed outreach pro-
gram could be available in October 2011.
The reason for the outreach program, Rice said,
is to create jobs. He said Florida's unemployment
rate is 3 percentage points higher than the national
average, and Manatee County's rate is 2 percentage
points higher than the state average.
He said the outreach program could allow EDC
representatives to interview and recruit businesses
Hunzeker said the annual business tax would last
five years. "After five years," Hunzeker said, "we
figure out if we want to keep doing it or not."
Hunzeker said that if the county could collect
$700,000, it would have funds for business outreach
programs similar to surrounding governments in
Sarasota, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.
The Holmes Beach commission, however, has
yet to endorse the idea.
Commissioner Al Robinson asked Hunzeker if
small businesses should be taxed the same as big
businesses. "I have two rentals," Robinson said.
"Should I be taxed the same as Tropicana or Waste
Hunzeker said he did not want to divide fees into
hundreds of categories based on the size of a business
because that would require additional management.
Commissioner David Zaccagnino said he sup-
ports the tax, but added that the city is a donor com-
munity for the Tourist Development Council, the
school district and the state. "It seems that in this,
again, we're going to be another donor community
for this," he said. "I like where this is going, but I
want to make sure there's equilibrium and we're not
just being preyed upon for another fee going off the
Island with us not getting reciprocation."
Commissioner John Monetti said that because
the city's business is based on tourism, an outreach
program to bring in businesses would not generate
much return to the city.
"There would be additional revenue coming into
the city," Hunzeker told Monetti. "If we create jobs
in the community that create business opportunities,
then that raises the overall economic wherewithal of
residents in the community."
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said the city would not
be getting back significant revenue, and told Hunzeker
that an ordinance must clearly define a "business."
In other business, the commission approved a
contract between the city and Piedroba Marina Con-
struction at the same rate as last year $40.24 per
cubic yard to dredge the channel between North
Harbor Drive and South Harbor Drive.
Bohnenberger said it will be the final major
dredging project this year for the city.
The commission also agreed with a committee
selection of three firms for engineering services on
a continuing basis: Lynn Townsend & Associates;
Kisinger Campo & Associates Corp. and HSW Engi-
The next city commission meeting is 7 p.m.
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An Island blessing
At a time when tourism at other Florida desti-
nations is off 10-20 percent, visitors to Anna Maria
Island have increased the past year.
Island accommodation owners and managers last
spring and summer reported record or near-record num-
bers of visitor bookings. Restaurants have enjoyed a
brisk business, while retail stores, jewelry and gift
shops, appear to also be enjoying a good trade.
Reading the doom and gloom about tourism in
Orlando and Miami, it's strange to observe the contrast
Where are all these visitors coming from?
Some experts credit an element no longer found
on other Florida barrier islands: AMI's old Florida
And that charm is vital to the Island wedding
The growth of the Island wedding business has
contributed much to the Island's economic success
the past two years and we owe much of the thanks
to our own photographer Jack Elka, who coined the
phrase "Beach Wedding Capital of Florida" and
launched the first wedding festival.
According to those who book Island weddings, about
700 weddings took place on the Island in 2009, compared
with about 150 several years ago. And the average wed-
ding party puts $25,000 into our Island economy.
Do the math. That's $17.5 million into Island cof-
And that's new money for the market.
Another hit comes from all the newlyweds return-
ing for anniversaries and their friends planning vaca-
There are some locals who worry that tourism is
ruining the Island especially partying crowds.
That's a valid concern, but those who plan wed-
dings say they're not booking wild partiers they
don't seek them and try to discourage that activity.
The fact is, the Island is marketed to the type of
people that have the discretionary income to afford an
Anna Maria Island wedding and bring some man-
ners along on the trip.
Anna Maria Island has become a destination for
peace and serenity, white-sand beaches, natural beauty,
celebratory sunsets and beach weddings.
Thankfully, wise heads have prevailed to ensure this
paradise will remain as it is for many years to come.
There's nothing wrong with sharing our paradise
with people who respect its values and amenities.
The wedding industry has been a blessing to the
Island economy during some difficult times for the
area, state and nation the past several years.
A wedding is a romantic adventure, so, please
don't discourage or discount love.
We can all love Anna Maria.
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As an owner of a small business on Anna Maria
Island let me review some rules and taxes of Manatee
County. Not a large business, just one rental apart-
ment, but very significant in my life.
First, it is just possible that collectively the small
apartment owners offer more tourist rooms than all the
motels on the Island. I mention this because taxes have
made it impossible for a small apartment business to
clear a profit and that should concern all county officials
tracking available beds for our tourists.
Second, county rules are very strict. Businesses
cannot be homesteaded, enjoying the 3 percent tax
cap, and homesteaded properties cannot be rented for
any period of time.
Third, we are told the proposed $35 business
tax is needed to collect revenue to fund a marketing
and recruitment campaign to bring new businesses
to our area. Well here are the recent tax increases
that I can recall: 5 cents per gallon gasoline in 2007;
25 percent increase in the resort tax for total of 11.5
percent resort and sales tax; license fee of $26.25.
Good for business?
Attract new business?
Do the proponents of the $35 business tax think
I can pass the increases to the tourists? Forget it. It
just does not happen. Rates are kept low in order to be
competitive and attract tourists.
So, where does it end? We have to pay bills. And
to the official who said "the tax is the same for every-
one, large and small," my question is: You think that
The 25 percent resort tax increase applied only
to room and apartment rentals.
Restaurant owners escaped that one.
And my recollection is that the resort tax increase
was for a new roof on the convention center.
Run your operations like you do your own home
- prioritize and live within your means.
The practice of hitting on others for money must
Bill Hahn, Holmes Beach
More trash talk
Trash containers on the street, it looks awful. It's
the renter's fault. It's the rental agent's fault.
As a full-time resident I abhor the trash/recycle
containers on the street almost all week. But the real
problem is not who puts it out, it is how often we
have to put it out. Four times a week we need to put
one container or another out. That is ridiculous.
Even in Manhattan, N.Y., where I lived for
20-plus years, with tons of trash and millions of
people, trash is picked up twice a week.
So it seems to me that the problem is in the con-
tract the Holmes Beach City Commission agreed to
with Waste Management. In order to reduce WM
costs, they can cut down on the number of trips -
read employees for each area.
Maybe I am N ion.', but this is what it seems
like. It is unsightly, and, to a degree, maybe even
unhealthy, to have the trash out almost all the time.
At our home we put our trash out, and our small
container is hardly ever full, once a week, our recy-
clables once a week and yard waste about every three
The almost constant sights of trash containers on
the street looks terrible.
We need to reconsider the contract.
Al Ames, Holmes Beach
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No person shall ... nor be deprived of life, liberty,
or property, without due process of law; nor shall
private property be taken for public use, without just
The case of the city versus Island Inc.-Beach Devel-
opment Inc. is nothing more than the city taking land
for "public use" without paying for it. I seriously doubt
anyone who owned land and had it taken ai\\ i\ \\ iltho
remuneration would feel any different than I do.
In the 1980s and there are no preserved
records the city decided to create a public beach
without paying for it and rezoned the beach portion
of my land (and others) preservation. Their method
was to "preserve" beach sands.
Why were only four pieces of property rezoned?
Can anyone tell me what is different about my beach
sands and other vacant beach properties? I did not
know that God made beach sands that followed prop-
erty lines. Why not the entire beach for the length of
Arbitrary because they could?
When researching for the purchase of this land,
I was given a letter from the city called a "no excep-
tion" letter allowing me to build on the property. I
used that letter and obtained all the required permits
from the state of Florida to construct four units.
The building official made a mistake, and the city
is not responsible for that?
My property was taxed as R-3 land up until I
filed suit against the city. That's right, the city and
the county collected the taxes based on the higher use
of the vacant property for at least 10 years not the
rate for what they considered preserved land or for
how they rezoned it. The difference is a $20,000 R-3
annual tax bill versus $500 preservation tax bill.
I sure didn't hear them complain about collecting
ill-gotten income and neither did they try to make it
right. They illegally collected taxes on my land for
When my property (with others) was taken, the
two lots to the south were already developed to the
fullest density. The property to the north and south
were partially developed. All had sea walls and the
ability to fully develop their property with all the
density on the bay side of the road and have, in fact,
My bay side property, however, was largely
mangrove land. Anyone who looks at Bermuda Bay
would understand that we used every square inch of
land available to us. I entirely preserved the envi-
ronmental portion of our bayside land and received
a letter of support from the state of Florida for doing
so. We were not able to use all the density available
to us from the bayside, much less from the beach side
of the road. We even had to obtain a special exception
for parking to build what we did.
In short, the city took my beach land for the
"public use," clearly an unconstitutional taking. They
paid me not one dime for the land.
There is much more to this story, something the
news media should dig into. It is interesting how this
city seems to not be able to find records. Even the
tapes from the final public hearing didn't seem to
I sincerely hope that other property owners never
have their property taken from them by their govern-
ment, neighbors and fellow citizens. I really wonder
how they would feel in my shoes?
The truth will always win out over government
Reed W. Mapes, Bradenton Beach
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The reopening came just a few weeks after the city
commission approved emergency repairs for the
structure, including the restaurant and rest rooms.
Two referendums were on the ballot for the
March 14 general election in Holmes Beach, in addi-
tion to the election of two city commissioners. The
first referendum dealt with lengthening the term of
office for commissioners from two years to four
years, while the second would push the city's gen-
eral election cycle from March to the first Tuesday in
November to coincide with county, state and federal
Anna Maria Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh removed
Phil Charnock as the city's public works director.
Charnock, however, retained his position as the city's
building official. Charnock had come under fire fol-
lowing his mid-1999 arrest for brandishing a firearm
during a road rage incident on the Manatee County
approach to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
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Cumber's appeal lacks support
By Lisa Neff
Lawyers for a former Islander returned to prison
for violating probation on an arson conviction dispute
his reasons for appealing his sentence.
William J. Cumber, formerly of Anna Maria, was
sent back to prison in May 2009 to serve a 13.5-year
sentence for violating probation
on a 2006 arson conviction.
Cumber admitted to vio-
S lating probation, but said there
were mitigating circumstances
that should result in leniency in
The events that drove him to
violate probation to be caught
in another county behind the wheel of a truck without
a valid license are directly linked to the investiga-
tion into missing Haley's Motel-owner Sabine Musil-
Buehler, according to Cumber.
Cumber was Musil-Buehler's boyfriend in
November 2008, when she was reported missing.
He provided authorities with her last known where-
abouts. He said the two of them were in their rented
apartment on Magnolia Avenue in Anna Maria Nov.
4, 2008, when they argued and she left.
As authorities investigated her disappearance as
a likely homicide and the arson fire that destroyed a
building at the motel complex in late 2008, Cumber
was repeatedly questioned and, eventually identified
as a person of interest in the cases.
Cumber said he despaired. He lost work, lost
friends, lost his apartment and eventually, he told the
court last year, he felt compelled to leave the area.
Cumber was arrested Dec. 22, 2008, near Ocala
in Marion County. He was driving a pickup truck
with an expired tag and without a valid license. He
served 10 days in the Marion County jail before being
transferred to the Manatee County jail to face a judge
on a charge that he violated probation by leaving the
county without permission and for being arrested on
a new offense.
Last spring, Cumber admitted to violating proba-
tion and was sentenced to 13.5 years in state prison.
Soon after, Cumber appealed the sentencing to
the Second District Court of Appeals.
That process has moved slowly, but most recently
Cumber's lawyers public defenders James Marion
Moorman and Richard P. Albertine Jr. filed what
is known as Anders brief, which basically indicates
their position that the appeal lacks merit.
Cumber has asked for relief from the court on
the grounds that his conviction was obtained by the
unconstitutional failure of the prosecution to dis-
close evidence favorable to him, that the conviction
violated the protection against double jeopardy and
that the court lacked jurisdiction to impose the sen-
Further, Cumber has alleged mental scare tactics,
persuasion, neglect by his probation officer, opinion-
ated prosecution, publicity swayed opinion, cruel and
unusual punishment and improper counsel.
Regarding the last allegation, Cumber alleged,
that his "lawyer didn't argue certain argumentative
arguments that would of possibly helped the judge
understand certain over-exaggerated circumstances
presented by the prosecution."
But Cumber's defense attorneys in the case
recently wrote to the appeals court, "Despite a thor-
ough reading of the record on appeal and a review of
the law on arguable points, the undersigned appellate
counsel can find no meritorious argument to support
the contention that the trial court committed signifi-
cant reversible error in this case."
They recommended that if the appeals court finds
a possibility of error in the lower court's actions, it
should appoint other counsel for Cumber or allow the
defense attorneys to file another brief on his behalf.
Manatee County commissioners Feb. 23 extended
for another year a beach renourishment contract with
Coastal Planning and Engineering.
The Boca Raton-based company has been work-
ing under a contract with the country for engineering
work on beach renourishment since 2004.
The original contract included an option to renew
on an annual basis, and commissioners did so last
week as the county prepares for major renourishment
work in the coming years.
There are two Anna Maria Island projects in the
near future a renourishment of Coquina Beach, as
well as an Islandwide renourishment.
The extended contract for engineering services will
run from March 16 of this year to March 15, 2011.
"The services that Coastal Planning and Engi-
neering provide are invaluable to the county and
they have performed well above our expectations,"
said Charlie Hunsicker, director of the county natural
Hunsicker estimated about $850,000 will be
spent during the next contract period.
HBPD to enforce Click It or Ticket
The Holmes Beach Police Department announced
in a news release that it will intensify efforts to
enforce seat-belt laws during the Click It or Ticket
mobilization, which runs March 1-15.
The HBPD is joining with law enforcement agen-
cies statewide to help save lives, the release said.
According to 2008 data from the Florida Depart-
ment of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 2,983
people were killed in vehicle-related crashes. Of the
deaths, 1,795 people were in vehicles with seat belts,
and 1,085 were not wearing their seat belts.
The release also stated that 54 of 79 drivers under
17 were killed because they were not wearing safety
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Eldridge check out
pastries from Matt
Schole of Matt &
Dom 's table at the
while they awaited
the bridal fashion
show. The couple
plans to wed Nov. 5
at the Bayside Ban-
quet Hall in Cortez.
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Behind the scenes, Megan
Briggs, Kathryn Alkire and
Sarah Howard look over
the gowns before the fash-
ion show hosted by Acqua
Aveda salon under a tent in
the parking lot, where the
S adjoining event sponsor, the
F |Anna Maria Island C i,..,,,,.
S of Commerce, conducted
registration. Another tent
was filled with vendors,
while limos and a private
Trolley awaited to carry par-
ticipants to other venues.
Above: The pre-fashion show buffet includes fountains of
punch for brides-to-be and their prospective grooms to
sample. Right: The mock wedding ceremony at the Sandbar
Restaurant at the end of the festival.
By Lisa Neff
Here came the future brides not
all dressed in white, but dressed instead
in blue jeans and T-shirts, capris and
Anna Maria Island hosted the third
annual Island Wedding Festival Feb. 28.
Organizers said they wanted to help
make holding a beach wedding a piece
They also wanted to encourage
beach weddings to take place on Anna
Maria Island, a nicknamed the Beach
Wedding Capital of Florida by Jack
Elka a name adopted by a coalition
of wedding vendors known as the Anna
Maria Island Wedding Network.
Even before the first bridal party
climbed into a limo for a complimentary
ride from Destination No. 1, the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce,
to Destination No. 2, festival registrants
numbered more than 550.
The chamber, near the intersection
of Gulf and Marina drives in Holmes
Beach, served as the festival headquar-
ters, where an additional 350 people
registered for a $10 fee.
The registration was license to visit
more than a dozen wedding venues on
the Island and admission to a brunch, a
fashion show at Acqua Aveda Salon and
Spa and a sunset mock wedding at the
Through the course of the seven-
hour event, representatives with more
than 70 businesses in the wedding
industry florists, DJs, churches, pho-
tographers, ministers, caterers, bakers,
hoteliers, jewelers, dressmakers, stylists
and wedding planners engaged future
brides and grooms, their attendants and
their eager parents with promises.
Festivalgoers received complimen-
tary limo and rented trolley rides from
one venue to the next.
The festival culminated at 5 p.m.
with the sunset celebration at the Sand-
bar Restaurant in Anna Maria, where
more than $10,000 in prizes were raffled,
including an Island wedding package.
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Rotary bets on casino night
By Lisa Neff
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island's major
fundraiser will have a touch of Vegas and a taste of
The club's annual An Evening at Casino
Royale will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, March 12, at
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Tickets to the event were reduced this year to
$50 per person.
"We want people to be able to participate,"
said club member and communications coordinator
Melissa Williams. "We really want people to come
The night will feature gaming, with gamblers
wagering chips but not cash at the blackjack, craps
and roulette tables.
The night also will feature an open bar and
food catered by Mazzaro Italian Market, the St.
Petersburg shop that has made many "Best of"
lists, including Tampa Creative Loafing, which
proclaimed, \ k,//,Li is our idea of heaven."
An Evening at Casino Royale also will feature
music by DJ Chris Grumley, silent and live auc-
tions and a spin of the Rotary Wheel.
The prize on the wheel will be a week's stay
Cub Scouts cook dinner
The local Cub Scouts Pack 7 will serve a spa-
ghetti dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March
6, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria.
Dinner will be $7 for adults, $5 for children 12
and under, and include spaghetti and meatballs, salad
and bread sticks. Desserts will be offered for addi-
The evening will include a 6 p.m. performance
by the Island Rockers, as well as an offering of door
Sponsors include The Islander, with prizes
donated by Sato Real Estate, Betsy Hills Real Estate,
Mr. Bones Barbecue, the Sandbar Restaurant, Holy
Cow Ice Cream and Gift Shop, Lee Roy Selmon's,
Jose's Real Cuban Food and Moore's Stone Crab
For tickets or more information call Robert Hicks
Demonstrations planned at IGW
The Island Gallery West will host a series of art
demonstrations this month, including:
March 6, watercolorist Dee Pastorius.
March 13, acrylics painter Shirley Dean.
March 20, watercolorist Anne Abgott.
March 27, watercolorist Jean Ehlis.
The free demonstrations will take place at 10 a.m.
at IGW, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call 941-778-6648.
in a house on the Florida Keys.
A week's stay at a home in Jamaica and a
traveler's choice cruise are two of the items in the
live auction and a variety of items will be offered
in the silent auction.
Proceeds from the event benefit the club's
charitable and volunteer work. In the past, casino
nights have helped Rotary support the American
Cancer Society, the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, Anna Maria Elementary School, Anna
Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra,
Island Players, Our Daily Bread, Rotary Camp
Florida and ShelterBox USA.
"This is our big fundraiser of the year," Wil-
Club members will decide after the fundraiser
how best to disperse the proceeds.
Save the date
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island's
An Evening at Casino Royale is March 12
at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes
For tickets, call Rosann and Tom Creed
at 941-778-2636 or Judy Rup at 941-794-
Island Players ready next play
The Island Players next play, "Catch Me If You
Can," opens Thursday, March 18, and continues
through April 4.
Performances will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. There are no perfor-
Tickets to the comedy-mystery written by Jack
Weinstock and Willie Gilbert can be purchased at the
box office, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, beginning
March 8. The box office will be open from 9 a.m. to 1
p.m. Monday through Saturdays, as well as an hour
The last play of the 61st season, Neil Simon's
"Prisoner of Second Avenue," is May 13-23.
For more information, call 941-778-5755.
Mixon hosts festival
The Mixon Fruit Farms in east Bradenton will
host the Orange Blossom Festival Friday, March 6,
and Saturday, March 7.
The festival will feature children's activities, an
arts and crafts fair, foods and beverages and a Chris-
tian rock band festival.
Other fruit farm events include the Concert in the
Grove at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 11, and a health and
business fair March from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday,
The farm is at 2712 26th Ave. E, Bradenton.
For more information, visit www.mixon.com.
A crowd gathers
Feb. 23 at the Studio
at Gulf and Pine,
Anna Maria, for a
reception for Jean
Water. The exhibit
of Blackburn's oil
paintings and photo-
graphs continues at
the Studio through
March 11. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
Heritage Day celebrates
By Lisa Neff
Betsy Smith will weave a story about the old days
as she weaves palm fronds into fans, used long ago
to swoosh away bugs and move the air on a wilder
Anna Maria Island.
The Gulf Drive Band will play the notes and
sing the lyrics of yesterdays, when the day-trippers
bumped over a wooden bridge to spend a day at the
And, at tables on the grounds of the Anna Maria
Island Museum complex, collectors of antiques,
memorabilia and odds and ends will remember old
The 19th annual Heritage Day Festival will take
place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at
the museum complex, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The celebration traditionally has taken place in
Anna Maria in early March, a time first set aside by
Manatee County officials who assigned each com-
munity a week to celebrate its history and heritage.
Admission to the festival is free. AMIHS raises
money about $1,800 last year with the sale of food
and beverages and the leasing of space to vendors.
Festival coordinator Melissa Williams, a member
of the AMIHS board, said more than two dozen ven-
dors have applied to set up tables and tents at the
event, including artists, craftspeople, antique dealers
and non-profit representatives.
Additionally, the festival will feature tours of
the museum and the historic cottage on the prop-
erty; visits with Smith, who will demonstrate the
skill of palm-frond weaving and music by the Gulf
Drive Band, which will perform throughout the day.
AMIHS has lined up several clowns to entertain and
is expecting an invasion of pirates.
LBK church to host
The annual Lord's Warehouse Fashion Show will
take place at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, at the
Longboat Island Chapel fellowship hall, 6200 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
The event will include a luncheon, raffle, entertain-
ment by harpist Caren Trayner and the "Fabulous Finds
from the House of Fabulous Finds" fashion show.
Tickets will cost $20.
For more information, call the chapel at 941-383-
AGAMI honors student
Ruth Burkhead, a founding member of the Art-
ists Guild of Anna Maria Island, left, high school
student Emily Beltran, 17, and art teacher Diane
Rosenbarge. AGAMI is honoring Emily as its
student of the month in March. Islander Photo:
Betsy Smith shows her skill at weaving palm
fronds, which were used as a cheap tool for con-
ditioning the air and zapping bugs. Islander File
Photo: Lisa Neff
"It's a family day," said Williams.
Tyler's Ice Cream and kettle corn will be for sale.
Also, from the old open-air jail, AMIHS volunteers
will sell boiled peanuts, water and "Jailhouse Dogs,"
which are grilled and steeped in beer. An AMIHS
specialty, Settlers' Bread, also will be for sale.
Affaire sponsorships sought
Organizers of an annual gala benefitting the Anna
Maria Island Community Center are seeking spon-
An Affaire to Remember will take place Satur-
day, April 24, at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
The event will feature live music and a DJ, silent
and live auctions, and dinner catered by Harry's Con-
tinental Kitchens of Longboat Key.
Organizers are now seeking sponsors for the
For sponsorship details, call Sharen Pittman at
941-778-0719, ext. 9203, or e-mail sharen.pittman@
Longboat club to hold tour
The Longboat Key Garden Club will hold its 34th
Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March
The tour will feature six waterfront homes 601
Weston Court, 701 Marbury Lane, 3550 Mistletoe
Lane, 3521 Bayou Point, 3440 Gulf Of Mexico Drive
and 4700 Gulf of Mexico Drive and the Longboat
Key Center for the Arts.
Admission will cost $20.
For more information, call event chair Sarah Tate
Audubon offers scholarships
The Manatee County Audubon Society is offer-
ing two $1,000 scholarships to local high school stu-
dents planning to go to college to pursue careers in
environmentalism, science or bilo '1\ ,.
Audubon is seeking students planning to pursue
"the protection of birds, wildlife and the environment
as a career."
Applications and details can be found on
the Web at www.manateeaudubon.org.
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Look what's happening
Spring semester begins for Lifelong Learning
The Lifelong Learning Academy begins its spring
semester March 8 offering a series of programs in
The academy is affiliated with the University of
South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus.
Island offerings include several fee-based
The World in Transition, an exploration of poli-
tics, environmentalism, spirituality and p,]c h1il '1.,
Monday from March 8 to April 26 at the Studio at
Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
The Enjoyment of Poetry, a study of a broad
range of poems, Wednesdays from March 10 to April
28 at the Studio.
Bradenton man writes memoir
Former Islander and Bradenton resident David
Spicer has written the memoir "A View from the
Inside ... of a Disturbed Mind: Volume I."
"Having spent my life trying to find love and hap-
piness, I have had many adventures some success-
ful, some not so successful," Spicer said in a press
release from PublishAmerica. "This book records
the many feelings and emotions I felt as I traveled
through the journey of my life thus far."
Spicer was born in Cincinnati in 1968 and moved
with his family to Anna Maria Island four years later.
While growing up, his family operated Spicer Cot-
tages in Anna Maria.
He has spent most of his life in the Island area,
with a few brief periods living and working in the
Carolinas. He owns DRS Construction Inc. of Bra-
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Preventive Medicine, a course on medical myths,
alternative medicines and other issues, Wednesdays
from March 10 to April 28 at the Studio.
Island offerings also include the following free
How Nature Influences and Inspires Human Inven-
tions, 11 a.m. March 10, Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Architecture's Nobel: The Pritzker Prize, 11
a.m. March 24, the Studio.
What Horrors Befell Some Residents of Macon
County, Ala.? The Dirty Horrors of Medical Ethics,"
11 a.m., April 7, the Center.
Watson, Crick, Wilkins: The Story of DNA, 11
a.m. April 21, the Studio.
Also, the Einstein Circle discussion group will
meet at the Studio at 11 a.m. March 17 to discuss
whether the nation is polarized," March 31 to discuss
whether "science has become too political;" April 14
to discuss "immigration: what should we do?" and
April 28 to discuss U.S. foreign policy.
For more information about the programs or to
register, call the academy at 941-359-4296 or visit
Center cancels Oscar party
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, canceled its Oscar party
scheduled for March 5.
The Center announced that the party was off
so that staff and volunteers could focus on several
upcoming events, including the upcoming Tour of
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The Whitney Plaza, 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key, will hold an antique and art fair from 9
a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 6-7.
Local artists will be featured, along with organic
produce, exotic orchids and antiques, event organizer
Stephanie Claussen of Steph's Stuff said.
Parking and admission are free.
For more information, call Stephanie at 941-383-
Harry's wine tasting for Mote
Harry's Continental Kitchens, 525 St. Jude Drive,
Longboat Key, will hold a wine tasting from 4:30
p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 10, to benefit
Mote Marine Laboratory.
Admission to the wine tasting is $10 per person
and includes sampling of wines, as well as appetiz-
ers from owner Harry Christensen's Deli and wine
cellar. All wines purchased at the deli that day and
on Thursday will be discounted 20 percent.
For more information, call 941-383-0777, send
an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or go online
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The Bridge Street Market will take place from
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in March in the lot at 107
Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
Offerings include produce, arts and crafts, jew-
elry, accessories and clothes, as well as prepared food
and live music.
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Center names tour homes
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
planning a series of events to usher in the spring
season, including its 17th annual Tour of Homes on
Saturday, March 20.
The tour will feature visits to "select Island prop-
erties," according to a news release, as well as a bou-
tique where visitors will find arts, crafts and culinary
The homes featured on the tour include: 320 63rd
St., Holmes Beach, owned by Susan Lee; 540 Key
Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, owned by Jim and
Maura Kelly; 542 67th St., Holmes Beach, owned by
Greg and Pat Shorten; 527 70th St., Holmes Beach,
owned by Bill and Kathy Cook; and 857 N. Shore
Drive, Anna Maria, owned by Erik Abrahamson.
The tour also will feature a drawing for the newly
named "Wish You Were Here" quilt. The creation of
the quilt by the Eyeland Needlers and its raffle during
the tour have become an event tradition as well as
a significant fundraiser.
Quilt chances are available at the Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. The price is $1 per ticket
or $5 for six tickets.
The Center also will be selling tour tickets, which
will cost $20.
For more information about Center programs, call
941-778-1908 or visit www.islandcommunitycenter.
Back Alley book signing
Artist Betsy Kennedy will be at the Back Alley
art gallery and coffee shop at 121 Bridge St., Braden-
ton Beach, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March
6, to hand-make custom sterling silver charms. The
public is invited to watch an artist in action.
On Friday, March 5, Back Alley will host a
mosaic stepping stone workshop beginning at 10
The cost is $25 per person and reservations are
To make a reservation, call 941-778-1800.
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sliced pies, all baked by residents. The menu c/. .
included sloppy joes, slime dogs and pulled-p. -i /
sandwiches. Islander Photos: Bonner I.
Palmetto show features Islander
The Palmetto Art Center will celebrate Post P 'I p
during a reception at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 6.
The center's Post Pop exhibit will feature llh.
work of Islander David McGough, whose phoi,-
graphs have appeared in Vanity Fair, Vogue, Playbl. -\.
Newsweek, Life, Time, People, New York Post .nd
McGough also paints and works in mixed
The show also will feature the work of former
Islander staff member Carrie Price Whaley, who
owns Innervisions Gallery in The Village of the Arts
The art center is at 907 Fifth St. W., Palmetto.
For more information, call 941-518-2109.
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Court upholds Koenigs' conviction
By Lisa Neff
A Florida appeals court has upheld the convic-
tion of the Bradenton Beach man who shot Island
businesswoman Sue Normand in December 2007.
The Second District Court of Appeals issued its
opinion without comment.
In August 2008, a jury convicted Koenigs for
shooting Normand in her Island
Mail & More store and threaten-
ing to shoot two law enforcement
officers trying to arrest him on
the Gulf of Mexico shore Dec.
Koenigs was convicted of
one count of aggravated battery
Koenigs with a firearm and two counts of
aggravated assault on law enforcement.
Manatee County Circuit Court Judge Diana
Moreland sentenced him to 40 years in prison.
Soon after the sentencing, public defender James
Marion Moorman and special assistant to the public
defender Chandra Waite appealed, asserting in their
brief that the trial court "abused its discretion in deny-
ing appellant's motion for mistrial after the prosecu-
tor flagrantly and seemingly intentionally violated
an order in limine by asking a question deliberately
posed to extract prejudicial testimony." "In limine"
means "at the threshold," and refers to a motion made
before the start of a trial.
Koenigs' defense attorney had made an oral
motion to prohibit Normand from giving an opinion
as to whether Koenigs intended to shoot her because
her answer could only be speculative.
The appeal brief stated that the judge granted the
motion, stating, "As to 'and did you finally decide
whether he did it intentionally,' that question is not
going to come in."
Normand did not testify about her opinion, but
Koenigs' defense maintains that the prosecution tried
to introduce the victim's opinion through another wit-
ness, Terri Davis, a detective with the Holmes Beach
Police Department when the shooting occurred.
The prosecutor asked Davis about an interview
with Normand: "At that point when Ms. Normand
finished speaking to you, when she told you the story,
had she told you ai'n\ hin., or did she gesture in any
way, or indicate amn thing to you, that indicated to you
that what she had described ... to you was acciden-
Koenigs' defense attorney at the trial objected
to the question, which led to a lengthy discussion
between the judge, the prosecutor and the defense
attorney over whether the prosecution was trying to
introduce to the jury Normand's opinion as to whether
the shooting was accidental or intentional.
Koenigs' defense sought a mistrial, but the judge
declined, instead offering a "correction" on the
In the appeal brief, the defense attorneys wrote,
"Appellant's motion for mistrial should have been
granted because the prejudicial question violated the
in limine order and was posed during the state's case-
in-chief. At which time, reversible error occurred."
Answering the appeal, the Florida Attorney Gen-
eral's Office defended the conviction.
Tonja Rene Vickers, an assistant attorney general,
responded, arguing that the judge issued a curative
instruction corrected the record to the jury and
"a new trial is unwarranted."
"A mistrial," she said, "should be granted only
in circumstances where the error committed was so
prejudicial as to vitiate the entire trial."
Vickers said the state presented evidence to rebut the
defense claim that the shooting was accidental, includ-
ing a lab analyst's testimony that 8 pounds of pressure
was required to pull the trigger of Koenigs' gun.
The appeals court issued a single-page opinion
that "affirmed" the lower court's conviction.
Koenigs is in prison at the Florida Reception and
Medical Center in Union County. His current release
date is Dec. 21, 2046.
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Stoltzfus questions MCSO sidewalk interpretation
By Rick Catlin
In the opinion of Anna Maria City Commissioner
Harry Stoltzfus, driving across a sidewalk is the same
as driving upon a sidewalk.
In Florida, driving on a sidewalk is a no-no, but
in Anna Maria, the question is if driving upon a side-
walk is the same as driving across a sidewalk.
Sgt. Dave Turner of the Manatee County Sher-
iff's Office Anna Maria substation said at a recent
commission meeting that driving across a sidewalk
is permitted and it's not the same as driving upon a
Stoltzfus asked if Turner's interpretation regard-
ing "upon" was his own interpretation.
"It seems to me," Stoltzfus wrote in a Feb. 17
memo, "a vehicle crossing a sidewalk, unless on a
designated driveway, is performing an illegal opera-
tion. I'm not sure how you can cross a sidewalk with-
out driving upon it."
Turner replied that he did considerable research
and spoke with two senior officers about "upon" and
"across." He said both officers agreed with his inter-
Turner also said the driveway is the exception to
"Of course, I could be wrong. It would not be the
first time. It would not be the first time a group of us
were w 'n'i ." said Turner.
Turner, who has been in law enforcement since
1978, said that he's a deputy, not an attorney. He
suggested Stoltzfus contact the Florida Attorney
General's Office for an interpretation of driving on a
sidewalk or across a sidewalk.
Attorney Valerie Fernandez, representing Pine
Avenue Restoration LLC, the developer of several
retail-office-residential projects on Pine Avenue,
chimed in with a letter to city attorney Jim Dye, sup-
porting Turner's position.
Driving a vehicle upon a sidewalk is the same
as driving down a sidewalk, she said, but it's not the
same as driving across a sidewalk.
"This interpretation is also consistent with Flor-
ida case law," Fernandez said.
Stoltzfus maintains that the city incorrectly
approved PAR projects because vehicles enter those
complexes to park by crossing a sidewalk. In his
opinion, that's illegal under the city code and state
He's asked the commission on at least two occa-
sions to declare a moratorium on approval of site plans
in the retail-office-residential district until language in
the code is changed to clearly prohibit driving across a
sidewalk and require all parking to be on-site.
city to spend tax dollars for staff and to light the
building so they can make a comment?"
The mayor said the city charter only dictates
one city commission meeting a month. "Under the
Sunshine Law, meetings have to be open to the
public," Bohnenberger added, "but under the law,
we're not required to accept any public comment
at a work session."
Bohnenberger also said that the public has
opportunities the prior week to make a com-
Commissioner David Zaccagnino has sided with
Sheridan on the issue, saying that the city should
meet, if only to allow public comment. "And if
there's nothing to do," he said, "we go home."
Zaccagnino said commissioners encourage
Island residents to attend meetings to make com-
"But word is getting out about our canceled
meetings," Zaccagnino said, "and we have people
show up and our doors are locked and our lights
"The meetings are in the paper," Bohnenberger
said. "They should look."
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Andy Sheridan, a Holmes Beach resident who
ran unsuccessfully for city commission last fall,
has questioned the city commission about the lack
Four meetings were canceled in the four-month
period from November through February.
Sheridan said that canceled meetings rob
citizens of their chance to participate in govern-
Commission Chair Sandy Haas-Martens said
that if there's nothing on the agenda, there's no
reason to hold a meeting. Moreover, she said,
canceled meetings are common during the winter
"How can we keep so many part-time resi-
dents happy and give them the ability to come to
meetings if we're cancelling half the meetings?"
Sheridan asked at the Feb. 22 meeting.
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need to apply at city hall to be on the agenda.
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AME student learns to help others
Ten-year-old Chasten Whitfield is a fourth-
grader at Anna Maria Elementary School. She goes
to classes, has friends and makes good grades. But
outside of AME, Chasten is busy trying to help other
It all started when Chasten's friend Madison was
diagnosed with cancer five years ago and Chasten
was faced with the harsh realities of the disease.
But rather than watch from the sidelines, she
decided to fight back and raise money to find a cure
for the disease that affects so many.
Eventually Madison was cured and Chasten
found another inspiration to continue her cause. After
reading a newsletter from St. Jude Children Research
Hospital, one child in the publication touched Madi-
son on a personal level.
"She watched one child closely: Big Ben. His
dad was a fireman like her dad, and when Chasten's
brother was born, she kept saying he looked like Big
Ben," said mom Kappi Whitfield.
Unfortunately, Big Ben lost his battle with cancer,
but Chasten would not let his memory fade away with
Today this fourth-grader continues to raise money
for the St. Jude Children Research Hospital.
It all started by selling Hannah Montana post-
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garage sales and other ways to help find a cure.
After one fundraiser last July, Chasten's family
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in his hand. While the tumor is not cancer, it is still
aggressive. And after multiple surgeries, the tumor
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Chasten raised $500 last year and has set her goal
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"Chasten has done this for so many years now,
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sure to let people know that even 50 cents can go a
long way in cancer research.
St. Jude is currently treating 11 kids from Mana-
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find a cure for them and others.
There is only one goal Chasten has her eyes set
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March 23, Kiwanis Club grandparents pro-
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20 E MARCH 3, 2010 U THE ISLANDER
Gangs force police to increase Island presence
By Rick Catlin
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office plans to
increase the number of deputies on Anna Maria Island
on weekends because of concern for an increase in
gang activity. The MCSO also will increase its pres-
ence on holidays such as spring break, Easter and
Cinco de Mayo.
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford told city com-
missioners at their Feb. 25 meeting that she has
received information from the MCSO that it will add
deputies and increase beach, foot and vehicle patrols
during these times, particularly holiday weekends.
"They are going to add coverage, but not at city
expense," she said.
The mayor added that the MCSO has noticed
increased gang activity on the Island and is taking a
"pro-active" approach toward crime prevention.
Island law enforcement agencies routinely
increase the number of deputies and officers on duty
during periods of substantially increased visitor traf-
fic to the Island. In previous years, the MCSO also
has added horse and foot patrols at Coquina Beach.
About three years ago, a Coquina Beach shooting
Easter weekend left one man seriously injured. The
shooting was gang related, police said.
Commissioners sailed through a number of items,
but delayed discussion of parking and density issues
until a joint commission-planning and zoning board
meeting March 4.
Barford reported that Phase I of the city's master
stormwater drainage plan is about 40 percent complete.
The mayor also reported that the Manatee County
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boundaries of the city out from the water's edge.
The new boundary now includes both piers in the
city, the Galati Marina, portions of Bimini Bay, and
enough boundary out from the water's edge to allow
the city to issue dock construction permits.
Last year, a dock permit application triggered a
discovery that city jurisdiction ends at the water's
Eric Basinger of the Manatee County Chamber
of Commerce Economic Development Council made
a presentation on an across-the-board $35 per-year
tax on every business in Manatee County. The funds
will go to the development council to promote new
business in the county.
Basinger said the money has to be called a tax
- not a fee by law, and will be collected by the
Manatee County Tax Collector.
The county's business base needs expansion, said
Basinger, and he hoped business owners would find
no problem with a tax used to create more business
- business that could benefit their business.
Manatee County administrator Ed Hunzeker said
he hoped to convince each city to donate its share of
the tax to the development council's budget.
"This is business enabling business to make more
business," he said.
The funds will be used to send Basinger and other
business representatives to major United States and
world markets to convince business owners to move
to Manatee County.
"We need to sell Manatee County to the United
States and the world," Basinger said.
And the jobs created are not intended to be low-
wage, manual labor, said Hunzeker.
The target markets for new jobs are in aerospace,
defense, corporate and financial headquarters, hi-tech
manufacturing, medical-device manufacturing and
sports performance, he said.
The goal is to create a job that pays between
$35,000 and $40,000 or more, or at least 125 percent
of the average Manatee County annual income, Hun-
Manatee County Commissioners will vote on the
ordinance this month, and the tax would have a five-
year sunset. If it hasn't generated more high-paying
jobs for the county after five years, the tax would not
be renewed, Hunzeker noted.
Commission Chairman John Quam asked if the
tax would apply to home rentals.
Hunzeker said it would apply to those people
who have purchased a business license with either
the city or county.
After Quam said that Anna Maria does not require
a business license for people to rent homes, Hunzeker
indicated there would be no enforcement issue. Plan-
ning for the tax includes the fact that some people
likely won't pay, he said.
The county is not going to "send out a team of
auditors to find them. We're not going to hire any extra
people to run the program," Hunzeker pledged.
No variance needed
Commissioners determined that Larry and Deb
Berkery of South Bay Boulevard don't need a vari-
ance to build a swimming pool.
A 1996 variance reduced setbacks on the lot to
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Island police blotter
Nov. 19, 100 block of Maple Avenue, disturbance.
An officer responded in reference to a disturbance,
where he observed a man knocking on the complain-
ant's door. The officer advised the man to leave the
property, and someone escorted the man home.
Nov. 20, South Bay Boulevard and Pine Avenue,
information. An officer responded to a call from a res-
taurant where wires were lying across Pine Avenue.
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allow the fire department access to the property in the
event of a fire, said building official Bob Welch. But
after sprinklers were installed in the house, the fire
department withdrew its request for access, he said.
Commissioner Chuck Webb said modifying the
existing variance to bring the setbacks back to what
the city requires will give the Berkerys enough room
to build their pool.
Webb observed that the city has numerous
requests for a waiver of the special event permit fee
and suggested the issue be discussed at a commission
Many organizations that ask for a waiver just
don't realize how much inconvenience a special
permit application is for city staff. The idea of a fee
for a special event permit was for the city to recover
some of its costs.
The problem arises from one organization obtain-
ing a waiver and the next organization making an
application believes it is entitled to a waiver.
"Some people just can't be pleased," said
pedestrian traffic and called Florida Power and
Nov. 24, 10005 Gulf Drive, loitering. Someone
came to city hall and told city officials that a man
was sleeping in a car outside city hall. An officer
interviewed the loiterer, who was warned about tres-
Nov. 18, Midge Court, Pines Trailer Park, aggra-
vated assault. An officer responded to a complainant,
who said a man was bothering a construction worker.
The complainant said the man was demanding that
items be moved from around neighboring trailers so
he could have bricks moved from behind his trailer.
The complainant had an argument with the men, and,
according to the police report, one man raised his
cane and threatened to hit the complainant.
Nov. 20, 100 block of Seventh Street North, prop-
erty damage. A complainant called the Bradenton
Beach Police Department and said that a decorative
barrier had been knocked down.
Nov. 22, 1105 Gulf Drive North, criminal mis-
chief. An officer responded to a report that someone
stuck a water hose into a residence and turned the
water on. The second floor of the house was found
to be flooded.
Nov. 24, 2513 Gulf Drive N., Circle K. Trespass
warning. An officer responded to the Circle K, where
the store clerk said that a man known to have com-
mitted a past theft at the store had shown up again.
Feb. 18, 3300 block of Sixth Avenue, theft. An
officer responded to call of a suspected theft and met
with the complainant, who said his son had been stay-
ing with him and several things were missing from
the dwelling. The complainant said his son had taken
several things from the house and pawned them.
THE ISLANDER U MARCH 3, 2010 E 21
Island real estate sales
5300 Gulf Drive, Unit 206, Martinique North,
Holmes Beach, a 1,057 sfla / 1,169 sfur 2bed/2bath
Gulffront condo with shared pool built in 1971 was
sold 02/10/10, Shardell to Best for $580,000.
210 67th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,830 sfla / 3,576
sfur 4bed/4bath/lcar pool home built in 1963 on a
75x105 lot was sold 02/08/10, Beach Ranch LLC to
Simonye for $555,000; list $579,000.
6301 Holmes Blvd, Unit B, Turtle Crawl, Holmes
Beach, a 1,850 sfla / 2,863 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car land
condo with pool built in 2005 was sold 02/12/10,
Mills to Tomar Products Corp. for $499,000; list
3303 Gulf Drive, Unit 1, Sea Pirate, Holmes
Beach, a 700 sfla 2bed/ Ibath condo with shared pool
built in 1969 was sold 02/09/10, Ashe to Doctora for
$215,000; list $240,000.
107 Eighth St. S., Unit 4, Island Getaway, Bra-
denton Beach, a 570 sfla / 650 sfur 2bed/ bath condo
built in 1940 was sold 02/11 /10, Federal Home Loan
Mortgage Corporation to Rock Steady Management
Inc. for $80,325; list $89,900.
Featured sale: This Turtle Crawl land condo at
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Wednesday, March 3
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce business lunch at Lee Roy Selmon's, 6510 Cortez Road
W., Bradenton. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
1:15 p.m. Gulf Coast Writers meeting with guest speaker
Cathy Roller presenting "What Writers Need To Know About Read-
ing" at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.
3 p.m. After Hours Book Club meets at Tingley Memorial
Library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-
Friday, March 5
1:30 p.m. Seminar on low-vision with speakers from the
Lighthouse of Manasota, Talking Books Library, Magnifying Aids
and Florida Division of Blind Services at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
5:30 p.m. Reception forAnna Maria Island Art League stu-
dents at the league gallery, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
5:30 p.m. Artist reception for watercolorist Anne Abgott at
Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. -Artist reception for Paula Schoenwether
at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Saturday, March 6
8 a.m. Whitey Horton Memorial Golf Tournament hosted
by the Anna Maria Island Privateers at River Run Golf Links, is
CANCELED. Information, refunds: 941-447-0993.
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rummage sale at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
10 a.m. to noon Watercolor painting on glass demonstra-
tion by Dee Pastorius at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Heritage Day Festival at the Anna Maria
Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
3 p.m. "Vienna to Broadway" concert featuring soprano
Carole Cornman and tenor Robert Luchetti accompanied by Lurray
Myers at the Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-1638. Fee applies.
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5 to 7 p.m. Cub Scout Pack 7, spaghetti fundraiser dinner
with music by The Island Rockers at Roser Memorial Community
Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-737-2377.
Sunday, March 7
1 to 5 p.m. Anna Maria Island Privateers Car, Truck and
Bike show featuring live music by Shineola at Mexicali Border Cafe,
5502 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information: 214-714-3953.
Tuesday, March 9
Noon -Anna Maria Island Rotary Club presents "Protecting
the Future of Our Seniors" with guest attorney Donna Sobel at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Wednesday, March 10
11 a.m. Lecture on "How Nature Influences and Inspires
Human Inventions" at the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players meeting
at Harry's Continental Kitchens, 525 St. Judes Drive, Longboat
Key. Information: 941-518-4431.
First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Artists Guild of
Anna Maria at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American
Legion Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for
the public. Fee applies. Information: 941-794-3390.
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Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge Club at
the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Infor-
Wednesday, 1 to 3 p.m., Irish Dancers host dances with
instruction at the Tequila Beach Sports Grille, 7423 Manatee
Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-778-2416. Partners not
Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support
group at the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource
Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information:
The third Wednesday of each month, noon, the Anna Maria
Island Garden Club meets at Roser Memorial Community Church,
512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2809.
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horse-
shoes in the pits atAnna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
Thursday, 6 p.m., Co-Dependents Anonymous group
meets on the Island. Call for location: 508-815-7378.
Friday, 11 a.m., Over 39ers group meets at Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets
at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Open-air market at 107 Bridge
St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
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Through March 7, "Curtains" at Manatee Players, 102 12th St.
W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.
Thursday, March 4
6 to 10:30 p.m. "En Plein Air Affair" gourmet dinner and
dancing at the Longboat Key Club Harbour side, 301 Gulf of Mexico
Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2345. Fee applies.
Saturday, March 6
8 a.m. Two-day boating class at the U.S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary Flotilla 81, G.T. Bray Park, 5801 33 rd Ave. Drive W.,
Bradenton. Information: 941-758-5500.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Home and Garden Tour sponsored by
the Longboat Key Garden Club, various locations including the
LBK Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key.
Information: 941-383-0117. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Orange Blossom Festival at Mixon
Fruit Farm, 2712 26th Ave. E., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-
4 to 9 p.m. Baseball Night at the Museum at South Flor-
ida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. Information: 941-746-
7 to 9 p.m. Quantum Mechanics discussion with Jeff Rod-
gers at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton.
5 to 9 p.m. Opening night of "Post POP" show at the
Palmetto Art Center, 907 Fifth Street W., Palmetto. Exhibit runs
through March 30. Information: 941-518-2109.
Sunday, March 7
Noon to 6p.m. Orange Blossom Festival at Mixon Fruit Farm,
2712 26th Ave. E., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5829.
Tuesday, March 9
12:30 p.m. Lord's Warehouse Fashion Show at the Long-
boat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
Information: 941-383-6491. Fee applies.
March 11, Concert in the Grove, Mixon Fruit Farm.
March 12, Health and Business Expo, Mixon Fruit Farm.
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March 12, Rotary Club "An Evening at Casino Royale."
March 12, For Arts Sake silent art auction and reception,
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March 13, Religious Art and Artifact Exhibit, Episcopal
Church of the Annunciation.
March 13, AMI Privateers Thieves Market, Coquina
March 13, Acrylic art demonstration, Island Gallery West.
March 13, Book sale, Tingley Memorial Library.
March 13-14, Anna Maria Island Art League "Springfest,"
Holmes Beach City Field.
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March 17, St. Patrick's Day dinner, St. Bernard Catholic
March 18, Catch Me If You Can, Island Players.
March 20, Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes.
March 21, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra
Operetta "The Gypsy Baron."
March 23, First Annual Coastal Orthopedics Spelling Bee.
March 26, DeSoto Heritage Festival begins.
March 27, Island's Got Talent Show.
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Playoff seeds set for youth football season
By Kevin Cassidy
The seedings are set for the NFL Flag Football
playoffs and a possible spot in the 2010 Super Bowl.
There were no surprises as the top spot in the division
standings hasn't really changed since the midway
point of the season.
Tortilla Bay Dolphins in Division III, Ross Built
Raiders in Division II and Tapes Tennis Titans in
Division I earned what is supposed to be the easier
route to their respective Super Bowl championships
The only late surge was made by the BeachHouse
Cardinals, languishing in last place only two weeks
ago and now in third place. That might not sound
like a major push, but it allows them to avoid top
seeded Tortilla Bay Dolphins in the first round of
the playoffs, which get started Wednesday, March 3,
culminating with the Super Bowl games Saturday,
In NFL Flag Football action last week, Josh
Zawistoski ran for 188 yards and three touchdowns
to lead Island Real Estate Ravens past Holy Cow
Cowboys 26-22 in 10-12 division action Feb. 24.
The win helped the Ravens clinch the No. 3 seed in
the playoffs. Zawistoski also passed for 55 yards,
including a touchdown pass to Mat Denigris-Manger,
who finished with 45 receiving yards. Zawistoski led
the defensive effort as well with 10 flag pulls, while
Denigris-Manger, Trent Boring and Brandon Blan-
ford each added two pulls in the victory.
Quarterback Zach Stewart passed for 92 yards,
ran for 58 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns to
lead the Cowboys, which also received 70 yards of
total offense and a touchdown from Burke McCamp-
bell-Hill. Henrik Hellem-Brusso ran for 42 yards and
added 49 receiving yards and a two-point conversion
Al Saunders, Claude
Mika and Al Cini work
on rods and reels. The
three men, working
with the Anna Maria
Island Privateers, have
helped give away more
than 1,700 rods and
reels to children. Fish-
ing gear is collected at
a variety of locations,
including The Islander,
5414 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, then
cleaned, examined and
repaired by Cini, Miki
and Saunders, who
also makes and sells
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in the loss for the Cowboys.
McCampbell-Hill led the defense with five flag
pulls, while Mikey Ellsworth, Cooper Hardy and
Hellem-Brusso each finished with one pull.
Galati Yacht Sales Raiders defeated Lapensee
Plumbing Ravens 35-20 in Division I action Feb.
24. Aaron Van Hook ran for 129 yards, including a
touchdown and an extra point, to lead the Raiders,
which also received 129 passing yards and three TD
passes from Daniel Doyle. He connected with Luke
Shakelford for one score and Anna Maria Galati for
two touchdowns in the victory.
The Raiders had a strong defensive performance
led by Van Hook, who had three pulls and an inter-
ception that he returned for a touchdown. Doyle and
Galati each contributed three flag pulls, while Shake-
lford had an interception.
The Ravens were led by Tommy Price, who
had 48 receiving yards and a touchdown on offense
and added five flag pulls and two interceptions and
a touchdown on defense. Rainia Lardas scored the
other touchdown for the Ravens, which also received
56 passing yards from Hunter Parish in the loss.
Tapes Tennis Titans wrapped up the No. 1 seed
in Division I thanks to a 34-25 victory over second-
place Anna Maria Oyster Bar Panthers Feb. 24. QB
Austin Ferrer paced the Titans with 154 passing
yards, 54 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Max Miller had 62 receiving yards, a touchdown, an
extra point and a two-point conversion, while Kyle
Parsons added 47 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Chandler Hardy paced the defense with an
interception that he returned for a touchdown, while
Miller led the team with five flag pulls. Ferrer added
four flag pulls and an interception, while Nick Mello
finished with two flag pulls and a sack.
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The Panthers were led by Christian Hightow-
er's 103 passing yards and three touchdown passes.
Jordan Grabski added 102 yards of offense, including
one touchdown, while Liam Cassidy finished with 40
receiving yards and a touchdown. Carolyn Cullinan
completed the Panther scoring with one touchdown.
Hightower led the Panther defense with six flag pulls,
while Grabski added one pull and an interception in
The BeachHouse Cardinals served notice that
they are a team to be reckoned with in the playoffs
with a 30-12 victory over first-place Tortilla Bay Dol-
phins Feb. 22. The Cardinals rushed for an incredible
266 yards led by 112 yards and two touchdowns from
Alexander Buttram. Tyler Pearson chipped in with 99
and a pair of touchdowns for the Cardinals, which
also received a touchdown from Brooke Capparelli
in the victory.
Buttram led the Cardinal defense with eight flag
pulls, while Masen Blandford added an interception.
Pearson finished with three pulls, while Cameron
Pasco added two in the big win.
Ethan Bertrand ran for 64 yards and added 55
receiving yards and a touchdown to lead the Dol-
phins, which also received 61 rushing yards from
Hannah McCracken. Trent Shackelford rounded out
the Dolphin offense with 60 passing yards.
Bertrand also led the defense with 10 flag pulls,
while McCracken added seven in the loss.
Anna Maria Oyster Bar Panthers plundered the
Galati Yacht Sales Raiders to the tune of a 51-26 shel-
lacking in Division I action Feb. 22. Christian Hight-
ower threw for 197 yards and five touchdowns to lead
the Panthers, which also received 135 receiving yards
and four touchdowns from Jordan Grabski. Christian
Hightower added a touchdown, while James Hardy
also found the end zone for the Panthers.
Grabski added to the Panther scoring when he
took an interception to the house. Christian Hight-
ower led the Panthers with four flag pulls and two
interceptions, while Lauren Hightower added one flag
pull and a QB sack in the victory.
Aaron Van Hook's 97 passing yards, 87 rushing
yards and two touchdowns led the Raiders, which
PLEASE SEE SPORTS, NEXT PAGE
Coast Guard auxiliary offers
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81
also will offer a two-part boating class in March.
The first session will take place at 8 a.m. Satur-
day, March 6, and the second session at 8 a.m.
Saturday, March 13.
Sessions will take place at the group's head-
quarters in G.T. Bray Park, 5801 33rd Ave. Drive
For more information about the Coast Guard
program, call 941-758-5500.
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Schools of Gulf redfish invade inshore waters
By Nick Walter
Some big schools of redfish from the Gulf of
Mexico invaded Sarasota Bay last week, although
they reportedly were tough to track down.
Unfortunately for anglers, there has not been a
break in the cold, windy weather. Some forecasters
are calling for the weather pattern of a cold front
every few days to continue for the next month. That
means anglers will have to pick and choose their days
One of the best options has been fishing in canals
for redfish and sheepshead. Also, the action can be
hot offshore if an angler can dodge rough weather.
Tight regulations the past two years on grouper and
snapper, coupled with high gas prices, has resulted
in fewer anglers plying the offshore waters. Grouper,
meanwhile, is still catch and release until April 1.
Anglers are patiently waiting a run of Spanish
mackerel and kingfish that, depending on the harsh-
ness of the winter, comes between February and
But bait is still scarce in the area, making shrimp,
cut baits and stinky artificial baits a priority. Bringing
a variety of baits along when fishing is important in
such mercurial conditions.
James Followell from the Sunshine Skyway
south fishing pier said he's only seen anglers catch
sheepshead and silver trout. "Spanish mackerel won't
come around until the water heats up and the bait is
back," he said. "There might have been a few Spanish
mackerel floating around."
Kim Shearer from Annie's Bait & Tackle said
that Capt. Mark Johnston of Legend Fishing Charters
took three generations of Martins fishing. She said the
grandfather was from Longboat Key, the father from
Buffalo, N.Y., and the son from Houston. She said they
caught lots of sheepshead and redfish. She added that
Capt. Sam Kimball, also of Legend Fishing Charters,
is doing real well with grouper, snapper and grunts.
Brady Robertson from Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina said he heard a report of a nice
school of redfish in Sarasota Bay, and another of a
man who came to the marina reporting amberjack,
blackfin tuna and a 40-pound gag grouper in 60-foot-
deep water. "I'm real surprised," Robertson said. "I
don't know of any springs in 60 feet of water. But I
don't know et \ thl1il., either."
Bob Kilb from the Rod & Reel Pier said there's
been occasional sheepshead caught, but not much else.
"I've seen people out here dii i\\ing jigs and they aren't
catching anything," Kilb said. He said once in awhile
an angler will catch a shark. "It just ain't happening and
ain't going to happen until the water warms up." Kilb
said. "This time of the year, guys should be catching
sheepshead like crazy. Guys are working their tails off
to get maybe one or two."
Rocky Corby from Anna Maria City Pier said
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there's still no bait around. He's only seen a couple
sheepshead landed. "It's pretty pitiful out here still,"
Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime Fishing
Charters said that he has been concentrating on red-
fish and speckled trout, and that the redfish are feed-
ing around deep-water docks. The speckled trout are
in the deep grass, at the edges of potholes and in the
canals. Howard's bait of choice has been live select
shrimp, and he expects shiners to make an appearance
once the water temperature hits 68 degrees.
Capt. Warren Girle said he has seen a lot of
redfish between 28-30 inches, or 6-10 pounds, show-
ing up in Sarasota Bay. He said some new redfish
schools from the Gulf, white in appearance, have
shown. "There's some other ones that got mixed in
with the turtle grass and have got color to them now,"
Girle said. "Beautiful bronze fish." He said the Gulf
redfish have been around for almost two weeks and
have been hitting RT slugs in golden bream.
Capt. Rick Gross of the charter boat Fishy Busi-
ness out of Catchers said he's been hooking mostly
trout and redfish. He's also heard reports of sheep-
shead around Egmont Key. "There are a lot of fish in
there, but they're not biting well," Gross said.
Gross also noticed that snook in canals were
hit particularly hard by last month's freeze. "I think
some survivors will come out of the river," Gross
said. "But the ones in the canals took a beating. I'm
hoping too that there were a lot of snook that went
offshore into artificial reefs and areas like that and
those fish all made it. Those would mainly be breeder
fish out there. They'll come in and do their spawning
thing and hopefully they'll keep the fishery in decent
Gross said that, unfortunately, it may take about
a mess of
and a redfish,
six years to replace the numbers of snook that were
in the area before the freeze.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish
Charters out of Cortez Fishing Center said in his
couple trips he's taken in the past week, there were as
many amberjack as an angler can handle in 120 feet of
depth, as well as banded rudderfish, mangrove snap-
per, yellowtail snapper, porgeys, triggerfish and lemon
sharks. There were a few grouper, which remain catch
and release until the open harvest begins April 1.
"If it warms up," McGuire said, "we'll start get-
ting the kingfish runs through here, and cobia."
Capt. Zach Zacharias of the DEE JAY II out
of Parrot Cove Marina said that one trip this past
week produced an exemplary catch of sheepshead,
redfish, speckled trout and black drum. He said the
Monday trip was on one of the only nice days of the
week, and even then the wind was cranking out of the
south in front of another cold front. "Folks that are
not taking advantage of the few nice days between
fronts are missing out on a lot of top-notch winter
action hereabouts," Zacharias said.
He said the redfish, sheepshead and drum have
been found around highly structured areas in the local
bays and have been feeding well when the tides are
good. Incoming tides have been the best producers
and live shrimp has been the ticket for rod-bending
action. He said the speckled trout have been coop-
erating on a variety of artificial offerings and live
shrimp in a wide variety of locales, ranging from the
open bay waters to backwater canals, channels and
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By Rick Catlin
Brandon residents Melissa Dearing and Chris
Varga will enjoy their upcoming wedding on Anna
They were the grand-prize winners of a wedding
courtesy of the Tortuga Club of Bradenton Beach.
Tortuga Club owner David Teitelbaum said the
winners of the Seashells Wedding Bells Win-A-
Wedding contest received three nights in a deluxe
apartment, a bottle of Champagne, box of Belgian
chocolates and an arrangement of white roses.
Included in the grand prize was a $100 gift card
for dining at any of three participating Island res-
taurants, bride and groom T-shirts and special room
discounts for members of the wedding party.
Dearing and Varga drew the winning shell from
a Tiffany Star Vase that held 582 other shells.
For more information on the Tortuga Club, call
Sailing school a pro
Seaduced Watercraft Adventures, 402 Church
Ave., Bradenton Beach, recently received approval
from the American Sailing Association as the only
professional sailing facility in Manatee County.
Director of operations Larry Kinder said the
sailing classes and training include the basics of sail-
ing to advanced sailing and navigation.
Head sailing instructor Capt. Brad Lockwood
said that by becoming an ASA facility, "We bring a
great deal of structure to our classes and international
recognition of our students sailing skills."
Seaduced Watercraft Adventures operated boats
out of Bradenton Beach Marina and in Palmetto.
For more information, call 941-778-2288.
SPORTS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
also received 72 receiving yards, including a touch-
down and an extra point, from Garrison Clark. Luke
Shackelford added 42 receiving yards and a touch-
down and Michael Galati had an extra point to round
out the Raider scoring in the loss.
Van Hook paced the Raiders with six flag pulls
and an interception, while Shackelford and Michael
Galati each finished with two pulls. Anna Maria
Galati and Clark each contributed a flag pull and a
sack for the Raiders.
Austin Ferrer passed for 165 yards and two
touchdowns, while also running for 60 yards and a
touchdown during Tapes Tennis Titans' 26-6 victory
over Lapensee Plumbing Ravens in Division I action
Feb. 22. Chandler Hardy led all receivers with 79
yards and a touchdown, while Nick Papazian added
41 receiving yards and a touchdown. Kyle Parsons
finished with 79 yards of total offense and a touch-
down to round out the Titan offense.
The Titan defense was led by five flag pulls and
two interceptions from Ferrer and a pair of intercep-
tions from Parsons. Papazian added three pulls, while
Patrick Edwards and Hardy finished with two flag
Hunter Parrish scored the lone Raven touchdown,
while Chris Pate, Tommy Price and Olivia Roemer
combined for 104 passing yards in the loss. Price,
Pate and Alex Bernhard led the Raven defense with
three flag pulls each, while Parrish had two and
Rainia Lardas and Roemer each finished with one.
Key Royale golf news
The men of the Key Royale Club in Holmes
Beach played an 18-hole, low-net-of-partners game
Feb. 24. The team of Ron Pritchard and Jim Shepard
combined to card a 1-under-par 63 to take first-place
honors and the biu,,inii rights that go along with it.
New pain treatment
Acupuncture doctor Tricia Graziano of Island
Acupuncture, 9805 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, recently
completed a three-day seminar on back pain and is
now certified in a new procedure for treating lower
back pain and sciatica.
Graziano, who holds a doctorate in acupuncture
medicine, said the new technique uses a "combina-
tion of physical therapy and acupuncture that enables
a person to achieve dramatic results."
For more information, call 941-773-6134.
Giving Back does give back
Sue Thomas of the Giving Back store at 5312
Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, has been open just
three weeks, but thanks to some support from Island-
ers, has already written three checks to charitable
Thomas said the first check was for $1,000 to
Feed the Children in Haiti.
Other checks include $150 to the Breast Cancer
60-mile walk, and $250 to the Ministry of Presence
for rice and beans for the children at an orphanage in
Future donations include the All Island Denom-
inations Food Bank, the Renaissance Program at
Manatee High School and athletic scholarships to
the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Giving Back is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tues-
day through Saturday in the north room of the Anna
Maria Art League Building.
The shop has furniture, antiques and original art,
including some work by Susan's husband, Richard
Thomas, as well as unique home and garden items
Proceeds from sales are given to charity.
Second place went to Bob Terhar and Peter Proxy
with a 65, while Bob Kral and Gino DiClemente
carded a 66 to finish in a tie for third place with Ed
Havlik and Paul Proxy.
The Key Royale Club women played a nine-
hole, individual-low-gross game on Feb. 23. Flight
AA winner was Penny Williams with a 3-over-par
35, while Marcia Helgeson's 42 was good enough for
the top spot in Flight A. Joyce Brown was one shot
back in second place, while Nancy King took third
with a 45. Flight C saw a tie for first between Barb
Harrold and Sally Martin with a pair of matching
49s, while Terry Westby took third place with a 50.
Margaret Schuller carded a 51 to take first place in
Flight D, two shots ahead of second-place finishers
Nell Bergstrom and Mary Miller.
Karl Wencker and Bob Dickinson combined to
fire an even-par 64 to win the Feb. 22 low-net-of-
partners-game. One shot back in second place was the
team of Dave Schroer and Ed Daily. Earl Ritchie rode
a hole-in-one on hole eight by partner Jim Shepard
to a 67, which put them in a four-way tie for third
place with the teams of Jerry Brown and Fred Meyer,
Chuck Reed and Dana Cessna and Web Cutting and
owner, cuts the ribbon
for her new store,
Painted Fence, at the
Red Barn Flea Market.
h,.'. is joined by her
mother, Sandra Fenste-
Maria Island ( /i..,am- o
of Commerce president
Mary Ann Brockman,
joined the Island cham-
ber as part of her mar-
keting strategy for the
store. Islander Photo:
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce will hold a business luncheon from 11:30 a.m.
to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, at Lee Roy Selmon's,
6510 Cortez Road W., Bradenton.
The cost of the luncheon is $15 per person and
reservations are required.
On Wednesday, March 10, the chamber will hold
its Sunrise Breakfast from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Free-
dom Village, 6406 21st Ave. W., Bradenton.
The cost is $8 per person and reservations are
For more information on the luncheon or break-
fast, call 941-778-1541.
New to the chamber
In February, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce welcomed the following new members:
Emerson's Humor, 5306 Holmes Blvd., No.
700, Holmes Beach, Emerson Quillon, 941-799-
Holy Cow Ice Cream, 3234 E. Bay Drive,
Holmes Beach, Bin Stewart, 941-779-0690.
Green Girl Designs, P.O. Box 1516, Holmes
Beach, Jocelyn Greene, 941-779-2590.
SOMA Diner, 616 10th St., Bradenton, Tonya
Got a new business going up in Anna Maria Island,
Cortez, Palma Sola, west Bradenton or Longboat Key?
How about a new product or service, an anniversary,
a new hire, or an award-winning staff member? Call
Island Biz at 941-778-7978, fax your news to 866-362-
9821, or e-mail us at email@example.com.
The women and men teamed up for a nine-hole,
best-ball-of-foursome match Feb. 19. The team of
Nell Bergstrom, Dorothy McKinna, Gary Alford and
Peter Proxy carded a 26, matched by the team of
Jerry Brown, Joyce Brown, Gordon McKinna and
Three teams emerged from pool play with three
wins, including walker Bruce Munro, who drew a bye
into the finals. Sam Samuels and Bob Mason rolled
past Tom Rhodes and Jeff Nolastaname by a score
of 22-9 with Mason ending the match with a double
ringer. The finals saw Munro "walk" over Mason and
Samuels by a 21-12 score.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. War-
mups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team
selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is
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standings online at www.islander.org.
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CELL PHONE: LG with home and vehicle char-
gers, holster, manual. $10. 941-761-1415.
NATIVE PLANT SALE: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday,
March 20, Bradenton Beach City Hall. 941-778-
4619 for information.
MAN'S BIKE: $40. 941-778-1561.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may
advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or
less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver
in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please call
941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilu-
theran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive,
THEY'RE BACK! EVERY Monday night all-you-
can-eat fish fry. $10. Live entertainment. Tiki bar
open. Bayside Banquet Hall, 4628 119th St. W.,
Cortez, end of road.
"ANNA MARIA ISLAND" Tervis Tumblers, Jack
Elka's 2010 "Anna Maria Island" calendar, Great
tasting Florida-made wines! Sweet Peas/Sam-
plings. 5350 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-778-
USE EVERY DROP! Water conservation event,
March 20, Bradenton Beach. Get a rain barrel,
condensate drip hose, and other free gifts. 941-
778-4619 for information.
ART SALE/RECEPTION: Silent auction of local
artists' work and reception at The Islander to ben-
efit MHS art program, 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 12.
Donate or come to bid. Info: email@example.com.
RAIN WATER IS free! Stop using precious drink-
ing water on your lawn and car. A 1,000-sf roof
gathers 623 gallons of free rainwater from one
inch of rain. Call 941-778-4619 for information.
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International. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes @ sothe-
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Priva-
teers are collecting new or used, repairable fish-
ing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to
give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander
newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
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RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT, 2BR/2BA condo, downstairs
end unit. Clubhouse, pool, tennis. $119,000.
3 MIN. TO BEACH. Perico Island 2BR/2BA,
large greatroom; enclosed lanai, Jacuzzi tub & more. $275,000.
LUXURY GULF-FRONT VILLAS. Anna Maria. Weekly & monthly.
8 MIN. TO GULF BEACH. 3/2, 5 yrs. old $1,300/mo Annual.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock, $2,900/mo. Seasonal.
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ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday,
March 5-6. 526 72nd St., Holmes Beach. 90 years
of collecting. Washer, dryer, yard tools, golf, mat-
tress, box spring, refrigerator, linens, kitchenware,
furniture, art, lots of collectibles. Stop in and see
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 9 a.m.-noon Satur-
day. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
SAN REMO GARAGE sale: 8:30 a.m.-? Satur-
day, March 6.240 homes on water, just off Cortez
Road West and 101st Street, Bradenton.
HUGE YARD SALE: 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday,
March 5-6. Antiques, books, paintings, household.
213 W. 83rd St., Holmes Beach.
WHITNEY PLAZA ANTIQUE and art fair. Sat-
urday and Sunday, March 6-7. Treasures, local
artist, organic produce, exotic orchids and more.
6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Infor-
ANNUAL FLEA MARKET: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday,
March 6. Baked goods, clothing, jewelry, linens,
tools, books, furniture, white elephant. Mount
Vernon clubhouse. 4701 Independence Drive,
south off Cortez Road, Bradenton.
NO MORE FERTILIZER: Go native! Indigenous
plants use fewer resources, create habitat and
are naturally beautiful. Buy native plants March
20. Bradenton Beach City Hall, 941-778-4619 for
GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SALE at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office supplies,
T-shirts, home treasures, mirrors and framed art.
FOUND: KEYS ON blue lanyard, in HAITI dona-
tions at The Islander newspaper. 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.
LOST CALICO: GYPSY, semi-feral. Near 2800
block of Avenue B, Holmes Beach. Please, call
941-778-0504 if seen. Please feed her!
LOST: NURSE FOB watch, chrome. Holmes
Beach. Sentimental. 416-841-7122.
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peeks of the Gulf and
a great rental history.
,deeded beach access,
furnished. A supreme
value in today's market. This property will not last
Call Jesse Brisson
FOUND: PEDOMETER. Near baseball field,
Holmes Beach. Claim at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
GOOFY SEEKS FAMILY: 1-year-old pomeranian,
mixed gray, white, gold. Needs a good family. Chi-
huahua pups, too. All shots. $100. 941-400-2815.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All applicants
screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.
2007 VESPA: G.TS. 250 ie, limited edition.Yellow,
showroom condition, $4,800. Many extras. 941-
GEM CAR/CART: 2002, 1,640 miles. Street per-
missible. Asking $3,495. For more details, 941-
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-
LOOKING TO BUY a boat slip in Holmes Beach
or Anna Maria for a 16-foot boat. E-mail rickclout-
ier@ live.com. 713-503-6382.
BOAT SLIP FOR sale: Deeded boat slip with dock
on Marina Drive. Direct access to Bimini Bay and
Gulf. Reduced. Call Matt. 941-730-2995.
Caring for homes while homeowners are away.
Whether you are a part-time resident, seasonal visitor, or absentee
owner, you want the peace of mind that comes with a professional,
award-winning company caring for your property until you can get
back to paradise.
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Key Concierge, LLC
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7001 HOLMES BLVD.
Charming 2/2 old Florida solid masonary construction
home on Clark Spring Lake in Holmes Beach. Upgraded
kitchen, spacious living room with vaulted ceilings, birch
wood paneling, new AC/heat, all on duplex lot. 85-feet on
lake where you may enjoy kayaking, canoeing and fishing.
ONLY two VERY short blocks to beach. Asking $499,000.
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person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
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eatery. Profitable, charming, easy to run. Confi-
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NURSES NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic.
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PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
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I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
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778-7770. Leave message.
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experience. Call 941-758-8680.
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired
tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call
Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
RESIDENTIAL SERVICES UNLIMITED: Paint,
flooring, pressure wash, trim work, paver seal-
ing, appliance repair, ceiling fans, windows and
doors, home watch. Can do it all so give us a call.
DREDGING: RESIDENTIAL DOCKS, boatlifts,
slips, marinas. Per city of Holmes Beach autho-
rization. Contact Paul DeMariano. C&M Dredge-
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nesses and all states. Member of NSTP Call Pat
at 941-761-8156, Kenney Tax Service.
CAREGIVING BY ALEDDA: Companion care,
transportation, meal preparation, light housekeep-
ing. Experience, references. 941-462-5569.
PROFESSIONAL CLEANING AND personal
housekeeping. I will make your home sparkle! 100
percent reliable Island resident. Free estimates.
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Call "Pa" at 941-778-3086.
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ing, anything you may need. Good references.
DAVE'S CURB APPEAL: Paint. landscape, light
repair, remodel, cleanup. Affordable Island work,
$75 per four hours. Island owner, resident, with
tools. Dave, 715-418-3531.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 34
years of happy customers. Senior check, pet-
watch, storm-check, tour guide, etc. Rentals our
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-
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NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
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CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
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TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra,
geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science.
Special need students welcome. Grades 3-12.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience. Call for an appointment. Now
offering in-home services. 941-713-5244.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
MUSIC LESSONS WITH Koko Ray. Island studio
open now. Instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone,
guitar and piano. 941-778-8323, or evenings,
941-758-0395. 315 58th St., Studio I, Holmes
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-
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.
GARY WOOD LAWN Service: Tree trimming and
landscaping. Fully insured, monthly specials. 941-
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941 -
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium
grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Haul-
ing all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experience.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $30-$40 per
yard. Gravel, other rock and bobcat services.
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941-812-4178 for a free estimate.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
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OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL space. 625
sf, $500/month. Also 1,800 sf. 8799 Cortez Road.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach, eateries and shops.
$150/night, $950/week. Use of bikes included.
ANNA MARIA DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA, washer/dryer,
seasonal $1,800/month, monthly or weekly rates
available. Close to beach, trolley and restaurants.
VACATION RENTALS ACROSS from beach.
Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost
Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.
PLAYA ENCANTADA: Sun-drenched balcony,
warm pool and hot spa. 2BR/2BA units available
for March and April 2010. Two-week minimum.
Call Clark at Superior Island Services, 941-730-
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garage. Available April, three-month minimum.
Summer, $3,000/month, 2011 season, $7,500/
month. Call 941-400-8547.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA, Holmes Beach. Tile through-
out. Washer and dryer hookups, double carport,
large storage room. Steps to Gulf with view. First,
last and security, 941-778-3427.
RENTAL WANTED: ISLAND business owner
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ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/3BA Key Royale
home. Caged pool, garage, nice kitchen, tile
throughout. $1,950/month. 863-660-8366.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND Club: January, February,
March 2011. 2BR/2BA, HDTVs. Call 813-781-
PRIVATE BEACHFRONT HOME: 2BR/1BA
ground level, spectacular views. Available April,
May. $3,500/month. 941-792-4991.
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ANNUAL RENTAL: CHARMING elevated
1 BR/1 BA. Located in quiet Holmes Beach neigh-
borhood. $650/month. First, last, security. No
pets. Anna Maria Realty Inc., 941-778-2259.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA elevated furnished
duplex in Holmes Beach. West side of Gulf Drive,
one block to beach. Washer, dryer, large storage
room. No pets. $1,000/month. 860-798-8982.
RENTAL: 3BR/2BA ON canal. Furnished. Monthly,
$1,800. Call for weekly rate. All utilities, cable paid.
Washer and dryer. 70th Street, Holmes Beach.
Available May through December. Call Dave, 407-
SEASONAL 2BR/2BA, ground floor with all com-
forts of home. No pets. $2,500/month. 941-778-
9576 or 734-834-4825.
TERRA CEIA ISLAND: Furnished 2BR/2BA,
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deep canal and lift. Lanai. Washer and dryer. No
pets. Coral Shores. $1,400 month, annual. $600
deposit. First only. 941-524-6773 leave message
BEACHFRONT, WATERFRONT VACATION
Rental: 5BR/4BA. Bean Point area. $2,200/week.
EL CONQUISTADOR Country Club. 2BR2BA
condo, end unit with garage for rent with option
to buy. Nicely furnished. Overlooking tennis courts
and country club. $130,000. Call 941-545-3097 or
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA,
stackable washer, dryer, $750/month. 1BR/1BA
close to beach, $700/month. No pets. Dolores M.
Baker Realty, 941-778-7500.
ANNUAL 2BR/1.5BA ELEVATED duplex in Holmes
Beach for rent. Park under building. Three blocks
to beach. $1,000/month. 941-730-2606.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
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shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
MOBILE HOME: SUNNY Shores Waterfront
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No monthly fees. Great condition. Free boat ramp
access. Reduced! Priced to sell! $69,900.513-470-
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE 2BR/2.5BA townhouse.
Large living room, pool, storm shutters, garage,
storage. $399,000, 941-722-0640.
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lished rental Income. Great investment. $279,000
By owner. 942-962-8220.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND: Sandpiper Resort co-op.
Completely renovated. Vacation unit or invest-
ment. Call for details. $129,900 with share. 304-
GREAT BUY: BEACH house, Gulffront, furnished.
2BR/2BA, $299,000. Longboat Key. Sharon High-
tower, Horizon Realty, 941-330-5054.
DIRECT GULFFRONT 4BR/4.5BA, den, three-car
garage, pool, spa, elevator, security. Immaculate
2005 Italian villa-style construction with breathtak-
ing Gulf views. 5,146 sf under roof on north Anna
Maria Island, $3,300,000. Contact owner, broker,
WATERFRONT LOT: BREATHTAKING, Sunshine
Skyway Bridge view. 230 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. $550,000. Waterfront home, 3BR/3BA,
same spectacular view. 228 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. $1,100,000. 941-778-0019.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
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Thursday, March t11
Concert in the Grove Yesterdaye'- 6-9pm, $5 parking ,
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Health and Business Fair
Chuck Caudill 11am-3pm
Tobacco Free Florida Smokifier
Over 50 Booths with Giveaways
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Saturday, March 6 *
1Oam -6pm FREE PARKING AND ADMISSION
Rides, Ponies, Rock Wall, Trampoline
Arts and Crafts
SStarlre Dancers (ad drap dancx) ~ 12prn
Bonnie Gray (rse -1 pm
Surcoast Dance & Music Academy 2pmr .
Manatee County Cloggers 3prnm
Bashaw Elementary Chorus ~ 4pm
Sunday, March 7
12 noon 6pm FREE PARKING AND ADMISSION :
* Rides, Ponies, Rock Wall, Trampoline
* Arts and Crafts
* Chnstian Band Fest 12pn-6pm
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