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Anna Maria takes first step to moratorium
By Rick Catlin
Score a victory for Anna Maria City
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus. The city is
headed toward a moratorium at his behest.
Stoltzfus said at the special city com-
mission meeting March 11 that his motion
for a moratorium on retail-office-residential
projects in the city was not directed toward
any particular developer.
"I am trying not to target PAR," Stoltz-
fus said, referring to Pine Avenue Restora-
motion was about park-
ing and safety on Pine
Avenue, he said.
argued for a morato-
rium since his elec-
tion in November
St. .1:/f, 2009, claiming the city
was approving PAR site plans that did not
comply with the comprehensive plan or
This time, Commission Chairman John
By Nick Walter
Finally, baseball players and dogs can
play in harmony.
The baseball field behind the West Man-
atee Fire Rescue Station No. 1 in Holmes
Beach is the best place on the Island to run,
or so say some dogs owners.
But in the past few months, some ball-
players have complained to Holmes Beach
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger that dogs were
interfering with their ability to swat a ball.
So Bohnenberger instructed city work-
ers to put a sign on the fence at Birdie Teb-
betts Field that reads, "No dogs permitted
during ball playing activities." The work-
ers also added a latching gate at the field's
entrance that helps prevent dogs from leav-
ing the field during their playtime.
A Manatee County grant intended the
field to be used for baseball players.
"The money was given to us to be a
ballfield and that's what it is," Bohnen-
berger said. "If people want to use it for
pets, fine. We can't have the two together.
I truly hope people clean after themselves
because I'd hate to have to shut it down. On
the other side of the coin, some people feel
there shouldn't be dogs allowed in there at
all. So I'm trying to be accommodating and
meet both needs."
Spring and summer Babe Ruth League
teams frequently practice on the field, and
some league games were scheduled at
the field in the past. But the field also is a
Quam and Commissioner Dale Woodland
agreed with Stoltzfus.
In a 3-1 vote, the commission voted to pro-
ceed with the moratorium. Commissioner Jo
Ann Mattick voted against the measure, while
Commissioner Chuck Webb was absent.
In what could be a costly move for the
city, the commission indicated that the mora-
torium will put a halt to three PAR site plans
submitted to the city in November, but not yet
ready for the commission review.
The action may prompt PAR to file a law-
suit against the city if its applications "in the
pipeline" are not exempt from the moratorium
or site-plan procedure changes passed by the
commission March 4.
City attorney Jim Dye said his recom-
mendation would be to "leave out the proj-
ects in the pipeline," but Stoltzfus argued the
city began discussing parking safety on Pine
Avenue in November. He wants all ROR site-
plan applications "frozen."
Dye said a key issue for the moratorium to
apply to the submitted PAR plans is when did
the ordinances affecting PAR projects become
Stoltzfus argued that the commission
told him on Nov. 17 to form a parking safety
committee, but Dye said that "what might be
certain to you" might be uncertain to someone
else. He said he would have to go back to
the commission minutes to "nail down" when
pertinent discussions began.
Mayor Fran Barford had reason for con-
cern about a moratorium.
If the moratorium leads to a lawsuit, the
city can't afford to lose it, she said. It appears
to her that all the discussions in recent com-
mission meetings have targeted PAR projects
and no others.
Stoltzfus said that's just because PAR is
the only developer submitting site plans for
Barford said she just wanted her concern
"on the record."
Not discussed was the matter of a possible
veto by the mayor, which to override would
require a 4-1 vote by the commission.
Dye observed that if a lawsuit is for dam-
ages only, the city's liability insurance with
the Florida League of Cities should cover the
PLEASE SEE MORATORIUM, PAGE 4
Birdie Tebbetts Field behind West Manatee Fire Rescue Station No. 1 in Holmes Beach is a
popular spot for dog owners and ballplayers. Islander Photos: Nick Walter
common spot year-round for everyday players
- adults and kids to hit a ball around.
It's also common to see people and pets
on the field year-round.
Tom Hankins is an Anna Maria resident
who has been taking his dogs to the field for
"I had one minor incident with someone
who was trying to hit softballs by himself, and
he told me, 'You shouldn't be here,'" Hankins
Hankins said he's noticed the dog owners
take pride in keeping the field clean.
"We make an effort to keep the field
immaculate," Hankins said. "It's just the only
place to be. There's no other place to take a
dog" on Anna Maria Island.
Fran Wesley from Ontario, Canada, is
happy about the fencing, because it keeps her
dog from leaving the field.
\ ly dog loves to run free," she said.
It seems dogs and ballplayers have come
to an agreement.
"I think so far it's been working out fine,"
Bohnenberger said. "I haven't had any more
complaints from anyone."
Ihe signs on the mnfeld ence at Birdce leb-
betts Field gives notice to baseball play-
ers and dog owners that they cannot play
together and baseball comes first.
2-A U MARCH 17, 2010 U THE ISLANDER
Public beach parking lots improved
By Nick Walter
Manatee County renovated the Manatee Public
Beach and Coquina Beach parking lots to support
disabled citizens, and now all the lots need is some
At both beaches, the county dealt with issues
under the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act,
adding handicap-accessible sidewalks that run from
the bus stops to the concessions.
Also, the parking lots have been rearranged to help
cars, Manatee County Area Transit buses and trolleys
circulate safely away from pedestrians. Manatee Coun-
ty's Parks and Recreation Department also will add
landscaping for beautification and safety purposes.
"Now someone with a disability can park, get out
and go down the sidewalk," said Mike Sosadeeter, a
landscape architect with the county property manage-
ment department. "Prior to putting the sidewalks in,
that wasn't possible. It was challenging to try and roll
a wheelchair in the sand."
This was the second project at the Manatee Public
Beach during tourist season. First, the pier was torn
down, leaving demolition crews and debris and a
fenced area in view of beachgoers for more than a
month. Some tourists complained that tearing down
the pier during the tourist season was "bad timing,"
because so many people come to the beach for the
Then, for two weeks, a section at the north end
of the Cafe on the Beach parking lot was closed off
during the parking lot renovation. Sosadeeter said
that the cold weather kept numbers of beach-goers
down at the Manatee Public Beach, so parking likely
wasn't a problem.
Dee Schaefer, owner/operator of the gift shop
and Cafe on the Beach, agreed that parking was not
so much of a problem.
"Had it been high season and beautiful weather, it
would have been absolutely awful," Schaefer said.
Sosadeeter said that when a project needs to be
completed, factors such as the time of the year typi-
cally are not considered.
"It's a matter of when we get funding in place
and when we get contracts in place," Sosadeeter said.
"There are a lot of factors involved. Once we' re ready
to build, we like to get in and out as quickly as we
can. Unfortunately, it was at this time of the year, and
it would have been better if it was mid-summer."
There are now rows of bollards near the trolley
turnaround at the Manatee Public Beach parking lot
to help direct traffic.
Sosadeeter said there also will be landscaping to
help direct traffic around the bollards and at the north
A federal grant paid in part for the project. The
landscaping will be paid from the county parks and
recreation department budget.
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By Lisa Neff
Anna Maria residents are among the first in
the area to receive U.S. Census questionnaires -
because Anna Maria residents collect their mail at
the post office.
Most of the nation's 120 million households
- about 90 percent of the U.S. population will
receive the 10-question forms by mail this month.
But thousands of Census workers are hand-deliv-
ering surveys to about 12 million U.S. addresses,
including the northernmost Island city and the vil-
lage of Cortez, because federal law requires that the
questionnaires go directly to residences.
The first surveys which are confidential -
were distributed to Anna Maria homes earlier this
month, with Census workers promising to knock
again if the forms are not returned within the
"Regardless of whether your census form gets
dropped off at your front door or you receive it
within a few weeks in your mailbox, it's important
that you fill it out and mail it back as soon as pos-
sible," U.S. Census Bureau director Robert Groves
said. "With only 10 questions, the 2010 Census
should take about 10 minutes to complete."
Though the forms were being hand-delivered
in Anna Maria and Cortez, respondents are to mail
them back to the bureau, just like respondents in
Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach.
While it costs the bureau less than 50 cents for
each envelope mailed back, "The Census Bureau
will spend about $25 per person if we have to go
out and knock on the doors of households that don't
mail them back," Groves said.
The 2010 Census is mandated by the U.S. Con-
Data from the count is used to apportion con-
gressional seats to states, to distribute more than
$400 billion in federal funding to state and local
governments, and to guide decisions about com-
This year's questionnaire is one of the short-
est in U.S. history, in part due to addition of other
surveys conducted by the Census Bureau.
Census enthusiasts who want to track their
community's response to the survey can follow the
change in participation rates at 2010.census.gov
using zip codes.
In 2000, the participation rate in Anna Maria,
which has the zip code 34216, was 63-68 percent.
The participation rate for the 34217 community,
which includes Holmes Beach and Bradenton
Beach, was 39-44 percent.
Island officials to meet
Bradenton Beach will host a meeting of the
Coalition of Barrier Island Officials at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, March 17.
The meeting will take place at city hall, 107
Gulf Drive N.
The agenda includes discussion on four
Dogs on the beach.
Alcohol on the beach.
Law enforcement on the beach.
The coalition consists of elected officials
from Anna Maria, Bradenton Beach, Holmes
Beach and Longboat Key.
Census surveys arriving
in Anna Maria
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Anna Maria City
March 24, 6 p.m., city commission special
meeting on permit fees.
March 25, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
March 18, 1 p.m., city commission meeting.
March 23, 4 p.m., charter review committee
March 30, 4 p.m., charter review committee
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
March 18, 10 a.m. code enforcement meeting.
March 23, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
March 18, 6 p.m., district commission meet-
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
March 17, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Offi-
cials meeting, Bradenton Beach City Hall.
March 17 is St. Patrick's Day.
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.
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.
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Sunshine law expert seeks AM e-mails
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria's legal issues are complicated.
The consultant who helped lawyers win a $1 mil-
lion lawsuit against the Venice City Commission last
year has asked the city for all e-mails pertaining to
city business that were sent and/or received by Com-
missioner Harry Stoltzfus and planning and zoning
board member Jim Conoly.
Michael Barfield asked for "all e-mails, includ-
ing attachments, regardless of whether on a per-
sonal or private e-mail account, sent or received
by Jim Conoly and Harry Stoltzfus for the period
beginning on March 1, 2009, through March 10,
Mike Coleman of Pine Avenue Restoration said
no comment" when asked if he or his legal team had
City clerk Alice Baird was directed to provide
a written explanation if it is determined that any
requested e-mail is confidential or exempt from the
Copies of Barfield's letter were sent to Stoltzfus
Although not an attorney, Barfield said lawyers
retain him as an expert on Florida public records laws.
He said he was part of the legal team that won a $1
million judgment against the Venice City Commis-
sion for failure to maintain adequate public records
and for using private e-mails to discuss city business
outside of the Florida Sunshine Laws.
Including attorney costs, the final judgment in that
case was $1.5 million, Barfield said. An appeals judge
later lowered the settlement to about $800,000.
His public records request could signal the first
stage in a legal battle between the city and PAR.
But Coleman had no comment on Barfield's
request or any future legal action by PAR.
"We want to just wait and see how this plays
out," he said.
Holmes Beach commissioners oppose business tax
By Nick Walter
A majority of Holmes Beach commissioners at
their March 9 meeting at city hall opposed Manatee
County's proposal of a $35 annual tax on businesses
to bolster businesses.
All except Commissioner Al Robinson opposed
the tax that John Rice of the Manatee County Cham-
ber of Commerce Economic Development Council
promoted to create jobs and allow EDC representa-
tives to better recruit businesses.
"I don't think we' re happy with it," Commission
Chair Sandy Haas-Martens said. "And I don't think it
would be fair because our residents do pay a business
tax to us."
The majority of commissioners are pushing to
opt out of the proposed business tax.
Haas-Martens said the proposal is unclear, specifi-
cally regarding the qualification of a business. She won-
dered, for example, about on-call, home-care nurses.
"Do each have to have a license?" Haas-Martens said.
Commissioner David Zaccagnino agreed that
there is a lot of gray area.
"I think that one of the concerns is that we' re
paying for rental licenses and then having to pay
a business tax to the county, and it's like a double
whammy," Zaccagnino said. "I can't speak for every-
body, but I'm indecisive about supporting this until
there's more clarity about what's going on."
Commissioner John Monetti did not hesitate to
oppose the proposal.
"I am opposed to it," he said. "What stuck with
me is when they said,' $35 is a good start.' That kind
of stuck with me."
Commissioner Pat Morton agreed.
But Commissioner Al Robinson thought the com-
mission should not waste time debating the issue
because $35 is not a "big deal," and, he said, the tax
could produce positive economic results.
Emery Morse, president of the Martinique North
Condominium Association, asked that the commis-
sion oppose the tax.
Morse, at a prior commission meeting, asked the
commission to approve his request to include trash
pickup in the taxes that condo owners pay the city.
"Taxes, insurance and weather are three things
that are driving individuals and businesses out of the
state of Florida," Morse said last week.
The Manatee County Board of County Commis-
sioners is expected to vote on a business tax ordi-
nance sometime this spring.
In other business, Palmetto resident Andy Toller
of WastePro told the commission that WastePro is
interested in being the city's trash provider. "The
biggest thing that sets us apart from our competitor
is that we are always part of the community," Toller
said. "We're not just a business."
Zaccagnino spoke about a proposal to extend the
sidewalks on the north and south sides of Manatee
Avenue to connect with Gulf Drive at the beach.
He said that the Florida Department of Transporta-
tion did a cost estimate of $250,000 for the north side,
which the DOT considered to be partly on wetlands.
"But when the county did the estimate, it was
$125,000 for both sides," Zaccagnino said. "So I'm
hopeful some of those projects will get on the agenda.
I think it would be well worthwhile and would help
with safety and be more convenient to our residents
in that area."
The next commission meeting is at 7 p.m. Tues-
day, March 23, at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801
MORATORIUM CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
"But you can get sued for other than damages
and the FLC would not get involved," he said.
Woodland said he had to consider the greater good,
rather than the cost to the city if a lawsuit follows. Oth-
erwise, he said, he's not doing his job and neither is the
commission. There is no price on safety, he said.
Mattick opposed the moratorium and noted she
raised the Pine Avenue parking safety issue with the
commission in January 2009, but no action was ever
taken, not even a work session.
She noted also that a number of ROR projects
have been approved by the P&Z board in recent years
and not one person has ever come forward to say
there was an issue with parking and safety on Pine
Avenue because of the projects. At least, not until
Stoltzfus was elected.
PAR principal Mike Coleman, however, eased
Barford's fears when he said a lawsuit "is the last,
and very last thing we want to do."
But Coleman did say his company is only going
to take so much.
"Let me be clear. There comes a time when the
line gets crossed," he said.
After the meeting, Coleman said, "Attorney
Dye was clear, stating for the record 'I recommend
that you do not include applications in the pipe-
line,' referencing the proposed moratorium lan-
guage. This is consistent with case law, as advised
by our counsel as well, not to mention the common
decency of fair play, whereby you don't change
the rules in the middle of the game. Hopefully,
commissioners will take pause to consider the
recommendation of the city attorney, while giving
chairman Stover and the P&Z an opportunity to
fully evaluate all of the options on the table. We
will make every effort to comply, retroactively,
with any rational plan that addresses legitimate
concerns while respecting property rights."
Coleman told commissioners at the meeting, "If
your objective is to have no more mixed-use on Pine
Avenue, pass this moratorium and we won't build any
Since it was formed in 2007, Pine Avenue
Restoration LLC has had several retail-office-
residential projects on Pine Avenue approved by
the Anna Maria Planning and Zoning Board.
A PAR project at 315 and 317 Pine Avenue
was approved in 2008 and is now operational,
while another PAR project at 401 Pine Ave. is
A fourth project at 503 Pine Ave. was
approved by the board but was not built. The
project has since been sold to another interest
and the PAR site plan is no longer valid. And, in
February, the P&Z board approved by a 4-3 vote
a PAR project for 216 Pine Ave.
In November 2009, PAR submitted three site
plans for ROR projects on Pine Avenue:
210 Pine Ave.
313 Pine Ave.
401 Pine Ave.
All three projects call for two-story ROR
more," he said. "We will be done."
But it's possible for any property owner to build
a 37-foot-high, single-family home without site-
plan approval, similar to those built on the site of
the former Island Marine property on Pine Avenue.
Ironically, it was the construction of those houses
in 2005 that sparked the city commission to put lan-
guage in the comprehensive plan to encourage mixed-
use development on Pine Avenue.
And the effort to maintain some mix of commer-
cial-residential was instrumental in the formation of
PAR in 2007.
The moratorium must go through a public hear-
ing with the planning and zoning board and two hear-
ings before the city commission before it becomes
Dye said the moratorium could be in place in
three weeks if "all the switches fall off' properly.
The commission agreed to a 180-day moratorium.
During the freeze, it will discuss and enact changes
to the land-development regulations and traffic-cir-
culation ordinance that pertain to parking and other
development issues. The proposed moratorium would
end on Sept. 23, 2010.
Stoltzfus said that before the moratorium expires,
he wants all changes to the LDRs approved by the
"I don't want any doubt as to what the laws
govern," he said.
Commissioners scheduled a joint work session
with the planning and zoning board for 6 p.m. Thurs-
day, March 18, to discuss on-site parking and changes
to the traffic circulation ordinance.
Florida in the Sunshine
Florida's Government-in-the-Sunshine Laws
are some of the nations most strict on public
records and meetings.
According to the statutes, all e-mails to and
from elected and appointed officials and govern-
ment staff of the same jurisdiction about public
business are public record, even though the elected
and appointed official might sit on a different body
within the same government.
Additionally, elected and appointed officials
are prohibited from discussing government busi-
ness either in person, via e-mail or telephone
- with other elected and appointed officials
of the same commission or board on an issue
that might come to them for a vote, unless the
required public notice criteria is met.
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Talk forecasts budget choices to come
By Lisa Neff
Bradenton Beach commissioners and staff didn't
deal with figures during a budget discussion March
9, but they did begin an exploration of choices and
decisions to come for fiscal 2011.
"We here are going to have to make some big
decisions," said Commissioner Janie Robertson. "We
can't spend any more reserves."
In Florida, the busy municipal budget season is
in July and August, when cities receive data from the
state and counties that help forecast revenues for the
next year. Those numbers are needed to plan expen-
ditures for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.
But planning for the new fiscal year already is under
way in Bradenton Beach, where Robertson repeatedly
has said she wants to have more than a few days to
analyze a spending plan and identify potential cuts.
Commissioners met in February with staff for an
orientation session on the budget, a sort of Munici-
pal Budget 101 class. A second meeting took place
March 9, and others are planned this spring.
Commissioners arrived to the March 9 meeting
at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive, with print-outs of the
city's current revenue and expense reports. The report
provided a status update on where city departments
are on revenues and expenses for fiscal 2010 through
Robertson asked several questions about how rev-
enues and expenses are assigned to certain accounts
Commissioner Bob Bartelt asked whether money
appropriated but not spent in one budget gets carried
over to the next budget.
"The only carryovers are capital-improvement
projects," said city clerk Nora Idso.
At the heart of the discussion was not the talk
about the revenue and expense report, but rather the
Bradenton Beach City Commissioner Janie Robert-
son asks a question about budgeting, while Com-
missioner Bob Bartelt listens, during a meeting
March 9 at city hall. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
expectation that the city, like many other govern-
ments, is facing another difficult year for revenues.
"We're either going to have to raise taxes or find
it in here," Robertson said, referring to the budget and
Robertson said she wants to see more budget
details line-by-line expenses to help her make
Idso said the city followed that approach some
years ago, but prior commissioners said the added
information was not necessary.
L\ cly two years or four years, it's like a revolv-
ing door," Idso said of the changing composition of
Robertson also said she wanted to see from
department heads "a bare-bones versus a what-I'd-
like-to-have" budget request.
Idso, during the meeting, said "bare-bones" was
what department heads submitted for this year's
budget, in which city employees forfeited pay raises,
including cost-of-living increases.
"Last year, we were asked by one another to cut
our budgets as low as we possibly could ... so the
commission need not raise taxes," Idso said. "I believe
each department is doing what you are asking."
Police Chief Sam Speciale added that while Bra-
denton Beach commissioners have not raised taxes in
recent years, Manatee County and the school district
have raised taxes.
He said, "Bradenton Beach says, 'We're not
going to raise taxes.' How many years can you do
that? Look at your tax bill.... This is getting to be the
best destination in the country, and we keep saying
we're going to cut services, personnel and benefits
and we're never going to raise taxes?"
Later during the lk ngthl afternoon discussion, the
chief said, "We keep putting blinders on, saying we're
not going to raise taxes.... We're falling behind. We
were, at one time, up just below where we should
have been with our salaries. We are so low now."
Special said, "You talk about the city bleeding,
you're getting the blood from us."
Bartelt then expressed a regret that the city has
been unable to collect an estimated $100,000 in over-
due bills for garbage service and stormwater fees and
about the economic crisis in the country.
"The community-at-large didn't cooperate," he
said. "The economy didn't cooperate. There's just
some things (the city) can't anticipate."
After the mayor adjourned the meeting, Robert-
son, Bartelt and Commissioner Gay Breuler lingered
in the chambers.
Robertson and Breuler exchanged brief words
about budgeting that ended abruptly with a caution
about Florida's Sunshine Law, which restricts the
nature of conversations between elected officials
outside of a public meeting.
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Let the sunshine in
It may come as no surprise to longtime readers of
The Islander newspaper that we are devout believers
in Florida's Government-in-the-Sunshine laws.
The First Amendment Foundation and the Florida
Press Association, both of which we strongly support,
devoutly watch the Florida Legislature for any dimin-
ishing proposals to the public meeting and public
records laws in Florida, which are recognized to be
among the best in the country.
But just in the past few weeks, moments of indis-
cretion flared in Anna Maria and Bradenton Beach.
In Anna Maria, members of a board stayed at the
dais to discuss the proposal before them. The discus-
sion was quickly disclosed when the meeting recon-
vened, but shame on the trio of board members, all
presumably having attended mandatory Government-
In Bradenton Beach, city commissioners contin-
ued discussing public matters after the gavel fell on
their meeting and their fellow commissioners and the
gallery had left the room. According to the reporter
present, the discussion was not imperative, but there
also was no opportunity to correct the blunder. The
meeting had ended. Shame again, because these com-
missioners also attended mandatory Government-in-
We point out these lapses, because it is Sunshine
Week March 14-20, a national initiative to encourage a
dialogue about the importance of open government and
freedom of information. It emphasizes the public's right
to know what government is doing, and why.
Sunshine Week seeks to encourage people to
play an active role in their government, to ensure the
public of its access to information, and to empower
people with information.
It is for these reasons that we use the examples of
lapses right here on Anna Maria Island to emphasize
the importance of these rights to you.
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I would like to propose an arrangement that I
believe could be of enormous advantage to the Keys
of Sarasota, which all currently pay colossal property
taxes to Manatee and Sarasota Counties, especially
for education, and way beyond any money received
back in expenditure on the keys.
I suggest Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key,
Lido Key, St. Armands Key, Bird Key, Siesta Key
and Casey Key should band together and form a new
county called Key County and disassociate from
Sarasota and Manatee counties.
This new county would have colossal income
- vastly in excess of its needs even with its own
police force, jail, schools, fire, governments, etc. So
much so that it could give a boost to its commercial
sector, especially shopping, by dropping sales tax to
4 percent or 5 percent to give an edge over Sarasota
and Bradenton and drop property taxes by up to half,
which would benefit every single resident and busi-
ness on these islands and improve property values
here to everyone's benefit.
The financial and economic case for this idea
would be most compelling and of huge benefit to us
all. Surely we have more in common than we do dif-
ferences. Each island could have local government,
as LBK does now, and each island could elect mem-
bers to a new county government to arrange public
A new government being formed in a recession,
if not a depression, could be created more efficiently
than existing government, which grew fat in the good
times and finds it hard to cut back in difficult eco-
I urge public and local government discussion
of this idea, as I believe it would create an amazing
and powerful new county with low millage and high
Victor Levine, Longboat Key
Planning at Pine and the pier
All the plans presented for Pine Avenue and for
the city pier boardwalk in Anna Maria were obvi-
ously the result of much effort two were exqui-
sitely designed and illustrated.
One plan for Pine Avenue includes 185 angled
parking spaces and a proposed reconfiguration of
the sidewalks. The frequent use of Pine by bicy-
clists of all ages and stages seems ignored. As there
is no current or proposed bicycle lane, bicycles
will have little choice but to use the sidewalk, be
closer to storefronts and customers, and will have
to negotiate at least 17 sharply angled "switch-
backs." Won't all traffic be at greater risk because
of the great number of vehicles backing directly
onto the street? Such a plan seems neither "safer"
nor convenient for anyone.
The proposed boardwalk plan begs several ques-
tions. The boardwalk will be "around" 12 inches above
the ground. How will that be "more accessible" to those
with walkers or wheelchairs? Is there a ramp for access?
(Didn't see one.) Is it near the current ramp? That means
the handicap access, trolley access, car park access and
truck-loading zone will all occur at the same location.
What is now free-flowing traffic for vehicles and pedes-
trians predicts to be quite a jam up.
The only accident I have heard about on Pine or
at the pier occurred recently, when a woman tripped
on a pier board, fell and broke her hip. So, a place that
really could use funding for safety and other improve-
ments the county's "top tourist attraction"- gets
Earmarked stimulus funds aside, the plans seem
unnecessary, fiscally misdirected, too Longboat Key
and if adopted destined to create problems that
never before existed.
Nancy R. Deal, Holmes Beach
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In the March. 15, 2000, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Holmes Beach voters returned incumbent city
commissioners Roger Lutz and Sandy Haas-Martens
to office in general election voting that also saw a
referendum to extend the term of commissioners
from two years to four years defeated by an 850-345
vote. Lutz garnered 855 votes, while Haas-Martens
received 694 votes. Challenger Joan Perry came in
third with 588.
Mario Schoenfelder submitted a proposal to the
city to repair the city pier and accompanying equip-
ment in exchange for a 10-year lease of the pier
restaurant. Mayor Gary Deffenbaugh said the city
couldn't afford the estimated $800,000 to $1 million
cost to restore the pier.
A planned presentation by Arvida Corp. to the
Bradenton Planning Commission about the com-
pany's proposed 868-unit condominium project for
north Perico Island was postponed after company
officials said they were not ready for the meeting. A
number of Island and Palma Sola non-profit groups
and homeowners associations had planned to attend
the meeting to protest the project.
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Island booked up, traffic backs up
By Rick Catlin
If you don't believe Island tourism is rocking
and rolling this season, just take a look at the Gulf
Drive-Marina Drive intersection in Holmes Beach
most weekday afternoons around 3 p.m.
Lt. Dale Stephenson of the Holmes Beach Police
Department said the daily backups at that intersection
and the Manatee Avenue-Gulf Drive intersection are
among the worst he's seen in years.
There seem to be a lot of vehicles on the north
end of the Island this year, Stephenson indicated.
"It's been very crowded at those intersections the
past few weeks," he said in a bit of an understatement.
"Traffic is definitely heavier than past seasons."
Increased vehicular traffic means more visitors
to the Island, and this could well be a record-setting
season for Anna Maria Island.
Occupancy levels of Island accommodation units
jumped 12.5 percent in February 2010, compared
with the same month last year, according to the Bra-
denton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The Island's 74.9 percent occupancy level was
the highest February in five years. In February 2009,
the occupancy rate was 66.6 percent.
As February tourism was increasing, the January
2010 occupancy figures for the Island showed a 20
percent gain from January 2009, with a 51 percent
occupancy level reported this year.
The January-February upswing in visitors bodes
well for March, traditionally the strongest tourism
month of the year, when Island occupancy climbs
above 80 percent, said Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce president Mary Ann Brockman.
And, this year, Easter falls on April 4, allowing
visitors to stay just a bit longer to enjoy that holiday,
"This has been the busiest season we've had,"
she said, and few chamber members are reporting
"If there's vacancy, they'll call us to see if we've
got someone looking for a room. We haven't been
getting many calls, and none of our members are
complaining," Brockman said.
From now through the first week of April, includ-
ing Easter, there are just a few accommodation or
rental units left for people planning a last-minute
vacation to the Island.
"We are sold out," said David Teitelbaum of the
Tradewinds, Seaside and Tortuga resorts in Braden-
tion of a perfect
beach day and a
lot of visitors to
the Island came
and backed up
traffic at major
tions for several
the Gulf Drive-
ton Beach and a member of both the Manatee County
Tourism Development Council and Island chamber.
"One of the best seasons ever," he said.
"We've had a few vacancies for one or two nights,
but they are taken quickly. And Easter weekend is a
complete sellout," Teitelbaum added.
He agreed with Brockman that Easter is "well-
placed" for visitors to book that extra week, rather than
start making plans to head north at the end of March.
At Mike Norman Realty, which manages a large
number of rental properties on the Island, Sally Greig
said she has no rentals left for Easter week.
"It's been a really great season already and people
have booked well in advance for Easter," she said.
"We are sold out for Easter, and just a few units
are left for a short stay in March. We've got a few
one-bedroom rentals available for a week starting
around March 20, but I'd be surprised if those weren't
taken very soon," she said.
If someone calls for a rental, Greig will try to
locate a unit for them, either with her properties or
through the chamber, but most people are calling
for an Easter rental and those units are rare on the
Teitelbaum said that people are now calling ahead
for a reservation, rather than waiting until the last
minute to book an Island vacation. That's a change
from previous years.
"We've become a popular destination and people
realize it's hard to come here at the last minute and
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hope to find a room. We try to help them through
the chamber, but my advice to anyone is to book in
advance," he said.
That's good advice said Dan Conrad of the Club
Bamboo Resort in Bradenton Beach.
While Club Bamboo in the past has had a unit or
two available for a walk-in visitor during March or
Easter weekend, that's not the case this year.
"People are calling ahead. We've got a few sin-
gles left, but those are being taken quickly," Conrad
A few rooms were available last week for a
one-or two-night stay during the week before Easter,
he said, and a few units are available on the Saturday
of Easter weekend.
"Other than those, we are booked solid up to
Easter and I don't expect those open rooms to last
much longer," he concluded.
Even what Floridians might deem as cool weather
for March hasn't dimmed the influx of visitors.
"We're doing great despite the cold," said Teit-
"Then I talk to someone from Canada and they
say this is great weather," he said with a laugh.
The flow of visitors has spilled over to Island
Dave Russell of Rotten Ralph's Waterfront Res-
taurant in Anna Maria and on the Historic Bridge
Street Pier, said business couldn't be better.
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"Unless the weather warms up," he said. "Seri-
ously, though, this has been a fabulous season. We' re
doing well and, with Easter coming late, we should
do even better."
Russell and other Island restaurateurs have reason
to be pleased.
Forecasters for the National Weather Service
in Ruskin predict near normal temperatures for the
remainder of March through the first week of April.
BACVB marketing director Jessica Grace has said
efforts are paying off with the increase in visitors.
"This shows that we offer value for money. We
target to people who want to enjoy a nice, quiet atmo-
sphere. We' re not Orlando, we' re not Fort Lauder-
dale, and we don't want to be," said Grace.
The "value for money" on the Island is not just
public relations talking. According to BACVB fig-
ures, the February 2009 average daily room rate on
Anna Maria Island was $170.95, while this February
it dropped to $159.34, down 5.2 percent.
Island driving during season
Island law enforcement officials have
some good advice for motorists on the Island
the next few weeks and Easter weekend, par-
ticularly driving in areas of heavy traffic.
Lt. Dale Stephenson of the Holmes Beach
Police Department asked residents to plan their
trips accordingly when they have to drive.
Peak hours are in the mornings, when
people are coming to the Island, and in the
afternoons when people are leaving. Residents
should also note that traffic increases as the
weather warms and skies clear.
"And, if you have to drive, be patient,"
Motorists should be especially care-
ful when traffic is bumper-to-bumper. Avoid
rear-end collisions. Be watchful for pedestri-
ans, cyclists and people on scooters or Segway
vehicles, Stephenson suggested.
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Scouts 'pack' spaghetti dinner
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1930 neckerchief he wore as a young
scout in Detroit.
Noah Fischer, 8, sups on spaghetti during the Island Cub
Scouts Pack 7 spaghetti dinner March 6 at Roser Memo-
rial Community Church. Islander Photos: Edna Tiemann
Carol Surko, right, won a door prize -
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Island St. Patrick's Day
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Day holiday with first a breakfast, and later a dinner
Wednesday, March 17.
The St. Patrick's Day Irish Breakfast will again
take place at the hosting Moose Lodge, which also is
a sponsor of the event this year.
The breakfast, a long-stand-
ing tradition for the late Holmes
Beach Commissioner Don Malo-
ney and now organized by The
Islander, will feature Irish tunes,
Irish tales, an Irish fashion show
and a little blarney.
Irishman Egan In keeping with tradition,
a new Irishman or Irishwoman
will be crowned and maintain the title for a year.
Past winners, to honor the day and, according to
Maloney, the "Irish in all of us," include John Corbett,
Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria,
ready the pancakes
during the Feb. 20
The menu to be
pancakes, sausage -
links, biscuits and
Park celebrates History Day
The DeSoto National Memorial will celebrate
Florida History Day with demonstrations and activi-
ties Saturday, March 20.
The memorial, part of the National Park Service,
is at 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton.
The celebration includes a display of weapons
and a discussion about the life of Spanish colonial
soldiers and a walk along the nature trail and a dis-
cussion on Native American life in the area.
Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, call the park at 941-792-
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will
meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 20, at Cafe on the
Beach in Holmes Beach.
The scheduled speaker is Manatee County public
information officer Nick Azzara.
For more information, call club member Ralph
Bassett at 941-795-8697.
Rotary to meet
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island will meet
at noon Tuesday, March 23, at the BeachHouse Res-
taurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The scheduled program is a celebration of club
member Ned Perkins' 95th birthday and 50 years of
service in Rotary.
For more information, visit www.annamariaro-
Pat Geyer, Bonner Joy, Chuck and Joey Lester, Sam
McDowell, Sean Murphy, Bob LoPiccolo, the Anna
Maria Island Privateers, and, although posthumously,
Don Maloney, and last year's winner, Islander car-
toonist Jack Egan.
The celebrating will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday,
March 17, at the lodge, 110 Gulf Drive, Bradenton
Tickets, at $8 each, can be purchased at The
Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach,
Sato Real Estate, 519 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, and at
the Moose Lodge.
Also on Wednesday, March 17, St. Bernard Cath-
olic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach,
will host a traditional St. Patrick's Day dinner.
The event will begin at 5 p.m.
Tickets are $30 per person and are available at
Chamber to hold Friday Fest
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
will host its second Friday Fest of the season from 3
p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, March 19.
The festival, featuring food, beverage and arts
and crafts vendors and live music, will take place in
the vacant lot at Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard in
Longboat Key center hosts exhibit
The Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Long-
boat Drive S., Longboat Key, will host "A Survey of
Works: 1950-2010, an exhibit featuring the work
ofpainter, printmaker, sculptor and teacher Flor-
ence Putterman, including her "Dreams, Voices,
Illusions," which is pictured. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Longboat Key Center for the Arts
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The annual For Art's Sake benefit will take
place Friday, March 19, and raise money for the
Manatee High School art program.
Due to a late afternoon thunderstorm March
12, the event was postponed to Friday this week.
The benefit with a silent auction and recep-
tion will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday,
March 19, outside The Islander newspaper office,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The list of artists contributing work this year
includes Woody Candish, Linda Molto, Ines
Norman, Richard Thomas, Joan Voyles, Jean
Blackburn, Rob Reiber, Robert Harper, Cecy
Richardson, Jack Elka and more. More than 40
items were donated for the benefit by last week's
Center to host spring
break camp for youth
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's
children's spring break camp, Experiment 407, will
have a scientific edge.
Participants will be involved in arts, crafts,
games, sports and learning.
Camp will run Monday, March 29-Thursday,
April 2. Pre-camp hours will be 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.,
camp will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and post-camp will be
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The cost will be $20 a day for members and $30
for non-members, plus a $10 registration fee.
On March 29, camp will focus on life science.
The focus on March 30 will be planetary and earth
science and on March 31, physical science. Then,
April 1, participants will take a field trip to the G.
Wiz children's science museum in Sarasota.
For more information, call the Center at 941-778-
Garden club to hold flower show
The annual Anna Maria Garden Club Penny
Flower Show will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, March 17, at Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
The show, open to the public, will feature a bake
sale, plant sale and raffle.
Prior to the show, club members will gather for
a series of classes using yellows and oranges,
using driftwood, using shells, arranging in a teacup
or teapot, using pinks, purples and reds, horticulture
and working with miniatures. The theme for the
workshops is "By the Seashore."
The show, sponsored by The Islander, is dedi-
cated to Patti Stackhouse.
For more information, call Jean Taylor at 941-
Manatee High School students studying with
teachers Reiber, Mark Bilter, Jon Scott and Steve
Parisian also have contributed work for the sale,
and will assist in conducting the silent auction and
sale of some of their work.
Reiber said the rain delay will allow some of
his seniors, hampered last week by FCAT testing,
to fire and complete their pottery projects for the
Art patrons and everyone is welcome
- will find a range of work sculptures, pot-
tery oils, watercolors, prints, jewelry and photo-
To offer artwork for the auction, or for infor-
mation on the event, call The Islander at 941-778-
7978 or visit the office.
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TIFF's Initiative will hold a night at a Tampa Bay
Rays game to raise money for the emergency-contact
TIFF'S Initiative the To Inform Families First
Initiative encouraging people to register emergency-
contact information with the state that Island worker
and Bradenton resident Christine Olson founded -
will sell about 200 tickets to the Rays' game against
the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday, May 25.
Ticket sales will benefit the organization.
The game at Tropicana Field will start at 7:10
p.m. The gates will open at 5:40 p.m.
The deadline to buy tickets, which cost $24 each,
is April 14.
For more information about the game, call Olson
For more information about TIFF's Initiative,
Children's Academy plans
The Children's Academy of Southwest Florida
Inc. will hold its annual Island Run 5K on Sunday,
The event, which raises money for the organi-
zation formerly known as Manatee County Nursery
Schools, also will feature a family fun run.
The run will begin at Bayfront Park in Anna
Maria, with an estimated 300 participants expected.
The Bradenton Runners Club sanctions the run
and The Islander is a sponsor.
The CASF is a not-for-profit nursery school that
provides care for at-risk children in low-income fami-
To pre-register, visit www.islandrun.com.
For more information, call organizer Barbara r
Turner-Grace at 941-798-8862.
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The Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival in Feb-
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The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage
hosted the festival and also receives matching grants
for restoration work from various sources, mainly the
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Adminis-
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Restoration of the roughly 100-acre preserve has
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kayak paths to Sarasota Bay, and cleanup of trash
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"Back in the 1950s and '40s, and even in the
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Slomba's daughters, Judi of Mendota Heights,
Minn., and Rose Mary of Montville, N.J., traveled
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"People are having a hard time getting the crab
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Allen said FISH volunteers now are preparing
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"People come in from all over the country for that,
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Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Above: Entertainment at the Rotary Club ofAnna Maria
Island's Casino Night March 12 includes a DJ, dancing, no-
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Ron Longobardi competed with wife Judy in bidding.
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City averages 30 boats in mooring field
The mooring area just south of the Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach is home, on average, to about 30 boats. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
By Lisa Neff
On an average day, 30 boats are anchored in the
area where Bradenton Beach plans to establish an
official mooring field.
Based on the average, city officials don't expect
to have a problem with occupancy when an official
state-designated mooring field opens, possibly as
early as March 2011.
The Florida Department of Environmental Pro-
tection has indicated in its preliminary review of
plans that the city could install 27 moorings in the
"We've maintained an average of 30 boats," said
city project/program manager Lisa Marie Phillips.
"Right now, there are 32 out there. So, 27 moorings
is certainly not too many."
Phillips said that as the city moves forward with
its plans, it is estimating 75 percent occupancy in the
"We think that's an under-estimate," she said.
Presently, city officials are in a holding pattern
with the mooring field as they await receipt of a con-
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Race organizers seek second review
By Lisa Neff
Organizers want Bradenton Beach city commis-
sioners to reconsider a vote that put the brakes on a
personal watercraft race at Coquina Beach.
Commissioners on March 4 voted to deny a spe-
cial event application for the race, scheduled to take
place April 23-25. They cited concerns with crowds,
people crossing through dunes and a restriction in the
city land-development code against the launching of
watercraft and boats from the beach.
But race organizers, who did not attend the
March 4 meeting, want the commission to recon-
sider the vote. Their request is on the commission's
agenda for a regular meeting at city hall at 1 p.m.
"Over the past five years, my office has been
trying to bring the H2X racing event to Manatee
County," said Joe Pickett, Manatee County sports
commissioner with the Bradenton Area Convention
and Visitors Bureau. "This event is the highest-qual-
ity venue in the country and its owner is a world-
renowned celebrity in his sport."
The H2X tour involves closed-course and free-
style racing of personal watercraft such as Jet Skis,
Seadoos and WaveRunners. The American Power
Boat Association sanctions the tour.
Pickett said fees required to bring the event to
the county were too high in the past "Just out of
reach of our sports budget."
But this year, "after many months of negotiation,
we reached an agreement that was good for both par-
ties," Pickett said.
The race is scheduled to take place at Coquina
Beach, which is operated by Manatee County but
located in Bradenton Beach. The county provides
lifeguards at the park, but contracts with the Braden-
ton Beach Police Department for law enforcement.
Pickett said if the county had success with a
spring race, which may be televised, another race
could be held in the fall.
Race organizers have discussed their plans with
the U.S. Coast Guard, the county parks and recreation
department and the Manatee County Tourist Develop-
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Regarding dunes, Pickett said the event location
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he said, "The unloading and loading of Jet Skis has
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AM pier committee seeks help, volunteers
By Rick Catlin
Without more volunteers, the Anna Maria City
Pier Centennial Committee is facing a daunting chal-
lenge to have the 100th anniversary pier celebration
ready by April 14, 2011. That's the date the three-day
event is scheduled to start.
Committee chairperson Sissy Quinn told the
three other members who attended the March 8 meet-
ing that two people recently quit the committee. That
leaves just Quinn and three members as well as City
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick, the commission liai-
son to the committee, to carry the load.
"We just don't have enough people to do this,"
Quinn said, citing the vast number of parts of the fes-
tival that must be organized for a successful event.
Quinn said people are needed to coordinate the
purchase and sale of commemorative T-shirts, help
organize businesses to participate in the parade and
band concert, get the picnic and food festival at Bay-
front Park organized, work at the next Bayfest cel-
ebration to promote the pier festival and a host of
Stamp collector Charles Fields gave a presenta-
tion to the committee on obtaining a commemorative
stamp and cancellation from the U.S. Postal Service,
and said he would help organize the effort with the
local post office.
"It's a fun thing to do," Fields said, adding the
items are very popular with stamp collectors.
Committee member Susan Anderson said the
Anna Maria Island Community Center is interested
in assisting the committee and she'll coordinate their
"Wonderful," said Quinn. "We can use it."
The three-day festival is being planned to include
a parade with high school bands, dancers, the Anna
Maria Island Privateers and others; a quilt raffle;
several band concerts and musical events, including
rock-and-roll, a Dixieland jazz group and a barber-
shop quartet, a small symphony orchestra; and a fire-
The committee also wants local artists to partici-
pate in an art show, is considering a fishing tourna-
ment and hopes to get several sailing ships to appear
for the festival.
Mattick said she would work with local mer-
chants on the advance sale of pier festival merchan-
dise as well as advance promotion of the event.
Quinn said she hopes T-shirts, pendants, charms
and other items can be sold several months before
Anyone interested in serving on the committee
can call Quinn at 941-778-5120, or city hall at 941-
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WMFR considers three building proposals
By Nick Walter
Five companies, selected from dozens of appli-
cants, presented proposals March 10 to remodel the
newly acquired West Manatee Fire Rescue adminis-
trative headquarters in Bradenton.
A committee of three, the Rev. Rosemary
Backer of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Holmes
Beach, banker Kerry Ward and West Manatee Fire
Rescue Chief Andy Price, recommended three
companies to the district's board of commission-
ers at its March 18 meeting at Station No. 1. At
the meeting, the commission will rank the three
in order of preference.
More than two years ago, the commission
selected the facilities committee to evaluate WMFR
buildings. The commission wanted a mix of com-
munity representatives, such as residents, clergy,
elected officials and business owners. However,
some from the committee were absent at the March
The five contractors making presentations were
Ross Built Construction Co., Magnum Builders/
TOTeMS Architecture Inc., Ugarte and Associates
Inc., Forney Engineering Inc. and Mike Carter Con-
Backer and Price recommended, in no particular
order, Ross Built, Magnum Builders and Ugarte and
"They were all qualified," Price said. "We had a
very hard task of bringing it down to three, which was
a real difficult process because we had nothing nega-
tive to say about one or another. This comes down to
a feeling, and that's what it is. Who's best for us?"
Price said that although Ross Built Construction
had the least amount of experience, it seemed the
most hungry of the five to remodel the building. In
its RFP, Ross Built stated that all of its executives are
local taxpayers of the WMFR district, and so it is a
meaningful and important project to them.
Price also said that because Ross has experi-
ence with projects that are of a similar, smaller
scope to the WMFR project, it would be a good fit.
One such project similar to the planned remodel
of the 10,000-square-foot WMFR administrative
building was the 7,000-square-foot Cedar Tennis
Center on Longboat Key Ross recently remodeled
by Ross Built.
Ross Built stated that it has replaced, renovated,
planned or added to 28 fire district projects in Flor-
Price also said that he was impressed with
Magnum Builders' ideas to go "green." He said
Magnum exhibited a great deal of Leadership in
Eni. ci' and Environmental Design experience.
In its presentation, Magnum showed that it had
registered for LEED at three Sarasota County fire
stations, and was certified for LEED silver at the
Sarasota County North Community Library.
For the WMFR administrative building, Magnum/
TOTeMS representatives proposed to bring in natural
light and make the building more open, which they
said would improve employee morale. Also, its idea
to harvest rain water impressed Price.
Regarding Ugarte, Price said, "They are very
good architects." Price said he knows about three
small projects Ugarte completed under budget.
Ugarte offered three possible scenarios: A low-
cost approach that would meet basic life-safety
requirements, an approach that included raising the
roof of the central portion of the building, and a third
approach, a nuclear solution to tear down the struc-
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"If the (commission) chooses to pick any of these
three," Price said, "we have no problem with that."
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AME teachers, students take on FCAT
Last week, with less than two months left in
the school year, students at Anna Maria Elementary
School took the Florida Comprehensive Assessment
Test or FCAT.
"The first day went w itho 'ut a hitch. We only had
four absent students and no tardies," said principal
Students in third-, fourth- and fifth-grades were
tested in both reading and math. Fifth-grade students
also were tested in science.
"Having no tardies this year was a big improve-
ment," said Levengood. "If a student is late to take
the FCAT, even if only by a few minutes, they
would have to wait until retesting because no stu-
dent is allowed to enter a room once testing has
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and provided parents a letter, asking for all students
to be well rested and on time for the test.
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keep the "A" grade that AME has received past years
on FCAT testing.
Stacking up results
Right: Anna Maria Elementary guidance
counselor Cindi Harrison stands with stacks
of FCAT testing materials. Students in third-,
fourth- and fifii-,rades were tested.
Winner is chosen
Anna Maria Elementary third-grader Anni Walter
shows her original artwork, chosen for the Anna
Maria Garden Club poster promoting the club's
Penny Flower '/,. 'i March 17.
8 a.m. March 19, Parent Teacher Organization
8 p.m. March 23, PTO dinner by A Moveable
Feast and kindergarten performance.
March 23, Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island
March 26, No school. Record day.
March 29-April 2, Spring break.
8 a.m. to 7 p.m., April 8, Kindergarten
4 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 8, parent-teacher confer-
8 a.m. April 16, Parent Teacher Organization
For more information, call the school office at
941-708-5525. AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
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By Lisa Neff
The loggerhead sea turtle may be declared
"endangered" in certain regions under the U.S.
Endangered Species Act.
Anna Maria Island is a nesting ground for the
species in the summer, but loggerheads can be found
in area waters year-round.
The National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service proposed the change in
species status last week. "Endangered," under fed-
eral law, means "an animal or plant species in danger
of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of
its range." "Threatened" means "an animal or plant
species likely to become endangered within the fore-
seeable future throughout all or a significant portion
of its range."
The government also proposed listing logger-
head sea turtles around the globe as nine separate
populations, each with its own threatened or endan-
"The proposed rule marks a turning point in
our ability to protect loggerhead sea turtles," said
Andrea Treece of the Center for Biological Diver-
sity. "By recognizing and preventing impacts to
regional populations and their habitats, we'll have
a much better chance of putting these magnificent,
prehistoric animals on a path to recovery instead
The center petitioned the government to change
the loggerhead's status in 2007.
A change in designation would trigger a legal
requirement for proposed critical habitat, a step
in achieving improved protections for key nesting
beaches and migratory and feeding habitat in the
ocean., according to Treece.
"Loggerhead sea turtles will struggle to survive
if we don't protect the areas where they nest, swim
and eat," said Dave Allison of the conservation group
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[are loggerhead endangered
Oceana. "It's time for the U.S. government to stop teers walk the beaches each summer to monitor nest-
delaying and actually establish protections that will ing activity, the proposed rule change was viewed
once and for all allow this endangered species to favorably.
recover." "I think it's great," said regular beachgoer Paula
On Anna Maria Island, where a legion of volun- Clarkson of Anna Maria. "The loggerhead is like our
mascot and I'd hate to see its fate become extinc-
Representatives from Mote Marine Laboratory
and Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch, along with
a crowd of the curious, watch a rehabilitated sea
turtle return to the Gulf of Mexico at Lido Beach
in Sarasota. Three turtles were released from the
beach early March 8. A loggerhead had suffered
from cold shock, as well as other concerns. A
green turtle also had suffered from cold shock and
a juvenile kemps ridley had swallowed a balloon.
Islander Photo: John Young
Sea turtle enthusiast Dylan Whittacre, 9, said,
"That would be really cool, because we don't want
them to die out."
The scientific basis for the uplisting proposal
is a 2009 status review of loggerhead sea turtles
worldwide by the Fisheries Service. It identified
nine distinct population segments and found both
North Pacific and Northwest Atlantic loggerheads
"currently at risk of extinction."
Loggerheads have declined by at least 80 percent
in the North Pacific and could become functionally or
ecologically extinct by the mid-21st century if addi-
tional protections are not put into place, according to
the Fisheries Service.
Florida beaches, which host the largest nesting
population of loggerheads in the Northwest Atlantic,
have seen a decline in nesting of more than 40 percent
in the past decade.
"AMITW has been collecting data for 31 years.
The data collection shows a decline in the past six
years," said Suzi Fox, executive director of Anna
Maria Island Turtle Watch, which monitors nesting
on the Island. "It's time to take a deeper look at why
this species is slipping in numbers."
"Up-listing," she added, "should bring some
answers and, in the meanwhile, help them to hold
their own. We hope that with more protection the
numbers will be up. If we are looking in the wrong
direction, this will come to the surface as well."
Government officials could not say what impact
a change in status for loggerheads might have on
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9 a.m. The Moose Club-Islander St. Patrick's Day Breakfast.
Tickets and information: 941-778-7978.
11 a.m. Einstein Circle discusses whether the nation is polarized
at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
5 p.m. St. Patrick's Day dinner-dance at St. Bernard Catholic
Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769.
Thursday, March 18
7 p.m. Opening night of "Catch Me If You Can" at the Island
Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Runs through April 4. Information:
941-778-5755. Fee applies.
Friday, March 19
3 to 10 p.m. Friday Music Fest on Pine Avenue and Bay Boule-
vard, Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1541.
5 to 8 p.m. For Arts' Sake public art auction at The Islander to
benefit the Manatee High School art program at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-7978.
6 to 9 p.m. -Anniversary party at the Back Alley, 121 Bridge St.,
Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1800.
Saturday, March 20
8:30 a.m. Manatee County public information officer NickAzzara
speaks at the Kiwanis Club meeting, Cafe on the Beach, 4700 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-795-8697.
10 a.m. to noon -Watercolor painting demonstration byAnne Abgott
at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anna Maria Island Tour of Homes, various
locations in Anna Maria and Holmes Beach to benefit the Anna Maria
Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information:
941-778-1908. Fee applies.
Sunday, March 21
2 p.m. The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra
presents "The Gypsy Baron" at Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-8585. Fee applies.
Tuesday, March 23
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The Island Players presents its second to last production of the season beginning Thursday, March 18,
when the curtain opens on "Catch Me If You Can." Performances continue through April 4 at 8 p.m. Tues-
days through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sunday. The theater is dark Mondays. For ticket details, call the box
office at 941-778-5755, or visit the box office, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon-
days through Saturdays. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Noon A celebration for club member Ned Perkins on his 95th
birthday at the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island lunch at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Wednesday, March 24
11 a.m. -Architecture's Nobel: The Pritzker Prize lecture at the
Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-
5 to 7p.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Business
Card Exchange at White Egret, 5602 Marina Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Artists Guild of Anna Maria
at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
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Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee
applies. Information: 941-794-3390.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge Club at the
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
Wednesday, 1 to 3 p.m., Irish Dancers host dances with instruc-
tion at the Tequila Beach Sports Grille, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Information: 941-778-2416. Partners not required.
Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support group at
the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491.
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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. Informa-
Friday, 11 a.m., Over 39ers group meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
* Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Open-air market at 107 Bridge St., Braden-
ton Beach, through mid-April. Information: 941-518-4431.
Through March 27, Cecy Richardson's one-woman show at the
Arts Council of Manatee County Gallery, 926 12th St. W., Bradenton.
Through March 30, "Post POP" show at the Palmetto Art Center,
907 Fifth Street W., Palmetto. Information: 941-518-2109.
Saturday, March 20
10 a.m. to 4p.m. Five Centuries of Florida History Day at DeSoto
Memorial National Park, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton.
1 p.m. Photographer Jimmy Peters discusses his exhibit "Florida
Cowboys Collection" at the Manatee County Agricultural Museum, 515
10th Ave. W., Palmetto. Information: 941-721-2031.
6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Beach Bash benefit at the Bradenton Auditorium,
1005 FirstAve. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-782-4341. Fee applies.
Tuesday, March 23
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Coastal Orthopedics Spelling Bee for Manatee
County Students at St. Joseph Catholic School, 2990 26th St. W., Bra-
denton. Information: 941-755-6420.
March 25, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"
opens, Manatee Players.
March 26, DeSoto Heritage Festival begins.
March 26-28, Spring Home Show, Sarasota Bradenton Interna-
tional Convention Center.
March 27, Island's Got Talent Show.
March 27, Watercolor demonstration, Island Gallery West.
March 27, Wagon tours, Robinson Preserve.
Save the Date:
*April 16-18, Real Florida Festival.
April 24, An Affaire to Remember.
*April 24, Cortez Natives Picnic, Florida Maritime Museum.
May 1-2, Anna Maria Island Relay for Life.
Send calendar announcements to email@example.com. Please
include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a
contact via e-mail and phone.
To preserve and protect
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society board recently presented a plaque commemorating a 58-year-old
Bradenton Beach property in the 300 block of 23rd Street. Pictured are property owners Chris Boniberger,
left, and Steve Boniberger, Judy Hildman, Thea Kelley ofAMIHS and Manatee County Commissioner Joe
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The Anna Maria Island Historical Society days in the past month.
raised an estimated $3,800 with its annual Heri- "A perfect day to get out," said Heritage Day
tage Day event. celebrant Anne Wilcox of Anna Maria. "They were
The March 6 celebration at the AMIHS blessed with the weather."
museum complex, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, Volunteers said the event was AMIHS' most
took place on one of the sunniest and warmest successful Heritage Day to date.
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By Rick Catlin
Euphemia Haye spring
cooking class begins
The Euphemia Haye Restaurant at 5540 Gulf
of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, will hold its final
two cooking classes for the spring on March 24 and
Owner-proprietors Raymond and D'Arcy Arpke
said the March 24 class will feature braised lamb
shank, while the April 7 class will be on Greek cui-
sine, including dessert.
The class runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on
the selected dates. Space is limited in the classes and
reservations are required. The cost of each class is
For more information, call 941-383-3633.
Nutrition seminar set
Health and fitness expert Dr. Bill Gavin,
author of the book "No White at Night," will pres-
ent a "Healthy Heart" seminar starting at 8:30 a.m.,
Friday, March 19, at Island Fitness, 5317 Gulf Drive,
The seminar is free to the public.
Island Fitness is located in the Tidemark Shoppes
building with Melinda's Cafe and the Anna Maria
Island Chamber of Commerce next to Wachovia.
For more information, call 941-778-5200.
Online network for wine
Island residents Andrea and Jamie Dennis are
starting Vinyou, an online calendar and social net-
work that will be focused on the world of wine tast-
Andrea said Vinyou is going to be the Facebook
for wine tasting and include information about area
wine tasting events, how to reserve a place at wine
tasting, wines that will be served at a particular
event, a rating system of the wines tasted and a place
to add photos of events or personal comments about
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the event and the wines.
Vinyou also will announce private wine-tasting
parties and allow members to share wine-tasting
"We're really looking hard for vendors, those
who host wine-tasting events," Andrea said.
To post a wine tasting event or for more informa-
tion, visit www.vinyou.com or call 941-448-8249.
Got a new business going up in Anna Maria
Island, Cortez, Palma Sola, west Bradenton or Long-
boat Key? How about a new product or service, an
anniversary, a new hire, or an award-winning staff
member? Call Island Biz at 941-778-7978, fax
your news to 866-362-9821, or e-mail us at news@
Island real estate
7304 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, a 1,592
sfla / 2,460 sfur 2bed/2bath pool home built in 1994
on a 82x99 lot was sold 02/26/10, Holmes Beach-
side Retreat LLC to Nectoux for $480,000; list
307 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,420 sfur Super-
market with pool built in 1977 on a 52x145 lot
was sold 02/22/10, Mattick to Citrusfish LLC for
3203 Gulf Drive, Unit 2, Palm Isle Village,
$500 to West
for its Newborn
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Pollock at right.
Holmes Beach, a 1,048 sfla 2bed/2bath condo
with shared pool built in 1957 was sold 02/23/10,
Beach Daisy LLC to Lebeau for $439,000; list
206 73rd St., Holmes Beach, a 2,048 sfla / 2,476
sfur 4bed/2bath duplex built in 1969 on a 79x100 lot
was sold 02/23/10, Ownes to Rivera for $43' ,/1111
1800 Gulf Drive, Unit 212, La Costa, Bradenton
Beach, a 952 sfla / 1,088 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with
shared pool built in 1979 was sold 02/24/10, Willis
to Ruskey for $417,000.
5802 Imperiore Ave., Holmes Beach, a 1,020
sfla / 1,320 sfur 2bed/lbath pool home built in 1970
on a 47x100 lot was sold 02/24/10, Davis to Davis
for $400,000. It is unclear whether this was an arms
208 82nd St., Unit A, Front Porch, Holmes Beach,
a 1,050 sfla / 1,500 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with pool
built in 1972 was sold 02/24/10, Vary to Moutner for
3601 East Bay Drive, Unit 208, Sandy Point,
Holmes Beach, a 1,004 sfla / 1,074 sfur 2bed/2bath
condo with shared pool built in 1994 was sold
02/26/10, Myers to Mark Anthony Arcidiacono
Realty LLC for $185,000; list $214,900.
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.
By Rick Catlin
The trial of two men accused of the April 2008
home invasion and beating of former Anna Maria
Commissioner Linda Cramer was postponed for the
The trial of suspects Christopher Drescher and
Michael Gambuzza was scheduled for the week of
Feb. 22, but was moved for a docket sounding on
June 10 at the request of Gambuzza and his defense
Gambuzza has submitted a request to act as co-
counsel during the trial.
Cramer said she was not surprised that the trial
was continued to a new date. She said she anticipates
the defendants and their attorneys will seek to delay
the trial as long as possible.
Cramer was beaten and robbed in late April 2008
at the home of her boyfriend, Joe Pandolph of Cres-
cent Drive, after two men posing as delivery men
forced their way into the house, reportedly looking
for cash, jewelry or other valuables.
Sewer lines to be tested
The Manatee County Utilities department
is testing sewer lines in Bradenton Beach
through March 31.
The tests, from Sixth Street North to 31st
Street North along Gulf Drive, will involve
putting non-toxic, white smoke into the lines
to check for leaks.
For more information on the testing, con-
tact Lamar Carlisle at 941-795-3411, ext.
Useful tools and
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Pandolph was not at home at the time of the
attack, and the suspects also are alleged to have cre-
ated a ruse that lured Pandolph away from the home
before the incident.
Drescher and Gambuzza were arrested two weeks
later and charged with one count each of home inva-
sion and robbery, a first-degree felony, and one count
each of false imprisonment, a third-degree felony.
The home-invasion charge carries a maximum
sentence of 30 years upon conviction, while a guilty
verdict for false imprisonment could bring up to 10
years jail time.
Both suspects have been in the Manatee County
jail on a $175,000 per-person bond since they were
arrested about a week after the incident. They also
have both entered not guilty pleas to the charges.
Island police blotter
No new reports.
No new reports.
March 7, 500 block of 68th Street, burglary of a
vehicle. A woman reported that she left her vehicle
unlocked, and a GPS unit valued at $157 was stolen
from the glove box.
March 9, 100 block of 45th Street, burglary of a
residence. An officer was dispatched to a residence,
where the complainant said she returned to her rental
home after about three hours absence and discovered
her jewelry bag was gone.
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Joseph W. Porter
Joseph W. Porter, 81, of Anna Maria Island,
died March 6. He was born in Philadelphia and
moved to Anna Maria Island in 1994 from Wash-
Mr. Porter was a graduate of Drexel University in
Philadelphia and held various engineering and man-
agement positions for General Electric Co. and was
a project manager for the Electric Power Research
Institute before retiring. He was a life fellow of the
Electric Power Research Institute and authored more
than 40 technical articles and held 14 United States
and foreign patents.
He was a member of the Manatee Unitarian Uni-
Visitation and a funeral service were held March
10 at Manasota Memorial Park and Funeral Home.
Memorial donations are suggested to Mote Marine
Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota
Survivors include wife Dolores K., daughters
Patti Stubbe and Carol Surdyke, and four grandchil-
Nathan E. Winters
Nathan E. Winters, 95, of Holmes Beach, died
March 13. He was born in New York City.
Mr. Winters served in the U.S. Navy during
World War II.
Griffith-Cline Funeral Home is in charge of
Mr. Winters survivors include daughter Gazella
Bear; sons Paul and Samuel; and six grandchildren.
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Cure for kids tennis fest, pickleball stars
By Kevin Cassidy
Seven players that regularly play pickleball at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center combined to
win 12 medals at the Lee County Senior Games in
Anita Marcus led the way with a gold medal in
ladies doubles, while Craig Humphreys captured gold
in men's doubles and a silver in mixed doubles. Barb
Smith took silver in both ladies doubles and mixed
doubles, while Toni Teasdale won a silver in ladies
doubles and a bronze medal in mixed doubles. Jim
Teasdale and Niles Kenyon won bronze in men's
Seven people started playing pickleball at the
community center three years ago and now more than
60 individuals are playing during the winter season.
If you are interested in giving pickleball a try, call
Bob Taylor at 941-778-6465.
Tennis pros, players raise funds
The Bradenton Country Club hosted the annual
Cure for Kids Pro-Am tennis fest to raise funding
for two charitable organizations on March 5-6. The
V Foundation, which funds cancer research for chil-
dren, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
The event attracted tennis professionals like Jiri
Novak, formally ranked No. 5 on the ATP tennis
tour. Novak is a part-time Bradenton resident. Other
player-pros included BCC tennis director Laurie Tin-
nell, Tiffany Dabek, Nate Griffin, Jack Steyn, Ben
Adrian, Mario Nicosia, Nate Leavitt, Dimtrio Hry-
horash, and Justin and Vamsee Chappidi.
Congrats to Vamsee Chappidi and BCC member
Doug Hall for their Pro-Am win over Nate Griffin
and Sarah Rogers.
The Del Rio Investments "Cure for Kids Open"
followed the Pro-Am on March 6 with a record high
Tennis winners Nate Griffin, Mario Nicosia, John Tinnell, Jack Steyn, Tiffany Dabek, Jiri Novak, Tony
Rogers, Nikita Fomine, Dimitrio Hryhorash, Vamsee Chappidi, Egan Adams, Suki Janisch, Dodie Faussett,
Sue Adrian, Ben Adrian, Lucas Haacke and Doug Hall at the BCC Pro-Am tennis fest. Islander Photo:
Courtesy Sarita Montalvo
of 85 competitors for the one-day doubles competi-
Congratulations to all on raising $8,000 for the
V-Foundation and JDRF
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole,
two-best-balls-of-partners game March 10. The team
of Vince Mercadante and Bob Kral combined to card
an 11-under-par 53 to take first place over Dick Eich-
horn and Carl Voyles by two shots.
The ladies of Key Royale Club played a nine-
hole, individual-low-net golf tournament on March
9. Diane Miller took home first place in Flight AA
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with a 2-over-par 34. Flight A saw Tootie Wagner
and Barb Mason-Estok tie for first place with match-
ing 33s. Sue Christenson carded a 5-under-par 27 to
take first place in Flight B. Flight C winner Joanne
Ozdyck scorched the course with a 6-under-par 26.
Mary Miller had the score card of the day with a
7-under-par 25 to win Flight D by five shots.
The game of the day was four-best-holes cap-
tured by Sue Christenson, Willa Barkley and Diane
Miller with matching 18s.
March 8 saw the men play a nine-hole, two-best-
balls-of-foursome tournament. The team of Gordon
McKinna, Fred Meyer, Jerry Brown and Jim Finn
carded a 13-under-par 51 to earn clubhouse brag-
ging rights for the day. Three shots back with a 54
was the team of Bob Kral, Gino DiClemente, Vince
Mercadante and Carl Voyles.
Baseball registration extended
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is
still accepting registration for its recreational base-
ball league for boys and girls ages 5-11. The last day
to register is March 22.
Cost is $65 for members and $80 for nonmem-
bers in the pitching-machine league, which is geared
for players ages 7-11 age. T-ball is $55 for members
and $70 for nonmembers. There is a $5 discount for
each additional sibling from a family. The uniform
package includes shirt, hat and socks.
Tryouts and a draft will take place starting at
6:30 p.m. March 22 for T-ball. The pitching-machine
player tryouts will be at 6:30 p.m. March 23.
For more information, contact Center sports
director Andy Jonatzke or Tyler Bekkerus at 941-
778-1908, ext. 9205.
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Air temperatures warm, but fishing does not
By Nick Walter
Although the air temperature reached between
72-74 degrees the previous week, the surface-water
temperatures in the local bays did not get more
than 62 degrees. Long, incoming tides during the
day didn't help fishing, pumping colder Gulf water
This week's new moon should speed up tides.
If an angler can hit a low, afternoon tide this week,
when the sun can quickly heat up the water, the fish-
ing should be ideal.
Overall, the best action remains on sheepshead
Anglers are waiting a transition to springtime
fishing, when tides are high during the day, instead
of at night. Skinny-water boats won't have as much
of an advantage, as anglers will more easily get to
those skinny spots. Any southerly wind will push
more water into the bay, and the combination of the
wind and tides will make fishing for redfish in man-
groves optimum during high tide.
Dave Sork from the Anna Maria City Pier said
he is finally starting to see birds crashing on small
pods of bait fish off the pier, as well as some ballyhoo
at night. But not much else is going on, he said.
Derek Olson from Rod & Reel Pier said the
only fish caught at the pier have been black drum and
Capt. Logan Bystrom of Locally Grown Fish-
ing Charters said his charters last week did well on
sheepshead, but it took awhile to get the sheepies to
bite. Using live shrimp, Bystrom would hit docks for
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Drake Rathje, 9, of Maple Grove, Minn., caught
this mess of sheepshead off the Gryboski family
dock in Holmes Beach. Rathje was visiting grand-
parents Judy and Darrel Rathje of Holmes Beach.
Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Captain Mark Howard
Snook Trout Redfish
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Capt. Mark Howard ofSumotime Fish-
ing Charters holds a monster redfish.
sheepshead and redfish. He said there should be some
trout on the flats, and recommends fishing in pro-
tected areas in the afternoon when water temperatures
have had a chance to warm. L\ \ Lliing's trying to
stay warm right now," Bystrom said.
Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime Fishing
Charters said redfish has been his target through-
out the winter. He said on a moving tide, live select
shrimp rigged with a small, split shot has been pro-
ducing redfish up to 32 inches under deep-water
docks. "The key is to look for a dock with heavy
barnacle growth and a little deeper water than the
surrounding docks," he said. "I cut up and chum the
small shrimp, and use the ones that die in the live
well to help sweeten the dock area."
He said sheepshead have made a showing in
the bay with fish up to four pounds. He said they're
around docks, structure, bridges, artificial reefs and
"Look for shiners to hit the flats in the next two
weeks and the fishing to turn wide open as I make the
change from shrimp to shiners," Howard said. "It's
still a good idea to carry live shrimp with you as the
fish may be finicky and prefer shrimp that day."
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business out of
Catchers Marina said that last week he hit the 3-mile
artificial reefs for sheepshead, mangrove snapper and
white grunts. Inshore, he targeted redfish, flounder
and speckled trout. Gross predicted the new moon
next week should help fishing. "The tides are about
ready to flop, where there's a change from being real
high at night to real high in the day," he said. "You'll
be able to get to places where you haven't been able
to get to."
He said southerly winds last week blew more
water in the bay, making tides higher. "That's usu-
ally when we do well on redfish," he said. Gross said
he thinks the redfish action will improve as soon as
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water temperatures warm. "It's going to be crazy,"
Gross thinks the sheepshead bite has been better
in the passes than on the reefs. Also, he thinks the
convict fish action will pick up, and even more so
during the full moon at the end of the month.
"All the temperature has to do is come up a
couple ticks," Gross said. "It needs to be 68 degrees.
Last year at this time, it was 70-72 degrees. The bait
never left the bay."
For speckled trout, Gross said the key is to find
m1\ in.', clear water. "When it gets cold, it seems
the majority of schooling trout are in deeper water,"
Gross said. "And big fish get in the shallows to sun
Gross said trout have been biting Berkley Gulp
shrimp in pearl and new penny, and Exude jerk baits
in rainbow shad. He said that the two baits are a great
compliment to each other because the jerk bait will
stand up more on the bottom, and sink more slowly
than a Gulp bait, which tends to sit flat on the bottom.
Change the two baits to see which gets a better reac-
tion from fish.
Capt. Warren Girle said he had an unbelievable
redfish bite in north Sarasota Bay toward the end of
last week. "I love it when there's a south wind that
pushes a lot of water in," Girle said. He said fishing
the east shoreline of the bay in a foot of water he
caught 11 redfish and some trout to 23 inches. He
fished the mangroves on a high tide, as well as oyster
"If you find the mullet, you find the reds and the
big trout," Girle said.
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Festival to celebrate Florida outdoors
By Lisa Neff
A celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth
Day will coincide with the birth of a new festival on
Anna Maria Island.
The Real Florida Festival will take place April
16-18 on Anna Maria Island, with the final day serv-
ing as a celebration of the Island's great outdoor
The event falls at the start of a weeklong series of
celebrations worldwide to commemorate Earth Day,
observed on April 22 since 1970.
The Real Florida Festival was conceived to help
raise money to maintain a fare-free Island Trolley,
considered a vehicle to boost tourism and provide an
eco-friendly alternative to more cars on the road.
RFF events include a Founders' Day party in
Holmes Beach, a karaoke contest finale called "Island
Idol," a Parrothead dance at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center in Anna Maria and the outdoor
celebration in Bradenton Beach April 18.
Plans for the outdoor celebration are coming
together, according to Real Florida Festival founder
"This is very e \, ilin.'." Teitelbaum told a recent
meeting of the ScenicWAVES advisory committee in
Nancy Ambrose, organizer of the Bradenton
Beach component of the RFF for the Historic Bridge
Street Merchants Association, described the celebra-
tion as a "go-green Earth Day kind of thing."
The Real Florida Festival will include on April
18, an event that resurrects elements of the now-
defunct Outdoor Festival. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
Details, presented to Bradenton Beach city com-
missioners in February, list yoga on the beach at 8:30
a.m. that Sunday, a walk-run from Bridge Street to
Coquina Beach at 10 a.m., performances by the bands
HWY 41 and Blues Pig, a series of booths on Bridge
Street, a special staging of the Bridge Street Market,
environmental seminars, kayak demonstrations and
Frisbee golf play.
Vendors will sell food and beverage, but beer
sales will be restricted to the lot adjacent to the Drift
In, which secured its own special event permit from
the city for the day.
Preparations for the outdoor celebration continue,
with Ambrose seeking businesses and non-profits to
serve as vendors.
Sailing squadron holds
The Anna Maria Island Sail
and Power Squadron will hold a boating course
and seminars at the squadron building, 1200
71st St. N.W., Bradenton.
Students must pre-register by calling 941-
The squadron will offer a two-part boating
safety course at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 27,
and Saturday, April 3.
The course fee is $35. Graduates qualify
for a Florida boating-education certificate.
Additionally, the squadron will offer a
charting seminar at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April
13. The fee is $10.
A GPS seminar will be held at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 21. The fee is $10.
A D A D
NATIVE PLANT SALE: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday,
March 20, Bradenton Beach City Hall. 941-778-
4619 for information.
USED/ANTIQUARIAN BOOKS: A roomful.
Essence of Time. 10015 Cortez Road W., Bra-
TALL PATIO TABLE and two chairs Like-new.
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POND FORM: MEDIUM, black, for Koi fish. $40.
KITCHEN TABLE: BAMBOO, glass top, two
chairs, $35. Coffee table, wrought iron, simple
style, $15. 941-778-2901.
LOVE SEAT: SOFT print, very good condition,
$75. White painted rattan coffee table, $20. 941 -
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BOOKS: CHILDREN'S, 80 of them, $20. Reli-
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DESIGNER TRAVEL BAG for small dog.
15x9-inch. Brand new. $15. 941-201-6799.
CELL PHONE: LG Baxter camera with works.
FISHING ROD AND reels: Four new spinning,
$20 each. Two, $35 each. 941-713-4048.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may
advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or
less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver
in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,
fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please call
941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilu-
theran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive,
THEY'RE BACK! EVERY Monday night all-you-
can-eat fish fry. $10. Live entertainment. Tiki bar
open. Bayside Banquet Hall, 4628 119th St. W.,
Cortez, end of road.
USE EVERY DROP! Water conservation event,
March 20, Bradenton Beach. Get a rain barrel,
condensate drip hose, and other free gifts. 941-
778-4619 for information.
ART SALE/RECEPTION: Silent auction of local
artists' work and reception at The Islander to ben-
efit MHS art program, 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 19.
Donate or come to bid. Info: news@ islander.org.
RAIN WATER IS free! Stop using precious drink-
ing water on your lawn and car. A 1,000-sf roof
gathers 623 gallons of free rainwater from one
inch of rain. Call 941-778-4619 for information.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys
International. 941-302-3100. Terry hayes @ sothe-
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Priva-
teers are collecting new or used, repairable fish-
ing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to
give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander
newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
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
NO MORE FERTILIZER: Go native! Indigenous
plants use fewer resources, create habitat and
are naturally beautiful. Buy native plants March
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YARD SALE: ROSER Thrift Shop. 8:30 a.m.-noon
Saturday, March 20. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m. Saturday March 20.
Lots of furniture, must sell. 409 63rd St., Holmes
GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SALE at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
LOST: NURSE FOB watch, chrome. Holmes
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$200. Chihuahua pups, too. All shots. $100. 941-
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adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All applicants
screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.
2007 VESPA SCOOTER G.T.S. 250 ie, limited
edition.Yellow, showroom condition, $4,600. Many
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2000 SUBARU OUTBACK. $3,900. 166,000
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instruction. Day.Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser, Zuma
and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-1400.
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HOUSE CLEANING AND handyman services by
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STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium
grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Haul-
ing all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
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yard. Gravel, other rock and bobcat services.
Please, call Cory with MaCline Construction at
941-812-4178 for a free estimate.
PROFESSIONAL MANGROVE trimmer: ISA
certified arborist. Fast, friendly service. Free con-
sults. Call Jim at 941-799-0840.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.boat
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work,
handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light haul-
ing, pressure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 941 -
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENTS: Michi-
gan carpenter, cabinet maker. All phases of con-
struction. 30 years experience. No job too big or
too small. Quality work guaranteed at affordable
prices. Call Mike, 877-822-4326. kroon@triton.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL space. 625
sf, $500/month. Also 1,800 sf. 8799 Cortez Road.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach, eateries and shops.
$150/night, $950/week. Use of bikes included.
ANNA MARIA DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA, washer/dryer,
seasonal $1,800/month, monthly or weekly rates
available. Close to beach, trolley and restaurants.
LONGBOAT KEY WATERFRONT penthouse:
3BR/3.5BA, seven rooms, furnished, roof top
courtyard, four Har-Tru tennis courts, parking
garage. Available April, three-month minimum.
Summer, $3,000/month, 2011 season, $7,500/
month. Call 941-400-8547.
ANNUAL 2BR/2BA, Holmes Beach. Tile through-
out. Washer and dryer hookups, double carport,
large storage room. Steps to Gulf with view. First,
last and security, 941-778-3427.
RENTAL WANTED: ISLAND business owner
seeks 3BR/2BA home for two year or longer
lease. Call Tom, 941-993-4909.
PRIVATE BEACHFRONT HOME: 2BR/1BA
ground level, spectacular views. Available April,
May. $3,500/month. 941-778-8356.
RENTAL: 3BR/2BA ON canal. Furnished. Monthly,
$1,800. Call for weekly rate. All utilities, cable paid.
Washer and dryer. 70th Street, Holmes Beach.
Available May through December. Call Dave, 407-
HOLMES BEACH 2BR/2BA ground floor unit
available due to cancellation. $2,500/month or
$1,000/week plus tax, plus security deposit and
cleaning fee. 941-778-9576.
TERRA CEIA ISLAND: Furnished 2BR/2BA,
newly remodeled, laundry, dock, ground floor,
large yard, quiet, private. Available 2010-2011
season. To see it now, call 941-729-4431.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/3BA Key Royale
home. Caged pool, garage, nice kitchen, tile
throughout. $1,950/month. 863-660-8366.
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tion rental. 5BR/4BA. $2,200/week. tampabay-
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EL CONQUISTADOR Country Club. 2BR2BA
condo, end unit with garage for rent with option
to buy. Nicely furnished. Overlooking tennis courts
and country club. $130,000. Call 941-545-3097 or
CANALFRONT: FURNISHED 2BR/1.5BA home.
Carport, utility room, boat dock, summer kitchen
on large patio. Walking distance to beach, public
boat ramp, tennis courts, end of street. $1,500/
month plus deposit. Rent includes all utilities,
FIOS. Long-term rental, available April 2010. Call
ANNUAL RENTAL: HOLMES Beach, 1BR/1BA
close to stores, trolley and beach. $500/month,
utilities included. Call 941-224-1484 for more
LARGE 1 BR/1.5BA: Enclosed patio, heated pool.
HOLMES BEACH: NEWLY remodeled, 2BR/2BA,
garage. Beautiful new wood floors, tile, ceiling
fans. $1,095/month. 941-713-6743.
GORGEOUS NEWLY RENOVATED 2BR/2BA
Anna Maria Island rental. Ground floor, furnished,
all utilities, pool, tennis, DSL. December 2010 thru
May 2011. $2,500/month. Four-month minimum.
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FOR RENT: 2BR, Tropical Palm Mobile
Home Park. 15 minutes to beach, available
April 1. $1,000/month. For sale or rent 2BR
doublewide. $1,000/month, sell for $49,000.
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ANNUAL 2BR/1.5BA ELEVATED duplex in Holmes
Beach for rent. Park under building. Three blocks
to beach. $1,000/month. 941-730-2606.
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. 1BR/1BA. You own the land. Not a co-op.
No monthly fees. Great condition. Free boat ramp
access. Reduced! Priced to sell! $69,900. 513-
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE 2BR/2.5BA townhouse.
Large living room, pool, storm shutters, garage,
storage. $399,000, 941-722-0640.
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lished rental Income. Great investment. $279,000
By owner. 942-962-8220.
GREAT BUY: BEACH HOUSE, GULFFRONT,
furnished. 2BR/2BA, $299,000. Longboat Key.
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DIRECT GULFFRONT 4BR/4.5BA, den, three-car
garage, pool, spa, elevator, security. Immaculate
2005 Italian villa-style construction with breathtak-
ing Gulf views. 5,146 sf under roof on north Anna
Maria Island, $3,300,000. Contact owner, broker,
WATERFRONT LOT: BREATHTAKING, Sunshine
Skyway Bridge view. 230 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes
Beach. $550,000. Waterfront home, 3BR/3BA,
same spectacular view. 228 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. $1,100,000. 941-778-0019.
NORTHWEST BRADENTON: RIVERVIEW Bou-
levard home. 2,000 sf, 3BR/2BA, two-car garage,
huge family room and secluded pool, lanai, tropi-
cal garden areas. Updated and well maintained.
$250,000. Don, 941-730-0100.
BUILDING LOT: 40-FOOT dock included. Gated
community, bay views. $349,900. Horizon Realty,
Sharon Hightower, 941-330-5054.
PERICO ISLAND TOWNHOME: Furnished two
or three bedroom. Walk-in closets, formal dining,
water views, immaculate condition. $239,900.
Sharon Hightower, Horizon Realty, 941-330-
FLORIDA KEYS PROPERTY: For sale or trade
for local property of equivalent value. Approved
duplex on deep-water canal with raised lot. Paid
$720,000 in 2005. Fully rented, annuals. Call 941-
2BR/2BA: GLASSED LANAI, covered parking,
good rental history, quiet area that overlooks
preserve, heated pool, turnkey furnished, walk to
Publix. Well-maintained complex. $249,900 firm.
Owner would consider financing with 20 percent
down with good credit or discount for cash. The
Cove at Sandy Pointe. Call local owner, 941-756-
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SPANISH PARK near Blake Hospital. 3BR/2BA,
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DIRECT GULFFRONT BRADENTON Beach:
Two condos, 1 BR/2BA and 1 BR/1BA. Furnished,
established rental income. Estate sale, great
investment. Asking $299,000 each. Will negotiate
a package price for both. Owner, 516-458-0076.
BOATERS TAKE NOTE! Coral Shores canalfront,
3BR/2.5BA, gorgeous water views, new boat
dock, 10,000 Ib davits, new wood floors, pool,
fireplace, cathedral ceilings, separate living room
and family room. 2,240 sf. Price reduced again!
$379,900 or make offer. Chard Winheim Horizon
PERICO ISLAND: 2BR/2BA condo. Safe commu-
nity, all amenities, near beaches and Robinson
Preserve. $135,000. 941-794-1492.
LARGE WATERFRONT LOT for sale by
owner. Boat lift and dock. Easy access to Tampa
Bay and Gulf. Ready to build. $529,000.527 74th
St., Holmes Beach. Call 941-779-0201 or 863-
DEEP-WATER CANAL house, 284 feet from open
bay. Pre-listing discount, $489,000. 509 59th St.,
Holmes Beach. 941-779-1013.
2BR/2BA TOWNHOUSE: 1,346 sf. Low taxes
and condo fees. On canal with boat and boat slip.
Asking $189,000. Call John Wize at Betsy Hills
LAKE LOT SALE! Five acres, only $24,900
includes free boat slips! Was $59,900. Sale March
20. Beautiful mix of woods, meadows. Walk to
private fishing lake. Quiet country road, utilities,
warranty deed. Low financing. Call now, 888-792-
5253, ext. 3427.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
LOVELY 3BR/2BATWO-car garage, well-maintained
home in the beautiful Oaks. New carpet throughout,
or tile, lifetime shingle-type aluminum roof. Double
bathroom with giant closets plus another with tub
and shower. Glass-enclosed large Florida room.
Nice patio. Reverse-osmosis pure water through-
out, washer and dryer included and like-new kitchen
appliances. A maintenance-free community with
complete lawn care and sprinklers, community
pool and spa. Basic cable, all included in mainte-
nance fee. Very conveniently located to shopping,
near Blake Hospital. Only 10 minutes to the beach,
great neighborhood and people. We are very spe-
cially priced now at $199,000. Hurry, will not last.
Call 1-941-7958477 now. Located 1506 Blue Oak
Lane, just off 59th Street West, Bradenton.
FOR SALE BY owner: $399.000. Nice Island home,
waterfront 3BR/2BA. Updated, pool. Spa, dock.
Realtor, owner, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
AFFORDBALE VILLA: 2BR/2BA brand new
kitchen, carpet and more. Convenient location.
No flood zone, heated pool. $74,900. Exclusive.
Real Estate Mart, 941-356-1456.
NORTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANNIA, FOREST
County. 4BR lodge or home. Wooded 190 acres.
Native brook trout stream. Close to Tionesta Lake,
National Forest, Allegheny River. Trails and wildlife.
CENTRAL GEORGIA: 120 acres. $1,350 per
acre. Hardwoods, planted pine, borders Little
Muckaloochee Creek basin, great hunting. 478-
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CENTRAL GEORGIA: 49 acres. $1,325 per acre. Gently
rolling, planted pine, some hardwood, near Flint River,
great hunting. 478-987-9700 St. Regis Paper Co.
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this year, drew great cheers
and applause. And the littlest
entry in the St. Patrick's Day
Parade is a hot red Mustang
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senger. Meanwhile, Trigger,
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Swatches the parade and
S.shows off his Irish beads.
And the Pittsburgh Pirates
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first Island-St. Patrick's Day
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grins with their col-
lection of beads from
pa their first time at the
Island Beach Bistro-
St. Patrick's Day
Parade. The Kube
family moved to
Anna Maria in Octo-
ber after mom and
dad we re recruited
_from Minnesota by_
Bistro owner Sean Murphy. Dad serves and bartends at the
music, roaring cannons and tons of beads tossed for beggars, tion. The family is "loving it" here, according to Heidi.
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Trafje a -Ltor..
By Lisa Neff
Islanders become tourists March 20.
And tourists get to see how Islanders live
during the Anna Maria Island Community Center
17th annual Island Tour of Homes, a major fund-
raiser for the non-profit at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna
Maria, and a major event on the spring calendar.
Tourgoers, many of them Island residents but
many others either on vacation or on a day-trip to
the Island, will travel on foot, by bicycle, trolley,
shuttle or car to five Island residences:
540 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach.
320 63rd St., Holmes Beach.
542 67th St., Holmes Beach.
527 70th St., Holmes Beach.
857 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.
Each home is unique, designed to suit the
homeowners' tastes and styles, but, there are
Each celebrates the local environment the
The Eyeland Needlers'
"Wish You Were Here"
quilt will be raffled
during the Anna Maria
Center's Island Tour of
Homes March 20. Mo
Dye and John Ecklund
named the quilt in a
contest earlier this year.
beach and the waterfronts, wildlife and marine
Each exudes a casual, relaxed attitude.
And each honors the arts.
Visitors to 542 67th St., the home of Greg and
Pat Shorten, will find the Island Tropical Treasures
arts and crafts boutique, which also raises money
for the Center.
At the boutique, volunteers will sell chances
for the raffle for the Eyeland Needlers' traditional
Tour of Homes Quilt, "Wish You Were Here."
The tour will conclude with a wine and cheese
reception at the Waterfront Restaurant, 111 S. Bay
Blvd., Anna Maria.
The Center raises money from the tour with
ticket, raffle and boutique sales, as well as adver-
tising support and sponsorship donations.
The Center's next major fundraiser is its
annual Affaire to Remember gala, scheduled to
take place Saturday, April 24, at the Center, Anna
Open house: Center
hosting home tour
( Habitat for Humanity"
Don't discard. ReStore.
Show your support
shopping or volunteering.
Call 941-355- 7082 for
fr Habitat for Humanity
Donations accepted until 4pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays
1227 Hardin Ave.,Tallevast
Tips for the T'ur
Tour organizers and veteran tour guests offer the
following advice and tips for the Anna Maria Island
Community Center's annual Island Tour of Homes:
The tour, which raises money for the Center's
programs, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday,
Tickets cost $20 each and can be purchased in
advance at various locations, including the Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, and The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The tour booklet serves as the pass to each
home so keep it handy.
Leave the camera at home no photographs
are allowed inside the homes.
If it looks like rain, bring an umbrella. The
event takes place rain or shine.
The tour can begin at any of the homes, but
follow a logical order to avoid too much time in
Wear comfortable shoes high heels are
not allowed in the homes, and provided booties are
Consider alternative transportation bicycle
or walk to the homes, or take advantage of most of
the homes' proximity to Island trolley stops. Also,
make use of the free shuttle that departs the Gloria
Dei Lutheran Church parking lot, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, for the homes in that city.
Home sweet home
The residences on the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center's 2010 Tour of Homes are:
540 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, home
of Jim and Maura Kelly.
320 63rd St., Holmes Beach, home of Susan
542 67th St., Holmes Beach, home of Greg and
Pat Shorten. The home also is the site of the Island
Tropical Treasures arts and crafts boutique.
527 70th St., Holmes Beach, home of Bill and
857 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, home of Erik
Also, the tour concludes with a wine and cheese
Taste of the Tour reception from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at
the Waterfront Restaurant, 111 S. Bay Blvd., Anna
Maria. Admission is $10.
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to our paradi
320 63rd St.,
The southernmost home on the tour, Susan Lee's
corner townhouse at 320 63rd St., celebrates color.
"I love color. I love using it," she says.
Color, say tour organizers, is found everywhere
- on the walls, in vibrant posters and locally found
artwork, in an international collection of tiles and in
the fabrics that fame Lee's windows.
The furnishings are described as "playful and yet
practical" with treasured items found in out-of-
the-way places, but furnishings that serve the need
Located just off Marina Drive in the Island's larg-
est city but with a kitchen-window view of the patio
and heated pool, Lee's home is described as "both
urban ... and tropical."
The living room,
furnished with a
playful but practi-
Susan Lee's home at
320 63rd St., Holmes
Photos: Andy Little
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ROTTEN RALPH'S ROTTEN RALPH'S
The Original Waterfront Restaurant on the Historic Bridge Street Pier
Lunch Dinner Full Bar Breakfast Lunch Dinner Beer/Wine
902 S. Bay Blvd Anna Maria RALP 200 Bridge St. Bradenton Beach
778-3953 Open Every Day Open every day 778-1604
The bait shoP is OPEN!
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with a beachy flair
5337 Gul Irive (at mes Blvd.)
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Live Band! Full Ba \ Fish Fry
2 $9.99 4:30-8pm
Waterfront Weddings Receptions Events
BAYSIDE BANQUET HALL
4628 119th St. W. 798-2035 C-8
L (from Cortez Rd, turn S on 119th) no credit cards
H Segs by the Sea
MORE THAN JUST SEGWAYS...
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ALL THE TRIMMINGS
NCAA FINALS START MARCH 18TH!
COME WATCH THEM ON OUR 52 INCH
HIGH DEF TV'S!
9701 Gulf DriveAnna Maria 941-567-4056
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6852 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Entertainment
Lonboat Key Wed. March 17: St. Patty's Day Party
Just over the bridge
in Whitney Beach Plaza Fri. March 19: Patsy and Majella
941.383.3355 Sat. March 20: Larry Wilhelm
$12.00 i i i U i
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The 2010 Calendar is filled with spectacular
pictures of the Island by photographer Jack Elka.
Call now to get your copy. Makes a great gift!
941-778-2711 1 www.annamariacalendar.com I
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OPEN 6 DAYS CLOSED MONDAY
Across from Manatee Public Beach 3901 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach
E5 941-778-7769 www.floridasecrets.com
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Caribbean Seafood and Grill
Denzel Washington said: "Great Food"
2 FORI m 4-6
2 FREE EARLYBIRD'-6
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IWINE OR BEER with purchase of
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regular-priced entrees, and any two beverages.
ISun-Thurs only, must present coupon I I Must present coupon. Not valid
Not valid holidays or with any on holidays or with any other
other coupon or discount, coupon or discount.
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VOTE BST CRAB CAKEI
103 Gulf Drive Bradenton Beach
Open W isghy 4-9:30. Fri 4 Sat 4-10:30
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Old fashioned ice cream made on site.
Now serving Soft Serve
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527 70th St.,
Outside Bill and Kathy Cook's weekend home at
527 70th St., Holmes Beach, a tropical-style garden
soaks up the Florida sun.
Inside, the refurbished terrazzo floors warm in
The Cooks' one-story cottage, with its wood trim
and cupola and cozy arrangement, has a Key West-
A small guest bedroom lies just inside the front
door. Then there is the kitchen and living space that
looks out on a patio, pool and canal. A master bed-
room and bath, with a Jacuzzi, is on the other side of
Images of starfish, crabs, seahorses and shells
can be found throughout.
The back of
527 70th Street,
willfind a patio,
pool and the
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Unique Collections of Antiques, Arts, Chandeliers,
Lamps & Accent Piecs for Your Homs
Located in Whitney Beach Plaza
6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive Bdy7 el
Longboat Key 12-4 Mon-Sat. Until-2 Sun Consign
The Island Flooring Store
Featuring: Mohawk, Shaw
Beaulieu, Lauzon, Goodwin
Heart Pine and more...
Professional Installation Free Estimates
Serving Island Residents Since 1998 *
53GUFDIE* SS LAA .OLESBEC 977-50
SSigip fkre' Painting
591 Denarvaez Drive, Longboat Key .
C:941.350.3296 *.' 7
Interior Paint Contractor for "Jewels on the Bay Showcase Home"
Low Odor, Environment-Friendly Paint
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"The Boathouse" on Key Royale Drive.
540 Key Royale
Jim and Maura Kelly's vacation home, "The
Boathouse," is anchored on the waterfront.
Terraced landscaping leads to a boat dock
in the canal in the front of the home. The bed-
rooms a master and two children's rooms
- look out over the pool on Bimini Bay. ... ,,,,,./.l. :h.t a
The home's exterior might look like painted .: .. /.I ,,.t. i h. ,,,h ,,
wood shingling on first glance, but it's made of //,. ,, -, i,../ ., /.. ../,,tt., .. ,,
staggered concrete sheets to better withstand oh), ,. i,,t.. I ,, ...., ih .
the Island elements. li ',,
Inside, however, wood abounds sus-
tainable timber from Brazil for the entry and
the upstairs deck, cherry wood for the kitchen
cabinets and around the slate fireplace, cypress
for the ceilings of the upper and lower lanais.
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"Blue Heaven," 857 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff Drive.
857 N. Shore Drive, AM
The northernmost home on the tour, "Blue Heaven," at 857 N. Shore Drive, Anna
Maria, belongs to Erik Abrahamson.
From the patio of his weekend home, Abrahamson can see the lights of the Sun-
shine Skyway Bridge to the east, watch the sun drop below the horizon in the west
and catch a glimpse of Egmont Key.
The home is furnished in "shabby chic," with painted rustic cabinets, a "found"
shell collection and a collection of art inspired by the sea.
Tour organizers describe a home created with a close attention to detail, but a
Tour organizer tip: Look for the whimsical lobster fashioned of wire and red . .
Susan H. Kruse
Assistant Vice President
REGIONS Anna Maria Island
3900 6th Ave
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217
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9701 Dr. P.O. Box 123, Anna Maria, FL 34216-0123
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542 67th St.,
Homeowners Greg and Pat Shorten raised the
roof to create the spacious cathedral ceilings and
F- .grand living area at 542 67th St., Holmes Beach.
The homeowners also expanded the home 4
feet toward Bimini Bay and 4 feet toward the street
to add a master bath and bed and a new expansive
SBedrooms and a converted study offer views
of the water. And a wooden pelican stands at the
n p s b entrance, as if it has a view over all comings and
home at 542
67th St., Holmes
a grand view
of the Holmes
Greg and Pat .i, ,' ten had the roof raised in their
home for cathedral ceilings in the kitchen and a
grand living area.
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