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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Publisher: Bonner Joy
Place of Publication: Anna Maria Island, FL
Publication Date: June 24, 2009
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Take your dog to work June 26.


Royal to the rescue.
Page 28




Skimming
the news ...

Anna Maria bayside
closer to gaining
sand. Page 3

Meetings: The gov-
ernment calendar.
Page 3

Enter the Top Notch
photo contest. Page 4


Op/ed: The Island
opinion, your opin
ions. Page 6


Grassy Point proje
on track. Page 8


Planning and zoning
board application


causes Anna
stir. Page 11

Bradenton Be
continues EA
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By Paul Real
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Top Notch, Week One: A great blue and golden sky
Mark Kracker ofBradenton won the first week in The Islander's Top Notch photography
contest. For his photograph of a great blue heron in Bradenton Beach, Kracker won an
Islander "more-than-a-mullet wrapper" T-shirt and is the first entrant in the grand prize
contestfor a $100 cash prize and a collection ofprizes from local merchants. For contest
details, go to page 4.

ct County considers Save Our


Trolley campaign


Maria By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
An Island-based effort to keep the trol-
each ley operating fare-free is getting a test drive
R work. with Manatee County officials.
Island businessman David Teitelbaum,
a member of the Manatee County Tourist
BiZ Development Council and a director on the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
board, proposed a Save Our Trolley cam-
paign and a series of ideas to keep the trolley
e local fare-free for years into the future.
munity. County administrator Ed Hunzeker has
recommended in the budget for fiscal year
Q 2010, which begins in October, that riders
pay a $1 a day fare for the trolley.
The trolley costs about $900,000 a year
'ning to operate and was started with grant funding
ge 19 that will not continue indefinitely, Hunzeker
S said.


"In my opinion, it needs to stay free,"
Teitelbaum said.


He presented his ideas briefly to the TDC
June 15. He also presented them to the Mana-
tee County Board of Commissioners during
a budget hearing June 18, at which the board
and Hunzeker seemed supportive of a test
drive of SOT.
The proposal involves a series of fundrais-
ers to support a fare-free trolley, but for the
fiscal year 2010, which begins in October, the
trolley still would be subsidized in part by the
county, the TDC and the three Island cities.
For the past two years, the TDC has
contributed $26,000 to the trolley operation,
the three Island cities have each contributed
$8,000 and the county has contributed $50,000
to the pool of trolley operation funds, which
also includes grants and tax dollars.
Teitelbaum proposed that those TDC,
county and city contributions continue for
another year. The proposed two-year budget
for the TDC does not presently include trolley
PLEASE SEE TROLLEY, NEXT PAGE


very
'ane.


Fishing: Tarpon,
trout, amberjack fish
ing still great. Page


The Island
trolley
makes a
stop at
Coquina
Beach.
The county
has pro-
posed a $1
daily fare.
Islander
Photo:
Lisa Neff


AMI tourism


sunnier than


Orlando
By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Manatee County came up short on tourist
tax revenue in March, but revenue collections
climbed for April.
"We had a very successful Easter/spring
season compared to the rest of the state," said
Larry White, director of the Bradenton Area
Convention and Visitors Bureau.
White reported June 15 to the Manatee
County Tourist Development Council, which
met at Holmes Beach City Hall.
Occupancy fell in May by three points
and the average daily rate lodgers charged
also dipped, White said, but still he stressed
that the tourism picture in Manatee is sunnier
than elsewhere in Florida.
"In this economy and in this culture, the
bigger markets in Florida are taking a bigger
hit than we are," White said.
On the Atlantic coast, White said tourism
"is down a bunch," especially locales that rely
heavily on the business-meeting market.
Orlando Disney central "has some
serious problems," he continued.
Panhandle hot spots, however, appear to
be doing well. "They should," White said.
"They are 300 miles or less of a drive from
about 10 million people."
The data for Manatee County shows that
collections of the local-option tourist develop-
ment tax at $498,776 through April 2009 com-
pared with $466,179 through April 2008.
Occupancy, based on accommodations
polled throughout the county, was at 56.4
percent in May compared with 59.8 in
May 2008 and 58.4 percent in May 2007.
Anna Maria Island's occupancy in May
was at 62.2 percent, up from 58.5 per-
cent in May 2008. Mainland accommoda-
tions, however, saw a substantial drop last
month, and rentals on Longboat Key also
declined.
Average daily rates in May were $81.21
on the mainland, $144.40 on Anna Maria
Island, $163.77 on Longboat Key and, over-
all for the county, $127.95. The ADR on Anna
Maria Island in May 2008 was $145.38.
White said the ADR probably dipped as
businesses "tempered rates to meet market
demands."


Islander trolley

poll on the Internet
The Islander asked its Internet
readers to answer: Do you favor a $1
fare on the Island trolley?
The poll results, as of June 22,
were:
Yes: 44.1 percent
No: 55.9 percent
The number of votes was 442.


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funding.
In fiscal year 2011, Teitelbaum proposed that the
TDC contribute $40,000 toward the fare-free trol-
ley, each of the Island cities contribute $10,000 and
fundraisers generate $50,000, relieving the county
taxpayers of some of the burden.
The fundraising ideas include a two-day festi-
val to raise money for the trolley. Teitelbaum noted
that the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage raises
thousands for the FISH Preserve with the two-day
Cortez Fishing Festival each February.
The SOT proposal suggested calling the event the
Real Florida Festival and holding activities Island-
wide on a weekend in March. A two-day festival pass
would cost $5 or a family pass would cost $10, with
revenues estimated at more than $60,000.
Other fundraisers might include a donation box
on the trolley, the sale of naming rights and a donor
recognition program.
"I think the money is here," said Island business-
man and TDC board member Ed Chiles, indicating
that Island business leaders would probably donate
to a SOT campaign, as would riders.
"We could put a donation box on the trolley, a
lock box, and everybody who wants to put a buck in
puts a buck in," Chiles said.
Teitelbaum said that naming rights might guar-
antee promotions for a donor on the back of the trol-
ley, the sides of the trolley or possibly two flags on
the trolley. For example, $3,000 annual donations
for promotions on the back of the five trolleys would
generate $15,000.
At least two county commissioners have stated
their support for maintaining a fare-free trolley -
Carol Whitmore, an at-large member of the board
and Holmes Beach resident, and John Chappie, who
represents the Island and lives in Bradenton Beach.
"I'm very near and dear to the trolley," said Whit-
more, adding that data indicates that about 400,000


Double trouble
Workers with Florida Power & Light work on connecting lines to a new pole on west Manatee Avenue in
Holmes Beach as Holmes Beach Police Department officers control traffic June 19. The new pole replaced
one that fell across Manatee Avenue, but without causing injury or property damage, according to HBPD.


Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

people ride the trolley each year and 60 percent of
them are local residents.
A poll on www.islander.org found that about 52
percent of people support a fare on the trolley.
A random on-the-street survey on the Island last
week found six out of 10 people opposing a fare.
A survey in Bradenton found nine out of 10
people supported a fare.
Hunzeker said he would recommend the SOT
proposal and that the county continue its $50,000
subsidy for another year, but he stressed that what-
ever is put into place must "be for the long-run. It
would be imprudent to take this one year at a time
from the county's perspective."


Hunzeker also stressed that the county must be
able to provide transit riders on the mainland with
a rationale for free public transportation on the
Island.


HB employees win gifts
Steven Beck of the Holmes Beach public
works department won a $100 Beach Bistro
dining certificate in the monthly employee
appreciation drawing held at city hall June 9.
Public works superintendent Joe Duennes
won a $50 gift certificate to the Beach Bistro.


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THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 24, 2009 3 3


At long last, sand for Anna Maria City


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Beleaguered Anna Maria residents living along
the bayside of North Shore Drive got some welcome
news last week, even if it did take nearly eight years
to reach them.
Catherine Florko of the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection informed Mayor Fran
Barford in mid-June that the shoreline between
Bean Point and the Rod & Reel Pier is now consid-
ered "critical shoreline," rather than "critical inlet
shoreline" as the DEP had previously designated the
area.
While it's only a loss of one word, the new desig-
nation means that area is now considered a "critically
eroded beach" and eligible for state and federal fund-
ing in the next beach renourishment cycle. Under the
previous designation, residents in the affected zone


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office investi-
gated a stranger's harassment of a teenager as she
walked June 15 to a volunteer job at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center.
The girl was walking on Magnolia Avenue when
a man in a white van pulled alongside her and offered
her a ride. The girl ignored the man and continued to
the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
"The unknown male driver slowed down next to
the victim and began to flirt with her by saying that
he would give her a ride and that he knows where she
lived and would see her tomorrow," the MCSO police
report on the "suspicious circumstance" read.
The incident occurred at about 8:40 a.m., but was
not reported to the MCSO until hours later, prompt-
ing criticism of the Center, which the organization
responded to with a decision to hold child safety
classes for staff and members.
"We are a safe place for children," said Center
executive director Pierrette Kelly the day after the
incident.
That morning a flurry of e-mails circulated among
Island parents and Center staff. Exchanges on social
networking Web sites such as Facebook and MyS-
pace also spurred a volume of opinion on the inci-
dent, primarily anger that the girl notified a Center
staff member about the incident when she arrived to


could only expect city or county aid for renourish-
ment, or pay for such an effort out of their own pock-
ets.
There's still a bit of red tape before the area is
fully considered a critically eroded beach, Florko
said. Affected local governments still have to review
and comment on the proposed change before it can
be adopted by the DEP
The news was welcome relief for Barford, who
has been working the past two years to find a way to
fund renourishing the shoreline. She provided data
on beach erosion in the area to the DEP that helped
effect the designation change.
"I think it's wonderful after all these years of
trying to get some renourishment to that area. It took
a long time, and there's still a lot of work left, but
people living in that area can look forward to having
the beach restored in the next project," she said.


the facility, but that no one notified the girl's parents
or law enforcement.
\ly street should have been crawling with police
in about five minutes," Island parent Laurie Higgins
said in a letter to the Center. "I am upset.... And
many, many moms are going to ask, 'Why didn't
someone call sooner?'"
Kelly said the teenager told a Center staff member
about the incident casually. "It was not reported in
a manner of great concern," she said. "A casual
comment. She mentioned it. She wasn't upset. She
wasn't concerned and so no one picked up on any
concern."
Still, the Center is addressing parents' concerns
about child safety.
"We have informed all of our staff to take every
comment seriously," Kelly said. "Really, in all the
years, we have been proactive."
The day after the incident, Kelly said, Center
staff met with MCSO officials to make plans for law
enforcement officers to "come out and work with our
staff."
Additionally, Kelly said the MCSO and Center
will co-host a child safety "stranger danger" program
at 6 p.m. Friday, June 26.
"It is going to be an open community forum,"
Kelly said.
A second program might be held to talk with
young children about safety issues.


Retiring but still policing
Manatee County Sheriff's Office Sgt. John Kenney, who has been in charge of the Anna Maria substation, cel-
ebrates at his retirement party with Mady Iseman, Nancy Colcord and Mayor Fran Barford June 17. Kenney's
official retirement date is June 30, but he'll be returning to the Island occasionally as a member of the MCSO's
volunteer reserves. One duty coming up soon will include policing on July 4. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff


North Shore resident Joan Dickinson first lobbied
for beach renourishment in 2001 after a storm took
what little beach was left at her residence and flooded
her yard and house.
"It's been a long time coming. After all these
years. I really have to thank Mayor Barford for her
help. She tried e \ i \ thing to get us some relief and
this avenue worked," Dickinson said.
Manatee County natural resources director Char-
lie Hunsicker said the county's beach renourishment
team would look at the area for inclusion in the next
beach renourishment project, once the DEP officially
lists the area as a critically eroded beach.
The next Islandwide renourishment project is
not scheduled to begin until 2012-13, but planning
is ongoing. The estimated cost of the project in 2008
dollars is about $16 million, but that does not include
the newly designated shore.
Funding for beach renourishment comes from
state and federal sources, while the county's share is
taken from the resort tax.



Meings

Anna Maria City
June 25, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
July 7, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board
meeting.
July 9, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
July 23, 7 p.m., city commission regular
meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.

Bradenton Beach
July 2, 1 p.m., city pier management team
meeting.
July 2, 7 p.m., city commission regular meet-
ing.
July 16, 1 p.m., city commission regular
meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.

Holmes Beach
June 25, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
CANCELED
July 14, 7 p.m., city commission regular
meeting.
July 16, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
July 23, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
July 24, 1:30 p.m., police retirement board
meeting.
July 28, 7 p.m., city commission regular
meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.

West Manatee Fire Rescue District
July 16, 6 p.m., district commission meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.

Of Interest
Independence Day is July 4, when govern-
ment offices are closed, as well as many business-
es, including The Islander. Government offices also
will be closed July 3.
July 8, 3:30 p.m., Palma Sola Scenic High-
way Corridor Management Entity quarterly meet-
ing, Manatee County Administrative Center, 1112
Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
July 15, 2 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials meeting at Anna Maria City Hall.
July 20, 2 p.m., Island Transportation Plan-
ning Organization meeting at Holmes Beach City
Hall.
Aug. 17, 9:30 a.m., Manatee County Tourist
Development Council meeting, Palma Sola Botani-
cal Park, Bradenton.
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.


MCSO investigates Anna


Maria teen's harassment





4 0 JUNE 24, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER


Holmes Beach dredge work under way


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Dredge work continues in Holmes Beach in an
effort to improve navigation in the city's canals.
Last week, Piedroba Marine Construction dredged
near the city boat ramp and did so without delaying
boaters heading out for summer fishing trips.
The dredging will "allow for navigation of
99 percent of vessels, even at low tide," said Joe
Duennes, superintendent of Holmes Beach public
works department.
The city is paying Piedroba $277,272.80 to
dredge eight canals, including three on Key Royale
and the others in north or central Holmes Beach.
The dredging cost per canal ranges from $39,435 to
$4,426, depending on the volume to be cleared.

A dredging
operation
in Holmes
Beach
involves '
separat-
ing sand
from water.
Islander
Photo:
Lisa Neff


The canals in Holmes Beach were constructed in
the 1950s, and city officials said they have not been
dredged until work began in recent years to clean
them out.
When the 2009 work is completed, there will
be just one canal HB-21 on Harbor Lane to
be dredged, possibly in the 2010-2011 budget year,
depending on available funds.
After completing work at the boat ramp, Pied-
roba's next jobs would be to clear out the Key Royale
canals, said project manager Eric Aiduck.
The company is not storing spoil on the Island.
Two years ago, spoil stored near the public works
building at Flotilla Drive and 62nd Street generated
citizen complaints and prompted the city to install
some fencing and landscaping for the staging area.


The company is using machinery that separates
spoil and water, then pumps water back into the canal
and pumps dried spoil into sandbags that are loaded
into a truck and hauled away.
Aiduck said some of the spoil will be used in
other areas for shoreline renourishment and also for
road fill.


Island Players induct new

board, president
The Island Players recently installed a new
president and three new board members.
Officers for the 2009-10 season are Dolores
Harrell, president; Bob Grant, first vice presi-
dent; Linda Davis, second vice president; Peggy
Faarup, treasurer; Helen White, corresponding
secretary and Carol Cozan, recording secre-
tary.
The three new board members are Bobbie
Berger, Sylvia Marnie and Herb Stump.
Also, the theater group recently presented
awards for the 2008-09 season, including the Igo
Award to Ruth Curtis, a long-time volunteer on
the construction crew.
Awards for 20 years of volunteering
went to Bob Fasulo, Miriam Ring, Gabe
Simches and James Thaggard.
Plaques were awarded to those who per-
formed or volunteered for three plays or for
consecutive years and 11 people received first-
year pins for supporting the theater through vol-
unteerism.


'Top Notch' photo contest deadline Friday


If you've got a top notch snapshot, we've got a
contest you could win.
The Islander Top Notch photo contest will begin pub-
lishing weekly winning photos on June 24. Six weekly win-
ning pictures will be featured on the cover of The Islander
and one photo will be a grand prize winner with $100 cash
prize from The Islander and other prizes and gift certifi-
cates from local merchants. Weekly winners will receive
a "More Than a Mullet Wrapper" Islander T-shirt.
The weekly deadline is noon Friday throughout the
contest with the next deadline June 26.
Top Notch judging begins with a selection of pic-
tures that may include family, landscapes and scenics,
candid snapshots, action, holidays, humor and animal
pictures. Nothing is overlooked, including great kid
pics, sentimental moments and moments of personal
triumph.
Digital contest entries should be submitted in the
original JPG format via e-mail to topnotch@islander.
org or on a disc.


Islander photo contest rules
1) The Islander Newspaper Top Notch Photo Contest
is strictly for amateur photographers. Amateur photographers
are those who derive less than 5 percent of their income from
photography.
2) Black-and-white and color photographs taken after
Jan. 1, 2008, are eligible. Photos previously published (in any
format/media) or entered in any Islander or other competition
are not eligible.
3) Photographs may be taken with any make of camera.
No retouching or other alteration (except cropping) is permit-


NAME
ADDRESS
CITY
STATE
PHONE
DATE PHOTO WAS TAKEN:
LOCATION PHOTO WAS TAKEN:

I have read the contest rules and affirm that this
entry is in compliance with them.

SIGNATURE:
(signature not required for e-mail entries)


Mary Anne Keenan was a weekly winner last year
with her photo of ducklings ready to "plunge."

ted of negatives, prints or electronic photos; no composite pictures
or multiple print images will be accepted. Digital photos must be
submitted in their original JPG file format (via e-mail or CD). Prints
from digital or film are accepted. Slide (transparency) photos are
not accepted.
4) Entrant's name, address and phone number must be writ-
ten clearly on the contest label and affixed to the back of each print
submitted, or listed similarly in the e-mail message along with the
digital photo attachment. One e-mail per photo submission. E-mail
digital entries to topnotch@islander.org. Mail print entries to The
IslanderTop Notch Photo Contest, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217.


NAME
ADDRESS
CITY
STATE
PHONE
DATE PHOTO WAS TAKEN:
LOCATION PHOTO WAS TAKEN:

I have read the contest rules and affirm that this
entry is in compliance with them.

SIGNATURE:
(signature not required for e-mail entries)


Only photo cropping is allowed. No retouching,
enhancements or computer manipulation is allowed on
digital or print photos.
And while digital entries are encouraged, you
may send or deliver your favorite prints weekly to Top
Notch Contest Editor, The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Complete rules and entry forms for the contest are
published below. Please attach a photo contest label to
each photo or CD you submit.
E-mail entrants are required to submit the label
information in the e-mail text and the signature is
waived, one photo attachment per e-mail. There is no
limit to the number of weekly entries. Entries need not
be repeated weekly, as any photos preferred by the
judges but not selected are moved forward each week
of the contest.
Photos without entry forms will be disqualified.
Additional labels are available at the newspaper office
or they may be copied.

5) Entrants by their entry agree that The Islander may
publish their pictures for local promotion. Entrants must be able to
furnish the original negative or original digital image if requested
by the contest editor. All photos submitted become the property of
The Islander. Photos will not be returned. The Islander and con-
test sponsors assume no responsibility for submitted negatives,
CDs or photo prints.
Entrant must know and submit the name and address
of any recognizable persons appearing in the picture. Names
must be enclosed/attached with the entry.
6) Employees of The Islander and their immediate family
members are not eligible to enter the contest.


NAME
ADDRESS
CITY
STATE
PHONE
DATE PHOTO WAS TAKEN:
LOCATION PHOTO WAS TAKEN:

I have read the contest rules and affirm that this
entry is in compliance with them.

SIGNATURE:
(signature not required for e-mail entries)





THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 24, 2009 0 5


DOT details Bradenton Beach Gulf Drive project


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Florida Department of Transportation
detailed its plans for Gulf Drive improvements to be
funded with federal stimulus dollars.
The project, which has been reduced from the
plans submitted by Bradenton Beach city officials
and drafted by WilsonMiller engineering firm, will
extend from Fifth Street South to Cortez Road.
The work will involve the addition of new side-

Gulf Drive
in Bradenton
Beach from
Fifth Street
South to Cortez
Road is due for
some improve-
ments with
federal stimu-
lus dollars.
Islander Photo: ,-
Lisa Neff







A restored water tank in Cortez should soon
see new life as a "green" plumbing fixture at
the Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez. The
tank, originally owned by Charlie Guthrie, was
the focal point of the Cypress Cortez Water-
works that served the village for years as the
central source of water. Calvin Bell bought the
tank and relocated it to its current site north
of the museum, the former Cortez schoolhouse
on 119th Street. The tower upon which the tank
is located was funded by the Manatee County
Commission. Plans callfor the tank to house
plastic rain barrels to provide irrigation to the
grounds of the museum. Islander Photo:
Paul Roat


walks, reconstruction of existing sidewalks, minor
drainage modifications and landscaping, said DOT
spokesperson Cindy Clemmons-Adente.
The sidewalk being constructed will run along
the west edge of Gulf Drive/State Road 789 and will
include curbing.
Additionally, the DOT will install bollards and
ropes along the sidewalk at some locations in front
of the public beach area at the southern end of the
project.


The plans provide for the addition of native plant
species, as requested by the city, as well as placement
of some benches.
The project does not include a requested concrete
deck facility with a public shower at Bridge Street
or a wooden deck at Fourth Street. A dune crossover
bridge also was excluded.
Eliminated from the plan prior to its submission
to the DOT were new, decorative street-lighting fix-
tures, which the Florida Department of Environmen-
tal Protection had issues with because of sea turtles
nesting on the nearby beaches.
"All of these elements have been removed at this
time due to concerns raised by the FDEP as part of
the Beach and Shores Permit application process,"
Clemmons-Adente said.
She added that the federal government requires
that the state get moving on the project as quickly as
possible so elements that could involve lengthy delays
for review and permitting were removed. Funding
restrictions also prohibit the DOT from going over-
budget on stimulus projects, and permitting can be
expensive.
"During our discussion with the city, all parties
agreed that items that are not included within the
stimulus project would still be considered as part
of the on-going project for the future," Clemmons-
Adente said.
The elements dropped from the stimulus plan
may be added at a later time.
"It is still going to be a good job," Clemmons-
Adente said. "And the city can always go back and
address these other things with DEP, but they can't
be done with this money today."
The stimulus project budget is $830,169, which
is higher in part than the city's estimate because it
includes oversight work by inspectors and engi-
neers.
Any money budgeted for the project but not used
will be returned to the Sarasota-Manatee pot of fed-
eral stimulus funds for other work.
"It stays local," Clemmons-Adente said. "It is
not going to get wasted. It will be used within the
area. We will put it to another project that is shovel-
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Caution: Life is good
A long ago newspaper published on Anna Maria
Island in the 1960s for a small local audience pro-
claimed, "Where life is peaceful, and fishing is
good."
It's as true today as ever. And T-shirts and Web
sites and just about anyone who resides here for even
a day proclaim it as much as ever.
The fishing is great. It's not what it was 50 or
so years ago when the small paper was circulating
among the 2,000 or so residents, but that's because
even fishing has evolved over the years.
There are safeguards to protect from over-fishing,
closed and open seasons on some species and size
limits, too. There are rules aplenty, that's for sure.
It's hard to know for certain if you can keep a
pinfish, let alone the frequent catches of trout, snap-
per, grouper, redfish and snook the good stuff.
Right now, the water temperature in the bays and
Gulf of Mexico are running high and one might think
the catch will come to the boat already cooked up.
Even when you can't catch a bite to eat, there's
sport, and the fishing guides are hot on the tarpon,
bonito and sharks that are plying our warm, blue
waters.
And there are plenty of boaters on the water,
too.
One important thing to remember on the water,
is that you share the waterway as much as you share
the roadway.
Boaters must share the waters with manatees, and
manatee zones are important.
Watercraft is a leading cause of death for this
endangered marine mammal and, so far, just this year,
240 manatees have died, 42 from boat strikes.
Along with the Save The Manatee Club, we hope
you can help protect the peaceful, giant, lumbering,
grazing sea cows that call our waters home.
Make sure you know your way on the water,
observe "Slow Manatee Zone" signs, and be certain
everyone on your boat is vigilant in keeping an eye
out for signs of manatees.
Keep these Florida Fish & Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission numbers handy and call if you see
a manatee in distress: 1-888-404-3922, #FWC or
*FWC on cellular phones, or VHF channel 16 on a
marine radio.
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manatees, how to recognize signs of manatee distress,
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We deserve better
I also received a letter last week denying mem-
bership from Save Anna Maria Inc. First off, I had no
idea Carol Whitmore was planning to attend the meet-
ing I attended, and I had no idea, until she announced
it, that she intended to join.
Simply put, I thought "Save Anna Maria" was
a worthy goal and sought to aid in that effort. SAM
was quite specific that they were not a "one issue"
organization. Had they said so in the beginning, I'd
have rethought my decision to join. We had a very
good give-and-take at the April meeting with regard
to historic preservation, which is why I was there, to
support guest speaker Sissy Quinn in her presentation
to the members.
This, along with another recent incident, causes
me to question whether efforts to hear from "con-
cerned citizens" only apply to certain citizens, all
in lock step with a preplanned agenda, immune to
reason and terrified of logical discourse.
Too bad. Our town deserves better.
Mike Coleman, Anna Maria
Common sense?
I could not agree more with Kathy Caserta's opin-
ion letter in The Islander May 20 regarding cigarette
butts that are disposed of improperly, whether it be
in trash cans, landscapes or on the beach.
Why isn't improper disposal of cigarette butts in
the same category as other despicable acts of litter-
ing? All should be cited and fined for littering, includ-
ing those who toss cigarette butts on the ground.
Maybe that's how the name Butt Head came into
being, describing people who do not properly dispose
of cigarette butts.
While on the subject of smoking, what about
those inconsiderate, self-centered, selfish blobs who
smoke those stinky, rotten cigars, which can and do
contaminate a large area around the blob with a smell
that can be found only at or nearby landfill, garbage


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dump, or barnyard.
I believe all people with common sense can agree
on these issues.
G. Edward Saxe, Holmes Beach and Pennsylva-
nia

Being neighborly
Sometimes you just have to say thank you.
Di.''ii' to install a new swimming pool, espe-
cially in the rainy season, can be an arduous task on
Anna Maria Island.
All pool builders have the same problem dispos-
ing of the ground water and sometimes, in doing so,
really annoy the neighbors.
Last week, while stressing over an effort to dis-
pose of water at a site, Charles Sirovy of Holmes
Boulevard leaned over the fence and asked if it would
help if we ran the hoses through his yard to a catch
basin in his front yard.
At the time, we were running four pumps to keep
up with the water.
I was so thankful to Charles and Yolanda Sirovy.
Their understanding saved my company many man
hours and their kindness is greatly appreciated.
Jerry Allora, Sandpiper Pools

Wildlife thanks
We at Wildlife, Inc. would like to express our
deepest appreciation to everyone who turned out June
13-14 to donate blood and to all who helped to make
the annual blood drive for all the charities the enor-
mous success that it was.
A special thanks goes out to all of the news media
for the terrific job of promoting Wildlife, Inc. and this
most worthwhile event.
A huge thanks to St. Bernard Catholic Church
for once again allowing the blood drive to be held in
their wonderful air-conditioned center.
Ed and Gail Straight, Bradenton Beach


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THE ISLANDER 0 JUNE 24, 2009 0 7


Harbor plan anchored for


review in Bradenton Beach


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach commissioners delayed christen-
ing the first draft of a harbor management plan until they
can take an in-depth review of the document.
The commission was scheduled to review the
document, part of a master recreational boating plan,
during a regular meeting June 18, but agreed to hold
a special meeting at 1 p.m. June 24 on the advice of
city attorney Ricinda Perry.
In part, the commission delayed the discussion
because the key staff person involved with creating
the document, project/program manager Lisa Marie
Phillips, was experiencing medical issues.
The June 18 meeting was under way when Manatee
County Emergency Medical Services technicians were
called to city hall to treat Phillips for chest pains.
The meeting was delayed about 20 minutes, and,
when it resumed and commissioners arrived at Phil-
lips' proposal for them to adopt the harbor manage-
ment plan, Perry recommended a special meeting to
discuss possible changes.
The harbor management plan, needed to establish
an official mooring field south of the Historic Bridge
Street Pier, was modeled on St. Augustine's plan and
was drafted by grant-funded consultants working
with city staff and a city advisory committee.
Some committee members have expressed dissatis-
faction with the document, as well as the process of pre-
paring the plan. Several committee members attended
the June 18 meeting and asked that the committee hold a
meeting on the plan before the commission's review.
"I think you need to turn it back to committee,"
said committee member Bill Shearon.
But because a draft plan is due to the state by June
30, Perry suggested a single meeting and encouraged


committee members to attend.
"We have less than two weeks to get this docu-
ment done," Perry said. "We can't send it back to
committee.... The best approach is to have a meeting
by the commission and invite those who wish to make
comments to come."
The commission also will discuss details of the
harbor-master job during the meeting.
Phillips said the plan is being submitted to the
state for an initial review and comment and is not a
final document.
The commission last week did approve a plan
for a non-motorized boat launch at Herb Dolan Park,
which city officials hope to fund with grant money.
In other business June 18, commissioners:
Approved payment of a $6,078.13 invoice from
M.T. Causley Inc. for building department services.
Approved a request to hang a banner near
Cortez Road and Gulf Drive promoting the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce's 60th anni-
versary party Aug. 8.
Approved $2,299.72 in repairs to a privately
owned pickup truck damaged by a sanitation truck.
The truck, according to the accident report, swung
wide after emptying a Dumpster and hit the parked
pickup.
Approved the upgrade of the city's telephone
system at a cost estimated at $12,667.60.
City clerk Nora Idso said the phone system at city
hall no longer functions properly and technicians said
it is beyond affordable repair.
"I'm asking here whether you want to upgrade
the phone system in city hall or if we want to have
tin cans," Idso said.
The commission unanimously approved the rec-
ommendation.


In the June 23, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore asked
the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Orga-
nization to transfer about $600,000 from an unused
bridge construction program to the Key Royale
Bridge repair project. The remainder of the estimated
$900,000 cost of repairs would come from the Florida
Department of Transportation.
Island elected officials at a meeting of the Island
Emergency Operations Center agreed to issue iden-
tification tags for residents to be used for re-entry in
the event of an Islandwide evacuation. The tags were
made available immediately and replaced bumper
stickers that were issued after an emergency.
Holmes Beach city commissioners agreed to
drop plans for a series of restrictions on rental prop-
erty in the various zoning districts after considering
the potential legal liability of the proposed ordinance.
The city had been considering such restrictions for
six years.

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Grassy Point project in Holmes Beach on track


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Establishing Holmes Beach's Grassy Point nature
preserve is on schedule and, once a walkway is estab-
lished, will be ready for hikers.
To create that walkway, however, may require
raising additional funds.
That's the word from Holmes Beach public works
superintendent Joe Duennes, who met June 20 with
eight people attending a Save Anna Maria Inc. meet-
ing.
"The city doesn't have any money to throw at it
right now," Duennes said.
Duennes discussed the Grassy Point project
during a meeting at the Island Branch Library and
then led a short tour of the 32-acre preserve, located
on the west by East Bay Drive, the east by Anna
Maria Sound, the north by Sunbow Bay condomini-
ums and the south by 31st Street.
Last year, under the leadership of the Sarasota
Estuary Bay Program, invasive, non-native plant
species primarily Brazilian pepper and Austra-
lian pine trees were removed from the uplands of
Grassy Point.
SBEP also supervised the planting of native spe-
cies, including spartina grasses.
Earlier this month, Holmes Beach public works
crews returned to Grassy Point to remove new sprouts
of invasive plants.
But more substantial improvements in Grassy
Point await funding, possibly found with more sup-
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accessible from a gate on Avenue C, but it's closed
to hikers
"It's not a pleasant walk," Duennes said.
While the preserve is closed to foot traffic, pad-
dlers can enter from the waterfront and travel through
portions of Grassy Point in kayaks and canoes.
City commissioners agreed to pursue the acqui-
sition of the land for Grassy Point in 1997 to guard
against development and "restore a coastal hammock
community and thereby provide a rare habitat form
for the education and enjoyment of future genera-
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invested about $7,500 for a survey, signs and limited
access.
In 2005, the city and SBEP entered an agreement
to develop a restoration plan that led to the removal
of exotic plants this spring, to be followed by the
plantings and creation of a nature trail this summer.
Of the $40,000 the city committed to the first
phase of Grassy Point, a resident donated $25,000.
SAM members asked Duennes a series of ques-
tions about the project, including when will the pre-
serve open and when will the city erect signs direct-
ing people to the park?
Duennes said while work continues, there is an
interest in keeping Grassy Point on the low-key.
"It's a passive preserve," Duennes said. "There's
concern about too much traffic even if it is pedes-
trian.... As you probably know, that place was known
for a lot of homeless activity, some vandalism, and
there is still a little bit of activity going on that
shouldn't be."
Still, Duennes told SAM the project is on sched-
ule to "getting Grassy Point back to its natural state,
to what it was 100 years ago."


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THE ISLANDER U JUNE 24, 2009 0 9


Turtle Watch works to protect nests


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Four-legged bandits are poaching sea turtle nests
on the south end of Anna Maria.
To address a problem with raccoons at Coquina
Beach in Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch is putting screens over some of the nests.
Elsewhere, AMITW has moved some turtle nests,
not to protect them from poachers, but to safeguard
them from being washed out by pooling water or high
tides turtle eggs are water-permeable.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission calls these interventions conservation
management techniques.
The monitoring of turtle nests on Anna Maria
Island is part of a broader effort that involves state
and federal agencies, universities, research institutes
and non-profits with varied interests and responsibili-
ties, from conservation to coastal construction.
AMITW works most directly with the FWC,
which issues permits for the monitoring work in
cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
Some of AMITW's data gets sent on to Manatee
County natural resources department, the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers for background studies on beach nour-

Nesting by the numbers
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported 74
loggerhead sea turtle nests on the beach as of
June 19.
AMITW also reported 40 false crawls.
Nesting season continues through Oct. 31,
with the first hatchlings due about July 1.
To reach AMITW, call 941-778-5638.

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At Coquina Beach, where beach renourishment
is scheduled to take place later this year or early
next year, the shore is seriously eroded, according to
county and state officials. As a result, there is little
habitat for nesting sea turtles.
'There is 8 feet of sand in some spots," AMITW
executive director Suzi Fox said.
Elsewhere on the Island, Fox said nests are being
found "on the lower parts of the beach this season.
Some years they nest high and some years they nest
low. So what do you do?"
Fox and those with other organizations monitor-
ing turtles weigh the risks and make a decision to
move or not to move.
"We rarely relocate sea turtle nests," said Hayley
Rutger, a spokesperson with Mote Marine Laboratory,
which oversees a nesting program in Sarasota County.
"Moving a nest, you run a risk of putting the eggs
in a warmer or cooler spot and temperature can affect
the eggs," she said.
Rutger added, 'Un a beach recently renourished, we
try not to relocate nests because we monitor beaches to
see that where they put sand didn't disrupt habitat."
However, Rutger said, "the reason to relocate
would be if a nest is in danger of washing away, or
is washing away."
"Nest relocation is considered a management
technique of last resort," said Meghan Koperski, an
environmental specialist with FWC's imperiled spe-
cies management division.
Koperski referred to the FWC guidelines for
permit-holders, which state, "Nests should only be
relocated if they are low enough on the beach to be
washed daily by tides or if they are situated in well-
documented high-risk areas that routinely experience
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ally authorize nest relocation for heavy foot traffic,
lighting problems or beach cleaning."
The guidelines also require that if relocation is
necessary, the eggs must be moved no later than 9
a.m. the morning after being deposited in a nest.
Fox said, "We follow the guidelines, but we know
our beach dynamics and each section has different
dynamics.... Years of data have directed me where areas
are that wash over and out and that's what we go by."
In some areas where the shore is narrow or low,
AM1TW still might not relocate a nest. In Anna Maria's
Bayfront Park, for example, Fox said, 'The profile is good.
The drainage is good. We never move a nest there."
Renourishment, as Rutger said, also can be a
consideration when deciding to relocate a nest.
The renourished sand is pretty much gone," Fox
said of AMI beaches. 'That would be a very hard
call, but it's always a consideration" and can prompt
a call to a FWC specialist.
Rules regarding conservation management have
changed over the years. In fact, the state guidelines
change yearly and the federal management plan for
loggerheads, the marine turtle most prevalent in
Island waters, underwent a major revision this year.
'There was a time when we were never allowed
to even verify the nests," Fox recalled. 'Those rules
have changed."
Last year, AMITW relocated 54 nests, about one-
third of the nests made on the Island.
"FWC is aware that our hatch success rate of
those relocated nests, which is very good, or we
would not be able to relocate," Fox said.
When AMITW verifies, screens or relocates a
nest, that information gets recorded and is provided
to FWC.
'They never have come to us and said you have
moved too many nests," Fox said.

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The Studio at Gulf and Pine celebrates the
summer season with a show featuring local artists and
their interpretations of the Island and its beaches.
The Studio, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, will host
a picnic Saturday, July 4, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. A viewing
of the works will take place prior to the picnic.
The Studio is closed to the public in June.
For more information, call the Studio at 941-778-
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Hooters to host benefit for TIFF
Hooters of Bradenton will host a benefit for To
Inform Families First from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thurs-
day, June 25.
The benefit, part of the Bike Night series at the
restaurant, 4908 14th St. W., will feature a perfor-
mance by the band The Downshifters.
The evening also will feature raffles, giveaways
and a bike show.
TIFF was created by Christine Olson, whose
daughter, Tiffiany, 22, died on Dec. 7, 2005, of inju-
ries sustained in a highway accident.
Hours passed before Olson learned of the accident
because emergency officials did not know how to con-
tact her. By the time Olson reached the hospital after a
telephone call from her son, her daughter had died.
Both Olson and her son are employees at the
Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria, where Tiffiany also
worked before her death.
Olson, in the months after losing Tiffiany, vowed
to campaign for a "next of kin" notification system
in Florida so others would not lose time when lives
were at stake.
The campaign became TIFF's Initiative, and it
encourages Floridians with a driver's license or state
identification card to voluntarily provide emergency
contact information to the state Department of High-
way Safety and Motor Vehicles.
For more information, go to www.toinformfami-
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Homestead honor
Elizabeth Moss accepts a plaque from members of the
Anna Maria Island Historical Society board June 18
at her home on Willow Avenue in Anna Maria. The
plaque commemorates the history of Moss's home,
built in 1924 and purchased by Moss'parents from
Thelma Acton in 1944. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Privateers raise $28,000
for scholarships
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will award a
record $28,000 in scholarships on July 4 during a
post-parade party at Cafe on the Beach.
Last year the non-profit group awarded $27,000
in scholarships.
The party will begin at about noon July 4.
The parade, which will travel from Coquina
Beach in Bradenton Beach to Bayfront Park in Anna
Maria, will begin at about 10 a.m.
Applications to join in the parade can be down-
loaded at www.amiprivateers.org.
Recently, the Privateers elected officers for a
term beginning in August. They are Randy "Turkey"
Schwartz, president; Kathy "Long Locks" Griffen-
kranz, vice president; Verna "Woodie" Belliveau,
treasurer; Wayne \\ 'l 1ci c" Collins, secretary; and
Ron "Jewels" Luckerman, captain.

Moose honor Heulsman
The Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge 2188 in
Bradenton Beach recently honored Brenda Heuls-
man, longtime Island resident, on her birthday.
The lodge hosted a celebration of her 70th birth-
day June 14, and, according to reports, it was some-
what of a surprise party.
Lodge administrator Emie Casales and Heulsman's
children crowded into the lodge with others to congratu-
late Heulsman on her birthday, as well as her 20-year
anniversary as their lodge's bookkeeper and bartender.


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facilities study
West Manatee Fire Rescue District commis-
sioners, meeting June 18, selected Totems Architect,
Planning and Design of Sarasota to conduct a study
of district needs and design of new facilities.
The company was one of four short-listed by the
WMFR facilities committee and presented to the board,
but was the committee's No. 1 recommendation.
WMFR Chief Andy Price has until July 10 to
negotiate a contract with Totems.
Some of the goals of updating the WMFR facili-
ties are to get all administration in the same location
and have the district meet the long-term needs of the
people it serves, Price has said.
Funding for the project will come from $210 mil-
lion in federal stimulus dollars earmarked for fire
service facilities.
In other WMFR district news, the board in May
passed a resolution to add $5 per unit in the district as
an assessment. The board agreed that $4 of the increase
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By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Just a few days after Anna Maria City Commis-
sioner Dale Woodland was one of 10 people signing
a petition supporting the application of Mike Cole-
man to become a member of the city's planning and
zoning board, Woodland notified the city he was
withdrawing his support for Coleman.
Coleman, a partner in Pine Avenue Restoration
LLC, responded that he would certainly support
Woodland's removal from office during the next elec-
tion.
Other Anna Maria residents replaced Woodland
in support of Coleman, but still others were decidedly
against the application.
Among those who sent Mayor Fran Barford


letters opposing Coleman's nomination were Alice
Newlon of North Shore Drive and former City Com-
missioner Duke Miller. Newlon said she opposed
Coleman's application because Coleman is a recog-
nized developer in the city and would have a conflict
of interest in making land-use decisions.
The terms of three board members expire in July,
although each can request to remain on the board.
Former P&Z chairman Tom Turner also has
applied for a seat on the board.
Barford said no board member has submitted a
letter of resignation or indicated they did not want
another term.
When a vacancy occurs on the board, the mayor
makes a nomination to the commission to fill the


Nonconforming 'football' kicked back


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria's planning and zoning board at its
June 16 meeting was deadlocked on approving a rec-
ommendation to the city commission on an ordinance
allowing owners of non-conforming residences the
right to expand or re-roof.
With chairman Doug Copeland absent, the board
split 3-3 on the recommendation, which city planner
Alan Garrett said usually means denial of a recom-
mendation. The recommendation was to remove the
words "intensity and density" from the ordinance.
But the ordinance also covers repairs following
a natural disaster.
Board members opposed were concerned about
how fair market value is determined in the event of
such a catastrophe to the non-conforming structure.
The city ordinance calls for an independent appraiser
to determine the value.
Board member Randall Stover took exception,
noting that any "good attorney" could challenge that
value.
Building official Bob Welch, however, said the
city is bound by National Flood Program regulations
of the Federal Emergency Management Authority,
which require a certified independent appraisal.
"We don't like it, but there's nothing we can do


about it," Welch said.
Under Florida law, fair market value can only
be determined by either an independent, licensed
appraiser or the county tax rolls, he added.
"It's not a perfect system, but I don't know what
you would replace it with," Welch said.
The board agreed to disagree, but kicked the ball,
the non-recommendation, back to the city commis-
sion, noting concerns about fair market value.
In other business, the board recommended approval
of an ordinance that would eliminate the need for "return
receipt requested" when the city mails required notices
of public hearings to property owners.
Garrett noted that many people were declining
to take the green receipt to the post office counter to
accept the certified letter.
Instead, the board recommended the city use
the certificate of mailing process offered by the
U.S. Postal Service. The post office guarantees that
everyone on the list provided by the city and sent a
first-class letter will receive that letter in his or her
mailbox, rather than at the post office counter.
Garrett said this will ensure more people read
about a public hearing and will save the applicant
considerable money. Applicants appearing before the
board are required to pay the cost of mailing a public
notice of a hearing.


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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Options are multiplying for boosting wireless
communications in Bradenton Beach and possibly
raising city revenues.
And that has city commissioners concerned about
the expense of reviewing applications and whether
they are equipped to adequately judge the propos-
als.
"We don't have the expertise," said Commis-
sioner Janie Robertson, who is recommending the
city work with a consultant on the issue. She said
other cities have used a firm that is paid not with
public dollars, but rather by the competing commu-
nications companies.
"It doesn't have to cost the city a thing," she
said.
The city began discussing the prospect of leasing
public spaces for a cell tower earlier this spring, after
receiving an offer from Ridan Industries and Alpha-
Omega Communications.
Ridan/Alpha-Omega remains interested, but sev-
eral other companies also have shown interest as the
commission entertains options.
The basic issues before commissioners are:
Does the city want to encourage the construction
of either a tower or distributed antenna system?
If so, and depending on the choice, which com-
pany does the city prefer?
During a meeting June 15, commissioners heard
pitches from Ridan/Alpha-Omega, Collier Enter-
prises II and BelAir Networks.
Ridan/Alpha-Omega's preliminary proposal
involves building a unipole, with a top radius of 3 feet
and a radius of 5 1 2 feet at the base that would be white,
gray or blue and would conceal the antennas.


Ridan proposed a 50-year lease in which the city
would provide Ridan with about 1,900 feet of ground
space to erect the tower and related components, and
Ridan would pay the city the greater of $24,000 a
year or 25 percent of gross revenue. Ridan also would
cover the costs associated with building the tower,
estimated at $350,000.
The tower would be located on city-owned prop-
erty near the police station.
"In terms of our initial proposal, there is some
room for adjustment there," Ridan president J. Kevin
Barile said.
Collier indicated an interest in building a tower
on the same spot where Ridan/Alpha-Omega pro-
posed its tower, and offered the city a base of $2,000
a month in revenues and "the greater of a 40 percent
revenue share for each subscribing carrier" on the
tower. With six carriers on the tower, the city's annual
revenue would be more than $50,000.
Collier also could install a DAS system if the city
wanted to go in that direction.
A third company, BelAir Networks, also proposed
DAS, which would involve placing small antennas on
poles about every 2.8 miles. The antennas probably
would be anchored on existing poles that are owned
and maintained by Florida Power & Light and not
generate revenue for the city.
Representing the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office, Capt. Ron Couch urged commissioners to
consider public safety as they reviewed proposals.
Couch said the sheriff asked him to "stand in"
before the commission and "advocate his support for
a tower."
"I implore you to consider all the options from
a public safety standpoint," Couch said. He added
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One of two men arrested in connection with a O'Keefe and Patrick S. Banker, 18, of
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court June 24 to request a reduction in his bond. Office Deputy Alan Judy observed signs ol
John O'Keefe, 18, of Sarasota, faces a series of in at the Waterfront Restaurant in Anna Mi
felony charges in connection with burglaries to busi- men were arrested fleeing from the area.
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Charitable donors come to rescue
The Island Blood Drive June 13-14 resulted in According to FBS, the Island BloI
the collection of 368 good units of blood for Florida raised:
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Center continues family night
Family Fun Night continues at the Anna Maria Sept. 11: "Marley & Me."
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Sept. 25: Skate night.
Maria, with a schedule of movie and skate events. Oct. 2: "Kicking & Screaming."
Admission to the films is free. Admission to skat- Oct. 9: "Scooby Doo."
ing events is $2. Oct. 16: Skate night.
The programs take place on Fridays beginning Oct. 23: "Hannah Montana: Movie."
usually at 6:30 p.m. and include: Nov. 6: "Monsters & Aliens."


June 26: "High School Musical 3."
July 10: Skate night.
July 17: "Lion King."
July 24: "Hotel for Dogs."
Aug. 7: "Finding Nemo."
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that he needed to further research DAS to determine
whether such a system also would suit law enforce-
ment's needs.
Couch, echoing previous statements by Bra-
denton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale, said law
enforcement officers sometimes experience commu-
nications lapses.
"We' ve had more and more incidents where law
enforcement officers needed help and they were unable to
get it because their radios did not work," Couch said.
Commissioners also heard from Longboat Key
Commissioner Gene Jaleski, who cautioned that if
Bradenton Beach allows a cell tower, it may not be
able to close the door on other towers.
Jaleski also said, "DAS is a viable solution to
your community. It is used in hundreds of communi-
ties across America."
Commissioners took no action during the June
15 meeting.
Nor did commissioners take action during a June
18 regular meeting at which Robertson proposed con-
tracting with a consultant.
That issue likely will be taken up at the next com-
mission meeting, schedule for 7 p.m. Thursday, July
2 at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
Robertson said she is concerned that there might
be loopholes in city regulations, that each application
from a communications company might cost the city
more than $8,000 to process and that the city has not
identified what level of service it needs.
City attorney Ricinda Perry said commissioners
and staff have time to resolve issues before a formal
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Bradenton Beach continues EAR work


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach officials neared a resolution
of a state concern over the definition of a land-use
category in a comp-plan amendment.
City staff, attorney Ricinda Perry, commissioners
and planning consultant Tony Arrant are working to
close the book on the process of adopting the evalu-
ation and appraisal report amendments.
The city submitted its EAR-based amendments to
the comprehensive plan to the Florida Department of
Community Affairs and, in February, received from
the state a series of objections, recommendations and
comments.
Most of the state concerns required tweaks to the
proposed amendments, but one proved to be a thorn -
the state's concern that the preservation land-use cat-
egory, as defined in the proposed amendment, appears
to allow for development that could increase density.
Arrant said the city had a couple of options in
addressing the state concern, including rewriting the
amendment to prohibit any construction and eliminat-
ing the land-use category.
Arrant revised the amendment to state that the
purpose of the preservation land-use category is
"to preserve and protect beaches and coastal barrier
dunes adjacent to such beaches," as well as to limit
destruction due to a natural disaster.
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Arrant proposed language in the purpose and
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preservation land-use category as "seaward of Gulf
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Perry said "seaward of Gulf Drive" did not
adequately define the land-use category and she
had concerns with whether the amendment would
prohibit the construction of some new structures in
preservation areas, such as a lifeguard station or a
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'The city has had concerns about carving out
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Commissioners said they wanted to make sure
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than text and the simplified reference "seaward of
Gulf Drive."
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structures and, in the southern part of the city follows
the primary dune and tree line.
"We spent hours trying to meander the line,"
Arrant said.
Text, city officials agreed, can't properly describe
the preservation area, but detailed maps can.
'The truth is, the less language in the comp plan,
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"We made cotton-picking sure there are no struc-
tures in preservation," he continued, suggesting that
the amendment be revised to refer to detailed maps of
the preservation area, as well as include a statement
that the city's intent is not to put property containing
existing structures in the preservation category.


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16 E JUNE 24, 2009 U THE ISLANDER


Property dispute likely bound for court


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
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and partially


won.
Now the Bradenton Beach property owner and
resident is preparing for another day in court and
maybe many days in several courts.
"If we end up going to the Supreme Court, OK,"
said Lohn, who is fighting the city of Bradenton
Beach over a development neighboring his waterfront
properties. And he's referring not to Florida's highest
court, but to the nation's highest court.
Lohn lives at 500 Bay Drive and owns a duplex
nearby.
Both properties feature views of the tranquil
Intracoastal Waterway and, nearby his home, Lohn
can find a peaceful setting, a shaded bench by the
waterfront.
But Lohn is not at peace.
His fight with the city has gone on for years,
taking various twists and turns.
The current issue involves Lohn's appeal of an
administrative decision a city building official's
issuance of a certificate of occupancy for a duplex at
109 Fifth St. S.
The BOA initially denied Lohn's complaint, first
filed in January 2008, finding that it was untimely,
as was the complaint he made related to a CO for a
duplex at 502 Bay Drive S.
Lohn went to Manatee County Circuit Court,
where a judge ruled that his appeal of the CO for the
Fifth Street property was timely filed and the com-
plaint could be heard on its merits.
With that decision, Lohn wound up back before
the BOA in an April 15 hearing.
Lohn's issues with 109 Fifth St. S., also known
as Hibiscus II and now owned by Synovus Bank,
include allegations that improper construction created
stormwater management problems, that the building
violates the city's general design standards, and that
a driveway used to access multiple properties, includ-
ing one owned by Lohn, is illegal.
The BOA hearing in April focused on the con-
struction of what Lohn and his attorney, Robert
Turffs, referred to as a driveway and what city build-
ing official Steve Gilbert called an easement.
Turffs said the driveway, placed on a 12-foot
easement, is less than 12 feet wide, an alleged viola-
tion of the LDC, and that the driveway is within 5
feet of Lohn's property line, another alleged violation


of the LDC.
Turffs also argued that the distance from the cen-
terline of Lohn's driveway to the centerline of the
Hibiscus driveway is much less than 40 feet, another
alleged violation of the LDC.
Gilbert referred to the code and said a 12-foot-
wide driveway is required for multi-family proper-
ties and a 10-foot-wide driveway is required for
single-family and duplex properties. The improved
access in question, Gilbert said, serves duplex
properties so the driveway at the site is to be 10
feet, not 12 feet.
Further, Gilbert said that the improved access is
on an easement provided for by a "Corrective Grant
of Easement for Ingress/Egress and Utility." The doc-
ument, signed by Byrne and Noriega, granted Lohn
and his wife an easement for ingress and egress and
utility purposes to a landlocked lot they owned and
committed GSR to building a driveway over the ease-
ment in compliance with the city's LDC.
The improved access is on an easement provided
for in a private, legal agreement and, in regards to
easements, the LDC states, "This article is not
intended to interfere with, abrogate or annul any


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easement, covenant or other agreements between
parties."
The BOA in April voted to recommend to the city
commission that it deny Lohn's appeal.
Lohn left that meeting threatening to go to
court.
He received a copy of the BOA's recommen-
dation to the commission May 29, and that, too,
frustrated him. He said he was owed the document
sooner, according to the LDC, and he maintains the
recommendation is flawed, even fraudulent.
In a letter to Mayor Michael Pierce, Lohn wrote,
"Documents have been pre-dated, the vice chair is
beholden to the building official. The city is wasting
public money. Your attorney misled me and the entire
process has been a case study in Bradenton Beach
corruption."
Lohn found fault with each enumerated "find-
ing of fact" in the recommendation, which the BOA
members had verbally set out during their April hear-
ing.
"It's all baloney," he said.
"I was chair of the board of adjustment for years.
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Anna Maria resident

heads Longboat

chamber
Anna Maria resident and real estate agent Tom
Aposporos was named president of the Longboat
Key Chamber of Commerce after serving four
months as acting president.
A former Anna Maria city commissioner and
chairman of the city's charter review committee,
Aposporos is also a former mayor of Poughkeepsie,
N.Y.
The appointment was announced by the cham-
ber's board of directors.
For more information on the chamber, call 941-
383-2466.


Lohn continues lawsuit
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16

I ran a straight board," he said.
He sighed and added, "This is stressful."
"There are principles involved," he said of his
fight.
And there are practicalities.
The duplex that Lohn owns is serviced only by
the narrow, crooked driveway he is challenging. Lohn
has considered replacing the currently vacant apart-
ments, but, with the driveway configuration, con-
struction could be difficult.
Last week, Commissioner Janie Robertson
reminded Turffs that the easement or driveway Lohn
is challenging is the only access to his duplex.
The commission considered and agreed with the
BOA's recommendation in the Lohn case June 18.
Lohn said he expected to lose at both the BOA
and commission meetings.
"But," he said, "once I get to a real court, I'm
going to win. The law is on my side."

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Islander Laurie Higgins will offer a free seminar
on wind mitigation and potential ways to lower home
insurance costs from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., June 24,
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Higgins, of Seabreeze Insurance in Holmes
Beach, said a number of wind mitigation inspectors
and insurance adjusters will be on hand to discuss
the new insurance mitigation programs available for
homeowners that will reduce wind insurance premi-
ums.
Higgins and other agents also will discuss the
various types of policies available that provide cover-
age against wind, and how to determine if a home is
over- or under-insured.
For more information, call 941-518-8928.


Chamber business card

exchange June 24
The June business card exchange of the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will be held
from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., June 24, at the Feeling Swell
eatery at 9903 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
The cost is $5 and the event is open to current
and prospective chamber members.
For more information, call 941-778-1541.
In other news, the chamber welcomed the fol-
lowing new members in May:
Anna Maria Isle Transportation, 4514 #A, 20th
St. W., Bradenton, Andrea Shields, 941-447-8616.
Mike Malone Window Cleaning, 107 Third
St. S., Bradenton Beach, Mikael Malone, 941-730-
8803.
Manatee Glass and Mirror, 2438 Manatee Ave.
E., Bradenton, Tom and Sue Williams, 941-747-
9100.
Weddings by Susan Officiant, 2250 Bern
Creek Loop, Sarasota, Susan Quarmby, 941-377-
9755.
Best Western Manatee Hotel, 2215 Cortez Road
W., Bradenton, Becky Miller, 941-238-0800.
Casey's Pool Care and Repair, 2905 Sandpointe
Drive W., Bradenton, Casey Nulter, 941-713-1771.
No. 2 Sand Castle Condo, 2346 Bent Tree Road,
#1912, Palm Harbor, Joel Werginz, 770-335-7928.
Pine Avenue Restoration LLC, Pine Avenue,
Anna Maria, Mike Coleman, 941-592-6642.
Johnson Printing, 1104 Ninth St. W., Bradenton,
John Johnson, 941-746-4171.


Gertrude Mann
Gertrude Mann, 68, of Holmes Beach, died
May 3.
Memorial services will be held at5 p.m. Wednes-
day, July 7, at Roser Memorial Community Church,
511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, with a celebration of her
life to follow at the Fellowship Hall.
She is survived by daughter Patricia L. White
of Holmes Beach; son Richard and wife Sharon
of Las Vegas, Nev.; sisters Hildegard and Louise,
both of Switzerland; brother Huntz Noller of
Germany; and grandson J.D. White of Holmes
Beach.
Ronald W. Stepka
Ronald W. Stepka, 76, of Holmes Beach and
formerly of Cleveland and Catawba Island, Ohio,
died June 4.
Mr. Stepka moved to Holmes Beach from
Cleveland in 1991. He worked for Cleveland Fire
Ports and Harbor Division until his retirement in
1989. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was
involved with the Cleveland Little League, Cleve-
land Central Catholic Athletic Boosters, American
Legion in Newburgh Heights, Ohio, and the VFW
in Bradenton.
Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m. July 11
at the Elks Lodge, 2511 75th St. W., Bradenton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell
Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sara-
sota FL 34238, or St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248
S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
He is survived by sons Ronald and wife Erin,
David and wife Missy, both of Ohio; daughters
Deborah Sokiewicz and husband Andy, and Linda
Maronos and husband Pete, all of Ohio; 16 grand-
children; and eight great-grandchildren.


Bimini Breeze, Anna Maria, Julie Dearlove,
941-779-2005.
Gulf Coast Glass Service, 1414 10th St. W.,
Bradenton, Jeff Wieland, 941-748-4666.
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Island, Cortez, Palma Sola, west Bradenton or Long-
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anniversary, a new hire, or an award-winning staff
member? Call Island Biz at 941-778-7978, fax
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5 to 7p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business
card exchange at Feeling Swell, 9903 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
941-778-1541. Fee applies.
Thursday, June 25
1 to 5p.m. -AME Class of 2002 reunion at Manatee Public Beach,
near the lifeguard stand, Holmes Beach.
6 to 10 p.m. Bike Night featuring music by the Downshifters at
Hooters, 4908 14th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-920-2320. Pro-
ceeds benefit To Inform Families First.

Friday, June 26
9 a.m. Senior Social Hour takes place at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, with a guest speaker
from the Manatee County Extension Service. Information: 941-778-
1908.
6p.m. -Crime prevention seminar at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-
1908.
6:30 p.m. Movie night featuring "High School Musical 3" at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Information: 941-778-1908.
7p.m. Bootleg opens for International Reggae artist Yellowman
at the State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Information: 727-
895-3045.
Sunday, June 28
5 to 8 p.m. "Crocodile Dock" Vacation Bible School at Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through July 2.
Information: 941-778-1813.

Tuesday, June 30
Noon Anna Maria Island Rotary Club presents "Rotary Year in
Review" with Barry Gould at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive,
Bradenton Beach. Fee applies.
Ongoing:
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee.
Information: 941-794-3489.
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Anna Maria City
June 14, 700 block North Shore Drive, criminal
mischief. The complainant said no-parking signs,
trash cans and port-a-potties were disturbed along the
street. She "observed a young group wearing gothic
clothing, walking between the mischief locations,"
according to the report. City crews cleaned up the
mess and replaced the signs.
June 15, 300 block Magnolia Avenue, suspicious.
"An unknown young male driving an unmarked
white work van with a latter [sic] rack on top was
on Magnolia Avenue," according to the report. "The
unknown young male driver slowed down next to
the victim and began to flirt with her by saying that
he would give her a ride and that he knew where she
lived." The "victim" went to work at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, and later told her parents
when she got home.
June 15, 808 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria Motel,
theft. The complainant said she lost in excess of
$5,000 in room rent between May 22 and May
31.
June 16, 100 block Cedar Avenue, obstruction.


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Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
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Friday at 9 a.m. the Anna Maria Island Community Center hosts
a Senior Social Hour. Information: 941-778-1908.
Save the date:
July 18, Snooty, the Manatee's 61st birthday party at the South
Florida Museum Parker Manatee Aquarium.
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then pull into a parking lot and continue through back
streets, eventually running through a stop sign. "The
vehicle saw me and turned onto Cedar Avenue, where
all occupants fled on foot," according to the report.
The deputy gave chase, caught one of the vehicle's
occupants, and the other two eventually returned to
the car. The car's driver admitted he took the car
without his mother's permission and that he has only
a learner's permit. He was cited and released to his
mother.
June 18, 200 block Gladiolus Street, criminal
mischief. The complainant said someone broke the
passenger window of her car. Damage was estimated
at $100.

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June 12, 400 block Gulf Drive South, suspended
license. Officers stopped a vehicle with an extin-
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the driver had a suspended driver's license. He was
arrested and issued citations for having an open con-
tainer of beer, as well as for not having a working tag
light.

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June 15, 100 block 77th Street, theft. The com-
plainant told police someone took his wallet, contain-
ing $200, credit cards and identification.
June 16, 3248 E. Bay Drive, Walgreens, theft.
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Things aren't looking good for 'season' recovery


"Hurricane season" began June 1 and continues
to Nov. 30.
As we've found out, though, hurricane hell can
last for weeks, months, even decades.
The start of hell is warm water. Thunderstorms
form. Rain falls. Wind blows. Thermal air currents
start to shoot up into the sky. More storms. More
wind, and the wind starts to push counterclockwise.
And the usually placid waters of the Gulf of
Mexico, or the Caribbean Sea, or the Atlantic Ocean,
become a host for a tropical wave, or a tropical storm,
or a hurricane.
We've been living in a post-hurricane season for
several years now. In 2004, Hurricane Charley was
armed and ready to make landfall at the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge, but veered sooner than expected to
the east and hit Punta Gorda instead.
Then came Hurricane Francis. And Hurricane
Jeanne, both coming near but veering away from
Anna Maria Island that same year, causing some
damage but not the devastation that our neighbors
up and down the coast experienced.
In 2005, we had Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane
Rita. And Hurricane Wilma, at one point the stron-
gest-ever storm on record.
Don't forget Ike and the damage to Galveston
Island and Houston in September 2008.
Rare is a hurricane-related news report that even
today doesn't carry a mention of 2005 storm damage
and the resulting aftermath in what's left of the north-
ern Gulf Coast. Ditto for New Orleans, where the feds
have pretty much given up the ghost and sold off the
"Katrina Trailers" to their "homeowners" for $1.
The storm stories that consume us are the lesson
of tomorrow.
We've focused for years on the needs of evacua-
tion in the face of a storm. The care needed to secure
our property. The supplies necessary to get us through
the "storm event," as emergency management offi-
cials like to call the stormy hell as it approaches.
But it's only been in the past few years that the
devastation has really gained a name, and that name
is time.
Although the federal government and state offi-
cials, as well as regional and local authorities, pro-
claim they're about as prepared as they can be for a
disaster, the hard fact of the matter is that all of their
planning probably won't be enough.
Sure, you can expect government to get you off
the Island in the face of a major storm. We proved that
Aug. 13, 2004, when Hurricane Charley threatened
and we left. True, it took some door-to-door urging by
law enforcement, but our 8,500 or so residents pretty
much all left except for a score or so of hardcores.
But think about having to fend for yourself for
the next few days, or weeks, or, as we saw in New
Orleans and Mississippi, months? Are you ready for
that?
Emergency management officials are not a bunch
of dummies. They advise we all be prepared to be
on our own for at least a week if a big blow comes
toward us.
Seven days worth of water a gallon a day per
person plus food, clothes, medicine, light, comfort
items, whatever.
Evacuation shelters are havens of last resort.
Remember the pictures of the Superdome after Hur-
ricane Katrina hit New Orleans? Of course, the con-
ditions here will not echo those in the Big Easy, but
it sure won't be easy trying to bed down amidst 200
or so people on a hard floor for a night, let alone a
week or a month.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency,
reeling after the debacle of Hurricane Katrina, has
drastically reconfigured itself.
There are almost three times the number of
employees within the agency today versus then.
The agency also is planning to "pre-deploy"
people in areas where storms approach to provide a
quicker response for victims, and communications
have improved through satellite hookups. Claim
processing is also better now than then. There's
also food and water and other supplies stashed in
somewhat safe locations throughout the country
to make getting stuff to the people who need it a
quicker process.
Will it all be enough? Of course not.
Emergency management officials predict that
it could take a community up to five years to fully
recover from a Category 3 hurricane one with
winds of 111 mph.
They estimate 10 years for a Cat 5 storm.

What to do?
Short of relocating to, say, Colorado, there isn't
much to be done when the Big One comes our way.
Oh, right, Colorado has snow and earthquakes. Never
mind that.
Start getting ready now for the upcoming storm
season. Sure, officials predict a near-average hurri-
cane season, but that could mean 11 named storms,
three severe and two very severe. Remember that
it only takes one to make a mess of Anna Maria
Island.
Grab a couple of cans of tuna fish when you next
go to the store. Spam. Vienna sausages. A gallon of
water. Start saving your old milk jugs to refill with
water if a storm starts our way.
Check your emergency kit. Batteries. More bat-
teries. Check the batteries you've got and replace the
corroded ones. Get another flashlight or six.
Best advice? Make a new best friend on the
mainland well away from any storm surge. Chip in
to supply a generator as part of your "rent" for staying
at your friend's house during a storm. Maybe even
help stockpile food and water at his or her house.
Sleeping in a spare room is a lot better than sleep-
ing on the floor of a crowded gym.
You can get up-to-date hurricane preparedness
information at our Web site, www.islander.org. Look
for the Storm Avengers.

Sandscript factoid
A buddy watched the devastation in Mississippi
and Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina hit and wanted
to help. He held a commercial truck license, and fig-
ured he could be useful.
He drove a truck full of ice everywhere but where
it was needed for weeks. Never did deliver it any-
where due to federal confusion about where to go
and what to do. He ended up dropping the truck off in
Virginia. He also came down with some sort of weird
disease that put him in the Mayo Clinic for weeks
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how to cure it. He lost 60 pounds in the process over
about six weeks.
The point here is that the government can't
always do the best thing, even for the best of people,
during a disaster.

FWC proposes rules

to help shrimpers

protect turtles
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission June 18 proposed rule changes to give
shrimpers more ways to avoid the unintended catch
of sea turtles and other marine animals in their fishing
nets.
The FWC's proposed rules would allow the use
of bycatch-reduction devices for shrimp trawls in
Florida waters that have recently been cleared for
use in adjacent federal waters. The proposed rules
also would allow future federally approved bycatch-
reduction devices to be used in state waters and
update FWC turtle-excluder-device regulations for
shrimp trawls.
A final public hearing on the proposed rule
amendments will take place during the FWC's Sep-
tember meeting.


Karate kid
Instructor Greyson Wallis, 16, recently won the
World Karate C Ii..-i.pi. 'ii/p From about 800
participants, she took one first place, three second
places, and one third place in the champion-
ship. Greyson is a student of Kevin Bergquist and
teaches at the Island Dojo Martial Arts Academy
on Anna Maria Island. \/i,. is assisting the opera-
tion of Island Dojo's Summer Karate Camp. For
more information, call 941-807-1734.
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Fishing continues to be great for tarpon, trout, amberjack


By Paul Roat
Sounding like a broken CD, this week's refrain
is the same on the fishing front: terrific.
Tarpon continue to be everywhere, from the
beach to Tampa Bay. Fish up to 120 pounds are being
caught.
Mackerel are starting to hit lures in the passes.
Trout and redfish are thick in the bays. Catch-and-
release snook are still along the beach.
Offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, grouper, amber-
jack and snapper also are easy prey for fishers. And
sharks are swarming in backwaters as well as open
Gulf waters.
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said fishing con-
tinues to be incredibly great off Anna Maria Island.
Nearshore catches of catch-and-release snook along
the beaches continue to be terrific, with any light-
colored lure working great. In the backwaters, Danny
said redfish are starting to school, especially around
sunset. Big trout remain in the deeper seagrass flats.
Offshore action continues to be wonderful for cobia.
"One guy came in last week and said he caught
eight," Danny said. Also look for big grouper, huge
schools of amberjack near the offshore artificial reefs,
plus mangrove snapper near the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge.
Bill Walters at the Anna Maria City Pier said
fishers there were catching lots of mackerel, snapper
to 14 inches in length at dead tides, plus a few tarpon
were hooked but lost.
Capt. Mark Johnston said he's still hooking lots
of tarpon. He took two kids, a 9- and 11 -year-old, out
last week and put them on a 120-pound silver king at
Longboat Pass. "The fish are everywhere," he said.
He's also catching big trout and lots of redfish in
Sarasota Bay.
Capt. Sam Kimball said he's catching lots of
sharks and bonita in the near-shore Gulf. Farther out,
maybe 25 miles, he's catching red and mangrove
snapper, plus lots of amberjack.
By the way, Capt. Sam put Hilda and Dick Tal-
bert from Texas onto a 23-pound mahi-mahi and
an 18-pound red snapper last week. The Islander
reported the fish in length, rather than pounds.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee Jay II out of
Parrot Bay Marina in Cortez has found that summer
is here "with a vengeance! Very hot and humid; be
extra careful out on the water what with the heat, and
be sure to take plenty of water and sunscreen. Keep
an eye to the sky for thunderboomers with a lot of
lightning and sudden wind." He said he's catching
a number of grouper, mangrove snapper, big floun-
der, Spanish mackerel and triggerfish on a small reef
due west of Longboat Pass in about 35 feet of water.
He's seeing but not targeting lots of tarpon. North
Sarasota Bay is producing spotted sea trout to 22
inches, bluefish, more Spanish mackerel, redfish to
23 inches, and a couple of good-sized gag grouper
and mangrove snapper caught on an outgoing tide
over deep seagrass beds. "We saw some smallish
cobia cruise by, but they were apparently intent on
something other than eating." Capt. Zach warns that
bait will soon be iffy. "Bait shrimp will be going to
eyeballs and whiskers for the summer," he said. "The
large spring pilchards will be harder to find, but there
is plenty of fry pilchards available along with small
pinfish and grunts. Scaling down to a 1/4-inch mesh
net is the ticket for the smaller summer bait. The fry
bait is of a fairly decent size. These diminutive baits
are candy for several species, especially mangrove
snapper and mackerel. If you' re looking for the mak-
ings for a quality fish fry over the next few months,




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Dolphin fish, not Flipper
Chris Davis ofRiverview caught this 25-pound dolphin fish while fishing with Capt. Scott Greer of Straw
Dog Charters out of Cortez. He also caught lots of red snapper and red grouper.


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Matt Brinson caught this 24-inch hog snapper
while fishing with brother Mike off Egmont Key. He
was using a live shrimp as bait.

the mangrove snapper are the way to go."
Capt. Logan Bystrom said that tarpon "are still
hitting really well. I have been getting plenty of hook-
ups off the beaches. The tides are picking up and
should be perfect throughout the week in the passes.
The pass crabs have been plentiful, so keep a look out
for them while fishing the passes." He's also finding
catch-and-release snook on the beaches, with dawn
and dusk being the best time to hit and, of course,
release linesiders.
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and may be
submitted to Paul Roat by e-mail at paul@islander.
org.


Huge black grouper
Tom Harvey, of Port Charlotte, caught this
72-pound black grouper while fishing on Stray Dog
Charters out of Cortez. The fish was caught on a
12-hour trip in about 180feet of water in the Gulf
of Mexico. Pictured with Harvey is Stray Dog First
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Quick Start tennis program motivating, fun for kids


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's
summer tennis camp is under way with a handful
of kids participating last week. The camp, under the
direction of Gabriel Ferrer, offers a unique approach
to developing young tennis players. Ferrer, who has
an extensive resume in tennis instruction, is also the
program director at G.T. Bray and has coached sev-
eral highly ranked professional tennis players during
his long career.
Ferrer uses colored tapes that are put onto the
developing players' racquets to indicate their level of
achievement. This system is very much like the belts
that are earned in martial arts programs. Players start
out with a white tape indicating they are beginners.
The youngsters use smaller nets and Nerf or low-com-
pression balls to work on acquiring a basic knowledge
of how to hit a groundstroke. When the player or play-
ers show they have acquired whatever specific skill
they are working on, they are tested to assess whether
they can move up to another color tape.
During the camp, the instructor puts the players
through different drills that work on specific skills
using a variety of games such as jail, gladiator, cat-
erpillar, king of the court and match play.
On this particular day, the kids played jail, during
which the instructor hits a ball to the player whose
goal is to hit a groundstroke over the net and in play.
If they are successful, they go back to the end of the
line and wait for their next turn. If their groundstroke
doesn't go over the net, they have to go to that side
of the net and try and catch another player's ground-
stroke in the air or in one bounce. If they manage that,
they get to get back into the game. The winner is the
last player hitting groundstrokes. Other games such
as gladiator, which is a sort of tennis dodge ball, and
caterpillar, are drills to improve lateral movement.
After working hard in the hot sun, instructor
Tammy Corby offered the kids another motivator -
popsicles! While enjoying her favorite colored pop-
sicle, Hailey Grace was asked about her favorite part
of the camp. She answered succinctly, "Rallying."
If you'd like to get your child involved, the tennis
camps run weekly from now through Aug. 13, Mon-
day-Thursday. from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $99 per


week for the camp, which is being held at the AMICC
tennis courts.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole,
two best balls of foursome match on June 17. The
team of Bob Kral, Vince Mercadante, Greg Spahn
and Pieter Thomassen lapped the field with a score
of 102 to earn biu,,,in, rights for the day. Second
place went to the team of Danny Hayes, Bob Dick-


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normally be an impressive 11-under par 117.
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game on June 15 that produced many ties. First place
was shared by Dave Schroer and Omar Tolard after
they both carded 4-under-par 28s. Charlie Knopp was
one shot back in second place with a 29 while Fred
Meyer took third place with a 2-under 30. Chuck
Reed, Danny Hayes and Bob Dickinson each carded
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Danish, $99. 941-580-4358.
BRAND NEW, NEVER used, fully assembled
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RESTAURANT TABLES, CHAIRS: 8 30-inch
square tables, 20 black wrought-iron high-back
chairs with padded seats. Miscellaneous goods.
Call 941-487-7487.
HUGE, DECORATIVE FRAMED mirrors: Several
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ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet, $350.
Small antique burl-wood rocker, $200. 941-778-
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TABLE AND UMBRELLA, wicker chairs, love
seat, rocker. 11 pieces, $100 or best offer. Holmes
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COMPUTER DESK: 60x24 inches with file drawer,
$60. Four 25-inch swivel wood stools, $100.941 -
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BRADENTON BEACH GETAWAY! Beautiful Gulf-
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WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Priva-
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give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander
newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach.

KOKO RAY AND Scott Achor, Island Rock School
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Park. Two lines, $50. Three lines, $60. Forms at
The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more infor-
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ESTATE SALE: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 27.
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and recliner, bookcases, china cabinet, rattan, cos-
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June 27. CD player, treadmill, outdoor furniture,
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total, and the ad is FREE. Deliver in person to:
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e-mail to classifieds@islander.org
fax to 1-866-362-9821


A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office sup-
plies, t-shirts, treasures.


LOST: MAN'S GOLD bracelet, initials GES, sen-
timental value. Contact The Islander office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
FOUND: GOLD RING with red and white stones,
flower shaped. Found on beach, near Spring
Avenue, Anna Maria. Claim at The Islander office,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
SET OF KEYS on blue clip found by newspaper
racks near Skinny's restaurant, 3901 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Claim at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
LOST: YOUTH PRESCRIPTION glasses, silver
frames, oval lenses. Lost on Manatee Public
Beach Monday, June 15. Please, call 941-792-
4801 or 941-209-8585.


PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
941-720-1411.
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All applicants
screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.


FOR SALE: 1992 Grand Am. Cold air condition-
ing, stereo system, runs good. $1,600 or best
offer. 941-778-1746.


BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-
1400.


SMALL ANNA MARIA resort seeking local area
resident for part-time property management posi-
tion. E-mail your resume to: mail@annamaria-
beachcottages.com or fax to 941-778-1645.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library in
Bradenton Beach. Information, 941-779-1208.


RESTAURANT: PROFITABLE, BEAUTIFUL, long
history in resort area. Beer/wine. Any good cuisine
would work. Confidentiality agreement required.
$160,000 plus inventory. Longview Realty, 941-
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ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School soph-
omore Chris Perez tutors elementary or middle
school children. Call 941-778-2979.
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ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified
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CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
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NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
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TRISH AND KIM babysitting service, house
cleaning and pet sitting. Certified. Experienced.
Call 941-538-8922 or 941-538-2081.
LAWN MOWING/DOG walking? Will walk dogs
any day, mow lawns after 5 p.m. weekdays, after
11 a.m. weekends. 941-447-7092.
CALL ZACK, 13, for odd jobs. Will do anything
you need done after school and Saturdays. 941-
524-4143.
RED CROSS LIFEGUARD for private parties at
your pool. $10/hour. Call Marie Durocher, 941-
795-4722.
CASSIE'S DOG WALKING and house sitting. I
can walk your dog anytime. 941-962-3373.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
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COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
advice. 941-545-7508.

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

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

WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem
solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe,
Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service, 941-778-
3455, or cell 941-720-4152.

TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.

PAINTING: INTERIOR/EXTERIOR, quality work,
free estimates, 15 years experience. Call Dave,
941-812-6213.

PEST CONTROL: LOCALLY owned. Call for a free
home pest inspection. The company that keeps
your lawn healthy can also keep the bugs out of
your home. Southern Greens, 941-747-6677.

AN HONEST AND dependable woman would like
the opportunity to clean your home. Call 941-746-
3535.

FREE HOUSESITTER/PETSITTER, etc. Retired
Christian couple available anytime. Excellent local,
repeat references. 770-832-7319, ewingwt@
earthlink.net.

SUMMER HANDYMAN SPECIAL: College stu-
dent looking for any odd jobs. Zach's back on
Anna Maria Island. 941-224-5854.

TOTAL DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs,
replacements, sales, parts, storm catcher hurricane
covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro doors, ODL
inserts. TDWSINC @msn.com. 941-730-1399.

HOUSESITTER AVAILABLE to stay in your home,
take care of pets, lawn, garden and plants. Local
references available. 941-448-9233.
CLEVERCOMPUTING.NET: COMPUTER and
home network repair, upgrade and installation.
We come to you. 941-720-2656.
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PERSONAL ASSISTANT: LOVING dependable
care for elders. Light cooking, housekeeping,
errands, or just for company. Available full-time,
your hours. 941-792-4601.

COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Oldest
and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of happy cus-
tomers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch, Storm-Check,
windows, etc. Rentals our specialty. pinesolpatty@
juno.com. 941-792-1000.

DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs
covered! Logos, brochures, brand identity. Web
design: Flash, HTML and 3D. Call Jon at Smash-
cat Studios, 941-778-2824 or 941-545-0192.

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-
795-7411. CAC184228.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.

NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.

CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services when and what you need to ensure
your house is secure and cared for while you
are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
my.house@verizon.net for details.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience. Gift boutique, nail products,
handbags, jewelry and sunglasses. 9908 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an appointment. Now
offering in-home pedicure services. 941-713-
5244.

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 loca-
tion, flexible, rolling enrollment. For June special
call, 941-758-0395.


CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
941-778-5294.
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941-725-0073
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CHRISTIE'S PLUMBING Residential
& Commercial
Serving the Island, LBK, Manatee & Sarasota Coiilnii-: :In 1' co
New Construction Remodeling
All Phases of Plumbing Repair & Service
778-3924 or 778-4461 5508 Marina Drive, Hol-rr l:, Ii::Il I:.I1pi- Sat.

BOAT, RV & TRAILER STORAGE
Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available

Your Shuttle Service on Anna Maria Island
.shtr tI s -,i_ rmi r", In Permitted/Licensed/Insured
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Door-to-Door Shuttle
941-580-5777 Special Events
www.shuttleserviceami.com Most major credit cards are accepted

Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants, .-,P'
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Pickup & Delivery Services
Apartments Condos Homes *
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SFree Estimates Affordable Rates
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ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941 -
778-2581.

TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.

ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.

JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-
807-1015.


STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $48/yard. Call Shark
Mark. 941-301-6067.

THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured. Call Allen any-
time. Cell 941-224-8569.

KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. Cell, 941-448-3857 or 941-779-0851.

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



VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.

JOIN THE MANY BUSINESS OWNERS
purchasing in our quaint Pine Avenue
Restoration Project by checking out this unique
custom-built home.










1900 SF heated and cooled living quarters and/
or business area with plenty of parking. Great
location to beach. Live and work here only
$799,000

N^Ma.R


-"Te ARE the Island!"
SINCE 1957
MarieFranklin, Lic Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
E-mail amrealty@verizon.net
Web site www.annamariareal.com


TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
Neil, 941-726-3077.

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

GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.

JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.

PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Island resident, very meticulous and reliable. I
take pride in my work. For a free estimate, call
Colin at 941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.

SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.

EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
941-795-1947. Lic.#RR0066450.

PAINT: AVERAGE ROOM, $75. Customer sup-
plies paint. Exterior, one story. Pressure washing.
Free estimates. New phone number! 941-721-
7521.

RENTALS RENTfast whenyou advertise inThe Islander.


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941,592.8373 102 Bridge St. Bradenton Beach


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


WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.



RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or
800-749-6665. www.wedebrockrentals.com.

WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
com.

VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA, lovely, private
pool home near Palma Sola Causeway. $1,000/
weekly. Discounts for longer stays. 3BR/3BA gor-
geous pool home, near Intracoastal Waterway,
west Bradenton. $1,050 weekly. www.coastal-
propertiesrealty.com, or 941-794-1515.

PERICO BAY CLUB: 3BR/2BA, clean, bright end
condo. $1,200/month, lease option available. Free
cable, utilities. Call Jesse, 941-778-7244.

ANNUAL DUPLEX: 2BR/1BA Anna Maria City.
Ground-level. $850/month, water, trash included.
Available now. 941-778-7003.

ANNUAL: GULFFRONT: 1BR/1BA. $750/month
includes water and sewer. 503 Gulf Drive S., Bra-
denton Beach. Michael, 1-813-244-6032.

BAYFRONT RENTALS: FULLY furnished
2BR/2BA, close to beach with great fishing dock.
Monthly rent starts at $750. Call for information,
941-794-5980 or 941-779-4713.

MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.


Gayle Schulz
Broker/Associate
Sales Vacation Rentals
Property Management

941-812-6489

Jimi Anderson Realty
6000 Marina Drive Holmes Beach
e-mail: gayle511 @tampabay.rr.com www.jimandersonrealty.com


*i gufBay W~aty of Anna 9aria Inc.
G J esse Brisson BrojrAssocate, yi
941-713-4755 800-771-6043

BRADENTON BEACH CLUB
Immaculate 2bed/2bath
condo with den. Built
in 2005 this like new
condo has peeks of the
gulf and a great rental
history. Being offered at
$389,000 and coming turnkey furnished,
it's a supreme value in today's market. This
property will not last long. $389,000

Call Jesse Brisson
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ANNUAL RENTAL: 1BR/1BA. Newly renovated
in quiet Bradenton Beach neighborhood close to
beach and trolley stop. Furnished or unfurnished.
Available immediately. Call Liz, 941-778-2173 or
941-962-8844.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/3BA canal home on Key
Royale. Large caged pool, garage. New kitchen
and tile installed one year ago. $1,950/month.
863-660-8366.
ANNUAL: ANNA MARIA 1BR/1BA, $790/month
plus utilities. 2BR/1BA, $950/month plus utilities.
Garage, pets welcome. 239-340-9156.
ANNA MARIA 3BR/2BA: Short-term lease, flex-
ible. Furnished. Rent will include all utilities. Close
to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-737-9662.
ANNUAL RENTAL: BRADENTON. 2BR/2BA fur-
nished. Washer, dryer, shed, nice yard, close to
beach. $800/month. Call Bob, 518-235-0267.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA SECOND-floor condo. End
unit, overlooks wide canal. Two miles to beaches.
Furnished, washer, dryer. $950/month, negotiable.
Phone, electric not included. 941-807-3244.
WATERFRONT: BIMINI BAY, Anna Maria. Annual
1BR/1BA, boat moorage. Available Aug. 1. http://
goff-club.com/510B. 941-795-0504.
ANNUAL RENTAL: DUPLEX, ground-level,
2BR/1 BA. $900/month. 941-778-7003.
HISTORIC BRADENTON BEACH: 1BR/1BA,
close to beach, bay and Bridge Street. $750/
month. Chris, 941-447-4843.
WANT TO RENT: "Green" house on Anna Maria,
free of chlorine and other scented cleaning prod-
ucts. Wood or tile floors a necessity. Please, call
860-526-5173 to discuss.






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ANNUAL & VACATION RENTALS
All Shapes & Sizes. Beachfront, Bayfront
and lots of nice places in-between

Mike Norman Realty
800-367-1617 941-778-6696 a
3101 GULF DR HOLMES BEACH
www, mikenormanrealty.com


ANNUAL DUPLEX: 1BR/1BA, Florida room,
fireplace, washer-dryer hookups, $750/month.
1 BR/1 BA, tile floors, close to beach, $700/month.
3BR/2BA, tile floors, washer- dryer hookups, $850/
month. Very rustic 3BR/2BA, up/down on Gulfside
in Anna Maria, $850/month. Small 2BR/1BA older
cottage with Florida room, $750/month. No pets.
Dolores M. Baker Realty, 941-778-7500.
BLOCK TO GULF: Large, clean, 2BR/1BA corner
duplex, single neighbor. $850/month. 941-778-
6348.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
2spinnakers.com.


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

MOBILE HOME: 1BR/1BA. One mile from Anna
Maria Island. You own the land. Not a co-op. No
monthly fees. Steps to water. Great condition.
Free boat ramp access. $79,000. 513-470-3851.

GORGEOUS 5BR/3BA TOWNHOUSE for sale
on Anna Maria Island. Fantastic location opposite
Publix and five minute walk to beach. Beautifully
decorated with superb rental history. Tennis courts
and two pools. Offers in excess of $310,000! Will
be sold to highest bidder. Telephone 01144 20
8508 0332, or e-mail: Sandypflorida@aol.com.

PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.

FOR EXPERT ADIKE ON ISLAND PROPERTIES.
CALL THE ISLANDERS
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com. RE No. CQ1031187.
COASTAL GEORGIA BANK-ordered sale. One-
plus acre ocean-access, $29,900. 888-982-8952,
ext. 5192. www.oceanaccess299.com.
HEAD FOR THE Smoky Mountains: Two night/
three day stay only $99. Home sites starting at
$29,900. Paved roads, water, sewer and club-
house. www.ocoeemountainclub.com. 866-228-
6147.
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FREE FORECLOSURE LISTINGS: Over 400,000
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was $89,900. Nicely wooded, private lake access.
Ready to build. Owner will finance. Only one, save
big. Call now, 866-352-2249.
WALK TO LAKE! 1.7 acres, $14,900. Free boat
slips! Was $29,900. Incredible deal on wooded
estate-size parcel at private fishing lake. Good
road frontage, utilities, more. Excellent bank and
owner financing. Call now, 888-792-5253, ext.
3064.
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28 E JUNE 24, 2009 U THE ISLANDER



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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Julie Royal's morning began with an unexpected
before-work rush to the veterinarian.
"Such is the life in rescue," she said.
The night before Royal had rescued a litter of
sick puppies. A man was giving them up because he
couldn't afford to care for the dogs, and he didn't
want them to suffer.
In January, Royal secured non-profit status for
Royal Pet Rescue, the operation she started about nine
years ago, inspired after fostering a pregnant dog.
"I thought I would just foster a dog occasionally,
but that's how it all got started," said Royal, a partner
at SunCoast Real Estate in Holmes Beach who lives
in Sarasota. \ ly specialty is puppies and kittens."
The rescue network in the Manatee-Sarasota area
is an extensive coalition of government-run shelters,
non-profit organizations and grassroots advocates.
"It isn't competitive. There's plenty out there,"
Royal said of the need for pet rescues. "And we each
have our own niche."
Royal often learns of animals in need from orga-
nizations such as the humane societies in Manatee
and Sarasota counties or Manatee County Animal
Services.
"The shelters call me," she said. "Or they give
out my number.... I have a very close relationship
with Manatee County Animal Services."
Sometimes the animals will be found abandoned,
as was the case with a litter of puppies recently dis-
covered at a foreclosed home.
Sometimes the animals will be given up by
people who can no longer care for them, as was the
case with two 18-year-old cats Royal cared for after
a man and the cats were evicted from their home.
In that case, she served as a six-week babysitter.
"He couldn't bring the cats with him to the Salvation
Army," she said. "When he got a place about six
weeks later, he took them back."
Royal, over the years, has rescued about 1,000
animals.
She operates Royal Pet Rescue from her home in
Sarasota, where one of the four bedrooms now serves
as a cattery, with ladders and high hiding spots, and
where another room is a puppy playroom.
"Bleach is my friend," Royal said.
Her husband, jazz pianist Michael Royal, is on
board now. "He loves to play with the puppies,"
Royal said, but he has no idea how many cats are
climbing the ladders in the cattery.
That number, last week, was 20, but there was a
time when Royal was caring for 50 cats, as well as
two litters of puppies.
The population changes regularly, she said.
The puppies Royal rescued last week are being
treated for hookworm and nurtured to be ready for
adoption in about eight weeks.
"The rule is two months or 2 pounds," she said.
In the meantime, Royal probably will get called
for other rescues and take on other residents.
"I get a call every week, sometimes it seems
every day," she said.
The cost of operating Royal Pet Rescue is "tens
of thousands of dollars," mostly in vet bills, Royal
said.
But, she added, rescue work is her passion.
"I love saving animals," she said. "It's very
ijc\." idini. very satisfying.... People say, don't you
want to keep them? I say, yes, but then I couldn't go
and save the next litter."


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Julie Royal with rescued puppies at home in Sarasota.


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Mister Wizard came to The Islander newspaper
office daily for 11 years. He often helped Lisa Wil
liams greet customers and resolve problems.


The Islander
newspaper
office hosted
a trio of the
publisher's
cairn terriers,
who waited
patiently by
the window
for friends to
arrive with
treats.


Take


Your Dog


to Work Day


June 26
Call it the dog day of June.
The 10th anniversary of Take Your Dog
To Work Day will take place Friday, June
26, with canines across the country accom-
panying their companions to the workplace
for extra belly rubs, ear scratches and
treats.
Take Your Dog To Work Day, created by
Pet Sitters International and sponsored by
bringpetshome.org, was established in 1999
to celebrate dogs and encourage their adop-
tions from local shelters, rescue groups and
humane societies.
Employers are encouraged to open their
doors to employees' canine best friends.


Julie
Royal
of
Royal
Pet
Rescue
with a
rescued
puppy
outside
her
office in
Holmes
Beach.
Islander
Photo:
Lisa
Neff




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