VOLUME 17, NO. 45
Banyan Tree devel-
opers address con-
cerns. Page 15
the news ...
closes on pipeline
project. Page 3
Island cities hold
Proof of 'presump-
tive death' needed
for Buehler claim.
Season yields no
skimmer, least tern
nests. Page 10
Anna Maria duplex
forward. Page 12
I SENATOR NELSON,
bound for D.C.
The Island police
reports. Page 17
AME School news:
A president's speech,
anti-drug efforts and
a menu. Page 18
What to do, when.
By Paul I Rot
Sandscript: The state
of the bay. Page 20
Fishing: "Great to
fantastic." Page 21
part of Atlantic Cup
winners. Page 22
Adrift ... in a parking lot?
s/i.m ii Duytschaver of Native Rentals and Sports in Holmes Beach maneuvers his paddle-
board in the intersection at Marina Drive and 56th Street. His alternate transportation
was appropriate for a rain-flooded Sept. 12. Islander Photo: Julia Duytschaver
Sept. 12. "
Gulletts produce tourney,
fish, fixings, fun
Weather was less than wonderful last
weekend for the Ben Gullett Mullet Invita-
tional Tournament, but in true Cortez style,
the fishers weathered the rain and reaped the
benefits of their efforts.
Unlike some tournaments, the Gullett
event pays out 100 percent of the proceeds
from entry fees and cooks up the results for
a feast of mullet at the awards event, which
is open to the public.
Of the nine entries this year, a low
field due possibly to the weather and the
economy, according to organizer Rick
Gullett, Rod Griffon and Dwight Andrews
took top honors of $900 and Brian Stovall
and Sheldon Albritton second place to
Joe Gullett and Dillon Hart cast out for
the winners in the junior division, receiving a
10-foot Gill 'Em & Grill 'Em handmade cast
net donated by Talon Nets.
The winners and friends gathered under
cover on the docks at the hosting Star Fish
Company and Restaurant in Cortez to cel-
ebrate in spite of a mix of light showers and
The contest honors the late Ben Gullett,
Rick's dad, and his efforts in the past to pro-
duce some fine smoked mullet for Cortez.
Ben Gullett sold his popular smoked mullet
at the Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival
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By Lisa Neff
With certainty the National Weather Ser-
vice predicted rain for Sept. 12.
"Chance of precipitation is 100 percent,"
read the forecast report from the NWS for the
Tampa Bay area.
And the rain did fall, flooding streets,
parking lots, stormwater ditches and drive-
NWS warned of rivers rising quickly in
the eastern part of the Tampa Bay area, espe-
cially the Little Manatee River at Wimauma
and the Myakka River at Myakka River State
Flood advisories were issued for the
Island, as well as many other locations in
Manatee, Sarasota, Pinellas, Hardee, Polk,
DeSoto and Charlotte counties.
Local public safety officials reported no
significant damages associated with the rain-
fall on Saturday, but auto mechanics might
provide different reports this week.
The NWS issued an advisory urging
motorists, "Do not drive cars through flooded
areas.... Floodwaters are usually deeper than
they appear and may stall your vehicle. Just
one foot of flowing water is powerful enough
to sweep vehicles off the road. Turn around.
But throughout Saturday morning, motor-
ists from economy cars to super-size SUVs
- slogged though the flooded streets, washing
the undersides of their vehicles with muddy
stormwater infused with salty bay waters.
"If you've got to get somewhere, what
are you going to do?" said Amy Hager, before
she shifted into four-wheel drive to power her
Jeep Cherokee through the flooded intersec-
tion of Marina Drive and 56th Street. "I can
drive through the water or be trapped."
Early risers on Saturday found a number
of streets and intersections on the Island under
water, but most main thoroughfares pass-
By 10 a.m. that morning, much of Gulf
Drive in Anna Maria was under several inches
of water, as well as large swaths of Gulf and
Marina drives in Holmes Beach.
Some roads had to be closed off on the
PLEASE SEE RAIN, NEXT PAGE
Motorists navigate Marina Drive in Holmes
Beach early Sept. 12. Heavy rainfallflooded
a number of Island streets. Islander Photo:
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"It was almost like a tropical storm," said Michael
Stahr of Holmes Beach. "When the morning's heavy
showers came, we had water backed up higher than
we' ve seen for many years."
In addition to the pooled water in some areas
2 feet deep about 75 customers in Holmes Beach
lost electrical service for a period after a tree fell on
a power line.
The heavy rain was associated with a trough of
low pressure in the area and a series of upper level
disturbances moving over the region produced numer-
ous rounds of showers and thunderstorms over the
weekend, according to the NWS station in Ruskin.
By mid-morning Saturday, accumulated rainfall
was 1-6 inches, depending on the area. From Friday
night through Saturday c \ nin i.. a reported 4-5 inches
fell on the Island.
For many, the rain and flooding diminished week-
"We had planned a beach day but I guess not,"
said Patricia Swank, a vacationer in Anna Maria.
1\ ii\ go back home and watch movies."
Others also improvised. On Magnolia Avenue
in Anna Maria and Marina Drive in Holmes Beach,
young skimboarders used the flooded streets for
To monitor the impact of the rain, especially in
eastern parts of Manatee County where rivers were
rising, the Manatee County Emergency Operations
Center was activated, but did not open shelters.
Also, the EOC issued a list of safe-practices and
Road surfaces become obscured, and drivers
can unknowingly steer into a deep body of water,
such as a canal or pond.
Electricity from streetlights and power poles
may be active through standing water, causing a
deadly shock to anyone coming in contact with it.
Children playing in contaminated standing water
can become sick or be bitten by snakes or insects.
People coming into contact with floodwaters
should thoroughly rinse any exposed body parts with
soap and sanitized or disinfected water.
Drinking contaminated water may cause illness.
People cannot assume that the water in the affected
areas is safe to drink.
Rain continued through Saturday night into
Sunday morning, with winds picking up at about 4
Scattered showers remained in the forecast
through this Friday, with chances of precipitation
ranging from 20 percent to 40 percent.
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for many years to benefit the Florida Institute For
Saltwater Heritage and, likewise, this event also
Proceeds from the $5 dinner of smoked or fried
mullet and fixings, including hush puppies, grits
and sweet or unsweet tea prepared by the Gul-
lett family and friends and some proceeds from
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The annual event is sponsored by the Gullett
family, Star Fish Company Market and Restaurant
and The Islander newspaper.
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Comment period closes on Port Dolphin project
By Lisa Neff
The federal government Sept. 11 closed the
period for comment on an assessment of the impact of
a natural gas port and pipeline project in the area.
Now the government weighs in on the proposal
from Port Dolphin Energy LLC to construct and oper-
ate a deepwater natural gas port about 28 miles off the
coast of Anna Maria Island in the Gulf of Mexico.
Under Port Dolphin's plan, ships carrying lique-
fied natural gas from other areas would anchor next to
buoys at the deepwater port, where the LNG would be
converted into gas and fed into a pipeline running from
the deepwater port into Tampa Bay to Port Manatee. The
pipeline would continue several miles inland, where it
would connect with other gas pipelines.
The Port Dolphin application has been under
By Rick Catlin
Incumbent Anna Maria City Commissioners
John Quam, Christine Tollette and Dale Woodland
will be challenged by two political newcomers
in the race for the three seats up for election in
posts ends Friday
Qualifying concludes Friday, Sept. 18, for
candidates in Bradenton Beach's Nov. 3 munic-
Voters will cast ballots in at least one race.
Incumbent Michael Pierce is running for re-
election against former City Commissioner Bill
Shearon, who also ran against Pierce in 2007.
Meanwhile, as of Islander presstime
this week, incumbent Janie Robertson was
the only declared candidate for the Ward
3 seat she holds on the city commission,
and Gay Breuler of the 2600 block of Gulf
Drive North the only declared candidate in
The seat in Ward 1, which generally
consists of the area from 28th Street to 23rd
Street between the Gulf and the bay, currently
is held by John Shaughnessy, who cannot run
due to the city-established term limit.
review by federal agencies, in cooperation with
Florida departments, for two years.
In mid-July, the government released a final envi-
ronmental impact statement that explores whether
the project impacts air quality, cultural and historic
resources, fish habitat, threatened or endangered spe-
cies, navigation and transportation and land use.
That impact statement drew several objections
from Anna Maria Island property owners concerned
with activity within 30 miles of their beaches, as well
as a call for "no action" from the environmental group
But most respondents to the EIS endorsed the
project as a benefit to the local economy and a boost
to c Ii.- needs.
While the public comment period closed as of
Sept. 11, the federal government's comment and
As of Sept. 11, challenger Harold "Harry" Stoltz-
fus of Poinsettia Avenue had qualified for the elec-
tion, joining political newcomer David Gryboski of
North Shore Drive to face the incumbents. Gryboski
qualified earlier last week.
Stoltzfus said he's been an Anna Maria resident
for seven years, having moved here from Pennsyl-
vania. This is his first attempt at any political office,
Stoltzfus said he decided to run for a commission
seat to "become involved in the community."
Gryboski, who also is seeking his first politi-
cal office, said he was running for a seat on the
commission to seek a "better Anna Maria" for resi-
dents. He listed an address on North Shore Drive
for his residence, but has a Holmes Beach address
Gryboski said he's lived in Anna Maria for about
The three incumbents also have qualified for
Mark Alonso of North Shore Drive picked up an
election packet in August, but as of Sept. 11 had not
qualified to seek office. The qualifying period was to
end at noon Tuesday, Sept. 15, after The Islander's
Alonso said last week that he was undecided,
but was more than likely not going to complete the
paperwork. He ran an unsuccessful race in 2008 for
a commission seat.
Quam has been a commissioner since 2002, while
Woodland was first elected in 2003. Tollette gained
her seat in the 2005 election.
The election for the commission seats will be
review period continues.
The federal government is expected to decide in
late October whether to issue a deepwater port license
to Port Dolphin.
While the U.S. Coast Guard published the EIS,
the Maritime Administration decides whether to issue
the license, according to Ray Martin of the U.S. Coast
"The Coast Guard is neither a proponent nor an
opponent for any deepwater port project," Martin
said. "It is the administrator of the Maritime Admin-
istration, which will ultimately decide whether to
approve, disapprove or approve with conditions a
license for this proposed deepwater port."
To approve the license, under federal law, the
administration must determine that:
Port Dolphin has the financial ability to build
and operate the project.
Port Dolphin can comply with relevant laws
The project is in national interest and consistent
with security and ce I. i,'. policies.
The port will not interfere with international
Port Dolphin will strive to minimize adverse
impact to the marine environment.
Port Dolphin will adhere to various federal pol-
The U.S. Secretary of the Army, Secretary of
State and Secretary of Defense do not object to the
The governor of the adjacent state does not object
to the license, with silence denoting approval.
"We will begin developing a recommendation
and a record of decision for the maritime adminis-
trator to consider," Patrick Marchman of the Mari-
time Administration said. "And these documents will
specifically address the conditions for issuance of a
Anna Maria City
Sept. 22, 5:30 p.m., final budget hearing.
Sept. 24, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
Sept. 16, 9 a.m., special master session.
Sept. 17, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Sept. 23, 7 p.m., final budget hearing.
Sept. 29, 1 p.m., city commission work meet-
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Sept. 17, 10 a.m., code enforcement board
Sept. 22, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Sept. 24, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Sept. 17, 6 p.m., district commission meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
Through noon Sept. 15, qualifying period for
city commission candidates in Anna Maria.
Through noon Sept. 18, qualifying period for
city commission candidates and mayoral candidates
in Bradenton Beach.
Sept. 16, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Of-
ficials meeting, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
Sept. 21, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation
Planning Organization meeting, Holmes Beach
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4 0 SEPT. 16, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
By Rick Catlin
It would seem that folks in Anna Maria under-
stand difficult economic times and have no problem
with the city dipping into its reserve fund to maintain
its current property tax level.
No one from the public spoke for or against the
proposed 2009-10 budget at the first public hear-
ing Sept. 9, and the city commission unanimously
approved the first reading with little comment.
The proposal calls for an operating budget of
$2.15 million, an ad valorem millage rate of 1.7882
mils the same rate as this year and a lowering
of the city's reserves from 37 percent to 31 percent,
according to city treasurer Diane Percycoe.
The reserve fund would drop to $655,690, Per-
'That's if we take in all the projected revenues
and spend only what we propose," she said.
Mayor Fran Barford labeled the $2.15 million
a "bare bones" budget, a remark supported by the
Although city revenues are projected to decline
by 10.1 percent in 2009-10, commissioners agreed to
transfer the shortfall from the reserve fund to main-
tain the 1.7882 millage rate.
After establishing the millage rate at 1.7882 at the
hearing, the commission cannot increase that figure,
but can lower the rate. At its July budget meeting,
the commission had set a tentative millage rate of
The operating budget does not include the
$705,000 the city will spend on Phase 2 of its master
stormwater improvements project. Funding for that
project comes from the city's line of credit and an
annual assessment paid by property owners. The
assessment for the owner of a single-family structure
is $45 per year.
Percycoe allocated $225,000 in the proposed
budget for loan payments on the line of credit.
The stormwater drainage project is a matching
grant from the Southwest Florida Water Management
District. The city will be reimbursed 50 percent of
what it spends on the project.
There was some good news in the budget.
Percycoe said the city received a $5,000 grant
for a new ATV, and city businesses raised $8,000 as
the city's share of Island trolley operating expenses
Commissioner Dale Woodland noted that devel-
oper Mike Coleman of Pine Avenue Restoration LLC
had spearheaded the trolley fundraising and thanked
Coleman for his efforts.
Despite the grant and the fundraising by busi-
nesses, the overall budget was not good news to com-
That's because they may have to consider another
look at the reserve fund for the 2010-11 budget if
revenues continue to decline at the present 10 percent
City revenues have dipped 20 percent the past
two years, forcing the commission to cut expenses,
withdraw money from the reserve fund and hold off
on any staff pay raises, while at the same time main-
taining the property tax rate.
Taking money from the reserve fund did not
appeal to Woodland, although he voted for the pro-
"It's a serious situation when you go into
reserves," he said.
Unless the economy picks up, Woodland sug-
gested that the city is facing a difficult choice next
Commissioners agreed to hold a preliminary budget
meeting on April 10, 2010, to determine how revenues
and expenses are faring in the 2009-10 budget and
attempt to estimate revenues for 2010-11.
Percycoe said it's going to be difficult to proj-
ect the 2010-11 budget because there will not yet be
revenue figures available from the state. However,
the city will be able to make a "rough estimate" of
revenues based upon the data the state can provide
the city at that time, she indicated.
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick agreed with meet-
ing next April, three months before budget hearings
"We have to start early and at least make an effort
to see where our income and expenses will be next
September. We won't have all the information, but
we can get an idea of our expected revenues and see
what's coming. We can start to consider difficult deci-
sions for our budget," she said.
The final public hearing for the 2009-10 budget
is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, at Anna
Maria City Hall, 10003 Gulf Drive.
budget, tax rate pass
By Bonner Joy
Bradenton Beach city commissioners voted to
approve a spending plan and millage rate at their
Sept. 9 meeting that amounts to the same tax rate as
Commissioner Bob Connors was absent, but the
first vote on the 2009-10 budget and tentative millage
rate for 2010 passed unanimously.
The commission approved the tentative millage
rate of 2.1539 mills, the same as this year's rate and
less than the rollback rate, 2.304 mills, that would
produce the same spending as the previous year.
However, revenues are projected to be less, and the
city spending will correspond.
A mill is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value
of property less any exemptions.
The budget's revenue forecast is for $2,719,975
compared to $2,973,296 in revenue this year.
Commissioners in July voted to tap reserves to
deal with a projected decline in revenue in the next
fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.
Following the budget approval, Commissioner
Jane Robertson requested an early look at line-item
budget expenses for the 2010-11 spending review.
"I suggest next time we have better line-item
accounting," Robertson said. "Next year we have to
look at "really deep cutting" on our spending.
"We need to see bills paid. For instance, what
professional services do we use and what do they
cost, so when we come to meetings in February, we
know the costs," she said. "I suggest a spread sheet
of line-item accounts."
Commissioner John Shaughnessy, whose term
of office ends in November, agreed, "as long as the
review begins in February."
The final public hearing for the tax rate and
budget will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at city hall,
107 Gulf Drive N.
budget, tax rate pass
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach city commissioners, with one dis-
senting vote and some citizen complaints, tentatively
approved a $7.8 million budget for fiscal 2009-10 and
a 1.7549 millage rate.
This year's budget is $8,127,723.
A public hearing on the spending plan took place
Sept. 9 at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive, after which
the commission approved the first reading of an
ordinance setting the millage rate for 2010 at 1.7549
mills per $1,000 assessment and the first reading of
an ordinance for a $7,865,490 balanced budget for
The proposed millage rate is higher than the
1.5989 rate levied this year, but lower than rates from
'The proposed millage rate is not an increase or
a decrease over the present rollback rate," said city
treasurer Rick Ashley. "It is the rollback rate."
Introducing the public hearing, Mayor Rich Boh-
nenberger reviewed the budget planning process,
which involves the mayor, treasurer, department
heads and commissioners.
He said the budget was drafted based on the roll-
back rate the tax rate that will bring in the same
amount of tax revenue as the previous year and,
in an effort to balance the budget, the city eliminated
step and cost-of-living pay raises, reduced the con-
tingency fund and chose not to fill a vacancy in the
public works department.
"I want to thank the city treasurer and our
employees for their efforts in keeping costs down,"
During the hearing, several citizens politely
stressed that Anna Maria Island might be paradise,
but Holmes Beach is no haven from the nation's eco-
Seeking some tax relief, they zeroed on several
elements of the proposed budget rising health
insurance costs, c ik. \ costs, vehicle maintenance
and a $500 pay increase for staff.
Beverly Moore of the 200 block of South Harbor
Drive pointed out Manatee County's 12.1 percent
unemployment rate, the continuing scourge of fore-
closures and the lack of cost-of-living adjustments in
Social Security for recipients.
'The budget," she said, "must reflect a sobering
reality.... And I think it does not. Most governments
are not giving raises.... And many governments
are cutting salaries.... How can you justify wage
Andy Sheridan of the 600 block of Key Royale
Drive, a candidate in the Nov. 3 city commission
race, suggested the city consider eliminating some
vehicles, which cost the city money for maintenance,
fuel and insurance.
"I don't see that we're doing all we can to trim
this budget," he said, suggesting that the city consider
trimming costs by 5-15 percent.
John Molyneux of the 200 block of 73rd Street
said, "I have not come here to criticize the budget....
It looks awful good."
Instead, Molyneux suggested that, with concerns
about money in Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach and
Anna Maria, now is the time to revisit a consolidation
"Consolidation can save money. It can increase
efficiencies. Have you discussed it recently? Those
opportunities that might save us all money?" he
After listening to citizens, Ashley responded to
comments and questions.
The $500 stipend per employee, he said, amounts
"in round numbers to $25,000" or $9.62 per week per
He added, "Those employees who would have
normally gotten a raise for longevity haven't gotten
that this year."
He said the city seeks bids for the lowest rate on
health insurance each year, has taken steps to improve
ce I. i .' efficiency and recycles its police vehicles for
"It's been three years since we've bought a new
vehicle for public works," Ashley said.
At the dais, Commissioners Pat Geyer, Sandy
Haas-Martens, John Monetti and Pat Morton said
the citizens they have heard from in recent weeks
offered praise for city services and did not object to
the proposed budget.
Commissioner David Zaccagnino, who voted
against both ordinances, said he was hearing other-
wise in the aisles of Publix, and he pointed out cost-
cutting efforts in other cities.
"I think we are top-heavy," Zaccagnino said of
the city staff. He questioned the size of the police
department staff and the $500 stipend for employ-
"I don't know any other city that's giving pay
raises," Zaccagnino said. 'This is just not the time....
It's projecting the wrong kind of thing to our citi-
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Team Galati takes top honors in billfish tourney
The First Annual Labor Day Weekend Billfishing
Tournament sponsored by Galati Yacht Sales in Anna
Maria was judged to be a huge success by participat-
ing anglers who hit the deep fishing grounds in the
Gulf of Mexico.
Holmes Beach budget
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4
Morton responded, defending the size of the
police staff and emphasizing that with the influx of
tourists to Holmes Beach, the department sometimes
is responsible for serving and protecting hundreds of
thousands of people.
The final hearing on the budget will take place
at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, at city hall, where
citizens can also find copies of the spending plan that
will take effect Oct. 1.
The revenue portion of the budget provides for
$903,933 from state sources, $3,364,500 from local
sources and identifies $3,597,057 in carryovers and
Declines are projected in most revenue catego-
ries, including money from gas, sales and alcoholic
beverage taxes, construction permits and state rev-
On the expense side, the budget provides $100,990
for the mayor/commission operations, $655,993 for
general government operations, $2,030,479 for the
police department, $1,964,364 for public works oper-
ations, $145,027 for code enforcement and $391,000
for stormwater utility projects.
For each of the expense categories, the budget
shows increases in FICA contributions. The budget
also shows increased costs for insurance and most
Overall, expenses increased $11,553 for the
police department from this year to fiscal 2009-10
and $2,731 for the code enforcement department.
Stormwater utility funds were increased to allow
the city to tackle drainage for three basins and engi-
neering work for two other basin projects in the next
But total expenses are down for several depart-
ments compared to this year. The mayor/commis-
sion budget decreased by $60,755 and the general
government budget dropped by $2,291. The public
works department budget went down $253,471, with
the biggest change in improvements funded with the
local option gas tax.
Weather was good on the tourney, which ran
Team Galati won first place in the billfish divi-
sion with two blue marlin releases, followed by Billy
the Kid with one blue marlin release. Manna Ray
reported two sailfish and one swordfish release and
Real Screamer released one sailfish.
In the fun fish division, Tight Lines weighed in
a 154.2-pound yellow fin tuna, winning them first
place in tuna. Reel Screamer took first place in the
dolphin category, and Team Galati won for the largest
Great blue whopper!
JoAnn and Anthony Manali, fishing aboard Billy the Kid, caught and released this 300-pound blue marlin
in the Galati Yacht Sales 2009 Labor Day Tournament. JoAnn also caught a 200-pound yellowfin tuna. i,..-
fought the tuna for 90 minutes before it broke off right at the boat. The Manalis took second place in the
tourney. Islander Photo: Courtesy JoAnn Manali
'Manatee got talent?' this Saturday
Gulf Coast Talent and Film Expo will take
place Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Manatee Conven-
tion Center in Palmetto.
The event "brings the talent, film and publish-
ing industries under one roof," said organizer Mark
Ibasfalean of Cortez. It will take place from 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m. at the center, 1 Haben Blvd., and is free.
Stage performances will include acting, comedic
sketches, singing, dancing and modeling.
There will be information from music recording
and film studios, plus Karaoke competitions, improve
contests and auditions.
Local talent and film industry representatives will
also be on hand.
Proceeds from the event will go to local Big
Brothers Big Sisters of America and the Boys & Girls
Clubs of America.
"This is a first for Manatee County," Ibasfalean
said, "and we' re really excited about the event. It
should be fun for everyone."
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of a smudge and the sense that the budget numbers
have somehow been smeared.
For so many years the Island cities had budgets
that grew and grew and grew with the tax base. The
revenue growth and spending correlated.
And our elected officials took pride in the fact
that they seldom raised the millage.
But there lies the rub. The smudge, if you will.
The millage is a percentage, and if the revenue
increases and the percentage of spending millage
- stays the same, spending increases in proportion
That's been happening for many years, appar-
ently, without you noticing, especially if you enjoy
the homestead exemption.
But the state passed a law some years back that
says anything more than the rollback rate, the tax rate
that would produce the same spending/revenue as the
previous year, is a tax increase.
So, you see, the same millage rate for these many
years has been a tax increase all along, although
elected officials are loathe to admit it.
It seems they' ve adopted the opinion that as long
as the millage is the same, it can't be an increase. One
Island politician, when asked about the rollback rate,
spoke on "rolling out new police cars."
So much for understanding taxes.
But now, now that the revenue from ad valorem
- property taxes is less, because values are down,
city spending must go down. Right?
And the millage rates?
In some cases, it's a shell game designed to make
you think taxes and spending are down.
Meeting the rollback rate is the shill, because
reduced tax revenues will very likely occur again
next year, too. And borrowing from reserves to keep
up with spending from the boom years will catch up
with the cities soon.
And no one nearly no one attends the
budget hearings, scrutinizes the budgets or ques-
tions officials on borrowing from reserves to make
up shortfalls and how they spend the money.
It's a shamception.
But there's still time to give your input at the last
round of city budget hearings.
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Crossing the line
Lately I have witnessed a disturbing practice
occurring daily in front of my beach house.
A tractor passes by several times, raking up every
bit of seaweed and whatever else collects in the wrack
line left by the high tide so that nothing is left behind
except for compressed sand and tracks.
When did this craziness become an accepted rou-
Was there any consideration for the importance
of this wrack line for the protection and food it offers
our crabs and shore birds?
It is a vital element of the shoreline ecosystem and
we are allowing it to be hauled away at our expense
so that we may gaze or walk upon a pristine, lifeless
stretch of sand.
Shouldn't we be a little more respectful of our
environment and a lot more considerate of our fellow
I want my beach back, the one I remember from
growing up here. There was plenty to look at: interest-
ing shells and rocks, driftwood, animal sheddings.
Now there is nothing but sand and cigarette butts
left behind until the next morning, when the tractor
comes back to clean up after the thoughtless ones.
As for the tractors, perhaps they could go run
them around at a community farm and bring them
out when we have a serious red tide problem.
The situation is serious. Just talk to a tern. Let's
stop it now.
Cheryl Moody, Holmes Beach
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you
for running the article on my son, Matt Bauer, with
his recent diagnosis of leukemia.
I would also like to thank the community for the
donations and support to my family. A special thank-
you to Joe and Pat Evans for helping personally with
Finally, it's people in this community who make
this journey bearable. Thank you, Island residents.
Julie Pecor, Holmes Beach
I am preparing to go to Washington, D.C., to ask
our legislators to fund life-saving research, ensure
access to quality health care and expand programs for
prevention, detection and survivorship of cancer.
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convince lawmakers that fighting cancer should be a
top national priority.
The leaders we elect make critical decisions that
affect cancer-related programs and issues.
Please, write a letter, make a phone call, or send
an e-mail to our representatives and senators asking
them to join us in the fight against cancer.
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THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 16, 2009 0 7
Centennial planners eye
problems, joint celebration
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's March 2011 celebration of the
100th anniversary of the city pier may be headed
toward a conflict with the Real Florida Festival
planned for April 2010 and 2011.
City pier centennial committee chairperson
Sissy Quinn told committee members at their Aug.
10 meeting that the Real Florida Festival could have
"an impact" on the centennial celebration, currently
planned for late March 2011.
Island developer David Teitelbaum has orga-
nized a committee to raise funds to operate the fare-
free Island trolley rather than have Manatee County
impose a fare on passengers. County administrator
Ed Hunzeker has given Teitelbaum one year to bring
in some funds and Teitelbaum conceived the annual
festival to spark the fundraising effort.
The first festival is planned for April 2010, and
the event will be held annually, Quinn told the pier
"They want to do the festival every year, and it
will overlap with ours in 2011," said Quinn.
The solution is to "piggyback with them" on plan-
ning and organizing the two festivals, she suggested.
"It's either we join them or compete with them."
Committee member Joan Voyles said working
together would "make everyone look good," but com-
mittee member SueLynn disagreed. She opposed any
combined effort of the two committees.
"No," said Voyles. "They have their part and we
have ours, but a 'combined stream' of efforts would
Quinn said she could ask Teitelbaum to come
to a pier committee meeting to discuss how the two
groups can combine efforts.
City Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick, who serves
on the pier committee, said she is concerned that the
Real Florida Festival might take up too much space
in Anna Maria.
Hold on a minute, suggested Mayor Fran Bar-
ford. It might be a bit early in the game to talk to
Teitelbaum about a joint effort.
"Don't make any decision yet. Wait until their
first year and then let's talk to them. We have a whole
year to see how we can interface with David and his
group," she said.
The committee agreed, and Quinn said she would
talk to Teitelbaum about holding off talks until after
his first festival.
In other business, Voyles reported she has not
found a lot of interest among local artists to organize
the construction and painting of sea turtles to sell at
auction prior to the pier celebration.
"It's a lot of work," Voyles said. \ kI, \ if one
business or person wants to do it, that's fine." Com-
mittee members discussed a paint-out day as an alter-
Barford reported that the city does not have seed
money for the committee in its 2009-10 budget, but
Quinn said she would ask the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Society board of directors for some advance
The committee hopes to have seed money to
purchase T-shirts and other souvenir products to sell
before and during the celebration. The seed money
would be paid back from the proceeds of the sales,
Suggestions for celebration events and activities
include a marching band from Manatee High School,
a string quartet concert and a parade of sailing ships,
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The Islander, headlines announced:
Following a two month investigation, Holmes
Beach police arrested James Straitwell, 29, of Bra-
denton, on charges of sexual battery on a girl under
the age of 12, sexual battery on a girl under the age
of 14 and conspiracy to commit murder. Straitwell
also was charged with two counts of burglary. He was
held without bond in the Manatee County jail.
With one week left to qualify for election to
the mayor's post in Bradenton Beach, City Commis-
sioner Gail Cole was the only candidate to qualify for
the office as incumbent Connie Drescher had decided
against seeking another term. No candidates qualified
to oppose the two incumbent commissioners up for
re-election Bill Arnold and Berneitta Kays. Dawn
Baker was the only candidate who qualified to seek
Cole's seat in Ward 3.
The U.S. Space Command in Colorado said a
streaking object over Anna Maria Island on Sept. 7
was not a UFO, but a booster engine on a Russian
satellite that fell after running out of fuel.
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Bradenton Beach officials, volunteer residents
and merchants will help decide where to shine some
light in the city's commercial district.
The public works department is preparing to
install new solar-powered decorative lights along
Bridge Street and Gulf Drive to replace now-defunct
The city commission approved the purchase and
installation of the lights estimated to cost $127,470
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The decorative lights will look similar to street
lights on the Historic Bridge Street Pier poles with
shepherd hooks or u-shaped curves at the top and
circular lampshades. But on the backs of the lights
will be solar panels and battery packs.
Public works director Tom Woodard said the
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Recently, Woodard, who said he has been inun-
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such as the U.S. Coast Guard's four-masted ship
Other suggested activities include a fishing tour-
nament, fireworks display, live music and a "Taste of
Anna Maria," featuring cuisine from the Anna Maria
City Pier Restaurant and a trolley tour of other res-
Pier restaurant manager Dave Sork said he liked
the "Taste of Anna Maria" suggestion.
One concern the committee has is the number of
people who could crowd the pier during a fireworks
celebration. There could be liability issues if someone
falls into the water or is injured.
Barford said she would look into the pier safety
issue, including traffic flow on the pier, and she'll
invite Sgt. Dave Turner, the officer in charge of the
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missioners about the process for deciding where the
lights will be placed.
Eventually commissioners agreed to have Woo-
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WAVES Partnership Committee at a meeting set for
Commissioners also recommended that Bridge
Street merchants be encouraged to attend the meeting
and be involved in the placement process.
In other business, commissioners:
Approved payment of a $5,609.38 invoice to
M.T. Causley Inc. for building department services.
Approved a request to hang a banner at Gulf
Drive and Cortez Road for the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce Bay Fest, scheduled for Oct.
16-17 in Anna Maria.
Approved the reappointment of Art DeHardt to
the planning and zoning board and the appointment
of Pat Gentry to the ScenicWAVES Partnership Com-
Approved a "letter of no objection" from the
city regarding an application from the BeachHouse
Restaurant to the Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection for renovations to add a freezer
on pavement adjacent to the restaurant.
A memo from building official Steve Gilbert to the
commission stated, "Applicant has proposed to install
a new cooler over existing asphalt at the rear of the
existing cooler/Dumpster area. The area of expansion
involved is less than 1,000 square feet, which qualifies
as a minor development under LDC 34-161(c)(4). How-
ever, the project location is seaward of the [coastal con-
struction control line] requiring approval of the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection.
"In order to make application, a requisite 'letter
of no objection' from the local government is
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Court dismisses suit against city
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foreclosure complaint by the city against William and
Dianne Sorg, owners of a duplex in the 3700 block
of Gulf Drive.
The city moved to foreclose on the property
because the Sorgs owed about $28,000 in fines asso-
ciated with a code enforcement ruling dating back to
August 2003, when city officials expressed concern
about a missing railing on a second-floor balcony
on the building. Further review of the property had
found that there was no rental license on file with the
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made to the property without a permit.
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After learning that the fine had accumulated to
a $28,000 debt, city commissioners instructed their
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Claim requires proof of 'presumptive death'
By Lisa Neff
A request by Tom Buehler to declare his wife,
missing since Nov. 4, 2008, deceased will require
proof that a death "is presumed to have occurred."
Florida law allows for a judge to make a determi-
nation of "presumptive death" and order the depart-
ment of vital statistics to issue a presumptive death
certificate, explained James Martin, a Stetson Univer-
sity College of Law professor and probate attorney.
On Sept. 3, Bradenton attorney William Meeks
filed a complaint for declaratory relief on Buehler's
behalf. The complaint seeks to declare Sabine Musil-
Buehler of Holmes Beach as deceased under Florida
The defendant in the case is Musil-Buehler's
insurer, Great American Life Insurance Co.
Buehler reported his estranged wife missing Nov.
6, 2008, after the Manatee County Sheriff's Office
notified it had recovered her car following a chase in
The man driving the vehicle, Robert Corona, has
pleaded guilty to grand theft auto, but was unable to
provide information about the whereabouts of Musil-
Authorities said the car contained her blood and
some of her possessions.
The last person known to have seen Musil-Bue-
hler is her boyfriend, William Cumber, who said they
fought on Nov. 4, 2008, and she left the apartment
they were sharing in Anna Maria in her car.
Cumber has since been sentenced to 13.5 years in
prison on an unrelated charge. Authorities have iden-
tified him as a person of interest in Musil-Buehler' s
disappearance and the Nov. 16 arson fire at Haley's
Motel in Holmes Beach.
Buehler's complaint for declaratory relief states
that Musil-Buehler left no will, and Buehler, with
whom she co-owned Haley's, is her sole heir and
beneficiary of her life insurance policy. "A condition
for payment of the insurance policy is proof of death
of the insured," the complaint states.
Other issues also are involved: "The plaintiff's
marital and legal status with his wife depends on
whether she is declared to be deceased," the com-
Florida Statute 731.103 provides for the issuance
of a death certificate for "a person who is absent from
the place of his or her last known domicile for a con-
tinuous period of five years and whose absence is
not satisfactorily explained after diligent search and
inquiry is presumed to be dead."
But the law also states, that "evidence showing
that the absent person was exposed to a specific peril
of death may be a sufficient basis for the court deter-
mining at any time after such exposure that he or she
died less than five years after the date on which his
or her absence commenced."
Such cases are not common, said Martin, who in
35 years of practicing probate law has not argued for
a presumptive death certificate.
But they do occur. Martin cited a 1993 case in
which the wife of crop duster who had disappeared
while piloting a flight between Florida and Colom-
bia brought a breach of contract action against a life
insurer for its refusal to pay death benefits.
The circuit court in Okaloosa County had found
in favor of the insurer, but the wife appealed and the
ruling was reversed.
Martin also offered a hypothetical situation. A
group of people went hiking and one person was seen
walking over the edge of the cliff. The group searched
but found no body. "There is evidence there to say
that person fell over the cliff and met with specific
peril of death," Martin said.
Buehler's complaint states, "On Nov. 6, 2008,
Sabine Musil-Buehler was exposed to a specific peril
of death in that the evidence would show that on that
date she was abducted and killed."
The complaint continues, "Sabine Musil-Buehler
has not been seen or heard from since Nov. 6, 2008,
and has had no contact with the petitioner, family or
friends and all reasonable inferences would be that
she is deceased."
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Turtle activity slows, but continues
By Lisa Neff
The stakes are no longer going up to mark the dis-
covery of new loggerhead turtle nests on the beach.
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch volunteers are
no longer punching the speed dial on their cell phones
to notify their section coordinators of new nests.
The last loggerhead nest laid on the Island was
laid last month and AMITW walkers are no longer
expecting new nests.
But nesting activity is still taking place on Anna
Maria Island beaches and will until late October,
according to AMITW executive director Suzi Fox.
"Our last approximate due-date is the third week
of October," said Fox.
As of Sept. 11, 27 nests remained on the Island's
7 miles of beach and for the next six weeks hatchlings
will be emerging from those nests and trekking to
the sea, where they will swim miles to underwater
Some areas of the Island no longer contain nests,
but regardless, Fox said, "Lights must stay out until
That's in part because city ordinances mandate
lights out during nesting season, which officially ends
Nesting by the numbers
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch reported
167 loggerhead sea turtle nests on the beach
as of Sept. 11.
AMITW also reported 112 false crawls.
Nesting season continues through Oct.
31, with 27 nests left to hatch.
Oct. 31, according to the state.
But lights must stay out for practical reasons. A
light need not be near a nest to cause a disorientation.
A point of light down the beach in another section
or even another city can confuse hatchlings, drawing
them to streets, swimming pools and dune entrap-
ments rather than open water.
Last season, officials suspected that a light in
Bradenton Beach disoriented hatchlings miles away
in Holmes Beach.
Disorientation from artificial lighting causes
thousands of hatchling deaths each year in Florida
and is a significant marine turtle conservation prob-
lem, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
Hatchlings ready to emerge from a nest wait just
beneath the sand surface until conditions become
cool. The sand temperature prompts them to emerge
primarily at night, although some late-afternoon and
early-morning emergences have been documented.
Hatchlings that crawl toward artificial light
sources such as porch lights or house lights shin-
ing through an open window are following the
same instinctive response that leads them seaward
on naturally lighted beaches.
The apparent brightness and glare of artificial light-
ing is what often leads hatchlings astray, according to
the FWC. To a hatchling on a beach, an artificial light
source appears bright because it is relatively close by,
yet it is not intense enough to brighten the sky and land-
scape. The resulting glare makes the direction of the arti-
ficial source appear overwhelmingly bright so much
brighter so that hatchlings will ignore other visual cues
and move toward the artificial light no matter where it
is relative to the sea.
Season yields no skimmer, least tern nests
By Lisa Neff
A review of the shorebird nesting season on Anna
Maria Island found no productive black skimmer or
least tern nests.
Over the summer, Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch joined the Suncoast Shorebird Partnership,
which also involved the Audubon Society, the Flor-
ida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and
Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, to collect informa-
tion on nesting birds.
In late August, near Seagrape Lane in Anna Maria,
AMITW executive director Suzi Fox counted four
American oystercatchers, seven black bellied plovers,
11 killdeer and "hundreds of black skimmers."
Also, black skimmers and least terns were seen
often on the north end in Anna Maria and on the
sand in Bradenton Beach during the summer, but their
nests did not produce any chicks.
"There was no productivity from least terns or
black skimmers on Anna Maria," said Beth Forys, a
professor at Eckerd. "We had no productivity from
either species in Manatee or Sarasota counties.
"We had good productivity of black skimmer at
the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary on Indian Shores [in
Pinellas County] and limited success of skimmers
elsewhere in the county. The only success we had
for least terns was a very small colony on Clearwater
Beach and a few large rooftops."
Shorebird nesting has continually declined on
Anna Maria and elsewhere in the state, Forys said.
"We don't entirely know why," she said.
"There have been several bad years in a row,"
she continued. "It is hard to detect a change in the
number of adults, but it is hard to image these species
doing well if they continue to have such low nesting
success.... Some areas were over-washed during high
tides, others had high laughing gull and fish crow
Fox said she already is looking ahead to next
shorebird season, which generally coincides with sea
turtle nesting season.
"We have started rigorous training on shore-
birds in both the bay and the Gulf," she said. "I am
headed for two new workshops before February of
next year to learn some new techniques to share with
New techniques, Fox said, might involve improv-
ing identification of birds and nests and collecting
Results from nesting surveys throughout the state
will be available after Oct. 1, the deadline for volun-
teers to file data with the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Missing robot Waldo located in Gulf
A robot that went AWOL in late August while on
red tide patrol resurfaced Sept. 10 and began signal-
ing its position to scientists at Mote Marine Labora-
tory in Sarasota.
Mote staff then recovered the robot, an autono-
mous underwater vehicle.
"We're thrilled to have Waldo back," said Gary Kirk-
patrick, inventor of the payload the AUV carried to detect
red tide. "It's our only AUV currently patrolling for red
tide, and it's crucial for studying algae blooms."
Waldo, the AUV nicknamed for the popular car-
toon character of the Where's Waldo series, was found
about 50 feet from the last place it was tracked, about
11 miles west of Venice.
The robot was listing slightly to one side, but
researchers have yet to discover why it lost touch
"We think it's possible that it was snagged on
something underwater," Kirkpatrick said. "But we'll
need to check the data it was collecting to see if that
helps shed some light on what happened."
The robot had been patrolling Southwest Flor-
ida waters since Aug. 26 carrying a BreveBuster, a
device designed by Kirkpatrick and built at Mote to
automatically detect red tide in the water column.
Waldo was supposed to report its position to
Mote scientists via satellite each time it surfaced -
about every two hours.
But as it glided along on Aug. 31 near Venice, it
stopped sending signals.
Mote scientists searched for the 115-pound,
canary-yellow robot for more than 10 days using
side-scan sonar, VHF, hydrophones, airplane surveys,
snorkelers and divers.
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City reviews 50 percent options
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger indi-
cated last week that the city must take added steps
to improve the handling of applications to improve
Bohnenberger repeatedly this past year has
expressed concerns about so-called 50 percent rule
During a city commission meeting Sept. 9, the
mayor said he remains concerned that the city's policy
allows for developers to dodge through loopholes.
The policy's origins are tied to the 1976 Federal
Emergency Management Agency mandate requiring
residential structures built in the coastal floodplain
gratitude on Sept. 11
Members of the local AmeriCorps 20/20 VISTA
Vision team on Sept. 11 presented local emergency
personnel with Gratitude Bags for good deeds.
Good-deed doers included firefighters, police and
emergency medical technicians working on Anna
Maria Island and throughout Manatee County.
Joyce Whitworth and Jim Heaton, both with the
local 20/20 AmeriCorps VISTA Vision project, dis-
tributed the bags containing Hershey kisses, gum,
popcorn and other treats.
Library friends host
Banned Book program
The Friends of the Island Branch Library will
host a special program for teenagers at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 30.
The craft-and-a-movie program will include a
screening of "Twilight" and attendees will create
"banned-book-inspired" bookmarks. There also will
be a discussion on censorship and why certain books
The library is at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
For more information, call the library at 941-778-
Democratic club to meet
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will
meet at noon Monday, Sept. 21, at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Becky Martin, outreach coordinator for the Uni-
versal Health Care Action Network, will deliver the
luncheon talk on national healthcare reform.
Lunch costs $12 for members, $15 for non-mem-
For more information, call Harry Kamberis at
Bar dismisses complaint
The Florida Bar Association has dismissed a
complaint from a Bradenton Beach resident against
the city attorney.
Resident Ken Lohn, embroiled in a longstanding
dispute with the city over a development neighboring
his waterfront property, filed the complaint against
city attorney Ricinda Perry.
Lohn said he had problems with how Perry han-
dled the dissemination of an order from the board of
adjustment in a case he filed.
Bar counsel Heidi Brewer informed Lohn that
his complaint lacked evidence that the attorney "has
violated any of the rules adopted by the Supreme
Court of Florida which govern attorney discipline"
and that "disciplinary proceedings in this matter are
Brewer also stated, "Our file has been closed.
The complaint record will be purged and the file
destroyed one year from the date of closing."
Lohn also has filed a lawsuit against the city,
appealing a BOA recommendation and city commis-
sion vote disagreeing with his claim that a city build-
ing official wrongly issued a certificate of occupancy
for a neighboring duplex at 109 Fifth St. S.
to be elevated.
The mandate allows for limited improvements to
one-story homes built in the floodplain before 1976
in a regulation that has become known as the "50
percent rule." Renovations, under that rule, cannot
exceed 50 percent of the structure's value.
FEMA allows municipalities to apply the rule.
For a time, Holmes Beach limited single-story
renovations to 50 percent over five years a five-
year cumulative amount.
Holmes Beach eliminated the five-year cumula-
tive, allowing a builder to complete a 50 percent ren-
ovation to a property and, then, with a new appraisal,
return to the building department for a permit for
Earlier this year, Bohnenberger said the no-cumu-
lative policy was not working and the city instituted
a one-year cumulative, as well as a requirement for
more detailed demolition plans, cost estimates and
Last week, the mayor said he is still concerned
with developers presenting the city building official
with their own appraisal of a structure's value and
the estimate for improvement costs.
"And I' m concerned about our building officials
down the road," said Bohnenberger.
City attorney Patricia Petruff said Manatee
County officials had similar concerns and now the
government contracts with an independent appraiser
to review applications under the 50 percent rule.
"That takes the burden off the building official,"
City officials showed interest in the approach,
especially if the expense of the independent review
could be built into the application cost.
In other business, commissioners:
Approved the final reading of an ordinance that
sends appeals of a building official ruling on flood-
plain matters to the circuit court rather than the city
Adopted a resolution acknowledging the receipt
of federal grant money associated with the demolition
and acquisition of a repetitive-loss property.
City treasurer Rick Ashley called the action a
housekeeping measure required as the fiscal 2008-09
budget year reaches an end.
Appointed Commissioners Sandy Haas-Martens
and John Monetti to the canvassing board for the
Nov. 3 election. They are the only commissioners
not seeking re-election.
Reviewed the planning commission's work on
several ordinances related to the city's land-develop-
Heard from Tom Breiter, chair of the Anna
Maria Island Community Center board of trustees,
on the "State of the Center."
The next commission meeting will be at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 22, at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
Rotary Oct. 2 concert
tickets on sale
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island is selling
tickets for a classical music concert Oct. 2 to raise
money for the group's charitable works.
The concert will be at the Neel Performing Arts
Center in Bradenton and following a dinner at the
Bradenton Country Club, also a Rotary benefit.
The performance, "A Touch of Tuscany," will
feature Annika Kaschenz and Francesco Attesti.
Concert tickets are $25; concert and dinner tick-
ets are $75.
Tickets can be purchased at the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce, 5313 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, as well as through event organizers
Dantia and Barry Gould and Donna Misner.
The Goulds can be reached at 941-778-1880 and
Misner can be reached at 941-778-8585.
"In challenging times for fundraising, we felt this
was a world class event that would be welcomed in
the greater community," said fundraising chair Dantia
Gould. L\ c.ly penny of what we take in, beyond
some nominal expenses, will go back to the causes
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AM duplex expansion ordinance moves forward
By Rick Catlin
The Anna Maria City Commission finally caught
the political football known as duplex expansion at
its Sept. 10 meeting.
By a 3-2 vote, the commission agreed to hand
the issue off to city planner Alan Garrett to draft the
Commissioners Jo Ann Mattick, Chuck Webb
and Christine Tollette agreed the city should treat
duplexes as a permitted use with no added regula-
tions for expansion other than to conform to Federal
Emergency Management Agency regulations. FEMA
limits expansion to a maximum of 50 percent of the
fair market value of the structure.
Whether to allow duplex expansion even on
a limited basis has been an issue passed back and
forth between the commission and the planning and
zoning board since March, when the commission
made duplexes a permitted, non-conforming use in
the Residential-1 district.
"We've spent a lot of time on this," said Commis-
sion Chairman John Quam, who along with Commis-
sioner Dale Woodland wanted to limit duplex expan-
sion on a one-time basis.
"It's time to either move on it or not," Quam
The commission agreed to move.
Quam and Woodland favored duplexes as a per-
mitted use, but allowing expansion only on a one-time
basis up to 250 square feet for a 5,000-square-foot lot
and 325 feet for duplex expansion on a 7,500-square-
foot lot, with maximum lot coverage of 35 percent.
But Webb pointed out that if duplex expansion
is not allowed and those structures remain non-con-
forming, they will eventually disappear, replaced by
elevated residences, two-story-over-parking houses,
that conform to FEMA regulations.
"It's a question of policy. Do we want to keep
and encourage duplexes and avoid the larger homes
or not?" he asked.
Tollette agreed, noting that the FEMA 50 percent
rule will limit duplex expansion under present real
estate market conditions. In many cases, the only way
for the duplex to expand will be upward, she said.
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Duplexes also help retain the residential atmo-
sphere of the city, said Mattick.
"It would be a shame to see them disappear. None
of us favor high-rise houses to replace the cottage
atmosphere of the duplexes," she said. "Let's give
them the same rights to expand as other homeowners,
up to 35 percent of lot coverage."
Garrett said that with real estate values down the
past few years, many duplex owners probably won't
be able to expand as much as they might like and not
go over the 50 percent limit.
The city never intended to make the estimated 60
duplexes in the city non-conforming, he said.
Under the 2007 comprehensive plan, the commis-
sion eliminated the R-2 district. Unfortunately, that
made duplexes a non-conforming use and owners,
under that criteria, were not permitted to expand
In March, the commission approved duplexes as
a permitted use in the R-1, but made no provision for
Garrett said he would draft the appropriate ordi-
Wireless services facilities
Dye made a presentation to commissioners that
the city's personal wireless services ordinance -
don't call them cell towers might need updating.
The ordinance was written in 2002 after wire-
less communications expert Ted Kreines of California
completed the city's master plan for cell towers.
'There are areas of concern" with the ordinance,
said Dye, noting that te 1hn 111<, ,,' has advanced con-
siderably the past seven years.
Dye said he was asked to look at the ordinance
following a presentation to the Coalition of Barrier
Island Elected Officials in July by SBA LLC, a com-
pany with interests in installation of an Islandwide
direct antenna system.
According to SBA officials, DAS would serve
as a cell service provider for the three Island cities
and Longboat Key and also capture cell phone use
for boaters in the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay.
'The city ordinance is still good," Dye said, "but
I found a few things to look at. Remember, the ordi-
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Several companies the past seven years, includ-
ing Verizon, have expressed interest in constructing a
Personal Wireless Services Facility system in the city,
but none have made formal application, he said.
Rather than wait for an applicant to get rejected
and present the city with some unwanted litigation, Dye
said, now is a "good time to look" at the ordinance.
Sooner or later, a company will apply to install a
tower or system, he predicted, and the city needs to
have its ordinance up to date.
Dye said that most of the issues he found in the
ordinance relate to ambiguous definitions and use of
the words "should" and "shall," he said.
"Should," means it's not a requirement and the
city can't reject an application because they didn't do
something they "should" have, Dye explained.
"Shall," however, makes something mandatory,
Commissioner Webb, also an attorney, agreed
that "shall" makes it clear what an applicant has to
do for approval.
Dye said he would be comfortable if a wireless
communications expert such as Kreines reviewed the
ordinance, particularly in light of new technology
that is pointing toward smaller cell towers with wider
He indicated the ordinance might have deficien-
cies the city is not aware of at present.
But Quam noted the city is already on a tight
budget and engaging an expert to review the ordi-
nance will cost money.
Webb, who was a commissioner when the PWSF
ordinance was passed in 2002, agreed it will cost
money, but suggested it's better to spend a little bit of
money now and not a lot of money from a lawsuit.
"We should change the ordinance now before
someone comes in with an application and the ambig-
uous language results in litigation," Webb said.
Commissioners agreed to have Mayor Fran Bar-
ford advertise for an estimate from an expert on the
cost of an ordinance review and update.
Commissioners approved a resolution to allow
Barford to announce that the city intends to award
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Banyan Tree developers address public concerns
By Rick Catlin
Developers of Banyan Tree Estates on Park
Avenue in Anna Maria met with about 20 city resi-
dents Sept. 8 to dispel any concerns they might have
about the project.
Park Avenue resident Betty Yanger organized the
"I had heard so much about what was going on,
I decided to ask the developers to meet with us and
give us the straight story," Yanger said.
The Walker family of Oregon owns the property.
Developer/resort owner David Teitelbaum with Island
Real Estate Inc. and Brent Whitehead of Whitehead
Construction in Cortez represented Walker at the
Teitelbaum allayed many concerns when he said
the banyan trees at the site will be maintained "in
The development team has taken 11 sub-standard
non-conforming lots and created nine conforming
lots (75 feet by 100 feet) that each meet city code
for a single-family residence, he said.
Teitelbaum said the team members also are
involved as sales and marketing agents and for all site
approvals. Six lots suitable for single-family homes
will be available for sale when lot development is
completed, he said.
Teitelbaum stressed that the Walker family and
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struction of Phase 2 of the city's master stormwater
Although the company submitted the low bid
of $397,000 among the five companies that sought
the job, Barford suggested a dollar amount not be
included in the resolution. The city will "direct pur-
chase" much of the materials and equipment needed
and should save about $12,000 off the contract price,
"We just need this resolution to get the contractor
started," Barford said.
Quam noted that the winning bid was $100,000
under what the city allocated in its 2009-10 budget
for the project. With direct purchase savings and
Woodruff's bid, the city should save quite a bit of
money, he indicated.
"As long as we manage the project well," inter-
jected Woodland, noting some issues with costs in
Phase 1 that were higher than projected.
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area, improving the drainage at Banyan Tree Estates
and creating more open space.
Yanger was concerned about the environmental
impact of the project, but left the meeting satisfied.
"Our feeling is that if it follows what they are
talking about, then we will have one of the best streets
on the Island," she said.
"At this point, we feel they are meeting our
concerns and following the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection guidelines. They made
everyone feel comfortable that they were going to
follow through on their promises," Yanger said.
Teitelbaum thanked Yanger for requesting the
meeting and pledged to hold further neighborhood
meetings as the project develops.
The DEP has already approved an application
from owner Stephen Walker to build a residence
The Florida Coastal Construction Control
Line Program is an essential element of Flori-
da's coastal management program. It provides
protection for Florida's beaches and dunes while
assuring reasonable use of private property.
Recognizing the value of the state's beaches,
the Florida legislature initiated the CCCL to pro-
tect the coastal system seaward of that line from
improperly sited and designed structures that
could possibly destabilize or destroy the beach
and dune system.
Adoption of a CCCL, such as on Anna Maria
Island, establishes an area of jurisdiction in which
special site and design criteria are applied for
construction and related activities. These stan-
dards may be more stringent than those already
applied in the rest of the coastal building zone
because of the greater forces expected to occur
in the more seaward zone of the beach during a
seaward of the coastal construction control line. The
DEP also approved construction on two other lots
owned by Walker seaward of the CCCL for single-
The remaining six lots are upland of the CCCL
and DEP approval is not required for construction,
said Anna Maria building official Bob Welch.
The developers do not need to go through any
public hearing process because the lots are platted,
Welch said. City code requires that if more than two
lots are sub-divided, the owners must go through the
site-plan review procedure. Walker sub-divided only
one lot, he said.
Teitelbaum said the development is planned for
nine single-family homes built according to the DEP
permit and Federal Emergency Management Author-
ity guidelines, which require two livable floors above
Welch did note that any building permit applica-
tion from Banyan Tree Estates will be reviewed by
the public works department, himself and city planner
"If there's anything out of the ordinary, we'll
catch it," he said.
Walker and his family own an Oregon winery and
Walker has said he and his family have been visiting
the Island since the 1940s. They have owned property
in Anna Maria since the 1950s.
According to Teitelbaum, Walker's father met his
future wife, "Miss Eddy," while vacationing in Anna
"We are privileged to work for the Walkers,"
Teitelbaum said, noting the family has an outstanding
record on environmental preservation at its Oregon
winery and the California timberlands they own.
Adjacent landowner Richard Friday, who objected
to the DEP permit, did not attend the meeting. Efforts
to reach Friday for comment about Banyan Tree
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than 500 survivors, patients, volunteers in Washing-
ton, D.C., to lobby for healthcare reform Sept. 22.
Ambrose, a Holmes Beach resident active in a
number of organizations and a leader in the annual
Island Relay for Life effort, said she wants to lobby
for the more than 11 million cancer survivors nation-
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coincides with its annual leadership summit. ~. a '. -
"We cannot reduce death and suffering from
cancer if the country does not improve access to
quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans," said
Ambrose. "Cancer patients know too well the holes
in our broken, 'sick care' system. The status quo is
not an option for cancer patients and survivors who
are struggling to afford the care they need.
Ambrose said she will bring a personal story to
her representatives in Washington, D.C. In a couple
of months, she said, her COBRA coverage will run
out and she will be without healthcare insurance.
"Cancer survivorship should be celebrated, but
in our current healthcare structure, survivors and ^ j^i ^"
patients can be and often are left with no coverage N No .
options," Ambrose said. "When my COBRA runs out,
I will have no coverage, as I cannot find insurance Holmes Beach resident Nancy Ambrose is prepar-
even though I have been cancer-free for years, have ing to attend a lobby day in Washington, D.C., to
a healthy diet and don't smoke." callfor healthcare reform.
Sunrise Lane variance request before BOA
By Lisa Neff
The Holmes Beach Board of Adjustment will
meet Sept. 24 to consider a variance request for a
housing development on Sunrise Lane.
The meeting is scheduled to take place at 9 a.m.
at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
The applicant for the variance, FLM of Brandon, owns
a 35,279 square foot parcel at 5311 Sunrise Lane.
The property is zoned Residential-1 and the
owner, under city code, can build multiple single-
family structures on a single parcel provided the total
density of the site does not exceed 5.8 units per acre
and the structures otherwise meet R-1 zoning require-
ments for spacing, setbacks and lot coverage.
A summary of the variance application states that
density limitations allow up to four units to be built
on the Sunrise Lane parcel, but that FLM "plans to
construct only two single-family units."
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city's code, without the need for any variance," the sum-
mary continues. "The units then could be sold separately
upon the recordation of a condominium plat."
However, FLM decided to take a different
approach, one that requires a variance.
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preference to have the property divided into two fee
simple lots rather than building two lots on a single
parcel and recording a condominium plat," the appli-
cation summary states.
"We agree with the neighbors, that creating two
lots makes more sense and is more desirable for all
involved. The parcel, however, has only 140 feet of
street frontage, and the code requires 75 feet of front-
age per lot."
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"The applicant is requesting a variance on this
parcel to allow the parcel to be split into two 70-foot
wide lots," the summary states. "The variance is jus-
tified by the unique shape of the parcel, being more
than 35,000 square feet in size but containing only
140 feet of street frontage."
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Center seeks to build city
By Lisa Neff
The Anna Maria Island Community Center
board is seeking to build its partnerships with
the Island cities, a representative of the nonprofit
told Holmes Beach commissioners last week.
The staff and board of the Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria, have good relationships
with their municipal partners, Center board of
trustees chair Tom Breiter told a Sept. 9 meeting
of city commissioners.
But the relationships could be strengthened,
Breiter stressed that the Center's program
offerings, especially its recreational programs,
help the Island cities fulfill requirements in the
Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach and Holmes
Beach comprehensive plans mandated by the
state of Florida.
"The Center," Breiter said, "can help deliver
services probably more effectively than all three
cities can do on their own."
The Island cities budget funding for the
Center, providing about 6 percent of the Center's
annual budget. Manatee County's contribution
is 15 percent of the Center budget; fundraising
events, 28 percent; membership and fees, 27 per-
cent; endowment income, 4 percent and United
Way, grants and donations, 20 percent.
Contributions to the Center this year are
"It's a pretty tough environment for most busi-
nesses and nonprofits are no exception," Breiter said.
"We have seen our revenues go down. We have pared
back our budget to a level of four years ago."
Breiter said to deal with a decline in revenues,
the Center has not filled all personnel vacancies.
"Our staff is doing a little bit more," he said.
Breiter said he wanted to provide commis-
sioners with a "State of the Center" as part of the
board's efforts to improve communication efforts
between the nonprofit organization and the cities.
He added, "We are not asking for money
from the city."
But, said Breiter, there may be grants that
municipalities can apply for that the Center
cannot go after.
"We are," he said, asking for help, maybe
some creative thought in finding new sources of
revenue.... There may be grants that a city might
be eligible for that a nonprofit cannot ask for."
Commissioners responded with praise for
the Center and its mission.
"You guys do a wonderful job," said Com-
missioner David Zaccagnino, whose daughter is
involved in Center activities.
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By Lisa Neff
While health experts continue work on a vaccine
against the H1N1 flu virus, parents are being urged
to keep their children home from school if they show
Schools are not shutting down or required to
shut down when a student is confirmed to have
the H1N1 virus, as was the case last spring.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preven-
tion changed that recommendation because the sever-
ity of the disease proved lower than anticipated.
The revised CDC guidelines leave decision-mak-
ing up to local communities, but urge communities to
weigh the harm of school closings against the poten-
tial harms of increased flu spread.
"What we are seeing looks like seasonal flu so
far," U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary
Kathleen Sebelius stated at a press conference in
August on the issue. "Normally, parents would not
keep their children home if some friend or classmate
came down with the flu."
But a child who comes down with the flu should
stay home, recommend officials with the Manatee
County School District, local private schools and the
Charles J. Blouin
Charles J. Blouin, 81, of Longboat Key, formerly
of Cambridge, Mass., died Sept. 4.
Mr. Blouin was a U.S. Navy veteran and served
in World War II. He was a sheet metal worker. He was
a member of the French Club, UAV and the Moose.
Memorial service was Sept. 11 at St. Bernard
Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. Hardage-Giddens
Rivermead Funeral Home, Orange Park, was in
charge of arrangements.
He is survived by daughters Charleen Tierney
and Susan Ciccone and husband John; son Stephen
and wife Suzanne; eight grandchildren; five great-
grandchildren; and sisters Doris Lytle and Carol
Delaney and husband Chuck.
Manatee County Health Department.
Health officials also are urging ailing adults to
The H1N1 virus, also commonly known as swine
flu, began infecting students and adults last spring
and was detected in children during the summer in
camps, schools and daycare settings.
In July, Jorge Francisco Hernandez, 47, of Sarasota,
an assistant store manager at the Publix Super Market
in Holmes Beach, died of complications due to H1N1.
H1N1 has the same symptoms as the seasonal flu:
a fever over 100 degrees, cough, sore throat, runny or
stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.
Diarrhea and vomiting have also bee reported.
To reduce the spread of H1N1, children should
not be sent to school until 24 hours after symptoms
- including fever subside without the use of
fever-reducing medications, said health department
spokesman John Burns.
"It's prevalent throughout the community at this
time," Burns said of H1N1. "If you have the flu, it is
a very good chance that it is the swine flu.... But the
severity index is fairly low."
Even people who feel healthy should, according
to the health department wash hands with soap and
water for 20 seconds, use hand sanitizers and get a
seasonal flu shot.
Burns said staff at public and private schools have
been asked to try to identify children who exhibit flu-
like symptoms and should be sent home.
Also, the CDC issued new guidelines for early-
learning schools and child care centers.
At the School for Constructive Play in Anna
Maria, where two children were confirmed to have
the H1N1 virus, staff was heeding guidelines, said
Staff was making sure toys and other items han-
dled by children were cleaned, that children were
regularly washing hands and that sick children were
staying home until their symptoms subsided.
Bertrand said the school also was purchasing
room-fo' .~*c. i designed to reduce germs.
"We are taking precautions," she said. "We
posted it. We notified parents. We are doing exactly
what they advise us to do."
HIN1 experts urge the sick to stay home
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
No new reports.
No new reports.
Sept. 4, 100 block 45th Street, burglary. The com-
plainant, a property manager, said he noted a flat-
screen television and cable box had been removed
from the residence.
Sept. 6, 100 block 38th Street, burglary. The com-
plainant said someone broke into his locked vehicle
and took various electronics and office supplies, with
a total value of $277.
Sept. 7, 3900 East Bay Drive, arrest. Officers
stopped a man driving a motorcycle with the visor of
his helmet up. Subsequent checks revealed he did not
have authorization to drive a motorcycle, had a sus-
pended license and had multiple counts of burglary.
He was arrested.
Sept. 8, 600 block Gladstone Lane, burglary.
The complainant said someone apparently entered
her home while she was away and took items valued
Sept. 9, 300 block 62nd Street, burglary. The
complainant said someone took a gold necklace,
valued at $800, from her home. The complainant
found a crowbar on the front porch, and officers noted
pry marks on the front door. An unknown handyman,
who had a key to the residence, is under investiga-
Sept. 9, 6300 block Holmes Boulevard, code
enforcement. Officers posted a notice of improper
lawn watering of the residence.
Sept. 9, 2700 block Avenue C, theft. The com-
plainant said someone took a golf cart charger valued
at $300 from the front of his home, as well as an $80
rod and reel.
Sept. 10, 3300 block Fourth Avenue, burglary to
a vehicle. The complainant said various electronic
items, with a total value of $1,350, were taken from
his pickup truck overnight.
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AME students listen to Obama's message
By Kimberly Kuizon
Anna Maria Elementary School students were
among the many U.S. schoolchildren who watched
President Barack Obama's speech Sept. 8.
"Obama's speech was very simplistic. There were
no hidden agendas," AME principal Tom Levengood
Manatee County students were given the option
of listening to the speech by the school board. Some
feared Obama's speech could hold hidden messages
about universal healthcare. Levengood noted a few
parents didn't want their students to hear the speech.
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However, after previewing the speech for themselves,
some parents changed their minds.
The president's speech was mainly about chal-
lenging students to set goals. He also emphasized
the "hope" side of education, telling students they
could become the next senator or writer, but that an
education is needed for these goals.
Obama went on to give examples of people
who were underprivileged or dealt disabilities who
exceeded in life.
However, there was one complaint about the
speech at AME.
"The timing at noon wasn't the greatest," Lev-
Administrators also faced some technological
difficulties with the speech, and by 1:30 p.m. only a
handful of AME students had viewed the message.
Levengood said as soon as the speech was back
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spot in an Islander newspaper box. Josey's dad
said she's fond of climbing and stowing away, and
she decided to take a break on a recent walk.
up the rest of the student body would view Obama's
Back to school with DARE
With the start of a new school year, Holmes
Beach Police Officer Brian Copeman, Anna Maria
Elementary's school resource officer, plans to try
something new: Starting the DARE program at the
start of school.
Traditionally the program begins with the second
"It will give me more time with the students,"
said Copeman. By starting early and spreading out
the 10-week program, Copeman said he will have
more one-on-one time with students.
DARE Drug Resistance and Education is a
police-led program designed to prevent the influence
of drugs, gangs and violence on school children.
When asked about the DARE program, Copeman
said, "Kids love it. They have a blast."
Copeman also encourages parents to participate
with their kids. And he promotes safety by asking
parents to know what their students are doing at all
For more information, call the school office at
AME school calendar
Sept. 21, International Day of Peace.
5 p.m. Sept. 22, Parent Teacher Organization
spaghetti dinner sponsored by Cub Scout Pack 7, fol-
lowed by MOSI "wow" science program.
Sept. 22-29, Art to Remember.
Sept. 24, progress reports.
Sept 25, no school.
Oct. 15, Domino's pizza day.
8:30 a.m. Oct. 16, Parent Teacher Organization
5 p.m. Oct. 20, Parent Teacher Organization
dinner followed by third-grade performance.
Oct. 31, annual AME Fall Festival. 10 a.m. cos-
tume contest, 10:30 a.m. parade, 11 a.m. festival.
For more information, call the school office at
941-708-5525. AME is located at 4700 Gulf Drive,
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Wednesday, Sept. 16
2 to 2:50 p.m. -A free introduction to yoga class for ages 4 to 12 at
the Island Yoga Space, upstairs at 9805 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
6:30 p.m. Four-course wine dinner featuring The Tuscany res-
taurant at Freedom Village, 6406 21st Ave. W., Bradenton. Information:
941-366-7950. Fee applies.
7 to 9 p.m. "Hey, It's Just a Theory" Evolution 101 discussion
at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Friday, Sept. 18
Sunset- Reels at Rossi Park presents "Pirates of the Caribbean"
outdoors along Third Avenue West between Ninth Avenue West and U.S.
301, Bradenton. Information: 941-704-4366.
Saturday, Sept. 19
8:30 & 10 a.m. Wagon tours through Robinson Preserve, 1704
99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757. Fee applies.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Gulf Coast Talent & Film Expo at the Manatee
Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: 941-920-
11:30 a.m. Manatee Players' Ladies Day Out Fashion Show
Luncheon at IMG Academies Golf and Country Club at El Conquistador,
4350 El Conquistador Pkwy, Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee
6 to 10 p.m. The Y'all Ball featuring the Jigsaw Jug Band and
Amy's Southern Comfort Cuisine and Catering at the South Florida
Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee
Monday, Sept. 21
Noon Anna Maria Island Democratic Club presents a national
healthcare discussion with Becky Martin, outreach coordinator for the
Universal Health Care Action Network, at the BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-0564. Fee
Tuesday, Sept. 22
7p.m. Pianist Sam Rotman performs at Kirkwood Presbyterian
Church, 6101 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Information: 941-794-6229.
First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Artists Guild of Anna Maria
at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Tuesday, noon, Anna Maria Island Rotary Club meeting at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
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, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
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Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
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
Sept. 24, Volunteer orientation at Robinson Preserve.
Sept. 24, "Hello Dolly" opens at Manatee Players.
Sept. 24, Classical voice recital at State College of Florida.
Sept. 25, Desoto National Memorial Junior Ranger Activity Guide
release party at South Florida Museum.
Sept. 25, Skate night at the Anna Maria Island Community
Sept. 26, Golf tournament to benefit Manatee High School Her-
icanes girls soccer club.
Sept. 26, Deep Sky Observers at South Florida Museum.
Sept. 27, Anna Maria Island Privateers "Shipreck Poker Run and
Sept. 28, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce golf outing at
Bradenton Country Club.
Save the date:
Oct. 2, Anna Maria Island Rotary Club "A Touch of Tuscany" clas-
sical music concert.
Oct. 3, Coastal Clean Up.
Oct. 8, 61st season begins at Island Players.
Oct. 9, Anna Maria Island Community Center golf outing at IMG
Academies Golf and Country Club.
Oct. 17, Anna Maria Island Bayfest.
Oct. 23, Goblin Gathering at G.T Bray Park.
Send calendar announcements to email@example.com. Please
include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a
contact via e-mail and phone.
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The Deja Brew Coffee House and Gallery,
1968 Adams Lane, Sarasota, will host a Connec-
tion at Coffee event for the Longboat Key/Lido
Key/St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce.
The event will take place at 8:30 a.m. Thurs-
day, Sept. 17.
For more information, call the chamber
office at 941-383-2466.
Island real estate
1911 Bay Drive N., Bradenton Beach, a 3,330 sfla
S4,504 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car bayfront pool home built
in 2001 on a 6,525 sq ft lot was sold 08/26/09, US
Bank Tr. To Glaister for $755,000; list $824,900.
632 Emerald Lane, Holmes Beach, a 2,208 sfla
S2,804 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home
built in 1968 on a 100x108 lot was sold 08/24/09,
Cox to Kelley for $591,500.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay
Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay
941-778-7244. Current Island real estate transac-
tions may also be viewed online at www.islander.org.
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From what planet are some people complaining?
As politicos usually start their State of the Union/
state/county/city speeches, "The State of our bay is
... well, pretty good."
We' ve got clear water and a resurgence of sea-
We've got scallops living in those seagrass
We' ve got some new innovative recreation spots
to allow us to go play and look at those seagrass
meadows and scallops look, but don't touch!
And, of course, we've got the fantastic vistas
that are the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay, Anna Maria
Sound and Sarasota Bay.
Something called the Gulf Restoration Network
has come ovIt \\ ilth a statement ranking Florida's water
quality a "D+." The group states, "Florida does not
set standards that protect people and wildlife in all
of its water bodies, allowing exceptions for the entire
Everglades Agricultural Area. In addition, it does not
designate any valuable waterbodies as Outstanding
Natural Resource Waters, the maximum protection
provided by the Clean Water Act."
Huh. You might ask "what the heck?" and rightly
All of our local waters have received an Out-
standing Florida Waters designation by the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection.
And nobody seems to know just what or how an
Outstanding Natural Resource ranking differs from
some federal list, but most believe it's less than Flor-
Gulf Restoration Network also gave Florida an
"F" on nitrogen and phosphorous pollution standards,
stating, "There are no statewide numeric nitrogen and
phosphorous water quality standards that limit pollu-
tion and Florida has fallen behind in its responsibility
to develop such standards. The state does limit nitro-
gen and phosphorous discharged from some waste-
water treatment facilities, however, these limits need
to be more stringent in certain cases."
Nitrogen is the biggest problem we face in our
water world. We' re all dumping too much fertilizer
on our lawns in an attempt to go green with our grass
and it's the wrong way. Excess fertilizer, which is
mostly nitrogen-based, gets flushed into the bays and
But we're mostly learning from our mistakes.
Yep, nitrogen loads are high, but aggressive public
information programs have caused most of us to real-
ize that a little bit of fertilizer in the dirt is sufficient
to keep our yards healthy and, at least, it's a good step
toward being green.
And the wacky network group gave Florida a "C"
on public participation, stating that the DEP "does
not use citizen water monitoring data due to overly
burdensome state requirements. These requirements
exceed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data
requirements and limit the public from participating
in an import aspect of water protection."
Manatee and Sarasota counties have implemented
weekly water quality monitoring at local popular beach
locations. If the tests turn out to have excess contami-
nants, the beach is posted with warnings and media noti-
fied. The Islander runs the reports religiously, as well as
notices when the closure is lifted.
There are more than 100 turtle volunteers out
on the beach patrolling throughout the summer. You
think they' re not paying attention to what's on the
beach every morning and reporting what's happen-
ing? Lifeguards? All of the Solutions To Avoid Red
Tide members? Sarasota Bay Estuary Program mem-
bers? Sea Grant? Even Sandscript? No "public par-
ticipation?" Get real.
Cutting to the chase on the whole water qual-
ity issue is some basic data. Sarasota Bay had a 28
percent increase in seagrass bed acreage from 2006
to 2008. Tampa Bay had a 5 percent increase.
Manatee County has spent zillions of dollars to
stop any treated sewage from flowing into the bay.
So have Sarasota County and all the cities in our
What more can be done?
Oh, of course, there is the lowly scallop our
canary in the mineshaft and an excellent harbinger
of good or poor water quality.
Long gone for 25 years, scallops are back in the
bays. The Second Annual Great Scallop Hunt by
Sarasota Bay Watch spotted 131. Tampa Bay Watch
found 900 in waters to our north.
More scallops means better water quality, and
we' ve got scallops again. But, again, a reminder is
apparently needed that harvesting is prohibited in our
Rumor has it that the new kayak/canoe launch
plans featuring soft shorelines at Herb Dolan North
Park in Bradenton Beach have drawn attention of
much of the state.
Conceptually it's simply its methods: marsh grass
other than some hardened shore, removal of hard
shore to accommodate the "soft" and more natural
shore that existed for, what, 5,000 years?
Well, it existed before the city started dumping
its public works debris there.
Yeah, you get another "duh?"
Plans involving the Bradenton Beach pilot proj-
ect could and probably will be stolen, er, repeated
throughout the state and nation.
Sarasota Bay Estuary Program folks conducted
a survey years ago about how people use and view
Thoughts were that most would use the waters
for swimming or boating or fishing. Wrong.
People used and appreciated the bay as a vista,
something beautiful to look at as they drove across a
bridge or parked at a park.
The vista scenario was also a big point in the
demise of the mega-bridge to the Island years ago,
when folks said they kinda liked looking at the water
and sailboats passing through the draw. Hey, it's
Below is from the Gulf of Mexico Program.
"The Sarasota Bay Interlocal Partners and Citi-
zens will receive a first place Gulf Guardian Award
for 2009 in the Partnership Category. The 2009 Gulf
Guardians hold a special significance this year as
they will be awarded on the 10th Anniversary of the
Gulf of Mexico Program's Gulf Guardian Awards
"Seagrass recovery was a major element of the
Sarasota Bay Estuary Program's Comprehensive
Conservation and Management Plan for Sarasota
Bay, Florida. In 1995, the Sarasota Bay community
set a pollutant loading reduction goal of 48-percent
for total nitrogen. The results have been significant.
Approximately 4,040 acres of new seagrass habitat
has been created with an additional 5,158 acres con-
verted from patchy seagrasses to continuous beds in
"Recent data indicates that the seagrass levels
are presently 29 percent above the 1950 level, and
the Bay has had a 50 percent reduction in pollution,
mainly as a result of wastewater treatment plant
improvements, consolidation of WWTPs and septic
"Scallops returned to Sarasota Bay in 2008. More
than 50 percent of the wastewater from wastewater
treatment plants is currently reclaimed for alternative
use. Stormwater projects have also been implemented
regionally to reduce pollution.
"Citizens Action Plans have been developed and
implemented annually by the citizens committee sup-
porting pollution reduction.
"Fertilizer ordinances have been passed prohibit-
ing nitrogen and phosphorus application during the
summer rainy season."
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Good fishing continues in bays, off beaches, offshore
By Paul Roat
Fishing continues to be great to fantastic both
nearshore and in the Gulf of Mexico.
Backwater anglers are having to deal with snook
pretty much everywhere: just off the beaches, in the
passes and in canals in the bays.
Redfish are probably in the midst of their late-
summer schooling pattern as you read this. Shoot for
big tides for the best action.
Trout are also still coming on strong in the back-
Mangrove snapper are in both bays and around
nearshore reefs, mixed in with flounder.
Deeper Gulf waters continue to be a popular loca-
tion for grouper and snapper, plus a few kingfish.
The "news of the weird" is twofold. The Goliath
grouper that has been migrating between the Anna
Maria City Pier and the Rod & Reel Pier has appar-
ently found a home under the dock of the city pier.
At 200-plus pounds, he, or she, can probably stay
wherever he/she wants to be.
There are also tarpon being caught in the passes.
The silver king catch isn't as huge as the spring run,
but the catch is still on going.
Let's hope all the weekend rain doesn't put a
damper on the good fishing we've had for the past
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez said an inshore trip
last week produced at least one of each target species,
"but the overall action was disappointing. We nailed
a well full of beautiful bait with little effort at sunrise.
We proceeded to fish the last of a huge outgoing tide.
Our efforts were concentrated on snook and redfish and
we nailed a few. Thankfully, a spate of activity with
mangrove snapper provided some filets for the party
along with one keeper redfish in the cooler. I believe
if we had not been so intent on snook and redfish we
could have done quite well with sea trout on the open
seagrass beds, and a short trip out to a nearshore reef
might have produced more snapper, grouper, mackerel,
shark, and cobia as a trip earlier in the week had." Capt.
Zach predicts mid-September will produce changes in
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fishing patterns and catches caused in part by a drop in
water temperatures. "Between now and the first hard
cold front," he said, "there will be plentiful bait, cooler
days, hopefully benign weather and a wide range of
species to battle. The snook and reds that are kind of
scattered right now will bunch up, kingfish, Spanish
mackerel, cobia and pompano will invade local waters
making for some top-notch action." All something to
look forward to.
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said the snook action is
pretty much everywhere. Some linesiders are still off
the beaches, many have moved to the passes and more
still are starting to hide in canals in the bays. Redfish
action is good around docks or piers in the bays, and
he's seeing some huge schools of spotties in southern
Tampa Bay 300-plus in one school alone. They're
running big, too, from 33 to 41 inches. Our area appears
to have evolved a resident tarpon population, or at least
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one that is fishable, as Danny said he's seeing silver
kings in the passes. "They're not schooling, but they're
exploding on different bait," he said. Nearshore reefs
in the Gulf are still producing mangrove snapper and
"doormat-size" flounder. Gag and red grouper are still
a good catch farther out in the Gulf, plus a few early
At the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria, Bob
Kilb reports snapper, redfish and snook were the best
action anglers produced last week.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing
Charters said big tides really helped fishing. He
put his charters onto lots of speckled trout, but he's
finding redfish to be scattered. Expect snook to keep
migrating from beaches to passes to around the man-
groves in the bay, with high tides a high time to go
after linesiders. He's also finding lots of bait near Key
Royale waters, around the Sunshine Skyway Bridge
and off the beaches on easterly winds.
At the Anna Maria City Pier, Jesus Rosario said
he's seeing and catching tarpon. Fishers are reeling
20-plus snook on any given day, running 15 to 33
inches in size. There are also big mackerel being
caught, flounder to 19 inches, and his new "resident,"
a Goliath grouper, is still hunkered down under the
dock. Mangrove snapper are also still a good bet, but
cobia haven't made an appearance yet. Give them
a few more days, Jesus suggested.
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and may be
submitted to Paul Roat by e-mail at paul@islander.
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Islanders part of Atlanta Cup championship team
By Kevin Cassidy
Island residents Ally Titsworth, Erin Mulrine and
Martine Miller are starters on the Braden River Rage
girls soccer team that captured the Atlanta Cup over
Labor Day weekend.
The Rage opened the tournament on Sept. 4
against Cobb Co., which was ranked 16th in their
state. The Rage dominated play in what turned out to
be a 1-1 tie, registering 19 shots while only allowing
four shots from their opponents. Defenders Jordan
Ponto, Mary Isiminger, Krissy Eriksen and Nicole
Dixon were outstanding in front of Rage goalie Cath-
The Rage bounced back in its second game with
a 4-1 victory over Norcross, Ga., which came into
the tournament ranked 38th in their state. Kaitlyn
Wolfe led for the Rage with two goals, while Miller
and Cori Nolan each notched single goals. Mulrine
assisted on three goals in the much-needed victory.
With a 1-0-1 record, the Rage needed a big vic-
tory in its last pool-play game to sort out tiebreakers
in order to determine who would advance to the final
four. The Rage got that and more, overwhelming the
Newman Lady Cannons 7-0 behind four assists by
Mulrine. Miller, Meredith Argeros, Titsworth and
Wolfe all notched goals in the victory.
The semifinal game was an extremely physi-
cal affair against Macon Co. that saw the Rage fall
behind 1-0. The Rage quickly shook that off by tying
the score one minute later when Miller knocked in a
rebound goal to make it 1-1, which held until half-
Miller gave the Rage the lead in the second half
when she headed in a cross between three defenders
for a 2-1 lead.
With the Rage having played two games back-
to-back, their uc.l-.' level was dropping, so they
battened down the hatches and played defensively
the last 10 minutes, but managed to hold on for an
exciting 2-1 victory and advance to the championship
The championship game pitted the Rage against
ASA Extreme Blue, ranked 13th in their state. This
game was an extremely physical contest that was
played between the 18-yard lines with only nine shots
on goal combined between the two teams in a game
that ended 0-0. After two five-minute overtimes and
still no score, the game went to a penalty-kick shoo-
The Rage then found themselves down 0-2 in the
shootout with only two players left to shoot. A miss
or another goal by ASA Extreme and the tournament
But Titsworth stepped up for her pressure-packed
kick and calmly blasted it into the left corner to keep
the Rage alive.
Goalie Kasper was now on the spot, but she made
the save to keep the dream alive.
Miller followed and buried her penalty kick to tie
the score at 2-2 with one more ASA Extreme penalty
with a nice
Sept. 5 in
Atlanta Cup Champions: Braden River Rage
Meredith Argeros, Brielle Campbell, Cat Byrne, Nicole Dixon, Kristin Eriksen, Ashley Falkner, Kristin Fer-
reri, Mary Isiminger, Catherine Kasper, Martine Miller, Kelsey Moshier, Erin Mulrine, Cori Nolan, Jordan
Ostermann, Jordan Ponto, Melissa Smith, Emily Teffenhart, Ally Titsworth and Kaitlyn Wolfe, coach Rick
Ponto and assistant coach Mark Wolfe. Islander Photos: Courtesy Judy Titsworth.
Kasper amazingly deflected the penalty kick over
the goal to send the shootout into sudden death.
The Rage kicked first, but the ASA goalie made
the save to once again put the pressure on Kasper, but
again she made the save to keep the Rage alive.
Argeros then stepped up and blasted a rocket off
the keeper's fingers and into the lower right corner
to finally give the Rage a lead.
Facing another pressure-packed penalty shot,
Kasper initially guessed w Il n,'. but somehow recov-
ered to get a piece of the shot and deflect it off the
post for the save and the championship.
The Rage finished its championship in the high-
caliber tournament with 15 goals for and only three
against in tournament.
Other members of the team include Brielle Camp-
bell, Cat Byrne, Kristin Eriksen, Ashley Faulkner,
Kristin Ferreri, Kelsey Moshier, Cori Nolan, Jordan
Ostermann, Melissa Smith and Emily Teffenhart.
Horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall
pits got rained out on Sept. 12, but the Sept. 9 games
saw Steve Grossman and Sam Samuels emerge from
pool play with the only 3-0 record and they were the
day's outright champs.
There was, however, a good battle for second
place between Bob Heiger and Jay Disbrow, who
took on Steve Doyle and Carl Pearman. Doyle and
Pearman jumped out to what seemed like an insur-
mountable 20-12 lead, but a six-pack, double ringer
by Disbrow sparked a rally. Heiger finished off the
rally with a ringer to give them a come-from-behind
21-20 victory to claim second place.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warm
ups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team
selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is
Key Royale golf news
The men of the Key Royale Club played an
18-hole, better-ball-of-partners game on Sept. 9. The
team of Don Ledford and Bob Jorgensen carded an
impressive 9-under-par 55 to tie for first place with
Carl Voyles and Vince Mercadante. Five shots back
in second place was the team of Bob Dickinson and
John Sagert with a 4-under-par 60.
Speaking of Golf
There's still time to register for the first-annual
Anna Maria Island Community Center golf tourna-
ment, which is being held at the IMG Academies Golf
& Country Club on Friday, Oct. 9.
The tournament, which benefits the Center and
includes dinner, golf, driving range, beer and soft
drinks. Also on tap are tons of raffle prizes, a longest-
drive contest and closest-to-the-pin contests.
The fun gets started with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun
start and dinner and awards following play at 5:30
p.m. For those folks who don't golf, but want to sup-
port the cause, you can attend the banquet for $45.
For more information, contact Sandee Pruett at
the Center at 778-1908, ext. 9204.
Anna Maria Island Community Center
Soccer League Spirit Week schedule
Sept. 18 6p.m. IRE vs. A&E F1
Sept. 18 6 p.m. Sparks vs. Panoramic F2
Sept. 18 6:30 p.m. Coastal Ortho. vs. Panoramic F1
Sept. 18 6:30 p.m. Surf Shop vs. Sand Bar F2
Sept. 18 7 p.m. Pest Control vs. Bistro F1
Sept. 18 7:30 p.m. LaPensee vs. WCAC F1
Sept. 19 10 a.m. Pest Control vs. Jessie's F1
Sept. 19 10 a.m. Harcon vs. Wash Const. F2
Sept. 19 10:30 a.m. LaPensee vs. Jessie's F1
Sept. 19 10:30 a.m. Was Const. vs. Norman F2
Sept. 19 11 a.m. Bistro vs. WCAC F1
Sept. 19 11 a.m. Harcon vs. Norman Realty F2
Sept. 19 Noon Dental Spa vs. Oyster Bar F1
Sept. 19 Noon Panoramic vs. Surf Shop F2
Sept. 19 12:30 p.m. Oyster Bar vs. IRE F1
Sept. 19 12:30 p.m. Sparks vs. Sand Bar F2
Sept. 19 1 p.m. Panoramic vs. Dental Spa F1
Sept. 19 1 p.m. Mr. Bones vs. Autoway F2
Sept. 19 1:30 p.m. A&E vs. Coastal Ortho. F1
Sept. 19 1:30 p.m. Ross Built vs. Autoway F2
Sept. 20 2 p.m. Wash Const. vs. Ross Built F2
Sept. 20 2:30 p.m. Wash Const. vs. Mr. Bones F2
Field 1 indicates small field, Field 2 is big field
By Rick Catlin
AMI Fitness at 5364 Gulf Drive in
Holmes Beach has added fitness spe-
cialist Reggie Walden to its staff.
Walden has a "strong background
in group fitness training and has been a
leader in developing his own courses,
which have had tremendous success,"
said AMI Fitness owner Kip Lalosh.
Reggie will be offering the Reg-
gicise Body Shaping course as a boot-
camp course that emphasizes cardio-
vascular training, strength, agility and
endurance. The course will be held
three days per week for eight weeks at
AMI Fitness, Lalosh said.
The course is open to anyone look-
ing to improve his or her health and
become physically fit.
For more information, call AMI
Fitness at 941-778-5446.
Cortez Pump and Sprinkler
Supply at 8700 Cortez Road will hold
Maxijet Counter Day from 11:30 a.m.
to 1 p.m., Sept. 24, to provide advice
on water conservation and keeping
Owner Tom Rhodes said repre-
sentatives of Maxijet will demonstrate
new products for the conservation of
water for irrigation systems and answer
questions about lawn sprinkling sys-
teams and maintenance.
Counter Day is free to the public,
and lunch will be served.
For more information, call 941-
792-9304 or send an e-mail to cortez-
Got a new business going up in
Anna Maria Island, Cortez, Palma
Sola, west Bradenton or Longboat
Key? How about a new product or
service, an anniversary, a new hire, or
an award-winning staff member? Call
Island Biz at 941-778-7978, fax your
news to 866-362-9821, or e-mail us at
The Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce will hold a luncheon at
11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Free-
dom Village, 6406 21st Ave. W., Bra-
Other October events include:
7:45 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14,
a breakfast at The Gathering Place,
Inc., 101 Seventh St. N., Bradenton
5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28, a
business-card exchange at Anna Maria
Beach Cottages, 112 Oak Ave., Anna
3:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30, the
Halloween Trail of Treats celebration
at the chamber office, 5313 Gulf Drive
N., Holmes Beach, and at participating
Also, at 5 p.m., Oct. 30, The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach, hosts a Canine Costume Con-
test and Roundup at its Canine Corral
with for Trail participants encouraged
to observe the "roundup."
For more information about events,
call the chamber at 941-778-1541.
THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 16, 2009 0 23
Lifelong Learning expands offerings
The Lifelong Learning Acad-
emy at University of South Florida is
expanding its offerings on Anna Maria
The academy's mission is to
"enrich the lives of mature adults in
Sarasota and Manatee counties by pro-
viding affordable, outstanding educa-
tional programs covering a broad spec-
trum of topics."
Most of the academy programs
take place at the USF Sarasota-Manatee
campus, but the academy sponsors a series
of programs on Anna Maria Island.
The Island satellite events proved
so popular, the academy has grown the
program with each semester.
This fall, the academy is offering
three courses on the Island, as well as a
lecture series and discussion groups.
The academy courses, which cost
$65 per session per person, include:
Institute for the Scientifically
Timid, Mondays at 11:30 a.m. from
Oct. 5 to Nov. 16 at the Studio at Gulf
and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna
Course leader Jeff Rodgers, using
readings from "A Short History of
Nearly Everything," will explore
advances in science, including cosmol-
ogy, astronomy, astrobiology, quantum
physics, Earth systems, genomics and
Spiritual Psychology at 1:30 p.m.
Monday from Oct. 5 to Nov. 30 at the
Course leader Peter Mermin will
explore with students consciousness
and the connections of body, mind and
Sing, Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. from
Oct. 6 to Dec. 1 at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Drive, Anna Maria.
Course leader Mackenzie Albert
will work with students on vocal tech-
nique and musical style.
The academy lecture series will
take place at the Studio at Gulf and
Pine. Admission is free, but registra-
tion is required due to limited seat-
The schedule includes:
Oct. 4, 11 a.m., "CanYou Be Sure
About What You Have Experienced?"
by psychologist Charles McMullen.
Oct. 28, 11 a.m., "Neurobiology
of Spirituality" by Dr. Alan Grindal.
Nov. 18, 11 a.m., "The Art of
Cello" by Dr. Jack S. Winberg.
The academy Einstein's Circle
groups on the Island will meet at 11
a.m. at the Studio. Participation is free,
but registration is limited to 20 people
in each group.
The schedule includes:
Oct. 7, discussion on marriage
and government role.
Oct. 21, discussion the rising
powers of China and India and how
the United States must adapt.
Nov. 4, discussion on drugs and
whether some illicit substances should
Nov. 11, discussion on terrorism
and the most effective methods to stop
Dec. 2, discussion on the role
of lawyers in the United States and
whether there are too many.
For more information, call the
academy at 941-359-4296.
Registration can be completed
online at www.thelifelonglearninga-
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TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red Cross
certified in babysitting. Loves children. Call Katie, 941 -
778-1491 or 941-447-4057.
TRISH AND KIM babysitting service, house cleaning
and pet sitting. Certified. Experienced. Call 941-538-
8922 or 941-538-2081.
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day, mow lawns after 5 p.m. weekdays, after 11 a.m.
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,
RESTAURANT: ISLAND BREAKFAST/lunch eatery.
Profitable, charming, easy to run. Confidentiality
agreement required. $95,000. Longview Realty, 941-
WILL TRADE SUCCESSFUL mail order business for
home in Bradenton, Anna Maria Island area. ron@cot-
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat rates.
Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your com-
puter misbehaving? Certified computer service and
private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free advice. 941-
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away mildew,
dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable. Free esti-
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.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solv-
ing for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, Westcoast
Nuisance Wildlife Service, 941-778-3455, or cell 941-
SUMMER HANDYMAN SPECIAL: College student
looking for any odd jobs. Zach's back on Anna Maria
BE PREPARED THIS hurricane season! Document
your home and valuables on video. Helps with insur-
ance! 941-538-8002. www.silvervideollc.com.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience. On-
site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance and train-
ing. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
TOTAL DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs, replace-
ments, sales, parts, storm catcher hurricane covers,
Simonton windows, Plastpro doors, ODL inserts.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional,
friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-778-7770.
FREE TESTING: Children ages 5-17. Reading, math,
writing, FCAT, Spanish, speech, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia.
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura: Good references, happy
CHILDCARE IN YOUR home part or full-time. 29-year-
old with 12 years experience. 941-920-0294.
COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need wire-
less, network setup? Web site? Need help? Call JC,
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 34 years of
happy customers. Mom-Watch, Pet-Watch, Storm-Check,
windows, etc. Rentals our specialty. 941-792-1000.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigera-
tion. Commercial and residential service, repair and/
or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the
Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and per-
sonalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional creates
a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.jackelka.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage in
the comfort of your home. Call today for an appoint-
ment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
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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. 941-778-8323, 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
complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-778-2581.
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.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns,
native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanup.
Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
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PALMA SOLA 3BR/2BA, pool, large lot, short block to bay.
Well maintained. $199,000.
RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT, 2BR/2BA condo, downstairs
end unit. Clubhouse, pool, tennis. $129,000.
GULFFRONT 1 & 2 BR, Available now. Weekly, monthly.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Annual or seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock,
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, vacations, weddings, reunions, seasonal.
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
LANDSCAPE BOULDERS CHEAP! Various sizes,
$5-$95. Delivery and placement available. Summer
special, 25 percent off select boulders, limited quantity.
Also, we are a complete tree service offering trimming,
removals and stump grinding. Brad Frederick's LLC,
northwest Bradenton. 941-730-0001.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your land-
scape needs. Shell $45/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
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/yard. Hauling all
kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call
Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell phone" 941-720-0770.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/
exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island refer-
ences. Bill, 941-795-5100.
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BRADENTON BEACH CLUB
condo with den. Built
in 2005, this like-new
condo has peeks of the
Gulf and a great rental
parking, deeded beach
Turnkey furnished. A supreme value in today's market.
This property will not last long. $389,000.
Call Jesse Brisson
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied
and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable,
many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.
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.
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl V.
Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks, remodel,
repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price! 941-795-1947.
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.
REMODEL, ADDITIONS, NEW construction: Free
estimates. Quality work. Fowler Group Inc., certified
general contractor. 941-650-3649
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have your home office in
the Florida room. Dock
with a slip for your boat,
2BR/1BA, end unit with
lots of open area. Boat
ramp, tennis courts.
Enjoy a carefree lifestyle
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245 rI~EI N nt BAY! Lxceptlonally great views or
Anna Maria Sound, Palma Sola Bay & Sarasota Bay. Totally
renovated with culinary kitchen, 4BR/3BA heated pool, boat
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RON AMES: ISLAND handyman for 40 years. Small
jobs. 941-932-7165 or 941-761-9028.
GABBARD MASONRY INC.: Custom stone and brick.
Fireplaces, pools, Jacuzzis, fire pits, grills, landscape,
patios. Paver brick, stone, glass block. Licensed and
insured, free estimates. 941-792-5206.
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.
SANDPIPER 55-PLUS: Available Sept. 1. 2BR/1 BA,
furnished, bay water-view, walk to beaches, carport,
No smoking/pets. $675/month. 941-545-8923.
TROPICAL WATERFRONT: KEY Royale. 2BR/2BA
pool, spa, two boat lifts, designer interior, six month
to annual rental, $2,500/month. Available Oct. 1. 941-
MARTINIQUE BEACHFRONT CONDO: Fully furnished
2BR/2BA. Lanai, garage, tennis, heated pool, laundry, ocean
view. Jan. 1 through April 15, 2010.423-884-2598.
HOLMES BEACH DUPLEX: Ground level, furnished or
unfurnished. Steps to beach. One 2BR/1BA and one
2BR/2BA Call Kathy Morgan 941-778-7115.
3BR/2BA SEASONAL: Heart of Anna Maria. Weekly,
monthly, steps to beach, coffee shop, theater, shops,
ANNUAL: CUTE, FURNISHED 1 BR/1 BA duplex. Lake-
front with dock. Walk to beach. Double garage with
washer/dryer. No smoking, pets. Holmes Beach. $875/
ANNUAL LONGBOAT KEY Village: 1 BR/1 BA unique
cottage. Totally renovated, washer and dryer. Small pet
OK. $1,000/month. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.
ANNUAL 2BR/1 BA GROUND-level duplex, porch. Anna
Maria City, Spring Avenue. $875/month includes water
and trash. 941-778-7003.
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ANNUAL 2BR/1BA. Two blocks to beach, one block
to bay. Large kitchen, tile, new carpet, no pets. $775/
month. 941-922-2473 or 941-928-3880.
LUXURY 2BR/2BA: STEPS to beach. Large TV, pool,
sauna, tennis court. $700/week. 863-688-3524, Cell,
863-608-1833. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
STUDIO OR 1 BR/1 BA apartments for rent. Unfurnished.
Close to beaches. First month plus security to move in.
No pets. Year lease. 941-792-0411, after 4 p.m.
ANNA MARIA DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA, air conditioning,
washer/dryer, steps to beach. Seasonal, monthly or
GREAT LOCATION: HARBOR Pines. Large 2BR/2BA.
Very nice, ground floor, screened porch, freshly
painted, tile floors, washer/dryer connections, water,
cable, close to MCC, Bayshore High School, shopping.
Annual $725/month. Last month free! 941-650-3476.
THE SANCTUARY: 1 BR/1 BA, washer and dryer, water
included, on lake, screened porch, carpeting, close to
MCC, shopping. Annual rental $700/month. Last month
free! Call 941-650-3476.
2BR/2BA MIRROR LAKE apartment next to IMG Acad-
emy. Pool, tennis, washer and dryer. $850/month. 941-
ANNUAL DUPLEXES: 1BR/1BA, tile floors, close to
beach, $700/month. 2BR/2BA, tile floors, $725/month
no pets. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 941-778-7500.
ROOMMATE: $575/MONTH includes utilities. Pool,
washer and dryer. Background check required. Holmes
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.
BUILD WEALTH! Call or e-mail for our free brochure. Dis-
cover how easy it is to build wealth through short sales
and foreclosures. Adkins Florida Group, Wagner Realty.
NEW CANALFRONT HOME: 4BR/4.5BA. Study, den,
lanai, pool. $1,450,000. Brokers protected. 215 Chilson,
Anna Maria. 941-567-6600.
LARGE WATERFRONT LOT for sale by owner. Boat lift
and dock. Easy access to Tampa Bay and Gulf. Ready
to build. $489,000. 527 74th St., Holmes Beach. Call
863-860-6085 or 941-779-0201.
WATERFRONT LOT: BREATHTAKING Sunshine
Skyway Bridge view. 230 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. $550,000. 941-778-0019.
TRAILERS FOR SALE or rent: Sandpiper, Paradise
Bay, Twin Shores. Call for list with pictures. Vince
Meaney Horizon Realty, 941-315-1501.
ISLAND "FIXER-UPPERS" from $289,900. These
homes need work. From $289,900. Call Vince Meaney
Horizon Realty, 941-315-1501.
WOW! CANAL HOME, $599,000. Remodeled 3BR/2BA,
two-car garage, move-in ready. Pool with hot tub, great
seawall and 16,000-lb. boat lift. For sale by owner.Won't
last. Call 863-581-6661.
215 CHILSON: NEW canalfront luxury home. Upper
bracket. Drive by, then phone owners at 989-798-4400.
SACRIFICE: DUPLEX 2BR/1.5BA and 1 BR/1 BA, mid-
Island. $270,000. 3501 Sixth Ave., Holmes Beach. Call
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under building.
$450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
6BR/4BA FORECLOSURE! $29,900! Only $238/month.
Five percent down, 30 years at 8 percent APR. Buy 4BR,
$269/month. For listings, 800-366-9783, ext. 5760.
OWNER MUST SELL: Four-plus acres, $57,300. Nice
oak trees, private access to lake. All utilities in. Ready
to build when you are! Financing available. Call now,
LOG CABIN ON five acres with dockable lakefront, only
$69,900.1,791 sf log-cabin kit on five acres with dock-
able lake frontage on 12,000-acre recreational lake.
Boat to Gulf of Mexico. All amenities completed. Excel-
lent financing. Call now, 866-952-5339, ext.1589.
NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS: Brand new! $50,000.
Mountaintop tract reduced to $19,500. Private, near Boone
area, bank financing. Owner must sell. 866-275-0442.
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