VOLUME 17, NO. 47
Center soccer off to
strong start. Page 20
the news ...
Donations slow at
Center. Page 3
Meetings: The gov-
seeks plastic bag
ban. Page 5
Op/ed: The Islander
opinion, your opin-
ions. Page 6
Island cities adopt
Island Players opens
season. Page 11
Turtle Watch volun-
Relay for Life begins
2010 cycle. Page 13
Island Biz: Awards,
networking and new
operations. Page 18
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What to do, where to
go. Page 19
that sting seem to
stick to Anna Maria
Eye on the storm
Storms sometimes spawn waterspouts over the Gulf of Mexico, and this whirling dervish
was spotted and captured Sept. 23 by an alert Nancy Ambrose from the shore near the
Manatee Public Beach. The waterspouts, fueled by the moisture from the cloud and the
waters below, do not frequently make landfall and are short-lived.
DOT plans October,
By Lisa Neff
Groundbreakings for sidewalk and road
work funded with federal stimulus dollars
will take place in October and November
on Anna Maria Island.
The Florida Department of Transporta-
tion is overseeing the stimulus projects, let-
ting contracts for the work in September.
The most dollars will be spent in Bra-
denton Beach on improvements to the Gulf
Drive scenic highway, but lots of activity
is planned for Anna Maria and Holmes
In Holmes Beach, sidewalk work will
begin in October, including along Holmes
Boulevard from 54th Street to 66th Street
at a cost of $64,379; Gulf Drive from 57th
Street to 84th Street at a cost of $11,414;
Palm Drive from 66th Street to 85th Street
at a cost of $14,724 and 85th Street from
Gulf Drive to Marina at a cost of $20,102.
In November, a crossing for golf carts
will be installed at East Bay and Gulf drives
and the intersection improved. The esti-
mated cost is $78,110.
Also in November, about .3 miles of
Gulf Drive, from Willow Avenue to Pine
Avenue in Anna Maria, will be resurfaced,
with the cost estimated at $112,229.
Pine Avenue from Gulf Drive to Bay
Boulevard .5 miles will be resurfaced.
The cost is $186,264.
Sidewalk work is scheduled to begin in
Anna Maria in November, including along
Gulf Front Park from Palm to Willow at
a cost of $30,513; along Gulf Front Park
from Magnolia Street to Oak Street at a cost
of $15,437; along Gulf Drive from Spring
Avenue to Pine Avenue at a cost of $13,107
and along North Bay Boulevard from Hibiscus
to North Shore Drive at a cost of $85,486.
Also, groundbreaking are scheduled
for October on $775,169 in improvements
to the Crescent Avenue and Bay Boulevard
The Bradenton Beach scenic highway
improvements also are scheduled to begin in
November. The DOT plan includes sidewalks,
landscaping and other improvements from
Cortez Road to Fifth Street South on the west
side of Gulf Drive/SR 789 and from Second
Street North to Fifth Street South on the east
side. The project budget is $830,169.
By Lisa Neff
Holmes Beach city commissioners agreed
Sept. 22 that they want to pursue annexation
of the area west of the Anna Maria Island
Bridge to the city boundary.
But, commissioners said, they do not want
to pursue annexation of the bridge as they press
forward with survey work needed to ask for leg-
islative approval of a boundary change.
The city is entering discussions with
Manatee County to annex the area west of the
bridge, including the county-operated King-
PLEASE SEE KINGFISH, NEXT PAGE
By Rick Catlin
While the recent boom years of double-
digit increases in Anna Maria Island property
values are over, the local real estate market
appears to be making a nice recovery from
the downturn of 2008.
The Island's tourist economy has weath-
ered the recession and some Island real estate
agents say that as tourism grows, more invest-
ment buyers are coming to the Island, looking
to purchase rental property.
That interest has seen Island property
sales increase the past year.
Jesse Brisson, a broker at Gulf-Bay Realty
who also reports weekly real estate transactions
for The Islander, said home sales for August
2009 were up 75 percent compared with August
2008. The real estate listing service for the Island
recorded 21 sales in August 2009, compared
with 12 for the same month last year.
There were more sales than that, Brisson
said, but they were not recorded for a variety
"The numbers are certainly good news,
and it's reflected in the increase in people
looking," he said.
More good news is that there are 450
Island properties on the market, half of last
year's inventory. And, there are 51 pending
sales, Brisson added.
"There are a lot of great deals out there,
particularly for canalfront and near-waterfront
PLEASE SEE ISLAND, NEXT PAGE
In concert Oct. 2
Mezzo-soprano Annika Kaschenz, right,
will perform with pianist Francesco Attesti
in an Anna Maria Island Rotary Club
benefit dinner-concert Oct. 2. For more
information, see page 19.
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Island real estate deals abound
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homes as investments."
Although September is considered the slowest
month of the year for tourism and the real estate
industry, Brisson said he's seen higher-than-normal
activity the past few weeks.
"People are coming, looking and buying. I've
been surprised. I think the serious buyers want to get
the bargains now before the season starts," he said.
"Tourism is up, and buyers know that means
rental properties will earn a return on their purchase,"
And, it's a buyer's market.
"Sellers are discounting properties already dis-
counted and that's good news for the buyers, espe-
cially cash buyers. Serious buyers with cash want to
see a flexible seller. Otherwise, they might walk away
from a great deal," he said.
Brisson said the average final price of properties
sold in August 2009 was $465,900, compared with
the August 2008 figure of $696,200.
He did note that in August 2008, a large Gulffront
home sold for more than $1.3 million. Without that sale,
the average selling price that month was about $640,000.
Brisson said he's noticed that prices have stabi-
lized in recent months and appear to be headed up,
but not at the 10-20 percent increases found between
2002 and 2006. That period was followed by a decline
in area real estate values, pushed downward by an
ailing national economy.
"The bottom has been reached and sales prices are
gradually inching upward. It's good, steady growth,"
Kingfish yes, bridge no
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
fish Boat Ramp.
The area lies in unincorporated Manatee County,
but for years Holmes Beach thought the land was
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Photo: Lisa Neff
within city limits and policed the area.
City officials have said they'd like to bring the
area back into Holmes Beach, primarily because of
the proximity of Holmes Beach Police Department
On Sept. 15, county commissioners approved a
resolution to discuss annexation with the city, but
included a suggestion that the city consider expand-
ing its interests to include the bridge.
Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube presented
the idea to county commissioners, pointing out that
even if the city annexed the boat ramp area, multi-
jurisdictions would continue to be involved in polic-
Bradenton police officers have jurisdiction on
much of Perico Island and up to the east end of the
bridge on Manatee Avenue/State Road 64. Florida
Highway Patrol has jurisdiction on the bridge.
During a city commission last week, city attorney
Patricia Petruff asked how to proceed.
Survey work and a legal description for the area
Holmes Beach seeks to annex is needed this week,
Commissioners reached a consensus that the
legal description should cover the area west of the
bridge to the city line, but not the bridge.
"That's what we need to do," said Commission
Chair Sandy Haas-Martens.
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THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 30, 2009 0 3
As donations slow, Center shakes up
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Island Community Center executive
director Pierrette Kelly said last week she is now
devoting the vast majority of her time to grant writing
Kelly told the Center's board of directors at a
Sept. 21 meeting that because of the financial posi-
tion of the Center she will "focus on getting grants
and endowments" to supplement revenues.
By Lisa Neff
The owners of a Sunrise Lane lot recently with-
drew an application for a variance request due to
opposition from neighbors.
The withdrawal of the application for the project
at 5311 Sunrise Lane in Holmes Beach prompted the
cancellation of a city board of adjustment meeting
scheduled for Sept. 24.
"Please accept this letter as our client's request to
withdraw the ... variance application," stated a letter
from attorney Scott Rudacille to the city. "Our client
does not want to proceed with a request that does not
have the support of the neighboring property owners.
The property owner will continue under the code with
the original project."
The property owner, FLM of Brandon, has a
35,279 square foot parcel on Sunrise Lane. The prop-
erty is zoned Residential-1 and the owner, under city
code, could build multiple single-family structures on
the parcel because the total density of the site does
not exceed 5.8 units per acre, and the structures meet
R-1 zoning requirements for spacing, setbacks and
In other words, current code allows FLM to build
up to four single-family units on the parcel and sell
the units separately upon the recordation of a condo-
minium plat. The owner, however, has plans to build
only two units.
FLM was seeking a variance to construct two sin-
gle-family homes on two lots. The pulled application
stated, "When this plan was brought forward, neigh-
boring property owners on Sunrise Lane expressed a
preference to have the property divided into two fee
simple lots rather than building two units on a single
parcel and recording a condominium plat."
The owners needed a variance to split the prop-
erty into two 70-foot lots, because city code requires
75 feet of frontage per lot and the parcel has only 140
feet of street frontage.
The application indicated that neighbors sup-
ported the variance and the decision to build two
single-family homes on two lots rather than four con-
dominiums, but Rudacille's letter to the city indicated
Last week, the attorney said that FLM had pur-
sued the variance at the suggestion of one neighbor
but then learned other neighbors did not support the
Instead, Rudacille, said, FLM plans to build two
single-family units on one parcel, which will be sold
"The only difference," he said, "is the form of
The city commission took up a discussion on the
broader issue of the applicable code Sept. 22.
"There is kind of a loophole in the ordinance
where you are allowed to condo-ize houses," said
Commissioner David Zaccagnino. "Possibly we
should look into that."
At the same time, assistant executive director
Scott Dell is "stepping up into the role of chief oper-
ating officer" and will be reporting on programs and
other activities to the board, she said.
Kelly stopped short of saying the Center is in
difficult financial shape, but said
revenues and finances are "crit-
ical to be able to build a solid
Without revenue, Kelly said
the Center won't be able to pres-
ent the programs and activities it
needs to serve the community.
Kelly "Revenue has to come first
to provide the activities and pro-
grams," she said.
Kelly also will head up the development com-
mittee, which is compiling a list of past donors and
creating a list of new donors. She asked board mem-
bers to supply her with a list of potential donors, in
addition to names of community members who might
volunteer at the Center or join the board or a commit-
Board members discussed how to take a more
active role in making people aware of the Center.
Chairman Tom Breiter suggested that the Center
host the local real estate agents to discuss Center ben-
efits and get the agents to drive by the Center with
clients to "impress new people" to the Island.
Board member Don Schroder, a real estate agent,
said most agents already do that, but he'd be happy to
arrange a meeting at the Center. In addition, Schroder
will give Kelly a list each month of names of people
who have bought property on the Island.
"There's a lot of untapped potential with new-
comers," Kelly said.
She's also getting the word out about the Center's
ability to function as a conference site and wedding
Kelly has talked with the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce about becoming a partner
in the February Island Wedding Festival and other
means to let businesses know the Center can host
Dell said the Center will do a number of small,
fundraising events in October, including a Halloween
costume party and mystery theater performance.
And a golf tournament is being held Oct. 9 at
IMG Academies Golf and Country Club to raise
But even as the Center expands fundraising activ-
ities, it's cutting expenses, Dell said.
The Center is operating with a "bare-bones skel-
eton crew and we need everyone to pitch in. We also
need more volunteers," Dell said.
The Center no longer has a maintenance supervi-
sor, just an hourly worker. There are only four other
full-time hourly wage earners, he said, and five
full-time staff members on salary and five part-time
employees, he said.
But programs have not been harmed by the budget
cuts or the decline in donations, Dell indicated.
"Our motto is still that 'no child gets turned
away,'" he said.
During the summer months, the Center had 212
young people for activities, but 57 percent of those
were on scholarship. That cost the Center $27,000.
There is still a need for many volunteers, Dell
said, particularly with the teenage group.
Many of the teens are considered to have "at-risk
behavior," Dell said.
This past summer, he said he observed more inci-
dents of inappropriate behavior than any previous
The image of teenagers on the Island is that of
"surfers and druggies," he said, and drug use and
teenage sexual activity are major problems.
"We are dealing with them very well," Dell told
the board, "but it's still a problem."
Dell also said the Manatee County Tourist Devel-
opment Council is interested in partnering with the
Center, but the Center needs an updated Web site
before the TDC can get involved.
That would cost the Center about $10,000, he
said, but would allow links to the TDC and chamber
of commerce, and provide updated information on the
Center to those interested in scheduling a conference
or planning a wedding reception.
Still, that's $10,000 that the Center doesn't have
What it does have is a monthly mortgage in a
The arrival of winter visitors and residents will
increase membership and revenues, Kelly said, but
the Center still needs more donors, grants and endow-
ment funds as revenue sources.
"The financial picture is OK, but we have to do
better," she concluded.
Anyone interested in donating to the Center, join-
ing the board or a committee, or becoming a volun-
teer at the Center can call 941-778-1908.
Anna Maria City
Oct. 1, 1 p.m., citizen recognition committee
Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board
Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m., EEEC meeting.
Oct. 8, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Oct. 13, 5:30 p.m., forum on federal stimulus
Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board
Oct. 22, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Oct. 26, 5 p.m., code enforcement organiza-
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
Sept. 29, 1 p.m., city commission work meet-
Oct. 1, 1 p.m., city pier team meeting.
Oct. 1, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Oct. 15, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Sept. 30, 3 p.m., floodplain management plan
Oct. 7, 5 p.m., parks and beautification meet-
Oct. 13, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Oct. 15, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
Oct. 22, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Oct. 23, 1:30 p.m., police retirement board
Oct. 27, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Oct. 15, 6 p.m., district commission meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
Oct. 5, 1 p.m., Communities for a Lifetime
Task Force meeting, Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Oct. 5 is the deadline to register to vote in the
Nov. 3 Island elections, www.votemanatee.org.
Oct. 12, Columbus Day.
Oct. 19, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation
Planning Organization meeting, Holmes Beach City
Oct. 21, 1 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Offi-
cials meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Nov. 3, municipal elections in Anna Maria,
Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach.
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.
4 0 SEPT. 30, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Anna Maria to prepare position on offshore drilling
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford told city com-
missioners at their Sept. 24 meeting that the Florida
Legislature will soon consider allowing offshore
drilling and wants input from Florida cities.
As a member of the ManaSota League of Cities,
Barford is charged with presenting city positions to
the MLC, and meeting with area legislators to share
the MLC position with municipal members.
Barford asked each commissioner to study an
information packet on the proposed legislation and
be prepared to offer comments and an opinion at a
future commission meeting.
"We have to establish and present our priorities,"
City pier money
Barford also told commissioners that funds to
improve the Anna Maria City Pier could be forth-
coming from Manatee County if county commission-
ers elect not to rebuild the Manatee Pier at Manatee
She said engineers are currently compiling a
structural report on the city pier and that would be
forwarded to the county commission as soon as it's
presented to the city.
While the county would have the final approval
to use its funds for city pier improvements, Barford
noted that the city pier "is the No. 1 attraction for
visitors to the area and is in need of improvement.
The mayor recognized city clerk Alice Baird
and public staff member Gary Thorpe for their just-
completed nine years of service to the city. Both were
hired the same week in 2000.
Commissioners authorized the mayor to sign a
$299,000 contract with Woodruff and Sons for Phase
2 of the master stormwater drainage plan.
The amount is $97,800 less than what Woodruff
bid, and city engineer Tom Wilcox explained that the
city will use that difference to make direct purchases
of much of the equipment and supplies that will be
used by Woodruff.
"The city will save about $16,500 by direct pur-
chase," he predicted.
Construction should begin around Nov. 1,
although surveyors will be in the city during October,
Resident Jim Conoly asked that there be substan-
tial oversight of the project, considering some of the
flaws in Phase 1 and pre-Phase 1 construction.
Wilcox said the city control group for the project,
composed of himself, city treasurer Diane Percycoe,
public works director George McKay and the mayor,
will meet regularly to oversee the project.
The commission also approved a one-year exten-
sion of its contract with the engineering firm of HDR
of Sarasota. Wilcox is an engineer with HDR.
However, Barford said she will send a letter to
area engineering firms during the coming year to
determine if there is any interest on their part in bid-
ding for the city's engineering needs.
An amendment allowing boat slips unaccompa-
nied by a single-family residence to hookup to water
and electricity services passed unanimously.
The ordinance affected several boat docks
near the Anna Maria Island Community Center
that were platted more than 50 years ago, before
the city passed an ordinance requiring a house to
accompany a boat dock.
In the same ordinance, commissioners moved the
distance of mooring pilings for a dock from no more
than 20 feet from the seawall to 35 feet, but kept the
requirement that the pilings must still be 20 feet from
the water's centerline.
Commissioners agreed with architect Laura Gee,
who represented two clients on Pine Avenue, that get-
ting boats out of the water better serves the environ-
ment than having them remain in the water to leak
fuel, waste, garbage and sewage.
Building official Bob Welch presented several
amendments to the flood protection ordinance that
bring the city into compliance with Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency regulations.
The amendments establish definitions, codify the
policy on outside toilet facilities, require a demolition
plan be submitted to the city when part of a structure
is being torn down, and require that demolition be a
maximum of 50 percent of the structure.
The revisions passed unanimously.
Concerned that tk1 hn ol1 .' v has passed the city's
2003 ordinance establishing procedures for compa-
nies to construct wireless communications facilities
(cell towers) in the city, commissioners agreed to
have city attorney Jim Dye spend five hours updat-
ing the ordinance.
Commissioner Chuck Webb, an attorney who was
on the city commission when the 2003 ordinance was
adopted, argued successfully that the word "should"
in the ordinance be changed to "shall."
"This makes something mandatory," he said,
while "shall" is not a requirement.
By Lisa Neff
The Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust rec-
ognized the value of the Historic Bridge Street Pier
Sept. 22 with a commemorative certificate.
Sissy Quinn, president of AMIPT, presented an
engraved plaque to city officials earlier this year. Last
week, she presented Mayor Michael Pierce, Com-
missioner Bob Bartelt, ScenicWAVES member Pat
Gentry and Police Chief Sam Speciale with a certifi-
"The pier is a historic structure and site, and it's
now looking pretty good," Pierce said.
The trust was formed about six months ago to
identify and honor older properties on Anna Maria
Island, as well as lead efforts to preserve historic
To date, AMIPT has placed 75 properties on
the Florida Master Site File, including 33 in Bra-
denton Beach, 40 in Anna Maria and two in Holmes
AMIPT also has issued or sold 13 plaques in
Anna Maria, seven plaques in Bradenton Beach and
two plaques in Holmes Beach.
Pierce said last week that he also wanted to place
a plaque on the Annie Silver Community Center, 103
23rd St., Bradenton Beach.
In addition to honoring Bradenton Beach for
preserving the pier the former Cortez Bridge,
which linked the Island to the mainland Quinn
announced that her organization recently incorpo-
rated and secured nonprofit status from the Internal
"This new status will enable the trust to continue
A cell tower company could apply to the city to
construct a facility and ignore all the "should" por-
tions of the ordinance and master wireless services
plan, Webb said.
Dye agreed, noting that wireless expert Ted
Kreines, who wrote the city's master plan for wire-
less communications, has the ordinance favoring con-
struction of smaller cell tower systems, such as the
direct antenna system (DAS), rather than the large
towers such as in Holmes Beach. The small antenna
system is what the city wants, he indicated.
Dye reminded the commission that in the six years
since the ordinance and master plan were adopted, no
company has made a formal application.
Several companies have made presentations to
the Coalition of Barrier Island Elected Officials, but
none have followed through with an application.
The most recent presentation was in July by a
company advocating the DAS service.
Commissioners moved the November regu-
lar meeting to Nov. 19 to avoid a conflict with
Thanksgiving, and the December meeting to Dec.
17 to remove any problems with the Christmas Eve
The city's Christmas party for volunteer workers
and helpers in the city will be Dec. 16.
presents pier plaque
its work in documenting the homes that are 50 years
or older on Anna Maria Island by placing them on the
Florida Master Site File in Tallahassee," said Quinn,
who is working with several people on the Island to
identify older properties.
The nonprofit designation also will help the trust
in its effort to raise money to preserve the Angler's
Lodge, 117 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria.
"Grants, endowments and all donations are
deductible ... and will be pursued vigorously by the
trust to save and preserve the cottages and bungalows
that make our island so unique to those who live on
and visit this special piece of Florida," Quinn said.
A photograph of the Cortez Bridge, which became
the site of the Bridge Street Pier when the draw-
bridge was built on Cortez Road in the 1950s.
Islander Photo: Courtesy A4MIPT
Sissy Quinn of the
Anna Maria Island
Sept. 22 presents a
certificate to Bra-
denton Beach Mayor
Bartelt and Scenic-
WAVES member Pat
Gentry recognizing the
Historic Bridge Street
Pier. Islander Photo:
THE ISLANDER 0 SEPT. 30, 2009 0 5
Environmental group seeks plastic bag ban
By Lisa Neff
A local environmental group is
advocating that Manatee and Sarasota
counties ban plastic grocery bags from
ManaSota-88 called for the counties
to ban the bags from landfills by Feb. 10,
The date is significant because that's
also the date the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection is scheduled
to submit a review of the costs, positives
and negatives associated with banning
plastic bags. |
In its call for a landfill ban, Mana-
Sota-88 cited local, national and interna-
tional concerns. j
At the international level, the United |
Nations environmental chief has urged a
ban on plastic bags. I
"Single-use plastic bags, which
choke marine life, should be banned or j
phased out rapidly everywhere. There
is simply zero justification for manu-
facturing them anymore, anywhere," l*
said Achim Steiner, executive director
of the UN Environment Program, which
advises member states on environmental
Steiner made his statement with the rele
UN report identifying plastic as the "most p
component of marine debris" and a hazard"
it persists so long in the ocean, degrading ir
and tinier bits that can be consumed by the
marine life at the base of the food web."
About .6 percent of plastic bags in th(
States are recycled, meaning about 100 bill
are thrown away as litter or to be land
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of the top marine debris. Islander Image: Ocean Conservancy
burned, according to the Worldwatch Institute, an
ease of a environmental think tank.
prevalent In the landfill, the bags take about 1,000 years to
'because break down.
ito tinier Outside the landfill, according to ManaSota-88,
smallest the bags make up about 80 percent of the litter on
roads, parks and beaches and 90 percent of the litter
e United in the ocean.
ion bags Statistics suggest that plastic bags will be one of
filled or the top items picked up in the annual Coastal Cleanup
scheduled to take place on Anna Maria Island
and elsewhere Oct. 3.
In the 2008 Coastal Cleanup, plastic bags
made up 12 percent of the litter collected
worldwide, with volunteers picking up more
than 1.3 million bags.
The county commissions have not taken
12% positions on ManaSota-88's call.
Locally, at least one government employee
8 has endorsed ManaSota-88's effort.
6% "I'm all for it," said Lisa Marie Phillips, the
project/program manager for Bradenton Beach,
1% where city officials and community volunteers
- have waged a campaign to decrease the use of
5% plastic bags.
SThe city, working with citizen volunteers,
sponsored an initiative to distribute cloth bags,
4% as well as posted signs discouraging people
from bringing plastic bags to the waterfront.
4% "This is something this city has been work-
ing on since 2004," Phillips said.
4% And she praised work to reduce or eliminate
the use of bags in other locales.
San Francisco, for example, has banned plas-
100% tic bags, and Los Angeles will institute a ban in
-- 2010 while Washington, D.C., plans to collect
list a bag tax.
Elsewhere, Ireland, Italy and Belgium placed
a surcharge on plastic bags, China, which insti-
tuted a limit on producing ultra-thin bags in
2008, has saved China 1.6 million tons of petroleum,
according to Worldwatch.
"There is a way to live without them," Phillips
said. "It's about going back to the way we used to
live baskets, carts, boxes.i"
Phillips said an annual summit involving local envi-
ronmental organizations and agencies will take place
Oct. 27 at the Palma Sola Botanical Gardens in Bra-
denton, and she plans to discuss ManaSota-88's call.
" Vote for
Anna Maria is special
H ere many of the residents still walk to
the Post Office to pick up their mail.
Kids ride their bikes inthe streets. Cathy, my
wife, and I can work in our front yard in the
evening, and count on one hand the number
of cars that pass. Neighbors walk by, some
out enjoying the evening air, some walking
their dogs. Several stop and chat.
Some days I walk to the Rod & Reel to
get the fishing report. Or fish there. I always
talk to Bob or Tom, two of the guys who sell
bait. Or Dave the manager. Bob had heart
surgery a few years back. Says he feels much
better now. Tom always tries to remember
Molly's name. Molly's our daughter.
If I really need to unwind, I hitch up my
little trailer and bike, load my fishing gear,
and head to Bean Point. Odds are I'll run
into Bill and Judy, or Steve and Joanne,
or Red if he's in town. Or Kenny. If it's a
weekend, I'll probably see Charlie, unless
he's kayaking. Usually I'll call Herb first.
Michigan boy. Lives here half the year. Herb
taught me how to catch pompano back about
twelve years ago when I first came to Anna
Maria. His wife Barbara is a retired clown.
I love living in Anna Maria. Even in the
busiest months of the season, it's a pretty
quiet little town. Great water. Beautiful
beaches. Super fishing. But mostly it's the
people. We've met a boatload of really nice
people on this island.
Anna Maria is different. In a state whose
name is synonymous with overdevelopment,
Anna Maria has remained a relatively
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Harry Stoltzfus for Anna Maria
island community remains a Paradise thanks
to a long line of resident advocates and
officeholders who committed themselves
to preventing it from becoming just
another overdeveloped, condo-ridden,
commercialized, Florida barrier island
I share their commitment. To that end, I'm
as a candidate for
Anna Maria City
Most of us who
Anna Maria did
so because we fell
in love with this
We all sing our
but the refrain is
pretty much the
same. We liked the
beaches. We liked
the quiet streets.
We liked the sense J'
of community. We
liked the people.
Every now and
arrives on the
island with a plan to improve Anna Maria.
As if it needed improving.
I first set foot in Anna Maria 12 years ago.
Much has changed since then. The marina on
Pine Avenue is gone. The big grocery store
is gone. Ato's, the Polynesian restaurant we
frequented, is gone. I miss them all.
But I like what has replaced them. Ginny
and Jane E's is a vibrant neighborhood
gathering place. I can go to the Pine Avenue
grocery for essentials. Waterfront replaced
Ato's. I'm a beer snob. Waterfront has great
taps. And I always enjoy going by the three
sisters and watching the dogs run around
on the docks when we pass. Wish one of
the owners sold bait, beer, and gas.
We can't turn back the clock.
This Pine Avenue thing is a done deal as
well. Not much anybody can do about it,
really. Contain it. Keep an eye on the parking
houses or de
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brand, but if we're going to be "Where to
Get Married", so be it. We'll deal with the
traffic and parking issues as they arise.
Under "Land Use Categories" in the
Comp Plan, is the declaration: "Although
located on a barrier island, the City of
Anna Maria has been able to avoid the
development of a strong tourist attraction."
Later verbiage states this avoidance has
resulted in our being predominately a
single family community, and the stated
objective of the Comp Plan is to continue
this community character.
Until I know differently, I'm going to
assume our present group of developers
has no plans to go beyond the limits of the
Comp Plan. But I'm not willing to assume
they won't in the future. And that is why
I'd like to be your advocate on Anna Maria
It's in every resident's best interest to
make sure no one stacks the deck. We've
got to make sure we've always got at least
three strong resident advocates on the
commission, so there is no possibility of a
super majority changing the Comp. Three
commissioners at a minimum. Four would
We must preserve the residential character
of Anna Maria. I'm willing to do my part.
I need your support.
If elected to the Anna Maria City
Commission, I pledge to:
*Fulfill the public obligations of my office
with transparency and integrity.
Oppose any effort intended to diminish
the regulations now in place whose purpose
is to preserve the residential chai.i,. iL i ,t
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between the residential and the hi~,ii,,
members of Anna Maria in order i[. 'i, ,i,
a relationship in which all parties work
toward minimizing the negative impact on
surrounding residences of a vibrant business
Thanks for listening.
Harry Sh, ir.,,
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6 E SEPT. 30, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
While our questions about b, ,in, plastic bags
directed to the Holmes Beach city commission went
unanswered over time, the rest of the world was
tuning into the problem.
Plastic is taking over our landfills. But worse, it's
blemishing our environment and doing serious harm
to wildlife and marinelife.
Cigarette butts contain plastic and other chemi-
cals. Put on your bifocals and walk the beach, check
the wrackline, look closely at floating seaweed in the
bay waters, and you'll see the offending castoff of
Keep looking, because bottle tops are almost as
Plastic water, soda and sport-drink bottles?
The popularity of carrying convenient bottled
drinks on the go has carried over into everyday, all
day use and, until they come up with a container that
doesn't last 1,000 years in the environment, what can
Reuse, refill and substitute disposable contain-
ers with reusable water containers, and add purifying
systems to your water sources at home and work to
eliminate the need for what may not be so "pure"
from the over-worked market of bottled water sup-
But plastic shopping and garbage bags are taking
over the landfill here and everywhere. As they decom-
pose, tiny toxic bits seep into surrounding soils and
And, when paper or cloth would do just as nicely,
why are we continuing the practice?
McDonalds restaurants ceased serving food in
Styrofoam and plastic containers, and some plastic
cups have been discontinued, while straws what
do we substitute here? prevail.
And while straws have been eliminated at beach
concessions, they're as prominent at the local piers
and other waterfront eateries as Styrofoam food con-
But we can take heart that some establishments
have an eye to environmentally friendly containers,
including the Waterfront Restaurant in Anna Maria.
Good lead, good example. Will others follow suit?
Is it practice or price that drives the use of unde-
Only you can change it by making demands.
Join ManSota-88 in demanding that Manatee
County restrict acceptance of plastic bags at its
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The Florida Legislature bowed to "plastic" lob-
byists and prohibited local governments from ban-
ning the use of plastic bags, but you can send your
legislator a message. Lobbyists shouldn't control
our limits on greenhouse gases or our sensitivity
to the environment.
We can do without some plastics, and others
- particularly cigarette butts can be discarded
No slow going
Just say no to a 25-mph speed limit and low-
speed vehicles in Bradenton Beach.
The Island is not a gated community of only
retired people and vacationers. Manatee Avenue,
Cortez and Gulf Drive to Longboat Key are the major
arteries for people living on the Island to get to work
and back home.
Other workers use them to get to work on and
about the Island and to Longboat Key.
With the current speed limits, traffic moves about
at a reasonable pace with few backups. Dropping the
speed limit would probably cause more congestion
during peak hours.
During season, the Island cannot get traffic on and
off quickly enough to avoid backups and a reduced
speed limit would just compound this situation.
As to the LSVs, if scooters are an indication,
most of the LSVs wouldn't be driven at any speed
close to the speed limit. Most scooters aren't driven
fast enough to even meet a 25-mph speed limit.
What will be the result of the first LSV collision
with a car/delivery truck?
Bradenton Beach talks about an LSV to move
people from Coquina Beach to Bridge Street. What
happened to the trolley? Does the city have excess
money to spend on a LSV and a driver?
If the city and Island want to be more green
We can do better.
Next time you shop, take your own bag. And
not just at the food store, but everywhere you make
And recycle, recycle, recycle.
Get simple. Get real. Rid your routine of plas-
Paradise deserves it.
and allow unfettered, slow sightseeing, then
expand, repair and slightly widen the bike paths
around the Island to encourage people to ride
The current paths seem to be made to discourage
people from riding their bicycles.
Rod Joslin, Bradenton Beach
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Hunters ship out for cause
By Lisa Neff
More than 20 hunters went scavenging Sept.
The hunters were all participants in the first
annual "Can You Find It By Water" scavenger hunt
hosted by the Cortez Yacht Club.
The event, the idea of club member Tim Thomp-
son, began and ended at Rotten Ralph's restaurant in
And registration fees ranging from $25 to $40
per person were collected by the yacht club for its
programs, which support the Cortez Historical Soci-
ety, the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage and
also youth boating programs.
There likely will be a second annual scavenger
"If it all goes well and people have fun," Thomp-
son said. "We'll do it again."
But hunters said they were having fun even
before they left Rotten Ralph's to begin their quest.
The scavengers were hunting, by water, for 100
items, some more valuable than others.
Hunters received just one point for the easy-
to-find cup of sand, but 10 points for genuine sea
They searched for conch shells and shark teeth,
shrimp boats and cruise ships to photograph, fishing
lures and coral, bait buckets and bikini bottoms, rusty
nails and sunglasses with barnacles.
The Cortez club's scavenger hunt was not a team
"They' re all fending for themselves," Thompson
said, seated at a table inside the restaurant to register
The rules provided hunters three hours to collect
Arriving eager to seek and find, Terry Hays
said he had a simple strategy: "To find e \t i ilhing I
Preparing to hunt
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Photo: Lisa Neff
In the Sept. 29, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Anna Maria Oyster Bar owners Phil and Ben
Seay and operator John Home closed the restaurant,
located at the tip of the city pier, and began moving
out equipment and supplies as negotiations with the
city commission to renew their lease became dead-
locked. The lease expired Sept. 30. Home and the
Seays balked at a commission proposal for $5,000
in monthly rent, or 6 percent of the gross revenue,
whichever was higher.
A Holmes Beach man was killed Sept. 26 at
the Manatee Public Beach when the motorcycle he
was driving ran into the concession stand. Holmes
Beach police said Bryan Stocks, 33, was not wearing
a helmet when he struck the wall. Police said it was
raining at the time of the accident, and Stocks may
not have seen the building until it was too late. He
was traveling at about 40 mph, police said.
Anna Maria building official Phil Charnock
entered a plea of not guilty to a state misdemeanor
charge of improper display of a firearm during an
Aug. 6 road-rage incident on the south approach to
the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
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8 E SEPT. 30, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
BUDGETS SET ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND
Anna Maria approves
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city commissioners spent more time
at the Sept. 22 hearing on the 2009-10 budget prais-
ing city staff than they did crunching the numbers.
Perhaps that's because the numbers had already
been crunched by commissioners, city treasurer
Diane Percycoe, Mayor Fran Barford and other staff
in previous budget meetings and work sessions.
At a prior budget hearing, Barford said it's a
No commissioner or member of the public dis-
The $2.15 million budget for 2009-10 passed
unanimously without discussion, as did the ad
valorem rate of 1.7882 mils, the same rate as the
Two members of the public attended the hearing,
but offered no comments.
Following approval of both the budget and the
ad valorem rate, Commission Chairman John Quam
thanked the staff for a "great job" in maintaining the
health, safety and welfare of the city without any tax
Commissioner Woodland, who frequently has
voiced concerns about the budget, said the staff work
To avoid increasing property taxes in the 2009-10
budget, commissioners drew money from the reserve
account, dropping it from 37 percent of the operating
budget to 31 percent, or $655,690.
The operating budget does not include the
$705,000 the city will spend on Phase 2 of its storm-
water improvements project. Funding for that comes
from the city's line of credit and an annual assessment
paid by property owners. The annual assessment for
the owner of a single-family structure is $45.
Woodland said later that all the questions he had
were answered at the budget work sessions. His con-
cern is a continued decline in revenues and a shrink-
ing reserve fund.
"The staff did a good job in crunching the num-
bers, but we're still going to have to start looking at
next year's budget about six months from now if we
don't want to dip into the reserve fund next year," he
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick suggested meet-
ing in April to get preliminary reports on revenue and
identify potential cuts in spending.
"We have to start early and at least make an effort
to see where our income and expenses will be next
September. I believe we have some difficult decisions
ahead of us," she said.
City revenues have dropped 20 percent the past
two years because of falling real estate values, and the
decline is likely to continue into the 2010-11 budget
cycle, according to information from the Manatee
County Property Appraiser's Office.
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach's newly adopted 2009-10
budget takes effect Oct. 1.
And the clock is ticking on the next budget go
around city commissioners want to start work on
the 2010-11 budget in February.
During the final 2009-10 budget hearing Sept. 23,
mayoral candidate Bill Shearon, who is challenging
incumbent Michael Pierce, suggested starting even
"Don't delay," he said.
Shearon was the lone speaker during the public
comment portions of last week's meeting, at which
the commission, with Janie Robertson absent, adopted
a $2,795,096 budget and set the 2009 millage rate for
the city at 2.1539 mils, less than the rollback rate.
A mil is $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value of
property less any exemptions.
Shearon also objected to the use of reserves to
deal with a projected decline in revenue in the 2009-
10 fiscal year. Commissioners agreed in July to tap
reserves rather than raise the property tax rate.
He said city officials should have learned a lesson
from years ago, when credit cards were needed to
keep paying staff, and not dipped into reserves.
"God forbid we ever get hit with a weather
event," Shearon said.
The city plans to use $75,121 from the general
fund reserves to make up the deficit between the pro-
jected revenues and expenditures in 2009-10.
The city also turned to its reserves for $75,000
in funding in 2008-09.
The budget's revenue forecast is for $2,719,975
in revenue compared to $2,973,296 in revenue for
Revenue declines are expected in property tax
collections, stormwater fees, licenses and permits,
court fines and interest earnings. Property tax collec-
tions are expected to fall from $1,278,776 this year
to $1,070,800 in the next fiscal year.
With the decline in revenues, the budget also
shows a decline in expenditures, from $3,152,125
this year to $2,795,096 in the new fiscal year.
In an effort to shrink the revenue decline, com-
missioners plan to meet this month to discuss policies
to collect delinquent accounts and unpaid fines.
City attorney Ricinda Perry recommended a
meeting to discuss code enforcement fines, as well as
collections for overdue business tax receipts, storm-
water fees and trash collection bills.
"This year has proved to be one of the most chal-
lenging years that we've had," she said. "What we're
looking to do is get some direction from the commis-
sion on where we should go on this."
A memo from Perry indicates about $60,000 in
delinquent sanitation accounts and nearly $40,000 in
delinquent stormwater accounts.
By Lisa Neff
The Holmes Beach City Commission approved
a $7.8 million budget for the fiscal year that begins
The 2008-09 budget was $8.1 million.
The vote Sept. 22 was 4-1, with Commissioner
David Zaccagnino saying "nay."
During the two budget hearings and budget work-
shops earlier this year, Zaccagnino said the budget
should be trimmed just as citizens are trimming their
budgets to deal with economic hard times.
Zaccagnino, who is seeking re-election in
November along with Commissioners Pat Morton
and Pat Geyer, also was the "nay" vote in the 4-1
decision to set the city's property tax rate the mill-
age rate at 1.7549 mils.
Zaccagnino said the rate represents a tax increase
to property owners in the city.
Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger said
the budget was drafted based on the expectation that
the city would levy the rollback rate for property
"The budget was drafted based on the rollback
rate," Bohnenberger said. "The rollback rate will not
carry any more tax dollars, and is expected to gener-
ate less revenue than last year."
The budget projections show the new tax rate will
generate $2,269,600 in ad valorem tax revenues for
2009-10. For 2008-09, the city collected $2,272,788
in ad valorem taxes.
City treasurer Rick Ashley said the rate is "nei-
ther an increase nor a decrease [from the rollback
rate]. It is the rollback rate."
During the public hearing portion of the Sept.
22 meeting, two people, both of them candidates in
the Nov. 3 commission race, criticized the spending
"I can't believe that the budget couldn't be
reduced ... to keep from raising the millage and the
taxes," said Andy Sheridan.
Sheridan said he is not against increasing salaries
for city employees during good times, but he criti-
cized "increases for employees at a time when this
economy just doesn't warrant it."
The budget contains a $500 a year increase for
city staff, but no step increases in salaries.
"I am against wasteful spending," Sheridan
Al Robinson said the commission was endors-
ing "overt waste" and questioned operations in the
Holmes Beach Police Department, including the
staffing of a dispatch center when Manatee County
operates a 911 emergency call center.
"The dispatch center that we have is unique,"
Robinson said. "Our cousin to the north doesn't have
it. Our cousin to the south doesn't have it? Why do
we have that dispatch center?"
Robinson also said the city was "paving streets
that don't need to be paved."
Morton responded, "It's not because we want to
make streets look nice. There is a method behind
Morton said some streets need repaving to help
deal with stormwater management, including to keep
sand out of the street-end basins.
Bohnenberger, later in the meeting and referenc-
ing comments made at a prior hearing, defended the
size of the police department.
The mayor said that, based on population num-
bers, the city's staffing in HBPD is less than the
county average, as well as the staffing levels in Bra-
denton Beach and Anna Maria.
Bohnenberger also said that the Florida Police
Chiefs Association does not recommend a staffing
level based on population because populations fluctu-
ate from day to night or season to season.
Zaccagnino said there are recommendations on
staffing levels for police departments, and the city's
level exceeds the recommendations.
The approved budget projects zero funding
from federal revenue sources, $903,933 in state rev-
enues and $3,364,500 in local resources, as well as
$3,597,057 in carryovers and reserves for a total rev-
enue budget of $7,865,490.
The biggest chunk of state revenue is expected to
come from the 1/2 cent sales tax and property taxes
provide the biggest chunk of local revenues.
The carryovers/reserves revenue includes storm-
water and local option gas tax carryovers, as well as
general fund reserves and Hagen Foundation reserve
On the expenditure side, the budget includes
$100,990 for the mayor and commission, $655,993
for general government, $2,030,993 for the police
department, $1,964,364 for the public works
department, $145,027 for the code enforce-
ment department, $391,000 for stormwater util-
ity projects, $13,137 in Hagen Foundation funds
reserved for improvements to the city hall field and
$2,564,500 in carryovers and reserves money
that is either held for contingencies or restricted
for certain uses.
Bohnenberger said that with the donor's consent,
some of the Hagen Foundation funds dedicated to the
city for lighting at the Birdie Tebbetts Field would be
used for the construction of a rest room in the field
north of city hall.
Gulf Coast Writers to meet
The Gulf Coast Writers will meet at 1:15
p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Members will share their writings.
For more information, call Nancy Colcord,
THE ISLANDER U SEPT. 30, 2009 0 9
Anna Maria City to get stimulated
By Rick Catlin
People who put federal stimulus dollars to work
are coming to Anna Maria Oct. 13.
That's the date set by Mayor Fran Barford for
elected officials, city staff and the public to meet
with representatives of the Tampa-based ValErin
Group to discuss upcoming Florida Department
of Transportation projects in the city that will be
funded by the $783 billion federal stimulus plan.
Barford said the Oct. 13 town hall meeting from
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. will allow residents and gov-
ernment officials to get information about the city
projects, a time frame of the work and what disrup-
tions the motoring public might encounter during
The mayor said she anticipates work in Anna
Maria should start near the end of October. Stimulus
projects have already begun in Bradenton Beach, she
When the DOT announced earlier this year that
only "shovel-ready" projects were eligible for stimu-
lus funding, Barford, public works director George
McKay, building official Bob Welch and other city
staff worked to get a variety of projects prepared to
meet the DOT deadline.
The work paid off when the DOT announced in
April that Anna Maria was approved for nearly $1.2
million worth of construction.
Included in the list are sidewalks in a variety
of locations, improvements to Gulf Drive and Pine
Avenue and some much-needed repairs to both city
Other Island projects on the DOT list are $78,000
for a new traffic light at the Manatee Avenue-East Bay
Drive intersection in Holmes Beach and $830,000 for
corridor improvements to State Road 789 in Braden-
Additionally, two sidewalk projects in Holmes
Beach totaling $110,000 are on the DOT stimulus
ValErin is the public relations firm hired by the
DOT to disseminate stimulus project information and
coordinate the stimulus projects on the Island, a com-
pany spokesperson said.
Ava Ehde, Sandy Haas- Martens,
Beverly Neville and Jane Con-
hnolly come together Sept. 22 at
Sthe Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
for a check presentation from the
Kiwanis Club ofAnna Maria Island
to the Friends of the Island Library.
The library group put $500 toward
educational toys for pre-school
aged children. "Kiwanis Club
is dedicated to changing the world
one child and one community at a
time, "Haas-Martens said. Islander
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study group, will resume meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday,
Oct. 6, at Gloria Dei Church, 6608 Marine Drive,
The season of study will start with an exploration
of the Old Testament:
Oct. 6, "In the Beginning."
Oct. 13, "Adam and Eve."
Oct. 20, "Murder, Flood Dispersion."
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Gallery features solo show
Watercolor seascapes of the Atlantic Provinces of
Canada will be the focus of Canadian-born local
watercolor artist Jean Ehlis' solo show Oct. 1-31
at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. The gallery will host a free artist's reception
from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3. For
more information, call 941-778-6648.
Art classes to begin
The Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes
Blvd., Holmes Beach, will begin its fall classes next
The first classes of the semester will begin Oct. 5.
The class schedule includes adult classes in stained
glass, drawing, oil painting, acrylic painting, collage art,
digital and 35 mm photography, watercolor, gourd art,
colored pencils, pottery and open studio.
Classes for children include mixed media, pho-
tography, drawing and watercolor.
Most classes run for four weeks, with class ses-
sions starting the first week of each month from Octo-
ber through April.
Class schedules are available at the Anna Maria
Island Art League, the Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce and can also be found online at www.
For more information or to register, call 941-778-
LBK center offers courses
The Longboat Key Education Center's fall ses-
sion begins Oct. 19 and concludes Dec. 18.
Most classes meet once a week, with a vacation for
students Nov. 23-27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The nonprofit center is at 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key, where visitors can also see art exhibits.
Course subjects range from bridge to yoga.
The center also offers registration for events,
such as the Cine-World Film Festival at Burns Court
in Sarasota in November.
The center's winter session begins Jan. 4 and
features an expanded course list.
For more information and details on costs, call
941-383-8811 or go to www.lbkeducation.org.
Alexi Lillis' "Timeless Acquaintance." Islander
Images: Courtesy AMIAL
Faculty featured in exhibit
The Anna Maria Island Art League will open its
2009-10 season with an exhibit celebrating its fac-
The exhibit will open Friday, Oct. 9, with a recep-
tion from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m..
Participating artists include Christine Galano-
poulos, photography; Gloria Bocchetti, children's art;
James Corwin Johnson, photography; Marie Garafano,
collage art and watercolor; Nancy Law, acrylics; Jeannie
Murray, pottery; Alexandra Lillis, drawing, oil painting
and colored pencil illustration; Pam McMillen, baskets
and gourd art; Sandy French, stained glass; Doug Land,
drawing; Deeana Atkinson, floor cloths; Charles O'Neil,
wire sculpture and Cheryl Jorgensen, watercolor.
The gallery, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach,
also will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday
Haircuts, smiles for Moose
Ava Anderson, 5, of Bradenton, came to the Moose
Lodge in Bradenton Beach Sept. 20 for a haircut-
ting fundraiser sponsored by Je Mi salon and spa
of Bradenton. Ava got a cut from Michelle Vergara
and sister Josie, 3, got her haircut from salon
owner Danielle Kellermueller. The event was spon-
sored by the Women of the Moose to raise money
for the children's vision and dental programs at
Mooseheart, a childcare residence operated by
Moose International. Islander Photos: Bonner Joy
Seated from left, Rich Denherder, Andy LaVallee,
Val Grondyke and Betty LaVallee get cuts from
Danielle Kellermueller, Tina Bozarth, Michelle
Bergara and Jeanette Lawson of Je Mi salon at the
Moose Hair-Cut-A-Thon fundraiser Sept. 20.
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Island Players opens season
By Lisa Neff
The Island Players theater group will begin its
61st season with "London Suite," a Neil Simon play
directed by Gareth Gibbs.
The play will open Oct. 8 and continue through
Oct. 18 at the theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Performances will be Tuesdays through Saturdays at
8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., with the theater dark
The cast includes Peter Ruscoe, Mark Woodland,
Barbara Fleming, Chelsey Paniseh, Michelle Kienzle,
Robin Rhodes, Judy Glynn, Miriam Ring and Vinnie
The production team includes Brad Pattison, Bob
Grant, Pat Russell, Ruth Stevens, Bobbie Berger, Barb
Gusie, Carol Cozan, JoAnn Murdoch, Jack Abene,
Lois Biel, Carolyn Pepka and Hugh Scanlon.
Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at the box
office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday
through Saturday and one hour before show times.
Other productions in the 61st season will include
"The Education Of Angels" by Mattew Carlin from Dec.
3-13; "Self Help" by Norm Foster from Jan. 21-Feb. 7;
"Catch Me If You Can" by Jack Weinstock and Willie
Gilbert from March 18-April 4; and "The Prisoner Of
Second Avenue" by Neil Simon from May 13-23.
For tickets or more information, call the box
office at 941-778-5755 or go to www.theislandplay-
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Gulf Drive and 22nd
Street North in Braden-
ton Beach is torn down
Sept. 26. Site prepara-
tion began Sept. 24 for
the work, which was
permitted by the city.
For now, the property
manager said, sod will
be placed on the site,
Building official Steve
Gilbert said the city
has not received plans
for redevelopment of
the property. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
Voter registration closes Oct. 5
Voter registration is open for the Nov. 3 election
until 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5.
To be eligible to vote in Manatee County, a
person must be a U.S. citizen, a Florida resident,
18 years of age, and not have a record of a felony
conviction in the state or currently considered
Registering to vote can
be simple potential voters
complete applications available
at most government offices,
banks, libraries, chambers and
some businesses, including The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Applications can also be downloaded at www.
votemanatee.com, the Manatee County Supervisor
of Elections Web site.
The applications are then mailed or delivered to
the Supervisor of Elections Office, Suite 108, 600
301 Blvd. W., Bradenton.
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Turtle Watch volunteers celebrate season
By Lisa Neff
Dozens of members of Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch gathered early Sept. 26 not on the beach to
walk, but rather in Cortez for brunch.
AMITW held its annual end-of-season gathering
at Smuggler's Landing in Cortez.
Officially a month remains in nesting season, but
for some walkers there are no nests to monitor. As of
Sept. 25, there were seven nests still on the beaches
on Anna Maria Island, according to AMITW execu-
tive director Suzi Fox.
Fox provided other numbers as volunteers dined
in the Smuggler's Landing clubhouse on french toast,
baked ham, fried potatoes, pastries, coffee and orange
Fox reported 154 nests, 138 false crawls, and
11,415 hatchlings to the sea thus far.
The hatch rate for the season is 83 percent, con-
siderably higher than the 60 percent rate that can
occur during storm-plagued seasons, she said.
Fox reported the largest number of nests 32
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from Pine Avenue in Anna Maria to 66th Street.
The largest number of disorientations, incidents
in which turtles lost their way, was reported in Sec-
tion 7 in Bradenton Beach. There were eight disori-
entations in the area, mostly between 26th and 22nd
streets in Bradenton Beach.
Islandwide, AMITW reported 20 disorientations
compared with nine disorientations last year.
Fox said code enforcement officers in problem
areas are working with building managers and prop-
erty owners to install new turtle-friendly fixtures by
"Disorientations are going to be better," she said,
looking to 2010.
Also in 2010, Fox said AMITW orientation and
training may begin earlier in April and volunteers
may start walking in that month instead of May.
Statistics show that while the most nests were
laid in June, the number laid in May was higher than
in the past and higher than in July.
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Manatee County's natural resources department
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northwest Bradenton to protect nesting bald eagles.
"The eagles have landed," said county naturalist
Melissa Cain Nell. "Our resident bald eagles have
returned to Robinson Preserve, and are once again
preparing to raise a family. Visitors will have a won-
derful opportunity to see the eagles from the trail."
With the arrival of the eagles, the county insti-
tuted some changes at the preserve to meet federal
regulations governing the protection of the nation's
Beginning last week, a portion of the paddle blue-
way in the preserve was detoured around the eagle
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Photos: Lisa Neff
Through the winter, she said volunteers will work
on identifying birds. The nesting season generally
runs with turtle season.
The "eagle detour" will occur along the west-
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Access to the Manatee River in the north will be
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Code revisions advance in Holmes Beach
By Lisa Neff
An ordinance that serves up a buffet of changes
to Holmes Beach's building and land regulations
advanced with a first reading Sept. 22.
Holmes Beach commissioners voted 5-0 for the
measure, which is scheduled for a final reading Oct.
13 and deals with off-site supplemental parking, tem-
porary storage pods, sport vehicle parking in resi-
dential districts, satellite dish antennas and off-street
A separate ordinance, also approved 5-0 on a
first reading and scheduled for a final reading Oct.
13, deals with changes to sign regulations to ease
banner restrictions for nonprofit groups working on
the Island and to better delineate between artwork
Off-site supplemental parking
The land-development code restricts off-street
parking to adjoining parcels, but city commissioners,
working with planning commission members, sought
to relax the rule to allow off-site parking in certain
"Allowing off-site parking will stimulate the
local economy," the ordinance states.
The ordinance requires that off-site supplemen-
tal parking be sited in commercial zones, parking
meet landscaping and buffering rules, parking spaces
meet existing size and construction rules, parking in
a commercial zone of equal or greater intensity than
that in which the principal use is located is subject to
site plan review, parking in a commercial district of
lesser intensity than the principal use needs a special
exemption from the city commission.
The ordinance allows for a business unable to
meet off-street parking requirements on its property
to seek a special exception to secure off-street park-
ing at a nearby site within 500 feet of the business
and in a commercial area.
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Relay for Life begins 2010 cycle
The 2010 cycle of the American Cancer Society
Anna Maria Island Relay For Life will begin with a
kick-off party at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Anna Maria
Island Moose Lodge 2188, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bra-
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sponsoring the event or serving on a planning com- j' '
The relay, set for May 1-2 at Coquina Beach in
Bradenton Beach, is part of the larger Relay for Life
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School comes together for peace
By Kimberly Kuizon
Anna Maria Elementary School students, teach-
ers and staff welcomed the community to celebrate
International Day of Peace on Sept. 21.
Students sat patiently behind the school's peace
symbol, a Peace Pole, waiting for the day's ceremony
to begin. "This is one of the students favorite days of
the year and it's mine, too," said AME principal Tom
The Peace Pole at AME is an international symbol
that holds one special message: "May peace prevail
on Earth." The message is written on all sides of the
pole in various languages with its purpose to spread
peace throughout the world.
The Peace Pole came to AME thanks to the Anna
Maria Island Rotary Club and after the attacks on the
United States by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001.
The day's ceremony started with a procession of
students carrying flags for different countries and a
giant fabric peace dove.
Guidance counselor Cindi Harrison welcomed
everyone to the ceremony.
"The Peace Pole connects all people of the world
to each other.... We all may be different, but we all
have one thing in common, we all want peace," said
Among those who spoke was Anna Maria Island
Rotary Club president Judy Rup.
"The Rotary Club believes in international peace.
Today is important because it is a celebration of dif-
ferent cultures and countries," she said.
AME's Peace Day leaves marks on those who
AME school calendar
Oct. 8, health screening.
Oct. 9, fire drill.
Oct. 15, picture retake.
Oct. 15, Domino's pizza day.
8:30 a.m. Oct. 16, Parent Teacher Organization
5 p.m., Oct. 20, PTO dinner followed by third-
Oct. 23, blood drive.
Oct. 26, no school.
Oct. 29, report cards and teacher conferences.
Oct. 31, annual AME-PTO Fall Festival: 10
a.m. costume contest; 10:30 a.m. parade; 11 a.m. fes-
Oct. 23, blood drive.
For more information, call the school office at
941-708-5525. AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Monday. Oct. 5
Bieakfast: Pancake on a Stick.
Super Donut. Cereal. Toast.
Lunch: Chicken Tenders. Sloppy Joe on Bun.
Broccoli with Cheese Sauce. Mandarin Oranges.
Tuesday. Oct. 6
Breakfast: Chicken Patty Biscuitl.
Bagel. Cereal. Toast.
Lunch: Mini Corn Dogs. Rolini with Meat
Sauce. Veggie Cup with Dip. Roll. Pineapple.
Wednesday. Oct. 7
Bleakfast: Choice of "Jump Start" selection.
Super Donut. Cereal. Toast.
Lunch: Maxx Sticks with Marinara. Mixed
Veggies. Cinnamon Applesauce. Chocolate Chip
Choriles. Assorted Sandwiches and Salads.
Thursday. Oct. 8
Bi eakfa-s: French ToasI Sticks.
Yogurtl. Cereal. Toast.
Lu Inch: Hamburger or Cheeseburger. Chicken Que-
sadilla. Curly Fries. Strawberries and Bananas.
Friday. Oct. 9
Breakfast: Breakfast Burrito. Grits. Cereal. Toast.
Lunch: Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza. Grilled
Chicken on Bun. Corn and Peaches.
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participate, including former AME student Jake Par-
sons, now a King Middle School seventh-grader. He
participated in the program by reciting a poem by
Mother Teresa, a nun who dedicated her life to peace-
"I've participated in Peace Day since kindergar-
ten and I'm glad I get to spread the word of peace
today," said Jake.
His mother, Kelly Parsons, said, "I'm so proud
of him. He fights for the peace cause."
Other Peace Day celebrations included singing,
dancing and the exchange of puzzle pieces decorated
with symbols of peace.
The ceremony ended with a procession to the
auditorium, where a large puzzle made by a collec-
tion of students and friends of AME was displayed.
Holmes Beach code
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13
permit, but that the pods must be removed with
completion of the project or the expiration of the
Pods can be used for a real estate sales office,
equipment and material storage, temporary housing,
model homes and radio transmitting equipment.
Commercial vehicles parked overnight
"The city finds that the non-temporary parking
of commercial vehicles within residential zoning
districts makes parking difficult for residential
vehicles and degrades the aesthetic properties of
residential neighborhoods," the ordinance states.
The city already has limits on commercial vehi-
cles parked in residential areas, but commissioners
Mary Emilie Middleton Madeira
Mary Emilie Middleton Madeira, 90, of Braden-
ton, formerly of Lancaster, Pa., died Sept. 19.
Memorial services will be announced at a later
date. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory,
43rd Street Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by sister Carolyne Norwood of
Anna Maria; and brothers J. F. Probst of St. Peters-
burg, Luther Middleton of Hendersonville, N.C., and
Edward Middleton of New Freedom, Pa.
Lena Orlando, 99, of Bradenton and Fort Collins,
Colo., died Sept. 5.
Born in Celso-Cilento in the Province of Salano,
Italy, Mrs. Orlando emigrated to Newark, N.Y., in
1913, and moved to Florida in 1957.
Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sat-
urday, Oct. 3, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
She is survived by daughters Jean Stanley and
husband Russell of Bradenton, and Phyllis Raider
and husband Charles of Rio Rancho, N.M.; son Emil
and wife Maralyn of San Janico, Calif.; 12 grandchil-
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The ordinance states, "It is unlawful ... to park
or permit to be parked any commercial motor vehicle
on any of the public streets, alleys or thoroughfares,
or on any privately owned property (except within a
completely enclosed garage or other structure), lying
within any residential zoning district."
Under the ordinance, full-size pickup trucks and
multi-purpose vehicles and trucks that do not exceed
20 feet in length, from bumper to bumper, are not
considered commercial vehicles.
Trucks exceeding 20 feet in length with racks
in use for business are considered commercial vehi-
cles, as are Class 2-8 vehicles, such as step vans,
box trucks and walk-in vans, buses, refuse trucks and
To assist with identifying commercial vehicles,
the ordinance contains graphics of the types of vehi-
cles prohibited from parking overnight in residential
Regulations regarding the parking of boats, trail-
ers and personal watercraft are revised in the ordi-
nance, which states:
Boats, personal watercraft and trailers may
be parked in garages, carports and the side and rear
Boats and personal watercraft but not util-
ity trailers can be parked in the front yard on the
driveway or to the side, with no more than 6 feet of
the vehicle extending into the front yard.
The vehicle in the front yard also must be on
a stabilized base and screened with landscaping so
that a passerby on the street can see no more than 20
percent of the vehicle.
Satellite dish antennas
The ordinance contains an adoption to the code
regarding satellite dish antennas to comply with fed-
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differentiate between large and small antennas. The
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Island police reports
Anna Maria City
No new reports.
No new reports.
Sept. 5, 3500 block Fourth Avenue, burglary.
The complainant said someone took approximately
$2,600 worth of electronics from his unlocked car.
Sept. 18,4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
burglary. The complainant said someone took miscel-
laneous items from his car.
Sept. 19, 500 block 67th Street, burglary. The
complainant said someone apparently entered
though an unlocked, sliding door at the rear of
the house and took approximately $3,300 worth
Sept. 20, 100 block 33rd Street, burglary. The
complainant said someone broke the window of her
car and took purses from the vehicle. Total value of
stolen items was $500. Missing were credit cards,
driver's licenses and other identification.
Sept. 20, 100 block 33rd Street, burglary. The
complainant said someone broke into his house and
took prescription glasses, prescription drugs and
identification from the home.
Sept. 20,4000 Gulf Drive, Manatee Public Beach,
burglary. The complainant said someone broke into
her locked car at the beach and took approximately
$780 worth of electronics, plus identification, from
Sept. 20, 3200 block Gulf Drive, burglary. The
complainant said someone took his laptop computer,
valued at $1,500.
Sept. 22, 7800 block Marina Drive, theft. The
complainant said someone took a $300 fuel cell from
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By Rick Catlin
Goodwill Industries of Manasota
will open an Island donation store to
accept donations at 8 a.m. Thursday,
Oct. 1, at 3614 E. Bay Drive, Holmes
Beach. The location is just south of
Publix and next door to Ocean Star
Goodwill public relations director
LuAnne Kirschner said she is hopeful
that, eventually, a retail operation will
be added to the Island location.
Goodwill also has a pick-up ser-
vice for heavier items, such as refrig-
erators and large household furniture,
Store hours will be from 8 a.m. to
6 p.m. seven days a week.
To reach Goodwill's pick-up ser-
vice, call 941-351-8946. For Good-
will's central office, call 941-355-
The Island Goodwill number is
The Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce will hold its Octo-
ber Sunrise Breakfast from 7:45 a.m.
to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the
Gathering Place, 101 Seventh St. N.,
The cost is $8 per person and res-
ervations may be made by calling 941-
A chamber business luncheon is
scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 7, at Freedom Village, 6406
21st Ave. W., Bradenton.
The luncheon is $15 and reserva-
tions are requested. Call 941-778-1541
for more information.
Mixer highlights 'Blue Water' features
Blue Water Beach Club manager Sebastian Mueller, left, offers his guests
German-made cake flown in to serve at the Anna Maria Island ( li.,,i,.. i of
Commerce business mixer Sept. 23. The event was hosted by the family-owned
Gulffront resort, which has been in business for 35 years at 6306 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Mueller is with Mark Davis, center, of Harrington House Bed
& Breakfast, and Dave Dickson of Island Mortgage Services. Guests were feted
with champagne, wine, appetizers and tours of the Blue Water accommoda-
tions. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Chart House gets
The Chart House Restaurant at
201 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
Key, has been named as one of Amer-
ica's Top 50 restaurants with a view
by Online Restaurant Reservations
According to a press release,
ORRS is a system for Internet restau-
For more information, call 941-
New to Island
The Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce accepted a number
of new members during July and
ACT Home Medical, 9908 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria, Jeanne Ferguson,
Karly Carlson Photography and
Framing, 5500 Marina Drive, No. 5,
Holmes Beach, Karly Karlson, 941-
Honey Do Home & Office Inc.,
2601 Gulf Drive, No. 408, Bradenton
Beach, Joseph LaBrecque, 941-807-
Planet Stone Marble & Gran-
ite, 8700 Cortez Road W., Bradenton,
Brooke Keck, 941-580-9236.
Island Fitness, 5317 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, Brenda Canning, 941-
The Hive Creations, 9908 Gulf
Drive, Suite C, Anna Maria, Rachel
and Justin Noyes, 941-778-7432.
Holiday Cove RV Resort, 11900
Cortez Road W., Bradenton, David
Gorin and Donna Campion, 941-792-
A.M. Island Adventures, 4334
127th St., Cortez, Ryan Davis, 941-
Wells Fargo, 5327 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, Susan Tyson, 941-795-
Anna Maria Elementary School,
4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Gary
Island Limousine, PO. Box 664,
Anna Maria, Joanne Sebastiano, 941-
Zegway by the Bay, 2501 Gulf
Drive, Bradenton Beach, Becky
Gayle Schulz/Wagner Realty,
2217 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach,
Gayle Schulz, 941-812-6489.
Mainsail Beach Inn, 101 66th St.,
Holmes Beach, Joe Brown, 888-849-
Penny Bray of Wagner Realty,
2217 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach,
recently received the designation of
Graduate Realtor Institute after com-
pleting a 90-hour course.
To reach Penny, call 941-778-
Mike Norman Realty at 3101 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, has named
Carla Beddow as the company's
top sales agent for September, while
Rochelle Bowers took the top listing
For more information, call 941-
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
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5:30 p.m. Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island's "A Touch of Tus-
cany" concert and dinner at the Bradenton Country Club. Information:
941-778-8585. Fee applies.
6:30 p.m. Film presentation of "Kicking and Screaming" at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Saturday, Oct. 3
9 a.m. to noon Keep Manatee Beautiful coastal clean-up check-
in at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria; Kingfish Boat
Ramp on S.R. 64, Holmes Beach; or Coquina Beach gulfside concession
stand on Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information: 727-369-6628.
Sunday, Oct. 4
7:30 a.m. The annual Skim Board Bash at the BeachHouse Res-
taurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1001.
11 a.m. "Can You Be Sure About What You Have Experienced"
lecture by psychologist Charles McMullen at the Studio at Gulf and Pine,
10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.
Tuesday, Oct. 6
4 to 5:30 p.m. Inquiring Minds non-denominational study of the
Old Testament at Gloria Dei Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
8 p.m. Fall Festival of Music concert at Neel Performing Arts
Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-752-5351. Fee
Wednesday, Oct. 7
11 a.m. Einstein's Circle group discussion on marriage and gov-
ernment's role at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
business lunch at Freedom Village, 6406 21st Ave. W., Bradenton. Infor-
mation: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
1:15 p.m.- Gulf Coast Writers meeting at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.
3 p.m. Book club meeting at the Tingley Memorial Library, 111
Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-1208.
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-
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
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Off Island Events:
Wednesday, Sept. 30
8:30 & 10 a.m. Wagon tours through Robinson Preserve, 1704
99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757. Fee applies.
Thursday, Oct. 1
6p.m. Eat, Drink and Be Merry Film Series presents "Big Night"
at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Friday, Oct. 2
6 to 8 p.m. Opening reception for "The Art of Costume" exhibit
featuring costumes from Asolo Repertory plays and Boydell's Shake-
speare print series at the State College of Florida Fine Art Gallery, 5840
26th St. W., building 11 N., Bradenton, through Nov. 5. Information: 941-
6 to 9 p.m. Opening reception for the Russian Art by Tatiana
exhibit at the Arts Council of Manatee County Gallery, 926 12th St. W.,
Village of the Arts, Bradenton, through Oct. 29. Information: 941-746-
8p.m. Studio 84 Productions at State College of Florida presents
the comedy "Amphitryon" in the Howard Studio Theatre on the Manatee
Community College Campus, 5840 26th St. W., building 11, Bradenton,
through Oct. 10. Information: 941-752-5252. Fee applies.
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Saturday, Oct. 3
4 to 9p.m. Latin drumming and dance for kids at the South Florida
Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee
Tuesday, Oct. 6
8 p.m. Fall Festival of Music concert at Neel Performing Arts
Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-752-5351. Fee
Oct. 8, 61st season begins at Island Players.
Oct. 8, "Eat, Drink + Be Merry Film Series" presents "The Thin
Man" at the South Florida Museum.
Oct. 9, Anna Maria Island Community Center film presentation
Oct. 9, "Faculty Exhibit" reception at Anna Maria Art League.
Oct. 9, Anna Maria Island Community Center golf outing at IMG
Academies Golf and Country Club.
Oct. 10, Martial Arts Festival at Anna Maria Elementary School.
Oct. 10, Family origami at the Island Branch Library.
Oct. 12, College Tour: How to find, finance and succeed at the
right college presented at the Central Library.
Oct. 13, Pianist Joyce Valentine at Neel Performing Arts Center.
Save the date:
Oct. 16-17, Anna Maria Island Bayfest.
Oct. 23, Goblin Gathering at G.T. Bray Park.
Oct. 30, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Trail of Treats.
Concert venue change, tickets on sale
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island is hoping
Islanders and others will start off their season of
giving and enjoyment of the arts by attending dinner
and a classical music concert at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 2 to
raise money for the group's charitable works.
A last-minute change of venue was made by
organizer Barry Gould and his committee on Sept.
26 in the hope of producing more ticket sales and
cutting event costs.
The concert, previously scheduled at the Neel
Performing Arts Center, will now take place follow-
ing dinner at the Bradenton Country Club.
"We hope the change in venue will encourage
more people to buy tickets to the dinner and con-
cert at the country club," Barry Gould said, "which
promises to be a more intimate setting. It will allow
guests to enjoy cocktails or wine, fine dining and the
music of two magnificently gifted musicians" at one
The performance, "A Touch of Tuscany," will
feature mezzo-soprano Annika Kaschenz and con-
cert pianist Francesco Attesti. They met in Cortona,
Italy, during a holiday and soon after decided to work
together professionally. Since 2001, they have per-
formed together in concerts throughout Europe and
in the United States to high acclaim.
"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\ ,.ly penny of what we take in ... will go
back to the causes which Rotary supports."
Barry Gould said Rotary has business sponsors
covering the costs of the event, and the ticket pro-
ceeds are earmarked to benefit Rotary's charitable
programs, including juvenile diabetes
Guests may purchase concert tickets alone or
package a club dinner with the concert for a full eve-
ning of enjoyment. Concert tickets are $25; concert-
dinner tickets are $75.
Tickets may 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.
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Island soccer season off to strong start
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Island Community Center rec-
reational fall soccer season is officially under way
and several league players already appear to be in
Chandler Hardy has played two fall games and
already has six goals to lead the Premier Division,
while Trevor Bystrom managed to notch a hat trick
in his only game to date. Sydney Cornell scored a hat
trick of her own in Division I, while Aiden Grumley,
Ethan Bertrand, Tyler Pearson and Emma Moneuse
each had two-goal games in Division II action.
Speaking of Division II, Panoramic got off to
a good start on the season, edging West Coast Surf
Shop 2-0 on Sept. 22. Panoramic and the Surf Shop
both had a fair share of scoring opportunities, but the
Surf Shop was unable to cash in.
Panoramic was pressuring the Surf Shop defense
early with some good passing. Brook Capparelli and
Morgan Burns worked a give-and-go to perfection to
spring Capparelli into a space where she found Dylan
Joseph open on the right side. Unfortunately, his shot
went wide of the goal.
In the 15th minute and with the Surf Shop scram-
bling on defense, an attempted clearing pass was
picked off by Capparelli. She carried it up the right
side before passing it inside to Joseph, who poked it
past the Surf Shop goalie for a 1-0 lead.
Two minutes later, it looked as though Panoramic
was going to add to its lead when Joseph picked off a
goal kick, but his rocket went off the post for another
Surf Shop goal kick.
Late in the half, Bertrand found some space for
the Surf Shop before passing into the box to Clayton
Wilkinson, but his shot was saved by the Panoramic
goalie to preserve the 1-0 lead.
The second half saw the Surf Shop teammates
push forward and carry the play a bit more, but in
doing so they left themselves more vulnerable on
defense. That strategy cost them in the 40th minute
when Joey Altuchoff stole the ball and started a quick
counter attack. He passed outside to teammate Pear-
son, who crossed it back inside to Altuchoff, whose
shot beat the Surf Shop goalie near post to give Pan-
oramic a 2-0 lead that would not be relinquished.
Grumley had a breakaway late in the game that
looked promising, but Panoramic goalie Capparelli
came off her line to clear the ball away and preserve
the shutout victory.
In other Division II action last week, Sandbar
defeated Sparks Steel Art 3-1 on Sept. 22 behind
single goals from Christian Daniels, Jason Partridge
and Leo Tilleli. Emma Monuese notched the lone
goal for Sparks in the loss.
The same threesome was at it again on Sept. 23
when Sandbar edged Panoramic 3-2. Daniels, Par-
tridge and Tilleli again notched a goal apiece in a
match up of two strong teams. Pearson scored two
goals to lead Panoramic in the loss.
West Coast Surf Shop defeated Sparks Steel
Art 4-3 on Sept. 23 behind two goals apiece from
Grumley and Bertrand. Monuese scored two goals
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from Hunter Parrish.
Look online at www.islander.org for Center
soccer league standings.
Three teams advanced from pool play during
Sept. 26 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City
Hall horseshoes pits. The team of Hank Huyghe
and Jeff Moore drew the bye and watched as Sam
Samuels and Norm Good thrashed Debbie Rhodes
23-6. Samuels and Good then turned their attention
to Huyghe and Moore and came through with a tense
22-17 victory to claim the trophy. Good ended the
match with a "six pack" double ringer.
The Sept. 23 games saw Sam Samuels draw
Steve Grossman as his playing partner. It paid off as
they were the only team to go 3-0 in pool play and
thus were the day's outright champs. Jeff Moore took
second place with a 2-1 record.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and
Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups
begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selec-
tion. There is no charge to play and everyone is wel-
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole,
low-net-of-partners game on Sept. 23. Bob Kral and
Vince Mercadante matched the 9-over-par 137 carded
by Bob Jorgensen and Don Ledford to tie for first
The Key Royale Club women played a nine-
hole, individual-low-net golf game on Sept. 22.
Joyce Brown grabbed flight 1 biiri,,,,iii n, rights with a
1-under-par 31 to edge second-place finisher Cindi
Mansour by one stroke.
Flight 2 winner was Dorothy McKinna who
carded a 3-over par 34 to edge Frankie Smith-Wil-
liams, Sue Wheeler and Lois Biel by one shot.
The Sept. 18 coed game was a wacky, throw-
out-the-worst-hole game. The team of Joyce Brown,
Terry Westby, Gordon McKinna and Larry Fowler
carded a combined 108 to claim bl,,iiin, rights for
The men played a nine-hole, individual-low-net
game on Sept. 14. Larry Fowler carded a 3-under-par
29 to win first place by one stroke over second-place
finisher Vince Mercadante.
AMICC soccer schedule
Instructional Division: (ages 4-5)
Date Time Teams
Sept. 30 6 p.m. A&E vs. Dental Spa
Sept. 30 6:30 p.m. Orthopedic vs. Oyster Bar
Oct. 2 6 p.m. Orthopedic vs. Panoramic
Oct. 2 6:30 p.m. IRE vs. A&E
Oct. 5 6 p.m. IRE vs. Dental Spa
Oct. 5 6:30 p.m. Panoramic vs. Oyster Bar
Division III (ages 6-7)
Sept. 30 7 p.m. Island Pest vs. LaPensee
Oct. 1 6 p.m. Jessie's vs. LaPensee
Oct. 1 7 p.m. WCAC vs. Island Pest
Oct. 2 7 p.m. WCAC vs. Bistro
Oct. 5 7 p.m. Bistro vs. LaPensee
Division II (Ages 8-9)
Sept. 30 5:30 p.m. Surf Shop vs. Sandbar
Sept. 30 6:30 p.m. Sparks vs. Panoramic
Oct. 2 6 p.m. Sandbar vs. Sparks
Oct. 2 7 p.m. Surf Shop vs. Panoramic
Division I (Ages 10-11)
Oct. 1 6 p.m. Wash vs. Autoway
Oct. 2 8 p.m. Ross Built vs. Bones
Oct. 6 6 p.m. Wash vs. Ross Built
Oct. 6 7 p.m. Autoway vs. Bones
Premier Division (Ages 12-15)
Sept. 30 7:45 p.m. Norman vs. Harcon
Oct. 1 7:15 p.m. Wash vs. Harcon
The annual Skim Board Bash will take place
Sunday, Oct. 4, at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
West Coast Surf Shop is again organizing the
event in partnership with the restaurant and other
sponsors to raise money for red tide research at
Mote Marine Laboratory.
Registration for the contest will take place at
Panoramic forward Morgan Burns cuts in toward
the Surf Shop goal despite an untied shoelace
during soccer action at the Center.
7:30 a.m., followed by competition at 8 a.m.
The entry fee is $30 and each participate receives
a T-shirt, lunch, goodie bag and raffle ticket.
Divisions include ages 8 and under, 9-11, boys
12-14, men 15-17, men 18-21, senior men 22 and
up, girls 14 and under and women 15 and up.
For more information or advance registration,
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Stinging season, or not, BOLO in local waters
Things that sting seem to stick to Anna Maria
No need to cue the theme from "Jaws," though.
The nasties in the water may cause pain, but aren't
No. 1 on the stingy-thin,.y list has to be sting
rays. There are several species that flip or fly in our
Spotted rays are found in bays and passes. As
a Little Roat we called them leopard rays because
they were sleek and fast and, obviously, had lots of
Cow-nose rays school in numbers in the hundreds
off beaches during the summer. The critter gets its
name from its huge cow-like snout. It's pretty benign.
Familiar beachgoers like to stand at the head of a
school and let the flatties swoop by them.
Manta rays are a deepwater creation that is like
a sci-fi monster. They're huge sometimes 15-feet-
plus across and hundreds of pounds in weight. Sto-
ries were rampant back in the day stress the word
"stories" here about mantas jumping and crushing
boats. The "stories" proved true when I saw some
pictures of a crushed 30-foot cabin cruiser a buddy
took when his dad's boat limped in from offshore
after an a ray-human interaction.
Mantas like to jump out of the water. Back in
the day it wasn't uncommon to see a half-dozen leap
from the deep into the air on a day. Why? Dunno. As
a Cortezian submitted in regarding mullet jumping,
maybe the rays are trying to evolve.
Then there's that flat fish that lurks just under the
sand or mud off beaches and bays.
Sting rays may well be the bane of a beachgoer's
existence. They're shy critters that like to burrow
down under a blanket of sand where they apparently
like to remain undisturbed.
Clumsy humans plod along on the sandy roof of
their shelter, though, disturbing their rest. Zing! goes
their sharp thing, into a foot or leg.
A buddy who got zapped said it must be like the
feeling of woman giving birth. In fact, he said the
only way he got through it until paramedics arrived
was to do the heavy -biCallhiing deal soon-to-be moms
But, please, don't fear the waters.
Friend Pat Gentry of Bradenton Beach has had a
problem with jellyfish at her nearby, favorite beach.
Seems that jellies are thick off the beach in some
places of late.
"Jellyfish are common in summer months on the
Florida coast," according to Mote Marine Labora-
tory's Jim Culter in a missive to Pat. "They can be
intermittently abundant and can be concentrated near
shore when winds blow them in from open water.
Generally, they will decrease in abundance with the
onset of cooler weather or a pronounced change in
wind patterns. The abundance can be patchy. The root
cause of population explosions of most invertebrate
marine life are not well understood."
Culter added that some biologists believe jellyfish
are becoming more common "possibly as a result of
over exploitation of higher predators, climate change
or increased nutrient levels due to pollution of the
nearshore areas. These types of community shifts are
difficult to explain because there is so little research
being conducted on this type of ecological interac-
tion and there are no monitoring programs designed
to observe these events."
Joe Westerman with Manatee County Marine
Rescue said that there have been six "hits" of jel-
lyfish on humans of late, three in the past week.
No stingray interactions so far, though.
Sorry for the below. Blame it on the boss, who
sent it to me.
A couple lived near the Gulf of Mexico and used
to walk the beach a lot. One summer they noticed a
girl who was at the beach pretty much every day.
She wasn't so different from the rest of the
crowd, nor was the travel bag she carried, except for
one thing. She would approach people who were sit-
ting on the beach, glance around, then speak to them.
Generally, the people would respond negatively and
she would wander off, but occasionally someone
would nod and there would be a quick exchange of
money for something she carried in her bag.
The couple assumed she was selling drugs and
debated calling law enforcement, but since they didn't
know for sure, they just continued to watch her.
After a couple of weeks of activity, the wife
asked, "Honey, have you ever noticed that she only
goes up to people with boom boxes and other elec-
He said he hadn't, and so she said, "Tomorrow, I
want you to get a towel and our big radio and go lie
out on the beach. Then we can find out what she's
Well, the plan went off without a hitch, and the
wife was almost hopping up and down with anticipa-
tion when she saw the girl talk to her husband and
The man met his wife at the road. "Well, is she
selling drugs?" she asked excitedly."
"No, she's not," he said, enjoying this probably
more than he should have.
"Well, what is it, then?" his wife fairly
The man grinned and said, "Her name is Sally
and she's a battery salesperson."
"Batteries?" cried the wife.
"Yes," he replied. "Sally sells C cells by the sea-
Sorry to be so corny, but maybe you got a
Jellyfish are off our shores, causing some stings to beachgoers. Beware if you're going in the water.
Islander Photo: Courtesy Pat Gentry
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Fall fishing kickoff: reds in bays, snook in passes
By Paul Roat
Fall has arrived and fishing is getting even
Tarpon are still being caught off the Sunshine
Skyway Bridge in Tampa Bay.
Redfish are starting to school in all the backwa-
ters. Trout action is also good in the bays.
Snook are thick in the passes and off the beaches
as they continue their migration into the bays.
Cobia are still a bit elusive in the Gulf of Mexico,
but snapper, grouper and an occasional kingfish catch
make up for the cobia-lack.
Watch the water temps and wait a bit for the king-
fish run to start.
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said tarpon are
still hitting by the Skyway Bridge on threadfin her-
ring, as well as early mornings in Longboat Pass.
Redfish are a good bet in all of the bays, with gold
spoons working best for the big ones. Fly fishers
also are having a ball with red catches, Danny said.
Moving a bit west, most of the passes still have lots
of snook along the shores. Farther offshore, there are
a few cobia, plus lots of snapper and grouper. And
kingfish are starting to show up, especially in the
shipping channel leading into Tampa Bay. He said he
pulled a 40-inch king from the water last week and
expects more and bigger to come.
At the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria, Tom
Cassetty said anglers there were catching lots of too-
small snook and too-big redfish of late. Legal snapper
are a good catch at the pier, as are flounder. The big
Goliath grouper is still hanging out around the dock,
At the Anna Maria City Pier, Jesus Rosario
said it's all mangrove snapper, redfish and Spanish
mackerel and some tarpon are being hooked, jumped
Capt. Mark Howard on SumoTime Charters
said he's finding beach and nearshore fishing action
picking up as fall weather starts. "I caught some
cobia off the artificial reefs this week," he said, "and
a friend caught a couple of kingfish off the 1-mile
reef." He's also catching snook off the beaches.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish
Charters said to expect "a cornucopia of action that
is sure to produce tasty treats in October." Warm
waters of the Gulf will begin to cool as our days get
shorter, sending most species into a feeding frenzy.
Gag grouper have started migrating closer to shore
anywhere there are rock piles or ledges. "Look for
them in about 25- to 100-feet of water, and they will
be hungry, getting fat to prepare for the winter." He's
also catching red grouper at the 100-foot depths in
the Gulf. "The fall kingfish run should start any day
now," Capt. Larry said, "even though there have been
some smoker kings around all year. The fall run can
get wild and crazy, especially when you chum a large
school. It's like trick-or-treats while bottom fishing
for grouper and snapper." He also is catching man-
grove and yellowtail snapper, as well as amberjack
at about 150-foot depths. He expects cobia to start to
show up soon, plus mahi-mahi and blackfin tuna.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee Jay II out
of Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez said even though
the weather remains very summerlike there are some
very subtle changes. "It took all summer, but now that
it's over we're seeing some normal afternoon and
evening thunderstorms in the coastal region." Heavy
rains help to drop the water temperatures a bit, but
the biggest change is the length of the day. "When the
daylight hours start to shorten, it triggers most of our
fish species to begin schooling up, moving around,
and most importantly, to feed very heavily in prepara-
tion for a spawn in some cases, or in anticipation of
some lean winter months ahead." He's been putting
his charters onto Spanish mackerel and expects king
mackerel to show any day. And he expects backwater
fishing for trout, redfish, snook, flounder, snapper and
sheepshead should to heat up.
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and may be
submitted to Paul Roat by e-mail at paul@islander.
Kids fishing contest Oct. 3
Children 5-12 years old can participate in the
annual fishing contest Saturday, Oct. 3, on the His-
toric Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach.
The contest will take place from 10 a.m. to
Entry is free, and so is the bait and tackle.
Organizers of the contest include Rotten Ralph's
at the Pier, the Historic Bridge Street Merchants
Association, The Fish Hole and the Bradenton Beach
Prizes will be awarded for the biggest catch, the
smallest catch, the weirdest catch and the most fish Good catch
caught in two hours. Danielle Pechous, 14, of Holmes Beach, caught
For more information, call Rotten Ralph's at 941- thi 15-pound snook while fishing with dad Tom in
778-1069. Anna Maria Sound earlier this month.
Island groups earn beautification awards
Keep Manatee Beautiful honored several Island
groups for efforts in beautifying and cleaning the
KMB, which held its annual awards luncheon in
Bradenton Sept. 24, recognized Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School, the Anna Maria Island Historical Soci-
ety, code enforcement departments in Anna Maria
and Holmes Beach and Shore Acres neighborhood
Recent Gator grad Kimberly Kuizon celebrated her
academic achievement with a trip to Europe, where
the journalist stopped in Cologne, Germany.
at the Anna Maria Island
* Private & Group Less
* Juniors & Adults
* Afterschool Program
* Summer Camp
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in Anna Maria, among others.
The awards for outstanding volunteer group
went to Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, which has been doing
quarterly cleanup of Business 41 in Palmetto since
1993; Southeast High School Key Club and Seminole
Pride for 20 cleanup during the 2008-09 school year;
Longboat Key Turtle Watch, which as been doing
monthly cleanup along the Gulf shore on Longboat
Key since 2003, and Southeast High School Seminole
Pride, which marked 155 storm drains with stormwa-
ter pollution prevention messages.
The "Leave Your Mark Keep America Beauti-
ful School of the Year" awards went to Anna Maria
Elementary, Braden River Middle and Palmetto High
Recycling awards went to Shane Henry and the
Landscaping awards went to Manatee Chamber
of Commerce Dan and Corrine McClure Center,
Honda Cars of Bradenton, Anna Maria Island His-
torical Society, Manatee County Area Transit, Glenn
Lakes in west Manatee County and Shore Acres in
Public service awards went to Jack Holloman,
Richard Suszek, the Anna Maria, Bradenton and
Holmes Beach code enforcement departments, the
Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Biological Tree
Services, Turner Tree & Landscape, Audubon Society
Felts Preserve, Manatee County Utilities Department,
Radio Clear Channel Radio of Sarasota, North River
News, Manatee Educational Television and Manatee
County 4-H Youth Program.
CO Licensed Captain Don Meilner
Prices start at just $15/hour per person!
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Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
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MJaI References available 941-720-7519
Marble & Granite Inc.
Counter tops, vanity tops,
bar tops and more.
;z Road W., Bradenton 941-580-9236
Service, Remodel, New Construction
Commercial and Industrial
United Electric LBK 941.756.5465
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The Big Picture...It's all about Real Estate.
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FULL-SIZE BED, good frame, box springs and mat-
tress. $50. Old desk, free. Call 941-545-9025.
MOON CRAB: PURPLE and orange. $25 or best
SURFBOARD: FIVE-foot, seven-inch. $25 or best
FREE CRT MONITORS: IBM 13-inch, 15-inch
e-machine. Great condition, both work. Can
deliver to Anna Maria Island if needed. Call 941 -
ARTIST SELLING UPRIGHT enlarge/reduction
machine, $75. Drawing table, rotates 45 degrees,
$50. Contact Cove, 954-292-6511.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may
advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or
less, 15 words or less. One week FREE. Deliver
in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
BALLROOM DANCE TEACHER needs students.
Your home or yoga studio. Island only, Robin,
NEW! "ANNA MARIA Island" Tervis Tumbler,
SweetPeas/Samplings, Holmes Beach. Great
tasting Florida wines! Plus, design your own
unique label. 941-778-8300. www.Sweet-
GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are welcome
to come and worship with us! Call 941-778-1813
or visit us at: www.gloriadeilutheran.com for wor-
ship times. 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Global market, market
connections. 941-302-3100. Terry. hayes@sothe-
MANATEE SAFETY SIGNS, exclusively for boat-
ers available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.
WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Priva-
teers are collecting new or used, repairable fish-
ing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to
give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander
newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday. 9 a.m.-noon. Saturday.
511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday and Satur-
day. Oct 2-3. Includes 1972 Corvette convertible.
8639 46th Ave. Circle W., off 86th Street West
and Cortez Road, Bradenton Heron's Watch.
SALE: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 3. Sea-doo, tools,
appliances, clothes, toys, more. 2306 Ave. C,
NIKI'S ISLAND TREASURES: Clearance blowout.
Antiques, vintage jewelry, wall art, beach decor
up to 90 percent off. All sterling jewelry 50-70
percent off. Open seven days. 5351 Gulf Drive,
MOVING SALE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3.
Lots of furniture and everything else. All must go!
518 56th St., Holmes Beach.
BIG SALE: 8:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday and
Sunday, Oct. 2-4. Component stereo system,
computer equipment, cameras, microwave, tools.
Corian countertops, household items, Christmas,
many things. 165 Crescent Ave., off Pine Ave.,
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.
LOST: SILVER AND gold watch. Great senti-
mental value. 34th St., Holmes Beach. Reward.
Please call 941-739-2281.
LOST: PUPPY, MARLEY. White with black spots,
one blue, one brown eye. Last seen area of 82nd
Street and Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-
FOUND AT LAUNDROMAT, Holmes Beach,
Monday, Sept. 14: Harley-Davidson T-shirt. Call
941-567-4301 to claim.
INDOOR CAT NEEDS home. Black and white,
long hair. Olivia, 941-713-2221.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
1995 FORD EXPLORER XLT: Great shape, very
reliable. Valued at $2,200, asking $1,950 or best
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED at AMI Art League,
Holmes Beach. Office and computer skills espe-
cially helpful. Call 941-778-2099.
ISLAND TUTORING. Manatee High School junior
Chris Perez tutors elementary or middle school
children. Call 941-778-2979.
CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified child
care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross train-
ing, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-4632
CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
I have experience with kids of all ages.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
First-aid certified, great with kids and animals!
Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.
NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter or
dog walker? Experienced. Certified in CPR. Call
the twins, Kayla and Ariel, 941-778-1746.
TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red
Cross certified in babysitting. Loves children. Call
Katie, 941-778-1491 or 941-447-4057.
TRISH AND KIM babysitting service, house
cleaning and pet sitting. Certified. Experienced.
Call 941-538-8922 or 941-538-2081.
LAWN MOWING/DOG walking? Will walk dogs
any day, mow lawns after 5 p.m. weekdays, after
11 a.m. weekends. 941-447-7092.
CALL ZACK, 13, for odd jobs. Will do anything
you need done after school and Saturdays. 941 -
RED CROSS LIFEGUARD for private parties at
your pool. $10/hour. Call Marie Durocher, 941-
CASSIE'S DOG WALKING and house sitting. I
can walk your dog anytime. 941-962-3373.
11-YEAR OLD girl can watch your 4-year old or
younger child. CPR-certified, references, expe-
rienced. Brianna, 941-448-9036.
HELP WITH SCHOOL WORK? Manatee High
School junior will tutor math, science, basic com-
puting skills. Patrick, 941-524-5686.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed
in person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
MORE LOCAL CLASSIFIED equals more readers.
"Movers Who Core."
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.
JISLA DER LASSIIED.
RESTAURANT: ISLAND BREAKFAST/lunch
eatery. Profitable, charming, easy to run. Confi-
dentiality agreement required. $95,000. Longview
WILL TRADE SUCCESSFUL mail order business
for home in Bradenton, Anna Maria Island area.
WELL-ESTABLISHED ALTERATION shop in
Holmes Beach for sale. Shop has been in busi-
ness over 12 years, has a large clientele. All
equipment, machines and notions included.
Please, call 941-798-3140, serious inquiries only
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-0944.
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engi-
neer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
BE PREPARED THIS hurricane season! Document
your home and valuables on video. Helps with
insurance! 941-538-8002. www.silvervideollc.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
TOTAL DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs,
replacements, sales, parts, storm catcher hur-
ricane covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro
doors, ODL inserts. TDWSINC@msn.com. 941-
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
778-7770. Leave message.
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura: Good references,
happy customers! 941-539-6891.
CHILDCARE IN YOUR home part or full-time.
29-year-old with 12 years experience. 941-920-
ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving in-home care for
your pets. Longtime Island resident, background
check, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-
2830 or 941-730-5693.
GRACE'S CLEANING SERVICE: Licensed and
bonded. Reasonable rates. Call for estimate.
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired
tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call
Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
COMPUTER GOT YOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 34
years of happy customers. Mom-Watch, Pet-
Watch, Storm-Check, windows, etc. Rentals our
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience. Gift boutique, nail products,
handbags, jewelry and sunglasses. 9908 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an appointment. 941 -
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 personalized service, call William
Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing massage
at your home. 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
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,
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
HOW TO PLACE A CLASSIFIED AD
Print and online classified ad submission:
CLASSIFIED RATES business or individual: Minimum $12 for up to 15 WORDS. 16-30 words: $20.
31-45 words: $40. Box: $4. (Phone number is a "word." Spell out all words except 2BR/2BA example.)
The classified print and online deadline is NOON Monday
Monday holidays result in deadline at NOON Friday (prior to desired publication date).
Run issue date(s)
Credit card payment: 1
Name shown on card:
House no. or P.O. box no. on cc bill
Your e-mail for renewal reminder:
Web site: www.islander.org
5404 Marina Drive
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or TFN start date:
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IAnnoMo. E-mail: email@example.com
Th e" Islan der Fax toll free: 1-866-362-9821
JISLA DER LASSIIE.S
Tailoring for Men
Open Tues-Fri 9-5
Sat by Appointment
521 39th St. W, Bradenton
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Serving the Island, LBK, Manatee & Sarasota Co0ii.i,-: :in- .. 1' co
New Construction Remodeling \
All Phases of Plumbing Repair & Service _
778-3924 or 778-4461 5508 Marina Drive, Holv,-: .ii,- .I pi'" Sat.
BOAT, RV & TRAILER STORAGE
Wash Down Easy Access Clean Security Cameras
941-232-9208 Rates starting at $40
Centrally located off Cortez Road 4523 30th St. W.
Warehouse/Workshops also available
Your Shuttle Service on Anna Maria Island
ShSuttl Sai-uica f/IlII Inc.
*^ V *Door-to-Door Shuttle
941-580-5777 Special Events
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1 item or Household
Free Estimates Affordable Rates
call IvIIke 739-2354
Licensed. IInsured FL tMover Reg. IMI.v601
Graduate of International Academy For men
~L of Fashion Design ~ Paris, France and women
ahia's Fashions ~ 941.447.7181
S 4708 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton
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JiuniorS' Lanl ds enpe & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants, -- -y
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup.. '"
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AMI ISLAND TAXI
professional, metered, on-call, gps, cards accepted
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
holmes beach, bradenton beach, anna maria
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IS L A A D
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 Bra-
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Call 941-807-1015.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your land-
scape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark Mark.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. Cell, 941-448-3857.
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured. Call Allen any-
time. Cell 941-224-8569.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/yard.
Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with
free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
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CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
PAINT: AVERAGE ROOM, $75. Customer sup-
plies paint. Exterior, one story. Pressure wash-
ing. Free estimates. New phone number! 941-
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.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
BONUS! CLASSIFIED ADS are posted early
online at www.islander.org.
SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
SANDPIPER 55-PLUS: Available Sept. 1.
2BR/1BA, furnished, bay water-view, walk to
beaches, carport, No smoking/pets. $675/month.
TROPICAL WATERFRONT: KEY Royale. 2BR/2BA
pool, spa, two boat lifts, designer interior, six
month to annual rental, $2,500/month. Available
Oct. 1. 941-730-1086.
3BR/2BA SEASONAL: Heart of Anna Maria.
Weekly, monthly, steps to beach, coffee shop,
theater, shops, restaurants. 941-737-9662.
ANNUAL: CUTE, FURNISHED 1 BR/1 BA duplex.
Lakefront with dock. Walk to beach. Double
garage with washer/dryer. No smoking, pets.
Holmes Beach. $875/month. 941-232-3704.
ANNUAL2BR/1 BA GROUND-level duplex, porch.
Anna Maria City, Spring Avenue. $875/month
includes water and trash. 941-778-7003.
STUDIO OR 1 BR/1 BA apartments for rent. Unfur-
nished. Close to beaches. First month plus secu-
rity to move in. No pets. Year lease. 941-792-
0411, after 4 p.m.
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, Bay-
shore High School, shopping. Annual $725/
month. Last month free! 941-650-3476.
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S esse risson Bro*rAssociate, gj
BRADENTON BEACH CLUB
condo with den. Built
Hin 2005, this like-new
condo has peeks of the
Gulf and a great rental
J parking, deeded beach
Turnkey furnished. A supreme value in today's market.
This property will not last long. $389,000.
Call Jesse Brisson
6 UNIT BEACH FRONT MOTEL with 1, 2 and 3 BR
turnkey-furnished units and shared heated pool.
TWO BEACH FRONT HOMES for the price of one.
2 BR/2BA each. Large garage & huge patio for entertaining.
Outstanding rental history.
Nor a -941-778-6696
Norman 3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
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THE SANCTUARY: 1 BR/1 BA, washer and dryer,
water included, on lake, screened porch, carpet-
ing, close to MCC, shopping. Annual rental $700/
month. Last month free! Call 941-650-3476.
ROOMMATE: $575/MONTH includes utilities.
Pool, washer and dryer. Background check
required. Holmes Beach. 941-778-5080.
MARTINIQUE BEACHFRONT CONDO: Fully fur-
nished 2BR/2BA. Lanai, garage, tennis, heated
pool, laundry, ocean view. Jan. 1 through April
15, 2010. 423-884-2598.
OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL space. 625
sf, $500/month. Also 1,800 sf. 8799 Cortez Road.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach. 941-794-5980. www.
BEST WATER VIEW on the Island. 2BR/1BA
unfurnished ground-floor apartment. Beach-
front patio, pool, laundry. $1,100/month plus
deposit. Corner of South Bay Boulevard and
Spring Avenue, Anna Maria. 786-375-9633 or
ISLAND BUSINESS OWNER with two well-trained
dogs below 25 pounds needs annual rental on
Anna Maria. Looking for 2BR/2BA or bigger. No
WANTED: ANNUAL RENTAL. 2BR/2BA close to
beach, room to store kayak and bike. On Anna
Maria Island. Call Dan, 941-705-5561.
4BR/4BA IN NORTHWEST Bradenton for rent.
Two blocks from boat ramp. Call 941-224-
LARGE DUPLEX: 2,000 sf with garage. Sunny
Shores. Quiet, close to beaches. Available now.
WINTER SPECIAL: Nov.1 -May 1, $1,000/month.
55-plus 2BR/2BA doublewide. 15 minutes to
beach. Pool, sauna, recreation room, seats 1,000
for dinner. Cable, big TV, washer and dryer. Will
sell for $49,000, includes lot. 863-688-3524 or
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED HALF duplex: 1 BR/1 BA
nice unit with white tile floors, close to beach,
$700/month. 2BR/2BA, tile floors, $725/month.
No pets. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 941-778-
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1 BA or 2BR/1 BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
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. $74,900. 513-470-3851.
BUILD WEALTH! Call or e-mail for our free bro-
chure. Discover how easy it is to build wealth
through short sales and foreclosures. Adkins
Florida Group, Wagner Realty. Free@AdkinsFlor-
NEW CANALFRONT HOME: 4BR/4.5BA. Study,
den, lanai, pool. $1,450,000. Brokers protected.
215 Chilson, Anna Maria. 941-567-6600.
WATERFRONT LOT: BREATHTAKING Sunshine
Skyway Bridge view. 230 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. $550,000. 941-778-0019.
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-
SACRIFICE: DUPLEX 2BR/1.5BA and 1 BR/1 BA,
mid-Island. $260,000. 3501 Sixth Ave., Holmes
Beach. Call 813-645-8738.
"DISTRESS" SALE: BANK foreclosures. Island
and mainland properties. Free list with pictures.
Call Vince Meaney, 941-315-1501. www.mana-
ISLAND "FIXER-UPPERS" from $289,900. These
homes need work. From $289,900. Call Vince
Meaney, Horizon Realty, 941-315-1501.
SHOREWALK Bradenton. 2BR/2BA condo.
Turnkey furnished. On-site management and
short-term rentals. Virtual tour, MLS M5807253.
$155,000. Call Pam Edgington, 941 812 6324.
Prudential Florida Realty. www.gopam.com.
KEY ROYALE: UPDATED 3BR/2BA. Pool, boat
slip. $550,000 for quick sale. Owner, realtor, 941 -
356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
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 $225/
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 avail-
able. Call now, 866-352-2249. www.fllandoffer.
VIRGINIA MOUNTAIN LAND auction: 15 acreage
tracts, absolute/reserve lots, Cove Creek Com-
munity, Tazewell County, Va., October 17. Iron
Horse Auction, VAAL580. 800-997-2248. www.
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PALMA SOLA 3BR/2BA, pool, large lot, short block to bay.
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RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT, 2BR/2BA condo, downstairs
end unit. Clubhouse, pool, tennis. $129,000.
GULFFRONT 1 & 2 BR, Available now. Weekly, monthly.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Annual or seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, ool, boatdock,
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