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VOLUME 17. NO. 41
AUG. 12. 2009
Anna Maria businesses pony up trolley money
By Rick Catlin
An independent effort by Anna Maria
business owners to raise a portion of the
city's cost to help keep the Manatee County
Area Transit's Island trolley operating free
for the coming fiscal year has proven a suc-
The effort raised $4,050 of the city's
$8,000 share for the trolley and the effort
continues, said Mike Coleman of Pine
Avenue Restoration LLC, who spearheaded
A letter from Coleman to Mayor Fran
Barford informed the city of the group's
success and pledged to continue monetary
support for the trolley.
The $4,050 is part of the city's pledged
$8,000 to Manatee County for trolley opera-
tions in the 2009-10 fiscal year. The money
reduced the city's remaining balance to the
county to $3,950 and the city's budget has
been adjusted accordingly. All three Island
cities are charged $8,000 for the free trolley
in the current Manatee County budget.
According to Coleman's letter, those
who contributed include Gagne Construction,
Rudy's Sub Shop, Feeling Swell, Ginny's and
Jane E's, Body & Sol, Anna Maria Island
Accommodations. Kaleta/Hansen Ventures,
Betsy Hills Realty, Crescent Moon House,
OakView House, Beach Bums, Woodland
The Anna Maria Island C i.,,,,i.. i of Commerce celebrated its 60th anniversary Aug. 8
with a Polynesian-style luau and party at St. Bernard Catholic Church. A sell-out crowd
of 400 people enjoyed Hawaiian music, a variety offood and a wide range of entertain-
ment. Guests were greeted by afire dancer outside, as well as Hawaiian music and a
dance show inside. Plus DJ Chris Grumley entertained the crowd and got them danc-
ing. Dinner was provided by Ato's Polynesian Catering, Melinda's Cafe and Catering,
BeachHouse Restaurant, Domino's Pizza and Coldstone Creamery. The Islander was one
of many member-sponsors of the event. For more pictures, see page 14. Islander Photo:
DOT finalizes AMI Bridge replacement
By Rick Catlin
The Florida Department of Transporta-
tion July 28 made its long-awaited official
recommendation to the U.S. Coast Guard on
a replacement structure for the Anna Maria
The DOT said earlier it planned to rec-
ommend its high-rise option to replace the
current AMI Bridge.
Officially, DOT's "recommended altema-
tive" for the replacement of the AMI Bridge
is a "two-lane, high-level, fixed bridge" with
a minimum navigational clearance of 65 feet
above the Intracoastal Waterway.
The recommendation states the new
bridge should be built south of the existing
bridge and "include two, 12-foot lanes with
10-foot paved shoulders to accommodate
bicyclists and disabled vehicles. Ten-foot
sidewalks would be included on both sides of
the bridge," separated from the shoulders by
concrete barrier walls, the DOT said.
The high-level alternative was chosen
based on engineering and environmental
analysis, agency coordination and public com-
ments, a news release said.
Three separate DOT surveys conducted
during the course of the study found a "large
majority of respondents favoring replacement
of the existing bridge with a high-level, fixed
bridge," according to the release.
However, there is no funding for right-
of-way acquisition or construction in the cur-
rent DOT five-year work program that runs
A DOT spokesperson said she had no
idea when funding would be planned, but
suggested it was not likely until the five-year
plan for 2015-20 is released in a few years.
Pool Care, the LaRoche and Heron families,
and Pine Avenue Restoration.
The mayor sent Coleman and each of the
contributors a letter praising their efforts to
keep the fare-free trolley operating at a time
when overall revenues are declining and some
county commissioners want to charge people
to ride the trolley.
"Your support sends a strong message
to the elected officials, both the city of Anna
Maria and Manatee County commissioners,
about the importance of the trolley system
on Anna Maria Island," Barford wrote in her
The free trolley costs Manatee County
PLEASE SEE TROLLEY, NEXT PAGE
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Island's wedding industry has
grown from about 50 weddings a year five
years ago to nearly 1,000 in 2008.
And a large number of the members of
wedding parties return to the Island as vaca-
tioners, said Caryn Hodge, marketing director
for the Chiles Restaurant Group.
"Many of them who are visiting the Island
for the first time with a wedding party say
they're coming back for a vacation. This is
the place they want," she said. "We also get
a lot of people who visited the Island as kids
and now are bringing their own kids."
Hodge said wedding party guests who
become vacationers say the pluses for an Anna
Maria Island vacation are seven miles of a
walkable, white sand beach, a walkable com-
munity, a free trolley and peace and tranquil-
"Many people who come to the Island tell
me they've been to Orlando for a vacation and
it wears them out," said Hodge. "They want
a place to just relax and enjoy the view, the
beach, the Gulf of Mexico. That's what the
PLEASE SEE WEDDING, NEXT PAGE
Love, Island style
John DeRussy and wife Mary Brouwer of
St. Petersburg visit last week with David
Teitelbaum, right, owner of the Tortuga Inn.
The couple won the 2009 Island Wedding
Festival grand prize of a free honeymoon at
Tortuga Inn. The couple were married Aug.
7 on the beach at the resort and claimed
their honeymoon prize. Isander Photo:
2 AUG. 12, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Trolley funding comes from biz
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
about $750,000 annually to operate. In his draft
budget for 2009-10 presented in May, Manatee
County administrator Ed Hunzeker had proposed a
daily fare for what riders now enjoy for free.
But Island businesses, cities, residents and the
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce balked.
Eventually, Hunzeker and the majority of county
commissioners agreed to a proposal by Island busi-
nessman David Teitelbaum, a member of the Manatee
County Tourist Development Council, to hold off on
a fare for the trolley in fiscal year 2009-10 fiscal year
and give the TDC and private enterprise the chance
to raise funds to help defray operating costs.
The MCAT Island trolley began operating in
March 2002, with funding primarily from a federal
grant that has since expired. The trolley annually car-
ries more than 500,000 passengers.
Weddings guests to visitors
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Island is all about."
As the Island's wedding industry grows, so will
Island tourism, said Hodge.
The February Island Wedding Festival put on by
a committee of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce attracted more than 700 visitors to the
displays and events, and more are expected for the
Brides and grooms have discovered what The
Knot magazine called West Florida's top beach wed-
ding destination, she said.
As further evidence that word of the Island as a
wedding destination is spreading, the Web site wed-
dingwire.com wrote that a wedding on Anna Maria is
"the charm of old Florida, complete with white sand
beaches, pine trees and palm trees gently swaying in the
breeze, gorgeous sunsets and a tropical atmosphere."
"It's the atmosphere of Anna Maria Island," said
Hodge. "This is not Orlando. This is where people can
enjoy the peace and quiet of a beautiful beach wedding,
and where they want to come for their own vacation."
"We get so many wedding parties where the
people say they heard about the Island from a friend,
or a friend of a friend. They looked us up on the
Internet and liked what they saw," she said.
And weddings are good business for the Island.
Hodge said the average Island wedding has about
30 to 50 people in the wedding party and costs about
$25,000. Those attending the wedding stay, on aver-
age, for five days and spend exclusive of the wed-
ding about $400 per person for accommodations,
food, entertainment, purchases and attractions.
David Teitelbaum, owner of the Tortuga Inn,
Tradewinds and Seaside resorts in Bradenton Beach
and a member of the chamber's Wedding Festival
Committee, agreed that many members of a wedding
party return to the Island for a vacation.
"We do a lot of repeat business and many of them
tell us they first came to the Island for a wedding and fell
in love. They tell their friends about the Island, and those
friends tell other friends, and it snowballs," he said.
A case in point are John DeRussy and fiance Mary
Brouwer, both from St. Petersburg. Brouwer is origi-
nally from Palmetto and talked John into attending the
2009 Island Wedding Festival to plan their marriage.
Jean Peelen chose a sizzling Sunday to await
shoppers at Publix, hoping to complete her
qualifying petition for a seat on the Holmes
Beach City Commission. With 11 down and
only four signers to go, Peelen was well on her
way to have the required number of voters sign
on for her bid for election in November. Peelen
is a semi-retired attorney who worked 20 years
in civil rights in Washington, D.C., for the
government, 1/.., remains active as an equal
employment opportunity lawyer for Radio
Free Europe/Radio Liberty. /,.., said she's a
"novice" in politics, but ready now to serve
her community. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
They were the winners of a week's stay at the Tor-
tuga Inn. The couple arrived on Aug. 4 and by Aug. 7,
engagement had turned to matrimony. They were mar-
ried at the Tortuga Inn that evening.
"So, this vacation turned into our honeymoon,"
said Mrs. DeRussy.
"Growing up in Palmetto, I've always known
about the Island and we've told all our friends this is
the place to go for your wedding or just a weekend
vacation. We are definitely coming back for another
vacation, another honeymoon," she said.
Other couples married here also have spread the
word about Anna Maria Island.
Chris and Tonya Matthewson were married on
the Island in April.
"Many of our guests are considering making the
Island their next vacation spot, and that is saying a lot
since many were from out-of-state or long distance,"
the couple wrote in a letter to Hodge.
And Teitelbaum said the Island's wedding indus-
try is growing not just each year, but every month.
"We had about 300 weddings at our resorts last
year and we've booked weddings all summer and
already into winter," he said. "These are people who
are well behaved, have discretionary income and pro-
vide a considerable economic boost to the Island."
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Manatee County plan calls for Island project
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County's proposed five-year capital
improvement plan calls for a variety of Island-related
Islandwide beach renourishment remains a goal
in the 2010-14 CIP under the natural resources sec-
tion, with funding to come from federal and state
grants and county tourism development funds.
The total cost of the Islandwide project is esti-
mated at $16 million, with the work to be completed
in fiscal year 2013.
The CIP also lists the renourishment work set
to take place later this year or early next year at
Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach, with the $12
million in funding coming from TDC money and a
Other natural resources projects include:
Reconfiguration and expansion of the boat
ramp at the north end of Coquina Bayside, with the
work to be completed in fiscal 2013.
Improvements to the boat ramp at the sound end
of Coquina Bayside, with the work to be completed
in fiscal 2014.
Improvements to the Kingfish Boat Ramp on
Manatee Avenue west of the Anna Maria Island
Bridge, with work the relocation of landscap-
ing, reconfiguration of the parking lot, addition of
a pedestrian trail, replacement of the concrete boat
ramp and seawall cap and refurbishing of docks -
scheduled to take place in fiscal 2010.
The funding, estimated at $1 million, would
come from grants, including from the West Coast
Inland Navigation District, the Florida Department
of Transportation and Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
Demolition and replacement of the Manatee
Public Beach pier, with work scheduled to take place
Picnic tables, benches and other fixtures at Coquina and Cortez beaches will be replaced under the pro-
posed capital improvements plan before the Manatee
this year and next.
Improvements to Neal Preserve off Manatee
Avenue east of the AMI Bridge, including installing
a kayak launch and observation platform.
Installation of a trail system at Perico Preserve off
Manatee Avenue west of Sandpiper Road in fiscal 2011,
as well as construction of tidal wetlands and restoration
of uplands, with work to be completed in fiscal 2012.
Parks and recreation department improvements
in the CIP include:
Fire district budgets, seeks home safety
West Manatee Fire Rescue District commission-
ers and staff met Aug. 6 at Station 1 in Holmes Beach
to discuss two subjects: residential sprinkler rules and
the 2009-10 budget.
The district is hoping to see stronger city and
county codes to encourage and require residential
sprinkler systems, a major deterrent for fire losses.
District deputy fire marshal Kurt Lathrop said
two district fatalities in the past year may have been
prevented with sprinkler systems and early detection
He said carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide,
off-products of burning materials in the homes, were
factors in the fatalities.
Chief Andy Price said stronger regulations will
be required at some point. "Nationally, it's coming,
but it's not yet been adopted in Florida."
Price said 20 to 25 years ago there were more
fires, "but the main difference is how we fought the
fire." They weren't using plastics, laminates, particle
board to build the homes that we saw burning, he
said, homes that were built some 25 years earlier.
"Now the time element has crept down. We're
getting there now in shorter time, but the floor is
"It's going to get worse from this point on with
all the glues and lighter materials used. The peak of
building 30-40 years ago will be 50 years old soon,
and fires in those structures will peak," he said.
"The off-gasses of synthetics will kill more
people," said Commissioner Mike Mulyck.
Price suggested promoting lower costs for sprin-
kler systems from county fees to installation. "Then
more people will install."
Lathrop added that home insurance discounts for
sprinklers range from 5-15 percent.
The board consensus was to put together a team
to revisit with the county on building issues, as well
as the Island city mayors and building officials.
Price introduced his final budget for the district's
annual spending and revenues, having just received
final numbers on health insurance and workers com-
He noted that the district healthcare costs overall
were kept down by a lower rating, but due to increased
costs for the group insurance plan, employees will
pay slightly more for healthcare.
Revenue for the district is determined largely by
taxes and fees, with a small amount of interest earn-
ings and reimbursed expenses. The total operating
budget for 2009-10 is $5,203,630.37.
Price explained to commissioners the budget plan
for the upcoming year is now separated into two bud-
gets, operating and capital/reserve plans.
The new breakout for "non-typical expenses," he
said, will allow the district to allocate spending and
costs for equipment in a separate plan. That budget
That allows for a total budget of slightly more
than $8.5 million.
Price noted there is little fluctuation in wages and
staffing from the previous year's budget.
Commissioners will meet next at 6 p.m. Aug. 20
when a final vote on the budget is expected. Meetings
are held at Station 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. For more information, call 941-778-3900.
West Manatee Fire Rescue District commission-
ers, Chief Andy Price and staff workshop around
the table on topics of sprinklers and the budget.
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
County Board of Commissioners. Islander Photo:
Demolition and reconstruction of a wooden
pavilion at Coquina Bayside in fiscal 2010.
Replacement of benches, tables, trash recep-
tacles and water fountains at Coquina and Cortez
beaches in Bradenton Beach in fiscal 2010.
The CIP also calls for continued improvements to
waterlines in Anna Maria through fiscal year 2014.
The plan, now before the Manatee County Board
of Commissioners, is scheduled to be adopted in Sep-
tember, along with the adoption of the fiscal year
Anna Maria City
Aug. 13, 7 p.m., city commission work ses-
Aug. 18, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning meet-
Aug. 20,5:30 p.m., budget work session. CAN-
Aug 27, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
Aug. 20, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Sept. 9, 6 p.m., city commission budget hear-
Sept. 9, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Aug. 20, 6 p.m., district commission meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
Aug. 17, 9:30 a.m., Manatee County Tourist
Development Council meeting, Palma Sola Botanical
Aug. 19, time and location to be announced,
Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting.
Aug. 20, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation
Planning Organization meeting, Holmes Beach City
Aug. 25, 9 a.m., Manatee County Board of
Commissioners meeting, County Administrative
Building, 1112 Manatee Ave., Bradenton.
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4 MAUG. 12, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
Island beachgoers need to butt out
By Rick Catlin
No buts about it. It's time for smokers to "Bin
Your Butts" at Manatee County beaches on Anna
Armed with a $4,500 grant from Keep America
Beautiful, the Keep Manatee Beautiful organization
launched its "cigarette litter prevention program"
last week to keep cigarette butts off the beaches. The
plan has the backing of the Manatee County Com-
"Bin Your Butts" started Aug. 1 as volunteers
from members and organizations in Adopt-A-Beach
began picking up and counting butts littered on the
ground at Manatee County's four Island beaches.
The results were impressive. Volunteers found
6,608 butts at Manatee Public Beach, 2,797 at
Coquina Beach, 889 at Cortez Beach and 3,431 at
Keep Manatee Beautiful executive director Ingrid
McClellan said once a butt count was established
at each of the four selected beach locations, county
work crews installed a cigarette bin and accompany-
ing sign to aid smokers in "doing the right thing" and
preventing littering on the beach, she said. A total of
55 bins are planned at the four locations.
McClellan said the goal was to have all 55 bins
installed by Tuesday, Aug. 11.
After all bins are installed, Adopt-A-Beach mem-
bers will return to their adopted beach Sept. 8 to count
how many cigarettes were properly discarded in the
bin and how many were on the nearby ground. The
return count is to determine the effectiveness of the
bins and signs, McClellan said.
At Cortez Beach, the Surfrider Suncoast Chap-
ter is responsible for compiling butt-in and butt-out
information, while the Florida Department of Juvenile
Justice oversees for butts at Bayfront Park in Anna
Maria. At Manatee Public Beach, the Excelsior Edu-
cation and Training Foundation is the butt-counter,
while ManaTeens is monitoring Coquina Beach.
McClellan said 13 ash bins were installed at
Manatee Public Beach last week after volunteers
counted the number of butts on the ground. Sixteen
bins were to be placed at Bayfront Park, seven at
Cortez Beach and 19 at Coquina Beach.
Amanda Kopacz of Surfrider, which has more
than 2,000 members, said she had no trouble getting
volunteers for the project.
"Cortez Beach is the beach we've adopted and
By Paul Roat
"Slightly above average" went to "slightly less
active" and now is predicted to be even less active
for the 2009 hurricane season in the Atlantic basin.
Dr. Philip Klotzbach and Dr. William Gray are
meteorologists with Colorado State University. Gray
has been offering predictions on storm numbers for
The latest forecast offered by the pair, issued
Aug. 4, indicates "the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season
will be less active than the average 1950-2000 season
due largely to the development of an El Niio.
"We estimate that 2009 will have about four hur-
ricanes (average is 5.9), 10 named storms (average
is 9.6) and two major (Category 3-4-5) hurricanes
(average is 2.3)."
The pair added that the probability of a major
hurricane landfall in the U.S.-Caribbean region also
is lower than the long-term average.
Blame it on El Niio. Or thank El Niio.
El Niho is the warming of eastern Pacific Ocean
waters. Like the chaos theory where a butterfly's
wing-flap in Africa causes disruption of weather
conditions in Canada, Pacific weather patterns skew
Getting butts of the beach
Members of the Surfrider Suncoast Chapter collected 889 cigarette butts on Cortez Beach Aug. 7, prior to
installation of bins to hold the cigarette trash and keep litter off the beach. Pictured, from left, are Amanda
Kopacz, Roanne Kopacz-Ried and Moira Kopacz-Ried. Islander Photo: Paul Roat
we really want to get those butts in the bins. A lot of
our members were excited to help get the butts off
the beach and I think the plan is wonderful. Keeping
Cortez Beach clean and litter-free is our responsi-
bility and we are really pleased to help this effort,"
A blue sign attached to the post at each bin says
"Please bin your butts. Help Manatee County beaches
remain clean. Please dispose of your cigarette butts
properly in the ash bins provided throughout the
But the ash bins are just the start of educating
the public about littering the Island with butts, said
She also has 1,200 disposable ashtrays that will
be distributed between Aug. 17-21 to smokers on the
beach. During that same week, McClellan also has
table cards that will be distributed to Island restau-
rants, hotel and accommodation lobbies and busi-
nesses, advising smokers of the bins on the beach
and the advisability of a portable ashtray.
Volunteers to assist in distributing the ashtrays
and table cards are welcome, McClellan said.
"We need to educate smokers about the bins and
use of a portable ashtray," said McClellan, and for
Cigarette butts were 46 percent of all the litter
collected in Florida during the 2007 International
Coastal Cleanup campaign, and 40 percent of all trash
collected in Manatee County by the ICC, according
to the most current information available to McClel-
It's not just the aesthetics of cigarette butts lying
on the ground, but the toxic waste they emit, she
said. Cigarette butts may seem small, but with sev-
eral million butts littered in Florida each year, the
toxic chemicals add up to a substantial and harmful
The butts contain chemicals that can kill animals
that occupy critical positions in the aquatic commu-
nity. Butts that end up in Florida's water system -
both freshwater and saltwater release chemicals
such as lead, cadmium and arsenic that can harm
marine life and vegetation found in the waters.
That means the "Bin Your Butts" program is not
just to keep the beaches clean, McClellan said, it's
also to prevent damage to the environment. Smokers
need to be taught to dispose of butts properly, not just
toss them in the sand, or wind.
"It's important that smokers' littering behavior
be modified to decrease this source of pollution," she
And it's not just butts for the butt bins. Matches,
disposable lighters, cigars and the wrapping from a
cigarette package should all go in the bins.
McClellan said she will make a presentation this
month to each Island city commission to inform them
of the program and possibly gain some volunteers.
She also has plans to expand the program to other
popular Island beach locations.
"We chose the most popular beaches for our
startup program. We can apply for another grant
next year from Keep America Beautiful and look to
add bins at Leffis Key and Bean Point," among other
locations, she said.
People interested in volunteering to distribute the
ashtrays and/or table cards the week of Aug. 17-21,
is asked to call McClellan at 941-795-8272, or 941-
For the effect here, as Klotzbach and Gray state,
"El Niho events tend to be associated with increased
levels of vertical wind shear and decreased levels of
Atlantic hurricane activity. Tropical Atlantic sea sur-
face temperatures anomalies have warmed somewhat
since our early June prediction and surface pressures
have fallen somewhat.
"But, the negative influences of El Nifo -induced
strong Caribbean Basin and Main Development
Region vertical wind shear typically dominates over
surface pressure and sea surface temperature in the
As almost all scientists do, the duo offered
an explanation for their long-standing belief
that we're in a long-term hurricane mode in the
"Although we have been in an active multi-
decadal Atlantic Basin hurricane era since 1995, it
is not unusual to have a few below-average years
within an active multi-decadal period. Likewise, it
is not unusual to have a few above-average years
within an inactive multi-decadal period. We expect
the active Atlantic hurricane era that we have been
in since 1995 to continue for the next 10 to 15
continue to drop for 2009
THE ISLANDER 0 AUG. 12, 2009 0 5
Anna Maria budget draws little interest
By Rick Catlin
Judging by the number of Anna Maria residents
who showed up for the city commission's Aug. 6
budget workshop, city taxpayers are happy with the
proposed $2.086 million "bare-bones" budget that
does not raise property taxes. Only one member of
the public, Mike Coleman, attended the meeting to
The ad valorem tax rate will remain at 1.7882,
the same as it was for the 2008-09 budget.
But, Commissioner Dale Woodland suggested,
if the public knew what was coming for next year's
budget, they might react differently.
"This is a bare-bones budget," said Woodland.
City revenues will continue to decline as property
values fall, yet the city must provide for the health,
safety and welfare of its residents, he said. "What are
we going to do next year?" when the city takes in less
revenue than this year.
He said he was "not dissatisfied" with a budget
that doesn't raise taxes. The problem is that to keep
property taxes at the current level, the city had to cut
the reserve fund from 37.83 percent of the operat-
ing budget to 31.4 percent. That puts the proposed
reserve fund in the 2009-10 budget at $789,275.
Woodland said if things don't change, the com-
mission next year will again be looking to tap reserves
for operating funds.
He suggested the city start looking at cutting
expenses and the Manatee County Sheriff's Office
contract should be scrutinized.
"I'd like to see us go with one less officer, maybe
a half-officer or part-time officer," he said.
That idea seemed to fall flat with other commis-
sioners and Mayor Fran Barford.
"We have the best bang for the buck out here"
for law enforcement, Barford said. "I'm thrilled with
their contract and the quality is very good."
Commission chairman John Quam noted that,
in the past, the public has expressed no interest in
cutting the level of law enforcement in the city.
And the MCSO contract for 2009-10 is $659,000,
up just $4,100 from 2008-09.
Woodland suggested having Anna Maria MCSO
substation chief Sgt. Dave Turner discuss next year's
budget with MCSO officials, but Barford said she
negotiates the contract every year.
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach city commissioners were
scheduled to review a preliminary budget for
fiscal year 2009-10 during a meeting Aug. 11.
The commission set a maximum millage rate
July 14 of 1.7549 mills. A mill is $1 for every
$1,000 of assessed value of property less any
The maximum millage can be decreased
through the budget process, but not increased to
arrive at an operating millage levy.
The 2008-09 operating millage levy is
1.5989 mills, the same rate as 2007-08. The
millage rate was 1.8 mills in 2006-07, 1.9 mills
in 2005-06, 2 mills in 2003-04 and 2004-05,
and then 2.25 mills for each fiscal year going
"I go downtown every year to negotiate and they
are tough," she said.
The mayor did promise to begin contract nego-
tiations now for next year's budget. It's a bit late to
think of the 2009-10 contract, she noted.
Woodland agreed. "I'm only looking at next
year," he said.
With no changes to city treasurer Diane Per-
cycoe's budget numbers, commissioners agreed to
cancel a planned Aug. 20 budget work session.
The first hearing for the 2009-10 budget will be
at 6:30 p.m., Sept. 9, and a second hearing at 5:30
p.m., Sept. 22, both at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.
back to 1997.
The maximum rate is the same number this
year as the tax rollback rate, which is defined
in Florida as the tax rate that will bring in the
same amount of tax revenue from the previous
year. The number is arrived at by dividing the tax
revenue from the previous year by the adjusted
taxable value of property and multiplying by
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger and commission-
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Call it a dichotomy
Word up. It's diametric. A contradiction. Oppo-
sites as in polar opposites.
It's counting cigarette butts vs. counting scal-
It's almost impossible for these two concepts to
converge in our minds, but here we are, staring at
the numbers a recent huge count of cigarette butts
discarded on the beaches of Anna Maria Island and a
recent dismal tally for scallops in area waters.
The signal is clear. We need to do more to pro-
tect the environment we live in, the place we call
our paradise, Anna Maria Island. The beaches. The
shore. Turtles. Dolphins. Least terns. Skimmers.
Night herons. Scallops.
We look on scallops as a messenger of safety and
good health for our bay waters. It's the same for a
canary in underground mines. Before carbon monox-
ide detectors and monitors, miners relied on Mother
Nature's canary for advice. Any sign of distress from
the canary was a clear signal that conditions under-
ground were unsafe for miners.
It's like that with scallops in the bay. The loss of
the scallop population in Sarasota Bay was a signal
in the 1980s that the bay was unhealthy.
On the other end of the spectrum, we see cigarette
litter as a signal that smokers purposefully disrespect
the environment. And while appropriate legislation
has widely banned smoking cigarettes indoors, we
see more and more people smoking outside busi-
nesses, from restaurants to offices to medical build-
ings, and then trashing the remainder, the filter, on
You've cringed at the sight of a butt flying out the
window of a car you're following. Have you seen smok-
ers with such disregard that they empty their ashtray at a
traffic light, or while they wait at the local laundromat?
At the boat ramp? Grocery store? The beach?
A short walk along the grassy line on the beach
or roadside will convince you of the problem. There
is no more litter that can be found anywhere than
And the offending butts, filled with toxins, remain
in the environment for thousands of years. It's worse,
if you can imagine, than the "outlawed" plastic six-
Maybe the price of cigarettes will finally encour-
age some to halt their habit, but, in the meantime, for
nature's sake, stow your scourge. Stop trashing our
Island and stop disrespecting our environment.
There should be no buts about butts.
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Code enforcement role?
Rules regarding the rental of our homes were
established many years ago by the city of Holmes
Example: Those who wish to rent their property
in a certain area of the city are restricted by length
of occupancy. Some sections of the city may rent for
a week, some for a day, some for a month.
Case in point happens to be our island of Key
Royale, zoned R1-AA, on which owners are permit-
ted to rent their property for one month at a time -
not by the week, the weekend or day.
We quote paragraph from the Holmes Beach
Land Development Code Article VI 6.6 as it applies
to Key Royale:
1. No dwelling or parcel shall be leased, sub-
leased or rented for a term of less than 30 consecu-
tive days and such occupancy shall be by the same
individual or family.
2. No timeshare interval associated with any
dwelling or parcel shall be for a term of less than 30
3. No dwelling unit owned, leased or rented by
any corporate entity (including not-for-profit enti-
ties), shall be made available ... for periods of less
than 30 consecutive days and such occupancy shall
be by the same individual or family.
Several owners of property in Key Royale are
in violation, including corporate entities. When they
purchased their property, they were made aware or
should have been made aware by their real estate
agent. Real estate agents should be advising buyers
that homes on Key Royale may not be rented for less
than 30 consecutive days.
It appears today that several agents and brokers
have advised their clients of this rule. Several agents
now own some of those properties for rent.
Lastly, our code enforcement board remains
responsible for not policing this policy.
Never in the many years that we have owned on
Key Royale have we seen such a flagrant disregard
of our neighbors, those who abide by the rules.
Ursula and Dick Rowse, Holmes Beach
Help keep Island clean
Anna Maria Island is a beautiful place and the
wildlife that lives here is breathtaking. And it's impor-
tant to keep our Island clean and free from litter.
This week alone I have had to walk my dog
around broken beer bottles on the sidewalk and, on
the beach, I collected three full bags of trash.
Baby turtles don't need to navigate over dirty dia-
pers, beer cans, cigars, balloons or Styrofoam. They
have a hard enough time escaping predators in their
mad dash to the surf.
People don't need to see trash anywhere, and kids
don't need to find this junk as they play in the sand.
It's hard to believe that people can litter our stunning,
I think we need to enforce litter laws and raise
the fines. There's just no reason to live with garbage
all over our Island. I think we all need to try harder
to keep this a beautiful place to live and a gorgeous
destination for a vacation.
We can all pick up a little more and educate visi-
tors on keeping it clean and fine the people who
refuse to observe litter laws.
Annie Williams, Holmes Beach
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Scallop counting: commence!
A whopping 170 people on 50 boats took to the waters of Sarasota
Bay Aug. 8for the Second Annual Great Scallop Count, sponsored
by Sarasota Bay Watch. Despite great weather and a terrific turn-
out, the count was low at 131, much less than the 2008 total of 900.
Sarasota Bay Watch's Sandy Gilbert said scientists involved with the
event were still happy with the results. The count took place from
the shores ofAnna Maria Sound to New Pass in Sarasota County.
"Everybody had a great time," Gilbert said. Assisting in the regis-
tration was Bradenton Beach project/program director Lisa Marie
Phillips, above left, who also pointed to scallops in a tank, that yes,
these are the scallops being sought. Reminder: It is illegal to harvest
the critters. Islander Photos: Paul Roat, inset Toni Lyon
In the Aug. 11, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Anna Maria public works director Phil Char-
nock was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol in
a road rage incident after he allegedly brandished a
.22-caliber pistol at another motorist while both were
approaching the toll booth on the Sunshine Skyway
Islander's Market owner John Cagnina said
he had been in discussions with the U.S. Postal
Service to turn the former grocery store, known for
many years as the IGA, into Anna Maria's new post
office. The store was closed after business dropped
dramatically following the opening of Publix in
Holmes Beach, sources said.
The Manatee County Area Transit announced
it added a second bus route on Anna Maria Island,
while at the same time it canceled service to Long-
boat Key for lack of passengers.
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Bradenton Beach outlines preservation boundaries
By Paul Roat
Status-quo is the order of the day for Bradenton
Beach when it comes to its preservation area.
City commissioners last week agreed to keep
the line in the sand pretty much as it has been for
decades: generally seaward of established or platted
lots, while undeveloped areas have the easternmost
boundary pegged at Gulf Drive.
City officials had submitted a comprehensive land-
use plan to the Florida Department of Community
Affairs last year. In February, DCA officials provided a
series of objections, recommendations and comments.
Most of the state concerns required tweaks to
the proposed amendments, but the preservation land-
use category, as defined in the proposed amendment
at the time, appeared to allow for development that
could increase density, according to DCA.
Meeting in June, commissioners, city attorney
Ricinda Perry, planning consultant Tony Arrant, build-
ing official Steve Gilbert and attorney Greg Hootman
seemed to reach agreement that the concerns might be
resolved if the amendment relied more on maps show-
ing the preservation boundaries rather than text and the
simplified reference "seaward of Gulf Drive."
The preservation category generally includes the
beaches, the eastern boundary in some areas is Gulf
Drive, but the boundary line jogs to exclude existing
structures and, in the southern part of the city, follows
the primary dune and tree line.
Text, city officials agreed, can't properly describe
the preservation area, but detailed maps can.
"The truth is, the less language in the comp plan,
the better," Arrant said, adding, "We made cotton-
picking sure there are no structures in preserva-
He suggested that the amendment be revised to
refer to detailed maps of the preservation area, as well
as include a statement that the city's intent is not to
include property containing existing structures in the
Other elements within the comp plan addressed by
commissioners included detailed language describing the
city as a Florida Waterfronts Community. Arrant also cor-
rected what he called a "glaring error" regarding property
west of Gulf Drive at Cortez Road that was erroneously
labeled as public but is in private ownership.
Arrant said he hoped to have all maps and lan-
guage ready for a "courtesy review" by DCA within
a month. Once the review is completed, and barring
no further change requests by the state, the city will
advertise a series of public meetings to fully ratify
the comprehensive plan.
The city will then embark on another round of
meetings to develop implementing language for the
Work on all the revisions to the plan began in
Comprehensive plans were originally ordered
by state officials in 1975, and later refined in 1985.
The plans were designated to "be living documents
capable of adjusting appropriately to address chang-
ing growth management issues confronting local
communities over time," according to University of
The comprehensive plan for Bradenton Beach
was adopted in 1989. Its latest review began in Feb-
ruary 2004 with the formation of a seven-member
committee that spent about two years going through
the voluminous document.
The committee's recommended document then
was sent to the planning and zoning board, which
also spent countless hours devouring the text.
A comprehensive plan is one of the overall compo-
nents of city or county government. Comp plans con-
sist of the document itself, which sets forth density. As
described by Arrant, density is the total number of units
that can be built on an acre of property.
Other elements of the comp plan involve a host
of issues: transportation; housing; infrastructure in
the form of sewer, water and solid waste; recreation
and open space; coastal and conservation areas; inter-
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Lohn case still a Bradenton Beach headache
Bradenton Beach has been dealing with com-
plaints brought by resident Ken Lohn for nearly
six years, said Vice Mayor John Shaughnessy, who
chaired the Aug. 6 city commission meeting in the
absence of Mayor Mike Pierce.
The result is a continuing cycle of decisions and
Shaughnessy was responding to city attorney
Ricinda Perry's comment that Lohn has appealed
a city commission decision that went in favor of
the city. Perry asked if the city wants to defend the
appeal, or let the judge decide.
The case involves a private easement.
"The city is not legally responsible to respond"
to the appeal, Perry said. But without legal counsel
at the appeal, the judge will hear only Lohn's side of
"Most cities defend [an appeal] to have their side
told," she said.
Shaughnessy noted that the Lohn case already
has cost the city an "astronomical" sum of money.
However, he said, "it's best to respond." City
commissioners Janie Robertson and Bob Bartelt
agreed. Commissioner Bob Connors were absent.
The commission voted unanimously to retain
Perry in Lohn's appeal. But even if Lohn loses the
appeal, he will most likely appeal again or file another
lawsuit, noted Shaughnessy.
In other business, the commission passed an ordi-
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merely the occupational license tax by 5 percent.
The city can raise the tax by 5 percent once every two
years, Perry said.
The commission also approved a motion to have
Perry draft an amendment to the city's telecommuni-
cations ordinance to reflect the changing technologi-
cal market and recent informal inquiries for a cell
tower in Bradenton Beach.
Perry had reviewed the ordinance and suggested
it needed to be "tightened."
Areas of the ordinance that should be addressed,
she said, include co-location, types of towers, crite-
ria for approval, landscaping, maintenance, antenna
dimensions and emergency removal in the event of
a hurricane or other disaster, Perry said.
Perry also said the city could consider build-
ing and leasing space on its own tower. This would
become a revenue source for the city, she said. Com-
missioners will discuss that when Perry presents the
amendment at the Aug. 20 commission meeting.
Commissioners also approved a motion by Rob-
ertson for Perry to review the city's election qualify-
ing ordinances. Robertson said she researched the
issue and one of four election ordinances she discov-
ered was passed in 1952.
If the 1952 ordinance is valid, said Robertson,
"Then none of us up here are legal."
Perry, however, noted that the city charter takes
precedence over any conflicting ordinances.
But those ordinances are still on the books, said
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Perry will examine the ordinances and report
back to the commission on any ordinance that needs
to be repealed.
Corona changes plea
in car theft case
The man arrested in possession of missing
motel-owner Sabine Musil-Buehler's car pleaded
no contest Aug. 10 to auto theft.
The change in plea averted a trial. Robert
Corona, 38, was scheduled for trial this week at
the judicial center in Bradenton.
Corona was arrested Nov. 6,2008, by Manatee
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 w ithol 't a
valid license, both misdemeanors.
Musil-Buehler, co-owner of Haley's Motel, was
reported missing by her estranged husbandTom Bue-
hler on Nov. 6, 2008, the day of Corona's arrest.
Authorities do not believe Corona knew
He has said he found the car in the parking
lot of a Bradenton bar and went on a joy ride.
Corona's sentence was not determined, as of
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The Sarasota-Bradenton Attorneys' Real Estate
Council has partnered with The Islander newspaper
to present a professional outreach program aimed at
educating homeowners on saving their homes.
"Take Control of Your Mortgage: There is Hope,"
a community workshop for homeowners will be
held at Holmes Beach City Hall starting at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 27.
Homeowners and real estate professionals are
welcome to attend and learn strategies for taking
control of home mortgages, and information on the
Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan offered
by the federal government.
Participants in the presentation will be Paul
Blucher, real estate attorney and event organizer;
Wendy Ross of ReMAX Realty and a TV weather
Meditation classes offered
The Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407
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improvement courses in the fall.
The schedule includes:
A Guide to Meditation, starting Sept. 1, and
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Stolen bike recovered
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria resident Mike Coleman of Pine
Avenue never dreamed there were bike thieves in
Anna Maria willing to steal a bicycle with nothing
but sentimental value.
Coleman has often been seen riding his old, red
bicycle to and from city hall and along Pine Avenue
instead of a car to save gas and hold down pollu-
It came as a surprise the morning of Aug. 4 when
he came out of his home to discover his bike had been
"I knew I was at risk by not locking the bike at
night, but it was an old bike that my son fixed up and
we never even knew the brand," said Coleman.
The bicycle had almost no monetary value, but
had been given to Coleman several years ago when
the family first moved to Anna Maria by his son
"When we were clearing the lot to build our
house, we found this old bicycle. I was going to throw
it away, but John took it and fixed it up. He then gave
it to me as a Christmas present that year and I' ve used
Despairing of ever finding the bicycle, Coleman
was surprised as he drove home from attending the
Anna Maria City Commission budget workshop Aug.
"I saw my bike coming toward me. I stopped
the kid riding it and he said another kid said he
could use it. The kid on the bike said he didn't
remember the name of the other kid. Anyway,
I got my bike back and I'm happy," Coleman
"It had sentimental value to me. It's something
my son did for me," Coleman said.
"The bike could be replaced. What it meant to
me couldn't," he said.
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Gloria Dei collects shoes
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With a goal of 100 pairs of new athletic shoes
for homeless school-bound children in Manatee
County, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Holmes
Beach is well on the path to success.
On Aug. 7, the church had 42 pairs for boys
and 48 for girls, just 10 pair short of goal before
the Aug. 10 deadline.
The new shoes will be distributed by Project Heart
through the Manatee County School District.
Shoes and socks, as well as cash contribu-
tions, may be dropped off at the church, 6608
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, during regular
weekday business hours.
For more information, call the church at 941-
Island real estate transactions
Featured sale: This condo at 4200 GulfDrive, Unit
208, Gulfsands, Holmes Beach, sold in December
2001 for $434,000 and on July 24 this year, Adrian to
Olivero, for $385,000, a decrease of 11 percent. The
cost per square foot is $382. A second sale last week
occurred on 2418 Ave. C, Unit 600, Costa Verde,
Bradenton Beach, a 1,750 sfla 3bed/2bath/2car condo
built in 2007 sold July 24, Holmstrom to Coan Man-
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Hot spots for computer users
The surfing is free and easy on the Internet at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Other free hot spots on the Island:
Melinda's Cafe & Catering, 5315 Gulf Drive,
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive,
Ginny's and Jane E's at the Old IGA, 9807 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria.
Matt & Dom's, 9701 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Feeling Swell, 9903 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N.,
Back Alley Cafe, 121 Bridge St., Bradenton
The Islander is compiling a list of locations offer-
ing free wireless Internet service to computer users
on the Island. If you offer this convenience, please,
e-mail reporter Lisa Neff at firstname.lastname@example.org,
and include a name and telephone number with the
location of the hot spot and a password if needed.
Help, strategy session
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The George family on the beach in Anna Maria, where members walk as many as four days a week for
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch. Pictured are Marilyn George, her granddaughters Lauren and Lindsey,
her daughter-in-law, Sue, and her husband, Bill. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
George family treks for turtles
By Lisa Neff
Meet the family that walks together.
Some weeks in the summer, the George family
takes four shifts Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and
Sunday on the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch
That's partly why AMITW executive director
Suzi Fox and volunteers with the nonprofit group
know the Georges as "the first family of AMITW."
But "the first family" title also comes from the
George family's longtime commitment to the pro-
gram. They were the first family of walkers.
Bill and Marilyn George of Anna Maria are
the leaders of the clan, walkers with AMITW since
Their daughter-in-law, Sue, a summer Islander
from Cary, Ill., walks with them from mid-June
through mid-August, as do Sue's daughters, 9-year-
old Lauren and 13-year-old Lindsey.
Sometimes the number of walkers grows by one
more, when Sue's husband, Jeff, can take a break
from his corporate job with Quaker in the Chicago
And sometimes the number grows even larger -
when other family members gather in Anna Maria for
a summer vacation.
Sue and Jeff first began walking with AMITW in
1998. So did Lindsey, though she had little choice -
she rode in a jog stroller. After Lauren was born, she
also rode in a stroller for the walks on the beach.
On a recent Thursday, the George family arrived
on the beach at about 6:30 a.m. They walked south,
from the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria, to 66th
Street in Holmes Beach.
Along the way, they looked for signs that sea
turtles emerged from the Gulf of Mexico to nest or
that hatchlings emerged from a nest and headed to
They also picked up trash, caught a glimpse of
an slumber party on the beach, watched the water for
dolphins and talked.
The conversation, said Marilyn George, 71, typi-
cally comes once the fivesome fully wakes.
"I decided to join when we first retired down
here," Marilyn said. "We built a house down here....
I loved everything about the beach. So, I decided to
She paused to look east, to the sunrise. A dozen
laughing gulls flew overhead toward the water's
"Just look at this," Marilyn said. "It's always a
AMITW got Bill George, 71, along with Marilyn
Members of the George family survey the beach in
Anna Maria looking for signs of sea turtle activity.
Periodically during the family's walk on the
beach, Bill jogged to a marked nest to check the hatch
date and to look for signs indentations in the sand
- of hatchlings breaking out of their shells.
"It' s late," Bill said, returning from a nest. "Noth-
ing is happening yet. If there was something, there' d
be an indentation in the sand. We' d start to see an
In the early 1980s, Bill discovered the area while
on sabbatical from the University of Illinois-Cham-
After the move to the Island, his science back-
ground made him a quick study of AMITW's mission
and role to collect data about turtle nesting that is
used by state and federal agencies to track changes
in the population of the threatened loggerhead.
In the earliest walk years, Bill remembered, the
eggs were not left in the nest on the beach but col-
lected but placed in the sand in Island hatcheries.
"We just got interested in the whole thing," he
said. "And we love it with the girls coming along.
They' ve done it for so long that they are well aware
of why they do it."
In 1998, Jeff George took a job with Tropicana
and he and Sue relocated to the area.
Sue, 45, joined AMITW immediately after the
"I'm a runner," she said. "And I just love early
morning on the beach. It's quiet. Few people are
Sue's first memory associated with walking for
AMITW? Pushing the jog-stroller carrying Lindsey.
Lindsey's memory on the subject is not clear, but
she knows she started with AMITW when she was 2
While vacationing on the Island in the summer,
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Witherington keeps a close watch on sea turtles
Blair Witherington is excited about the future
of loggerhead turtles despite discouraging news in
Florida from nesting counts.
Wi ll. i i ngl t'n, a research scientist with the Florida
Wildlife Conservation Commission Fish and Wildlife
Research Institute, studies sea turtles daily.
"The 1 ',*,_ l~ .,ad population is in serious decline,"
Witherington said. "Eighty percent of the world's
loggerheads nest on beaches in Florida and on the
island of Masirah in the Indian Ocean off the coast
In Florida, the loggerhead is the most common
sea turtle. But worldwide, the loggerhead is rare,
said Witherington, who went to Masirah to help set
up a monitoring program for the threatened reptile,
similar to what Florida uses on its 33 index nesting
Witherington coordinates Florida's Index Nest-
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May 15 to Aug. 31. The process involves volunteers
who go onto the beach before sunrise each morning,
seven days a week during the nesting season. Volun-
teers monitor nests laid during the night and report
Nesting by the numbers
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported
167 loggerhead sea turtle nests on the beach as
of Aug. 7.
AMITW also reported 115 false crawls and
28 hatched nests. A reported 2,088 hatchlings
have crawled to the sea.
Nesting season continues through Oct.
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false crawls signs of a sea turtle's flippers in the
sand but no nest.
"There are indications that there may be declin-
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as well," Witherington said. "But we need reliable
data to determine it conclusively."
Witherington received his doctoral degree
from the University of Florida and his dissertation
addressed the orientation of hatchling sea turtles and
the effect of light on their journey to the sea.
"If they head in the wrong direction, they die,"
Witherington said of the effect of direct lighting on
Counties and municipalities in the majority of
the sea turtle nesting areas in Florida now have ordi-
nances in place for lighting management, something
that brings a smile to Witherington's face.
"This is absolutely a success story in Florida," he
said. "We have made headway in conservation efforts
for sea turtles."
Wilthcingtlon also conducts neo-natal research.
For years, scientists have called the post-hatchling's
first year, "the lost year" because no one knew where
the hatchlings went once they made it to the ocean
from the nesting beach.
Witherington and his team discovered that hatch-
ling loggerheads and green turtles migrate out to the
floating, open-ocean sargassum (seaweed) commu-
nity offshore from nesting beaches. They also found
green, hawksbill and Kemp's Ridley sea turtles that
are approximately a year old.
"It's very exciting to find small Kemp's Ridley
because they are the rarest of sea turtles," he said.
"We usually see large juveniles or adults swimming
in Florida's waters."
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While concerns remain about the loggerhead's
survival, Witherington believes the work done by
the FWC and other groups, such as the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fish-
eries Service, will help conserve this giant rep-
"I work with a team of skilled and well-informed
people," he said. "And the team extends beyond the
FWC with more than 2,000 people in the state doing
nesting counts and conveying conservation mes-
"Florida would be much poorer without our sea
turtles," Witherington said.
George family loves turtles
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Lindsey spends time with "old friends" and in dance
lessons at a studio and with a private instructor.
The walks also are a vacation highlight. "I only
get up this early for turtles," she said.
The Georges joke that Lauren has been with
AMITW since she herself was a hatchling.
For her, a routine early riser, the walk is like the
overture to a busy vacation day of basketball, swim-
ming and beach-going.
During the school year, Lauren's AMITW activi-
ties make for "show-and-tell" moments.
After the walk, the family sometimes heads out
to an Island restaurant for breakfast. Or sometimes
they head home and their separate ways.
"We don't spend every minute of the day
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Aug. 1, Bean Point, boating injury. Deputies
responded to assist Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission officers regarding a boating accident.
The boat operator was attempting to beach his vessel
when a female passenger, the victim, jumped overboard.
She lost her balance and the boat crushed her right ankle,
according to the report. She was taken to the hospital.
July 26, 2600 block Gulf Drive, drugs. Officers
noticed two male subjects attempting to take a road
sign. Officers noted one of the pair, who turned out
to be a juvenile, appeared to be intoxicated and, after
a search, discovered cannabis in his pocket. He was
later released to the custody of his father.
July 27, 1600 block Gulf Drive, drugs. Officers
arrested Dustin Michael Harlow, 19, of Brandon, after
questioning him because he was observed parked in a
handicap-only space on the beach after hours. Offi-
cers discovered cannabis in his possession.
Aug. 1, 100 block Fifth Street South, drugs. Offi-
cers responded to a noise complaint and noted a man
sitting on a couch with a bong and what appeared to
be cannabis next to him. Gregory Markham, 40, of
Holmes Beach, was arrested.
Aug. 3, Coquina Beach, theft. The complainants
said they left possessions on the beach in a beach bag
and it was taken. After giving police a description of
the suspects, two men were located, identified and
arrested and the items retrieved.
Aug. 2, 6300 block Gulf Drive, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took her bicycle.
Aug. 2, 4200 block Gulf Drive, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took his iPod, valued at $350,
from his unlocked vehicle.
Aug. 2, 100 block 45th Street, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took his rental car.
Aug. 2, 5400 block Gulf Drive, missing person.
The complainant said she was concerned that an elderly
friend did not meet her for dinner as planned. A subse-
quent search determined he had died on the beach.
Aug. 3, 100 block 51st Street, theft. The complain-
ant said someone took a license plate from his trailer.
Aug. 3, 200 block North Harbor Lane, theft. The
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Suspicious activity yields
gun, arrest in Holmes Beach
A man was arrestedAug. 5 on weapons charges
after a complaint by a Key Royale woman was
made to law enforcement that he was "looking at
her children playing in the yard."
According to Holmes Beach Police Offi-
cer Stanley House, the complainant said a man
had driven by her home on Key Royale several
times. She described the
vehicle to officers, who
saw a vehicle matching her
description make an illegal
Larry Paul Graham, 59,
described as homeless, told
officers he was waiting for
a friend to return home in
Anna Maria and decided to take a drive.
The complainant confirmed that Graham was
the man she had seen driving by her home. And
neighbors said they recognized him as someone
who had been following their daughter.
Record checks revealed Graham has a
lengthy criminal record on burglary, weapon's
possession and drug charges.
Driver's license, vehicle registration and
insurance cards provided by Graham didn't
match. In fact, Graham had two driver licenses
issued to different addresses.
He was arrested. A search of his truck
revealed a loaded handgun and prescription
Graham was charged with possession of a
concealed firearm by a convicted felon, failure to
notify authorities of his change of address, pos-
session of more than one valid driver's license
and the U-turn made without signaling.
complainant said someone took a lawn chair, valued
at $100, from his front yard.
Aug. 4, Seaside Court, theft. The complainant
said someone took his outboard boat motor, valued
at $2,500, from his boat.
Aug. 5, 5100 block Fifth Avenue, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took his boat motor, valued at
$250, from his boat.
Aug. 5, 5100 block Fifth Avenue, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took an outboard boat motor,
valued at $150.
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Two apprehended in
Key Royale burglary
Two Bradenton Beach men were arrested Aug.
5 on burglary and criminal mischief charges after
allegedly attempting to break into a home on Key
Samuel B. Lott, 21, and Derick Vancil, 25, both
of the 2100 block of Avenue A, were arrested.
According to Holmes Beach Police, officers
responded to an alarm at a house in the 600 block
of Key Royale Drive. Holmes
Beach officer Joel Pierce noted an
attempted break-in at the house,
and notified Bradenton Beach
Police Officer Jason Higgins.
Higgins responded and,
while en route, saw two people
Lott running down the street. They
were stopped, questioned and
Vancil said that he and Lott
had left a party on Key Royale and
were heading home to Bradenton
Beach. "Because the walk was so
far," according to Vancil's state-
Vancil ment to officers, "they decided
to enter the residence in order to
sleep. Vancil then stated he was hungry and so he
decided to open the fridge," taking out vegetables
which he then heated in the microwave.
The pair also took liquor from the house and left
it in the back yard.
Liquor taken was valued at $300, with damage
to the sliding-glass door pegged at $600.
Vancil said Lott threw the rock through the glass
slider, and Lott was charged with burglary and crimi-
nal mischief. Vancil was charged with burglary.
A man was airlifted by medical helicopter
from Coquina Beach to Bayfront Medical Center
in St. Petersburg Aug. 8 after reportedly suffering
from the bends while on a dive trip in the Gulf of
The 29-year-old was diving west of Long-
boat Pass when he suffered problems underwater.
He was taken by boat to the beach, then to the
His name and condition were unavailable.
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A drum line played outside to get the crowd ready for the fire
The Anna Maria Island C hi..,,i,.. of Commerce celebrated its 60th anniversary with a Polyne-
sian-style luau and party at St. Bernard Catolic Church, where guests were greeted by afire
dancer outside, as well as Hawaiian music and a dance show inside. Plus DJ Chris Grumley
entertained the crowd and got them dancing. Dinner was provided by Ato's Polynesian Catering,
Melinda's Cafe and Catering, BeachHouse Restaurant, Domino's Pizza and Coldstone Creamery.
Islander Photos: Nancy Ambrose
Luau committee :
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cess of their celebra-
tion. From left are
Sissy Quinn, Lois
Gift, Wende Webb,
Barbara Murphy and
Mary Ann Brockman. Celebrating 90 years: "Doc" Walker, retired Iowa veterinar-
ian and Holmes Beach resident, celebrates his 90th birthday
with his daughter, Islander event reporter-photographer Nancy
Ambrose, and others at his /-, ,.. ,i party in 90 years, the cham-
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One of our new favorite antique/art-tique
hot spots is Niki's Island Treasures in Holmes
Beach. This recently expanded store now has two
big new rooms full of quality vintage furnishings,
home accessories and more. Be sure to stop in,
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Essence of Time is a must-stop if you're in the
market for handmade sea glass jewelry. For only $5
you can get a pair of sea-glass earrings! $10 for a sea-
glass necklace! Pinch us, we must be dreaming. It's
incredible how beautiful and affordable art-to-wear
The Vintage Vagabond is full of everything from
gorgeous antique furniture to funky retro kitchenware
to vintage clothing and lots more. Check out this great
shop next time you're in east Bradenton. Better yet,
it's worth a special trip to town just to shop there!
Steff's Stuff on Longboat Key is in the midst of a
yellow-tag 50 percent markdown sale. You'll find great
bargains on jewelry, crystal, china, vintage clothes,
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Tide and Moon at the AMI Plaza in Holmes Beach
has lots of chunky, funky sterling jewelry, and fabu-
lous handbags. Stop in to visit Laura and her sidekick
The Feed Store is definitely worth the drive to
Ellenton. This huge antique mall features goods from
more than 50 dealers. If you're a collector, this is a
must-stop place they have something for every-
The East Bradenton Antiques District is home to
Braden River Antiques, Retro Rosie Vintage Cloth-
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Ato Kelly and friends perform traditional Polynesian dance for the crowd at the chamber luau.
Offshore pipeline comment deadline near
By Rick Catlin
The U.S. Coast Guard has set Aug. 27 as the
deadline for comments on the proposal by Port
Dolphin EncIi-.' LLC to construct a natural gas
pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico that would run from
a platform about 28 miles west of Tampa Bay to
Port Manatee and pass north of Anna Maria Island's
A public hearing on the proposal was held July 28
at the Manatee Civic Center with a number of busi-
ness and civic groups stressing the project's estimated
$150 million annual economic benefit to Manatee
Environmental groups, including ManaSota-88,
stressed the "no build" option at the hearing.
The Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
tection had concerns about the loss of beach-quality
sand for renourishment projects caused by the path
of the pipe, as did the town of Longboat key.
Under the Port Dolphin proposal, ships would
off-load natural gas at the platform and the gas would
then be pumped through the 28-mile pipeline to Port
Dolphin. From the port, the gas would be pumped to
various companies that supply natural gas to custom-
A competing company, Gulfstream Natural Gas
Systems, already has a pipeline established and oper-
ating along the Tampa Bay bottom. Gulfstream has
suggested that Port Dolphin simply hook up to its
Originally, the Port Dolphin pipeline was to be
placed closer to Bean Point, but Port Dolphin officials
later revised that plan and moved the pipeline more
toward the center of the Tampa Bay shipping channel
and further away from Bean Point.
For full details of the proposal, including com-
ments both for and against the plan, people with
Internet connections can go to www.regulations.gov,
enter "USCG-2007-28532" in the search box, press
Comments may also be faxed to the Coast Guard
The Coast Guard said comments must be received
no later than Aug. 27, to become part of the official
A decision from the Maritime Administration is
expected in late October.
Antique nat-O7queo and Chic 8outiueo!
Antiques has just opened the Annex next door to the
antique shop. The Annex features mid-century furnish-
ings, including some awesome retro-style pendant
lights and original works of art.
Community Thrift Shop has returned from
summer vacation and we're so pleased. We totally love
this shop and the great merchandise we find every time
we visit. Stop in to welcome back Martha and her great
When it comes to Chic Boutiques, we're totally
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totes, and all at affordable prices. It's well worth the
drive to Palmetto if you're a "bag hag" like us!
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Trial for home invasion suspects postponed again
By Rick Catlin
For the fifth time the past year, the trial of the two
men accused of the April 2008 home invasion beating
and false imprisonment of former Anna Maria City
Commissioner Linda Cramer has been postponed.
The trial was scheduled to begin this week in
the Manatee County Circuit Court, but, according to
available online information, was changed late last
week to Oct. 10.
Cramer said she has "been ready for the trial for
some time," but was not surprised on yet another
"I want to get it over, but after the other delays, I
was not surprised at this one," she said. "Hopefully,
this will be the last postponement."
The two suspects in the trial, Michael Gambuzza
and Christopher Drescher, have both entered not
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The two men are charged with one count each of County jail on $175,000 bond each since they
home invasion and robbery, a first-degree felony, and were arrested in May 2008, about a week after
one count each of false imprisonment, a third-degree the incident.
felony. Cramer was beaten and robbed at the home of her
If convicted, the home invasion charge carries boyfriend, Joe Pandolph of Crescent Drive, after two
a maximum sentence of 30 years upon conviction, men posing as delivery men forced their way into the
while a guilty verdict for false imprisonment could house, reportedly looking for cash, jewelry or other
bring up to 10 years jail time. valuables. Pandolph was not at home at the time of
Both suspects have been in the Manatee the attack.
Longline fishing rules opposed
Karen Bell is urging people to voice their opposi-
tion to new regulations on grouper fishing in the Gulf
Bell, of A.P Bell Fish Co. and Star Fish Com-
pany Market and Seafood Restaurant, both in Cortez,
is specifically outraged about a National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration emergency rule that
effectively ends longline fishing for grouper.
And effectively puts Cortez longliners out of
business and fresh, local grouper off the table or
priced too high.
The new rule was put in place in an effort to
further protect loggerhead sea turtles, which can be
entangled or caught by fishing hooks.
Longlines can run for miles and have hundreds
of baited hooks. New rules limit the number of hooks
per line and regulate the depths of the fishing, often
to areas where grouper can't be found.
Bell has said that the 100-plus fishers out of
Cortez who target grouper have pretty much been
stuck at the dock due to the restrictions, which will
continue until late October.
To lodge your thoughts, e-mail gulfcouncil@
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
is scheduled to address the matter in a meeting Aug. 11
in Orange Beach, Ala. The meeting is scheduled to be
offered live online at www.gulfcouncil.org.
Pier committee passes on mooring suggestion
By Rick Catlin
Bradenton Beach program project manager Lisa
Marie Phillips told the city's pier committee at its
Aug. 6 meeting that she would like to know if a pro-
posed boat mooring facility that would be situated by
the pier is feasible and if the city wants to proceed
with the project.
A $165,000 grant is available for construction
of the mooring field and the project would include a
Phillips suggested the city use $1,000 of the grant
to hire a consultant to do a feasibility study before
"We need to know if it's going to be feasible,"
before the city wastes time and money, said Phillips.
The city needs to hear from an independent expert
about the feasibility of the moorings, she said.
Police Chief Sam Speciale, who chairs the pier
committee, said that except for the harbormaster
office, the mooring study is not really related to
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In other business, Jacob Spooner, who orga-
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pier, would like the city to purchase and install an
underwater light at the pier to attract more fish at
He said he's seen underwater lights at other
Florida fishing piers attract large numbers of game
fish, including snook. An underwater light that
brought fish to the pier would also bring more fish-
ermen, thus increasing revenues, he suggested.
Spooner said proceeds from the annual fishing
tournament could be used to purchase the light, but
he would like the city to fund the cost of electric-
Special suggested that Spooner come back to
the committee with an estimate on revenues and
costs, including the estimated annual electrical
consumption, to forward to the city commission
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Marion Dziagwa, 82, of Anna Maria, died Aug. 1.
A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday,
Aug. 17, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach. Memorial contributions may be
made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955
Rand Blvd. Sarasota FL 34238. Griffith-Cline Funeral
Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by sons James and wife Reba,
David and wife Katie; brothers Ray Karr and wife
Jane, James Karr and wife Nancy; six grandchildren;
six great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and
numerous nieces and nephews.
Charles 'Ed' Gemperline
Charles "Ed" Gemperline, 75, of Holmes Beach,
died Aug. 5.
Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, Mr. Gemperline moved
to Holmes Beach in 1965. He was employed for the past
15 years at the Publix on Longboat Key.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug.
15, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 2850 75th St.
W., Bradenton. Memorial contributions may be made
to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 3355 26th St.
Bradenton, FL 34205.
He is survived by wife and soulmate Jan; daughters
Kristin and Stephanie; and brothers Al, Robert, Eugene,
Howard and John.
Sophie Hesse, 90, of Holmes Beach and formerly
Roswell, Ga., died Aug. 3.
Mrs. Hesse moved to Holmes Beach in 1985 from
Springfield, Ohio, and later Madison, Wis., after vaca-
tioning here for many years. She immigrated to the
United States from Germany in 1952. She was an artist
and spent time on the beach at the 77th Street Cabana.
She was active in Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Holmes
Memorial services will take place in October.
She is survived by son Karl; daughter Doris James
and husband Frank; grandchildren Frank James and
wife Tricia, Erica Watson and husband Doug, Peter,
Danielle, Sara and Sabrina; and great-granddaughter
Dr. Henry A. Stevens
Henry A. Stevens, D.V.M., 85, of Anna Maria, died
Dr. Stevens moved to Bradenton from Fort
Wayne, Ind., in 1960, then to Anna Maria in 1980.
He started Bayshore Animal
S. Hospital in 1962 and Island
Animal Clinic in 1981. He was
a veteran of the U.S. Army Air
Corps during World War II, a
l past Kiwanis Club member,
a past Mason, a member of
S American Legion Kirby Stew-
Dr. Stevens art Post No. 24, American
Veterinarian Association, a
member of Manatee/Sarasota Veterinarian Associa-
tion, a member of the Ohio State Alumni Associa-
tion, and a member of Roser Memorial Community
Visitation was Aug. 7 at Brown and Sons Funeral
Homes & Crematory, Bradenton. Memorial service was
Aug. 9 at Roser Memorial Community Church, Anna
Maria. Memorial contributions may be made to the
Humane Society of Manatee County, 2515 14th St. W.,
Bradenton FL 34205.
He is survived by wife Catherine; son John H. of
Bartow; daughter Virginia Stevens Miller and husband
Kerry of North Port; stepsons Malcolm Clark of Atlanta,
Ga., and David Clark of San Francisco; sisters Eloise
Stoudt of Canton, Ohio, and Grace Chapin of Warsaw,
N.Y.; five grandchildren; and one step-granddaughter.
Thomas 'Tom' Young
Thomas "Tom" Young, 79, of Bradenton, died Aug.
Mr. Young came to Manatee County in 1973 from
Algonquin, Ill. He served in the U.S. Army during the
Korean War and was a cross-country ski instructor for
the Army. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church
and served as chalice bearer/lector in past years. He
retired from the city of Bradenton in 1998. He was a
member of the Lion's Club in Algonquin and Anna
Maria Island Kiwanis Club. He was a former volunteer
for the American Cancer Society, Manatee Unit.
Memorial services were Aug. 10 at Christ Episcopal
Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ
Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
FL 34205, or American Cancer Society, 4955 SR 64 E.,
Bradenton FL 34208. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was
in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Dolly, owner
ofT. Dolly Young Real Estate; son Matt and wife Dana
of Tampa; daughters Dawn Fontana and husband Leo of
Miami, Vicki Tessmer and husband David of Braden-
ton; brothers Jack, Ed and Phil; sisters Nancy Krueger,
Julie Henderson and Kathi Magerl; and grandchildren
Alexandra, Carson and George.
Hoskins, Preson wed
Nancy Jane Hoskins and Steven Matthew Pres-
ton were married June 19 at Marie Selby Botanical
Gardens in Sarasota. A reception at Mote Marine
Maid of honor was Erin Snyder of Miami. Brides-
maids were Amanda Griffith, Elizabeth Merrill,
Ansley Griffith, Rameh Milner, Christianne Gaskill
and Casey Milford.
Best man was John Montambault of Tampa and
groomsmen were Micajah Hoskins, Christopher
Dixon, Eric Foxenburger, Brian Koji, Christopher
Marshall and Joe Matasic.
The Rev. Thomas H. Winter of Elwood Baptist
The bride is the daughter of Boyd and Evelyn
Hoskins of Anna Maria.
The groom is the son of Mrs. Frank Schwarz of
Haines City and Mr. Robert Preston of Clermont.
Nancy Jane is a critical care nurse at Tampa
General Hospital and Matt is an engineer with the
Southwest Florida Water Management District.
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By Kevin Cassidy
Coach Murray Heyward shouted out, "Are you
And the a dozen participants in the Challenger
Sports British Soccer Camp responded in unison,
"We were born ready!"
This was Heyward's daily exchange to get the
campers started on a game called "Doctor, Doctor"
at the Brits' soccer camp hosted at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center Aug. 3-7.
Doctor, Doctor is a game best described as soccer
freeze-tag that is designed to have campers work on
dribbling, passing and agility. Players are split into
two teams with each team having one doctor.
The field is set up with two safe bases where
the doctors hang out until they have the verve to run
into the war zone and attempt to free their frozen
teammates to get them back into the game. If either
doctor gets hit with a pass, then the other team wins
the game. Otherwise the game ends when one team
freezes all of the other team's players by hitting them
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Heyward, who hails from London, has traveled
all over the state of Florida this summer for Chal-
lenger Sports. He's been putting on youth soccer
camps for kids age 4 to 18 in every U.S. state and
Canada for 26 years.
Like most soccer camp programs for youngsters,
the British soccer camps provide instruction on the
basic fundamentals of the game, basics like trapping,
tackling, passing and shooting, and, likewise, Hey-
ward does it through a series of different games that
make it fun for the kids. The only difference being
that at this camp, the coach speaks with an English
Four goal was another fun game that the kids
played. In this exercise, players are divided into four
teams with a goal on each sideline facing toward the
middle of the field.
Players sit beside their goal waiting for the coach
to toss a ball into the middle of the field, which is
their signal to sprint to the middle in an attempt to
win the free ball and try to score on one of the goals,
the one they're not defending. Score a goal and the
other team is knocked out of the competition, until
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Campers each received a soccer ball and a camp
T-shirt, had a great time and learned a little soccer
along the way. For more information on British soccer
camps, log onto challengersports.com.
Horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall
pits on Aug. 8 saw only Hank Huyghe and Steve
Grossman win all three pool-play games and they
were the day's outright champions. Newcomer John
King paired up with Debbie Rhodes to defeat Sam
Samuels and Bob Heigher 26-13, with Rhodes ending
the action on a "six pack" double ringer.
The Aug. 5 games saw Steve Grossman and Larry
Livarago roll past Steve Doyle and Jeff Moore by a
21-7 score. Livarago threw multiple "six packs" in
running up the score.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. War-
mups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team
selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is
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Wednesday, Aug. 12
7:45 to 9a.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise
breakfast at Cafe on the Beach at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf
Drive, Holmes 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.
Thursday, Aug. 13
7p.m. -American Music Film Series "Joni Mitchell: Woman of
Heart and Mind" at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton.
Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
6:30 p.m. "Night at the Museum" movie night at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
Saturday, Aug. 15
6 to 10p.m. Mesopotamian Nights at the South Florida Museum,
201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Noon -Anna Maria Island Rotary Club meets at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-
Wednesday, Aug. 19
5:30p.m. Better birding photography workshop with James John-
son at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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-
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets at
Cafe on the Beach at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
*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.
Aug. 20, American Music Film Series: "Bob Dylan: Don't Look
Back" at South Florida Museum.
Aug. 21, Reels at Rossi Park feature "National Treasure."
Aug. 21, Midnight skate at the Anna Maria Island Community
Aug. 22, Cortez Yacht Club Boat Poker Run leaving from the Sea-
food Shack in Cortez.
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By Rick Catlin
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Brooke Keck recently opened Planet Stone at
8700 Cortez Road. W., Bradenton, specializing in
granite, marble and stone counter-tops, sinks and
other features for the home.
Brooke has been in the business for more than
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of custom-designed countertops and sinks on Anna
Store hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through
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For more information, call 941-580-9236.
Save the date:
*Aug. 29,19th Annual O'Connor Bowling Tournament.
Sept. 28, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce golf outing at
Bradenton Country Club.
Oct. 2, Anna Maria Island Rotary Club "Taste of Tuscany" classical
Oct. 8, 61st season opens at Island Players.
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Wagner Realty with offices on Anna Maria
Island and Longboat Key has named Elfi Starrett
and Becky Smith as the company's top listing agents
on the Island for July. Martz Altizer garnered the
award for the Longboat Key office.
The top sales award on Anna Maria Island went
to Kathy Tobin, while Cathy Meldahl took the
award at the Longboat Key office.
Wagner's main office is located at 3639 Cortez
Road. W., Bradenton. For more information, call 941-
Island Real Estate at 6101 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, recently named John van Zandt
as its top sales agent for July, while Alan Galletto
took home the top listing agent award for the same
For more information on Island Real Estate, call
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Oct. 9, Anna Maria Island Community Center golf outing at IMG
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Oct. 17, Anna Maria Island Bayfest.
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From butts to coquina soup: Bon appetite!
An 800-pound gorilla has appeared on Sarasota's
beaches, kicking butts, and although the behemoth
isn't lumbering toward Anna Maria Island just yet,
the threat still looms for our shores.
Sarasota officials banned smoking on the beach
and last week made an event of installing anti-ciga-
rette-smoking signage along the beachfront.
Butt-lovers will have a grace period of a few
weeks on Sarasota beaches, but eventually can face
fines of $97.
Smoke in the parking lots. Not on the sand. At
least in Sarasota County.
The decision wasn't an easy one, but Sarasota
officials decided it was necessary. Cigarette litter is
one of the biggest polluters of shores, as the Coastal
Cleanup efforts past have proven.
Ingrid McClellan of Keep Manatee Beautiful
echoes the woes of the butts on the beach in our part
of the world.
Latest figures she's got come from 2007, where
the gangs of beach cleaners gleaned 9,385 cigarette
butts from the shores of the county, as well as 297
dead lighters and 999 cigar butts.
People are still smoking cigars?
McClellan said a "pre-scan" this past week by
volunteers of cigarette butts at Manatee Public Beach
came to 6,608.
The half-life of cigarette butts is something like
a zillion years. The filters, which contain plastics,
just don't decompose, so they end up a part of our
environment for what seems to be forever. The filters
also serve as chum for birds or sea turtles. And rather
than filter, the offensive butt tends to clog up diges-
tive systems and kill the critters dead.
Sarasota County officials went through arduous
efforts prior to the eventual, draconian "NO!" step to
get to the no-butts-on-the-beach program.
There were the "please" programs. Nifty little
foil packages for cigarette detritus were offered to the
thousands of smokers at no charge, available every-
Cigarette-butt receptacles were placed along
most of the most-popular beaches.
And yet Sarasota beachgoers continued to sit
in their chairs, puffing away, stubbing out a one cig
or 20 in the sand. But when they gather their beach
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cleaning up or picking up their butt trash.
One Sarasota County parks and recreation offi-
cial even mentioned last week that they' ve noticed
that people were actually using those nifty little foil
packages for their cigarette filters, but they left the
packages on the beach.
Keep Manatee Beautiful is spending $4,500 in
grant funding for 55 cigarette disposal bins spread out
over Coquina Beach, Cortez Beach, Manatee Public
Beach and Anna Maria Bayfront Park.
Each cigarette bin will have a small, educational
sign explaining the dangers to the environment -
and the smoker's lungs of tobacco abuse. There's
also 1,200 free portable ashtrays to distribute at the
beaches as part of the grant funds.
"Cigarette butts have topped the list in all Inter-
national Coastal Cleanups since they were added by
the Ocean Conservancy to the data cards as a separate
item in 1990," McClellan said.
"During the 2007 cleanup, smoking-related activ-
ities, in the form of cigarette filters, cigar tips and
tobacco packaging, accounted for 40 percent of the
litter found in Manatee County, while statewide, litter
from smoking-related activities made up 46 percent
of the items collected."
She continued by stating the obvious, but obvi-
ously not-so-common: "Cigarette butts may seem
small, but with several million butts littered every
year, the toxic chemicals add up. Because of the vast
flow of cigarette butts into the environment, ciga-
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beyond aesthetics and have a measurable toxic effect
when they enter the aquatic environment."
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Yep, the "detritus" that constitutes Sandscript has
overwhelmed the desk. Time for a cleanup.
With the opening of "Julie & Julia" last weekend,
the gourmet, goulash film showcasing Julia Child and
a wannabe-foodie, comes this highlight from years
Uncovered while cleaning out paperwork of
late is "Florida Seafood Cookery," Bulletin No. 119,
October 1945, published by the State of Florida
Department of Agriculture, Nathan Mayo, Commis-
It contains "tasty and economical recipes for the
preparation of fish, crabs, oysters, shrimp, clams,
crawfish, scallops and sea turtles," according to the
Yep, you read that right. Sea turtles. There are
seven recipes for loggerhead or gopher tortoise in
the book. Remember, of course, that the 1945 edition
was before we were all the kinder, gentler, green, sea
turtle protecting folk of today.
But I gotta say that the Turtle Loaf, with stock,
pimientos, rice and saffron, looks pretty darn good.
And no, Suzi Fox of Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch, you don't have to have the Turtle Police lurk-
ing for me late at night on Anna Maria Island.
I'11 try it with chicken, which I heard tastes like
By the way, a copy of the "Florida Seafood Cook-
ery" book will be available for perusal at Tingley
Memorial Library and the Florida Maritime Museum
at Cortez in the next week or so.
So it's goofy, but we've been playing with home-
made noodles of late, with finally good results.
Homemade noodles. Easy, simple, quick ... really
quick! and good.
Take a cup or so of all-purpose flour, an egg or
two, a bit of salt, dump it all on a flat surface, create
a mote, mix eggs into flour slooooooowly, run the
dough through a pasta machine a zillion times or
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All around great fishing continues near, off beaches
By Paul Roat
No, fish aren't jumping out of the water and fil-
leting themselves, but some day soon ....
Seriously, fishing is almost that good in the back-
water and out in the Gulf of Mexico.
Redfish are starting to school in the bays. Try
really skinny water for some hot action.
Trout are also a good mainstay in the bays.
Mangrove snapper are pretty much everywhere:
bays, in the Gulf near shore and farther out. Some
fish are running to 16 inches.
Mackerel are in the passes, while grouper and a
variety of snapper are in the Gulf. Figure to go a bit
farther from shore than usual for the best grouper
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee Jay II out
of Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez said he's finding
action in the nearshore Gulf off Anna Maria Island
and Longboat Key to be "off the charts most days.
There are massive schools of Spanish mackerel
almost everywhere that schools of bait are massed.
The mackerel run the gamut in size from snakes up
to 30-inch ball bats. There still are some kingfish in
the mix as well. If you can get a bait down through
the toothy surface species, there are good numbers of
grouper, mangrove snapper and flounder in hard-bot-
tomed areas. To make things even more interesting,
there are numerous sharks, some of which are pretty
dang big, plus cobia, bonito and barracuda." He said
he made a few runs offshore to the 40-foot depths
Ed Morris of Kentucky with a nice 32-inch redfish
he caught on a recent charter with Mark Howard of
Sumotime Fishing Charters. Howard said they used
big greenbacks netted early in the morning for bait.
in the Gulf "and it was pretty much non-stop action
for several hours." His backwater trips are producing
hit-and-miss redfish, with small live pinfish under a
cork or cut pinfish on the bottom working best. "Trout
are moving around a lot," Capt. Zach said, "with big
lone gators found cruising the really shallow seagrass
flats and small- to medium-sized specks over deep
grass beds. Several catch-and-release snook of aver-
age size were hooked on a variety of live and cut bait.
The snook like a frisky live shiner or pinfish on the
flood tides." He's also getting into lots of mangrove
snapper, with outgoing tides working best.
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said the catch-and-
release snook catch continues to be great, with more
fish moving off the beaches and near structures or in
the bays of late. Mangrove snapper are getting ready to
spawn, and are swarming the docks around Key Royale
and elsewhere in the bays. Chum blocks are the best
way to get the fish hungry, he advised. Redfish are also
starting to school in the bays, especially Palma Sola
and Anna Maria Sound, with gold spoons being a good
choice for the bigger fish. Trout also are hitting, but not
as fierce as in past weeks. Mackerel are a definite hit in
the passes and just offshore, Danny said, especially near
the Anna Maria City Pier. Look for some pompano in
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the passes, too, with New Pass to the south producing
some of those tasty treats. Offshore action continues to
be good for late-run kingfish by any structure, as well
as some cobia, grouper and snapper.
At the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria, reports
include mackerel, some mangrove snapper and a few
Capt. Mark Howard on SumoTime Fishing
Charters said he had some productive trips last week.
He's been landing big redfish and mangrove snapper,
with the biggest reds lurking around the docks or in
the passes. He's finding pinfish and greenback bait
working best, both for the reds and the mangrove
snapper. Best snapper bite is off the beaches around
rocks or artificial reefs.
At the Anna Maria City Pier, Jesus Rosario
said there's lots of catch-and-release snook action at
the dock, mostly early in the morning. Big mackerel
are also being hooked, plus mangrove snapper and
big cobia. Tarpon have pretty much left the area, but
there is the start of the sheepshead bite taking place.
There also are lots of big mangrove snapper, up to
16 inches, being caught by pier fishers.
Good luck and good fishing.
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Anna Maria Elementary: Starting new school year
By Kimberly Kuizon
For now, the hallways of Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School remain quiet, but in less than two weeks
students will start pouring in to mark the beginning
of the 2009-10 school year.
And AME principal Tom Levengood is at work,
making sure e \ c .l thing is set for a great new year.
Students return to school with first bell at 8:30
a.m. Monday, Aug. 24. Levengood said there are 290
students enrolled for the upcoming school year. "Far
less people have moved off the Island. There are not
that many withdrawals this year," he said.
No new teachers have been added to the staff,
but a couple of changes occurred over the summer.
Teacher Tina Goffred will move from kindergar-
ten to first-grade, Jacque Goens will take second-
grade, and Heather Nyberg is now in the fifth-grade
By Kimberly Kuizon
Before starting the new school year, Anna Maria
School principal Tom Levengood, ailo ing \\ iIh the Mana-
tee County School Board, encouraged parents to have
their students vaccinated with the regular flu shot.
While a vaccination has not been approved for
swine flu, school board officials plan to encourage stu-
dents to be vaccinated when it becomes available.
AME by the numbers
Enrollment for 2009-10 at Anna Maria Ele-
mentary School has not changed much from last
year's student count. Currently enrollment is 290
students, down 15 students from last year.
AME principal Tom Levengood said fewer
people have moved this year to or from the
school's boundaries, and there were fewer with-
drawals than in past years.
Officials at AME expect a few more kids to
enroll, but Levengood said because some people
on Anna Maria Island go on long vacations, teach-
ers normally have some kids absent the first day.
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Teacher aide Megan Donato is presently on
Around the school, returning students and parents will
miss Digna Munoz, who retired from the cafeteria staff,
and custodian Tom Harrison has transferred to another
school. Marc Kotlovker joins AME as new custodian.
AME remained on the list of "A" FCAT schools
in Manatee County for the eighth year. Fifth-grade
students scored above average in both the state and
district. Reading and math scores were also high for
the district. However, fourth-grade writing took a dip
Levengood said teachers plan to work on reme-
diation to make sure students are prepared to do
He said science scores were higher because
teachers wrote many grants that involved special
programs, such as working with the Sarasota estu-
not big concern
"It's a concern, but I'm not overly concerned. I'm
old enough that I've seen this before. People need to
take precautions," Levengood said.
At AME, teachers are encouraged to keep hand-
sanitizer in each classroom. Kids also are reminded
to wash their hands often to lessen the chances of
germ transmission. Parents will find there is already
a bottle of handsanitizer at the office's front desk.
The Manatee County Health Department has
extended its hours through the end of the month so
parents can get their school-age kids vaccinated. The
health department is now open until 6 p.m. at 410
Sixth Ave. E, Bradenton.
For more information, call the MCHD at 941-
748-0747, or the AME office at 941-708-5525.
AME August calendar
Aug. 18, teachers first day back.
Noon Tuesday, Aug. 18, student-teacher class-
room assignments posted on the office windows and
4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Aug. 20, Back-to-School
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"Our students live in an area where they can't
help but be interested in marine life," he said. "And
our parents also contribute to stimulate children's
minds in science by taking them on trips to the Flor-
ida Aquarium, Mote Marine and other places that
involve science and the outdoors."
This year's spending budget is set at $37,132 -
up slightly from last year's $37,019. The reason is that
enrollment is up. The actual budget will be more, when
Parent-Teacher Organization and grant funds are added.
According to Levengood, this is due to "the tremendous
support for what our teachers do. The PTO and our com-
munity go above and beyond."
Last year's total budget was $62,373.
Levengood said he's moved things around in the
budget to maintain AME's standing. For example,
instead of going to a conference, he'll put that money
into printing. "Silly things like that, I know I can give
up," he said.
Field trip funding is completely gone from the
district budget, but the AME-PTO has budgeted
enough money for transportation to allow one field
trip per class. Levengood noted, too, that teachers
are creative in ways to take their students out of the
classroom. And since the Island trolley is free, trips
to places on the Island, such as art galleries and the
historical society, are possible.
A special information phone line has been provided
by the school district for parent inquiries. The Parent
Information Phone Line will be in operation from 8
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. starting Monday, Aug. 10, through
Wednesday, Aug. 26. The number is 941-708-4951.
Teacher class assignments will be posted Tues-
day, Aug. 18, in the office windows, for all to view.
This is also the first day back for teachers.
Students and parents will have the opportunity to meet
their teachers and buy pre-packaged school supplies at the
open house starting at 4:30 p.m, Thursday, Aug. 20.
And the firstAME school advisory committee meet-
ing of the new year will be held at 3:25 p.m. Monday,
Sept. 14, in the media center. The committee is open to
parents, family members and community members.
For more information, call the administrative
office at 941-708-5525.
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Safer dismissal plans for AME students
By Kimberly Kuizon
This year, parents and guardians of Anna Maria
Elementary School students can expect some changes
in the way students are picked up after school starting
with opening day, Aug. 24.
Principal Tom Levengood says he's working on
tightening up dismissals for the safety of students.
Levengood said Manatee County School District
director of elementary education
Joseph Stokes will be on hand at
the end of the first day of school
to reinforce the new dismissal
At the end of each school
day, classes will walk to the dis-
missal area with their teacher.
Levengood Some changes to note:
Car riders will exit school at the north door and
wait for parents to pick them up on the benches in
front of the auditorium. To be picked up from the car-
rider line, parents must be waiting for their students)
in the car.
Bus riders and unattended students walking
home will use the front door as an exit.
Parents who plan for students to walk to school,
or who park across the street or in the south parking
area to meet students, will need to meet their chil-
dren in the cafeteria. And an adult will supervise and
release students in the cafeteria.
Levengood says school officials want to ensure
all students are safe, and he recalled finding students
in unsafe situations both before and after school.
"One time around 4:30 in the afternoon, I looked
out my office window and saw movement in the palm
trees. I found two kids behind the palm trees waiting
for their parents to pick them up," he said.
With this new system, he said, all students will
be accounted for and safe.
Levengood also will require AME parents to plan
how students will get home and request early release
at least 15 minutes before school lets out. No student
will be released from school early unless arrange-
ments are made prior to the last 15 minutes of the
school day, he said.
Levengood said that while he understands emer-
agencies occur, "You don't have a flat tire and the
bridge doesn't get stuck every day."
The school district requires supervision for stu-
dents 30 minutes before and after school. No child
is supposed to be on campus earlier unless attending
a before-school care program such as the one con-
ducted by the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
In an effort to make sure students remain safe, the
district has allowed schools to charge parents a fee
if students are left unattended before or after the
30-minute allowed timeframe.
"We've never had to do this and don't want to,"
Levengood said, however, "what scares me is before
7:30 a.m. to have two kids sitting there alone.... This
is not a daily occurrence, but it just takes one."
He said if students are repeatedly left at school
more than the allowed 30minutes, administrators will
keep record and parents will be charged a fee.
Levengood will distribute a letter explaining
these changes to parents both at Back-to-School
Night and on the first day of school.
For more information, call the administrative
office at 941-708-5525.
Sandscript CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20
boiling water and you've got heaven.
"Zippy" is the key. Count to five and the fresh
pasta is done. Did I mention "fresh?"
Next up for me is noodles with mullet, a fish
the "Florida Seafood Cookery" cookbook describes
as "Florida's money fish. Caught in large quantities,
particularly along the Gulf coast, and are good the
Or maybe fresh, wild Gulf-caught shrimp with
garlic and herbs over my noodles.
Dr. Philip Klotzbach and Dr. William Gray have
scaled down their prescription of the 2009 hurricane
season. The Colorado State University meteorolo-
gists have been doing forecasts forever, usually with
Aug. 4 numbers were for a "less active than the
average 1950-2000 season due largely to the devel-
opment of an El Nino. We estimate that 2009 will
have about four hurricanes (average is 5.9), 10 named
storms (average is 9.6) and two major (Category
3-4-5) hurricanes (average is 2.3)."
Keep stocking up on the noodles and tuna,
though. The pair bobbled a year or two in the early
Hurricane season runs through Nov. 30.
Anybody ever try coquina soup?
According to "Florida Seafood Cookery," coqui-
nas, "tiny marine bivalve mollusks, a little larger than
a coffee bean, and of many colors, are found along
all Florida beaches. As they are swept up by the surf,
they immediately burrow and vanish into the wet
sand. Occasionally, vast quantities can be scooped up
by hand in shallow pools. Usually, however, coqui-
nas are collected by shoveling the sand into which
they have disappeared into a mesh-bottom box and
immersing the box into water to remove sand and
debris. A peck will provide broth for half a dozen
"Peck," by the way, is something like 9.3 quarts.
Call it more than 2 gallons.
"The coquinas must be thoroughly washed in
cold, fresh water," according to the cookbook. "After
w .ilhi nI'. they are put into a kettle of hot water, filled
just enough to cover the coquinas. The heat opens
the shells and releases the juices. When the water
comes to a boil, the operation is completed. Strain the
broth through a fine cloth, season with a little salt and
pepper. It can be drunk as bouillon, or by the addition
of croutons, served as soup.
A friend made some coquina soup from the recipe
book and reported, "delicious."
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collecting new or used, repairable fishing poles and
reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to children.
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SALE: STOREWIDE AT NIKI'S. Vintage jewelry, select
furniture, gifts, orientals, collectibles, art, 50-60 percent
off. All sterling jewelry 50-70 percent off. Open seven
days. 5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
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ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving homes.
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instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser, Zuma
and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-1400.
FOR RENT: BOAT slip in Holmes Beach. Fits up to 23
feet. $130/month. 941-778-2581.
BOAT FOR SALE: Grady White Tournament 22 with
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whistles and knows how to catch fish. Call 941-778-
CHEF AND SERVERS: Kitchen helper, dishwasher
for local private club. Chef must hold a food manager
certificate. All must be experienced, professional and
presentable. Part-time positions. References required
and will be checked. A drug-free workplace. Resume to:
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CALL ZACK, 13, for odd jobs. Will do anything you need
done after school and Saturdays. 941-773-3185.
RED CROSS LIFEGUARD for private parties at your
pool. $10/hour. Call Marie Durocher, 941-795-4722.
CASSIE'S DOG WALKING and house sitting. I can
walk your dog anytime. 941-962-3373.
11 -YEAR OLD girl can watch your 4-year old or younger
child. CPR-certified, references, experienced. Brianna,
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mates, licensed, insured. 941-778-0944.
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete computer
solutions for business and home. Installation, repair,
upgrade, networking, Web services, wireless services.
Richard Ardabell, network engineer, 941-778-5708, or
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solv-
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Nuisance Wildlife Service, 941-778-3455, or cell 941-
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home and
business specialist. On-site service, virus/spyware,
cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis and repair,
internet/wireless networking, custom system design.
SUMMER HANDYMAN SPECIAL: College student
looking for any odd jobs. Zach's back on Anna Maria
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional,
friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-778-7770.
EXPERIENCED NANNY: SEEKING full or part-time,
moving to area, newborn experience, good references,
have transportation. 321-356-9130.
GRACE'S CLEANING SERVICE: Licensed and bonded,
reasonable rates. Call for estimate. 941-448-4495.
BE PREPARED THIS hurricane season! Document
your home and valuables on video. Helps with insur-
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HOME COMPANION: Day or night. Great references,
Accompanying to appointments, shopping, church,
salon, doctors, just a day out. Just $14 per hour. Five-
hour minimum. Sissie Smith, 941-284-5470.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Free testing, children ages 5-17.
Reading, math, cognitive, speech, ADD, ADHD, dys-
HOUSEHOLD CLEANING NOW offered by Southern
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UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30 years
experience. Gift boutique, nail products, handbags,
jewelry and sunglasses. 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Call for an appointment. Now offering in-home pedicure
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years expe-
rience. References available. For a reasonable price,
call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
MUSIC LESSONS WITH Koko Ray. Island studio open
now. Instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone, guitar and
piano. 941-778-8328, or evenings, 941-758-0395.315
58th St., Studio I, Holmes Beach.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and com-
mercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping,
cleanup, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. Your
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ROOM WITH A VIEW! 2BR 2BA both with views of the
Gulf! Nice and spacious livingroom with sliders to a screened
balcony and the blue-water view, sounds of the surf and beach
galore. Martinique. $499,000.
RUNAWAY BAY 2BR/2BA upper level unit in complex close
to beach with large pool, fitness room & tennis. $264,000.
M ike 800-367-1617
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TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes, tree
trimming, property maintenance. Insured. Since 1988.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulching.
Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island resident.
LANDSCAPE BOULDERS CHEAP! Various sizes,
$5-$95. Delivery and placement available. Also free
removal of your unwanted boulders. Plus we are a com-
plete tree and stump service. Insured, experienced. Call
Brad Frederick's LLC today. 941-730-0001.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your land-
scape needs. Shell $48/yard. Call Shark Mark. 941-
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch, clean ups,
power washing, tree trimming and more. Cell, 941-448-
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscaping
and property management. 15 years Island experi-
ence. Licensed and insured. Call Allen anytime. Cell
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"
SUNRISE LANDSCAPING: IRRIGATION, trimming,
lawn maintenance, landscaping, fertilization. Insured
and reliable. 941-284-6411.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied
and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable,
many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.
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Call Liz Codola, Realtor,GRI
5316 Marina Dr.,
Holmes Beach, FL, 34217
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of car-
pentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticulous, clean,
sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-779-2294.
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman,
fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and shutters.
Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handyman,
light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pressure wash-
ing. 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
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable qual-
ity work. 941-720-2906.
PAINT: AVERAGE ROOM, $75. Customer supplies
paint. Exterior, one story. Pressure washing. Free esti-
mates. New phone number! 941-721-7521.
RON AMES: ISLAND handyman for 40 years. Small
jobs. 941-932-7165 or 941-761-9028.
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman work.
Retired tradesman, Island resident. No job too small.
Deck repairs, etc. Call Steve Doyle, 941-778-1708.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more. Life-
time 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 variety,
changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202,
or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA, lovely, private pool
home near Palma Sola Causeway. $1,000/weekly.
Discounts for longer stays. 3BR/3BA gorgeous pool
home, near Intracoastal Waterway, west Bradenton.
$1,050 weekly. www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com, or
HARBOR PINES: LARGE 2BR/2BA, ground floor with
screened porch. Washer and dryer connections, water,
cable, close to college, Bayshore High School, shop-
ping. $725/month, Half off first month's rent. Call 941-
SALES & RENTALS
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PALMA SOLA 3BR/2BA, pool, large lot short block to bay.
Well maintained. $99,060.
RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT, 2BR/2BA condo, downstairs
end unit. Clubhouse, pool, tennis. $129,000.
GULFFRONT 1 & 2 BR, Available now. Weekly, monthly.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Annual or seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, ool, boatdock,
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, vacations, weddings, reunions, seasonal.
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BRADENTON BEACH CLUB
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in 2005, this like-new
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Gulf and a great rental
S history. Covered
parking, deeded beach
Turnkey furnished. A supreme value in today's market.
This property will not last long. $389,000.
Call Jesse Brisson
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ANNUAL: GULFFRONT: 1BR/1BA. $695/month
includes water and sewer. 503 Gulf Drive S., Braden-
ton Beach. Michael, 1-813-244-6032.
1BR/1BA EFFICIENCY: STEPS from beach. Unfur-
nished, all utilities included except phone. Handicap
accessible. Pets welcome. $800/month, annual. 941-
224-5664 or 941-224-7326.
ANNUAL 1BR/1BA: DIRECTLY on Bimini Bay. Quiet,
clean, beautiful. Reduced to $850/month. http://goff-
BEACH VIEW! 1BR/1BA fully-furnished, includes cable
TV, electric, water. Walk/trolley to everything! $700/
month. Island Vacation Properties, 941-778-1000.
ANNUAL RENTAL: EFFICIENCY in Bradenton Beach,
close to trolley stop and beach. Furnished or unfur-
nished. $600/month includes utilities and laundry. Call
Liz at 941-778-2173 or 941-962-8844.
CORTEZ VILLAGE: HISTORIC two-bedroom home
with fenced yard, cathedral ceiling, hardwood floors,
washer and dryer. $725/month. Mike Norman Realty,
EFFICIENCY AND TWO one-bedroom apartments.
$500/month. Application and $300 security deposit
required, water included. Brandt Bay at 3611 117th St.
W., Bradenton. Call Pat at Florida Real Estate Team,
SANDPIPER 55-PLUS: Available Sept. 1. 2BR/1BA,
furnished, bay water-view, walk to beaches, carport,
No smoking/pets. $675/month. 941-545-8923.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 1 BR in Holmes Beach. $675/month
plus utilities. 941-778-6541 or 941-504-3844.
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, 941-778-7500.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA. Two blocks to beach, one bock
to bay. Large kitchen, tile, new carpet, no pets. $810/
month. 941-922-2473 or 941-928-3880.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA. North end Anna Maria.
Large deck on canal. $950/month. 941-794-8877.
ANNUAL 2BR/1BA HOUSE: Carport, Florida room.
Pets considered, near college. $675/month. Realtor,
Real Estate Mart, 941-756-1090.
Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
': WHITNEY BEACH COMMUNITY!
t J ~6750 Gulf of Mexico Drive, #154,
Longboat Key. Bayside Condo,
2BR/2BA, 1367 sf, deeded
beach access, heated pool, tennis.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON: SEVEN minutes to
beach. 3BR/2BA, family room, furnished. $1,150/month.
OFF-SEASON RATES: Perico Bay Club 2BR/2BA
villa, $1,200/month. Runaway Bay 2BR/2BA, steps to
beach, $600/week. Palma Sola townhouse, 2BR/2BA,
boat dock and pool. Realtor, Real Estate Mart, 941-
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1 BR/1BA
or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach, shopping, restau-
rants. 941-778-3426. Web site 2spinnakers.com.
MOBILE HOME: 1 BR/1 BA. 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.
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: San-
BUILD WEALTH! Call or e-mail for our free brochure.
Discover how easy it is to build wealth through short
sales and foreclosures. Adkins Florida Group, Wagner
Realty. Free@AdkinsFloridaGroup.com. 941-713-
FOR TRADE: DIRECT Gulffront furnished studio
condo on Bradenton Beach plus cash for 2BR/2BA.
Direct Gulf or canal home on the Island. George, 312-
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LONGBOAT KEY: PRE-FORECLOSURE. Updated
3BR/2BA, two-car garage. $400,000 or best offer. Real-
tor, Real Estate Mart, 941-356-1456.
FORTY-THREE WEST 2BR/2BA villa. Private screened
courtyards. $165,000. Owner financing considered.
Realtor, Real Estate Mart, 941-356-1456.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under building.
$450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
NEW ON MARKET: Lake-view bargain. 2.11 acres,
$82,300. Was $189,900, Estate-size building site
with panoramic, big, lake views. Bonus: bounded by
2.53-acre fishing pond. Enjoy end of cul-de-sac pri-
vacy, easy to build land with all utility hookups on site.
Prime Florida location in upscale west Florida com-
munity. Excellent financing. Call now, 866-352-2249.
NEW RETIREMENT COTTAGE ready for your finishing
touches. Fabulous golf community in Carolina moun-
tains. Short drive from Asheville. Just $199,900. Call
866-334-3253, ext. 2315. www.scgolfhome.com.
LAKE ACCESS BARGAIN: 1.7 acres, $12,900. Free
boat slips. Was $29,900. Unbelievable deal. Beautiful
hardwood setting with deeded access to private lake.
Enjoy common area with boat ramp, pavilion, picnic
area and hiking trails. On paved road with utilities.
Excellent financing. Won't last, call now, 888-792-5253,
ext. 3120. www.indianlaketn.com.
THE ISLANDER.The best news on Anna Maria Island
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
wants to sell his
units in the only
the Island. The
houses doctors, a
dentist, accountants and a lawyer. What an opportunity for a doctor
to relocate or start his/her practice here with an office already up and
running! The asking price for the property, Units 7 and 8, includes the
medical practice, all furnishings and equipment. It even has a lab.
Visit us on Pine Avenue or online for many more listings and rental info.
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Honorable mentions in
Top Notch photo contest
The Islander received dozens of entries in its
annual Top Notch photo contest and selected six
images for a weekly prize front-page placement
in the newspaper and a T-shirt for the shooter.
The grand-prize winner received $100 and a col-
lection of gifts from Islander advertisers.
The newspaper also wants to thank all the con-
testants, as well as recognize some who came close
to making the weekly cut.
Joanie Mills of Holmes Beach took
lizard checking out a hiding spot.
Loren Spangler took this photograph of a morning on the beach on Anna Maria Island.
this photo of a
Ceiia Alfano o Longboat Key snot tmis image of a
lizard playing house.
Terri Driver of Manassas, Va., took this photo of a skimmer skimming the water's edge.
Jeannie Bystrom of Holmes Beach took
this photo in her backyard. The image
earned an honorable mention in The
Islander's Top Notch photo contest.
Pat Schilling ofBradenton took this photo of a casual moment at Sarasota Jungle Gardens.