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Bridge Street Pier
authority to deal
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The Island police
reports. Page 20
What to do and
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By Rick Catlin
The blast of Arctic air that hit Anna
Maria Island affected some Island busi-
nesses that depend on good weather for
activity and revenue.
The good news was that the cold air
came the week after Christmas.
"We had a great Christmas season,
thanks to the weather," said Diane Havelka
of Beach Bums in Anna Maria, "but the past
week has been slow."
Beach Bums rents kayaks, bicycles,
golf carts and Go-Ped scooters all used
in outdoor activities. When the cold weather
came, many people opted to stay indoors,
"There are still people on the Island and
when the weather warms up, we expect them
Only a few bundled-up beachgoers were
found on the Anna Maria shore near the
Sandbar Restaurant on a recent day.
to be out and about." Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Historically, the first two weeks of Janu-
ary see a slowdown in Island tourism. Have- by mid-January.
Ika is hopeful that warm weather will return Other businesses that depend on good
Ginger and Phil Lisik, vacationing on the Island in January, walk along the Gulf at
Manatee Public Beach. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
New year brings cold temps
By Lisa Neff
Beach blankets were tossed aside for
down comforters as cold, dry air lingered
over the area the first two weeks of Janu-
5 "I grew up with 'cooler by the lake,' so
I'm used to cold," said Mary Treece, an Island
transplant from Chicago. "But I don't like it.
And I moved here to get away from it."
Colder weather arrived with the new
year and continued through the first weeks
of 2010 and the last week of a winter
holiday for some Island vacationers.
?id "I'm hearing a lot of complaints," said
'nfish. vacationer Patty Schultz of Des Moines.
"But let me tell you, a high of 56 is better
BiZ than a high of 6 any day."
Schultz was looking at a one-month
stay on the Island with optimism. "It will
get warmer," she said, her hands stuffed into
real the pockets of an L.L. Bean parka.
'age 26 The Lisiks, vacationers from Hemlock,
Mich., also shrugged off the cold as they
walked into the wind at Manatee Public Beach
"We were hoping for warmer weather,"
said Phil Lisik. "But we're used to the cold.
And, we're here for a month."
Nearby, Dale Lewis also displayed sunny
optimism, erecting a row of beach cabanas
although the thermometer read 48 degrees.
"These will warm up inside," Lewis said,
wearing a winter cap and gloves, a sweatshirt
and shorts. "It'll be 75 inside. And you'll be
able to tan."
A zone of cold and dry air settled over
the area Jan. 1 and remained until Jan. 7, with
temperatures for the area fluctuating from
mid-30s to low 60s.
After a respite, another mass of cold air
arrived Jan. 8, extending south from Canada,
and was to remain early this week.
The National Weather Service forecast
"some of the coldest air we have seen this
winter" for early this week.
JAN. 13, 2010
weather for customers were similarly affected
by the cold.
Julie Kirkwood of Segway by the Bay in
Anna Maria said she saw a decline in activity
when the cold weather struck.
"The cold puts us off a bit. Thankfully, we
had a great Christmas holiday. We rocked,"
Outdoor dining also declined with the
advent of the cold front.
Ed Chiles offers outdoor dining at his trio
of restaurants, the Sandbar in Anna Maria, the
BeachHouse in Bradenton Beach, and the Mar
Vista on Longboat Key.
"People stayed home or ate indoors," he
said. "Our outdoor dining always does well
when the weather is good. When the weather
turns cold, many people tend to stay home."
It was a bit too cold to eat outside last
week, Chiles noted. "We still were busy, but
we've been spoiled the past few years with
great weather at this time of year. It's tough
PLEASE SEE COLD, PAGE 3
By Nick Walter
More than 100 Island residents concerned
about recent burglaries filled the Holmes
Beach City Hall chambers Jan. 7 for a crime
Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine
called it a "wake-up call."
"The bottom line is this is not the same
county we lived in 30 years ago," Romine
said. "It's certainly not the same Anna Maria
Island we had 30 years ago. I started here for
the first time 30 years
ago and in the last year
it's been incredible the
changes I've seen in the
an increase in automo-
_bile and residential bur-
Romine glaries to the economic
downturn. Burglars have
been targeting the Island, specifically Holmes
Beach, because of its affluent neighborhoods,
Romine, Detective Mike Leonard, and Lt.
Dale Stephenson offered Islanders ways they
can prevent burglaries, and insight on how the
burglars have been operating.
Mode of operation
Romine said there's a misconception that
the burglars are selling the merchandise in
order to purchase groceries.
I .iglty percent of what's sold is directly
tied to illegal narcotic use," Romine said.
"There's been a huge increase in prescription
pill abuse. It's running rampant."
Furthermore, he said, victims are making
it easy for thieves. He said that 90 percent of
automobile burglaries occur to vehicles that
are left unlocked.
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Cold weather slows Island economy
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Wake-up call CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Romine said it's common at night for one burglar
to roam one side of a street, and another to sweep the
other, looking for unlocked vehicles.
"And if they see lights coming, all they've got
to do is go in the bushes and wait for the lights to go
away, then go about their business," Romine said.
The burglars are taking items left in clear view,
such as guns, GPS units, radar detectors and laptop
Romine said daytime also has been popular for
"Burglars knock on the door, and they knock
some more, wait to see if a dog barks, and if no one
responds they go around the back of the house to try
and find a way in," Romine said. "If someone comes
to the door, they ask for someone, and if it's not you,
then it's, 'Sorry, I didn't mean to bother you.'"
Ways to protect yourself
Romine said residents need to lock cars, turn on
their alarms, and be the eyes of the city.
"There are 10,000 eyes in Holmes Beach,"
Romine said, "that are able to see things we are
not. I have 14 officers in my department, counting
He said to report any suspicious activity. "I don't
know how many people say, 'We don't want to bother
you,'" Romine said. "We've had numerous people
come to us and say, 'You know what? Three nights
in a row I saw boats in canals with no lights on, but
I saw flashlights.' We call that suspicious. And you
need to call us when you see those kinds of things."
Other suspicious activities include strangers
walking into neighbors' backyards and people knock-
ing on doors who claim they have the wrong resi-
dence. "If it doesn't look right," Romine said. "It's
probably because it's not. And if it is, fine, we don't
mind coming to check it."
Stephenson said that many victims have refused
to prosecute suspects. "So that person didn't get
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penalized for breaking into that car," Stephen-
son said. "And the state is not going to prosecute
because it doesn't have a victim. People have to get
Stephenson said there are a number of programs
residents can take advantage of to protect themselves
One is a house-check program that residents can
sign-up for at the police department. Officers will
walk around the house daily and make sure all win-
dows are closed, and doors locked.
Another is a business trespass program. When a
business is closed, and an officer sees someone on the
property, the officer can give the person a trespass warn-
ing without first having to contact the business owner.
Officers already carry out a program called
"Night Eyes," in which they go around to businesses
and make sure doors and windows are secure. They
leave a card on the door to let the business owner
know they were watching out for them.
Also, Stephenson advised neighbors to meet each
other. He said he has visited neighborhoods where no
one was familiar with neighbors.
Stephenson said the police department can also
start a "telephone tree," where the department puts out
information that flows from one house to another.
Neighborhood watch programs also are popular,
he said. "The problem with neighborhood watch is
the cold while
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that you have to have a good group of people who
want to be involved," Stephenson said.
Stephenson added that Crime Stoppers is an
under-utilized program. "But it has worked," he said.
"You can remain anonymous, and you get money
from your tips if there's an arrest and conviction."
Residents also can have motion-sensor lights
installed and keep bushes trimmed around win-
Moreover, Stephenson said that if a resident is
going to purchase a video system, they should get
one with a high-resolution camera. "When we take
your video to a videographer and have it enhanced,
and if it's low resolution, the more we blow it up, the
more distorted it gets," Stephenson said.
Leonard said one of the most important things
people can do is record the serial numbers of elec-
tronics, and make a distinct mark on items, such as
jewelry. That way, if the stolen property is recovered,
it can be identified.
"We want to catch them bad," Romine said.
"There's nothing I hate more than having something
stolen from me. I'd rather have someone come and
punch me in the stomach then have somebody steal
something from me.
Anyone with information about burglaries is
asked to call HBPD at 941-708-5804, or Crime Stop-
pers at 1-866-634-8477.
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to lose half your dining space to cold air."
But outdoor dining should make a comeback as
soon as the weather warms up and the season makes
its traditional mid-January return, he said.
"I'm hopeful for good weather by next week,"
Chiles said. "The cold shouldn't last that long in
The Island's retail industry is usually slower after
Christmas and thus was not impacted severely by
the weather, said Signa Bouziane of Mister Roberts
Resortwear in Holmes Beach.
"We had our normal after-Christmas slow
period," she said. "I don't believe the cold weather
affected us too much.
"Years ago, we would get busy in mid-January, but
the past few years, the season hasn't started until Febru-
ary. Then, we'll be super-busy," she predicted.
The local charter fishing business wasn't really
affected by the cold weather either, said Capt. Mark
Howard of Sumotime Charters.
That's because there are generally only a few
sets up a
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people around after the Christmas-New Year week
looking for a charter, he said.
"The first two weeks of January are always slow
in this business. It's to be expected," he said.
But some souls did brave the cold weather that
brought the wind chill factor here into the low 40s.
"I had two guys from Pittsburgh last week who
said it was a lot colder there than here. We went out
and caught about 30 redfish and it was ice cold,"
"You just have to change your game plan when
it's cold like this. You won't catch snook, but the
redfish, trout and sheepshead are still around. You
just have to know where they are."
Howard said the charter fishing business was
busy between Christmas and New Year's.
"We worked every day and I think other charters
were also busy. It was a great week."
The weather forecast for Anna Maria Island this
week was for daytime temperatures in the upper 50s
to lower 60s for most of the week.
"That's good fishing weather," said Howard.
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Anna Maria City
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, transportation grant enhancement com-
mittee meeting, 4 p.m.
Jan. 19, planning and zoning board meeting,
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
Jan. 14, 5 p.m., planning and zoning board
Jan. 20, 9 a.m., special master meeting.
Jan. 21, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Jan. 21, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
Jan. 26, 7 p.m., city commission 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.
Jan. 18 is Martin Luther King Day and many
government offices are closed.
Jan. 18, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation Plan-
ning Organization meeting, Holmes Beach City
Jan. 20, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials
meeting, Anna Maria City Hall.
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FWC warns against dangers of cold water
By Lisa Neff
Florida officials have a message for northerners
conditioned to their summer water temperatures that
rarely rise from the 60s.
The effects of cold water can be an issue even
when the water temperature is in the 60-degree range,
according to Capt. Carol Keyser of the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission Boating and
The FWC is cautioning boaters and other outdoor
recreationists to be aware of the dangers of falling
into cold water during winter months.
Cold-water immersion initially shocks the
body, then causes the victim to lose motor skills
and will eventually lead to hypothermia, according
The current cold snap is harming some of
Florida's fish and wildlife as temperatures dip
Near Titusville last week, more than 250 cold-
stunned loggerhead turtles were found. Also, state
officials rescued two cold-stunned manatees in
one day, including one in Pinellas County.
For the Florida manatee, exposure to water
temperatures below 68 degrees for long periods
can cause a condition called manatee cold-stress
syndrome, which can result in death, according to
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
When water temperatures drop, manatees
gather in warm-water habitats, such as discharge
canals at power plants, canal systems or springs.
The FWC last week asked boaters to be extra
vigilant in watching for manatees in shallow
to the FWC.
"Many people would not expect cold water to
be an issue in Florida," said "However, the effects
of cold water, particularly when they occur rapidly,
can become an issue."
Most people would assume hypothermia is the
greatest risk in cold water. However, the effects
of cold-water immersion often lead to death by
drowning before the effects of hypothermia take
Sudden immersion into cold water can cause car-
diac arrest, even for those in good health. The shock
of cold water also can cause one to gasp, inhale water
and drown. Once in cold water, victims quickly lose
muscle coordination and the ability to swim or tread
water. Water at 59 degrees Fahrenheit or less can rap-
waters near the coast, both inland and coastal,
and obey all posted manatee speed-zone signs.
Also, FWC said aggregated animals should
be left alone because a disturbance could scare
them away from the warm-water sites, which they
need to survive during the cold temperatures.
Cold weather also can affect sea turtles.
When the water temperature drops, stunned sea
turtles may float listlessly in the water or wash
onto shore. Although these turtles may appear to
be dead, they are often still alive, according to
The FWC, working with the Sea Turtle
Stranding and Salvage Network, recovered more
than 250 cold-stunned sea turtles in Mosquito
Lagoon in Brevard County last week.
To report wildlife in distress, call the toll-free
FWC hotline at 888-404-3922.
idly cause these effects.
"If cold-water immersion occurs, get out of the
water as soon as possible," Keyser said. "If it is not
possible to get out of the water, do not swim if you
don't have to, because this will speed up the loss of
According to the International Life Saving
Federation Web site, www.ilsf.org, cold water
removes heat from the body 25 times faster than
cold air. Having a life jacket on when in the water
reduces the need to swim or move as much, which
in turn, reduces the loss of body heat. It also helps
insulate the body, keeping in warmth. If a victim
should have a heart attack, a life jacket will keep
the victim afloat and will prevent the victim from
"Should you fall into the water, you will survive
longer if you' re wearing a life jacket, whether the
water is cold or not," Keyser said. "It is extremely
important, and possibly a matter of life and death, to
wear a life jacket at all times while on the water. Pro-
tection against the cold is just one more good reason
to wear one."
Though the effects of rapid cold-water immer-
sion are more immediately life-threatening, hypo-
thermia will occur eventually if a victim remains
in the cold. Hypothermia can occur in water or on
Hypothermia exists when the body loses heat
faster than it can replenish it, which can result in
death. Symptoms of hypothermia include paleness
of the skin and slow, shallow and erratic breathing.
Victims should seek medical attention if exposed to
the cold for a prolonged period of time.
To prevent hypothermia, in addition to moving
as little as possible, huddle if there is more than one
person in the water.
"Preparation is the key to having a positive
outdoor experience," Keyser said. "If the weather
is inclement, postpone your activity. When going
outside in cold weather, dress appropriately, and
when boating, always wear a life jacket."
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matching funds for contributions postmarked by Jan. 31, 2010, to the Anna Maria Island
Community Center program scholarship fund. And your contribution is tax deductible.
Children and families in our community count on the Center...
The Center provides a critical human service need on the Island and
annually serves more than 3,785 individuals and family members, pro-
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Some of you may have been in Florida longer,
but among the staff at The Islander, no one remem-
bers it being this cold for this long ever.
I doubt it's from all the complaining we did over
the hot summer and fall temps when it was 95 in the
shade. No one can wish it cold, right? It can't be
anything we did.
Or can it?
Did we burn one gallon of gasoline too many?
Send one too many plastic bottles to the landfill? Take
one fish too many from the Gulf of Mexico? Put too
much asphalt on the road?
Whatever the cause, it's just too cold.
Our temp dipped below freezing Sunday night,
and that just seems impossible. But it's true.
Folks are talking about how cold they remember
it being here or there in the past. But this is now. And
this cold is lasting too long.
Just this past week, we learned the Publix ware-
house was out of firewood, real and manufactured
logs. How often does that happen?
The Privateers canceled their weekend flea
market. Youth football was put on a time out. And
business is not business as usual in a vacation com-
munity when it's this cold. Kayaks are stacked at the
rental shops. Bicycles and scooters are waiting for
warmer days. Island Discount Tackle and its bait shop
closed early Sunday.
Not a creature was stirring on the bayfront. Not
a dolphin passed by. Few birds were feeding. And
there wasn't a fish or a shiner to be found.
Some brave souls walked their dogs out of
necessity. We saw a few folks meandering about
when the sun was out.
But it's too cold for anything but a fire, and we're
just lucky the weather doesn't call for snow.
Or maybe some Florida natives would like that.
On our Facebook page, the conversation about
the cold temperatures on Anna Maria Island brought
out complaints of how really cold it is up north.
We received a couple of photos of snowboarders
in Atlanta. And we got word of temps in the 70s in
Los Angeles. It's balmy in Haiti. But it's cold in Key
West, New Orleans and everywhere in between.
Lots of folks chatted about the cold, and while
many didn't say where they were, the chatline is still
fun, and the computer puts out a little bit of heat.
There's hope in the forecast for a great weekend,
so bear with us.
Whatever you do, don't wish for it to be 95.
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Bradenton Elks Lodge 1511 extends deep thanks
and appreciation to the students, parents and teachers
of Anna Maria Elementary School for their contribu-
tion of aluminum tabs for the Florida Elks Children's
Our therapy service consists of more than 25
licensed, trained physical and speech therapists with
25 completely equipped vans that cover the state of
Florida. They perform therapy on the children as
needed, at no cost to their families.
The therapy services provided are subsidized by
the Florida Elk Lodges.
A special thanks to third-grade teacher Karen
Newhall, who started the tab program in 2005 as a class
math project and has kept it going and growing.
We appreciate the opportunity to continue this
program in the future.
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How very nice that Rhea and Ed Chiles have
been honored as Islanders of the Year.
I'd like to underscore what the article said about
their generosity in giving to many needy groups and
individuals on the Island and elsewhere.
I have worked with them on a lot of community
projects over the years often I have been the one
doing the asking and I want to make note that so
much of what they do is done quietly and with the
humility of those who wish to do good things for
others without any recognition.
Having known them both for a long time, I can
assure you there are no two people who care more
and work harder for Anna Maria Island and the people
We are truly blessed as a community to have their
vision and stewardship.
Sincere congratulations, and thanks, Ed and
Janet Aubry, Anna Maria
I so appreciate your eloquent words about the
evolvement of the Studio. I have to think of those
Islanders contractor John Fara and crew and
architect Steve Gift who patiently worked with
me while the ce n.i ,i.- took shape, and then, of course,
the local artists who created the magic on the walls.
After the experience of living life pressed through
political campaigns and schedules, it became a spiri-
tual challenge to let go and let the Studio happen.
The fulfillment has been the response to what was
created, particularly your designation as Islander of the
Year in which I find myself in very good company.
Thank you for a most unexpected and thrilling
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I am so touched by The Islander's eloquent words
that reflected and captured what Mom has done at
The Studio. The newspaper was very kind to rec-
ognize whatever contributions I have made to this
wonderful place we are fortunate enough to call home
Ed C /,/.. ', Islander of the Year
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Manatee deaths climb in 2009 TWe Islander
By Lisa Neff
The state is reporting a higher-than-average
number of manatee deaths in 2009 due to a combi-
nation of factors.
Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission documented 429 mana-
tee deaths in state waters last year, including nine
in Manatee County.
The state documented 337 manatee deaths in
2008, including eight in Manatee County.
The high number of manatees affected by cold
stress during the winter months of 2008-09 can,
in part, explain the higher-than-average number
of manatee deaths last year, according to a release
from the FWC. Biologists documented a record
high of 56 cold stress-related deaths in 2009, which
was more than double the five-year average.
Cold stress was a factor in two manatee deaths
in Manatee County in 2009, contributing to one
manatee death in Palma Sola Bay in April and one
death in the Braden River in March.
State biologists also documented high numbers
of watercraft-related and perinatal or new-
born deaths in 2009. Biologists documented 97
watercraft-related deaths and 114 newborn deaths.
The preliminary data indicate the numbers for both
categories were at a record high for a calendar year.
Boating incidents contributed to the deaths of
four manatees in Manatee County last year, includ-
ing one in Sarasota Bay in November.
State officials said that given the high count
of manatees from 2009 aerial surveys, it might be
perceived that the high number of deaths is simply
because of a larger manatee population.
However, both the carcass totals and the annual
counts from statewide aerial surveys are considered
minimum numbers only, and they cannot be used
to calculate long-term population trends, FWC
In the Jan. 12, 2000, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
The U.S. Postal Service announced it was
moving the Anna Maria Post Office from its Gulf
Drive location to Bayview Plaza at the Pine Avenue-
Bay Boulevard intersection. Postal Service spokes-
person Gary Sawtelle said the new post office would
be in operation by the end of the summer.
Holmes Beach resident Bob Moderhak earned
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yards away in a contest sponsored by Nokia.
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showed up for a drug forum sponsored by the Holmes
Beach Police Department, despite a growing concern
among many Island parents that drug use was a prob-
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AM committee agrees: issues, yes; emergency, no
By Rick Catlin
The initial meeting of Anna Maria's ad-hoc park-
ing safety committee Jan. 8 went better than many
people expected, considering the problems associated
with a similar committee in early December headed
by Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus.
Larry Albert was elected to chair the ad-hoc com-
mittee, while Terry Schaefer was named vice-chair.
The committee was formed by the city commis-
sion in mid-December after Stoltzfus claimed there
were parking safety problems on Pine Avenue and in
the city's retail-office-residential district.
Other committee members are Mike Coleman,
Gene Aubry, former Commissioner Tom Aposporos and
Mike Pescitelli, with Stoltzfus as commission liaison.
Stoltzfus was absent from the Jan. 8 meeting.
The committee at first had difficulty establishing
Coleman, a Pine Avenue developer, brought
direction when he said he wanted to "make sure we
are all on the same page," and that his understanding
was that the first order of business was to determine
if there is a parking issue on Pine Avenue.
The committee also has to quantify any problem,
measure the effect of the problem on future develop-
ment and offer suggestions for mitigation, he said.
Schaefer said that was also his understanding of
the commission's charge to the committee. He said
the committee must also consider future development
in the ROR might impact parking safety.
Aubry, however, said the word "development"
scares him, as it does other Anna Maria residents.
"People are going to come here. Pine Avenue is
going to develop. It's the reality," he said.
Aubry did not want the committee to get bogged
down in technical issues, rehashing past projects or
regulations, but look to the future.
The city has enough ordinances that were passed
to "solve the problem" with no thought of the conse-
quences to the future development of the city, he said.
Anna Maria is a unique city, Aubry contended,
and the committee and the commission have an
opportunity to make a positive change.
Schaefer, who previously headed a development
authority in Illinois several years ago, agreed that the
committee must look to the future. It's important to
know the past, but Pine Avenue has a unique configu-
ration that presents parking problems.
"I believe we have a parking safety issue," he
said. "The first serious injury or fatality on Pine
Avenue will not be a chamber day."
Coleman initially sought an agreement that there
is no parking safety issue on Pine Avenue, but other
Albert said there might not be a safety "emer-
gency," but there are "always safety issues."
Likewise, Aubry said there are always parking
issues. For him, just getting in and out of a car during
the season is an issue, he said.
The committee eventually passed a motion find-
ing that there was no parking safety emergency on
Pine Avenue, but parking safety issues do exist.
"It's like the guy who smokes and drinks," said
Albert. "He might not have a heart emergency now,
but he does have a problem."
Coleman agreed and asked the committee for
suggestions on the issues.
"The question now is where to put the sidewalks,"
Aubry said the city might want to consider side-
walks that "modulate" up and down Pine Avenue.
The road might look a bit strange at first, but over the
years, as more properties are developed, "It would all
work out," he said.
The idea struck a chord with Aposporos.
"I like the proactive ideas," he said. "These are
good comments about what is and what could be."
Aubry, an architect, offered to prepare a draw-
ing of a modulating sidewalk along Pine Avenue and
present it at the committee's next meeting.
His offer was quickly accepted by Mayor Fran
Barford, who asked Aubry to work with staff on the
project so they could provide input.
Aposporos said he worked better with a drawing
or picture as a start to a solution. Building, legal and
law enforcement questions about a wandering side-
walk could be discussed later after the committee has
an opportunity to examine the drawing and provide
"This has the potential for broader discussion,"
"And it's something the public can see," Aubry
added. "You can throw tomatoes at it, but it's a
The committee agreed to accept Aubry's offer
and he will send copies of his plan to committee
members prior to the next meeting.
Albert scheduled the next meeting for 10 a.m.
Friday, Jan. 22, at city hall.
AM has committee openings
Anna Maria has vacancies on two volunteer com-
The environmental education and enhancement
committee has one opening, while the other vacancy
is on the capital improvements advisory committee.
The CIAC opening came after Bob Barlow was
appointed to the planning and zoning board and
resigned from the CIAC.
Any city resident interested in serving as a volun-
teer on one of the committees can pick up an applica-
tion at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive.
For more information, call the city at 941-708-
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BB commission to counter settlement offer
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach commissioners are seeking an
appraisal on undeveloped beachfront property caught
up in litigation.
The property in the 1400 block of Gulf Drive
is being offered to the city for $600,000, part of a
proposed settlement in a civil lawsuit that goes back
Commissioners, meeting Jan. 7 at city hall, said
that the price is too high, but they are interested in the
Island Inc.-Beach Development Inc. property, which
is designated as preservation on a city land-use map
and is zoned environmental.
Previously, the city commission approved a grant
application to the Florida Communities Trust for the
acquisition of the beachfront parcels at 1402, 1404,
1412 and 1414 Gulf Drive. The application indicated
that the city would contribute 30 percent or $600,000
toward the property purchase, based on a $2 million
The grant was not awarded, but the city's indica-
tion that it wanted to invest in the property didn't go
The city and the developers are in a legal tussle
over the land. The developers had sought to build
residences on the property. The city had deemed the
half-acre of property as preservation land. The dis-
pute went to court, where the city won one round and
the developers won on appeal.
While the matter remains before the court, both
sides have participated in mediation and indicated
they want a resolution.
An early stage of mediation resulted in a finding
that the city should buy the land, a suggestion the city
previously proposed, but the developers rebuffed.
Now, according to Greg Hootman, the city's
attorney in the case, the developers, having won a
$1.8 million judgment in another case connected to
the property dispute, seem interested in selling.
The property price, said Hootman, is $600,000,
payable over about five years.
"I think we've gotten to a point in the case,"
Hootman said, "where it's dollars and time.... Get
the sharp pencils out.... Find out how much money
is in the envelope."
Commissioners agreed last week that $600,000 is
too much. So they instructed staff to have the prop-
erty appraised as part of an effort to prepare a counter
Commissioners also want to hear from the public
and may hold a town meeting on the matter.
Commissioner Gay Breuler said preservation of
the property could help "keep our sweet little city our
sweet little city."
But, she said, how do citizens feel, especially
about an expensive land purchase in tough financial
Before the meeting, Nora Idso, city clerk and
financial officer, provided commissioners with a
memo: "At the end of the day, the city does not have
$650,000 nor can it conceivably borrow that kind of
money for a piece of property that can generate no
Island Players prepare
The box office opened this week to sell
tickets to the Island Players' next perfor-
mance, "Self Help," written by Norm Foster
and directed by Kelly Wynn Woodland.
The play will be staged from Jan. 21 to Feb.
7, with show times at 8 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
The box office is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at
the theater, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
For more information, call 941-778-5755
or go to www.theislandplayers.org.
Commissioners said perhaps the city could nego-
tiate a lesser price, as well as extend the payment
plan, but that they want to hear from citizens.
"We can go out there and say, 'Here's the pro-
posal,'" said Commissioner Janie Robertson. "That's
the way we should be doing government."
"It could go either way," Breuler said, of the
The city's FCT grant application had indicated
that the property would be used as a park, possibly
offering some amenities, such as a picnic shelter and
a kiosk for an education center to promote sea turtle
Islander in Italy
Carol Black, with her local news, in Vernazza,
Cinque Terre, Italy.
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A beach path painting by Maro Lorimer.
The Studio at Gulf and Pine will host a
reception for artist Maro Lorimer and her exhibit
"Beach Paths" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17.
The exhibit will continue through Jan. 30
at the gallery, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria,
which is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through
Lorimer moved to Anna Maria Island about
10 years ago and said inspiration for the exhib-
ited work came from the sandy paths leading to
the Island's shoreline.
"The sandy footpaths that lead to our beach
have a rare beauty," she comments. "In a world
that is becoming increasingly manicured and
Island Democrats to meet
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will
meet at noon Monday, Jan. 18, at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The speaker will be Susan Smith of Fair Districts
Florida, who will discuss redistricting.
For more information, call Harry Kamberis at
Off Stage Ladies to meet
The Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players of
Anna Maria will hold a monthly luncheon at 11:30
a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the Bradenton Country
Club, 4646 Ninth Ave., Bradenton.
For more information, call president Nancy
Ambrose at 941-518-4431.
Chapel hosts memory-loss group
The Longboat Island Chapel, as part of its Aging
in Paradise Resource Center, is hosting a memory-
loss support group.
The group meets every other Wednesday at 11
a.m. at the chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Long-
For more information, call the chapel at 941-383-
Mullet smoke snuffed out
The Anna Maria Island Privateers canceled a
smoked mullet sale and Thieves Market Jan. 9 at
Coquina Beach due to inclement weather.
Other market dates include Feb. 13, March 13
and April 10.
To reserve a booth, call Jackie "Bandit" Waldron
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
Saturday, Jan. 30. Participants must register in
advance with the paper, and class size is limited to
For more information or to register, call The
Islander at 941-778-7978.
standardized, it is such a joy to experience the
variety and randomness of these small wild areas
along our beach. This is what I tried to capture
in my loosely done collages."
The artist works from studios in Holmes
Beach and Sarasota.
Her pieces are in collections in Alaska, Colo-
rado, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina and
The Studio also will hold a reception
for painter Marty Noble at 4:30 p.m. Friday,
For more information, call the Studio at Gulf
and Pine at 941-778-1906.
Historical society offers
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society will
offer three $1,000 scholarships to Island high school
seniors this year.
Students must live in Anna Maria, Holmes Beach
or Bradenton Beach, have a weighted grade-point
average of 3.0 for a four-year college or university or
a weighted 2.5 grade-point average for a community
Application forms are available at the AMIHS
Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, and must be
completed and postmarked for return to AMIHS by
For more information, call 941-778-9205.
Justin Kingsley Noyes displays children's books he
illustrated. Noyes, who co-owns Hive Creations
in Anna Maria with wife Rachel Vanatta Noyes,
discussed his work Dec. 2 at the Island Branch
Library during a meeting of the Gulf Coast Writers.
Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann
Studio to host 'Beach Paths' exhibit
January Special: Come in for a pedicure
and receive a complimentary manicure.
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Family and friends gather June 27 on Anna Maria Island to celebrate Dede Hippler's 50th birthday.
Hippler has been visiting the Island for more than 35 years.
Islander, cafe host
The Islander and Cafe on the Beach will host
a Valentine's Day celebration Islander Promise
Day for couples to share vows.
Couples are invited to marry, commit, or recom-
mit in the mass ceremony set to take place at 4 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 14, at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
A notarized certificate costs $10. A licensed
marriage certificate, which requires a pre-approved
county marriage license, costs $25.
A reception and buffet will follow, from 5 p.m. to
7 p.m. The cost will be $10 per person, and include
a champagne toast.
Any proceeds will be donated to local nonprof-
For more information, call The Islander at 941-
Center offers computer course
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
offer a three-class course in computers beginning Jan.
One session will meet at 1 p.m. Jan. 25-27 and
another session will meet at 1 p.m. Feb. 22-24 at the
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
For more information, call 941-778-1908, ext.
Church to hold clothing sale
The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation,
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will hold a "New
to Second Best Wearables Sale" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 16.
For more information, call 941-896-5447.
Garden club to hold
The Anna Maria Garden club will host the
Antique Appraisal Affair at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb.
10, at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation,
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The event will feature appraiser Julie McClure
providing on-the-spot appraisals for $5 per item.
For more information, call Jeanie Pickwick at
Get your scrap ready
The annual E-Scrap and Hazardous Waste Col-
lection will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday,
Jan. 30, at the Gulf side of Coquina Beach in Braden-
The event is organized by the Manatee County
Utilities Department, in partnership with Anna Maria,
Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach and Longboat
Residents can drop off a variety of items, from
retired electronics to paints. The list of accepted
items includes solvents, garden pesticides, house-
hold chemicals, ammunition, flares, waste oil, pro-
pane tanks, fluorescent lamps, mercury-containing
devices, pool chemicals, gasoline, batteries, televi-
sions, computer components, copiers, video and
audio equipment, small electrical appliances and
The collection will not accept radioactive
waste, such as smoke detectors, or bio-waste, such
For more information about E-Scrap, call the
county at 941-798-6761.
Bay Watch holds meeting
The Sarasota Bay Watch will meet at 6 p.m. Tues-
day, Jan. 19, at Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken
Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, for a stakeholders meet-
The meeting will involve a discussion on restora-
tion programs, options for coastal property owners
and presentations by representatives of Sarasota
Bay Watch, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Mana-
tee County and Sarasota County government depart-
ments, Reef Ball Foundation and Ocean Restoration
Corp. and Associates.
For more information, call 941-953-5333.
Robinson to hold paddle trip
Paddlers will gather at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16,
in Robinson Preserve for an "Afternoon Adventure"
Greenways and Trails coordinator Suwanna
Blakey will lead the trip through the preserve, 1704
99th St. N.W., Bradenton.
For more information, call Manatee County's nat-
ural resources department at 941-742-5757, ext. 7.
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Swiftmud: no permit needed for BB project
By Lisa Neff
The Southwest Florida Water Management Dis-
trict reversed its decision that Bradenton Beach must
secure an environmental resource permit for a shore-
line stabilization project.
Swiftmud, responding to a city inquiry, had noti-
fied Bradenton Beach of the need to go through the
permit process in December.
Bradenton Beach is working on the shoreline
stabilization project with the Sarasota Bay Estuary
Program, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
and Scheda Ecological Associates.
The project involves a kayak launch on the shore-
line near Herb Dolan Park at Avenue A and 25th
Street, a kayak rack nearby, the removal of rip-rap
along the shore and, to stabilize the shore, the instal-
lation of geoweb netting, soil and spartina grass.
The nutrient-absorbing plants near the intersec-
tion will be in a swale a "vegetated bio swale" -
so that, in addition to preventing people from parking,
the swale will serve as a stormwater filter.
The city had applied for an exemption from the
permit process, and staff was surprised to receive a
notice from Swiftmud last month that a permit was
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Bradenton Beach commissioners are question-
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erected in the commercial district.
The commission agreed July 16 to spend up to
$1,200 on 21 signs directing motorists to remote
The ScenicWAVES advisory committee rec-
ommended locations for the signs, as well as sug-
gested that the signs include an international park-
ing symbol a square blue sign with a big, white
But the new signs have a big "P," an arrow and
the word "parking."
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"We received the exemption from Swiftmud,"
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Bradenton Beach will spend about $7,500 to
repair the Historic Bridge Street Pier, damaged in
late 2009 during a storm.
The city commission approved the expenditure
during a special meeting Jan. 7 at city hall.
The pier was temporarily closed following a
Dec. 2 storm that brought little rain, but heavy
winds to Anna Maria Island. A cantilever connect-
ing the day dock to the ramp twisted, which tilted
the ramp and cracked two concrete pilings.
With authorization from the Florida Department
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voted to hire Wood Dock and Seawall to make per-
manent repairs to the structure.
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install two new pilings and use two temporary pilings
to stabilize the dock.
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wondered why the signs were not what they
Mayor Michael Pierce, at that meeting, replied
that the signs look nice.
Later, public works director Tom Woodard, in a
memo circulated at city hall, stated that he thought
that the signs that went up, which are Federal High-
way Administration approved and uniform in the
United States, had the support of the commission
and the mayor.
Robertson, in another memo, said it doesn't
matter whether the mayor thinks the signs look
"nice," they need to comply with what commis-
sion authorized and be corrected.
ScenicWAVES members were expected to
discuss the signs at a meeting taking place as The
Islander went to press this week.
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Bradenton Beach Commissioner Janie Robertson
said she is concerned for the state of the dunes along
Gulf Drive north of Cortez Road.
"That dune restoration project, I' m sure, is about
20 years old," Robertson told a meeting of the advi-
sory ScenicWAVES committee Jan. 4. "And it is in
need of repair."
Robertson said people are trampling through
the dunes because the intended paths are buried
She said she was working with Manatee County
Commissioner John Chappie on the issue.
Robertson also said the Florida Department of
Transportation is interested in removing roadway
delineators along Gulf Drive, a scenic highway in
Bradenton Beach, but not without the support of Sce-
"In order for FDOT to remove them, we need
action from this committee," Robertson said.
There was no action from the committee last
week, however, due to a lack of a quorum, the result
of some confusion over the meeting date.
In other business, committee member Steve
Robertson reported that he is lobbying Manatee
County Area Transit to extend service hours for
at least one bus route to the Island, as well as the
hours for the free Sunday shuttle from the main-
land to the Island.
"They need to run later," Robertson said. "You
can't even catch dinner at the sunset."
ScenicWAVES was scheduled to meet again
Monday, Jan. 11, The Islander's press day.
The Dec. 23 report in The Islander about the
Anna Maria Planning and Zoning Board meet-
ing of Dec. 15 should have stated that Anthony
Manali spoke at the meeting, not William Nally
THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 13, 2010 0 13
DOD salutes BB
By Lisa Neff
U.S. Defense Department officials saluted Bra-
denton Beach commissioners last week for commit-
ting to a policy of supporting the National Guard and
military reserve system.
In November, the commission adopted a resolu-
tion pledging to hold a job for a city employee called
to active duty in the National Guard or the military
On Jan. 7, Mayor Michael Pierce signed the state-
ment of support that the commission authorized with
local DOD representative Dave McCormick looking
Phillip Speake, chairman of the DOD's Florida
Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and
Reserve Committee, expressed thanks.
The statement of support says the city recognizes,
honors and enforces the Uniformed Services Employ-
ment and Re-Employment Rights Act, and further
says the city "will continually recognize and support
our country's service members and their families in
peace, in crises and in war."
"Today, supportive employers are critical to
maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation's
National Guard and Reserve units," said Speake.
The city joins a cadre of Fortune 500 companies,
state and federal agencies and thousands of other
employers in committing to the statement of sup-
ing the U.S.
ment, looks on
signs a statement
ment to respect-
called to active
duty in the
.Turtle watch trek
- Suzi Fox, executive director of
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch,
talks with second-graders at
Cypress Creek Elementary School
in Ruskin about sea turtles.
AAMITW monitors nesting activ-
ity on Island May through Octo-
ber. During the school year, Fox
spends time in classrooms talking
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Commission seeks authority to deal with bags
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach city commissioners are asking
state lawmakers to give local governments the option
to ban, tax or restrict the use of single-use shopping
The commission adopted a resolution Jan. 7
encouraging the Florida Legislature to repeal the
statute prohibiting local governments, as well as state
agencies, from restricting the use of bags at busi-
Legislators, in enacting the measure, asked the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection to
study the plastic bag issue and prepare a report and
recommendation by February 2010.
Plastic bags are a primary source of litter, espe-
cially in coastal communities, as well as have a long
life in landfills.
In the eco-wave of the past decade, a number of
municipalities in the United States and a number of
countries, have taken steps to ban or decrease the use
of single-use bags.
Members of Bradenton Beach's ScenicWAVES
Committee have shown an interest in decreasing reli-
ance on plastic bags. The group, in recent years, has
distributed cloth grocery bags to residents.
Additionally, the group asked the commission to
adopt the resolution, which states, "The city finds that
prudent regulation of recyclable materials is crucial
to the ongoing welfare of the economy and ecology
of Florida ... and there has been evidence presented
that quantifiably establishes that plastic pollution is
harmful to marine life, marine ecosystems and human
Addressing the commission Jan. 7, city project/
program manager Lisa Marie Phillips said, "This is
in no way, as you can read for yourself, intended to
try to tell anybody what to do ... but asking to be able
to make up our own minds.... We're just asking to
have the right to make our own decisions."
In other business, commissioners:
Approved payment of a $5,843.75 invoice
from M.T. Causley, Inc. for building department
Approved a proclamation honoring the League
of Women Voters, which is celebrating its 90th anni-
versary in February.
Adopted a resolution supporting legislation to
strengthen training and certification requirements for
State Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, and state Rep.
Ken Roberson, R-Port Charlotte, introduced the mea-
sure, which also would fund a state 911 trust fund,
with 50 cents from monthly 911 fees on wireless and
non-wireless phone bills.
Approved a request from Joe Garbus to be reap-
pointed to the planning and zoning board.
Accepted a $2,146 grant to update equipment
used for the police department's report-writing soft-
ware, a $36,000 federal stimulus grant for comput-
ers in police cruisers and a $40,000 federal stimulus
grant for a police vehicle.
Approved the disposal of a 1998 Ford Explorer
from the police department's inventory.
Discussed the city's progress in retooling its
alcohol regulations to establish a conditional use pro-
cess for the sale of liquor and to repeal distance limits
on sales on Bridge Street.
Jo Ann Meilner, a member of the city planning
and zoning board and the store owner whose request
to sell beer and wine instigated the review of alcohol
regulations in October, questioned the lengthiness of
"Here we are in January," she said. "From Octo-
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City attorney Ricinda Perry said the holidays
interrupted business, especially the city's ability to
publish a legal notice in a daily newspaper for hear-
ings on an ordinance.
"We have to make sure the notice is completely
and properly done," Perry said. "The papers were
inundated.... They could not give us the right adver-
tising that we needed."
Perry said an ordinance, based on recommenda-
tions from the planning board, will be reviewed at
the 1 p.m. commission meeting Jan. 21.
Discussed the creation of a charter review
committee, which will take place in the next month,
according to a memo from city clerk Nora Idso.
Idso said people interested in serving on the com-
mittee must fill out an application at city hall by Feb.
The commission likely will vote on the creation
of a committee next month.
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Visions of foxtail trees crowded by sidewalks
on East Bay Drive did not please the Holmes Beach
Parks and Beautification Committee at its Jan. 6
When the Manatee-Sarasota Metropolitan Plan-
ning Organization released its five-year work plan in
December, Holmes Beach benefitted from a project
to beautify the intersection of East Bay Drive and
But the city's parks and beautification commit-
tee didn't know about the decision to plant 209 fox-
tail trees from the intersection south to 31st Street.
Nor did it have any input on the decision to spend
$697,000 on the project that also will include new
The beautification is slated to include 209 foxtail
trees, 42 Alexander palms, a crape myrtle tree, 96
beach sunflower plants, and a mulch tree.
"Basically, it's a beautification project and in that
plan there's no beautification," said committee member
Melissa Snyder. "Just one kind of tree for miles."
At the meeting, the committee discussed the pos-
sibility of having a say in the project's beautification
process, as well as future projects.
But City Commissioner David Zaccagnino said
the MPO-approved project is a "done deal."
Still, the committee carried a motion to have Zac-
cagnino carry a request to Mayor Rich Bohnenberger
that the parks and beautification committee have a
chance to modify the beautification section of the
In other business:
The committee canceled this year's spring educa-
tion seminar in anticipation of other required public
workshops and seminars.
The next meeting will be Feb. 3 at city hall.
THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 13, 2010 0 15
Percycoe listened when
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria city treasurer Diane Percycoe knew
what she was doing when she convinced the city
commission last May to fund a computer system that
would save all e-mails to and from public officials,
and provide a separate e-mail address for each offi-
Percycoe got her motivation from a court case
against the Venice City Commission for use of private
e-mail accounts by commissioners and officials to
discuss city business.
With the backing of Mayor Fran Barford, Percy-
coe went before the commission and got approval for
the city to spend $368 a month to link with an e-mail
system and server designed for use by public officials
to avoid any Sunshine Law violations.
It now appears to have been a wise precaution.
According to the annual Brechner Center report
published by the University of Florida College of
Journalism and Communications, the city of Venice
has been ordered to pay more than $775,000 in legal
fees for Anthony Lorenzo and the non-profit Citizens
for Sunshine, the group that sued the city.
Lorenzo had alleged that city commissioners
violated Florida's Public Records and Open Meet-
ing laws. The suit was settled out of court and the city
admitted guilt, but the question of legal fees remained
a sticking point for both sides.
Judge Robert Bennett presided over a hearing on
the fee dispute in September, and recently ruled that
Venice was required to pay Lorenzo's legal fees. It
was the largest fee award ever in Florida in an open-
government case, the Brechner Center said.
In addition to paying Lorenzo's legal fees, Venice
has to pay $600,000 for its own legal costs in the case
because it's liability insurance only covers $10,000.
In the late 1990s, The Islander newspaper suc-
cessfully sued Anna Maria over Sunshine Law vio-
lations. A court order settling the case requires city
staff, elected officials and committee members to
undergo Sunshine Law training following every gen-
Coquina to host arts shows
The Winterfest Arts and Craft Show will be
held on Coquina Beach from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The show, presented by Sunset Boulevard
Promotions LLC, will benefit the Wildlife
Education & Rehabilitation Center in Braden-
ton Beach, and is not affiliated with the Anna
Maria Island Art League's Winterfest, which
took place in December.
Sunset Boulevard also will present the
Coquina Tides Arts and Craft Show on Coquina
Beach from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 6-7.
The event also will raise money for Wildlife
Inc., which rescues and rehabilitates wild animals,
as well as promotes education on wildlife.
Coquina Beach is located on the south end
of Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach.
Feb. 14 on the beach
at Cafe on the Beach
Manatee Public Beach
nuptials, vow renewals,
commitments and promises with
the Rev. Charlie Shook
officiating. Champagne toast,
and entertainment at
Cafe on the Beach.
Register 4 p.m.
Promises 5 p.m.
Buffet Dinner 5:30 p.m.
Entertainment & Dancing
Nuptials require a Manatee County license, $25
fee; certificates for renewals, promises, $10. Buffet
dinner, $10. All proceeds to local charities.
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money to build a flight cage at Robinson Pre-
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Watercolorist and photographer Jo Anne Curtan at Artists
Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, which held a reception
for her Jan. 8. Downtown Holmes Beach galleries usually
hold receptions on the second Fridays of each month during
the winter season. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
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Vickie Ann Caudill
58, of Palm Coast, passed away peacefully on January 5, 2010.
VickieretiredfromAT&Tafter30yrsofservni c ic .I -iil
worked for Palm Coast Data and also served as the primary
caregiver for her disabled mother. Vickie was a very special
person who spent most of her time helping others. Her generous
and unselfish nature brought joy to all those around her. Vickie's
kind and gentle spirit was inspirational to everyone she met, and
herwonderful sense ofhumorwillbe greatly missed byhermany
friends and family members, who loved her dearly.
A memorial service to celebrate Vickie's life will be held
Saturday, January 16,2010 at 1:00 pm atthe Celebration Christian
Church, 1011 Wiiicrnl-l iIl,.,, lspc.---1 iBlvd.,DaytonaBeach.
hri ,,,,f, i.iigi ; Oh lic th 111 iy suggests thatdonations
be made to the Smtuart F. Meyer Hospice House, 150 Memorial
Medical Parkway, Palm Coast, FL 32164.
Vickie is survived by her mother, Elizabeth Ann; her father,
John Thomas; and six brothers and their families: Tommy and
his wife Karen, Mike and his
wife Peggy with their two
children, Sarah and Mickey,
Chuck and his wife Dara,
Don and his wife Barbara,
Joey and his friend Debby
with Joey's three children,
Ali, Emily, and Liam, and
her youngest brother Brad
and his friend Mandy. Vickie
is also survived by many
loving aunts, uncles, cousins,
and the family and friends
of her nieces, nephews and
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Thomas H. Berreman
Thomas H. Berreman, 75, of Bradenton Beach and
Amery, Wis., died Jan. 4.
Mr. Berreman served on the
boards of the Harvey Memorial
Church and Anna Maria Island
Community Chorus and Orches-
A memorial service will be
held at 3 p.m. Jan. 15 at Harvey
Memorial Church, 300 Church
Berreman Ave., Bradenton Beach. Memorial
donations may be made to Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Chorus and Orchestra, P.O. Box 1213, Holmes
Beach FL 34217, or to Harvey Church.
Mr. Berreman is survived by his companion, Joanne
Kane; two daughters, Kelley and husband Tim Norman,
and Kathleen and DanProndzinski; two sons, Thomas
A. and friend Lori, and Tom and wife Monica; brother
Don and wife Marylou of Arizona; 11 grandchildren,
all of Minnesota, and his special canine friend, Sugar.
canine friend, Sugar.
Vickie Ann Caudill
Vickie Ann Caudill, 58, of Palm Coast, died Jan. 5.
Ms. Caudill retired from AT&T after 30 years of
service. She had recently worked for Palm Coast Data
and also served as the primary caregiver for her disabled
A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 16, at the Celebra-
tion Christian Church, 1011 W.
International Speedway Blvd.,
Daytona Beach. In lieu of other
remembrances, the family sug-
gests donations be made to the
Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House,
150 Memorial Medical Parkway,
Caudill Palm Coast FL 32164.
Ms. Caudill is survived by her parents, Elizabeth
Ann and John Thomas; six brothers and their families:
Tommy and wife Karen, Mike and wife Peggy and their
children, Sarah and Mickey, Chuck and wife Dara, Don
and wife Barbara, Joey and friend Debby and Joey's
THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 13, 2010 0 17
three children, Ali, Emily and Liam, and Brad and
friend Mandy. Vickie also is survived by many loving
aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws, and
Allen G. Hegarty
Allen G. Hegarty, 94, of Bradenton died Jan. 8.
Mr. Hegarty was born in Brooklyn, N.Y.
He spent his winter vacations in Holmes Beach
for 20 years and then moved from Jamesburg, N.J., to
become a full-time resident in 1991.
Mr. Hegarty was a registered engineer in six states,
and retired from Merck & Co. Inc. in 1980 after 38
years, having worked in various engineering positions,
including the last 12 years as director of engineering.
There will be no viewing or services. Memorial
donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie W.; step-
children Bonnie MacDonald of Bradenton and North
Haven, Maine, Wendy Sands of Sarasota and Hamp-
ton Beach, N.H., Peter Currid of Bradenton; and two
step-grandchildren, Hallie MacDonald and Jennifer
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Tide and Moon took a little jaunt and moved just
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up and awaiting you to peruse her collection of home
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Located on US 41, about 2 miles north of the airport
and shopping this vast market.
Whitfield Exchange should be on your go-to list
if you're in need of extra furnishings to accommo-
date winter guests, or need kitchen wares and serving
dishes. Owner Lindsay runs a top-notch consignment
shop and the variety of changing merchandise is amaz-
Vintage Vagabond is # bright colorful antique
shop that lcatUti- amnionl.' ,llhi things, vintage
clothing, fin nitlun,.', and aiL You name it, they've
got it. It's Ill quality\ and \ i i.tL\ here. Give them
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with clothing, nick-nacks and lots of furniture. They're
just back from a holiday vacation and ready to go with
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By Nick Walter
Angeli Akey exited the Seafood Shack restaurant
in Cortez Jan. 6 to behold a floating chapel at the
"What in the world is it?" thought Akey, who
came from Gainesville for a vacation.
Akey could hardly believe that before her was a
60-by-30-foot chapel. She plans on having her vows
renewed in December for her 14th wedding anniver-
sary, and it seemed quite a coincidence to her.
The floating chapel arrived in Cortez Jan. 4 and
will make its home at the Seafood Shack Marina.
Capts. Jill Chandler-Fisher and Orca Fisher,
Sarasota natives, recently purchased the $1 million
vessel from Phil Henderson of St. Petersburg. The
vessel was en route from St. Pete to Cortez Jan. 4, and
before it passed under the Manatee Avenue Bridge,
Jill Chandler-Fisher recalls the bridgetender saying,
"Now I've seen everything."
The floating chapel seats up to 100 people,
includes a private bridal suite and rest room, and will
be available for hire for weddings, renewal of vows,
commitment ceremonies, dedications, memorial ser-
vices and church outings. The Fishers are licensed
to serve champagne and cake, and, of course, other
refreshments to suit their clientele.
Fisher can dress in a white Naval officer's suit
to officiate a ceremony, or those getting married can
bring their own clergy or notary.
The vessel is powered by a twin Cummings diesel
engine and is capable of reaching 10 mph. It anchors
with spuds, which are similar to pilings. This makes
the vessel capable of docking at any location from
Siesta Key to Anna Maria Island.
The wedding barge is a fitting business for the
Fishers, who have been living on the water for more
its new home
this week at
hI.,, / Marina
than 25 years, and were married barefoot on the beach
at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron.
If they could have had their wedding any other
way, it would be on this floating vessel, in the middle
of the Intracoastal Waterway, with a beaming sunset
shooting through the stained-glass windows.
"May your love be as deep as the water," Jill
Chandler-Fisher said, "and troubles as light as the
For more information, call Chandler-Fisher at
941-379-7327, or e-mail her at jill@weddingson-
The wedding barge Web site is www.wedding-
John and Carole Derwent from Worcester, England
check out a floating chapel outside the Seafood
'h-.. /. restaurant on Jan. 7. Islander Photo: Nick
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Oldest museum volunteer finds paradise
By Nick Walter
His upside-down peek at the Christ-
mas Eve scene tree, decorations,
family mingling, and, most importantly,
his presents lasted about a minute.
His fall took seconds. Six-year-old
Bill Baum smacked his back on the floor.
His younger brother Burt, 5, could not
hold on as Bill dangled from the spiral,
Bill was OK. But one night, Christ-
mas Eve 1923 in Saginaw, Mich., was
"There was little William on the
ground," says Bill, now a 92-year-
old volunteer at the Florida Maritime
Museum in Cortez. "And the family
didn't know if he was mortally wounded
or not. They told us there wouldn't be
Christmas. But in the morning, we still
got our presents."
Bill cheated for a glimpse at his
presents the wooden, model boats
made by his father, William. The boys'
Christmas stockings always included
boat models, such as tugs, freighters,
and ocean liners.
Model boat building would become
a thread throughout Bill's life. He's now
the oldest volunteer at the museum at
4415 119th St. W., and helps repair
donated model boats. Bill's wife, Mim,
87, is a guide at the museum.
They've been married 63 years, and,
since July, have lived in what they call
"paradise" at Paradise Bay mobile home
park in Cortez.
"We're retired," Bill said, "so this
is sort of like going to heaven, you
That's because fishing and boat build-
ing is in the Baum's blood. Bill's father
built models of ships for a living. Bill's
son, Carl, raises tilapia in Costa Rica.
Bill began building boat models as
well. Some would request replicas of
the boat their ancestors used to come to
the United States "So there'd be a lot of
researching history as well," Bill said.
He would find, for example, that an
Irish family likely used an 80-foot, two-
mast vessel with square sails to make
a one- to three-month trek across the
"Thirty percent would have starved
at the Cortez
to death before they got over," Bill said.
"They'd be put in quarantine in Canada
because they'd be in such bad shape
with having no food, and no proper
Boat building was far from Bill's
only serious endeavor. He practiced
urologic surgery for 26 years in Michi-
gan, farmed in Maine for eight years,
and lived in the Pisgah National Forest
in South Carolina for eight years. He
and Mim lived in North Carolina for 20
years before moving to Cortez.
For Bill's 90th birthday, he and Mim
sailed on a 37-foot Tayana sloop through
the Intracoastal Waterway from Jackson-
ville to New York.
And now they call Paradise Bay and
the museum home.
"The museum is a remarkable
place," Mim said. "It affects so many
ancestors of similar interest. And then
we get to meet the residents of Cortez
and their ancestors."
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block of Fourth Avenue in reference to a possible
Boltwood contacted a witness, who said he saw
a van pull up in the driveway. The witness told Bolt-
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he thought the man might be from the rental agency,
until he saw the man run to the van with a flat-screen
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department, according to an HBPD report.
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leave with a DVD player, and then he observed the
suspect wipe the door knob.
The witness said he then called the HBPD to
report the incident, and began taking photographs of
Island police blotter
Jan. 2, Magnolia Avenue and Crescent Drive,
driving with revoked license. An officer was on patrol
after dark when he observed a man driving a vehicle
without rear lights. The officer performed a traffic
stop and arrested the man for driving with a tempo-
rarily revoked driver's license.
Jan. 3, 412 Magnolia Ave., suspicious circum-
stances. A juvenile called the sheriff's office com-
plaining someone had illegally harvested snook and
left them on his property.
The HBPD gave Manatee County Sheriff's Office
deputies and Bradenton Beach police copies of the
pictures and asked that they help search for the Mer-
The man was described as being in his 20s, with
Jan. 4, 101 S. Bay Blvd., lost wallet. The victim said
she left her purse in her car with her windows down.
She went into the Anna Maria Post Office, and then to
Publix in Holmes Beach. When she went to pay for
groceries, she noticed her wallet missing from her purse.
The wallet contained credit cards, a driver's license, gift
card, medical and insurance cards and $200 in cash.
Jan. 4, 801 Jacaranda Road, grand theft. The
victim reported that someone took about $1,000 in
equipment from his rental property. Stolen was a
boom box, two BrightHouse modems, a router, digi-
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on Holmes Boulevard. The truck was still warm
and had extensive damage, as well as paint transfer
matching the color of the struck vehicle. The officer
contacted the suspect and cited him for careless driv-
ing and issued a summons for leaving the scene of
the accident with property damage.
Jan. 2, 5400 Marina Drive, suspended driver's
license. An officer observed a man, whom he knew
to have a suspended driver's license, driving into Jes-
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appear in court for driving on a suspended license.
Jan. 2, 7404 Gulf Drive, burglary of a residence.
An officer responded to a burglary of a residence.
The property manager said that she had just leased
the property for the owner. She reported 47-inch flat-
screen television was missing from the residence,
which was last occupied around Nov. 24.
Jan. 2, drugs, 5600 Marina Drive. An officer was
on the southbound side of Marina Drive when he
noticed Shane Pelkey riding a bicycle. It was dusk
and the man did not have a light on his bike. The
officer approached the man and could smell mari-
juana. The officer asked the suspect, Shane Pelkey,
about the smell of marijuana, and Pelkey admitted
he had just finished smoking a marijuana cigarette.
During a search, the officer found an Oxycotin pill
and took Pelkey into custody. He was transported to
the Manatee County Office jail. Pelkey was charged
with possession of a schedule II drug.
Jan. 3, 7500 Gulf Drive, possession of drug and
drug paraphernalia. An officer observed Joseph Glea-
son-Silva driving a car with one working headlight
and stopped him. Gleason-Silva was unable to pro-
vide paperwork on the vehicle. The officer smelled
marijuana and Gleason-Silva agreed to have his
vehicle searched. The officer found a marijuana pipe
and small bag of marijuana in the suspect's jacket.
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Hearing set in Buehler case
By Lisa Neff
A local judge will hold a hearing Feb. 12 on
Tom Buehler's petition to declare his estranged wife,
Sabine Musil-Buehler, dead.
Musil-Buehler, co-owner of Haley' Motel in
Holmes Beach, has been missing since Nov. 6, 2008,
when her car was recovered in Bradenton from a man
now convicted of grand theft auto. The vehicle con-
tained Musil-Buehler's possessions, as well as small
amounts of her blood.
Almost immediately the Manatee County Sher-
iff's Office began investigating the disappearance as
a possible homicide.
Details of her last known whereabouts were pro-
vided by her boyfriend, William Cumber, who said
they were watching election returns Nov. 4, 2008,
and had an argument about his smoking a cigarette.
Cumber said Musil-Buehler left their Anna Maria
apartment in her car, and he did not see her again.
Several months ago, Tom Buehler filed a motion
asking that the court declare his wife dead.
Florida law provides for the issuance of a death
certificate for "a person who is absent from the place
of his or her last known domicile for a continuous
period of five years and whose absence is not satis-
factorily explained after diligent search and inquiry
is presumed to be dead."
The law also states, that "evidence showing that
Jan. 6, 3900 Sixth Ave., fraud. While on patrol
in the area of Regions Bank, an officer was advised
by a bank manager that two suspects sitting at the
bus stop in front of the bank had been acting suspi-
cious. She said the men had come into the bank and
tried to cash checks valued at $830. The suspects
were told they could only deposit the checks. The
complainant said that after depositing the checks,
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the absent person was exposed to a specific peril of
death may be a sufficient basis for the court determin-
ing at any time after such exposure that he or she died
less than five years after the date on which his or her
Buehler's complaint states, "On Nov. 6, 2008,
Sabine Musil-Buehler was exposed to a specific peril
of death in that the evidence would show that on that
date she was abducted and killed."
A hearing on the motion is scheduled for 9 a.m.
Feb. 12 before Judge Edward Nicholas.
the men came back in the bank to use the restroom,
but appeared nervous. The officer spoke with them
at the bus stop, asked for identification, and one
of their driver's licenses was suspended. The offi-
cer confiscated the license. The bank later called
HBPD to report one of checks as lacking funds for
deposit. The men were charged with depositing an
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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.
Thursday, Jan. 14
10:30 a.m. The Friends of the Island Branch Library host Jeanne
Dubi of the Sarasota Audubon Society at the Island Branch Library, 5701
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Friday, Jan. 15
5 p.m. Artists reception for an "Old Florida" themed exhibit at the
Florida Maritime Museum of Cortez, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez; exhibit
runs through Feb. 5. Information: 941-794-3310.
Saturday, Jan. 16
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open-air Bridge Street Market at 107 Bridge Street,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. "New to Second Best Wearables Sale" at the
Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
10 a.m. to noon -Watercolor seascapes art demonstration by Caro-
line Whitmore at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Winterfest Arts and Craft Show at Coquina
Beach, South End of Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Proceeds benefit the
Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation Center in Bradenton Beach.
1 p.m. Clay art demonstration by Ginny Eitman at the Artists Guild
Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
Sunday, Jan. 17
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Winterfest Arts and Craft Show at Coquina
Beach, South End of Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Proceeds benefit the
Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation Center in Bradenton Beach.
3 p.m. Artist reception for Maro Lorimer and her "Beach Paths"
exhibit at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria;
exhibit runs through Jan. 30. Information: 941-778-1906.
Monday, Jan. 18
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.
Noon Anna Maria Island Democratic Club presents "Fairness
standards for redistricting" with Susan Smith of FairDistrictsFlorida, at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Information:
941-779-0564. Fee applies.
Wednesday, Jan. 20
11 a.m. Jan Skalny presents "The Nobel Prize: Concept, History
and Politics" at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
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The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge Club at the
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support group at
the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491.
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
Through Jan. 24, "Sugar Babies" at the Manatee Players, 102 Old
Main St., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5875. Fee applies.
Through January, nature photography exhibit by Joe Fletcher at
Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
Through January, photography and watercolor exhibit featuring
Jo Anne Curtan at the Artists' Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Homes
Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
Through January, "James Pay" all-media exhibit at the Anna Maria
Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
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. Informa-
tion: 941-778-2416. Partners not required.
6 to 10 p.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.
Thursday, Jan. 14
5 p.m. to midnight Opening night at the Manatee County Fair,
1303 17th St. W., Palmetto; event runs through Jan. 24. Information:
941-722-1639 or www.manateecountyfair.com. Fee applies.
6:30 p.m. Sarasota Shell Club meets at Mote Marine Aquarium,
Third Floor Buchanan Room, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Infor-
7p.m. Extraordinarily Human Film Series: When We Were Kings
at South Florida Museum 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-
746-4131. Fee applies.
Friday, Jan. 15
5 to 7 p.m. Opening reception for the American Watercolor Soci-
ety 142nd Annual Traveling Exhibition at ArtCenter Manatee, 209 Ninth St.
W., Bradenton; exhibit runs through Feb. 28. Information: 941-746-2862.
Saturday, Jan. 16
1p.m. -Afternoon adventure paddle through Robinson Preserve,
704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757, ext. 1.
1:30 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Community Chorus and Orchestra's
Young Artists Solo Competition at the Palma Sola Presbyterian Church,
6510 Third Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-727-9886.
Tuesday, Jan. 19
6 p.m. Sarasota Bay Watch meets at Mote Marine Laboratory,
1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota. Information: 941-953-5333.
7 p.m. Organ recital by German virtuoso Felix Hell at Christ
Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-
Jan. 21, "Swing Into Spring" fashion show, St. Bernard Catholic
Jan. 21, "Self Help" opens at the Island Players theater.
Jan.21, Extraordinarily Human Film Series: How to Draw a Bunny,
South Florida Museum.
Jan. 22-24, Sarasota-Bradenton Home Show, Bradenton Interna-
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Jan. 23, Mote Marine Laboratory's Tim Oldread speaks at the
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Parents who would like to send their child to a
school other than the one to which they are assigned
for the 2010-11 school year, need to apply during the
School Choice Open Enrollment Period, which runs
from Tuesday, Jan. 19 Friday, Feb. 5.
The enrollment period is the only opportunity
for parents to apply to have their child attend another
school without giving a specified reason for the
School choice applications are available at
school sites and can be found online at www.mana-
teeschools.net by clicking on the quick link titled
"School Choice." Applications can also be obtained
at the district's Parent Information Center, 234 Mana-
tee Ave. East, Bradenton.
School choice decisions may be of particular
interest to parents of students moving from elemen-
tary to middle school, and from middle to high school
because of the variety of magnet themes and academy
programs offered at district schools.
In addition, parents may use school choice to
enroll their child in International Baccalaureate pro-
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For more information, call the Parent Information
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Jan. 23, "An Afternoon with Mark Twain," Manatee Players.
Jan. 23, "Cruizin to the Hop" Car Show, Sarasota Classic Car
Jan. 23, Art demonstration by Paul Achre, Island Gallery West.
Jan. 24, Pancake breakfast, St. Bernard Catholic Church.
Jan. 27, "American Disasters in the Middle East" with journalist
James McCartney, Island Branch Library.
Jan. 27, Business card exchange, Anna Maria Island Community
Save the date:
Jan. 30, E-scrap collection at Coquina Beach.
Feb. 10, Anna Maria Garden Club Antique Appraisal Affair.
Feb. 10, Save Our Seabirds "Valentine Love Birds Food and Wine
Feb. 11, Anna Maria Island Kiwanis "Sweetheart Dance."
Feb. 14, Islander Promise Day, Cafe on the Beach.
Feb. 13-14, Art and Craft Festival to benefit the Anna Maria Island
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their child at the time of vaccination.
Parental authorization forms will be provided
at the clinic site. Parents are requested to bring the
H1N1 vaccination card that was issued with the first
dose of vaccine for verification purposes.
Anna Maria Elementary School students are
scheduled to receive vaccinations at King Middle
School on Jan 13 from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information, contact the health depart-
ment at 941-748-0747.
Yearbook sponsors sought
Anna Maria Elementary School is searching for
sponsors for the 2009 yearbook.
Sponsorships and donations are the primary fun-
drasing for the yearbook. The goal of the yearbook
staff is to keep the yearbook free, so all students can
receive a copy.
The goal to collect is $2,000 dollars.
For a sponsorship of $100, the name of the spon-
sor or organization will be listed on one or more pages
in the yearbook, along with an acknowledgment on
the sponsors' page.
Sponsorships forms are due by Feb. 14.
For more information, call AME yearbook chair-
person Christine Fritz at 941-713-3185
8 a.m, Jan. 15, Parent Teacher Organization
8 a.m, Jan. 16, Dolphin Dash.
Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no
Jan. 21, Domino's pizza day.
Jan. 25, Record day, no school.
Jan. 26, PTO dinner, talent show.
6 p.m-7 p.m., Jan. 28, science fair.
For more information, call the school office at
941-708-5525. AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Anna Maria Elementary School principal
Tom Levengood has been out sick since break
Levengood is currently undergoing treat-
ment and hopes to return to school sometime
Last call for Dolphin Dash
Runners, joggers and even walkers will be racing
through Holmes Beach Saturday, Jan. 16 in the annual
The race begins and ends at Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, with
the start of the 5k at 8 a.m., followed by a one-mile
fun run at 9 a.m.
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.
For more information or to register for the Dol-
phin Dash, visit www.runnergirl.com or call organizer
Becky Walter at 941-383-9675. The school office can
be reached at 941-708-5525.
Island Rockers to perform
at Manatee fair
A talented group of Anna Maria Elementary
School musicians are scheduled to perform at the
Manatee County Fair.
The Island Rockers will perform on the Firkins
Automotive variety stage at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan.
For more information, visit http://www.manatee-
Monday, Jan. 18
Tuesday, Jan. 19
Breakfast Sausage and Egg Patty Biscuit
.oIgurt, Cereal, Toast
Lunch Louisiana Chicken Turkey Gravy Mashed
Potatoes, Broccoli Mandarin Oranges Pineapple
Wednesday, Jan. 20
Breakfast Choice of Jump Start selection,
Super Donut. Cereal. Bagel
Lunchi Popcorn Chicken, Carrots with Dip. Pine-
apple Tidbits Teddy Grahams, assorted
salads and sandwiches
Thursday, Jan. 21
Breakfast Breakfast Pizza Grits Cereal Toast
Lunch Soft or Hard Burrito Lettuce and
Tomato Cup Mi>:ed Fruit Cocktail
Happy Birthday Cupcakes
Friday, Jan. 22
Juice and milk are served litth every meal
The best news anywhere...
24 0 JAN. 13, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
Cold weather prompts timeout for football
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's
winter NFL Flag Football league got started last week,
but the cold weather canceled Saturday's schedule of
games and team photo shoot. Team pictures and the
canceled games have been rescheduled for Saturday,
Jan. 30, same time, same station.
The games completed last week were played in
miserable weather as the worst cold conditions in
recent history enveloped the area with meager high
temperatures hovering in the mid-40s at game time
at the Center.
Still, Mr. Bones Bengals got its season off to a
hot start Jan. 8 with a 40-26 win over Holy Cow
Cowboys in the 10-12 division.
The Bengals piled up 254 rushing yards led by
Logan Reiber, who compiled 98 yards rushing, 83
yards receiving and scored four touchdowns and an
extra point. Ben Connors added 102 yards on the
ground, while Jean Paul Russo added 49 yards rush-
ing and one touchdown.
The Bengals defense turned in an outstanding per-
formance, limiting the Cowboys to only 190 yards of
offense while picking off four passes. Again, Reiber
led the way with two picks, while Ben Connors and
Noah Connors each had one.
The Cowboys were led on offense by Mikey
Ellsworth, who had a pair of touchdowns, while
Austin Morrow picked up 33 receiving yards and
one touchdown. Quarterback Zach Stewart completed
six passes for 60 yards and a touchdown in the loss.
Tapes Tennis Titans rolled past Galati Yacht Sales
Texans in the 13-16 division by a 47-25 score Jan. 5
behind a huge game from Austin Ferrer. Ferrer com-
pleted 8 of 15 passes for 102 yards, while also gain-
ing 79 rushing and 53 receiving yards to go along
resident Tracy Eckerd
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with his four touchdowns. Kyle Parsons also had a
nice game with 76 passing yards, 75 receiving yards,
a touchdown and an extra point. Max Miller chipped
in with 54 receiving yards, including a touchdown
and an extra point, while Chandler Hardy added a
The Texans were led by Luke Shakelford's 71
rushing yards, 65 receiving yards and a pair of touch-
downs, while Chris Galati added 80 receiving yards
and a touchdown. QB Daniel Doyle completed 13 of
23 passes for 164 yards in the loss.
Ross Built Raiders defeated Island Real Estate
Ravens 31-24 in 10-12 division action Jan. 5. Jake
Ross ran for 85 yards and a pair of touchdowns and
an extra point to lead the Raiders, which also received
90 yards of total offense and two TDs from Andrew
Ross. QB Jack Shinn contributed over 100 yards of
offense and one touchdown to round out the offense
for the Raiders.
The Ravens were led by QB Josh Zawistoski,
who passed for 61 yards and ran for another 108,
including a two-point conversion. Ati Dattoli had
more than 120 yards of offense and a pair of touch-
downs, while Brandon Blanford had one receiving
touchdown in the loss.
Sparks Steel Art Eagles rolled past the Beach-
House Cardinals 47-24 Jan. 5 in the 8-9 division
behind Jack Mello's 140 yards rushing a four touch-
downs. Dylan Joseph added 67 rushing yards and one
touchdown, while Marlin Ellis added 10 receiving
yards and a pair of extra points. Leo Rose ran for 37
yards and a touchdown, while contributing an amaz-
ing 13 flag pulls on defense.
The Cardinals were led by Tyler Pearson,
who ran for 136 yards and two touchdowns.
Masen Blandford added 67 yards rushing and
one touchdown, while Nicosia Giampaolo ran
Capt. Warren Girle
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Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club golfers got together Jan. 8
for their monthly mixed-scramble golf tournament.
The team of Marty Clark, Merritt Fineout, Mark
Clark and Laura Purcell matched the 22 carded by
the team of Terry Westby, Mary Lou Dreier, Bob Kral
and Bob Lang to finish tied for first place. The team
of Web Cutting, Marcia Helgeson, John Purcell and
Dale Hudson matched the score of Matt Behan, Ralph
Bassett, Margaret Schuller and Paul Proxy to finish
in a tie for second place.
Bob Kral took the closest-to-the-pin contest on
number three, while Mary Lou Dreier captured it on
The men played an 18-hole, partner's low-net
game Jan. 6. The team of Jim Mixon and Gino DiCle-
mente combined to card a 2-over-par 130 to take
first place by two strokes over Tom Lewis and Earl
The men played a nine-hole, best-ball-of-four-
some match Jan. 4. The team of Bob Dickinson,
Matt Behan, Charlie Knopp and Peter Proxy carded
a 7-under-par 25 to take first place.
The Key Royale Club women closed the year out
by braving the cold weather to play an individual-
low-net game. First place went to Sally Keyes, who
carded an even-par 32. Cindi Mansour and Mary
Selby tied for second at 4-over par 36.
AMICC NFL Flag Football schedule
(All games at AMICC)
Jan. 15 6 p.m.
Jan. 13 6 p.m.
Jan. 15 6 p.m.
Jan. 19 3 p.m.
Jan. 13 7 p.m.
Jan. 15 7 p.m.
Jan. 15 8 p.m.
Jan. 18 6 p.m.
Jan. 19 7 p.m.
Jan. 13 8 p.m.
Jan. 19 8 p.m.
Bears vs. Ravens
BeachHouse vs. Sparks
Sandbar vs. Tortilla Bay
Sandbar vs. Beach House
IRE vs. Norman
Ross Built vs. Walter
Bones vs. Norman
Bones vs. Walter
Ross Built vs. Norman
Lapensee vs. Oyster Bar
Oyster Bar vs. Galati
Adult Coed Division
Jan. 14 6 p.m. Bengals vs. Cowboys
Jan. 14 7 p.m. Chiefs vs. Titans
Jan. 14 8 p.m. Raiders vs. Lions
Visit The Islander Web site, www.islander.org, for
flag football standings
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THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 13, 2010 0 25
Frigid water temps threaten snook, other species
By Nick Walter
Freezing water temperatures have made for
lethargic fish, and slow inshore action.
Some anglers are concerned about snook, argu-
ably Florida's No. 1 game fish. During the past week,
the water dropped to around 50 degrees in the canals
and down to 45 degrees on the flats.
The coldest month in Florida history occurred in
January 1940, with a mean air temperature of 49.7
degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Florida Citrus
Mutual Web site. The freeze occurred at the end of the
month, leading to the coldest temperatures growers
had endured since 1899.
This month could come close, much to the
dismay of the linesiders. Anglers are reminded that
if they see snook floating on the surface, it likely does
not mean they' re dead. More likely, they are stunned
from cold temperatures, and often snook can revive
once warmer temperatures arrive. Even so, anglers
cannot keep out-of-season snook.
Many anglers also have been asking others not to
target the snook. Catching an already stressed snook
puts its life in danger, even after a fast release.
Capt. Scott Moore remembers some recent
freezes, in 1985, notably in 1989, when he said it
was snowing on the Island. "The 1980s were hard
on snook," Moore said.
"In 1977,1 I remember duck hunting," Moore said.
"And it was snowing as I was hunting in the dolomite
pit [by the DeSoto Bridge]."
Better targets are trout, and especially sheaps-
Any increase in water temperatures this coming
week should trigger a fish bite.
The warm water runoff around the power plants
in upper Tampa Bay will entice all kinds of species
such as jack crevalle, snook and cobia, as well as
manatees. And it's a nice place to visit and throw out
Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime Charters
said he's been fishing under deep-water docks for
redfish, including some keepers. He expects the trout
bite to turn on anytime. "We' re just looking for a
decent break in the weather," he said.
Capt. Warren Girle said nearshore areas are
still producing good catches of grouper and snapper.
Inshore, he said a couple trips in canals led to catches
of redfish to 26 inches, black drum, sheepshead and
mangrove snapper. He hasn't fished the flats because
the water temperatures last week were down to 45
degrees. "You catch one of those fish and touch them
and they're like icebergs," he said.
Capt. Zach Zacharias of the DEE JAY II out of
Left to right, Lee
Wilder, Doreen, -
Molly and Karl
Fava, Mike Schmitt ...4
and Bob Gilbert
with some of -
their catch of gag
grouper after a
pre-cold front day -
offishing in 80-foot
waters offshore of
Anna Maria Island .
with Capt Larry
Layton Warner from Lindley, N.Y, helped his family
catch 21 Spanish mackerel on the Anna Maria City
Pier on a rainy day in November.
Parrot Cova reported that he checked out a number
of places locally that usually harbor a lot of snook
during a cold snap. He said there were precious few
in many of the locales, and there had been almost zero
cold stressed or dead fish around with the exception
of a few jack crevalle and mullet.
"This is a good thing, but the temperature at noon
[Jan. 9] is 37 degrees with rain, and the lows for
the next few nights are forecast to be in the upper
20s," he said. "It concerns me a lot that we are going
to have a substantial fish kill in the Tampa-Sarasota
area. I hope I am totally wrong."
Zacharias said the upside of all the cold weather
is there usually is a "bang up" bite when the weather
moderates after a severe cold snap. He said the fol-
lowing spring can be off the charts when all of our
local species come out of their winter hidey holes and
the pelagics make their way back up the west coast.
He said when the weather breaks, look for find
good action with trout, sheepshead, redfish, black
drum, grouper and snapper. Anglers need to con-
centrate on sunny southern exposures with a lot of
structure, depth, dark bottoms, good tidal flow and
He said the Gulf reefs can also be hot spots as
well where live shrimp or jigs fished very slowly off
the bottom will produce quite well.
Danny Stasny of Island Discount Tackle at
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said redfish,
sheepshead and black drum are good bets. Anglers
should try getting some sand fleas and fiddler crabs
and targeting sheepshead. He's also heard that trout
are loaded in Bimini Bay, and can possibly be caught
by slowly working a Berkley Gulp bait, and it might
also produce a couple of black drum.
Capt. Rick Gross out of the charter boat Fishy
Business at Catchers said anglers can try fishing
baits slowly for trout, and hitting docks and other
structure for sheepshead.
"It's going to be interesting what happens after
this," Gross said. "I wish people would just leave
snook alone when it's cold like this."
Gross said if the wind calms down there is still
good fishing out on the artificial reefs.
"If you're fishing inside, this is where the DOA
shrimp comes into play," Gross said. "Fish it real
slowly, right on the bottom. Just kind of take it easy.
Then when you' re around docks and stuff, remember
their appetite's not going to be big. It's not jumbo
shrimp time; it's time for a piece of shrimp. If you're
free-lining shrimp, hook it in the head or the tail and
let it do its thing. Fish slow and methodical."
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish
Charters predicts that the recent bad weather pushed
a lot of offshore grouper in close, bunching them up
around ledges and rock piles. He said some areas
may have received a lot of pressure over the holidays.
McGuire also thinks the amberjack are biting well
past 20 miles over springs, wrecks and artificial reefs.
These same areas should be holding snapper.
I luaIlly the grouper bite very well when it's
cold," McGuire said. "I still anticipate grouper biting
well as soon as the wind dies down and it warms
Guy Liskey Jr., right, with a 20 V2-inch flounder
caught off his grandparents' dock on Key Royale
Drive. Pictured with Guy is his father, Guy Liskey
Sr., from Virginia Beach, Va.
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26 0 JAN. 13, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
By Rick Catlin
New Web address
The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
Bureau recently changed the name of its Web site to
The BACVB site was formerly floridagulfislands.
With the new address, persons using the Inter-
net to find tourism information will be able to better
identify Anna Maria and Longboat Key within the
For more information on the BACVB, call 941-
On Wednesday, Jan. 13, the Anna Maria Island
Chamber of Commerce will hold its Sunrise Break-
fast from 7:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. at The Gathering Place,
101 Seventh St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Reservations are required and the cost is $8 per
The January business card exchange is scheduled
for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria.
The cost is $5 per person and reservations are
requested. The event is open to guests and non-mem-
bers who first contact the chamber.
For more information on all the chamber's Janu-
ary activities, call 941-778-1541.
Got a new business going up in Anna Maria
Island, Cortez, Palma Sola, west Bradenton or Long-
boat Key? How about a new product or service, an
anniversary, a new hire, or an award-winning staff
member? Call Island Biz at 941-778-7978, fax
your news to 866-362-9821, or e-mail us at news@
Featured sale: This home and vacant lots at 503
Pine Ave., Anna Maria, sold in December 2007 for
$1,206,000 and in December 2009 for $1,335,000
for an increase of 11 percent. Islander Photo:
Bridge Street goes solar
Back Alley merchant Jo Ann Meilner stands outside
her art shop and cafe, 121 Bridge St., Bradenton
Beach, beside one of the new solar-powered deco-
rative lights installed in the city's commercial dis-
trict in December. The city commission approved
the purchase and installation of the lights earlier in
2009. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Island real estate
503 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,024 sfla 3bed/2bath
home built in 1920 on a 155x145 lot was sold 12/23/09,
Pine Avenue Restoration LLC to Topazfish LLC for
408 South Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 1,676 sfla
2,965 sfur 3bed/21/2bath bayfront home built in 1981
on a 60x85 lot was sold 12/17/09, Siegal to Nelson for
$1,090,000; list $1,299,000.
1714 Gulf Drive N., Unit G, Bradenton Beach Club,
Bradenton Beach, a 1,440 sfla / 1,680 sfur 3bed/2bath
Gulffront condo built in 2003 was sold 12/23/09,
Schmoll to Dickey for $915,000; list $1,099,000.
4116 Sixth Ave., Holmes Beach, a 2,940 sfla
6bed/312bath/2car land condo built in 2009 was sold
12/18/09, Hanson Ventures LLPto Wilson for $690,000;
3109 Ave. E, Holmes Beach, a 2,005 sfla / 2,973
sfur 4bed/2bath/2car pool home built in 1966 on a
105x145 lot was sold lacovone to Penney for $601,300;
211 69th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,334 sfla / 3,364 sfur
4bed/2bath duplex built in 1969 on a 70x113 lot was
sold 12/18/09, Adam to Sakillarides for $445,000.
5608 Gulf Drive, Unit 112, Sun Plaza West, Holmes
Beach, a 1,092 sfla / 1,236 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1981 was sold 12/21/09, Mauck to
Derick for $419,000; list $419,000.
2312 Gulf Drive N., Unit 109, Sunset Terrace,
Bradenton Beach, a 1,180 sfla / 1,340 sfur 2bed/2bath
Gulffront condo with shared pool built in 1982 was
sold 12/23/09, Venditti to Milazzo for $400,000;
410 73rd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,455 sfla / 2,853
sfur 2bed/2bath pool home built in 1955 on a 85x110
lot was sold 12/21/09, Saunders to 9 Solutions LLC for
$383,000; list $399,900.
3604 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,500 sfla /1,560
sfur 4bed/2bath duplex built in 1968 on a 50x88 lot
was sold 12/17/09, Carrillo to Glass for $340,000;
205 73rd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,313 sfla
1,774 sfur 2bed/2bath hald duplex built in 1989 on
a 29x105 lot was sold 12/21/09, Beatty to Ghent for
522 Bayview Place, Anna Maria, a 1,080 sfla
1,688 sfur 2bed/2bath canalfront home built in 1966
on a 60x110 lot was sold 12/21/09, Lightner to Bek-
mont for $335,000.
8318 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,314 sfla
1,694 sfur 2bed/2bath home with deeded boat slip
built in 1958 ona 85x120 lot was sold 12/17/09,
McGough Properties LLC to Hardy for $275,000;
3501 Sixth Ave., Holmes Beach, a 1,340 sfla
1,400 sfur 3bed/2bath duplex built in 1972 on a
45x 100 lot was sold 12/14/09, Barchard to Guildner
1801 Gulf Drive N., Unit 156, Runaway Bay, Bra-
denton Beach, a 691 sfla / 771 sfur ibed/lbath condo
with shared pool built in 1978 was sold 12/18/09,
Folkerts to Lee for $182,500; list $199,900.
3801 E. Bay Drive, Unit 203, Sunbow Bay,
Holmes Beach, a 1,146 sfla / 1,247 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1981 was sold
12/15/09, JP Morgan Chase to Johnson for $162,000;
2412 Gulf Drive N., Unit 125, Club Bamboo
South, Bradenton Beach, a 432 sfla / 528 sfur
1bed/l bath condo with shared pool built in 1945 was
sold 12/23/09, Brown to Fricke for $150,000; list
2814 Ave. B, Bradenton Beach, a 1,595 sfla
1,683 sfur 2bed/2bath duplex built in 1971 on a
50x 100 was transferred JEM Development of Florida
Inc. to Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas for
2906 Ave. C, Bradenton Beach, 1,835 sfla
2,043 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1982 was trans-
ferred Source to Fifth Third Mortgage Company for
6311 Gulf Drive, Tropical Horizons, Holmes
Beach, a 1,206 sfla / 2,074 sfur 3bed/2bath condo built
in 1988 was transferred 12/08/09, Gould to Deutsche
Bank National Trust Company for $91,200.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay
Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at Gulf-Bay
941-778-7244. Current Island real estate transac-
tions may also be viewed online at www.islander.org.
RCA SIDE-BY-side refrigerator, $75. Kenmore
clothes washer, $40. 941-779-1081.
COMPUTER DESK: $50. 941-778-2686.
DINETTE SET: SIX chairs, wicker with cushions,
glass top, $100 or best offer. Call cell, 813-767-
32-INCH FLAT screen Apex TV. $89 or best offer.
DRESSER, NIGHTSTAND, TWO headboards,
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SHIMANO ROD: 6-foot with Fenwick reel, $10.
Game Master rod, 6-foot with Daiwa reel, $15.
ZEBCO ROD, 5-foot, 9 inch, with Mitchell reel,
$10. Zebco rod, 6-foot with Zebco reel, $10.
BOOKS: VERY GOOD condition, over 200,
$50. Videos, very good condition, 100 of them,
SILVER PLATE CHARGERS, new, 26, wonder-
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COFFEE TABLE, CONTEMPORARY. 48X24-inch,
glass top, Lucite legs. TV stand, 32x23x22 with two
shelves and swivel top, $35. 941-795-8359.
DESK HUTCH for 36-inch desk, dove grey, $25.
WANTED TO BUY: Electric typewriter in good
working condition. 941-778-4437.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View
and purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may
advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or
less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver
in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, e-mail classifieds@islander.
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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, 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 -
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Comedy Night features "MICHAEL JR." at Mat-
tison's Riverside, 7 p.m. Feb. 6. The tickets are
$35 and proceeds benefit local college schol-
arships. Call 941-748-8087 for information and
WANTED: BUCKETS. DONATE clean five-
gallon buckets with lid to ship to Haiti. Please
drop at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
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WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Pri-
vateers are collecting new or used, repairable
fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets,
etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The
Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive,
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
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at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina
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WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
PERFECT REMEMBRANCE: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butter-
fly Park. Two lines, $50. Three lines, $60. Forms
at The Islander, or call 941-518-4431 for more
LOOKING FOR A JOB? Islanders seek-
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FREE classified ad for up to three weeks in
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a resume link, if desired, by e-mail to classi-
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encourage employers to review the "employ-
ment wanted" ads in The Islander when seeking
employees. And good luck finding the right job!
ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16.
Numbers at 8 a.m. Airport Mall, 8251 15th St.
East, (Old U.S. 301), east side of airport across
from Rectrix. Estate of prominent Sarasotan.
Fine assortment of ceramic and folk art, paint-
ings, Steichen photograph, painted furniture, col-
lectibles, oriental rugs, unusual wall hangings,
urns, mirrors, masks, silver, tiles, sculptures,
contemporary and carved furniture, acrylics, tex-
tiles, orientalia, French provincial-style oak desk,
five-drawer American chest, 32-inch Samsung
TV, many books, etc. Sale by: Premium Estate
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.
'FABULOUS WEARABLE SALE': 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 16. Church of the Annunciation,
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
FLEA MARKET: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan.
16. Furniture, household items, clothing, more.
8700 Cortez Road W., Bradenton.
GARAGE SALE: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15,
and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 16. Furniture,
miscellaneous. 223 Gladiolus St., Anna Maria.
GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday,
Jan. 15-16. Furniture, tools, shop equipment,
vanities, fans, tile and household. 811 S. Bay
Blvd., Anna Maria.
SALE: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16. Antiques,
trunks, bed, wetsuit, exercise machines, paddle
boat, Infiniti SUV, more. 424 Pine Ave., Anna
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous
office supplies, T-shirts, home treasures, mir-
rors and framed art.
LOST: GREY COCKATIEL bird, named Arrow.
Last seen Holmes Beach laundromat, Dec. 23.
Reward. Sally, 941-737-9173.
FOUND: GRAY BUNNY. Lop-eared, neutered
male. Friendly. Found Jan. 7, 5300 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Taken to Bishop Animal Shelter,
LOST: SET OF four keys on yellow wristband.
Reward. Call 941-778-1535.
LOST: LARGE KEY ring. Newport News Ship
Building, hull #1 Dorothy key tag. 941-778-
Football prize changes hands
An error in scorekeeping occurred with
the end-of-season Islander football contest
that resulted in the disqualification of the Jan.
6 announced winner, Dot McNally, and the
announcement of the correct winner, Greg
Paszko. The Islander regrets the inconve-
There was no winner in the Bucs score
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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-
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
MOWING: $15-$20/YARD. Landscape, hard-
scape. 20 years experience concrete, carpentry.
Call Joel, 941-720-1599.
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
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.
MASSAGE THERAPY: In-home visits by appoint-
ment. Patricia Emslie, LMT. 941-504-2030. Gift
certificates, too! Lic. # MA0023639.
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-
professional, metered, on-call, gps, cards accepted
holmes beach, bradenton beach, anna maria
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ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
TOTAL DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs,
replacements, sales, parts, storm catcher hurri-
cane covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro doors,
ODL inserts. TDWSINC@msn.com. 941-730-
ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime
Island resident, background check, pet CPR-cer-
tified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-2830
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.
ISLAND SENIOR ASSIST: Cheerful company for
our seniors by appointment or regularly sched-
uled home assistance. Leave message for con-
tact. Dependable. 941-792-4601.
RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL cleaning
service. Excellent references, meticulous service.
Christian and Luciana. 941-799-0903. Lu.bubu@
RESIDENTIAL SERVICES UNLIMITED: Paint,
flooring, pressure wash, trim work, paver seal-
ing, appliance repair, ceiling fans, windows and
doors, home watch. Can do it all, so give us a call.
TUTORING SERVICES: CERTIFIED teacher
offering math, language arts, science, social
studies tutoring. Specializing in ESE, grades 3-12.
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-
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.
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.
WEST OF GULF DR. Large older duplex in outstanding
condition on lot and a half. 2BR/2BA, each side with huge
Florida rooms. Furnished beachy chic, steps from the beach
on Mangrove Ave., Anna Maria. $785,000
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BAYFRONT COTTAGE on 200' lot with storybook vegeta-
tion. One of the nicest views on the Island. $700,000.
BAYFRONT. 2 COTTAGES. One directly on the bay with
fantastic views of Sarasota By. The second cottage is a charm-
ing cracker house for vacation rentals less than a block to the
Norman 3101 GULF DR
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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-
VACATION RENTALS ACROSS from beach.
Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost
Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.
SEASONAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA, nicely furnished,
washer and dryer, large back deck, steps to
beach. $2,500/month. 813-244-4944.
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HERONS WATCH 8 min. to beaches. Lakeview 3BR/2BA,
Stone Fireplace, Corian & other upgrades. $329,000.
RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT, 2BR/2BA condo, downstairs
end unit. Clubhouse, pool, tennis. $129,000.
PERICO ISLAND PATIO HOME, 2BR/2BA, enclosed lanai, Large Greatroom, $275,000.
LUXURY GULF-FRONT VILLAS. Anna Maria. Weekly & monthly.
8 MIN. TO GULF BEACH. 3/2, 5 yrs. old $1,300/mo Annual.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock, $2,900/mo. Seasonal.
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, Wedding/reunions, seasonal/vacations.
MARTINIQUE Luxury 2/2/Garage. Direct Gulf view.
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
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-
RETIRED SWISS COUPLE looking for an
annual rental. 2BR/2BA Anna Maria Island for
March. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
VERY SMALL STUDIO: North Longboat Key.
Washer and dryer, utilities included. $550/month.
PERICO ISLAND: Jan. 11-April 25. 2BR/3BA
townhouse. Amenities, clubhouse, pool, tennis,
workout room. $2,500/month. 941-224-0555.
ANNUAL RENTAL: PERICO Bay Club: 2BR/2BA,
den, eat-in kitchen, washer and dryer, two-car
garage, great water view, security with gate, tennis
courts, clubhouse, pools, spas. Perfect condition.
$1,300/month. Owner, 941-962-6117.
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 connections, water, cable, close to MCC,
Bayshore High School IMG Academies, shopping.
Annual $650/month. Last month free! Call 941-
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.
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LACASA COSTIERA Luxury condo
7320 Gulf Dr., #10, Holmes Beach:
Exquisite 2-3BR/2.5BA, Gulf views,
tastefully furnished, wet bar, crown
molding, heated pool and spa.
Beautiful waterfront home at
502 72nd St. 4,000 SF. Now $999,998!
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ADORABLE 3BR/2BA ANNA Maria vacation
rental. Steps to beach, restaurants and shopping.
All amenities included. Call for rates, 941-737-
ANNUAL HOLMES BEACH 1 BR/1 BA apartment.
740 sf. Close to bay. First, last, security deposit.
SEASONAL RENTAL: Available Feb 1. $1,750/
month. North end Anna Maria Island. Efficiency
with boat dockage available. New kitchen, tile
floors, high wood ceilings. Call 941-713-3533.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND: Via Roma beach condo.
1BR/1BA, pool, $900/week. Feb. 27-March 13.
rosetwigl @comcast.net. 941-779-1490.
PRIVATE BEACHFRONT HOME: 2BR/1BA
ground level, spectacular views, seasonal/monthly
rental. $3,500/month. 941-778-8356.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED HOUSE: 2BR/2BA,
Florida room, washer and dryer, west side of Gulf
Drive, $1,000/month. 1 BR/1BA, close to beach,
$700/month. 3BR/2BA, open second week in
February, $900/month. No pets. Dolores M. Baker
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: SUNNY Shores Waterfront
Park. 1 BR/1 BA. You own the land. Not a co-op. No
monthly fees. Great condition. Free boat ramp access.
Reduced! Priced to sell! $69,900.513-470-3851.
BUILD WEALTH! Call or e-mail for our free bro-
chure. Discover how easy it is to build wealth
through short sales and foreclosures. Adkins
Florida Group, Wagner Realty. Free@AdkinsFlor-
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE 2BR/2.5BA townhouse.
Large living room, pool, storm shutters, garage,
storage. $399,000, 941-722-0640.
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.
SAVE MONEY: READY-to move into, newly
updated deep-water canal house. 514 71st St.,
Holmes Beach. $549,000. 941-779-1013.
LARGE WATERFRONT LOT for sale by owner.
Boat lift and dock. Easy access to Tampa Bay
and Gulf. Ready to build. $479,000.527 74th St.,
Holmes Beach. Call 941-779-0201 or 863-860-
3each&avnt ta Bakant
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32 0 JAN. 13, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
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.
What follows is a continuation from last week
of Islanders in review, years 2003-2008.
Ilona and Jeff Kenrick, 2003 Islanders of the
Ilona and Jeff Kenrick were The Islander
of the year for 2003.
Beach couple then
were facilitators for
an anonymous foun-
dation, based in the
city, whose interna-
tional aide amounted
to about $1 million a
year. The foundation's
Kenricks mission statement
called for it to "make contributions for religious,
educational, charitable and scientific purposes."
The Kenricks carried out that mission and
created a local event that combined much needed
donations for a local blood bank with a reward for
successful blood donors, a cash payout to the blood
donor's choice of four Island charities.
It was a win-win for everyone and we thank
them for their positive impact here and beyond.
Jeff Croley, 2004 Islander of the Year
Jeff Croley of Holmes Beach symbolized all
the good qualities we could ask for in a volunteer
- and he symbolized for Anna Maria Island all the
good folks who quietly went about doing anything
S_ and everything they could to
Said those in need after Hurri-
canes Charley, Frances, Ivan
Croley then worked a condo
on Longboat Key and took
Croley vacation days to drive with a
Croley cooler, cold drinks and a chain
saw to the hurricane devastated areas in East Man-
atee, DeSoto and Charlotte counties looking for
folks who needed aid.
He came upon The Islander office early the
first morning of his good Samaritan journey look-
ing for a big cooler and some ice ... and we were
pleased to oblige.
It was rewarding for us to know Jeff, a truly
selfless human being.
Anna Maria Island Privateers, 2005 Islanders
of the Year
If there is a symbol for Anna Maria Island, it
is the sword-wielding, cannon-firing, ship-riding
crew of the Anna Maria Island Privateers.
For all the good they do year after year, but
this year stood out for their extra efforts on behalf
of one unfortunate little boy.
It only took a phone call to bring the Pri-
The Anna Maria Island Privateers
vateers and their ship to greet a young boy with a fail-
ing heart on a "wish" trip to Anna Maria Island. And
it wasn't just a greeting for little Tyler and his siblings
and parents. They were treated to an Island tour aboard
ship, escorted to dinner, and made honorary Privateers
- and "Captain" Tyler was invited to return and again
take over the ship.
It was a selfless and remarkable gesture that sym-
bolized hope for Tyler and filled his little heart with
love for our Island paradise. They helped give him so
many reasons to return and hope.
The Privateers also came to the rescue with Hurri-
cane Katrina relief, collecting needed items and trans-
porting them to Tampa.
Next, the Privateers agreed to manage a memorial
scholarship fund for an Island teen who was tragically
killed in a car crash. The fund for Bridget Miller is
a great addition to the many youth scholarships the
Privateers award every year in July.
Their annual Snooks Adams Kids Day event at
the end of the school year; monthly "thieves markets"
in season; the Islandwide Blood Drive; the Fourth of
July parade and picnic; the Christmas parade and Santa
visits; and the many, many "captures" and visits to
almost every event where their presence is requested
throughout the year.
They did all this and more -despite the sudden
illness and death of their president, Greg "Shiprek"
Dick Cline, who also died in 2005, aided him.
Cline's battle with cancer didn't stop him from work-
ing tirelessly behind the scenes.
In spite of their losses, the Privateers continued to
do great things.
The stated mission of the Anna Maria Island Pri-
vateers is "Pirates for children and community."
They fulfill their mission and more, and we are all
better for it.
They were our 2005 choice for Islanders of the
year this year and every year.
Pete Lannon, 2006 Islander of the Year
If there was one person who touched the fabric of
life that brings out the best in the Anna Maria Island
community in 2006, it was Pete
He was more than a Holmes
Beach community resource offi-
cer, he was a mentor for our
children, a confidant for those in
need and a friendly face that even
Island visitors looked for as they
Lannon passed Anna Maria Elementary
School, where Lannon was a fixture as the school's
crossing guard for more than five years.
He was on leave in the fall, fighting a battle with
cancer that he later lost.
And he is still missed by many, but the anti-drug
program he taught at the school and his ideals live on.
His character traits are heralded at the entry to Lannon
Way at the school.
Christine Olson, 2007 Islander of the Year
Christine Olson's 22-year-old daughter Tiffiany
was riding a motorcycle with her boyfriend, Dustin
Wilder, on Dec. 7, 2005, when the worst happened. A
crash. Tiffiany's injuries were immediately fatal. Dustin
was rushed by helicopter to the hospital and died hours
later before his family could be reached.
She began to seek a way to connect people in
emergency situations with the loved ones and family
members who "need to know."
A crusade to allow emergency contact informa-
tion to be available to law enforcement began with
The quest led her to us in search of Islanders
to sign a petition to enact some sort of "notice" for
families and, subsequently, to state Rep. Bill Gal-
There were many tearful exchanges along the
way. But Galvano led Olson to an almost immedi-
ate solution at the Florida Department of Highway
Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Neither a law nor the Legislature's or a gov-
ernor's decree was needed to make Olson's goal a
The DHSMV already possessed the means to
resolve the problem of finding loved ones in dire
emergencies they just needed the urging of Olson
Christine Olson, center, completes her registration.
The contact information would be included in
the existing Driver And Vehicle Information Data-
base, a secure system that Florida law enforce-
ment agencies use to access information from their
patrol-car computers simply by "swiping" a driver's
The opportunity to register was added to the
DHSMV Web site in October 2006 and ... just like
that, Tiffiany's Initiative became reality.
There are now well more than a million reg-
istered Florida emergency contact participants.
L\ clyone has embraced it," Galvano said. "It's
impacted almost a million people and it's all thanks
to Olson. She turned tragedy into a positive for the
entire United States."
We thank Olson for making a difference in the
lives of many, and for taking her quest to other states
and the federal government. For information or to
register, visit her Web site: www.toinformfamilies-
Finally, last year we named the Florida Insti-
tute for Saltwater Heritage to our list of honorees.
With three cheers to the organization that runs the
Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, and dedicates
the proceeds to preserving Cortez, including pres-
ervation of the Burton store, the old schoolhouse,
and the 90-plus acres that create the Preserve and
buffers the village from encroaching development,
we add another nod for this year's purchase of the
church property across from the aging former fire-
house, where parking and facilities will be greatly
I he IlaH preserve in Cortez, the green area in the
foreground, is a buffer from encroaching develop-
ment. Islander Photo: Jack Elka