VOLUME 18. NO. 12
Manatee found dead
on Bradenton Beach
shore. Page 19
the news ...
Meetings: The gov-
Op/ed: The Islander
opinions. Page 6
Locals push to name
public beach pier for
lifeguard. Page 8
PAR site plan faces
scrutiny. Page 9
Islanders plan to
meet long-term needs
in Haiti. Page 14
The Island police
reports. Page 18
What to do and when
to do it. Page 20
Local company nets
big 'Catch.' Page 22
By Lisa Neff
The Sir Winston out of Miami was
stranded in Longboat Pass Jan. 23. A sal-
vage operation Jan. 24 freed the 128-foot
commercial yacht, which was towed to the
The yacht ran into trouble when, accord-
ing to first reports from the U.S. Coast
Guard St. Petersburg, it ran aground at about
1 a.m. in the Gulf south of Bradenton Beach.
Some of the ship's windows broke out and
the vessel began taking on water.
The Coast Guard reported that seven
uninjured people were rescued from the
vessel after the agency received a distress
call from Capt. Winston Knauss, who owns
the yacht that was bound for Fort Myers.
A vessel from Coast Guard Station
Cortez was dispatched to investigate the sit-
uation. Thick fog, however, interfered with
an early-morning plan to dispatch BoatU.S.
to tow the Sir Winston from the pass.
Duke Overstreet of Seatow, who first
heard radio calls from the Sir Winston about
2 a.m., responded by radio but was told by
Knauss his service wasn't needed, because
the owner was trying to reach BoatU.S. But
Overstreet heard another call about 3 a.m.
and headed to the scene, where the Coast
Guard was assisting Knauss and passen-
The boat, Overstreet told The Islander,
had "water half-way up the first deck"
By Nick Walter
Businesses wanting to win a contract
with Manatee County for concessions at
Manatee Public and Coquina beaches have
until Jan. 29 to place their bids with the
Dee Schaefer of PS. Beach Associates
said she's been leasing the building and
property at both beaches for 18 years.
PS. Beach Associates' lease was set to
expire in November, although the county
extended the contract period to July 2010
due to project delays that affected Schaefer's
Cafe on the Beach employee Justin
Dominick, who said Jan. 12 he's worried
about his future at the cafe, serves food
to customers on the patio of the popular
restaurant. Islander Photo: Nick Walter
and "couldn't be towed." He said the owner
showed no interest in his boat or investment.
Overstreet said Coast Guard officials had
concerns about 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel
aboard the ship.
The Coast Guard, however, reported no
It also allowed bidders to appraise the prop-
erties and consider bidding for the contract.
Schaefer has been paying the county as
much as $220,000 a year to provide the beach
"The simple, basic, cold-hard fact is that
the county wants more money from anywhere
they can get it," Schaefer said. "They are hurt-
ing like we all are, so I can't blame them. It's
There is no timeline for when the county
must declare a bid winner.
Schaefer said that if she does not win her
bid, she will have until July 20 to operate and
vacate the property.
Schaefer also owns the gift shop at the
In August, county administrator Ed Hun-
zeker said that he has a responsibility to the
county taxpayers to maximize whatever rev-
enue can be earned for the benefit of county
"It is not unusual for an entity holding a
contract up for renewal to 'show the market'
and learn the current value of that contract,"
Hunzeker said at the time. "In addition, I
am doing so on the direction of the Manatee
County commission, which voted in favor of
the RFP process at its June 23 commission
Hunzeker added that he had received
PLEASE SEE BEACH, PAGE 3
JAN. 27. 2010
pollution from the stranding and said salvage
would be left to the owner.
On Jan. 24, a private salvage company
pumped water from the yacht and towed the
vessel to Tampa, a Coast Guard spokesperson
PLEASE SEE YACHT, PAGE 2
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria City Commissioner Harry
Stoltzfus got his way Jan. 21 with a special
commission meeting he requested the previ-
ous day. He may also have gotten his wish
to discuss the Pine Avenue Restoration LLC
site plan for 216 Pine Ave. Although not an
agenda item, discussion of the plan took up a
considerable amount of meeting time.
The meeting was not without other con-
troversy, as are many Anna Maria meetings
now. Not everyone was "Wild about Harry,"
as tempers flared at the start.
Mayor Fran Barford read a prepared
statement, saying in part that the short-notice
of the meeting was "very troublesome" to
a small city staff that was required to stop
regular work on Wednesday to prepare for a
special meeting on Thursday.
"This is cumbersome and time-consuming
on the staff and, in my opinion, as the mayor/
city manager, this agenda doesn't seem to be
an emergency issue."
But the staff is dedicated to adhering to
commission requests, and is "committed and
willing to work with the elected officials" on
any changes the commission desires.
PLEASE SEE HARRY, PAGE 5
Large yacht grounds in Longboat Pass
Bids readied for
Sports: MHS girls
earn spot in district
soccer final. Page 24
2 0 JAN. 27, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
Two-county transit pass considered
By Nick Walter
At the Jan. 19 Island Transportation Planning
Organization meeting at Holmes Beach City Hall,
Island city mayors discussed the idea of having one
bus pass for major routes connecting the Manatee
County Area Transit and Sarasota County Area Tran-
Sarasota Manatee Planning Organization plan-
ning manager Bob Herrington said the MCAT and
SCAT transits have been in discussion about a com-
bined fare, and the first step in that direction would
YACHT CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
The leaning yacht quickly became a tourist attrac-
tion Jan. 23, with crowds gathering on the shore at
Coquina Beach. The curious showed up with cameras
and binoculars and even beach chairs to view the
Meanwhile, reports of the incident some of
them wildly inaccurate crackled on the Island's
"Well, life is slow here," Peter Halsey, a seasonal
resident in Holmes Beach, said as he walked toward the
water's edge to see the Sir Winston, leaning seaward.
The Sir Winston is promoted on a Web site,
www. sirwinstonluxuryyacht.com, as a luxury charter
vessel that can carry 400 passengers, has five decks,
mooring spuds, a shallow draft of 5-10 feet, and was
constructed in Palatka. It is advertised with a "price
reduction" of $4.9 million.
Knauss is described on the site as the "designer,
builder, owner and captain of the most unique charter
yachts in the world" who was "a highly successful
businessman and entrepreneur" in Indianapolis.
He operated a demolition business, as well as
owned and operated the Winston Yacht and Country
Club and a number of hotels.
be a consolidated pass.
The MPO directed the county transit systems to
pull together a senior management committee to dis-
cuss the feasibility of a consolidated pass.
The committee will report back to the MPO at
its March 22 meeting.
Also, Manatee County is looking to possibly
extend the hours on certain transit routes. Herrington
said various citizens and elected Island officials
wanted a later bus route from the mainland to con-
nect with the Island trolley.
The Island trolley runs until 10:30 p.m., but the
last bus route from the mainland to the Island is at 6
The reason for the possible late-connecting route
is to allow visitors to the Island to return after dinner
sunset, or evening events.
'The traffic on SR-789 is so concentrated," Her-
rington said. "And it can't be widened. The only way
to alleviate that problem is to get people to take buses
Finally, the Manatee County Tourist Develop-
ment Council is working on creating revenue with
advertising on buses and trolleys.
David Teitelbaum, vice chair of the TDC, said last
week that the use of LED billboards on county buses
and trolleys was approved by county commissioners
and will be soon be for sale.
The next ITPO meeting is scheduled for 2:30
p.m. Feb. 15 at Holmes Beach city hall.
Passengers board a bus, filling in for a trolley, at the beach Jan. 21. Islander Photo: Nick Walter
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By Rick Catlin
U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Court trustee Angela
Welch Esposito asked the court to waive the crime-
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ship in a trust formed Dec. 18, 2002, by Robert and
Judge K. Rodney May held the final evidentiary
BEACH CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
many letters and e-mails in support of the Cafe on
the Beach. "The patrons at Cafe on the Beach have
made it quite clear that they are more than satisfied
with the food, prices and service currently being prof-
fered," he said.
Tommy Vayias, who subcontracts the food ser-
vice at Cafe on the Beach from Schaefer, said his 30
employers are Manatee County residents. He said that
if Schaeffer does not win the bid, those locals could
"This is our business, our livelihood," Vayias
said. "That's what it is."
Cafe employee Justin Dominick is already wor-
ried about his job because of the RFP process.
"I don't want to lose my job," Dominick said. "I
already lost my job. The people here are used to the
same setup and if new people came in with a new
setup they probably won't retain the employees."
Schaefer said that when she and husband Gene
took over Cafe on the Beach, the place was a "pit."
"I had six tables with table cloths, umbrellas
and petunias," Schaefer said. "If we filled those on
Sunday morning and turned them over, we were
thrilled to death. We've taken it from a 24-seat capac-
ity to 300."
County information outreach manager Randall
Beckwith said that bidders will be evaluated based
on criteria, including experience.
Schaefer said she hopes her track record speaks
hearing on the request Jan. 22.
Lawyers in the Isle of Man representing the U.S.
bankruptcy court argued that Robert Byrne concealed
$1.6 million from U.S. court officials during bank-
ruptcy proceedings that began in
The court of the Isle of
Man has not announced its final
decision on the $1.6 million in
assets of the Byrnes' frozen by
the court Dec. 29, 2009.
That court was to hear any
Robert Byrne response from the Byrnes, but
results were not yet available to The Islander at press
Investigators have traced some of the $1.6 mil-
lion to a bank in Tanzania and a trust fund in the Cook
Islands in the South Pacific.
New deputy in Anna Maria
Matt Kiernan, a 10-year veteran of the Manatee
County '1,.. i iff's Office, was recently assigned to
the Anna Maria substation. Kiernan is a native of
Bradenton and graduated from Southeast High
School. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
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Anna Maria City
Jan. 28, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Feb. 10, 6:30 p.m., environmental enhancement
education committee meeting.
Feb. 11, 6 p.m., planning and zoning board
Feb. 25, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
Feb. 4, 1 p.m., city pier team meeting.
Feb. 4, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Jan. 28, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Feb. 3, 5 p.m., parks and beautification meeting.
Feb. 9, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Feb. 18, 10 a.m., code enforcement meeting.
Feb. 23, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Feb. 25, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Feb. 18, 6 p.m., district commission meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day.
Feb. 14 is Valentine's Day.
Feb. 15 is President's Day.
Feb. 17, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Officials
meeting, Anna Maria City Hall.
March 22, 9:30 a.m., Sarasota/Manatee Met-
ropolitan Planning Organization board meeting,
New College of Florida, Sudakoff Center, 5700 N.
Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
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4 0 JAN. 27, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
AM pier boardwalk faces time, code issues
By Rick Catlin
When Anna Maria's transportation enhancement
group committee was first planning a boardwalk at
city pier to be funded by a $358,000 federal grant,
the plan was fairly simple and the cost estimate was
Now that the grant has been upped to $960,000
through efforts by the Florida Department of Trans-
portation, the committee has plans for a better board-
walk and accompanying amenities.
The resulting project has become more com-
plex, and the committee could face a time issue if
the boardwalk is to be ready by April 2011, when the
city celebrates the 100th anniversary of the pier.
City Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick, who chairs
the TEG committee, told Manon Lavoie of the DOT
at the Jan. 19 TEG meeting that the committee wants
the boardwalk completed by January 2011, in plenty
of time for the centennial celebration April 14-17.
Lavoie sounded a note of concern.
"That's quick," she said. "We need to check to
see if it can be done."
Engineer Mike Grosswirth of Jacobs Global
Engineering Co. from Deerfield Beach, who came
with Lavoie to the meeting, said the project could be
done in a year, but added that government projects
don't run that fast.
"We are already biting into that time," he said.
Grosswirth said the bid package would not be
ready until July and construction would take 90 to
180 days to complete following the bid award.
And before the project can go to bid, the plan has
to be approved by the city commission and presented
at a public meeting.
"You need to give us the complete data" of what
the city wants, Lavoie said to the committee.
Mattick presented Lavoie and Grosswirth with
a design drawing by TEG committee member Tim
Eiseler that calls for a 180-foot-long boardwalk, two
covered trolley shelters, landscaping, picnic shelters,
parking, benches and signage.
Mattick divided the boardwalk, which she said
would be similar to the nature walk at Robinson Pre-
serve, into two parts.
The parking lot north of the pier entrance
would be converted to one way for northbound
motorists and angle parking would be on the side
of the lot away from the bay. This will allow the
Island trolley easier access and turn-around ability,
Twenty-one designated parking spaces would
be in the north section and the only exit would be
alongside the humpback bridge.
Parking in the south section would be essentially
unchanged, she said, but motorcycle, bicycle and
handicapped parking would be provided.
The "nature walk" would be made of the best
possible wood materials, would have no railings, but
will allow someone to walk from the city pier to Bay-
met with Florida
officials and engi-
neers Jan. 19 to
discuss a planned
boardwalk at the
pier. City Com-
missioner Jo Ann
chairs the com-
front Park without walking behind a vehicle, Mattick
The pier entrance would comply with the U.S.
Americans with Disabilities Act.
That's a lot to do in a little time, said committee
member Mike Coleman. "Time is short," he noted.
Committee member Sissy Quinn said construc-
tion would need to finish by December to avoid the
2011 winter tourist season. The construction could
"run into the first part of the season, but is has to be
done by April," she said.
Engineer Dave Panlilio of Jacobs said that based
on the end date, the quicker a design package could
be given to the committee and commission, the better
Mattick said she would update the commission at
its Jan. 28 meeting, and the TEG will meet with engi-
neers and Lavoie again Feb. 16. Another city com-
mission update is planned for Feb. 25, with Lavoie
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attending to answer questions.
Lavoie said the DOT will supervise design and
construction. The project cost will be covered by
the grant and any cost overrun would be paid by the
DOT, she said.
But Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus, who attended
the meeting and has expressed concerns with parking
and safety in the city, said he had reservations about
The planned boardwalk and amenities are a "great
concept," he said. "But I don't see this working. The
south side should be OK, but I see problems with the
He does not think there is enough room on the
north side to meet the city parking requirements for
new development. And, Stoltzfus added, this is "new
development" and would fall under those land devel-
Mattick, however, said the pier project is an
"enhancement" of the pier, not a new project. It's up
to the city commission to decide those issues, once
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from the bay-
S" ing lot and
is the focus
of a planned
the design and scope of the project are presented, she
HARRY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
That didn't sit well with Stoltzfus, who said he
was "not going to accept this explanation from the
Stoltzfus called for the firing of city planner Alan
Garrett, claiming that for the past three years, Garrett
wrote codes and made decisions that were improper
or incorrect. He alleged that Garrett made mistakes
on the last six site-plan applications.
"I'm not saying he's incompetent, I'm saying I'd
like to call for Mr. Garrett's resignation," Stoltzfus
said. Failing that, he called upon the mayor to dismiss
Barford said that was not going to happen.
She noted Garrett was not among the staff
requested by Stoltzfus to attend the meeting.
Commissioner Chuck Webb jumped into the fray,
questioning the 24-hour notice, and expressing con-
cerns about proper notice of the special meeting.
More time is given to notice a meeting as the
issue becomes more important, Webb said. Twenty-
four hours is insufficient notice for such important
issues as revising land-development regulations to
be consistent with the comp plan, he said.
Webb, an attorney, said he had appointments
with clients throughout the day. He moved to con-
tinue the discussions to another date and time, but
the motion failed. Webb and Commissioner Jo Ann
Mattick voted for continuance, while Stoltzfus, Com-
mission Chair John Quam and Commissioner Dale
Woodland were against.
Webb said the special meeting by Stoltzfus was
a "tactic" and a "waste of time." He closed his note-
book and left the dais.
Stoltzfus responded that it was not a tactic or a
waste of his time, and he was exercising his right as
a city commissioner.
He told Webb, "You may leave," which prompted
Webb to stop in his steps halfway to the door and
stare back at Stoltzfus for several seconds. Quam
used the gavel to ask for the meeting to continue.
216 Pine discussion
Stoltzfus then moved to Pine Avenue Restora-
tions's site plan for 216 Pine Ave., although that issue
was not on the meeting agenda. The plan is pres-
ently under consideration by the planning and zoning
board, which continued a Jan. 19 public hearing to
"We narrowly dodged a bullet" at the P&Z
board's hearing, Stoltzfus claimed.
The P&Z board voted 4-3 to continue the hear-
ing on 216 Pine Ave., rather than vote either final
approval or denial that night.
Stoltzfus said the city is in a "total mess" with a
number of issues to address quickly, including park-
ing at ROR projects on Pine Avenue.
He said the city has to institute land-development
regulations to protect its residents, and the commis-
sion can't allow any more site-plan approvals that do
not comply with the comp plan. He said he hopes the
site plan for 216 Pine will come to the commission
for approval rather than the P&Z board.
Quam suggested the commission stick to the
agenda, but asked city attorney Jim Dye about halt-
ing P&Z approval or denial of all site plans until the
city code has been reviewed and changed. The city
commission previously discussed taking back from
P&Z final approval of site plans of major impact.
Dye said the commission could do that through
the ordinance procedures, but, as he would do many
times during the meeting, said any change would
likely not apply to 216 Pine Ave., for which a site
plan is submitted.
That site plan calls for back-out parking, which
Stoltzfus maintains is not allowed under city code.
Dye said the commission policy since 1996 has been
to allow back-out parking in all zoning districts.
Woodland said he was concerned that the city
codes are not being followed, but was not interested
in halting the process for 216 Pine Ave.
If the code does not allow backing out across a
right of way, it should be followed, he said.
Dye again pointed out that back-out parking has
been allowed since 1996, likely even longer. The code
applies to not just the retail-office-residential district,
but residential areas. Many areas in Florida allow
back-out parking across a right of way, he said.
"Have we gone wrong?" asked Woodland.
Not really, responded Dye. Talking about whether
back-out parking should be continued is a good policy
discussion, he said.
Dye said the commission could consider what
has changed with parking that makes back-out park-
Lobeck law firm
offers city help
Attorney Jeremy Anderson of the law firm
of Lobeck and Hanson, who represents Fred and
Barbara Nally of 110 Spring Ave., Anna Maria,
sent a letter by fax to Anna Maria Jan. 21 offering
Anderson said the position of city planner
Alan Garrett and city attorney Jim Dye is "com-
pletely unreasonable and contrary to law" with
regard to residential density in the retail-office-
"If the city continues down this path, it risks
exposure to expensive legal action," Anderson
To avoid "such action," Anderson recom-
mended the city retain the services of a third-
party attorney and planner to review the issue.
"In order to ensure a fair and balanced review
of this issue, I recommend that the city choose an
attorney and planner with the assistance of this
firm," Anderson wrote.
That would eliminate the "appearance of bias
as is currently being felt throughout your com-
munity," he concluded.
Lobeck and Hanson is based in Sarasota.
The letter was offered to Dye for review.
What has changed, Quam indicated, that the
number of ROR developments and site plans have
increased in recent years.
Woodland agreed he was not interested in
addressing previously approved projects, but said the
city "can't continue what we've been doing since
1996. We need to address it and address it now and
see the code revised."
Dye said the current code does not define "back-
ing out" or a "backing maneuver" for parking. This
issue and others with parking are policy decisions the
commission can make.
Stoltzfus brought up site-plan approvals for PAR
projects at 315 and 317 Pine Ave., noting that both of
these have back-out parking. In his opinion, the site-
plan should not have been approved and the project is
"illegal," although he later modified that to say "not
in compliance" with city code.
Stoltzfus also questioned how sidewalks were
approved at various ROR site-plans submitted by
PAR. He claimed that the city "got scammed" at 315
and 317 Pine Ave. by Garrett.
But city building official Bob Welch explained
that paths leading from parking spots to the build-
ing are not the same as the sidewalks defined and
required in city codes.
Vehicles should have been required to enter and
park in a parking space and back out in a parking lot,
not across the right of way, Stoltzfus said.
And he again asked the commission to address
the driveway issue at 216 Pine Ave. "I don't think
time is on our side. We are going to see 216 being
done before the policy changes. We need to make a
policy change before it comes back to P&Z."
Dye, however, again said it was not likely that
any changes made to the site-plan review process by
the commission would apply to 216 Pine Ave.
Quam next expressed his concerns about discuss-
ing 216 Pine at the meeting.
He asked Dye if it was appropriate for the com-
mission to be talking about 216 Pine Ave., when the
commission might have to hear an appeal if the P&Z
board denies approval of the site plan.
Yes, if P&Z denies the application and PAR
appeals to the city commission, that could be a prob-
lem, said Dye.
Stoltzfus, however, did not relent. "We are at
risk" if 216 Pine Ave. gets approved, he indicated.
Attorney Ricinda Perry, representing PAR, said if
the city changes its policy now and applies it to PAR,
there could be legal issues.
She said she has worked with the commission
on many previous issues and never encountered a
"personal vendetta." The direction of the discussion
against PAR and the 216 site-plan, however, was "not
fair" to her client, she said.
And Mike Coleman of PAR spoke, defending his
"We have done everything to comply. We have
done less than we could build. I live in this city full-
time and I want to move forward" and not into a
lawsuit, he said.
Quam said the commission already has plans to
discuss the parking and traffic circulation elements
of Chapter 90 of the land-development regulations at
its Feb. 11 meeting.
6 0 JAN. 27, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
Whether you call it a frenzy of apathy or a flurry of
axioms, the lines are drawn in Anna Maria, the gloves
are on, and nothing short of an old TV western-style
showdown on Pine Avenue is looming in the proverbial
Everyone is not "Wild about Harry."
But Harry Stoltzfus can wear the label on either
side of his lapel as an uncultivated candidate turned
His plan of attack on his issues, whether he's right
or wrong in his conclusions and methods, appears to
be one of relentless hammering at every door, muster-
ing every tactic in an imaginary arsenal, until he wears
down his opposition.
No doubt he's buoyed by his election supporters,
some of them imbedded in his campaign to rid the city
of one particular developer Pine Avenue Restora-
You see, he's made this a vendetta not just about
parking, safety or anyone's welfare, but about one
Clearly, Stoltzfus needs to read the pledge of con-
duct for the city, and more of the codes of ordinances
governing the city than just the parking regulations.
Now that he's elected, he has a fiduciary responsi-
bility to represent the people of Anna Maria read that
to mean all the people and to act responsibly read
that to mean not to waste the taxpayers' money.
It appears Stoltzfus is only representing the people
who bolstered his election and lied about his opponents
on their blog. We hoped for better. We even endorsed
him before the election, with nIe_.'ii' results from his
wife. And we endorsed Commissioner John Quam, only
to be sniped at for saying he's done well running the
meetings, but has brought little else to the dais.
It's time Chairman Quam brought authority to the
dais by separating personal attacks from the pleas for
moral behavior with the gavel.
But, what about Stoltzfus?
It seems he's dug too deep a hole to back out.
Even reminded that the board has his topics on the
agenda, that the city is yet in the process of matching
the code with the comprehensive plan revisions, or that
a committee has been appointed to consider some of his
issues, he persists.
Attack. Is that the best defense for city govern-
Stoltzfus is calling for staff firing, blaming the
administration, saying approved plans are illegal and
deliberately misinterpreting city codes.
The late Holmes Beach Commissioner Don Malo-
ney, would have called it like it is: Baloney.
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A number of women were shocked and enraged
when they went to the Anna Maria Island Moose
Lodge to vote on an important issue and were
informed that women are not allowed to vote.
This is an undemocratic and insulting policy.
To the Moose organization:
I have been a loyal member of the Women of the
Moose, Anna Maria Island Lodge, Chapter 1601, for
As a woman, mother and grandmother, I am
proud of the work we do to better the lives of children
and older folks. All correspondence from the lodge
comes in my name. Around Christmas, I received
the report on a vote Jan. 16 regarding smoking at the
lodge. I made it my business to attend.
I arrived at the lodge well in time for the meet-
ing to encounter a crowd of upset and angry women.
The reason was unbelievable and shocking women
were not being allowed to vote. I was amazed to find
that in this day and age, women were shoved back
into the role of second-class citizens.
Women are very active in the lodge at every
function as fundraisers, volunteers, giving their
time and talents to virtually every activity. Your
literature and correspondence refers to "the broth-
ers and sisters of Moose Lodge 2188 and Chapter
1601." We were initiated in that lodge and pay
dues to the lodge. We socialize there and attend
meetings there. We have to put up with the smoke
and smell in the bar every time we enter or leave
or go to the washrooms.
I hope that common sense prevails and you will
abandon this chauvinistic and insulting policy. If not,
I shall not be renewing my membership, and I am
urging other women to do the same. No woman in
her right mind would belong to an organization that
treats her so contemptuously.
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I have been coming to the Island since the late
1940s, even on my honeymoon in 1949. In all that
time, I have never been in need of emergency assis-
Last week I had to call 911 for help. Within min-
utes, two EMS men arrived. They took care of me
just like a doctor would. They solved my problem
and assured me I would be OK.
They were right.
Thank God for 911 and EMS personnel.
The Island has come a long way, and for the
Al Norman, Holmes Beach and Normandy Beach,
A great big thank you goes out to The Islander.
You have been an amazing help in the four years since
the passing of my daughter Tiffiany Marie Olson.
From day one I have felt your support and love
as I have traveled a road I am not familiar with and
hope no one ever has to endure.
It is truly amazing what is happening from out
of the Rod & Reel Pier and Anna Maria Island -
a national emergency contact program making sure
families are notified in case of an emergency.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart and pray
that everyone takes the time to register.
Let's put Anna Maria Island on the map as
making a difference in the lives of Americans.
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Moon returns to Center,
board hears updates
By Nick Walter
Trudy Moon had taken time off as a volunteer at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center, but she
was back at a Center meeting Jan. 20.
"She has such an impact on us," said Center
executive director Pierrette Kelly.
Moon was back with her vibrant attitude to
announce the April 24 fundraiser Affaire to Remem-
ber and all that Jazz, including a dinner, auction and
Center board members also approved a grant
application to U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan's office.
"The grant would give us new lighting of the
field," Kelly said, "green lighting, low-cost e ii y,
and low-expense lighting, so it won't spill out into
the neighborhood. It will be more focused. So we'll
save 50 percent on lighting bills."
Kelly announced that the board was able to give
89 cents of every $1 it raised last year back into pro-
grams and services. That was up from 85 cents per
$1 in 2008.
For December, the Center expenses were $74,229,
and revenue was $64,555, bringing revenue $9,674
Of the December expenses, $33,022 went toward
salaries, not including benefits, while $7,291 was
spent on youth sports, $269 on teen programs, and
$613 on adult programs.
The board announced donations were up sub-
stantially in December, thanks to the $50,000 Lester
Challenge, which is publicized through an exclusive
partnership with The Islander. Holmes Beach resi-
dents Charles and Jo Ann Lester are offering through
The Islander up to $50,000 in matching funds for
contributions to the Canter scholarship fund post-
Trudy Moon, Pierrette Kelly and Suki Janisch
celebrate the success of a Center dinner-auction.
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marked by Jan. 31.
As of Jan. 20, the Center received $37,941 toward
the challenge goal.
The Center's Burn the Mortgage Campaign, has
a goal to raise just short of $900,000 to pay off its
mortgage. Center board members are looking to fed-
eral and state grants to help.
"Potential donors who haven't given to the chal-
lenge or supported the challenge or just want to sup-
port a viable community organization, don't hesitate
to call me," Kelly said.
Board members also emphasized that the Anna
Maria Island Little League is separate from the Center,
and the community could not form a Little League
board this year. The Center will provide pitching-
machine and tee-ball leagues this spring, as long as
it can do so as a recreational program, and not be
governed by Little League rules.
The Center board heard that NFL Flag Football
league is a success, with 24 teams and 197 players
from ages 5 to 51.
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Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore was
unopposed in her bid for a second term as adminis-
trator of the city, while Sheila Hurst and Joan Perry
filed to run against incumbents Commissioners Sandy
Haas-Martens and Roger Lutz.
Longboat Key police were looking for three
suspects in the Jan. 18 car-jacking of a Longboat Key
couple and a Bradenton Beach man. One suspect was
arrested in Bradenton Beach shortly after the late-night
incident. The other suspects remained at large.
Anna Maria public works director Phil Char-
nock had two city staff members confiscate 111 signs,
including a number of for rent and for sale signs that
he said were illegally placed.
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Locals push to name pier for lifeguard
By Nick Walter
Those who knew Dave Miller, liked to say, if
you didn't know who Miller was, you weren't from
Miller, a longtime lifeguard at the Manatee Public
and Coquina beaches, was to them, an icon.
He died in 1994 at 53.
The Manatee Public Beach pier was recently
demolished, but government officials hope to build
a new pier in the same location.
Now lifeguards and surfers who knew Miller
want to name the soon-to-be-new pier for Miller.
"Because Dave was one of the first lifeguards
of Manatee County," said Manatee County Tourist
Development Council Chair and County Commis-
sioner Carol Whitmore. "He served Manatee County
until he died. He was the heart and soul of the Island
and he deserves it."
Miller also was a retired supervisor of Mana-
tee County Marine Rescue. Shortly after Miller's
death, Jim Brady, owner of the Westcoast Surf Shop
in Holmes Beach, said Miller "was the one who got
surfing going around here."
The pier was often the platform from which
Miller would save lives.
During hurricane season, surfers often called the
pier and its collection of oyster shells, barnacles and
white water the "meat grinder."
Anna Maria Island fishing charter Capt. Joe Webb
said hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico would cause
large swells to smash the Anna Maria Island beaches
for days. Surfers and swimmers would paddle into
the monster ground swells and be swept toward the
"There were many times I watched Dave Miller
dive in on the south side of the pier into the current
and meet these unfortunate persons," Webb said.
"Most of the time the current was too strong to get
By Lisa Neff
The Bradenton Beach City Commission is
preparing to toast a new ordinance revising an old
policy on alcohol sales.
The proposed ordinance would amend the Bra-
denton Beach Land Development Code by elimi-
nating a separation rule for establishments selling
liquor on Bridge Street.
The old rule, instituted in an effort to clean up
the commercial corridor in the late 1980s and early
1990s, required 200 feet between Bridge Street
businesses that sell liquor, though the city made
numerous exceptions to its policy over the years.
The proposed ordinance also would establish
a process for businesses that want to sell liquor
to obtain conditional-use permits from the city, as
well as meet other regulatory requirements for sell-
ing alcoholic beverages.
During a meeting at city hall Jan. 21, the
commission held a first reading on the ordinance
- after a five-minute delay to print copies of the
Commissioners discussed several elements of
the ordinance and the new process it creates, but
focused on the collection of a fee for processing a
After attempting to find a fair formula for set-
ting a flexible fee, the commission asked city attor-
ney Ricinda Perry to draft a resolution setting the
fee at $750, but agreeing that the amount can be
Perry and building official Steve Gilbert had
recommended the $750 charge.
The city effort to draft an ordinance began with
a request from Bradenton Beach resident and busi-
r ruOtI ic, UL)viU I aUI, ULuve viilcer UaU DBil Oo-
inson at a surfing contest being judged by Miller at
the Manatee Public Beach in 1968.
them around the end of the pier, so Dave would grab
hold of them and prepare them for a ride through the
pier. We called it 'The Meat Grinder.'"
Webb called Miller the peacekeeper of the
But everyone who knew him has their stories
when it comes to the 47-year Island resident.
"He had this attitude of, 'Take me for who I am,
and be careful for who you don't see,'" said Manatee
County lifeguard Collin Schmidt.
"Dave knew so many people," said lifeguard
Lonnie Beach, "people would come back in the state
ness-owner Jo Ann Meilner, who wants to sell beer
and wine at the Back Alley on Bridge Street.
Meilner, in preparing to seek a liquor license,
came across the old regulation, which prohib-
ited her from selling liquor at the gallery/coffee
She attended last week's meeting and ques-
tioned a provision in the proposed ordinance that
would allow the city to revoke a business's con-
ditional-use permit for a landlord's failure to pay
After a lengthy discussion on the ordinance,
the commission unanimously set the measure for
a second reading at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at city hall, 107
Gulf Drive N.
In other business, the commission:
Approved payment of a $8,531.26 invoice
from M.T. Causley for building department ser-
Approved an application for a special-event
permit for the fifth annual Bass 4 Bucks Redfish
Tournament to be held at 5:30 p.m. June 12 at
Approved the installation of signs to discour-
age the use of plastic bags on the shoreline. The
Sarasota Bay Estuary Program paid for the signs.
Heard from two citizens, Tjet Martin and
Carl Parks, requesting the replacement of recently
posted directional parking signs with the signs
recommended by the ScenicWaves advisory
committee and approved by the commission last
Discussed with Perry plans for her upcoming
leave of absence. Perry is pregnant, and her due
date is Feb. 2. In her absence, she said attorney
Greg Hootman will work with the commission.
and start looking for him. He was a part of the beach.
Jay Moyles, head of Marine Rescue, said Miller
made sure the county retained lifeguards. In fact,
Miller hired most of the lifeguards who watch out
today for beachgoers.
Miller also was known for doing deeds that went
"I would be hitch-hiking from St Joe's [Elemen-
tary School] from football or baseball," said retired
Manatee County lifeguard Jim Pritchard, "and Dave
Miller would stop and pick me up. And I'd say, 'Oh,
wow. Aren't you the lifeguard from the beach?' The
kids thought he was the biggest thing since sliced
The kids are full grown, and they want Miller
On Jan. 20, Whitmore met with county head
administrator Ed Hunzeker to discuss the idea.
She said Hunzeker will present the proposal to
county staff to find out about a naming process.
The majority of Holmes Beach commissioners
favored a T-end 312-foot pier.
"It wouldn't have to be anything fancy," Whit-
more said. "Just a brass plaque on the pier with Dave
Miller's name on it. Nothing pretentious, because
Dave wasn't like that."
Save the Trolley
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria Island accommodations owner and
chamber of commerce board member David Teitel-
baum said he reached an agreement with Manatee
County to allow Island non-profit organizations to
place notices of events and activities on the LED
display inside the Island trolleys.
Teitelbaum, who heads the chamber's Save the
Trolley campaign and serves on the Manatee County
Tourist Development Council, said the agreement is
a prelude to sign advertising inside and outside the
"Non-profit organizations can post announce-
ments on the board inside the trolley for their events
at no charge," he said. "It's a great benefit to Island
Teitelbaum said an agreement for signage on the
outside of the trolley should be signed this week with
MCAT and Manatee County officials.
Once the contract between Manatee County and
the chamber is signed, Teitelbaum will be in charge
of selling advertising space, inside and outside the
"There's a lot of space inside," he said.
Also Teitelbaum and Island businessman Ed
Chiles already have agreed to purchase advertising
on the trolley.
"We thought it would show good faith to kick off
advertising on the trolley," Teitelbaum said.
Teitelbaum will primarily target Island busi-
nesses for advertising space, but anyone is welcome
to purchase an ad.
The ad revenue will be used by the Save the Trol-
ley committee to offset the annual cost that the county
pays to operate the trolley. The three Island cities
each contribute $8,000 annually toward the trolley
County officials this fiscal year wanted to institute
a fare for the trolley, but Teitelbaum and the chamber
were able to convince county commissioners to give
the Island a chance to raise substitute funding.
The first $60,000 of ad sales goes to the county
for trolley operating costs, Teitelbaum said. After
that, each Island city gets back its $8,000. Any money
left over will be applied to future years.
The trolley costs more than $200,000 annually
to operate. Passengers, ride free.
BB commission gives nod
to liquor ordinance
THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 27, 2010 0 9
PAR site plan faces challenges, scrutiny
By Rick Catlin
Pine Avenue Restoration LLC's site-plan for
a retail-office-residential complex on Pine Avenue
drew a lukewarm response from the Anna Maria
Planning and Zoning Board Jan. 19.
The board first had to decide if it should hear the
plan, which calls for an ROR complex at 216 Pine
Ave., with four retail outlets and two residences.
Board chair Frank Pytel and member Jim Conoly
were concerned about the consequences of hearing
the site plan because the city commission has indi-
cated it will change procedures to give the commis-
sion final approval of most site plans, including those
involving ROR projects. Currently, power to approve
ROR site plans is with the P&Z board.
But member Mike Yetter intoned that "changing
the rules after the game has started" might have legal
City Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus attended the
board meeting and questioned the legitimacy of the
hearing, claiming city staff had not properly followed
City attorney Jim Dye said the hearing was prop-
erly noticed, but left it up to the board to review the
site plan or continue the hearing.
The board agreed to review the site plan, but
immediately ran into issues with the proposed set-
backs and number of parking spaces. Some board
members were concerned that the PAR drawings did
not contain dimensions and other pertinent informa-
tion about the buildings.
City planner Alan Garrett said he made a mis-
take with information he provided PAR about setback
requirements. PAR had allowed for 29 feet of setback
where it should be 41 feet, he said.
Garrett agreed the plan, as presented, did not
comply with city code.
That can easily be fixed, said Mike Coleman of
Yetter questioned why PAR is calling the resi-
dences "apartments," which according to code require
only one parking space. In previous plans, PAR pro-
vided two parking spaces for each residential unit.
Garrett replied that PAR requested the resi-
dences be designated "apartments." The city land-
development regulations do not define apartments,
Attorney Ricinda Perry, representing PAR, said
apartments are in the code as an allowed use in the
The board can approve the site plan with stipula-
tions concerning parking, sidewalks and setbacks, she
"You don't see a perfect, finished product tonight.
You can make changes to the plan," and PAR will
return with those changes noted, Perry said.
Pytel was worried that the project would increase
density in the ROR district. He questioned how the
parking could meet legal and safety issues in the
Perry said the density of six units per acre is for
Anna Maria has
Anna Maria has vacancies on two separate vol-
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 941-708-6130.
the entire ROR district, not a single parcel, but attor-
ney John Anderson, who represents Fred and Barbara
Nally of Spring Avenue, questioned that figure.
"You can do fuzzy things with numbers. Be con-
sistent with the comp plan," he urged PAR.
Stoltzfus, who repeatedly has spoken against the
project, said the board is "being asked to do some-
thing that the administration failed to do."
He also was concerned about parking, safety and
moving the sidewalk. Safety criteria "has not been
met" in the site plan, he said, and suggested that he
and the board were not looking at a "legitimate" site
Commission Chair John Quam, who generally
does not express an opinion at P&Z hearings, spoke
about the plan, suggesting there was a liability issue
with the sidewalks.
After several hours of discussion, the board
agreed to continue the meeting to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday,
Feb. 23. PAR is to return to the meeting with more
specific information for the site plan, along with a
solution to the setback issue.
"We are going to go over the plans meticulously,"
said Coleman, "and come back with a complete check
list" of solutions to issues presented by the board.
If the board eventually rejects the site plan,
PAR can appeal that decision to the city commis-
sion, although both Quam and Stoltzfus have already
expressed opposition to the plan.
The story in the Jan. 20 online issue of The
Islander about Robert Byrne should have noted that
Paul Gallizzi of Spectrum Construction Management
Inc. was not a partner, investor or shareholder with
Byrne in GSR Development LLC.
According to Gallizzi, GSR engaged Spectrum
to build and complete some of its projects.
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All Island Denominations will hold its annual
ecumenical service at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at
Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes
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at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at Crosspointe Fellowship,
8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance
at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce,
5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
AMICCO also will present "An Invitation to the
Opera" at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 21.
For more information, call 941-727-9886.
Jazz fest Feb. 4 to benefit
The Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna
Maria, will host the fifth annual Jazz Fest from 3 p.m.
to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4.
The event will benefit the Anna Maria Island His-
torical Society, which organizes the fest.
Tickets to the fest, which will feature the Gulf
Drive Band, cost $6 and can be purchased in advance
at the museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
For more information, call AMIHS president
Thea Kelley at 941-778-0492.
The Rizzo sisters
form with the Anna Maria Island Concert Orches-
tra during the 2010-11 season.
Braulia Gill, flutist from Booker High School,
runner-up and will perform with AMICCO.
Holly and Trina Rizzo, a vocal duet from
King Middle School and Manatee High School,
will perform at an upcoming concert.
Art league hosts workshops
The Anna Maria Island Art League will offer a
series of workshops this winter.
How to Photograph Your Artwork with James
Corwin Johnson, 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30.
Faces The Basics of Drawing Portraits with
Doug Land, 10 a.m., Friday, Feb 5.
Exploring Textures in Watercolor with Joye
Moon, 9:30 a.m., Wednesday and Thursday, Feb.
Watercolors and Values with Cheryl Jorgensen,
10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 19.
Two Gourds, Two Days, Two Techniques with
Pam McMillen, 10 a.m., Friday and Saturday, Febru-
Floor Cloth Workshop with Deeana Atkinson,
10 a.m. Friday, March 19.
For more information, call AMIAL at 941-778-
Gloria Dei to host concert
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, will host the David Cubillos Jazz
Ensemble at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7.
Admission to the concert is free.
Another free-admission concert, featuring
Bradenton Musica Sacra, will take place at 4 p.m.
Sunday, March 14.
For more information, call the church at 941-778-
Partnering for a 'Lifetime'
Partners in the Island Communities for a Lifetime
campaign help provide information during the first
lifetime expo at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Jan. 23. During the
expo, Barbara Schmidt ofAAA motor club talked
with Christine Olson of TIFF's Initiative emergency
contact campaign about an alliance. Islander
Photo: Lisa Neff
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THE ISLANDER U JAN. 27, 2010 0 11
Islanders work to stock,
expand food pantries
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island, Anna Maria
Elementary School and Brownie Troop 316 will collect
food for area food banks Saturday, Jan. 30.
Meanwhile, efforts are under way to expand the
space for the All Island Denominations food bank at
Roser Memorial Community Church.
The Rotary Foodraiser will begin at 9 a.m. at
Publix, 3900 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach,
The collection will be donated to the Food Bank
of AID's pantry.
Items needed include baby food and formula, dia-
pers, pasta, healthy cereals, tuna and other canned
meat and fish, peanut butter, rice, canned soups and
stews, macaroni and cheese, dried and canned beans,
canned fruits and vegetables, fruit juice, flour and
sugar and nutritious children's snacks.
Rotary has conducted two other Foodraisers.
Meanwhile, volunteers are working to expand the
food pantry at Roser in the 500 block of Pine Avenue,
Anna Maria, where non-perishables are dispensed on
behalf of AID and the Island's six churches.
In 2009, more than 1,000 bags of groceries were
distributed from the food pantry, which has been
housed in a closet-like space in Roser's administra-
In December, the Roser church council voted to
expand the pantry, relocating it to workshop area in
an accessory building that also houses the church's
Get 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, household chem-
icals, ammunition, flares, waste oil, propane tanks,
fluorescent lamps, mercury-containing devices, pool
chemicals, gasoline, batteries, televisions, computer
components, copiers, video and audio equipment,
small electrical appliances and paint.
The collection will not accept radioactive waste,
such as smoke detectors, or bio-waste, such as nee-
For more information about E-Scrap, call the
county at 941-798-6761.
St. Bernard to prepare for Lent
The Rev. Andy O'Reilly will preach during St.
Bernard Catholic Church's parish mission at 7 p.m.
Feb. 1-3 at the church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
The program prepares the congregation for the
season of Lent.
O'Reilly is with the order of the Society of the
Precious Blood. He has a master's in divinity from
the Weston Jesuit School of Thc' ,1, ,' in Cambridge,
Mass., and studied at the Graduate Theological Union
in Berkeley, Calif.
"He is a popular preacher with experience as a
seminary formation director and nearly 25 years as a
pastor of parishes throughout the country," according
to a news release from the church.
For more information, call the church office at
Museum to host class
Mark Polomchak will teach a two-day watercolor
class at the Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez.
The class will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday-Thursday, Feb. 3-4.
For more information, call the Artist Guild Gal-
lery at 941-778-6694.
The future site of the All Island Denominations
food pantry at Roser Memorial Community Church
in Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Courtesy Roser
The move, according to a news release, will "sig-
nificantly increase the available space for grocery
storage and packaging."
The remodeling project involves renovating a
250-square-foot space, with the Roser Men's Club
helping with construction and Roser's board of trust-
ees overseeing the project.
Local businesses also are assisting, including Bay
Construction and Remodeling, Sego & Sego Engi-
neering Firm, Concrete & Moore Contracting, Air &
En1. I ,.\, Holmes Construction Co., and Total Control
Termite and Pest Professionals.
For more information about the food pantry
expansion, call Roser at 941-778-0414.
For more information about the Rotary Food-
raiser, call Barry Gould at 941-448-5500.
Privateers plan car show
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will host a car,
truck and bike show at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at
Mexicali Border Cafe, 5502 Cortez Road, Braden-
The show is open to am\ h i ng that "rolls," accord-
ing to a news release.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the AMIP
For more information, call Roger L. Murphree
Gallery hosts February demos
Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, will host a series of artist demonstrations in
Saturday, Feb. 6, Nancy Law demonstrating
painting on wood.
Saturday, Feb. 13, Carole Dougherty demon-
strating textured ground for abstract watermedia.
Saturday, Feb. 20, Pam McMillen demonstrat-
Saturday, Feb. 27, Kathy Storm demonstrating
mosaic inlay with hand-painted glass.
The programs, open to the public, will begin at
For more information, call 941-778-6648.
An artist demonstration at Island Gallery West,
5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Photo:
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12 0 JAN. 27, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
Green turtles catch ride to warmer waters
By Lisa Neff
The two occupants of the front seat of the Ford
Explorer XLT wore seatbelts on the day-trip from
Sarasota to Naples.
The young passengers in the rear of the SUV
were not belted in, but the adults on the day-trip said
the back seat passengers 16 turtles eager to hit the
beach were well behaved.
Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch executive direc-
tor Suzi Fox and partner John Young transported the
endangered turtles, all of them recovered from cold-
shock, to Vanderbilt Beach in Naples Jan. 20.
The day before, Fox and Young transported 15
green turtles, also recovered from cold-shock, to
Naples in Collier County.
An unusually long spell of cold weather in the
state severely impacted sea turtles in the Gulf of
Mexico and Atlantic Ocean.
To rescue the turtles, many of them paralyzed by
the cold, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission worked with staff from numerous agen-
cies, including Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota,
as well as numerous volunteers, including those with
In a two-week period in early January, more than
5,000 sea turtles were rescued and taken to various
facilities throughout the state.
Last week, rescuers began returning the healthi-
est turtles to the Gulf and Atlantic.
Rescued sea turtles need to be released back into
the wild as quickly as possible, according to FWC.
The turtles were transported south to warmer water.
In some cases, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Navy
assisted. Locally, much of the work was handled by
Mote and AMITW.
On Jan. 19, Fox and Young connected with a
Disney World transport team that drove the turtles
from Ocala to a meeting spot near Interstate-75 and
From there, the AMITW team drove to Vanderbilt
Beach near Naples.
"All right, kids," Christiansen said as she pre-
pared to close the rear hatch and say farewell.
Though many marine animals suffered during the
cold, FWC officials saw a silver lining.
"We've been able to tag many more turtles than
ever before, which enables us to learn about their
bib, l<.Y," said FWC biologist Blair Witherington.
"It's been a great opportunity for data collection. It's
unprecedented to have access to so many turtles at
At its busiest during the cold spell, Mote housed
44 sea turtles, and all of them were tagged not
with satellite-tracking devices but with identification
tags and Passive Integrated Transponder or PIP tags,
which are similar to microchips.
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Green sea turtles ride in the back of Anna Maria
Island Turtle Watch executive director Suzi Fox's
"It was a little fishy," Young said of the smell in
"We chose Vanderbilt because it has a great food
source/hard-bottom area right off shore," Fox said.
"And, the water is warmer down there."
The next day, Fox and Young collected 10 green
turtles from Mote and another six turtles from Sanibel
Island for a release at Vanderbilt Beach.
AMITW arrived at Mote at about 8 a.m., where
staffers were preparing the turtles for a two-hour
"The 10 that are going are healthy," said Mote
spokesperson Hayley Rutger. "They are swimming
Animal-care technicians Emily Christiansen and
Mandy Amole lifted the turtles one by one from a
pool five of them went into carriers and five were
placed on towels in the back of Fox's SUV.
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THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 27, 2010 0 13
,,i /.. jy and Howard Langstaff celebrate their 60th
wedding anniversary Dec. 19 at the Beach Bistro
in Holmes Beach. The couple discovered Anna
Maria Island more than 45 years ago and have
spent every winter on the Island since 1981. Their
permanent home is Toronto.
Officers to AID
All Island Denominations elected its 2010 officers
during a meeting Jan. 13 at St. Bernard Catholic
Church in Holmes Beach. Officers included the
Rev. Rosemary Backer of Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, who is president; Cornelia Zanetti of St.
Bernard, who is treasurer; and Gretchen Edgren
of the Episcocal Church of the Annunciation,
who is secretary. Not pictured is AID vice presi-
dent Marion Duncan of CrossPointe Fellowship.
Islander Photo: Nancy Ambrose
By Lisa Neff
Cindy and Hal Savage are second-rate actors
playing a third-rate dinner theater when they come
up with a multi-million dollar idea.
They become self-help gurus peddling the
Savage Way of life for big bucks.
What the Savages find in Norm Foster's
"Self-Help," now on stage at the Island Players
theater, is that in becoming the fraudulent promot-
ers of the Savage Way they' ve neglected love and
romance in their own lives.
The "Self-Help" cast includes Laurie and
Fred Zimmerman, Laura Morales, Mary Jo John-
son, Herb Stump and James Prince.
Kelly Wynn Woodland directs, with Patrick
Johnson as co-director and Mike Lusk as stage
The "Self-Help" crew also includes Kirk
Hughes as set designer, Brad Pattison as light
designer, Bob Grant as sound designer and Don
Bailey as costume designer.
The play is stocked with jokes, many of them
funny, but, unfortunately, a few cracks at the
expense of gay, lesbian and transgender people.
This is Foster's fault as the playwright and
might help explain why he's been tagged with
a second-rate moniker the Canadian Neil
Also problematic with the script is the idea
that Hal and Cindy immediately realize their
long-buried love and attraction for one another
when Hal interrupts Cindy, who is about to get it
on with the gardener.
But that interruption is a crucial element of
the play: The gardener suffers a heart attack and
dies, but one conspicuous part of his anatomy
And so begins the farce, with lots of jokes
about boners and the Savages and their agent
trying to dispose of the gardener's body without
catching the attention of a good-humored police
detective, muckraking reporter and nervous
While the script contains flaws, it also con-
tains sharp and smart wit.
And the Island Players seem in no need to turn
"Self-Help," a play by Norm Foster, opened
Jan. 21, at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. The cast includes Mary Jo
Johnson and Fred Zimmerman. Islander Photo:
to self-help gurus to get their two-act production
together. The staging is clever, especially the open-
ing scenes with the Savages at the dinner theater
and on the road selling the Savage Way. The actors
shine especially Johnson in the role of the bold
and brassy entertainment agent Ruby Delvecchio.
Performances of "Self-Help" are at 8 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday
through Feb. 7. The theater, 10009 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria, is dark on Mondays.
The box office is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday through Saturdays, as well as an hour
before curtain time.
The next performance on the calendar is
"Catch Me If You Can," to be staged March
For more information about tickets, call the
box office at 941-778-5755.
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14 E JAN. 27, 2010 U THE ISLANDER
Islanders plan to meet long-term needs in Haiti
By Lisa Neff
One child donated a yo-yo and another shipped
her Candy Land board game to Haiti.
"I hope they can play sometime," said Jackie
Shelton, 5, of Anna Maria.
In the first days after the Jan. 12 earthquake,
Islanders dialed and texted to donate dollars, as did
millions of people around the globe.
Now people are thinking about long-term assis-
"We can't be near-sighted and forget all about
Haiti when the TV reporters come back home," said
Annette Dunne of Holmes Beach.
On Jan. 12, a magnitude-7 earthquake struck
Haiti, killing an estimated 200,000 people, injuring
an estimated 250,000 and leaving some 2 million
Among the survivors in Haiti were relatives and
friends of many who work or live on Anna Maria
Island, including family of staff at local businesses,
family of the Rev. Jean Woady Louis, a priest at St.
Bernard Catholic Church, and the Rev. Jean Ronald
Joseph, a former priest at St. Bernard.
Joseph has provided a number of brief but infor-
mative updates to Island friends via phone calls, but
mostly text messages.
The House of Presence, where he is staying,
remained standing, but the four-story orphanage
Joseph supports through the Bradenton-based Min-
istry of Presence was flattened, and one girl died,
buried in the rubble.
Joseph had plans to help move the surviving
children, about 100 girls, from the orphanage site in
Leogane to the House of Presence guest home.
He also had plans to help find parents in the
United States to adopt the children.
Joseph was, last week, trying to gather supplies
needed to shelter, feed and clothe the children, as well
as assisting at a hospital.
And Joseph's friends on Anna Maria Island were
working to assist his effort, as well as the many others
Members of the Teen Scene program at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center collected first-aid
supplies, toiletries, non-perishable foods, blankets
and bottled water as part of the People4thePeople
"When we heard about the earthquake, you know,
of course, we wanted to help," said Michelle Oldham,
14, of Anna Maria. "We think we can get a lot of sup-
Donors are dropping off items at the Center, 407
Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
April Jonatzke, left, youth coordinator at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, and members of the
Teen Scene club, show off some of the supplies collected for Haiti. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Younger children, and their parents, also rallied
for a long-term campaign.
Local Girl Scout troops, who face restrictions on
fundraising, collected supplies from blankets to
tents to clothes to ship to the Caribbean island.
Additionally, parents of the scouts were organiz-
ing a bake sale, which will take place at 3:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 5, outside The Islander newspaper, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
And they held a yard sale Jan. 24.
Church congregations also assisted, collecting
supplies as well as offering prayers. St. Bernard
Catholic Church, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and the
Episcopal Church of Annunciation collected dona-
tions at Sunday services.
Nationwide, businesses from mega-corpora-
tions to moms and pops were generating millions
of dollars for the relief effort last week.
In Bradenton Beach, the Bridge Street Merchants
Association announced it planned to continue to col-
lect donations for Haiti at its Bridge Street Market,
which takes place every Saturday in upcoming
Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk crewmembers carry a young Haitian girl on a stretcher to a Dolphin rescue
helicopter to be airlifted to a local hospital for treatment of her serious leg injury. The Mohawk crew
evacuated critical patients by small boat from a makeshift clinic in Port-au-Prince to the ship. Islander
Photo: USG Petty Officer 2nd Class Etta Smith
Organizer Nancy Ambrose said $43 was col-
lected at the Jan. 19 market.
"We will be taking donations to help the people
of Haiti in the future," Ambrose said. "The stories
are so heartbreaking."
Additionally, the Chiles Group, which operates
the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria, the Beach-
House in Bradenton Beach and the Mar Vista on
Longboat Key, was conducting a cash campaign, as
well as collecting supplies.
The Publix Super Market also collected dollars
for relief, asking customers in the checkout lane to
donate to the International Red Cross campaign,
which has established the Haiti Relief and Develop-
Publix, as a company, contributed $100,000 to
the Red Cross.
At Cut and Color 2 Dye 4 in Holmes Beach,
owner Lorie Hegele gave $15 haircuts on Jan. 23 to
raise money for relief.
Also, the Rotary Club of Anna Maria, which
consists of many local businesspeople, continues to
collect donations for the Rotary International Haitian
The club donated $2,000 in the first days after the
earthquake, including $1,000 that purchased Shel-
terBoxes, which include tents, blankets and other
Meanwhile, at The Islander office, a truck was
being stocked with cooking supplies for shipment to
Joseph and the House of Presence.
How to help
To donate supplies, contact the Teen Scene
group at the Anna Maria Island Community
Center at 941-778-1908 or Girl Scouts troop
leader Laurie Higgins at 941-448-5624.
To donate dollars, send contributions to
The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach FL 34217 in the name of Ministry of
Also, donate at the Bridge Street Market
in Bradenton Beach from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat-
urdays in February.
Additionally, Bridge Street Jewelers
will donate 100 percent of its jewelry-repair
income Jan. 29-30 to relief in Haiti.
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island is
accepting donations at www.annamariarotary
THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 27, 2010 0 15
SAM hopes to thwart big developers
By Nick Walter began in 1989 when the state ordered the cities and
Islander Reporter counties to enact a plan to manage growth.
Save Anna Maria Inc. wants to help save Anna She said comp plans have helped curtail develop-
Maria Island when big developers come to town. ment. But, she said, developers have often attempted
At the organization's Jan. 16 meeting at the to make changes to the plans. "And the cities kept the
West Manatee Fire Rescue Station 1 in Holmes plans the same," Pierola said, "but it's been costing
Beach, SAM member Katie Pierola said Island cities the state millions of dollars since the 1980s."
haven't taken a position on the Hometown Democ- Pierola also announced that the town of Long-
racy issue. boat Key would be meeting to discuss its proposed
Pierola said the issue will be on the November erosion-control project on the south side of Longboat
ballot and it can empower decisionmakers on amend- Pass at Coquina Beach.
ments to comprehensive plans. Longboat Key wants to construct four artificial
"The comprehensive plan wasn't meant to be breakwaters 210 feet off the shoreline of Beer Can
amended," Pierola said. The comp plan process Island to help stop beach erosion.
She described the proposed breakwater appara-
tus as 125 feet long, weighing 4 tons, and extending
about 4 feet above sea level.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has yet to
schedule a public hearing on the proposal, although
Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash and the
environmental group ManaSota-88 filed objections to
the project and requested a hearing.
Also at the meeting, SAM nominated its slate
of officers, including Pierola as president, Jim
Kissick vice president and Maureen McCormick
as vice president. Retaining their positions would
be Nancy Deal as secretary and Carol Soustek as
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Palma Sola man survived
German POW camp
Elroy "Dee" DeMaria considers himself one of
the lucky ones who survived World War II.
A misstep here, a movement there, a hesitation
in a combat situation and he would not have returned
from the fighting in Europe.
But he did come home.
On Sunday afternoon, Dec. 7, 1941, Dee was at
home in Lodi, N.J. As he settled in for dinner with his
parents and sisters, the radio brought the news that
Pearl Harbor had been bombed, and America was at
"We figured something was going to happen. We
knew there was a lot of tension in the Pacific and in
Europe," Dee remembered.
The next day, a number of Dee's pals from high
school enlisted in the U.S. Marines. At 16, however,
Dee was too young to join unless his parents gave
consent, and their decision was for him to wait until
he graduated from high school in 1943.
"I never gave a thought to not going. In my
hometown, the worst thing you could be was a 4-F,
meaning you were medically unfit to serve. Nobody
In June 1943, just a few weeks after graduating
from high school, Dee received his draft notice and
entered the U.S. Army.
Originally sent to Arkansas A&M to study engi-
neering under the Advanced Student Training Pro-
gram, Dee was reassigned back to the infantry in May
1944 when the ASTP program was disbanded.
"The Army needed infantrymen and I was sent to
the 104th Infantry "Timberwolf' Division in Arizona.
We had desert training, then mountain training, and
a lot of us thought we were going to Italy because of
But Dee admitted he and his pals really didn't
know where they were going.
"There were five of us from New Jersey in the
company and we called ourselves the 'Jersey Jive
Five' just for laughs. We stuck together all through
the war and made it back home."
But the journey home was not an easy one for
Assigned to I Company of the 415th Infantry
Regiment, Dee and the 104th Division landed at
Cherbourg, France, in August 1944 and were imme-
diately sent to the front lines in the Netherlands.
"We saw the lights and heard the sounds of artil-
lery and knew this was it. No more joking around.
Anybody who says they weren't scared the first time
they went into combat is lying. We didn't know what
to expect, we just knew we had to do our job and not
let our buddies down. Letting your pals down was
worse than being afraid."
Dee's company went to the front lines at night
and the next day went on a combat mission.
Any romantic illusion that Dee and the company
had about war was shattered that day when they saw
their first sergeant cut almost in half by a German
"That sobered us up real fast. In five minutes, we
grew up 10 years."
Although for the 104th Division, commanded by
the legendary Gen. Terry "Terrible Terry" de la Mesa
Allen, Dee's regiment was sent to the First British
Army and went on combat missions with a Canadian
By early December, Dee had been promoted to
platoon sergeant and, on Dec. 2, 1944, led his 25-man
platoon on a mission to take a hill across a river.
The men got across the bridge with no problem,
but a Canadian artillery unit providing support fired
a few rounds that fell short and blew up the bridge.
"We had no way to get back, so we went to a
Elroy "Dee" DeMaria of Palma Sola just before
he went overseas with the 104th Infantry Division
nearby farmhouse for the night. In the morning, just
at dawn, I spotted German paratroopers walking
beside the house."
A firefight ensued that resulted in the Germans
taking some heavy losses. At some point in the
fight, the Germans asked for a truce to remove the
"We said' OK' and stacked our weapons because
that's what you were supposed to do in a truce."
The Germans, however, observed no such for-
"They hid their weapons in the litters for the
wounded. We got caught with our pants down by a
Dee and his men were captured and treated
roughly by the paratroopers, and only received some
moldy vegetables from some farmers before being
marched east toward the German lines.
Among the soldiers in the platoon, Dee recalled,
was a Jewish kid from New York.
"We had heard what the Germans did to Jewish
soldiers, so I told the kid to get rid of his dog tags
with the "H" for Hebrew and tell them he was a prot-
estant. The kid had a Jewish sounding name, I can't
remember it, but he did like I told him. The German
captain looked at him in disbelief, but he let him go. I
met up with the kid after the war. He made it through
Eventually, Dee was sent to a POW camp in Pots-
dam near Berlin.
There was little food in the camp, and the daily
bread ration was about 80 percent sawdust, Dee
"Food was what everyone thought about. We
traded cigarettes with the guards for food, but they
didn't have much either. It was tough. It became a
matter that you were going to survive, no matter
When he became a POW, Dee said he was
resigned to his fate. "At first you don't believe it's
happening, then you think you're never going to get
out of here."
But an enterprising group of sergeants in an adja-
cent compound managed to make a homemade radio
and kept the POWs current with the advance of the
Americans and Russians.
"It was just like in the movie 'Stalag 17' with
Bill Holden. A guy would come around every day
and give us the latest news. This was like February
1945. We knew the Germans couldn't last long. The
Russians were just 50 miles away, and we could hear
Along with a chance for survival, however, came
the reality of the air war over Europe.
"The British bombed Berlin by night and our
guys came over during the day. We were happy that
we were bombing the Germans, but a lot of those
bombs came real close to hitting us."
It would be the ultimate irony to be killed this
late in the war by friendly fire, Dee remembered.
Even with the heavy bombing of Berlin, the
German guards would continually tell Dee that Ger-
many was winning the war.
"They kept saying Germany had secret weapons
that would destroy the Allies. They told us not to
think about escape or getting out. It was almost funny
as our guys kept getting closer and closer."
In late March 1945, Dee and many other POWs
were force-marched to a POW camp near the Elbe
River, about 120 miles south of Berlin.
"It was cold. The coldest winter in 50 years in
Europe, but we were determined to survive."
At the new camp, there was even less food than
at Potsdam, but there were some British soldiers who
had managed to get some food into the camp.
Dee also discovered what the Germans did to the
"There was a Russian compound nearby. They
would starve them, then take them out the next day
and stack them up like firewood. The Russians were
treated horribly," he remembered.
Skinny, hungry and tLii\ ing', his body almost
wasted away, Dee and his pals went to the POW
church service on Sunday morning in mid-April.
"All of the sudden, we heard tanks rumbling up.
We looked out and it was the Russians. The Germans
had fled during the night. We thought our ordeal was
over, but it wasn't quite finished."
The Russians gave Dee and his men all the food
they wanted, but refused to release the POWs to the
Allies, who were just a few miles west of the Russian
"A Russian major said we were going home
through Odessa in the Ukraine. That was 1,000 miles
the wrong way," said Dee.
"A few of us got together and decided, 'To heck
with this.' We weren't going to spend our lives in
Siberia waiting to get set free."
One night, they cut through the barbed wire of
the camp, hiked to the Elbe River and climbed across
a blown up bridge. At times, they had to wade or
swim through the icy waters in their attempt to reach
"We all made it and we met an American unit. It
was our day of liberation. It was good to be alive. It
was a very joyous occasion. We never thought we'd
make it home, but we were going home."
Dee was shipped back to the United States in July
1945 and was told he was headed toward the Pacific
to invade Japan.
"There weren't many happy people that day, but
PLEASE SEE GENERATION, NEXT PAGE
Dee DeMaria ofPalma Sola displays the home-
made American flag he used to identify himself
to Allied units when he escaped from a German
prisoner-of-war camp at the end of World War II.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
THE ISLANDER 0 JAN. 27, 2010 0 17
GENERATION CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16
a few weeks later, the atom bomb was dropped and
Japan surrendered. That made us pretty happy."
Dee got a 30-day leave to Lodi and married his home-
town sweetheart, Ann, on Sept. 2, 1945. It was V-J
Day and World War II was officially over.
Dee, however, still had a few more months of
"I was sent to California. Ann was on the troop
train and she was the only gal around, which made it
At Fort Ord, Dee worked in the post hospital
for a few months, then was discharged in December
He returned to Lodi and attended Montclair State
University for his bachelor's and master's degrees in
He taught in the New Jersey school system for
35 years before retiring to become a college recruiter
for aeronautical engineering students.
Dee and Ann moved to Palma Sola in 2005.
"We loved it here. My in-laws had lived here and
it was just a great place to come, so we decided to
retire here," Dee said.
It had been a long journey through WWII, and a
lucky one, Dee said.
"One time, my sergeant was in a foxhole at the
bottom of the hill and told me to join him because
mine wasn't finished. I told him no, I was OK where
About 30 seconds later, a German artillery shell
came in and scored a direct hit on the sergeant's fox-
hole. There was little left to identify. Dee has often
wondered why he declined that sergeant's kind
"Another time, I was on the point on patrol. I
got relieved by another guy, and 10 minutes later, a
sniper shot him dead. I was just lucky. It was just the
luck of the draw, but I can tell you that there are no
atheists in foxholes."
Dee did his share of praying and made it back.
"But I wasn't a hero. The heroes are still over
there. I remember sailing home on the troop ship
from France and seeing the cemeteries along the way.
Those guys are the heroes. They're still young and
18 years old in my mind.
"I have no regrets about my service. I'm proud
of what we accomplished. I wouldn't take a million
dollars for my experience, but I would do it again if
I had to."
Dee DeMaria. A proud member of the Greatest
"The Greatest Generation" and "Forgotten
Generation" columns are for Island, Longboat Key,
Perico Island, Palma Sola, Village Green, west Bra-
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served in the armed forces of any allied country (U.S.,
Canada, Britain, Holland, Norway, France, Poland,
Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, etc.) during
World War II or the Korean War. We'd like to hear
from you. Please call Rick Catlin at 941-778-7978.
Hope Prandine and Jack Elka, Islander photogra-
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Colo. The couple married Jan. 8 at Estes Park,
and reside in Anna Maria. Jack owns Jack Elka
Photographics, specializing in wedding and aerial
photography in Holmes Beach, and Hope works
in the medical field in Bradenton. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Jack Elka
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officer issued three citations and three warnings.
Jan. 20, 104 Park Ave., criminal mischief. The
victim parked on Park Avenue and went to the beach.
Upon his return, he saw a window on his vehicle was
smashed. Nothing was missing.
Jan. 19, 9300 block of Gulf Drive, crash. A man
on a bicycle cut in front of a van. According to the
report, the man in the van attempted to brake, but
collided with the bike, causing about $2,000 damage
to the van. The man on the bike was transported to
Manatee Memorial Hospital for leg and hip inju-
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Jan. 19, 407 76th St., hit and run. A caller advised
that two suspects were fleeing the scene of a hit and
run. An officer spoke with the victim, who said she
she heard a loud crash, and saw a green ATV parked
in her yard. A neighbor told the officer that he chased
a man and woman from the ATV, but that he had not
seen either of them driving the ATV.
The officer estimated about $2,300 in damage to
the property. According to the report, the vehicle was
traveling at 55 mph in a posted 25-mph zone when it
went into a ditch near 76th Street and Marina Drive,
then struck several bushes, potted plants, landscaping
lights, a cement table and benches, a loveseat swing,
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Chiquet, according to a police report, allegedly
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Dead manatee found in Sarasota Bay
By Kimberly Kuizon
Warren Fienga has seen many marine creatures
from the comfort of his dock near Canasta Drive in
Bradenton Beach, but he's never seen the sight he
woke up to Jan. 24.
On Sunday morning, Fienga, as well as other
Canasta Drive residents, discovered a dead Florida
manatee floating in Sarasota Bay.
I walked out on my deck and I just saw that big
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until staff with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
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"It's sad. These creatures have enough problems.
Now this," Fienga said of the manatee, a native and
endangered species protected by federal and state
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tee from the water. Bradenton Beach Public Works,
Wildlife, Inc., and FWC staff were involved in the
effort. The manatee was hoisted from the bay to a
"It was something trying to get her over the
sand," said Gail Straight of Wildlife, Inc. The mana-
tee was about 10-feet long, weighed an estimated
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the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
5 to 7 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
business-card exchange at the Anna Maria Island Community
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7p.m. Bingo at Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd
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9 a.m. Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island, Anna Maria
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7p.m. -All Island Denominations' ecumenical service at
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3p.m. Book club meets at Tingley Memorial Library, 111
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First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Artists Guild of Anna
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The first and third Mondays of each month, the American
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public. Fee applies. Information: 941-794-3390.
Tuesday, noon, Anna Maria Island Rotary Club meets at the
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Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria
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group at the Longboat Island Chapel Aging 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. Information: 941-778-2809.
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch
horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive,
Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
Thursday, 6 p.m., Co-Dependents Anonymous group meets
on the Island. Call for location: 508-815-7378.
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 Beach.
Through January, nature photography exhibit by Joe Fletcher
at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
Through January, "Beach Paths" exhibit at the Studio at Gulf
and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1906.
Through January, photography and watercolor exhibit
featuring Jo Anne Curtan at the Artists' Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
Through January, "James Pay" all-media exhibit at the Anna
Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach.
Off Stage acting
Gabe Simches and
Miriam Ring entertain
the OffStage Ladies of
the Island Players of
Anna Maria during their
January luncheon at
the Bradenton Country
Club. The group's next
meeting will be at 11:30
a.m. Feb. 10 at the Sun
House Restaurant, 111
Gulf Drive, Bradenton
Beach. For more informa-
tion about the group, call
President Nancy Ambrose
at 941-518-4431. Islander
Photo: Nancy Ambrose
Through Feb. 5, "Old Florida" themed exhibit at the
Florida Maritime Museum of Cortez, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez.
SThrough Feb. 7, "Self-Help" at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-5755. Fee applies.
Through Feb. 28, American Watercolor Society 142nd
Annual Traveling Exhibition at ArtCenter Manatee, 209 Ninth St.
W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-2862. Fee applies.
Thursday, Jan. 28
7p.m. Extraordinarily Human Film Series: "The Endurance"
at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W, Bradenton.
Information: 941-746-9161. Fee applies.
Friday, Jan. 29
6 to 8 p.m. Opening reception for the Seminole-
Miccosukee: Art and Craft 1825-1980 exhibit at the South Florida
Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton; runs through March 7.
Information: 941-746-9161. Fee applies.
Saturday, Jan. 30
5 p.m. -Anna Maria Island Privateers host a car, truck and
bike show at Mexicali Border Cafe, 5502 Cortez Road, Bradenton.
7p.m. Full moon wagon tour through Robinson Preserve,
1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757. Fee
Feb. 4, Extraordinarily Human Film Series: "Persepolis,"
South Florida Museum.
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Islander Reporter Also, the Spring Fling has a new location
The Anna Maria Elementary School Parent Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Ma
Teacher Organization is working to help transport
AME parents back to the 1980s.
"With past Spring Flings, we have set a goal to
raise $25,000 this year we hope to exceed that," said
Anna Maria Elementary School is working
with the American Red Cross to raise money for
earthquake survivors in Haiti.
Classes at AME will collect money that will
go toward the Red Cross Hope for Haiti cam-
Along with cash, checks can be made to the
Manatee Education Foundation or Red Cross.
For more information, call the AME admin-
istrative office at 941-798-5525.
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Feb. 5, Bake Sale Fundraiser for Haitian Relief, The Islander
Feb. 5, Human Rights Day Celebration, Longboat Island
Feb. 5-6, Book Sale, Island Branch Library.
Feb. 7, David Cubillos Jazz Ensemble, Gloria Dei Lutheran
Feb. 9, Artist reception for Hank Cornille, Studio at Gulf and
Feb. 10, Anna Maria Garden Club Antique Appraisal
Feb. 10, Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players meet,
Sun House Restaurant.
Feb. 10, Save Our Seabirds "Valentine Love Birds Food and
*Feb. 10, "Stranger Than You Can Imagine: Relativity,
Quantum & String Theories" discussion, South Florida Museum.
Save the Date:
Feb. 11, Anna Maria Island Kiwanis "Sweetheart Dance."
Feb. 14, Islander Promise Day, Cafe on the Beach.
Feb. 13-14, Art Festival to benefit the Butterfly Garden.
Feb. 20, Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival Cook-Off.
Feb. 20-21, Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival.
Feb. 28, Anna Maria Island Wedding Festival.
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"The AMICC has waived all rental fees for us.
We are really thankful for that," said Valadie.
She added: It's not to late to help out with the
"We need monetary donations or businesses
or private individuals can donate things for our
class baskets we auction or just anything. We could
always use help with decorating or in any way,"
AME receives grants
Four teachers from Anna Maria Elementary
School will receive grants from the Manatee Educa-
tion Foundation Cash for Classroom.
The group will receive more than $1,500 to cover
science programs and improve science lessons that
suffered from budget cuts.
Programs will be taught Feb. 12. Kindergartners
will participate in "Sounds like fun," first-grade stu-
dents will be involved with "Can you dig it," and
third-grade students will find out that "Matter mat-
Part of the grant money also will go to outdoor
education. Backpacks with compasses, science explo-
ration tools and notebooks will be supplied for cur-
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Jan. 26, PTO dinner sponsored by
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6 p.m-7 p.m. Jan. 28, science fair infor-
Feb. 15 No school, President's Day.
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dinner, dancing and a silent auction.
"We are such a small community and a lot of
kids on the Island are going to or have gone to
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By Rick Catlin
Brick-oven pizza touted
Capalbo's House of Pizza, 10519 Cortez Road.
W., is now Fire & Stone Pizza in honor of the tra-
ditional, wood-fired, brick-lined ovens that owners
Craig and Radka Watson recently installed.
"We still have all the favorite specialty pizzas as
before and our pizza bar is open daily," said Craig.
"We just wanted to highlight this new method of
baking that makes our pizzas extremely tasty and
The Watsons, who purchased the restaurant from
Mike Capalbo in 2008, are extremely excited about
their new ovens.
We' re proud of every pizza that comes out of our
ovens. They are originals," Craig said.
Fire & Stone's popular pizza buffet is open for
lunch and dinner daily and guests will enjoy happy
hour all day at Fire & Stone.
Craig and Radka have a complete selection of
Italian and American wines for every menu choice,
or for just a refreshing drink.
Among Fire & Stone's specialty pizzas is the
VegGie Specialli pizza for vegetarians. The most
popular pizza among regulars at Fire & Stone is still
the Specialli pizza, said Radka.
This very in-demand pizza comes small, medium
or large and is served with traditional pepperoni,
shredded meatballs, crumbly sausage, homemade
sauce, fresh mushrooms, green peppers, onion rings
and lots of love. Fire & Stone also serves Italian
soups, salads and sandwiches.
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Capalbo's now Fire and Stone
Capalbo's House of Pizza, 10519 Cortez Road W.,
has been renamed Fire & Stone Pizza in honor
of the specialized stone ovens used by owners
Radka Watson pictured above making another
hot-from-the-oven pizza and husband Craig.
Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
Local company nets big 'Catch'
In season five, the crab-fishing captains and
crews starring in the "Deadliest Catch" braved sub-
zero arctic weather and turbulent seas.
Creators of the Discovery Channel reality series
promise more waves the size of four-story buildings
and other dangers in the sixth season, but some
developments will be easy to tackle.
With the assistance of SeaLand Environmental
Inc., one of the show's stars, the hulking crab-fish-
ing vessel Time Bandit will go green, said Bryan
Jennings, an Islander who works for the Bradenton-
Jennings, who grew up in St. Petersburg, moved
to the Island several years ago for the calm that
comes with crossing the bridge from the mainland
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Jennings works in SeaLand's marketing divi-
sion, which means, he said, he does "a little bit of
The green-focused company, which incorpo-
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The "Deadliest Catch" project involves a joint
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"And noted areas that we can green.... The season
they are filming will involve the actual overhaul of
The work involves retrofitting the engine, plac-
ing natural cleaners and degreasers on board and
installing an onboard oil-refining system.
SeaLand also is involved in a "Deadliest Catch"
line of green products.
In addition to working on the reality series,
SeaLand also is working with fishers in Cortez
who want to go green, which, Jennings said, has
economical benefits as well as environmental ben-
The higher, greener standards established in
Alaska following the Exxon Valdez oil spill will
likely eventually reach Florida, Jennings said.
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"We like to think we are the pizza place for locals
and our winter visitors alike," said Radka. L\ c.y-
thing is the same, including the friendly atmosphere,
just our name has changed."
Fire & Stone is open from 11 a.m. to 10p.m. Monday
through Saturday and from noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information or to order a pizza, call
New location for
Tide and Moon
Tide and Moon jewelry store and owner Laura
Shely recently made a short relocation, moving only
two doors over in the same AMI Plaza at 5337 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach, to No. 400, but she now has a
more visible entryway and larger display area.
Laura still has all her handmade jewelry, wedding
and bridal accessories and gift items that have made
Tide and the Moon popular on the Island.
L\ c lything is still the same," said Laura. "We
just moved a few doors down for the convenience of
To reach Laura, call 941-778-4050.
antiques and art fair
The Whitney Plaza, 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key, will hold an antique and art fair from
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 6-7.
Local artists will be featured, along with organic
produce, exotic orchids and antiques, event organizer
Stephanie Claussen of Steph's Stuff said.
Proceeds of the fair will benefit the Save Our
Seabirds Sanctuary on Longboat Key.
Parking is free and there is no charge for admis-
For more information, call Stephanie at 941-383-
Island Acupuncture and Wellness, 9805 Gulf
Drive, Anna Maria, is offering a free acupuncture
treatment to all new clients who are government
The offer runs through Feb. 15, said Tricia Gra-
ziano, acupuncture physician.
For more information, call Shely at 941-773-
6134 or go to the Web site at annamariaislandacu-
Larry Chatt has been promoted to vice president
at Island Real Estate, 6101 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Prior to his promotion, he was in charge of
accommodation rentals with the company.
To reach Larry, call 941-778-6066.
Got a new business? How about a new product
or service, an anniversary, a new hire, or an award-
winning staff member? Call Island Biz at 941-778-
Island real estate
203 55th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,963 sfla /
2,729 sfur 4bed/2bath pool home built in 1949 on a
104x106 lot was sold 01/07/10, Whelan to Friesen
for $600,000; list $699,000.
105 75th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,331 sfla / 1,331
sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1950 on a 70x81 lot
was sold 01/07/10, Weik to Chlus for $500,000; list
608 Dundee Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,468 sfla
/ 2,274 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home
built in 1967 on a 90x115 lot was sold 01/05/10, US
Bank to Feinerman for $480,000; list $444,500.
520 75th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,934 sfla 2,662
sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in
1958 on a 90x123 lot was sold 01/05/10, Mills to
Hollowell for $43'-,500; list $500,000.
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Jan. 19 at McK-
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Bradenton for a
the event, which
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the ballpark con-
Photo: Lisa Neff
6101 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,538
sfla / 2,562 sfur 2bed/4bath duplex being used as
a commercial office built in 1975 on a 97x100 lot
was sold 01/08/10, Davis to GAC Ventures LLC for
117 Seventh St. N., Unit 29, Bayview Terrace,
Bradenton Beach, a 729 sfla / 777 sfur 2bed/lbath
condo with shared pool built in 1973 was sold
01/05/10, Niccolai to Pedone for $150,000; list
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.
Featured sale: This home at 203 55th St., Holmes
Beach, sold in March 2002 for $425,000 and in
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percent. The cost per square foot is $306. Islander
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MHS girls earn spot in district soccer final
By Kevin Cassidy
Islanders Ally Titsworth and Erin Mulrine led
the Manatee Hurricanes girls varsity soccer team to
a spot in state regional quarterfinals and a shot at the
Class 5A, District 10 title.
During their Jan. 20 District 10 semifinal match,
the pair, along with their Her-icane teammates, twice
found themselves trailing Naples Gulf Coast high
school by a goal.
Titsworth tied the score in approximately the 27th
minute with a left-footed shot that tucked just inside
the near post. Unfortunately for Manatee, Gulf Coast
retook the lead late in the first half.
Manatee came out strong in the second half,
keeping the ball down in the Gulf Coast end, but
were unable to break through. With 30 seconds left
to play, Mulrine served a corner kick into the goal
area. Titsworth threw herself into the fray, allowing
the ball to go to senior midfielder Molly Knight ,who
gathered it in, cut left and finished with a left-footed
shot to send the game into overtime.
The overtime period was much the same as the
second half, pretty much all Manatee, but they were
having trouble breaking through until just over
three minutes remained in the second overtime. Gulf
Mackenzie Kosfeld passes the soccer ball to
teammate and fellow-Islander Ally Titsworth in a
district championship game. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Courtney Taylor
Coast failed to clear the ball effectively and Mulrine
gathered the ball in at about the 30-yard line. She
pushed it forward a few yards and unleashed a rocket
that found the back of the net to set off a wild celebra-
tion among the Her-icane faithful and players.
On Jan. 22, the girls, including late-season call-
up Mackenzie Kosfeld, who was inadvertently omit-
ted from last week's report, went to Venice to battle
for the district title.
Although battling a back injury, Kosfeld stepped
in to receive substantial varsity playing time this year
against Venice and St. Pete Catholic. She played a
large portion of the Dec. 17 home game against
Venice when MHS lost by a 4-2 score. She also
played major minutes against St. Pete Catholic on a
cold Jan. 5 night and aggravated her injury. Ironically,
due to another player's injury, Kosfeld was again
called upon and responded with a strong defensive
Venice defeated the Her-icanes 5-0 ending the
girl's hopes for a District title, but not ending their
season. They travel to Tampa Jan. 28 for a 7 p.m.
kickoff at Freedom High. And a win at Freedom
would likely give the Her-icanes another shot at
Venice on Feb. 2. Good luck, girls!
Flag football action
It was another week of flag football action at
the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Tortilla
Bay Dolphins in the 8-9 division, Ross Built Raid-
ers in the 10-12 division and the adult Raiders and
Titans are all still chasing perfection with undefeated
records. The 13-16 division has three teams tied for
first place with the last-place team only three points
or one victory out of first place.
The 8-9 division Jessie's Island Store player of
the week is Michael Latimer who completed 64 per-
cent of his passes for 67 yards, while also rushing for
96 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, Latimer
added three flag pulls and an interception.
The 10-12 division Jessie's player of the week
went to Josh Zawistoski. He rushed for 101 yards
and two TDs, passed for 52 yards and accumulated
10 flag pulls on defense.
The 13-16 division Jessie's player of the week was
Christian Hightower, who passed for 162 yards, rushed
for 54 yards and a touchdown, while also getting two
interceptions, one returned for a touchdown.
Mark Richardson's 179 passing yards and 29
rushing yards that included a touchdown earned him
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Manatee High School soccer players Mackenzie
Kosfeld, Ally Titsworth and Erin Mulrine pose for a
photo at Venice High before the Class 5A, District
10 championship game. Islander Photo:
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The Center has a long tradition of promot-
ing youth baseball, but Anna Maria Island Little
League is a separate entity. Many of the league's
teams played at the Center and the league paid a
rental fee for lights.
In mid-January, Jonatzke announced the
public forum to discuss the problems the Island
Little League has faced in recent years.
Jonatzke cited a decline in the number of play-
ers and a challenge in recruiting adults to serve
as board members, coaches and in other volunteer
roles. Sponsorship also was down last year by
50 percent compared to 2007.
Declining enrollment and sponsorship are
issues Little League organizations have been deal-
ing with across the country.
Islanders decided to address the issues by
working with the Manatee West league to accom-
modate older kids, creating a Center baseball pro-
gram for younger kids and working to rebuild and
reorganize the Island league for 2011 or 2012.
At least four people are needed to serve on
a league board, said Jonatzke, who previously
served on the Island Little League board.
"If we could find somebody with a passion,"
he said, the league may reorganize for the 2011
The Center's 2010 baseball activities will
likely begin in April and be for children ages 7-11,
Jonatzke said, adding that depending on talent,
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Island Little League on hiatus
By Lisa Neff
Island Little Leaguers with dreams of hitting
long balls will have a longer drive to get to the
ballpark this spring.
The Anna Maria Island Little League board
resigned recently. Parents and league officials
agreed that this spring, minor, major and junior
Little Leaguers from Anna Maria, Bradenton
Beach and Holmes Beach will play in the Mana-
tee West Little League headquartered at G.T. Bray
Park in Bradenton.
The Anna Maria Island Community Center,
however, will host younger children playing tee
ball and machine-pitch baseball.
It's a development that may be better for
competitive ballplayers on the Island, according
to some parents and coaches.
"What we found in the past couple of years
is that our Island kids are behind in the competi-
tion level [compared] to the kids in town," said
Islander JoDene Moneuse, whose children play
Little League baseball. "They've always had fun
being with all their friends on the Island, but if
you are actually interested in hopefully making a
high school team, you have to be able to be part
of that competition."
The decision for the Island league to go on
hiatus was arrived at earlier this month, follow-
ing an online survey and meeting of parents and
coaches at the Center.
"This was a community decision, not a Center
decision," emphasized Andy Jonatzke, the sports
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Fish rebound slow from freeze, drags quiet
By Nick Walter
The prolonged, cold weather two weeks ago that
left an estimated 500,000 to three million snook state-
wide dead, left inshore anglers with little to no action
Water temperatures on the flats climbed to about
61 degrees last weekend, and it seemed redfish han-
dled the cold well compared to other species, as many
retained their size and strength.
The open season on snook that was scheduled
for February and March was canceled because of the
kill. The opening of snook season is now scheduled
for Sept. 1.
Also, the recreational harvest of tarpon and bon-
efish is prohibited through March 31.
The season for gag and red grouper will be closed
in state and federal waters Feb. 1 through March 31,
leaving anglers with just a few days to get the grouper.
The big grouper reportedly have moved far offshore
to deeper, warmer waters, and should be targeted in
at least 100 feet of water depth.
The white bait reportedly took a big hit with
the freeze, but Capt. Warren Girle reported seeing a
school of minnows, a good sign for the food supply.
"I was thinking, 'Where did you guys come from?'"
Girle said. "They must have been larva that wasn't
affected by the cold."
The pinfish were reportedly almost wiped out as
"There's a silver lining to the freeze with it
downing the pinfish herd," Capt. Rick Gross said.
"The pinfish are a pain to pick through in the win-
Capt. Warren Girle fished three consecutive
days last week and reported a lot of trout to 26 inches
that were moving into shallow water, and redfish to
28 inches around docks, with some ladyfish, black
drum and sheepshead.
"When you take the trout off the hooks, they' re
like little icebergs," Girle said.
Girle said the trout he caught were skinny, while
the redfish were fat and bullish. "Trout and redfish are
the main two you're going to want to target," Girle
said. "Even if you find some snook, you certainly
need to stay away from them. They've been devas-
tated so bad."
Rocky Corby from the Anna Maria City Pier
said he didn't see any fish caught last week, not even
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Tommy Lembeck, from C /,,. ..,,. with a redfish
caught on Christmas Day with Capt. Warren Girle.
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"I haven't seen anybody reel in anything at all,"
he said, adding he saw a lot of dead fish, including
white bait and jack crevalle.
Bob Kilb from the Rod & Reel Pier said he saw
anglers land a few sheepshead, a couple black drum,
and one whiting. He also noticed dead shiners.
"All the shiners are done with," Kilb said. "But
we don't need them this season."
Capt. Zach Zacharias of the DEE JAY II out
of Parrot Cove Marina said a couple of trips last
week produced mixed results. He reported that last
Wednesday a quartet of anglers took advantage of
calm conditions to head offshore. He said the water
had cleared substantially and the surface temperature
was about 53 degrees. He said there was a good bait
show on the bottom, but the fish weren't biting.
Inshore, he reported redfish and black drum to 20
inches. He said the action was midway through an
incoming tide using live shrimp around the pilings
of deep water docks in northern Sarasota Bay.
"Although the action was hot and heavy for over
an hour, it stopped abruptly just before the top of the
tide," Zacharias said. "We continued on to several
different spots for other species, but the fish had just
Zacharias reported that several spots in the bay
registered water temperatures up to 62 degrees.
"So if the weather continues mild, things should
get back to normal fairly quickly," Zacharias said.
"There are still snook dying around the area that just
couldn't make it from the cold of over a week ago."
Capt. Mike Greig of Capt. Mike's Charters
said he thinks grouper have moved farther offshore
into warmer water. Last week, he fished between 8
and 10 miles offshore over live bottoms and caught
about 20 grouper, only one of which was a keeper.
The rest of the catch was mangrove snapper, he
Inshore, he said the fishing was "slow to non-
Greig said he' 11 be targeting sheepshead and trout
as soon as the grouper season closes Feb. 1.
Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime Charters
said that with the warming trend, he expects redfish
to turn on again. But he's definitely locked into a
pure wintertime fishing pattern. That means he'll be
fishing deep grass beds for trout, grouper inside the
bay, redfish, sheepshead and black drum under docks,
and speckled trout.
Capt. Steven Salgado of the Compleat Angler
Captain Mark Howard
Snook Trout Redfish
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said if water temperatures rise, he expects the redfish
bite to improve. But don't expect fishing to improve
quickly, he said.
"There's been so many days of abnormal winter,"
Salgado said. "We had really, really cold days for
almost two weeks."
For sheepshead, Salgado recommends chumming
with piece of shrimp and baiting with small pieces
of shrimp on a No. 4 hook. He suggests looking for
areas where a dark, grass flat drops off onto a ledge.
Fish the dark, shallow flat by the ledge. "And wait
for a good tide when the sun is at its peak," he said.
"A good current flow keeps the water at a steady
He said anglers should forget fishing at dusk and
dawn, and instead fish between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
when the water has had a chance to warm.
Capt. Rick Gross of the charter boat Fishy Busi-
ness out of Catcher's Marina said anglers can target
nearshore artificial reefs this week for sheepshead and
white grunts. He said there are some redfish around
docks, but anglers must get their baits tight to the
pilings and slow their presentation. "It's still plenty
cold, so they' re not going to be in a super-feeding
mood," he said.
Gross said anglers also can try fishing artificial
reefs near Egmont Key, some of the cuts above the
Sunshine Skyway Bridge and Port Manatee reefs for
snapper. Look for silver trout in deeper water as well.
"Just fish right on the bottom with shrimp for silver
trout," Gross said.
Danny Stasny from Island Discount Tackle at
Catcher's said he saw a lot of redfish on the flats.
Every once in a while the reds would show over pot
holes. With the water so clear, he had been using 15-
to 20-pound fluorocarbon leaders with small hooks.
He would use his power pole to creep along while
Stasny said he had little action with sheepshead
1 mile offshore, but was able to get a couple keeper
gag grouper, hogfish and a lot of porgies in 55- to
70-feet of water depth.
Kyle Dodrill from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge
south fishing pier said anglers have mostly been
catching trout and sheepshead. He said most of the
trout have been on the flats off the toll booth. But
he also saw anglers catching trout off the end of the
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SPORTS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 24
Jessie's Store of the week in the adult division.
The adult division saw the Titans defeat the Lions
8-6 Jan. 21. Both teams struggled to move the ball
offensively as the Titans managed 226 yards and
the Lions gained 227. The winning points for the
Titans came when the Lions dropped the offensive
snap in their own end zone. Blair Schlossberg led the
Titans with 66 receiving yards and the team's lone
touchdown, while quarterback Greg Ross threw for
74 yards. Will Bouziane added 29 passing yards, 20
rushing yards and eight receiving yards, while chip-
ping in three flag pulls.
The Lions were led by Robert Cornell's 54 passing
yards and seven rushing yards. Kevin Austin added 24
rushing yards and 22 receiving yards, including the
team's lone touchdown. David Murphy contributed
26 passing yards and 26 receiving yards, while Ken
Richards completed one of five passes for 18 yards
and added 26 receiving yards. Mike Walter rounded
out the offense with 24 receiving yards, while also
Boating classes offered
The Anna Maria Island Sail and Power Squad-
ron will hold boating education courses and sem-
inars in February.
Classes are held at the squadron building,
1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton.
The America's Boating Course, a two-part
boating-safety course at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb.
6 and Feb. 13.
Chart Smart seminar, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday,
GPS seminar, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb.
Pre-registration is required. Call Gloria
Potter at 941-795-0482.
adding one flag pull on defense. Austin led the Lions
with six flag pulls and an interception, while Cornell
and Murphy finished with two flag pulls apiece.
The game of the week in the 13-16 division came
Jan. 19 as Anna Maria Oyster Bar Panthers outscored
Galati Yacht Sales Raiders 38-25. QB Christian High-
tower had a huge game as highlighted above with
player of the week honors. Other standouts were
Jordan Grabski, who led the Panthers with 70 receiv-
ing yards, a pair of touchdowns and an extra point.
Nicholas Peters added 65 receiving yards including
a touchdown and an extra point, while Liam Cassidy
finished with 27 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Grabski also added an interception to go along
with two flag pulls, while Cassidy had two flag pulls
and Lauren Hightower contributed a QB sack.
Michael Galati led the Raiders with two touch-
downs and 44 rushing yards, while Chris Galati added
24 receiving yards and one touchdown. Daniel Doyle
passed for 63 yards and added 24 receiving yards,
while Aaron Van Hook finished with 51 total yards
and an extra point. Van Hook paced the defensive
effort with a pair of sacks, three flag pulls and an
interception that he returned for a touchdown. Doyle
added two flag pulls, while Garrison Clark added one
in the loss.
The 10-12 division game of the week saw Walter
& Associates Titans knock Mr. Bones Bengals from
the unbeaten ranks with a 20-15 victory Jan. 18.
Michael Duffman led the Titan attack with 136 yards
rushing and a pair of touchdowns. Joey Salinas added
45 rushing yards, including a touchdown and a two-
point conversion. Keegan Murphy rounded out the
Titan offense with 20 passing yards and seven rush-
Parker had a huge day on defense with a game-
high seven flag pulls. Duffman added five pulls, while
Brendan Murphy added four pulls. Jacob Talucci had
two pulls and Edward Clulinan and Miles Fischer
each finished with one flag pull apiece.
Logan Reiber had another strong game, finishing
with 131 rushing yards that included two touchdowns
and a two-point conversion. Ben Connors added 55
rushing and receiving yards, while Chris Gunn fin-
ished with 30 receiving yards and an extra point.
Gunn also led the defensive charge with three
flag pulls and a quarterback sack. Robert Oshaben
and Reiber each finished with two flag pulls, while
Andrew Zink added an interception and one pull in
Tortilla Bay Dolphins remained undefeated with
a 20-12 victory over Sparks Steel Art Eagles that
was the 8-9 division game of the week. Dylan Doyle
paced the Dolphin offensive attack with 123 rushing
yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Trent Shack-
elford added 29 yards of offense and a touchdown.
Joey Stewart tacked on a two-point conversion to
go along with his 21 yards of offense, while Ethan
Bertrand ran for 39 yards.
Bertrand led the Dolphin defense with three flag
pulls and an interception, while Dylan Doyle also
intercepted a pass and finished with two flag pulls.
Ryan Doyle added three flag pulls, while Hannah
McCracken finished with one pull in the victory.
Sparks was led by Dylan Joseph, who had 69
rushing yards, 33 receiving yards and a touchdown,
while Leo Rose added 17 rushing yards, a touchdown
on offense, and contributed a team-high three flag
pulls and an interception on defense.
Visit The Islander web site sports page for flag
football schedules and standings: www.islander.
John Crawford and Rod Bussey rolled past walker
Hank Huyghe 21-8 in Jan. 20 horseshoe action at the
Anna Maria City Hall pits.
The team of Herb Puryear and Art Kingstad
defeated Crawford and Bob Lee 22-12 during the
Jan. 17 games.
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FISHING COMBOS: TWO 6-foot Gamemaster
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rod with Mitchell reel, $10. 941-761-1415.
FISHING COMBO: 6-foot Zebco rod with Zebco
reel, $10. 941-761-1415.
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less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver
in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, e-mail email@example.com,
fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821.
GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are welcome
to come and worship with us! Call 941-778-1813
or visit: www.gloriadeilutheran.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.
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THE ROTARY CLUB of Bradenton: Annual
Comedy Night features "MICHAEL JR." at Mat-
tison's Riverside, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6. The
tickets are $35 and proceeds benefit local col-
lege scholarships. Call 941-748-8087 for infor-
mation and tickets.
FLORIDIANA FESTIVAL AND Highwaymen
artist show: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30.
Florida souvenirs, memorabilia. Meet Highway-
men artists. Admission $6. Casino Ballroom,
5500 Shore Blvd., Gulfport, FL. 727-421-0441
"ANNA MARIA ISLAND" Tervis Tumblers, Jack
Elka's 2010 "Anna Maria Island" calendar, Great
tasting Florida-made wines! Sweet Peas/Sam-
plings. 5350 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-
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lon buckets with lid to ship to Haiti. Drop at The
Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothe-
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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
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. 9 a.m.-noon
Saturday. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-
ANNUAL THRIFT AND bake sale: 8:30 a.m.-2
p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 29-30. Furniture,
clothing, housewares, linens, jewelry, books and
pictures plus a boutique. Lunch served 10:30
a.m.-1 p.m. Westminster Presbyterian Church.
3011 19th Ave. W., Bradenton.
WHITNEY PLAZA ANTIQUE and art fair. Satur-
day and Sunday, Feb. 6-7. Treasures, local artist,
organic produce, exotic orchids and more. 6828
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information,
HUGE WHITE ELEPHANT sale: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 6. Housewares, jewelry, hooks,
videos, collectibles. Our famous pickles and
baked goods. 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
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Pastor Rosemary W. Backer
Saturday 5pm Celebrate!
Sunday 9:30am Traditional Worship
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Foreign & Domestic Air Conditioning
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214 Pine Avenue
P.O. Box 1608
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FOUND: GRAY BUNNY. Lop-eared, neutered
male. Friendly. Found Jan. 7, 5300 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Taken to Bishop Animal Shelter,
LOST: LARGE KEY ring. Newport News Ship
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LOST WEDDING RING, near Publix, East Bay
Drive, Holmes Beach. Reward. 941-778-7414.
LOST: SET OF four keys on yellow wristband.
FOUND: SILVER EARRING. Sunday morning,
S&S Plaza parking lot. Call 941-778-5099 to
GOOFY SEEKS FAMILY: 1-year-old pomera-
nian, mixed gray, white, gold. Needs a good
family. Chihuahua-weiner pups, too. All shots.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-
BLUE WATER DETAILING: We worry about the
details, you just enjoy your boat. 941-704-5431
LOOKING TO BUY a boat slip in Holmes Beach
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SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
STENOGRAPHIC SERVICES WANTED: One
hour per day, five days a week. 941-778-4437.
MOWING: $15-$20/YARD. Landscape, hard-
scape. 20 years experience concrete, carpentry.
Call Joel, 941-720-1599.
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work wanted. Complete home office. Extensive
experience. Call 941-778-0042.
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.
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January thru Easter Sunday Services
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cleaning and pet sitting. Certified. Experienced.
Call 941-538-8922 or 941-538-2081.
LAWN MOWING/DOG walking? Will walk dogs
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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.
RESTAURANT: ISLAND BREAKFAST/lunch
eatery. Profitable, charming, easy to run. Confi-
dentiality agreement required. $95,000. Longview
READY TO START your own business franchis-
ing workshop, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28.
Demetrios Pizza House. 1720 Cortez Road W.,
Bradenton, FL, 34207. FranNet offers free con-
sulting to help you select the franchise that is the
best fit for you. Representatives from FranNet,
SCORE, the CEDC, a local SBA lender and an
attorney specializing in franchise law will be on
site to answer your questions. Limited reserved
seating! For reservations and directions 727-403-
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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.
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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-
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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-
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778-7770. Leave message.
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deep, quality cleaning. References. 20 years
experience. Call 941-758-8680.
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired
tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call
Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
PAINTING, WATERPROOFING: NEW construc-
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since 1992. Call Venture Services, 941-809-
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Special need students welcome. Grades 3-12.
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years of happy customers. Senior check, pet-
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UPSCALE NAILS: Nails on the Island. 30 years
experience. 9908 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Call for
an appointment. 941-713-5244.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
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TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
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Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
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resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
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Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
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STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
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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.
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.
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patio, fences, foot bridges, waterfalls, rock gar-
dens, maintenance. Free consultation, quote. Phil-
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references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
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prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
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GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
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man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
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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.
SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENTS: Michi-
gan carpenter, cabinet maker. All phases of con-
struction. 30 years experience. No job too big or
too small. Quality work guaranteed at affordable
prices. Call Mike, 877-822-4326. kroon@triton.
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.
HERB'S LOW PRESSURE Washing and Painting:
Environmentally friendly. Free estimates. Licensed,
insured. Senior discounts. 941-750-9743.
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STUNNING GULF FRONT Spacious 3 BR/ 3 BA home
with heated pool, dumbwaiter, 2 car garage, 2 porches
facing beach. $1, 395,000
WEST OF GULF DR. 2 BR condo in west building of
Palm Cay. Upstairs end unit, heated pool, turnkey furnished.
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
3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
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.
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.
Own a unit in one of the
best buildings on the island.
Direct Gulf front condo
on the top floor with Gulf
views from every window!
redone new cabinets,
71 granite countertops, new
Appliances. New bathroom
vanities and more! This
um ,i. I-sically brand new. Extremely
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PFi.-o. elevator. You must see to
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Inll" I es. Asking $749,000.
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104 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, FL
REDUCED $379,000. Remove small structure on this more
than 11,000 sq.ft. duplex zoned lot and create two attached units
plus room for pool. View at 7002 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach
REDUCED $699,000. Great beginnings with 3/2 home
in ROR district. Front portion of home may be utilized as
business with spacious kitchen, living room, & dining plus
screened porch full width of this home for your residence.
Ideal parking & great setback from Pine.
REDUCED $995,000. Quality custom 3/2 Key West Design
with separate heat/cool units each level. All living areas open
design kitchen, master Br, den and laundry room 3rd level
PLUS covered deck. Amenities include intercom & security,
central vacuum, elevator, outside shower and more. Room
for pool & 450 feet to beautiful beach.
"Te ARE the I -lia n dr
Marie Fraklin, Lic Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
SEASONAL RENTAL: 2BR/1 BA, nicely furnished,
washer and dryer, large back deck, steps to
beach. $2,500/month. 813-244-4944.
ANNA MARIA DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA, washer/dryer,
seasonal $1,800/month, monthly or weekly rates
available. Close to beach, trolley and restaurants.
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.
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.
PRIVATE BEACHFRONT HOME: 2BR/1BA
ground level, spectacular views, seasonal/monthly
rental. $3,500/month. 941-778-8356.
S Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
3351 Sabal Cove Lane,
Architectural masterpiece! 4BR/5BA,
3456 SF, 1991, gourmet kitchen,
heated pool and spa. Private beach
access and gated! ML#A3916436
S gulf(Bay Walty ofAnna Maria Inc.
Sesse Brisson BrokrlAssociate, gI
BRADENTON BEACH CLUB
condo with den. This
like-new condo has
peeks of the Gulf and
a great rental history.
deeded beach access,
furnished. A supreme
value in today's market. This property will not last
Call Jesse Brisson
a 'l-. REPUTATION
35 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
HERONS WATCH 8 min. to beaches. Lakeview 3BR/2BA,
Stone Fireplace, Corian & other upgrades. $329,000.
RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT, 2BR/2BA condo, downstairs
end unit. Clubhouse, pool, tennis. $129,000.
PERICO ISLAND PATIO HOME, 2BR/2BA, enclosed lanai, Large Greatroom, $275,000.
LUXURY GULF-FRONT VILLAS. Anna Maria. Weekly & monthly.
8 MIN. TO GULF BEACH. 3/2, 5 yrs. old $1,300/mo Annual.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock, $2,900/mo. Seasonal.
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, Wedding/reunions, seasonal/vacations.
MARTINIQUE Luxury 2/2/Garage. Direct Gulf view.
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
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PLAYA ENCANTADA: Sun-drenched balcony,
warm pool and hot spa. 2BR/2BA units available
for February, March and April 2010. Two-week
minimum. Call Clark at Superior Island Services,
PERICO ISLAND: Feb. 1 April 30. Townhouse
2BR/3BA. Lakeview, clubhouse, pool, tennis,
workout room. $2,500/month. 941-224-0555.
VACATION SHORT-TERM rentals. Let us know
your dates. Condos, houses. Realtor, 941-356-
SEASONAL RENTAL: EL CONQUISTADOR
Country Club. 2BR condo with garage in excel-
lent condition and neighborhood. For picture and
information, call 941-545-3097.
AFFORDABLE SEASONAL RENTAL: Sand-
piper Mobile Resort, across from Gulf. 55-plus.
1BR/1BA, open floor plan. $1,500/month. 941-
SEASONAL RENTAL: FEBRUARY-March,
$1,700/month. 1 BR/1 BA furnished duplex apart-
ment. Holmes Beach. 810-614-6962.
ANNUAL RENTAL: KEY Royale canal home.
3BR/3BA available after April 10. Completely
renovated. Owner, 678-777-7105.
BEACH CONDO: 2BR/2BA, heated pool, Jacuzzi,
tennis. Available February or April. 941-794-
ANNUAL HOUSE: 2BR/2BA. Florida room,
washer and dryer, west side of Gulf Drive. $1,000/
month. Duplex, 2BR/2BA, stackable washer and
dryer. $750/month. 1BR/1BA close to beach,
$700/month. No pets. Dolores M. Baker Realty,
.eM1e 'awn 6Jac
Vintage 2BD/1BA beach
cottage. Secluded and
tranquil North Shore. Gulfffront
with sunset views.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA 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-
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.
ANNA MARIA CANAL home: 2BR/2BA for sale.
Walk to beach, boat lift and dock, washer, dryer,
recently renovated. $550,000. Possible owner
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.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
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Complete remodel and
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to Sunshine Skyway views.
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BANK OWNED! 3BR/2BA Key West-style home
built in 2006. Gorgeous. $419,000. Cindy Migone,
Signature Sotheby's International Realty, 941-
VILLAGE GREEN: FROM $115,000 and up.
2BR/2BA with garage. Denise Langlois, your Vil-
lage Green specialist. 941-725-4425
BEAUTIFULLY UPDATED 3BR/2BA Island home.
Short walk to the beach. New roof, kitchen, win-
dows, deck, brick patio, indoor staircase and
foyer, air conditioning ducts, Hardiplank siding.
WATERFRONT LOT: BREATHTAKING, Sunshine
Skyway Bridge view. 230 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. $550,000. Waterfront 3BR/2BA home,
same view. 228 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
ALL UPDATED VILLAGE Green villa by owner.
2BR/2BA, two-car garage. 30-foot enclosed lanai,
2,000 sf, all appliances. New 18 Seer air condition-
ing. Five minutes to beach. $157,000. 1209 68th
St.W., Bradenton. Readily shown. 941-792-7679.
VILLAGE GREEN VILLA: Condo D model,
2BR/2BA with family room, two-car garage, 2,000
sf. Remodeled new kitchen, bath, laundry, wood,
tile, carpet, air conditioning. Must see! $164,500.
Owner, realtor, 941-720-7519.
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