VOLUME 17, NO. 39
JULY 29, 2009
Island teen fights
leukemia. Page 12
the news ...
Holmes Beach seek-
ing annexation in
2010. Page 3
calendar. Page 3
County board to con-
sider cell tower for
Perico. Page 4
chamber to partner
for Founders Day.
Op/ed: AM resident
chimes in on duplex
issue. Page 6
Anna Maria sets ten-
tative millage rate.
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By Rick Catlin
Charged by the Anna Maria City Com-
mission with the vexing problem of what to
do with the estimated 65 duplexes in Anna
Maria that became non-conforming when
the city eliminated the Residential-2 zone,
the planning and zoning board at its July 21
* meeting offered some suggestions.
Board chairman Doug Copeland noted
the considerable opposition among city
residents to allowing duplex expansion,
'Q but most opponents, he said, appear to have
S envisioned expansion that would involve the
t to addition of bedrooms that would amount to
an increase in occupancy.
Board members were adamantly
opposed to allowing duplex expansion to
include an additional bedroom or bathroom
while focusing their concerns on overall
The board agreed that any expansion
should only be permitted one time for a
I Board members agreed to have city
ik- planner Alan Garrett take the following sug-
1 gestions to the commission:
Allow expansion of each duplex unit
that is less than the city minimum of 900
square feet of livable space to expand to that
size, but not larger.
Allow owners of duplex units already
t- 900 square feet in size to expand the ground
floor a maximum of 250 square feet if the
28 duplex is on a 5,000-square-foot lot and 300
square feet if the duplex is on a 7,500-square-
Upward expansion would be discour-
aged and duplex owners considering such
expansion should be advised of the consider-
able additional cost. Any upward expansion
would be limited to 250 square feet.
Additions of bedrooms or bathrooms
would be prohibited.
Any duplex expansion would be on a
Resident Mike Coleman said that provid-
ing duplex owners with a small opportunity to
expand was the "smart thing to do."
If duplexes don't survive in Anna Maria,
the city will end up with nothing but "big
homes," he predicted.
Building official Bob Welch said that the
alternative to allowing some expansion is
that duplex owners could simply tear down
a ground-level duplex and build an elevated
Because Anna Maria is in a flood plain,
the Federal Emergency Management Admin-
istration requires that new home construction,
or replacement of ground-level homes and
duplexes, be elevated structures, usually two
stories of living space over parking.
Welch said duplexes and houses re-built
to FEMA standards will only add to the "tro-
phy-home" look that is beginning to appear
in the city.
Allowing some duplex expansion
keeps the one-story, small-home look in the
city, board member Sandy Mattick said. A
250-square-foot addition with no ability to
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By Lisa Neff
A company seeking to build a deepwater
port and pipeline for natural gas proposed a
series of "best practices" intended to minimize
any impact on sea turtles.
The potential impacts to sea turtles and
Port Dolphin Enc.i .' LLC's proposed rem-
edies are detailed in a final environmental
impact statement released earlier this month.
A hearing on the EIS was scheduled to
take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday,
July 28, at the Manatee Convention Center,
1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. An informational
review of the project was scheduled to take
place that day from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Port Dolphin proposal calls for a
deepwater natural gas port about 28 miles off
the coast of Anna Maria Island in the Gulf of
Ships carrying liquefied natural gas from
other areas will anchor next to buoys at the
deepwater port, where the LNG will be con-
verted into gas and fed into a pipeline running
from the deepwater port into Tampa Bay to
Port Manatee. The pipeline will continue sev-
eral miles inland, where it will connect with
other gas pipelines.
Federal agencies, in cooperation with
Florida departments, are reviewing the appli-
cation, with the principal reviewer being the
U.S. Coast Guard.
On July 13, the Maritime Administration
and the Coast Guard released a final EIS on
the project and announced a 45-day comment
The public hearing, taking place after The
Islander's deadline this week, was to offer an
opportunity to comment, but interested parties
can also review the EIS at www.regulations.
gov, docket number USGG-2007-28532, and
post comments to the Web site.
The EIS covers a lot of issues, from air
quality, cultural and historic resources, fish
habitat, threatened or endangered species,
navigation and transportation and land use.
The document contains an extensive
exploration of the potential impacts on
endangered sea turtles, including the green
sea turtle, hawksbill sea turtle, Kemp's ridley
sea turtle, leatherback sea turtle, olive ridley
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sea turtle and the loggerhead sea turtle, the turtle that
most commonly nests on Anna Maria Island.
Construction of the deepwater port, would tem-
porarily disrupt benthic habitat and could result in
damage to hard-bottom habitats that could impact
where sea turtles forage, according to the EIS.
Construction could cause long-term or perma-
nent damage to deepwaterr seagrass patches of pad-
dlegrass and macroalgae," the report states.
But the document also notes, "All impacts on sea-
grasses would be mitigated. Therefore, it is unlikely
that sea turtles would be adversely affected."
The government analysis examined turbidity,
cautioning that "turbidity increases could cause sea
turtles to avoid commonly used feeding or resting
habitats" for short-term periods, but "adverse effects
on sea turtles from construction-related turbidity is
An estimated 24 million gallons of seawater
would be used to test the pipeline, which would
result in the entrainment of phytoplankton. But the
EIS states that sea turtle hatchlings swim at speeds
fast enough that they "would likely be able to out-
swim the seawater intake if they were in the area.
Therefore, no measurable direct impacts on sea tur-
tles would be expected to occur as a result of seawater
intake associated with the project."
The proposed project will result in increased
vessel traffic in the Gulf of Mexico in Tampa Bay
during construction, which poses a threat to turtles.
Port Dolphin is proposing regular trips from Port
Manatee to the deepwater port and pipeline sites
during 11 months of construction.
The EIS states, "Increases in vessel traffic during
construction could potentially increase the likelihood
for collisions with sea turtles, thereby increasing the
occurrence of serious injuries or mortality.
"While it is known that an increase in vessel traf-
fic increases the risk of collision, the probability of
that risk cannot be quantified."
To address the government concern, Port Dolphin
proposed informing its personnel about the potential
presence of turtles and the need to avoid collisions,
training vessel crew and contractors how to respond
if a turtle is hit, emphasizing with personnel the civil
and criminal penalties for harming turtles and ceasing
operations if a turtle is within 50 feet of equipment.
The EIS concludes, "With strict adherence to the
proposed BMPs, adverse impacts on sea turtles from
increased vessel traffic during construction would be
Another issue reviewed in the EIS is lighting,
because turtles take their cue from natural light.
Hatchlings emerging from a nest will instinctively
crawl toward the brightest, most open light on the
horizon, typically open water.
"This project's construction can affect nesting and
hatching sea turtles adjacent to the shoreline where the
construction will occur. The main issue concerning
lighting and sea turtles is disorientation of hatchlings
by artificial lighting on or near nesting beaches."
The main focus during nesting season is on beach
lighting, but the EIS states that artificial lights can
also disorient hatchlings in the water.
However, the EIS also states, "attraction to
offshore locations is less problematic than attrac-
tion to landside locations, as the issue is to ensure
that hatchlings head to sea rather than remaining
onshore.... While some adverse effects could occur
from brightly lit platforms, it is unlikely that they
would appreciably reduce the reproduction, numbers,
or distribution of sea turtles in the wild."
Port Dolphin, to reduce risks, proposed reducing
the number and wattage of lights during construction
and downshielding lights.
"Lighting during the operation of the port and
pipeline would have no detectable impact ... on sea
turtle hatchlings," according to the EIS.
Offshore structures such as drilling rigs or drill
ships typically are visible from shore at distances of
3-10 nautical miles and, on a clear night, lights on
top of offshore structures could be visible to people
on shore to a distance of about 20 nautical miles.
The port location would be about 28 nautical miles
offshore and the lighting would not be visible to people
or turtles on the beach, according to the EIS.
The government review also analyzed:
Routine discharges of the firefighting system
at the port, determining, "based on the infrequent
nature of the discharge, its short duration, and the
lack of contaminants, no impacts on sea turtles are
Marine debris, finding "significant increases
in sea turtle ingestion of or entanglement in debris
would not be expected."
Hydrocarbon spills, cautioning that a spill asso-
ciated with fuel and lubricating oil on the vessels
could adversely affect sea turtles. About 3 percent of
annual south Florida sea turtle strandings are associ-
ated with oil spills.
LNG spills, determining "the diving behavior
of sea turtles puts them at risk in the unlikely event
of an LNG spill."
Sea turtles rapidly inhale a large volume of air before
diving and continually resurface over time. Adults doing
this would experience extended physical exposure to the
spill and prolonged exposure to vapors.
More road work, delays
on north LBK
Gulf of Mexico Drive on the north end of Long-
boat Key will be seeing road improvements that could
stall traffic through mid-September.
According to the Florida Department of Trans-
portation, S.R. 789 from Broadway Street to the
Longboat Pass Bridge will see sidewalk and turn-
"Intermittent one-lane, two-way traffic operations
with flagmen will be conducted weekdays between 8
a.m. until 5 p.m.," according to the DOT.
"Motorists are advised to use caution in the area
and expect delays and slow-moving traffic.
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Holmes Beach seeking annexation in 2010
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach officials hope to ask the Florida
Legislature to approve the city's annexation of the
Kingfish Boat Ramp in 2010.
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger formally asked the
Manatee County Board of Commissioners to endorse
the annexation in April.
But, the mayor said, annexation is more compli-
cated than a sign-off from the commission.
"We need letters of no objection from the county
and the DOT," Bohnenberger said.
Then the city needs approval from Florida law-
In 2006, a survey of Kingfish determined that the
boat ramp was in unincorporated Manatee County
to the surprise of Holmes Beach officials, who had
long thought the county-operated ramp was within
city limits, as is the county-operated Manatee Public
In November 2006, Bohnenberger asked the
county commission to back a voluntary annexation
of the property.
The county board rejected the idea of annexation ramp operations would be agreed upon by interlocal
in a letter to Holmes Beach officials.
After the election last November, city officials
resumed discussion of an annexation, noting that two
Island residents Carol Whitmore and John Chap-
pie are on the county board.
In his letter to the county, Bohnenberger said,
"Should the commission agree to the annexation,
issues such as public safety, maintenance and boat-
The city's primary concern is safety and police
jurisdiction, which currently falls to the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office.
City attorney Patricia Petruff said the city needs
to get its "ducks in a row" this year, so that the local
legislative delegation can be asked to present an
annexation request next spring.
... and Kingfish killings remain mystery
By Lisa Neff
Twenty-nine years ago, the Kingfish Boat Ramp,
popular with boaters breaking away for a day and
herons seeking an easy lunch, was the site of a
Nearby that Aug. 1, a fourth killing took place.
On Aug. 1, 1980, pediatrician Juan Dumois, 47,
his sons Eric, 13 and Mark, 9, and local resident
Robert Matzke, 60, were fatally shot by an unknown
assailant. Dumois' brother-in-law, Raymond Barrows,
Holmes Beach officials want to pursue annexation of the Kingfish Boat Ramp area, now in unincorporated
Manatee County, during the 2010 legislative session. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Public opposition to duplex expansion
The Anna Maria City Commission may have
its hands full when it discusses duplex expansion
at its Aug. 13 work session.
Former City Commissioner Duke Miller said
he has concerns that some commissioners believe
that 65 duplexes in the city is "not a big deal."
He also wondered why some commissioners
are "pushing for expansion of duplexes," when
they approved the 2007 comprehensive plan that
eliminated the Residential-2 zone.
Miller said the commission needs to be
reminded to "preserve our way of life, not make
our city bigger, more ugly and more crowded."
He said the ordinance that prohibits expan-
sion of non-conforming structures should remain
as it is.
Duplex dispute in Anna Maria
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
add a bedroom or bathroom is "not much expansion,"
Coleman said duplexes attract retirees and young
families who are looking to keep their housing costs
down. Duplexes are affordable housing in Anna
Maria, he said.
And these minimal allowances may keep duplex
owners from building new homes that must conform
to FEMA rules, Coleman maintained.
"We don't have to bow down to FEMA," he
Resident Kathie Rieder was against any "one-
time" expansion, claiming it would "open the door
to future larger and more commercial properties."
Anna Maria already has too many rental prop-
erties such as homes, duplexes and motels, she
Rieder urged the commission to "be the people
that stop another extinction of a once loved value.
Be the people that stop money hungry investors/
developers from \ci iLikinll. manipulating and
destroying Anna Maria."
A number of other residents have written
letters to the commission indicating they do not
support duplex expansion, but believe duplexes
should be allowed to rebuild or repair within the
footprint of the structure.
The P&Z suggestions allow the commission
"wiggle room" with duplex owners, and will help
prevent future duplex expansion from having to meet
But these are only suggestions and not recom-
mendations to the commission, Copeland observed.
The commission only asked for suggestions as
talking points and has made no decision on duplex
Garrett said he would bring the suggestions to the
commission's attention at its Aug. 13 work session.
54, also was shot, but survived.
Headlines referred to the killer as a hitchhiker.
The surviving witness called the killer an assassin.
A number of people, from columnists to detectives
to Matzke's widow, speculated that the killer was a
The shootings took place at about 5 p.m., after
Dumois, his sons and Barrows returned from a fish-
ing trip and loaded their boat at the Kingfish Boat
Ramp. They were enjoying the end of their last day
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Anna Maria City
Aug. 6, 5:30 p.m., budget work session. TEN-
Aug. 10, 4 p.m., city pier centennial committee
Aug. 10, 5 p.m., code enforcement meeting.
Aug. 13, 7 p.m., city commission work ses-
Aug. 18, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning meet-
Aug. 20, 5:30 p.m., budget work session. TEN-
Aug 27, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
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 29, 7 p.m., planning commission meet-
Aug. 11, 7 p.m., city commission regular meet-
Aug. 20, 10 a.m., code enforcement board meet-
Aug. 27, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
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. 11, 9 a.m., Manatee County Board of Com-
missioners meeting, County Administrative Building,
1112 Manatee Ave., Bradenton.
Aug. 17, 9:30 a.m., Manatee County Tourist
Development Council meeting, Palma Sola Botanical
Aug. 19, time and location to be announced,
Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting.
Aug. 20, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation
Planning Organization meeting, Holmes Beach City
Aug. 25, 9 a.m., Manatee County Board of
Commissioners meeting, County Administrative
Building, 1112 Manatee Ave., Bradenton.
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Holmes Beach seeks to curb trash cheats
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach city officials are examining
options for dealing with people who, delinquent on
their garbage collection bill, are putting their trash
on neighboring properties.
"We're having problems," said Holmes Beach City
Commissioner Pat Morton, the city liaison to Waste
Management, the company that hauls away garbage
and recyclables from Holmes Beach and Anna Maria.
Morton said some people delinquent on their
Waste Management payments no longer have curb-
side collection service. But instead of catching up on
their bills and reinstating pickups, people are throw-
ing out their garbage elsewhere.
"People are putting trash out by other people's
places," Morton said. "We're having a major problem
Additionally, Morton said, the trash is being
placed at neighboring properties in bags or boxes
rather than cans.
"Varmints are getting in it," he said.
Morton said city officials need to decide how
to proceed, determining whether the cases should
go through code enforcement and before the code
enforcement board, or another route, such as issuing
health and safety nuisance citations.
City attorney Patricia Petruff recommended iden-
tifying properties without service and determining
which of the properties are rentals.
"For the rental units, we can revoke the rental
license because they are not in compliance with the
ordinance, and they signed an affidavit" pledging
compliance, she said.
Dealing with owner-occupied properties "is going
to be a little tougher," Petruff said. She added, "Do
we want to try a less heavy-handed approach before
we take people to court?"
The attorney said going onto someone else's
property to throw away garbage could be considered
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said such action also
could be "theft of services."
Morton said some are using current economic
woes as an excuse, but he said some of the delinquent
accounts date back five years.
The city commission is expected to take up the
issue at an upcoming meeting.
Perico Island cell tower before county board
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County Commissioners were scheduled
July 28 to consider a request from staff authorizing
negotiations on a cell tower on Perico Island.
The meeting at the county administrative building
in Bradenton was to take place after The Islander's
press deadline this week.
Bradenton Beach officials also have fielded pro-
posals from companies interested in constructing a
cell tower on city property near the police station.
Bradenton Beach commissioners have taken
no formal action on a proposal, but have asked city
attorney Ricinda Perry to review existing codes and
ordinances pertaining to telecommunications, specifi-
cally the construction and operation of cell towers.
Meanwhile, on the county consent agenda is an item
identified as "Perico cell tower," which is a request from
the commission to enter negotiations with Vertex Devel-
opment LLC for construction services.
A memo to the county board from the county
The Manatee County Board of Commissioners
is scheduled to consider July 28 a staff request
to negotiate with a company for the construction
of a cell tower at this location on Perico Island.
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property management department states that the
county is interested in leasing county-owned prop-
erty off Manatee Avenue to a wireless carrier for a
The tower, according to the memo, would be a
monopole at least 199 feet in height.
County officials explored a cell tower option on
Perico with 11 companies and then narrowed the field
to two before recommending Vertex, which is based
The memo further indicated that the county is
not pursuing a proposal to lease property for a tower
at Coquina Bayside, where it plans to build a marine
Other items of interest on the agenda include
a proposal to accept $8,000 contributions from
Holmes Beach, Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach
for trolley services and a proposed extension of the
license agreement with PS. Beach and Associates
for the concessions at Coquina and Manatee Public
Kingfish murder still a mystery CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3
of vacation in Holmes Beach.
Pulling away from the ramp, they were
approached by a man on a bicycle who asked for a
ride because he had injured his ankle.
The stranger loaded his bike into the boat, got
in the back seat of Dumois' station wagon with the
children, and then Dumois pulled out, proceeding
west on Manatee Avenue from the ramp.
Almost immediately the man opened fire, strik-
ing all of the victims in the back of the head with a
To passersby, the wagon appeared to have jack-
knifed on the north shoulder of Manatee Avenue just
west of the boat ramp at the entrance to Westbay
Cove North. But according to official reports, the
shooter steered the car to the side of the road.
The gunman then lifted his bike from the boat
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and went westbound on Manatee Avenue.
Matzke was working outside at nearby Westbay
Cove and, suspicious about the man leaving what
appeared to be an accident, pursued the bicyclist to
the parking lot of the Foodway grocery store. The
two men exchanged words before the gunman shot
Matzke in the head, loaded his bike into a tan-colored
vehicle in the parking lot and fled, traveling east on
Manatee Avenue, heading off the Island.
The ensuing investigation, led by the Holmes
Beach Police Department, involved the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office and federal agents.
Barrows survived to provide law enforcement
with the details of what happened and a description
of the gunman. Matzke died at the scene. The boys
and Dumois died at a hospital.
June Alder was a reporter with The Islander at the
Rescue personnel were horrified at the scene in Holmes Beach Aug. 1, 1980 when they found five people
shot, four dead, and two of of the dead were children. The investigation and case remain open to this day.
Islander Photo: June Alder
time of the slaying and, in a column for the news-
paper in 1999, remembered: "The headlines in the
newspapers the next day shocked Islanders out of
their midsummer lethargy. It seemed impossible, but
on our peaceful Island there had occurred a massacre
one could only imagine happening in Chicago or New
More than 100 suspects were interviewed in the
Federal authorities focused on Chicago native
Richard Lee Whitley, who had been arrested in Tampa
shortly after the killings and was wanted by the FBI
in connection with a homicide in Falls Church, Va.
Whitley, however, provided a confirmed alibi for
Local authorities focused on William Peter
Kuhlman, who had been charged and acquitted
in the slaying of a Bradenton Beach woman shot
twice with a .22-caliber pistol, according to news-
Barrows, the surviving victim, died of natural
causes in 1982.
Investigating law enforcement agencies have
undergone changes in command, as well as person-
But the case remains open, with the Gold Star
Club of Manatee County Inc. still offering a $5,000
reward for information leading to an arrest and con-
Longtime Islanders remember the Kingfish Boat
Ramp killings, if not the details of the crime.
And those who knew the victims still think of the
"It hurts when I think of the potential the boys
had," said Michael Lopez of Tampa, who played
soccer with Eric Dumois and recently began to
research the case after coming across some old papers.
"After all these years, I can still remember Eric's little
brother t._._'inii' along with him after school."
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Chamber, city to partner on Founders Day, festival
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach Founders Day would grow in
2010 under a partnership between the city and the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.
"The chamber has agreed to help us put together
next year's Founders celebration," Bohnenberger said.
And the partnership would benefit the campaign
to keep the Island trolley service fare-free, because the
Founders Day activities would be a highlight of the
Anna Maria Island Real Florida Festival under a pro-
posal being worked out by chamber and city officials.
The festival is a new Island event, proposed as
part of the Save Our Trolley campaign to keep the
transportation system popular with Islanders and
visitors free to passengers.
Earlier this summer, county officials proposed
charging a fare on the trolley to help balance the 2009-
10 county budget, and spending plans going forward.
But Islanders are rallying to keep the trolley fare-
free, endorsing a plan offered by Bradenton Beach
businessman David Teitelbaum, a member of the
chamber board as well as the Manatee County Tour-
ist Development Council.
Teitelbaum proposed a combination of public/
private funding that includes contributions from
the TDC and the Island cities, as well as donation
boxes on the trolleys, a more aggressive marketing
and advertising campaign that includes "naming
rights" and an annual festival the Real Florida
The festival tentatively would take place in April
Events would include a Founders Day open house
at Holmes Beach City Hall and a Holmes Beach 60th
anniversary celebration at Holmes Beach City Hall
Field with artists and food and beverage vendors, as
well as live music and a karaoke contest.
The Bridge Street Market in Bradenton Beach
would be part of the festival, as well as a Taste of
Anna Maria event at the Studio at Gulf and Pine in
Anna Maria, a fishing tournament, a golf tournament,
a kayaking event and an all-Island scavenger hunt.
Festivalgoers would purchase a Real Florida
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Some events, however, would also require tickets and
an additional fee.
The Founders Day would be the third annual cel-
ebration of the city's history and its citizens.
The first Founders Day celebration took place in
the spring of 2008, with a morning reception at city
hall and a dedication of the skate park.
This year, Founders Day included a reception
with members of the Anna Maria Island Community
Chorus and Orchestra providing music, the dedica-
tion of a tree to the late Helen Hagen, the presentation
of the Community Partner Award to Sean Murphy
and an art exhibit.
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said when he started
Founders Day that he wanted the event to grow.
The area that is now Holmes Beach was home-
steaded in 1896 by Sam and Annie Cobb, whose
daughter, Anna Maria, apparently was the first non-
Holmes Beach will host a meeting at 3 p.m.
Wednesday, July 29, on the city's flood-management
The plan is a factor in flood insurance ratings and
can impact flood insurance premiums.
City officials want to hear from property owners
native child born on the Island. Other early "settlers"
included Capt. John R. Jones, George Emerson Bean
and Jose Casanas.
Holmes Beach was not incorporated for another five
decades, with Halsey T. Tichenor serving as the city's
first mayor. Incorporation took place on April 5, 1950.
Two years before the city's incorporation, devel-
oper Jack Holmes began to create a 600-acre com-
munity in the center of Anna Maria Island. He also
built an airstrip for small planes, which was one of
the draws for Hollywood producers of "On An Island
With You," starring Esther Williams and Peter Law-
ford and filmed in part on the Island.
By 1950, Holmes had 180 homes on the market in
the area that became Holmes Beach and locals were pre-
dicting rapid development. Thus, that same year, Anna
Maria Elementary School was built on Gulf Drive, with
Lena Phelps serving as the first principal.
and citizens about "natural hazards, problems and
possible solutions with regard to flooding issues."
The meeting will take place at Holmes Beach
City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call public works clerk
Susan Corsi at 941-708-5833.
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THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 29, 2009 0 7
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society will
present its eighth historic marker to Bungalow Beach
Resort in Bradenton Beach at 10 a.m. July 30.
Previous recipients of a plaque include the city of
Anna Maria for the Anna Maria City Pier, Sato Real
Estate for the Roser Cottage, the Island Players for
its city-owned theater and the Rod & Reel Pier.
The property where Bungalow Beach Resort is
located was originally purchased by Margaret Reid
and the Reid family in 1931, according to the Mana-
tee County Property Appraiser's Web site.
In 1935, the Reid family built two buildings on the
property and completed what was then their compound
in 1945 with a third bungalow. Not long after, Reid's
Motel was formed and started doing business.
Through the years, subsequent surrounding prop-
erties were sold and additional buildings were erected
while the motel flourished.
With arms raised, Islander Amanda Escobio, mas-
sage therapist at Island Wellness, completes the Avon
Walk for Breast Cancer in San Francisco in mid-July.
Avon hosts walks in a number of U.S. cities. Escobio
joined about 2,800 participants on the 39-mile trek in
San Francisco to raise more than $6 million. Islander
Photo: Courtesy Nancy Ambrose
The former Reid's Motel is now the Bungalow
Beach Resort in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo:
After decades of doing business, the Reid family
sold the motel to Christopher Dubs, an architect based
in Sarasota and New York City, in December 1993.
Dubs, who renamed the motel Bungalow Beach
Resort, gingerly restored and preserved all six build-
ings on the property. He refurbished the original
hardwood floors and opened ceilings to expose the
original beam work in the one-story cracker-style
bungalows, according to AMIHS.
Dubs spent three years restoring the bungalows
and shortly after completion of the work, he sold the
property to Gayle Luper and Luper Enterprises, the
Luper is expected to accept the plaque, along
with members of the Reid family, Dubs and Ben Van
Hook, the Luper's first guest in September 1999.
In the July 28, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
The Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning
Organization agreed to fund $270,000 in its 2004-05
budget for bike lanes along both sides of Gulf Drive
in Bradenton Beach. It was the third straight year the
city had requested funding for the bike lanes, but the
city's effort this time was aided by letters of support
from Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key and
Members of the Island Emergency Operations
Center elected to eliminate the use of stickers on vehicles
as a re-entry permit to the Island following an evacua-
tion. Instead, the IEOC said it would issue a color-coded
hanging tag placed around a car's rearview mirror for
re-entry. The tags were to be used by officials in all three
Island cities and Longboat Key.
The Florida Department of Transportation
announced that day-time lane closures on the Cortez
Bridge would continue through July 30 as the DOT
performed routine maintenance. The DOT had origi-
nally said that the closures would end in early July.
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Island worker's death HI N1-related
By Lisa Neff
A Sarasota man who worked at the Publix Super
Market in Holmes Beach was the area's second H1N1
Jorge Francisco Hernandez, 47, an assistant store
manager described by colleagues and customers as a
generous guy with twinkling eyes, died July 15.
The Sarasota County Health Department confirmed
the H1N1-related death of a 47-year-old man July 15,
and, has not reported any additional deaths.
Co-workers and family confirmed the identity
of the man as Jorge Francisco Hernandez, who is
survived by wife of 27 years, Connie Jo; daughter
Jessica; son Joshua; father Mario B. of Michigan;
mother Juana R. of Sarasota; brother Alex of Sara-
sota; sister Sandra T. Perez of Sarasota; three neph-
ews and three nieces.
Service and burial took place July 19, with many
co-workers attending and many local residents shar-
"We're obviously mourning the death and trying
to take care of the family," said local Publix manager
Shannon Patten, a spokeswoman for Publix, said,
'The Publix family is saddened by the loss of one of our
associates. Jorge was well liked by his fellow associates
and customers and he will be glc.,ll\ missed."
A friend, SiobhAn Griffin-Lloyd of Port Orange,
remembered Hernandez saying some years ago, "If
I died right now, I'd die the happiest man alive" and
that he said often he "had everything you needed."
Thoughts and remembrances for Hernandez and
his family on the Legacy.com Web site offered a por-
trait of the husband, father, uncle, son and "Publix
man, through and through."
"I will miss seeing him around and talking to
him during my check outs. He always treated me
as a loyal customer and showed respect when doing
so," said Ron Knight of Holmes Beach. "His pass-
ing will be a loss to both family and to the store, and
employees he enjoyed working with."
Terry Hawthorne of Anna Maria said, "Many
people out here on Anna Maria Island will remember
Jorge for the good-hearted person he was. He will be
dearly missed and always remembered."
Hernandez's son, Joshua, said, "We could fill
volumes with stories about my father and his kind
and caring love. He touched countless people, and
lent his affections to many."
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"I remember being told by one of my fellow
cashiers the story of a family who came through the
checkout without enough money to cover their bill,"
he said. "They were a young couple with tattered
clothes and a barefoot child and they were trying to
decide whether to put the milk or the cereal back to
bring the bill under their $11 budget.
\ ly father, a manager, came upon this scene and
inquired as to the problem. With tears in his eyes,
he took the family to the side and told them to pick
out two weeks worth of groceries. When they came
through the line a second time, he produced his wallet
and told them he would cover the bill. I heard stories
like this about my dad often and always wondered
how many went untold. From my father, I learned the
way a man should love a stranger."
Sarasota County has reported one other death
associated with H1N1 and 11 cases.
Since H1N1 was identified, Manatee County
Health Department reported 25 total cases and no
deaths. Most recently, parents of day campers in a
program at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton received
letters stating that a participant had swine flu.
Health officials said last week that while most cases
of H1N1 Flu are mild, there are exceptions.
'These deaths are tragic and a sobering reminder
that influenza is serious, and can be fatal. Our staff con-
tinues to monitor this disease in our community, and
reminds residents to take precautions to avoid the flu,"
said Dr. William Heymann, medical executive director
for the Sarasota County Health Department.
Health department officials also emphasized that
though a case might be associated with a particular
area or worksite, the H1N1 pandemic is not isolated
and that everyday actions must be taken by people
to protect themselves and the population.
People experiencing cough, fever of 100 degrees
Fahrenheit or higher and sore throat, possibly along
with diarrhea and 'milin should contact a doctor
to discuss whether they need to be seen in the office,
emergency department or stay home.
Those with respiratory illness should stay home to
avoid spreading infections, including influenza. Post-
pone travel plans if ill, or family members become ill.
Health officials advised that people stay home for
a week after symptoms begin or 24 hours after they
are symptom-free, whichever is longer.
The health department also recommended:
Avoid close contact with people who are cough-
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By Lisa Neff
A Bradenton Beach resident appealed to the cir-
cuit court to review a city commission ruling against
Ken Lohn lives at 501 Bay Drive S. and also
owns a duplex nearby. He is challenging a city build-
ing official's issuance of a certificate of occupancy
for a neighboring duplex at 109 Fifth St. S.
In April, the city board of adjustment recom-
mended that the city commission deny Lohn's com-
plaint regarding the Fifth Street property, also known
as Hibiscus II and now owned by Synovus Bank.
In June, the city commission voted against Lohn's
complaint, which essentially is that a driveway built
on an easement alongside his home is too close to his
property line and not wide enough.
Lohn's 11-page complaint, filed in Manatee
County Circuit Court by attorney Robert Turffs, seeks
a judicial review of the commission's decision.
"This complaint challenges the city of Bradenton
Beach issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the
multi-family condominium ... despite the fact the
location is in violation of express provisions of the
Bradenton Beach Land Development Code."
In the complaint, Lohn said he wants the court
to issue an order quashing the commission's order
upholding the certificate of occupancy.
Responding to the complaint, city attorney
Ricinda Perry said, "The issues raised by Mr. Lohn
were reviewed three times by the city and were found
to be without legal merit unanimously by the board
of adjustment and the city commission.
"To interfere with, abrogate or annul the ease-
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safety and welfare, including Mr. Lohn, since there
are no other options available to access Mr. Lohn's
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Bradenton Beach to tap reserves
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach city commissioners agreed July
21 to tap into reserves to balance the proposed 2009-
10 fiscal budget.
The unanimous votes to use reserves followed
a discussion on the economy and a projected decline
in revenue for at least another year.
City clerk Nora Idso, along with police Lt. John
Cosby, presented the budget and options before com-
"This is one of the hardest budgets that I've ever
had to put together," Idso said.
Basically, Idso said, the city could either hold its
millage rate at 2.1539 mills, the same as this year's
rate, and use some reserves, or the city could levy at
the higher rollback rate, which is 2.304 mills, thus
raising property taxes. A mill is $1 for every $1,000
of assessed value of property less any exemptions.
Neither Cosby nor Idso recommended using the
rollback rate, which is the rate that would bring in the
same property tax revenue from the previous year.
"We're not asking to do that," Idso said of the
If the city levies the rollback rate, the local tax on
a home valued at $400,000, without taking exemp-
tions into account, would be $921.60.
If the city levies the tentative 2.1539 millage rate,
the local tax on a $400,000 home, without taking
exemptions into account, would be $861.56.
Commissioners agreed that it is better to use
reserves than go with a higher tax rate and voted to
set the tentative, maximum millage rate at 2.1539
"People out there are having a tough time," said
Commissioner John Shaughnessy.
The commission last week also voted to approve
the preliminary budget, which will be presented at
two public hearings in September. A budget must be
adopted by the end of September, because the new
fiscal year begins Oct. 1.
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2008-09 millage rate: 2.1539 mills.
Tentative 2009-10 millage rate: 2.1539 mills.
2009-10 rollback rate: 2.304 mills.
2008-09 revenues: $2,973,296.
Projected 2009-10 revenues: $2,719,975.
2008-09 expenditures: $3,152,125.
Projected 2009-10 expenditures: $2,795,096.
2008-09 property tax revenues: $1,278,776.
2009-10 property tax revenues: $1,070,800.
$2,719,975 in revenue compared to $2,973,296 in
revenue this year.
Revenue declines are expected in property tax
collections, stormwater fees, licenses and permits,
court fines and interest earnings. Property tax collec-
tions are expected to fall from $1,278,776 this year
to $1,070,800 in the next fiscal year.
"That's the economy," Idso said.
With the decline in revenues, the preliminary
budget also shows a decline in expenditures, from
$3,152,125 this year to $2,795,096 in the new fiscal
"I'd like to thank all the departments for pitch-
ing in," Idso said. "This is the second year in a row
that the employees did not take a raise. And no one
objected so that the city could stay in the shape its
The city plans to use $75,121 from the general
fund reserves to make up the deficit between the pro-
jected revenues and expenditures next year.
The city also turned to its reserves for $75,000
in funding this fiscal year.
The reserves "was money set aside for this,"
Cosby said. "We knew that what went up was going
to come down."
Looking to 2010-11, Cosby and Idso recom-
mended beginning the budget process as early as
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adding, "If it isn't [better], there is going to have to
be a combination of serious cutting ... and also some
raising of taxes."
Commissioners accepted their recommenda-
"I think it is very wise that we do start looking
at the budget earlier next year," said Commissioner
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Anna Maria city treasurer Diane Percycoe had
some good news for city commissioners at their July
Taking some funds from the city's reserve fund
- currently at 39 percent of the proposed 2009-10
budget Percycoe said she was able to propose
the millage rate at 1.7882 mills, the same rate as the
At the commission's July 16 budget workshop,
Percycoe had indicated a 1.9450 millage rate was
needed to meet the proposed budget.
But that was with a 39 percent reserve fund. By
taking some funds from that account, but still main-
taining about a 35 percent reserve fund, Percycoe
said she developed four "scenarios" for the budget
that she will present at the Aug. 8 workshop.
She suggested the commission adopt the tentative
millage rate of 1.9450, then study the four options to
find the one best suited to the city. All options have
a 1.7882 millage rate, and Percycoe said city auditor
Ed Leonard was "pleased" with the figures because
they give the city flexibility.
"Remember," she advised commissioners, "once
you set the tentative millage rate, you can't go higher,
but you can always go lower."
Commission chairman John Quam favored adopt-
ing the 1.9450 millage rate, then working downward
to meet the 1.7882 rate.
Commissioners Chuck Webb and Jo Ann Mat-
tick both agreed, noting the 1.9450 tentative millage
rate gives the commission many options to lower its
Commissioner Dale Woodland, however, dis-
agreed. He suggested the city start at 1.7882 and take
what it needs from the reserve fund.
The economy is now in an "emergency" state,
he said, and the city's use of reserve funds is "now
City resident Jim Conoly noted that, while the
city is trying to keep taxes the same as last year, the
Manatee County property appraiser is raising taxes
by 3 percent in the face of a 10 percent decline in real
estate values in the county.
Webb, an attorney, explained that state law gives
the property appraiser the right to raise taxes a maxi-
mum of 3 percent in years when property values have
He said that city taxes account for less than 10
percent of a homeowner's tax bill. Other taxes include
county property taxes, school district taxes and fire
district assessments, among others. The city commis-
sion has no control over those taxes or assessments
and can only ensure that a property owner's city tax
bill doesn't increase this year.
Even if the city were to adopt the rollback rate
of 1.9450 mills, the rate to meet the same expendi-
tures as the 2008-09 budget, it would not increase a
property owner's city tax bill, Webb said.
The commission consensus was to work toward a
1.7882 millage rate, but it adopted the 1.9450 rate to give
flexibility in dealing with line items in the budget.
The first public hearing on the budget will be held
at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Anna Maria City
Hall, 1009 Gulf Drive.
In other business, the commission approved a
resolution enabling Mayor Fran Barford to go to the
Manatee County Commission and ask that it include
the city's Tampa Bay shoreline from the Rod & Reel
Pier to Bean Point in the county's next beach renour-
Barford said because the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection now considers this area as
"critically eroded beach" rather than an eroded inlet,
the area is eligible for state and federal funding in the
next Islandwide beach renourishment project.
Planning for the project is under way, but Bar-
ford said she needs the resolution to have the county
"initiate the required studies" to include this area in
Anna Maria sets tentative
2009.10 millage rate
That area is "now in the mix" for renourishment,
In response to a question from Woodland, Barford
said the bayside renourishment effort might not be
sand. Marine engineers working for Manatee County
have suggested groins or T-end joints to stabilize the
beach for the area, she said.
Mattick praised Barford's efforts to get this area
included in beach renourishment funding.
"She's been spearheading this a long time and
stayed on top of it. She really deserves a 'thank you,'"
Barford said that U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan (R.-
Longboat Key) and state Rep. Bill Galvano (R.-Bra-
denton) also deserve credit.
The commission got some more good news when
Barford said she and Percycoe were able to obtain a
$5,000 grant from the Justice Assistance Grant Pro-
gram for a new ATV. Unfortunately, a $17,000 grant
request for a boat to use by law enforcement and city
staff on the city's coastal waters was rejected.
Commissioners also approved a $5,200 contract
with M.T. Causley Inc. for structural inspection ser-
vices at the city pier and approved a new annual con-
tract for building official services with Causley.
The building official services contract of
$130,000 is the same amount for Causley as the
Barford also recognized the contributions of long-
time city resident Elizabeth Moss and her late husband
Gene, saying the city has renamed the alley behind the
Moss house on Willow Street as "Moss Alley."
Manatee Beach lift
By Lisa Neff
Crews are nearly finished with improvements
to the wastewater lift station in the Manatee Public
Beach parking lot.
The Manatee County Utilities Department is in
the process of rehabilitating lift stations in the area,
including the master lift station at the beach at Gulf
Drive and Manatee Avenue in Holmes Beach, where
work began late last fall.
The county's wastewater program involves main-
tenance of 1,165 miles of collection lines served by
more than 547 lift stations that move wastewater to
one of three plants. These plants treat about 21.4 mil-
lion gallons of wastewater each day.
The lift station at the beach controls the waste-
water flow from Island customers, according to a
spokesperson with the county utilities department.
The work at the beach lift station involved replac-
ing all of the components inside the structure -
valves, pumps, electronics, and an emergency power
generator. The equipment was more than 30 years old
and repair parts were no longer available.
"The lift station rehabilitation project is almost
complete," said Jim Marble, county lift station section
superintendent. "The station is now operating on the new
pumps, and the generator installation is complete."
In addition to increasing the reliability of the
equipment, the new pumps and controls should result
in significant e nc i .. savings for the facility, accord-
ing to county officials.
The county is on track with the improvements.
With the project getting under way in December 2008
, officials estimated the work would be completed by
the end of this summer.
Marble said the remaining work involves "mis-
But construction-related activity at the Manatee
Public Beach will not cease for long.
In November, the county plans to demolish the
deteriorated pier, to be followed by the construction
of a 300-400 foot fishing pier.
THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 29, 2009 0 11
Ocean Conservancy seeks
By Lisa Neff
On mornings when Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch volunteers mark off a nest or count hatched
eggs, crowds gather at the sites.
Some people are simply curious.
Many decide they want to be involved, somehow,
someway as witnesses, guardians, protectors -
but either do not live on Anna Maria Island perma-
nently or cannot devote walking time to AMITW.
"It's fascinating. To think that while I was over
in that house sleeping, a turtle came out of the Gulf
and laid this nest," Eileen Makepiece, a part-time
Island resident from Orlando, said as she watched an
AMITW volunteer count hatched eggs from a nest in
Holmes Beach. "I'm N I i ndin '. what can I do?"
AMITW offers ways for non-walkers to become
involved from donating services, such as serving
as educators, to adopting a nest through a financial
Other organizations also provide outlets for turtle
enthusiasts to join the campaign to safeguard pro-
Island residents, full-time and part-time, can
become partners, guardians and champions of sea
turtles through the Ocean Conservancy NESTS pro-
NESTS stands for Neighbors Ensuring Sea Turtle
Survival. Through the program, OC, which operates
an office in St. Petersburg, encourages residents and
businesses on Florida's coasts to learn about sea tur-
tles, share information with others and take steps to
protect the animals.
"It's a rewards program for people who do cool
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Miller said 100 eggs are needed to become a
partner and receive a certificate and NESTS window
sticker; 150 eggs to become a guardian and receive
a certificate, sticker and yard sign; and 200 eggs to
become a champion and receive a sticker, plaque and
an outdoor NESTS flag.
Egg-earning activities include attending an edu-
cational program on sea turtles, taking measures to
turn out lights during nesting season, picking up trash
on the beaches, spreading the word about turtles and
nesting season, reducing obstacles on the beaches,
landscaping with native plants and supporting sea
turtle conservation by joining an organization.
Enrollees, for example, earn 25 eggs for turning
off or shielding lights, and 50 eggs for the installation
of "turtle-friendly" fixtures.
The program, supported by Walt Disney World
and Caribbean Conservation Corporation, is free to
'The ultimate goal is to help sea turtles survive,"
said Miller. "It all starts with local communities."
To Makepiece, NESTS sounded like a neighbor-
hood watch program for turtles, and a simple initia-
tion into the conservation campaign.
"And maybe next year," she said, "I'll be in a
place to walk for turtle watch. Because it is excit-
Nesting season on Anna Maria Island is nearing
the end of its third month, with nest totals already
exceeding last year's total count for 2008.
By July 19, AMITW executive director Suzi Fox
reported that walkers documented 148 nests on the
Island. The total in 2008 was 147 nests.
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Island teen fights acute leukemia
By Lisa Neff
Matthew Bauer was trying to bounce back from
strep throat and swollen glands.
The 16-year-old from Holmes Beach was taking
antibiotics, but the swollen glands persisted.
Mononucleosis? mother Julie Pecor wondered. A
common question for a parent with a teen suffering
strep, swollen glands and feeling down.
"He really wasn't feeling good one day," said
Pecor, a nurse with Manatee Memorial Hospital in
Bradenton. "I dragged him to the doctor."
Matthew's diagnosis did not come back as mono-
nucleosis. The diagnosis was acute myloid leuke-
mia, a cancer that starts in cells that would normally
develop into different types of blood cells.
AML develops quickly and can be fatal.
The treatment must be aggressive.
On July 9, Matthew was admitted to All Chil-
dren's Hospital in St. Petersburg, which is the only
specialty licensed children's hospital on Florida's
He began undergoing chemotherapy July 11, and
will continue the treatment for nine months.
The day after he was admitted, a posting on a
Web page following Matthew's fight read, "His spir-
its are up even though the doctors confirmed the type
of leukemia. Matt has AML leukemia. Unfortunately,
it is the worst form of leukemia that was possible, but
fortunately they caught it very early."
To care for her son, Pecor took a leave of absence
from Manatee Memorial. Instead of working at a hospi-
tal, she is staying at the Ronald McDonald House to go
daily to All Children's Hospital to be with Matthew.
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of Holmes Beach. Matthew is undergoing chemo-
therapy at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg
after being diagnosed earlier this summer with
"He had a hard day yesterday," Pecor said early
July 23 before leaving the house for the hospital.
Matthew was struggling last week to fight off
infections, dealing with nausea, weight loss, cat
scans, spinal taps and other tests.
"He's going to get through this," Pecor said. "But
it's going to be a very long course."
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system and testes.
Matthew is expected to return home in August,
after the first cycle of chemotherapy and recovery.
He'll stay home for two days, then return to the hos-
pital for tests to determine whether he can spend
another eight days at home before starting a second
round of treatment.
The cycle of treatment and recovery will be
repeated until next April.
During that period, Matthew, who attended
Manatee High School and then Edison Academy on
a basketball scholarship, will be tutored.
Matthew, Pecor said, is coping with the illness
- angry, but cheerful when friends arrive to visit.
On Anna Maria Island, efforts are under way to
assist Matthew and his family.
A bank account, the Matthew Bauer Fund, exists
at Wachovia Bank at Marina and Gulf drives.
At the bakery counter at Ginny's and Jane E's at
the Old IGA in Anna Maria, where Matthew works,
his co-workers set up a donation bucket. Some co-
workers are adding their tips to the collection.
Benefits also are being planned to raise money
for Matthew's treatment and care, with friends plan-
ning to place donation boxes at Island businesses and
organize a concert next month.
Pecor has health insurance, but her benefits are
capped at $1 million not enough to cover her son's
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Red tape fouls WWII award effort
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria resident and World War II veteran
Frank "Frankie" Almeda was wounded three times in
combat, but never received the coveted Purple Heart
award that honors soldiers wounded in battle.
For years after he was discharged from the U.S.
Army, Frankie never gave much thought to getting
the Purple Heart he rightly deserves.
Now, at age 87, Frankie knows he doesn't have
much time left and he'd like to get his Purple Heart
and appreciate its significance.
But Frankie has run into what all ex-service
members know can happen to military citations and
awards: red tape.
A few years ago, Frankie wrote the Army asking
about getting the Purple Heart. The Army responded
that he needed documentation for his wounds and it
could find no evidence in his service record that he
was wounded. The Army also noted that many of
the records for enlisted personnel who served during
WWII were destroyed in a 1973 fire.
The Islander newspaper provided some records
and service background on Frankie's behalf to U.S.
Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Longboat Key).
Alas, Buchanan's staff discovered that red tape
still exists, even in today's modernized, computerized
Joan Hansen and Sally Tibbetts of Buchanan's
staff wrote the Army's personnel section in St. Louis
on Frankie's behalf.
The Army replied that it needed official docu-
mentation that Frankie's wounds were a result of
enemy action, that he was treated by medical per-
sonnel, and that his wounds and treatment were part
Matthew's fight against cancer
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Pecor's co-workers have donated their vacation
hours to allow her more time off, though she knows
she must return to work, possibly commuting from
St. Petersburg to Bradenton, before Matthew's treat-
Other friends have offered to help with the fam-
Pecor said she's appreciative of the help.
But finances are not foremost on her mind.
\ ly main focus is Matt,"
Anna Maria resident and World War II veteran
Frankie Almeda. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
of official medical records.
In addition, the Army said it required the name
of Frankie's unit when he was wounded, eyewitness
accounts of his actions, the official daily morning
report of his unit that mentions his wounds and any
notification of next-of-kin.
After 65 years, however, Frankie's memory of
the dates he was wounded and his combat units are
not as sharp as they were in 1944 and 1945.
Frankie received shrapnel wounds to his leg and
arms during a Japanese artillery attack on Morati
Island. He was with a forward observer unit and the
lieutenant in charge of his outfit said he would put
Frankie in for the Purple Heart. Frankie can no longer
remember the lieutenant's name.
In the Philippines, Frankie lost part of his ear to
Japanese machine gun fire and was struck by phos-
phorous bomb particles when a Japanese fighter plane
dive-bombed him while he was working on a dock.
He remembers that in the Philippines and on
Morati, he was with Headquarters Battery of the
116th Field Artillery Battalion, commanded by Lt.
Col. Frank Powell. The 116th was part of the 31st
(Dixie) Infantry Division from Tampa. Frankie's
artillery unit was supporting the 115th Infantry Regi-
ment in much of the Philippine fighting.
Tibbetts said Buchanan's office has asked the
Army to search for documentation, but without the
dates of Frankie's injuries and the names of people
who saw his wounds, it may be difficult to satisfy the
Tibbetts said Buchanan has worked as an advo-
cate for area veterans on a number of occasions and
has "successfully secured and presented several
medals that mean so much to veterans and surviving
Unfortunately, said Tibbetts, "There are times
when constituents were unable to provide the details
and documentation necessary to meet the criteria for
the awarding of medals." The office continues to
work on Frankie's behalf, she said.
Frankie also has an advocate in Russ Wilkins, an
Army veteran in Lakewood Ranch who is trying to
get Purple Hearts for prisoners of war who died in
captivity during WWII. He has successfully obtained
the award for his uncle, who died in a German POW
camp one month before the war ended.
Wilkins, who said he would make it a personal
cause to see what he can do to help Frankie, has made
many contacts in the Army and in the department of
defense in his efforts to find and identify the remains
of the 70,000 American WWII servicemen still listed
as missing in action from the war.
"I would be honored to assist [Frankie] in help-
ing honor his service and sacrifice to his country,"
Frankie said he appreciates the efforts on his
behalf. He can't understand how the Army could not
have reports of his wounds, especially from Morati,
and that the records can't be located.
"I'm grateful to everybody. I just hope we can get
this done. I never thought to remember the exact day
and time I got wounded or the names of people around
me when I got hit," he said. "It would just be nice if I
got my Purple Heart while I can appreciate it."
Support for Frankie
Anyone interested in helping Buchanan's
office to obtain Frankie's Purple Heart, or who
is personally aware of any of the details sur-
rounding his WWII circumstances, can call Joan
Hansen or Sally Tibbetts at 941-951-6643, or
e-mail email@example.com. or sally.
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Former Commissioner Cramer readies testimony
By Rick Catlin
Former Anna Maria City Commissioner Linda
Cramer said she is prepared for the Aug. 10 trial of
two men accused of home invasion, robbery and false
imprisonment at her Anna Maria residence in April
"I'm looking forward to putting an end to this
ordeal," she said. "It's been a tough year."
In addition to the home invasion, in which she
received multiple bruises and injuries when she strug-
gled with her attackers, Cramer is suffering from a
genetic kidney disease and has had other health issues
the past 14 months.
"I really want to put closure to this," Cramer
The two suspects arrested in the case, Michael
Gambuzza and Christopher Drescher, have entered
Suspects claim rights violated
Michael Gambuzza and Christopher
Drescher, the two suspects charged in the April
2008 home invasion and false imprisonment of
former Anna Maria City Commissioner Linda
Cramer, have alleged their civil rights were vio-
lated by law enforcement and that there are a
number of errors and omissions in the case.
In a 10-page handwritten letter to presiding
Judge Gilbert Smith, Gambuzza alleged that his
and Drescher's "civil rights have been violated
repeatedly by the Manatee County Sheriff's
Department," including the arresting officers and
In addition to the letter, the suspects sent
Smith a copy of a civil rights complaint they
wrote that has not yet been filed with the U.S.
District Court in Tampa.
The defendants name the arresting officers,
the detectives who investigated the case and
Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube.
Gambuzza and Drescher allege that the
defendants deprived them of their rights under
the fourth and 14th amendments to the U.S. Con-
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seizures, while the 14th amendment guarantees
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Cramer had no comment on Gambuzza's allega-
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it related to identifying suspects in a police lineup.
Gambuzza and Drescher have had four trial dates
postponed since they were arrested in May 2008.
The two are charged with one count each of
home invasion and robbery, a first-degree felony,
and one count each of false imprisonment, a third-
The home invasion charge carries a maximum
sentence of 30 years upon conviction, while a guilty
verdict for false imprisonment could bring up to 10
years jail time.
Both suspects have been in the Manatee County
jail on a $175,000 bond since they were arrested
about a week after the incident.
Cramer was beaten and robbed at the home of her
boyfriend, Joe Pandolph of Crescent Drive, after two men
posing as delivery men forced their way into the house,
reportedly looking for cash, jewelry or other valuables.
Pandolph was not at home at the time of the attack.
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police
departments plan to outfit patrol cars with new com-
puters with grant money.
Anna Maria hopes to put an ATV on the beach.
The law enforcement operations are in line for
funding through the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement Justice Assistance Grants program.
In Manatee County, for fiscal year 2009-10,
the regular JAG program is offering $180,737 in
Some of the dollars will be applied to county-
wide programs, such as drug court, and some will be
directed to local law enforcement agencies.
Holmes Beach is requesting $40,000 for seven
computers in patrol vehicles.
In Anna Maria, which is policed by the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office, officials hope to secure fund-
ing to buy an ATV to patrol the beach and a small
boat to patrol the shoreline. A specific amount has
not been requested.
Meanwhile, earlier this year, Bradenton Beach
Police Chief Sam Speciale said his city had received
approval at the county level for a one-time JAG
appropriation for $36,000 for six laptops and $40,000
for a new police vehicle.
That funding a total of $741,885 for the county
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Nick Engler of Bradenton Beach is a World War
II veteran, but he didn't often think much of his ser-
vice until he visited Utah Beach in Normandy, France,
in early June for the 65th anniversary ceremony of
"I walked the beach that day and cried for the
guys who didn't come back. I had never thought
much about the war and what I did. But the day of
the ceremony, I finally felt good about myself and my
Nick's saga of the fighting in Europe began on
Dec. 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor Day.
A student at the University of Notre Dame, Nick
was visiting a girlfriend at Smith College in upstate
New York that day.
As he was leaving his hotel, his girlfriend rang
to tell him to turn on the radio. The Japanese had
attacked Pearl Harbor.
"I went back to Notre Dame and figured my time
was coming soon. I had already signed up for the
draft," Nick said.
He left Notre Dame and went to work as an
accountant and his draft notice arrived in the summer
"I had a bad toe and my mom insisted I wouldn't
be drafted, but when I took the physical, I never said
anything about it during the exam. It wasn't a big
deal and I didn't want that as an excuse to get out of
the service," Nick recalled.
After infantry training, Nick was sent to Ohio
State as part of the Army Advanced Specialist Train-
ing Program. When the ASTP was dissolved in 1943,
Nick was sent to Dayton University for six months
of engineering school.
While at Dayton, he took a test for medicine and
scored high enough to be offered a pre-med program,
but Nick protested that he didn't really want to be a
The Army must have listened because, after sev-
eral months of pre-med study, he was ordered back
to the infantry.
Assigned to headquarters company as a clerk,
Nick lobbied for an assignment as a rifleman.
\ ly commanding officer said I was crazy, and I
was probably the worst rifleman they ever had, but I
got my wish."
When the Army called for volunteers to be
assigned to Europe and the front lines, Nick raised
"I got to Englandjust after D-Day and spent three
months in specialized infantry training. We got to
Utah Beach in October 1944, and we took a 40-by-8
[trailer] to Luxembourg."
The 40-by-8 trailer was so called by the infan-
try because it could carry either 40 soldiers or eight
In Luxembourg, Nick and his outfit were assigned to
the 377th Infantry Regiment of the 95th Infantry Division,
part of Gen. George S. Patton's famed 3rd Army.
"We got to the front at midnight and our first
assignment the next morning was to attack a town on
the other side of the Moselle River. I was scared, but
I thought I was smart and told the sergeant I could
operate a radio."
Thinking that being a radio operator would keep
him off the front, Nick was surprised to learn he
would be in one of the first boats to cross the river.
At dawn, the Germans attacked in what Nick
described as "hand-to-hand" combat.
"We were all scared, but we didn't want to let our
buddies down. I was petrified the whole time I was
at the front, but we just did our duty."
World War II veteran Nick Engler ofBradenton
Beach with some of the mementos he received
when he returned to France in June for the 65th
anniversary celebration of the D-Day landings in
Normandy. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Beach in his
World War II.
That duty included going ahead of his company
as a scout on one particular mission in November.
"I was leading the company down this road. I
turned around to give the signal to move up and I
got hit with a mortar. I was paralyzed and could only
move one hand."
When his unit came by, they thought he was
"I laid there for three days and then I heard some-
one say 'Leave this guy, he's dead.' I shouted 'No,
I'm not,' so they dragged me to the aid station and
put me on a Jeep to a field hospital."
At the hospital, Nick was covered with a German
Army blanket. Medics, thinking he was German,
ignored him to first deal with American casualties.
A short time later, while on the operating table, he
went into shock, but he survived and was sent back
Nancy Ambrose of Holmes Beach is the
winner of the Manatee County American
Cancer Society's 2009 Courage Award.
Kimberly Borsheim, representative for
the Bradenton Unit American Cancer Soci-
S ety, said the 2009 award
to Ambrose was "for her
I &d S determination and posi-
S tive attitude, and ability
to not only live life nor-
mally, but to be an amaz-
ing advocate and support
Ambrose "Nancy truly deserves
the recognition the award brings her way," said
Ambrose, who has successfully battled
breast cancer, helps organize Anna Maria
Island's annual Relay for Life in support of
THE ISLANDER U JULY 29, 2009 0 15
to a hospital in England for recovery.
"The doctor said I would never use my arm again,
but a nurse said she could fix it with therapy, and she
did. I owe her a debt."
Nick was discharged from the hospital in late
April 1945, and returned to the front lines three days
before the Germans surrendered.
"At first, we celebrated until someone told us we
were going to the Pacific to fight the Japanese. We
were not a bunch of happy soldiers when we heard
that," Nick remembered.
The regiment was returned to the United States
to train for the Japanese invasion.
"We were scheduled to be one of the lead regi-
ments in the invasion, so you can imagine what we
Two days before the regiment was scheduled
to depart for the far Pacific, the atomic bomb was
dropped on Hiroshima.
After a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki,
the Japanese surrendered.
"We had a two-day celebration," said Nick.
The atom bomb saved a lot of lives, including
American and Japanese.
"When people tell me the atom bomb wasn't
needed, I tell them it saved my life. We had heard
the Army estimated casualties for the invasion were
about 1 million, and that was just for our guys, not
After his discharge, Nick returned to Dayton Uni-
versity where he got a degree in physics, got married
and had two children. He taught physics at Dayton
for 36 years before retiring.
In 1994, he fell in love with Anna Maria Island
while on vacation and bought a condo at Runaway
Bay in Bradenton Beach.
He never said or thought much about his wartime
service, but in June 2009, he returned to France for
the 65th anniversary of D-Day.
"I thought about the heroes there. The guys who
didn't make it were the heroes. I walked through the
gravesites where the guys were buried. I thought I
was just lucky to have made it, lucky to be alive. I
walked on Utah Beach and cried, but when I finished,
I felt at peace with myself after all these years.
"The French people were marvelous. They
couldn't do enough for us. They made us feel special
and I guess that's when it all came out of me about
the war. I'm so glad I went."
Nick Engler. A proud member of the Greatest
"The Greatest Generation" and "Forgotten
Generation" columns are for Island, Longboat Key,
Perico Island, Palma Sola, Village Green, west Bra-
denton and Cortez veterans, man or woman, who
served in the armed forces of any allied country (U.S.,
Canada, Britain, Holland, Norway, France, Poland,
Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, etc.) during
World War II or the Korean War. We'd like to hear
from you. Please call Rick Catlin at 941-778-7978.
the American Cancer Society Manatee Unit.
Ambrose, also an associate of The Islander,
was nominated by the newspaper and named
statewide winner from among all daily and
weekly newspapers of the 2004 Florida Press
Association's Shining Star Award for community
She also spearheaded the Anna Maria Island
Butterfly Park at Holmes Beach City Hall. She
contributes her time and assistance to The Island-
er's annual ceremony each November honoring
While representing The Islander, Ambrose
was named volunteer of the year for the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce and Shin-
ing Star of the Island, Longboat Key and Siesta
Nancy and husband David reside in Holmes
Islander wins 'Courage' award
for cancer fight
16 0 JULY 29, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
State awards harbor grant to Bradenton Beach
By Lisa Neff
Florida Fish and Wildlife officials shipped good
news to Bradenton Beach a letter announcing
a $165,000 grant for the city's planned mooring
But city project/program manager Lisa Marie
Phillips stressed much work needs to be done before
a mooring field is established.
"Our out-of-pocket maximum is $35,000
cash. Before we embark, I am suggesting a feasibil-
ity study," she said. "With budget constraints, we
have to be absolutely sure this is fiscally respon-
The city commission authorized the grant appli-
cation to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission in April.
At the time, city staff, elected officials and a
commission-appointed committee were getting
started on a harbor plan, part of a broader rec-
reational boating master plan sent the state for a
preliminary review in June. Another element of
the boating plan is a kayak/canoe launch at Herb
The harbor plan addresses how the city would
manage the harbor and protect the environment, as
well as promote public access and recreational oppor-
"There is a process, a sequence of events, if
you will, that helps get us where we want to go,"
Phillips said. "For instance, we cannot approach
the Department of Environmental Protection
about a mooring permit without a plan. Hence
the HMP. DEP will tell us how many mooring
spaces we are allowed, which is almost guaran-
teed to be different than what we ask for, and
we will base our feasibility on that number. We
don't want to build something we cannot afford
Some of the FWC grant money could be used to
fund a study as part of the planning for the mooring
Phillips, however, has not yet presented a recom-
mendation to city commissioners.
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stance Cordle and brother Michael B. Cordle. She
was preceded in death by her husband Mack "Pistol"
and nephew Cecil "Burt" Haynes.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. August 4.
Burial will be at Memorial Park Funeral Home &
Cemetery in Memphis.
Elise Ingram Price
Elise Ingram Price, 93, of Bradenton, died July
Born in Millhaven, Ga., Mrs. Price's family
members were pioneer residents of the Eatonton,
Ga., area. Her family moved to Palmetto in 1924,
including her twin brothers, Carl and Lamar, and
a younger brother, Thomas. Her sister, Montine,
the only surviving member of
the family, was born in the old
Christine Ruth Hospital in Bra-
denton. Her father, Carl, was the
developer of Bay View Park in
the 1920s. He died at the age
of 40, leaving her mother with
five children. She was a gradu-
Elise Price ate of Palmetto High School in
the class of 1936. She attended Florida State College
for Women (now FSU) and received her degree in
elementary education in 1938. She was a member
of Kappa Delta Sorority at FSCW and the Alumni
Chapter in Bradenton. She returned to Bradenton and,
when the Anna Maria Island School grew to 25 stu-
dents, she joined the principal and only teacher, Lena
Phelps, as the teacher of three elementary grades in
one room. After a year at Anna Maria Island School,
she became a teacher of the third, fourth and fifth
grades at Samoset Elementary, where she stayed for
During World War II, she worked at Hillsborough
Air Base in Tampa and at the Sarasota-Bradenton
Air Base. Married on May 24, 1947, to Edgar H.
Price Jr., the couple established a home in Bradenton,
where they have since lived except for the 60 days of
the Florida Legislative Sessions from 1959 to 1966,
when they moved to Tallahassee with their son, Jerry,
for the session while Mr. Price served in the Florida
THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 29, 2009 0 17
Elise Price is pictured in the back row, second from left, with students and principal, Lena Phelps, right
rear, at the original one-room Anna Maria Elementary School.
She was active in community life as a life
member of Entre Nous, the Service Club and the
Original Thirteen. She was a member of the First
Baptist Church of Bradenton since 1945, where she
taught Sunday school and served as a department
officer. Elise and Ed were married in the church's
old sanctuary and celebrated their 62nd anniversary
this past May.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
First Baptist Church of Bradenton, 1306 Manatee
Ave. West, Bradenton, FL 34205, or to the Salva-
tion Army, 1204 Fourteenth St. West, Bradenton, FL
34205. Visitation was July 24 at Shannon Funeral
Home, Bradenton. A private family memorial service
will be held at a later date. Online condolences may
be expressed at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com.
She is survived by her husband, Edgar H. Jr.; son
Jerald S. of Tallahassee; grandchildren Hilleary Price
of Bradenton and Carrie Price Whaley of Bradenton;
great-grandson, Otis Preston Whaley of Bradenton;
sister Montine Ingram Moreland of Swansboro, N.
C.; and nine nieces and nephews.
The surfing is free and easy on the Internet
at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Other free hot spots on the Island:
Melinda's Cafe & Catering, 5315 Gulf
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Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
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Matt & Dom's, 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Feeling Swell, 9903 Gulf Drive, Anna
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
July 4, 100 N. Shore Drive, Bayfront Park, bever-
age violation. Deputies responded to a call of about
500 people on July 4. "There were several intoxicated
parties," according to the report. "They were being
unrespectful, loud and boisterous. I found the sober
ones and told the offending parties to leave. They
July 19, 8600 Gulf Drive, driver's license. Depu-
ties stopped a man driving w ilthI 'l a seat belt secured
and determined he did not have a driver's license. He
July 21, 500 block Loquat Drive, information.
Deputies were called to a work site that did not have
a permit for construction. The city's building official
had placed a stop-work order on the job, but the stop-
work order had been removed. The contractor said
he had been in the hospital and "did not have any
idea what was going on," according to the report.
The building official said he would confer with the
city attorney before commencing any enforcement
July 21, Gulf of Mexico, reckless boat opera-
tion. Deputies were contacted regarding a 20-foot
boat operating in a reckless manner in the Gulf of
Mexico near swimmers. The boat left before marine
July 13, 122 Bridge St., Drift In, criminal mis-
chief. The complainant said someone caused damage
less than $999. No further information was pro-
Julyl3, 2400 block Gulf Drive South, Coquina
Park, bayside boat ramp, burglary. The complainant
said someone took property from his vehicle. No fur-
ther information was provided.
July 14, Cortez Beach, traffic arrest. Officers
stopped a vehicle and discovered the tag was not
assigned to the vehicle and the driver did not have a
driver's license. He was arrested. No further informa-
tion was provided.
July 14, Cortez Beach, theft. The complainant
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No further information was provided.
July 18, 400 block Second Street North, criminal
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too. No further information was provided.
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No further information was provided.
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degree felony charges for alleged possession or
promotion of child pornography.
Chiquet, according to a police report, alleg-
edly met the teenager in January at a skateboard
shop he was operating in Bradenton.
The report indicated that the teenager said she
and Chiquet had a sexual relationship, and that he
took sexual photographs of her in his apartment
that were downloaded on his computer.
Police executed a search warrant earlier this
month and seized the computer.
Chiquet is scheduled for arraignment Aug.
store-owner chased two people who took four cases
of beer, valued at $68. He lost sight of the two men.
A surveillance tape was provided to police for evi-
July 119, 4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public
Beach, trespass. Lifeguards called officers regard-
ing an argument over a man using a metal detector.
Officers approached the man and observed two open
containers of beer. He became verbally abusive to
officers, and he was issued a trespass warning and
left the beach.
July 19,4500 block Gulf Drive, battery of spouse.
The complainant said his wife hit him in the nose.
He said her family and friends were staying in their
small one-bedroom apartment and he became angry,
yelled at her and then struck her. She said he then
stumbled over a chair and fell, hitting his nose. He
July 19, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Publix, theft. The
manager of the store stopped an officer and said a
man had just taken a 12-pack of beer, valued at $6.99,
without paying for it. Officers identified the suspect
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9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Wagon tours through Robinson Pre-
serve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-4501. Fee
2p.m. Landscape photography presentation with James Corwin
Johnson at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Thursday, July 30
10 a.m. Giving Tree drum circle at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
7 p.m. American Music Film Series presents "Standing in the
Shadows of Motown" at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Wednesday, Aug. 5
1:15p.m. Gulf Coast Writers meets at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee.
Wednesday, 7 a.m., Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch hosts the
public on tour to a turtle nest with a nesting process discussion. Group
meets at Manatee Public Beach near the grills.
Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
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Oddities of the deep Gulf move closer
It seems that a lot of uncommon critters are being
spotted in the Gulf of Mexico of late.
Anna Maria Island anglers in less than 150 feet
of water are catching sailfish, usually a deepwater
Dolphin, mind you, the fish, are being caught
relatively close to shore, a species usually found only
in the deep.
Ted Dorenkamp had a whale shark visit, nudge
and bump his boat off Bean Point in the Gulf last
It is thought that our old friend the Loop Current
is to blame.
There is a huge mass of water in the form of a
current that enters the Gulf between the Yucatan Pen-
insula of Mexico and the western edge of Cuba. The
Loop Current flows toward Louisiana, then branches
toward Florida to the east and Texas to the west.
The Loop Current does a series of, well, loops
through the Gulf before ending up in the Florida
Straits between the Florida Keys and Cuba. It then
forms the Gulf Stream and heads north across the
Atlantic Ocean to Ireland.
In the spring and summer, it seems the loops in
the Loop Current migrate a bit more eastward toward
Southwest Florida. Deepwater fish that hang out in
the current move with it, and we see critters like sail-
fish and dolphin-the-fish move closer to shore.
Whale sharks, too.
About those big fish
Whale sharks are the largest fish found in the
waters on Earth at upwards of 50 feet in length. The
big fish are in almost all the world's warm-water
oceans. They take their name from the first people
who spotted one and described it as being as big as
a whale and shaped like a shark.
Unlike sharks, though, these critters are filter-
feeders. Lunch is plankton, small fish or maybe an
occasional mackerel that gets scooped up in their big
maw. The only harm they can cause humans is to roll
on one, or gum you to death both unlikely occur-
They do seem to be curious about swimmers and
boats, though, and don't mind being approached or
approaching a diver to see what that other-world
thing is doing in its environment. Dorenkamp can
attest to that fact after his encounter last week with a
whale shark 18 miles off Bean Point.
Whale sharks also are sort of a psychedelic-col-
ored fish. Their skin is marked with a yellow spots,
stripes and checkerboard patterns over a gray back-
ground. The marks are distinct on each shark, making
They're mostly deepwater critters, and can dive
to depths of a mile. Most of the time, though, they' re
found near the surface slurping up plankton. They' re
also solitary, although whale sharks have been seen
clumped up where the food supply is good in a gam,
herd, school, pod, shiver or collage, whichever is
your choice of description for the grouping.
Jack Morris is a senior biologist doing shark
research at Mote Marine Laboratory. He's been part
of a team that is ti L.in, whale sharks, mostly off
Cancun, Mexico, to study their travels.
Morris said they've tagged between 600 and 700
of the animals. There seems to be a large ai I. ,,i'n II
of whale sharks off the Yucatan Peninsula, making
t,,a 'inl' easier.
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conditions. One "star" that was tagged logged 4,500
miles, from Yucatan through the Florida Straits to the
Caribbean, and when the tag came off she was in the
southern hemisphere in the Atlantic.
It is plausible that the whale shark Dorenkamp
saw last week could be in the Indian Ocean next year,
The path of the creatures means that there are no
sub-species of whale sharks, Morris said. They travel,
they mate with new friends, they move on throughout
the warmer waters of the world.
The collection of the fish near Mexico seems to
be a result of an upwelling of ocean currents, which
draws other fish and lots of plankton for whale shark
A whale shark was spotted off Pinellas County
last February. Dorenkamp saw one off Anna Maria
last week. There also have been reports of a whale
shark off Lido Key and Venice of late. Same fish?
Are there more around than usual? Again, no one
knows, al ltho 'ugh N II i i s suggested that the increase in
sightings could be due to more people being out on
the water than in past years, or the lack of red tide,
or the drought and the resulting absence or reduction
of pollutants entering the water through stormwater
There is a "very cool" thing about whale sharks
and how they eat. Morris said there is a hair-like rim
in front of the animal's gills that serves as a collector
of plankton. The animals gulp in water through their
mouth and pump it toward their gills. The filters col-
lect the plankton, which the whale shark then slurps
off with its big tongue, like a kid licking a Popsicle,
or shakes its head before taking a big swallow.
"It's very unusual, and very cool," he said.
Females whale sharks bear live young, up to 200
at a time, all about 2 feet long at birth. The fish reach
sexual maturity at age 30 or so, and can live up to 100
Flying fish, too
Morris pointed out another oddity in the Gulf of
late. Flying fish, normally a deepwater species, have
been spotted on the M-1 and M-2 reefs about 8 miles
out. He has no idea why they' re so close to shore.
Flying fish, according to National Geographic,
"can be seen jumping out of warm ocean waters
worldwide. Their streamlined torpedo shape helps
them gather enough underwater speed to break the
surface, and their large, wing-like pectoral fins get
1 I ing fish are thought to have evolved this
remarkable gliding ability to escape predators, of
which they have many. Their pursuers include mack-
erel, tuna, swordfish, marlin and other larger fish.
"The process of taking flight, or gliding, begins
by gaining great velocity underwater, about 37 miles
per hour. Angling upward, the four-winged flying fish
breaks the surface and begins to taxi by rapidly beat-
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takes to the air, sometimes reaching heights over 4
feet and gliding long distances, up to 655 feet.
"Once it nears the surface again, it can flap its tail
and taxi without fully returning to the water. Capable
of continuing its flight in such a manner, flying fish
have been recorded stretching out their flights with
consecutive glides spanning distances up to more
than 1,300 feet."
The Florida Museum of Natural History has a
grim forecast for the fate of whale sharks.
Whale sharks have fins. Fins are prized in east
Asia for soup, priced at upwards of $100 a serving.
The museum's assessment of whale sharks, both for
its meat and its fins, states:
"At present, commercial fisheries for whale
sharks are limited, but may expand from an increased
demand for food products. In Taiwan, approximately
100 whale sharks are taken annually. The whale shark
meat fetches a high price in this country, and this
fact has stimulated larger harvests over the last years.
Fishing for this shark also occurs in the Philippines
... providing food for the local fishing communi-
Here's a fish that can grow to 50 feet in length
and can live for upwards of 100 years, and people are
killing it to make soup?
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Hook, line and license
Beginning Aug. 1, resident angles who fish from
the shore will need a $9 shoreline fishing license
or a $17 regular saltwater fishing license. The
state instituted the license requirement in advance
of what was expected to be a more costly federal
requirement. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
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THE ISLANDER 0 JULY 29, 2009 0 21
Hot, hot, hot weather also produces hot fishing
By Paul Roat
Hot weather is producing some hot fishing action
in the bays and in the Gulf of Mexico offshore of
Anna Maria Island.
Backwater action is great for trout, redfish and
catch-and-release snook. There are also some reports
of flounder and snapper in the bays.
Mackerel are a good bet in the passes, plus a few
pompano and an occasional bonita.
Offshore action continues to be excellent for
grouper and snapper.
Don't forget to get a fishing license if you're
going to fish from shore after Aug. 1. It's only $9,
available at most tackle shops or the tax collector's
office. Before you go into sticker shock, remember,
a bunch of the money will go toward fish research.
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said the heat
is prompting many fishers to do "low-light" fishing
- dawn and dusk. Inshore action during the cooler
times is producing lots of catch-and-release snook,
redfish and trout around the lights in canals, with
live bait like shiners working best for the bigger fish.
Passes are producing epic quantities of big snook,
with Longboat Pass being the best spot for both line-
siders and juvenile tarpon. Offshore action continues
to be great for lots of mangrove snapper, gag grouper
and even some dolphin-the-fish near the weed lines,
about 30 miles out.
Capt. Mark Johnston at Annie's Bait and
Tackle in Cortez said he's catching lots of snapper
on live bait, plus redfish "are really starting to turn
on." He's finding lots of catch-and-release snook by
the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, as well as tarpon.
Capt. Sam Kimball out of Annie's said his off-
shore trips are producing lots of grouper and snap-
Frank Whitney at the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna
Maria said fishing has really picked up the past few
days. Anglers there are catching lots of big redfish,
many too big to keep, "and you can walk on all the
snook around the pier. They're just terrorizing the
place." Mangrove snapper are also a big deal, with
most in the 16- to 20-inch range. Mackerel are also
a good bet at the pier, plus a few sheepshead.
At the Anna Maria City Pier, Jesus Rosario
said the catch ranges from mackerel to mangrove
snapper, with some early-morning tarpon hits. One
90-year-old man caught a 5-foot-long silver king last
week on 12-pound-test line and jumped the fish twice
before it broke off. They're also catching flounder,
sheepshead and catch-and-release snook, plus sand
perch and cobia off the shallows.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said offshore action "is intense." He reports
catches of large red grouper, amberjack, mahi-mahi,
mangrove snapper, gag grouper, yellowtail snapper
and big sharks, including blacktips. "The best action
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is past 100 feet, and live bait such as pinfish has been
working best." He took Frank Almeda of Anna Maria
and friends out last week for a bunch of gag and red
grouper and snapper. "Fishing was fast and furious,"
Capt. Larry said, "but while working with Frank, his
experience and skill had us catching the largest and
most impressive grouper. Frank is not only a 38-year
resident of Anna Maria, but he's 87 years old, which
made his fishing skills even more astounding. It
was his first trip with Show Me The Fish Charters,
and it was most definitely phenomenal. Way to go,
Capt. Mark Howard on SumoTime Charters
said the speckled trout bite continues to be strong
along the Intracoastal Waterway and near the deep
ledges. "Redfish are biting underneath deep docks
along the Manatee River and potholes along the man-
groves," he said, "and mangrove snapper are thick
along structures in the bay and the nearshore reefs.
The shark bite has been very good inside the bay."
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez said not to expect
any radical changes in fishing for the next few weeks.
"It's hot. The water is hot, and, fortunately, the fishing
can be hot as well." He said the catch for the next
few months should be diverse but constant: "decent
trout action, most of the specks are of average size,
but some nice gators are definitely out there running
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Amy /, ..i ,,.., may have
Asset a world record
s a with her black grouper
s her 93.5-pound fish,
caught in the Gulf
of Mexico off Anna
Maria Island. She was
fishing with husband
Dr. Andy on Team
S Legmakr with Capt.
S Anthony Manali and
his wife, JoAnn. Amy
is a speech therapist
and director ofreha-
bilitation at Kindred
Hospital in Ocala;
Andy is a physician in
Ocala and Inverness
and both are frequent
visitors to the Island.
Islander Photo: Cour-
tesy Joann Manali
up to 27 inches. They have been found on open-water
seagrass beds in 5 to 7 feet of water. Redfish are
scattered and ranging in size from 15 inches to 35
inches depending on the area you're fishing. Man-
grove snapper are the staple catch of mid-summer
and can be found anywhere from bay ledges, wrecks,
dock pilings, and deep-cut mangrove shorelines. A
surprising number of big mangoes have been encoun-
tered on the open grass beds while pursuing trout,
bluefish and mackerel. There also have been reports
of pompano in Sarasota Bay. In order to target them
you need to use pompano jigs or live shrimp, but it's
unusual to have them around with the water as hot
as it is. Tarpon are still a possibility, but the big thick
schools are dispersing and the best bet for encounter-
ing a silver king is inshore where they will be found
in smallish pods in deep channels and dredge holes
just inside Gulf passes and at the mouth of large bays.
Snook have wrapped up there spawning on the past
two full moons and are beginning to filter back to
the bays and will be found staging just inside the
passes until the first cold weather drives them farther
inshore." Offshore action includes snapper, grouper,
mackerel and bonito.
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and may be
submitted to Paul Roat by e-mail at paul@islander.
Captain Mark Howard
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By Rick Catlin
Island Fitness moving,
reopening Aug. 3
The AMI Fitness Center in the Shoppes of Tide-
mark, Holmes Beach, is closed while it completes a
move to its new location in the S&S Plaza, 5364 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, owner Kip Lalosh said.
He said he plans to reopen with a new name,
Anna Maria Island Health and Fitness, and wel-
come old and new members Aug. 3 at the new,
Kip said that while he regrets the inconvenience,
he'll have more details on new programs and equip-
ment once the new location is operational.
For more information, call Kip at 941-718-
Islander nabs two first
place, six total press
The Florida Press Association recently named
The Islander and reporter Lisa Neff as the winner
in two categories of newspaper writing in its 2008
Better Weekly Newspaper Contest for journalism
excellence, and The Islander garnered a total of six
awards in its division. Neff also received a second-
place and third-place honor.
Neff took first place in outdoor writing for her
story "Day by Day: Celebrate the Earth," and first
place in sports column for "The house that Spahn
Neff's sports feature, "Memories of an 'Earl'
of Baseball," won a second-place award, while
her "Island Passion, National Pasttime" reporting
received third place in the sports page or section FPA annual convention, held this year at the Breakers
category, resort in Palm Beach.
Islander reporter Rick Catlin took a third-place For 2007, The Islander received eight FPA
award in the community service category for the awards.
newspaper's Greatest Generation column and the Got a new business going up in Anna Maria
Islander's annual ceremony honoring veterans at the Island, Cortez, Palma Sola, west Bradenton or Long-
veteran's monument at Holmes Beach City Hall. boat Key? How about a new product or service, an
The Islander won a third place award in the edito- anniversary, a new hire, or an award-winning staff
rial page competition for "Our Opinion, Your Opin- member? Call Island Biz at 941-778-7978, fax
ion" that included Jack Egan's original cartoon, your news to 866-362-9821, or e-mail us at news@
The annual awards were presented July 11 at the islander.org.
SJA makes a
-s. j e t difference at
Sa -1 AME
a Junior Achieve-
with AME students
in third-, fourth-
S .. Barbara Turner-
.*. Grace and teacher
are pictured with
students and the
replica they created of a working city. Students learned about how communities operate and connect with
businesses, different jobs, taxes, voting and how it makes a difference, inner workings of a city, and global
marketing for a business. Islander Photo: Courtesy JA
Looking forward: 2009.10 AME calendar
*Aug. 3, administration office reopens.
*Aug. 18, noon, student-teacher classroom assignments posted on
the front entrance window and cafeteria doors.
Thursday, Aug. 20, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Back-to-School night.
Monday, Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m., first day of the 2009-10 school year.
Monday, Aug. 24, 8:45 a.m., new parent welcome in the cafete-
Monday, Sept. 14, 3:15, School Advisory Committee meeting with
board nominations in the media center.
Tuesday, Oct. 20, family dinner night and third-grade play.
Saturday, Oct. 31, Fall Festival.
Tuesday, Nov. 17, family dinner night and second-grade play.
Dec. 5 and 6, AME student art exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art
League Winter Arts and Crafts Festival, Holmes Beach.
Tuesday, Dec. 15, family dinner night and first-grade play.
Saturday, Jan. 16, Dolphin Dash.
Tuesday, Jan. 26, family dinner night and third-, fourth- and fifth-
grade talent show.
Tuesday, Feb. 23, family dinner night and kindergarten play.
Tuesday, March 23, Family dinner night and kindergarten, first- and
second-grade talent show.
Saturday, April 17 or 24, Spring Fling at St. Bernard Catholic
Tuesday, April 27, Family dinner night at fourth-grade play.
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FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may
advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or
less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver
in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, e-mail email@example.com,
fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
TABLES: SMALL, ASSORTED. Affordable prices.
Essence of Time. 941-792-3545.
HAND-PAINTED DESK and hutch, $50. Curio
cabinet, $50. Coffee table, $10. Miscellaneous,
$10-$20. 941-778-1989, 941-773-9829.
WASHING MACHINE: GE, white. $100.941-448-
LINOLEUM ROLL, 6x12-foot, brick pattern, $60.
WANTED:YOUR OLD cell phone, especially models
with sim cards and chargers. Deliver to The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
RESTAURANT TABLES, CHAIRS: 8 30-inch
square tables, 20 black wrought-iron high-back
chairs with padded seats. Miscellaneous goods.
HUGE, DECORATIVE FRAMED mirrors: Several
styles to choose from, sizes from 4 by 6 feet, to
5 by 8. $250-$400. 941-730-2606.
ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet, $350.
Small antique burl-wood rocker, $200. 941-778-
A Portrait by
the Sea done
by the Island's
is a lasting
315 58th St.
Holmes Beach, FL 34217
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
BRADENTON BEACH GETAWAY! Beautiful Gulf-
front studio suite condo. Ground-floor end unit right
on the beach. Summer vacation getaway two-night
special, $249. Reserve now, 941-779-0101.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Global market,
market connections. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@
MANATEE SAFETY SIGNS, exclusively for boat-
ers available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.
COMMUNITY MODERATED GROUP for free
exchange of items in Sarasota-Bradenton. Have
something you no longer use? Give it away.
Barter, community events, parent advice. http://
haron Villars, rx.
E-Pro. R alor ......
I for all our rentals
SAllincer ,uJ 5316 L.\iinm. Dii'c
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BRADENTON BEACH CLUB
condo with den. Built
in 2005, this like-new
condo has peeks of the
Gulf and a great rental
** history. Covered
parking, deeded beach
Turnkey furnished. A supreme value in today's market.
This property will not last long. $389,000.
Call Jesse Brisson
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-
4805 SECOND AVE.
Holmes Beach 4BR/3.5BA, new construction.
$719,000. Fisher Real Estate
316 & 320 64TH ST.
Holmes Beach 499,500. Fisher Real Estate
310 CLARK ST.
Holmes Beach 4BR/3.5BA, new construction
$647,500. Fisher Real Estate
T,, 1 EXPERIENCE
35 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
PALMA SOLA 3BR/2BA, pool, large lot short block to bay.
Well maintained. $199,000.
RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT, 2BR/2BA condo, downstairs
end unit. Clubhouse, pool, tennis. $129,000.
GULFFRONT 1 & 2 BR, Available now. Weekly, monthly.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Annual or seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayviewpool, boatdock,
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, vacations, weddings, reunions, seasonal.
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
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Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
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Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
Paver Brick Store.com
Pool Deck, Patio & Driveway Renovations
Craig C. Fideler & Assoc, LLC
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each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less.
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SALE: NIKI'S. STAINED-glass tables, mirrors,
sterling jewelry, 50-70 percent off. Select art,
furniture, antiques, vintage, 50 percent off. Open
seven days. 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office sup-
plies, t-shirts, treasures.
ESTATE SALE: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug.
1. 203 Periwinkle Plaza, Anna Maria, located
off Gulf Drive. Curio, four sets of china, buffet,
dinette, rattan server, prints, occasional tables,
lamps, chairs, twin bedroom sets, craft items,
tools, trailer, kitchenware, linens, lawn mower,
more. Also, 1991 Ford Escort, 1994 Ford Ranger
truck. Sale conducted by Palma Sola Sales. Num-
bers given out at 8 a.m.
FOUND: BIFOCAL SUNGLASSES on July 5
near 28th Street, Bradenton Beach. Claim at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
LOST: ORANGE-STRIPED cat. Less than 1-year-
old, answers to OC, six toes each foot, green collar
with bell. Last 63rd Street and Holmes Boulevard.
Call Mary, 941-448-1481.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All applicants
screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-
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.
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NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
First-aid certified, great with kids and animals!
Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.
NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter or
dog walker? Experienced. Red Cross certified in
CPR for all ages. Call the twins, Kayla and Ariel
TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red
Cross certified in babysitting. Loves children. Call
Katie, 941-778-1491 or 941-447-4057.
TRISH AND KIM babysitting service, house
cleaning and pet sitting. Certified. Experienced.
Call 941-538-8922 or 941-538-2081.
LAWN MOWING/DOG walking? Will walk dogs
any day, mow lawns after 5 p.m. weekdays, after
11 a.m. weekends. 941-447-7092.
CALL ZACK, 13, for odd jobs. Will do anything
you need done after school and Saturdays. 941-
RED CROSS LIFEGUARD for private parties at
your pool. $10/hour. Call Marie Durocher, 941-
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.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-
778-7770. Leave message.
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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 hurri-
cane covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro doors,
ODL inserts. TDWSINC@msn.com. 941-730-
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-
EXPERIENCED NANNY: SEEKING full or part-
time, moving to area, newborn experience, good
references, have transportation. 321-356-9130.
GRACE'S CLEANING SERVICE: Licensed and
bonded, reasonable rates. Call for estimate. 941-
QUALITY PRESSURE CLEANING: Driveways,
houses, boats etc. Mold, salt, dirt removal. Dis-
count prices. 941-916-4629.
COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Oldest
and best on Anna Maria! 34 years of happy cus-
tomers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch, Storm-Check,
windows, etc. Rentals our specialty. pinesolpatty @
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
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close to home. We provide full house checking
services when and what you need to ensure
your house is secure and cared for while you
are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
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UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience. Gift boutique, nail products, hand-
bags, jewelry and sunglasses. 9908 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. Call for an appointment. Now offering
in-home pedicure services. 941-713-5244.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
MUSIC LESSONS WITH Koko Ray. Island studio
open now. Instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone,
guitar and piano. 941-778-8328, or evenings, 941-
758-0395.315 58th St., Studio I, Holmes Beach.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941 -
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15.12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $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.
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rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
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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-
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JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.
PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Island resident, very meticulous and reliable. I
take pride in my work. For a free estimate, call
Colin at 941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
PAINT:AVERAGE ROOM, $75. Customer supplies
paint. Exterior, one story. Pressure washing. Free
estimates. New phone number! 941-721-7521.
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.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
A newer gated waterfront community one mile
from Anna Maria Island.
New 2BR/2BA Furnished, 1912 SF. $395,000.
3+BR/4BA, game room, 3611 SF. $799,000.
4BR/3BA furnished, boat and slip included,
3363 SF. $1,290,000.
Waterfront Lot with 40-ft boat slip,
sailboat water. $499,500.
Call Everhart Realty & Development
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.
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 1 BR/1 BA duplex.
Lakefront with dock. Walk to beach. Double garage
with washer/dryer. No smoking, pets. Holmes
Beach. $875/month. 941-232-3704.
ANNUAL: GULFFRONT: 1BR/1BA. $750/month
includes water and sewer. 503 Gulf Drive S., Bra-
denton Beach. Michael, 1-813-244-6032.
1BR/1BA EFFICIENCY: STEPS from beach.
Unfurnished, all utilities included except phone.
Handicap accessible. Pets welcome. $800/month,
annual. 941-224-5664 or 941-224-7326.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON: 2BR/1 BA. Walk to
Palma Sola Bay. Washer and dryer. $895/month.
ANNUAL 1 BR/1 BA: WATERFRONT, 60-foot dock,
ground level, quiet, clean, beautiful. $875/month.
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ADORABLE 3 BR/2BA ground-level home located just one
house from the bay. New tile floors, great neighborhood and
short walk down the street to the beach! $350,000.
1 BLOCK FROM RIVER...Quaint, historic 2 bedroom
home located in river district. Hardwood floors, fireplace,
huge fenced backyard, surround sound throughout, mature
tropical landscaping & more! $160,000
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ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA in Holmes Beach.
Washer-dryer hookups. $850/month. 941-778-
6541 or 941-504-3844.
BEACH VIEW! 1 BR/1BA fully-furnished, includes
cable TV, electric, water. Walk/trolley to everything!
PET-FRIENDLY 2BR/1BA, unfurnished. Com-
munity college area. $700/month. Realtor, Real
Estate Mart, 941-356-1456.
TOWNHOUSE: BOAT SLIP, pool. Furnished,
unfurnished 2BR/2BA. $950/month. Flexible.
Realtor, Real Estate Mart, 941-356-1456.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON HOME: Furnished
3BR/2BA, family room. Close to Island. $1,200/
month. Realtor, Real Estate Mart, 941-356-
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: 1 BR/1BA. One mile from Anna
Maria Island. You own the land. Not a co-op. No
monthly fees. Steps to water. Great condition.
Free boat ramp access. $79,000. 513-470-3851.
GORGEOUS 5BR/3BA TOWNHOUSE for sale
on Anna Maria Island. Fantastic location opposite
Publix and five minute walk to beach. Beautifully
decorated with superb rental history. Tennis courts
and two pools. Offers in excess of $310,000! Will
be sold to highest bidder. Telephone 01144 20
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"DISTRESS" SALE: BANK foreclosures. Island
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PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
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LAKEFRONT GRAND OPENING sale! Aug. 15
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SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
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
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sold for $69,900 and $64,900, not half as nice as
this one! Excellent financing. Call now, 888-792-
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Chiles Group softball team runs the table
By Kevin Cassidy
The Chiles Group entry into the Manatee County
Parks and Recreation softball league ran the table in
the 2009 C-division regular season and playoffs to
finish as the first undefeated team the league has seen
in 10 years.
CG's 18-0 record is even more impressive when
you consider the parks-and-rec department offers
three seasons per year, making this undefeated regu-
lar-season and playoff run the first in 30 seasons.
CG had two really close calls during the regular
season. The first one came on June 30 when they won
a back-and-forth battle with West Coast Aluminum
by an 18-16 score. A week later, the team found itself
trailing Rico's Pizza 4-3 going into the bottom of the
seventh inning. CG managed to tie the score at 4-4
on the way to a 5-4 victory in eight innings.
The playoffs were a grind for the players, with
Chiles Group in four games in three nights on the
way to the championship. They opened their playoff
run by defeating Nuisance Wildlife Removal 11-5 on
July 21, and followed that with a 22-5 victory over
Rico's Pizza on July 22.
Chiles Group had to win two games on July 23
to take the title. They easily won the first game over
Master Batters 16-4 on the mercy rule.
The championship game against Camo Pimps
was not quite as easy. Chiles Group jumped out to a
9-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but found
itself trailing 13-11 at the end of three innings.
The deciding moment in the game came with
Chiles Group trailing 13-12 in the bottom of the sixth
inning. CG loaded the bases for Chiles Group out-
fielder Scott Ellis, who came through with an inside-
the-park grand slam home run to put up a 16-12 lead.
They then withstood a bases-loaded threat by Camo
Pimps on the way to a 19-16 victory.
After one playoff victory, Chiles Group softball
manager Joe Rodgers joked, "I took a ragtag crew
and coached them up to a championship squad."
Rodgers, also manager of the Sand Bar Restau-
rant, pointed out that the team includes current and
former employees as well as several players with
Rodgers attributed a lot of the team's success to
the players' ability to stay loose and have fun together.
It also didn't hurt that they had two players hit over
.700 and four players batted .600 or better. Throw in
good overall team speed and solid fielding and you
can see why they were so successful this year.
Other members of the team include second-baseman
Matt Bowers, shortstop Keith VanOstenbridge, pitcher
Kevin Morash, catcher Jeff Cavanaugh, third-baseman
Adam Moffett, first-baseman James Daniels, left-fielder
Brando Fetzik, right-fielder Rob Newingham, center-
fielder Greg Harland, EH Don Voakes, pitcher Mike
Mancusso and outfielder Bob Tucker.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club women played an individ-
ual-low-net game on July 21. Terry Westby earned
clubhouse bul,''in' rights for the day with an even-
par 32. Joyce Brown, Markie Kzaisek, Joyce Reith,
Jane Winegarden and Tootie Wagner were all a shot
back in a five-way tie for second place.
Four teams emerged from pool play during July
25 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall
horseshoe pits. In the first semifinal, Steve Doyle
and Jeff Moore skunked walker Debbie Rhodes 22-0,
while Sam Samuels and Gary Howcroft did the same
to Hank Huyghe and Herb Ditzel by a 23-0 score.
In the finals with Samuels and Howcroft clinging
to an 18-14 lead, Samuels showed why he's known
as "Six-Pack" Sam, throwing a double ringer to win
the match at 24-14.
The July 22 games saw Steve Doyle and Gary
Howcroft earn top honors as the only undefeated team
after pool play. Bob Heiger and Jeff Moore defeated
Jay Disbrow and Sam Samuels 22-9 in the playoff
for second place.
The C /,,/.. Group fji., il team poses for a photo after opening season playoffs with an 11-5 victory,
extending its undefeated streak to 15 games. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. War-
mups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team
selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is
Sign up now for Her-icane challenge
The Manatee High School Her-icanes girls soccer
team will host its fourth-annual fundraising golf
tournament at the Bradenton Country Club at 1 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 26. The team uses the money raised
for uniforms, warmup suits, soccer equipment and
For a $100 donation, players can test their golf
skills in a four-person scramble on the challenging
layout at Bradenton's exclusive club.
All players registered prior to the Aug. 1 dead-
line will receive a goody bag, cart and greens fees, a
post-tourney banquet and guaranteed fun throughout
the day. Also on tap are a straightest-drive contest,
two closest-to-the-pin contests, a putting contest and
tons of prizes will be awarded. The field is limited
to the first 100 golfers, so don't delay.
The Her-icanes also are looking for tournament
sponsors to help their cause. For $800, a business
can purchase the Hat Trick, a package for a four-
some of golf, banquet, tee or green sign on the
course and a banner that will be displayed at all
Manatee Her-icane home soccer games. A golden
goal sponsorship includes a foursome and a tee or
green sign on the course for $500, and a tee or green
sign for the tournament for $125.
To sign up, list four players and each player's
phone number and send the list and check payable
to Manatee Girls Soccer Booster. Mail it to me, Her-
icane Coach Kevin Cassidy, 2011 79th St. N.W.,
Bradenton FL 34209. For more information, call
me at 941-807-1105.
Islander Tom Creed received a top volunteer
award from the Special Olympics Florida July
19 in Orlando.
Creed accepted the Bill Crutchfield Award
during an annual banquet at the Florida Hotel.
Crutchfield was the first executive director
of the state organization. The award in his name
is presented each year to "the volunteer who has
demonstrated outstanding service, who has been
a dynamic and positive influence upon the lives
of people with intellectual disabilities and who
has a high commitment to the mission of Special
Olympics and human dignity."
Creed is a volunteer with Special Olympics
He began his involvement with the Manatee
chapter years ago, after retiring and moving to
"Like many volunteers, Tom has worn sev-
eral hats over the years, and currently serves as
Manatee County's competition director and is a
certified coach in tennis and aquatics," stated the
announcement that accompanied the award.
"Whether he is raising funds for the program
through grant writing or as a Rotarian, transport-
ing athletes to practice, chaperoning, coaching
or prepping for games, Tom, along with wife
Rosann, is a staple of Manatee's program."
The state organization praised Creed's "con-
stant encouragement for Manatee's athletes,"
lom Creea accepts me 1ill Crutcnplela Awara
for volunteer service July 19 during the Special
Olympics Florida annual awards banquet in
and his treatment of each athlete "with the dignity
and respect they deserve."
Islander wins 'special'
state volunteer award