PAR files three new
ROR plans. Page 4
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extended. Page 4
Op/ed: The Islander
opinion, your opin-
ions. Page 6
Court. Page 9
The year in review: January-June 2009
By Lisa Neff
Galati Marine to make Super appear-
ance: Galati Marine represented Anna Maria
Island during Super Bowl week in Tampa.
"We' ve been invited to bring a luxury yacht
for display alongside Jackson's Restaurant
at Harbor Island in Tampa during one of the
parties," said Chris Galati. The party was
hosted by Jim Carrey and Carmen Electra.
Gas line to get tested: Bradenton Beach
city commissioners gave Tampa Electric
Company/Peoples Gas permission to test a
new natural gas line as they neared finaliza-
tion of a franchise agreement. But during
a meeting Jan. 8, commissioners continued
to show frustration with how the company
handled the process a rush to install the
line but long delays in negotiating a fran-
Ready for the runway: Relaxing behind
the scenes of the Wedding Festival fashion
show outside Acqua Aveda Salon in Holmes
Beach Jan. 25. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Disappearance reaches two-month
mark: Sabine Musil-Buehler went missing the
night Barack Obama won the White House.
The motel owner's enthusiasm over Obama's
Judge denies motion to
dismiss Buehler case
New Year's events.
spending. Page 13
The Greatest Gen-
eration: Bombs away
in Berlin. Page 20
What to do on the
Island, and off.
Sports: Flag football
season to start.
Fishing: Catch is
best between cold
fronts. Page 25
New locations, new
members, new year.
Thomas Buehler, husband of missing Sabine Musil-Buehler, in a preliminary hearing
to have his wife declared legally deceased. Islander Photo: Courtesy Tiffany Tompkins-
By Lisa Neff
Circuit Court Judge Edward Nicholas
Dec. 22 denied a life insurance company's
motion to dismiss a court petition to declare
missing motel-owner Sabine Musil-Buehler
Musil-Buehler has not been seen since
Nov. 4, 2008. Her estranged husband, Tom
Buehler, with whom she ran Haley's Motel
in Holmes Beach, has
B -j asked the circuit court
7 1 to declare her dead.
S On Dec. 23, Nich-
K ^^olas held a hearing -
less than 30 minutes
S' on a motion to dis-
. _'__ _ miss filed by attorney
Musil-Buehler Kathy M iIn'. who
represents Great American Life Insurance Co.
Great American issued a $300,000 life insur-
ance policy on Musil-Buehler that names Tom
Buehler as the beneficiary.
"Our basic objection is to the fact that
we don't belong in this case," Massing told
Nicholas. "Our client should not be a party at
Massing reviewed her motion, which
claimed three problems with the petition for
declaratory relief filed by attorney William
Meeks on behalf of Buehler.
The motion stated, "Florida law is clear.
Where an insured has disappeared or is oth-
erwise missing, a cause of action against a
carrier, based on a life insurance policy, does
not accrue until the expiration of the five-year
PLEASE SEE BUEHLER, NEXT PAGE
candidacy and her excitement on election day
make the date of the Holmes Beach woman's
disappearance easy to remember: Nov. 4,
2008. In January, the candidate Musil-Buehler
had promoted with a campaign sign outside
Haley's Motel took the oath of office.
Trolley advertising stalls: The campaign
to sell ads on the Island trolley proved to be
less than a stellar success. Manatee County
Area Transit division manager Ralf Heseler
said that only one advertiser the Beach
Bistro restaurant in Holmes Beach took
out a $384 12-week ad on the trolley's elec-
tronic message board. The amount of advertis-
ing was a far cry from the $50,000 officials
hoped to reap annually.
City introduces conceptual moor-
ing field: A preliminary plan for Bradenton
Beach's mooring field got a test cruise Jan. 15
and it proved buoyant. The city, in partnership
PLEASE SEE REVIEW, PAGE 8
missing from LA
By Lisa Neff
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Depart-
ment is searching for a former Anna Maria
Island woman missing since Oct. 18.
Dawn Marie Viens, 37, of Lomita, Calif.,
was last seen leaving work at the Thyme
Contemporary Cafe in Los Angeles County,
according the LASD.
She did not take her car.
LASD officials said there was no indica-
tion of foul play in Viens' disappearance.
According to the Daily Breeze newspaper
in California, neighbors have expressed con-
cern about Viens' wellbeing. Her family, not
husband David Robert Viens, filed the missing
The Viens lived on Anna Maria Island
several years ago. They owned a home in
Holmes Beach and operated the Beach City
Market & Grille in Bradenton Beach.
In 2005, the Manatee County Sheriff's
Office led a raid at the market and home.
David Viens was arrested Jan. 6, 2005,
on suspicion of marijuana possession with
intent to sell or distribute within 1,000 feet
PLEASE SEE MISSING, PAGE 3
Dawn Viens, center, at the former Beach
City Market she owned with husband David
Viens in Bradenton Beach. It is now the
location of Jamrocks Restaurant.
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Buehler FROM PAGE I
"She's been missing just over one year," Massing
said at the hearing, adding that the facts do not show
"that a declaration of death should be granted at this
Furthermore, Massing said that coverage under
the insurance policy has not been triggered because
Buehler has not filed a claim and the insurer has not
received a death certificate.
Additionally, Massing said, Meeks' filing did not
include a copy of the insurance policy, a technicality
that should result in dismissal.
Meeks, responding, said that case law suggests
that the insurance company has an interest in the case,
and that's why he named the company as a defen-
"If the insurance company doesn't want to be
involved ... then we don't care," Meeks said.
The court will hold another hearing on whether
Musil-Buehler should be declared dead, but Meeks, at
last week's hearing, emphasized, "The sheriff's depart-
ment is conducting a homicide investigation."
Musil-Buehler was last seen by her boyfriend,
William Cumber, who is now in prison on an unre-
lated charge. He has told Manatee County Sheriff's
Office investigators that Musil-Buehler left their
apartment in Anna Maria after an argument Nov. 4,
Musil-Buehler's car was found Nov. 6, 2008,
after a high-speed chase in Bradenton. The vehicle
had been stolen from a 14th Street parking lot and
contained some of Musil-Buehler's possessions, as
well as her blood.
She was declared a missing person that day, but
the MCSO has said that she was likely killed.
Florida law provides for the issuance of a death
certificate for "a person who is absent from the place
of his or her last known domicile for a continuous
period of five years and whose absence is not satis-
factorily explained after diligent search and inquiry
is presumed to be dead."
By Nick Walter
Laura Shely came to Anna Maria Island five
years ago from Stillwater, Minn., a small town
where she never feared her jewelry and clothing
shop would be burglarized.
As the owner of Tide and Moon Jewelry and
Gifts in the AMI Plaza in downtown Holmes
Beach, Shely felt the same security until the morn-
ing of Dec. 18, when burglars broke through her
store's glass door and stole what she estimated to
be half of her raw materials. They also smashed
display cases and her cash register.
As of Dec. 24, the Holmes Beach Police
Department had not made an arrest, but said offi-
cers were reviewing footage from a surveillance
camera located on the plaza walkway of the bur-
glars outside of Tide and Moon.
At 6:30 p.m. Jan. 7, HBPD will host a crime-
prevention program at city hall, 5801 Marina
Shely, meanwhile, is recovering.
She said Island residents have helped.
"I want to thank everyone who called and
offered assistance and purchased merchandise
from me last week since this horrible thing hap-
pened," Shely said. "It showed it is still a good
community on the Island and there are still good
people out there, and I thank them from the bottom
The law also states, that "evidence showing that
the absent person was exposed to a specific peril of
death may be a sufficient basis for the court determin-
ing at any time after such exposure that he or she died
less than five years after the date on which his or her
of my heart. And I hope I make it through the
Shely thinks she'll never get the merchandise
or money back.
"It's not coming back to me," she said. "I've
got to find a way to recoup it. I'm thinking of pos-
sibly adding a new product to the store. But I'm
not closing it. The [burglars] are not going to run
me out of business because they're creepers."
Mister Roberts Resortwear, the Color of
Coconut and AMI Fitness, across Gulf Drive
from Tide and Moon in the S&S Plaza, also were
burglarized Dec. 18, all before 7 a.m. Staff and
owners from the Color of Coconut and Mister
Roberts said that they were doing well despite
Peggy Dean, an owner of Color of Coconut,
said she is proud of the efforts of the HBPD.
"I give them a lot of credit," she said. "I just
hope the burglars get caught and get rehab for
Shely would like to see the burglars go to
prison. In the meantime, she's picking up the
pieces of an injured business.
"I re-opened the day after the burglary and
found a cash register on Craigslist," Shely said.
"I'm operating with half my inventory at the
beginning of the season and there's no way to
Buehler's complaint states, "Sabine Musil-Bue-
hler was exposed to a specific peril of death in that
the evidence would show that on that date she was
abducted and killed."
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ScenicWAVES to pursue
By Lisa Neff
With a go-ahead from city commissioners, a Bra-
denton Beach advisory committee will open the new
year with an effort to open discussion on improve-
ments to the city gateway.
Commissioners recently authorized the Scenic-
WAVES advisory committee to pursue improvements
to the entrance to Bradenton Beach at Gulf Drive and
ScenicWAVES is a group of volunteers that
meets monthly to recommend improvements to the
city's waterfront and scenic highway on Gulf Drive.
In 2009, the committee identified improving the gate-
way as a priority.
Committee members have discussed two
approaches improving the area at the west ter-
minus of Cortez Road or creating a streetscape-like
Missing from LA FROM PAGE 1
of a school, possession of opium, possession of a
firearm by a convicted felon. He also was arrested
on suspicion of trafficking marijuana.
On April 5, 2005, the state attorney dropped all
In Los Angeles County, the Viens operated
Thyme Contemporary Cafe, which opened later in
2009, replacing another Viens' restaurant, Basil and
Dawn Viens has red hair, brown eyes, a tattoo of
a yellow butterfly on her right hip, a star tattoo on an
ankle and is about 110 pounds. She is about 5 feet 7
The LASD is asking that information about
Viens' whereabouts be reported to 323-890-5500.
gateway over Cortez Road.
Both approaches would involve negotiations with
To erect a gateway over Cortez Road would
require the involvement of the Florida Department
To improve the gateway on property at the end of
Cortez Road would involve negotiations with private
property owners, and probably state officials.
'There is a private parcel where we thought we
had a street end," city building official Steve Gilbert
has told the committee.
Gilbert said property owners could be asked if
they might agree to a lease that could lead to the
placement of a gateway art installation and possibly
a pocket park.
'The problem now is there isn't room in DOT's
right of way to do the project right now," Gilbert
In late November, city commissioners voted to
give ScenicWAVES committee members permission
to contact Melvin Miller, who owns the property just
west of the intersection.
'The commission is giving the committee the
permission to contact [the property owner] and
see if they can work out any kid of a deal," said
Commissioner Janie Robertson, liaison to Scenic-
Robertson said that approach seemed more
affordable and amiable than negotiating through
She noted that the private property at the
beach end of Cortez Road cannot be developed
and could be an important location for landscap-
ing or public art.
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Anna Maria City
Jan. 11,5:30 p.m., code enforcement board meeting.
Jan. 13, 6:30 p.m., environmental, enhancement
education committee meeting.
Jan. 14, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Jan. 28, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-708-
Jan. 4, 1 p.m., ScenicWAVES meeting.
Jan. 7, 1 p.m., city pier team meeting.
Jan. 7, 6:30 p.m., crime-prevention program.
Jan. 7, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Jan. 14, 5 p.m., planning and zoning board meeting.
Jan. 21, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., 941-
778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.oi ',.
Jan. 6, 5 p.m., parks and beautification meeting.
Jan. 12, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Jan. 21, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
Jan. 26, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Jan. 28, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive, 941-
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Jan. 21, 6 p.m., district commission meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive, Holmes
Jan. 1 is New Year's Day and government offices,
as well as The Islander office, are closed.
Jan. 5, 4 p.m., Manatee County Council of Govern-
ments meeting, Manatee Convention and Civic Center, 1
Haben Blvd., Palmetto.
Jan. 18, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation Planning
Organization meeting. Site to be determined.
Jan. 20, Barrier Island Elected Officials meeting.
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PAR files three ROR plans, Hunts set to go
By Rick Catlin
Pine Avenue Restoration LLC in November sub-
mitted three site plans to the Anna Maria building
department for retail-office-residential construction
on Pine Avenue.
PAR already has completed ROR complexes at
315 Pine Ave. and 317 Pine Ave., and ROR projects
are under way at 401 Pine Ave. and 503 Pine Ave.
PAR's site plans call for an ROR building at 210
Pine Ave. that will be two upper-level residential
units over two retail units. The project at 216 Pine
Ave. also is planned for two residential units over two
retail units, as is the plan at 308 Pine Ave.
Currently, only 210 Pine Ave. is a vacant lot. The
remaining two lots have residential structures on them
that will be torn down for the ROR construction.
PAR's already approved project at 503 Pine
Ave. Cozy Corner will preserve the current
residence, which was built about 80 years ago, while
erecting a maximum of six retail units and three resi-
dences around the house.
Mike Coleman of PAR said the name Cozy
Corner has been associated with that address for a
number of years. None of the other PAR projects are
identified by a specific name, just the associated street
"Cozy Corner will preserve the old historic house
at the site, while adding the retail units and three
residences," he said.
Coleman also said PAR has not been not trying
to "beat the system" by submitting three site plans in
November, just following the "laws and regulations
currently in place" in Anna Maria.
City Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus said at the
Dec. 3 commission meeting that he believes PAR
submitted its site plans in anticipation of new site-
plan review procedures those that he proposed.
An effort by Stoltzfus at that meeting to put a
moratorium on site-plan approvals was rejected by
Commission Chairman John Quam and city attorney
Coleman said the November filing of the three
projects was the culmination of a long period of prep-
aration. "These projects have been in the planning
stages for months," he said.
According to the plans, PAR owns the property
at 216 Pine Ave. and 308 Pine Ave., while it has a
three-year lease-option contract on the 210 Pine Ave.
That contract was signed April 2, while the prop-
erty at 308 Pine Ave. was purchased in June 2008.
The Hunt project
PAR is not the only developer with ambitions for
ROR projects on Pine Avenue.
In 2004, Robert and Nicki Hunt submitted plans
for a three-story ROR complex at Pine Avenue and
North Shore Drive that was to be 50 percent residen-
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Hunts call for PAR plan denial
FAR development location: 308 Fine Ave.
at 303 Pine
ROR PLANS FROM PAGE 4
tial and 50 percent retail.
According to building official Bob Welch, he still
needs engineering and one inspection report from the
Hunts before he issues a building permit.
"I'm all ready to go," said Welch.
The city commission originally denied the Hunts
site-plan application based on what commissioners
deemed ambiguous language in the ROR ordinance,
despite an opinion by Dye that the site plan met city
The Hunts successfully sued and the commission
decision was overturned in 2005.
The Hunt property was the subject of controversy
during the November city election, when Commis-
sioner Christine Tollette, seeking re-election, and
candidate David Gryboski were erroneously blamed
for removing a large Poinciana tree on the Hunts'
By Rick Catlin
Battle lines appear to be drawn in Anna Maria
as a developer of retail-office-residential property on
Pine Avenue has now engaged in a legal scuffle.
Attorney Dan Lobeck, representing two cou-
ples, Robert and Nicki Hunt and Robert and Coleen
Muzzy, developers of the lot at the corner of Pine
Avenue and North Shore Drive, has challenged the
density in the city code as compared with the goals
of the 2007 comprehensive plan. He further made
a demand that the city deny an application by Pine
Avenue Restoration LLC for an ROR project on a
5,000 square-foot lot on Pine Avenue.
In his Dec. 23 letter to the city, Lobeck said the
city must immediately change its codes to meet the
required six units per acre as called for by policy
1.2.1 of the comp plan. Otherwise, indicated Lobeck,
his clients could pursue legal action.
Lobeck said that his clients believe a recently
submitted site plan calls for an ROR structure on a
5,000-square-foot lot on Pine Avenue.
"If that is accurate," wrote Lobeck, "approval
of that site plan shall be denied on the basis that the
proposed project would exceed the maximum resi-
dential density for the ROR district" as provided in
the comprehensive plan.
Although Lobeck's letter did not mention PAR by
name, the only site plans for ROR projects on Pine
Avenue submitted to the city the past two months
have come from PAR.
The maximum allowed density in the ROR zone
is six units per acre, Lobeck said, and the submitted
site-plan density exceeds that number.
According to Lobeck, the comp-plan policy
requires a property owner to have a minimum lot
size of 7,260 square feet to "ensure that no more than
six residential units would be constructed per gross
acre as required by the comprehensive plan."
The present code, however, allows an owner of
a 5,000 square-foot lot to construct a residential unit,
"which would be the equivalent of permitting 8.7
residential units per acre," wrote Lobeck.
The attorney said his letter is a "demand" for the
city to comply with its own comp plan and state law
and take "immediate action" to amend Section 114-
282 to "be consistent with its own comp plan."
Before filing for an administrative hearing with the
Florida Department of Community Affairs to determine
the consistency of the land-development regulation,
Lobeck said his clients are petitioning the city to bring
the LDR in compliance with the comp plan.
Lobeck said he represents the Hunts and the
Muzzys as the owners of Pineapple Corner LLC,
which owns 303 Pine Ave., also known as 96 N.
Shore Drive on county records.
Mike Coleman of PAR declined to comment on
the legal petition, but did note that the opposition is
"now out in the open."
PAR has three city-approved Pine Avenue ROR
site plans, including one for a completed project and
for a project under way. The company recently sub-
mitted three additional site plans, including one for
a 5,000 square foot lot at 216 Pine Ave.
The Hunts received approval for their ROR proj-
ect in 2006 after successfully suing the city in Mana-
tee County Circuit Court to allow a three-story ROR
structure with 50 percent residential. Construction
has not yet begun at the site, but site preparation has
Efforts to reach Mayor Fran Barford for comment
were unsuccessful last week, but the mayor's normal
procedure when presented with a legal notice or lawsuit
is to refer the matter to the city attorney
City commissioners, particularly Chuck Webb, who
is an attorney, have said on a number of occasions that
many LDRs are inconsistent with the comp plan.
The commission and planning and zoning board
have begun the process of correcting LDRs to match
the comp plan, but it's a long and tedious process,
Webb has said.
Lobeck and his firm also have represented Wil-
liam and Barbara Nally of Spring Avenue in several
disputes with the city, particularly regarding the Sand-
bar Restaurant and its site plan for improvements.
303 Pine not legal address
According to the Manatee County Property
Appraisers Web site, the primary address loca-
tion for the property owned by Pineapple Corner
LLC is 96 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, not 303
The North Shore Drive address is on the
western corner of the Pine Avenue-North Shore
The Web site designates 96 North Shore
Drive as vacant residential property, with a
zoning and future land-use designation of retail-
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New year, new you?
New year's resolutions are about a dime a dozen
when you value them based on staying power.
We looked on the Web for some insight into new
year's resolutions, and one of the first sites that pops
up is the self-actualization learning center.
At that Web site, you sign up to get special access
to a coach and coaching insights. But that's as far on
the page as we ventured. The text was so poorly writ-
ten and the grammar and punctuation were so bad, we
were driven back to Google to narrow our search.
Another venture on the World Wide Web took us
to the top resolution. More than 50 percent of Ameri-
cans say they plan to spend more time with family and
friends, according to some national polls.
With that in mind, we think you should resolve
to meet one family member or friend at least once a
week at an Island eatery, coffee shop, gallery, library,
beach, pier, preserve or fitness center. That should put
you in a good percentage for improvement.
That's because next on the list of resolutions that
people make most is getting fit. Fitness. Working out.
Increasing cardio. Building core strength. Good goals,
and good for you, but this is the resolution that takes
the early slide. Still, regular exercise is one of the
best things you can do for yourself, and if the family
depends on you, this could go a long way toward
resolution No. 1.
The best day starts with a walk. Bundle up for
cold, dress down for heat, hook up the dog and head
out the door. Don't worry about how you look or
where the path takes you just walk. A couple of
weeks of it and you'll be anxious for your walk time
every day. It's the very best way to start the day, even
if you have to get up a little earlier to enjoy it.
You might also get to know your neighbors better,
appreciate your streetscape and the sights and smells
Resolve now to communicate with your kids or
grandkids, whatever age, with whatever means they
employ and enjoy. Phone, text, instant message, Face-
book or MySpace or pay them a face-to-face. It's not
the how, but that you do it.
Quick, resolve to quit texting while driving.
Someone soon will invent talk-to-text software.
Adjust your focus. Stop worrying about what was
and adjust your sunshades to look forward.
Let's all resolve to have a better year and make it
the one commitment you keep.
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New Year's Resolutions By Egan
Some recent articles have noted that Save Anna
Maria Inc. has had poor attendance at its meetings.
The following chronology will attempt to show
some of the reasons committees suffer:
In the early 1980s, the Beach Action Commit-
tee was formed with a 12-member board. Meetings
held at the St. Bernard Catholic Church were always
filled to capacity, with people interested in the facts
of beach restoration and renourishment.
During seven years of these meetings, a chapter
of the Florida Shore Beach Preservation Association
was formed, consisting of 150 members.
In 1992, beach renourishment was begun, and
attendance at these meetings soon declined.
The group dwindled to 25 members. It certainly
felt like once a project was complete, members lost
In 1995, SAM was formed. A lot of work and
studies resulted in our group giving the MPO and
FDOT a recommendation for a lower bridge.
A lawsuit against the DOT regarding impropri-
eties resulted in an order by the Florida Department
of Administrative Hearings not to approve the high,
fixed-span bridge at the Manatee Avenue location.
The DOT shelved its plans to build a mega bridge.
Soon thereafter, SAM experienced the exact
same scenario. Members of SAM thought the threat
was over, lost interest and dropped out.
In 1999, the DOT appealed the ruling and lost
again. It quickly revised plans in 2002 and rehabili-
tated the bridge.
During the 2008 Manatee Avenue bridge rehab,
Manatee government was changing and the DOT
again brought up replacing this bridge.
It is obvious the DOT is quietly determined to
build a mega-bridge even though it has been told
"no" at every single public inquiry and hearing.
A group of 13 individuals and politicians decided
to attend SAM meetings and tried to join this group.
They wanted to end the success and dedication of
SAM and these hard-working movers and shakers.
Directors of SAM were told it was an attempt to take
over and change our groups direction.
Katie Pierola, Bradenton
One of the most delightful things I do as a com-
missioner is tour our city and ogle all the festive holi-
Every year I see the time, effort, and creativity
involved in the displays of holiday spirit. The winning
selections are always a challenge for the judges.
This year, aside from our winners, I want to com-
mend displays at the Pines Trailer Park, 200 Bay Drive,
all of Bridge Street and consistent efforts in the "Ave-
nues" thank you, mayor, your home was brilliant.
The winners of the city's holiday lights contest
Residential: 1. 105 10th St. S., for consistent
effort. 2. 2404 Ave. A for variety.
Commercial: 1. Drift In, for bright bikes. 2.
Linger Longer, for the dolphin delight.
Honorable mention: Bungalow Beach beau-
tiful and blue.
Thank you all for the treat.
Janie Robertson, Bradenton Beach commis-
Tide & Moon thanks
I would like to thank everyone who called, came
in and purchased merchandise from me at Tide &
Moon Jewelry in the past week.
Although this is a very difficult time for me and
my little shop, you have all made this a little bit less
painful and a little bit less stressful.
Once again, thank you so much.
Laura Shely, Tide and Moon, Holmes Beach
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Family of drowning victim sues
By Lisa Neff
The wife of a man who drowned near Longboat
Pass July 4 has filed a wrongful death suit in Manatee
County Circuit Court.
Jose H. Medina, 30, of Deltona, drowned while
operating a personal watercraft at the entrance to
Longboat Pass near Bradenton Beach.
Three people Medina, wife Christie Soto and a
friend were riding a personal watercraft about 2 p.m.
on July 4 when the accident happened, according to the
Manatee County Emergency Medical Service.
Medina was on his wife's Jet Ski when its engine
failed. He attempted to restart the craft, but, according
to the suit, "was swept by the strong outgoing ebb tidal
current within the waters towards Longboat Pass."
Authorities said witnesses saw Medina, who was
wearing a lifejacket, trying to pull the watercraft to
the shore, but then he was no longer visible.
Medina was swept toward the barge and forced
underneath, where he was trapped "rather than being
allowed to drift freely with the channel of water push-
ing through Longboat Pass, thereby causing his tragic
death by di<%i nin_'." the suit alleges.
Soto, who has five children, filed a 37-page law-
suit Dec. 21, naming McCulley Marine Services, Tug
Champion, John McCulley and Michael Hollings-
worth as defendants.
Soto, represented by the Faddis and Warner law
firm of Casselberry, is seeking unspecified damages
in the suit, which alleges that the defendants, while
working on an artificial reef project for Manatee
County, obstructed the waterway.
The suit states, "defendants individually, and
jointly as joint ventures, knew or should have known
that the mooring of a barge and its accompanying
tug astern within Coquina Beach and Bayside Park,
immediately adjacent to a public boat ramp and its
navigable waters immediately adjacent thereto, uti-
lized by hundreds of Jet Ski enthusiasts on July 4
weekend, would constitute an obstruction of naviga-
tion" in violation of U.S. Coast Guard regulations.
At press time, representatives from McCulley
Marine Services had not been reached.
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 30, 2009 0 7
In the Dec. 30, 1999, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Members of Anna Maria's parking committee
were divided on a proposal by committee member
Dale Woodland to have all streets declared open to
parking unless a majority of property owners voted
to close parking to the public and allow parking only
by residents. The committee was formed following
complaints by residents on beach-access streets about
littering, excessive noise and blocking of driveways
Holmes Beach city commissioners agreed to
support an application by Bradenton Beach to the
Florida Department of Transportation to have Gulf
Drive (State Road 789) designated as a scenic high-
way. Such a designation would allow Bradenton
Beach to apply for grants for landscaping and other
improvements along the highway.
West Manatee Fire Rescue Chief Andy Price
said Island emergency officials would be monitor-
ing the change from 1999 to 2000 the Y2K effect
- on New Year's Eve, but there were no plans to
activate the Island Emergency Operation Center
that evening as suggested by the Florida Division of
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with Scheda Ecological Associates, hosted a public
meeting on its effort to draft a master recreational
Anna Maria, Fiskes reach agreement: Anna
Maria's code enforcement board agreed at its Jan.
12 meeting to approve a settlement between Jack and
Evelyn Fiske and the city that brought to a close the
nine-month code violation case against the couple.
The Fiskes were given 180 days to comply with the
Cold, windy weather blows in: An early morn-
ing storm Jan. 20 knocked down tree limbs, loosened
some utility wires and damaged at least one roof on
Anna Maria Island. The storm ushered in an arctic
cold front that prompted Florida emergency man-
agement officials to issue a flurry of warnings about
Privateers collecting fishing gear: The Anna
Maria Island Privateers began collecting fishing poles
- new, used and even broken to repair and give
to children. Any fishing gear was appreciated, includ-
ing bait nets, bait buckets and tackle. Donors began
leaving fishing gear at the newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach and still are.
Accused priest: I need your prayers: "No,
never, not ever," said the Rev. Jean Ronald Joseph,
denying before a crowd of about 150 people an
allegation of sexual misconduct with a 16-year-old
boy in 1993. Joseph, 44, learned in late August of
the accusation against him. In Holmes Beach City
Hall Jan. 21, Joseph addressed a crowd of about 150
people, many of them supporters holding small, white
Groups threaten suit to protect turtles: A coali-
tion of conservation groups announced their intent to
sue if the federal government did not act to protect sea
turtles in the Gulf of Mexico. The groups' announce-
ment came after fisheries observer data revealed that
the Gulf of Mexico bottom long-line fishery, which
targets reef fish such as grouper and tilefish, resulted
in the capture of nearly 1,000 threatened and endan-
gered sea turtles between July 2006 and the end of
BB commissioners consider BOA changes:
The Bradenton Beach City Commission began con-
sidering an ordinance intended to reduce costs and
refine the process for reviewing building department
appeals and variance applications. All such requests
were going to the board of adjustment for review and
a recommendation to the city commission. The group
of appointed volunteer citizens in recent months has
had difficulty with attendance at meetings.
FEMA-sponsored home demolition to advance:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency placed
Cortez cooking: Rick Gullett serves up smoked mullet samples to a crowd at the Cortez Commercial Fish-
ing Festival Feb. 21. Proceeds from the event raised money for the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage.
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
a home in the 6800 block of Holmes Boulevard in
its severe repetitive-loss flood program and gave
property owners Michael and Cynthia Rushforth few
options. On Jan. 27, the Holmes Beach City Commis-
sion authorized the mayor and public works super-
intendent Joe Duennes to proceed with the project.
City officials were as unenthusiastic about the deal
as the Rushforths. "We lose the tax revenue forever,"
said Mayor Rich Bohnenberger. "It can never be built
State sees high count in manatee survey: Man-
atees may not be easy to find in the water around
Anna Maria Island in the winter, but winter is the
best time for state officials to count the endangered
marine animals protected by state and federal laws.
With the passage of several cold fronts over Florida
in a short period, manatees clustered in warm-water
sites. The cold, along with clear weather and waters,
allowed state scientists to conduct its annual synoptic
survey the week of Jan. 19 and get a count.
Islander Davis' books fit for a king: Holmes
Beach resident and southeast Asia expert Kent Davis
has been honored by Carol Rodley, U.S. ambassador
to Cambodia, with the presentation of two books he
published on Cambodia to that country's king as part
of her official diplomatic arrival in the country. The
books were Rodley's official gifts to King Sihamoni
at the ceremony where she presented her formal
diplomatic papers upon her arrival in Phnom Penh,
DOT quashes Island cooperation effort: The
Florida Department of Transportation pulled the plug
on an interlocal agreement between Anna Maria and
simply the best
Holmes Beach that would have aided Anna Maria's
effort to build a boardwalk at the city pier. Anna
Maria's transportation enhancement grant commit-
tee at its February meeting gave approval for the two
cities to proceed with an agreement that would allow
Anna Maria to plan and engineer the boardwalk using
the Holmes Beach local area planning certification
issued by the DOT. But because Anna Maria was in
line for a federal grant administered by the DOT, the
proposal had to gain DOT approval.
City enacts temporary mooring regs: New reg-
ulations for the waters that Bradenton Beach controls
were put in place by vote of the city commission. The
ordinance unanimously approved in a final reading
Feb. 5 provided temporary regulations until the city
can enact an anchorage and mooring field plan and
hire a harbor master.
County board denies Cortez land vacation: Iris
LeMasters petitioned the county to vacate a 60-foot-
wide platted-but-undeveloped roadway adjacent to
her undeveloped property which is situated in the
middle of the 100-acre Florida Institute for Saltwater
Heritage Preserve. The FISH Preserve was purchased
several years ago with the intent of creating a natural
wetland area to buffer the village. County commis-
sioners split 3-3 on the vacation vote Feb. 10. With
a tie vote, the vacation was denied.
Anna Maria OKs ROR ordinance: In what was
expected to be one of the most controversial deci-
sions since Anna Maria adopted a parking plan sev-
eral years ago, city commissioners at the Feb. 12 final
hearing on amendments to the retail-office-residential
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THE ISLANDER U DEC. 30, 2009 0 9
Ex-Islander argues before U.S. Supreme Court
By Rick Catlin
Florida Solicitor General Scott Makar had a per-
sonal connection with a case he argued before the
U.S. Supreme Court Dec. 2.
Makar represented the state before the Supreme
Court in a lawsuit filed by six Walton County con-
dominium owners who claimed they were entitled
to compensation from the state for a public beach
renourishment project that brought sand to their pri-
He also represented the state earlier this year
when the owners appealed to the Florida Supreme
Court, which ruled in favor of the state.
Makar's youth and teenage years were spent on
Anna Maria Island.
"I grew up in Holmes Beach," he said.
\ ly family moved to Holmes Beach in 1969 and
I graduated from Manatee High School in 1977."
Makar and his family lived in the 200 block of
58th Street in Holmes Beach, and he remembers
beach renourishment and erosion was a big issue
"I remember there was some beach renourish-
ment going on after a hurricane and tropical storm
exposed the support pilings for the Martinique con-
dominiums. There was a real concern about whether
it would plummet into the Gulf," he said.
Makar said if memory serves him correctly, the
three-story building height limit was enacted shortly
afterwards by Holmes Beach.
"So, much of my youth included exposure to
beach erosion matters and saving the beach, though
I can't say I knew much of the technical details of
how restoration projects were funded or conducted.
I learned a lot as I prepared for the argument in the
Stop the Beach Renourishment Inc. vs. the Flor-
ida Department of Environmental Protection," he
Makar recalled that he was named the most valu-
able player in the Island Little League one year, play-
ing for a team called High 12. It earned him a picture
in The Islander.
After high school, Makar attended Mercer Uni-
versity in Atlanta and the University of Florida in
Gainesville, earning a master's and doctorate degree
along the way, in addition to his law degree.
He married Olympic swimmer Nancy Hogshead,
who won three gold medals and one silver medal at
the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He and his
family now reside in Jacksonville, where his wife is
a wFlorida solici-
S who grew up
Sw4 on Anna Maria
S Island, with
dMakar and son
Aaron, 9, on the
steps of the U.S.
Dec. 2, where
for the state in
ment in Walton
a law professor.
Makar was appointed Florida's solicitor general
in February 2007.
"The beach renourishment case was definitely
one of personal interest to me. I still recall growing
up with the beautiful beaches of Anna Maria Island,
so it was very special for me to be involved and
defend the case," Makar said.
While his family no longer resides on the Island,
he does have a brother living in Cortez and frequently
vacations on Anna Maria Island.
Makar said he's hopeful for a favorable ruling by
the Supreme Court. A decision is expected in June.
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Islanders will usher in the new year with a blast
on the beach, literally.
The BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N.,
Bradenton Beach, will again host a fireworks display
at midnight Dec. 31 to celebrate 2009 and welcome
The best viewing is on the beach near the restau-
rant, which also will host a New Year's Eve party with
live music, noisemakers and champagne toasts.
Most Island restaurants will be open for the holi-
day, serving dinner
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9903 Gulf Drive,
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Sign of the
Mermaid, 9707 Gulf Drive, will offer brunch on New
Year's Day and dinner on New Year's Eve.
Rotten Ralph's Restaurant, 902 S. Bay Blvd.,
will feature Jay Crawford performing on New Year's
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., will hold continuous communion in the chapel
from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Slim's Place, 9701 Gulf Drive, will offer live
music on Dec. 31.
The Waterfront Restaurant, 111 S. Bay Blvd.,
will serve dinner on New Year's Eve.
Banana Cabana, 103 Gulf Drive, will feature
three dinner seating's on New Year's Eve and live
music by Doug Bidwell.
Irish dances planned
The Irish Dancers will hold dances and lessons at
the Tequila Beach Sports Grille, 7423 Manatee Ave.
W., Bradenton, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.
The first dance will take place Jan. 13 and are then
scheduled for each Wednesday through March.
Admission is free, partners are not required.
For more information, call dance instructor John
Corbett of Holmes Beach at 941-778-2416.
Market open Jan. 2
The Bridge Street Market will open from 9 a.m.
to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, at 107 Bridge St., Braden-
Merchants will sell produce, jewelry, artwork,
crafts, clothing and accessories and household items.
Markets also will take place Jan. 16, every Saturday
February through April, and May 1 and May 15.
For more information, call Nancy Ambrose at
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The Gathering Place, 101 Seventh St. N., will
offer dinner specials on New Year's Eve and New
The Beach Bistro, 6600 Gulf Drive, will serve
dinner on New Year's Eve.
Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, will hold
a New Year's Eve party at 6 p.m.
D.Coy Ducks, 5410 Marina Drive, will host
the popular reggae-rock band Bootleg on New Year's
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3246 E. Bay Drive,
Holmes Beach, will be open for dinner from 4 p.m.
to 8 p.m.
Sharky's, 2519 Gulf Drive N., will host a no
cover New Year's Eve party.
Harry's Continental Kitchens, 525 St. Judes
Drive, Longboat Key, will offer a three-course prix
fixe dinner on New Year's Eve.
Tiny's, 6825 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
Key, will hold a New Year's Eve party with the Island
For revelers out after the stroke of midnight,
Manatee County Area Transit will be operating the
free trolley service until there are no more people
at the trolley stops.
AMICCO to hold
The Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and
Orchestra is holding its fourth annual Young Artists Solo
Competition for Manatee-Sarasota area musicians.
The competition will be held at 1:30 p.m. Satur-
day, Jan. 16, at the Palma Sola Presbyterian Church,
6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton.
Eligibility for the competition includes Manatee
and Sarasota county musicians ages 12-18 years.
Part of AMICCO's mission is to foster the devel-
opment of musically talented youth in the community
and the Young Artist Solo Competition helps accom-
plish this goal, according to a news release.
The winner will perform with the Anna Maria
Island Community Chorus and Orchestra in a series
concert, as well as receive $500.
Competition guidelines and application forms
can be found at www.amicco.org.
The application deadline is Jan. 12.
For more information, call James Stoltie at 941-
Georgia Samuelson of
the Anna Maria Island
Moose Lodge, with Hank
Mckee of Manatee Glens
Safe Children's Coali-
tion and Ernie Casali
and Patrick Kane of
the Moose. The Moose
recently donated $5,000
in Wal-Mart gift cards to
the Manatee Glens Safe
Children Coalition for
holiday gifts for children.
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 30, 2009 0 11
Local groups promote self-
improvement in new year
By Lisa Neff
Several local organizations are preparing to help
Islanders fulfill resolutions to expand their knowl-
edge and build their skills in 2010.
The Lifelong Learning
Academy will present a series of
programs on Anna Maria Island
in January and February. The
academy, located at the Univer-
sity of South Florida Sarasota-
Manatee, has sponsored sev-
eral semesters of classes on the
The winter semester will include three lectures:
11 a.m. Jan. 20, Jan Skalny discussing "The
Nobel Prize" Concept, History and Politics," the
Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna
11 a.m. Feb. 5, Joe Kerata discussing "The
Human Animal," the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
11 a.m. Feb. 17, Alan Grindal discussing "In
Search of Memory," the Studio at Gulf and Pine.
The semester also will include courses at the
Studio at Gulf and Pine:
11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4-Feb. 8, Institute for
the Scientifically Timid II, the second installment of
a course exploring life on Earth.
1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4-Feb. 22, Spiritual Psy-
chology, an exploration of paths to consciousness.
9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6-Feb. 24, the Craft
of Writing, instruction in how to craft sentences and
11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7-Feb. 25, As The
World Turns: The Economic Version, not the Soap
Opera Version, an eight-part series on global econom-
Admission to the lectures is free. A fee is charged
for the courses.
For more information about the academy pro-
grams or to register, call 941-359-4296.
The Anna Maria Island Community Center also is
offering its own roster of adult programs this winter,
10 a.m. Monday from Jan. 18 to Feb. 8, knit-
ting lessons with Sylvia Noguera.
2:30 p.m. Thursday from Jan. 14 to March 4,
Spanish for beginners with Jessica Perez-Maqueda.
6 p.m. Thursday from Jan. 14 to Jan. 28, Italian
Art league hosts
'James Pay' exhibit
The Anna Maria Island Art League will accept
entries in the all-media "James Pay" exhibit from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 5-6.
Artists are limited to three pieces. The entry fee
is $10 per piece.
Awards for the show will be presented during
an opening public reception for the artists from 5:30
p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at the league gallery,
5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
The exhibit will remain open through Feb. 7. Gal-
lery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, call AMIAL at 941-778-
2099 or go to islandartleague.org.
St. Bernard to
host fashion show
The St. Bernard Catholic Church Catholic
Council of Women is sponsoring "Swing Into
Spring," a luncheon and fashion show at noon
Thursday, Jan. 21.
The fashion show, an annual event at the
church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach,
will feature members of CCW modeling fash-
ions and accessories from local boutiques.
Reservations are required.
Admission is $15.
For more information, call 941-778-4769.
10:30 a.m. Friday through February, bridge
lessons with pro Larry Auerbach.
Also, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 11-12 and Feb.
8-9, the Center will host lessons in silk painting.
And, in the afternoon Jan. 13-14, the Center will host
instruction in cutting and grinding glass for stepping
For more information about the Center programs
or details on reservations and cost, call 941-778-
Meanwhile, the Friends of the Island Library is
ready to open the 2010 Alice Taylor Reed Lecture
and Travel Series, which includes:
10:30 a.m., Jan. 14, a lecture by Sarasota
Audubon Society president Jeanne Dubi, at the
Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
2 p.m., Jan. 23, a travel lecture by Tim Oldread
on the Galapagos.
2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Jan. 27, a lecture by
former Washington correspondent James McCartney
on America and the Middle East.
10:30 a.m., Feb. 11, a lecture by Ron McCarty
of the Ringling Museum.
2 p.m., Feb. 17, a lecture by author Tim Berra
on Charles Darwin.
2 p.m., Feb. 27, a travel lecture by Shelley
Massey on Costa Rica.
10:30 a.m., March 11, a lecture by biologist
Kim Bassos-Hull on dolphin research.
Admission to the lectures is free.
For more information, call the library at 941-778-
For Islanders needing a refresher in driving or
a reduction in insurance premiums AARP vol-
unteer Stretch Fretwell will conducting a three-hour
Safe Driver Course at the Island Branch Library.
The course, which costs $12 to enroll, will take
place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 21.
For more information, call 941-776-1158.
Local arts groups the Anna Maria Island Art
League, the Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island and
Island Gallery West also will offer demonstrations
Additionally, the Longboat Key Center for the
Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key, is
offering a variety of programs through May under
the umbrella of the Ringling College of Art and
AGAMI honors Curtan
Jo Anne Curtan will be the January featured
artist at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive,
There will be an opening reception at 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 8, to celebrate Curtan's work in water-
colors and photography.
Curtan, originally from Chicago, moved to the
area in 1991.
"I love the Florida sunshine and lifestyle and
never run out of exciting things to paint and photo-
graph," she said. "I hope people will enjoy my way
of looking at things, and that my art will make them
smile. I love it here in Paradise and never want to
For more information about the gallery or the
Artists Guild, call 941-778-6694.
Composer wins awards
Anna Maria composer Alice Moerk recently
received awards from the Florida Association of the
National League of American Pen Women for two
She received awards for her piano solo, "Peace,"
and for her "Dickinson Songs" for two sopranos.
She published two other works, "The Waters
of Lethe" and "Silent Signals" through Peppertree
Moerk is president of the Sarasota branch of the
For more information about her work, go to
www.amazon.com or call 941-778-7923.
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BB board balks at rules for liquor sales
By Lisa Neff
The Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning
Board pressed forward Dec. 15 with a plan to set
up a conditional-use permit process for liquor
sales in the city.
The board, meeting at city hall, also detailed
what conditions it wants involved in a condi-
tional-use review process, which would be sepa-
rate from the state's stringent review of applica-
tions for a variety of liquor licenses.
The board members generally agreed that
they did not favor a distance separation for estab-
lishments selling liquor. Such a separation cur-
rently exists for Bridge Street.
The review of the city rules for liquor sales
began when resident and business-owner Jo
Ann Meilner, also a member of the planning and
zoning board, began the process of obtaining per-
mission to sell beer and wine at the Back Alley,
an art gallery and coffee shop on Bridge Street.
Meilner's effort was stalled by an old provi-
sion in the city land-development code creating
a minimum separation requirement for "estab-
lishments serving alcoholic beverages for on-site
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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8
ordinance voted 4-1 in favor of the ordinance. The
hearing started with a packed house and public com-
ment. When all was said and done, following several
hours of discussion, Commissioner Dale Woodland
voted against the ordinance, while commissioners
Chuck Webb, Christine Tollette, Jo Ann Mattick and
Commission Chairman John Quam voted to pass it.
Schools face $20 million shortfall: The news
wasn't good for Island parents and community mem-
bers in attendance at an information session hosted
by the Manatee County School District Feb. 12 in
the Anna Maria Elementary School auditorium. Ron
Russell, district director of the exceptional students
education department, delivered the message that the
district already had incurred a $6.4 million cut in the
current budget and, that "for the 2009-2010 school
year, the picture looks even bleaker as [the district]
faces a $20 million shortfall."
'Fore' for a cause at Key Royale: Golfers were
in the pink in February at the Key Royale Club. A
seasonal cold spell lifted. The sun was bright, with
temperatures rising. The Tuesday morning was per-
fect for a golf outing at the nine-hole private club.
Plus, dozens of women turned out to raise money for
breast cancer research through the Susan G. Komen
For the Cure with a round of golf.
Commission holds firm on resort rental rule:
Holmes Beach city commissioners decided not to
lessen a restriction on short-term rentals in low-den-
sity residential districts from 30 days to seven days.
The consensus came during a kngILll work session
Feb. 10 at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive. In late Janu-
ary, commissioners heard from residents and business
people on both sides of the issue. Commissioners
heard again from residents and business people in
February, as well as from city planning consultant
Bill Brisson, who offered a compromise that some
found appealing but that the commission eventually
Wedding festival a hit with brides-to-be: If the
second annual Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival
was any indication, the Island is rapidly gaining a rep-
utation as the best place in Florida to hold an island
wedding. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Chamber
of commerce president Mary Ann Brockman said the
response to the second festival was incredible. "We
had 350 people attend our first year and this year
we had 761. We more than doubled the number of
guests," she said.
Preserve's popularity brings parking problem:
Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore's
Blackberry contained the evidence. The rising popu-
larity of Robinson Preserve in west Manatee was cre-
ating a parking problem near the back entrance to the
consumption and located within the Bridge Street,
First Street North, Third Street South or Gulf Drive
historic old town overlay districts."
The provision states that no establishment in
which alcoholic beverages are served can be closer
than 200 feet to another establishment serving alco-
Meilner was stumped a number of Bridge
Street businesses, within 200 feet of one another, sell
She drafted a request to change the regulation,
proposing that it be deleted from the LDC.
Next came discussions, held by the planning
board and the city commission, over whether the
provision should be deleted, and what, if An\ thing,'.
should be put in its place.
The city commission provided some direction at a
meeting in November, agreeing that a new ordinance
should be drafted to provide that businesses seeking
a liquor license from the Florida Division of Alcohol
and Tobacco obtain a city conditional-use permit for
liquor sales, that the permit be renewed annually, that
minimum distances separate licensed establishments
and that the ordinance be applied citywide.
Planning board members last week questioned
the need for the distance separation and different
criteria for fully licensed bars, restaurants and
boutique businesses selling beer and wine.
"Doesn't it seem that we'll end up in the
exact same situation?" said planning board
chair Rick Bisio. "I think we should take the
distance thing out. This is the reason why we
"Distance," said Meilner, "is capricious."
Instead, she and others on the board empha-
sized, the city should establish clear criteria for
issuing a conditional-use permit, as well as ter-
minating the permit.
Such criteria, based on the discussion last
week, would include compliance with city code
and health and safety regulations, payment of city
fees and a review by police, fire, planning and
zoning and code enforcement officials and the
The next step is for the city attorney to take
direction from the planning board and draft an
ordinance for review, said building official Steve
He added that the city commission might
review a draft as early as Jan. 7.
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park on Manatee Avenue/State Road 64. And Whit-
more's Blackberry contained photographs of cars
lined up on the right of way and on the small bridge
on Perico Island near the back gate to the preserve.
The county and the Florida Department of Transpor-
tation, which has oversight of the road, must work on
resolving the safety hazard, Whitmore said.
FBI agents search Island properties: FBI
agents executed search warrants at two Anna Maria
Island properties Feb. 25. One property was in the
500 block of Key Royale Drive in Holmes Beach
and another in the 2200 block of Gulf Drive North
in Bradenton Beach. An FBI spokesman declined to
discuss the nature of the investigation, which origi-
nated from the agency's field office in Newark, N.J.,
and was coordinated with agents in Tampa. Holmes
Beach Police Department officers assisted at the Key
Royale property, which, according to the Manatee
County Property Appraiser Web site, is owned by
Doyle Scott Elliott.
Manatee Public Beach pier closed indefinitely:
The pier at Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach
was blocked to pedestrians by caution tape and warn-
ing signs. The move came after an engineering report
to Manatee County Natural Resources Department
director Charlie Hunsicker deemed the pier "unsafe"
for public use. Hunsicker told county commissioners
Feb. 19 that the pier would be closed as soon as pos-
sible because the county could not afford to endanger
Anna Maria Island Community Center rev-
enues down: The Anna Maria Island Community
Center continued to operate and provide critical and
necessary programs to Islanders of all ages, but dona-
tions and revenues were down last winter because of
Buy the book:
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of the Is land
the doors to the
sale to raise
money for the
a bad economy. Revenues were just not meeting pro-
jections, treasurer Bill Ford told the board of directors
at its Feb. 13 meeting. And, with a slumping econ-
omy, Ford said the Center should not expect more
revenue sources. That's essentially the same message
that executive director Pierrette Kelly delivered to the
Palma Sola highway extension supported:
An advisory board mapping the future of the Palma
Sola Scenic Highway showed interest in seeing the
roadway designation extended on Manatee Avenue
to Manatee Public Beach. The Holmes Beach City
Commission also showed interest in extending the
scenic highway designation, which can bring grant
money for enhancements in the corridor. In late Janu-
ary, Holmes Beach public works superintendent Joe
Duennes had asked the mayor and city commission to
recommend extending the corridor to the beach. The
commission, with no debate, approved the request.
Holmes Beach official Saunders dies: Holmes
Beach Mayor Rich Bolmhnenberger said he was shocked
to learn that building official William "Bill" Saunders
had died. Saunders, 76, of Holmes Beach, died Feb.
22. "I knew he was hi u,_,_lin,. but I didn't expect to
lose him so quickly," Bohnenberger said, recalling
that he had hired Saunders in March 1996 as a part-
time building official and a job that quickly went to
full-time in July.
TDC approves increasing bed tax 1 cent: The
Manatee County Tourist Development Council at its
Feb. 23 meeting unanimously approved a recom-
mendation to the county commission to increase the
county's resort tax from 4 cents per dollar to 5 cents
per dollar. Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
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THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 30, 2009 0 13
HB commissioner questions WMFR spending
By Rick Catlin
Holmes Beach Commissioner Al Robinson wrote
an 1 Ith-hour letter to the West Manatee Fire Rescue
District commission expressing displeasure with a
plan to spend $1.6 million to purchase and renovate
a building on 67th Street in Bradenton for administra-
The building, formerly medical offices, is within
100 yards of WMFR Station No. 4 on 67th Street.
In his letter, Robinson said he was "stunned" that
the board was making such an expenditure during
difficult economic times.
The district board members should "tighten their
belts and lower taxes on the citizenry whose collec-
tive knees are buckling," he wrote.
Robinson also took aim at the $4.5 million in
wages and benefits the district will spend on employ-
ees this fiscal year.
With 44 employees, the district will spend an
average of $102,600 per staff member for salary and
benefits in the 2009-10 budget, he said.
"Seems a bit excessive," Robinson wrote. "Per-
haps this use of the taxpayers' money is a clue to the
whole issue too many tax dollars and not enough
places to spend them."
Robinson also had difficulty accepting what he
determined to be a $3,150 average cost per WMFR
response. That number "almost makes my head
explode," said Robinson.
He called upon board members to "review your
budget and cut your spending to the bone as most
of the citizen taxpayers of Manatee County are
The board has been studying the issue of whether
to build a new fire station or buy and renovate an
existing structure for the past year. Estimates for a
new facility were about $8 million, while a lease/
purchase of the structure on 67th Street was estimated
at $1.6 million, including the cost to renovate the
building and meet code requirements.
A report completed in October found that some
of the district's existing facilities are in poor condi-
tion, do not meet applicable building codes and are
not large enough to accommodate all the district staff
Based on the report, the WMFR board decided
to consolidate its administrative services at one sta-
The report said space is needed to meet person-
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The district has applied to the federal government
for an $8 million grant from a $210 million federal
stimulus program exclusively for fire districts. The
funding was not included in the first list of grants
issued by program administrators, but a second list
of approved grants is expected in January, WMFR
Chief Andy Price said.
Robinson's letter is published in its entirety on
the "Opinion" page at The Islander Web site: www.
WMFR facilities meeting Tuesday
The West Manatee Fire Rescue District board
was scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec.
29, in a special work session to review a report on
purchasing a building on 67th Street, Bradenton,
near Station No. 4, to meet the district's existing
needs and requirements.
Following the work session, the board was to
hold a special meeting to hear from bank experts
on a financing proposal to purchase the former
medical arts building. The cost is about $1.6 mil-
lion, including renovations.
The board has already contracted to purchase
the facility and plans a lease-purchase arrange-
ment to limit the financial impact on its budget.
The deadline to finalize the contract for the
building is Jan. 4.
Board members expressed a preference to
purchase and renovate the existing structure at
$1.6 million, rather than construct a new facility,
estimated to cost $8 million, to meet its needs.
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Bureau executive director Larry White presented a
variety of possible projects for the additional funds,
including improvements to pavilions at Coquina and
Manatee public beaches. Manatee County Commis-
sioner Carol Whitmore, in her first meeting as the
TDC chairperson, suggested the additional funds also
would ensure a full beach renourishment when the
next project begins in 2011 or 2012.
New fee schedule in Anna Maria: City com-
missioners at their Feb. 26 meeting unanimously
approved a new fee schedule that raises fees charged
by the city for a variety of services and charges for
services that previously were free. The commission
had been considering the measure for more than two
years. Building official Bob Welch finalized a fee
schedule, and the commission did not disagree with
the final resolution.
Commission adopts comp plan amendments:
The Holmes Beach City Commission in February
unanimously approved an ordinance adopting the
evaluation and appraisal report of the city's com-
prehensive plan. The commission made no changes
before holding a second and final reading of the ordi-
nance and moving to adopt the measure. The adop-
tion of the EAR amendments impacts most sections
of the comp plan, including the future land-use map,
transportation, housing, infrastructure, coastal man-
agement, conservation, recreation, intergovernmental
coordination and capital improvements.
5 AME students ousted for illegal drug deals:
There were tears and concerns, shocks and gasps and
rumors put to rest at a night meeting of Anna Maria
Elementary School principal Tom Levengood and
parents. Levengood announced then that five fifth-
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Bridge rehab costs at $11.5 million: Rehabilita-
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as a $9.1 million project. But construction costs,
bonuses, a change of plans and discovery of some
additional work needed on the bridge have pushed
the price tag up to $11.5 million, $500,000 more than
the DOT's estimate in March.
City readies for Gulf Drive project: Bradenton
Beach staff and elected officials reviewed a proposal
for $700,000 in improvements along Gulf Drive.
The project was the top-ranking proposal in a local
request for funding in the federal economic stimulus
package passed by Congress and signed into law by
President Barack Obama.
Holmes Beach seeks share from stimulus pot:
Holmes Beach city officials released a wish list of
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than the current structure. The commission rejected
an option to build a new pier on top of the existing
structure. An option the commission did not consider
was to not replace the pier.
City to eliminate future duplexes: Anna Maria
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zone, but agreed to modify the measure to allow all
existing two-family residences to remain conforming
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Bird stolen from shop: The Holmes Beach
Police Department investigated the theft of an Afri-
can grey parrot from Sun &Surf, 5418 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. The 18-year-old bird, Wizard, was
reported missing at about noon March 15. Sun & Surf
has a number of caged birds.
County offers revised Kingfish plan: New side-
walks, additional landscaping, curbs and a repaired
seawall were in a revised plan for the Kingfish Boat
Ramp. The Palma Sola Scenic Highway Corridor
Management Entity committee reviewed a draft
of the plan for the ramp, located west of the Anna
Maria Island Bridge, during a March 11 meeting at
the county administrative center in Bradenton. The
plan showed the placement of curbing along Mana-
tee Avenue and the construction of a sidewalk from
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the bridge westward as far as Westbay Cove North,
although county officials said the state may OK a
sidewalk to the Manatee Public Beach. Another side-
walk would wind through some trees at the northwest
corner of the ramp.
Commission appoints mooring committee,
OKs grant quest: Bradenton Beach city commission-
ers appointed five people to the mooring committee
to help write the final draft of the city's recreational
boating plan. The commission also approved a reso-
lution directing city project and program manager
Lisa Marie Phillips to proceed with a grant applica-
tion to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission for the recreational boating project.
Man sentenced in gill-netting case: A man
accused of illegal fishing pleaded no contest in the
Florida Fish and Wildlife case. Christopher Ron
Baker, 28, of Ruskin, pleaded to one count of car-
riage of a gill net across Florida waters, possession of
an unmarked entanglement net, harvesting saltwater
products without a license and use of a gill net in state
waters. Manatee County Circuit Court Judge Gilbert
A. Smith Jr. sentenced Baker to 30 days in jail with
credit for time already served, as well as 18 months
probation and 50 hours of community service.
Fire district board approves facilities study:
The West Manatee Fire Rescue District board at its
March 19 meeting approved a motion to solicit bids
for a study of its facilities that could cost the district
more than $100,000. The scope of the study would be
to examine what the district has and what it needs to
serve the public and care for firefighters, said WMFR
Chief Andy Price.
Bridge hearing draws both sides: The Florida
Department of Transportation's third public hearing
on a replacement for the Anna Maria Island Bridge
attracted a sparse but vocal gathering March 26
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special concern were the rip tides. "This is definitely
a weekend for all hands to be on deck," said marine
rescue director Jay Moyles.
Commission briefed on mitigation plan: Bra-
denton Beach officials entered a discussion to finalize
their long-term plan to mitigate the impact of disas-
ters, specifically hurricanes and severe flooding asso-
ciated with storms. At the urging of the Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency and in cooperation with
the state, county and other municipalities, Bradenton
Beach staff and elected officials identified hazards
and possible actions to mitigate the impacts.
Anna Maria committee plans pier centen-
nial: The Anna Maria City Pier Centennial Commit-
tee held its organizational meeting and chair Sissy
Quinn received abundant suggestions to make the
100th anniversary celebration spectacular. The anni-
versary will arrive in the spring of 2011.
Robinson Preserve wins award: The Robin-
son Preserve in northwest Bradenton, popular with
Islanders, was honored with a first-place award in the
environmental category at the Tampa Bay Regional
Planning Council's 17th annual Future of the Region
Signal change a go: Holmes Beach Police Chief
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Mayor formally seeks annexation: Holmes
Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger formally asked the
Manatee County Board of Commissioners to allow
the city to annex the Kingfish Boat Ramp. Bohnen-
berger put his request in writing to Commission Chair
DEP to reconsider Anna Maria bayfront: The
Florida Department of Environmental Protection said
Anna Maria's northeast coastal shoreline, from Bean
Point to the Rod & Reel Pier, "may now be directly
affected by wave activity from the Gulf of Mexico"
and may be re-evaluated "for funding eligibility." The
DEP previously had maintained that the shoreline
was on an inland waterway and ineligible for renour-
PAR seeks public help on future projects:
Pine Avenue Restoration LLC and the city of Anna
Maria agreed that the six vacant lots at the northwest
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corner of the Pine Avenue-Bay Boulevard intersec-
tion are not suitable for development as a motel. So
in May, PAR principals Mike Coleman and Ed Chiles
sought public input for future projects. The company
was moving forward with other restoration projects
on Pine Avenue, and Coleman said he and Chiles
are "interested in hearing from the community for
ideas for businesses and shops that would fulfill the
uniquely Anna Maria Village Center vision we are
Gulf Drive Cafe clears a hurdle: A Bradenton
Beach beachfront restaurant cleared a hurdle but
still had more to go before a major expansion
takes place. The Gulf Drive Cafe, 900 Gulf Drive
N., has proposed a $500,000 expansion that includes
a new parking lot, chickee hut, tiki bar and lobby,
as well as a new kitchen and rest rooms. The Flor-
ida Department of Environmental Protection in the
spring issued a stormwater permit for the proposed
parking lot expansion, according to DEP external
affairs manager Pamala Vazquez.
Bradenton Beach Police bust balcony shooter:
Bradenton Beach Police arrested Chad Alexander
Foster, 18, of Riverview, at about 6:30 a.m. May
3, after investigating a report of someone firing a
weapon off the balcony at 1955 Gulf Drive N. Bra-
denton Beach police were assisted by Holmes Beach
Police at the residence, where approximately 30
people were found to be inside. Foster told police,
according to the report, that he had been "partying
all night" by drinking vodka and spiced rum. Police
noted that Foster seemed unsteady on his feet.
Anna Maria adopts new e-mail system: Fol-
lowing settlement of a civil suit against the Venice
City Council in March over improper use of e-mails
that allegedly violated Florida's Government-in-the-
Sunshine Law and cost the city $1 million in legal
fees Anna Maria commissioned its own e-mail
server and individual e-mail for staff, elected offi-
cials and committee members. The system automati-
cally stores all incoming and outgoing e-mails. In the
Venice lawsuit, the city and nine officials were sued
for violating Florida's open records laws, primarily
for communicating via private e-mail and then not
saving the records.
Part-time job draws more than 300 applicants:
Anna Maria city clerk Alice Baird and Mayor Fran
Barford got more than they bargained for when they
advertised for a part-time, as-needed administrative
clerk. More than 300 applications were submitted.
County reviews bids for marine rescue HQ:
Manatee County was moving forward with plans for
a marine rescue headquarters south of Leffis Key
in Bradenton Beach. The headquarters has been in
the planning stage for a decade, said Bill Hutchison,
director of public safety for the county. "The facility
will provide a work space for the marine rescue life-
guards, storage space for all their gear and vehicles,
a conference and lecture room that may be used by
schools and teachers when doing field trips, training
facilities for lifeguards, lockers for personal effects
and computer facilities for employees, etc," Hutchi-
Harbor plan goes to final draft: A harbor man-
agement plan for Bradenton Beach was being worked
into a final draft in May after an advisory committee
finished its preliminary work on the document. The
harbor management plan, part of a larger master plan
for recreational boating in the city, details the rules
and regulations for the mooring field south of the
Historic Bridge Street Pier.
Bradenton Beach signals interest in cell tower:
Bradenton Beach officials signaled interest May 5
in allowing the construction of a cell tower near the
police headquarters. But the project, proposed by
Ridan Industries, remained in a preliminary stage,
with a number of approvals still required at staff,
planning board and city commission levels. The com-
mission approved a limited motion authorizing Police
Chief Sam Speciale and building official Steve Gil-
bert to send a draft lease agreement to city attorney
AMITW reports season's first turtle nest:
Fred Mack was in a giving mood May 8, feeling like
a proud papa. "I should pass around cigars," said
the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch volunteer as he
stood beside the first loggerhead turtle nest located
on the Island in the 2009 season. Mack, wife Marge
and Bobby Kappenmacher were walking along the
shore in Holmes Beach near the Martinique when
they came across the distinctive tractor-like tracks
left by a female loggerhead. "I saw the water tem-
perature last night was 82 and so I was hoping," said
Marge Mack, who often walks with her husband on
his beach patrols.
Relay walkers rally against cancer: Walkers in
the Anna Maria Island Relay for Life rallied against
cancer and united to celebrate survival. The Island
Relay for Life took place on Coquina Beach May
16-17 and, with 20 relay teams participating, gener-
ated about $38,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Relay for Life is the organization's signature activity
- hundreds of relays take place across the country
as teams gathering for overnight relays on beaches
and in parks, stadiums and fields.
Cumber sentenced to 13.5 years: The man
police identified as a person of interest in the disap-
pearance of Islander Sabine Musil-Buehler was sen-
tenced May 14 on an unrelated charge to 13.5 years in
prison. William Cumber, 39, pleaded guilty in April
to violating the terms of his probation on a 2005 arson
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conviction. In May, Cumber was sentenced to prison
for that violation, with Circuit Court Judge Gilbert
Smith saying, "This court is not involved in rehabili-
tation.... This is a court of punishment."
Committee votes to extend scenic highway: An
advisory group voted to extend the Palma Sola Scenic
Highway from East Bay Drive to the Manatee Public
Beach in Holmes Beach. The Palma Sola Scenic
Highway Corridor Management Entity committee,
meeting May 13 at the Manatee County Administra-
tive Center in Bradenton, was acting on a request
from Holmes Beach public works superintendent Joe
Kids Day celebrates school's end: The Anna
Maria Island Privateers celebrated the end of the
2008-09 school term and the arrival of summer with
the annual Snooks Adams Kids Day in Bayfront Park
May 16. With AMIP's boat-float, the Skullywag,
anchored in the parking lot, Island kids had an easy
time finding the party. And kids had a pretty easy
time gathering up loot and filling their bellies, with
treasure to be found, prizes to be claimed and free
hot dogs and chips to be feasted upon.
Bradenton Beach commission selects plan-
ning consultant: Bradenton Beach commissioners
voted May 21 to hire Wilson Miller as a planning
consultant to update the city's land-development code
during the next year. Commissioners had voted in
March to seek a consultant to help update the city's
land-development code and to possibly serve as an
ongoing consultant to the planning and development
department. Wilson Miller, in its proposal, promised
a "team of professionals who bring the expertise nec-
essary to successfully and creatively complete the
Two arrested in AMI burglaries: "We got our
guys," enthused Sgt. John Kenney of the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office the morning officers arrested
two 18-year-olds for a series of area burglaries. Still,
Spring barks: Rick Martin and Twinky jump rope
in the Tricky Dogs '/,. -'i April 8 at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria. The Center and the Friends of
the Island Branch Library partnered to present
the circus-style show for National Library Week.
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emphasized Kenney, supervisor of the Anna Maria
substation, Islanders need to take crime preven-
tion seriously. To help, the MCSO was working
with Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford on promot-
ing prevention among residents and businesses.
That partnership would involve two town forums
on June 9 at city hall. "The time is right," said
Barford, who wanted the forums to focus on how
residents can protect themselves and their prop-
erty, as well as their neighbors and their neighbors'
WMFR deputy chief assisting with wildfires:
Over Mother's Day weekend, 63 wildfires broke
out in Florida, burning more than 2,500 acres. The
day after Mother's Day, West Manatee Fire Rescue
District Deputy Chief Brett Pollock was called on
to assist with battling the fires. Pollock worked as
a safety officer at the Orlando/Volusia Complex,
from where firefighters were battling 27 wildfires.
Exceedingly dry conditions in the state were partly
responsible for the increased wildfire activity and
those dry conditions are expected to intensify in
the coming days and weeks, according to Florida
Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner
Charles H. Bronson.
Anna Maria approves plant list, landscaping
fee: The Anna Maria City Commission adopted
a list of native plants to be used under the city's
landscaping ordinance. During the meeting May 28
at city hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, the commission also
amended its fee schedule to include a $200 permit
fee to review landscaping plans and conduct site
BB commission OKs pier ordinance: The city
commission June 4 approved an ordinance contain-
ing a long no-no list for people using the Historic
Bridge Street Pier. The pier ordinance states: No
swimming or diving. No operation of autos, scoot-
ers, motorcycles or bicycles. No carrying or dis-
charging of firearms, firecrackers, torpedoes, rock-
ets or other explosives. No domestic animals, with
an exemption for the use or training of a service
animal. No igniting gasoline, kerosene, charcoal,
wood. No dumping or littering. No cast-netting. No
manual bleeding of fish. No loitering, sleeping or
protractedly lounging on the seats. No indulging
in riotous conduct or abusive language.
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A Tampa company began eyeing two commercial
developments in Holmes Beach. The interested
company, Mainsail Development Group LLC,
is based in Tampa and gained recognition in the
tourism industry with the recent creation of Scrub
Island Resort & Spa, a $100 million resort commu-
nity on Scrub Island in the British Virgin Islands.
Girl Scouts practice turtle law: Anna Maria
Mayor Fran Barford came across a "crazy turtle
crawl" while walking on the beach June 1. The
crawl indicated that an adult female loggerhead
emerged from the Gulf, crawled east, went under
a tent left overnight on the sand, and then turned to
travel several blocks south before returning to the
water. Later that day, Barford explored sea turtle
protection at the dais in the city hall commission
chambers, but not with her regular lineup of com-
missioners. Instead, Barford sat with members of
Girl Scout Troop 590 to discuss enforcement of
the city's turtle protection ordinance. She found
the youngsters eager to protect the marine animals.
"The law is the law," said Rebecca Hines, scout
and mock commissioner.
Trash contains Musil-Buehler possessions:
Holmes Beach police investigated curbside trash
on 61st Street after learning that the discarded
items included photographs of missing motel-
owner Sabine Musil-Buehler. The investigation
took place at about 8 p.m. June 8 in the 300 block
of 61st Street, according to a Holmes Beach Police
Department incident report. John Yates, 56, who
lives on 56th Street in Holmes Beach, had collected
from the 61st Street curb a red suitcase because,
he told police, it was in good shape. Yates took the
suitcase to a friend's home and looked inside. He
"found some suspicious items. There were numer-
ous photos, business cards and other miscellaneous
items belonging to Sabine Buehler," the police
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Arnold "Arne" Hansen of west Bradenton
remembers exactly where he was Dec. 7, 1941, when
he learned the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.
"I had come over from Staten Island to Brooklyn
to visit a friend. We were sitting around the living
room listening to the radio when the announcer broke
in to say that Pearl Harbor had been bombed."
Just a junior in high school, Arne had a lot of
friends who joined up immediately. Arne was one of
them, but he was only 16 years old, still too young
for the Armed Forces.
"I wanted to be a pilot, so I went and talked to
the Air Corps. They told me to come back and take
the tests before I graduated."
In May 1943, just a few weeks before his high
school graduation, Arne took and passed the Air
"I told my mom I had passed the test and
was going into the Air Corps. She didn't know I
had gone into Manhattan and taken the test. She
wanted me to wait for the draft, but I had a brother
already in the Air Corps. I told her I wanted to get
to Europe so I could see him. I didn't want to be
in the infantry."
Arne was inducted into the U.S. Army Air Corps
in August 1943 and eventually sent to Duquesne Uni-
versity in Pittsburgh for six months of general college
Barely 18, Arne was next stationed at Maxwell
Field in Alabama for pre-flight training.
"There must have been 40,000 cadets
there. It was a lot of physical training, six-
mile runs and 20-mile hikes with full pack.
At Maxwell, Arne passed the test for pilot, navi-
gator and bombardier. He wanted to be a pilot, but
the Air Corps said it had plenty of pilots, so he went
to bombardier school in New Mexico.
"I graduated from bombardier school in Septem-
ber 1944 as a flight officer. We got blue bars. We were
officers, right below a second lieutenant."
He was immediately assigned to a B-17 crew and
began training to ship to the European Theater.
"We were in El Paso for three months, then got
our orders for England. We had to take a troop ship
to Scotland. It was January 1945."
Arne and his crew went to Moldsworth, England,
and to the 427th Bomb Squadron, part of the 303rd
Bomb Group, the infamous "Hell's Angels."
He and his crew learned the Germans were not
ready to surrender.
Although the famed Luftwaffe had almost disap-
peared from the European skies by January 1945, the
Germans still had plenty of flak guns to guard their
factories and cities. The air war was still on.
The crew trained for a few weeks and Arne met
his brother, who came over from another unit.
"We weren't scheduled to fly the next day, so
we stayed up until 2 a.m. talking. Ten minutes after
we hit the sack, we were woken up and told we were
flying a bomb mission that day. I wrote it down. It
was March 3, 1945, our first mission."
Arne's brother, Helmer, had plenty of experience
with bombing missions over Europe. "When I told
him the mission was only scheduled to last six hours,
he told me not to worry, it was a milk run. He knew
that three hours each way was not very far."
Indeed it wasn' t, although everyone had the fear
factor on that first mission.
"Anyone who tells you they weren't scared when
they went up in a bomber is a liar," said Arne. "I was
shivering that day and it wasn't from the cold. We
were scared, but we all did our job. We knew we
could count on each other."
Flight officer Arne Hansen as a bombardier in
England during World War II.
There was little flak that day, but Arne always
encountered an extra dose of drama on his combat
As bombardier, one of his duties was to climb
into the bomb bay, walk along an 8-inch wide walk-
way and remove the safety pins from the bombs. If
he fell from the walkway, his weight would open the
bomb bay doors and he and the bombs would swiftly
head toward Earth.
"You always wore your parachute, even when
you had to remove the pins," remembered Arne.
Wearing a heated flight suit, winter underwear, a
wool jacket and a flak jacket and maneuvering along
that platform was a daunting task and Arne had to do
it even when the Germans were firing their flak guns
at his plane.
And it was cold at 30,000 feet.
"There was no pressure in the cabin. The tem-
perature would get to minus 40 to 60 degrees. You
had to dress for it and you had to breathe oxygen.
And we were still cold," he said with a laugh.
"We didn't wear our flying boots. They took up
too much room in the plane. We tied them to our
parachute in case we had to jump."
On the crew's second mission, they lost an engine,
but managed to return safely to Moldsworth.
"The first few missions were milk runs, but I had
to fly some missions with other crews as deputy bom-
bardier. If the lead plane with the lead bombardier got
shot down or had to turn back, we had to take over
and lead the mission. It was something to be the first
or second plane into the flak."
On his eighth mission, Arne and the crew would
"When we got there, the flak was so thick we
thought it was a thunderstorm. I could see the red
bursts and knew we were going to get it."
While Arne was busy lining up his Norden bomb-
sight to drop the bombs, the plane indeed got hit with
a lot of flak.
"The ship just shuddered and all hell broke
loose. The pilot, his name was Flanagan from
Boston, called me to the flight deck because the
co-pilot got hit, but I couldn't help because I had
to drop the bombs."
After dropping the bomb load, Arne headed to
the flight deck to find the co-pilot dead from a direct
"We had to fly three hours with a dead co-pilot.
We landed in Belgium. An ambulance and doctor
came and took him away, but there was nothing they
could do. That sobered us up quick. To lose a member
of your crew, a guy you had trained with and lived
with for months hurt a lot.
"We were like brothers. There wasn't a lot of
military formality among the crew. We all knew our
jobs. One guy, I think he was only 17. He was our
radio man and had used his brother's birth certificate
to get in the service."
When the crew returned to England, they were
sent to a rest home for a week.
That was standard operating procedure for any
airplane that had a crew member killed in flight.
After a week's rest, the crew returned to bomb-
By April 1945, Arne and his pals knew the war
was drawing to a close, although the Germans still
put up a terrific anti-aircraft defense when the bomb-
ers came over.
"It was April 24, 1945. By then, I had gone to
navigator school in England, training as a bombar-
dier-navigator because the group needed navigators.
It was Allied Mission No. 364 of the war and we
almost didn't come back."
The group flew to Czechoslovakia to bomb the
famed Skoda armament factory at Pilsen. The factory
was just four miles ahead of Gen. George Patton' s 3rd
"Patton had sent word to the factory workers
that the bombers were coming, but the Germans also
knew we were coming. The flak was incredible. I saw
a lot of planes go down. We must have had 400 planes
in the air. Everybody got hit."
Arne's crew was flying a B-17 named "Sweet
Rosie O' Grady" and everyone wanted to fly it on a
"It had a reputation as being a lucky plane. It had
done 123 missions during the war and always came
back. Our pilot was on his 35th and last mission of
the war. When he got back, he would be finished with
Sweet Rosie O' Grady lived up to her reputation
that day, but not without some anxious moments.
"We lost one engine over Skoda, then another
one as we turned back for England. We were down
to two engines and the pilot was going nuts. He kept
saying we weren't going to make it as we dropped
lower and lower in the formation."
Somehow, the Sweet Rosie O' Grady made it all
the way back to England, crossing the English chan-
nel just a few hundred feet above the water.
"When he landed, he didn't even park the plane.
He just moved it onto the grass and we all got out. We
didn't know it then, but that was our last mission."
Arne got a three-day pass to London the first
week of May and met his brother there.
"I was just 19. It was a great place to party. Then,
we heard that the Germans had surrendered and
everyone started celebrating. It was one big party."
For Arne, however, the party was bittersweet.
By now a second lieutenant, he was still in the
Air Corps and there still was a war in the Pacific.
Arne flew to New Jersey in June 1945 and was
sent to Texas to await orders for the Pacific.
"I figured I would be with a B-29 crew in the
Pacific," he said.
But two atomic bombs were dropped on Japan
in early August and, on Aug. 15, 1945, Japan sur-
"The war was over. We had another party and
there were a lot of guys who weren't going to the
Pacific celebrating with me. We had figured we would
have to bomb Japan to end the war."
On Oct. 11, Arne was separated from active duty
and returned to Staten Island.
He took engineering courses at Pratt Institute and
got a job with Wing Heating and Ventilating.
Arne joined the New York Air National Guard
in 1950 and flew a B-26. In 1956, he went on active
duty with the Air National Guard and eventually
transferred to the U.S. Air Force Reserves on active
duty. He retired as a major in 1968 after 20 years of
Along the way, he had formed his own company
in Milwaukee and then retired from that business in
He moved to Naples in 1990, then moved to west
Bradenton so he and his wife could be closer to Chris-
tine Tollette, his step-daughter.
Among his hobbies are making carvings from
wood and he belongs to the Barbershop Quartet of
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Hansen is a World
War II veteran of
the 8th Air Force in
Great Britain and
the stepfather of
former Anna Maria
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"I have no regrets about going into the Air Corps.
When we flew a mission, I just knew I wasn't coming
back, but I was determined to do my duty.
"I'm proud of my service. I think of all the guys
who didn't come back, but I'd do it again if I had
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Holmes Beach dredging gets under way:
Dredge work continued in Holmes Beach in an effort
to improve navigation in the city's canals. In June,
Piedroba Marine Construction dredged near the city
boat ramp and did so without delaying boaters head-
ing out for summer fishing trips. The dredging was to
"allow for navigation of 99 percent of vessels, even
at low tide," said Joe Duennes, superintendent of
Holmes Beach public works department. The canals
in Holmes Beach were constructed in the 1950s, and
city officials said they had not been dredged until
work began in recent years to clean them out.
Save Our Trolley campaign proposed: An
Island-based effort to keep the trolley operating fare-
free got a test drive with Manatee County officials.
Island businessman David Teitelbaum, a member of
the Manatee County Tourist Development Council
and a director on the Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce board, proposed a Save Our Trolley
campaign and a series of ideas to keep the trolley
fare-free for years into the future. County administra-
tor Ed Hunzeker has recommended in the budget for
fiscal year 2010, which begins in October, that riders
pay a $1-a-day fare for the trolley. "In my opinion, it
needs to stay free," Teitelbaum said.
Firm selected for WMFR facilities study: West
Manatee Fire Rescue District commissioners, meet-
ing June 18, selected Totems Architect, Planning and
Design of Sarasota to conduct a study of district needs
and design of new facilities. The company was one of
four short-listed by the WMFR facilities committee
and presented to the board, and was the committee's
No. 1 recommendation.
Next week: July-December 2009 remembered.
THE ISLANDER 0 DEC. 30, 2009 0 21
NINE"M rfF' 'rEV
Homestead honor: Elizabeth Moss accepts a
plaque from members of the Anna Maria Island
Historical Society board June 18 at her home on
Willow Avenue in Anna Maria. The plaque com-
memorates the history of Moss's home, built in
1924 and purchased by Moss' parents from Thelma
Acton in 1944. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
22 0 DEC. 30, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Island police blotter
Dec. 19, 100 block of White Avenue, loitering and prowl-
ing. An officer on patrol saw a man crouched in the grass next
to an unoccupied house. The man ran when the officer shined
his spotlight on him. The officer chased the suspect through the
yard and down the street until he went into a yard and hid. A
K-9 and deputy arrived and located the man lying in a flower
bed. The man refused to show his hands after multiple warnings
and the K-9 bit the man twice. The man was then placed under
arrest. The man resisted while EMS was checking him out, so
an officer stunned him with a stun gun. The man was treated at
Lakewood Ranch Hospital and then taken to jail.
Dec. 21, 721 N. Shore Drive, grand theft. While the
victim was sleeping, he had an estimated $950 worth of prop-
erty stolen from his residence following a call to an adult site
listed on Craig's List.
Dec. 25, 787 N. Shore Drive, suspicious circumstances.
While the complainant and his family were at a relative's
home for the holiday, someone used the beach access and
went into his backyard. The complainant's son saw two men
in the backyard. When the men saw him, they took off run-
ning toward the front of the house and got into a white SUV
and sped off. Nothing was reported missing. According the
police report, there is an ongoing problem with the beach
access alongside the complainant's home.
Dec. 20, 4600 Second Ave., petit theft. An officer was
dispatched to the Circle K, where the store clerk said a man
fled the store with some cigarettes. HBPD found the suspect,
a juvenile, inside his vehicle. The juvenile was identified as
the one who stole the cigarettes and was released into his
Dec. 23,453 62nd St., theft. A woman came to the HBPD
to report a stolen necklace. The victim said she allowed her
bother-in-law's girlfriend to stay at her home from Oct. 23
until the end of November. The victim thinks the woman took
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$200. The same day, the victim came back to HBPD to report
another missing necklace that was valued at $100.
Dec. 23, 307 66th St., burglary of a residence. Officer
responded in reference to a burglary. The victim said that
sometime between Dec. 17 and Dec. 22 burglars entered
through her screened porch and stole four bottles of liquor
valued at approximately $125.
Dec. 23, 606 Hampshire Lane, petit theft. An officer
was dispatched to the victim, who said she returned to the
house from her permanent resident in Dade City to discover
that burglars stole a wicker chair and wooden table from her
dock. The victim added that on Oct. 24, an occupant on Key
Royale Drive pointed a laser through her window, and that
an individual was sitting in the backyard staring at her house
earlier in the week.
Dec. 24,306 Clark Drive, loitering. A man was observed
outside the residence wearing a hooded sweatshirt with his
head covered, crouched in a dark corner, standing close to
where a car alarm had gone off. An officer approached the
man, who stated he was waiting for a friend. As the officer
tried to verify the man's story, he took off running behind
some houses and over a fence, and the officer lost sight of
him. Officers later met with the man's parents and the offi-
cers discovered the man had given a false name. The parents
called officers when the man came home, and the man was
transported to HBPD with his father. Afterward, the man was
released to his father.
Dec. 24, 611 Gladstone Lane, petit theft. A woman came
to HBPD in reference to a theft that occurred to her home.
She said someone took two Christmas wreaths from the front
door. The wreaths were valued at $40 each.
Dec. 26, 8200 block of Palm Avenue, warrant. An officer
had a consensual encounter with a man who had two Manatee
County warrants, outstanding, for driving on a suspended
license and for failing to pay a traffic fine. The man was
transported to jail.
Discovery sought in sex case
An attorney for a Bradenton Beach man set for
a mid-February trial for pornography is demanding
the state turn over its evidence in the case.
Joseph Edmund Chiquet, 34, of the 500 block of
Gulf Drive South in Bradenton Beach, was arrested
July 14 for allegedly engaging in sexual activity with
Chiquet's attorney, public defender Adam
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Chiquet is facing 27 counts of possessing and
promoting child pornography.
Chiquet, according to a police report, allegedly
met the teenager in January at a skateboard shop he
was operating in Bradenton.
The report indicated that the teenager said she
and Chiquet had a sexual relationship, and that he
took sexual photographs of her in his apartment that
were downloaded to his computer.
He was released from the Manatee County jail
pending trial, but remains on a home-detention, elec-
tronic-monitoring system. His trail is scheduled to
take place the week of Feb. 22.
Peter Jack Hawkins
Peter Jack Hawkins, 87, of Hillsboro, Ore., died
Dec. 11. He was born in Bradford, England.
He received a doctorate degree from University
College London in 1950. He had a 32-year teaching
career in organic chemistry at Oberlin College, Ohio.
He and wife Marilyn spent winters on Anna
Maria Island, where he organized classes for children
to learn the craft of making wooden toys at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center and Roser Memorial
He volunteered both on and off stage at the
Island Players and Roser Chapel Players. He also
was involved in the Island museum effort early on.
He restored three historical cottages, one in Bell
Buckle, Tenn., a stone cottage at Sir Walter Raleigh's
Castle in England, and one of the first houses in Anna
Maria, an adobe-style house built in 1922.
He and his wife retired to the Springs at Tanas-
bourne, Hillsboro, in June.
A life celebration was held at Tanasbourne. The
family requests donations to Roser Church, P.O.
Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216, or to Anatomical
Research Fund, Oregon Health and Science Univer-
sity School of Medicine, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson
Park Road, Portland OR 97239. Arrangements were
by Finley-Sunset Hills Mortuary.
He is survived by wife Marilyn, sons Michael of
St. Petersburg, Fla., and Derek of Nashville, Tenn.;
step-family Thomas and wife Tracy Litterer, and their
children, Emily and Jake, of Hillsboro; and foster
granddaughter Patricia Chandler and her daughter
Shy Ann, both of Henderson, Ky.
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Thursday, Dec. 31
Midnight New Year's Eve fireworks over the Gulf at the Beach-
House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Friday, Jan. 1
Noon Clancy's Irish Pub hosts its Shamrock Shiver swim at
Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-2489.
Saturday, Jan. 2
9 a.m. to 2p.m. Open-air Bridge Street Market at 107 Bridge St.,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 941- 518-4431.
10 a.m. to noon Mixed-media art demonstration by Cecy Richard-
son at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
Monday, Jan. 4
6:30 p.m. -Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island meeting and instal-
lation of officers at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
Tuesday, Jan. 5
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Chart Smart boating course at the Anna Maria
Island Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Registration:
941-795-0482. Fee applies.
7 p.m. Epiphany Eve service and "Blessing of Chalk" at Gloria
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The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge Club at the
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
The third Wednesday of each month, noon, the Anna Maria Island
Garden Club meets at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria, through April. Information: 941-778-2809.
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets at
Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Jan. 7, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mark Thompson speaks
at Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, Sarasota.
Jan. 7, Extraordinarily Human Film Series: Man on Wire, South
Florida Museum, Bradenton.
Jan. 7, "Sugar Babies" opens, Manatee Players, Bradenton.
Jan. 8, Jo Anne Curtan artist's reception, Guild Gallery, Holmes
Jan. 8, Joe Fletcher artist's reception, Island Gallery West, Holmes
Jan. 9, Watercolor art demonstration, Island Gallery West, Holmes
Jan. 9, Boating education seminar, Anna Maria Island Power
Jan. 9, Privateer's smoked mullet, Coquina Beach.
Jan. 9, Sidewalk astronomy, Robinson Preserve, Palma Sola.
Jan. 9, Sunset and stars shutter stroll, Robinson Preserve, Palma
Jan. 9, Cancer benefit for Bob "Captain Crunch" Fazioli, Drift-In,
Jan. 10, Pancake breakfast, St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes
Jan. 10, Master gardener tour of Robinson Preserve, Palma
Jan. 12, Inquiring Minds bible study group, Gloria Dei Lutheran
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Jan. 13, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise break-
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Jan. 13, "End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012," South Florida
Jan. 13, GPS boating seminar, Anna Maria Island Power Squadron,
Jan. 13, Irish dance, Tequila Beach Sports Grille, Bradenton.
Save the date:
Jan. 14-24, Manatee County Fair, Palmetto.
Jan. 16-17, Winterfest Arts and Craft Show, Coquina Beach.
Jan. 21, "Swing Into Spring" fashion show, St. Bernard Catholic
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Sister Keys recommended as aquatic preserve
By Lisa Neff
Local officials and environmentalists are seek-
ing state support for an effort to establish an aquatic
preserve at Sister Keys.
The keys, which from a distance appear as one
small key but up close are smaller islands separated
by a channel. They are south of Jewfish Key and
adjacent to Longboat Key village in Sarasota Bay.
"There's a huge grass flat," said Longboat Key
Vice Mayor Robert Siekmann. "It's a nursery for so
much sea life."
But, Siekmann added, the area also is scarred -
from boats traveling at high speeds.
"People are racing across, destroying some of the
habitat," Siekmann said.
In early December, Siekmann asked Manatee
County's legislative delegation to support the effort
to protect the area, which includes securing a coastal
management zone grant to safeguard the seagrasses
and the establishment of an aquatic preserve.
In March, the Manatee County Board of Com-
missioners adopted a resolution supporting efforts to
protect seagrasses in the vicinity of Sister Keys and
urging Gov. Charlie Crist and the Legislature to allow
for legislation to protect Florida seagrasses.
"We believe seagrasses in Florida need protec-
tion," said Rusty Chinnis of Sarasota Bay Watch,
which is leading the campaign to protect the Sister
Keys area. "Seagrass is pivotal to everything."
The Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
tection oversees the aquatic preserve program, which
dates back to the passage of the Aquatic Preserve Act
in 1975. The measure ensured that aquatic preserves'
"aesthetic, biological, and scientific values may
endure for the enjoyment of future generations."
Sister Keys, as seen from the village of Longboat Key. Sarasota Bay Watch and local officials would like to
establish an aquatic preserve at the keys. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
The state has designated 41 aquatic preserves in
the shallow waters of marshes and estuaries along
8,400 miles of coastline.
Meanwhile, a push to restore natural conditions
on land at Sister Keys began in 2007 with the removal
of exotic, invasive trees.
Paradise Pointe, a subsidiary of St. Joe. Co., spent
$1 million for the project to mitigate damage from
dredging to enlarge the marina at the Perico Island
development on Anna Maria Sound.
The mitigation project at two of the four tiny
islands that form Sister Keys was under the jurisdic-
tion of the town of Longboat Key in partnership with
Paradise Pointe/St. Joe Company, CZR Inc., Wood-
ruff and Sons and Leo Mills and Associates.
The work involved the removal of Australian
pines, Brazilian pepper trees and debris, as well as
the excavation of fill off the island.
"They've completed the mitigation," said Siek-
mann. "It was a very successful mitigation project."
Flag football season for youth, adults on horizon
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Island Community Center NFL
Flag Football season is set to start shortly after the
beginning of the new year although there are yet
no schedules and this season looks to be the big-
gest and best yet for the youth league.
For the first time since organized flag football
entered the Island scene, the Center is hosting an
adult coed league and has registered six teams.
All the kids out there who grow weary of listen-
ing to parents yell at you during your games can now
return the favor at their games.
The 13-16 division has four teams Raiders,
Ravens, Titans and Panthers. The teams look fairly
even but the Raiders look strong, boasting Aaron Van
Hook, Daniel Doyle and Chris Galati, all dangerous
players returning from the past season.
The 10-12 division has six teams in the Titans,
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The 8-9 division boasts the Saints, Cardinals,
Dolphins and Eagles as division foes. This division
appears to be very competitive on paper. Michael
Latimer helps make the Saints a threat, while Tyler
Pearson and Brooke Capparelli do the same for the
Cardinals. The Eagles boast a potent duo in Dylan
Joseph and Jack Mello, while the Dolphins counter
with Ethan Bertrand and the Doyle brothers, Dylan
The 5-7 division has the Bears, Cardinals, Ravens
and Patriots in what is traditionally an instruction-
based group where there are no standings.
Look for schedules in next week's Islander and
game results in the weeks that follow.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole,
two-best-balls-of foursome match Dec. 23. The team
of Dick Eichhorn, Dave Kruger, Bill Eichhorn and
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Fill ice box: Fishers find fish aplenty
By Nick Walter
Cold fronts continue to put a damper on fishing,
but fishing has been excellent in between fronts.
This weekend's full moon should induce some
big, sow sheepshead in nearshore and inshore waters.
Some anglers have reported hooking into some little
sheepshead over nearshore structures.
The trout season opens Jan. 1. Anglers can keep
five trout per day between 15-20 inches, and one of
those trout can be over 20 inches.
Grouper season is open in federal waters past
9 nautical miles offshore Feb. 1 to March 31.
Capt. Danny Stasny from Island Discount
Tackle at Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said
some big snook have already begun to move to the
canals and docks, such as those at Catchers. Lethargic
fish will require a slower presentation of stinky baits,
such as Berkley Gulp.
He said some sheepshead already have started
showing up over the 1-mile reefs, and more should
come around the local structures. He suggests using
jigs tipped with fiddler crabs, sand fleas or shrimp
over wrecks and reefs.
Stasny said he would begin fishing docks in
Palma Sola Bay with a D.O.A. shrimp, jig or Gulp,
drifting along the docks to locate fish. Once the fish
are found, try fishing the spot with a live shrimp. "See
if there's one fish," he said, "or 20."
Joe Hosner from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge
south fishing pier said anglers there have been catch-
ing grouper, sheepshead midway on the pier, and an
occasional bluefish. He said the grouper bite seems
to improve as the weather gets colder. Squid has been
Capt. Steve Salgado of the Compleat Angler
said action has been good between cold fronts with
good fishing close to the shore and some nice-sized
grouper inside 20 miles.
In the bay, he reported redfish, sheepshead and
flounder. "You've got to wear a jacket and go out
there and handle the cold weather," he said. "Other-
wise, fishing's been good."
Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime Charters
said the shiner fishing is done. He suggests looking
for redfish under docks, and shallow-water fishing for
grouper and mangrove snapper. "I'm looking forward
to trout season opening up," he said.
Capt. Rick Gross of the charter-boat Fishy
Business out of Catchers fished Dec. 23 and reported
catching grouper, flounder, mangrove snapper, lane
grouper catch .
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day's catch of
gag grouper are, ,
Landon Gage, 13, ;T
Austin Lee, 16,
Evan Gage, 16 and ,
Tyler Murray, 13,
all of Bradenton.
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Brendan Murphy, 9,
and brother Keegan
Murphy, 11, with
grouper they caught
on squid at the 3-mile
reefs off Anna Maria
Island. They were
aboard their father's
snapper, porgies and a bunch of Key West grunts 6.5
"To be honest, mainly what I cleaned was grunts,"
Gross said. "They're excellent eating. The people
were occupied the whole time. Their rods were con-
Gross was using live shrimp and 20-pound test
line for light-tackle species such as mangrove snap-
per, and 80-pound test line with frozen threadfins and
heavy outfits for grouper.
"We had our shots," Gross said. "I bet they
caught between red and gag grouper about 40
Gross said he saw bonito crashing the surface in
the area. "I don't think they're going to go anywhere,
either," he said.
Gross said pompano were still all around the
local bays. As he mullet fished last week, he saw
them skipping from the water off Emerson Point and
off the bulkhead in the mouth of the Manatee River.
And, he added, the best success he's had with pom-
pano has been with Doc's Jigs.
Bob Kilb from the Rod & Reel Pier said the
fishing has been slow there as of late. "Go watch
TV," he suggested. Kilb said there have been a few
sheepshead around, but that's about it.
Dave Sork from the Anna Maria City Pier has
seen some bonito and Spanish mackerel hitting the
bait around the pier, but he has yet to see any sheep-
Capt. Mark Johnston from Legend Fishing
Charters out of Annie's Bait and Tackle said he's
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been getting small redfish, lots of black drum, trout
and at least two flounder, in the local bays using
shrimp and pinfish.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish
charters out of the Cortez Fishing Center said gag
grouper are pretty much at the peak of their season,
and he has been catching a lot of them fishing between
50-70 feet of water depth. Using live bait and frozen
sardines and squid, he's also got catches of red grou-
per, mangrove snapper and triggerfish.
He added that he's hooked into some kingfish in
McGuire said the best grouper fishing has come
before cold fronts.
Capt. Tom Chaya of Anna Maria Fishing
Charters out of Catchers said he's been working
docks in Palma Sola Bay and the Manatee River,
catching mostly redfish 16-28 inches, with a few
20-inch keepers. He said any rock pile or hard bottom
has been holding at least a few sheepshead.
Capt. "Zach" Zacharias on the Dee Jay II
out of Cortez says he managed to get in a couple
of trips before Christmas and did OK. "The fish we
did catch were not huge but they kept rods bending.
One exception was some hefty black drum encoun-
tered under docks in a couple of locations." The drum
ran up to 15 pounds and Zach and his fishers were
"smoked by a number of larger specimens. Flounder
were coming in regular, but not the doormats of a
few weeks ago." They got into some rat reds that
were eager to chew, but some larger reds found in
Sarasota Bay were not eager at all. Zacharias said
the water was extremely clear and the tide lackluster,
resulting in fish that rejected all offerings. He reports
decent action with trout, bluefish, large ladyfish, and
some straggler Spanish mackerel. Live shrimp and
soft-bodied leadheadjigs were his ticket for success.
"Unless we get some extreme cold, the mackerel may
hang around all winter. A lack of really cold weather
has the sheepshead bite hi *,_ ,_in ii' at this point of the
calendar, but January and February should be hot"
for the convict fish if the weather stays cold.
Capt. Warren Girle reported mangrove snapper
up to 3 miles offshore, mixed with undersize red and
gag grouper. "But the highlight of the trip was kids
catching an octopus," he said.
Inshore, Girle reported redfish to 28 inches, trout
to 23 inches, Spanish mackerel to about 3 pounds,
and lots of bluefish and ladyfish.
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Capt. Warren Girle
Redfish .. -Snapper
Light Tackle Fly
Over 30 years experience in local waters USCG Licensed
Full / Half Day Trips 941.387.8383 (H) 941.232.8636 (C)
CG Licensed Captain Don Meilner
Prices start at just $15/hour per person!
26 0 DEC. 30, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
r By Rick Catlin
'Just Fun' in new digs
Just 4 Fun kayak, bicycle, sun chair and boat
rentals has moved from the Holmes Business Center
to the S&S Plaza in Holmes Beach, adjacent to Min-
nie's and across the access driveway from the Holmes
Beach postal facility.
Owner Joe Praetor said the move gives the
business more visibility to drive-by traffic and more
Just 4 Fun is open seven days a week from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m.
For more information, call 941-896-7884.
LBK antiques and art fair
The Whitney Plaza, 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key, will host an antique and art fair from
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 2-3.
Local artists will be featured, along with organic
produce, orchids and antiques, event organizer Steph-
anie Claussen of Steph's Stuff in the plaza said.
Proceeds of the fair will benefit the Save Our
FLAG FOOTBALL FROM PAGE 24
earn the day's bir,,in, rights. Second place went to
the team of Bob Kral, Vince Mercadante, Earl Ritchie
and Jim Mixon, who were three shots back at 112.
The club women played a nine-hole, low-net-of-
flight game Dec. 22. Flight AA saw Sandy Tocco card
a 1-under-par 31 for low round of the day. Marcia
Helgeson fired an even-par 32 to edge Don Soos by
one stroke in Flight A. Dorothy McKinna's even-par
32 was good enough to take first place in Flight B,
while a 2-over-par 34 earned Sue Wheeler a two-shot
victory over Joy Nelles in Flight C. Joanne Brougher
carded a 1-over-par 33 to win Flight D by two strokes
over Nell Bergstrom.
The men played a nine-hole, individual-low-net
game Dec. 21 that saw Blake Graham lap the field
with a 4-under-par 28. Three shots back and tied for
second place were Earl Ritchie and Vince Mercadante
with 3 1s, while Bob Kelly held down third place with
an even-par 32.
Two emerged from pool play on Boxing Day to
vie for bi''iii,' rights. Tom Rhodes and Norm Good
were too good for Herb Puryear and Gene Bobeldyk
Seabirds Sanctuary south of Longboat Key on City
For more information, call Stephanie at 941-383-
Thrift shop reopens Jan. 4
The Community Thrift Shop at 5704 Manatee
Ave. W., Bradenton, will reopen for business Monday,
Jan. 4, following a two-week holiday.
Community Thrift is a consignment store that
sells a variety of items, including adult, children and
baby clothing, shoes, toys, games, pottery and jew-
For more information, call 941-792-2253 when
the store reopens.
New to the chamber
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce welcomed the following new members
between September and November:
Moneris Solutions, regional sales, Bradenton,
Desire Gabou, 941-685-4796.
Pest 2000, 1005 Riverside Drive, Palmetto,
Cindy Kelley, 941-592-8955.
Access 2 Computers, 4819 First Ave. N.W.,
Bradenton, Brent Bigelow, 941-794-5658.
Bradenton Rent All Partyland, 2706 14th St.
W., Bradenton, Gary Ewing, 941-747-1111.
Palmetto Riverside B&B, 1102 Riverside Drive,
Palmetto, Wim and Micke Lippens, 941-981-5331.
Braxton Holway PA, 4312 75th St. W., Braden-
as they rolled past their competitors by a 21-6 score
to win the day's festivities at the Anna Maria pits.
The Dec. 23 games saw the team of Carl Thomas
and Dan Beldon earn the only 3-0 pool-play record
and were the day's outright champs. That left three
teams to battle it out for second place. Jeff Moore and
Bill Starrett ended the day for Herb Puryear and Paul
Sheatler by defeating them 21-13. Moore and Starrett
got run over in the finals as Gene Bobeldyk and Art
Kingstad defeated them 21-11 to earn second-place
honors for the day.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. War-
mups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team
selection. Play is free and everyone is welcome.
Community notices, events
Attention community organization representa-
tives: The Islander welcomes notices of your events
and projects on Anna Maria Island and encourages
you to submit photographs on a regular basis. Please
send press releases and photos with detailed captions
to firstname.lastname@example.org or 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217. Remember to include complete
ton, Janel Borne, 941-794-8858.
JW Solutions, 911 35th Ave. W., Palmetto, Jef-
frey Wagner, 941-592-9798.
Classic Event Management, 212 17th St. E.,
Bradenton, Linda Khouri, 941-756-2923.
The Wedding Event and Resource Center, 4404
56th St. W., Bradenton, Vicki Sack and Kim Frazer,
Goodwill Industries Manasota, 7502 15th St.
E., Sarasota, LuAnne Kirschner, 941-355-2721.
Paper Panache, 3202 Cortez Road W., Braden-
ton, Nancy Stephens, 941-755-9100.
For more information on the chamber, call 941-
Island real estate sales
1407 Gulf Drive S., Unit 101, Coquina Moor-
ings, Bradenton beach, a 1,225 sfla / 1,521 sfur
3bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1982
was sold 12/11/09, Flynn to Glenn for $43' i"" ', list
2505 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach, a 2,154 sfla
/ 2,886 sfur 4bed/4bath duplex built in 1978 on a
50x100 lot was sold 12/10/09 Wustemann to Zawor-
ski for $325,000.
6300 Flotilla Drive, Unit 94, Shell Point, Holmes
Beach, a 1,151 sfla 2bed/2bath condo with shared
pool built in 1973 was sold 12/11/09, Heiber to Sey-
bold for $220,000; $259,900.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty
of Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay 941-778-
Monday, Jan. 4
Tuesday, Jan. 5
Breakfast Sausage and Egg Patty Biscuit,
Yoguit. Ceieal, Toast.
Luinch Homemade Mac and Cheese, Poik
Riblets, Waim Roll, Caniotsu ith Dip. Mandaiin
Wednesday, Jan. 6
Breakfast Choice of "Jump Stai"f selection.
Supei Donut, Ceieal. Bagel.
Luinc' Bieaded Chicken on Bun,. Gieen Beans,
Peaches, Sheibeitl assoiled salads and sand' Aches.
Thursday, Jan. 7
Breakfast Bieakfast Pizza, Glits, Ceieal, Toast.
Lutlnch Nacho Tostito Scoops with Meat and
Cheese, Chicken Quesadilla. Lettuce and Tomato
Cup. Spanish Rice, Cinnamon Apple Sauce.
Friday, Jan. 8
Breakfast Mini Pancakes, Supei Donut. Ceieal. Toast.
Lunch Cheese oi Peppeioni Pizza. Glilled
Cheese, Fiesh Bioccoli uith Dip. Chilled Peaws.
Juwe and mIilk are sert e'd atalt ett e meal
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MERMAID: LIFE-SIZE one-of-a-kind sculptures.
BOOKS: 300 of them, all topics, very good condi-
tion, $35. Call 941-761-1928.
CONAIR 'SOOTHING BUBBLES'foot bath, hardly
used. $15. 941-761-1415.
SOFA SLEEPER, $50, rocking chair, $25, cane
glass-top coffee table, $25. 941-778-1915.
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. FREE, one week. Deliver
in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, e-mail email@example.com,
fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please call
941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilu-
theran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive,
ENTERTAINMENT: THE BEST in comedy. Corpo-
rate golf and private parties. 781-367-0339.
'FABULOUS WEARABLE SALE': 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 16. Church of the Annunciation,
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
WANTED: BUCKETS. DONATE clean five-gallon
buckets with lid to ship to Haiti. Please drop at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Global market,
market connections. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@
MANATEE SAFETY SIGNS, exclusively for boat-
ers available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Priva-
teers are collecting new or used, repairable fish-
ing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to
give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander
newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion and Holmes Beach Police Department. Free
at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.
PERFECT HOLIDAY REMEMBRANCE: Purchase
a personalized brick in the Anna Maria Island But-
terfly Park. Two lines, $50. Three lines, $60. Forms
at The Islander, or call 941-518-4431 for more
LOOKING FOR A JOB? Islanders seeking
employment can market their skills with a FREE
classified ad for up to three weeks in The Islander.
Submit 15 words or less including a resume link,
if desired, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
or deliver in person to 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. The Islander will encourage employers
to review the "employment wanted" ads in The
Islander when seeking employees. And good luck
finding the right job!
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: 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2.
Sofas, chairs, tables, mattress sets, queen and
full, bedding and much more. 11201 Longwood
Court (Perico Island.)
WHITNEY PLAZA ANTIQUE and art fair. Satur-
day and Sunday, Jan. 2-3. Treasures, local artists,
organic produce, exotic orchids and more. 6828
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information,
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office supplies,
T-shirts, home treasures, mirrors and framed art.
NIKI'S ISLAND TREASURES: Huge blowout
after-Christmas sale! 50-70 percent off all ster-
ling silver jewelry. Great buys on antiques, decor,
collectibles and vintage jewelry. Open seven days.
5351 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
LOST: GREY COCKATIEL bird, named Arrow.
Last seen Holmes Beach laundromat, Dec. 23.
Reward. Sally, 941-737-9173.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All applicants
screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.
FOR SALE: 1990 Lincoln Town car, white exterior, bur-
gundy interior. Good shape, runs good, 82,000 actual
miles. $800. Can be seen at 436 63rd St. Holmes
Beach. Call 203-645-7888 or 517-278-8763.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser, Zuma
and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-1400.
260 SEARAY BOWRIDER: 116 hours, year
2000, lift-kept, local. No trailer. $15,000. 941-
RESPONSIBLE SENIOR WANTS to rent boat lift
for 24-foot boat on Island. 941-778-1264 or 540-
ISLAND RESIDENT: WILL do housecleaning,
yard work, errands, etc. Good references. Call
Cathy at 941-580-2050.
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Sands Established in 1983
LCelebrating 25 Years of
L wn Quality & Dependable Service.
Service Call us for your landscape
778-1345 and hardscape needs.
Licensed & Insured
Paradise Improvements 778-4173
S Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Fu-- l; Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
Windows & Doors
RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
Residential & Condo Renovations
SKitchens Bath Design Service
V Carpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
S References available 941-720-7519
Marble & Granite Inc.
Counter tops, vanity tops,
bar tops and more.
otz Road W., Bradenton 941-580-9236
HONEY DO HOME REPAIR it
941.807.5256-cell 941.896.5256-office & fax
Drywall & Texture Repairs Painting
Soffit & Siding Tile & Laminate Flooring
"We Can Repair or Install Anything With Your Home"
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AIRPORTS THEME PARKS CRUISE TERMINALS
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It's a GREAT TIME to buy
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chipped, ready for a new family, $200 adoption
fee. Call Julie 779-0202.
SPONSORED BY T Islander
CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified
child care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross
training, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-
4632 or 941-778-8405.
CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
I have experience with kids of all ages.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
First-aid certified, great with kids and animals!
Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.
NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter or
dog walker? Experienced. Red Cross certified in
CPR for all ages. Call the twins, Kayla and Ariel
TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red
Cross certified in babysitting. Loves children. Call
Katie, 941-778-1491 or 941-447-4057.
TRISH AND KIM babysitting service, house
cleaning and pet sitting. Certified. Experienced.
Call 941-538-8922 or 941-538-2081.
LAWN MOWING/DOG walking? Will walk dogs
any day, mow lawns after 5 p.m. weekdays, after
11 a.m. weekends. 941-447-7092.
CALL ZACK, 13, for odd jobs. Will do anything
you need done after school and Saturdays. 941 -
RED CROSS LIFEGUARD for private parties at
your pool. $10/hour. Call Marie Durocher, 941-
CASSIE'S DOG WALKING and house sitting. I
can walk your dog anytime. 941-962-3373.
11-YEAR OLD girl can watch your 4-year old or
younger child. CPR-certified, references, experi-
enced. Brianna, 941-448-9036.
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.
RESTAURANT: ISLAND BREAKFAST/lunch
eatery. Profitable, charming, easy to run. Confi-
dentiality agreement required. $95,000. Longview
MASSAGE THERAPY: In-home visits by appoint-
ment. Patricia Emslie, LMT. 941-504-2030. Gift
certificates, too! Lic. # MA0023639.
ALZHEIMER'S ASSISTED LIVING small group
home has opening now. AL9427. Ask for Mary-
Jane, 941-751-1141 or 941-356-1456.
RENTALS RENT fast when you advertise in The
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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-
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.
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 hurri-
cane covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro doors,
ODL inserts. TDWSINC@msn.com. 941-730-
ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime
Island resident, background check, pet CPR-cer-
tified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-2830
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.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
778-7770. Leave message.
I AFFORDABLE HANDYMAN
;' NO JOB TOO SMALL 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE
ISLAND RESIDENT FULLY INSURED REFERENCES
Call Tim 941.778.5746
Paver Brick Store.com
Pool Deck, Patio & Driveway Renovations
Craig C. Fideler & Assoc, LLC
(941) 794-6504 firstname.lastname@example.org
& Property Services Inc.
761-751 1 W s
Quality Pet Sitting Bonded Insured
Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
Lawn care PLUS native plants. "- I
mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup.
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LISA'S SUNSHINE CLEANING: Dependable,
deep, quality cleaning. References. 20 years
experience. Call 941-758-8680.
ISLAND SENIOR ASSIST: Cheerful company for
our seniors by appointment or regularly sched-
uled home assistance. Leave message for con-
tact. Dependable. 941-792-4601.
WASHED SHELL DELIVERED and spreading,
$25-$40 per yard. Rock and gravel also avail-
able. Please call Cory with Macline Construction
& Hauling at 941-812-4178.
PLEASE CALL FOR pressure washing, painting,
tree removal, concrete, new, replacement. Call
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
DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs
covered! Web design. Call Jon at Smashcat Stu-
dios, 941-778-2824 or 941-545-0192.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services to ensure your house is secure while
you are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience. Gift boutique, nail products,
handbags, jewelry and sunglasses. 9908 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Call for an appointment. Now
offering in-home pedicure services. 941-713-
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
MUSIC LESSONS WITH Koko Ray. Island studio
open now. Instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone,
guitar and piano. 941-778-8323, or evenings,
941-758-0395. 315 58th St., Studio I, Holmes
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941 -
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15.12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941 -
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured plus unbeatable
prices. Call Allen anytime. 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
CLOUD 9 LANDSCAPING: Lawn maintenance,
mulching, plantings, shell and more. Great mainte-
nance rates. Fully insured and references. Please
call 941-778-2335 or 941-284-1568.
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experience.
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778-3924 or 778-4461 5508 Marina Drive, Hol-rr-. ,l ii,,: I.1 pi- Sat.'
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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
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Providing islanders with personal service to and from
central and south Florida airports, etc. Since 1991.
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IS L A A D
PROFESSIONAL MANGROVE TRIMMER: Certi-
fied arborist, free consults, local friendly service.
Call Jim at 941-799-0840.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
GABBARD MASONRY INC.: Custom stone and
brick. Fireplaces, pools, Jacuzzis, fire pits, grills,
landscape, patios. Paver brick, stone, glass block.
Licensed and insured, free estimates. 941-792-
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
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6016 Manatee Ave, W,
Bradenton FL 34209
JUST 3 HOUSES TO BEACH. Great duplex located west
of Gulf Drive. 2 BR/1 BA and a 1 BR/1 BA. Selling "turn-
key" furnished. $599,000.
VINTAGE COTIAGE located at north end of Island. 100' x
105' lot. Hardwood floors & fireplace. 213 Spruce Avenue,
Anna Maria. $700,000.
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Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
PAINTING, WATERPROOFING: NEW construc-
tion or re-paints. Dozens of Island completions
since 1992. Call Venture Services, 941-809-
ALLEN STEINIGGER INC: Painting and handy-
man services. Insured. Hardwood, ceilings, real
wood, kitchen cabinets. 941-822-6636.
SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENTS: Michi-
gan carpenter, cabinet maker. All phases of con-
struction. 30 years experience. No job too big or
too small. Quality work guaranteed at affordable
prices. Call Mike, 877-822-4326. kroon@triton.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
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. Off-season rates, $115/
night, $725/week. $1,800 for December. 941-794-
WANTED: ANNUAL RENTAL. 2BR/2BA close to
beach, room to store kayak and bike. On Anna
Maria Island. Call Dan, 941-705-5561.
ANNA MARIA DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA, washer/dryer,
seasonal $2,000/month, monthly or weekly. Close
to beach, trolley and restaurants. 941-778-7167.
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SALES & RENTALS
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
STEPS TO BEACH: 1BR/2BA, Anna Maria Island.
Christmas, March, April, $495/week. 941-778-
1098. annamariaisland @ gmail.com.
ENJOY SPECTACULAR WATER view from huge
living, dining area. Plate glass windows, doors,
30x12-foot screened deck fronting bay, beach and
park with Gulf beach an easy walk. 3BR, washer
and dryer, unfurnished in north Anna Maria. A
must see! 941-748-5334.
VACATION RENTALS ACROSS from beach.
Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost
Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.
SEASONAL RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA, nicely furnished,
washer and dryer, large back deck, steps to
beach. $2,500/month. 813-244-4944.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA DUPLEX. Holmes Beach. $825/
month plus utilities, $500 deposit. 941-778-4498.
SEASONAL RENTAL: EL CONQUISTADOR
Country Club. 2BR condo with garage in excel-
lent condition and neighborhood. No smoking. For
picture and information, call 941-545-3097.
DOUBLEWIDE MOBILE HOME: 2BR/1.5BA. Fur-
nished, remodeled, central heat, air conditioning,
gated park. Pool, hot tub, activity center, $1,000/
month, four-month special. $695/month annual.
Sale, $49,995, includes share. $8,000 credit for
first time home buyers. Financing. 863-688-3524
or 863-608-1833. email@example.com.
MARTINIQUE CONDO: 2BR/2BA fully furnished,
lanai, sea/beach view, garage, laundry, tennis,
heated pool. January-April. 941-778-8243.
SEASONAL RENTAL: EL CONQUISTADOR
Country Club. 2BR condo with garage in excel-
lent condition and neighborhood. For picture and
information, call 941-545-3097.
RETIRED SWISS COUPLE looking for an
annual rental. 2BR/2BA Anna Maria Island for
March. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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condo with den. This
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a great rental history.
deeded beach access,
furnished. A supreme
value in today's market. This property will not last
Call Jesse Brisson
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to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
HERONS WATCH 8 min. to beaches. Lakeview 3BR/2BA,
Stone Fireplace, Corian & other upgrades. $329,000.
RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT, 2BR/2BA condo, downstairs
end unit. Clubhouse, pool, tennis. $129,000.
PERICO ISLAND PATIO HOME, 2BR/2BA, enclosed lanai, Large Greatroom, $275,000.
LUXURY GULF-FRONT VILLAS. Anna Maria. Weekly & monthly.
8 MIN. TO GULF BEACH. 3/2, 5 yrs. old $1,300/mo Annual.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock, $2,900/mo. Seasonal.
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, Suitable for wedding and reunions,
seasonal and vacations.
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ANNUAL RENTAL: LARGE unfurnished bayfront
2BR/2BA. Wonderful view, washer and dryer
hookups, new laminate, tile floors, covered park-
ing. $1,200/month. 941-795-1132 or 941-545-
PERICO ISLAND: Jan. 11-April 25. 2BR/3BA
townhouse. Amenities, clubhouse, pool, tennis,
workout room. $2,500/month. 941-224-0555.
SEASONAL RENTAL: JANUARY-February 2010.
2BR/2BA. Nicely furnished, heated pool, tennis
court, Jacuzzi, fishing, spectacular view of the
bay at Westbay Point & Mooring. Call Ann, 203-
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/3BA Key Royale
home. Caged pool, garage, nice kitchen, tile
throughout. $1,950/month. 863-660-8366.
2BR/1BA LOWER FLOOR bayview duplex.
Ceramic floors, patio, laundry. Small pet consid-
ered. $800/month-plus. 941-779-9470.
GULFFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA, heated pool,
tennis, Jacuzzi. Available January-April, two-week
NEW YEAR SPECIALS: 2BR/2BA townhouse,
pool, boat dock. Dec. 30-Jan. 2, $350. Longboat
Key 2BR/1BA cottage, walk to MarVista, $399.
Also January, February and March openings.
Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
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, DOUBLEWIDE: 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.
$8,000 credit for first time home buyers. 513-470-
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NORTH BEACH VILLAGE 2BR/2.5BA townhouse.
Large living room, pool, storm shutters, garage,
storage. $399,000, 941-722-0640.
DISCOVER THE OTHER island! Tidy Island in
Sarasota Bay. Waterfront renovated 2BR/2BA,
two-car garage condo. 24/7 guards, nature and so
much more. Pet friendly! Realtor, owner, Katharine
Pepper, RoseBay Real Estate, 941-792-9459.
SANDPIPER RESORT CO-OP. Awesome unit on
the bay. Completely renovated. New air condition-
ing, appliances, siding, tile, private parking beside
of unit. Completely furnished, linens, dishes, TVs.
Screened lanai. Includes share. $129,900. 304-
VILLAGE GREEN VILLA : 2BR/2BA with a one-car
garage, 1,803 sf. 10 minutes to beach, $129,000.
Make offer. Estate sale. Denise Langlois, Cold-
well Banker, 941-725-4425.
ANNA MARIA CANAL home: 2BR/2BA for sale.
Walk to beach, boat lift and dock, washer, dryer,
recently renovated. $550,000. Possible owner
WEST BRADENTON TOWNHOUSE: 3BR/2.5BA,
large garage, pool. For rent, $950/month, or for
sale with owner financing. 941-778-9710 or 847-
WANTED: CANALFRONT HOME on Anna Marie
or Holmes Beach. Cash buyer, quick closing. For
own use. Send details to: canalfrontwanted@aol.
com or call 518-423-6078.
MOBILE HOME: 55-plus. Sandpiper Beach
Resort. 1BR/1BA fully furnished, sleeper sofa.
Turnkey. New air conditioning, covered patio.
Adjacent parking. Only $20,000. Call 941-778-
5152 or 941-778-6207.
OUT-THE-FRONT door beachfront condo.
MODERN VILLA: 2BR/2BA with garage, caged
front and rear courtyards. Low fees, pool, tennis
courts, cathedral ceilings, vacant, easy to see, pet
friendly. Owner financing considered. $147,500.
Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
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VILLAGE GREEN: LARGEST villa. 3BR/2BA,
two-car garage. A-1 condition. $159,000. Real-
tor, 941-756-1090. Real Estate Mart.
WATERFRONT: KEY ROYALE home. $450,000.
3BR/2BA updated, pool, boat dock. By owner,
realtor. 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
FRESHLY UPDATED DEEP-WATER canal house.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
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