VOLUME 17, NO. 40
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Trolley budget final-
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Turtle camp sought.
Board extends contract with P.S. Beach
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County commissioners voted
to extend the contract with the operators of
Cafe on the Beach for another year.
The board decision also extends the
contract with P.S. Beach Associates for con-
cessions at Coquina Beach for a year.
While P.S. Beach Associates owners
Gene Schaefer and Dee Percifield-Schaefer
wanted the time extension, they said they
remain concerned about the future of their
operations and their employees.
Last week's commission vote came
slightly more than a month after county com-
missioners authorized county staff to collect
proposals for concessions from PS. Beach
and others at the two major public beaches,
Manatee Public Beach and Coquina Beach.
Commissioner Carol Whitmore voted
against the proposal.
County administrator Ed Hunzeker pro-
posed considering new options to make sure
the county was getting the best deal.
During the July 28 meeting, Commis-
sioner John Chappie, who represents Anna
Maria Island, asked whether another com-
missioner who voted to seek bids in June
would motion to reconsider that vote.
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Members of the Harris family from Cambridge, England, place their orders at the outdoor
window at Cafe on the Beach at Manatee Public Beach. The county is preparing to accept
bids for the concessions at the Manatee Public Beach and Coquina Beach, but a petition
drive is under way to guarantee current lease tenants and operators of Cafe on the Beach
remain. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
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Pipeline gets plugs from business groups
*dinance By Lisa Neff
S11 Islander Reporter
The majority of people to testify July 28
section before a panel of federal officials favored a
roach. proposed deep-water port and natural gas
,The hearing at the Manatee Conven-
tion Center in Palmetto July 28 involved a
16 proposal from Port Dolphin Enl. I ,'. LLC to
build and operate a deep-water port about 28
police. miles off the coast of Anna Maria Island in
the Gulf of Mexico. A pipeline would carry
natural gas from the port to the mainland at
?r Port Manatee, then continue several miles
Yes, inland to connect with other gas pipelines.
Corona The purpose of the hearing was to
Page 17 address the final environmental impact state-
Biz ment a comprehensive review of the per-
mitting and approval process for the project,
the nation's ln.'l' needs, and whether the
project impacts air quality, cultural and his-
toric resources, fish habitat, threatened or
endangered species, navigation and transpor-
tation and land use.
Ray Martin of the U.S. Coast Guard wel-
comed about 65 people to the hearing.
Martin stressed that the Coast Guard is
"not a proponent" of the project, but that it
must evaluate Port Dolphin's design standards
and other elements of its plan.
Patrick Marchman of the Maritime
Administration outlined a schedule for the
government's review of the license application
- a public comment period ends Aug. 27, fol-
lowed by a Sept. 11 deadline for Gov. Charlie
Crist to weigh in on the project, followed by
a decision from the Maritime Administration
on the application in late October.
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A speaker testifies before a panel offederal officials on a proposed deep-water port and
gas pipeline. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
"We will consider issues of concern,"
David Hanobic represented the Federal
Eni i .vY Regulatory Commission as a panelist
at the hearing because FERC must review Port
Dolphin's onshore plans.
Those who testified were given three min-
utes to make their points to the panelists and
for the record, which was taken by a court
reporter. Just a few of the 18 people who testi-
fied exceeded the time limit.
A Port Dolphin representative stressed
the projected $150 million in direct benefits
the project would provide in the area and the
"need for e niic-.l' in south Florida."
Several Manatee County residents, as well
as a couple of attorneys for business groups,
also stressed the economic benefits of the
"We believe that this project is very valu-
able, not only for this area but for the state of
Florida as well," said Tammy Perdue of Asso-
ciated Industries of Florida, a lobbying group.
She said the project would pump "millions of
dollars immediately" into the state.
PLEASE SEE PIPELINE, NEXT PAGE
For the record
Details of the Port Dolphin Enilc I 'v
LLC plan for a deep-water port in the Gulf
of Mexico and a pipeline into Tampa Bay
are online at www.regulations.gov. The
docket number is USCG-2007-28532.
The public also can post comments
regarding the plan on the Web site.
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Cafe on the Beach OK'd for 1 year Pipeline public hearing
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The board's rules allow reconsideration of a vote at
the meeting at which it was taken or the next meeting.
"There was one chance to bring it back up,"
Chappie said later, but he did not get a motion.
Chappie said the bid process must involve discus-
sions with officials in Holmes Beach and Bradenton
Beach to make sure the county "delivers what the
communities want out there."
The July 28 decision to extend the contract
was based on a review of the agreement between
the county and PS. Beach. The agreement requires
the county to compensate the company for delays in
renovation of the Manatee Public Beach facility that
damaged business operations.
As a result of delays in renovations several years
ago, staff recommended the contract be extended 260
days to July 19, 2010.
PS. Beach began oversight of the concessions in
1992 and has built a following with its all-you-can-eat
buffets and pancake breakfasts at Cafe on the Beach.
Customers expressed relief that the restaurant
operators would remain for at least another year.
"I think this is one of the major attractions on the
Island," said Joe Schmidt, a vacationer from Toronto.
"We love it here. It's the first place we stop at when we
come down. Sometimes even before we check in."
However, customers expressed concern that
county staff will continue to entertain proposals for
concessions at the Island sites.
Therefore, a petition drive calling on county offi-
cials to renew the PS. Beach agreement will continue.
Already more than 1,000 customers have signed.
"We are proud of what we've built," Percifield-
Schaefer said. "I think we've been ideal. We have
taken it from a pit to what it is today."
PS. Beach will pursue the concessions in the bid-
ding cycle, but Percifield-Schaefer added her displea-
sure with the process.
"We' ve been through this two times already."
Jack Reid, a representative from Seminole Elec-
tric Cooperative, said natural gas is a vital component
of the state's e n i .- \ mix.
"It's important that this project get approved," he
Others made similar statements.
And a few questioned the project.
Holmes Beach resident Barbara Hines, a board
member with the ManaSota-88 environmental group,
encouraged the federal officials to consider a "no
\N-ly often, that no-build option is given short
shrift," she said. "But I'd like you to consider that."
She also encouraged greater consideration of
an option that would require Port Dolphin to connect
with an existing pipeline in Tampa Bay.
Hines said a careful reader of the thick EIS will
find that some marine life is not expected to "come
back" following construction.
An attorney with Gulfstream Natural Gas Sys-
tems also suggested that the government consider
requiring Port Dolphin to connect to the Gulfstream
pipeline already in Tampa Bay.
"That should be the alternative to avoid some off-
shore and onshore impact," said Gulfstream attorney
Jennifer Fitzwater of the Florida Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection said the agency still has concerns
with the project's impact on sand resources, plankton and
fish larvae, especially grouper and snapper.
"Beach erosion is a very real problem," she said.
"Compatible sand resources are critical."
Fitzwater said the EIS contains errors in the
amount of sand that the pipeline would impact.
Bruce St. Denis, town manager of Longboat Key, also
raised concerns about the impact on sand resources.
"The impact on beach-compatible sand has been
understated," he said. "There is a myth that most of
the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico is white sand."
Road work ahead
City commissioners July 28 gave the go-
ahead for the mayor to sign a contract for resur-
facing on a number of roads in Holmes Beach.
The project, budgeted at $123,686, with
money to come from the city's general fund,
will involve work on:
85th Street from the 200 block to Gulf
81st Street from Marina Drive to the
79th Street from Palm Drive to the
78th Street from Gulf Drive to the beach.
75th Street in the 500 block.
74th Street from Marina Drive to Holmes
Boulevard and in the 100 block.
40th Street from Gulf Drive to Second
Fourth Avenue from 48th to 50th streets.
Fourth Avenue from 39th to 38th streets.
37th Street and Fifth Avenue cut-
Fifth Avenue at 37th heading north.
38th Street from the beach to the pocket
36th Street from Sixth Avenue to Gulf
Avenue F from 31st Street North.
30th Street from Avenue C to E.
Avenue B from 28th to 30th streets.
29th Street from the beach to Avenue B.
59th Street from Flotilla to Marina Drive.
Also, the city hall parking lot will be re-
The contract will be with Superior Asphalt,
which also will work on crosswalks in the city,
and is not part of the stimulus-funded work
announced in July.
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Manatee County accepts city aid for trolley
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County commissioners accepted a total
of $24,000 from the Island cities to keep the trolley
fare-free for at least another year.
The vote on July 28 was 5-1, with Commissioner
Donna Hayes in the minority. Commissioner Gwen
Brown did not attend the committee, while Com-
missioner Carol Whitmore, home recovering from
surgery, voted yes via a conference call.
Another $26,000 is expected from the Manatee
County Tourist Development Council for fiscal 2010,
$460,000 from the county's operating budget and the
rest about $500,000 from the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation.
As recently as two months ago, the county board
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for Hair's to You Salon, a $25 certificate from Mister Roberts Resortwear, a $10 certificate for Minnie's
Beach Cafe and the framing of the winning photo by Karly Carlson Custom Framing. The weekly winners
received Islander "more-than-a-mullet wrapper" T-shirts and front-page placement of their photos. Next
week, The Islander's honorable mentions in the popular contest.
Late June, July real estate sales jump
By Rick Catlin
There was an explosion of real estate sales on
Anna Maria Island in the three-week period between
the last week of June and mid-July, according to Jesse
Brisson, real estate reporter for The Islander and a
broker at Gulf-Bay Realty, Holmes Beach. The jump
was particularly evident in the condominium sector
of the market, he said.
According to figures supplied by Brisson, a total
of 15 properties were sold during the three-week
period that ended July 16: nine condominiums, three
single-family homes, two vacant lots and one com-
Leading the transactions was the $6 million pur-
chase of the Beach Inn, Holmes Beach, by Mainsail
AMI Beach Inn LLP Mainsail also purchased for $2
million the vacant Tidemark property adjacent to the
Wachovia Bank, Holmes Beach,.
"Fifteen sales in a three-week period in the
summer is very impressive," said Brisson.
In early July, Brisson and other Island real estate
agents had said there were a number of "bargains"
in the condominium sector of the Island real estate
"It looks like people heard about the bargains and
took advantage," he said.
The lowest condominium sale was for $159,000,
while the highest was $549,000. Most condomin-
ium sales were in the $200,000 to upper $200,000
"There were some great value purchases those
three weeks," he said. "And, in my opinion, there are
still a lot of bargains out there."
Brisson's advice to potential buyers is to jump
in the market now before the fall-winter real estate
buying season begins.
By then, any turn-around in the national economy
could affect the Island real estate market.
"Right now, this is a buyer's market," he said.
While the number of sales in Brisson' s three-week
period might pale in comparison to the "feeding frenzy"
that occurred in 2004-06, when Island real estate sales
and values increased rapidly every month, Brisson said
he's encouraged by the figures and the prices.
"Sales are up and prices are starting to inch up,"
Boil water notice
in Holmes Beach
A boil water notice is in effect in Holmes Beach
between Gulf and Marina Drives from 56th Street to
59th Street until further notice.
The Manatee County Utilities Department issued
the notice following a planned shutoff Aug. 4 for
maintenance and repairs of the system.
Customers in the area are advised that "All water
used for drinking or cooking should be boiled as a pre-
caution. A rolling boil of one minute is sufficient. As an
alternative, bottled water may be used."
The advisory will remain in effect until a bacterio-
logical survey has shown the water to be safe, generally
between 24 and 48 hours after service has resumed.
The department will issue a "Rescission Notice"
when the water is safe to drink.
For further information, call 941-792-8811, ext.
5268, between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and 941-747-
4357 after 4:30 p.m.
was considering a $1-a-day fare on the trolley, which
operates from the city pier in Anna Maria to Coquina
Beach in Bradenton Beach.
At the Coquina turnaround, trolley riders, for a
fare, can connect with another trolley system that
travels Longboat Key to downtown Sarasota.
Each of the Island cities contributed $8,000 to the
trolley fund, the same amount the cities have contrib-
uted the past two years.
The acceptance of the municipal contributions had been
listed on the county board's consent agenda, but removed to
allow for a discussion and a single-issue vote.
Commissioner Joe McClash, elected at-large to
the board, endorsed the effort to keep the trolley fare-
free, saying it is a unique amenity.
Hayes explained her opposition, pointing out a
lack of transit service in the eastern part of the county,
including the expanding Lakewood Ranch.
Trolley passengers should not ride for free on
Anna Maria Island while Lakewood Ranch lacks ser-
vice, she said.
Meanwhile, organizing on Anna Maria Island
for a more permanent fix for maintaining a fare-free
trolley continues, with leaders in the business com-
munity promoting several ideas: holding an Island-
wide festival in the spring, collecting donations on
the trolleys and selling naming rights and advertising
on the vehicles.
Anna Maria City
Aug. 6, 5:30 p.m., budget work session.
Aug. 10, 4 p.m., city pier centennial commit-
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
Aug. 20, 5:30 p.m., budget work session.
Aug 27, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
Aug. 4, 1:30 p.m., city commission meeting.
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.,
Aug. 11, 7 p.m., city commission regular
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Aug. 6, 6 p.m., district commission work ses-
sion on residential sprinklers and the budget.
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
Commissioners meeting, County Administrative
Building, 1112 Manatee Ave., Bradenton.
Aug. 17, 9:30 a.m., Manatee County Tourist
Development Council meeting, Palma Sola Botani-
cal Park, Bradenton.
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
Aug. 25, 9 a.m., Manatee County Board of
Commissioners meeting, County Administrative
Building, 1112 Manatee Ave., Bradenton.
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4 MAUG. 5, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
Manatee County board OKs cell tower talks
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County Commissioners July 28
approved a request from staff authorizing negotia-
tions for the construction of a cell tower on Perico
The board addressed the issue in its consent
agenda, voting to approve a staff request to negotiate
with Vertex Development LLC for cell tower con-
struction services. Commissioner Gwen Brown did
not attend the meeting. Commissioner Carol Whit-
more, home recovering from a medical procedure,
attended via conference call.
County-owned property off Manatee Avenue
would be leased for the cell tower, which, according
to a memo from the property department, 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
An aerial image of Perico Island indicates the
tower would be located on cleared land in Perico
Preserve north of Manatee Avenue and west of Perico
"It is a ways from residences," said Commis-
sioner John Chappie.
He said the tower proposal is in a preliminary
stage and that he wants to hold a series of meetings
with Perico residents on the project.
Commissioners did not discuss the tower before
the vote, nor did any citizens address the tower proj-
ect during the July 28 meeting.
The county is not pursuing a proposal to lease
property for a tower at Coquina Bayside, where it
plans to build a marine rescue headquarters.
Bradenton Beach officials also have fielded pro-
A map of the proposed site for a cell tower on Perico Island. Islander Image: Courtesy Manatee County
posals from companies interested in constructing a
cell tower near the police station on city property.
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-
call the construction and operation of cell towers.
Currently, there is one cell tower on Anna Maria
Island, located on Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.
Other towers in the area are on Cortez Road in
Bradenton and Gulf of Mexico Drive on the south
end of Longboat Key.
... while expert says boater cell business real issue
By Rick Catlin
Wireless services communications don't call
them cell towers expert Ted Kreines of California
said the distributive antenna system wireless services
communications facility proposed by SBA LLC for
Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key is aimed pri-
marily at all the boat traffic that passes through the
waters around the Island.
"That's where the market is. They want the inter-
coastal business. Anna Maria is too small to justify a
system, but the boat traffic is large enough" for a cellular
system to make money, he said. Cell phone usage from
boats is "big business and there is a big demand."
And the demand is not just pleasure boats. Cargo
ships, tankers, barges, freighters and cruise ships that
traverse Tampa Bay channel all carry people who are
Kreines, who wrote the 2003 cell tower study for
Anna Maria's wireless services ordinance, said the
SBA, while a "new player in the game," has a system
that fits with the study he wrote for Anna Maria.
The DAS system "does what we want it to do. I
like it," he said.
Kreines said DAS maintains a low profile within
a community, unlike the Holmes Beach cell tower,
which is an estimated 200 feet high.
Marion Duncan of the All Island
Denominations group of Island
churches accepts $500 from
Anna Maria Island Kiwanis
Club member/Bradenton Beach :
Mayor Michael Pierce. AID will !
put the money to work to assist
applicants to AID who need
help with rent, fuel for their ,
vehicles to travel to work and ,
other necessities. Kiwanis last
week gave $500 to the Roser h
Church for its AID food pantry.
Islander Photo: Ralph Bassett
And the DAS is essentially what Anna Maria's
"Unlike the rest of Florida, which is "into tower
mania," said Kreines, "Anna Maria should get a
medal" for restricting the height of towers in its ordi-
If and when SBA makes a formal application
for a system, Kreines said the mayor should appoint
someone with knowledge of cellular communications
ordinances and cell towers to work with the appli-
Otherwise, suggested Kreines, a cell tower com-
pany, even SBA, might be able to get more for its
system than allowed, and give the city less money
than it deserves.
He maintains that while SBA is one of the "new
players," other companies in the cellular service
business, such as Crown Castle, American Tower,
NextG Networks and Clearlinx are "major players,"
and ruthless in their pursuit of operating areas.
Kreines said to be wary if SBA becomes a sub-
sidiary of or has a contract with any of the
major providers in the cell phone service industry,
particularly NextG Networks.
"They are famous for lawsuits if they don't get
what they want," he said.
And NextG is familiar to the Island. In March 2008,
the company made a DAS presentation to the three
Island cities at the Coalition of Barrier Island Elected
Officials meeting and followed that with several letters
expressing an "interest" in a cell tower application after
the company acquires a contract with a service provider.
The company, however, has not yet filed any formal
application with any Island city.
While it appears that any cell tower contract is
likely a long way off, Kreines advised that if negotia-
tions between Anna Maria and a cell tower company
begin, the city should be aware that cell phone com-
panies that would use the system, such as Verizon,
have to find a nearby location to house their equip-
"That's one of the things that a knowledgeable
person will discuss during contract negotiations," he
Kreines also noted that wireless carriers such as
Verizon and Nextel have a "love-hate" relationship
with DAS, which is popular in airports and enclosed
The carriers can't increase subscription rates
to pay for the DAS, but someone has to pay for its
installation, he said. DAS vendors need the "bless-
ing" of the carriers before they come to a community,
That's why it's a possibility that SBA is a "sub-
sidiary" of a major cell provider, such as Verizon, or
has a "working agreement" with a carrier in place,
In 2004, Verizon made a presentation to the Anna
Maria City Commission about its desire for a cell
tower at the north end of Anna Maria Island, but did
not proceed further. When the new Anna Maria Island
Community Center facility was under construction in
2006, the company expressed an interest to the com-
mission in a cell tower at that location, but eventually
dropped the project.
But with that much interest in a cell tower in
Anna Maria, Verizon "could be your major player"
behind the SBA effort, Kreines said.
SBA made its presentation at the July BIEO
meeting, but Anna Maria building official Bob Welch
said he's had no further contact with the company.
THE ISLANDER U AUG. 5, 2009 0 5
Beach Inn, Tidemark sale: $6 million, $2 million
By Rick Catlin
The Beach Inn resort on 66th Street and the Tide-
mark property adjacent to the Wachovia Bank, both
in Holmes Beach, have been sold to Mainsail AMI
Beach Inn LLP.
The Beach Inn sold for $6 million, while the
Tidemark property brought $2 million.
Beach Inn was sold by Beach Inn Partners, while
Reliance Tidemark LLC sold the Tidemark prop-
Joe Collier of Mainsail Development Group LLC
of Tampa, the managing partner of Mainsail AMI,
announced several weeks ago that his company had
purchased Tidemark and Beach Inn in a foreclosure
sale. Those financial transactions have now been
recorded with the Manatee County Clerk of the Cir-
"This completes the first step in our plans for the
two properties," Collier said.
The Beach Inn will continue to operate as a
12-unit beach rental resort, but will convert to con-
dominium ownership. Plans for the vacant Tidemark
property have not yet been finalized, he said, but the
goal is to build the property according to the 2001
site plan issued by the Holmes Beach City Commis-
Pine Avenue Restoration LLC of Anna Maria,
which includes restaurant-owner Ed Chiles, is a
minority partner in Mainsail AMI. Other individu-
als and groups also have invested in Mainsail AMI,
Collier said, including Mike and Elizabeth Thrasher
of Anna Maria and the United Kingdom.
Collier credited Chiles' enthusiasm for Anna
Maria Island as a major reason he decided to
become involved in the Beach Inn-Tidemark
And he hopes to begin vertical construction at the
Tidemark property this year, once the marina portion
of the property is fully operational. He said he wants
to move as "quickly as possible" with construction
of the project.
"I'm ready to rock-and-roll," he said.
Only the marina portion of the Tidemark hotel-
condominium-marina project has seen any improve-
ment or construction since the site-plan was approved
in August 2001.
For a number of reasons, primarily financial,
the property stood nearly vacant since the origi-
nal developer, Nick Easterling, received site-plan
Easterling ran into financial difficulties and
placed the company in bankruptcy in 2003.
Tidemark was purchased by Reliance Partners
LLC. When that company ran into financial issues,
Mercantile foreclosed on the mortgage and the prop-
erty was sold to Mainsail AMI as part of Mainsail
"I am really excited to be involved in a project on
Anna Maria Island that includes a local component"
with local insight and knowledge, said Collier.
Law firm awarded
The Tampa law firm of Sticher Riedel Blain and
Prosser, PA., that has represented bankrupt GSR
Development LLC in federal bankruptcy court has
been awarded $186,000 in legal fees by federal judge
K. Rodney May.
In addition, May authorized $7,500 in legal
expenses for the firm. The funds will be paid from
GSR assets now controlled by the court.
The bankruptcy involves unsecured claims of $3
million. Only one unsecured creditor in the bank-
ruptcy has received any compensation and that was
GSR filed for bankruptcy in July 2006.
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Back to the future
In reviewing recent stories about proposals to
bring new, improved cell phone reception to Anna
Maria Island, something gave us that "d6ji vu" feel-
ing. As in, been there, did that.
And we have.
Over time, we've all come to accept the Holmes
Beach cell tower and other devices of tc. hn11Iml\,',
such as CDs, cable and dish TV, remote channel-
changers, DSL, MP3 music players, fiber-optics, the
internet and much more.
Cell phones? Definitely.
"It's the '90s," as the character Kramer once pro-
claimed. "It's Hammertime."
He was convincing Jerry Seinfeld to hook up to
cable a necessity of life, he said on the TV
But it wasn't so easy getting the tower in
Holmes Beach approved, and Anna Maria went
through an arduous, lengthy process to limit cell
Even back in the day, the thought that cellular
telephones had no place on Anna Maria Island was
a little unsettling. The court was the battlefield in
Holmes Beach and the city lost. And it lost not only
the right to restrict cell towers, but it lost the rev-
enue it could have realized had the city embraced
the inevitable and agreed to host the tower on city
While one long-gone official did a good job at
putting his foot in his ear, pun intended, to halt cell
towers, we now know that we don't need to limit
tc hn li, 1, to preserve the ambience of Anna Maria
The city of Anna Maria had the foresight to
work with a consultant, and the resulting cellular
communication ordinance could have benefited all
three cities if the cities practiced any level of
cooperation on such matters as codes, ordinances
So now Anna Maria and, hopefully, Bradenton
Beach and Longboat Key can embrace the antenna
system that uses existing facilities utility poles on
established easements to mount small unobtrusive
devises and improve reception, not just for public cell
phone users, but for law enforcement and firefighters,
for the safety and welfare of everyone.
Let's get going. The future may change, but this
is the here and now.
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Wish you were here
On a recent week-long vacation on Anna Maria
Island, staying at a friend's vacation home in Holmes
Beach, my teen-age daughter, pre-teen son and his
friend, had the best time of their lives. And I did,
We went kayaking. We fished from the dock.
Spent time at the beach, rode the trolley, and visited
Mote Marine Aquarium. We took a day trip to Siesta
Key. We saw it all.
But the best part of our trip was the time spent
together relaxing, playing and enjoying ourselves in
the natural beauty of Anna Maria Island while adapt-
ing our city lifestyle to its peaceful, laid-back pace.
The New York Times and other publications may
herald the restaurants, resorts and places to go and
things to do, but the best thing about AMI is the
opportunity to spend time with your family in one
of the most peaceful, beautiful settings you could
And the secret treasures we found while kayak-
ing and walking the beach, well, they're better kept
secret, awaiting the next visitor.
A pin fish is as good a catch as any for two boys
who never fished before. And seeing dolphin in the
wild is an unforgettable treasure.
It's all about the memories.
And thanks AMI, for maintaining our sanity.
Joy Robinson, Newnan, Ga.
While on my usual routine, walking my dog on
Clark Drive in Holmes Beach, I recently came across
a scene that took me a few moments to fully under-
I observed three young boys hiding behind some
palm trees, some seagulls and an egret were in the
middle of the street eating something, and two older
boys were on the third floor of a house under con-
struction. I walked past them to see that the birds
were picking at a dead fish. I turned around and saw
the boys in the house pointing plastic rifles from
an open door and the boys on the ground were also
taking aim at the birds.
I then walked back toward the house and yelled
up to the kids to get down, that it was dangerous. I
asked the boys by the tree about their guns and they
said they had plastic BB guns and, yes, the pellets
were real. They had baited the birds with fish to the
target range. I asked where their moms were and one
boy told me "She's at her house."
I pleaded with them to stop shooting at the birds
and to stay out of the houses that weren't finished
because they weren't playgrounds.
It was heartbreaking to see the egret used for
target practice, as it is probably used to being fed by
well-meaning people in this area and had not known
a fear of humans.
It was frightening to see the boys hanging out of
the house a fall could be traumatic.
And who then would be in trouble if they were
Maybe construction fences are in order.
I know we can't keep our eyes on our kids every
minute, but I especially don't like seeing anyone give
children any sort of guns and allowing them to torture
Lisa Williams, Holmes Beach
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Adopt-A-Beach for Anna Maria
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's environmental education and
enhancement committee is in the process of establish-
ing an "Adopt-A-Beach" program, EEEC chairperson
Susan Brownewell said.
One person has already expressed interest in
adopting a beach, she said, and the committee would
like additional public support and input on how to
make the plan better.
While the committee will not meet again until
October, anyone interested in Adopt-A-Beach
should call Anna Maria City Hall at 941-708-6130,
Brownewell said she would contact interested
parties and provide more information on the program
and invite them to the next committee meeting.
The committee is also considering a recycling
program at the busiest beach access locations. Waste
Management Inc. can place recycling bins at these
locations. Brownewell said it would be a good idea
if all three Island cities were involved in the plan.
"But this is just in the early stages of planning.
We have a long way to go with this plan," Brownewell
Committee members at their July 8 meeting dis-
cussed an EEEC pamphlet called "Welcome to Anna
Maria" for new residents and visitors.
Committee member Tim Eiseler has installed
plant identification signs at the city pier and Gulf-
The committee also plans on having a booth at
the upcoming Bayfest in October to provide environ-
mental information to the public, Brownewell said.
Mark and Miren Alonzo
celebrate two events in their
lives, Mark's 83rd birthday
and their 56th wedding anni-
versary, both July 28. The
couple reside in Anna Maria,
where Mark creates art from
found objects. They are pic-
tured here at a celebration at
S. Rudy's Subs in Anna Maria
with Sue Carlson, seated,
left, and, ,t.,,ta..l,. left, Sally
Woodward and Julie Quinli-
van, owners of the sub shop,
,' "i- i who took part in the mer-
riment. Mark's best friend
-Fritz, was outside at the time
of the photo. Islander Photo:
In the Aug. 4, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
The Islander's Market on Gulf Drive in Anna
Maria better known as Ernie's IGA closed its
doors for good July 31 after more than 50 years of
operation in the same location. An unidentified staff
member said the store had lost 75 percent of its busi-
ness since Publix opened in Holmes Beach earlier in
Anna Maria resident Kathy Granstad presented
Mayor Chuck Shumard a petition with 233 signa-
tures calling for the return of public parking on Beach
Avenue. Shumard closed the street to parking after a
Beach Avenue homeowner complained about public
A Cortez real estate agent said he expected
the vacant Sigma Fish House in Cortez, which was
closed several years ago by owner Tony Huang of
Taiwan, to be sold in early August, but declined
to identify the buyer or any future plans for the
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Court denies HB landlord's appeal
By Lisa Neff
A Manatee County Circuit Court judge denied
an appeal from a Holmes Beach man alleging the
Holmes Beach Code Enforcement Board erred in a
vote against him
The code board found in a nearly three-hour
meeting in February 2008 that David Sandoro, as
the owner of a triplex on Marina Way, violated city
regulations for failing to obtain permits for plumbing,
electrical and window installations.
At that meeting, the board also found that San-
doro violated the city's anti-nuisance code regarding
weeds and debris at the rental property.
The case originated Aug. 31, 2007, when Holmes
Beach code enforcement officer Nancy Hall received
a complaint that non-permitted work took place in
three apartments and a shed at the triplex.
Hall and city building inspector Bob Shaffer went
out to inspect the property with Sandoro. Hall said
there were no violations recorded in two apartments,
but there was a problem with a window in a third unit
and a concern with electrical and plumbing service
to a washer and dryer in the shed.
Both city employees said Sandoro told them he
had hired a handyman to replace the window, includ-
ing the glass and the frame. That work, according to
Hall, should have been done by a licensed contractor
and should have been permitted.
Shaffer added that the window lacked proper
The concern with the electrical and plumbing ser-
vice in the shed was that a washer and dryer hookup
had been recently added, also without a permit.
Hall said that during her initial visit, she and
Shaffer told Sandoro they wanted to make a second
inspection. But that second inspection never occurred.
Instead, Sandoro and his attorney, John Paul Fleck,
decided to go before the code enforcement board.
Sandoro said he felt the complaint was the result
of a vindictive neighbor and that he also felt rail-
roaded by the city.
In his circuit court appeal, which went before
Judge Janette Dunnigan, Sandoro alleged that he
was denied due process due to a change in the com-
position of the code enforcement board between a
December 2007 hearing and the reconvened hearing
in February 2008.
Sandoro also alleged that the board violated due
process by overstepping the bounds of a neutral tri-
bunal to become prosecutors, that the city's code is
indefinite and ambiguous, and that the city did not
present competent substantial evidence against him
Dunnigan, in her opinion, addressed each com-
Regarding the change in the board at the two
meetings, Dunnigan said the complaint is without
merit, and she cited a prior court ruling finding
that the "entire membership of an administrative
board need not sit as a body to hear evidence.... It
logically follows that the composition of a review-
ing panel of board members can change between
Dunnigan said a reading of the CEB's hearing
transcripts "fails to substantiate" Sandoro's allegation
that the board acted as a prosecutor.
Regarding ambiguity in the code, Dunnigan ruled,
"The court finds that any ambiguity ... is resolved
through the code enforcement process."
And, regarding the sufficiency of evidence, the
judge said, "Substantial competent evidence to sup-
port the board's ruling is found in the record."
In her conclusion, Dunnigan said Sandoro was
notified that city staff determined he violated the
code, that he was "afforded an opportunity to bring
his case before a neutral board," and the city's code
enforcement process in the case "exemplifies the pro-
cedural due process appellant is entitled to."
... and Holmes Beach settles dock dispute
By Lisa Neff
The Holmes Beach City Commission went for
calmer waters July 28, approving a settlement agree-
ment that ends a longstanding dispute over a dock and
boat lift on Ambassador Lane.
Commissioners voted 4-0, with Pat Geyer absent
for medical reasons, to approve the agreement with
John and Diane Crawford and to authorize the mayor
to sign the paperwork.
The Crawfords had already signed the agreement,
which meant the commission vote brought the dis-
pute to rest, including an end to the city's civil suit
against the property owners.
The vote also authorized the mayor to sign
a mutual release that states that the parties
involved "release, acquit, and further discharge
each other and their agents ... from any and all
past, present and future claims, damages, obliga-
tions, actions, causes of action, rights, damages,
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The settlement agreement outlines the dispute
and the resolution.
In March 1999, the Crawfords and the prior
owner of the property adjacent to their canalfront
property entered into an easement agreement that said
the Crawfords could replace an existing dock and
install a new boat lift.
The new construction was to create a contigu-
ous dock from the western edge of the Crawford's
property to the eastern edge of their neighbor's prop-
Based in part on the easement between the two
neighbors, the city building official issued a build-
ing permit for the dock and boatlift, which were then
built approved by a neighbor but still encroaching
into the adjacent setback.
In 2007, a city code enforcement violation was
issued for the dock and boatlift at both proper-
ties, followed by the adjacent property owner's
removal of a 10-foot section of dock, the Craw-
fords' dispute of the violation notice and then the
city commission's modification of its dock ordi-
nance, which now allows for agreements among
"The parties have had subsequent discussions and
have determined that it is in the best interest of all
parties to resolve this dispute," states the settlement
The agreement further states that the existing
dock and lift will be "treated as legally non-conform-
The maximum size boat to be placed on the lift
or tied to the dock is 24 feet, measured from tip
of the bow to the stern, but excluding an outboard
No expansion of the non-conformity will be
allowed, but the Crawfords can, under the agreement,
reduce the size of the dock.
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Holmes Beach preparing floodplain plan
By Lisa Neff
Hoping to minimize damages from flooding and
to shave some costs off insurance premiums, Holmes
Beach officials are drafting a citywide floodplain
The adoption of the plan, as well as the steps
taken to develop the document, will earn the city
credits toward a federally supervised discount on
flood insurance premiums.
Later this year, the Federal Emergency Manage-
ment Agency will audit Holmes Beach's floodplain
management program to determine whether the city
has accumulated enough points to improve its score
on the community rating system under the National
Flood Insurance Program.
The CRS is a national incentive program that
encourages communities to adopt floodplain man-
agement activities exceeding the minimum National
Flood Insurance Program requirements.
CRS goals are to reduce flood losses, facilitate
accurate insurance ratings and promote the awareness
of flood insurance.
All three Island cities participate in the national
On the CRS scale of 1-10, Anna Maria's rating is
5, with a 25 percent discount for properties in what
FEMA designates a Special Flood Hazard Area, or the
100-year floodplain, and Bradenton Beach's rating is
6, with a 20 percent discount for SFHA properties.
Holmes Beach's current rating or class is 7, with
a 15 percent discount for SFHA properties.
Over the past two years Holmes Beach has made
efforts to better its score, said public works superin-
tendent Joe Duennes.
That effort is about to become more intense, with
Duennes working with his public works team, city
planning consultant Bill Brisson, Mayor Rich Boh-
nenberger, City Commissioner Sandy Haas-Martens
and Police Chief Jay Romine on a flood management
A brief hearing to introduce the plan process took
place July 29 at city hall and additional meetings will
take place in August and September. The city commis-
sion could vote on a final draft as early as Sept. 22.
"I suspect we'll get to a level 6," Brisson said of
the CRS rating.
"Communitywide, that's a big thing," Duennes
The planning process involves reviewing stud-
ies and reports, coordinating with other agencies that
might have expertise, assessing flood hazards, iden-
tifying and mapping repetitive loss properties and
areas, summarizing the extent of the flood problem
in the city, setting goals for mitigation and taking
Key to the process will be collecting informa-
tion from residents, said Brisson, who reviewed a
questionnaire that people can pick up at city hall.
The questionnaire, which may be expanded,
asks for information about problem sites, including
Is flooding due to tides/tidal surge, runoff of
rainwater, wind-driven flooding?
To what extent is the flooding "street ponding"
and to what extent is the flooding damaging build-
Discuss initial thoughts as to how to solve
... while hardening 50-percent remodel rule
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach has revised its policy for renovat-
ing ground-level homes to make it tougher for build-
ers to skirt a federal mandate.
The mandate from the Federal Emergency Man-
agement Agency, which dates back to 1976, is that
residential structures built in the coastal floodplain
must be elevated.
FEMA allows for limited improvements to one-
story homes built in the floodplain before 1976 in a
regulation that has become known as the "50 percent
rule." Renovations, under that rule, cannot exceed 50
percent of the structure's value.
FEMA allows municipalities to apply the rule.
For a time, Holmes Beach limited single-story
renovations to 50 percent over five years a five-
year cumulative amount.
Holmes Beach eliminated the five-year cumula-
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ovation to a property and, then, with a new appraisal,
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"Since we did away with the five-year cumula-
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ect and then come back and complete a project," the
mayor said. "Well, it's not oi;kinll. because one or
two contractors have tried to take advantage of the
The city recently instituted a one-year cumula-
tive, as well as a requirement for more detailed demo-
lition plans, cost estimates and appraiser values.
"So we don't have ]pi,_',\li_.kini of a contract,"
Bohnenberger said. I 1. \ IA says you cannot stage a
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"The FEMA issue, it never seems to go away,"
On July 28, the city commission voted 4-0 on a first
reading of an ordinance amending appeal procedures
related to floodplain management and building. Com-
missioner Pat Geyer did not attend the meeting.
The proposed ordinance, which needs a review
by the planning commission, would send people
appealing a building official's denial of a permit to
the circuit court rather than the city commission.
The proposed ordinance also would send those
appealing a board of adjustment ruling on floodplain
management to the courthouse, not the commission
"We don't need to be the decision-maker in this
case," Bohnenberger said, adding that a prior policy
had sent appellants to court.
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By Lisa Neff
Christina Swosinski bubbles with enthusiasm.
Maybe it's the morning shot of espresso she's
sipping at Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA.
Or maybe it's the project she's discussing re-
establishing a summer turtle camp on Anna Maria
Island, possibly in time for next summer.
Swosinski, 34, is a volunteer with Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch. She grew up in Bradenton Beach
and her interest in turtles goes way back, to days even
before there was an AMITW.
\ly mom said I was very obsessed, even when
I was little," Swosinksi says.
As a child, she was, she admits, first "a dolphin
But she quickly became a "turtle girl" and stayed
one, even during a brief relocation to North Carolina
her senior year in high school.
"I came back after a year," she says. "I love the
Island, and I missed it."
Swosinski formally became involved with
AMITW in 2002, when she began walking for the
organization, looking for tracks indicating that log-
gerhead sea turtle crawled on the beach.
These days, Swosinski is the coordinator of
AMITW's Section 1, which consists of the narrow
strip of beach on the bayfront in Anna Maria.
L\ _ly year it gets higher and higher," she says
of the nest count on the bayfront, where Swosinski
herself found her first turtle crawl years ago. "Bay-
front has got more than everybody thinks."
Nesting by the numbers
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported
162 loggerhead sea turtle nests on the beach as
of July 31.
AMITW also reported 115 false crawls and
1,111 hatchlings to the season.
As of July 31 15 nests had hatched.
Swosinski assists AMITW in other ways as
She's responsible for AMITW's presence on
MySpace and conducts educational programs about
sea turtles and the need for their protection, especially
in the schools.
For five years, Swosinski was involved in turtle
camp, which took place under the Knowledge Learn-
ing Corporation in coordination with AMITW.
"It had such an impact on the kids, and on me,"
she says of the camp, which brought campers to the
beach to learn about sea turtles and other marine life,
conservation policies and practices, plus enjoy good
When turtle camp began, there were seven chil-
dren enrolled, most of them relatives of the adults
involved in the program.
Last year, 40 children participated, their ages
ranging from 5-14 years old.
"We had five really good summers," Swosinski
says. "Sea turtles just mesmerize people and the kids
became passionate. They came to be aware of some-
thing bigger than video games."
KLC did not operate turtle camp this year, a result
of an ailing economy that forced cuts in programs
and the downsizing of the workforce, including the
elimination of Swosinski's job.
But the layoff provided Swosinski with time to
think about her future and turtle camp's future.
"I'd like to keep it going," she says. "I don't want
it to stop.... I think next summer we will have some-
Swosinski's professional training includes know-
ing how to write curricula, including a sea turtle edu-
cational program that she has prepared.
Swosinski now is working with AMITW execu-
tive director Suzi Fox on the organization's educa-
tional initiatives, which, in addition to camp, may
eventually include an Island-based classroom.
"Christina is a treasure," Fox says. "I believe in
ng season continues through Oct. 31. her and her ideas."
already has documented more nests Swosinski says, "I want a place for the kids to
)n than in all of last season. The 2008 go, And everyone has come to us and said, 'You
147 nests. should do this. This is what you should do. It's impor-
Web.based turtle tracking to begin
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kicking off the second annual Tour de Turtles: A Sea
Turtle Migration Marathon.
For at least three months, Tour de Turtles will follow
11 sea turtles using satellite-tracking tc hn 1ol< ,.' as they
travel from their nesting beaches to unknown feeding
grounds with the goal of determining the first turtle to
reach a 2,620 kilometer distance.
By tracking sea turtle migrations using satellites, CCC
believes scientists can learn more about these mysterious
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Art project opens door
to sign ordinance revision
THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 5, 2009 0 11
By Lisa Neff
The Doors public art campaign has opened the
door to a likely revision in Holmes Beach's sign ordi-
Cultural Connections, a coalition of local art
groups, is working to bring The Doors to Anna Maria
Island as a prelude to the group's now annual art-
sHOP weekend in November.
The Doors project involves reworking old doors
into artwork, which Island businesses will display and
Cultural Connections eventually will auction. The con-
cept is similar to the popular Geckofest in Bradenton.
But an inquiry about the project at Holmes Beach
City Hall by Cultural Connections representatives
Joyce Karp and Marsha Bard prompted officials to
revisit what's allowed under the city's sign ordi-
Specifically, the city is addressing two ques-
How should artwork such as decorated doors
be addressed in the sign ordinance?
How should the sign ordinance be amended to
allow Island-based nonprofit groups an opportunity
to display event banners for extended periods?
The commission explored the issue during a work
session July 28 at city hall and planned to revisit the
matter during a 7 p.m. meeting Aug. 11.
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The Rev. Robb J. Mongiello celebrates his 60th
birthday July 19 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in
Holmes Beach. He celebrated the day with congre-
gations at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. masses.
Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
City planning consultant Bill Brisson told city
commissioners that artwork should not be treated as
signs, but instead treated like art murals.
He recommended amending the ordinance to
"Freestanding artwork such as sculptures or other
decorated physical items without logos, text, num-
bers or other symbols related to a business, service
or product are not considered a sign.
"Artwork such as a painting that is mounted on
a building shall be treated as a mural."
To allow groups such as Cultural Connections
to use banners to promote an Island event for an
extended period, Brisson suggested several changes
to the ordinance.
Currently the sign ordinance prohibits banners
except as allowed for temporary events.
If the planning and city commissions follow
Brisson's recommendation, the ordinance would be
amended to state that "in connection with special
celebratory (Founders Day), cultural, educational,
religious or charitable 'island events,' which are
sponsored by the city or local non-profit groups,
temporary banners may be displayed for a period of
not greater than 30 days."
Brisson also recommended that if the banners are
at a site other than the event location, written consent
of the property owner would be required.
An excited Susan Van Osten-
bridge, center, accepts a
$1,500 grant from PEO
Chapter DS president Carol
Baker, left, and continuing
education chair Claire Dew-
hurst, right. Susan is working
toward certification as an
occupational therapy assistant
at the State College of Florida
and is presently a hair stylist
at Snips Hair Design in Anna
Maria. The grant will help
Van Ostenbridge with tuition,
S books and other program
requirements. Islander Photo:
Courtesy PEO Sisterhood
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church of Holmes Beach is
presently engaged in a "Shoe Drive," and the church
would like help from the community with its effort.
"We've collected 60 pairs of new shoes for Proj-
ect Heart," a Manatee County organization that helps
homeless children with their school needs, said a
church spokesperson. The goal is to collect 100 pairs
of athletic shoes to help homeless children begin the
school year off with new shoes.
And school begins Aug. 24, so the deadline is
If you can help with a new pair of athletic shoes for
a school-aged child, deliver to Gloria Dei, 6608 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, or call 941-778-1813.
Rotary announces August meets
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
at noon Tuesdays in August at the BeachHouse Res-
taurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The group's schedule includes:
Aug. 11, Kim Duty of Adopt a Family of Manatee
talking about helping families during the holidays.
Aug. 18, Melissa Williams, the club's public
relations chair, talking about her involvement in the
group and her graphic design business.
Aug. 25, Club president Judy Rup hosting a club
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Candidate qualifying deadlines ahead
By Lisa Neff
Citizens considering a run for Island offices must
file qualifying papers in coming weeks.
The qualifying dates for those seeking to run for
office in Anna Maria are from noon Sept. 1 to noon
The qualifying dates for those seeking to run in
Bradenton Beach are from noon Sept. 14 to noon
And, in Holmes Beach, which has the earliest
deadline, the qualifying dates are from noon Aug. 24
to noon Aug. 28.
Election day is Nov. 3, with the last day for
people to register to vote in that election is Oct. 5.
In Anna Maria, voters will elect three city commis-
sioners to two-year terms in seats currently held by John
Quam, Christine Tollette and Dale Woodland.
Tollette and Woodland confirmed they will run
again. Quam, at Islander press time, had not been
reached, but he has picked up papers to begin the
qualification process, as had Woodland.
In Bradenton Beach, voters will elect a mayor,
a two-year post currently held by Michael Pierce.
Voters also will elect two commissioners to two-year
terms, both in Ward 1, the seat now held by John
Shaughnessy, and in Ward 3, the seat now held by
Pierce is seeking re-election and already is an
active candidate with the Manatee County Supervi-
sor of Elections Office. William Shearon, a former
commissioner and previous candidate for mayor, also
is listed as an active candidate for mayor with the
Amd Robertson is an active candidate in Ward 3.
Shaughnessy cannot run again because of a
term limit in Bradenton Beach. As of press time, the
Manatee County Supervisor of Elections reported one
active candidate in Ward 1 Gay Breuler of the
2600 block of Gulf Drive.
In Holmes Beach, three two-year city commis-
sion terms will be decided. The seats are held by Pat
Geyer, Pat Morton and David Zaccagnino.
Both Morton and Zaccagnino have said they will
run for re-election and Geyer has qualifying papers,
though she has not formally announced for re-elec-
Potential candidates can pick up qualifying
papers in the respective cities in Holmes Beach
at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive; in Anna Maria at city
hall, 10005 Gulf Drive; and in Bradenton Beach at
city hall, 200 Gulf Drive N.
For more information about becoming a candi-
date, go to www.votemanatee.com.
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Wondering how to become a candidate for one of
the non-partisan offices up for election this Novem-
ber in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach or Holmes
The simplest step is to stop by the appropriate
city hall and ask the clerk.
Another simple step is to browse the Web site for
the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office,
which is www.votemanatee.com. Visitors to the site
can download the Manatee County Candidate Quali-
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in Manatee County, a person must be a U.S. citizen,
registered to vote in the district he or she is seeking
to run and a resident of Manatee County.
Candidates for city commission in Bradenton Beach
must reside within the ward where they seek election.
Candidates may open campaign bank accounts
at any time prior to the election. They cannot accept
contributions until a campaign account is opened.
To qualify for a city office, which is a differ-
ent process than partisan candidates would follow,
a candidate pays a filing fee and files petitions with
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Friends for Chapman
plan benefit Aug. 1
Friends and former coworkers of Jenifer
Chapman will host a benefit from 7 p.m. to 10
p.m. Tuesday, Aug 11, to aid Chapman with her
fight against breast cancer.
Chapman has had to forego work at the
Rod & Reel Pier restaurant, where she was a
bartender-server for nine years, due to ongoing
treatment and the progression of the disease.
Beth Reilly is helping organize the event,
which will be held at D.Coy Ducks, 5410 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
"Let's help our Island girl out while she's
going through treatment," Reilly said. Everyone
is welcome, she added.
Plans call for an acoustic jam with Mark
Pelham and performances by Bootleg and "Koko"
Ray Hansen, raffles for prizes, food and, Reilly
said, a good time.
"Jen has cancer in her lungs and brain now. She
had to leave work because she was having a hard
time breathing. She is going through hard times and
has little money," according to Reilly.
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On those two days, an agent for the Insurance Ser-
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another inspection until 2010. In 2007, however,
FEMA changed the rules to three-year inspections
and backdated Anna Maria's "clock" to 2006 and
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16 MAUG. 5, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
Gulf Drive stimulus project to begin in fall
By Lisa Neff
New sidewalks and landscaping will go in along
Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach under a contract the
Florida Department of Transportation plans to let in
DOT officials reviewed plans for the project,
which is being funded through the federal economic
stimulus program, with Bradenton Beach officials
and residents July 20.
Also during the meeting at city hall, the DOT
agreed to study problems and potential improvements
to the traffic circle at the intersection of Gulf Drive
and Bridge Street.
The meeting was called to review the sidewalk and
landscaping plans after the Bradenton Beach Scenic-
WAVES committee raised concerns about the downsiz-
ing of the project, but not its $800,000 budget.
But at the meeting, much of the discussion went
around about the roundabout.
"The circle is the most dangerous thing in our
city," said resident and business-owner Tjet Martin.
"It's very dangerous. People don't go around the
circle, they go through it."
ScenicWAVES member Sissy Quinn added, "The
crosswalks are too close to the circle."
Martin asked whether the DOT considered
improving the circle as part of the stimulus project.
DOT officials and Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan
Planning Organization representative Bob Herrington
"From the day it was put in there, I said there's
an issue there," said Herrington, a liaison to Scenic-
WAVES. But, Herrington said, the roundabout cannot
be part of the stimulus project.
To improve the roundabout would probably
require the acquisition of property for right of way,
which would have delayed the project, he said.
But DOT representative Ed Ponce committed to
reviewing the situation at the circle.
"The department will analyze that independently
to determine ... what needs to be done," he said. "We
may have to buy property in order to build this thing
the right way."
Regarding the stimulus project in Bradenton
Beach, Ponce said some elements of the city's pro-
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the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
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committed. We can't really sit on these funds for very
long.... Because of that there are a lot of elements
that are still part of the city's vision that we had to
break out of the project."
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elements of the project, such as crosswalks, would be
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The DOT selected the plants for the project from
the list of native species recommended by Scenic-
WAVES and adopted by the city commission early
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$78,110, replace signal at East Bay Drive
and Gulf Drive and add crosswalk.
$11,414, replace sidewalks on Gulf Drive
from 57th to 84th streets.
$64,379, replace sidewalks on Holmes Bou-
levard from 54th to 66th streets.
$14,724, replace sidewalks on Palm Drive
from 66th to 85th streets.
$20,102, replace sidewalks on 85th Street
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Kathryn King Loeffler, 92, of Bradenton and formerly
of Montauk, N.Y., died July 10.
Memorial services were Aug. 1 at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, Holmes Beach.
She is survived by sons Norman King and wife Lee
and George King and wife Gail; sister Mabel Wilson; three
grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Kimberly Helen Manson
Kimberly Helen Manson, 37, of Bradenton, died July
Born in Perth Amboy, N.J., Mrs. Manson moved with
her parents to Sarasota in 1985. She attended Booker High
School Visual and Performing Arts Center and Manatee
Community College, where she studied vocal music. A
talented singer, she served for eight years as the alto soloist
in the choir of Christ Episcopal Church, Bradenton. Mrs.
Manson was employed in the accounting department of
Galati Yacht Sales, Anna Maria.
Memorial services were Aug. 1 at Christ Episcopal
Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the
Booker High School VPA Choral Department, 3201 N.
Orange Ave., Sarasota FL 34234.
She is survived by husband Richard; parents Patricia
and Richard A. Baron of Bradenton; aunt and uncle Ginny
and Walt Dicksen of New Jersey; brothers Rick Baron
and wife Susan of Sarasota and Lt. Col. Scott Lopez and
wife Janet of Springfield, Va.; stepdaughters Sheryl and
Meredith Manson of Bradenton; nieces Rebecca, Nicole
and Alexis; and nephew Scott.
Suzanne McUsic, 77, of Anna Maria, died July 31.
Bor in Detroit, Mich., Mrs. McUsic and her husband
retired in 1995 to Anna Maria Island after spending many
winters here. She received a bachelor of science degree
at Michigan State and a master's degree from Eastern
Michigan, both in speech pathology. She spent most of
her career as a speech therapist at Genesee Elementary
School in Michigan. She was a volunteer for the Island
Branch Library and active with the Women's Guild at St.
Bernard Catholic Church.
A memorial mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 14, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Brown and Sons Funeral
Home, Bradenton, is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Gerald;
sons Daniel and Andrew; daughters Francie and Molly;
sister Margaret Stemler; brother Dwight Labadie; and
grandchildren Josh, Nick and Ben.
THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 5, 2009 0 17
Island police reports
Anna Maria City
July 27, 10005 Gulf Drive, city hall, found property.
Someone turned in a found cell phone. The owner, who
had already been contacted, picked up the device.
No new reports.
July 26,4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach, battery.
The complainant said a passenger in her vehicle, a male friend,
became upset and struck her while she was driving. She stopped
at the beach and left the vehicle. Witnesses to the incident called
police as the suspect left the area. Paramedics responded to treat
her injuries, and the suspect was located and arrested.
July 28, 611 Manatee Ave., CVS Pharmacy, theft.
The complainant said two people took approximately
$181 worth of deodorant and body wash products from
the store without paying for them. Similar thefts with a
matching vehicle were noted in Manatee County, with
similar descriptions of the suspects.
July 29, 200 block 35th Street, theft. The complainant
said someone took his bicycle, valued at $150, and a canopy,
valued at $60, from his rental unit overnight.
Trial date tentatively set for Corona
By Lisa Neff
The man charged with stealing missing motel-
owner Sabine Musil-Buehler's car is scheduled to
go to trial the week of Aug. 10.
The date is tentative. The trial could be postponed
to provide more time for preparation.
Corona, 38, was arrested Nov. 6, 2008, by Mana-
tee County Sheriff's Office deputies after a pursuit
that resulted in the seizure of Musil-Buehler's blood-
stained Pontiac Sunfire. He has been jailed since
then, charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle, a
felony, and resisting arrest and driving without a valid
license, both misdemeanors.
Musil-Buehler, whose 50th birthday was July 29,
was reported missing on learning of the found auto
by her estranged husband Tom Buehler on Nov. 6,
2008, the day of Corona's arrest.
The earliest information released by the MCSO
was that Corona told authorities he was given the
keys to Musil-Buehler's vehicle to go buy drugs, but
allegedly Corona later changed his statement, claim-
ing he found the car outside a bar.
Corona, despite the scheduling of multiple hear-
ings, has yet to appear in a courtroom at the Manatee
County Judicial Center.
He has complained repeatedly about the handling
of his case, especially delays in going to trial.
Most recently, in a letter to his public defender,
Corona said he "used the car to joy ride around the
neighborhood," and he is being held "on a pretext for
information regarding the disappearance of the owner
of the vehicle. This is illegal detainment."
Authorities said Corona has not been held in con-
nection to Musil-Buehler's disappearance.
The one person identified by authorities as a
person of interest in Musil-Buehler's disappearance
is her boyfriend, William J. Cumber, who is in prison
for violating the terms of his probation on an unre-
lated arson charge.
Cumber provided authorities with Musil-Bue-
hler's last known whereabouts. He said she drove
away in her car from their rented home in Anna Maria
after an argument.
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as birthday passes
Sabine Musil-Buehler turned 50 July 29.
According to friends, she had planned to cel-
ebrate her 50th birthday in 2009 in Germany, her
Musil-Buehler, who co-owned Haley's Motel
in Holmes Beach with her estranged husband
Tom Buehler, was last seen Nov. 4, 2008.
She left the Anna Maria home she rented
with William J. Cumber after an argument with
him and has not been located.
Her car was recovered Nov. 6, 2008, after
it was allegedly stolen from the parking lot of a
Bradenton bar. Authorities found traces of Musil-
Buehler's blood in the vehicle, as well as some
of her possessions.
The MCSO has long treated Musil-Buehler's
disappearance as a likely homicide, but Musil-
Buehler has not been declared legally dead.
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18 MAUG. 5, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Koko Ray opens doors to studio, teaching
By Diana Bogan
The countdown is on for the first day of the 2009-
10 school year and "Koko" Ray Hansen is hosting an
open house for band students and budding musicians
to get ajumpstart on the first day of class.
Hansen, who provides individual music instruc-
tion at his new Island Studio, will have a represen-
tative of Fogt's Music to be on hand from 5 to 8
p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, for students in need of guitar
strings, reeds and method books. Students new to a
music program can stop by for advice on selecting
an appropriate instrument. Rental agreements and
instruments will be available at the open house.
"Having Gwen Fogts agree to partner with me in
an open house is a great opportunity for Island families
because it makes getting ready for school more conve-
nient," said Hansen. "Students can stock up on band sup-
plies or take home an instrument before the first day of
class and the family won't have to leave the Island."
Hansen recently opened the studio at 315 58th
St., Studio I, Holmes Beach, for instruction and to
develop his own musical projects one of them a
lifelong dream to score a concerto. "I'm 36 bars or
three pages into it so far."
Hansen provides individual instruction in flute,
saxophone, clarinet, guitar and keyboards as well as
music theory, and students of all ages are welcome.
\ly youngest student is 4 and my oldest is
40-something," said Hansen.
Elaina Bayard started keyboard lessons in June
and looks forward to see Hansen each week.
"Koko Ray has a gift with music and children,"
said Amy Bayard, Elaina's mom. "What a wonder-
ful combination and how lucky we are to have him
Ray Hansen offers instruction for woodwind
instruments, keyboard, guitar and music at his new
on the Island. My daughter is learning a lot, but also
having fun. That's the perfect way to start a life-long
relationship with music."
"I try to keep it light and fun for the younger
ones," said Hansen. "We spend some time learning
finger positions and scales and, before the lesson
able Island atmosphere."
It is owned by John Belisito, who operated the
gym previously and sold it.
Island Gym hours are from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday
and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, call IG at 941-704-8858.
Meanwhile, Kip Lalosh, AMI Fitness owner,
says he is almost ready to open in his new location,
the former LaPensee store at S&S.
Swell new menu
Jeff Levey and Roberta Schaefer, new owners
of The New Feeling Swell restaurant at 9903 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria, are offering a new menu that
highlights veggie burgers as well as burgers made of
chicken, turkey or Angus beef.
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ends, I offer them free play. Elaina, for example,
came up with her own song about butterflies and I
accompanied her on guitar."
Lilah Bowers, 6, has been studying with Hansen
for a little more than a year and father, Matt, is very
pleased with her progress.
"Lilah absolutely loves it and she is always prac-
ticing. This week she's learning to play 'Lean On
Me,'" said Bowers. "She enjoys coming here and the
location is great for us."
Cindy Thompson, a pre-school operator, agrees,
the studio location is convenient, but also that Hansen
provides quality instruction. Her teenage son is learn-
ing guitar and Thompson says the instruction has
been nicely tailored to her sons needs.
Hansen offers a variety of options for lessons:
weekly half-hour sessions or a block of eight. The
intensive block of daily lessons is perfect for some-
one who hasn't played all summer but wants to brush
up before school starts, says Hansen.
Hansen is also available for singer/songwriter ses-
sions. "If you have an idea for a hook, poem or chord
progression and you're stuck, I work as a sounding
board to help you through the creative process," said
The studio is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday
through Thursday. However, Hansen can accommo-
date other schedules.
And to keep up with studio news, Hansen has a
fan page for "Koko Ray" on Facebook where he posts
special rates and up-to-date studio hours.
Anyone who rents or purchases an instrument
at the open house will be eligible for a discount on
lessons at the studio.
Hansen can be reached at 941-778-8323.
Healthy garden salads also are on the new
menu, along with chicken wings, deep-fried
taquitos and crispy Island fries.
A highlight of the menu is their funnel swells
made traditionally of fried dough covered with
powdered sugar and "better than those found at
the circus," Roberta claimed.
Feeling Swell offers a range of domestic and
imported beers, including Heineken, Corona,
Red Stripe and Presidente from Costa Rica.
Outdoor dining is available and live music is
featured on many nights, including appearances
by Island guitarist Chuck Caudill.
"We want to be a restaurant for families and
adults that has something for everyone," Jeff said.
"The new menu is just the start of our plans."
For more information, call 941-896-7879.
What's old is new again. The Island Gym is
now open in the location where AMI Fitness oper-
ated in the Shoppes of Tidemark, Holmes Beach.
And AMI Fitness has moved to the S&S Plaza.
An Island Gym press release said the business
will offer more services, and the "same comfort-
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Wednesday, Aug. 5
1:15 p.m. Gulf Coast Writers meet at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.
5:30 p.m. Intro to digital photography with James Johnson at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Thursday, Aug. 6
7 p.m. -American Music Film Series "Leonard Cohen: I'm Your
Man" at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Friday, Aug. 7
6:30 p.m. Family movie night with "Finding Nemo" at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 MagnoliaAve., Anna Maria. Informa-
Saturday, Aug. 8
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children's Summit at the Manatee Civic Center,
One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 941-749-3030.
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Family origami at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1908.
5:30 to 10 p.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce 60th
Anniversary Luau at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
5 to 9p.m. -Anna Maria Island Privateers Car, Truck & Bike Show,
food, refreshments, prizes, outdoors at Mexicali Border Cafe, 5502 Cortez
Road W., Bradenton. Register vehicles at the show, $10 per vehicle.
Tuesday, Aug. 11
Noon -Anna Maria Island Rotary Club meeting with guest Kim Duty
speaking about the "Adopt a Family" program, BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.
5 to 8 p.m. Music open house and rental night at Koko Ray's
Island Studio, 315 58th St., Studio I, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
7 to 10p.m. Benefit for Jenifer Chapman, featuring food, raffle prizes
and an acoustic jam with Mark Pelham, Bootleg and Koko Ray at D.Coy
Ducks, 5410 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2454.
Wednesday, Aug. 12
7:45 to 9a.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise
breakfast at the BridgeTender Inn, 135 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
5:30 p.m. -Photography workshop on outdoor lighting with James
Johnson at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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Maria Elementary School reporter.
A native Islander, Kuizon started her educa-
tion at AME, where her passion for journalism
began in third-grade when she joined the student
morning television show. It was there, she says,
that she began to yearn to become a reporter. She
continued this track in high school as a reporter
for Manatee High School's Cane News.
She then interned at Manatee Educational
Television while she earned an associate's degree
at Manatee Community College.
On transferring to the University of Florida,
Kuizon majored in telecommunication news and
minored in history. While there, she reported for
both WUFT-TV and WUFT-FM, receiving awards
from both the Associated Press and UF for her
The history of Anna Maria Island remains
a fascination for Kuizon, who, while in middle
and high school, entered and excelled in Mana-
tee County history fair competitions with reports
on her favorite subject matter. Four of her his-
tory awards were sponsored by the Anna Maria
Island Historical Society and she recalls her favor-
ite entry included a handmade replica of Roser
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 turtle
nest tour and nesting discussion, assembling at Manatee Public Beach
near the picnic area.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
Friday, 9 a.m., Senior social hour at the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-
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Chapel made with Fig Newton cookies.
History buffs will appreciate the cookie con-
nection, as early-settler Charles Roser built the
church on his wealth from the Fig Newton cookie
When not noikini_'. Kuizon can be found
either scuba diving in the Gulf waters anywhere
from Anna Maria Island to Key West, or support-
ing her Florida Gators.
Kuizon said she's excited to join the staff
of The Islander, reporting hometown news that
involves her community and, especially, her
former elementary alma mater.
Aug. 13, American Music Film Series: Joni Mitchell: Woman of
Heart and Mind at South Florida Museum.
Aug. 14, "Night at the Museum" movie night at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center.
*Aug. 15, Mesopotamian Nights at the South Florida Museum.
Save the date:
*Aug. 20, Back-to-School night at Anna Maria Elementary.
Aug. 20, "Crazy for You" featuring Island teens Holly and Trina
Rizzo opens at the Manatee Players.
Sept. 28, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce golf outing at
Bradenton Country Club.
Oct. 2, Anna Maria Island Rotary Club "Taste of Tuscany" concert.
Oct. 8, 61st season begins at Island Players.
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20 MAUG. 5, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Cool tips for hot temps, dog days of summer
Hot, hot, and more hot.
Welcome to the brutal part of Florida' s summer-
time hot temperatures, both on the land and in the
Afternoon highs are in the mid-90s.
Water temperatures are at 89 degrees, about as
hot as our Gulf of Mexico water can get thanks to
some weird wind patterns.
What is important for us all is what you're going
to read a number of times through this column:
If you get thirsty, you're already suffering from
dehydration. (Go drink a glass of water now!)
Start drinking lots of fluids from the array of
water/electrolyte drinks immediately.
Of course, you should have done such hours
Keep drinking fluids.
And don't think "oh, I know this."
... uh, if you' re outside and thirsty, you' re already
Some friends prompted these warnings after
working outside on a house in Citrus County last
week. One buddy is a former 25-year daily news-
paper reporter and elected official in Sarasota, the
other holds a doctorate degree, both have lived in
Florida for a long time and therefore should know
about drinking lots of fluids during the Dog Days of
One friend cramped up so bad he couldn't drive
his truck home. The other was marginally better with
only one hand cramped.
If you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated.
Drink more fluids.
Mr. Johnson, who cuts the grass at the palatial
Roat estate, makes it a point to drink lots of water.
He's an elderly gentleman who has worked outside
Sarasota Bay Watch will host the second
annual Sarasota Bay Great Scallop Search on
Saturday, Aug. 8, launching from the Sarasota
Outboard Club on City Island, Sarasota.
To help monitor the local scallop population,
Sarasota Bay Watch is seeking volunteers to spend
a few hours searching for scallops at pre-deter-
mined locations in Sarasota Bay.
Participants must bring snorkel gear and are
asked to provide their own boat and crew. Sara-
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
offering a series of fitness classes, including a boot
camp for those who want to tone their body.
Courses at the Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Sculpt and Strengthen Boot Camp with certi-
fied personal trainer Bettina Bade. Participants will
most of his life.
Cramps from the heat? Nope. He drinks lots of
water. He knows better than to try to fight the summer
Jay Moyles, as head of Manatee County Marine
Rescue, probably knows more about drinking fluids
than anybody around. He's worked his way up to
his position by serving as a lifeguard forever, and
the men and women within his department log more
hours on the beach than the average tan-seeking
"You need water to work," Moyles said. "Our
bodies, like the planet, need water. Drink plenty of
water before you go outside."
He said anybody moving around out in the heat
should figure to drink about 10 ounces of water every
20 minutes. If you don't, you' 11 fall into the unfortu-
nate norm of the "chronically dehydrated."
Figure to drink beyond your thirst to maintain an
adequate fluid level, Moyles said.
What to drink? Power drinks? Fancy bottled
waters with all sorts of extra vitamins and eletro-
"Water," he said. "Drink water. The sport drinks
with carbohydrate levels above 8 percent aren't rec-
ommended. Drink water."
Gatorade, by the way, has a 4 percent carb level
"You can function without food for two weeks,"
Moyles added, but without water, you will die in
sota Bay Watch will provide other equipment.
The event will begin with a captains' meeting at
8:30 a.m. at Sarasota Outboard Club on City Island.
The search will commence immediately following
the meeting and will conclude at noon.
Because this is a boating event and only a
limited number of participants can be accommo-
dated. To register, call 941-953-5333, visit www.
sarasotabaywatch.org, or e-mail info@ sarasota-
work abs, arms and legs, while learning about core
stability and strength. The class will meet Mondays
at 6 a.m.
Baby and Beyond or After the Stork helps moth-
ers get in shape after a pregnancy. Classes will meet
Saturday at 10 a.m.
Group Personal Training with Bade will involve
body-weight-based exercises for total body workouts.
The class will meet Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
For more information or to register, call the
Center at 941-778-1908.
at the Anna Maria Island
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By the way, if you wait until you're thirsty, you' re
already dehydrated. Remember? Please.
Moyles mentioned a quick, simple test to gauge
your hydration level.
Hold out your hand and pluck up a bit of skin. If
the skin doesn't retract to normal in a few seconds,
you' re dehydrated. The test is called skin turger, by
We' re at the peak of the dog days of summer,
which runs from early July to mid-August. The "dog"
element of the phrase comes from the rising and set-
ting of Sirius, called the dog star.
According to the astronomy department at Cor-
nell University, "Since Sirius is the brightest star that
we can see in the sky, it might be thought reasonable
to guess that it adds some heat to the Earth when it
is in the sky, although that amount is now known to
"The name 'dog star' came from the ancient
Egyptians who called Sirius the dog star after their
god Osirus, whose head in pictograms resembled that
of a dog. In Egypt and in ancient Rome, Sirius was
in conjunction with the sun in the summer (ie., it was
up in the sky at the same time as the sun) and ancient
Egyptians and Romans argued that it was responsible
for the summer heat by adding its heat to the heat
from the sun.
"They called the period of time from 20 days
before to 20 days after the conjunction 'the dog days
of summer' because it coincidentally fell at the time
of year when it was very hot."
If you think it's hot here, consider the sweltering
folks in Portland, Ore. They had an all-time record
high July 27 of 103 degrees.
Quiet week in
The women of the Key Royale Club played a
nine-hole, individual-low-net golf game on July 28.
Flight 1 winner was Joyce Brown with an impressive
5-under-par 27. Five shots back and tied for second
place were Linda Kelly and Meredith Slavin with
Flight 2 winner was Joyce Reith, who posted
a 1-over-par 33 to edge second-place finisher Jane
Winegarden by two shots. Lorraine Towne finished
alone in third with a 4-over 36.
Two teams emerged from pool play during Aug.
1 action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.
The team of Jeff Moore and Larry Liverago easily
defeated Hank Huyghe and Gary Howcroft.
The July 29 games saw the team of Bob Heiger
and Steve Grossman emerge from pool play with
the prerequisite 3-0 record to be the day's outright
champs. Sam Samuels and Jeff Moore won the ensu-
ing battle for second place by soundly defeating Larry
Livrago and Jay Disbrow 22-4.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
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Excellent fishing continues near shore, out in Gulf
By Paul Roat
Season kick-off for Florida's spiny lobster season
is Thursday and, for those that did not avail them-
selves of the two-day recreational take last week, the
Florida Keys and southeast Florida is now the place
Spiny lobsters, or rock lobsters, are crustaceans
related to crabs, shrimp, crayfish and the Spanish lob-
ster. According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric
Administration National Marine Fisheries, spiny lob-
ster population levels are estimated to be high and
overfishing is not occurring.
Current Florida regulations for the spiny lobster
fishery include a commercial trap reduction program;
a harvest season from Aug. 6 to March 31; a mini-
mum carapace length of 3 inches; gear prohibitions;
and prohibition of harvesting e -b.,--.hai in_'. lobsters.
Good luck. I like mine with butter.
Local fishing is superb. Backwater action for
trout remains great on deeper seagrass beds. Redfish
should start to school any day now. Snook are moving
off the beaches and into Longboat Pass and to Bean
Point in preparation for the start of the season next
Offshore fishing is good for grouper and snapper,
plus some dolphin-the-fish in deeper waters.
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said although
snook are only in the catch-and-release realm, they
are moving off the beaches and into the passes in
preparation of the Sept. 1 start of the season. Trout
are still roaming through the deeper seagrass flats
in the bays. Redfish should start to school any day
now, Danny predicted, with his suggestion to work
the skinny water in the bays and watch for tailing. If
you want to go a bit offshore in the Gulf, he said to
get a chum block and drop it off a nearshore structure
and wait for mackerel and mangrove snapper to start
to hit. Gag and red grouper are a good bet offshore,
too, but they've moved to the deeper 100-foot-plus
At the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria, Bob
Kilb said fishers there are catching snapper, drum, big
redfish and mackerel, plus lots of kids are catching
and releasing the resident snook.
At the Anna Maria City Pier, Rocky Corby said
fishing remains excellent: mackerel and mangrove
snapper, with some early-morning tarpon hitting, as
well as flounder, sheepshead and catch-and-release
snook, plus sand perch and cobia.
Capt Mark Howard on SumoTime Fishing
Charters said he's finding typical summertime fish-
ing, with water temperature critical for where the fish
are gathering. "The key to catching fish is to figure
out where the temperature is cooler than the adja-
cent water," he said. "Deeper seagrass beds, incom-
ing tides near the Gulf and underneath mangroves
are areas to fish now." He said he's finding school-
Rod Gillis of Tampa shows off a nice 35-pound permit caught while fishing with Capt. Tom Chaya ofAnna
Maria Fishing Charters.
ing speckled trout in 4-10 feet of water in the bays.
Redfish are in the dropoffs on the seagrass flats and
around the potholes. Capt. Mark also suggests fishing
early in the morning or late afternoon for the best,
most heat-comfortable action.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said he went fishing 37 miles offshore
Anna Maria Island last week to film an episode of
"The Reel Animals Fishing Show" with Capt. Billy
Knobles and Capt. Mike Anderson. "We left the
dock knowing that the possibilities were endless
because this group has the right chemistry, and
when we get together anything can happen!" They
caught big grouper, American red snapper and later
"humongous fire truck red grouper, followed by a
large group of mahi-mahi and monster mangrove
snapper. Other recent trips have included big king-
fish, amberjack, blacktip sharks, barracudas, both
gag and red grouper, plus scamp, red, mangrove
and lane snappers.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee Jay II out
of Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez said local fishing
action is "sort of in cruise control right now. Very
predictable results each day out except for some days
being better than others in a random sort of way." His
trips in the Gulf are yielding steady action from Span-
ish mackerel, mangrove snapper, grouper, average-
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sized cobia, sharks and barracuda. On the inshore
waters of Sarasota and Palma Sola bays, action "was
decent but nothing to write home about. Trout action
slowed somewhat, which is usually the case mid-
summer with very hot water temperatures. The best
time to target trout right now is at first and last light
or under the lights of bridges, piers and docks. Red-
fish have been scattered and ranging in size from
some rats we nailed in the 12-inch range up to slot
and over-slot fish. Mangrove snapper continue to be
the hot ticket in terms of numbers and those seeking
Tom Chaya of Anna Maria Fishing Charters,
fishing out of Catchers Marina, says there's lots of
good action around the reefs and wrecks in the bays
and shallow Gulf. He found plenty of mangrove snap-
per, mackerel, flounder and grouper hitting on shiners
and shrimp last week. And, while permit were spotty,
Rod Gillis of Tampa managed to land a big one in
the 35-pound range. Redfish are in better numbers
near New Pass and some large snook were caught
and released from under the lights in Longboat pass,
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and may be
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Island dining featured in The New York Times
By Rick Catlin
Add great restaurants with great views to the list
of reasons to visit Anna Maria Island. And add The
New York Times to the list of publications that have
discovered the Island.
Following recent articles about Island vacations
in Southern Living and USAToday, among others, The
New York Times in its July 26 edition published an
article about the great restaurants and food found on
Anna Maria Island.
Reporter Cindy Price quickly discovered that
Anna Maria Island is a unique, "old-school" Florida
Having grown up in the Miami area, Price was
pleased to find small seafood restaurants built on
wooden piers, fine dining at places such as the Beach
Bistro, some of the best seafood and views in Florida
and few chain restaurants.
Price said she "plotted out a game plan to eat my
way through the Island," starting with the Sandbar
Restaurant in Anna Maria.
W\\~ around town is that the Sandbar's food
played second fiddle to its scene," wrote Price, but
her mahi-mahi sandwich and fried calamari "sug-
Next on Price's list was Ginny's and Jane E's at
the Old IGA, which is where, "in the morning every-
one gathers," she wrote. The bakery and cafe doubles
as an "unspeakably cute boutique."
At night, sunsets are reserved for the Sandbar,
where the person who guesses the exact second of
sunset wins a free bottle of champagne, Price wrote.
Then families and couples follow the live music to
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Price also praised the Rod & Reel Pier restaurant
in Anna Maria and sampled the fare at the Beach
Bistro in Holmes Beach.
The Beach Bistro, Price observed, has one of
the highest Zagat ratings of any Florida restaurant,
and owner Sean Murphy has won numerous Florida
Golden Spoon awards. The Bistro is "swank," wrote
Price, "but you can wear flip-flops."
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She also wrote about the hamburger competition
between Skinny's Place and Duffy's Tavern, both in
"Both burgers are wickedly good, with similarly
wide, juicy old-school patties. But saying that out
loud on Anna Maria [sic] is like saying you like both
the Yanks and Red Sox. Not recommended."
Price also discovered the fishing village of
Cortez, where she found the Star Fish Company "a
fish market-cum restaurant hidden near the Island's
entrance to Cortez, one of the last commercial fishing
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villages left in the Gulf."
One thing about eating at the Star Fish, the grou-
per is guaranteed fresh off the boat, she wrote.
Price's article served notice that Anna Maria
Island is no longer the "Island that time forgot," said
Sandbar owner Ed Chiles.
"We know why people love us and the story will
bring more and more people to visit our unique way
of life. We just have to work together to keep it that
way," he said.
Obviously, Chiles said, an article in The Times
will go a long way toward making Anna Maria Island
a household word. "There's no better newspaper to
be in than The New York Times Sunday edition," he
With nearly 1 million subscribers of The New
York Times in print and millions of online readers,
the article will "spread the word about Anna Maria
Island," Chiles predicted.
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce pres-
ident Mary Ann Brockman said she was delighted
with the article. She was aware the newspaper had a
story about Anna Maria Island, but did not know its
contents until publication.
"It shows that we have truly been discovered
when you consider it with all the other articles the
past few years about the Island. We are really enjoy-
ing the benefits of all this publicity. People who want
the old Florida look certainly now know it's right
here," Brockman said.
Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
marketing director Jessica Grace said BACVB said
The Times first became aware of the quality of Anna
Maria Island dining during a January 2008 BACVB
marketing and culinary program in New York City.
Since then, the BACVB has worked with The Times
on a possible article, but did not know the dates when
Price would visit the Island. The Times, Grace said, is
very selective about the travel destinations it features.
However, according to local sources, free accom-
modations and other arrangements were provided to
Price. And all but one restaurant mentioned are those
restaurants with listings on the Times Web site.
The BACVB has an ongoing marketing cam-
paign to make national and international media aware
of Anna Maria Island as a vacation destination, but
does not provide any compensation for articles or
photographs, Grace said.
"I think it was a wonderful article. It truly high-
lights what the Island is all about," she said.
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UK publicity for AMI, too
At the same time that The New York Times The Web site says its articles are non-biased
was praising the Island's culinary delights, the and attempt to give UK vacationers the best
British-based travel Web site, Nowfly.co.uk, pub- values in accommodations and dining at a number
lished an article praising the Sandbar Restaurant of destinations.
and available accommodations on Anna Maria The Sandbar was featured among an array of
Island. top beachfront restaurants worldwide.
Island real estate transactions
101 66th St., Holmes Beach, various lands
and improvements, including the Beach Inn
were sold 06/25/09, Beach Inn Partners I,
II, III LLC to Mainsail AMI Beach Inn LLP for $6
million. A separate parcel also was sold Reliance
Tidemark LLC to Mainsail AMI Marina LLP for
526 Bayview Place, Anna Maria, a 1,340 sfla/
1,760 sfur a 2bed/2bath/1 car canalfront pool home
built in 1965 on a 60x110 lot was sold 07/17/09,
Carlson to Himango for $615,000; list $699,000
224 S. Harbour Drive, Unit 1, Bay Bella
Vista, Holmes Beach, a 1,330 sfla / 1,791
sfur 2bed/3bath bayview condo built in 1983
was sold 07/02/09, Friedman to Krauser for
$450,000; list $549,000.
722 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 1,000 sfla
/ 1,170 sfur 2bed/1bath/1 car home built in 1955
on a 60x84 lot was sold 07/01/09, Horvat to Sch-
euerle for $417,000; list $429,000.
611 Ivanhoe Lane, Holmes Beach, a vacant
90x105 canalfront lot zoned R1AA sold 07/14/09,
Smith to Sheck for $400,000.
109 Fifth St. S., Unit A, Hibiscus, Bradenton
Beach, a 1,548 sfla / 1,764 sfur 2bed/2bath/2car
condo with shared pool built in 2005 sold 07/13/09,
Lighthouse Pointe LLC to Smith for $380,000; list
1800 Gulf Drive N., Unit 219, La Costa, Bra-
denton Beach, a 988 sfla / 1,100 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1979 was sold
06/29/09, Oakland Partners LLC to Meier for
$330,000; list $389,000.
409 Bay Palms Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,960
sfla / 2,316 sfur 3bed/2bath home built in 1966 on
a 80x100 lot was sold 07/02/09, Phelps Properties
LLC to Brugger for $330,000; list $349,000.
6400 Flotilla Drive, Unit 55, Westbay Point &
Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 985 sfla / 1,377 sfur
2bed/2bath condo with bay view and shared pool
built in 1977 was sold 07/02/09, Porter to White
for $330,000; list $379,000.
6200 Flotilla Drive, Unit 311, Westbay Point &
Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 1,114 sfla / 1,426 sfur
2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1979
was sold 07/01/09, Davis to Meyer for $245,000;
1001 Gulf Drive S., Unit 2, Sunset Villas,
Bradenton Beach, a 896 sfla / 1,008 sfur
2bed/2bath/1car Gulf-view condo with shared
pool built in 1982 was sold 06/30/09, Cavallaro
to Reback for $220,000; list $219,000.
501 Gulf Drive N., Unit 209, Bridgeport, Bra-
denton Beach, a 1,128 sfla/ 1,198 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1982 was sold
07/14/09, Homesales Inc. Delaware to Dubravec
for $190,000; list $199,900.
2601 Gulf Drive, Unit S-4, Sandpiper Resort
Co Op, Bradenton Beach, a 432 sfla / 486 sfur
1 bed/1 bath bay-view mobile home with share built
in 1960 was sold 07/16/09, Sandpiper Resort Co
Op Inc. to Connelly for $170,000.
2814 Gulf Drive, Unit B, Gulf Sound, Holmes
Beach, a 871 sfla 2bed/1 bath condo built in 1958
was sold 06/30/09, Suntrust Bank to Poore for
$159,600; list $199,900.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay
Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay
941-778-7244. Current Island real estate transac-
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ANTIQUE FURNITURE: Mahogany buffet, $350.
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lines, $50. Three lines, $60. Forms at The Islander or
call 941-518-4431 for more information.
REMODEL SALE: 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Saturday,
Aug. 8. Refrigerator, stove, rattan table set, mis-
cellaneous. 604 Baronet Lane, Holmes Beach.
SALE: STOREWIDE. NIKI'S. Sterling jewelry,
50-70 percent off. Select artwork, furniture,
antiques, gifts, 50-80 percent off. 5351 Gulf Drive,
SALE: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. Furniture,
artwork, movies, toys, etc. Everything must go!
509 68th St., Holmes Beach.
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
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LOST: ONE-YEAR-old female pastel calico
cat. Lost from Holmes Boulevard, Spring
Lake area. Call 256-443-4173.
SHITZU PUPPY: MALE. Great little guy. $400.
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.
CHRYSLER SEBRING CONVERTIBLE: 1998,
97,000 miles. Automatic, white leather, cold air
conditioning. Island car. $2,100. 941-778-0326.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser, Zuma
and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-1400.
CANOE FOR SALE: $150.941-778-0326 or 941-
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Dining room chef must hold a food manager cer-
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and presentable. Part-time positions. References
required and will be checked. A drug-free work-
place. Resume to: P.O. Box 1444, Holmes Beach
LOOKING TO GET away until mid-October?
Seeking full-time, experienced breakfast chef
and servers, also pizza cook. Must have refer-
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT Tingley Library in
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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
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training, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-
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CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
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NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
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Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.
NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter or
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TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red
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11-YEAR OLD girl can watch your 4-year old or
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KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
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ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
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custom system design. 941-224-1069.
SUMMER HANDYMAN SPECIAL: College stu-
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Anna Maria. Call for an appointment. Now offering
in-home pedicure services. 941-713-5244.
MUSIC LESSONS WITH Koko Ray. Island studio
open now. Instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone,
guitar and piano. 941-778-8328, or evenings,
941-758-0395. 315 58th St., Studio I, Holmes
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941 -
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15.12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
LANDSCAPE BOULDERS CHEAP! Various
sizes, $5-$95. Delivery and placement available.
Also free removal of your unwanted boulders.
Plus we are a complete tree and stump service.
Insured, experienced. Call Brad Frederick's LLC
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.
SUNRISE LANDSCAPING: IRRIGATION, trim-
ming, lawn maintenance, landscaping, fertiliza-
tion. Insured and reliable. 941-284-6411.
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
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
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.
PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Island resident, very meticulous and reliable. I
take pride in my work. For a free estimate, call
Colin at 941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
PAINT: AVERAGE ROOM, $75. Customer sup-
plies paint. Exterior, one story. Pressure washing.
Free estimates. New phone number! 941-721-
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.
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ANNUAL RENTAL: DUPLEX, ground-level,
2BR/1 BA. $900/month. 941-778-7003.
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: 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. $695/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.
ANNUAL 1 BR/1 BA: WATERFRONT, 60-foot dock,
ground level, quiet, clean, beautiful. $875/month.
http://goff-club.com/510B. 510-B South Drive,
Anna Maria. 941-795-0504.
BEACH VIEW! 1BR/1BA fully-furnished, includes
cable TV, electric, water. Walk/trolley to every-
thing! $700/month. Island Vacation Properties,
SMALL PRIVATE STUDIO: Low ceilings. North
Longboat Key. Washer and dryer. $400/month.
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PERICO ISLAND ANNUAL rental: 3BR/3BA,
two-car garage, 1,950 sf. Private pool, commu-
nal pool, tennis, clubhouse. $1,500/month. 941-
ANNUAL RENTAL: 1BR in Holmes Beach. $675/
month plus utilities. 941-778-6541 or 941-504-
ANNUAL HALF-DUPLEXES: 1BR/1BA with
washer-dryer hookup, $725/month. 1BR/1BA
close to beach, nice, $700/month. 2BR/2BA, tile
floors, $725/month. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 941 -
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
MOBILE HOME: 1BR/1BA. One mile from Anna
Maria Island. You own the land. Not a co-op. No
monthly fees. Steps to water. Great condition.
Free boat ramp access. $79,000. 513-470-3851.
GORGEOUS 5BR/3BA TOWNHOUSE for sale
on Anna Maria Island. Fantastic location opposite
Publix and five minute walk to beach. Beautifully
decorated with superb rental history. Tennis courts
and two pools. Offers in excess of $310,000! Will
be sold to highest bidder. Telephone 01144 20
8508 0332, or e-mail: Sandypflorida@aol.com.
BUILD WEALTH! Call or e-mail for our free bro-
chure. Discover how easy it is to build wealth
through short sales and foreclosures. Adkins
Florida Group, Wagner Realty. Free@AdkinsFlor-
FOR TRADE: DIRECT Gulffront furnished studio
condo on Bradenton Beach plus cash for 2BR/2BA.
Direct Gulf or canal home on the Island. George,
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
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
CAL 94156-524 ORMOREINF
IN LIEU OF foreclosure: lakefront steal! 1.2 acres,
$49,892. Builder deeded back this gorgeous, level
lakefront estate on private bass lake. Unspoiled
setting, no crowds, no noise. Abutting lakefronts
sold for $69,900 and $64,900 and not half as nice
as this one! Excellent financing. Call now, 888-
792-5253, ext. 2341.
LAKEFRONT GRAND OPENING sale. Aug. 15.
Deep, dockable lakefront. 10 acres. $49,900.
Wooded park-like setting on one of Alabama's
top recreational lakes. All amenities completed.
Boat to Gulf of Mexico! Excellent financing. Call
now, 866-952-5302, ext. 1514.
OWNER MUST SELL! 4.79 acres, wooded, pri-
vate, walk to lake. $54,900. Call 866-352-2249.
4BR/3BA FORECLOSURE! $11,500! Only $217/
month! Five percent down, 15 years at 8 percent
APR. Buy 3BR, $199/month! For listings, 800-
366-9783, ext. 5760.
ABSOLUTE AUCTION! 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13.
214+/- acre farm, house. Pike County near Troy,
Ala. Offered in parcels, combinations and/or entirety.
Granger, Thagard and Associates Inc. Jack F Granger.
REAL ESTATE AUCTION: 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug.
20. Luxury 12,000+/- sf home, 88+/- acre horse
farm. Shelby County, Ala., near Lay Lake. Offered
in parcels, combinations, and/or entirety. Granger,
Thagard and Associates Inc. Jack F Granger,
#873. 800-996-2877. www.gtauctions.com.
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Tia Jackson, with Hailey Knamm on her lap, plays a drum during the Giving Tree Music drum pro-
gram July 30 at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Several dozen chil-
dren and adults turned out for the event on a drizzly Thursday morning. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Steve Turner of Tampa at the center of the Giving Tree Music drum circle.
Drum circles, said Turner, promote community, build relationships and
empower groups. For more information about Giving Tree Music, go to
M I.,, ..- Carter, 5, catches the drum beat.
Sleve urner leaas a arum circle session ana aance July .u at tne isiana drancn
Library in Holmes Beach.
Artists Guild illustrates 'dog days'
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island is
marking the arrival of the "dog days of summer"
with a window display at the Guild Gallery, 5414
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The dog days of summer were traditionally
from July 3 to Aug. 11 in the northern hemi-
sphere, when the Romans saw the Dog Star,
Sirius, join the sun at sunrise and disappear from
the sky all night, according to the national Astro-
There are no longer dates when Sirius joins
the sun in the daytime sky and no official astro-
nomical dates for the "dog days of summer,"
which in the United States has widely come to
generically apply to the hottest, steamiest days
of the summer season.
AGAMI's window display is going up this
month and will be accompanied by a "Red Tag"
summer sale. ,.
In another "dog days" show, Cortez resident M
Cecy Richardson won second place for "Dock-
yard Dog," a mixed-media work on paper.
The show, Art Uptown's inaugural Dog Sleeping dog, dog days
Day's Art Show at the gallery, 1367 Main St., Cortez resident Cecy Richardson won second
Sarasota, runs through Aug. 27. place for "Dockyard Dog," a mixed-media work
On Anna Maria Island, Richardson's work is on paper, in Art Uptown's Dog Day's Art,. /i.I
featured at Island Gallery West in Holmes Beach. at the gallery, 1367 Main St., Sarasota.
AMI Privateers to
It won't only be the Anna Maria Island
Privateer float/boat that shows off on Saturday,
Aug. 8, at Mexicali Border Caf6 in Bradenton.
Owners of all sorts of wheels are invited.
The event is the Privateer Car, Truck & Bike
show to raise funds for the Privateers ongoing
"Pirates for Kids and Community."
The show will include more than 22 classes
of entries, and all sorts of vehicles are invited to
participate. There will be a $10 fee to "show,"
with registration at the event, and admission for
the public will be free.
Mexicali Cafe will be offering food and
drink specials, the Privateers will have raffles,
door prizes and a 50-50 du. ing. and there will
be live music provided by Hoodie J.
And, of course, there will be Privateers to
entertain all ages.
Proceeds support youth scholarships, which
are awarded annually on July 4.
The family event will be outdoors from 5
p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mexicali, 5502 Cortez Road
W. For more information, call 214-714-3953.