VOLUME 17, NO. 36
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JULY 8, 2009
Inside and page 28
the news ...
Coquina sand plan.
Meetings: The gov-
Impact statement due
on port, pipeline.
DEP authorizes con-
troversial home plan.
Op/ed: The Islander
opinion, your opin-
ions. Page 6
Turtle tour finds
audience. Page 12
News from the busi-
begins in Corona
case. Page 18
What to do and
when. Page 19
Fishing: Look for
trout, reds in back-
waters. Page 21
Sports: Soggy but
camp. Page 22
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Above: The winners of the 2009 scholar-
ship awards from the Anna Maria Island
Privateers and the Privateers. The non-profit
group awarded $29,000 in scholarships
to college-bound students during a July 4
party at Cafe on the Beach. Right: Privateer
Bekka "Teach" Stasny holds the "checks"
to be presented to the scholarship winners.
Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Trolley appears fare-free
for another year
By Rick Catlin and Lisa Neff
The Anna Maria Island trolley appar-
ently will motor through fiscal year 2009-10
Manatee County administrator Ed
Hunzeker agreed with Island mayors June
28 to keep the trolley fare-free, while at the
same time endorsing a "Save Our Trolley"
campaign proposed by Island businessman
Teitelbaum, who also is a member of the
Manatee County Tourist Development Com-
mittee, came up with a plan to raise private
dollars to help reduce public funding for the
Hunzeker had proposed instituting a $1
daily fare for the trolley when he presented
his draft budget for 2009-10 to Manatee
County commissioners in May.
But, at the mid-June budget hearing at
which Teitelbaum detailed the Save Our
Trolley effort, Hunzeker said he would work
with elected officials, the Island business
community and concerned citizens to keep
the trolley fare-free.
Hunzeker found support for Teitel-
baum's plan from the Island mayors.
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnen-
berger said he assured Hunzeker that he
would include $8,000 for the trolley in his
draft budget to the city commission. It's the
same amount the city has budgeted the past
"The county is willing to let [the trol-
ley] remain free for another year while we
implement Teitelbaum's plan," Bohnenberger
But Bohnenberger and the other Island
mayors are not relying solely on the Save Our
Bohnenberger said the Island Transporta-
tion and Planning Organization plans to apply
for a Congestive Management Grant from the
Florida Department of Transportation to fund
in excess of $500,000 for the Island trolley
operation in the 2011-12 fiscal year.
Bohnenberger said the DOT does not have
much money in the congestive management
fund for 2010-11, but the amount increases
considerably in 2011-12, hence the one-year
"I don't know if we'll get it, but Mike
Howe said the MPO would get behind the
grant application," he said. Howe is the execu-
tive director of the Sarasota-Manatee Metro-
politan Planning Organization.
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford said she
told Hunzeker she is supportive of the Teitel-
baum plan and agreed to include funding for
the trolley in her draft budget to the commis-
sion. Anna Maria has provided trolley funding
for the past two years.
But Barford said she also cautioned Hun-
zeker that the county shouldn't promise a free
trolley for the coming year, then change its
mind at the last minute. At least let the Save
Our Trolley campaign have a chance to suc-
"I think the Teitelbaum proposal may
work. We're willing to give it a try and so is
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College-bound mateys left the Anna Maria
Island Privateers July 4 post-parade party at
Cafe on the Beach with some treasure.
The non-profit group presented $29,000
in scholarships to students pursuing post-sec-
ondary educations and professional degrees.
The total set a new record, topping last
year's 27,000 in scholarships.
This year's winners include:
Jamie Cross, who received the Bridget
Miller $1,000 scholarship.
Elise Mundy, who received the Shipreck
Austin Eason, who received the Whitey
Horton $3,000 scholarship.
Dion Shorey, who received the Sand-
piper $1,000 scholarship.
Privateer $2,000 scholarships went to Eric
Whitley, Chris Chawi and Ashley Bishop.
Ashley Peterson and Claire Ingram
received $1,500 scholarships.
Nicholas Gotts and Ashley Stinton
received $1,250 scholarships.
And Dominix Cox, Kayla Kerns, Drex-
ler James, Jessica Schultz, Samantha Glodde,
Sarah Beth Scott, Kyle Messina, Sarah Norris,
Chelsea Sloan and Chelsea Hodges received
AMIP also introduced its new officers,
who will begin their terms in August. Officers
include Randy "Turkey" Schwartz, president;
Kathy "Long Locks" Griffenkranz, vice pres-
ident; Verna "Woodie" Belliveau, treasurer;
Wayne \\l iA.i nc." Collins, secretary; and
Ron "Jewels" Luckerman, captain.
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Trolley free for another year
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Hunzeker," she said.
But Barford understands why Hunzeker sug-
gested a trolley fare.
"The economy is not in good shape. There's a
need for more debate on the trolley-fare suggestion,
but the free trolley is a great promotional tool for the
Island," she said.
Bradenton Beach Mayor Michael Pierce acknowl-
edged the Island cities part in the operation: "I do
know that there is going to have to be some kind of
contribution" from the cities. "There is a great benefit
with the trolley system being in our area. We don't
want to lose that."
Bradenton Beach city commissioners discussed
the city's commitment to continuing a contribution
to the trolley service July 2.
"I think this is great," said Commissioner John
Shaughnessy. "If we can keep the trolley free, we
have to keep it free."
Save Our Trolley
Under the Save Our Trolley plan conceived by
Teitelbaum, Island cities and the TDC would continue
to subsidize the trolley cost for the next two years,
in addition to raising funds with an annual festival,
a donation box on the trolley and the sale of naming
rights and advertising on the trolleys.
The Island cities would contribute $8,000 each to
the trolley operation in fiscal year 2010, which begins
in October, and the TDC would contribute $26,000.
In fiscal year 2011, the Island cities each would
contribute $10,000, while the TDC would provide
Also in 2011, a local fundraising campaign would
contribute $50,000 toward the $900,000 operation of the
trolley to relieve county taxpayers of some burden.
"This is all about self-help," Teitelbaum said.
The donation boxes on the trolley could open
soon. The vehicles already are equipped with boxes
Riders take the Island Trolley south into Bradenton Beach July 3. Negotiations between Island and county
officials and local businesspeople likely resulted in the trolley remaining fare-free for at least another year.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
that could be used to collect donations, he said. The
trolleys already have some of the tools needed to
launch an advertising and naming-rights campaign.
The festival would be an Islandwide event in
the spring and Teitelbaum suggested it could raise
as much for the trolley operation as the Cortez Fish-
ing Festival raises annually for the FISH Preserve.
"We' re working with the chamber right now,"
he said, adding that board members with the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce will meet July
8 to discuss the trolley.
"We have some very good ideas. Now we're
needing to put some meat on the bones," he con-
Islanders last week seemed enthusiastic about
Teitelbaum's proposal, especially the festival.
"We have Bayfest in the fall, but I really like the
idea of a big blowout in the spring," said Amanda
Peats of Anna Maria, who was riding the trolley last
Tuesday to Cafe on the Beach. "I think that's a great
way to raise the money."
Trolley-rider Keith Hansen said, "I like the boot-
strap approach. And, for sure, I like a big party to
raise the money. Count me in."
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State reviewing Coquina sand plan
By Lisa Neff
A plan to renouris Coquina Beach that includes
mitigation for hard-bottom habitat that might be lost
in the project is before the state.
Sand placement on the beach on the south end of
Anna Maria Island could begin late this year or early
next year, but permits still must be obtained from the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection and
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
"We have submitted the project plans to the
state, meeting all of their requirements for the project
design and sand source for the project," said Coastal
Planning and Engineering consultant Rick Spadoni.
"We are presently awaiting their response."
When the county began planning for the project
two years ago, about 400,000 cubic yards of white
sand was to be removed from Longboat Pass to be
placed on Coquina Beach.
But the DEP, concerned about stability, made the
Thundershowers dumped more than 5 inches of rain on Anna Maria Island on July 1, flooding many roads,
including some locations on Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
Storm brings power outage, flooding
Severe thunderstorms passed over Anna Maria
Island Wednesday, July 1, causing a power outage
with 3,893 customers losing electricity, according to a
Florida Power & Light spokesperson. Power to most
Island locations was restored shortly after noon, the
Rains from the storm also caused flooding on
several major Island roads. The Holmes Beach Police
Department diverted traffic at the Manatee Avenue-
Gulf Drive intersection for motorists to avoid flooded
Near the S-curve in Bradenton Beach by Jam-
rocks, a washover from the Gulf of Mexico to the bay
caused flooding the width of Gulf Drive, although no
cars were reported to have stalled in the roadway.
The Wachovia Bank in Holmes Beach was forced
to close for the day when flooding shorted out the
bank's electrical system. The bank was fully opera-
tional by July 2.
Anna Maria appeared to get less rain that its sister
Man died in personal
One person died July 4 in a personal watercraft
accident that occurred at the entrance to Longboat
Pass near Bradenton Beach.
The name of the man was not released as of July 6.
Three people a husband, his wife and their
friend were riding a personal watercraft about
noon on July 4 when the accident happened, accord-
ing to Capt. Larry Leinhauser with the Manatee
County Emergency Medical Service.
The watercraft tipped at the entrance to the pass
on the bayside and the husband and wife were pulled
in a strong current toward a barge in the bay, Lein-
Leinhauser said the husband was pulled under
the barge and, although he was wearing a flotation
device, he drowned. The wife and the third person
were not physically injured.
Manatee County EMS technicians responded,
as did officers with the Bradenton Beach and Long-
boat Key police departments and the county's marine
Public works director George McKay said he
toured the city after the rains and found no major
"After seeing what happened in Holmes Beach,
we came out pretty good," he said.
A spokesperson for the National Weather Service
in Ruskin said the storm was part of a low-pressure
system moving across central Florida that had cleared
by the July 4 weekend.
on Island route
The Florida Department of Transportation con-
tracted with Superior Asphalt, Inc., to begin a $3 mil-
lion resurfacing and roadway improvement project on
Manatee Avenue West.
The road, also known as State Road 64, is one of
three routes to and from Anna Maria Island.
The work, scheduled to begin July 7, will be on
Manatee Avenue from Palma Sola Boulevard to 39th
The project includes resurfacing from Palma Sola
Boulevard to 43rd Street West and extending the left
turn lanes on Manatee Avenue West at 67th Street
The right turn lane from southbound 67th Street
West to westbound Manatee Avenue West also will
Additionally, sidewalk ramps will be installed
and signals will be replaced along Manatee Avenue at
75th Street West, Village Green Parkway, 67th Street
West, 59th Street West, 51st Street West and 39th
Crews will begin work with the installation of
construction signs and a silt fence used for erosion
During the day, crews will work on sidewalk ramps
and replacing signals. Paving operations will occur from
8 p.m. to 6 a.m. During this time, drivers should expect
lane closures and fl,.,ini operations.
Slow moving traffic and delays are likely, and
people should plan additional travel time on Manatee
The project is anticipated to be complete in early
pass off-limits as a sand source for the project. The
DEP also disapproved of the amount of sand pro-
posed for renourishment.
Project designers looked to a source of white sand
off the north end of Anna Maria Island and scaled
back the project to leave some near-shore rock habitat
Project planners also proposed a mitigation plan
to compensate for near-shore rock habitat the renour-
ishment sand would cover. The mitigation involves
the creation of an artificial reef of limestone rocks.
Spadoni said, "The state will also require the
county to map all the near-shore hard-bottom in the
project area, conduct environmental studies of the
hard-bottom, conduct offshore studies to locate an
area of at least 8 acres in size for artificial reef estab-
lishment and process the areas for state approval for
the artificial reefs."
Once the project is permitted by the DEP, the
Corps will formally conduct a review.
"We already have provided the Corps with all of
the required project information," Spadoni said.
The county could begin pumping sand 7 miles
from off the Island's north tip to Coquina as early as
November or December. However, January or Febru-
ary 2010 may be more likely, Spadoni said.
County officials, including natural resources
director Charlie Hunsicker and marine rescue chief
Jay Moyles, have said the beach is so seriously eroded
that it creates safety concerns.
The estimated cost of renourishment is $13.6 mil-
lion, with the West Coast Inland Navigation District
covering 15 percent of the cost, the Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency paying 16 percent, the
county contributing 27 percent and the state provid-
ing 42 percent.
The county's contribution would come from tour-
ist development tax funds.
Anna Maria City
July 9, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
July 23, 7 p.m., city commission regular
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
July 15, 9 a.m., special master hearing.
July 16, 1 p.m., city commission regular
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
July 14, 7 p.m., city commission regular
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
July 28, 7 p.m., city commission regular
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
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.
July 15, 2 p.m., Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials meeting at Anna Maria City Hall.
July 20, 2: 30 p.m., Island Transportation
Planning Organization meeting at Holmes Beach
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.
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Impact statement due on port, pipeline
By Lisa Neff
A final environmental impact statement on Port
Dolphin's proposed deepwater natural gas port and
pipeline is due this month.
The Port Dolphin Energy LLC proposal calls for
a deepwater natural gas port about 28 miles off the
coast of Anna Maria Island. Ships carrying liquefied
natural gas from other areas will anchor next to buoys
at the deepwater port in the Gulf of Mexico, where
the LNG will be converted into gas and fed into a
pipeline running from the deepwater port into Tampa
Bay to Port Manatee. The pipeline will continue sev-
eral miles inland, where it will connect with other gas
Port Dolphin, a subsidiary of an Oslo, Norway,
company, proposed the pipeline in an application to
the federal government in March 2007. The applica-
tion has since been under review by a series of federal
agencies, in cooperation with Florida departments,
but the principal reviewer is the U.S. Coast Guard.
Last April, the Coast Guard released a draft envi-
ronmental impact statement finding that the project
posed small but potentially significant risks and rais-
ing the following concerns:
SCollisions and noise can disturb whales.
For the record
Details of Port Dolphin EnF. i ,.' LLC's plans
for a deepwater port in the Gulf of Mexico and
a pipeline into Tampa Bay are online at www.
regulations.gov. The docket number is USCG-
The public also can post comments regarding
the plan on the Web site.
Lighting from construction of the offshore port
could impact sea turtles, as could collisions, noise,
entanglement and debris.
An increase in noise, traffic, debris and lighting
might have impacts on Everglades National Park and
the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge.
Liquid natural gas might be released in an
accidental collision, mechanical failure, fire, severe
storm, explosion or aviation accident.
Emissions during operation of the port and pipe-
line might negatively impact air quality and would
generate greenhouse gasses.
Increases in boat traffic could lead to increases
in collisions with manatees.
Locally, however, much of the attention paid to
the pipeline has been from government officials con-
cerned about protecting beach-quality sand for future
Once the pipeline is placed, sand along the route
will be off-limits for renourishment.
In mid-June, the county, Longboat Key and Port
Dolphin announced a possible solution to renourish-
ment concerns advanced removal of quality sand
before the pipeline is placed.
A formal agreement for the compromise is to
be presented to the county commission later this
"We have everybody working on details right
now," said Port Dolphin spokesman Wayne Hop-
Meanwhile, environmental groups such as Mana-
Sota-88 are monitoring the progress of the project and
awaiting the final impact statement.
"We have not taken any formal action to oppose
the project," said ManaSota-88 executive director
Glenn Compton. "We are watching the proceedings
carefully at this point."
Port Dolphin maintains the pipeline will help
Florida utilities move away from a reliance on coal,
will supply clean-burning natural gas to meet 15
percent of the state's needs or a million homes a
"Natural gas has a role to play in the c Iti i ,.v mix,"
Hopkins said, adding that gas is more than 50 per-
cent cleaner than coal and "substantially cleaner than
Compton, however, said the emphasis on devel-
oping another major project that relies on importing
foreign non-renewable fuel is misguided.
I.1 I1k .' conservation and increased e nIv\. .y and
fuel efficiency is preferable to all forms of non-
renewable fuel sources," he said.
Hopkins said Port Dolphin understands the
importance of increasing renewable c ne i. uses, but
that natural gas is a natural partner for "when the
wind doesn't blow or the sun doesn't shine."
Local enthusiasm for the project, including
among county commissioners and business leaders,
is primarily tied to the economics of the project.
"People are correctly raising questions," said
Hopkins. "All the questions are good and we are
happy to deal with them. But we have continued to
have a lot of support for building the project."
Port Dolphin maintains the project will generate
$42 million in economic benefits during construction,
including the creation of 82 jobs and $1.5 million in
local and state revenue taxes.
Over the life of the project about 20-30 years
- Port Dolphin estimates the economic benefits will
total more than $85 million, as well as spur competi-
tion that could reduce c In.i I'\ costs for consumers.
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The weekly deadline is noon Friday throughout the
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THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 8, 2009 0 5
DEP: Yes to controversial AM beach construction
has no ordinance prohibiting construction on the sea-
By Rick Catlin
The Florida Department of Environmental Protec-
tion has approved an application by property owner
Stephen Walker to build a residence seaward of the
coastal construction control line on Beach Avenue in
The approval came despite objections by adja-
cent landowners that the project would violate zoning
However, the June 25 letter from the DEP to
Walker and contractor Robert Whitehead of White-
head Construction authorized construction of only
one dwelling at 104 Beach Ave., Anna Maria. Earlier
this year, the property was subdivided into two lots
and titled Banyan Tree Estates.
According to building official Bob Welch, Walker
applied for three DEP permits: for two structures on
the two lots at 104 Beach Ave., and one for the lot
Walker owns on the north side of the beach access at
Park Avenue. Walker's Beach Avenue property abuts
Park Avenue and the two properties are separated by
a public beach access on Park.
"We have not received the other two approval let-
ters," said Welch. "Until we do and until Walker applies
Pipeline proposal progresses
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generated from the project," Compton said.
He added, "Port Dolphin will have to demonstrate
that the benefits of the pipeline clearly outweigh the
risks to the citizens of Manatee County."
Most significantly, Compton said, "the poten-
tial for a gas leak and an explosion cannot be ruled
Hopkins responded, "In terms of safety, we are
always very concerned about safety. This project is
28 miles offshore and it poses no threat to anybody
The liquefied natural gas that tankers will haul
to the deepwater port is not volatile and will not
explode, but it is flammable and can burn, according
Any fire, he said, would be contained to the deep-
water port area.
But, he added, "There has never been an LNG
Once in the pipeline, the gas is no different than
that in existing underwater pipelines or in land-based
lines, Hopkins said.
Thursday, July 9th at 10:00 AM
Anna Maria Island Community Center
407 Magnolia Avenue
Anna Maria Island, Florida 34216
Seating is limited!
To RSVP, or for more information, call
for building permits, there's nothing for us to do."
The DEP gave its approval for construction of a
three-story, single-family dwelling with swimming
pool, other structures/activities and excavation with
Walker is required to have a pre-construction
conference with city building officials, obtain a build-
ing permit and comply with all permit conditions.
Attorney Stephen Thompson, represent-
ing adjacent landowner Richard Friday on Park
Avenue, wrote to the DEP in April to protest the
applications, claiming Walker created a subdivi-
sion in violation of city codes.
Thompson said that the property in question is
zoned for conservation on the city's comprehensive
City planner Alan Garrett said that creating the
subdivision was done according to code, and the city
has issued a
permit to Ste-
phen Walker of
Anna Maria to
build a single-
seaward of the
line on one of
his two lots on
Missing diver found dead off Anna Maria Island
By Mike Quinn
Special to The Islander
A diver who went missing in the waters off Anna
Maria Island has been located.
The body of Darren Rordam, 31, of Tampa, was
found by other divers, according to the U.S. Coast
Guard in St. Petersburg.
Rordam and his companions had been diving
about 18 miles off Anna Maria. They had been using
a 22-foot vessel, the Malikot, as their base of opera-
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has been visiting the Island since the 1940s and have
owned property in Anna Maria since the 1950s.
He said his family intends to "preserve and
enhance the property and its natural resources."
Walker noted that he could have created more
than two lots in Banyan Tree Estates, but chose to
limit the sub- division to just two lots to "maintain the
character of the surroundings and continue to provide
Gulf views for upland owners."
He said he would "continue to show concern for
the environment" during the construction process.
6 E JULY 8, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
Yes, it's hot.
Yes, it's humid.
Yes, it's summer on Anna Maria Island.
So what's new?
For one, the Anna Maria Island Privateer July
4 parade was one of the biggest ever, both in terms
of participants in the Island-long ride from Coquina
Beach to Anna Maria Bayfront Park, but also in road-
side participants, those folks who wait anxiously at
the curb to wave, cheer and celebrate the holiday,
share the spirit of the music and the cannon's roar,
and catch the mood of the day along with some beads,
candy and optimism.
Forget the news, the wrangling over the cost of
the trolley, the path of the gas pipeline, the chang-
ing development on the beach, hurricane season, the
environmental woes and the bridge problems.
In six weeks, the kids will be back in school. The
weather still will be hot. The rain will fall off and on.
Hopefully, summer will go smoothly with no big
wrinkles and no big storms.
But in case you didn't notice maybe you stay
close to home on holidays and maybe you're what we
think of as a "hardcore" Islander and you only venture
far enough from home for groceries, staples, and a meal
out occasionally things are happening.
They're happening in Bradenton Beach, where
business is good and there are visitors aplenty, walk-
ing the beach, walking the sidewalks, getting out and
about and enjoying the ambiance that is historic Bra-
It's a happening place, Bridge Street and the sur-
rounding area, and it's about time.
Some 10 years or so ago, we remarked on a
renaissance in the southernmost AMI city. Accom-
plishments of the Mayor Katie Pierola years of city
government were starting to pay off, the old "honky
tonks" were slowly being replaced with good busi-
nesses and it's really paying off now for the folks
who "believed" that Bradenton Beach could over-
come its past.
Now it's a happening place. Miniature golf is a
big hit with families, the outdoor market brought life
to an empty lot, a Jamaican-style restaurant is thriv-
ing and throbbing with Island sounds, the pier is back
up and running and people are returning to fish and
enjoy dining again there.
Wow. Life is good and sometimes hot, wet
Don't sit home. Hop on the trolley and see for
yourself. Life could be passing you by.
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I would like to thank the citizens of Anna Maria
for allowing me to serve as their chief law enforce-
ment officer for the past seven years. It was truly
an honor and privilege to work in the city of Anna
Maria. Working here has been the highlight of my 32
years in Florida law enforcement.
I also would like to thank the elected officials and
the city staff, and especially Mayor Fran Barford and
former Mayor Suelynn. I can honestly attest to the
fact that these public servants truly have the interests
of their citizens at heart.
And thanks also go to Ed Chiles and his Sandbar
Restaurant staff for hosting my retirement celebration
on June 30. It was a humbling experience and one I
will never forget.
And, finally, I would like to thank the deputies
who served with me at the Manatee County Sher-
iff's Office. You will not find a finer group anywhere.
They truly are here "to protect and serve."
John J. Kenney, retired sergeant, MCSO
Some years ago, the late Louis J. Barolo of Bra-
denton Beach spearheaded efforts to rename the old
Sarasota Pass. He said it was confusing to boaters,
fishermen, tourists and a civic embarrassment since
this body of water is located in Manatee County.
In 1975, he gained local approval to change the
name to Anna Maria Sound and the maps changed in
Anna Maria Sound was later officially deemed
an "Outstanding Florida Waterway."
The Florida Department of Transportation knows
bridge construction over these waters requires special
environmental permits. Yet, in their presentations and
public hearings, no mention of this issue is made.
And they acknowledge that "no build" or rehabila-
tion options have no impact to fragile sea life and the
If a new bridge is constructed, destroyed sea life
in fragile areas will be gone forever, though the DOT
Anna Maria Sound would never be the same.
It seems the county commissioners and the Sara-
sota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization
accept that a new bridge is worth all these risks.
Lou Barolo was ultimately honored with a city
park in his namesake. And when I became mayor of
Bradenton Beach, he told me, "Don't let them muck
up the waters anymore!"
Katie Pierola, Bradenton
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Other free hot spots on the Island:
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Feeling Swell, 9903 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
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THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 8, 2009 0 7
New Anna Maria MCSO head
looking for grant money
By Rick Catlin
Dave Turner of the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office is off to a running start as head of the MCSO
Anna Maria substation.
Sgt. Turner, who took over July 1 from now-
retired Sgt. John Kenney, got started a day early on
June 30 when he wrote to the MCSO's Karen Dove
about applying for some of the stimulus and grant
funding available to law enforcement from the state
and federal government to fund the substation and
the city's law enforcement needs.
Turner said one source of grant money is the
Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant
program run by the Florida Department of Law
The JAG program has set aside $180,737 in funds
for different law enforcement agencies in Florida,
Turner said, and he asked Dove to look into a grant
Mayor Fran Barford is "willing to help in what-
ever fashion that is needed to obtain money for the
city," Turner wrote Dove.
He also observed that this year's JAG funds
have been disbursed to law enforcement agencies in
Bradenton, Winter Haven and Lake Worth, among
The funds have been used by the various law
enforcement agencies to purchase computer equip-
ment, dispatch systems and communications
Turner said he also would ask MCSO staff to
explore applications for federal stimulus money
available to law enforcement.
"It's a good start," said Barford of the effort to
apply for JAG funds. "You never know what's out
there until you start looking."
JOHUR KNNEY HAS ORD""PPE' 10 HoS Coo D Lu
Sky banner heralds farewell
A sky banner announces Sgt. John Kenney
"dropped! Congrats & Good Luck!" in refer-
ence to the DROP retirement program. Sheriff
Brad Steube and deputies of the Manatee County
1,..i iff's Office, other law enforcement agency
representatives, staff and officials from the city of
Anna Maria and many friends staged a sendofffor
Kenney, retiring chief of the Anna Maria substa-
tion of the MCSO, at the Sandbar Restaurant June
30. Pictured are Ed C ,, /.. who donated food and
facility, Kenney's mother Ellen of Venice, Kenney,
Bob Wrace of New York City, John Damato of the
MSCO-Anna Maria, and Kenney's brother, Neil.
About 150 people attended the retirement party that
included a "roast" by Kenney's friends.
In the July 7, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
The National Association of Regional Councils
awarded a certificate of excellence to the Tampa Bay
Regional Planning Council for Anna Maria Island's
post-disaster redevelopment plan. The award noted
the "uniqueness" of the plan because it was one docu-
ment for the three Island cities.
Federal Emergency Management Agency offi-
cials scheduled a public meeting for Islanders July 12
to discuss FEMA's new 50-percent rule on rebuilding
a structure in the coastal high hazard area which
includes all of Anna Maria Island following a
natural disaster such as a hurricane.
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine asked
city commissioners for authority to close all bars in
the city during a declared mandatory evacuation.
Romine said some bars stayed open during the 1998
evacuation for Hurricane Georges, creating a public
safety issue because people gathered at the drinking
establishments and declined to evacuate.
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Villa Rosa development: Who's on first?
By Rick Catlin
With the Anna Maria City Commission sched-
uled to hold a shade meeting July 9 over a lawsuit
regarding the now-defunct Villa Rosa project, the
mayor is wondering if the property will ever come
out of bankruptcy and developed into a viable part
of the community.
"It's our largest parcel of undeveloped land, but
it's tied up in major litigation," Mayor Fran Barford
That includes the current lawsuit by Horizon
Bank, which involves the original plat, a right-of-
way, and who may actually own one of the parcels at
the property, she indicated. Other defendants in the
suit are Manatee County, several property owners
adjacent to Villa Rosa and Bon Eau Enterprises LLC
of Sarasota, the company that now claims ownership
of the majority of the Villa Rosa property.
"It's not clear [who owns the property]. Some-
one has to step up and figure this thing out," Barford
The mayor said she would like to see a project
built on the site that would be compatible with the
city and residents.
"We don't want to tell anybody exactly what
it should look like, but something that fits the city
would be nice," she said.
But it could be some time before the ownership
issue and former owner GSR Development LLC's
federal bankruptcy case is settled.
GSR and principals Robert Byrne and Steve
Noriega purchased the vacant Villa Rosa land on
South Bay Boulevard in early 2002 and in July of
that year presented a site plan to the city calling for
a gated community of 16-18 canalfront homes.
At that time, the city did not have site-plan review
procedures established by ordinance and GSR was
able under threat of a lawsuit against the city -
to gain approval from the city commission for the
project that included a deed-restricted, gated com-
As Island real estate values boomed between
2003 and 2005, however, city officials envisioned
a tax base of multi-million dollar homes that would
generate a considerable amount of tax revenue, not
to mention the permit fees on the homes.
It was not to be.
Byrne and Noriega were able to start up a model
home at the site, and at one time, had a contract with
NBA player Theo Ratliff to purchase the house upon
But Byrne and Noriega ran into financial difficul-
ties and either sold, or borrowed depending upon
one's legal view $8 million from Bon Eau LLC,
using the Villa Rosa property as collateral.
GSR was unable to pay back the Bon Eau mort-
gage/loan, along with a number of other mortgages
Vendors celebrated America's entrepreneurial spirit with a two-day Bridge Street Market on the July 4
weekend. On July 3, the market in Bradenton Beach took place prior to the fireworks show and featured the
HWY 41 band. The market is now on summer break and will resume in October. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
AMI 'Idol' Hula-hooping
Danielle Hollobaugh, lead singer ofHWY 41, performs July 3 during Trevor DeBoer of Hamilton,
the Bridge Street Market in Bradenton Beach. Hollobaugh won first- Ohio, keeps a Hula-Hoop spin-
place in a recent American Idol Experience contest at Disney's Holly- ning at the Bridge Street Market
wood Studios in Orlando. The winners of the daily event get a spot at July 3. Trevor, 8, was vacation-
the front of the line for the regional "American Idol" TV audition with ing on the Island and planning to
producers in Orlando July 9. attend a beach wedding July 4.
the company had obtained, and the company went
into federal bankruptcy in July 2006. At that time,
the company listed assets of $45.3 million against
just $33.4 million in debts.
Byrne and Noriega claimed they were unable to
develop Villa Rosa, or the Rosa del Mar condomini-
ums in Bradenton Beach, because GSR minority part-
ner Ed Furfey of New Jersey filed a lawsuit against
GSR over the Bon Eau loan/mortgage.
In bankruptcy court, Byrne and Noriega eventu-
ally gave up all interest in GSR and ownership of the
Villa Rosa project passed to Bon Eau.
Byme went into personal bankruptcy in late 2007
and moved to Chicago. Last year, he told the bank-
ruptcy court he had only $500 for his expenses.
Several Island residents have claims against
Byrne for money invested with GSR that was backed
by a personal guarantee from Byrne. At one time,
Byrne claimed he had a net worth of $33 million.
The GSR model home was put on the market
for $2.2 million in 2007 and eventually sold for a
negotiated price. However, a contractor who worked
on the house estimated it needed another $800,000
in construction work before it would become eligible
for a certificate of occupancy.
The bankruptcy case, however, is still ongoing.
Until the case is resolved, it's unlikely that any
Villa Rosa owner or outside development company
would be interested in a project.
Mike Coleman of Pine Avenue Restoration LLC
said his company had looked at the property last year,
but declined to get involved.
"We just didn't think it would fit with our pro-
gram of developing projects that fit with the ambiance
and architectural style of Pine Avenue," he said.
"It was my understanding that [Bon Eau Enter-
prises] was going to proceed with the project," Cole-
Efforts to reach Bon Eau Enterprises for com-
ment were unsuccessful.
According to Anna Maria building official Bob
Welch, the site plan for Villa Rosa is technically still
valid, regardless of ownership.
If a new Villa Rosa project is presented that strays
from the approved footprint, it would require submis-
sion of an amended site plan that would have to meet
the city's new requirements, he said.
Health department issues
Palma Sola warning
The Manatee County Health Department issued
a precautionary advisory for the south beach on the
Palma Sola Causeway, where about 300 gallons of
untreated sewage escaped into the water.
The incident occurred when a sewer line rup-
tured, according to a July 2 news release from the
The department warned people not to go into the
water until water samples confirm the area is safe for
swimmers. Those samples will be taken July 6.
"Untreated sewage can carry enteric bacteria ...
that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans
and animals and other microorganisms which can
cause disease, infections or rashes."
For more information about the advisory or the
healthy beaches monitoring program, go to www.doh.
state.fl.us or call the health department at 941-748-
Center to host hurricane
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, will host a hurricane
preparedness workshop at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 18.
The program will explore "hardening the home"
against a storm and feature local businesses that offer
services, as well as talks by Paul Morrison of the
American Red Cross of Manatee County and Steve
Simpson of the Manatee County Emergency Manage-
For more information call the Center at 941-778-
1908, ext. 9208.
THE ISLANDER U JULY 8, 2009 0 9
Bradenton Beach to review telecom code
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach city commissioners agreed July
2 that they want the 411 on the latest court rulings
and the model code for telecommunications.
The commission, with Bob Bartelt absent, voted
unanimously to authorize city attorney Ricinda Perry
and building official Steve Gilbert to conduct a review
of the city's telecommunications regulations, as well
as case law and model codes on the subject.
The vote came a month into discussions on
pitches from telecommunications companies that
want to construct a cell phone tower on public prop-
erty near the Bradenton Beach Police Department.
Commissioner Janie Robertson proposed the
review because she has concerns the current code
is outdated. She said she did not want the city to be
"the tail that the dog is w a.'illn "
Gilbert said the city adopted its telecommunica-
tions code in 1996.
"There have been court decisions, many of them,"
he said. "It may be beneficial at this point to review
what we currently have."
Commissioner John Shaughnessy said timing
is important since several companies have already
knocked on city hall's door and the county is consid-
ering leasing space for a tower at the marine safety
complex site south of Leffis Key.
"So," Robertson said to Perry with a laugh, "take
your time, but hurry up."
Mayor Michael Pierce also encouraged a speedy
"I just want to make sure that this isn't going to
be one of those things that is going to linger and cost
the city money," he said.
In other business, commissioners:
Approved a resolution proclaiming Aug. 22 as
Women's Equity Day.
Authorized payment of a $7,000 invoice from
the Florida Institute of Government for consulting
services from April through June.
Authorized payment of a $5,187.50 invoice
from M.T. Causley Inc. for building department ser-
vices in May and June.
Authorized payment of a $3,196.08 invoice
from Perry for services in May.
Approved the reappointment of Rick Bisio to
the planning and zoning board.
Approved sending a "letter of no objection" to
the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
so the permitting process can begin for a proposed
replacement single-family home at 2400 Gulf Drive
The commission did not approve the project, just
authorized the letter to the DEP to begin the permit-
Heard from Perry that the city has entered into
contracts for debris management with three compa-
nies and has authorized contracts with three more
The contracts are non-exclusive so the city can
choose a contractor in an emergency.
Endorsed city financial support for continuing
a fare-free trolley system, as well as authorized the
mayor to sign a joint grant application to the Sara-
sota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization
for trolley funding for fiscal year 2012-13.
"If we can keep the trolley free, we have to keep
it free," Shaughnessy said.
The commission's next scheduled meeting is 1 p.m.
Thursday, July 16, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.
Family Fun Night continues at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, with a schedule of movie and skate events.
Admission to the films is free. Admission to skat-
ing events is $2.
The programs take place on Fridays beginning
usually at 6:30 p.m. and will feature "Lion King"
July 17 and July 24, "Hotel for Dogs."
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June Schamp and Carroll Workman eloped to
marry on Anna Maria Island in September 2008
and then returned to the Island to reaffirm their
vows in a wedding June 20. Islander Photo: Jack
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twice on Island
June Schamp and Carroll Workman fell in love
with Anna Maria Island in April 2008 as proof,
they purchased a vacation townhome later that
Schamp and Workman also fell in love while
on the Island with the idea that they wanted to take
their 26-year relationship to another level mar-
"Carroll and I had enjoyed a 26-year relation-
ship that, after being exposed to the magical sunsets,
sun drenched beaches and azure blue water, led to
thoughts of marriage," Schamp said.
In September 2008, the couple eloped to the
Island for a wedding ceremony at Ginny's and Jane
E's at the Old IGA in Anna Maria.
The next day, the couple announced plans to hold
a second wedding, with a reaffirmation of vows, to
take place this summer.
And, on June 20, Schamp and Workman
exchanged vows again with about 20 relatives
and friends gathered on the beach at 72nd Street in
Holmes Beach around a wedding labyrinth the couple
built the night before the ceremony.
"Weddings on a labyrinth are wonderful and have
a completely different feel than traditional weddings.
Instead of the traditional walk down the straight and
narrow church isle, the couple walks around the paths
and turns of the labyrinth a much more accurate
metaphor for the life journey they are embarking
upon," Schamp said.
Walling, Kulich wedding
Heidi Walling and Wayne Kulich of Tampa are mar-
ried May 16 on Anna Maria Island by the Rev. Dan
Maiden of the Longboat Key Island Chapel. Family
and friends joined the couple on the beach. The
bride is a teacher in Hillsborough County and the
groom is a manager for TECO. Betsy Lynch and Ed
Sterba of Holmes Beach, and Dr. Harry and Carol
Walling of Guilford, Conn., are parents and step-
parents of the bride; Wayne and Carolyn Kulich of
Benton, Ill., are parents of the groom.
Michael Balas is a new member of Island Gallery
West, home to 26 artists. Balas began his artistic
career as a woodcarver, specializing in Western
wildlife. Having now moved to Bradenton, he is
inspired by sea life, which he represents in his
handcrafted raku sculptures.
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Barry Gould, past president of the Rotary Club
ofAnna Maria Island; Sylvia Price, president of
the Manatee chapter AAUW; scholarship winner
Yolanda Ibasfalean and her mother, Debra Ibas-
falean, and grandmother, Betty Ibasfalean.
Rotary presents scholarship
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island presented
a $1,000 check to the Manatee chapter of the Ameri-
can Association of University Women June 30.
The money will go toward the AAUW's Scholar-
The Manatee chapter of AAUW'S scholarship
recipient this year is Cortezian Yolanda Ibasfalean,
who plans to study accounting at the University of
South Florida in the fall.
Ibasfalean addressed Rotarians about her goals
and the roles her parents played in her decision to
go to college and how her father, a life-long Cortez
fisherman, has had to adapt through the years with the
numerous changes placed on the fishing industry.
It was her father's determination through the
years, she said, that inspired her to further her edu-
cation in accounting so she could aid families like
hers in the future.
Ibasfalean will be the first in her family to attend
Manatee County will host a "Wild Kids Week-
end: Summer in the Salt Marsh" program at 9 a.m.
Saturday, July 11, at Robinson Preserve.
The northwest Bradenton preserve also will be
the site of a volunteer work campaign at 3 p.m. that
Also, at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 18, a
naturalist will lead a wagon tour of Robinson, show-
casing the preserve's resident wildlife and explaining
the park's history.
Another wagon tour day will be held on Wednes-
day, July 29, with tours at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
For more information or to make reservations for
a program, call the county natural resources depart-
ment at 941-742-5757, ext. 1.
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Fishing covered on Bridge
Street city pier
By Lisa Neff
New fishing license rules will be applied state-
wide on Aug. 1, but they should not impact anglers
on the Historic Bridge Street Pier except that their
numbers on the pier might increase when the new
rules go into effect.
Non-residents already must purchase licenses to
fish from the shore. The new regulations generally
require resident saltwater anglers who fish from shore
or a structure affixed to shore to buy a $7.50 shoreline
fishing license by Aug. 1, unless they have a regular
resident saltwater fishing license.
"Unless," said Henry Cabbage of the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission, "the pier has
a pier license."
And that's the case at the Historic Bridge Street
Pier, where an umbrella license will keep the fish-
ing free for residents and non-residents, city project/
program manager Lisa Marie Phillips told members
of the city pier team meeting July 2 at city hall, 107
Gulf Drive N.
FWC asked the Legislature to pass the new
license requirement to head off a federal license
requirement that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2010, and
will have a $15-$25 fee beginning in 2011. Florida's
new shoreline license exempts this state's anglers
from the federal license requirement.
For those who fish in locales other than the
pier, Cabbage noted that a regular saltwater
license costs just $10 more than the $7.50 shore-
line license, so fishers should "consider purchasing
the regular license so they won't have to buy the
regular license if a buddy invites them to go fishing
in his boat. The regular license covers shoreline
In other business at the pier team meeting, the
group endorsed a design for a message board that will
be placed near the dinghy dock at the pier complex.
Emily Anne Smith of Designs of Significance
designed the structure, which will stand about 6 feet
tall and be made of pressure-treated pine and cedar
with a roof-like top to shield messages from rain.
Phillips said she asked Smith to design a structure
that could be built for less than $500.
"I think it is so good-looking we might consider
more than one for the city," Phillips said.
The next stage will be for an engineer to look
at the project, according to building official Steve
The pier team's next meeting will be at 1 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 6, at city hall.
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Island turtle tour draws dozens
By Lisa Neff
"That looks like a tractor drove up the beach,"
Amy Walsh said, pointing to a set of tread-like marks
in the sand near 70th Street in Holmes Beach July
But to the trained volunteers with Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch, the treads are a tell-tale sign
that a female loggerhead sea turtle lumbered ashore
High in the beach grass on the shore, AMITW
volunteers Claudia and Glenn Wiseman, conductors
of a public turtle season tour that drew Walsh and
about 50 other curious people, also observed the tell-
tale signs of a false crawl.
The turtle crawled into a thick tangle of beach
grass and sea oats, but turned and returned to the Gulf
of Mexico without dropping her eggs.
"There is no thrown sand," Claudia Wiseman told
the tour-goers gathered on the sand. She explained
the markings and reasons for a false-crawl, adding,
"That is the reason why we keep the beaches clean at
night. To reduce the false crawls. If she does this sev-
eral times, she might drop her clutch in the ocean."
From 70th street, the motorcade of tour-goers
traveled south on Gulf Drive to Cortez Road in Bra-
denton Beach. There, on a narrow strip of beach but
high in the dune, the Wisemans showed the tour-goers
a loggerhead nest.
"Are there babies in there?" asked Jackie Hatch,
7, of Milwaukee.
Touring in turtle season
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch conducts
weekly tours through August. The tour groups
meet at the Manatee Public Beach to the south
of the concession building, where tour-guides
will lead the way to nest.
For more information, go to AMITW's Web
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ited eggs about the size of ping-pong balls but
softer deep into the nest cavity and that the hatch-
lings will emerge in about 60 days.
"Will they know their mom?" Katie Hatch, 9,
asked her mother.
"I don't think so," her mom replied. "They prob-
ably will never see her."
"Will they be sad?" Katie asked.
"No, because they will be playing in the Gulf,"
her mom suggested.
The tour-goers formed a circle around the nest
and watched as Glenn Wiseman dug into the sand to
confirm the nest contained eggs.
"I didn't think it would be so deep," said Kim
Young of New York City. "How do they go so deep
The turtle will clear sand with the front flippers
and dig the egg chamber with rear flippers.
The tour, conducted Wednesdays at 7 a.m., serves
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Tour guides said they get to share with the public
their passion for monitoring and protecting sea tur-
tles, which are protected species under federal and
state endangered species laws.
And the public learns about the natural cycle and
habits of nesting sea turtles and hatchlings.
"So, it's pretty cool, the nest and stuff," Jonathon
Billingsley, 9, of Terra Haute, Ind., said. "But I would
like to see a turtle."
Nesting by the numbers
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported 107
loggerhead sea turtle nests on the beach as of July
AMITW also reported 80 false crawls.
Nesting season continues through Oct. 31.
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HB officials to prepare comp plan policies
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach officials are embarking on a pro-
cess to establish new policies reflecting changes in
the city's comprehensive plan.
In May, the Florida Department of Community
Affairs reviewed and approved Holmes Beach's com-
prehensive plan amendments. The city had submit-
ted changes environmental and appraisal report
amendments that impacted most sections of the city's
comp plan in February.
To move forward with changes to the comp plan,
the city must adopt a series of policies, according to
planning consultant Bill Brisson.
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's city pier centennial committee met
June 15 and tentatively agreed to March 23-27 as the
dates for the celebration in 2011.
Committee members also discussed the sale of
various items and mementos leading up to the events,
including coffee cups, T-shirts, postcards and charms,
among other items.
Chairperson Sally Quinn said the idea behind the
sale of souvenirs is to have something that will "be
sold quickly so we can use some of the money to
fund other events." Any funds remaining after the
centennial will be donated to charity, she said.
Quinn also suggested a children's fishing tourna-
ment the weekend prior to the pier celebration.
Committee members gave consensus approval
for the "pier hop" suggested by City Commissioner
Jo Ann Mattick.
In the pier hop, guests would take a trolley to
Brisson said the comp plan changes require pro-
visions to be added to the land-development code, as
well as revisions to existing city regulations.
The LDC changes must be made within a year,
One new policy will address regulations for the
new mixed-use district identified in the comp plan
and another will implement zoning changes to bring
certain properties into compliance with the future
land-use map in the comp plan.
The zoning changes include:
Changing from Residential-4 to Preservation-1
properties west of the erosion control line from the
city's southern boundary to 31st Street.
and from several eating establishments on Anna
Maria Island to sample various cuisine at each
location. The circuit would include the city pier,
Rod & Reel Pier, Bridge Street Pier and the Man-
tatee Public Beach.
Mattick also issued a call for all Island businesses
interested in participating in the centennial to attend
the next meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday, July
13, at Anna Maria City Hall.
"We need to get all Island businesses involved in
this celebration. This is going to draw a lot of people
as it will be in season, and we have some great events
planned," Mattick said.
Among the events currently under consideration
are concerts, a period-piece fashion show, a fireworks
display, a promenade of business booths offering
merchandise, food and other refreshments.
Anyone interested in joining the committee or
seeking further information about the centennial is
asked to call Mattick at 941-778-3232.
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The most complicated work likely will involve
preparing the regulations for the new mixed-use
overlay district in central or downtown Holmes
The district, as detailed in the comp plan
amendment, allows for residences on the second
or third floors of buildings with commercial, public
or recreational operations on the ground floor.
Holmes Beach City Commission Chair Sandy
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"Let's see if we can get it done before Christ-
mas," she said.
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He follows Randy Fowler as building official.
Fowler resigned in mid-June, citing complaints about
department financing and recent layoffs.
Monica Daigle, the town's planning, zoning and
building director, announced Fernandez's promotion
in an e-mail to town staff.
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By Rick Catlin
The Egret's Landing, 5602 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, recently expanded
its retail space to include a new design
center for a wide range of furniture and
Furniture brands now carried by
Egret's Landing include such well-
known names as Coastal Living by
Stanley and Tommy Bahama by Lex-
ington. The furniture is compatible with
the coastal-living style found on Anna
Maria Island, said Nicki Norwood of
"The design center gives customers
a place to get inspired, look for decorat-
ing ideas and browse through an exten-
sive collection of styles and fabrics and
to consult with out in-house interior
designers," Nicki said.
Egret's also has expanded its range
of decorating services that are custom-
ized to the rental market on the Island,
"Customers tell us their objective
and we do the job and have the property
up and running, even if the customer is
out of town," Nicki said.
"We work with all sizes of budgets
and projects, from a single room to a
complete home or complex interior."
The Egret's Landing joins two other
stores on the Island operated by owners
John and Barb Jaeger The White
Egret and The Egret's Nest, both in Anna
For more information on the Egret
stores, call Nicki at 941-713-4816.
The Whistle Stop gift shop in the
Anna Maria Island Centre shops on
East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, recently
closed its doors. The shop had been in
operation for a number of years.
A Paradise Realty at 5201 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, has named Nicole
Skaggs as its top sales agent for May,
while the team of Greg and Mary Burke
garnered the top listing agent honor. For
more information, call 941-778-4800.
John van Zandt has been named the
top sales agent for June at Island Realty,
6101 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. To
reach John, call 941-778-6066.
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Any thought to a legal challenge to
oppose the Florida Department ofTranspor-
tation's proposed high-rise bridge to replace
the Anna Maria Island Bridge is premature,
officials of Save Anna Maria said.
But SAM president Ursula Stemm
said she's talked to attorney David Levin
about what the organization could do to
fight a new bridge. Levin represented
SAM a decade ago in its successful legal
challenge to a new AMI Bridge proposed
in the mid-1990s by the DOT.
"We' ve talked with David and we
know what our options are," said Stemm.
"We're in a 'wait-and-see' mode. The
Coast Guard has not yet responded to
the DOT recommendation for a new
bridge. So why pull the trigger when
there's nothing to shoot at?"
Stemm said when a new bridge pro-
posal is "on the table," SAM will meet to
formally discuss its options and course
SAM member Billi Martini, who
was among those members who opposed
the previous DOT new-bridge effort,
agreed with the wait-and-see attitude.
"I think we would have to wait until
something is clearly approved and then
put in a budget before we would talk
about a challenge," Martini said.
It could be some time before SAM
will be able to consider a legal challenge
to a definite proposal for a new bridge.
DOT project engineer Chris Piazza
has said it will take about 10-12 years
before any design and engineering funds
for a new AMI Bridge are likely to be
placed in a Manatee-Sarasota Metro-
politan Planning Organization budget.
In addition, the U.S. Coast Guard must
approve any new bridge plan.
In its Planning Development &
Environmental Study presented to the
public in May, the DOT estimated a new
AMI bridge that would be a fixed-span,
high-rise structure would cost about
$100 million in 2009 dollars.
Even on the fast track, Piazza said
the earliest any funding for design work
would be in place is seven to eight years.
Considering the current economy, Piazza
said it's not likely that the new bridge
proposal will be placed in the construc-
tion fast lane.
The recently completed $11.2 mil-
lion AMI Bridge renovation project is
expected to keep the bridge operational
for about 15-20 years, DOT officials
When it rains it pours,
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Cheri Covell, 62, of Holmes Beach, died July 2.
Mrs. Covell grew up in Prescott, Mich., and moved
to Holmes Beach in 1998. She was co-owner of Covell
Funeral Homes in Traverse City and Elk Rapids, Mich.,
and Bradenton. After earning a bachelor's degree in
speech from Michigan State University, she taught
speech and English for several years. In addition to
teaching, she earned an L.PN. degree from Northwest-
ern Michigan College School of Nursing.
Visitation is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July
7, at Hope Lutheran Church, 4635 26th St. W., Braden-
ton. Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell
Hospice & Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota
She is survived by her husband Douglas; son
Cassidy; mother Jean Papp; brother Randall Papp and
wife Jan; sister Lynette Cromwell and husband James;
many nieces and nephews; and her Doberman pinschers,
Sam and Sally.
Beverly Ruth Long
Beverly Ruth Long, 91, of Bradenton, died June
Bor in Stoughton, Wis., Mrs. Long moved to Bra-
denton in 1982 from Glenview, Ill. She was a member
of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Holmes Beach.
No services are planned. Memorial contributions
may be made to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 4401 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach FL34217. Brown & Sons Funeral
Home was in charge or arrangements. Online condo-
lences made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
She is survived by daughters Marlyn Thornton
and husband James of Holmes Beach, and Sue Allen
and husband Bobby of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister Pat Lea of
Evansville, Wis.; five grandchildren; and three great-
Elizabeth "Betty" Pierce
Elizabeth "Betty" Pierce, 76, of Holmes Beach,
died July 1 after a long illness.
She married Bill Pierce and they resided most of
their adult lives in Bardonia, N.Y., on land Bill cleared
and in a home he built. They were full-time residents
on Anna Maria Island since 1996.
After receiving her undergraduate degree from
Hunter Lehman College in the Bronx, she studied at the
University of Madrid in Spain and received a master's
degree from New York University. She taught Spanish
at Ramapo High School in Suffern, N.Y., and retired in
She attended Grace Conservative Baptist Church
in Nanuet, NY., and Island Baptist Church.
Betty was patriotic and passionate about politics,
but most loved being surrounded by family.
A service for family and close friends will be at their
home Saturday, July 11. In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to Coral Ridge Ministries,
P.O .Box 1920, Ft Lauderdale FL 33302. The family is
being served by Covell Funeral Home, Bradenton.
Mrs. Pierce is survived by her husband of almost
68 years, William T. Pierce; sister Emily Batluck of
Saddle River, N.J.; son Donald Pierce and wife Char-
lene of Mine Hill, N.J.; daughter Lisa Pierce and hus-
band Andrew Sheridan of Holmes Beach; and nieces in
nephews in several states.
Ronald W. Stepka
Ronald W. Stepka, 76, of Holmes Beach and for-
merly of Cleveland and Catawba Island, Ohio, died June
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 Cleve-
land Little League, Cleveland 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., Sarasota 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 Sok-
iewicz and husband Andy, and Linda Maronos and
husband Pete, all of Ohio; 16 grandchildren; and eight
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Jeffery Park, 1959-2009
Every so often, the powers that be install on
this Earth someone whose individuality and sheer
presence can influence our world, as we know it.
Jeffery Park was one of these rare persons.
Born in Wisconsin and schooled in Ohio, he
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every joke he had ever heard.
He was larger than life and
Jeffery Park equally comfortable in blue
jeans or white dinner jacket
and pink tie. He once attended a friend's wedding
dressed in a kilt.
He was in all respects the very definition of
But, his greatest quality was his immense
heart and his compassion for everyone he met. He
was always guided by his deep insight into human
nature and anyone who ever met him could call him
"friend." There are at least 10 people in this world
who will say he was their very best friend.
As Jonathan Swift once noted: "When a true
genius appears in the world, you may know him
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And much like the outrageous Ignatius J.
Reilly, whom I believe JP truly revered, he danced
to a different tune to his very last day.
JP passed away on June 27, along with a large
part of all of our hearts.
He is survived by his mother Adeline Brown
Sipes; his brother and sister-in-law Brian and Karen
Park; sister and brother-in-law Valerie and William
Weaver; loving wife Julia; his cat Chloe; and his
enormous host of friends.
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
June 27, 100 Spring Ave., Sandbar Restaurant,
criminal mischief. Deputies responded to an alarm
company call and found someone had thrown rocks
through three of the restaurant windows. Damage was
estimated at $1,800. No indication of entry was pres-
ent, and nothing was reported missing.
June 21, 100 Gulf Drive, resisting arrest/obstruction
of officer. Officers responded to a dispute on the beach
and found several people arguing. All appeared intoxi-
cated, according to the report, and one woman was nude
from the waist down. Officers told the group to leave
the beach, since it was after midnight. A dispute arose
involving a cat, which one woman said belonged to her
and another said was hers. The dispute escalated, offi-
cers had to separate the parties, and one was arrested.
June 25, 400 Gulf Drive South, burglary. The
complainant said someone entered her vehicle and
took two purses, containing credit cards and identi-
June 27, 7100 block Marina Drive, theft. The
complainant said someone took his garbage can,
valued at $90, from in front of his house.
June 27, 500 block 72nd Street, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took her surfboard, valued at
$500, from the front of the home.
June 27, 5608 Marina Drive, Island Auto, bur-
glary. The complainant said someone tore out a
window of a vehicle and took $1,550 worth of elec-
tronics from the car, and caused about $1,000 in
damage to the vehicle.
June 28, 500 block 72nd Street, burglary. The com-
plainant said that while he was gone, someone entered
his house, took beer, disturbed clothing and that "a few
knick-knacks were missing. Some shot-glasses that read
'Anna Maria Island' and a box of Waterford crystal
glasses were gone, according to the report. Total value
of the missing items was estimated at $500.
June 29, 700 block Key Royale Drive, theft. The
complainant said someone took his ladder, valued at
$75, from his trailer.
June 30, 7800 Gulf Drive, theft. The complain-
ant said someone took PVC and a copper mailbox,
valued at $120 total, from in front of his house.
Trial preparation begins in Corona case
By Lisa Neff
Trial preparations are underway to defend the
man accused of stealing missing motel-owner Sabine
for burglary suspect
One of two men accused in a series of burglaries to
local businesses is scheduled for arraignment July 10.
Presently, Patrick S. Banker is formally charged
with one count of burglary to an unoccupied struc-
ture, a third-degree felony, for allegedly breaking into
the Waterfront Restaurant in Anna Maria on May 1.
But Banker and John O'Keefe, both 18 of Sara-
sota, face multiple charges in cases that involve
investigations by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office
and Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and
Longboat Key police departments.
Banker and O'Keefe were arrested May 19
after MCSO Deputy Alan Judy observed signs of a
break-in at the Waterfront Restaurant. Both men were
arrested fleeing from the area.
Authorities said Banker confessed to a number
of burglaries, including break-ins at the Beach Bistro
in Holmes Beach, the City Pier Restaurant in Anna
Maria and Rotten Ralph's in Bradenton Beach.
Authorities also said Banker implicated O'Keefe
in the burglaries.
Man pleads not guilty to child
A Holmes Beach man pleaded not guilty last
week to an accusation of sexual battery involving a
Richard S. LeGore, 66, was arrested at his home
in the 2800 block of Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, at
about 1:30 p.m. June 20.
A probable cause affidavit filed in Manatee
County Circuit Court states that LeGore molested a
young girl with whom he is related on June 18.
The child's mother and a representative with a
rape crisis center in Bradenton brought the girl to
the Holmes Beach Police Department to report the
The charge LeGore faces is a capital felony.
LeGore, described in the police report as a self-
employed consultant, posted bail June 22.
Robert Corona, 38, was arrested Nov. 6, 2008,
by Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputies after a
pursuit that resulted in the seizure of Musil-Buehler's
car. At the time, it was not known she was missing.
Corona initially was identified as a person of
interest in Musil-Buehler's disappearance, but later
MCSO authorities said they suspected he did not
know the Holmes Beach woman.
Corona first told authorities he was given the
keys to the vehicle to go buy drugs, according to
court records. He then said he found the car, with the
key in the ignition, behind a 14th Street bar.
Corona, held at the Manatee County jail, has
pleaded not guilty to charges of grand theft auto,
resisting arrest and driving without a valid license.
He has been scheduled for multiple hearings
since his arrest, but has yet to appear in a courtroom
at the Manatee County Judicial Center.
Due to repeated conflicts of interest, Corona also
has been assigned multiple attorneys that has led to
him questioning long delays in his quest for a speedy
The trial is scheduled to take place the week of
Aug. 10, but a hearing in late July will determine
whether the parties are ready to go before a jury.
In late June, Corona's public defender filed a
notice of plans to depose seven potential witnesses
in the case, including four MCSO deputies and inves-
Authorities failed to deliver one subpoena,
which was addressed to William J. Cumber, Musil-
Buehler's boyfriend at the time of her disappearance,
and sent to 208 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, where
Cumber lived and Musil-Buehler's last confirmed
whereabouts. Cumber has said on the night of Nov.
4, 2008, he and Musil-Buehler argued and she left in
her car. She has not been seen since.
Cumber vacated the Magnolia Avenue residence
last fall and his current address is a prison cell. In
May, Cumber was sentenced to 13.5 years in prison
after pleading guilty to violating probation on a 2005
arson conviction that stemmed from a house fire in
In late December 2008, he was arrested for driv-
ing on a suspended license in Marion County. After
pleading guilty to the traffic offense and serving 10
days in the Marion County Jail, Cumber faced a
charge in Manatee County of violating his probation
because he left the county without permission from
his probation officer and committed a new offense.
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2 p.m. Travel and adventure photography presentation with
James Corwin Johnson at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
5:30 p.m. PB&J Archaeology teen program presented by the
Florida Public Archaeology Network at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Thursday, July 9
10 a.m. Yo-yo demonstration at the Island Branch Library, 5701
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6 p.m. Teen tie-dye program at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341. BYO clothing
7 p.m. American Music Film Series presents "Elvis: That's the
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Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Friday, July 10
6:30 to 9 p.m. Skate night at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee
applies. BYO skates.
Saturday, July 11
9 to 11 a.m. Wild Kids Weekend: Summer in the Salt Marsh at
Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-
10 a.m. AMIGAMI hosts an origami convention at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
3 to 5 p.m. Volunteer workday at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th
St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-4501.
Tuesday, July 14
10 a.m. The Democratic Women's Club of Manatee County
annual breakfast on the beach at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public
Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-3444.
Noon -Anna Maria Island Rotary Club presents guest speaker
Judy Rup, president of the Island club, at the BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
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The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee.
Wednesday, 7 a.m., Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch hosts the
public on a tour to a turtle nest with a nesting process discussion. Group
meets at Manatee Public Beach near the grills.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
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Hines' work will be displayed
from July 13-16. Each night,
Hines will demonstrate her
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July 16, Book group at the Island Branch Library.
July 17, Reels at Rossi Park presents "Journey to the Center of
the Earth" in 3D.
July 17, "Lion King" film presentation at the Anna Maria Island
July 18, Snooty the Manatee's 61st birthday party at the South
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July 18, Hurricane preparedness expo at Anna Maria Island Com-
July 18, Wagon tours of Robinson Preserve.
July 22, Portrait lighting photography presentation at the Island
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July 27, Improvisation class begins at Island Players.
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Oct. 8, 61st season begins at Island Players.
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El Niio, La Nina, now modiki to fret about
A new word has apparently been added to the
meteorological lexicon: modiki. It's a variant of El
Niho and La Nifa, but located a few hundred miles
to the west of the other weather phenomena in the
Huh? You say. Why would Anna Maria Islanders
El Niho is a cyclical event in the eastern Pacific
near Peru. According to The New York Times' Corne-
lia Dean, warmer water from El Niho "reduces hur-
ricane activity in the Atlantic. But in a new study,
researchers at the Georgia Institute of Te hnliio' 1 .
have linked a variant of that pattern periodic
warming in the central Pacific to more frequent
hurricanes in the Atlantic, particularly on the Gulf
Coast and in the Caribbean."
They call the wind modiki. Modiki is Japanese
for similar but different.
El Niho is named such because it usually starts
around Christmas, hence a Christian naming of the
Christ Child. The warm waters in the Pacific alter
the wind patterns in the Atlantic, causing an effect
called wind shear, which strips the top off any storms
in our part of the world and diminishes the intensity
"In an El Niho year," The Times reports, "warm-
ing of the eastern Pacific changes air-flow patterns in
the troposphere, the lowest portion of Earth's atmo-
sphere, so that one layer moves eastward and the
other westward. Wind shear then develops over the
Atlantic, inhibiting the ability of storms to turn into
tight, powerful gyres.
The reverse of El Niho is La Nifa, which is a
cooling of the eastern Pacific waters and a decrease
in Atlantic Ocean wind shear, meaning more storms
and more intense hurricane activity.
And now there's modiki, which is a warming of
central Pacific waters and a resultant intensification
of Atlantic storms. That appears to be ongoing. There
are also the indicators of an El Niio.
As with all scientific discovery, there's lots of
study yet to be done.
"The researchers and scientists who have
reviewed their work said it was too soon to say
whether the warming pattern resulted from global
climate change, or simply had gone undetected,"
reporter Dean said. "Scientists can detect warming
in the central Pacific earlier than they can discern
the development of an El Niio, the researchers said,
so the new finding may help improve forecasts for
hurricane seasons overall.
"Peter J. Webster, a professor of earth sciences
at Georgia Tech and an author of the report, said the
variant pattern was discovered in the 1980s by Japa-
nese and Korean researchers, who dubbed it "modiki"
\\ c.l c said it might be difficult for research-
ers to determine whether the warming pattern was
new because their observational record was relatively
short and their climate models were imperfect.
"'It may be responding to some oscillation or
it may be in response to global N ai.inii.' Webster
Weather patterns now get clouded.
Government forecasters are predicting that an El
Niho is forming in the Pacific, good news for those
of us in the Atlantic basin since that harbingers fewer
But Georgia Tech folks are saying that a modiki
is forming, bad news for us regarding hurricanes.
"We spent all last week trying to figure that
out," Webster told The Times. "It looks like it
might be a hybrid, with warming starting in the
east and them moving west, possibly meaning more
hurricanes late in the season. Co-author Judith A.
Curry said she feels that there is about a 50-percent
chance that we could have one of the modiki years
emerging by late summer. 'We'll have to see how it
plays out, but we could be seeing increased activ-
ity,' she said. Predicting the number of Atlantic
hurricanes may be improved by breaking El Niho
into two modes, eastern Pacific warming and cen-
tral Pacific warming."
So here comes the scary stuff.
Forecasters called for an El Niho pattern in 2004.
Good news, since that means less storm activity in
Instead of a quiet year, though, we had 15 named
storms, six of them severe. Charley. Frances. Ivan.
Jeanne. And it was a modiki year.
To the rescue?
Your tax dollars, beside bailing out failing insur-
ance and auto companies, is also paying for improve-
ments to hurricane prediction t.ci h, in ,1 ,.'
But, uh, $170 million for two supercomputers?
According to news reports, the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration has received $839
million in stimulus money. "Of that, $167 million
went for research in coastal habitat restoration,"
according to Cox News reports. "That includes work
on the Indian River Lagoon along the Treasure Coast,
on a 43-acre preserve near St. Petersburg, in about
1,000 acres of coastal habitats near Cape Canaveral,
and on coral reefs off the Florida coast. And $600 mil-
lion went to build and repair NOAA buildings, ships
and equipment. That figure includes the $170 million
for those High Performance Computer units."
NOAA folks hope the supercomputers will
improve the accuracy of hurricane forecasts, particu-
larly intensity estimates.
The National Hurricane Center has readily admit-
ted that it's made great strides in track forecasts, but
is a bit lame in its intensity predictions. The new
computers should help with future storm estimates.
They hope. We hope.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said that
"more than 35 million Americans live in regions most
threatened by Atlantic hurricanes."
Holiday brings clean beaches campaign
By Lisa Neff
By the dawn's early light, regular beach walkers
picked up trash the mornings after the July 4 holiday
The holiday weekend produced a traditional
crowd to Anna Maria Island for sunning on the
beaches, flag-waving at parades and oohs and ahs at
the fireworks shows.
The weekend also produced a lot of litter, espe-
cially on the beaches and at the boat ramps, where
volunteers turned out to collect discarded cans, bags
and other garbage.
"There's always trash to pick up," said Carla
Ring of Bradenton Beach. "And, for the holidays,
there's always a lot more trash."
Across the state, the July 4 week was marked
as Clean Beaches Week, proclaimed such by Gov.
Charlie Crist, who encouraged people to take special
care of Florida's 825 miles of beaches.
"We are fortunate to live in a state of such natu-
ral beauty," Florida Department of Environmental
Protection Deputy Secretary Mimi Drew stated in a
news release. "Most Floridians are only a short drive
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Drew also encouraged beachgoers to keep the
shores clean and safe through the summer, offering
the following tips:
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bring an extra trash bag to take trash home.
While most public beaches have trash bins,
inevitably some trash can blow out of the bins, so
it's best to take the trash home for disposal. If trash
is found on the beach, don't hesitate to pick it up.
Beverage cans and lids are an environmental hazard
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Trout, reds dominate backwaters; offshore action dimmed by rain
By Paul Roat
Rain lots of it held down most of the off-
shore action for a few days, but those hardy souls
who ventured into the Gulf of Mexico between thun-
derheads reported good catches of grouper and snap-
per off the artificial and other structures.
Fishing from the piers and in the passes has been
good for mackerel, mangrove snapper and a few
Backwater action is generally terrific for trout,
plus redfish. The reds seem to be starting to school,
with the best action coming near mangroves. There
also are lots of catch-and-release snook along the
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said the trout bite
in the bay continues to be great, with Mirrolures work-
ing best as an attraction for the fish. Redfish action is
also good, with the spotties seeming to like the docks
in the bays. Snook action is still great off the beaches,
although linesiders still must be released after being
caught. The best snook catches come from structures
just off the beach, and Danny advises wading to get
the best fish. Longboat Pass is the place for tarpon,
while the silver kings are also thick near Egmont
Key and along the shipping channel in Tampa Bay.
He said that rough weather has kept most offshore
fishers close to the dock, but the few trips have been
yielding lots of grouper and snapper in about 100 feet
Capt. Mark Johnston said fishing has been good
despite the rain. He's catching big trout in Sarasota
Bay, plus big redfish in the southern and eastern sec-
tions of the estuary. The reds are running in the 20- to
28-inch range, and are starting to school. He's also
putting his charters onto mangrove snapper in the
bays on the higher tides.
Capt. Sam Kimball said he's catching his limit
of grouper and snapper offshore, plus lots of sharks
At the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria, Frank
Whitney reports lots of mackerel, mangrove snap-
per and a few big pompano have been caught. Lady-
fish are also a good bet there, and sharks are every-
At the Anna Maria City Pier, reports were of
lots of mackerel and mangrove snapper.
Capt. Logan Bystrom said he's putting his char-
ters onto good catches of catch-and-release snook,
redfish and tarpon, using shiners for bait. "Now that
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while fishing with Capt. Larry McGuire. The trip, which also brought in mangrove snapper and king mack
erel, came from 140-foot waters in the Gulf of Mexico. It was their largest grouper ever caught.
the weather is calming down, look for snook along
the beaches in the surf in the mornings," he said.
Redfish have been hanging out along the deeper man-
grove islands," he added, and "there are still plenty
of tarpon off the beaches."
Capt. Terry Frankford of Reelin & Chillin
Charters said he's putting his clients onto redfish,
trout, mangrove snapper and a few pompano. "It
has been hot," he said, "but with the sea breeze
it's been bearable." He took Alan Riggs from Ten-
nessee out last week, targeting redfish. "First cast,
Alan picked up a slot-sized red using a large live
shrimp for bait," Capt. Terry said. "Soon after,
he was battling a second redfish from the same
mangrove shoreline. Things slowed, so after a few
minutes of being robbed by pinfish we moved to
the next mangrove area, and picked up another red.
We must have hit this area just at the end of the
feed because we couldn't buy a bite after the third
redfish. We headed to a deepwater seagrass flat in
north Sarasota Bay, finding plenty of trout." Alan
ended his day with a 29-inch redfish using only
10-pound test line. Tom Longwell with his three
sons and grandson also picked up three redfish,
two nice trout around 18 inches, and a pompano.
Steve Dabek and son Josh had a great day of action
with Josh catching 20 fish between 6 and 8 pounds
using 8-pound test line.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez said last week's stormy
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to a mixed bag of redfish to 24 inches, trout to 23
inches, mangrove snapper up to 17 inches, ladyfish,
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north Sarasota Bay," Capt. Zach said, "fishing both
the mangrove shorelines for the redfish, the open
grass flats in 6 feet of water for trout, and a sunken
boat in 8 feet of water for grouper and snapper."
Zach noted that the good news from the storms were
lowered water temperature, down to around 78-80
degrees, and salinity levels dropped in most back-
water areas, which redfish really like. The freshwater
runoff also pushed a lot of trout out of canals and
creeks to the open bay water where, he says, the salin-
ity is higher.
Capt. Mark Howard on SumoTime Charters
spent a while down in the Florida Keys last month,
but is back home and has found that fishing around
Anna Maria has been good with the weather again
cooperating. He's catching catch-and-release snook,
trout and redfish on moving water. Shark are thick in
the bay. He suggests fishing the edges of the Intra-
coastal Waterway for the best trout action. He also
said that tarpon schools are starting to thin, but silver
kings are still out there. He's also putting his charters
onto lots of mangrove snapper near pretty much any
structure in the bays.
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and may be
submitted to Paul Roat by e-mail at paul@islander.
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Youth Sports Training camp wet, but fun
By Kevin Cassidy
The Youth Sports Training Soccer Camp held
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center June
29-July 3 battled rainy weather, but the 15-20 kids in
attendance each day had a great time and improved
their soccer skills.
The camp, which boasted an impressive 4:1
coach-to-player ratio, focused on the basic skills
needed to be a successful soccer player, while also
providing some speed and agility training for the par-
Skill development was done through several dif-
ferent games and drills that are fun for the kids while
focusing on a specific target area of expertise. One
of the more popular drills among the campers was
soccer dodge ball, where players race from one end
of a rectangular area to the other while avoiding balls
that are passed from the sideline. Get hit with the ball,
and the running player then moves to the sidelines
to throw and try to hit a runner with their pass. Last
person in the firing range wins the game.
The campers also played some popular shooting
games, like power and finesse and world cup among
others. Power and finesse is a shooting game where
players have two chances to score. If they score, they
stay in the game. A failure to score eliminates that
player. The first shot is a longer shot that requires a
strong kick. The player then runs onto a short ball that
they have to deftly place in the corner of the goal.
If a player scores on both shots, they can challenge
another player to match their feat. If the player fails,
they're knocked out of the game.
World cup is a partners game where balls are
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Ashton Pennell volleys a soccer ball tossed by
Eliza Faillace during the Youth Sports Training
Soccer Camp at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
tossed in front of the goal and the teams try to win
the ball and deposit it in the goal. For the goal to
count, the team must yell the name of their team as
the shot is going into the goal. Teams that don't score
are eliminated and the game continues.
After participating in the many varied drills, the
players are always up for a scrimmage to practice
what they've learned, either outside on the field or
indoor soccer in the gym.
Session one of the camp came to a close on a
very warm Friday with some watery slip-and-slide
action that cooled everyone off. In addition, all camp-
ers received soccer balls and a camp T-shirt for their
Youth Sports Training founder Rich Bell was
pleased with session 1 of his camp. "It went well
and the kids had fun," Bell said.
He thanked Ryan Duncan for sponsoring the
camp shirts and Fran Maxon Realty and Dicks Sport-
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
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ing Goods for pitching in on the soccer balls. "The
kids really appreciate it."
Session 2 started up this week and runs through
Friday, July 10, also at the Center.
Key Royale golf news
The women of the Key Royale Club played a
nine-hole, individual-low-net-toumament on June 30.
Sue Hookem birdied the eighth hole on the way to an
even par 32 to win first place in flight 1 by a single
shot. Penny Williams took second with her 33, while
Diane Miller carded a 35 to finish third.
Flight 2 winner was Marcie Ksazek with a 1-over-
par 33. Joyce Reith, who chipped in on number seven,
was one shot back in second place with a 34 while
Nancy Grimme finished in third place with a 36.
The Key Royale Club men played a nine-hole, best-
ball-of-partners game on June 29. The team of Dave
Schroer and Danny Hayes carded a 6-under-par 26 to
take home first-place honors. One shot back in second
place was the team of Al Morgan and Jim Dunne.
Wednesday last week was a washout for the horse-
shoe pits at Anna Maria City Hall with heavy rain all
day, even though three diehards showed up to play. Then
on Saturday, July 4, trying to beat the parade to avoid
traffic, only two teams qualified for the playoffs and Jeff
Moore and Tom Skoloda defeated the exhausted walker
Steve Grossman, by a score of 22 to 11. Grossman joked
that his partner let him down.
Play gets under way each Wednesday and Sat-
urday at 9 a.m. in the pits at city hall. All are wel-
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FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may
advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or
less, 15 words or less. FREE. Deliver in person to
The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
e-mail email@example.com, fax toll-free
1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
KENMORE STOVE, WHITE, $99. 1920s vanity,
triple mirror, $99.1950s electric lift chair, modern
Danish, $99. 941-580-4358.
ASSORTED VINTAGE WINDOWS with 1920s
glass, $20 each. Unfinished wood bi-fold door in
wrapper, 36x80 inches, $35. 941-778-7667.
TUSCANY-STYLE LIVING room tables, lamps,
rug, decorator items. Gently used. Northwest
DECORATE YOUR TABLE with beautiful plate
chargers, $5 each. Silver colored, stainless steel.
CLEAR GLASS CANDLE holders. 25 for $25.
Wedding bows with flowing ribbons, $2.50
each. Call 941-761-1928.
COMPUTER: COMPAQ EVO D300V Pentium 4,
1.6 GHz processor, $100. 941-756-6728.
COMPUTER MONITOR: GATEWAY FPD1730.
17-inch LCD flat panel, $80. 941-756-6728.
LADIES GOLF CLUBS: Everything, great condi-
tion. $80 or best offer. Call 941-720-4664.
BED: SEALY POSTUREPEDIC with frame, $75.
End table, $10, desk, $10. Ask for more. 941-
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone, especially
models with sim cards and chargers. Deliver
to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
RESTAURANT TABLES, CHAIRS: 8 30-inch
square tables, 20 black wrought-iron high-back
chairs with padded seats. Miscellaneous goods.
HUGE, DECORATIVE FRAMED mirrors: Several
styles to choose from, sizes from 4 by 6 feet, to
5 by 8. $250-$400. 941-730-2606.
ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet, $350.
Small antique burl-wood rocker, $200. 941-778-
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SALES & RENTALS
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condo with den. Built
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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 1
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
BRADENTON BEACH GETAWAY! Beautiful Gulf-
front studio suite condo. Ground-floor end unit
right on the beach. Summer vacation getaway
two-night special, $249. Reserve now, 941-779-
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Global market,
market connections. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@
WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Priva-
teers are collecting new or used, repairable fish-
ing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to
give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander
newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Courtesy of the
Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission and Holmes Beach Police
Department. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't
be sorry, be safe.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $50. Three lines, $60. Forms at
The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more infor-
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday. 9 a.m.-noon. Saturday. All
clothing half price. Closed August. 511 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
BOOK SALE: 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday, July
10-11. Books, $2 each, postcards, photos, paint-
ings. Indoors. 213 W 83rd St., Holmes Beach.
BIG YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 9
a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, July 11-12. Furniture, framed
art, clothing, collectibles, office furniture, con-
struction materials, shower doors, vanity sinks,
trim, tile, tools and more. 304 Magnolia Ave. Anna
GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Satur-
day, July 10-11. Indoor and outdoor furniture, pic-
tures and lots more. 512 Bayview Drive, Holmes
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YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday,
July 10-11. Household goods, outdoor items,
tools, computer desk, miscellaneous. (No baby
items). 111 81st St., Holmes Beach.
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office sup-
plies, t-shirts, treasures.
ESTATE SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 11.
Perico Bay Club (Manatee Avenue West, between
Palma Sola Causeway and Holmes Beach). 1375
Perico Point Circle, Bradenton. After you pass
through guard gate, continue straight ahead all
the way until you cannot go any farther. Someone
will be directing parking, no parking in residents
assigned parking spaces. Important, no early
birds. No entrance will be granted at the guard
gate before 8 a.m. You must be able to give the
address for the estate sale to be allowed access
at the guard gate. Entire contents of condominium
for sale. Many nice items at great prices. Furni-
ture, collectibles, crystal, china, jewelry, women's
clothing, Vera Bradley purses, electronics. Any
questions about directions, please, call 941-741-
8224 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and
ask for Carroll.
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.
LOST: SWISS ARMY men's watch. Silver, link
band. Near 79th Street on beach. Sentimental
value. Call 941-778-6854.
ANIMAL NETWORK HAVING special black/white
cat adoption. Free food/toys. 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. Friday
and Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, July
10-12 at Petsmart in Bradenton.
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Perico Bay Club 3BR/2BA bright end unit. Corian counter
tops, tile floors. Priced lower than smaller 2BR condos.
Updated kitchen and baths. $328,000. Lease option.
Call Robert St. Jean at 941-730-1291
Call me for a full list of foreclosures on the Island.
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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. $r99,060.
RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT, 2BR/2BA condo, downstairs
end unit. Clubhouse, pool, tennis. $129,000.
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,
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, vacations, weddings, reunions, seasonal.
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Individuals may advertise up to three items,
each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less.
FREE. Deliver in person to:
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
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PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All applicants
screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser, Zuma
and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-1400.
WANTED: SAILBOAT, GOOD condition. 22-25
feet, centerboard or swing keel. 941-725 0872.
NURSES: WEEKEND CARE needed for active
quad, spinal injury. Stay overnight, assist with
bathing, meals next morning. Leave by 1 p.m.
Longboat Key, 941-383-6953.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library in
Bradenton Beach. Information, 941-779-1208.
ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School soph-
omore Chris Perez tutors elementary or middle
school children. Call 941-778-2979.
CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified
child care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross
training, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-
4632 or 941-778-8405.
CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
I have experience with kids of all ages.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
First-aid certified, great with kids and animals!
Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.
NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter or
dog walker? Experienced. Red Cross certified in
CPR for all ages. Call the twins, Kayla and Ariel
TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red
Cross certified in babysitting. Loves children. Call
Katie, 941-778-1491 or 941-447-4057.
TRISH AND KIM babysitting service, house
cleaning and pet sitting. Certified. Experienced.
Call 941-538-8922 or 941-538-2081.
LAWN MOWING/DOG walking? Will walk dogs
any day, mow lawns after 5 p.m. weekdays, after
11 a.m. weekends. 941-447-7092.
CALL ZACK, 13, for odd jobs. Will do anything
you need done after school and Saturdays. 941-
RED CROSS LIFEGUARD for private parties at
your pool. $10/hour. Call Marie Durocher, 941-
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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.
R.N. AVAILABLE for in home care. Call 941-729-
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-
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,
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SUMMER HANDYMAN SPECIAL: College stu-
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Anna Maria Island. 941-224-5854.
TOTAL DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs,
replacements, sales, parts, storm catcher hurri-
cane covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro doors,
HOUSESITTER AVAILABLE to stay in your home,
take care of pets, lawn, garden and plants. Local
references available. 941-448-9233.
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura: Good references,
happy customers! 941-539-6891.
HOME FOR SALE or rent? Potential buyers, rent-
ers evaluate your home in less than 10 seconds.
Some never even go inside. We can help you
create the ambiance and curb appeal to bring
them in and love what they find. Home staging by
Beauty and the Beach can often be done in just
a few days at a price you can afford. Just need
some ideas? We do that, too. Consultations are
on us. Visit us at: www.beauty-andthe-beach.com
or call 941-778-2181
PEST CONTROL: IF you have a pest control
company and still have ants then you need to
call Southern Greens to get the ants out. 941-
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
778-7770. Leave message.
PRECISION HOME THEATERS: 20 years experi-
ence. Free estimates, flat panel installation, sur-
round sound installation, home networking. For
fast, reliable service, call 941-592-1468.
PEST CONTROL: WANT to live in a pest-free
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Verland Certified Services, 941-209-0496 or 941-
COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Oldest
and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of happy cus-
tomers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch, Storm-Check,
windows, etc. Rentals our specialty. pinesolpatty @
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
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NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
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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.
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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-
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
MUSIC LESSONS WITH Koko Ray. Island studio
open now. Instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone,
guitar and piano. 941-778-8328, or evenings,
941-758-0395. 315 58th St., Studio I, Holmes
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15.12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Lawn maintenance,
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nance rates. Fully insured and references. Please
call 941-778-2335 or 941-284-1568.
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Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $48/yard. Call Shark
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clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
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Patriotism on parade for Island Fourth of
By Lisa Neff
The throngs reached for beads.
The kids called for candy.
The audience danced to a Johnny Cash tune.
And the crowds cheered for real-life veterans and
reservists, make-believe pirates and privateers, local
business leaders and officeholders, and a variety of
patriots enthusiastic to show their colors on Indepen-
dence Day in the annual Anna Maria Island Privateers
July 4 parade.
The parade traveled from Coquina Beach at the
Island's south end to Bayfront Park at the Island's
Along the way, there were flags waved, beads
tossed, candy collected and, in Anna Maria Island
Privateers tradition, there was "non-projectile black
powder" cannon fire.
The parade had some rules anyone could par-
ticipate, but they could not walk or march, solicit
money or votes. Participants could, under the rules,
fire black powder and celebrate in red, white and blue
And celebrate they did.
There were 127 entries and thousands of onlook-
"I love this parade because you see people you
know, friends and neighbors, anybody might go past,"
said Amy Taylor of Anna Maria.
"Isn't this so fun?" said Latanya Johnson of Bra-
denton. "We didn't even know this was happening.
We came out to go to the beach. What a treat."
Johnson's children all of them wearing strands
of beads that reached to their knees agreed.
"I got one of every color," said Michelle Johnson,
6. "And this one, with a flag."
After the parade, AMIP hosted a party at Cafe on .0. ,
the Beach at Manatee Public Beach, where the non- "fi -"W The Anna Maria Island Privatee
profit awarded $29,000 in scholarships to college- adoring audience. The non-profi
bound students. A spirited parade entry for one of the newest res- the July 4 parade, as well as afi
taurants on the Island, Jamrocks.
party at Cafe on the Beach.
rs wave to an
t group organized
Boom, boom, boom time for Island-key Fourth
By Lisa Neff
There was thunder and lightning in the night sky
July 3 and July 4 but no rain.
Fireworks at the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bra-
denton Beach ushered in Independence Day July 3
with big blasts of sound and color. The next day, the
Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria and the MarV-
ista Restaurant on Longboat Key hosted fireworks
displays in a salute to freedom, patriotism and the
The promise of fiery bursts of color and big bangs
drew thousands to the beaches, but red, orange and
blue sunsets provided a prelude to the pyrotechnics
"I so look forward to this," said Ellen Peterson
of Sarasota. "We can come out to the Island for the
weekend and have everything right here for the per-
fect holiday great food, fireworks, the beach and
In a number of U.S. communities this year, fire-
works displays and celebrations were either scaled
back or canceled due primarily to budget con-
But Islanders and Island vacationers had easy
access to the three displays, which were sponsored
by the Chiles Group, a trio of restaurants owned by
Ed Chiles, with support on Longboat Key from the
other entities, including the village association and
Moore's Stone Crab Restaurant.
Henry Houston, 12, of Bradenton, watched fire-
works while floating on a blow-up raft in the Gulf of
"It was pretty cool," he said. "It was like being
in a light shower."
Law enforcement officers joined celebrants on
the beaches and streets for the holiday, providing
crowd control and confiscating illegal fireworks from
In Manatee County, it is illegal to discharge fire-
works without a public display permit. The ordinance
also prohibits the local sale of fireworks, sparklers
and novelties from a tent or roadside stand without
a special permit and registration with the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office.
Last year, officials and law enforcement person-
nel teamed up to combat escalating use of illegal fire-
works on the Island. The year before, a man suffered
a hand injury when a firecracker exploded near him
on the beach in Anna Maria and a child suffered a
Law enforcement officers also directed the
bumper-to-bumper traffic on Gulf Drive July 3-4,
especially at busy pedestrian crosswalks and near
crowded trolley stops.
Officers reported a few conflicts, observing that
crowds and hostilities go together like red, white and
blue and July 4.
In a few instances, police cars and ambulances
had difficulty even with lights flashings and sirens
wailing moving through the traffic.
And, at Gulf Drive and Second Street North in
Bradenton Beach July 3, a man driving an SUV ran
over a curb in an attempt to circumvent a traffic tie-up
and nearly hit about a dozen people waiting for a trol-
ley pickup. Then the driver stopped to power down
his window and yell at a pedestrian who had touched
"You have to be able to ignore that kind of person,"
said trolley-rider Drew Preston of Holmes Beach.
"There's a lot more than one in every crowd."
Preston and his three children spent much of July
3 at Coquina Beach before re-assembling on the shore
near the BeachHouse for the fireworks.
"It's all about the red, white and blue for me," he
said. "That's my favorite kind of firework."