VOLUME 18. NO. 9
New Year's on AMI.
the news ...
.. .'. .. ... .
Possible loss of
groins makes surfers
groan. Page 2
purchase. Page 4
annual bird census.
i.. i:fi seeks to
halt PAR progress.
in review. Page 8
AME: Dolphin Dash
set for Jan. 16.
over Segways on
beach. Page 22
What to do on AMI
and beyond. Page 23
Sports: A look back
at 2009. Page 24
invasion is coming.
of Coquina Beach on county-maintained land,
and for a county operation, but the property is
within Bradenton Beach city limits.
In late 2009, county commissioners
approved a $1.1 million contract for Zirkel-
bach Construction Inc. of Palmetto to build
the headquarters south of Leffis Key.
The headquarters in the planning stage
for a decade will provide work space for
PLEASE SEE RESCUE PLAN, NEXT PAGE
JAN. 6, 2010
Islanders of the year: Chiles, Chiles
By Bonner Joy
It was an idea of great joy to Rhea
Chiles, and as it formed, evolved, mired and
progressed, the idea became big.
It meant something big for Anna Maria
Island to be host to the first lady of Florida,
to have her return here to live after a time in
the governor's mansion, after the death of
Lawton Chiles in 1998 very near the end of
his last term.
Of course, AMI embraced Rhea.
But little did we know she had such a
big idea for us, one that would bring us cul-
ture, education, arts and artists, and a sense
of place in tune with nature and the beauty
It came to be the Studio at Gulf and
Pine, but it is a mirror of Rhea Chiles, a
woman generous of her great intellectual
The shape of the rooms, the undertone
of art on the walls, the milieu of refinement,
the boldness of abstracts, sculptures and
color, it all gives a sense of refinement that
whispers to the soul.
Ed C( hi.
.. at his
$ s rants and
N. where his
i vision is
4 to life.
By Lisa Neff
The Bradenton Beach Planning and
Zoning Board this month will review plans
for a proposed $1.1 million Manatee County
Marine Rescue headquarters on the south
end of the Island.
The plans have cleared a number of
hurdles at the county level.
The building is proposed for the bayside
A plan for the proposed $1.1 million marine rescue building on the bayside of Coquina
Beach in Bradenton Beach. Islander Image: Courtesy Manatee County
It's a gift that couldn't have happened
without the vision of Rhea Chiles, the insight
that looked beyond sunsets and palm trees,
pelicans on posts, grouper sandwiches, sou-
venir shops and real estate offices.
But take that gift and combine it with the
generosity and vision of son Ed Chiles, who
has developed his trio of restaurants into land-
marks on Anna Maria Island and Longboat
Key, and we have a legacy for the future.
Ed knows the value of investing in the
community, of giving back to the organizations
that help support youth sports, the elementary
school and other worthwhile causes. Few, if
any, who ask for help are turned away.
And while he may have competitors in
business, none can argue with his generos-
None should doubt his contribution to the
evolving wedding business on AMI, or his
ability to help others capitalize on it. Salons,
photographers, florists, planners, musicians
and, yes, accommodations. Were it not for
rentals, many of the real estate businesses on
Anna Maria Island would be reeling with the
rest of the county economy.
And while some doubt his vision for Pine
Avenue, we see a change there for the better
and the process is not nearly complete. It's an
undertaking that Anna Maria hasn't seen since
the Fig Newton revolutionized and vitalized
the city. The new Pine Avenue vision over-
flows with a passion for old Florida, but with
the wink of an eye, brings us into focus for
He's embraced partners whose devel-
opment and design standards have brought
greener building methods, preserved worth-
while cottages and promoted the growth of
new development fitting the old Florida image
on a strip where commerce was on the brink
Rhea and Ed Chiles.
Formidable. Enlightening. Generous. Pas-
sionate about Anna Maria Island.
And they're our Islanders of the Year.
Bradenton man dies in
A 79-year-old Bradenton man who owned
rental property on North Bay Boulevard in
Anna Maria died Jan. 1 in a two-car accident
on Manatee Avenue that shut down the Anna
Maria Island Bridge and Palma Sola Cause-
way for more than two hours.
At about 5 p.m., Frank Walwer swerved
his 2004 Mercury Sable into the westbound
lane on Manatee Avenue, and into the path
of a westbound tanker truck, where the two
Walwer was flown by medical helicopter
to Bayfront Medical Center, St. Petersburg,
where he died at 7 p.m.
The bridge and the causeway re-opened
to motorists at approximately 7:55 p.m.
The truck driver, Alfi. d S. i n\, 57, work-
ing for Blue Septic Tank Service of Bradenton,
suffered minor injuries and was treated at Mana-
tee Memorial Hospital. Fire crews cleaned 40-50
gallons of diesel fuel from the roadway, accord-
ing to the Bradenton Police Department report.
Police forum on
The Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment will hold a Community Prevention
Forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at
the Holmes Beach City Hall commission
HBPD Chief Jay Romine, Lt. Dale
Stephenson and Detective Mike Leonard
will provide an update on recent burglar-
ies in the city, as well as tips on protect-
ing property and improving community
To contact the HBPD, 5801 Marina
Drive, call 941-708-5804.
City to review county's
marine rescue plans
2 0 JAN. 6, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
Possible loss of groins makes surfers groan
By Lisa Neff
The possible removal of three groins on the Gulf
shore in Bradenton Beach has some surfers concerned
that they might lose a surf location.
"I go there because White Avenue is so crowded,"
Bradenton surfer Paul Hinkley said of the surf spot at
Cortez Beach in Bradenton Beach. "It's a good place
to ride, and easy to get to."
The three groins, including two referred to as the
"Twin Piers" among surfers, may come down as part
of a 2014 federal beach renourishment campaign.
But, renourishment officials stress, there is no
current plan for the removal of the structures, which
Rescue Plan CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
marine rescue personnel, storage space for gear and
vehicles, a conference and lecture room that may be
used by schools and teachers, training facilities for
lifeguards and lockers for their personal effects and
staff computer facilities.
The headquarters also will contain work and stor-
age space for the Manatee County Sheriff's Office's
marine deputy branch, currently stationed at Regatta
Point in Palmetto.
The marine rescue division currently has offices
at the county public-safety complex in east Braden-
ton, but lifeguards operate primarily out of a storage
room at Coquina Bayside or from their towers.
The contract for the headquarters calls for the
project to be completed in the next year.
The headquarters will consist of 4,250 square feet
and will be elevated on concrete pilings to provide for
parking under the structure.
On Jan. 14, in a hearing at 5 p.m. at city hall, 107
Gulf Drive N., the Bradenton Beach Planning and
Zoning Board is scheduled to review plans for the build-
ing, which is considered a "major development" under
the city code.
already are closed to the public.
The groins are within the area proposed for
renourishment in 2014 in a federal Army Corps of
Engineers project and immediately north of the area
proposed for renourishment in 2012-13 in a Manatee
County/Florida Department of Environmental Protec-
"DEP has not ordered the groins removed in con-
junction with this project," DEP spokesperson Dee
Ann Miller said, referring to the 2012-13 renourish-
ment work, which will focus on building up the shore-
line of Coquina Beach, a public recreation area.
But state regulations could necessitate the
removal of the groins for the 2014 project, which
involves an Islandwide renourishment.
A Florida coastal construction statute states, "Any
coastal construction, or any structure including groins,
jetties, moles, breakwaters, seawalls, revetments, or
other structures of a solid or highly impermeable
design ... which serves no public purpose, which is
dangerous to or in any way endangers human life,
health or welfare, or which proves to be undesirable
... shall be adjusted, altered or removed."
In reviewing an initial renourishment application,
the DEP indicated that the usefulness of the three
groins may be evaluated.
"There is no official evaluation of the purpose,
safety or necessity of these structures at the state level
nor any plan at the state or federal level at this time,"
Miller said. "The state will ask for information and
make an evaluation as part of the assessment process
in the processing of the future permit" for renourish-
So some surfers said they are discussing a peti-
tion to save the groins.
"I think if they go, we lose the surfing there," said
surfer Candice Huntley of Bradenton.
Others, however, said they prefer a natural beach
and natural surf conditions.
"There's a community within the surf commu-
nity, and it's gol,, in.', that is really all for natural
shores," said surfer Henry Sole.
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It's NYE on AMI
Anna Maria City
Jan. 8, 10 a.m., ad-hoc parking safety commit-
Jan. 11, 10:30 a.m., capital improvements com-
Jan. 11, 4 p.m., city pier centennial committee
Jan. 11, 5:30 p.m., code enforcement board
Jan. 12, 4 p.m., transportation grant enhance-
ment committee meeting.
Jan. 13, 6:30 p.m., environmental, enhancement
education committee meeting.
Jan. 14, 7 p.m., city commission and planning
and zoning work meeting.
Jan. 19, 4 p.m., transportation grant enhance-
r treworKs exploae over paim trees at me teacnhiouse Kestaurant. I ne iew Year s event orougnt a
crowd to the restaurant and the Gulf shore in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
ment committee meeting.
Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m., planning and zoning board
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
Jan. 4, 1 p.m., ScenicWAVES meeting.
Jan. 7, 1 p.m., city pier team meeting.
Jan. 7, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Jan. 14, 5 p.m., planning and zoning board
Jan. 21, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Jan. 6, 5 p.m., parks and beautification meeting.
Jan. 7, 6:30 p.m., crime-prevention program.
Jan. 12, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Jan. 21, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Jan. 21, 6 p.m., district commission meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
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WMFR board authorizes $1 million-plus to expand
By Rick Catlin
Members of the West Manatee Fire Rescue Dis-
trict board at their Dec. 29 special meeting were
unmoved by a last-minute appeal from several citi-
zens to hold off on a $1.1 million building purchase
to add office space and storage.
The board voted 3-1 to approve the purchase,
with vice chairman Jesse Davis opposed.
The board will use part of its $1.3 million contin-
gency fund to purchase the property, located about 100
yards from the WMFR Station No. 4 on 67th Street
West, Bradenton, then seek financing and return most
of the purchase price to its contingency fund.
But some members of the public, including
Holmes Beach City Commissioner Al Robinson,
expressed displeasure with the purchase, particularly
in view of difficult economic times for taxpayers.
He said it did not make good sense to purchase
an 11,000-square-foot building to house five admin-
istrative staff members.
"Please, rethink and justify this. Would you do
this if this was your kingdom?" Robinson asked.
He claimed the board has a "fiduciary responsi-
bility" to district taxpayers, but was "out of control"
with its purchase and spending. Robinson asked the
board to "back out" of the deal.
Holmes Beach real estate agent Don Schroder
concurred with Robinson, noting that recent reports
indicate better deals for existing properties are coming
in the near future in Manatee County.
Other members of the public spoke against the
proposal, saying they had just become aware that the
board was considering the purchase and would have
been more active in opposing the measure.
Commissioner Randy Cooper, however, noted
that the board has discussed adding to its facilities
for the past two years, if not longer. It's not a new
idea that the board has sprung on the public, he indi-
"I'm surprised some people are saying they just
heard about this now. We have two reporters here
who have been reporting on this for at least the past
two years. And some people are just now coming
forward to say this is the first they've heard of this,"
WMFR Chief Andy Price said the board has
been considering expansion for the past 10 years and
everything about this purchase has been out in the
open and discussed at public meetings.
The board hired a company in 2009 to study its
existing facilities, Price said. That company recom-
mended the district either construct a new building to
contain all administrative staff, along with equipment
storage, training and executive rooms, or purchase
and renovate an existing structure.
When the cost to build a new facility was esti-
mated at $4 million, the board began looking at exist-
ing properties. The building near Station No. 4 met
nearly all criteria for the addition, he said.
It will cost the board an additional $300,000 to
upgrade and renovate the building, but the board will
then have a solid asset, Price maintained.
With the new building, equipment now stored at
the other fire stations can be moved to a central facil-
ity. All administrative staff will be at the building,
freeing up space for firefighters to have decent living
quarters when on duty at their respective stations,
The new building also will provide meeting and
training rooms and allow each battalion chief an
"This is a functional building," said Cooper,
adding that any building WMFR purchases must be
within the district.
"This is not the best or ideal structure, but it's func-
tional. We've looked and looked and this seems to fit
the bill" for the WMFR needs, Cooper said.
Audubon takes annual bird census
By Lisa Neff
Local birding enthusiasts volunteered as census
takers last week, joining in an effort to track and
count species around the world from Alaska to
The Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird
Count takes place worldwide from mid-December
through early January, with the greatest level of par-
ticipation tens of thousands of birders working
in the Americas.
Volunteers Audubon refers to them as citizen
scientists register to go out in a specific area, a
circle, to count species.
Locally, in the Tampa Bay area, there are a
number of counts, including the Manatee County
Audubon Society's Bradenton Christmas Bird Count
on the mainland, which took place Dec. 19, and the
Gulf Circle Count, which includes Anna Maria Island,
Longboat Key, Cortez and Perico Island.
The Gulf Circle Count took place Dec. 29, with
32 citizen scientists gathering at several locations at
sunrise. Carrying binoculars, guide books, checklists
and bottles of water, they then headed out in eight
groups to cruise neighborhoods, walk shorelines and
hike preserves scouting for birds.
"We finally hit the 100 species mark for the count
for the first time ever," said David Williamson who
coordinates the count for Manatee County Audubon.
"We did see more total birds last year 8,904 versus
3,146 this year but we spotted 13 more species
than last year, which was the previous record.
"We are gradually seeing more and more birds
and species, probably since we are getting better at
surveying the entire area and we have more birders
joining us so we can spread out much better," Wil-
The counters spotted a few uncommon birds,
including a whimbrel, not seen in the Gulf Circle
count since 1983.
"The most unexpected sighting was a cordon
bleu finch who obviously has escaped captivity," Wil-
liamson said. "It was seen celebrating with regular
appearances at a bird feeder in Cortez."
The coordinator said the number of roseate
spoonbills and osprey has continued to rise from
count to count. Also, birders spotted 21 American
oystercatchers and 192 red knots, and one birder spot-
ted 300 Northern gannets over the Gulf of Mexico.
"No American robins or cedar waxwings again
this year, but lets not draw any conclusions and leave
that up to the scientists," Williamson said.
Scientists use the CBC data to better understand
how birds and their environment are faring and
what needs to be done to protect them. CBC data,
A brown pelican, counted in a local Christmas bird
count sponsored by the Audubon Society. Islander
Photo: David Williamson
for example, was used in the first U. S State of the
Birds Report, issued in 2009 by the U.S. Department
of the Interior in partnership with Audubon and other
conservation organizations. CBC analysis also served
as the basis for Audubon's 2009 report indicating
climate change is having a dramatic impact on bird
The day after volunteers
Circle Count, another count -
tion and narrower in focus -
conducted the Gulf
smaller in participa-
took place on Anna
Marianne Korosy of Florida Audubon and Suzi
Fox of Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch surveyed
Island beaches looking for wintering birds, specifi-
cally red knots and American oystercatchers.
"Both of them are declining rapidly," Korosy
AMITW, in the summer, focuses on monitoring
sea turtle nesting on the Island and at the same time
watched for nesting sea and shorebirds.
More recently, AMITW has taken an interest in
monitoring birds through the winter. "We're going
out about twice a week," Fox said.
AMITW is working with the county natural
resources department, as well as Florida Audubon
and a growing number of volunteer groups in the
state to monitor birds.
Korosy said her role is to work with volunteer
groups such as AMITW in a five-county region to
\\NW king with turtle watch, it's a very natural
partnership to build," Korosy said. "Turtles and
shorebirds, they go hand-in-hand."
She also is working to disseminate educational
information about birds on the beaches.
"We'd like to get some tips out there," she said.
"Give the birds a berth when they are on a beach. And
do not feed the gulls."
T Korosy of
look for red
ing on the
THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 6, 2010 U 5
Stoltzfus seeks to halt PAR development progress
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria City Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus
is continuing his denunciation of development plans
submitted by Pine Avenue Restoration LLC for retail-
office-residential complexes on Pine Avenue.
In a Dec. 23 letter to Mayor Fran Barford, other
commissioners and the planning and zoning board,
Stoltzfus calls for denial of PAR's site plan for an
ROR structure at 216 Pine Ave.
In his most recent opinion notice, Stoltzfus indi-
cated plans for 216 Pine Ave. have at least six "defi-
ciencies" with city codes and the comp plan, if not
According to Stoltzfus, those deficiencies include
the wrong number of parking spaces, non-compli-
ance with the comprehensive-plan density-per-acre
limitation, access for emergency vehicles and design
He said the plan "should be prohibited now, in the
site-plan review process at the administrative review
level. No passing the buck. You don't need a com-
mittee's opinion to perceive a hazard."
Stoltzfus was referring to the commission-
appointed ad-hoc committee that will review park-
ing safety in the ROR to determine the extent of any
problem, then propose potential solutions and options
to the commission. The committee will hold its first
meeting later this month.
Stoltzfus had already gone on record in a Nov.
30 letter to the mayor opposing the site plan for 216
Pine Ave. and two other site plans submitted by PAR
He has called upon the city to deny all three
plans, and published his opinion on a blog site, www.
But the city and PAR are getting hit by more than
just opinion letters from Stoltzfus, albeit indirectly.
I ne plan for 41 / ine Ave. was approved by the city ana is under construction by Fine Avenue Restoration LLC.
Attorney Dan Lobeck, representing Robert
and Nicki Hunt and Robert and Coleen Muzzy,
sent the city a letter Dec. 23 demanding that the
commission change the allowable density to match
the 2007 comp plan. The letter demanded that the
city comply with the comp plan and deny a PAR
application for an ROR project on a 5,000 square
According to online documents, the Hunts are
principals in Pineapple Corner LLC, which owns 303
Pine Ave. The company has submitted an ROR site
plan for the property, located on the southeast corner
of Pine Avenue and North Shore Drive.
Lobeck's letter indicated that the consequences
of the city not complying with the "demand" would
be a request for an administrative hearing by his cli-
ents to the Florida Department of Community Affairs
to determine the consistency of Anna Maria's land-
development regulations with its comp plan.
The Hunts original site plan was denied in 2006
by the city commission, but a subsequent appeal to
the Manatee County Circuit Court by the Hunts was
Ground-clearing has taken place at 303 Pine
Ave., but construction has not yet begun. According
to building official Bob Welch, a building permit has
not yet been issued pending receipt of what Welch
termed an "e ni.-y code" and mechanical contrac-
Stoltzfus has written a number of opinions against
PAR projects, but has made no comment about the
Pineapple Corner-ROR project.
PAR and Pineapple Corner are the only two
companies presently involved in developing ROR
complexes on Pine Avenue.
Mike Coleman of PAR had no comment on
Stoltzfus' latest opinion letter. The company is fol-
lowing the city's process for site plans and approvals,
Lobeck and Hanson sent a request to the city Dec.
29 asking for a copy of each of the three site plans
submitted by PAR.
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Living in Mayberry
A long, long time ago, there was a little outpost
for kids in Anna Maria known as the youth center. It's
baseball field was built in the 1960s by legends of the
game, strengthened by their families and others who
lived here, determined to have a safe, wholesome
environment for kids.
A small building soon supported a stage, where
someone taught arts and crafts and others lead songs
and still others promoted performances. There was
a half-court for basketball when I arrived with two
youngsters in 1975.
Volunteers worked up a schedule of things for
kids to do. Games to play. Enrichment for young
minds and bodies.
Along with the great ideals that were estab-
lished by the community, there were needs. Going
back some 35 years, I recall planning a "fun day"
at the center, with not much to go on but goodwill
and enthusiasm. Then someone suggested I go to
the IGA and ask the cigar-chewing owner and
also mayor of the city of Anna Maria Ernie
Cagnina for some hot dogs, snacks and such.
"I thought it was asking too much, but when I
approached, I didn't finish my plea before Ernie put
his hand on a cart and pushed it my way, taking his
cigar out of his mouth just long enough to say, 'Get
what you need.'"
That was the day. It seems now like a bygone era.
A smaller island where you knew everyone and their
kids. Everyone was your neighbor.
It was the closest thing to Mayberry there ever
was outside a TV studio.
And the closest thing to Ernie these days is Ed
Chiles. Of course, he's closely followed by a large
number of benefactors, including Chuck and Joey
Lester, John Bacich and Sean Murphy.
But if you need something for someone or some
entity, you can barely finish asking Ed before he's
offering a way to help.
When he started the Lawton Chiles Christmas
Party for Kids, 15 years ago, we used to frequent
the Sandbar and tip "heavily," because for a few
days preceding the party, all the tip money went
to buying turkey dinners and presents, shoes and
clothing for the 20-30 kids they entertained on the
I recall one year when we were frantically cut-
ting white yarn for a beard and hair for Santa, the
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items somehow left out of his costume, before the
None of the youngsters appeared to notice.
And since you likely didn't attend this year, you
missed out on seeing Ed as Santa.
No matter the fatigue and heat under the costume
for Ed after 70 or 80 kids, and 50 or so more to hold
on his lap, and listen to their Christmas wishes before
giving them toys, a meal and more ... maybe hope.
It was Christmas week and I was rushing about,
trying a senior citizen-style version of multi-tasking,
when the brake lights on the car in front of me came
on and it stopped.
I muttered something to myself as to why this
idiot would stop with a clear coast ahead of him.
When the oncoming traffic also stopped and a
few seconds later a father with two small elementary-
age school girls emerged on their bikes and slowly
crossed the street, I was embarrassed.
I bowed my head and asked the good Lord to
forgive me and also thanked him that I still live
in a community that has most of its priorities
Roy Davis, Anna Maria
Stumbling on the shore
The other day, the movie "Field of Dreams" was
on TV again and the famous line, "If you build it,
they will come," reminded me of a conversation that
I recently had with an elderly full-time Island resi-
She was complaining about the "big hole." You
know the ones that get dug on the beach so she will
fall? The holes that capture turtles, wildlife and
His twinkle didn't disappear all day.
There must be a joy to that job and to his
relentless giving all year, every year.
It's just one of his gestures that make ours the
best ever place to live and work.
Spirit, vision, and a name that commands respect
for himself, mother Rhea and Anna Maria Island.
Don't forget to say, "thanks."
Especially, thanks for being Islanders.
It happens when we least expect it, we are cap-
tivated by the sunsets, and sometimes we venture
off to take the beach walk just a little too far, and
then realize we have to walk back home. That is
when the "big hole" seems to get on the nerves of
Here is an idea for anyone enjoying the Island
and d(i'2,iin,; those holes: Why not fill it in before you
depart and then we don't have to worry about turtles,
wildlife and Island residents falling in and getting
Kathy Caserta, Holmes Beach
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Browsers in the new reading room on a university
campus in Kirksville, Mo., likely will find the work
of an Anna Maria resident on the shelves.
The new reading room at A.T. Still University and
the Still National Osteopathic Museum in Kirksville is
dedicated to Dr. Thomas Quinn, an Anna Maria resident
on the faculty of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic
Medicine Bradenton in Lakewood Ranch.
Quinn and wife Sissy attended the dedication cer-
emony, part of Kirksville's Founder's Day activities
There, Quinn, in addition to joining in the cel-
ebration of the newly built Quinn Reading Room,
discussed his upcoming book, "The Feminine Touch:
History of Women in Osteopathic Medicine."
Sissy in the
Quinn has made a career of osteopathic medicine,
and, at LECOM Bradenton, he teaches a course in
osteopathic history and heritage.
Quinn also assists his wife, president of Anna
Maria Island Preservation Trust, on historical and
preservation issues on Anna Maria Island.
Quinn graduated from the Philadelphia College
of Osteopathic Medicine in 1966. The next year, he
was commissioned as a medical officer in the U.S.
Navy among the first doctors of osteopathy com-
missioned in the Armed Forces.
He is a 24-year veteran of the military, with ser-
vice as a commander of the 103rd Medical Battalion,
the 28th Infantry Division surgeon and the state sur-
geon of the Pennsylvania National Guard.
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In the Jan. 5, 2000, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine
said there were no suspects in the Dec. 19 rob-
bery of a Cortez man at Nations Bank on Manatee
Avenue in Holmes Beach. The robbery took place
late that e uini I. when the victim was attempting
to make a night deposit. He was confronted by a
gunman, who took the night deposit bag and fled
Anna Maria city commissioners were forced to
re-advertise for bids on reconstruction of the city pier
because the proposed specifications overlooked the
cost to demolish and rebuild the restaurant and rest
rooms. According to the bids received, however, it
would cost the city between $600,000 and $800,000
to replace the decking and pilings.
The Holmes Beach Police Department
announced it would hold a forum on drugs and
drug abuse Jan. 6 at the Holmes Beach City Hall
and invited all parents and community members to
attend. The forum came in the wake of a number of
parents claiming teenage drug abuse was rampant
on the Island.
'I'EMPS AND DROPS ON AMI
Date Low High Rainfall
Dec.27 55 61 0
Dec. 28 60 69 0
Dec.29 50 '63 0
Dec. 30 58 74 0
Dec. 31 64 76 0
Jan. 1 60 68 1.19
Jan. 2 56 68 0
Average Gulf water temperature 640
24-hour rainfall accumulation with reading at approximately 5 p.m. daily
8 0 JAN. 6, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
2009 in review: July through December
By Lisa Neff e
Islander Reporter ..
Storm causes power outage, flooding: Severe
thunderstorms passed over Anna Maria Island July 1,
causing a power outage with 3,893 customers losing
electricity. Rains from the storm also caused flooding
on several major Island roads. The Holmes Beach
Police Department diverted traffic at the Manatee
Avenue-Gulf Drive intersection for motorists to avoid
Pipeline project may aid renourishment: A
proposed pipeline, which would run from the Gulf
of Mexico into Tampa Bay and reach the mainland
at the Port of Manatee, generated some concern for
much of last year that white sand needed for beach
renourishment would become off limits. Officials on
Longboat Key were the most vocal in their concerns
for the pipeline route, which already was revised once
to avoid another area of beach-quality sand. But in
mid-summer, during a Manatee County Board of
Commissioners meeting, a possible solution to the
conflict was announced: Instead of relocating the
pipeline route to avoid submerged beach-quality
sand, the sand would be removed before construc-
tion of the pipeline. "It's a win-win for all parties,"
Manatee County natural resources director Charlie
Commission approves application for cafe
expansion: With a platter of stipulations, the Bra-
denton Beach City Commission July 2 approved an
application for a major expansion of a beachfront
restaurant. Commissioners devoted considerable
time during their 125-minute meeting at city hall to
reviewing plans for the Gulf Drive Cafe, 900 Gulf
Drive N. The city's planning board recommended
commission approval of the restaurant's application,
which calls for a $500,000 expansion with a new
parking lot, chickee hut, a tiki bar and lobby, as well
The Anna Maria Island Privateers wave to an adoring audience. The non-profit group organized the July 4
parade, as well as a post-parade party at Cafe on the Beach.
as a new kitchen and rest rooms. The plan included
90 parking spaces and 252 seats for patrons.
PAR, Mainsail purchase Tidemark: The
Tidemark projects in Holmes Beach were sold to an
investment group that includes Anna Maria devel-
oper Pine Avenue Restoration LLC. Joe Collier of
Mainsail Development Group LLC of Tampa said
his group would be the managing partner, while PAR
is the majority limited partner. Other individuals and
groups also have invested in the Tidemark projects,
he said. Collier said it was a chance meeting he had
with Ed Chiles of PAR as Mainsail was considering
an $8.25 million bid to Mercantile Bank to purchase
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Island time: It's 12 'o clock somewhere
The Cafe on the Beach ushers in 2010 with an early-bird party at 6 p.m. Dec. 31. The Manatee Selene Schulz of Jeffersonville, Ind., celebrates
Public Beach restaurant, 4000 Gulf Drive N., Holmes Beach, held the party suggesting "it's 12 the new year at Cafe on the Beach in Holmes
'o clock somewhere." In fact, it was midnight in Algiers and Barcelona, and Paris and Rome. Beach.
"Felice Anno Nuovo." Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
dance at a
party at the
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the Tidemark mortgage that lead to PAR's involve-
ment. Mercantile was in the process of foreclosing
on the mortgage.
Patriotism on parade: The throngs reached for
beads. The kids called for candy. The audience danced
to a Johnny Cash tune. And the crowds cheered for
real-life veterans and reservists, make-believe pirates
and privateers, local business leaders and officehold-
ers, and a variety of patriots enthusiastic to show
their colors on Independence Day in the annual Anna
Maria Island Privateers July 4 parade. The parade
traveled from Coquina Beach at the Island's south
end to Bayfront Park at the Island's north end. Along
the way, there were flags waved, beads tossed, candy
collected and, in Privateers' tradition, there was "non-
projectile black powder" cannon fire.
Grant approved for kayak launch: The Sara-
sota Bay Estuary Project and the U.S. Fish and Wild-
life Service announced they would assist Bradenton
Beach in establishing a kayak launch at Herb Dolan
Park. SBEP announced that FWS money would fully
fund the project, one of two major elements in the
city's master recreational boating plan. The other ele-
ment is the creation of a formal mooring field south
of the Historic Bridge Street Pier. The kayak launch
would be established at Herb Dolan Park on the city's
Missing diver found dead: A diver who went
missing in the waters off Anna Maria Island was
Kaitlyn Williamson, 4, and dad Bryan of st.
( .,i I.. -, Mo., join a July 1 tour conducted by Anna
Maria Island Turtle Watch volunteers. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
located. The body of Darren Rordam, 31, of Tampa,
was found by other divers, according to the U.S. Coast
Guard in St. Petersburg. Rordam and his companions
had been diving about 18 miles off Anna Maria. They
had been using a 22-foot vessel, the Maillot out of
Tampa, as their base of operations.
DEP: Yes to controversial AM beach construc-
tion: The Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
tection approved an application by Stephen Walker to
build a residence seaward of the coastal construction
control line on beachfront property he owns on Beach
Avenue in Anna Maria. The approval came despite
objections by adjacent landowners that the project
would violate zoning ordinances. Earlier, the property
was subdivided into two lots and titled Banyan Tree
Scenic highway extension sought: A group
tasked with steering improvements to the Palma
Sola Scenic Highway decided it wants to extend
the drive to include a stretch of road that runs
through Holmes Beach to the Bradenton Beach
border. Currently the Palma Sola scenic route is
Manatee Avenue/State Road 64 from 75th Street
in Bradenton to East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach.
Earlier, the Holmes Beach City Commission autho-
rized city public works superintendent Joe Duennes
to draft a letter to the Palma Sola Scenic Highway
Corridor Management Entity supporting the exten-
sion of the scenic route on Manatee Avenue to the
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Inquiring Minds Robinson to hold
Inquiring Minds, a cross-denominational Bible
study group, will resume its programs at 4 p.m. Tues-
day, Jan. 12, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The group will discuss St. John's gospel.
For more information, call 941-778-4579.
Sunny Shores hosts sale
The Sunny Shores Garden Club will hold its
annual plant and garden sale Jan. 8-9, at the Sunny
Shores clubhouse, 115th St. W. and 38th Ave.,
The sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 8, and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 9.
Also, on Saturday there will be a pancake break-
For more information, call Darci Palsrok at 941-
Center to host line-dancing
The Anna Maria Island Community Center two-
steps into the new year with the start of its popular
The class begins Jan. 8 and continues through
March 19, meeting at 11:30 a.m. at the Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Other classes at the Center include yoga, free
weights, and aerobics.
For more information, call the Center at 941-778-
The Manatee County Natural Resources Depart-
ment will hold a "Shutter Stroll: Sunset and Stars"
event at Robinson Preserve at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan.
The preserve is at 1704 99th St. N.W., Braden-
Photographers will hike from the preserve
entrance to an observation tower with nature pho-
tographer Dotty Motta.
For more information, call the county NRD at
941-742-5757, ext. 7.
County hosts nature
Manatee County's calendar of events for Robin-
son Preserve, 704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton:
5:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 9, Sidewalk Astron-
7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 9, Sunset and Stars Shut-
9 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 10, Master Gardener Tour.
1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 16, Afternoon Adventure
Paddle, Robinson Preserve.
7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, Full Moon Wagon
For more information or to reserve a space at an
event, call the county natural resources department
at 941-742-5757, ext. 1.
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The deadline for Islanders to raise money
for a $50,000 challenge grant to benefit the Anna
Maria Island Community Center was extended to
Holmes Beach residents Chuck and Joey
Lester have vowed in the Lester Challenge to
match up to $50,000 in donations to the Center
for its youth scholarship program.
The challenge began in November, with con-
tributions collected through the holiday season.
As of Dec. 30, the community had donated
$30,675 to the challenge, according to Center
business manager Sandee Pruett.
Crosspointe to host
'Jews for Jesus' group
Crosspointe Fellowship will host the Liberated
Wailing Wall, described in a news release as an evan-
gelistic team of Jews for Jesus, at 10 a.m. Sunday,
The news release from the church states: "The
Liberated Wailing Wall members are part of the larger
Jews for Jesus work. The team's leader, Shaun Buch-
halter, has been on their missionary staff since 2000.
Team members represent a wide range of musical
backgrounds and are all Jews for Jesus missionar-
The Liberated Wailing Wall has recorded 12
albums, most recently "Never Forget."
There is no admission charge to the concert.
Island Players to host
The Island Players will again present a benefit
performance to raise money for the American Cancer
The annual tradition will take place in 2010 on
March 16, when the curtain opens at 8 p.m. at the
Island Players theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria,
on a performance of "Catch Me If You Can."
Tickets can be purchased now at the Bridge Street
Market, the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce and local businesses, including The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call Nancy Ambrose at
The Anna Maria Island Art League will hold
a series of classes and workshops in the coming
The offerings include sessions in painting, pho-
tography, pottery and colored pencils for adults.
The art league, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach, also offers programs for children.
For more information, go to www.islandart-
league.org, or call 941-778-7099.
Drift-In hosts benefit
The Drift-In, 120 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach,
will host a benefit for Bob "Captain Crunch" Fazioli
from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9.
Fazioli was diagnosed with lung cancer 10 years
ago and he fought the disease.
His brother, who is organizing the benefit, said
cancer "has come back with a vengeance" and that,
lacking health insurance, medical bills are accumulat-
The event will include music, food and raffles.
Tingley club to meet
The Tingley Memorial Library book club will
meet at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6, at the library, 111
Second St. N., Bradenton Beach.
For more information, call 941-779-1208.
But with the challenge unmet as of last week,
the Lesters extended the deadline from Dec. 31 to
The Lesters also announced that purchases of
a 2010 calendar by local artist Robert F. Harper
III will go toward meeting the challenge.
Harper's calendar, "Sunrises and Sunsets of
Florida," contains 14 landscapes.
The calendar can be purchased at the Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, through this
For more information, call the Center at 941-
Library to host
The Friends of the Island Branch Library will
host Jeanne Dubi of the Sarasota Audubon Society
at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14.
Dubi's presentation will feature a discussion
of birding and habitat conservation in Sarasota
The program, which is part of the Alice Taylor
Reed Lecture and Travel Series, is free. Seating will
be available on a first come, first serve basis.
The Island Branch Library is at 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach.
For more information, call 941-778-6341.
Islander Barbara Parkman is known for a collec-
tion of tales about her life with a pet monkey.
But she recently collected her poems and pub-
lished them in a spiral-bound notebook titled, "From
Florida With Love."
Parkman's monkey tales are collected in "I was a
Monkey's Momma" from Triad Publishing Group.
For more information, e-mail Parkman at
WMFR CPR class
The Islander is sponsoring a CPR class with the
West Manatee Fire Rescue District at Station No. 1
in Holmes Beach.
The class will take place from 10 a.m. to noon
Friday, Jan. 30. Participants must register in advance
with the paper, and class size is limited to six
For more information or to register, call The
Islander at 941-778-7978.
Cathy Roller of Holmes Beach recently received
the Kingman Award for distinguished service to
the field of reading from the National Reading
Conference. Roller recently retired from director of
research and policy for the International Reading
Association. ,/..- and her husband, John Else, vaca-
tioned on Anna Maria for 15 years before moving
to their condominium full-time in July.
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a fifth candidate for three seats.
Planning commission OKs code changes:
The Holmes Beach Planning Commission Aug. 25
accepted a series of proposed changes to city code,
sending the amendments back to the city commission
for consideration. The changes dealt with a range
of issues off-street parking, commercial parking,
storage unit placement and the appeals procedure
for floodplain management decisions. The planning
commission reviewed the changes to guarantee con-
sistency with the city comprehensive plan.
$8.5 million fire district budget approved: The
West Manatee Fire Rescue District board of commis-
sioners at its Aug. 27 public hearing unanimously
approved Chief Andy Price's $8.573 million budget
proposal for 2009-10. Of that amount, $5.204 mil-
lion is the district's operating budget, while $3.369
million is capital reserve funding.
Corona sentenced in car-theft case: Robert
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channel near a marker between low and high tide. Islander Photo: Courtesy Chris Galati
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Manatee Public Beach.
Island tourism defying the trend: At a time
when the national economy was still in a recession
and tourism nationally and at many Florida des-
tinations was down as much as 20 percent, Anna
Maria Island was bucking the trend. Accommoda-
tion occupancy on the Island was up in July and
was expected to be better this August than last year.
And at least one restaurant owner's business was
booming. "Our country is in its worst recession in
years, yet Anna Maria Island is defying the odds,"
said restaurant owner Ed Chiles.
Planners ship waterfront policy to commis-
sion: The Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning
Board Aug. 18 shipped a series of waterfront-related
policies to the city commission. The board did so
with assurances from city staff that members would
get another chance to review the policies before
they are finalized.
City revises 50 percent policy: Holmes Beach
revised its policy for renovating ground-level homes
to make it tougher for builders to skirt a federal
mandate. The mandate from the Federal Emergency
Management Agency, which dates back to 1976, is
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Heritage members unanimously agreed to purchase
four lots belonging to the Cortez Church of God on
123rd Street Court West, near the Cortez Commu-
nity Center/firehouse. The property had a price tag of
$245,000. According to Cortez Historic Sites Man-
ager Roger Allen, the parsonage on the land would
continue to be rented to tenants, the Sunday school
space would become a multi-use area and the general
space used for weddings and other events. The park-
ing lot was the gem of the acquisition, Allen said.
Manatee River Community Bank was instrumental
in the FISH purchase.
Bridge Street group goes nonprofit: Bridge
Street businesspeople still seek a profit, but the group
they formed to draw customers to Bradenton Beach's
commercial strip went nonprofit. Historic Bridge
Street Merchants Association members celebrated
the group's new, corporate 501c3 status Aug. 20 at
the Bridge Walk Resort, 100 Bridge St.
Five people are vying for Holmes Beach City
Commission: The qualifying period for the Nov. 3
election in Holmes Beach opened Aug. 24. Incum-
bents Pat Geyer, Pat Morton and David Zaccagnino
qualified. In the November 2007 election, they were
returned to office unopposed. Andrew E. Sheridan of
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Island transportation projects budgeted
By Nick Walter
The Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning
Organization released its five-year work program
on Dec. 14, and some proposed Anna Maria Island
projects received considerable funding.
"Over the past four years there has been a seri-
ous decline in transportation revenues, basically
through gas taxes in the state of Florida," said
MPO executive director Michael Howe. "We've
seen a decrease in revenues that help fund trans-
portation and this is probably the best program
for the next five years we've had since probably
The city of Anna Maria received an addi-
tional $600,000 in a transportation enhancement
grant for its boardwalk and landscaping project
proposed for the city pier. City Commissioner Jo
Ann Mattick had been working with a committee
for more than a year to design the project, which
includes new driveways, a boardwalk at the base
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Corona took a joyless joy ride in November 2008.
Corona, a 38-year-old tile setter from Bradenton,
was arrested Nov. 6, 2008, as he fled from Manatee
County Sheriff's Office deputies after abandoning the
two-door Pontiac Sunfire convertible he stole from the
parking lot behind the Gator Lounge on 14th Street
West in Bradenton. On Aug. 10, Corona pleaded no
contest to charges of grand theft auto, resisting arrest
without violence and driving without a valid license.
On Aug. 14, a judge sentenced Corona to four years
in prison, with credit for time served. The prosecu-
tion sought five years in prison for Corona, while
the man's defense attorney requested a three-year
Key Royale dredge work begins: The contrac-
tor dredging three canals on Key Royale was set to
complete the labor by Labor Day. The Key Royale
dredging is the last of the work in Holmes Beach this
year for Miami-based Piedroba Marine Construction,
which won a $277,272.80 contract from the city to
dredge eight canals and the city boat ramp.
County plan calls for Island project: Manatee
County's five-year capital improvement plan called
for a variety of Island-related improvements. Island-
wide beach renourishment remained a goal in the
2010-14 CIP under the natural resources section, with
funding to come from federal and state grants and
county tourism development funds.
Rain floods Island roads: With certainty the
National Weather Service predicted rain for Sept.
12. "Chance of precipitation is 100 percent," read
the forecast report from the NWS for the Tampa Bay
area. And the rain did fall, flooding streets, parking
lots, stormwater ditches and driveways. Local public
safety officials reported no significant damages asso-
ciated with the rainfall.
Budget, tax rate pass first reading: Holmes
Beach city commissioners, with one dissenting vote
and some citizen complaints, approved a $7.8 million
budget for fiscal 2009-10 and a 1.7549 millage rate.
of the pier, native plants, and relocation of the trolley
stop near a covered picnic area.
The total the city will receive for the project,
which could be completed in 2011, is more than
At the Dec. 7 Island Transportation Planning
Organization meeting, Manon Lavoie, community
liaison officer with the Florida Department of Trans-
portation, wrote the MPO requesting the increased
Holmes Beach also benefitted, as its plan for
landscape improvements at the intersection of East
Bay Drive at 31st Street south of the Publix store,
was budgeted for about $350,000 in funds, bringing
the total the city will receive for the project to about
The improvements will include an extensive
upgrade to the landscaping, traffic signal and side-
The tentative amendments will go before Flor-
ida Gov. Charlie Crist to become part of the state
This year's budget is $8,127,723. The commission set
the millage rate for 2010 at 1.7549 mills per $1,000
assessment and the first reading of an ordinance for
a $7,865,490 balanced budget for 2009-10.
Bradenton Beach budget approved: Bradenton
Beach Commissioners adopted a $2,795,096 budget
and set the 2009 millage rate for the city at 2.1539
mils, less than the rollback rate. A mil is $1 for every
$1,000 of assessed value of property less any exemp-
Cortez Bridge brushup: Painting and other
maintenance work began in late September on the
Cortez Bridge on State Road 684/Cortez Road into
Bradenton Beach. The Florida Department of Trans-
budget, which the Legislature will consider in
In addition, Neal Preserve on the southside
of Manatee Avenue near the Anna Maria Island
Bridge, which is destined to become a passive
park, was budgeted for $315,357 to move for-
ward with a 2012-13 project funded for a bike
and walking trail.
Bradenton Beach was budgeted for an extra
$600,000 in stimulus funds for improvements
along Gulf Drive from the Cortez Bridge through
"The improvements will start this year on that
stretch," Howe said of the Gulf Drive project,
which he said include a lot of pedestrian ameni-
ties and improvements to sidewalks, landscaping
Finally for 2010, the MPO board elected
Marianne Barnebey, councilwoman of Braden-
ton, to chair the board, and Joseph Barbetta, a
Sarasota County commissioner, to vice chair.
portation said work on the bridge would continue to
require some short closures and single-lane traffic
operations through Oct. 5, and maintenance activity
would continue into December.
City easing up on carts, low-speed vehicles:
Low-speed drivers, start your engines. Bradenton
Beach city commissioners agreed Sept. 17 that they
do not want to pursue an ordinance banning low-speed
vehicles within city limits. Additionally, commission-
ers said they wanted to explore lifting a prohibition
against golf carts which go slower than low-speed
vehicles in certain areas of Bradenton Beach.
County reviewing beach-raking practices:
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Historic Bridge Street Merchants Association members Jo Ann Meilner, Kelley Burdette, Amy Talucci,
Caryn Hodge, Nancy Ambrose, Lynn Zemmer, Amanda Escobio, Mary Ann Brockman, Tjet Martin, Linda
Haack and Greg Burke gather for a photograph Aug. 20 on Bridge Street. The Bradenton Beach business-
people worked to spice up the 2009-10 tourist season and celebrating a new nonprofit status. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
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Manatee County began testing a change in its
beach-raking practices on Anna Maria Island to
better protect the natural wrackline. County offi-
cials have met with representatives from state
and federal agencies, as well as talked with rep-
resentatives from nonprofit organizations such as
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and the Audubon
Society about changing beach-raking practices for
environmental benefits, said Charlie Hunsicker, the
county natural resources director.
Island Players open new season: The Island
Players theater group began its 61st season with
"London Suite," a Neil Simon play directed by
Gareth Gibbs. The play opened Oct. 8 at the theater,
10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Stone crab catch improves slightly: Although
the commercial stone crab catches improved a tad,
action remained slow for stone crab businesses due
in part to unfavorable weather. "The water is too
warm and too clear," said Charlotte Huntley, a
commercial crabber who leads crabbing charters
out of Cortez Kitchen. "It isn't muddied up enough
yet. The crabs like to move when it's nice and
muddy." Simply put, the demand for stone crabs
was high, and the supply was relatively low, lead-
ing to higher-than-average prices at some restau-
rants. N\ly phone rings constantly," Huntley said.
"I was selling mediums for $7 per pound, now I'm
getting rid of everything for $12."
BIEO discusses resolutions against offshore
drilling: Members of the Coalition of Barrier Island
Elected Officials said they were deeply concerned
about the potential for the Florida Legislature to open
up new areas in the Gulf of Mexico for offshore drill-
ing. Longboat Key representatives made an impas-
sioned plea at the BIEO's Oct. 20 meeting for support
from member cities to join Longboat Key in opposing
any change in state statutes to allow more drilling in
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Beach Planning and Zoning Board Oct. 21 cre-
ated a formula intended to ease but not lift limits
on alcohol sales on Bridge Street. The planning
board, with member Jo Ann Meilner abstaining,
unanimously voted to recommend the city commis-
sion consider three actions: strike a provision in the
land-development code that requires a minimum of
200 feet between establishments on Bridge Street
that sell alcoholic beverages; draft, within 30 days,
a procedure for Bridge Street businesses to secure
conditional-use permits to sell alcohol; draft, over
time, an ordinance that deals citywide with alcohol
sales and allowable distances from one licensed
establishment to another. Meilner abstained from
the voting because, as owner/operator of the Back
Alley gallery and cafe on Bridge Street, she filed
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ber of Commerce pre-season bash on Pine Avenue
in Anna Maria, opened with a kickoff party Oct. 16
and continued with the full festival on Oct. 17. The
event, free to the public, raised money for the cham-
ber's scholarship fund through vendors and the sale
Family fun at AME-PTO Fall Festival: Stu-
dents from Anna Maria Elementary School trans-
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Fall Festival attracted a large turnout. A half hour
after the start of the festival a line still existed to
buy tickets for food and games. PTO president
Monica Simpson stayed busy selling tickets while
the line kept growing. "This is pretty awesome, I'm
impressed with the crowd that's showed up. In my
own opinion, we've had twice as many people show
up as last year," Simpson said.
State defends Koenigs conviction: The Flor-
ida Attorney General's office filed court papers
defending the conviction of a man who shot Island
businesswoman Sue Normand. The filing countered
a defense move to have the Second District Florida
Appeals Court declare a mistrial and overturn the
conviction of Mark Koenigs. In August 2008, a
jury convicted Koenigs for shooting Normand in
her Island Mail and More store and threatening to
shoot two law enforcement officers trying to arrest
him on the Gulf shore Dec. 5, 2007. Koenigs was
convicted of one count of aggravated battery with
a firearm and two counts of aggravated assault on
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easily returned to office in the Nov. 3 city election,
while political newcomer Harry Stoltzfus took the
third seat, defeating incumbent Christine Tollette by
93 votes. Woodland topped all candidates with 560
votes, while Quam polled 500. Stoltzfus garnered
472 votes, Tollette 379 and David Gryboski finished
last with 335. Stoltzfus said he was pleased with the
results, noting he and his campaign staff worked very
hard prior to the election.
BB voters decide mayoral race: No one
emerged from Tingley Memorial Library Nov. 3 with
a newly checked-out book, but citizens emerged with
"I voted" stickers and a candidate emerged with a
two-year job as Bradenton Beach mayor. William
"Bill" Shearon took on incumbent Michael Pierce
in the race for mayor. The two also ran against one
another in 2007. Pierce won with 65 percent of the
vote. He received 191 votes; Shearon received 103
John Moore, manager of
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votes. Pierce awaited the count at the polling location
at 7 p.m. with his wife and a few supporters.
Zaccagnino zips up Holmes Beach commission
race: David Zaccagnino ran away with a win in the
Holmes Beach city commission election, garnering
715 votes. Filling in the other two commission seats
were newcomer Al Robinson with 530 votes and
incumbent Pat Morton with 520. Ballots were cast
at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Andy Sheridan,
running for the first time, picked up 485 votes, while
Pat Geyer had 458. Commissioners were elected to
PAR files three site plans: Pine Avenue Restora-
tion LLC submitted three site plans to the Anna Maria
building department for retail-office-residential con-
struction 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
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Ready, set, sign up for Dolphin Dash
Time is running out to pre-register for the 2010
The fourth-annual Dolphin Dash set for Saturday,
Jan 16, includes a 5k (3.1 miles) starting at 8 a.m. and
a 1-mile fun run for all ages to start at 9 a.m.
"The Dolphin Dash is a way to promote fitness
in both the school and our community," said race
organizer Becky Walter.
Anna Maria Elementary students have been pre-
paring for the run all year long. Wednesday before
school, the AME Running Club meets to talk about
running and training for the Dolphin Dash. More than
100 students are enrolled in the club.
"This race is a great way to spend time with
family and friends. It gives students who have been
running in the club a chance to not only talk about
running, but also show their skills," said Walter.
For those who aren't sure yet about running in
the Dolphin Dash, organizers say there is no reason
to be intimidated.
"I've heard people talk about running and train-
ing for the Dolphin Dash, and for some it will be their
first run.... Whether you sprint it, jog it, or walk it, it
is a great race," said Walter.
Organizers agree, the Dolphin Dash will leave a
lasting memory in the minds of those who race.
"I remember Mickey Hooke describing why he
runs 5ks: 'You wake up early, get some exercise,
spend some time with friends, and help raise money
for a great cause all by 10:30 a.m. That's more than
most people do all week,'" Walter recalled.
Money raised from the Dolphin Dash will benefit
the AME Parent Teacher Organization.
Pre-registration with the fee for adults $20 and
$10 for youths under 19 ends Jan 14. Runners who
pre-register will receive a goodie bag and a T-shirt.
Registration after Jan. 13 and at the event will cost
adults $25 and youths $15.
Ready to run
Members of the Anna Maria Elementary running club prepare for the Dolphin Dash set for Jan. 16. Pre-
registration for the race ends Jan. 14, but runners will be able to register the day of the race. Islander
Photo: Courtesy Becky Walter
For more information or to register for the Dol-
phin Dash, visit www.runnergirl.com or call Walter
8 a.m., Jan. 15, Parent Teacher Organization
8 a.m., Jan. 16, Dolphin Dash
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503 Pine Ave. PAR's site plans call for an ROR build-
ing at 210 Pine Ave. that would 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.
Bradenton Beach invited to pilot moor-
ing program: Florida officials looking to pilot
an anchoring and mooring project were steered
toward Bradenton Beach, where efforts already are
under way to establish an official mooring field.
Earlier this year, the Florida Legislature directed
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission to work with the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection to explore options for
regulating the anchoring or mooring of non-live-
aboard vessels outside legally permitted mooring
fields. Following that directive, the FWC contacted
Manatee County officials to solicit a partner. When
he received the state memo, Charlie Hunsicker,
director of the Manatee County natural resources
department, thought of Bradenton Beach.
Parking again an Anna Maria problem:
Anna Maria city commissioners at their Nov. 19
meeting asked newly elected Commissioner Harry
Stoltzfus to organize a "safety committee" to study
driveways and off-street parking, particularly along
Pine Avenue in the city's retail-office-residential
district. On Nov. 12, moments after he was sworn
into office, Stoltzfus sent a memo saying he could
not reconcile the parking arrangements at 315 and
317 Pine Ave. with the city's comprehensive plan
and parking ordinance. The properties were devel-
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exchange in the children's playland with Toby
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oped and completed this year by Pine Avenue Res-
Pitchers pitch in for AID: The players in Anna
Maria's horseshoe league pitch shoes most Wednes-
day and Saturday mornings. At Thanksgiving, they
pitched in to help All Island Denominations keep its
food bank at Roser Memorial Community Church
stocked. The players donated money on game days
to purchase groceries for the food bank. "We give a
little bit each day on Wednesday and Saturday," said
Jeff Moore, president of the league, which meets for
games at 9 a.m. at the pits at Anna Maria City Hall,
10005 Gulf Drive.
Storm season uneventful for AMI: The 2009
Atlantic Hurricane Season that ended Nov. 30 proved
largely uneventful for Anna Maria Island. The worst
local weather of the season a weekend of heavy
rain in September that flooded streets and yards -
was associated with a trough of low pressure, not
a tropical storm. The season produced nine named
storms, including three hurricanes two of them
Storm waves damage Bridge Street pier:
Strong waves associated with a storm system Dec. 2
damaged Bradenton Beach's Historic Bridge Street
Pier, forcing the temporary closure of the structure.
Rotten Ralph's restaurant at the pier remained open
during the pier closure, which lasted until mid-
day Dec. 4. The National Weather Service reported
sustained winds of 30 mph in the area Dec. 2, the
day the pier was damaged. One gust measured 38
mph, just short of tropical-storm force winds.
Local officials unite against drilling: A coalition
of local officials called on the governor, state legisla-
tors and U.S. congressional members to respect the
coast and keep oil and gas drilling operations out of
state waters. The coalition included Manatee Coun-
ty's board of commissioners, as well as representa-
tives from every municipality in the county. A letter
to state and federal officials included the signatures of
all seven county commissioners, as well as signatures
of elected officials in Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach,
Holmes Beach, Longboat Key and Palmetto. Bra-
denton officials joined in the campaign, but signed a
Sarasota teen sentenced for burglaries: A Sara-
sota teenager was sentenced to nine months in the
county jail and four years probation after pleading no
contest to 12 local burglaries. Patrick S. Banker, 19,
was arrested May 19 while fleeing from the Water-
front Restaurant in Anna Maria, which he broke into
moments earlier. Banker, according to authorities,
then confessed to a series of area burglaries commit-
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Santa offers a candy cane to Sara Erickson, 8, visiting from Knoxville, Tenn. During the holiday
open house in Holmes Beach Dec. 4, Sara asked the man in red for a Barbie doll. Islander Photo:
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ted last spring and winter.
Orchestra performs Christmas concert: The
Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orches-
tra performed its annual holiday concert Dec. 20, at
Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach. The program, An Island Christmas, featured
the work of Vivaldi, Mozart, Boccherini and Handel,
including a portion of his "Messiah."
Burglars hit four Holmes Beach stores:
Early in the morning Dec. 18, burglars targeted
retail stores near the corner of Gulf and Marina
drives, taking cash and various merchandise. Tide
and Moon in the AMI Plaza, and Mister Roberts
Resortwear, the Color of Coconut and AMI Fitness,
across Gulf Drive from Tide and Moon in the S&S
Plaza, were burglarized before 7 a.m. "It's a huge
sign of the times," Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay
Romine said. "This is happening everywhere. It's
magnified here because we' ve basically gone a
long time without any incident."
Judge denies motion to dismiss Buehler
case: 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 deceased. 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 asked the
circuit court to declare her dead.
Christmas bird count held: Birding enthusiasts
with the Audubon Society's Manatee County chapter
is organized the local Christmas Bird Count, which
took place on Anna Maria Island Dec. 29 at about
sunrise. The National Audubon Society annually
sponsors the Christmas-time counts. Now in its 110th
year, it is the longest-running wildlife census in the
world, and has become an annual tradition for citizen
volunteers and scientists in communities throughout
Sharon Villars of RE/MAX Alliance at the
Island office in the Island Shopping Center, Holmes
Beach, was recently honored by the Manatee Wom-
en's Council of Realtors with its 2009 "Rising Star
Award" for her contribution and involvement in the
local and state chapters of the Women's Council of
RE/MAX Alliance agent Barry Grooms, the
2009 president of the Manatee Association of Real-
tors and a former Island resident, was named the
"Member of the Year" by the WCR for his support,
involvement and dedication to the real estate profes-
sion and the WCR of Manatee.
For more information, call 941-778-7777.
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce will hold its January networking luncheon
from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bra-
denton Beach. Cost is $15 per person and reserva-
tions are requested by the chamber.
On Wednesday, Jan. 13, the chamber will hold
its Sunrise Breakfast from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. at The
Gathering Place, 101 Seventh St. N., Bradenton
Beach. Reservations must be made with the chamber
and the cost is $8 per person.
For more information on events and to make res-
ervations, contact the chamber at 941-778-1541.
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Island, or in the area? How about a new product
or service, an anniversary or an award-winning
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Segways prohibited on beaches
By Rick Catlin
Visitors to Anna Maria who rent the popular
Segway transporters are being advised that motor-
ized vehicles are not allowed on the beach.
Sgt. Dave Turner of the Manatee County Sher-
Island police blotter
Dec. 27, driving under the influence, Margaret
McGinley, aka Margaret Field. While on patrol,
the deputy was in a store at 5400 Marina Drive of
Holmes Beach when a male subject on a motorcycle
ran into the store and said there was an SUV all over
the road that had almost hit them, and had nearly
hit pedestrians crossing the road. The deputy left
the store and eventually got behind the northbound
vehicle and saw the SUV swerving in the bike lane
and into oncoming traffic on Gulf Drive. He observed
the vehicle turn around in a driveway on 85th Street,
Holmes Beach, and run over a palm tree. The officer
made a traffic stop, but the SUV didn't stop until it
reached Anna Maria.
The officer made contact with the driver, who the
officer said had slurred speech and was unsteady. The
officer said McGinley made reference to owning the
Sun newspaper. According to the report, she asked
the deputy to let her go with a warning and drive her
home. McGinley was charged with driving under the
influence with a blood-alcohol level over .15 (.242
and .277), reckless driving and leaving the scene of a
traffic accident with property damage. She was trans-
ported to jail.
No new reports.
Dec. 30, 522 Bayview Drive, theft. A victim came
to the Holmes Beach Police Department to report the
theft of a kayak from his residence. The victim said
the kayak was tied to a seawall on his property Dec.
21.The kayak was gone by Dec. 26. The victim said
the kayak was purchased about five years ago for
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the owners of the Segway operation on Gulf Drive
about the city code with regard to motorized vehicles
and bicycles on the beach.
Turner said the store is placing a sticker on each
of its transporters advising users not to travel on
Anna Maria city code applies to everyone riding
a transporter, but Turner said he did not contact the
Segway rental operation in Bradenton Beach, since
that store is not in his jurisdiction. The two stores are
owned independently of one another.
In addition to Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and
Bradenton Beach also have codes prohibiting pri-
vately operated motorized vehicles, as well as bicy-
cles, on the beach.
Former City Commissioner Duke Miller inquired
at the city about Segways on the beach, saying he
was concerned for the safety of beachgoers, particu-
larly children, since the transporters are noiseless and
beachgoers might be unaware of the presence of the
vehicles before a chance encounter.
The Anna Maria Island Communities for a
Lifetime committee is asking Island residents
to complete a survey to help the committee
implement improvements in housing, health
and wellness, employment, transportation,
education, volunteerism and intergenerational
According to a press release from the
committee, Communities for a Lifetime is "an
opportunity for people of all ages to unite with
the goal to better their community."
The survey will help "assess the needs and
improve the quality of life for all residents
through the use of local, state and federal
resources," the release said.
All three Island cities have endorsed the survey
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Robert P. Warczinsky, 83, died Dec. 31.
Mr. Warczinsky was born in Cleveland, and
was a winter resident of Anna Maria Island before
he moved to Bradenton from Parma, Ohio, in 1969.
He served in the U.S. Army in World War II. He
was a machinist and worked at Cleveland Frog and
A private service was to be held for the family.
Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, 26th
Street Chapel, 5624 26th St. W., Bradenton, was
in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be made to www.
brownandsonsfuneral.com. Memorial donations
may be made to TideWell Hospice, 5955 Rand
Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.
He is survived by son David and wife Jennell
of Bradenton; sister Mary Jane White of Strongs-
ville, Ohio; two grandsons, Shane of Bradenton
and Ryan and wife Tammy of Ona, FL; and two
great-grandsons, Austin and Gage.
and the Communities for a Lifetime initiative.
Copies of the survey are available at all three
Island city halls, the Island Branch Library in
Holmes Beach, the Tingley Memorial Library
in Bradenton Beach and the Anna Maria Island
Community Center in Anna Maria.
When completed, the survey may be
returned to the Center, any Island city hall,
either library, or mailed to:
Communities for a Lifetime, P.O. Box 253,
Anna Maria, FL, 34216.
The deadline for the surveys to be submit-
ted is Feb. 10.
For more information, contact Ken Venter
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11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
networking lunch at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bra-
denton Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
3p.m. Book club meets at Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second
St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-1208.
Friday, Jan. 8
5:30 p.m. Artist reception for nature photographer Joe Fletcher
at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
5:30 p.m. -Artist reception for photographer and watercolor artist
Jo Anne Curtan at the Artists' Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Homes
Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
5:30 to 7:30p.m. Opening reception for the "James Pay" all-media
exhibit at the Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.
Saturday, Jan. 9
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Privateers Thieves Market
and Mullet Smoke at Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information:
10 a.m. to noon Watercolor art demonstration by Barbara Orear
at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
Noon to 6 p.m. -Benefit for cancer patient Bob "Captain Crunch"
Fazioli at the Drift In, 120 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-
Sunday, Jan. 10
8 a.m. Pancake breakfast at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S.
Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769. Fee applies.
4 p.m. Inquiring Minds cross-denominational Bible study group
meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Wednesday, Jan. 13
7:45 to 9 a.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Sunrise
Breakfast at The Gathering Place, 101 Seventh St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
11:30 a.m. Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players luncheon at
the Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Information:
941-518-4431. Fee applies.
First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Artists Guild of Anna Maria
at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
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.
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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 at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Thursday, Jan. 7
7p.m. Extraordinarily Human Film Series: "Man on Wire" at South
Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
7:30 p.m. Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Mark Thompson pres-
ents "Afghanistan, 'The Graveyard of Empires,' Will the U.S. Be Next?" at
Holley Hall at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 N. Tamiami
Trail, Sarasota. Information: 941-953-4252. Fee applies.
7:30 p.m. "Sugar Babies" opens at the Manatee Players, 102 Old
Main St., Bradenton, through Jan. 24. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee
Friday, Jan. 8
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunny Shores Garden Club plant sale at the
Sunny Shores Clubhouse, corner of 115th Street West and 38th Avenue,
Cortez. Information: 941-795-7549.
5 to 7 p.m. Grand opening of the Village of the Arts Welcome
Center, 926 12th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-744-7484.
Saturday, Jan. 9
8 a.m. to noon Sunny Shores Garden Club plant sale and pan-
cake breakfast at the Sunny Shores Clubhouse, corner of 115th Street
West and 38th Avenue, Cortez. Information: 941-795-7549.
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Two-day boating course begins at the
Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squadron, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bra-
denton. Information: 941-795-0482. Fee applies.
5:30 p.m. Sidewalk astronomy at Robinson Preserve, 704 99th
St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757, ext. 1.
7 p.m. Sunset and Stars Shutter Stroll at Robinson Preserve,
704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757, ext. 1.
Sunday, Jan. 10
9 a.m. Master gardener tour at Robinson Preserve, 704 99th St.
N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757, ext. 1.
Tuesday, Jan. 12
7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Longboat Key-Lido Key-St. Armands Key
Chamber of Commerce awards breakfast at the Lido Beach Holiday Inn,
233 Ben Franklin Drive, Lido Beach. Information: 941-383-2466. Fee
Wednesday, Jan. 13
1 to 3 p.m.- The Irish Dancers host dances with instruction at the
Tequila Beach Sports Grille, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Partners
not required. Information: 941-778-2416.
6 to 10rp.m. Author Anthony Aveni discusses "End of Time: The
Maya Mystery of 2012" at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W.,
Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
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941-795-0482. Fee applies.
Jan. 14, birding and habitat conservation presentation, Island
Jan. 14, Extraordinarily Human Film Series: "When We Were
Kings," South Florida Museum.
Jan. 14-24, Manatee County Fair.
Jan. 15, "Old Florida" exhibit opens, Florida Maritime Museum of
Jan. 16, Afternoon adventure paddle, Robinson Preserve.
Jan. 16, clay art demonstration, Artists' Guild Gallery.
Jan. 16, Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra
Young Artists Solo Competition, Palma Sola Presbyterian Church.
Jan. 16, New to Second Best "Wearable" Sale, Church of the
Jan. 16, Open-air market, Bridge Street.
Jan. 16, Art demonstration by Caroline Whitmore, Island Gallery
Jan. 16-17, Winterfest Arts and Craft Show, Coquina Beach.
Jan. 17, "Beach Paths" exhibit opens, The Studio at Gulf and
Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Jan. 19, Sarasota Bay Watch meeting, Mote Marine Laboratory.
Jan. 19, Organ recital, Christ Episcopal Church.
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Feb. 10, Anna Maria Garden Club Antique Appraisal Affair.
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Island sports: a look back at 2009
By Kevin Cassidy
It's hard to believe another year has passed, much
less another decade. As I sit at my computer thinking
of the year's top sports stories, it makes me reflect
on just how old I'm getting, and how long I've been
covering youth sports for The Islander. As is the case
with old age, I'm not exactly sure how long I've been
writing a weekly column for The Islander, but I'm
pretty sure it's somewhere in the neighborhood of
A lot has changed during that time. I don't live on
the Island anymore and I'm happily married with two
beautiful children that grace my column more than
they probably should, but hey, I'm a proud father.
One thing that hasn't changed though is that I
continue my love affair with sports, and it seems kids
and adults still enjoy reading their names in the paper
highlighting their accomplishments.
And I'm still teaching school.
With that said, I want to thank my readers and the
people who e-mail me content, good folks like Bob
Kral, Cindi Mansour, Erma McMullen and others
from the Key Royale Club.
Also a big thanks goes to Ron Pepka and Jeff
Moore from the horseshoe pits, Mickey Hooke, who
keeps folks informed about the running scene and
Lee Ross who frequently has a camera on hand at
many youth sports events. Last, but not least, a big
thanks goes out to Andy Jonatzke and Billy Malfese
from the Anna Maria Island Community Center for
providing schedules, standings, play books and the
basis of many of my weekly columns.
It's hard to pin down individual games from the
leagues that the Center offers, but often the players in
those leagues move up to play for their high school
teams and higher level club teams in whatever sport
they choose. The common denominator is that these
young athletes, much like myself many years ago,
got introduced to sports at the Center.
Without a doubt, the biggest story of the year
in sports for Manatee County is the Manatee High
School Hurricanes football team's run to the Class
5A state finals where they dropped a heartbreaking
21-14 decision to Tampa Plant high school.
Islander Nick Galati, an offensive lineman on
the team, was highlighted in early November and we
continued to follow Nick and his teammates' incred-
ible run. Since it's not such an Island story, and it
played out recently, I've got other choices for my top
Island sports stories for 2009.
1. Islander runs in Boston Marathon, takes third
in Ironman Triathlon
Holmes Beach resident Sandy Meneley, 62,
has had quite a year. In November, she was in The
Islander with news she finished third in her age
group (60-64) in the Ironman 70.3 World Cham-
pionships in Clearwater. Meneley also was in the
May 13 edition of The Islander with news about her
having run the Boston Marathon with her daughter
April 20. Sandy placed 13th in her age group with
a time of 3:53, which was a good enough to qualify
in the 40-45 age group. For those two events, she
is the Islander's sports story of the year.
2. Island Beach Soccer Blast fun for all
The first annual Island Beach Soccer Blast was
just that a blast for each and every one of the
140 kids who participated in the two-day event
Jan. 24-25 at Coquina Beach. Kids of all different
levels of playing experience and age got out on the
Sandy Meneley runs the last leg of the Ironman
(C li..-., .,iihrip" in Clearwater on her way to a
third-place finish. Her feat is the sports story of the
year for The Islander.
sand and got their kicks in.
This wasn't a tournament where wins and
losses were tracked, except by maybe the kids
themselves. This tourney was all about playing the
game because it's fun. Every team in the four age
groups ranging from 4-5 up to the 10-12 level got
to play three games and they all received trophies
and T-shirts to commemorate their experience.
Tournament organizer Rich Bell, a former Island
resident and owner of Youth Sports Training Inc.
put the event together to give back to the com-
munity and honor the memory of his late mother,
Nancy Stork, who taught him that it's far better to
give than to receive. Great job, Rich!
3. Hall of Fame beckons Island resident
Long-time Anna Maria Island resident Beth
(Greig) McIntosh she grew up here and attended
Anna Maria Elementary School was notified that
she was chosen to be inducted into the Florida South-
ern College Sports Hall of Fame. Beth and her hus-
band of 16 years, Scott McIntosh, will be attending
the induction ceremony March 20 at the Lakeland
Greig played fast-pitch softball for the Mocca-
sins in 1986 and 1987 and put up some impressive
A 20-year veteran teacher in Manatee County
schools, she's lived on the Island for 34 years and
got her start playing sports at what was then known
as the Island Youth Center.
Congratulations to Beth and her family from The
4. Key Royale player aces hole twice
Chuck Montgomery made some news a couple
of weeks ago at the Key Royale Club. He made a
hole-in-one on number seven Dec. 6, a 167-yard
par 3. Problem was, he was playing alone and had
no witness, so it was unofficial. The following day,
playing in the men's weekly nine-hole game, he
aced the same hole with plenty of onlookers to
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receive his due reward.
5. Skimboard bash makes splash
Once again, the skimboard contest at the Beach-
House Restaurant in Bradenton Beach drew a throng
of people to watch 80-plus participants show their
stuff at the Oct. 4 event. Several locals placed in vari-
ous age divisions and the eighth annual event again
donated a portion of the proceeds some $800 to
Mote Marine red tide research in addition to paying
out prizes to the winners.
6. MHS-Island girls in Volley for the Cure
Island residents Sarah Howard, Jenna Duvall, and
sisters Mackenzie and Mallory Kosfeld, members of
the Manatee High Hurricanes volleyball program,
met up with their Southeast High counterparts for
the second annual "Volley for the Cure" volleyball
match Sept. 30.
The girls, along with other players, parents,
friends and family members, all went to work sell-
ing pink T-shirts to raise money to help find a cure for
breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness month.
With more than 1,000 shirts sold, the Southeast High
gym was a sea of pink and they managed to donate
almost $4,000 for the cause.
7. Playoffs open with upsets
The regular season of the Anna Maria Island
Community Center youth basketball season wound
down in February. A couple of hot teams entering the
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Expect cold weather, emergence of sheepshead
By Nick Walter
The sheepshead invasion is coming. In fact, the
convict fish may be the only reliable target for fishers
as the weather dampens overall action. Last week's
blue moon, the second full moon of the month,
brought in some big sow sheepshead from offshore,
and the colder it gets, the more the sheepies will come
Anglers will have to find areas with water tem-
peratures a few degrees above average, such as in
canals, deep waters, shallow water that has been
heated by the afternoon, or the side of a seawall that
has been warmed up by the sun.
When anglers can get offshore, the 3-mile artifi-
cial reefs have been hot for a variety of species, even
some possible keeper grouper.
On Jan. 1, the recreational harvest of trout opened,
while the grouper season closed for four months.
Capt. Warren Girle said the mangrove snapper
bite continues to be good 3 miles offshore, and he's
getting a lot of undersized grouper and occasional
flounder. Inshore, Girle has been avoiding the cold
fronts by heading into canals for snook to 27 inches,
redfish to 28 inches, trout to 18 inches, as well as jack
crevalle, bluefish and mangrove snapper.
Capt. Rick Gross of the charter boat Fishy Busi-
ness out of Catchers Marina has been hitting the
artificial reefs 3 miles offshore and live bottoms with
ledges for red and gag grouper, including one gag to
almost 30 inches. He also caught hogfish, a bunch of
porgies and a few sheepshead.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish
Charters said the main thing he's been catching is
grouper, especially gag grouper. Anglers can head to
between 45 and 95 feet of water depth for some good
"I'd imagine further out would be good this time
of the year," McGuire said. "I just haven't had to go
that far out."
He said in the same areas that have included rock
piles, ledges and natural reefs, he's been getting a few
lemon sharks, mangrove snapper, triggerfish and por-
gies. He's been using live bait, such as pinfish, and
cut bait, such as squid and sardines.
"The fishing for grouper is the best I've seen in
years," he said.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Legend Fishing Char-
ters out of Annie's Bait and Tackle said he has been
finding a lot of redfish under deep-water docks around
Anna Maria Island. On a trip last week, he reported
catching 20 redfish, a lot of them oversized, along
with mangrove snapper, flounder and black drum. He
suggests using a 1/0 circle hook with live shrimp and
enough weight to keep the shrimp on the bottom.
Jason Chase from the south Sunshine Skyway
fishing pier said anglers have been catching sheep-
shead, flounder, grouper and a few black seabass.
Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime Charters
said he's been fishing docks, catching a lot of redfish
between 16 and 30 inches. He said sheepshead are
starting to show in all their traditional spots, such
as rocks and docks. He also has been trolling for
grouper, and on Dec. 30 reported a client catching a
10-pounder from an artificial reef in Tampa Bay.
"With this cold weather," Howard said, "you
have to be patient with your fishing."
Frank Whitney at the Rod & Reel Pier said
anglers have been catching a few sheepshead, occa-
sional flounder, but not much else.
"Except for some sting rays, which is kind of
a bother," Whitney said. "It's kind of sleepy here.
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Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier said
there's not much going on at the pier, besides a few
shark catches. "Just the usual pile of stuff," Sork said.
"In all honesty, watch TV for a couple days."
Danny Stasny from Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina said there had been a lot of big
trout around the flats off the mouth of the Mana-
tee River, and a decent snook bite in north Sarasota
Bay. Anglers can target the snook on top-water plugs
with some of the cloudy mornings that are inevitable
throughout this winter. He said anglers also have done
well on grouper, trolling the Sunshine Skyway Bridge
shipping channel or fishing some of the rock piles in
the bay. He's also heard of good Spanish mackerel
and bonito bites off Bean Point.
Capt. Zach Zacharias of the DEE JAY II out of
Parrot Cove Marina saw his first good sheepshead
bite of the season. His clients boated about 16, includ-
Marc tlemmons with a redapsh caught during
Christmas break with Capt. Mark Howard of
Captain Mark Howard
Snook Trout Redfish
Tarpon Grouper Shark
-'F I Kate DeLuca,
7, shows off her
catch, which she
reeled up using
a live shrimp for
Bbait in Sarasota
...B. Bay while fish-
:an sing with Capt.
aboard his Reelin
& Chillin charter
said dad Matt
Terry and Wayne
had more fun
catch fish than
they did fishing
ing 10 keepers, on a recent trip.
He said there's been good action on the grass
beds of north Sarasota Bay with spotted sea trout
and some fat pompano. Mixed in were ladyfish and
bluefish. Zacharias said numerous big black drum,
up to 12 pounds, are coming in from around deep-
water docks as well. He said a few scattered snook
and flounder found their way to their hooks as well.
Zacharias looks for a bolstering of the winter
fishing pattern with the prolonged cold fronts. "It has
always been my contention that a spate of real winter
weather in our area bodes well for the spring-time
action, when the pelagics return and the backwater
species native to our area tend to bust out of their
winter haunts en masse and hungry."
Zacharias said there are a lot of spotted seatrout
around the area, ranging in size from 7 to 27 inches.
When the weather is cold, look to find seatrout
bunched up in deeper holes in the bay and over hard
bottoms close to the beaches in the Gulf. These fat
winter trout will go for live shrimp and any number of
artificial offerings that mimic live shrimp. He predicts
there will be a lot of gray trout available, especially
at the nearshore Gulf reefs, and they will go for the
same offerings intended for specks.
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Gillian Cassidy, center, and brother Conal, find their way into this writer's column often. Here Gillian plays beach volleyball doubles during the Dig the Beach
series on Siesta Key. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
SPORTS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24
playoffs scored upset victories in the opening round
of the playoffs in Divisions I and II.
Division I Island Family Physicians, which fin-
ished the season in last place with a 4-8 record, came
into its playoff game with Fronius full of confidence,
which they parlayed into a 46-18 thumping of the No.
2 seeded team.
Division II E-Training Solutions was 1-6 and
languishing in last place in the standings on Jan. 28,
but team members finished the regular season by win-
ning five straight games to earn the No. 3 seed in
the playoffs. They continued improved play in the
opening round of the playoffs with a 15-5 victory
over Longboat Observer.
8. Island girls help Magic to round of 16
Maddy Valadie and Jacqueline Burgess play for
the Manatee Magic U12 girls soccer team, which
competed in preliminary rounds of the FYSA
Region C Cup the weekend of Feb. 20-21. They
managed to win their group, which advanced them
to the round of 16 that took place in Land O'Lakes
Feb. 28 and March 1. The girls played Island Coast
Alliance, New Tampa and Gulf Coast and won all
three games with a combined score of 4-0.
9. Indoor soccer closeout
The Anna Maria Island Community Center New
Year's indoor soccer tournament came to a close on
Jan. 11 with two championship games. Ross Built
rolled to the U10 title with two goals apiece from
Henry Howell, John Rivera and Andrew Ross in its
8-1 victory over the East Manatee Hurricanes. Jake
Ross and Jake Lafeminia added one goal apiece
to complete the Ross Built scoring. The Islanders
dropped a 5-3 decision to the East Manatee Hur-
ricanes to take second place in the U8 division. The
Islanders were led by Dylan Joseph, who scored
two goals and Leo Tilelli, who added one.
10. Surf Shop earns a pair of victories
It was a tough season for Anna Maria Little
League teams, but West Coast Surf Shop squeaked
out a pair of extra-inning wins against the Yankees
to finally earn a taste of victory. They did it with
improved pitching and capitalizing on mistakes
and opportunities. They defeated the Yankees at
home on March 9 behind the strong relief pitching
efforts of Johnny Mattay and Philip Duduvoire.
Their second game of the week was another barn
burner March 13 at G.T. Bray in Bradenton. The
Surf Shop won 7-5, as Devin Cole and Mattay drew
bases-loaded walks to force in Brennan Gallagher
and Henrik Brusso with the go-ahead runs.
Mattay pitched three solid innings for the
Islanders, allowing one hit and striking out four
elli knocks the
ball past Melissa
Julia Murdoch and
look on during
Island Beach Bash
action at Coquina
batters. Dudevoire followed with two innings
pitched and four strikeouts, while Neal Carper
came on to close the game out with six strikeouts
in two innings of work.
Anna Maria Island Community Center
NFL Flag Football League schedule
(All games at AMICC)
Jan. 5 6 p.m.
Jan. 5 7 p.m.
Jan. 9 noon
Jan. 9 1 p.m.
Jan. 12 6 p.m.
Jan. 15 6 p.m.
Jan. 5 6 p.m.
Jan. 6 6 p.m.
Jan. 9 3 p.m.
Jan. 9 4 p.m.
Jan. 11 6 p.m.
Jan. 12 6 p.m.
Jan. 5 7 p.m.
Jan. 6 7 p.m.
Patriots vs. Bears
Cardinals vs. Ravens
Cardinals vs. Bears
Patriots vs. Ravens
Cardinals vs. Patriots
Bears vs. Ravens
Sparks vs. BeachHouse
Tortilla vs. Sandbar
Tortilla vs. Sparks
BeachHouse vs. Sandbar
Tortilla vs. BeachHouse
Sparks vs. Sandbar
Ross Built vs. IRE
Walter vs. Norman RE
10-12 Division cont'd.
Jan. 5 8 p.m. (
Jan. 6 8 p.m. (
Jan. 9 10 a.m. ]
Jan. 9 11 a.m. (
Jan. 11 8 p.m. (
Jan. 12 8 p.m. I
Adult Coed Division
Jan. 7 8 p.m. I
Jan. 7 8 p.m. (
Jan. 7 8 p.m. I
Bones vs. Holy Cow
Ross Built vs. Bones
[RE vs. Walter
Holy Cow vs. Norman RE
[RE vs. Bones
Ross Built vs. Holy Cow
Galati vs. Tapes
Oyster Bar vs. Lapensee
Tapes vs. Lapensee
Galati vs. Oyster Bar
Galati vs. Lapensee
Tapes vs. Oyster Bar
Lions vs. Chiefs
Cowboys vs. Titans
Raiders vs. Bengals
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ITES "FR'SLE ANOUCEMNTSConinud-IESATESALS Cntiue
MERMAID: LIFE-SIZE one-of-a-kind sculptures.
RCA SIDE-BY-side refrigerator, $75. Kenmore
clothes washer, $40. 941-778-1081.
VIDEOS: STAR TREK 'The Next Genera-
tion' eight of them, like-new condition, $5. Videos,
you choose, 50 for $25. Call 941-761-1928.
BOOKS: CHARLIE BROWN and Dennis the
Menace, paperbacks. 22 of them, $15. Call 941 -
JASON TELESCOPE WITH three lenses, nice,
$75. 941-730-3235 or email@example.com.
FOR SALE: RECLINER chair, excellent condition,
$95. 8-foot oval area rug, $75. 941-778-6774.
GEORGE FOREMAN ELECTRIC grill. Great for
lanai or patio grilling. $45. 941-779-0005.
MIRROR WITH WOODEN frame, 37x46. Very
good condition. $100. Call 941-761-1928.
CEMENT TOOLS: SIX pieces with carry case. $8.
CANE SOFA SLEEPER, $75. Glass-top cane end
table, $20. Will deliver. 941-778-1915.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
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,
'FABULOUS WEARABLE SALE': 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 16. Church of the Annunciation,
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
THEY'RE BACK! EVERY Monday night all-you-
can-eat fish fry. $12. Live entertainment. Tiki bar
open. Bayside Banquet Hall, 4628 119th St. W.,
Cortez, end of road.
WANTED: COMICS, MAD magazines, baseball
cards, toys, trains, door stops, banks, dolls. 941 -
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. Signature Sothebys
International. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes @sothe-
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
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
ESTATE SALE: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan.
9. 201 73rd St., Holmes Beach. Leather sofa,
loveseat and chair, three curios, dining room
table and chairs, queen and Murphy beds, three
sewing machines, trundle day bed, wicker sofa
and loveseat, kitchenware, miscellaneous china,
glass and bric-a-brac. 1997 Buick LeSabre. Sale
conducted by Palma Sola Sales. Numbers given
at 8 a.m.
ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Jan.
7. 6505 Gulfside Road, Longboat Key, Whitney
Beach area. All Florida furnishings, California king
bed, very nice sofa and matching chair, leather
sectional sofa, dining set, two twin beds, twin bed
set, white wicker chest, dresser and chair, patio
sets, area rugs, books, two writing tables, lamps,
end tables, three mirrors, pictures, accessories,
TV, books, set of dishes and kitchen. Sale by Julie
McClure. Pictures: www.appraisals4u.biz.
ISLANDER CLASSIFIED: The best news in
town and the best results from classified ads and
ESTATE SALE: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8. 10
a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9.615 Mourning Dove
Drive, Bird Key Sarasota. Large home (8,000
sf) fully furnished. Olive wood dining table and
eight chairs, king four-poster bed from Robb and
Stuckey, queen bed, Thomasville king bed, leather
ottoman, 25 Swarvoskis, silver, eight Lladros, two
etageres, six Thomasville dining chairs, two swivel
arm chairs, flat top desk, sleeper sofa, T Bahama-
style hutch, area rugs, fully decorated Christmas
tree, oversize chair, patio sets, nice neutral sofa,
Drexel sofa, fainting couch, area rugs, glass-top
table and six chairs, coffee and end tables, silk
plants, decorator pillows, nice bed linens, lamps,
framed prints, mahogany secretary and buffet,
dishes and glassware and more. Sale by Julie
McClure. Pictures: www.appraisals4u.biz.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 9 a.m.-noon Satur-
day. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
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.
RENOVATION/GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fri-
day-Saturday, Jan. 8-9. Nice appliances, kitchen,
garden, bike, miter saw, table saw, many tools,
fishing equipment, much more. 106 Third St N.,
Bradenton Beach. 941-778-1381.
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office sup-
plies, T-shirts, home treasures, mirrors and framed
LOST: GREY COCKATIEL bird, named Arrow.
Last seen Holmes Beach laundromat, Dec. 23.
Reward. Sally, 941-737-9173.
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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
References available 941-720-7519
Marble & Granite Inc,
Counter tops, vanity tops,
bar tops and more.
ort ez 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"
1 Bed: A bargain!
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It's a GREAT TIME to buy!
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18TH ANNUAL GULF COAST MINIATURES FESTIVAL
Sunday ~ January 10 ~ 11 a.m. to 4 p.m
Admission $6 Adults $4 Children
~ HOLIDAY INN LAKEWOOD RANCH ~
6231 Lake Osprey Drive ~ Sarasota
Children's Make and Take Workshop 1-2 p.m. sponsored by
Sarasota Miniatures Club
~ Craftsmen from the US, Canada and France ~
Dollhouse Furniture & Accessories*Dolls &
Teddy Bears*Porcelain & Pottery*Castles, Cot-
tages & Historical Structures*Electrical & Building
Components*Stitchery*Paintings & Sculpture...all in
miniature scale and all for sale!
Early Bird Same-Day Preview 9:30 a.m.
$12 includes refreshments & early sales
Directions: 1-75 Exit 213 East on University Parkway to first
right at Lake Osprey Drive
More information: 941 371 319
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.
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-
ISLAND RESIDENT: WILL do housecleaning,
yard work, errands, etc. Good references. Call
Cathy at 941-580-2050.
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.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
NURSES NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic.
Weekend five-hour morning shifts and weekend
sleepover shifts are available, 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m.
Travel opportunity. 941-383-6953.
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-0944.
PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engi-
neer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
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 hurricane
covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro doors, ODL
inserts. TDWSINC @ msn.com. 941-730-1399.
ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime
Island resident, background check, pet CPR-cer-
tified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-2830
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Junior's Landscape & Maintenance
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mulch, trip, hauling and cleanup.
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I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
778-7770. Leave message.
LISA'S SUNSHINE CLEANING: Dependable,
deep, quality cleaning. References. 20 years
experience. Call 941-758-8680.
TUTORING SERVICES: CERTIFIED teacher
offering math, language arts, science, social
studies tutoring. Specializing in ESE, grades 3-12.
QUALITY CLEANING SERVICES: Great rates,
great service. Longtime local resident with ref-
erences available. Call 941-592-3832 for a free
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
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, hand-
bags, jewelry and sunglasses. 9908 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. Call for an appointment. Now offering
in-home pedicure services. 941-713-5244.
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
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experience.
PROFESSIONAL MANGROVE TRIMMER: Certi-
fied arborist, free consults, local friendly service.
Call Jim at 941-799-0840.
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.
GALIOTO CUSTOM GARDENS: Decks, brick
patio, fences, foot bridges, waterfalls, rock gar-
dens, maintenance. Free consultation, quote. Phil-
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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.
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: Michigan
carpenter, cabinet maker. All phases of construction.
30 years experience. No job too big or too small.
Quality work guaranteed at affordable prices. Call
Mike, 877-822-4326. email@example.com.
ISLAND PAINTER: INTERIOR, exterior, tile roofs,
pressure washing. Free estimates. Call Tim Hall
PAINTING, WALL REPAIRS, carpentry and more.
Island resident, very meticulous and reliable. I
take pride in my work. For a free estimate, call
Colin at 941-779-0120 or 941-376-0541.
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, eateries and shops.
$150/night, $950/week. Use of bikes included.
ANNA MARIA DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA, washer/dryer,
seasonal $1,800/month, monthly or weekly rates
available. Close to beach, trolley and restaurants.
STEPS TO BEACH: 1 BR/2BA, Anna Maria Island.
Christmas, March, April, $495/week. 941-778-
SEASONAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA, nicely furnished,
washer and dryer, large back deck, steps to
beach. $2,500/month. 813-244-4944.
DOUBLEWIDE MOBILE HOME: 2BR/1.5BA.
Furnished, remodeled, central heat, air condition-
ing, gated park. Pool, hot tub, activity center. 15
minutes to beach. $1,000/month, four-month spe-
cial. $695/month annual. Sale, $49,995, includes
share. $8,000 credit for first time home buyers.
Financing. 863-688-3524 or 863-608-1833. chick-
VACATION RENTALS ACROSS from beach.
Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost
Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.
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.
PERICO ISLAND: Jan. 11-April 25. 2BR/3BA
townhouse. Amenities, clubhouse, pool, tennis,
workout room. $2,500/month. 941-224-0555.
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
HISTORIC CORTEZ VILLAGE: 1BR cottage,
hardwood floors, large maintained yard, shed
with washer and dryer. $775/month. Mike Norman
BRADENTON CONDO: 2BR/2BA, five minutes
from Anna Maria Island. No smoking, no pets.
Monthly, $2,400. 716-867-9033.
HARBOR PINES. Large 2BR/2BA.Very nice, ground
floor, screened porch, tile floors, washer/dryer con-
nections, water, cable, close to MCC, Bayshore High
School IMG Academies, shopping. Annual $650/
month. Last month free! Call 941-650-3476.
THE SANCTUARY: 1 BR/1 BA, washer and dryer,
water included, on lake, screened porch, carpet-
ing, close to MCC, Bayshore High School, IMG
Academies, shopping. Annual rental $600/month.
Last month free! Call 941-650-3476.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/3BA custom canalfront
home. $2,300/month. Call Lori, 941-773-3415.
Duncan Real Estate.
SALES & RENTALS
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JANUARY: 15 PERCENT discount! Westbay
Cove, Holmes Beach. Second-floor 2BR/2BA on
bay. Lovely views, pools, tennis. January, $2,465.
February-March, $2,900/month. 30-day minimum.
Visit aposporos.com. Aposporos & Son, 941-387-
ADORABLE 3BR/2BA ANNA Maria vacation
rental. Steps to beach, restaurants and shopping.
All amenities included. Call for rates, 941-737-
VACATION RENTAL TOWNHOME: 2BR/2BA,
pool, boat dock. $600-$700/week and others.
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: 1BR/1BA. One
mile from Anna Maria Island.You own the land. Not
a co-op. No monthly fees. Steps to water. Great
condition. Free boat ramp access. $74,900. $8,000
credit for first time home buyers. 513-470-3851.
BUILD WEALTH! Call or e-mail for our free bro-
chure. Discover how easy it is to build wealth
through short sales and foreclosures. Adkins
Florida Group, Wagner Realty. Free@AdkinsFlor-
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.
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
WANTED: CANALFRONT HOME on Anna Maria
or Holmes Beach. Cash buyer, quick closing. For
own use. Send details to: canalfrontwanted@aol.
com or call 518-423-6078.
COMPLETELY REMODELED: BRING your tooth
brush. South and west windows, view from every
room, step out front door to beach. 5400 GULF
DRIVE #36: $560,000. 941-779-1013.
WATERFRONT ISLAND HOME: 3BR/2BA
updated, boat dock, spacious, caged pool. By
owner, $450,000. 941-356-1456.
SAVE MONEY: READY-to move into, newly
updated deep-water canal house. 514 71st St.,
Holmes Beach. $549,000. 941-779-1013.
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Islanders honored, remembered
By Bonner Joy
The Islander takes pride in recognizing mem-
bers of the Anna Maria Island community for their
unselfish contributions and genuine concern for
making this slice of paradise an even better place
Since the newspaper started up in 1992, a rein-
carnation of a former publication that sadly sold to
a national media group and eventually failed, The
Islander has sought to make its path by partner-
ing with community organizations and making its
goals one and the same, by reporting the news of
record, and by telling the tales of people who live
and work on AMI.
At the end of the first and second year of pub-
lishing, we hadn't yet found a way to say thank
you to the people we thought worked tirelessly for
a better Island. But in 1993 we found a worthy
champion and launched an Islander of the Year
award to recognize deserving people who bettered
our world, much like the effort of Time magazine,
although in our own small way.
Katie Pierola, 1995 Islander of the Year
She was the third recipient of The Islander's
annual award, which was presented posthumously
to the late Ernie Cagnina in 1993 and to Ray Simches
in 1994. Both served as mayors in Anna Maria.
Pierola had served six years as mayor of
Bradenton Beach, her last term just ended, and
she proved to be a bull dog in getting grants
and bringing about positive
change while in office. The
city underwent a renaissance
under her command.
She embodied the defi-
nition of a public servant in
her caring, tireless efforts to
improve both her city and
Pierola Anna Maria Island.
Pierola played an instrumental role in the
beach renourishment program and the prevention
of a proposed Cortez megabridge.
W.H. "Snooks" Adams, 1996 Islander of the
Adams was born April 24, 1917, in Cortez,
but spent much of his life on Anna Maria Island
as a police chief who used common sense as his
SHe was a friend to Island
children, having started in
1954 an end-of-school party
just for kids with hot dogs,
sodas and games at the beach,
celebrated now as Snooks
* i_ "Adams Kid's Day. The Anna
Adams Maria Island Privateers are
now host to the party annu-
ally for hundreds of children at Bayfront Park at
the beginning of summer.
In 1952, Bradenton Beach incorporated and
Adams became first assistant chief, then chief of
He is credited with helping set up the first local
Veterans of Foreign Wars post just after World
War II and was commander three times during the
In 1956, Adams went to work for the Manatee
County Sheriff's Office. \ ly job was to take care
of the Island," he said.
From 1962-78, Adams was chief of police in
Charles and Jo Ann Lester, 1997 Islanders of
Charles Lester and Jo Ann Lester fell in love
with Anna Maria Island and along with it, the Anna
Maria Island Community Center. They put their
money where their hearts are, both here and in the
small towns in Wisconsin where they also reside
half the year.
For this, and for the foresight to establish a per-
Joey and Chuck Lester with Pierrette Kelly, execu-
tive director of the Anna Maria Island Community
manent endowment fund for the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, for their altruistic, unselfish
willingness to put themselves at the foreground of
a major fundraising campaign, we honored them as
1997 Islanders of the Year.
Jim Kronus, 1998 Islander of the Year
Jim Kronus, retiring in Jan-
uary 1999 after 25 years as Anna
Maria Island Elementary School
principal, was the 1998 Islander
of the Year.
He was later honored with
his name on the school audito-
rium. Twenty-five years worth of
Kronus admiring students, their parents,
family and former and current
staff honored him at that event.
Suzi Fox, 1999 Islander of the Year
As a volunteer, with little compensation and
no funding to support the Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch, The Islander recognized Suzi Fox for her
efforts in organizing a group
of volunteers to protect sea tur-
She took over a few years
earlier the state permit for pro-
.,, tecting nesting mother sea
'': turtles, mostly loggerheads on
". Anna Maria Island, and protect-
Fox ing the hatchlings.
Beach renourishment brought funding and neces-
sary monitoring of protected sea turtles to AMITW,
and Fox continues as the group's executive director,
overseeing teams of volunteers and coordinators who
track and monitor turtle activities on the beach and
Nancy Ambrose, 2000 Islander of the Year
She was a relative newcomer to Anna Maria
Island, having moved here three
years earlier from Atlanta, when
she earned the honor.
Nancy Ambrose brought
with her a passion for butterflies
and gardening, but soon discov-
ered things were different here.
!I She then found others who
Ambrose shared her butterfly interests and
the Manasota Chapter of the North American But-
terfly Association was quickly formed.
Mostly they met to share information, but they
also had goals. One was to start a public butterfly
garden, which Ambrose spearheaded in Holmes
Ambrose's impact on Anna Maria Island can be
seen and visited and enjoyed between Holmes
Beach City Hall and the Island Branch Library.
It's there you can see the results of her hundreds
of volunteer hours blooming and fluttering -
although presently it is undergoing a makeover.
It's a peaceful refuge that adds to the ambience
of Anna Maria Island. And, that's no small feat.
While over the years we've heard numerous cries
for "change," seldom is it so benign and so
So, for Ambrose, who also faced the greater
challenge of breast cancer that year, we say thank
you for making Anna Maria Island a more lovely,
gracious and colorful place to live.
Carolyne Norwood, 2001
Islander of the Year
One of the greatest chal-
lenges facing Floridians is
the development of a sense of
community, a sense of place.
With hundreds of people
Norwood ^ moving to our area daily from
everywhere on the planet, the
history of our region is often lost in the avalanche of
new faces, new homes, new businesses, new things to
do and see.
Where we have been, what we have done, who
helped shape and form the place we now call home
is often forgotten.
History is important if only so it does not
have to be relived.
The keeper of the Island's history is Carolyne
Norwood. She set out on a quest to preserve our
history and we think she's been a champion at it,
so much so that we selected her the Islander of the
Year for 2001.
Anna Maria Island Historical Society, its
museum and the old jail, Belle Haven Cottage all
are thanks to the vision of Carolyne Norwood.
Billie Martini, 2002 Islander of the Year
Billie Martini is just our cup of tea. She exem-
plifies the charm and character of Anna Maria
Island, the place that we've
all come to love.
Martini came to the Island
in 1944. She and husband Bob
opened the first motor court
on the Island.
She has had various jobs,
including clerk in charge of
Martini the city's post office, book-
keeper of the Island water company, and billing
clerk and teacher's aide at Anna Maria Elementary
School. She is retired and an active member of
Save Anna Maria Inc.
She was elected to the Holmes Beach City
Commission in 1993 for a two-year term. At that
time, she said she would be a voice for the people
on the commission.
She sought numerous recreational opportuni-
ties for city and Island residents, including an offer
to personally fund a community pool, a fountain at
Holmes Beach City Hall and, at one time, offered a
park plan for the Holmes Beach city property that
included trees and shaded areas with park benches
for relaxation along Flotilla Drive, a playground,
and, again, a public swimming pool.
Although those pursuits did not see reality -
don't count them out, she'll tell you her finest
achievement may be the realization of the Grassy
Point Preserve. Located on the bayfront on Anna
Maria Sound in the 3600 block of East Bay Drive
(opposite Walgreens), the undeveloped area was
eyed first by Martini for preservation.
It is a pristine mangrove area with a small canal
that can handle canoes from the bay, said Martini
at the time. The project became her "baby."
Another achievement to her credit is the play
pavilion at the Anna Maria Elementary School. Mar-
tini envisioned the sheltered play area and donated
the funding to make that a reality as well.
Martini was recognized in 1997 with a "Pride
in Community" award from the Holmes Beach
Thanks, Billie Martini. Thanks for your love of
Anna Maria Island. It wouldn't be the same with-
Next week: Islanders in review, years 2003-