VOLUME 17, NO. 38
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the news ...
remain in real estate.
Meetings: The gov-
Last week to enter
Top Notch photo
contest. Page 4
Holmes Beach sets
max village rate.
Anna Maria reviews
emerge from turtle
nest. Page 10
Anna Maria Pier
committee needs seed
money. Page 13
Where to go, and
when to go there.
Summer pits: Tossing
horseshoes at city
hall. Page 19
B P"al RoaI
New fishing regula-
tions ahead. Page 20
Trout, redfish, snook,
tarpon. All are out
there. Page 21
Public hearing set for pipeline project
By Lisa Neff
Federal officials will collect public com-
ments on a proposed deepwater port and
natural gas pipeline July 28 in Palmetto.
The hearing on the Port Dolphin Energy
LLC plan will take place from 5 p.m. to 7
p.m. at the Manatee Convention Center, 1
Haben Blvd., Palmetto. An informational
review of the project is scheduled to take
place from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Port Dolphin Energy LLC proposal
calls for a deepwater natural gas port about
28 miles off the coast of Anna Maria Island.
Ships carrying liquefied natural gas from
other areas will anchor next to buoys at the
For the record
Details of Port Dolphin Energy
LLC's plans for a deepwater port in
the Gulf of Mexico and a pipeline into
Tampa Bay are online at www.regula-
tions.gov. The docket number is USCG-
The public also can post comments
regarding the plan on the Web site.
deepwater port in the Gulf of Mexico, where
the LNG will be converted into gas and fed
into a pipeline running from the deepwater
port into Tampa Bay to Port Manatee. The
pipeline will continue several miles inland,
Mmm, hmm, that's a 'Top Notch' catch
Drinda Procter of Holmes Beach is this week's winner in the newspaper's six-week-long
Top Notch contest, winning front-page placement of the photo and an Islander newspaper
\ 1 ..re-than-a-mullet wrapper" T-shirt. The entry an image of a contemplative cat and
an unresponsive fish taken on Procter's deck in May will go into a pool of weekly
winners eligible for the grand prize of $100 from the newspaper and a bevy of gift certifi-
cates and other prizes from Islander advertisers.
Whale of a (whale shark) tale
By Paul Roat
Ted Dorenkamp and Steve Doyle went
out July 15 for a day on the water when
they had "the sight of a lifetime" a whale
They were in Dorenkamp's 22-foot open
fishing boat, anchored off a sunken barge 18
miles due west of Bean Point in the flat-calm
Gulf of Mexico when they saw a comotion
in the water about 100 yards away. Then
a big tail fin of a really really big creature
Whatever the creature was, Dorenkamp
said, it was evident it spotted them, too.
"All of a sudden it charged the boat. It
came right up to us," he said, "and we real-
ized it was a whale shark."
Whale sharks are filter feeders, straining
plankton and small fish through tiny teeth to
fill their cavernous gullet. They are also the
largest fish in the ocean, growing to lengths
of 50 feet.
Ted Dorenkamp snapped this picture of a
whale shark while fishing about 18 miles out
in the Gulf of Mexico.
Dorenkamp said the whale shark swam
around the boat a few times, close enough that
they could see remoras, pilot fish and even
some big cobia hanging out under the huge
fish, which they estimated at 25 feet.
"Then it went under the boat and lifted
PLEASE SEE WHALE, NEXT PAGE
where it will connect with other gas pipe-
Port Dolphin, a subsidiary of an Oslo,
Norway, company, proposed the pipeline in
an application to the federal government in
March 2007. The application has since been
under review by a series of federal agencies, in
cooperation with Florida departments, but the
principal reviewer is the U.S. Coast Guard.
On July 13, the Maritime Administration
and the Coast Guard released a final environ-
mental impact statement on the project and
announced a 45-day comment period.
The public hearing offers an opportu-
nity to comment, but interested parties can
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By Rick Catlin
At last, there may be funding for Anna
Maria's north-end beaches.
U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan (R.-Longboat
Key) last week announced that he had secured
support in the House for $200,000 in fund-
ing for beach renourishment on the critically
eroded north end of Anna Maria.
Along with it is a House commitment
for $7.3 million for other area environmental
The money was approved by the House
July 17 for the upcoming federal budget, but
will still need approval by the U.S. Senate and
The federal funds will augment local
tourist taxes collected by Manatee County to
help pay for beach renourishment, Buchanan
"This funding will allow the federal gov-
ernment to partner with Manatee County on
periodic beach renourishment on Anna Maria
Island," he said. "This federal support is vital
to the environmental and economic health of
this coastal community."
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford said,
"This is an answer to our prayers. This is
just wonderful news and the residents being
impacted are so grateful."
Although the next Islandwide beach
renourishment project is not scheduled to
begin until 2012-13, planning and design
has already begun, according to Manatee
County natural resources director Charlie
The House bill also includes fed-
eral funding Buchanan requested to help
dredge Wares Creek, beach renourishment
of Lido Beach in Sarasota County, naviga-
tion improvements to the Port Manatee and
restoration of Sarasota Bay.
JULY 22, 2009 ~e
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Pipeline public hearing July 28
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also review the EIS at www.regulations.gov, docket
number USGG-2007-28532, and post comments to
the Web site.
A printed copy of the EIS also can be found at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
The hefty EIS details Port Dolphin's proposal,
reviews the permitting and approval process, out-
lines the nation's n.u I .'Y needs and explores whether
the project impacts air quality, cultural and historic
resources, fish habitat, threatened or endangered spe-
cies, navigation and transportation and land use.
The EIS states:
Regarding water quality, a combination of
long- and short-term, minor, adverse impacts would
be expected in both marine and coastal waters.
The document said operations would increase
water temperature and turbidity near Port Manatee.
Additionally, the EIS said "spills of hazardous sub-
stances, such as hydrocarbons (e.g. petroleum, oils
and lubricants) might result in short-term, minor,
adverse impacts on water quality."
Regarding biological resources, "minor to mod-
erate, short-term, adverse impacts and minor, long-
term, adverse impacts" would occur.
Specifically, the EIS states that noise associated
with construction would have short-term, possibly
major, impacts on marine mammals and sea turtles.
The EIS also noted concerns about the project's
impact on plankton, as well as Spanish sardines and
Regarding cultural resources, the EIS states,
"The proposed port site and pipeline route avoids
known cultural resources."
"Subsea sediments are the primary geologi-
cal resource that would be affected by the project,"
according to the study.
Minor, long-term impacts on commercial fish-
ing, recreational fishing and boating would occur,
according to the EIS. However, the document also
states, related to marine areas and land use, "No
direct or indirect, long-term, adverse impacts would
be expected from pipeline operations offshore or
Regarding recreation and aesthetics, the EIS
cites short- and long-term minor, adverse impacts.
"Offshore construction of the port would be visible
to recreational boaters, residents and visitors," the
"Emissions from port operations ... would have
a long-term, direct, minor adverse impact on air qual-
ity during the life of the project," the report states.
"Minor to moderate, short-term, adverse impacts
on transportation resources would be expected from con-
struction of the proposed port and pipeline," the EIS states.
There might be 1,800 trips to and from shore during the
11-month construction period. During operations, there
might be two trips a day from shore to port.
Whale of a fish tale
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
up the bow," Dorenkamp said. "We had to hang on.
Then it went to the stern and bumped it a few times.
It must have been around us for 30 or 45 minutes."
The scary part was when the shark would dive to
the bottom, then rocket up to the surface, Moby Dick-
like without the whale shark-man-boat interaction
made popular in Herman Melville's novel, of course.
"It was the sight of a lifetime," Ted said. "It was
very, very, very, very cool."
Inveterate fisher that he is, Dorenkamp was able
to hook one of the cobia that was hanging out under
the whale shark's nose, but lost it.
"But I did catch a 50- to 75-pound kingfish that
day," he laughed. "We fed the neighborhood."
And gained a fish tale of a lifetime.
A Sarasota Jungle Gardens animal handler and a python entertain and educate during a presentation at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, July 16. The Friends of the
Island Library sponsored the program. Islander Photo: Courtesy AMICC
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Time now for Island real estate bargain hunting
By Rick Catlin
The good news for people interested in Island
properties is sales agents say there are bargains galore
But, agents add, the market has "turned a corner"
and the bargains won't last long.
"The time to buy is now," said Jesse Brisson of
Gulf Bay Realty in Holmes Beach. "We've turned a
corner on the Island. Prices are not going down and
there are a lot of great values out there right now."
Terry Hayes of Signature Sotheby's agreed.
"Anything under $500,000 is going quick. We're
back to the prices we saw in 2001 and 2002, and
an) ihingi that is in good shape near the Gulf is selling
quickly," she said.
Local sales agent Barry Gould says the number
of active Anna Maria Island listings on the Mana-
tee County Multiple Listing Service has declined by
more than 400 since 2007. It's a good sign that prop-
erties are selling, he said, and even better news, 48
sales are pending.
Gould noted there's a growing trend for proper-
ties to be sold, but not reported to MLS. He believes
sales figures for May and June of this year may actu-
ally be higher than reported.
The MLS reported 41 sales on the Island in May
and June, including 18 single-family residences
and 23 condominiums. The average sale price was
Whatever the actual sales figures are, Gould said
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there are still quite a few value properties for sale
that won't be around when the typical buying season
begins in a few months.
"Last year we had a number of low-end proper-
ties that sold quickly," Gould said.
Those were short-sales, foreclosures and bank
sales, and, including condominiums, properties that
"Those were fire-sale prices and many of them
are no longer on the market," he said.
"Prices are creeping up. A property that sold last
year for $425,000 or $450,000 could get $500,000
in today's market," he said.
The hot bargains are new construction properties
that are likely to become vacation rentals, said Jason
Sato of Sato Real Estate in Anna Maria.
"I've had a lot of walkins this summer that are
looking for a vacation home that they can rent out for
most of the year," Sato said.
Hayes agreed. "Builders are busy and that's a
And interested buyers are coming.
The high volume of summer vacationers on the
Island has generated quite a number of people walk-
ing into the office, Sato said. "Most of them are look-
ing for new construction that can become a vacation
"And I've had quite a number of people coming
from Canada as first-time visitors and they are very
anxious to buy on the Island," he added.
Sato said a lot of customers have said they're
Center hosts hurricane prep program
By Lisa Neff
"No tropical cyclones at this time," read the state-
ment from the National Weather Service July 18.
And the NWS maps for the local area showed
only the occasional summer thunderstorm.
With no threat on the horizon, it was perfect
weather for the Hardening the Home mini-expo
hosted by the Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
But also perfect weather for outdoor Island activi-
ties. With the Saturday morning sunshine and the lack
of early season tropical storms, 17 people attended
the workshop that featured local businesses offering
services to minimize damage in a severe storm.
The program also featured talks by Steve Simp-
son of the Manatee County Emergency Management
Department and Paul Morrison of the American Red
Cross of Manatee County.
Morrison, seeing a lot of empty chairs, said,
"People are becoming very complacent."
He stressed that a forecast might call for one
major storm or 24 major storms in a season, but it
only takes one storm to devastate a community.
As a representative with the Red Cross, Morrison
focused on evacuating. The local emergency shel-
ters, he emphasized, should be considered last resorts
and people should be prepared for spare conditions
"Shelters are meant to keep you alive," Morrison
said. "They are not meant to be the Hilton."
Evacuees to a shelter should bring food, medica-
tion but also blankets, a pillow and, unless they want
to sleep on the floor, a twin-size inflatable mattress.
"Contrary to popular belief, we do not supply
cots or blankets," Morrison said.
And the food supplied, he added, "is nourishment
to keep you alive."
The first month of the Atlantic storm season
passed without a named storm and with one tropi-
cal depression, which originated from a decaying
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tired of the fast-paced Orlando market and they look
to Anna Maria Island for a change of pace.
"I had one couple from Winnipeg that came here
for the first time recently from Orlando and abso-
lutely fell in love with the Island. They're looking
for rental property," he said.
While there are still bargains for a vacation rental
property or single-family home, quite a number of
condominiums are available for a great price, said
A few two-bedroom, two-bath condominiums
that are near the Gulf of Mexico are available for just
under $200,000, Gould said, and many closer to the
water are selling in the $200,000-$300,000 range.
Brisson and Sato agreed that condominiums are a
bargain, but noted that banks are reluctant to finance
condos in this economy.
Additionally, said Hayes, many condominium
associations have rules prohibiting vacation rentals
and the buyer looking for income is not attracted to
"Many buyers want to realize as much rental
income as possible," she said.
Hayes agreed that mid-range homes (around
$500,000) are selling well, but at the high-end of the
market property priced at $1 million or higher -
inventory is not moving as quickly.
"The high-end buyers are out there, but looking
for a deal," she said.
Does the upswing in real estate mean the reces-
sion is over and Island real estate could return to
the glory days of 2004-2006, when real estate values
"I'm not going to say that," said Hayes. "But I'm
optimistic about the future of Island real estate. The
Island is different from the mainland."
With all the optimism that the local real estate
market shows and with prices inching up, agents say
people considering a purchase shouldn't wait.
"The time to buy is now," is the collective mes-
Anna Maria City
July 23, 7 p.m., city commission regular
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
Aug. 6, 1 p.m., city pier team meeting.
Aug. 6, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Aug. 20, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
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-
Aug. 11, 7 p.m., city commission regular
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Aug. 20, 6 p.m., district commission meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
Aug. 17, 9:30 a.m., Manatee County Tourist
Development Council meeting, Palma Sola Botani-
cal Park, Bradenton.
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.
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at the ready
Pick up a copy of The Islander's Storm
Avengers hurricane guide at the newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or
local libraries, city halls and hardware stores.
The guide, which features a center-spread
map for tracking storms, also can be downloaded
In the event of a storm, detailed information
about forecast, intensity, track and landfall potential
can be found at NOAA's National Hurricane Center
Web site at www.nhc.noaa.gov.
Hurricane prep urged
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3
frontal boundary that had been stationary from
north of the Greater Antilles to the Bahamas for
nearly a week. An area of low pressure devel-
oped along the boundary on May 26, about 250
miles from Wilmington, N.C., and continued to
move northward producing scattered showers. The
system became a tropical depression May 28 about
150 miles from Cape Hatteras and, by May 30,
about 300 miles from Halifax, Nova Scotia, the
system had degenerated, according to the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Forecasters with NOAA are predicting a near-
normal Atlantic hurricane season, with a 70 percent
chance of having nine to 14 named storms, of which
four to seven storms could become major hurri-
Tropical systems acquire a name the first for
2009 will be Ana upon reaching tropical-storm
Grant approved for kayak launch
By Lisa Neff
The Sarasota Bay Estuary Project and the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will assist Bra-
denton Beach in establishing a kayak launch at
Herb Dolan Park.
SBEP announced earlier this month that
FWS money will fully fund the project, one of
two major elements in the city's master recre-
ational boating plan. The other element is the
creation of a formal mooring field south of the
Historic Bridge Street Pier.
The kayak launch will be established at Herb
Dolan Park on the city's northeast side.
A plan shows the kayak launch on the shore-
line at the east end of 25th Street near Avenue
A. A kayak rack will be erected nearby, and the
city plans to better delineate parking along 25th
Street, as well as plant vegetation along a nearby
strength with sustained winds of at least 39 mph.
Tropical storms become hurricanes when winds reach
74 mph, and become major hurricanes when winds
increase to 111 mph. An average season has 11 named
storms, including six hurricanes with two becoming
While Islanders heard from local officials urging
preparedness last week, officials at the federal and
state levels also repeated calls for readiness.
"Even a near- or below-normal season can pro-
duce landfalling hurricanes, and it only takes one
alley and Avenue A to prohibit parking.
At the launch site, the city plans to remove
existing riprap and instead shore up the area with
geoweb netting, soil and spartina grass to create
a softer, but stable shoreline.
The nutrient-absorbing plants along Avenue
A will be in a swale so that, in addition to pre-
venting people from parking, the swale will serve
as a stormwater filter.
Much of the grant money will be used to
remove an estimated 18,000 tons of rock and
concrete dumped at the edge of the shore over
The city already has applied for a permit
from the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection for work at the site.
"I like to say that we will have our project
by this time next year," said city project/program
director Lisa Marie Phillips.
landfalling storm to make it a bad season," said Gerry
Bell, a lead hurricane forecaster with NOAA's Cli-
mate Prediction Center.
Bell stressed the variables and factors that shape
the season and influence a forecast.
Bell also stressed that the seasonal forecast does
not project where or when any storms may hit -
landfall is dictated by weather patterns in place at
the time the storm approaches.
NOAA received an additional $13 million in its 2010
budget to improve intensity and tracking forecasts.
'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 final weekly deadline for the 2009 six-week
contest is noon Friday, July 24.
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)
Craig Fisher ofBradenton was a 2008 weekly Top
Notch winner with this photo taken at Beer Can
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 email@example.com. Mail print entries to The
IslanderTop Notch Photo Contest, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217.
DATE PHOTO WAS TAKEN:
LOCATION PHOTO WAS TAKEN:
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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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THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 22, 2009 0 5
Holmes Beach commission sets max millage rate
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach city commissioners plan to tackle
a proposed budget for fiscal year 2009-10 during a
meeting Aug. 11.
City treasurer Rick Ashley told commissioners
during a meeting July 14 that he is still working on
the spending plan for the next year.
"We don't have final numbers put together on the
budget, but we can do well within the rollback rate,"
Ashley said. The tax rollback rate is the tax rate that
will bring in the same amount of tax revenue from the
previous year. The number is arrived at by dividing the
tax revenue from the previous year by the adjusted tax-
able value of property and multiplying by 1,000.
During the meeting last week, commissioners
agreed to set the maximum millage to be levied for
the next budget year at 1.7549 mills, which also is the
rollback rate. The vote was 4-0, with Commissioner
John Monetti absent.
A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value
of property less any exemptions.
The 2008-09 operating millage levy was 1.5989
mills, the same rate as 2007-08. The millage rate was
1.8 mills in 2006-07, 1.9 mills in 2005-06, 2 mills in
2003-04 and 2004-05, and then 2.25 mills for each
fiscal year going back to 1997.
Ashley said that with the decrease in the assess-
ments, "the average taxpayer shouldn't have any
more of a tax bill from the city of Holmes Beach
than they've had in the past."
Commissioner David Zaccagnino, before voting
on the rate last week, asked for confirmation, "This
sets it at the maximum amount? It does not mean we
cannot lower it?"
Ashley replied, "This is the number that will be
used for the TRIM notices.... The millage rate could
be lowered during the process. We all hope that we
can do that."
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger added, "We' re doing
everything we can to cut costs."
The mayor said the building department post left
open with the death of Bill Saunders earlier this year
will not be filled under the new budget.
Additionally, the city has eliminated some contracted
services, including a cleaning service at city hall.
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ating expenses: $12,905,633.
New taxable value (new construction, etc):
2008-09 operating millage levy: 1.5989
2008-09 ad valorem proceeds for Holmes
2009-10 rolled back rate: 1.7549 mills.
2009-10 maximum millage rate: 1.7549
2009-10 taxes that could be levied at maxi-
mum rate: $2,389,049.38.
... to produce a lean, mean budget," Bohnenberger
Ashley summed up the city's effort to craft a budget
in times less prosperous than several years ago: "I feel
confident that we can get there. We may not get every-
thing we want ... but I' m sleeping at night."
Commissioners also set the first public hearing
on the budget 6 p.m. Sept. 9, with a regular com-
mission meeting to follow.
In other business last week, the commission:
Approved the final reading of an ordinance
adopting Manatee County's animal control regula-
Approved the reappointment of Michael Klotz
to the code enforcement board.
Approved the reappointment of John Molyneux
to the parks and beautification commission.
Authorized the mayor to reassign a lease for the
Tidemark dock area to Mainsail Development, which
is the majority investor in the purchase of the property,
which was placed into foreclosure earlier this year.
Voted to support the Palma Sola Scenic High-
way Corridor Management Entity's push to extend
the Palma Sola Scenic Highway to include East Bay
Drive and Gulf Drive from Manatee Avenue to the
Bradenton Beach Border.
The matter still needs a review by the state.
Discussed several issues to tackle in the coming
weeks, including changes to the land-development
code to ensure compliance with the recently amended
comp plan, adding a supplemental benefit to the police
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pension trust fund, amending appeal procedures under
flood-plain management and taking action regarding
delinquent trash collection accounts.
Praised Commissioner Pat Geyer, who will be
honored by the Florida League of Cities for 25 years
"We all thank you very much," the mayor told
Prior to the regular meeting, commissioners and
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger met with attorneys Patri-
cia Petruff and Greg Hootman, with a court reporter
taking the record, to discuss a lawsuit over a code
enforcement case. The case involves the city and
property owners Dianne and William Sorg. The com-
mission did not take action July 14.
AME student wins essay contest
Anna Maria Elementary School fourth-grader
Devon Straight, son of Scott Straight and grandson
of Ed and Gail Straight, received the 4-Way Essay
Contest Award from the Anna Maria Island Rotary
Club. Devon received a plaque, a $50 savings bond
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Good things to come
Environmental eyes will focus in the coming
months on a planned canoe/kayak launch in Braden-
The project is simplicity itself. Herb Dolan Bay-
front Park on Anna Maria Sound at 25th Street North
is an underused city park with basketball courts, a
few picnic tables, playground equipment, covered
shelters and a spectacular bay vista.
Plans were floated by city committees and park
neighbors to allow a true waterfront park to flourish,
including a non-motorized boat ramp on a shoreline
that will be improved to mimic natural growth.
It is to be one of the first "sustainable waterfront"
areas in the region.
Sustainable waterfronts are the new darlings
among coastal environmentalists. The concept is
simple restore a hardened shore to nature's good-
ness. No seawall. No rubble or rip-rap. Just a system
to hold native underwater plants in place that, in turn,
helps retain the shoreline.
Some coastal experts call the technique living
shorelines. Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia
are developing or looking at similar low-impact,
high-ecological return "developments." With a high
success rate, hopes are high that similar efforts locally
will bear environmental, sustainable fruit.
Part of the Bradenton Beach shoreline park
improvements include removal of tons of rubble and
construction debris, some of which was dumped there
by the city public works crews.
Hardening the shore via rubble was a standard
that eventually grew out of favor with environmental
regulators, although the practice continued in Braden-
Jim Neville learned the whims of government
the hard way some 50 years ago. He was a Sarasota
County commissioner and environmentalist back
when shorelines were being bulldozed and dredge-
and-fill was popular for new waterfront develop-
Neville once got a load of softball-size rocks and
had some fun with his teenage sons hurling the orbs
in the bay, hoping to create their own artificial reef.
The fun ended when he learned "filling the bay"
is prohibited. The Nevilles removed their rocks.
Way back then it was considered debris and
banned near the shore. Ditto today.
Thankfully, however late, Bradenton Beach is
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The Cafe on the Beach and the Manatee Public
Beach have become an institution on our Island.
I realize that the county commission should be
looking at ways to increase revenues.
However, I do believe that our showplace needs
to be given special consideration.
The cafe operators have made the attraction into
the clean, friendly, safe and wholesome place that it is
today, and deserve to be allowed to continue without
fear of replacement.
I'm sure that the county already has a built-in
automatic annual lease fee increase without the need
for a rebidding process.
With all the swimmers and sunbathers, a huge
parking lot full of cars does not always translate to
money for the concessions.
All I'm hoping is that the county treats these
people fairly. They deserve such.
Emil Peters, Holmes Beach
I want to express my deep appreciation to all of
those who worked hard and contributed their funds
and resources to make this year's three fireworks cel-
ebrations a great success.
The Mar Vista Restaurant hosted its first Independence
Day celebration on July 4. It would not have been possible
without the co-sponsorships provided by Moore's Stone
Crab Restaurant and the Longboat Observer, as well as vol-
unteer support from the Longboat Village Association.
The BeachHouse celebrated its 15th annual event
this year, on July 3, and the Sandbar celebrated its
25th annual show on July 4. Three shows in two days
marked a new high-water mark for the Chiles Group.
Our management and staff put a great deal of effort
into making these three events run smoothly and effi-
ciently. I appreciate all of their hard work.
Creative Pyrotechnics did an excellent job put-
ting on the fireworks show in the late Jim Taylor's
tradition. We also want to thank Harry, Steve and Lee
Blenker for supplying and operating the barge.
Finally I want to thank the cities of Anna Maria,
Bradenton Beach and Longboat Key, as well as the
respective police departments, Manatee County Sher-
iff's Office, fire departments, emergency medical ser-
vices personnel, the Coast Guard and marine patrols
for everything they did to make sure that all three
events were safe and orderly.
The staff and management of the Sandbar, Beach-
House and Mar Vista restaurants look forward to con-
tinuing to celebrate our country's independence in a
spectacular fashion for many years to come.
Ed C ,,l.. Anna Maria
In getting additional revenue for the free trolleys,
why not design some attractive donation boxes to
be placed on the trolleys and perhaps in and around
Anna Maria Island?
Just a thought.
Errol Phillips, Holmes Beach
Editor's note: The trolleys are outfitted with fare
boxes, and Manatee County officials are reviewing
a proposal to use these boxes for donations.
Remembering a gentle man
Some people leave this world the way they lived
in it quietly and gently.
That is how we will remember Dick Oaks, as
a quiet, gentle man who gave so much to so many
people on the Island, perhaps without even realizing
how much he contributed to their lives.
Dick, you will be missed. Janice, we keep you in
our thoughts and prayers.
Carol Wallace and Marsha Bloom, Bradenton
Beach and Boston
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Pay it forward
Dick Oaks, who died July 12, was one of those
people who make our Anna Maria Island what it is.
His selfless concern for others is what made me fall
in love with Anna Maria Island.
When I moved here from the "Great North," the
friendliness of the natives was what attracted me.
While fixing a window on my old cottage, I found
myself at the hardware store in downtown Holmes
Beach with a piece of metal bent beyond recognition.
The man with the crooked smile walked up to me,
took my metal glob and scratched the top of his head.
"We don't carry anything like this," he said, "but, let
me see what I can do."
Ten minutes later, I walked out with my $1.46
purchase that Mr. Oaks had spent the time to make
So was the beginning of our friendship. Telling this
story last week, I heard several more just like it from
people all over the Island. Dick was one of those rare
people who simply liked to make people happy.
At Christmastime there is not a soul on Anna
Maria Island who does not know of the beautiful
miniature village at the home of Janice and Dick. It
must have taken many weeks to put up and pack away
each year, all for the enjoyment of people passing by.
They would invite strangers into their house to see the
beautiful decorations, and surely every one of them
left a friend.
He was the kind of person we all strive to be. He
will be missed terribly.
I hope that when seeing Jan out and about, that
we all remember the love they have given us, and
give a little of it back.
Kathy Smart, Holmes Beach
Questions for commissioners
With regard to the story about the Anna Maria
City Commission's debate over expansion of
duplexes, I have some questions for two city com-
missioners quoted therein:
"Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick said that with
only 65 duplexes it's 'not a big deal' for the city to
allow some expansion."
Commissioner Mattick, in our 1 square mile city,
how many duplexes does it take for it to be "a big
a deal?" What about someone who lives next door
to a duplex? What will you say to the residents who
elected you that will be grossly impacted by your
"Commissioner Christine Tollette pointed out
that when commissioners at their March 26 meeting
combined the Residential-2 zone with the Residen-
tial- 1 zone, this made duplexes a permitted use and
Commissioner Toilette, you helped produce and
voted for the comprehensive plan that eliminated R-2,
therefore prohibiting duplexes. Why are you now push-
ing for expansion of duplexes? What will you say to the
residents who elected you that will be grossly impacted
by your change of contradictory position?
Residents who care about our city's future need
to contact Tollette and Mattick. Remind them of their
campaign promises to preserve our way of life not
make our city bigger, more ugly and more crowded.
Ask them to leave the law regarding non-conforming
structures as is, which does not permit expansion of
Because it is a very big deal.
Former City Commissioner Duke Miller, Anna
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Anna Maria faces bare-bones budget
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford gave city com-
missioners bad news at their July 16 work session for
the 2009-10 budget.
"The ad valorem numbers are down for the third
straight year and, this year, the decrease is $117,000,"
More bad news. The amount of revenue the city
receives from the state is projected to be down 10 per-
cent, Barford said, and property values have declined
by another 10 percent.
But it's not all doom and gloom.
Barford, city treasurer Diane Percycoe and city
staff presented a $3.1 million draft budget to the com-
mission that includes $1.04 million for Phase 2 of the
stormwater drainage plan.
Without the stormwater drainage expense, the
city's operating budget is $2.04 million.
The master stormwater drainage plan is funded
by a matching Southwest Florida Water Management
District grant and the city has a line of credit to fund
the project, while Swiftmud will reimburse Anna
Maria its share after the project is complete.
For revenues to meet the proposed $3.1 million
budget, the millage rate will have to be 1.9450 mills,
which is the rollback rate, Percycoe said.
The rollback rate is the millage rate the city
would have to implement to match the expenditures
in the 2008-09 budget. The current millage rate is
The proposed millage rate increase would be
.1568, or 15 cents for every $1,000 of assessed evalu-
For a home assessed at $500,000, the increase in
taxes would be $75. At the 1.9450 rate, the total prop-
erty tax levied against a home with an assessed value
of $500,000 and homestead exemption of $25,000
would be $972.50.
But remember, Percycoe said, the majority of
property taxes go to the county, which for the third
straight year has cut the amount of revenue it sends
to municipalities, she said. The city gets less than 10
percent of the ad valorem revenues.
"The county is taking a bigger slice of the pie?"
questioned Commissioner Dale Woodland.
"Yes," Percycoe replied.
Apparently, this was not good news to commis-
sioners, and Woodland suggested that the staff and
commission "make every effort to get back to the
1.7882 millage rate."
He said he didn't want to "rob Peter to pay Paul,"
and emphasized the city needs to cut expenses.
That's not going to be easy, said Percy-
coe. "There's just not a lot of wiggle room in the
She noted that the city has lost $300,000 in ad
valorem revenues the past three years. There also are
no salary raises for staff in the proposed budget.
Commissioner Chuck Webb said the city is paying
the price now for the early 2000s, when "governments
got fat" on all the increases in assessed evaluation.
"Now, we are down to a bare-bones budget."
Percycoe said, "It's not expenses that have gone
up, it's revenues that have gone down."
But the good years were not wasted, said Bar-
Since 2001, the city has implemented a master
stormwater-drainage plan, a five-year capital improve-
ments plan, hired a city engineer and increased ben-
efits to staff.
Additionally, a revised comprehensive plan has
been adopted, many land-development regulations
have been revised, the flood insurance premium paid
by homeowners has declined and the city is negotiat-
ing a new lease for the city pier.
Every staff member pitched in to provide a
budget that meets the "health, safety and welfare"
requirements of Anna Maria residents, she said.
"We have a superb staff that gives 100 percent
with no expectation of a raise in salary this year," she
And some expenses have been cut for the coming
fiscal year, Percycoe said.
The city's contract with the Manatee County
Sheriff's Office for law enforcement services for
2009-10 is $659,800, up just $4,100 from last year's
contract. At the same time, expenditures for building
department services have been cut from $146,600 to
$130,000 under the proposed budget.
All well and good, Webb said, but he wants to
know such things as how much outside consultants
have cost the city, and how much fuel costs, health
insurance and office supplies have increased in recent
"I understand income is down for everybody. We
need this information for our constituents" if it comes
to a point where the commission has to consider rais-
ing the millage rate.
The next budget work session was scheduled for
5:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 6, with another slated for
5:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 20.
The budget public hearings will be held in Sep-
tember on to-be-determined dates, Commission
Chairman John Quam said.
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Holmes Beach supports 'downtown' lifestyle
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach officials are working on the final
details of a plan for mixed residential and commercial
uses in the city's central business district.
The concept is not a new one developing
residential spaces over commercial spaces but
city staff, commissioners and planning commission
members have been working on the mixed-use plan
The city's comprehensive plan, amended and
recently approved by the state, provides for a mixed-
use overlay district that allows for a blend of com-
mercial and residential uses, with commercial opera-
tions on the first floor of a building and residential on
the second and third floors.
The next stage is to amend the city's land-devel-
opment code to deal with some specifics for mixed-
use development, according to city planning consul-
tant Bill Brisson.
Brisson offered some recommendations to the
city commission during a July 14 work session and
will review the recommendations with the planning
commission July 29.
Brisson suggested a paragraph in the LDC to
define the purpose and intent of the mixed-use
district that would read, "The MXD District is
intended to promote redevelopment and enhance
the opportunity for a more vibrant community
center by providing a vehicle for development of
a variety of residential uses and non-residential
The planner suggested some details:
The maximum allowable density in the district
would be 10 dwelling units per acre.
The gross square footage of the residential uses
on a property cannot exceed two-thirds of the gross
floor area of the entire development.
Development within the district is limited to
lots or parcels of 5,000 square feet or more.
Buildings with residential units on the second
or third floors must provide pedestrian access to the
Buildings with residential units must provide at
least one parking space per d\ calling. and the space
must be marked.
The procedure for a mixed-use development
would be an advisory meeting between the developer
and the city building official, the submission of a
preliminary site-plan application, a review by the city
commission, a submission of a final site plan and a
final review by the city commission.
Commissioners' excitement at nearing comple-
tion on the mixed-use planning provided for a light-
hearted exchange during last week's meeting.
Commission Chair Sandy Haas-Martens noted
that "live-aboves" remain a vibrant part of the down-
town in the Midwestern city where she grew up.
Brisson then remarked that he is eager to leave
the "gated community" he lives in for a downtown-
Why not move to Holmes Beach? Commissioner
David Zaccagnino asked, half joking.
Brisson replied, Are you offering full-time
With the planning commission set to review the
proposed LDC changes at the end of the month, Haas-
Martens asked whether the LDC might be amended
"I can see you getting it done before then, easily,"
Addressing another development issue, commis-
sioners approved a request from a company assum-
ing ownership of the Tidemark property on Marina
Mainsail Development Group LLC of Tampa had
asked commissioners to consent to the assignment of
a ground lease to Mainsail.
Mainsail is the majority investor in a group that
includes 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 city and Reliance Tidemark LLC, owner of
the property that went into foreclosure earlier this
year, entered into a lease for the city-owned portion
of the Tidemark dock area in August 2005.
BIEO hears fertilizer ordinance, cell tower presentations
By Rick Catlin
Members of the Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials got an earful of presentations at
their July 15 meeting in Anna Maria.
Sierra Club official Chris Costello said the club
plans to have all Gulfcoast governments restrict the
use of certain types of fertilizer.
Costello presented a draft fertilizer ordinance
approved for local government use by the Tampa
Bay Estuary Program.
The ordinance would prohibit the use of nitro-
gen or phosphorous in fertilizers between June 1 and
Sept. 30, Florida's rainy season.
Costello said that the excessive use of these fer-
tilizers has caused an increase in harmful algae in
Florida coastal waters, damaging the water quality
St. Petersburg is the largest municipality on Flor-
ida's west coast to pass a fertilizer ordinance. It will
be effective in 2010, Costello said, to give people and
businesses time to adapt to the changes.
Similar fertilizer ordinances are in place in Lee
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was extremely difficult."
DAS wireless communications
Representatives of SBA Advanced Wireless LLC
made a presentation on how their system operates.
Attorney Stacy Frank, an Anna Maria resident
representing SBA, said she's been involved in the
legal aspects of the wireless communications industry
since the early 1990s and that the Distributed Antenna
System can eliminate ugly cell phone towers that pro-
liferate in many areas of the country.
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demand" on Anna Maria Island. He said the DAS
would eliminate unsightly wireless communications
devices cell towers such as in Holmes Beach.
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the same time, he said.
Fagas said an SBA study has concluded that the
entire Island and Longboat Key can be set up for
service with just 29 DAS antennas only four to
service Anna Maria.
Representatives have already entered into talks
with Bradenton Beach officials.
"It's changing technology. It's the way of the
future," said Frank. "If one company goes on the
system, they will all go on," she predicted.
"Right now, we're just testing the waters to see
if there is interest among the Island cities," Frank
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By Lisa Neff
The first hatchlings to emerge from a sea turtle
nest in the 2009 season got a miscue and headed
south instead of west to the Gulf of Mexico.
But Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch volunteers,
who were monitoring the nest near the Martinique in
Holmes Beach, were on the scene July 13 and rescued
The turtles emerged from the nest, which was
made May 8, and crawled south, down the beach
away from the Martinique, according to AMITW
volunteer Emily Gross, who lives nearby and was
watching the nest.
She said the hatchlings emerged at about 9:45
"They call it a boil," Gross said. "And that's what
it looked like."
On the sand, the hatchlings seemed to be scatter-
"They started to crawl in all directions," Gross
said. "And then they headed south."
"There was one light on," AMITW executive
director Suzi Fox said, adding that the nest monitors
were preparing a report to be submitted to the Holmes
Beach code enforcement department.
The turtles, which naturally navigate toward
moonlight and starlight reflected on the water,
become disoriented by artificial light. Adult turtles
can abort a nesting attempt if they become dis-
oriented; hatchling turtles can be drawn to their
deaths, mostly from dehydration.
nest on the
ique July 15.
To protect the endangered turtles, the Island cities
enforce ordinances that prohibit the illumination of
beaches from dusk to dawn during nesting season.
Fox said the disoriented hatchlings were col-
lected and released into the Gulf at Coquina Beach,
where the hatchlings could crawl safely to the water
AMITW volunteer Bud Edgren waited a day to
examine the nest.
He then dug into the sand, circled by onlookers
and AMITW volunteers, and found one dead hatch-
ling, 25 unhatched eggs and the 85 hatched shells.
"That's a pretty good hatch rate," Fox said. "This
kind of sets where we are it's a high rate now.
Most years the rate runs around 70 percent."
A second nest hatched on the Island's north end
on July 14 and tracks showed the hatchlings crawled
toward the Gulf.
One hatchling, however, was found on the beach
that Fox speculated might have been dropped by a
bird. She said the hatchling was hydrated, but died
Nesting by the numbers
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported
142 loggerhead sea turtle nests on the beach as
of July 17.
AMITW also reported 103 false crawls and
three hatched nests.
Nesting season continues through Oct.
Sea turtle rescued after swallowing balloon
An endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle was
brought to Mote Marine Laboratory's Sea Turtle Hos-
pital last week after it swallowed an errant balloon.
The 3.3-pound young turtle washed up on a sand-
bar near the south end of Lido Key in Sarasota County
July 14. The turtle had what appeared to be fishing
line hanging from its mouth. Concerned swimmers
called Mote biologists, who brought the turtle to the
hospital on Sarasota City Island.
Before removing the pink line, which had scraped
skin from the turtle's face, Mote staff used radio-
graphs to verify that the turtle had not swallowed a
fishing hook. Instead, they found remnants of a black
"Balloons can look like jellyfish or squid -
things sea turtles like to eat," said Mote biologist
Kristen Mazzarella. "It's extremely common to
find sea turtles that have swallowed balloons, fish-
ing hooks, monofilament lines and other dangerous
Swallowing trash can injure or kill sea turtles,
all of which are considered endangered or threatened
under federal law.
Kemp's ridleys, among the smallest and the rarest
A Kemp's ridley sea turtle being treated at Mote
Marine Laboratory after swallowing a balloon.
Islander Photo: Courtesy Mote Marine
of the world's seven sea turtle species, have visited
Sarasota County beaches only a handful of times to
nest, but Mote's Sea turtle hospital has rehabilitated
dozens because of illness, disorientation and other
The turtle, named Anakin by Mote staff, is receiv-
ing fluids, antibiotics and food.
THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 22, 2009 0 11
Turtle watch top-honors
Emily and Pete Gross, second-year veterans with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, hold the Sadie Award,
the organization's top honor, given each year to those who perform "above and beyond" for the group and
sea turtle conservation. The couple received the award during AMITW's mid-season celebration July 18 at
the Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Palma Sola beach warning continues
By Lisa Neff
The Manatee County Health Department is con-
tinuing to warn people about poor water quality at
the Palma Sola Causeway south beach.
The department issued an advisory July 2, after
an estimated 300 gallons of untreated sewage escaped
into the water from a ruptured sewer line.
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 taken July 13, but health
department officials said additional samples were
AME hosts summer art camp
School is out for the summer, but Anna Maria
Elementary School will open for the AME-PTO
Summer Art Camp.
Gary Wooten and Kelly Thiel are the instructors
for the program, which will take place July 27-31 and
Aug. 3-7 in the Holmes Beach school's art room
Sessions will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and are
open to children in grades kindergarten through fifth-
Camp cost per student is $150 per week, and
does not include lunch, which students are asked to
The program will raise money for the PTO.
For more information, call Wooten at 941-779-
needed over the next several weeks before the advi-
sory can be lifted.
While the health department cannot close the
beach that authority rests with the city of Bra-
denton but health officials are cautioning people
about the health risks of swimming in the water.
The department has participated in a 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 healthy
beaches monitoring program, go to www.doh.state.fl.us or
call the health department at 941-748-0747.
Expect LBK traffic
delays this week
Florida Department of Transportation officials
warn that there may be "intermittent lane closures"
both northbound and southbound on the Longboat
Key Bridge July 21-23 on a maintenance project
on the bridge.
The tie-ups will entail night work and motor-
ists can expect lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5
a.m. all three days.
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By Lisa Neff
"Free parking" is easy to spot on a Monopoly
board always the corner square stamped with
"Free Parking" and a car.
At the height of the winter season, free parking
can be more difficult to find in Bradenton Beach,
where city commissioners agreed July 16 to spend
as much as $1,200 on 21 signs directing motorists to
remote parking spots.
Funding for the signs will come from the project/
program department's Waterfronts Florida budget.
The ScenicWAVES advisory committee recom-
mended locations for the signs, as well as suggested
that the signs include an international parking symbol
- a square blue sign with a big, white "P"
photographs on canvas by
pher/artist Richard Stew-
art will be featured in a
solo show, "Seaside Photo 1T
Expressionism," Aug. 1-28 . -" -
at Island Gallery West, A .,
5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. An artist's recep-
tion will take place from
5:30p.m. to 7:30p.m.
Aug. 1. For more informa-
tion, call the gallery at
941-778-6648 or visit the
Web site at www.islandgal-
ach to post new parking signs
Police Chief Sam Speciale and building official County Convention and Civic Center.
Steve Gilbert reviewed the recommendations, which Approved the reappointments of John Burns
went before the commission last Thursday. and Karen Cunningham to the board of adjustment.
Commissioner Bob Bartelt, a former member of Briefly discussed decorative street light-
the ScenicWAVES advisory group, introduced the ing on Bridge Street, which will be a topic for
issue to the board. an Aug. 20 commission meeting, and securing
"The ScenicWAVES parking subcommittee was a grant to shield street lights on Gulf Drive for
charged with investigating way-finding signage to sea turtle nesting season.
direct people to some remote parking that was avail-
able after hours," Bartelt stated. Remote locations
include the police department and public works lots,
as well as the city hall/Tingley Memorial Library lot
when there is no city business under way.
In other business, the commission:
Approved a proclamation for Children's Summit
Day in Manatee County on Aug. 8 at the Manatee
More gold from
Atocha on market
Another gold bar and doubloons from a historic
treasure ship may be on the local market.
Marge Porter is interested in selling a 2-pound
gold bar and two coins salvaged by fabled treasure
hunter Mel Fischer from the shipwreck of the Atocha
off Key West. The ship and the rest of the fleet sank
in a storm in 1622.
Fischer discovered the ship with a total estimated
value of $400 million in treasure, much of it in gold
"It took him 17 years to get it," colleague, friend
and confident Capt. Pat Timmons recalled. Timmons
is a longtime Islander who helped in the salvage.
"Mel ended up going to Seville, Spain, to research
the archives on the Atocha. He eventually realized he
was looking at the wrong spot, and then found the
ship in about 55 feet of water off Key West."
The ship produced $250 million in gold coins and
90 gold bars, each about 2 pounds. The items have
collectible and historical value, as evidenced at online
Timmons and his late brother Tim worked the
wreck with Fischer and gave their now 84-year-old
mother some of their booty. He's now hoping to help
her find a buyer for her treasure.
For more information, call 941-580-3923.
City of Holmes Beach
5801 Marina Drive Holmes Beach, FL 34217
HEREBY GIVEN that a GENERAL
will be held in the City of Holmes
7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3,
This election is being held for the purpose of elect-
ing three (3) City Commission members for two-
year terms of office each.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that petitions may be
filed to have the names of the candidates placed
on the ballot from noon on Aug. 24, 2009, to noon
on Aug. 28, 2009. Candidate qualifying informa-
tion may be obtained at City Hall, 5801 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, Florida. All candidates must
comply with the Florida Public Disclosure Law at
the time of filing.
ALL PRECINCTS within the City will vote at Gloria
Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes
VOTER registration books will close at 5 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 5, 2009.
CITY OF HOLMES BEACH
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Anna Maria Pier committee needs seed money
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's City Pier Centennial Committee
has a lot of good ideas to raise money to support the
events it has planned for the pier's centennial celebra-
tion in March 2011.
The committee has no funding, but City Commis-
sioner Jo Ann Mattick will ask the commission to put
$5,000 in its 2009-10 budget as "seed money"
And it may not be money spent and gone.
Committee chairperson Sissy Quinn said $5,000
is "a good start, and I think it could be returned to the
commission" if the fundraising events are successful.
Among the fundraising possibilities is an art proj-
ect proposed by Mattick that would take place weeks
before the celebration.
Local artists would create life-size fiberglass
sea turtles at various business locations in the Island
cities. The committee would fund the materials and
the finished sculptures, which would be auctioned.
According to Mattick, one Florida city raised
$750,000 through a similar project.
Mattick said the project will publicize the cen-
tennial and bring people to Island businesses to look
at the sculptures as they are being created and auc-
Quinn suggested that such a large undertaking
might require an entirely separate committee.
The committee also discussed a weeklong cel-
ebration rather than just three or four days as cur-
rently planned, but made no final decision. Commit-
tee member SueLynn, among others, was opposed to
a weeklong affair. At present, the celebration will be
held March 21-24, 2011.
Among the possible events are a period fashion
show, a fishing tournament, tall sailing ships, concerts
and a ceremony for the celebration.
The committee also is considering the sale of
signature T-shirts, coffee mugs, jewelry, posters and
postcards as fundraising opportunities.
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Committee member Richard Thomas counseled
that the committee should not get involved in more
ideas than it can handle.
"You can get too much going. Let's be careful,"
Quinn advised board members to use local com-
By Rick Catlin
City and state officials are awaiting an agree-
ment from Manatee County that should help initiate
a boardwalk at the Anna Maria city pier.
Florida Department of Transportation's officials
met last week with Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford
and City Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick for an over-
view of the city's plans for a pier boardwalk, as well
as other beautification efforts along Pine Avenue that
will be funded in 2010-11 by a federal grant.
The DOT is responsible for administering the
grant to the city.
Mattick, who also is chair of the transportation
enhancement grant committee that proposed the board-
walk and beautification plans, said the project has been
held up by a need to secure a local area planning agree-
ment. The Manatee County Commission must sign the
agreement before the project can proceed.
Mattick said she expects the county commission
to take up the LAP agreement at a meeting this month
The agreement would allow the committee to use
Manatee County staff to provide the design drawings
and engineering for the project.
The DOT originally said it would do the design and
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quotes for merchandise or services.
A representative from the Waterfront Restaurant
attended the meeting and provided suggestions to the
committee on prices and getting bids.
Quinn said she would like to see more Island
The committee's next meeting, which is open to
the public, is at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, at Anna
Maria City Hall.
engineering at minimal charge, but it would be obligated to
design the boardwalk and other amenities to federal standards
- meaning a much higher construction costthan if local offi-
cials with the required expertise performed the work
If the DOT prepares the boardwalk plans, it
would cost about $300,000, while Manatee County
staff can design it for about $100,000.
As the grant is only $358,000, the solution for
lower costs is the LAP agreement.
The grant can only be used for new projects within
the city's retail-office-residential district, not for existing
structures such as city pier improvements.
Rotary hosts Lion
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will host
Lions Club of St. Pete president Bud Waldmann
during the club's regular meeting at noon Tuesday,
July 28, at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Waldmann's scheduled talk is on the Lions Club's
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
July 10, 300 block Spring Avenue, theft. The
complainant said someone entered his unlocked
pickup truck and took a wallet and purse.
No new reports.
July 10, 300 block 58th Street, domestic violence.
The complaint went to the police station and said she was
scared to go home. She had bruises on her face, arms and
back that she said her boyfriend had caused. She said she
was able to hide in the bathroom, then ran to a neighbor's
house, and the neighbor took her to the police department.
She was taken to the hospital for medical treatment. Her
boyfriend was arrested at his home.
July 11, 100 block 73rd Street beach, domestic
battery. The complainant said she was attacked by her
half-sister while they were at the beach. She said she
had been punched in the head and had her swimsuit
top ripped off, sustaining bruises and scratches. The
assailant was arrested.
July 12,4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
burglary to vehicle. The complainant said someone
took a car lighter and camera monitor, valued at $20
and $120 respectively, from her locked car while she
was at the beach.
July 13, 6200 block Holmes Boulevard, bur-
glary to a vehicle. The complainant said someone
entered her unlocked pickup truck and took CDs,
change, sunglasses and an ashtray, with a total value
July 15, 700 Key Royale Drive, burglary. The
complainant, a housekeeper, said someone entered the
house through the garage door, which was broken. Shoe
prints were visible in the recently vacuumed carpet and
a man's watch, valued at $300, was missing. Damage
to replace the door was estimated at $500.
A Manatee County Circuit Court judge denied
an out-of-state travel request from a Holmes Beach
man accused of sexual battery involving a minor.
The judge also denied a request from Richard S.
LeGore, 66, of Holmes Beach, that he be allowed to
remove a monitoring device on his ankle.
LeGore, an environmental consultant, had asked
the court to allow him to leave the state for work-
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.
Holmes Beach Police arrested a 48-year-old
Sarasota woman for allegedly hosting a loud party
and contributing to the delinquency of minors.
Janieve Marie Brown was arrested shortly
after midnight July 14 at a rented home in the
200 block of North Harbor Drive.
according to an incident
report, could hear revel-
ers at the back of the house
when they responded to a
In the backyard, offi-
cers allegedly saw eight
Brown minors, several of them
playing a drinking game. A
police check of the property found 17 people
on the site, all but Brown apparently were 18
years old or under.
Brown allegedly told police she was host-
ing a party for her niece, but officers said they
determined she was holding a party for her
Brown faces misdemeanor charges of con-
tributing to the delinquency of a child and open
She was released from custody after post-
ing a $620 cash bond and is scheduled for
arraignment Aug. 18.
Mike Quinn, publisher ofwww.newsmana-
tee.com, contributed to this report.
Hot spots for
The surfing is free and easy on the Internet at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, where
computer users can connect laptops in their car, from
a bench on the sidewalk, or visit the newspaper office
to charge their battery at the same time.
Other free hot spots on the Island:
Melinda's Cafe & Catering, 5315 Gulf Drive,
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA, 9807 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria.
Matt & Dom's, 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Feeling Swell, 9903 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N.,
Back Alley Cafe, 121 Bridge St., Bradenton
The Islander is compiling a list of locations offer-
ing free wireless Internet service to computer users
on the Island. If you offer this convenience, please,
e-mail reporter Lisa Neff at firstname.lastname@example.org,
and include a name and telephone number with the
location of the hot spot and a password if needed.
Third Islander charged
with sexual battery
A Bradentton Beach resident was arrested last
week for allegedly engaging a 15-year-old girl in sex
That makes three cases of men arrested and
charged with sex crimes against minors within the
past month on Anna Maria Island, crimes that, in the
past, were relatively uncommon
to residents in the Island com-
Richard LeGore was
arrested June 18 at his home in
the 2800 block of Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, on June 20 for
allegedly molesting a young girl
Chiquet with whom he is related.
On June 25, Holmes Beach Police arrested Wil-
liam E. Lindsay, 41, of San Francisco, for allegedly
committing lewd or lascivious molestation on a
On July 14, Joseph Chiquet 34, of the 500 block
of Gulf Drive South, was arrested by Bradenton Beach
Police for sexual battery of a minor child.
According to the police report, the 15-year-old met
Chiquet in January at his former Bradenton skateboard
store, the Yard, and they began a sexual relationship.
The report states they also met at his apartment, where
they engaged in sex and he took nude pictures of her,
which he entered into his computer.
The girl and her mother came to police to describe
the incidents, including the interior of the apartment
and details of the girl's encounters with Chiquet. The
girl told police that Chiquet claimed to be 28 years
A search warrant was obtained and a search of
Chiquet's apartment revealed the alleged photos on
Chiquet has been charged with lewd and lascivi-
ous battery of a child under 18 and exhibiting a minor
in obscene pictures.
Property owner faces
A local property owner facing 19 foreclosure
lawsuits including several related to Anna Maria
Island property has filed for personal bank-
Paul A. Sharff Jr.'s Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition
was filed in early July in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Meanwhile, in Manatee County Circuit Court,
records showed Sharff was the defendant in at least
19 mortgage foreclosure cases, including cases
involving Shady Trees Beach Cottages and Summer
House in Holmes Beach and the Magnolia Inn and
Sandy Toes in Bradenton Beach.
The bankruptcy filing was expected to suspend
the foreclosure cases.
Sharff, who operated the now dissolved Edge
Sharff Properties LLC, did not respond to inquiries
from The Islander.
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S0 Athene P. Healey, 91, of Bradenton, died July
Wednesday, July 22 11.
2p.m. Photography presentation with James Corwin Johnson at Mrs. Healey was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. She
Mrs. Healey was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. She
the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-778-6341. worked as a financial supervisor with AT&T, retir-
5:30 p.m. Elmira Wildlife Sanctuary presentation at the Island ing after 40 years. She was a member of St. Bernard
Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778- Catholic Church, Holmes Beach, and was a member
6341. of the women's guild at the church.
Thursday, July3 A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30
10 a.m. Childlike Productions presents "Berry Merry's Pirate a.m. Wednesday, July 22, at St. Bernard, 248 S.
Adventures" at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Harbor Drive. A private family burial will take place
Beach. Information: 9410778-6341. at Manasota Memorial Park in Bradenton. Condo-
7p.m. American Music Film Series presents "Pete Seeger: The lences for the family may be made online at www.
Power of Song" at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton. shan
Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies. shannonfuneralhomes.com.
She is survived by her companion and caregiver
Friday, July 24 Diane West; six grandchildren; several great-grand-
9 a.m. Senior Social Hour group meeting at the Anna Maria children; and numerous friends and acquaintances.
Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
962-8835. Gerald A. 'Jake' Terrell
6:30 p.m. "Hotel for Dogs" film at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778- Gerald A Jake Terr of Holmes Beach and
1908. Mars Hill, Maine, died July 13.
7p.m. "High School Musical 2" at Manatee Players, 102 Old Main
St., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies. Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee.
Saturday, July 25 Wednesdays, 7 a.m., Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch hosts the
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Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
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2p.m. "High School Musical 2" at Manatee Players, 102 Old Main 778-1908.
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4 p.m. "Life is a Cabarnet" reception and concert featuring Joy the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
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Monday, July 27 July 30, American Music Film Series presents "Standing in the
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Tuesday, July 28 July 30, Giving Tree drum circle at the Island Branch Library.
Noon-Anna Maria Island Rotary Club presents guest speaker Bud
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Restaurant, 200 Gulf DriveN., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-744- -Aug. 8, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce 60th Anniversary
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Sept. 28, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce golf outing at
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Born in Blaine, Maine, Mr. Terrell grew up on
a small family farm. He served in World War II. He
and his, wife Lois, bought a farm, grew potatoes and
raised three daughters, all who helped on the family
farm. He attended the East Ridge Union Church in
Memorial services were July 17. Military com-
mittal services will be in Blaine. Memorial contri-
butions may be made to the Lois I. and Jake Terrell
Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 153, Portage Lake
ME 04768. Duncan Funeral Home in Mars Hill was
in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made
online at www.duncan-graves.com
He is survived by daughters Pamela Hallett and
husband Frank of Portage Lake, Maine, and North
Fort Myers, Deborah Cheney and husband Steven
of Blaine, and Kristi Tilley and husband Donnie of
Mars Hill; step-daughters Donna Richardson and
husband Gene of Fort Lauderdale, Denise Nazaretian
of Sarasota, and Debbie Dickson and husband Jim of
Brick, N.J.; grandchildren Christopher Hallett and
wife Andrea, Jessica Hargreaves and husband Jeremy,
Jennifer McNulty and husband Ian, Marcie Cheney,
Courtney Cheney and wife Laura, Sarah Alexander
and Cody Alexander and Tonya Alexander who
dedicated the last five years of her life living with and
caring for her grandfather. Other survivors include
step-grandchildren Gene and Brian Richardson,
Nicole Foster and husband Daniel, Jimmy Dickson
and wife Krystin, and Karl Dickson; great-grandchil-
dren Jack and Emily Hallett, Lydia and Bailey Terrell
Alexander, and James and Robert Dickson; sisters
Rowena Grass of Bridgewater and Norma McCrum
and husband Bertram; and sister-in-law Marjorie.
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By Rick Catlin
Egret's design center
The Egret's Landing at 5602 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, recently opened a new design center,
allowing customers the opportunity to view a wide
range of furniture and accessories for both single-
family homes and vacation rentals.
The design center carries a variety of well-known
furniture brands such as Coastal Living by Stanley
and Tommy Bahama by Lexington, in addition to
other furniture and accessories suitable to the coastal
living lifestyle. Other products available include area
rugs, floral d6cor, artwork, mirrors, lamps and home
"We do the job and have the property up and run-
ning, even if the owners are out of town," said Egret' s
Landing owner Barb Jaeger, who owns and operates
Egret's Landing in conjunction with husband John.
The Egret's Landing is part of two other Island stores
owned by the Jaegers: The White Egret and Egret's Nest.
For further information on Egret's Landing
design center, call 941-778-2878.
Feeling Swell sold
The Feeling Swell surf-style restaurant and board
rentals at 9903 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, has been sold
to the husband-wife team of Jeff Levey and Roberta
Schaefer. Levey and Schaefer are also partners in
Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA, 9807 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria.
The couple purchased Feeling Swell from Bill
Staley, who also formerly owned Beach Bum Billy's
on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria.
Levey said the restaurant menu has already been
changed to include Island-style fare and Feeling
Swell will become more of a family gathering place
a wide range of furniture and accessories. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
and entertainment will continue to be a featured part
of the restaurant.
He said he and Roberta are excited to have their
"corner" in Anna Maria.
For more information on Feeling Swell, call 941-
for 60 years
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
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.
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. Tickets
include two free drinks at 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.
New chamber members in June:
Signs by Tomorrow, 3999 Cortez Road W., Bra-
denton, Tom Chorba, 941-792-1302.
C-View Florida, 715 Holly Road, Anna Maria,
Ann Chappell, 941-567-6315.
Anna Maria Chiropractic, 9908 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria, Sandra Ashbrook, 941-962-7785.
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THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 22, 2009 0 19
Anna Maria horseshoe venture brief, but fun
By Kevin Cassidy
A visit to the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits
on July 18 produced plenty of action, plus I gave the
game an old college try.
Arriving just a few minutes before the kick off
for warmups, I pitched in pun intended to help
Sam Samuels and Steve Doyle prepare the pits for
the day's horseshoe action. While the maintenance
chores were under way, the remainder of the partici-
pants trickled in and began their warmup tosses.
While writing weekly reports on the action at the
city pits sent to The Islander by Ron Pepka, I get to
know the frequent winners, so I was feeling pretty
good about my chances when I randomly drew Sam
"six-pack" Samuels as my teammate.
Unfortunately, for Sam, on this day I would have
had trouble hitting the side of a barn, much less a
post, and we ran into the very hot throwing arm of
Debbie Rhodes. We quickly found ourselves down
9-1, but Samuels earned two points and I came away
with a four-point play my highlight of the day
- to pull to within 9-7 before Rhodes took over. I
threw two solid points only to watch as she threw a
six-pack double ringer to open up a 15-7 lead
on the way to a 23-9 victory.
Our second match of the morning got off to a
good start as we opened up a 13-4 lead over Hank
Huyghe and Steve Doyle, but then Huyghe turned
up the heat. They came back to win the match 21-18,
ending our hope of advancing to the playoffs.
During our final match of the day, Samuels dem-
onstrated why he is known as "Six-Pack Sam." He
threw several ringers on the way to a 21-8 victory
over Herb Ditzel and Gary Howcroft to avoid a com-
plete skunking for the day.
At this point in the action, two teams Moore
and Rhodes and Huyghe and Doyle had the only
2-0 records. On the way, Moore and Rhodes earned
a come-from-behind 21-19 victory over Ditzel and
Howcroft, while Huyghe and Doyle defeated Jay
Disbrow and Bob Heiger 23-12 to advance to the
The championship match saw Rhodes and Moore
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shoe competition. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
when just as Rhodes threw her first shoe, Ron Pepka
shouted, here comes a "Debbie flop." As if on com-
mand, Rhodes' shoe hit short and flipped over onto
the post for a ringer. She then threw a more traditional
ringer for a six-pack on her second throw, and took
a 14-4 lead they would not relinquish on the way to
a 22-7 victory.
If you've had an inkling to give the weekly horse-
shoe games a try, get on out there. All of the partici-
pants warmly welcome newcomers such as myself
and, aside from some good-natured ribbing, the fel-
lowship is genuine.
The July 15 games saw two teams emerge from
pool play. Gary Howcroft and Steve Grossman rolled
past Sam Samuels and Jeff Moore by a 23-14 score
to secure bi, ,inii rights for the day.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. There
is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club women played a nine-hole,
Debbie Rhodes shows good form on this toss
during horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City
Hall horseshoe pits.
individual-low-net golf game July 14. Joyce Brown
negotiated her way around the Holmes Beach course
efficiently, carding an even-par-32, edging Tootie
Wagner for first place in flight one. Wagner finished
at 2-over 34, one shot over Penny Williams and Sue
Hookem, who tied for third place.
Dorothy McKinna's even-par 32 was good for
first place in flight two, three shots ahead of Erma
McMullen and Joyce Reith, who tied for second with
35. Terry Westby had a chipin on number six.
The Key Royale Club men played a nine-hole,
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20 E JULY 22, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
More fishing restrictions looming in days ahead
What once was a day of good, clean, free fun will
have a price hooked to it come Aug. 1.
A $9-a-year fishing license for shoreside anglers
will go into effect on that date. Wade fishers. Beach
fishers. Almost everyone.
The exemptions to the new rule are for those
using a cane pole or some other fishing gear that does
not include a "line-retrieval mechanism" a reel.
Also exempt are "anglers who qualify for tem-
porary cash assistance, food stamps or Medicaid,"
according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
"Also, resident anglers who are age 65 or older
and children under age 16 may fish w itho 'ut a license.
Active-duty military personnel may fish without a
license while home on leave in Florida. Licensed
fishing piers have licenses that cover everyone who
fishes from them."
Blame the feds before the fuming against FWC
Federal fishing regulators made a mandate for
fishing licenses for all beginning in 2011. The Flor-
ida Legislature decided to jump the gun and start its
own program, which is much cheaper for anglers than
what the feds would have required.
There are some data collection issues involved
that the feds want about fishers. The state will prob-
ably be able to use the information, too.
FWC officials, of course, would like to see every-
one get a regular $17 annual regular saltwater fishing
Licenses are available at the county tax collec-
tor's offices and many bait and tackle shops.
Don't expect a FWC officer to jump out from
under your seagrape tree and bust you if you cast out
from your waterfront home for a finning redfish, but
be aware that it will be illegal after Aug. 1.
Before your fuming reaches the smoke stage,
remember that the federal mandate would have
been worse and that the license does go toward
fishery management, maintenance and improve-
More data is good data, as the scientists say.
Speaking of draconian federal laws, there is some
serious talk of reducing the gag grouper catch by as
much as 80 percent as early as next year.
The St. Petersburg Times reports that the Gulf
of Mexico Fishery Management Council is contem-
plating a second restriction in as many years on the
popular and tasty food fish.
Gag grouper are a nearshore species that also is
found within the bays. It used to be that five gags per
day per anglers were allowed, with a 30-day no-fish
period to allow spawning.
Last year, regulators reduced the take to two, with
a two-day closure period.
Just what will happen next year is uncertain, but
a shorter fishing period and a lower number of fish
caught is looming. One fisher told the St. Petersburg
Times he expects the new rules to be "ghastly."
Regulators say further restrictions are needed
because the gags are overfished. That's puzzling to
many charter captains, who cite record numbers of
fish out there.
Sure, the fish were stressed after the 2005 red tide
outbreak. But they've really come back, and charter
captains question the need for further restrictions.
Even Roy Crabtree of the National Marine Fish-
eries Service agrees. As he told the Times, bays and
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those youngsters mature into breeders in a few years,
"we can get recovery on track and it can come back
Apparently the feds are basing their assessments
on lower catch numbers being reported. Fewer fish
caught, fewer fish out there.
Huh? That's scientific?
What about gas prices skyrocketing, making it
hard to afford to get out on the water?
What about the downward spiraling economy,
making it hard for people to afford a charter to get
out on the water?
What about the fact that gag grouper are a wily
fish that tends to move from rock ledge to artificial
reef to bay to avoid those fishers targeting them out
on the water?
And with all those snapper restrictions in place,
there seems to be a slew of snapper haunting the same
spots that gags love. Snapper live higher in the food
column than gags, so any bait that's dropped often
is snatched by a mangrove snapper before it can get
down to where the gags are hunkered.
The council meets next month. If it takes any
action, it would be about a year before any regula-
tions could take place.
Depending on who you talk to, fish stocks are
collapsing or rebounding.
Heck, some even say it's all the fault of global
But there's some hard facts that are now whimsi-
cal, and that is that our bays are getting better and
better as time goes by.
Despite population booms that spur more shore-
line development well, maybe not right now with
the current economy but historic pristine shores
have been dredged and filled in the past 50 years
along Southwest Florida.
The dredge-and-fill action has reduced habitat
for fish and other living creatures. No place to live,
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And the living creatures perished. Then.
Now we've come a long, long way.
Thanks to the help of a lot of people and organi-
zations, and the assistance of new t1.- hin ,1, ,'\v blend-
ing in old-school thought, we've seen a resurgence
of habitat despite the hardened shores in our bays.
Artificial reefs have flourished in the Anna Maria
Sound/Sarasota Bay region. There are at least 40
manmade reefs in our region, and no matter if they're
made of rubble or old ships or those cool reef balls
- think of them as condos for fish, with all the holes
and cubbies for hiding and living they protect and
Local environmental organizations, in coopera-
tion with various governmental agencies, are expand-
ing the reefs.
Plans are in the works to begin to fully map the
reefs as well to determine their exact size and density,
too, to help determine where and if any "infill" is
needed to close up any gaps within reef coverage.
Seagrass beds in the whole Sarasota Bay system
have grown as well. Seagrass coverage has increased
by 4,040 acres since 1988 and continuous seagrass
coverage has increase by more than 5,158 acres.
Those numbers represent a 47-percent hike in sea-
grasses from 1988 levels.
The increase is due to better water quality, the
result of better management of both stormwater runoff
and treated sewage effluent flow into the bays.
And scallops are reappearing in the bays, not only
locally but along most of the west coast of Florida.
The study concluded.
"On the whole, statewide scallop populations
were both more abundant and widespread in 2008.
St. Andrew Bay and Pine Island Sound were the only
two sites classified as collapsed and remain areas of
As an aside, that is indeed a concern, because
both estuaries have lush seagrass beds and clear
water. Just why there are no scallops found in their
favorite habit is a puzzle.
So if our bays are getting so clear, why so many
Could it be that the federal regulators, who waf-
fled so long on implementing reasonable and respon-
sible restrictions on gillnet fishing to the point that
the whole fishery was legislated out of existence, are
overreacting to a twitch in take?
It is estimated that about 100 miles of once-pris-
tine shoreline in the Sarasota Bay region have been
hardened with seawalls since the 1950s.
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To help monitor the local scallop popula- mence immediately following the meet
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THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 22, 2009 0 21
Fishing still great in bays, Gulf, passes
By Paul Roat
With the weather finally cooperating, fishing is
just getting better both inshore and out in the Gulf of
Trout, redfish, catch-and-release snook and snap-
per are thick in the bays. Flounder also are present.
In the passes, look for Spanish mackerel, a few
pompano and mangrove snapper.
Oh, and mangrove snapper are plentiful out in
the Gulf, plus good grouper catches.
Tarpon still are around, and they're starting to
move around. They' re off the beach still, moving into
the passes, around the bays, throughout Tampa Bay
and just about anywhere you want to cast a line for
And don't forget that you'll need a $9 fishing
permit to fish from shore starting Aug. 1.
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said he's been seeing a lot
of tarpon on the beach not big schools, but pods of
two or three moving around. "You have to be stealthy,"
Danny warned, and shiners are working best. He even
caught a big tarpon on the bulkhead last week while
trout fishing. Snook are still off the beaches, a stronger
showing than in the bays so far. Offshore action is still
good for grouper and snapper.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing
Charters said everything cooperated for some great
Nick Kohlmann, 16, ofC i,.,,;.," i.. Ill., caught this
27-inch speckled trout on whitebait while fishing
with Capt. Mark Howard aboard Sumotime.
Captain Mark Howard
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Tarpon Grouper Shark
Debbie Krieger caught this 28-inch redfish while fish-
ing with Capt. Terry Frankford aboard the Reelin and
Chillin. It was a birthday trip for the Winter Haven
woman, a gift from her husband, Jeff. The fish was
released after the picture was taken.
fishing last week: good weather, good tides and good
bites. 'Trout action has been exceptional with many
fish more than 20 inches long," he said, adding that
the biggest trout landed on a charter was 27 inches
and 7 pounds by Nick Kohlmann of Champagne, Ill.
Capt. Mark is also putting his charters onto redfish
and mangrove snapper.
Capt. Rick Gross said he's been putting his char-
ters onto mangrove snapper and Spanish mackerel
both in the bays and around the passes, plus some
At the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria, Bob
Kilb said fishers in the past week have reeled up man-
grove snapper, mackerel, black drum and redfish.
At the Anna Maria City Pier, Rocky Corby said
things were a little slow of late, although there were
still some catches of mangrove snapper and mackerel,
"but no real excitement."
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he's found offshore fishing is great
this summer. He's catching monster red grouper,
with the best action in about 120 feet and deeper for
the bigger fish. He's also catching gag and scamp
grouper, American red, mangrove, yellowtail and
lane snapper, plus tilefish and mahi-mahi, as well
as seeing amberjack, permit, cobia, barracuda and a
variety of sharks. He predicts August will be a great
time to catch school dolphin in 100-plus feet of water,
with the big mahi-mahi out in the 150-foot depths.
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JeffKrieger of Winter Haven caught this 28-inch
snook while fishing with Capt. Terry Frankford.
The fish was caught close to mangroves near Long-
boat Key and released.
"We like to troll skirted bally-ho at about 5 knots
at this time of the year," Capt. Larry said. I ',mng
the trolling method, you can certainly catch wahoo,
swordfish, billfish and blackfin tuna. It's both exciting
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez said he took Greg
Bridgewater, grandson Ty and son-in-law Robert, all
of West Virginia, on a half-day outing last week. The
trip offshore didn't work as planned, although Span-
ish mackerel and some grouper in the 30- to 40-foot
depths were caught just west of Longboat Pass. Back
in the bays, they went after trout and redfish with
little results until hitting Palma Sola Bay, where they
found "a respectable catch of mangrove snapper and
redfish. A decent-sized snook was hooked and lost at
the same location." He was using small pilchards and
pinfish. Capt. Zach said tarpon are "all over Longboat
Pass, Sarasota Bay and Palma Sola. It's the time of
the summer when schools of spawning tarpon begin
to break up and stage along the edges of deep bay
channels and in dredge holes. The largest tarpon I've
personally caught was in August 200 just east of the
Longboat Bridge on a small, live ladyfish tossed into
the channel. We were fishing mangrove snapper on a
channel-edge ledge." Tarpon in the bay, by golly!
Capt. Terry Frankford aboard the Reelin and
Chillin charters said he had a great week, with lots
of redfish caught near mangroves, in the potholes in
seagrass beds and around structure. Most of the catch
was in the slot limit, with a few oversized spotties
caught. He also put his charters onto mangrove snap-
per, sheepshead and pompano.
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and may be
submitted to Paul Roat by e-mail at paul@islander.
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A fish tale
Aboard the Reelin & Chillin
with Capt. Terry Frankford
I had one of the best redfish days ever with Roger
Crask and family Paul and John his two sons, and
grandson Lou caught 27 slot-sized redfish in one spot
along a mangrove shoreline.
Things slowed down a little, so we moved to
some seagrass flats and picked up three trout around
18 inches. The winds kicked up the water a little, so
we moved to another mangrove shoreline hoping to
get on more redfish action.
Only one more red was landed by grandson Lou.
However, what a way to end the trip! Using only
10-pound test line, Lou fought and landed a 37-inch
redfish weighing in at 15 pounds. After a quick photo,
the fish was safely released.
Great job, Lou.
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ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE STARTER kit: $80.
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WALNUT LEATHER CUDDLER recliner for two
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920 Waterside Lane
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E-mail amrealty @ verizon.net
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GLASS-TOP TABLE, four chairs. $50 for all. 954-
TWO END TABLES, one cocktail table. Bamboo-
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LARGE DRESSER: FAUX-marble top with
blonde wood finish. Seven drawers, 17x36x65.
RATTAN STACK TABLE floor lamp, $75. Carved
teak pedestal, $50. Picture, Anclote lighthouse,
30-GALLON AQUARIUM. Complete and stand,
$90. 52x21-inch coffee table, dark, square top,
two glass, $25. 941-778-2549.
PRACTICE PIANO, $200. Electric Casio key-
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GOLF SET: PROFESSIONAL gallery irons, bag,
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TRUNDLE BED: NEW, includiNG two twin mat-
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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.
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CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Annual or seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, ool, boatdock,
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COUCH WITH SLEEPER, $75. Buffet chest $75.
Dresser with mirror $75. 941-778-5439.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone, especially
models with sim cards and chargers. Deliver
to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
RESTAURANT TABLES, CHAIRS: 8 30-inch
square tables, 20 black wrought-iron high-back
chairs with padded seats. Miscellaneous goods.
HUGE, DECORATIVE FRAMED mirrors: Sev-
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feet, to 5 by 8. $250-$400. 941-730-2606.
ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet, $350.
Small antique burl-wood rocker, $200. 941-778-
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MANATEE SAFETY SIGNS, exclusively for boat-
ers available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.
COMMUNITY MODERATED GROUP for free
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WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Priva-
teers are collecting new or used, repairable fish-
ing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to
give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander
newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
FREE GUN LOCK. Yes, free. Courtesy of the
Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission and Holmes Beach Police
Department. Free at The Islander newspaper
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't
be sorry, be safe.
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butterfly
Park. Two lines, $50. Three lines, $60. Forms at
The Islander or call 941-518-4431 for more infor-
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday. 9 a.m.-noon. Saturday. All
clothing half price. Closed August. 511 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
NIKI'S EXPANSION SALE: Tons of furniture, 50
percent off. All sterling jewelry 50-70 percent
off. Sale, vintage clothing, gloves, hats, jewelry,
purses, many antiques, gifts, 30-70 percent off.
5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Open seven
MOVING SALE: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Satur-
day, July 24-25. Everything goes! 530 67th St.,
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office sup-
plies, t-shirts, treasures.
ESTATE SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday, July 25-26. Entire household. Includes
appliances, living, dining, bedroom and office fur-
nishings. Mirrors, shelving, flooring, lighting and
much more. 3810 75th St., Bradenton.
FOUND: BIFOCAL SUNGLASSES on July 5
near 28th Street, Bradenton Beach. Claim at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
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adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All applicants
screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-
WANTED TO RENT: Boat lift for 22-foot deck
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library in
Bradenton Beach. Information, 941-779-1208.
ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School soph-
omore Chris Perez tutors elementary or middle
school children. Call 941-778-2979.
CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified
child care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross
training, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-
4632 or 941-778-8405.
CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
I have experience with kids of all ages.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
First-aid certified, great with kids and animals!
Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.
NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter or
dog walker? Experienced. Red Cross certified in
CPR for all ages. Call the twins, Kayla and Ariel
TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red
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Katie, 941-778-1491 or 941-447-4057.
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Call 941-538-8922 or 941-538-2081.
LAWN MOWING/DOG walking? Will walk dogs
any day, mow lawns after 5 p.m. weekdays, after
11 a.m. weekends. 941-447-7092.
CALL ZACK, 13, for odd jobs. Will do anything
you need done after school and Saturdays. 941-
RED CROSS LIFEGUARD for private parties at
your pool. $10/hour. Call Marie Durocher, 941-
CASSIE'S DOG WALKING and house sitting. I
can walk your dog anytime. 941-962-3373.
11-YEAR OLD girl can watch your 4-year old or
younger child. CPR-certified, references, experi-
enced. Brianna, 941-448-9036.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-0944.
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.
TOTAL DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs,
replacements, sales, parts, storm catcher hurricane
covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro doors, ODL
inserts. TDWSINC@msn.com. 941-730-1399.
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura: Good references,
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, English lady to
stay in your home to take care of pets, garden,
plants, etc. Contact by e-mail: yvonnecarol9@
COMPANION/DRIVER AVAILABLE to run
errands, shopping, take you to appointments, etc.
References. Diane, 941-896-6146.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-
778-7770. Leave message.
COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Oldest
and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of happy cus-
tomers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch, Storm-Check,
windows, etc. Rentals our specialty. pinesolpatty@
DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs
covered! Logos, brochures, brand identity. Web
design: Flash, HTML and 3D. Call Jon at Smash-
cat Studios, 941-778-2824 or 941-545-0192.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
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UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience. Gift boutique, nail products,
handbags, jewelry and sunglasses. 9908 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an appointment. Now
offering in-home pedicure services. 941-713-
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
MUSIC LESSONS WITH Koko Ray. Island studio
open now. Instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone,
guitar and piano. 941-778-8328, or evenings,
941-758-0395. 315 58th St., Studio I, Holmes
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
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water, septic and electric to the property.
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Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
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resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Lawn maintenance,
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call 941-778-2335 or 941-284-1568.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
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.
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
Call Liz Codola, Realtor,GRI
5316 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach, FL, 34217
Two guest bedrooms
and bath PLUS
master bedroom on
second level. Beau-
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 landscaping is complete! $1,100,000
"We AR E the Islan !"
Marie Franklin, Lic Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.
PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Island resident, very meticulous and reliable. I
take pride in my work. For a free estimate, call
Colin at 941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
PAINT: AVERAGE ROOM, $75. Customer supplies
paint. Exterior, one story. Pressure washing. Free
estimates. New phone number! 941-721-7521.
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. Anna Mari
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.
CHECK OUT THESE
Erlene Fitzpatrick 941.224.6339
Kimberly Mills 941.321.9601
S53 Alhancea D.. j,;j
5316 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach, FL, 34217
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EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
RON AMES: ISLAND handyman for 40 years.
Small jobs. 941-932-7165 or 941-761-9028.
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.com.
PERICO BAY CLUB: 3BR/2BA, clean, bright end
condo. $1,200/month, lease option available. Free
cable, utilities. Call Jesse, 941-778-7244.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/3BA canal home on Key
Royale. Large caged pool, garage. New kitchen
and tile installed one year ago. $1,950/month.
ANNUAL RENTAL: DUPLEX, ground-level,
2BR/1 BA. $900/month. 941-778-5439.
BAYFRONT RENTALS: FULLY furnished
2BR/2BA, close to beach with great fishing dock.
Prices for 1BR efficiency start at $750. Call for
information, 941-794-5980 or 941-779-4713.
VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA, lovely, private
pool home near Palma Sola Causeway. $1,000/
weekly. Discounts for longer stays. 3BR/3BA gor-
geous pool home, near Intracoastal Waterway,
west Bradenton. $1,050 weekly. www.coastal-
propertiesrealty.com, or 941-794-1515.
ANNUAL 1BR UNFURNISHED efficiency apart-
ment. Kitchen, bath. No pets. Holmes Beach. 941 -
CORTEZ ANNUAL: 1BR, washer, dryer, near
marina. $625/month. 941-545-9025.
HARBOR PINES: LARGE 2BR/2BA, ground floor
with screened porch. Washer and dryer connec-
tions, 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/1BA. $750/month
plus utilities. 2BR/1BA, $950/month plus utilities.
Garage, pets welcome. 239-340-9156.
ANNUAL: CUTE, FURNISHED 1BR/1BA duplex.
Lakefront with dock. Walk to beach. Double
garage with washer/dryer. No smoking, pets.
Holmes Beach. $875/month. 941-232-3704.
FIVE-MONTH RENTAL: Furnished. August
through December. 2BR/1BA carport, washer
and dryer. Near Publix and the beach. 941-761-
ANNUAL 1 BR/1 BA: WATERFRONT, 60-foot dock,
ground level, quiet, clean, beautiful. $875/month.
http://goff-club.com/51 OB. 941-795-0504.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA 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.
"DISTRESS" SALE: BANK foreclosures. Island
and mainland properties. Free list with pictures.
FIRE SALE: SANDPIPER Resort Mobile Home
Park, 55-plus community. No real fire. 2BR/1BA
double wide. Unit 200 with share, $80,900, and
adjacent 202, $15,900. Must go! Call 941-737-
1121 or 941-920-0868.
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4BR/3BA FORECLOSURE! $11,500! Only $217/
month! Five percent down, 15 years at 8 percent
APR. 3BR, $199/month! For listings, 800-366-
9783, ext. 5760.
COASTAL GEORGIA: BANK-ordered sale. One-
plus acre ocean access, $29,900. 888-982-8952,
ext. 5192. www.oceanaccess299.com
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.
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, ext. 3087.
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28 E JULY 22, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
By Lisa Neff
Crime scene investigator Justin Jagosh kneeled
next to the victim and measured the knife.
He interviewed the witness. What did you see?
Who did you hear? Did you call 911?
Justin Jagosh and about a dozen other investiga-
tors collected evidence at the crime scene while for-
mulating a theory about what took place at Coquina
Beach Bayside in Bradenton Beach last week.
Only the mystery that 15-year-old Justin is trying
to solve is fiction, and the crime scene he investigated
Justin and other local high school students are
enrolled in the Governor's Summer Grant Program.
The award-\ inning., free four-week course is con-
ducted by State College of Florida, formerly Manatee
This year's program, now in its fifth year, is
called "Fishing for the Truth."
The students spent two weeks in a classroom
learning about crime-scene work, then had their day
in the field July 16 before returning to class to analyze
the evidence they collected.
Expert teachers involved in the program include
public defenders, prosecutors, judges, forensic
pathologists and crime scene technicians, said instruc-
tor David Friedenbach as he stood in the Coquina
pavilion watching the student investigators delicately
move about the crime scene cordoned off with yellow
The students arrived by bus at Coquina at about
8:30 a.m. There they found a male lying on his back
a few feet from the water, a tackle box near one arm,
a fishing pole near the other arm, and, nearby, two
dead sharks and a knife.
The victim, portrayed by John Odaffer, had been
shot twice, though more than two bullet casings were
found at the scene.
Nearby, the students found two tipped barrels
containing green slime.
The students collected evidence from the shore,
including photographs, soil and water samples, the
sharks, the knife, the bullet casings, casts of prints
in the sand, fingerprints, blood and other DNA mate-
"I've been interested in forensics for a while,"
said 14-year-old David Vreman as he prepared to col-
lect a sample of the green slime in the barrels.
"I thought it would be a good experience," Justin
said of his decision to register for the course. "I was
kind of interested in forensics and wanted to learn
He laughed before adding that he's a fan of
"Forensic Files" on television and that factored in
Students in a CSI class conducted by the State College of Florida investigate a mock crime July 16 at
Coquina Beach Bayside in Bradenton Beach with assistance from instructors and Manatee County
1/,. i iff's Office crime scene technicians. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
his decision to enroll.
But TV forensic experts inspired a numblru I
other students at the crime scene, as well as tlI. I I
suite of TV shows.
Even Manatee County Sheriff's Offic- I inic.
scene technician Grace Givens acknowledged that
"CSI" played a bit part in her choice of profession.
Givens went to college to major in business and
had considered a career as a mortician. Her mother,
a fan of "CSI," suggested the work seemed to suit
And it does, though life in "CSI" is not true to
life with the MCSO, Givens said.
Givens was at Coquina to advise students on
"It's like putting together a puzzle," she said. "I
think they got all the evidence and then some."
The goal of the student investigators is to develop
a case to secure an arrest warrant, which, if they reach
that point, will be issued the final day of class.
L\ c.lything is as real as real can be," said course
assistant Cannon Friedenbach.
uavia vreman, 14, prepares to colIect evidence.
Justin Jagosh, right, interviews a witness, por-
trayed by Jamie Odaffer, 13, at the mock crime
scene at Coquina Bayside.
The unsolved mock mystery at Coquina reminded
instructors and investigators of past crimes on the
Island some solved, some unsolved.
Holmes Beach motel-owner Sabine Musil-Bue-
hler disappeared Nov. 4, 2008, and local law enforce-
ment continue to investigate the possible homicide, as
well as the unsolved arson fire at her motel 12 days
after she went missing.
The killing of Carla Beard, whose body was found
Dec. 1., 2007, near the beach in a bed of seagrape
leaves at a house at 50th Street and Fifth Avenue in
Holmes Beach, remains a mystery, with no suspects
And the 29th anniversary of the unsolved kill-
ing of four people a fifth person was wounded
- on Aug. 1. On that date in 1980 near the Kingfish
Boat Ramp and what was the Foodway grocery, a
gunman fatally shot pediatrician Juan Dumois, 47, his
sons Eric, 13 and Mark, 9, and local resident Robert
Matzke, 60. Dumois' brother-in-law, Raymond Bar-
rows, 54, was wounded.
The "Kingfish Boat Ramp Killings," the student
investigators agreed, seems like a case for "Forensic
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ThYe scene of the crime.