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Busciglio pyramid power, holiday tradition
Members of the Busciglio family and friends gather on the beach near Willow Avenue July 4 for a family pyramid photograph. This year
marked the 12th year of the holiday tradition. The family has been vacationing on the Island since the 1950s. Islander Photo: Courtesy
Debbie Busciglio Kilichowski
Island may set summer tourism record
By Rick Catlin
If advance reservations for Island
accommodations mean anything, Anna
Maria Island could easily be headed for a
record-setting summer tourist season.
Following the Islandwide sellout of
accommodations for the July 4 weekend,
-der Island accommodation owners and manag-
ers are reporting advance reservations for
July and August that are well ahead of last
"It's unbelievable," said Larry Chatt,
head of Island Real Estate's vacation rental
Advance reservations for July are
already up 60 percent from last year, while
August reservations are 30 percent ahead
of August 2008, he said.
"Reservations are through the roof,"
Chatt said, observing that advance reserva-
tions for October, traditionally the start of
the winter tourist season, are already up 85
percent from last year.
"The level of positive press nationwide
that the Island has received this past year
has been extremely helpful," said Chatt.
\ h 'i c and more people are discovering the
Island and saying, 'That's where I want to
A number of summer vacationers are
going to Walt DisneyWorld in Orlando, then
bringing the family to the Island for rest and
relaxation, Chatt said.
Another reason for the tourist upswing
is value for money, said David Teitelbaum of
the Tradewinds, Tortuga and Surfside motels
in Bradenton Beach.
"People realize they can get the old
Florida atmosphere at a great price on the
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Ann Howard of Bradenton is the Week 4 winner in the newspaper's six-week-long Top
Notch contest, winning front-page placement of the photo and an Islander newspaper
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flower will go into a pool of weekly winners eligible for the grand prize of $100 from
the newspaper and a bevy of gift certificates and other prizes from Islander advertisers.
Island. They're not paying a fortune to get a
two-bedroom unit with a kitchen for a week
or two," he said.
"Our bookings are far ahead of last year,"
Teitelbaum said. "I predict we will have our
best summer ever. The July 4 weekend was
fantastic, a sell-out, and we're getting a tre-
mendous amount of calls for reservations in
late July and August."
And summer specials for a vacation
rental are really helping tourism, added
On Island Real Estate's Web site, one of the
most popular links is for available specials.
"People really do see that they can get
value for money, particularly with a special
offer," he said.
At Haley's Motel in Holmes Beach,
owner Tom Buehler said he's ahead of last
PLEASE SEE TOURIST, NEXT PAGE
By Lisa Neff
A group tasked with steering improve-
ments to the Palma Sola Scenic Highway
wants to extend the drive to include a stretch
of road in Holmes Beach that runs to the Bra-
denton Beach border.
Currently the Palma Sola scenic route is
Manatee Avenue/State Road 64 from 75th
Street in Bradenton to East Bay Drive in
Earlier this year, the Holmes Beach City
Commission authorized city public works
superintendent Joe Duennes to draft a letter
to the Palma Sola Scenic Highway Corridor
Management Entity supporting the extension
of the scenic route on Manatee Avenue to the
Manatee Public Beach.
During a meeting July 8 in Bradenton, the
Palma Sola committee unanimously agreed
to request that the Holmes Beach commis-
sion also consider extending the scenic route
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Tourist season could set record
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
summer's figures and advance bookings for August
are doing well.
And visitors for August are not just the traditional
Florida families heading to the beach before public
Sally Greig of Mike Norman Real Estate said
she's seen quite a number of Europeans and Mid-
westerners booking for the summer.
"They are coming from all over. The Island has
a great reputation," she said.
Greig has been getting quite a number of phone
calls and e-mails from people looking for a summer
Although many people are calling just before
they plan a vacation, Greig said she's been able to
work with them to find the best accommodation at
the best price.
July has been an extremely busy month, she said,
while June was one of the best in recent memory.
Tourists certainly came in June, saidAnna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce president Mary Ann Brockman.
"We had 2,367 walk-in visitors in June and
42,828 visits to our Web site," she said.
While acknowledging that many Florida families
head to the beach during summer vacation, Brockman
has seen quite a number of visitors from the Mid-
west and South this summer, including Iowa, Indiana,
Texas and Georgia.
The chamber, however, is not resting. Advertise-
ments in newspapers in Tampa and Orlando, in addition
to online, have stirred interest in an Island vacation.
"We've done some Florida advertising and had
great response," Brockman said. August should be
very good for the Island tourist industry, she pre-
dicted, because Florida schools don't reopen until
the latter half of the month.
Tourism to the Island fell by 40 percent during
that period. When the Legislature relented after
heavy pressure from the tourist industry, occupancy
Room at the beach?
Vacationers looking to book a getaway to
Anna maria Island who don't yet have accom-
modations, should contact the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce for informa-
tion on available units. Call 941-778-1541, or
e-mail info @ annamariaislandchamber.org.
of Island accommodations for August jumped from
32 percent in 2006 to nearly more than 50 percent the
L\ctiything is coming together for a great
summer season," said Brockman.
Ed Chiles, owner of the Sandbar and BeachHouse
restaurants, reported a number of summer weddings
and parties have been held at his establishments.
"We're definitely ahead of last year. As long as
the weather holds, business should be good," Chiles
The reaction from retail shops to the summer
season, however, has been mixed.
While Deb Barker at Niki's Island Treasures in
Holmes Beach said summer business has been excel-
lent, Signa Bouziane of Mister Roberts Resort Wear
in Holmes Beach said people are being very careful
about buying extras.
"We've had a lot of walk-in traffic, and there are
a lot of people on the Island, but they are watching
their budgets carefully," she said.
According to data from a 2008 study by the Bra-
denton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, each
summer visitor spends an average of about $900 for
lodging, meals, entertainment and other purchases
during their Island vacation.
With more visitors this summer than any previ-
ous summer season, that amount of spending will
certainly help the Island economy, said Brock-
Extension sought for scenic road
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
from Manatee Avenue west on State Road 789 to
the Bradenton Beach city line, where another scenic
route already runs through that city.
Cortez resident and committee member Jane von
Hahmann suggested the extension.
"The gap we are trying to fill is in Holmes Beach,"
she said, adding that the extension amounts to about .8
of a mile. "I think we need the whole thing."
Duennes, who serves on the Palma Sola com-
mittee, said he would raise the question with his city
commission, possibly as early as this week.
If Holmes Beach commissioners support the
extension to Bradenton Beach, the Palma Sola com-
mittee would draft a letter to the Florida Scenic High-
way Program advisory committee under the Florida
Department of Transportation.
"It's a very easy process, adding to an exist-
ing scenic highway," said Bob Herrington, a
technical advisor to the Palma Sola group from
the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning
In other business, the Palma Sola committee
unanimously approved an update of its corridor-
management plan and agreed to recognize at a future
meeting former committee chair Ingrid McClellan of
Keep Manatee Beautiful.
Von Hahmann, a former county commissioner,
said improvements along the scenic highway in recent
years "would not have happened without Ingrid....
She really helped us to get where we are."
The committee also agreed to invite other local
scenic highway groups in a bid to host a 2010 scenic
The next Palma Sola committee meeting will take
place Sept. 9 at the Manatee County Administrative
Center, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
During that meeting, the committee plans to
work on its annual report, as well as meet with rep-
resentatives of the state scenic highway program.
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Anna Maria studies limited duplex expansion
By Rick Catlin
Faced with mounting opposition to a proposed
Anna Maria ordinance to allow duplexes the right
to fully expand, city commissioners at their July 9
meeting reached consensus to study expansion on a
City planner Alan Garrett said only about 65 duplexes
exist in the city's Residential-1 zoning district.
Commissioners rejected a proposal to allow the
duplexes the right to fully expand, but agreed that some
expansion on a "one-time, limited basis" be considered.
Commissioner ChuckWebb argued that duplex owners
should have the right to "maintain what they have."
Commission Chairman John Quam countered that
allowing full expansion of duplexes would "increase
density and intensity" of such structures in the city.
Better to leave duplexes as a permitted use in the
R-1 district, allow re-roofing and the right to rebuild
to the original footprint in the event of a natural disas-
ter, he said.
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick said that with only
65 duplexes, it's "not a big deal" for the city to allow
Commissioner Christine Tollette pointed out that
when commissioners at their March 26 meeting com-
bined the Residential-2 zone with the Residential-1
zone, this made duplexes a permitted use and allows
According to building official Bob Welch, how-
ever, no duplex owners have applied for a permit to
expand a structure.
Commissioners favored allowing duplexes some
expansion on a one-time basis.
By Rick Catlin
Public opposition in Anna Maria is growing against
a proposal to allow existing duplexes to expand.
A number of e-mails and letters to city commis-
sioners have been delivered to city hall, all expressing
opposition to any duplex expansion.
Among those opposing expansion are former
Commissioner Duke Miller and residents Robin Wall,
drowns in current
By Lisa Neff
Authorities last week identified the man
who drowned in a personal watercraft accident
July 4 as Jose H. Medina, 30, of Deltona.
The incident occurred at the entrance to
Longboat Pass near Bradenton Beach.
Three people Medina, his wife and a
friend were riding a personal watercraft
about 2 p.m. on July 4 when the accident hap-
pened, according to the Manatee County Emer-
gency Medical Service.
The watercraft tipped at the bayside
entrance to the pass near a barge.
Authorities said witnesses saw Medina,
who was wearing a lifejacket, trying to pull
the watercraft to the shore at Coquina Beach
Bayside, but then he was no longer visible.
Officials said a current pulled the man
under water and under a barge being used for
an area artificial reef project.
Manatee County EMS technicians
responded to calls for a rescue, as did officers
with the Bradenton Beach and Longboat Key
police departments, the county marine rescue
division, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office
and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission law enforcement department.
Members of the Marine Rescue lifeguard
team searched the water for Medina, locating
him at about 2:45 p.m.
Efforts to resuscitate him failed.
Quam suggested expansion be no more than 10
or 15 percent.
Garrett said he would study all possibilities for
limited expansion and bring back a range of propos-
als to the August commission work session.
After several years of discussion by the city com-
mission and planning and zoning board members
about limiting what is viewed as a proliferation in
the past few years of new box homes and "mega-
mansions," commissioners finally agreed they were
unable to reach agreement on a solution.
The P&Z board had suggested limiting the second
floor of new construction to 50-70 percent of the first-
While Quam agreed in principle with the sug-
gestion, Woodland said he did not favor any restric-
"We are doing this because we don't like the look
of box homes. Who the hell are we to tell people not
to build a box?" he said.
Mattick agreed. "It's a matter of taste and I'm not
in favor of any changes."
Webb disagreed, saying the city needs to address
the issue now or it will only get worse in the future.
Many Florida cities have faced this same problem,
he said. As an example, Winter Park has dealt suc-
cessfully with limiting construction.
But Tollette argued that the city can't tell some-
one paying more than $50,000 in property taxes
"Sorry, you can't build what you want."
She suggested the city needs an architectural
review committee and a historical district as the "only
Ed Havlik and Terry Schaefer, among others.
Miller said he's had the opportunity to observe
one duplex near his house that was turned into a
weekend party rental.
Havlik wrote that the city needs "architectural
review," while others said expansion of duplexes will
allow for all-night parties, increase non-resident own-
ership and disturb the "peace, tranquility and stabil-
ity" of the city.
Schaefer accused "developers" of adding a new
term to the city's vocabulary: "duplex expansion."
She said this is just another term for a multi-unit
condominium or motel. Schaefer also suggested the
city stop issuing variances.
Commissioner Dale Woodland also expressed his
opposition to the ordinance, claiming expansion of
duplexes would destroy the ambiance and character
of the city.
The commission at its July 9 meeting asked city
planner Alan Garrett for information on allowing
duplexes the opportunity for one-time, partial expan-
sion. Garrett will bring his study to the commission's
August work session.
The city has about 65 duplexes, according to Garrett
While some Anna Maria residents have advo-
cated establishment of an architectural review board
to pass judgment on new construction, the authority
of any such board is limited without an accompa-
nying historical preservation district, according to
Tarpon Springs officials.
Tarpon Springs Heritage Center director Kathy
Monihan said the city considered an architectural
review board in the early 1980s to preserve many of
the city's older homes, but learned from legal experts
that the city had limited authority to govern archi-
tectural styles of new construction except within an
established historical preservation district.
Otherwise, the city or its architectural review
board could only "recommend" a particular archi-
tectural style to a builder, she said.
Tarpon Springs established its historical district
and architectural review board in 1988. The process
took about seven years and the review board only
governs construction within the historical district,
way to keep Anna Maria the way it is."
Mayor Fran Barford said the commission has
been discussing this issue for years and it's taken up
staff time, studying various proposals and presenting
draft papers and ordinances. The issue has been back
and forth between the commission and P&Z a number
of times, although there's been no resolution.
"That's the democratic process," she said "but
how long do we continue to try to convince each
other. I'm not seeing any position change. It's time
we get a consensus and go forward or drop the sub-
Quam agreed that it was not worthwhile to con-
tinue talking about the issue. The commission voted
3-2 to halt further discussion on the matter until
someone can present a feasible solution.
In other business, commissioners gave approval
to have city attorney Jim Dye continue discussions
with Manatee County about expanding the city's
boundary to include the waters near the city pier,
the Rod & Reel Pier and Galati Marine. Other areas
of water around the city would remain under county
The expansion would involve law enforcement
in the selected waters, in addition to issuing permits
for dock construction.
Commissioners approved an $11,000 contract to
reseal surfaces of a number of city roads after Dye
reviews the contract with Florida Highway Products
The commission also approved a $4,200 contract
for a structural inspection of the city pier.
Webb said he will present a draft ordinance deal-
ing with sexual predators at the August work ses-
Anna Maria City
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 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
July 29, 7 p.m., planning commission meet-
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 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.
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... while opposition grows on expansion
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commercial use of
city boat launch
By Rick Catlin
Commercial boat rental businesses are not
allowed to use the newly established launch site at
Bayfront Park in Anna Maria, according to Mana-
tee County Parks and Recreation director Cindy
The county approved a launch site at the park for
non-motorized vessels such as canoes, kayaks and wind-
surfing, but only for the public, said Turner. Bayfront
Park is owned by the city, but maintained and oper-
ated by Manatee County.
Turner said a renter can take their craft to Bay-
front Park for launching, but commercial operations
are prohibited from bringing vessels to the site to
rent, or placing advertising signs at the park.
A spokesperson at Beach Bum's on Pine Avenue
in Anna Maria, where kayak rentals are common-
place, said the company just became aware of the
county's position on Friday, and they're in the pro-
cess of working out a solution.
Another company that has rented and delivered
boats to the launch site is Bimini Bay Sailing, which
formerly operated out of a private marina at the Fiske
home at the south end of Bay Boulevard. Efforts to
reach Bimini Bay Sailing were unsuccessful.
The Bayfront Park launch site is not approved
for motorized vessels, Turner emphasized.
The launch site is located at the south end of
Bayfront Park near the humpback bridge at the Lake
Six ducklings and mom, a Pekin duck, that wander the neighborhood near the Island Branch Library and
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach were spotted recently in the tidal backwash in the swale surrounding the
library. These are the second batch of Pekin hatchlings to appear in recent months and charm the neigh-
bors and visitors. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Qualifying for elections in August
Qualifying deadlines for elected offices in the
three Island cities are quickly approaching.
Qualifying deadlines are Sept. 1-Sept. 15 for
Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach and Aug. 24-Aug.
28 for Holmes Beach.
Election day is Nov. 3.
In Anna Maria, voters will elect three city com-
missioners to two-year terms in seats currently held
by John Quam, Christine Tollette and Dale Wood-
In Bradenton Beach, voters will elect a mayor,
a two-year post currently held by Michael Pierce.
Voters also will elect a commissioner to a two-year
term in Ward 1, the seat now held by John Shaugh-
nessy, and a commissioner in Ward 3, the seat now
held by Janie Robertson.
Pierce has said he will seek re-election, and so
will Robertson. Shaughnessy cannot run again for
commissioner because of a term limit in Bradenton
In Holmes Beach, three two-year city commis-
sion terms will be decided. The seats currently are
held by Pat Geyer, Pat Morton and David Zaccag-
nino, who has said he will seek re-election.
For more information about becoming a candi-
date, go to www.votemanatee.com.
'Top Notch' photo contest deadline Friday
If you've got a top notch snapshot, we've got a
contest you could win.
The Islander Top Notch photo contest started up
June 24. Six weekly winning pictures are featured on
the cover of The Islander and one photo will be a grand
prize winner with $100 cash prize from The Islander and
other prizes and gift certificates from local merchants.
Weekly winners will receive a \>l'|. Than a Mullet
Wrapper" Islander T-shirt.
The weekly deadline is noon Friday throughout the
contest with the next deadline July 17.
Top Notch judging begins with a selection of pic-
tures that may include family, landscapes and scenics,
candid snapshots, action, holidays, humor and animal
pictures. Nothing is overlooked, including great kid
pics, sentimental moments and moments of personal
Digital contest entries should be submitted in the
original JPG format via e-mail to topnotch@islander.
org or on a disc.
Islander photo contest rules
1) The Islander Newspaper Top Notch Photo Contest
is strictly for amateur photographers. Amateur photographers
are those who derive less than 5 percent of their income from
2) Black-and-white and color photographs taken after
Jan. 1, 2008, are eligible. Photos previously published (in any
format/media) or entered in any Islander or other competition
are not eligible.
3) Photographs may be taken with any make of camera.
No retouching or other alteration (except cropping) is permit-
DATE PHOTO WAS TAKEN:
LOCATION PHOTO WAS TAKEN:
I have read the contest rules and affirm that this
entry is in compliance with them.
(signature not required for e-mail entries)
Kim Klement ofBradenton won the weekly contest in
2007 with this shot from a Gator football game.
ted of negatives, prints or electronic photos; no composite pictures
or multiple print images will be accepted. Digital photos must be
submitted in their original JPG file format (via e-mail or CD). Prints
from digital or film are accepted. Slide (transparency) photos are
4) Entrant's name, address and phone number must be writ-
ten clearly on the contest label and affixed to the back of each print
submitted, or listed similarly in the e-mail message along with the
digital photo attachment. One e-mail per photo submission. E-mail
digital entries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail print entries to The
IslanderTop Notch Photo Contest, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217.
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entry is in compliance with them.
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Only photo cropping is allowed. No retouching,
enhancements or computer manipulation is allowed on
digital or print photos.
And while digital entries are encouraged, you
may send or deliver your favorite prints weekly to Top
Notch Contest Editor, The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Complete rules and entry forms for the contest are
published below. Please attach a photo contest label to
each photo or CD you submit.
E-mail entrants are required to submit the label
information in the e-mail text and the signature is
waived, one photo attachment per e-mail. There is no
limit to the number of weekly entries. Entries need not
be repeated weekly, as any photos preferred by the
judges but not selected are moved forward each week
of the contest.
Photos without entry forms will be disqualified.
Additional labels are available at the newspaper office
or they may be copied.
5) Entrants by their entry agree that The Islander may
publish their pictures for local promotion. Entrants must be able to
furnish the original negative or original digital image if requested
by the contest editor. All photos submitted become the property of
The Islander. Photos will not be returned. The Islander and con-
test sponsors assume no responsibility for submitted negatives,
CDs or photo prints.
Entrant must know and submit the name and address
of any recognizable persons appearing in the picture. Names
must be enclosed/attached with the entry.
6) Employees of The Islander and their immediate family
members are not eligible to enter the contest.
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City, DOT to meet July 20 for Gulf Drive workshop
By Lisa Neff
A meeting to discuss the final plan for improve-
ments to Gulf Drive/State Road 789 in Bradenton
Beach will take place July 20.
The meeting, which will involve representatives
from the city, the Florida Department of Transporta-
tion and the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning
Organization will take place at 3 p.m. at city hall, 107
Gulf Drive N.
The improvement project is being funded with
federal stimulus money budgeted for transportation
enhancements in the state.
The area targeted for improvements is Gulf Drive
from Fifth Street South to Cortez Road.
The work will involve the addition of new side-
walks, reconstruction of existing sidewalks, minor
drainage modifications and landscaping, according
to the DOT.
The sidewalk being constructed will run along
the west edge of Gulf Drive/State Road 789 and will
include Gulfside curbing.
Additionally, the DOT will install bollards and
ropes along the sidewalk at some locations in front
of the public beach area at the southern end of the
The plans provide for the addition of native plant
species, as requested by the city, as well as placement
of some benches.
The stimulus project budget is $830,169, which
is higher in part than the city's estimate because it
includes oversight work by inspectors and engi-
Any money budgeted for the project but not used
will be returned to the Sarasota-Manatee pot of fed-
eral stimulus funds for other work.
Palma Sola Bay water quality advisory extended
By Lisa Neff
The Manatee County Health Department extended
to this week a warning about poor water quality at the
Palma Sola Causeway south beach.
The department first issued an advisory July 2,
after an estimated 300 gallons of untreated sewage
escaped into the water from a ruptured sewer line.
The advisory was extended until July 15 after
testing samples were taken and reviewed.
The department warned people not to go into the
water until water samples confirm the area is safe for
swimmers, cautioning that "water contact may pose
an increased risk of infectious disease, particularly
for susceptible individuals."
Water samples were to be tested again July 13,
with the results expected by July 15.
"The advisory will remain in effect until marine
water bacterial indicators established by the Envi-
ronmental Protection Agency are within guidelines,"
read a statement from the health department.
The county department has participated in a
coastal beach water quality system since 2002. The
program uses criteria from the U.S. EPA and the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection in
rating water quality.
The most recent surveys show the water quality
as "good" for Bayfront Park in Anna Maria, Manatee
Public Beach in Holmes Beach, Coquina and Cortez
beaches in Bradenton Beach, Whitney Beach on
Longboat Key and the north side of the Palma Sola
For more information about the advisory or the
monitoring program, go to www.doh.state.fl.us or call
the health department at 941-748-0747.
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Kudos to the accomplishments of the past 20
years, the efforts of many to improve the quality of
the bay waters, and it all started with the formation
of the Sarasota Bay National Estuary Project.
It's paying off, if only by the measure of the
return of scallops from two to 2,499 to the
Cortez "Kitchen" area. As Sandscript columnist and
Islander reporter Paul Roat notes this week, the scal-
lop can be likened in its relationship to the health of
the bay much as a canary signals the air quality for
Scallops were so prominent 50 or more years ago
in Sarasota Bay that they represented a healthy part
of the Cortez fishery.
But along came the 1970s, the population-devel-
opment surge, and shoreline habitat, mangroves and
seagrasses were lost to pristine views and manicured
canals. Scallops, as well as some other shellfish and
much of the formerly flourishing marinelife began to
The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program was soon
joined by similar projects for Tampa Bay and Char-
lotte Harbor, all adding to the good for bay area
waters. Scientists and others went to work on ways
to improve water quality, revive seagrass beds and
restore habitat, all adding to the value of life for all
of us humans who call this our "paradise."
And that certainly doesn't hurt tourism.
Add to that the new Sarasota Bay Watch group,
a not-for-profit organization "committed to preserv-
ing and restoring Sarasota Bay's ecosystem through
community education and citizen participation."
This group spawned from its inaugural event last
year, the Sarasota Bay Great Scallop Search, and has-
gone on to establish a board of admirable community
and environmental activists.
The search, a no-harvest tally, will take place
again Aug. 8, and if you're not yet signed up, we hope
organizers can still accommodate you. The event is
free for boater and crew, but the search is limited by
area and number of boats.
It promises to be worthwhile, and a good day on
the water doing good things for the environment we
Read Sandscript now, or check online at www.
islander.org for registration information and a link to
And, as SBW reminds us, harvesting scallops in
our area waters is illegal.
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Illegal shelling at Bean Point
I feel I should report a disturbing incident on
the beach at Bean Point in Anna Maria over the
Two people, a man and a woman, were di -,in 1
up live clams and sand dollars and placing them on
the sand in the hot sunshine to die.
When I pointed out that this is against the law,
they became abusive and threatened physical vio-
lence. They claimed they had a valid permit, and they
could do what they wanted.
Upon returning home, I called the police. The
police confirmed that this activity is against the law
and thanked me for my action. They agreed to inves-
It occurred to me that there are signs about pro-
tecting the dunes and sea turtles, but I have never
seen any mentioning shells.
Even if they might not deter some people, the
signs would help law-abiding citizens who care for
the environment and the health of our beaches to be
able to point to such a sign.
We are fortunate to have so many more visitors
this year, but I fear many of them are not aware of
Helga Edwards, Holmes Beach
On behalf of the Anna Maria Island Privateers,
we would like to extend sincere thanks to the mem-
bers of the community and the following businesses
for their continued support throughout the year.
Many thanks to The Islander and the Sun for fol-
lowing our calendar and making sure that all of our
events were covered in the local news.
Thanks to Winn Dixie, Cafe on the Beach, Peg-
gy's, Drift In, Scalawag's, Mexicali's, Ace's Lounge,
Publix Super Market in Holmes Beach, A.P Bell, Red
Hoagland, Skinny's and Duffy's for their support and
generous donations that made possible our car shows,
thieves markets, mullet smokes, Snooks Adam's Kids
Day, Shiprek Memorial Poker Run, annual Christmas
and July 4 processions and Plunderfest 2009.
We would also like to acknowledge Bay News 9,
ABC Channel 7 and the Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce for their coverage of special events.
Without the support of the previously mentioned
businesses, the Florida Blood Services and their
anonymous donor, as well as individuals who donated
to our raffles and supported our events, we wouldn't
have been able to award $29,000 in scholarships to
local manatee county students this year.
We also would like to thank the cities of Anna
Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach, Manatee
County Parks and Recreation Department, as well as
the Holmes Beach Department of Public Works, for
allowing us to host our various events, as well as have
a home port for our ship, the Scallywag.
This was our most successful year to date both
in the number of events we hosted, as well as the
amount of money we were able to return to the kids
and the community.
Thank you again for your support!
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Mainsail makes intro
to Holmes Beach commission
By Lisa Neff
The company assuming development of the Tide-
mark property on Marina Drive is seeking some sup-
port from the Holmes Beach City Commission this
The commission was scheduled to consider a
request from Mainsail Development Group LLC of
Tampa that the city consent to the assignment of a
ground lease to Mainsail.
The city and Reliance Tidemark LLC, owner
of the property that went into foreclosure earlier
this year, entered into the lease in August 2005. It
involves use by Tidemark of the city-owned portion
of the basin and docks.
Kent Runnells, an attorney for Mainsail, recently
wrote city officials about the project.
"I represent the Mainsail Group, the soon to be new
owners of the marina at 5325 Marina Drive in Holmes
Beach," Runnells wrote. \ ly clients have entered into
a purchase and sale agreement with Reliance Tidemark
LLC, the current owner of this property, to purchase
their interest in this project, which interest includes a
ground lease entered by Reliance Tidemark."
Mainsail is the majority investor in a group that
includes Anna Maria-based Pine Avenue Restoration
LLC. The group is in the process of purchasing both
the Tidemark Lodge on Marina Drive and the Tidemark
Beach Club on the Gulf of Mexico at 66th Street.
The lodge will become known as the Mainsail
Lodge and Marina at Anna Maria Island and the
beach club will become the Mainsail Beach Inn.
The new investors said vertical construction at
the Marina Drive sight could begin within a year.
In his letter, Runnells asked for the earliest pos-
sible review, which was scheduled to take place at
the commission meeting at 7 p.m. July 14 at city hall,
5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
"Let me say," Runnells wrote, "we look forward
to working with the city on this exciting project."
Downed wire act
A downed wire in the
5200 block of Holmes
Boulevard in Holmes
Beach July 10 left about
3,891 customers with-
out power for a couple
of hours, according to
Florida Power & Light. A
. crew working to repair the
power line said salt water
and salt air caused equip-
ment to rust. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
In the July 14, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Bradenton Beach city commissioners proposed
a 33 percent property tax increase for the 1999-00
fiscal year to cover a proposed $1.93 million budget.
Commissioners blamed the increase on a decline in
revenue from fees and other taxes, such as gasoline
and cigarette sales.
Federal, state and regional officials told Islanders
at a public meeting on Federal Emergency Management
Agency guidelines for rebuilding a structure following a
natural disaster that interpretation of FEMA's 50 percent
rule will be up to the Island cities. FEMA requires that
a home damaged more than 50 percent of the value be
rebuilt as an elevated structure. Brad Loar of FEMA
said there was nothing to prevent cities from phasing
in remodeling of such structures over a period of time
to avoid the 50 percent rule.
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch director Suzi
Fox said she reported the Blue Water Beach Club in
Holmes Beach to local and state agencies for leaving
on an outdoor night light near a turtle nesting site that
sent 83 hatchlings toward Gulf Drive.
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8-year-old boy's surfboard stolen, returned
By Lisa Neff
The summer seemed swell for Dylan McIntosh.
The 8-year-old Holmes Beach boy had saved
enough money $20 to repair a used surfboard
given to him by a family friend.
He had caught a good wave.
And then, a wipeout.
But then, a recovery.
On July 5, while Dylan was on the beach near
72nd Street, someone made off with his surfboard
and a summer vacation that was to be all about a boy
and his board seemed as if it would become a summer
vacation about a boy, his board and a thief.
But on July 12, the board turned up again, not far
from the beach where it was stolen.
"It's like the best thing I really have," Dylan
said while seated with his mom, Shelly Fletcher, on
a patio at his home in the 200 block of 72nd Street.
Living near the beach, Dylan has been skim-
boarding since he was 3 years old.
He started surfing about a year ago.
"He wanted to surf so bad," Fletcher said.
"I want to be a professional," Dylan explained.
He had been borrowing a longboard from a
family friend, Fritz Dahlquist, who decided that a
shortboard might better suit Dylan's 8-year-old stat-
ure. Dahlquist found a used shortboard and gave it
to Dylan earlier this summer.
"A real nice board," Fletcher said.
Dylan excitedly described the surfboard white,
with two black fins and a white fin, a clover and a fat
red stripe down the center.
Before Dylan could take a ride, he needed to
repair the board.
He earned the money for a patch kit from his
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"He's been working at it since day one," Fletcher
Dylan studied. And then Dylan and Dahlquist
worked on the board. "We patched it nice," the boy
said. "It took six days."
The repair added even more distinction to the
board, markings Dylan knows well.
The recent storm systems that delivered heavy
rains in recent weeks also delivered the waves Dylan
needed to test his board.
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lot of duck dives. And I caught a 5-footer."
Dylan took his surfboard to the beach July 5. The
board was on the sand, not far from him, while he
took a break to do some cast-netting.
"I kept checking on it," said Dylan.
But the last time he checked, the board was
He and his mom filed a Holmes Beach Police
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Dylan and some friends said they later saw the
surfboard, fastened by a bungee cord, to a white Ford
F150 pickup truck.
Several days after the board went missing, Dylan
said if he could talk to the thief, he would say, "Give
me my board back or else I'll call the police and
you'll get arrested."
And, he added, "If I did have it, if I do get it back,
I'd be very, very happy."
On July 13, Fletcher reported that Dylan got
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the tide or buried within a matter of days.
But Rose Mary Patterson didn't give up her hus-
band's watch for lost and, though weeks had passed
since the timepiece went missing, she placed a free
ad in The Islander's "lost-and-found" section of the
And Patterson found the watch or rather a
Miami reader who vacations on Anna Maria Island
found the ad on the newspaper's Web site and knew
who had found the watch.
Miamian Nidia Robertson's grandchildren had
spent their spring break on Anna Maria Island search-
ing for treasure on the beach.
Using Robertson's metal detector, they found a
"To say they were very excited is an under-state-
ment," Robertson said.
The children treasured the watch until recently,
when Robertson came across the classified ad for a
lost watch. She called her daughter, who contacted
Patterson, who described the watch.
"Sure enough it was the watch they had found,"
"We now have our watch back that meant so
much to my husband," Patterson said.
And the kids, they don't have a watch, but they
have a $10 cash reward.
And, according to Robertson, they "learned a
Lost or found?
The Islander recommends valuable items
found be turned in to law enforcement, where a
claim can be made.
The newspaper also offers free classified ads
for those who lose or find an item.
Black skimmers join the crowd of shorebirds on the beach north of the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria.
The birds had been observed there in mid-spring, when Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion specialists put up ropes to establish a nesting territory. The skimmers vacated the area for a couple of
weeks, returning just before the July 4 holiday. FWC and Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch are monitoring
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military service and his volunteer work at the club following a Fourth of July celebration that included
the American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 honor guard, a flag-raising ceremony and taps at the Holmes
Beach golf course. Islander Photo: Courtesy Jim Meena
Gloria Dei collects shoes
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is collecting 100
pairs of new shoes and socks for homeless children
in Manatee County.
The items will be distributed by Project Heart
through the Manatee County School District.
Shoes and socks, as well as cash contributions,
may be dropped off at the church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, during regular weekday business
The church organizers hope to reach their goal
by Aug. 10.
For more information, call the church at 941-778-
Island Gallery West
The Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, recently announced its 2009-10
lineup of featured artists.
Receptions for the artists will take place at 5 p.m.
at the gallery and will coincide with artist receptions
at the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island and the
Anna Maria Island Art League.
Nov. 13, Cecy Richardson, mixed-media artist,
and Susan Oberender, stained glass artist.
Dec. 4, Debra Ridgedil, potter, and Dee Pasto-
rius, watercolor artist.
Jan. 8, Joe Fletcher, photographer.
Feb. 12, Nancy Law, watercolor artist.
March 5, Anne Abgott, watercolor artist.
April 9, Marlane Wurzbach, acrylics artist.
Sun House hosts Voyles
Artist Joan Voyles, a member of the Artists Guild
ofAnna Maria Island, will be the featured artist
at the Sun House Restaurant in Bradenton Beach
from July 20-23. At 6p.m. each night, Voyles will
demonstrate her art techniques at the restaurant.
Chamber seeking past
In conjunction with the 60th anniversary of the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, the cham-
ber is looking for past presidents to attend its Aug. 8
celebration party of 60 years of service.
Chamber president Mary Ann Brockman said
she's been trying to locate all past presidents, but
has been unable to locate many who served from the
1950s to 1970s.
Any past president of the chamber is invited to
attend the 60th anniversary party and asked to call
Brockman at 941-778-1541.
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Fundraising expert Carol Weisman delivers the
keynote address during the 2009 Fundraisers
Forum: A Day on the Island took place at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Representatives from area nonprofit groups gather
at the Anna Maria Island Community Center for "A
Day on the Island" and instruction in fundraising.
Groups host nonprofit forum
The Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Nonprofit Resource Center and the Association of
Fundraising Professionals hosted more than 250
people for a non-profit forum July 10 in Anna
The 2009 Fundraisers Forum: A Day on the
Island took place at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
"Charitable organizations are feeling pressure
like never before as they struggle to raise money,"
said Judi Bell of the Community Foundation. "We see
evidence of this with our registration numbers 100
more than we've ever had for this event."
Attendees paid $50 to attend the forum, which
featured fundraising expert Carol Weisman as key-
note speaker and a series of discussions on planned
giving, philanthropic innovation, fund development
and nonprofit roles.
Some attendees traveled by bus from Venice and
Sarasota for the "Day on the Island."
Bell said organizers tried to create a worthwhile
event that also was fun and relaxing by providing
a lunch featuring tropical cuisine and infusing the
atmosphere with island music.
ArtsHop weekend takes shape
By Lisa Neff
The Island arts community has booked The Doors
for next fall.
This is not a new configuration of the legend-
ary Sixties rock band, but an art exhibit featuring
While the exhibit, which will serve as a prelude
to the annual artsHOP weekend, does not involve
the rock band, it does, at least, share a notion that
inspired the band name.
The late frontman Jim Morrison took the name
from Aldous Huxley's "The Doors of Perception"
and the concept of being "shaken out of the ruts of
Cultural Connections, the coalition of arts and
culture groups organizing artsHOP weekend, wants
the event to unlock doors, expand perceptions, as well
as stimulate excitement in the Island arts scene.
"This is a new dimension we are adding to our
annual event in its third year this year," said CC
In the gallery
Maitte Van Arsdel, architect and award-winning
painter, is a new member of the Island Gallery
West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. i/,.. is a
member of the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society
and the Florida Watercolor Society. /,..i lives in
member Joyce Karp, the executive director of the
Anna Maria Island Art League in Holmes Beach.
"Artists will be painting doors of all shapes and sizes,
and we plan to have them on display all around the
Island, with business sponsorships and a map with
the "door trail."
The Doors will open in October, about a month
"We are still in the planning stages," Karp said.
The public art exhibit is similar to the widely
acclaimed Cows on Parade exhibit in Chicago in
1999, which drew more than a million tourists. Closer
to home, similar public art exhibits included the dis-
play of artist-designed clowns in Sarasota County
and geckos in Manatee County.
In fact, some of the people involved in the popu-
lar gecko exhibits are involved with presenting The
This summer, organizers are seeking donations of
doors for artists to use as their hard-surface canvases
and seeking businesses to sponsor artists.
The exhibit opening will coincide with the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce's Bayfest, which
takes place Saturday, Oct. 17, on Pine Avenue in Anna
The Doors will close Sunday, Nov. 15, with
an auction to benefit the Manatee Performing Arts
Center and Cultural Connections.
The artsHOP weekend is scheduled to take place
Nov. 13-Nov. 15.
Nov. 13 events include a gallery walk and a per-
formance at the Island Players theater, a one-woman
show Kelly Wynn Woodland in "The Search for
Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe."
Nov. 14 events include an arts and crafts festival
in Holmes Beach, a basket-making demonstration and
sock-hop at the Anna Maria Island Historical Society
Museum, a second Island Players performance and a
drum circle on the beach.
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Pier removal to begin in November
By Lisa Neff
The removal of the deteriorated Manatee Public
Beach Pier will take place in November under a
permit with the Florida Department of Environmen-
The pier removal is scheduled to take place after
Nov. 1, with the conclusion of sea turtle nesting
Manatee County officials were working with
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and state agencies
to negotiate a plan to expedite the demolition of the
deteriorated Manatee Public Beach Pier.
AMITW, which collects data on nesting turtles
on the Island, reports that only five nests have been
found within 300 feet of the pier during the past 10
But the process for obtaining permission to work
during nesting season proved too time-consuming,
according to Coastal Planning and Engineering con-
sultant Rick Spadoni, who is working on the project
under a contract with the county.
"It made sense to accept the permit, which
allowed pier removal after Oct. 31," Spadoni
said, adding that "any nesting at all triggers the
same process as if 1,000 turtles nested near the
County officials learned months ago that the pier,
constructed in 1990, had deteriorated to a point where
it needed to be demolished.
The estimated cost of demolition, based on three
bids, is about $250,000.
The existing pier will be replaced with a 300-400
foot pier that will take about six months to build.
"We continue to process the permits for pier
reconstruction," said Spadoni, adding that construc-
tion will probably begin this winter and continue
through the spring.
That timetable means that the DEP probably will
be asked to allow reconstruction work to take place
during the 2010 nesting season.
The total cost of the project is about $1.5 mil-
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E. Bay-Gulf drives golf-cart crossing planned
By Lisa Neff
Federal funding intended to speed a national eco-
nomic recovery will be used to enhance slower-going
golf cart use in Holmes Beach.
For years, city officials have been interested in
establishing a golf-cart crossing near the intersection
of Gulf and East Bay drives to enable more residents
to use the low-speed vehicles.
The intersection is on a state road, and Florida
allows for carts to cross a state road after the DOT
"has reviewed and approved the location and design
of the crossing and any traffic control devices needed
for safety purposes."
In Holmes Beach's share of federal stimulus funds
being administered through the Florida Department
of Transportation, the state allocated money for the
golf-cart crossing near the Grassy Point Preserve.
"That would be to get across the street," said
Holmes Beach public works superintendent Joe
Duennes. "It is very much an active issue that is sup-
posed to happen this year."
The DOT plans to let the contract for the cross-
ing Sept. 30, with construction starting in November,
according to DOT spokesperson Cindy Clemmons-
Other elements in the stimulus package for
Holmes Beach include new sidewalks, with construc-
tion starting in October.
"Folks have been waiting a while for that cross-
ing," said Joe Cline of Lakeland, who regularly vaca-
tions in a home on Avenue C, and who hopes by next
summer to be tooling to Publix Super Market on a
"I have a beauty back home," Cline said.
State law requires on-road carts to have Florida
Department of Transportation-approved tires, a rearview
mirror, reflectors, efficient brakes and reliable steering.
If operated at night, the cart must also have headlights,
brake lights, turn signals and a windshield.
Golf carts and other low-speed vehicles are not
considered on-road vehicles by the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration and thus not required
to meet certain federal safety standards.
Some environmental groups have endorsed
increased use of low-speed vehicles as an alternative
to cars and trucks, though not over public transporta-
tion, walking and bicycling.
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By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach will separate from its reg-
ular city commission agenda discussion on the
community redevelopment agency at the recom-
mendation of city attorney Ricinda Perry.
Agendas for the city commission's meetings
previously contained a reference to the CRA, but
Perry suggested removing the CRA from the reg-
ular commission agenda.
"We have changed our CRA makeup," she
said. "There's an attorney general opinion that
suggests strongly that the CRA agenda not be
included with the city commission agenda."
"I would like to suggest that we remove the
CRA item from [the agenda] and only put CRA
on when we have a CRA meeting."
The CRA is the mechanism established in
Bradenton Beach in 1992 to revitalize the city's
historic center the area between Sarasota Bay,
Cortez Road, the Gulf of Mexico and Fifth Street
South. At the time the CRA was established, the
area was characterized as "blighted" and, through
But much of the clamoring for increased allow-
ance of carts in the last year has come from consum-
ers concerned about fuel costs and consumption. Gas-
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the CRA, eligible for Community Redevelopment
Block Grant money, as well as other grant sources
and incremental tax assistance.
In early years of the CRA, the board included
non-elected representatives, but eventually the CRA
voting board was changed to include five members
- the elected city commission and mayor.
At the request of the city's advisory Sce-
nicWAVES Committee and the urging of some
downtown business owners, commissioners in
early 2009 approved a resolution expanding the
board by two people a resident of the CRA dis-
trict and a business owner from within the CRA
A second resolution adopted by the commis-
sion appointed two new voting members to the
expanded board resident and former Mayor
Connie Drescher and a BeachHouse Restaurant
owner Ed Chiles.
Earlier this year, Perry suggested and the
city commission agreed that a class on commu-
nity redevelopment agency responsibilities and
procedures would be helpful to the newer CRA
members. The class has not yet been scheduled.
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depending on their age and design.
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County population climbs, Island levels off
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County's population climbed to a decade
high in 2008, but Anna Maria Island's population
seems to have peaked in 2004 and 2005, according
to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Each year on July 1, the Census Bureau releases
population estimates for counties and municipalities
based not on a Census count, which is conducted
every 10 years, but on a variety of factors, including
births, deaths, migration trends and changes in the
number of housing units.
"As the 2010 Census approaches, these popula-
tion estimates provide a sense of the population trends
throughout the decade," said Tom MI c nibhoi 'lII. the
Census Bureau's acting director.
The new statistics show that Anna Maria's popu-
lation high for the decade came in 2004, when the
Census reported 1,855 residents. The number dropped
slightly for the next three years, then edged up to
1,829 for 2008.
Bradenton Beach's population hit a high for the
decade in 2005, reaching 1,557 residents. The number
for 2008 was 1,553.
Holmes Beach's population high since 2000 was
reported in 2004 with 5,956 residents. The number
declined slightly until 2008, when it went up to
Longboat Key's population has declined since
2001 and, in 2008, was at 7,309 residents.
Bradenton's population for the decade reached
a high in 2005 and has declined since. The Census
reported 53,513 residents in 2008.
For Manatee County, however, the Census
reported a high in 2008 of 315,766 residents. In 2000,
the Census reported 265,626 county residents.
On a broader review, the Census survey found
that the population of New Orleans grew 8.2 percent
in 2008, faster than any other large city in the United
States. As of July 1, 2008, the population of New
Orleans was 311,853, up from 210,768 in 2006 fol-
lowing Hurricane Katrina, but still below the pre-hur-
ricane level of 484,674 based on the 2000 Census.
Round Rock, Texas, a city north of Austin, was
the second fastest-growing city with a population
increase of 8.16 percent from 2007 to 2008.
All in all, four of the 10 fastest-growing large
cities were in Texas, including McKinney, north of
Dallas, ranking fifth; Killeen, north of Austin and
ninth; and Fort Worth, 10th. North Carolina had a
pair of cities in the top 10 fastest-growing category,
as did California.
New York led the nation's cities in numerical
increase during the 2007-2008 period, adding more
than 53,000 residents. New York also continued to
be the nation's most populous city, with 8.4 million
residents. This was more than twice the population
of Los Angeles, which ranked second at 3.8 million.
Chicago, with 2.9 million, was third, followed by
Houston with 2.2 million and Phoenix with 1.6 mil-
No Florida cities were among the nation's fastest-
growing communities in 2008, a first since 2002.
Anna Maria CIAC planning ahead 5 years
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's capital improvements advisory
committee is looking five years into the future.
At the CIAC's July 6 meeting, members dis-
cussed and approved a project list spanning the next
five years, including the start later this year of Phase
2 of the city's master stormwater drainage improve-
Phase 2 has an estimated cost of $705,000 and
will include $17,000 for drainage improvements on
The city has a matching Southwest Florida Water
Management District grant for the master project that
will return half of the plan's cost to the city. The
city also has an annual ESU assessment to property
owners to fund the city's portion of the five-year proj-
The CIAC also included $1.22 million in projects
to be funded from federal stimulus money. Those
projects include installation of sidewalks, road resur-
facing and improvements to the city's two humpback
bridges. The city has applied for the stimulus funds,
but has not yet received any confirmation or denial.
The CIAC also studied a "wish list" from public
works director George McKay that includes a $16,666
generator to power city hall during an emergency.
Road rejuvenation projects featured prominently
in the five-year plan, including projects in 2013-14
on North Shore Drive and Bay Boulevard.
For 2010-11, the CIAC envisions resurfacing
projects on Jacaranda Road and Alamanda, Crescent,
Lakeview and Los Cedros drives.
Other city streets and roads scheduled for resur-
facing at some point in the five-year plan include
Hammock Road, Newton Lane, Palm Avenue, Pal-
metto Avenue, Maple Avenue, Spruce Avenue, Tuna
Street, Cypress Avenue, Willow Avenue, Maxine
Place and Gulf Drive.
The five-year plan will be forwarded to the city
commission for final approval, CIAC chairman Bob
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BBeach 1,492 1,494 1,506 1,522 1,534 1,557 1,539 1,540 1,553
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THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 15, 2009 0 15
Korean War vet remembers
WWII heroes every year
"These guys are my backyard heroes," said
Holmes Beach winter resident Ed Narwocki.
Ed, who served in the U.S. Air Force during the
Korean War, was looking over a photo taken at his
annual cookout in August at his Rhode Island home
to honor World War II veterans in his area.
The idea for an annual event to honor veterans
started several years ago, when Ed invited his brother
and a friend to dinner to talk about the war.
\ ly brother was on a ship in the Pacific and the
other guy was on Guadalcanal. I was just a young
kid during the war and kept track of all the islands
my brother went to. His ship got hit by a kamikaze
at Okinawa, but the plane's bomb turned out to be a
dud and he escaped with his life. The dinner was just
my birthday present to him."
The next year, a few more WWII veterans were
invited for dinner. The following year turned up yet
more veterans interested in getting together.
"Suddenly, I had 16 to 20 guys invited. I said
to myself, I'm not going to take all these guys out
to dinner, so I started the backyard cookout for the
veterans. It's now grown to about 40 to 50 people.
We hold it every August," Ed said.
Ed to join the U.S. Air Force after graduating
from high school in Cumberland, R.I., in 1947.
"There was no war going on, but I figured I'd
enlist and take advantage of the GI benefits after I
Trained as a heavy equipment operator, Ed was
assigned to Limestone Air Base, a top-secret installa-
tion in Maine, just 3 miles from the Canadian border.
Limestone would eventually become Loring Air
"We had the B-36 bomber, the newest bomber in
the world, and nobody was allowed on the base. We
had to do all the work," recalled Ed.
The base commander was Gen. Curtis LeMay,
Holmes Beach winter resident and Korean War
era veteran Ed Narwocki holds a copy of a Rhode
Island newspaper that featured a story about his
backyard cookout for World War II veterans.
the man who ordered the world's first atomic mission
in August 1945 to bomb Hiroshima, Japan.
"What people never knew was that LeMay kept
a B-36 in the air at all times, loaded with a nuclear
bomb in case the Russians attacked. That was during
the Berlin crisis and the Cold War."
Ed and his fellow airmen began to pick up rumors
about trouble in Korea, rumors that proved true in
mid-1950 when the North Koreans attacked South
Korea. A lot of his pals were sent to the war, but Ed
never got orders to the conflict.
At Limestone, however, the top military brass
began to take a keen interest in the base.
"We had a lot of A-bombs at Limestone, but you
couldn't see them. They were kept in bunkers, well
away from people. But we did a lot of training mis-
sions from the base."
Eventually promoted to staff sergeant, Ed was
offered a two-year tour of duty at the U.S. Embassy
in Turkey if he would enlist for another six years.
"But I never heard it was definite, so I got out. I
met a lot of nice guys in the service and I still have
friends from Limestone and we keep in touch."
After his discharge, Ed returned to Cumberland
Ed Narwocki keeps a photo of the original "Band
of Brothers" among his memorabillia.
and joined the police force. He stayed with the depart-
ment for 36 years, working as the chief of police for
his last 10 years.
After retiring, Ed earned a degree in criminal
justice and taught criminology at Bristol Community
College in Fall River, Mass.
His introduction to Florida came in 1975 when he
traveled to St. Augustine to bring back a prisoner.
"I found that Florida was beautiful and there was
so much history. Also, I enjoy fishing. I decided to
come back and look on the Gulf coast."
When Ed first came to Anna Maria Island in
1982, he first went fishing at the causeway.
"I even caught a trout," he recalled.
He fell in love with the Island and its people.
"You seem to be welcomed on the Island. Nobody
bothers you. People made me feel welcome," he said.
ED always had an interest in military history,
particularly WWII. That interest helped spawn the
annual cookout. The group is known in Rhode Island
as the "Backyard Heroes" and has been featured in
local newspapers and media.
Ed has taken his interest in WWII to new levels.
He's written several stories about the war and local
WWII veterans and has a veteran's history project on
file with the Library of Congress.
L\ lyone has a story. The cookout is the least I
can do. Through my research, I found two guys who
were POWs at Stalag 17 living just eight miles from
"I think these men never have enough recognition
and a lot of them never talked about the war when
they came back.
"We need to thank these guys that we don't have a
German or Japanese soldier knocking on our door."
Ed Narwocki. A proud Forgotten Generation vet-
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Betty M. Britt
Betty M. Britt, 85, of Markle, Ind., died July 7.
Born in Allen County, Ind., Mrs. Markle enjoyed
creating seashell crafts and was known for her sand-
dollar clocks that were sold at
many area festivals. She and her
husband wintered on Anna Maria
Island since 1977.
Services were July 11, and
interment was in Huntington
County. Memorial contributions
S may be made to the Markle Fish
Betty Britt & Game Club Park in care of
Myers Funeral Home, P.O. Box
403, Markle IN 46770.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years,
James O.; daughters Brenda K., Beverly Wilson and
husband Greg, Becky Hughes and husband; son Jack
and wife Judy of Fort Wayne, Ind.; 10 grandchildren;
and 13 great-grandchildren.
Charles H. Kehm
Charles H. Kehm died July 4.
Mr. Kehm was administrator of public works in
the city of Anna Maria from 1975-92. He was born
in Hamilton, Ohio. He was a graduate of Miami Uni-
versity in Oxford, Ohio. He spent most of his adult
years in St. Petersburg and the Bradenton area. He
was a World War II veteran.
Services will be at a later date.
He is survived by wife of 35 years Betty Alexan-
der Kehm; two sons; two daughters; and a devoted
Tannya 'Babe' Bull-Hopkins-King
Tannya "Babe" Bull-Hopkins-King died July 3.
Mrs. King lived on Anna Maria Island and in
Sarasota County for 50 years. She was a licensed
practical nurse. She loved horseback riding, and
taught English riding. She was an avid dancer who
enjoyed lessons and dancing the ballroom circuit. She
and her husband both loved music, and in the 1980s
opened a dance club in Venice.
No services are planned.
She is survived by husband Nobby King, Braden-
ton; daughter Kim Hopkins-Christeson of Sarasota;
father Arthur Bull of Bradenton; sisters Debbie Bull-
Santarlas and husband Ron of Bradenton, and Micki
Bull-Poston and husband Wayne of Bradenton, Tina
Click and husband Shawn of Indiana; best friends
Shauna Cappozella and Vicki Steward, both of Bra-
denton; and three grandchildren in Sarasota.
Judd Lee Langenhahn
Judd Lee Langenhahn, 51, of St. Pete Beach, died
Mr. Langenhahn was born in Wausau, Wis., and
moved to Florida in 1980.
Memorial services were July 10 in St. Pete
He is survived by father Marcell (Tim); step-
mother, Shirley; brothers Kurt of Tulsa, Ok., and
Marc of St. Pete Beach; sisters Lori of St. Pete Beach,
Beth Paustian of Wausau, Cori Hamilton of Clearwa-
ter, and Kris Collins of Indianapolis, Ind.; brother-in
law, Martin; and nephew Matthew of Indianapolis.
Modeste 'Modie' McKenna
Modeste "Modie" McKenna, 89, of Holmes
Beach and Bradenton, died July 4.
Ms. McKenna moved to Manatee County from
Chicago Heights 14 years ago. She retired from a
35-year career with the federal government. Her pas-
sion in life was service to her Catholic community.
She was a life-long supporter of Christian charities.
She was an active parishioner and CCW member at
St. Bernard Catholic Church and St. Agnes Church
in Chicago Heights.
Memorial services were July 11 at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. Memorial contri-
butions may be made to the church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217. Griffith-Cline
Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by sisters Laura Spaulding of Bra-
denton and Burdette Doerr of Holmes Beach; cousin
Dolores Harrell; and 20 nieces and nephews.
Richard 'Dick' Oaks
Richard "Dick" Oaks died July 10 at home fol-
lowing a short illness. He was born in Oregon and
moved to Battle Creek, Mich.
He retired after 30 years from Clark Equipment.
He then moved to Holmes Beach and worked for 20
years at Home True Value Hardware.
Memorial donations may be made to Mana-
tee County Humane Society or any animal rescue.
Arrangements by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home.
He leaves behind his wife, Janice, of 59 years; a
nephew, Andy, who he loved like a son; Janice Leys,
who he loved like a daughter; Sarah Chully; two sisters,
Mary and Millie of Indiana; and brother John of Utah.
Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club president Sandy
Haas-Martens and Ken Phillips look over food dona-
tions that will soon be delivered to Roser Memorial
Community Church in Anna Maria, a contribution
this week provided by club-member Al Guy. Kiwanis
collects food weekly for the All Island Denominations
food bank that operates at Roser, distributing food to
people who need assistance. For more information
about donating to the food bank, call Roser at 941-
778-0414. Island Kiwanis meets Saturday mornings
at 8:30 a.m. at the Cafe on the Beach at the Manatee
Public Beach. Islander Photo: Ralph Bassett
'Wheel of Fortune' opportunity
The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
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have their property included on the "Wheel of Fortune"
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The prize package must have a retail value of
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must be offered.
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increase the value of the package by including dining,
attraction and activity vouchers.
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Island real estate transactions
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home built in 1948 on a 70x100 lot was sold 06/19/09, McNulty to Walters
for $437,000; list $469,000.
105 Beach Ave., Anna Maria, a vacant 50x100 lot zoned R2 was
sold 06/19/09, Bruder to West for $389,000.
611 N. Gulf Drive, Unit A-24, Imperial House, Bradenton Beach,
a 794 sfla 2bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1968 was sold
06/17/09, Schroeder to Horwitz for $175,000; list $199,000.
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Wednesday, July 15
2p.m. Digital photography presentation with James Corwin John-
son at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
5:30 p.m. Beaded bag charm and bookmark teen craft class at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Thursday, July 16
10 a.m. Sarasota Jungle Gardens presentation at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
10:15 a.m. Friends of the Island Branch Library book group at
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
1:30 p.m. Cultural Connections meeting at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
7 p.m. -American Music Film Series presents "Les Paul: Chas-
ing Sound" at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton.
Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Friday, July 17
9 a.m. Senior Adventures group field trip to Palma Sola Botanical
Park departing the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-962-8835.
6:30 p.m. Movie night featuring "The Lion King" at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
Sunset Reels at Rossi Park presents "Journey to the Center of
the Earth" in 3D at Third Avenue West between Ninth Avenue West and
U.S. 301. Information: 941-704-4366. 3D glasses included.
Saturday, July 18
8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Wagon tours through Robinson Pre-
serve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-4501. Fee
9 to 11 a.m. Hurricane preparedness workshop at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
10 a.m. to 2p.m. Snooty the Manatee's 61st Birthday Bash and
Wildlife Awareness Festival at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St.
W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
Tuesday, July 21
Noon -Anna Maria Island Rotary Club meets with guest speaker,
member Don Dolan, for a "Getting to Know You" discussion at the Beach-
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information:
Wednesday, July 22
2p.m. Portrait and lighting photography presentation with James
Corwin Johnson at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
5:30 p.m. Elmira Wildlife Sanctuary presentation at the Island
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-
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 a public
tour and nesting discussion at a turtle nest. Group meets southside of
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-
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
Friday, 9 a.m., Senior social hour at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-
July 23, Childlike Productions presents "Berry Merry's Pirate
Adventures" at the Island Branch Library.
July 23, American Music Film Series presents "Pete Seeger: The
Power of Song" at the South Florida Museum.
July 24, "Hotel for Dogs" film presentation at the Anna Maria Island
Instruction in the art of origami is offered during a mini-
convention at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, July 11. The event was sponsored by
AMIGAMI, an Island-based group of origami enthusiasts.
Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
July 24-26, "High School Musical 2" at the Manatee Players.
July 26, An Evening with Mark Twain at Manatee Players.
July 27, Improvisation class begins at Island Players.
July 29, Wagon tours through Robinson Preserve.
July 29, Nature photography presentation at the Island Library.
July 30, American Music Film Series presents Standing in the
Shadow of Motown at South Florida Museum.
July 30, Giving Tree Music drum circle at the Island Branch
Save the date:
*Aug. 8, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce 60th Anniversary
luau celebration at St. Bernard Catholic Church.
Sept. 28, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce golf outing at
Bradenton Country Club.
Oct. 2, Anna Maria Island Rotary Club "Taste of Tuscany" classical
Oct. 8, 61st season begins at Island Players.
Oct. 9, Anna Maria Island Community Center golf outing at IMG
Academies Golf and Country Club.
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No new reports.
July 8, 2200 block Avenue A, violation of no-
contact order. The complainant said she wanted her
boyfriend removed from the house, as she had a no-
contact order against him and he was knocking down
walls in her house. He said she bailed him out of
jail two weeks ago and was told by the landlord to
remodel the house. The boyfriend was arrested.
July 3, 3007 Gulf Drive, Anchor Inn, food/lodg-
ing. A customer refused to pay his $13.25 bill. He
was arrested for failure to pay.
July 4, 6900 block Holmes Boulevard, abuse,
drugs. The complainant said her live-in boyfriend
had kicked her. Jeffrey L. Hostetler, 49, was hand-
cuffed and arrested. A subsequent search uncovered
a marijuana pipe.
July 4, 4000 block Gulf Drive, Manatee Public
Beach, theft. The complainants said someone took
their cell phone and $250 from a bag while they were
at the beach.
July 6, 4000 block Gulf Drive, Manatee Public
Beach, theft. The complainant said someone took her
cell phone and $200 from her bag while she was at
July 7,3300 block Sixth Avenue, theft. The com-
plainant said an acquaintance took a computer printer
and television remote control from her home after an
altercation on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach. The
printer was valued at $150; remote control $20. The
investigation in continuing.
July 9, 400 block 62nd Street, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took his trash barrel, valued
at $60, from his house.
July 9, 3600 block Sixth Avenue, reckless driv-
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The conviction of Mark Koenigs is on
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In August 2008, a jury convicted Koenigs for
shooting Island businesswoman Sue Normand
and threatening to shoot two law enforcement
officers trying to arrest him on the Gulf shore.
He was convicted of one count of aggravated bat-
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In November 2008, Manatee County Circuit
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to 40 years in prison. Koenigs' current prison
release date is Dec. 21, 2046.
Soon after the sentencing, Koenigs' attorney
On Koenigs' behalf, public defender James
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filed an initial appeal brief asserting that the trial
court "abused its discretion in denying appellant's
motion for mistrial after the prosecutor flagrantly
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"In limine" means "at the threshold" and
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Before his trial, Koenigs' defense attorney
made an oral motion to prohibit Normand from
giving an opinion as to whether Koenigs intended
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The appeal brief stated that the judge granted
the motion, stating, "As to 'and did you finally
decide whether he did it intentionally,' that ques-
tion is not going to come in."
Normand did not testify about her opinion,
but Koenigs' defense maintains that the pros-
ecution tried to introduce the victim's opinion
through another witness.
During the trial, Terri Davis, who had been a
detective with the Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment when the shooting occurred, testified.
The prosecutor asked Davis about her inter-
view with Normand after the shooting: "At that
point when Ms. Normand finished speaking to
you, when she told you the story, had she told
you an\ thing. or did she gesture in any way, or
indicate anything to you, that indicated to you
that what she had described to, the incident she
described to you was accidental?"
Koenigs' defense attorney at the trial objected
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between the judge, the prosecutor and the defense
attorney over whether the prosecution was trying
to introduce to the jury Normand's opinion as
to whether the shooting was accidental or inten-
Koenigs' defense sought a mistrial, but the
judge declined, instead offering a "correction"
on the record.
In the appeal brief, Moorman and Dasrat
wrote, "Appellant's motion for mistrial should
have been granted because the prejudicial ques-
tion violated the in limine order and was posed
during the state's case-in-chief. At which time,
reversible error occurred."
The prosecutor, as of The Islander's press
time, had not responded to the brief.
cars. The defendant gave conflicting accounts of the
incident. Record checks revealed his license had been
suspended. His mother said she did not want to press
charges against her son for hitting her car. The defen-
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dows of the patrol car. He ended up getting pepper
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Corona questions legal handling of case
By Lisa Neff
The man accused of stealing missing Haley's
Motel owner Sabine Musil-Buehler's car is question-
ing the tactics of his defense.
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.
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, according to the MCSO, has said he
found Musil-Buehler's car, with the key in the igni-
tion, behind a bar on 14th Street in Bradenton.
In a recent letter filed in his case record, Corona
supports that claim as he questions why the public
defenders he has been assigned have failed to follow
Man accused of sex crime seeks
By Lisa Neff
A Holmes Beach man accused of sexual battery
involving a minor wants the court to allow him to
remove a monitoring device on his ankle.
The man, Richard S. LeGore, 66, of Holmes
Beach, also wants the court to allow him to leave
the state for work-related matters.
LeGore was arrested at his home in the 2800
block of Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, on June 20. A
probable cause affidavit filed in Manatee County Cir-
cuit Court states that LeGore molested a young girl
with whom he is related on June 18.
The charge, to which LeGore has pleaded not
guilty, is a capital felony.
LeGore, who posted bail on June 22, was
described in the police report as a self-employed
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"Defendant is a doctoral level, self-employed, marine
biologist. His business (LeGore Environmental Asso-
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Florida and out of the country."
The motion further stated that LeGore's "super-
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The attorney stated that if the judge allowed
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Writing to defense attorney John J. Pangallo,
Corona stated that he could not be found guilty of the
grand theft auto charge that he faces, but only a mis-
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He also is charged with resisting arrest and driving
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"I used the car to joy ride around the neighbor-
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Corona also wrote, "It is mentioned on the
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Musil-Buehler of Holmes Beach was reported
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Man pleads not guilty to
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A California man pleaded not guilty last
week to a charge of molestation.
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Scallop resurgence good sign of bay health
Our little blue-eyed scallop friends' numbers are
surging in the bays.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission Research Institute has issued a report
on scallop populations in Southwest Florida. It's a
good report, both for the little mollusks and for our
For us, scallops are the watery version of canaries
in a mine shaft.
Good water quality, good scallop population.
Bad air in a mine, dead canary.
FWRI scientists do "hard science" to come up
with scallop estimates. Well, it's actual counts, and
the definition of "hard" comes from eliciting folks to
snorkel in seagrass beds. Whatever. Snorkelers swim
along lines, called transects, and count scallops.
A recent survey ran from Pine Island Sound in
Lee County to our south to St. Andrews Bay off the
Florida Panhandle to the north.
Good news for us: "We found a record number
of scallops at the station nearest the area known as
the Kitchen in Sarasota Bay in July 2008," scientists
reported. That's the area in Anna Maria Sound just
south of some of the Cortez fish houses in the bay.
"The average number per transect increased dramati-
cally from the previous year as well as the distribu-
tion among stations.
"This site was most improved; transitioning from
a collapsed population to a healthy one with the total
number of scallops observed increasing from two to
Now, you gotta remember that scallop harvest-
ing isn't permitted in our part of the world. Don't go
trying to gather the little guys and girls for a meal.
But do enjoy the fact that they're back.
On the whole, statewide scallop populations were
both more abundant and widespread in 2008," FWRI
scientists said. "St. Andrew Bay and Pine Island
Sound were the only two sites classified as collapsed
and remain areas of concern. Historically, both of
these sites contained abundant scallop populations,
and it's our goal to re-establish these estuaries closer
to their historic levels."
Some local scallop history
Ben Green has written a wonderful history of
the village of Cortez titled "Finestkind." It's still in
print and available at the Florida Maritime Museum
in Cortez. If you don't have it, you need it.
"In general, the men of Cortez fished and women
worked at home, but there were times when the
women spent as much time on the water as the men
did. That was particularly true during the scalloping
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scalloping every day during the summer, for 30 years
in some cases, and brought home sizeable contribu-
tions to their family's income.
"Armed with an old No. 2 washtub and a
wooden scallop box a square plywood box
with a sheet of plate glass in the bottom so they
could see scallops on the floor the women would
pole [skiffs] out to The Kitchen in old skiffs or
little rowboats. They would wade through the
waist-deep water, pushing their scallop box in
front of them and di,, in_' their washtub behind
them. When they'd spot a scallop buried in the
sand, they' d reach down, grab it and flip it into the
washtub. Hours later, after filling several washtubs,
they would pole back to Cortez and sit hunched
over the bucket for hours more, prying open the
shells, scooping out the scallops, and cleaning and
packing them in quart jars. They'd sell the scal-
lops to fish markets or to restaurants for the going
And get this: "For many years, the price was 14
cents a quart."
Market price for a quart of scallops today is about
And most of them are from China.
There will be more about the following as the
event nears, but mark your calendar for the second
annual Sarasota Bay Great Scallop Search organized
by Sarasota Bay Watch and set for Saturday, Aug.
8, to launch from the Sarasota Outboard Club on
City Island in Sarasota. That's just across the south
bridge from Longboat Key, and a left turn toward
"Sarasota Bay Watch is seeking water enthu-
siasts and supporters of marine life to spend a few
hours searching for scallops at pre-determined loca-
tions," according to the group. "The event is free
and includes a Sarasota Bay Watch T-shirt and lunch.
Participants must bring snorkel gear and are asked
to provide their own boat and crew. Sarasota Bay
Watch will provide any other necessary equipment
The event starts with a captains' meeting at 8:30
a.m., and will conclude at noon.
To register call 941-953-5333, or go to www.
sarasotabaywatch.org, but be aware, like the scallop
population they seek, participants are to be limited.
Loggerheads recover, return to water
By Lisa Neff
A loggerhead sea turtle rescued near Anna Maria
Island and another loggerhead rescued near Siesta
Beach returned to the wild July 6.
Mote Marine Laboratory specialists and volun-
teers released the sea turtles before a crowd on Lido
Key. Both animals dug their flippers into the sand and
rushed toward Sarasota Bay.
"The release went really well," said Mote con-
sulting engineer Andy Stamper. "The turtles were
strong and they got to the water quickly. That's what
we like to see."
One of the turtles, an adult female nicknamed
Ahsoka, was rescued after being found stranded
March 29 near Siesta Beach.
A second turtle, Padme, a subadult female, was
found May 15 between Egmont Key and Anna Maria
Both turtles were malnourished and anemic when
they were rescued. According to Mote staff, the ani-
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heads back to health and released them last week.
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head are telling us a story," Stamper said. "They're
sentinels for their environment, and their health
problems could indicate problems in their environ-
The turtles were treated at Mote's turtle hospital
before their release last week.
The local waters are populated with loggerhead
turtles now, at the height of nesting season.
Padme is too young to nest, and Ahsoka was
probably too malnourished to nest this year.
"But next year, she should be back in the game,"
Before releasing Padme and Ahsoka, Mote scien-
tists outfitted the turtles with identification tags and
microchips so scientists can recognize the animals if
there are future encounters.
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THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 15, 2009 0 21
Weather slows fishing, but trout, reds, grouper still plentiful
By Paul Roat
Weather last week played a role in keeping fish-
ing close to home, but wind and rain abated later in
the week and allowed some good fishing.
Inshore action included trout, redfish and plenty
of catch-and-release snook.
In the Gulf of Mexico, there are lots of grouper
being caught, mostly small but plentiful.
Capt. Sam Kimball of Annie's Bait & Tackle
in Cortez said he's catching grouper and snapper in
the 17-22-inch range.
Capt. Mark Johnston, also out of Annie's, said
he's catching mangrove snapper to 17 inches in the bays
and lots of redfish near the mangroves on higher tides.
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said fishing was pretty
good. Backwater fishing for redfish has been good. He
suggests working near oyster beds on lower tides. The
fish are not in big schools, he said, but they're good size.
Catch-and-release snook are still good on the beach, and
big trout are being caught on the seagrass flats. Offshore
action is good for lots of grouper not big, but lots of
them, Danny said. Mangrove snapper are by the docks
and offshore, and seem thick by the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge, which is about the only place tarpon are being
caught these days.
Capt. Mark Howard on SumoTime Charters
said rain and wind made fishing tough last week.
"Look for the weather to stabilize and the fishing
to turn on," he said. He added that bait is plentiful
around Key Royale, and he's using it to catch big
mangrove snapper in the bays.
Ted Parky at the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria
said fishing has slowed. Anglers there are catching
black drum, some small catch-and-release snook,
some sporadic mackerel and small pompano. One
fisher caught a redfish which, unfortunately, was too
large to keep.
Rocky Corby at the Anna Maria City Pier
reports mackerel, flounder and some snapper show-
ing up there.
Capt. Logan Bystrom said the snook and trout
fishing in the bays have been great. "We have had
numerous catch-and-release snook in potholes and
grassy edges using shiners for bait. The trout have
been really hungry in the deeper seagrasses, resulting
in many catches and releases."
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee Jay II out
of Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez said weather
finally broke at the end of the week, promising
a return to typical summer fishing. "On Friday,
the Gonzalez family from Valrico and Anna Maria
enjoyed an almost rain-free half day trip with some
pretty good action with grouper, snapper, redfish,
mackerel and trout. Numerous red and gag grouper
were boated from a number of bay sites with hard
bottom, ledges or wrecks. A 26 1/2 inch redfish
was the largest fish of the day, the grouper were
Kevin Sorenson of St. Petersburg caught this 10-foot-long lemon shark while bay fishing last week off
Holmes Beach in Anna Maria Sound on 80-pound-test line with a 5-foot leader. It took about 30 minutes to
land and, after the picture was taken, was released.
all non-keepers, and the mangrove snapper were
pretty thick and of average size." Earlier in the
week he put his clients on some spotted sea trout
within the 15-24-inch range on open, deep seagrass
in North Sarasota Bay. The open flats also have been
giving up big ladyfish, bluefish, and Spanish mack-
erel. "The redfish have been scattered but should start
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S this big red
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. in Anna Maria
schooling up towards the end of July and into late
summer." Capt. Zach added that "the bays have been
invaded with a plethora of small bait including Span-
ish sardines, and they're great bait."
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and may be
submitted to Paul Roat by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Captain Mark Howard
Snook Trout Redfish
Tarpon Grouper Shark
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or less, 15 words or less. FREE. Deliver in
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KENMORE STOVE, WHITE, $99. 1920s
vanity, triple mirror, $99. 1950s electric lift
chair, modern Danish, $99. 941-580-4358.
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.
GOLF CLUBS with bag. Stainless cavity back
21-SPEED QUASAR women's bicycle, five
years old, $50. Canvas cover, $10. 941-778-
UPHOLSTERED CHAIR, RATTAN rolled
arms, cream fabric, $100. Sofa bed, light
peach, rattan arms, 72 inches. Excellent con-
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THREE-PIECE LIVING room set. Sofa, love-
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Teacup and luncheon plate. 941-778-1389.
ADULT TRICYCLE: $50 or near offer. Beauti-
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BEIGE WICKER COFFEE table, beveled-
glass top, $100. Three white chairs, plaid
seats, $60. 941-567-6392.
DRESSER: SIX-DRAWER, maple. $40. 941-
DRUM SET: LUDWIG. Six-piece, heavy duty.
$500. Joe, 941-224-3267.
5412 Marina Drive Island Shopping Center
Holmes Beach 941.778.2253
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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. Call 941-487-7487.
HUGE, DECORATIVE FRAMED mirrors: Sev-
eral 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.
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By Rick Catlin
Deb Barker of Niki's Island Treasures at 5351
Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, recently expanded her
business and now has the entire building to dis-
play antiques, jewelry and eclectic gifts for sale.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
This Island is a treasure
At a time when some shops on Anna Maria Island
have closed their doors, Deb Barker of Niki's Island
Treasures, 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, has
expanded her operation.
She recently took over two units at her complex
that had been rented to another business and brought
in more of her unique gifts and jewelry.
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"We have handmade jewelry, Island-style fur-
niture, personal gifts, antiques, interior and exterior
decorating items and much more," said Deb.
She also enjoys vintage antiques, or what she
calls "the kind of things you'd find in your grand-
mother's china cabinet. Very pretty stuff."
Deb has been an Island resident for the past nine
years and is extremely pleased with the support the
Island community has shown for her store.
"It's been wonderful. We've been doing well this
summer and that's why we could expand," she said.
Store hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven
days a week. For more information, call 941-779-
New LBK chamber chair
David Miller of Cannons Marina has been named
the new chairman of the Longboat Key-Lido Key-
St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce board
of directors, taking over from Marnie Matarese, who
recommended Miller for the position.
Miller's father was the chamber's board chair-
man in 1963.
Matarese will step into membership development and
retention. Lisa Walsh was named as chamber treasurer,
succeeding Cheryl Whitten, who was recently elected
president of the St. Armands Key Circle Association.
For more information on the chamber, call 941-
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce will celebrate its 60th anniversary from 5:30
p.m. to 10 p.m., Aug. 8, with a Hawaiian Luau at St.
Bernard Catholic Church in Holmes Beach.
(4 ^-The Original /
A Portrait by
the Sea done
by the Island's
is a lasting
315 58th St.
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
The event will include a Hawaiian dance perfor-
mance and music, arts and crafts and dancing. Food
vendors and an open cash bar will be on hand. Admis-
sion includes two drinks from the bar.
The event is open to the public and admission is
$5 per person in advance and $10 at the door.
To purchase a ticket, call 941-778-1541.
The Pirate Island Exchange at 9701 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria, recently closed its doors just eight
months after opening in November 2008.
The store had been in the business of buying, selling
or trading fine art, books, collectibles and antiques.
Wagner Realty, with headquarters at 3639 Cortez
Rd. W., Bradenton, has named Rae Ellen Hayo as its
top sales-listing agent on Anna Maria Island for June,
while Martha Altizer took home the top sales honor
for Wagner's Longboat Key office.
Wagner Realty has offices at 1801 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach, and at 5360 Gulf of Mexico Drive
on Longboat Key.
For more information, call 941-727-2800, or visit
the company Web site at www.wagnerrealty.com.
Got a new business? How about a new product or
service, an anniversary, new hire, or award-winning
staff member? Call Island Biz at 941-778-7978, fax
your news to 866-362-9821, or e-mail us at news@
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Gulffront studio suite condo. Ground-floor end
unit right on the beach. Summer vacation get-
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TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Global market,
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MANATEE SAFETY SIGNS, exclusively for
boaters available at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.
COMMUNITY MODERATED GROUP for free
exchange of items in Sarasota-Bradenton.
Have something you no longer use? Give it
away. Barter, community events, parent advice.
WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Pri-
vateers are collecting new or used, repairable
fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets,
etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The
Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive,
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Courtesy of the
Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission and Holmes Beach
Police Department. Free at The Islander news-
paper 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 Butter-
fly Park.Two lines, $50.Three lines, $60. Forms
at The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more
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.
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous
office supplies, t-shirts, treasures.
ESTATE SALE: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 18.
Home contents. 501 Spring Ave., Anna Maria.
SET OF KEYS on blue clip found by newspa-
per 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.
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Island since 1992.
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FOUND: BIFOCAL SUNGLASSES on July
5 near 28th Street, Bradenton Beach. Claim
at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough
for adoption. All food and medical provided.
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All appli-
cants screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.
1988 BMW CONVERTIBLE with dark blue top.
Cute Island car. Must see! 941-778-1470.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals
and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish,
Laser, Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian at
PART-TIME RECEPTIONIST position available
at local motel. Flexible hours. 941-778-2780.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library in
Bradenton Beach. Information, 941-779-1208.
ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School
sophomore 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 babysit-
ting. I have experience with kids of all ages.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Ken-
dall! First-aid certified, great with kids and ani-
mals! Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.
NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter
or dog walker? Experienced. Red Cross certi-
fied in CPR for all ages. Call the twins, Kayla
and Ariel Jennis, 941-778-1746.
TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and
Red Cross certified in babysitting. Loves chil-
dren. Call Katie, 941-778-1491 or 941-447-
TRISH AND KIM babysitting service, house
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CALL ZACK, 13, for odd jobs. Will do anything
you need done after school and Saturdays.
RED CROSS LIFEGUARD for parties at your
pool. $10/hour. Call Marie Durocher, 941-795-
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. Ads must be placed in person at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
R.N. AVAILABLE for in home care. Call 941-
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports.
Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer
service and private lessons. Special $40/hour.
Free advice. 941-545-7508.
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-0944.
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engi-
neer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem
solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe,
Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service, 941-778-
3455, or cell 941-720-4152.
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home
and business specialist. On-site service, virus/
spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diag-
nosis and repair, internet/wireless networking,
custom system design. 941-224-1069.
SUMMER HANDYMAN SPECIAL: College stu-
dent looking for any odd jobs. Zach's back on
Anna Maria Island. 941-224-5854.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
TOTAL DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs,
replacements, sales, parts, storm catcher hur-
ricane covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro
doors, ODL inserts. TDWSINC@msn.com.
HOUSESITTER AVAILABLE to stay in your
home, take care of pets, lawn, garden and
plants. Local references available. 941-448-
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura: Good refer-
ences, happy customers! 941-539-6891.
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-
HOUSESITTER AVAILABLE: RELIABLE,
honest, educated, trustworthy, Christian, Eng-
lish lady to stay in your home to take care of
pets, garden, plants, etc. Contact by e-mail:
COMPANION/DRIVER AVAILABLE to run
errands, shopping, take you to appointments,
etc. References. Diane, 941-896-6146.
COMPUTER GOT YOU down? Got a virus?
Need wireless, network setup? Web site? Need
help? Call JC, 941-487-7487.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.:
Oldest and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of
happy customers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch,
Storm-Check, windows, etc. Rentals our spe-
cialty. firstname.lastname@example.org. 941-792-1000.
DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs
covered! Logos, brochures, brand identity.
Web design: Flash, HTML and 3D. Call Jon at
Smashcat Studios, 941-778-2824 or 941-545-
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrig-
eration. Commercial and residential service,
repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee
County and the Island since 1987. For depend-
able, honest and personalized service, call Wil-
liam Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.
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NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing
massage in the comfort of your home. Call
today for an appointment, 941-795-0887.
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services when and what you need to ensure
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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 prod-
ucts, handbags, jewelry and sunglasses. 9908
Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an appointment.
Now offering in-home pedicure services. 941-
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 Beach.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential
and commercial. Full-service lawn mainte-
nance, landscaping, cleanup, hauling and
more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call
TREES BY BREEZE Inc. Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMYTREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year
Island resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Lawn mainte-
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Great maintenance rates. Fully insured and
references. Please call 941-778-2335 or 941-
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
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SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
NEW STING ON THE
offers a location for a full
have your home office in
the Florida room. Dock
with a slip for your boat,
2BR/1BA, end unit with
lots of open area. Boat
ramp, tennis courts.
Enjoy a carefree lifestyle
on the island.
245 FEET ON THE BAY! Exceptionally great views of
Anna Maria Sound, Palma Sola Bay & Sarasota Bay. Totally
renovated with culinary kitchen, 4BR/3BA heated pool, boat
davits & more. $2,300,000.
Norm an' ','F 941-778-6696
3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $48/yard. Call Shark
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. Cell, 941-448-3857.
LARRY'S BACK! SHELL delivered and spread.
$45/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top
soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-
7775, "shell phone" 941-720-0770.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial,
interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper.
Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases
of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured.
Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work,
handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light haul-
ing, pressure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
-y Gulf-Bay Realty
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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Custom-designed home with two guest
bedrooms and bath PLUS Master bed-
room on second level. Beautiful crafts-
manship evident throughout. Open-
designed kitchen adjacent to living room
and dining area. Spacious decks and
peeks of the water as beach is only 450
feet away. Room for a pool and the land-
scaping is complete! $1,100,000
"We ARE teI Island!"
Marie Franklin, Lic Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Island resident, very meticulous and reliable. I
take pride in my work. For a free estimate, call
Colin at 941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
PAINT: AVERAGE ROOM, $75. Customer sup-
plies paint. Exterior, one story. Pressure wash-
ing. Free estimates. New phone number! 941-
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and
more. Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a
free in-home consultation. Island references, 15
years experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
RENTALS available weekly, monthly, seasonal.
Wedebrock Real Estate Co., 941-778-6665 or
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
PERICO BAY CLUB: 3BR/2BA, clean, bright
end condo. $1,200/month, lease option avail-
able. Free cable, utilities. Call Jesse, 941-
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/3BA canal home on
Key Royale. Large caged pool, garage. New
kitchen and tile installed one year ago. $1,950/
4807 SECOND AVE.
Holmes Beach 4BR/3.5BA, new construction.
$695,000. Fisher Real Estate
316 64TH ST.
Holmes Beach 3BR/2BA, complete remodel.
$529,000. Fisher Real Estate
310 CLARK ST.
Holmes Beach 4BR/3.5BA, new construction
$647,500. Fisher Real Estate
35 Years ofProfessional Service
CORAL SHORES 5 minutes to beach, 3BR/2BA. Large lot,
trees, room for pool. $165,900
PALMA SOLA 3BR/2BA, pool, large lot short block to bay.
Well maintained. $199,000.
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,
$2,900/mo. Season l
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, vacations, weddings, reunions, seasonal.
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
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ANNUAL RENTAL: BRADENTON. 2BR/2BA
furnished. Washer, dryer, shed, nice yard,
close to beach. $800/month. Call Bob, 518-
ANNUAL RENTAL: DUPLEX, ground-level,
2BR/1 BA. $900/month. 941-778-7003.
BAYFRONT RENTALS: FULLY furnished
2BR/2BA, close to beach with great fishing
dock. Monthly rent starts at $750. Call for infor-
mation, 941-794-5980 or 941-779-4713.
ANNUAL 1 BR UNFURNISHED efficiency apart-
ment. Kitchen, bath. No pets. Holmes Beach.
CORTEZ ANNUAL: 1BR, washer, dryer, near
marina. $625/month. 941-545-9025.
1BR/1BA EFFICIENCY: STEPS from beach.
Unfurnished, all utilities included except phone.
Pets welcome. $800/month. Annual. 941-224-
5664 or 941-224-7326.
ANNUAL 1BR/1BA: Bimini Bay. 60-foot dock,
ground level, quiet, clean, beautiful. http://goff-
BRADENTON: MIRROR LAKE, next to IMG
Academy. 2BR/2BA, ground floor, pool, direct
lake view. $895/month. 941-726-0485.
HARBOR PINES: LARGE 2BR/2BA, ground
floor with screened porch. Washer and dryer
connections, water, cable, close to college,
Bayshore High School, shopping. $725/month,
Half off first month's rent. Call 941-650-3476.
ANNUAL: ANNA MARIA 1BR/1 BA. $750/month
plus utilities. 2BR/1BA, $950/month plus utili-
ties. Garage, pets welcome. 239-340-9156.
ANNUAL: CUTE, FURNISHED 1BR/1BA
duplex. Lakefront with dock. Walk to beach.
Double garage with washer/dryer. No smok-
ing, pets. Holmes Beach. $875/month. 941-
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
ANNUAL DUPLEX RENTALS: 1BR/1BA with
fireplace, Florida room, washer, dryer hookup,
$750/month. 1BR/1BA close to beach, $700/
month. 3BR/2BA, tile floors, washer, dryer
hookup, $850/month. No pets. Dolores M. Baker
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
MOBILE HOME: 1BR/1BA. One mile from Anna
Maria Island. You own the land. Not a co-op. No
monthly fees. Steps to water. Great condition.
Free boat ramp access. $79,000. 513-470-3851.
GORGEOUS 5BR/3BA TOWNHOUSE for sale
on Anna Maria Island. Fantastic location opposite
Publix and five minute walk to beach. Beautifully
decorated with superb rental history. Tennis courts
and two pools. Offers in excess of $310,000! Will
be sold to highest bidder. Telephone 01144 20
8508 0332, or e-mail: Sandypflorida@aol.com.
"DISTRESS" SALE: BANK foreclosures. Island
and mainland properties. Free list with pictures.
WANTED TO BUY on contract: 2BR/2BA on
FIRE SALE: SANDPIPER Resort Mobile Home
Park, 55-plus community. No real fire. Unit
200 with share, $80,900, and adjacent 202,
$15,900. Must go! Call 941-737-1121 or 941-
SPACIOUS 3BR/2BA HOME in Bradenton.
$99,500. Fast closing available. Real Estate
MODERN-STYLE VILLA: 2BR/2BA, high ceil-
ing, private courtyard, garage. $165,000 or best
offer. Pet friendly. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded
lots, both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park
under building. $450,000. Call owner: 941-
COASTAL GEORGIA BANK-ordered sale.
One-plus-acre ocean access, $29,900. 888-
982-8952, ext. 5192. www.oceanaccess299.
ALABAMA WATERFRONT blowout! Estate-
size lakefront now only $39,900. One day,
Saturday, July 25. Adjoining lakefront parcel
sold for $92,300 on April 12, others available
at similar savings. Sensible owner and bank
financing. Owner on-site to ensure all lakefronts
sell! Best prices ever, guaranteed! Call now,
866-952-5343, ext. 106.
LAKE LOT DEAL fell through! 2.6 acres,
$19,300. Free boat slips! Was $39,900.
Secluded wooded lot with deeded access to
private stocked bass lake in Tennessee. Quiet
road frontage, utilities, warranty deed. Excellent
financing. Must see. Call now, 888-792-5253,
LAKE BARGAIN! Three-plus acres, just
$49,900, was $89,900. Nicely wooded, private
lake access. Ready to build. Owner will finance.
Only one, save big. Call now, 866-352-2249.
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By Kevin Cassidy
Session 2 of the soccer camp put on at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center by Youth Sports
Training and leader Richie Bell July 6-10 was a rous-
ing success for the 20 or so participants.
The second session saw a larger number of older
players again using a variety of drills to develop the
basic skills needed to be a successful soccer player.
Popular games like world cup, power and finesse
and keep away were regular parts of the camp. But an
hour of each day was devoted to conditioning, speed
and agility training.
Monday through Thursday, this was accomplished
with speed ladders, cones and resistance chutes. With
the speed ladders, campers took different steps to go
through the ladder to help improve foot speed and
lateral quickness. Players also ran an agility course
to develop the same skills, while also improving their
overall fitness level.
Coaches also addressed the player's overall speed
with resistance training. Players donned parachutes
that added 35-40 pounds of resistance and did a series
of wind sprints and that really put the players
through a workout.
After all that hard work in the searing heat, play-
ers were happy to go through soccer drills.
Friday's final session saw the campers off to the
beach. While the younger players engaged in sand
soccer, the older camp participants used what mother
nature had to offer to work on speed and condition-
They started off with a mile run in the soft sand
before some wind sprints in waste-deep water. If that
wasn't enough, the players then played keep-away in
the water with a soccer ball, sort of like water polo
without the goals. After an hour or so, the players
appeared to be totally gassed.
But following some recharging and relaxing in
the waves, they also played a few sand soccer games.
The camp came to a close with coach Bell rewarding
campers with T-shirts and soccer balls.
More on soccer camp
For those participants in the Youth Sports Train-
ing soccer camp who didn't get their fill of soccer,
the British Soccer Camps strike up some competitive
fun and skill enhancement Aug. 3-7 at the AMICC
The program will include a two-hour mini camp
for ages 4-5, a half-day morning camp for ages 6-9,
and BSC for players ages 8-16 will take place from
Registration is under way until Aug. 1 online at
Key Royale golf news
The women of the Key Royale Club played a
nine-hole, individual-low-net golf game on July 7.
Flight A saw Joyce Brown and Penny Williams both
card 2-over-par 34 to finish in a tie for first place.
Lois Biel finished two shots back in second.
Flight B also saw a tie as Dorothy McKinna and
Joyce Reith both negotiated the par-32 course with
Only two teams emerged from pool play during
July 11 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City
Hall pits. The team of Hank Huyghe and Jeff Moore
jumped out to a commanding 13-1 lead, only to watch
as Steve Doyle and Sam Samuels staged a comeback.
Doyle and Samuels outscored Huyghe and Moore the
rest of the way to win bragging rights for the day with
a 23-14 final score.
The July 8 horseshoe games also saw only two
teams qualify for the playoffs. Steve Grossman and
Jay Disbrow defeated the team of John Johnson and
Nol Sanchez 21-13.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at Anna Maria City Hall. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selec-
tion. There is no charge to play and everyone is wel-
Keiran Grumley and Conal Casssidy, left, pull with all of their might as they work on improving their speed
with resistance training at the Youth Sports Training-sponsored soccer camp at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
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