MARCH 31. 2010 FRE
Easter bunny hops
into Moose Lodge.
the news ...
Anna Maria board-
walk plan approved.
Meetings: The gov-
Stoltzfus ins 'donkey' title on AM mayor
By Rick Catlin sota, said law enforcement officials should be result of the public records request, indicate
Islander Reporter called upon to investigate, his perception of how others in city govern-
E-mails provided by Anna Maria City Meanwhile, Stoltzfus maintained he did ment operate.
commissionerr Harry Stoltzfus under a not violate open government laws and, in a In a Jan. 17 e-mail to former City Com-
ublic records request reveal the commis- city memo, pointed out that Barfield has a missioner Duke Miller, Stoltzfus wrote:
sioner has some major felony criminal record. "Honestly, I've said it many times, even
Oil disagreements with "There is nothing illegal or improper in the PLEASE SEE STOLTZFUS, PAGE 4
how Mayor Fran Bar-
ford is administering
the city and staff.
I Last week, as more
e-mails became avail-
able, an Anna Maria
Barford resident called for a
Florida Attorney General investigation of
Stoltzfus under open government laws and,
the legal expert who initiated the public
records request, Michael Barfield of Sara-
way I've conducted city business," Stoltzfus
stated in a defense to a protesting citizen. "I
was elected by the major-
ity of residents in the city
because I said I would do
everything in my power
to fulfill the goals and the
policies of our compre-
4. hlefi, e-mails reviewed as a
Lifeguards raise warning flags
Water race canceled,
organizers turn to
fall. Page 5
Op/ed: The Islander
letters. Page 6
Easter week begins.
report. Page 15
AAME goes on break.
What, where, when.
and real estate sales.
Island police reports.
arrives to improve
sport. Page 25
By Lisa Neff
Manatee County lifeguards raised red
warning flags last week as the National
Weather Service and Florida Division of
Emergency Management cautioned beach-
goers in the area about dangerous rip cur-
"Beachgoers and surfers should be very
cautious," state meteorologist Amy Godsey
said March 23, the day the state issued a
high-surf advisory for the Gulf coast, with
waves reaching 6 feet.
The high surf produced rough, break-
ing waves, rip currents and strong undertow,
Manatee County Marine Rescue Chief
Jay Moyles said his guards were seeing the
rough water from their stations on Coquina
and Manatee Public beaches.
"We're well aware of the rip currents,"
Moyles said. "We had them yesterday. We
had them today. ... Our guys are seeing lots
PLEASE SEE RIPTIDE, PAGE 3
The lifeguard station at Manatee Public
Beachflies a yellowflag warning of medium
surf hazards March 26. Several days earlier,
guard towers at Coquina Beach flew red
flags warning of high hazards in rough surf.
Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
By Lisa Neff
Remains found March 16 alongside
Interstate-75 in Hillsborough County were
identified last week as those of a woman
missing for six years.
The woman was identified as Lisa
Ann Mowrey, 18 at the time of her disap-
pearance. She was last seen Feb. 26, 2004,
leaving home to go to a hairstyling school
Manatee County Sheriff's Office
detectives investigating the disappearance
of Holmes Beach resident Sabine Musil-
Buehler had contacted Tampa authorities
after the remains, partially covered by
brush and debris, were found.
Soon after the remains were discov-
ered, the medical examiner's office in
Hillsborough confirmed that they were
that of a woman.
The announcement led law enforce-
ment personnel around the state to begin
reviewing missing person and unsolved
homicide files, including MCSO, which
has been investigating the disappearance of
Musil-Buehler, co-owner of Haley's Motel
in Holmes Beach, since Nov, 6, 2008.
The medical examiner identified Mow-
rey's remains using dental records.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
deputies had contacted the Tampa detec-
tives March 22 to discuss the discovery
of bones and Mowrey's disappearance,
according to a news release.
"The Hillsborough County medical
examiner and the University of South Flor-
ida anthropologist are still reconstructing
and testing the remains on this unexplained
death," the release stated.
Dylan Ligue, 1, plays in the sand at the
Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach
March 8 as his grandma, h.i. i y Williams of
Bradenton, and his mother, Angela Ligue,
ofC I,. ..h -, enjoy the cafe.
By Nick Walter
Four companies March 23-24 made public
pitches to operate the concessions at Manatee
Public and Coquina beaches, delivering pre-
sentations to a county recommendations com-
PS. Beach Associates' five-year contract
to operate both concessions expired last year,
but the contract was extended due to periods
when county work at the beach interrupted
PS. Beach presently operates both beach
concessions, but submitted a bid to only oper-
ate Manatee Public Beach in the future.
In February, the county recommendations
committee that includes Melissa Assha of the
county purchasing department, Elliott Falcione
of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors
Bureau, and Cindy Turner of the county parks
and recreation department, asked PS. Beach
and others to expound on their proposals.
So, last week, the companies presented
more details on their proposed improvements,
and outlined projected revenues under a con-
PLEASE SEE CONCESSION, PAGE 8
More on Stoltzfus, page 4:
Stoltzfus calls out criminal record
of Sunshine Law-e-mail expert.
Stoltzfus says he's 'wrongly
Citizens call for resignation,
investigation and recall.
E-mails again requested, pos-
sible legal challenges.
Remains identified, MCSO
continues Buehler search
VOLUME 18, NO. 21
HAPPY EASTER, Y'ALL
2 0 MARCH 31, 2010 0 THE ISLANDER
AM Pier b
At their March 25 commission meeting, com-
missioners unanimously approved a federally funded
project to build a 450-foot boardwalk along the bay-
front at the Historic Anna Maria City Pier.
The project was spearheaded by Commissioner
Jo Ann Mattick, who applied for the $358,000 grant
in 2004, before she was elected to the commission.
The grant was raised to nearly $900,000 by Flor-
ida Department of Transportation community liaison
Manon Lavoie after she discovered some additional
federal funds for "shovel-ready" projects. The DOT is
overseeing the project and administering the grant.
Commissioner Dale Woodland had some con-
cerns about the city's participation in maintaining
the boardwalk, but Dave Panlillio, a DOT engineer-
ing consultant, assured him the materials would last
Mayor Fran Barford noted that pier tenant Mario
Schoenfelder has responsibility for maintenance of
the pier parking lot for 100 feet north of the main
entrance and 150 feet south of that entrance.
Schoenfelder recently exercised his option to
extend his lease for another five years, the mayor
No timeframe for either the start or completion of
the project has been announced, but Anna Maria City
Pier Centennial Committee chairperson Sissy Quinn
said she hoped it would be completed by April 2011,
when the centennial celebration will be held.
Following commission approval of the project,
the gallery responded with applause and Mattick
burst into tears, then laughed, then sniffled.
"I' ve been working with this for the past five
years and the day has finally come. I'm so happy,"
Now that Schoenfelder has renewed his lease at
the pier, he hopes to initiate a program to sell person-
alized planks on the decking.
Pier manager Dave Sork said now that the res-
boardwalk plan approved
taurant is staying for at least five more years, the draw more than 1,000 people to the marina.
program will move forward as rapidly as possible. Barford said the event will create an impact
"I don't have any details yet, but I know it's on the residents along South Bay Boulevard and
coming," Sork said. throughout the city. One lane of traffic in the marina
He said he plans to work out the details of the area will be shut down, and parking likely will be a
project with Schoenfelder next week.
But the city is not involved in the project and will
not have to fund the planks, Mattick said.
Schoenfelder is responsible for structural repairs
to the pier. The lease calls for monthly payments to
the city of $8,600. The rent was increased by $500
In other business at the commission meeting,
Barford announced that Galati Marine will hold a
fishing tournament at its Anna Maria location May
27-30, Memorial Day weekend, and the event should
The tournament will involve a considerable effort
on the part of city staff, Manatee County Sheriff's
Office-Anna Maria substation deputies, public works
and other city infrastructure elements.
Although tournament proceeds will benefit All
Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Barford sug-
gested the city should collect the $500 permit fee.
The fee is normally waived for non-profit events,
but this is different than an event such as Bayfest,
Anna Maria is moving forward in its partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation on a plan
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of rip currents."
A rip current is a narrow, powerful current of
water that runs perpendicular to the beach. A cur-
rent can extend 200-2,500 feet lengthwise, but they
are typically less than 30 feet wide, according to
the National Weather Service.
Rip currents can move through the surf at a rate
of more than 5 mph.
When rip currents are present, Godsey said it
"is important to ... avoid entering the water where
warnings are posted."
She said that annually in Florida rip currents kill
more people than thunderstorms, hurricanes and tor-
"They are the No. 1 concern for beach life-
guards," Godsey said.
Moyles said rip currents are "standard for this
type of weather and our beach situation, with the jet-
ties the rock jetties sticking off the shoreline. It's
very conducive to rip-current development."
The mechanics of rip current development are
Break the rip-tide grip
When at the beach:
Never swim alone.
Whenever possible, swim at a lifeguard-
Learn how to swim in the surf.
Be cautious at all times, especially when
swimming at unguarded beaches. If in doubt, don't
Obey all instructions and orders from life-
Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and
jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist along
side these structures.
Consider using polarized sunglasses when
at the beach. They will help to spot signatures of
rip currents by cutting down glare and reflected
complex and involve interactions between waves and
currents, waves and water levels, waves and the near-
shore bottom, as well as wave-wave interaction.
A rip current forms as a narrow, fast-moving sec-
tion of water travels in an offshore direction. Rip
currents can also result from a wave's natural vari-
ability or when a current traveling along the shoreline
encounters a structure such as a groin or jetty and is
Close up of rip current. Islander Photo: Courtesy
LAFD lifeguard Capt. Nick Steers.
sunlight off the ocean's surface.
Pay close attention to children and elderly
when at the beach. Even in shallow water, wave
action can cause loss of footing.
If caught in a rip current:
Remain calm to conserve e nIi I \. and think
Never fight against the current.
Swim out of the current in a direction follow-
ing the shoreline. When out of the current, swim
away from the current at an angle towards shore.
If unable to swim out of the rip current, float
or calmly tread water. When out of the current,
swim toward shore.
If unable to reach shore, draw attention by
waving and yelling for help.
Source: National Weather Service
THE ISLANDER U MARCH 31, 2010 E 3
Anna Maria City
April 8, 7 p.m., city commission work session.
April 13, CIAC.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
April 1, 1 p.m., pier team.
April 1, 1:30 p.m., Web-site team.
April 1, 7 p.m., city commission.
April 5, 1 p.m., ScenicWAVES.
April 6, 1 p.m., budget orientation.
April 6, 4 p.m., charter review committee.
April 13, 4 p.m., charter review committee.
April 15, noon, emergency management work
April 15, 1 p.m., city commission.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
April 7, 5 p.m., parks and beautification com-
April 13, 7 p.m., city commission.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
April 15, 6 p.m., district commission.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
April 4 is Easter. Some government offices are
closed on April 2, which is Good Friday.
April 19, 9 a.m., Manatee County Tourist Devel-
opment Council, Holmes Beach City Hall.
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4 E MARCH 31, 2010 U THE ISLANDER
could violate law
By Rick Catlin
Any e-mails pertaining to public business deleted
by Anna Maria City Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus
- even on his private computer violate Florida
statute and the appropriate law enforcement officials
should be notified, Sarasota-based Sunshine Law
expert Michael Barfield said last week.
Barfield, in a March 23 letter to city attorney
Jim Dye, said he had several concerns with Stoltz-
fus' e-mails regarding public business. Some records
were provided to Barfield as the result of his March 10
request for all city-related e-mails from Stoltzfus' city
account and any e-mails relating to public business on
Stoltzfus' personal e-mail account.
Barfield wrote Dye that Anna Maria has an
"official policy relating to the use of private e-mail
accounts by elected and appointed officials," and
that any e-mail relating to public business should be
retained, even on a private computer.
"It appears undisputed that Commissioner Stoltz-
fus failed to comply with that policy and has made
himself the individual custodian of public records
maintained on private computers," wrote Barfield.
Aside from the city's policy, Barfield pointed out
that state law is "quite specific on the retention of
e-mails as public records no matter their location.
"That Commissioner Stoltzfus acknowledged
deleting e-mails that are public records is a serious vio-
lation of the law and requires immediate attention to
determine if additional records have been deleted."
Barfield also said that he was "troubled" by terms
used in several e-mails produced by Stoltzfus that
are marked confidential or "for your eyes only," and
other similar connotations.
Barfield asked Dye to determine if Stoltzfus
deleted any e-mails relating to public records. If
Stoltzfus has deleted public records from his per-
sonal computer, and has "not been able to recover"
them, Barfield asked Dye to "notify the appropriate
law enforcement officials on an immediate basis."
Dye had no comment on the Barfield letter.
Stoltzfus responded "no" to an e-mail request for
comment, but said earlier in an e-mail exchange with
city resident Ken Rickett that he's been "wrongly
accused," and there is "nothing illegal or improper
in the way I' ve conducted city business." He said he
is "simply fulfilling" his campaign promises.
Sunshine expert has
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria City Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus
sent a memo to the city March 25, stating that he was
"told by an attorney today (that) Michael Barfield
admitted under oath in the Venice case to 68 felony
Stoltzfus provided a statement to attendees at the
March 25 city commission meeting indicating Bar-
field's involvement and 10-year sentence in a federal
Barfield, who sent the city a public records
request March 10 asking for all the e-mails relating
to city business to and from Stoltzfus, did not deny
he has been convicted and served time in prison. But
he disputed the number of convictions.
"I served my time, and I'm sorry for what I did.
I'm now trying to make a contribution to society,"
Barfield calls himself an electronic media spe-
cialist, saying he performs e-discovery. Think of it as
a records autopsy, he told The Islander. "I merged my
interest in computer tcli hn< l1< '.\ with e-mail technol-
ogy when e-mail first came to be popular."
He said he has been employed by a number of
law firms on questions relating to Florida's Sunshine
and public records laws, and all the attorneys knew
his record and background when he was hired.
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria City Commissioner Harry Stoltz-
fus has no plans to quit the city commission over
accusations that he used e-mails to discuss city
business with other city officials.
Stoltzfus told resident Ken Rickett that he's
been wrongfully accused of violating the law.
Rickett e-mailed the city last week saying he is
"appalled at the actions of Commissioner Stoltzfus.
"I hope you have his resignation, as well as any
others involved in this deceit. If not, I would hope
the other commissioners will show him the door.
Please, notify me if a recall effort is needed."
Stoltzfus responded, "From my perspective,
your judgment is hurried.
"There's much more to this story than what
you' ve read in the paper.
"You' 11 find I've been wrongly accused of vio-
lating Sunshine Laws. There is nothing illegal or
improper in the way I' ve conducted city business.
"I was elected by the majority of residents in
the city because I said I would do everything in
my power to fulfill the goals and the policies of
our comprehensive plan.
"I am simply fulfilling that promise."
Stoltzfus also last week called on Mayor Fran
Barford to apologize for stating in The Islander
that he "totally violated the Sunshine Law."
Barford told The Islander she had no intention
Among the Stoltzfus e-mails published in
The Islander last week, Stoltzfus asked a Sarasota
attorney if he could join a lawsuit against the city
without being named.
He said in another e-mail that he wanted some-
STOLTZFUS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
before I was elected, I've spent hours wandering
around town with a tail in my hand searching for the
donkey to pin it on.
"I've found my donkey.
"It's Fran Barford.
"And this is what I've been referring to all along.
Incestuous government. A total breakdown of checks
and balances. A far too cozy relationship between the
developers and the city, at least at the administrative
In the same e-mail, Stoltzfus wrote:
"This administration doesn't seem to care what
the hell this place looks like in ten years."
And: "I've said it before and I'11 say it again. Most
of the problems we' re having can be laid squarely at
the mayor's feet.
"I think before the week is over, we're going to
have her staring at her shoes."
Stoltzfus also took issue with city planner Alan
In a Jan. 17 e-mail, he wrote:
Barfield worked for attorney Andrea Flynn
Mogensen of Sarasota and the Carlton Fields law firm
of Tampa on the suit against the Venice City Commis-
sion that eventually was settled for $1 million.
Both attorneys were aware of his background,
"Obviously, I have nothing to hide," he said.
According to online records, Barfield has five
federal convictions, all in 1998, in what the media
called the Corum case. He was convicted of grand
theft in 1997 in Palm Beach County, but did not serve
Barfield said Stoltzfus is attempting to assassi-
nate his character, but his past has nothing to do with
"I don't know what this has to do with my public
records request," Barfield said. "Any citizen can
make such a request. It's a state law."
And, he said, "the records are the records."
one to "bulldoze" Pine Avenue Restoration LLC's
projects on Pine Avenue.
Florida has a Sunshine Law which deals with
properly noticed meetings and open government,
and a public records law that is concerned with
how public officials maintain public records.
The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that
e-mails and other electronic communications to
and from public officials about government busi-
ness are official records.
Public records must be maintained by the des-
ignated clerk of records, according to the statutes,
and in Anna Maria that is the city clerk.
The e-mails obtained in the records request
by Barfield were maintained on Stoltzfus' home
computer, and some of the records were retrieved
from "deleted" files.
Additionally, some of the records appear to
promote the use of a conduit, a third party, to share
information between officials, also considered
And, some e-mails discuss specific site-plan
applications before the city that require quasi-judi-
cial hearings. All outside communication on such
matters in advance of the hearing, whether between
officials or officials and members of the public,
require disclosure at the next public hearing.
Because Stoltzfus had been lobbying for the
commission to take site-plan approvals for the
ROR district from the planning board and that
change was approved recently a conflict regard-
ing site-plans may have existed between the board
and the commission.
The most recent package of 1,262 pages of
records is available for the public to view and read
on The Islander Web site, www.islander.org.
"It may be too soon to call for Garrett's head, but
I'm not sure. The truth is, I kinda like the guy. I just
think he's incompetent."
Stoltzfus aimed at the administration again in the
Jan. 17 e-mail when he stated:
"This commissioner thing was supposed to be a
part-time job, and I take it way too seriously, I guess.
But my problem is, I'm pissed. This town is being
railroaded by a bunch of seriously greedy bastards who
are being enabled by a group of incompetents."
Stoltzfus also indicated in a March 5 e-mail to
attorney Jeremy Anderson, representing Barbara
Nally, owner of a rental property on Spring Avenue,
that there are people on the Island who want to
overturn the planning and zoning board's site-plan
approval for 216 Pine Ave.
Stoltzfus wrote to Anderson that he'd like to join
the Nallys' effort to "overturn" the approval.
Anderson responded to Stoltzfus the same day,
saying he discussed with Nally "your participation in
the lawsuit," but at this point "she has reservations
about you assisting in the challenge."
"At this point, we are unsure if at a later date your
participation n this lawsuit would at some point pre-
clude you from voting on any issue in the future related
to this project. She can explain further tomorrow."
If there were follow-up e-mails to and from
Stoltzfus to Anderson or Nally on the subject of a
lawsuit, they were not included in the first round of
e-mails Stoltzfus delivered under Barfield's public
Barfield followed his first request with another
request March 25 to Stoltzfus through the city.
"An initial analysis indicates that multiple records
may be missing from Commissioner Stoltzfus' pro-
duction," wrote Barfield.
He said there were some attachments from Stoltz-
fus that "cannot be opened in the manner in which
they were forwarded by Commissioner Stoltzfus.
"Accordingly, I am requesting that Commis-
sioner Stoltzfus provide the records in the original
native medium that the records are maintained in."
Stoltzfus asks for apology,
says he's'wrongly accused'
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 31, 2010 5 5
Race canceled, organizers turn to fall
By Lisa Neff
Delays in securing approval for a personal water-
craft race set for April prompted organizers to focus
instead on an event in November.
The race, part of the Hydro-X Tour circuit, would
have brought dozens of racers and the Jet Ski-type
machines to Bradenton Beach for a three-day event
at Coquina Beach in late April.
But Bradenton Beach commissioners, in one
vote, denied a special event application for the race
citing lack of information and a conflict with a city
code banning the launching of boats or other water-
craft from the beach.
In a second consideration of the application, com-
missioners, concerned about noise and environmental
issues, continued discussion to their meeting at 7 p.m.
But Joe Pickett, the sports commissioner with
the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau,
said there would not be enough time to prepare for
"We're not going to be able to make the event,"
Pickett said last week, referring to the race that had
been planned for April 23-25.
Instead, organizers will look toward staging
another personal watercraft at Coquina Beach in the
Already, racing in Bradenton Beach is on the
American Power Boat Association calendar for Nov.
"This is a classy world class event," said
Pickett, adding that the race will "sell hotel rooms.
Sell some great food" and help "keep the economic
engine running in our community."
Commissioners had continued their discus-
sion on the application after hearing and reading
concerns about the environmental impact of Jet
Ski-style racing, specifically that the racers use a
For the record
March 10 was the date of the original request
from Michael Barfield for e-mail records from
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus.
Stoltzfus produced 97 records on March 11,
w lilin "This should do it."
He provided 897 pages of records on March
19 and an e-mail saying, "This is it."
He produced 1,262 pages of records March
22 and another e-mail saying, "That is it."
Stoltzfus now has been requested to provide
records in their native electronic format as
previously requested and required by Florida
statutes by 5 p.m. March 29.
Stoltzfus' possible legal
1. Violation of Florida statute section 119.07,
and city policy relating to the retention of public
records. Stoltzfus sent and received public
records on his private e-mail account and did
not forward them to the city until asked to do
2. Violation of section 119.07 for unreason-
ably delaying his response to the public records
request first made March 10.
3. Violation of Florida statute, chapter 286,
by failing to disclose ex-parte communications
sent or received relating to a quasi-judicial
matter. The statute requires a public official to
disclose certain information involving quasi-
judicial matters, and there were no such disclo-
sures by Stoltzfus.
4. Knowing use of a liaison or conduit to
solicit opinions and information from another
member of the city commission.
5. Ethics provisions relating to offering
money on behalf of another party to secretly
finance a lawsuit against the city.
H2X racing at Myrtle Beach, S.C., in 2009. Islander Photo: Courtesy H2X Racing
volatile high-octane fuel and that sea turtles would
already by mating and feeding in the area in late
Commissioners also wanted an opportunity to
gather information from officials in other cities that
have hosted Hydro-X Tour racing, which takes place
across the country.
Race locations this year include Lake Bryon,
Texas; Tavares, Fla.; Colonial Beach, Va.; Orange
Beach, Ala., and Myrtle Beach, S.C.
"We've had this tour in town for the last few
years without difficulty," said Mark Kruea, a spokes-
man for the city of Myrtle Beach, which again will
host races June 5-6. "The races are conducted in a
hotel/commercial section of the beach, so there are
no nearby residents to disturb. We have not had any
problems with pollution."
The racing coincides with the Myrtle Beach's
long-running Sun Fun Festival.
"The Jet Ski races provide another activity and
venue for our visitors and residents to enjoy. We pro-
mote it as part of the festival's events," Kruea said.
E-mail investigation requested
By Rick Catlin
Anna Maria resident Gene Aubry called for Flor-
ida Attorney General Bill McCollum to investigate
all e-mails about city business sent and received by
Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus.
During public comment at the March 25 commis-
sion meeting, Aubry said he wanted to speak about
elected and appointed officials "engaging in alleged
violations of our Sunshine Laws."
Stoltzfus immediately interrupted and called
point of order, noting Aubry's topic was not on the
Commission Chairman John Quam, however,
allowed Aubry three minutes, as long as he did not
make a personal attack on anyone.
Aubry read a brief statement in which he said he
was "appalled" by what he read in newspapers and
subsequently in e-mails.
He requested that "the mayor, working with the
commission, if they so choose, our legal arm Jim
Dye, and the attorney general of the state of Florida
to review all of the e-mail data that was turned in by
those from whom it was requested."
Aubry further said that "if it be determined by
those people, if laws have in fact been violated, the
results be given to the Anna Maria city government
with any penalties to be given out according to state
But other than Aubry, the public at the meeting
remained quiet about the Stoltzfus e-mails.
Mayor Fran Barford said the city is in the pro-
cess of collecting e-mails to comply with the public
records request submitted by Michael Barfield.
Anna Maria resi-
dent Gene Aubry,
addressing the city
25, asks for an
revealed to have
been sent and
received by Com-
Stoltzfus from a
city business that
were not previ-
ously provided to
c ~the city's custodian
of public records.
6 E MARCH 31, 2010 U THE ISLANDER
And talk is OK.
In the case of the revelations of recent weeks talk
concerning Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus, thanks largely
to a public records request that has revealed multiple
violations of Sunshine Laws so many instances that
it's likely the attorney general will be asked to review
the files we are compelled to offer some measure of
common sense Sunshine Law 101 for you, the readers.
The entire records disclosure coincidentally fell on
the heels of the nationwide, week-long March 14-20
Sunshine Week. The national initiative emphasizes the
public's right to know about what government is doing,
Wow. We surely didn't need the emphasis here.
But here you go. Lesson No. 1.
OK, let's say you write Mayor Fran Barford or the
city clerk an e-mail, and in it you ask for the dates of the
next month's worth of meetings.
Public record? Yes.
Now say you're friends with Barford and you write
to her home e-mail account with the same querie.
Public record? Yes. And she's obliged by city policy
to forward that e-mail to the city clerk, the custodian of
all city records.
In the case of Stoltzfus, there's an egregious use
of e-mails to circumvent public scrutiny, as well as a
plethora of behind-the-scenes planning and appalling
attacks on the administration. None were provided to
the city clerk. Well, not until the public records request
was enforced with some urging by the city.
It seems apparent on reading the disclosed files that
e-mails between former Commissioner Duke Miller and
several citizens were used to formulate one-way memos
to promote their agenda, and further to create conduits
- also a Sunshine Law violation of information to
some commissioners and board members.
All the communications sent and received that ref-
erence any city business requests for agenda items,
site-plan discussions, moratorium plans, suggestions for
obtaining planning board continuances, ex-parte discus-
sion on quasi-judicial matters, and plans to legislate site-
plan ordinances- all should have been submitted to the
clerk for public record.
And this doesn't yet address the e-mails provided by
Stoltzfus that were deleted from his computer, but not
The obvious intent to maintain secrecy and promote
conspiracies against individuals and developers are all
there for everyone to read.
Heaven only knows what's missing, eh? To be con-
tinued, as we like to say.
Visit The Islander Web site, www.islander.org, to
review Stoltzfus' disclosed e-mail and files.
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I took exception to the remark by Holmes Beach
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger as quoted in The Islander
on March 24. He doesn't understand why a universal
bus pass is needed "especially for retired people who
never go to Sarasota anyway."
I suspect that Bohnenberger goes nowhere with-
out his gas-guzzling, air-polluting contributor to our
traffic problem his car.
He should try our excellent bus and trolley system
I am 78, which certainly qualifies me as a senior
citizen and retired person. I went to an oncologist in
Sarasota for 42 straight days this year for radiation
treatments. I also go to the various attractions and
Oftentimes, I went to my urologist's office in Bra-
denton and back to our Island. This meant I needed bus
passes for both county transportation systems.
Can I exist with two passes?
Would one bi-county pass be more convenient?
Think about it, mayor, and members of the Sara-
sota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Dr. Jack Wilhelm, Holmes Beach
Kudos to Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus for being
the only one in America to recognize the hazard of
backing onto a street.
After he fixes Anna Maria, he can start on Bra-
denton, then Sarasota, then Florida, then the rest of
In this country, most people living in a city, with
a garage, have to back out, usually over a sidewalk
onto streets many busier than Pine Avenue.
Stoltzfus is the first person to ever recognize this
danger and willing to fix it.
Go get them.
Rod Joslin, Bradenton Beach
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By Jo Keonu
Special to The Islander
A German theme-park company recently listed
Anna Maria Island as one of 10 potential sites for its
planned Winter Wonderland resort and park.
Alpine Adventures International, which operates
parks and resorts in Europe and Japan, is proposing to
construct a glass-domed theme park with adventures
for young and old, along with several restaurants,
souvenir stores and other amenities.
The park, said an AAI spokesman, would be
smaller and more intimate than Busch Gardens or
"We want people to feel like they are vacationing
at a fun little ski resort," said AAI spokesman Karl
In a press release issued this week, AAI listed
10 potential locations in the United States for the
venture, all of them located in the Southeast.
"Our concept is this we offer a unique winter
experience to vacationers coming from the north and
we give a unique winter experience to residents from
the south," Schneider said.
Schneider declined to indicate how close AAI
was to selecting its top site.
However, he said that AAI representatives had
recently toured Anna Maria Island and were impressed
with its ambience and old Florida appeal.
As for the specific location of the resort, Sch-
neider acknowledged the lack of open space on the
Island, but added, "There is already a golf course and
our CEO fell in love with Key Royale."
"We were first attracted to the Island by all the
publicity generated in the past year in magazines and
travel guides by the visitor bureau and the chamber
Theme park developers hope to choose a location by
April 1 for their proposed "ice house."
of commerce," he added. "And we see the proposed
business tax as a boom to bring in supporting busi-
ness to enhance our venture.
Anna Maria Island needs more tourism and tou-
ism-related business, Schneider said. We can accom-
plish this with the eager help the business community
already has shown to new ventures.
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the city's elections from February to November was
flawed because the date for elections was given as "the
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needed to be held, Sweat said.
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west of Anna Maria Island after their boat capsized in
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more details on their proposed improvements, and
outlined projected revenues under a contract that
would begin July 21.
Blue Wave, a division of Sunrise Sunset Con-
cessions in Nokomis, with president Peder Jansson,
made proposals for both beach operations. The busi-
ness has contracts providing food services at Siesta
Key Beach, Snook Haven Restaurant, Manatee Golf
Course and Buffalo Creek Golf Course.
United Park Services Inc. of Tampa, also bid on
both beach concessions. President Alan Kahana said
he established a Florida corporation in 2006 to pro-
vide food and beverage sales and rental services at
Fort DeSoto Park and other venues. Kahana owns the
Boneyard Restaurant, Czar, The Castle, Fuma Bella
and Dirty Shame Pub in Tampa. He also operates four
parking lots in Tampa.
Loggerhead's Beach Caf6, owned by Robert and
Sarah Kline, submitted bids on both beaches. Robert
Kline has been the president of D, ',.; '1 ,; Inc. in Bra-
denton, a food concession company operating from
Tampa to Key West since 1999.
For P.S. Beach Associates, loannis Menihtas,
operator of the Manatee beach restaurant since 2004,
and Tommy Vayias, operator since 2003 as subcon-
tractor of PS Beach Association Inc., prepared the
P.S. Beach Associates
PS. Beach Associates was the only company to
offer a fixed, monthly fee to the county. It proposed
an annual gross fee of $326,400, with monthly install-
ments of $27,200 and a five-year contract for which
the county would receive reliable payments despite
changes in the weather and economy.
PS. Beach Associates did not propose many addi-
tional rentals, in part because it believes rental equip-
ment such as bikes, scooters and kayaks are potential
safety risks at the beach.
The company proposed to add food service in the
gift shop, such as ice cream or pizza.
Vayias said the company's strength is its food
service. "We want to keep the locals happy and we
want them to come out and get a nice meal and get
served quickly," he said.
The company said one of its advantages is the return
business for national and international customers.
When asked why he wants to continue working
at Cafe on the Beach, Vayias picked up a rendering
of Cafe on the Beach and said, "Look at it. Why
wouldn't you want to work here?' I've been there for
seven year. It feels kind of awkward to reapply for
the job. I live on the Island. It's my home."
Dee Schafer, co-owner of PS. Beach and opera-
tor of the gift shop, said she gets customers within a
For Manatee Public Beach, Jansson told the com-
mittee the building has no flavor, and he would like
to change that.
"It looks like the back of a warehouse," Jansson
said. "I'm trying to create a Key West look, not to
where it's a crazy tourist thing, but it needs a little
flavor to it. It needs some color enhancements."
He proposed a mural. \ 1,i\.. a little village on
the wall, make it more alive," Jansson said.
He predicted that one of the biggest sellers at
both beaches would be ice cream. He also said appro-
priate rentals would be bicycles and volleyballs.
"You can't make it into a circus," Jansson said.
Jansson said he also would remove the gift shop
at Manatee beach and enlarge the dining area.
When asked why he wants to run the concession,
Jansson said, "I love the challenge."
At Coquina Beach, Blue Wave sees the venue as
ready to take off in popularity.
Jansson compared the size and potential revenue
at Coquina Beach to his concession at Lido Beach.
"This beach is for families, and we're really look-
ing at focusing it on families," he said.
Jansson proposed bringing in rentals ranging
from electric scooters to deuce coupes. He said they
would be ideal for the trail system, and beachgoers
would be able to travel to St. Armands Circle in Sara-
sota and back. He also envisions the location as ideal
for sandcastle building, water fitness programs, bingo
and music festivals.
Jansson proposed pontoon rides and snorkeling,
in addition to the bikes and scooters. "We can make it
one of the vacation meccas to visit," Jansson said.
United Parks Service
United Park Services Inc. said its additions to
both beaches could include rentals of kiosks, bicy-
cles, electric scooters, ocean kayaks, bayside kayaks
and operation of a gift shop, as well as youth envi-
UPS said the variety of rentals set it apart from
the other companies.
"We think there will be a significant increase in
sales because I think the bikes will be very popular,"
said Mark Enoch of Topwater Kayak Outpost in Fort
DeSoto Park. "And we'll do a much better job with
umbrellas than has been done in the past."
At Manatee, UPS will offer fresh lemonade and
shaved ice. It also plans on turning the dining room
between the gift shop and the kitchen into an ice
cream and coffee parlor.
Also, UPS told the committee that it wants to add
a tiki bar outside the restaurant so that those wanting
a beverage won't have to stand in line.
For Coquina Beach, UPS emphasized kayak rent-
als and a Key West theme on the outside of the build-
"We would like the customer, when they come
from the parking lot walking toward the concession,
to know what we're selling," Kahana said. "We' 11 try
to market our food with signage in the front."
Kahana also wants to stage special events such
as reggae or jazz festivals. "Especially at Coquina
because there's so much room for parking, and for a
big stage," he said.
Kahana also proposed eco-lodge cabins. "They
have a wooden floor with real furniture," Kahana
said. "It's just a step beyond tent camping, but done
in an elegant fashion."
Loggerhead's Beach Cafe
Loggerhead's Beach Cafe is pushing for opera-
tions at both beaches, and Kline thinks that those who
visit the Manatee Public Beach also will want to see
similar happenings at Coquina.
Loggerhead's emphasized the theme of the log-
gerhead turtle, with loggerhead T-shirts and hats for
Both beaches could have tiki huts, totem poles
and Salmon-colored walls.
At Coquina, Loggerhead's proposes to install a
ship that sinks into the beach like a shipwreck where
children could play.
At Manatee, children would play in a small water
park. Beer and wine would ideally be sold at both.
Also for both beaches, Loggerhead's proposed
a beeper system so customers can stroll around the
beach waiting for their food's preparation.
"Ultimately, we think both beaches would be a
good marriage," Kline said.
The committee seemed impressed with Logger-
Kline also proposed a Hatchlings Camp at which
students could participate in games.
"We have the vision and passion to work with
the county," Kline said. "We're not that company
that's going to say, 'OK, we've got the contract now
we' re going to do what we want to do. We're in it for
families. We want people to look at the beaches and
go, 'Wow. Look what the county has done."'
at Cafe on
Beach is at
THE ISLANDER 0 MARCH 31, 2010 0 9
By Lisa Neff
Commissioners March 18 welcomed a proposal
from the Bradenton Beach police chief to launch an
The program, similar to one in Holmes Beach
and Palmetto, would involve a partnership between
the police department and local businesses.
Police Chief Sam Speciale said businesses
would register for the program at the police depart-
ment. An officer would then inspect the business
property and recommend where to place trespass-
Once the signs go up, police officers will rou-
tinely monitor the business for trespassing after
When someone is found on the property, an
officer will check the BBPD trespass file to see if a
prior warning had been issued. If so, the person faces
If there is no record of a N a nIin. ', the officer will
call the business owner to ask whether the person
should be warned and removed from the property.
Warning signs would be similar to those posted
at Palmetto businesses that read, "NOTICE: For your
protection all Palmetto police officers are authorized
to advise any persons to leave these premises.
"Failure to leave these premises after being
instructed to do so may result in an arrest for tres-
"It will give us and our officers a good handle
on trespassing," Speciale said before the commission
voted 4-0 to approve the proposal. Commissioner
Janie Robertson was absent.
By Rick Catlin
The city of Anna Maria faced yet another law-
suit last week when William and Barbara Nally
of Spring Avenue filed a claim March 22 that the
approval of a site plan for 216 Pine Ave. is incon-
sistent with the city's comprehensive plan and
The site plan was approved by the planning
and zoning board Feb. 23 in a controversial 4-3
Sarasota attorney Dan Lobeck of the Law
Offices of Lobeck & Hanson, P.A., representing
the Nallys, called upon the court to take jurisdiction
in the case, enter a final judgment declaring that the
city's comprehensive plan governed the site plan
at the time the project was approved, and that the
site plan is inconsistent with the comp plan.
He called upon the court to vacate and reverse
the decision and enter a judgment "permanently
enjoining the respondents from approving devel-
opment orders for the project and the (retail-office-
residential) district that permit uses or densities
that are inconsistent with the Anna Maria Com-
Lobeck also asked for other relief as the court
may deem appropriate, including "an award to the
petitioners of all the costs and expenses" they incur
in connection with the action.
The claim was expected, mostly due to the
release of the privately held e-mails between Com-
missioner Harry Stoltzfus, attorney Jeremy Ander-
son of Lobeck & Hanson and Barbara Nally. The
e-mails indicate Anderson had a client considering
such a lawsuit. And Stoltzfus indicated to Ander-
son he supported such a lawsuit and wanted to be
silently involved in the action, if possible.
But Anderson wrote to Stoltzfus March 5,
saying, "We discussed your participation in the
lawsuit and (Barbara Nally) has some reservations
about you assisting in the challenge. At this point,
we are unsure if at a later date your participation
would ... preclude you from voting on any issue
related to this project."
The Nally lawsuit joins a request by city resi-
dents Robert and Nicky Hunt filed with the Florida
Department of Community Affairs for a hearing on
the city's method of computing density, particu-
larly in the retail-office-residential district.
In a yet another, separate matter, Richard
Friday of 104 Park Ave. filed a complaint with the
circuit court in March, alleging that two lots near
his property shown as conservation land on the
city's future land-use map, are part of a proposed
development, the Banyan Tree Estates housing
Attorney Stephen Thompson representing
Friday, said the city's comprehensive plan takes
precedence over the land-development regulations
and zoning. Thompson has asked for a temporary
injunction to halt any construction, then a perma-
Thompson said a permit issued by the Flor-
ida Department of Environmental Protection for
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The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets
Tuesday at noon at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
The April calendar of programs includes:
April 6, Islander Kent Davis discussing Cam-
April 13, a club assembly.
April 20, Angela Walsh of Manatee Children's
Services discussing homelessness.
April 27, past district governor Carter Montross
discussing polio immunization in India.
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets
Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee
Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The April calendar includes:
April 3, Salvation Army major Bob Parker.
April 10, business meeting.
April 17, Cindi Harrison of the Anna Maria
Lori Johnson of the Literacy Council of Mana-
For more information about Kiwanis, call Ralph
Bassett at 941-795-8697.
Studio hosts Canadian painter
The Studio at Gulf and Pine is showcasing the
work of Canadian painter Barry Richman.
"Barry brought us landscapes painted on the
shores of beautiful Lake Huron, and you would swear
that they' re scenes from our own barrier islands -
same shore birds, same white sands," said Rhea
Chiles, the owner of the Studio, 10101 Gulf Drive,
Richman's work will be exhibited through April
For more information, call the Studio at 941778-
1906 or visit www.studioatgulfandpine.com.
Anna Maria Island
Artists Guild educa-
tion chair Karen
nizes AGAMI April
Maritza Olvera and
art teacher Bar-
bara Tapley Kenney.
Maritza is a student
at Southeast High
AGAMI honors Stuart
The Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island named
Karen deLeon Stuart as its artist of the month in
A reception for Stuart will be held at 5:30 p.m.
Friday, April 9, at the Artists Guild Gallery, 5413
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Stuart trained as a fashion illustrator, but spent
years doing commissioned works of military aircraft.
She also has done portrait work, and, after moving
to Florida, expanded her work to include land and
For more information, call 941-779-2039.
Inquiring Minds to meet
The non-devotional, non-denominational Inquir-
ing Minds group is meeting Tuesdays at 4 p.m. at
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
The group, in April, will continue to focus on the
For more information, call Frank McGrath at
Gulf Coast Writers to meet
The Gulf Coast Writers will meet at 1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, April 7, at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
The group will work with member Barbara Goff
through a mini-workshop on editing.
For more information, call 941-778-7631.
St. Bernard women to
host luncheon, sale
St. Bernard Catholic Church 248 S. Harbor
Drive, will host a CCW meeting and luncheon at
noon Thursday, April 8.
The church also will host a rummage sale from
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 17.
Four generations of
family gathered in
New York recently to
celebrate Fay Erick-
son's 95th birthday.
Fay lived in Holmes
Beach for 25 years
and moved to New
York in 2007. Pictured
are, front, from left,
Marylou Bell and Fay
Erickson; and, back,
from left, Gordon
Bell, Dorine Burrows,
Jessica Pate, Deb
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and Jay Erickson.
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Thrift Shop Style 1,,. -ii The guild also recently presented a $1,000 check to the Anna Maria Island Com-
munity Center. Islander Photo: Peggy Nash
Bridge Street Market extends
dates through May
The Bridge Street Market will continue to take
place every weekend through May.
The market, with fresh produce and arts and
crafts, had been scheduled to return to every other
Saturday in May after a weekly run in the winter.
The market, sponsored by the Historic Bridge
Street Merchants Association, takes place at 107
Bridge St., Bradenton Beach.
Hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dates are
Saturday through May, with the exception of the
April 17-18 weekend, when the Real Florida Festival
will take place. The market will take place Sunday,
April 18, instead of Saturday.
For more information, call market coordinator
Nancy Ambrose at 941-518-4431.
Pantry seeks season stock
All Island Denominations has a message for sea-
sonal visitors with non-perishables still stowed away
in their Island cupboards.
AID, a group made up of all six Island churches
that seeks to help Islanders and promote spirituality,
recommends seasonal Islanders preparing to return
to leave for the spring or summer donate unopened
non-perishable goods to the food pantry at Roser
Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
For more information about the pantry, which is
relocating from a storage room in the main church
building to a larger space in the church annex, call
Tickets available for Affaire
The Anna Maria Island Community Center
is taking reservations for its annual An Affaire to
The black-tie optional gala dinner and auction
will take place Saturday, April 24, beginning with a
reception at 5:30 p.m. The evening will include live
and silent auctions, dinner catered by Harry's Conti-
nental Kitchens on Longboat Key and dancing.
Tickets are $150 per person.
The gala will take place at the Center, 407 Mag-
nolia Ave., Anna Maria.
For more information, call the Center at 941-778-
1908, ext. 9203.
IGW to host art demos
Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Beach, will host art demonstrations in April.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, April 3, Barbara Hines will
present a program on "fun and fashion with silk paint-
At 10 a.m. Saturday, April 10, Debra Ridgedill
will present a demonstration on polishing clay.
For more information, call the gallery at 941-
778-6648 or visit www.islandgallerywest.com.
Center hosts Facebook forum
The Anna Maria Island Community Center will
hold a second forum on "The Facebook Frenzy."
The program, featuring a two-hour introduction
for beginners and discussions on how to use the social
networking site to promote business and nonprofit
work, will take place at 9 a.m. Friday, April 9, at the
Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
The fee is $20 for Center members and $25 for
For more information, call 941-778-1908.
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Wendy Rivard and her son Tom show off a
Scaphella junonia they found on the beach near
69th Street in Holmes Beach in mid-March. They
said they had great luck finding shells after some
stormy weather. The junonia is a member of the
volute family, and is a common deep-water spe-
cies, though strong waves can bring it ashore. Its
territory extends from the Carolinas and Texas to
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CHURCHES OBSERVE HOLY WEEK
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will host
its 46th annual nondenominational sunrise service on
Easter Sunday, April 4.
The service will take place at Manatee Public
Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, beginning
at 6:30 a.m.
All Island churches, as members of All Island
Denominations, also will participate in the service
with readings from Scripture and songs.
The Rev. Harry I. Parsell of the Episcopal Church
of the Annunciation in Holmes Beach will deliver the
The Revs. Rosemary Backer of Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, Robert Allen of Crosspointe Fel-
lowship and Stephen King of Harvey Memorial Com-
munity Church will read from Scripture.
The Rev. Jean Woady Louis of St. Bernard Cath-
olic Church will give the benediction.
And the Rev. Gary Batey of Roser Memorial
Community Church will give the sermon "When
Organizers encouraged sunrise service worship-
ers to bring blankets or beach chairs because seating
will not be provided.
They also encouraged people to use the free
Island trolley, which starts running at 6 a.m.
During the service, Kiwanis members will collect
donations for the participating churches.
In addition to the Kiwanis service, all the Island
churches will host Easter programs, including:
Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, will hold Easter service at 10 a.m.
The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation,
4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will hold services
at 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and an egg hunt on
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island's annual
Easter sunrise service at the Manatee Public Beach
brings together Island churches and worshipers.
The service will begin at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 4,
at 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The church will observe Maundy Thursday on
April 1 with a foot-washing and stripping at the
altar at 7 p.m. and a vigil in the garden from 8 p.m.
to 10 p.m.
On Good Friday, the church will hold a vigil in
the garden from 8 a.m. to noon, service at noon and
stations of the cross at 7 p.m.
At Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, there will be two Easter ser-
vices, at 8 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. A fellowship break-
fast will take place at 9:30 a.m. and an egg hunt will
follow the 10:30 a.m. service.
Also, the church will observe Maundy Thursday
at 7 p.m. April 1 with a communion service and foot-
On Good Friday, the church will hold Tenebrae
services at noon and 7 p.m. and, on April 3, a celebra-
tion at 5 p.m.
Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300
Church Ave., Bradenton Beach, will hold an Easter
service at 9:30 a.m.
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine
Ave., Anna Maria, will hold two services on Easter,
one at 9 a.m. and one at 11 a.m.
The church also will hold a 7 p.m. service in the
sanctuary on Holy Thursday and a noon service in
the chapel on Good Friday.
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach, will celebrate Easter with
Mass at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon.
An egg hunt will take place at 1 p.m. on Easter
Also, the church will observe Holy Thursday with
a 7 p.m. Mass of the Last Supper and Good Friday
with stations of the cross at noon and Celebration of
the Lord's Passion at 3 p.m.
On April 3, the church will hold a blessing of the
food at 11 a.m. and a vigil Mass at 8 p.m.
Pine Avenue tost
Businesses along Anna Maria's Pine Avenue
will host an inaugural Easter Parade and Easter
Egg Roll Saturday, April 3.
Also, the Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring
Ave., Anna Maria, will host its annual Easter egg
hunt April 3.
Activities will begin with the egg hunt at 9
a.m. the waterfront restaurant.
After the hunt, the Easter Bunny will lead a
parade down Pine Avenue for an Easter egg roll.
p1tr parade, party
Participating businesses include Pine Avenue
Restoration, Anna Maria Island Accommodations,
the Olive Oil Outpost and Anna Maria General
Store, which will celebrate the Easter holiday with
a Cuban-theme, offering free Cuban sandwich
samples, as well as tastes of Mixon Fruit Farm's
juices. The store also will be playing Buena Vista
Social Club music for entertainment.
For more information, call Tina Fusaro at 941-
Ethan Woodward, 4, reaches for an egg during this
year's Moose Lodge beach egg hunt March 27.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Pastor Rosemary W. Backer
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Hip, hop, hip, hop for fun at the Moose
The Easter bunny hopped over to Moose Lodge 2188 to help the Moose
members host an egg hunt for kids. The celebration took place at the
lodge, 110 S. Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, March 27, just before
Island churches began their observances of Holy Week.
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Holmes Beach wrestles
By Nick Walter Also, Robinson asked the commission if ii
Islander Reporter be possible to lower the price of garbage sen
Holmes Beach commissioners at their March 23 part-time residents.
meeting at city hall discussed possible solutions to Mayor Rich Bohnenberger replied, "
keep garbage cans from being left out at the curb too choose to be a part-time resident, then that
long and over weekends. problem."
Waste Management operates the city's trash ser- Holmes Beach resident Andy Sherida
vice, and the issue generated a slew of commissioner gested that a waste-removal contract include
opinions. With its five-year contract with the city tion requiring the collector to provide customer
soon to expire, the city has an opportunity to update educational materials, such as stickers for con
trash collection requests.
At the work session, Commissioner David Zac-
cagnino suggested that the city have Waste Manage- B B agen cy i0
ment move its garbage collection day from Tuesday
to Monday. He referred to problems with garbage left By Lisa Neff
out by renters on Saturdays. Islander Reporter
"And it sits out all day Sunday and all day The Bradenton Beach Community Rc
Monday," Zaccagnino said, "and finally it's picked opment Agency identified priorities for ec<
up on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, so the cans sit out improvement in the city's commercial district
there four or five days." 16.
Chair Sandy Haas-Martens said the only problem However, the CRA, which consists of 1
would be with the six holidays through the year that commission, mayor and business represe
fall on Mondays. She said that would lead to con- Ed Chiles, held off on ranking the priorities
fusion from residents and visitors about when they project costs are firmed up.
should put out their trash. The CRA district, established about 1:
City attorney Patty Petruff said commissioners ago to revitalize what was deemed a blight
need to have an ordinance in place prohibiting trash trict, is bounded by Sarasota Bay, Cortez R(
from sitting at the curb five or six days prior to pickup Gulf of Mexico and Fifth Street South.
before they make rules. The CRA receives dedicated property t
Petruff said the city could enforce such an ordi- lars to bring people to Bridge Street, attra
nance with fines. investment in commerce, promote historic.
"No matter what you do, you're going to have recreational programs, improve and increase
somebody complaining," Commissioner Pat Morton parking and secure historic district status
said. rrcommunit- T nciorrrdinr t\ the 1909 nlon
Commissioner Al Robinson said that because the
city opted not to have an open bidding process on the
companies that service Holmes Beach, residents are
not getting options.
"And second," Robinson said, "(Waste Manage-
ment and WastePro) want exclusive rights to our con-
tract and contacted me attempting to schmooze me
with gifts and trips, and I'm personally offended."
Commissioner John Monetti said commissioners
shouldn't worry about being swayed by gifts because
they have high standards.
Robinson said, "I got approached for a golf
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with keeping Holmes Beach beautiful," Sheridan said
If they at the meeting at city hall.
's their Morton said he would bring it up in his next
meeting with Waste Management.
n sug- The commission supported the sticker idea and
e a sec- agreed to bring the issue up at its next meeting, which
ers with will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at Holmes Beach
tainers. City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
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Protecting the dunes at the Bridge Street
access to the beach with a walkover.
Furthering the establishment of an official moor-
ing field south of the Historic Bridge Street Pier.
Establish a park-and-ride shuttle operation to
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The CRA members did not target specific
property last week, but commissioners in the past
have discussed, though not in detail, an interest in
purchasing the lot where the Bridge Street Market
The CRA members also agreed to monitor the
condition of the pier.
"It's something we ought to continue discuss-
ing," Chiles said.
The city still owes about $1.6 million on a
renovation of the structure, but at the start of the
CRA meeting, planning and zoning board member
Bill Shearon, a former commissioner, urged the
committee to make replacement of the pier a prior-
"The pier is probably the biggest city asset,"
Shearon said. And replacement is "something that
is going to be extremely expensive and we need
to plan for it."
At the start of the meeting, city clerk Nora
Idso reminded officials of the Florida Sunshine
Law and its restriction on government-issue dis-
cussions outside of meetings.
The reminder came a week after a commis-
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a public meeting had ended.
"I know you all think I'm a pain," Idso
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BB committee recommends annual report
By Lisa Neff
\k m bnlhc of the commission, distinguished
guests and fellow Bradenton Beach-tonians.... "
A state-of-the-city address may become a man-
date in Bradenton Beach's city charter.
Members of the charter review committee,
meeting March 23 at city hall, agreed that an annual
address from the mayor would be a positive addition
to the charter.
The committee, formed in February, is expected
to conclude its work in the next few weeks and pres-
ent recommendations for charter amendments, which
would require voter approval in November.
The group's task is to review the 13-page charter,
which sets up city government, defines the duties of
elected officials, and how ordinances, initiatives and
referendums are enacted, among other issues.
Committee members, while discussing the may-
or's duties with city attorney Ricinda Perry, favored
requiring a state-of-the-city report.
Perry said such a requirement is about "account-
"I think it's a good idea," said committee chair
John Shaughnessy, a former commissioner.
Committee vice chair Rick Bisio added, "I think
the concept of a state-of-the-city report or address
makes a lot of sense.... Not just for other commis-
sioners, but for the citizens."
Bisio said the annual report would look at devel-
opments in the city in the past year, but also look to
the near future.
"It's a neat idea," he said.
The committee did approve another concept,
which was to put the mayor in charge of reporting
on other matters at the direction of the commission.
The committee also rejected granting the mayor
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"Veto power ... is not really addressed in our
charter," Perry said. "I don't know if we want to
In some municipalities, the mayor can veto a
measure approved by the city commission, and the
commission can over-ride the veto with a super-
Committee member Janet Vosburgh warmed to
L\ ciybody in Bradenton Beach votes for the
mayor," she said.
But others did not want to alter the balance of
power in the city's government. The mayor, in addi-
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"I think we should keep it the way it is," Shaugh-
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It's a fundamental change in the power structure. I
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Above-average hurricane season expected
By Lisa Neff
Anna Maria Islander Jenny Kline looks pessimis-
tically to the 2010 hurricane season. The Island has
been spared so many times, it's due, she said.
Islander Ian Mulcahy looks to the 2010 season
optimistically. The Island has been spared so many
times, and it will be spared again, he said.
Islander Amanda Turner looks to the 2010 Atlan-
tic hurricane season, which begins June 1, philosoph-
ically. "Not even the weatherman can predict which
way the wind will blow," she said.
Non-Islanders Philip J. Klotzbach and William
M. Gray look at the season analytically and his-
Klotzbach and Gray, researchers with the Colo-
rado State University's Tropical N k tc.- 'ir- 1-yv Project,
are perhaps the best-known hurricane forecasters.
They're initial forecast for the 2010 season states,
"We foresee an above-average Atlantic basin tropi-
cal cyclone season in 2010 and anticipate an above-
average probability of U.S. and Caribbean major
The researchers forecasted 11-16 named storms,
6-8 hurricanes and 3-5 major hurricanes.
They also found a 64 percent probability that a
major hurricane Category 3 or greater would
strike the United States coastline, higher than the
average of 52 percent for the last century.
The probability of a major hurricane striking the
East Coast, including the Florida Peninsula, was put
at 40 percent, higher than the average of 31 percent
for the last century.
The probability of a major hurricane striking the
Gulf Coast, from the Florida Panhandle to Browns-
ville, Texas, also was 40 percent, again higher than
the average for the last century.
The researchers plan to update their forecast in
Also still to come is the forecast from the National
Hurricane Center in Miami.
As it prepares for the new storm season, the NHC
is readying an effort to issue watches and warnings
for threatened coastal areas 12 hours earlier than in
Advancement in tracking forecasts makes the
greater lead-time possible, according to the NHC.
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are expected within 36 hours.
Similar increases will apply to lead-time for hur-
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a watch and a 36-hour notice for a warning.
"With increases in population and infrastructure
along vulnerable U.S. coastlines, emergency manag-
ers need more lead time in order to make life-saving
decisions," said NHC director Bill Read.
The changes will be put into effect June 1.
County to host emergency training
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security
awarded Manatee County a grant to train a commu-
nity emergency response team.
The training, which will involve Anna Maria
Island representatives, will take place in June.
The team, to be made up of eight representatives
from each Island city, "will receive approximately
21 hours of instruction on preparedness, emergency
medical care, fire suppression, light search and rescue,
hazardous materials, terrorism and organization,"
said Laurie Feagans, Manatee County's emergency
Feagans said the emergency management divi-
sion is partnering with emergency medical services
and West Manatee Fire Rescue on the project.
The training will take place during two evening
sessions and two daytime sessions 7 p.m. June 16
and June 23 and 8:30 a.m. June 19 and June 26.
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Wednesday, March 31
11 a.m.- The Einstein Circle discussion "Has Science Become Too
Political?" at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
Thursday, April 1
10:30 a.m. Magician Cesa Domico performs at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Friday, April 2
Saturday, April 3
9 a.m. The Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria,
hosts its annual Easter egg hunt. After, Pine Avenue businesses host an
Easter parade and egg roll. Information: 941-518-8491.
10 a.m. to noon -"Fun Fashion with Silk Painting" demonstration
by Barbara Hines at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Sunday, April 4
6:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island Easter sunrise
service at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Tuesday, April 6
Noon "The Angor Wat Temple in Cambodia" with Kent Davis at the
Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island lunch at the BeachHouse Restaurant,
200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
Wednesday, April 7
11 a.m. "The Dirty Horrors of Medical Ethics" lecture at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 MagnoliaAve., Anna Maria. Informa-
11:30 a.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce network-
ing lunch at The Gathering Place, 101 Seventh St. N., Bradenton Beach.
1:15p.m. Gulf Coast Writers host a mini-workshop on editing with
Barbara Goff at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. Information: 941-778-7631.
First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Artists Guild of Anna Maria
at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee
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.
Tuesday, 4 p.m., Inquiring Minds non-denominational group meets
at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through
April. Information: 941-778-4579.
Wednesday, 6 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support group at
the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491.
The third Wednesday of each month, noon, the Anna Maria Island
Garden Club meets at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. 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-
Thursday, 6 p.m., Co-Dependents Anonymous group meets on
the Island. Call for location: 508-815-7378.
Friday, 11 a.m., Over 39ers group meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at
Cafe on the Beach, Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Open-air market at 107 Bridge St.,
Bradenton Beach, through May. Information: 941-518-4431.
Through April 10, work of Canadian artist Barry Richman at the
Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-
Through April 11, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream-
coat" at the Manatee Players, 102 Old Main St., Bradenton. Information:
941-748-5875. Fee applies.
Through April 23, "Florida Cowboys Collection" at the Manatee
County Agricultural Museum, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto. Information:
Thursday, April 1
7 p.m. Visions of the Future Film Series: "A Space Odyssey"
at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
941-746-4131 ext. 27. Fee applies.
Friday, April 2
9 a.m. Children's parade and family fun day beginning at Sutton
Park, 1050 Sixth St. W., and ending at Lamb Park, 950 Sixth St. W.,
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W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5974.
*April 8, Visions of the Future Film Series: "Forbidden Planet," South
*April 9, Reception for Karen deLeon Stuart, Artists Guild Gallery.
April 9, "Artists Gone Wild" opens, Anna Maria Island Art League.
April 9, Facebook Forum, Anna Maria Island Community Center.
*April 9-18, Manatee Jazz Fest.
*April 10, Artists Guild Gallery Spring Cleaning Sale.
*April 10, Clay polishing demonstration, Island Gallery West.
*April 10, Privateer's Thieves Market, Coquina Beach.
April 10-11, Anna Maria Island Butterfly Garden craft show.
*April 10-11, Through Women's Eyes film festival, Hollywood 20.
*April 13, Boat chart seminar, Anna Maria Island Power Squadron.
*April 14, "Shaken, not Stirred: The Lives and Loves of lan Lancaster
Fleming," Island Branch Library.
*April 14, Wine-tasting, Harry's Continental Kitchen.
Save the Date:
*April 16-18, Florida Gulf Coast Small Craft Festival, Cortez.
*April 16-18, Anna Maria Island Real Florida Festival.
*April 17, Skateboard competition, Holmes Beach Skate Park.
April 17, Great American Clean-up.
April 24, An Affaire to Remember.
*April 24, Cortez Natives Picnic, Florida Maritime Museum.
May 1-2, Anna Maria Island Relay for Life.
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Races take on steam for 2010 elections
By Lisa Neff
A number of candidates for local, state and fed-
eral office already are stocking campaign chests and
courting votes in the 2010 mid-term elections.
The primary election is Aug. 24 and the general
election Nov. 2.
Ballots will contain races for federal, state and
With the first filing deadline in the 2010 election
cycle arriving in April, a number of people already
have already registered as candidates.
The first filing deadline noon April 30 is
for candidates filing for federal andjudicial offices, as
well as for state attorney and public defender posts.
The next filing deadline noon June 18 is
for candidates seeking statewide, state legislative and
special district office.
Islanders preparing to run for office in the non-
partisan races in their cities do not file until June -
from noon June 14 to noon June 18 in Anna Maria,
Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach, according to
the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Web
On the Island
In Anna Maria, the mayoral post currently held
by Fran Barford and city commission seats held by Jo
Ann Mattick and Chuck Webb are up for election.
Bradenton Beach has two commission seats up for
election those of Bob Bartelt and Bob Connors.
In Holmes Beach, the mayoral post held by Rich
Bohnenberger is up for election, as are commission seats
held by John Monetti and Sandy Haas-Martens.
In the county
At the county level, the at-large seat now held
by Carol Whitmore, a Holmes Beach Republican, is
up for election, as are the seat in District 2 held by
Democrat Gwen Brown and the seat in District 4 held
by Republican Ron Getman.
Getman has announced he will not seek re-election
and four candidates already exist in District 4: Democrat
Roger C. Galle and Republicans Timothy Norwood,
Norm Luppino and and Robin DiSabitino.
Whitmore, former Holmes Beach mayor, reported
$40,200 in contributions. One other candidate has
announced for the at-large seat Democrat Sundae
Lynn Knight, with $585 in contributions.
Three at-large school board positions are up for
election, including Barbara Harvey, Jane Pfeilsticker and
Walter Miller. Both Harvey and Pfeilsticker face poten-
tial opponents Julie Aranibar and Albert Yusko.
Three seats that carry four-year terms on the West
Manatee Fire Rescue District Board of Commission-
ers are up for election posts now held by Mike
Mulyck, John Rigney and Larry Tyler Jr.
State and federal
At the statewide level, voters will elect a gov-
ernor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, chief
financial officer and agriculture commissioner.
In local legislative races, a new representative
will be elected from District 67 because Republican
Bill Galvano has reached his limit on terms in the
House. Active candidates include Republicans Jer-
emiah Guccione, Robert McCann, Marie Nisco and
Greg Steube and Democrat Z.J. Hafeez.
Voters will decide whether to retain judges at the
district appeals court and state supreme court levels,
as well as decide a number of circuit court posts.
At the federal level, there are 23 active candidates
for the open Senate seat, with frontrunners being
Democrat Kendrick Meeks and Republicans Charlie
Crist and Marco Rubio.
The 13th District congressional seat held by
Republican Vern Buchanan is up for election. Demo-
crat James T. Golden of Bradenton is an active can-
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Barbara Knode and Beryl Love participate in
the /,a ,,l. 4-Thon at AAMI Health and Fitness,
which takes place at 10 a.m. Monday at the gym.
Islander Photo: Courtesy Nancy Ambrose
Gym hosts Relay
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AMI Health and Fitness, 5364 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, is hosting a weekly fundraiser for the
American Cancer Society's Island Relay for Life.
The center is hosting a Shrink-A-Thon from 10
a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday.
Participants receive fitness coaching, a work out
and are eligible for discounts on services.
And their friends and family support them by
donating money for their weight lost in the program
to the American Cancer Society.
For more information, call 941-778-5446.
Steff's Stuff hosts
antiques and art fair
The Whitney Plaza, 6828 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key, will hold an antique and art fair from
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 3, and Sunday,
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Chamber biz card exchange
Barbara Jaeger, right, co-owner with husband
John of the White Egret in Holmes Beach, hosts the
Anna Maria Island C li..,,,i.. of Commerce Busi-
ness Exchange March 24 at the store with many
chamber members and guests in attendance. Pic-
tured with Barbara is Karen LaPensee.
Islander Photo: Toni Lyon
Buzzing at the Hive
The Anna Maria Island C /,.,,,,.. i of Commerce
celebrates the opening of Hive Creations on Bridge
Street in Bradenton Beach with a ribbon-cutting.
Pictured are chamber representative Deb Wing,
Karen LaPensee ofLaPensee Plumbing, Lynn
Zemmer of Waterside Lending, Hive owners Rachel
and Justin Noyes and Bradenton Beach Mayor
Michael Pierce. Islander Photo: Toni Lyon
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square foot is $212.
Island real estate
605 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 2,645
sfla / 3,561 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car bayfront home built
in 1963 on a 93x126 lot was sold 03/09/10, Macfar-
lane to Fleming for $560,000; list $625,000.
522 69th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,793 sfla / 2,486
sfur 3bed/3bath/2car canalfront poolhome built in 1970
on a 80x112 lot was sold 03/12/10, Kenrick to Bella Vita
Anna Maria LLC for $500,000; list $525,000.
604 Gladstone Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,514 sfla
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210 77th St., Holmes Beach, a vacant 75x98 lot
zoned R2 was sold 03/08/10, Island Restoration VIII
LLC to Ferguson for $300,000; list $399,000.
520 Spring Ave, Unit 1, Anna Maria, a 655 sfla
736 sfur 2bed/lbath home built in 1930 on a 42x60
lot was sold 03/08/10, Brooks to Bomet for $285,000;
4307 Gulf Dr., Unit 208, Cayman Cay, Holmes
Beach, a 1,027 sfla / 1,123 sfur 2bed/2bath condo
with shared pool built in 1974 was sold 03/10/10,
Fornish to Ratchford for $242,900; list $249,000.
2814 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach, a 1,595 sfla
S1,683 sfur 4bed/2bath duplex built in 1971 on a
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Anna Maria man pleads not
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Dale T. Marler, 67, formerly of South Bay Boule-
vard in Anna Maria, has pleaded not guilty in Mana-
tee County court to charges of drug trafficking.
Marler was arrested Nov. 4, 2009, by a special
crimes unit of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office
and is scheduled to stand trial Sept. 14. He is cur-
rently free on $10,000 bond.
Marler had been under investigation for approxi-
mately four months before the sheriff's office made
an undercover purchase of oxycodone from Marler
in Bradenton, according to court records. A warrant
for his arrest was issued Nov. 2, 2009.
According to available online records, Marler
and his wife sold their Anna Maria home on Nov. 3,
2009, and have since moved to Parrish.
Marler was previously convicted of federal drug
trafficking in May 1999 and was sentenced to 41
months in prison.
Truck burglar arrested
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Stephen Valdiserri, 20, of Indianapolis, was
arrested in Anna Maria for breaking into a vehicle.
According to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office
arrest report, the victim discovered Valdiserri in the
cab of his Toyota pickup truck in
the 700 block of Holly Road in
The victim confronted the
suspect, but was unable to detain
him. Valdiserri ran away but was
apprehended in the 800 block of
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March 18, 700 block of Jacaranda Road, grand
theft. The complainant said someone stole jewelry
from his wife's jewelry box. The complainant said
there was no sign of forced entry.
March 22, 1000 block of Gulf Drive North, crim-
inal mischief. An officer responded to a man who
found a drill bit in his tire at the Summer Sand condo
parking garage. The officer reported that the drill bit
was in the side of the tire, and so the act appeared to
March 21, 300 block of 29th Street, burglary. An
officer was dispatched to a residence. The dispatcher
said the witness advised that a suspect left the resi-
dence with a 5-gallon bottle filled with cash. As the
officer was driving toward the residence, he observed
the suspect's vehicle. While stopped, the driver and
passenger switched places and the vehicle pulled away.
The officer pulled the vehicle over and placed both
suspects, Lacey Cycotte of Palmetto and Amanda
Childress of Parrish, under arrest. The officer and a
lieutenant saw the bucket and money in the vehicle.
Fisherman suffers fall
A 56-year-old man fell from the tower on his fish-
ing boat while plying the waters off Long Bar Point in
Sarasota Bay March 27. The fall caused him to strike
a fishing-rod holder before landing in the water with
a severe laceration to his right leg, according to U.S.
Coast Guard petty officer Carson Gillim.
Bayflite emergency helicopter service later trans-
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Edward Senecal North
Edward Senecal North, 39, of Holmes Beach,
died March 11.
There are no services planned at this time. Covell
Funeral Home, Bradenton, is serving the family.
Anita Moberg Riso
Anita Moberg Riso, 93, of Holmes Beach, died
Mrs. Riso was born in Chicago, and was a retired
executive secretary for Link-Belt. She moved to Anna
Maria Island with her husband in 1972, was a member
of Roser Memorial Community Church and the Key
Royale Club, and was an avid golfer and card player.
She enjoyed volunteering at the Asolo Theater and
Manatee Memorial Hospital.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m.
Friday, April 9, at Roser Chapel, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria, and will be followed by a reception. Memorial
donations may be made to Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church, PO. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216,
Friends of the Island Library, or the American Cancer
Mrs. Riso is survived by niece Gail and husband
Bob Hetler; nephew Christopher Snyder and wife
Cheryl; step-son Charles Riso and wife Gerry; step-
daughter Marian Riso; two great-nieces, Laura and
Amanda Snyder; two great-nephews, Carl and Justin
Hetler; three great-great-nephews, Erik, Anders and
Pauloc Hetler; and one great-great niece, Grace
"He'd lost quite a bit of blood," said Gillim,
who was running calls at the coast guard station in
Cortez the day of the accident. "It was determined
by EMS that it was severe enough for him to be life-
Gillim said the man was operating a pleasure
craft. "He must have been some sort of charter boat
captain," Gillim said.
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Center were able to release the man's name or medi-
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Thomas named MHS soccer offensive MVP
By Kevin Cassidy
Lifetime Anna Maria resident and Manatee High
School senior Stephen Thomas is wrapping up his
school year with a punt of panache.
A three-year varsity soccer starter, Thomas was
recently honored at the MHS soccer awards banquet
March 22 as the offensive most valuable player for
the 2009-10 season. Thomas, who served as team
captain, also was honored by the west region coaches
with a selection to the Florida Athletic Coaches Asso-
ciation senior state all-star team. He is the only Man-
atee-Sarasota area player to make the team.
Thomas, who has been in the advanced place-
ment honors program at Manatee all four years, will
graduate in May in the top 1 percent of a graduating
class of 475 students with a 4.6 weighted grade-point-
average. He will attend Burnett Honors College at the
University of Central Florida on an academic schol-
arship. Mom Susan says that only 450 freshmen are
accepted into this "prestigious program."
Thomas has a sister, Sarah, who also played
standout soccer at MHS.
Congratulations to Stephen and his proud family,
including artist/dad Richard.
Mixed-doubles tourney serves up ace
The third annual Jimmie McSwain Mixed-
Doubles Tournament was played on the Rex Hagen
Courts at the Anna Maria Island Community Center
It was a big hit with the participants and tennis
fans in attendance. Kudos to tournament director
Jimmie McSwain, who repeats an outstanding tour-
ney year after year.
After a series of round-robin matches, individual
winners were determined by the number of matches
won. On the men's side, Gil Yankee took first place
with Peter Horrocks and Vance Dixon sharing second.
Third place also produced a tie between Bill Wal-
lace and Anthony Cirulli. Kathleen Horrocks took
first place on the women's side, while Kathy Rose,
Mary Hunter and Shirley Wisniewski tied for second.
Lucianna DiClementi and Sue Herman tied for third
After the tourney, the 70 or so players and friends
retired to the Sandbar Restaurant for an awards ban-
quet and celebration.
Key Royale golf news
There was plenty of golf action at the Key Royale
Club in Holmes Beach last week. The women joined
up with the men March 26 for a nine-hole, best-ball-
of-foursome match. First place went to the team
of Frankie Smith-Williams, Joyce Brown, Gordon
McKinna and Paul Proxy with a combined card of
7-under-par 25. One shot back in second place were
Rose Slomba, Pam Alvord, Gary Alvord and Jerry
Bob Dickinson carded a 4-under-par 58 to cap-
ture the Key Royale Club men's 18-hole, individual-
low-net tourney March 24. Omar Trolard, Joe Dickin-
son, Carl Voyles and Lew Winegarden tied for second
with matching 2-under-par 62s. Bob Kral was alone
in third place with an even-par 64.
The Key Royale Club men played a nine-hole,
low-net-of-partners game March 22. The team of
Ernie Hauser and Bob Landgren combined to card
an 8-under-par 56 to take first place by four shots
over Carl Winkler and Jim Dunne, who finished with
a 4-under 60. Third place saw Frank Vikingstad and
Omer Trolard match the 63 carded by Carl Voyles
and Peter Proxy.
The Key Royale Club women played an indi-
vidual-low-net game Marchl6 that saw Sandi Tocco
and Judy Squire finish in a tie for first place in Flight
AA with matching 2-under-par 30s. One shot back in
second place was Jean Holmes. while Cindi Miller
took third with an even-par 32.
Flight A winner was Sara Falk with a 3-under-par
29, two shots better than second-place finisher Nancy
King. Pam Alvord took third place with an even-par
Denise Burckhardt's 2-under-par 30 took first
place in Flight B by three shots over Jan Turner and
five shots ahead of third-place finisher Sue Christen-
Billie White's 7-under-par 25 was the low-net
round of the day and gave her first place in Flight
C. Maryanne Kaemmerlen was three shots back in
second place, while Sally Pirris and Joy Nelles tied
for third with matching 35s.
Theresa Schutt carded a 2-under-par 30 to win
Flight D by three shots over Pat Rice, Mary Miller
and Rose Slomba, who all carded 33s.
The game of the day was a team low net won
by Grace Sayles, Sara Falk, Denise Burckhardt and
Nancy King with a 126 total.
Winners of the third
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McSwain and their
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Spring arrives with improved bait, fishing
By Nick Walter
With budding flowers and an invasion of glass min-
nows, we know spring is here, and that means Spanish
mackerel are flying through the bays to snatch up min-
nows and shoddy leaders that are not heavy enough for
this toothy fish.
Also, there are reports from the Sunshine Skyway
Bridge fishing pier that king mackerel are back. If the
wind shifts from westerly to easterly, the offshore
waters will clear and invite kingfish to the beaches.
Water temperatures in Tampa Bay hit 68 degrees
by Friday afternoon, and although kingfish prefer
over 70 degrees, anglers can head to the end of the
south fishing pier and let out a live blue runner out
under a balloon, or other strike indicator, into the
water. If the water is muddied up in windy weather,
however, don't attempt to target the kingfish, which
stay away from any dirty water.
The best area for inshore game fish is north
Sarasota Bay, where trout and Spanish mackerel are
moving in 4-6 feet of water. Some of the bigger red-
fish schools also are rolling the waters.
If an angler can get to the nearshore artificial
reefs, there should be excellent action from mangrove
snapper, as well as big sheepshead, porgeys, and pos-
sibly grouper and cobia.
Grouper season re-opens April 1. The minimum
size limit for red grouper is 20 inches in total length,
and 22 inches for gag grouper. The daily bag limit is
two per angler with a four-grouper aggregate bag.
Capt. Bill Ware of The Damn Yankee said on a
windy March 25 that he did well with trout in Palma
Sola Bay, tucked in a canal near the Manatee Avenue
Bridge. He said most of the trout were 16-18 inches.
He also had good action earlier in the week on man-
grove snapper that were hitting live shrimp by the
railroad trestle in the Manatee River.
"I also saw the biggest school of sheepshead it
had to be 150 fish in this school by the docks in the
river," Ware said. "Things are definitely looking up."
Capt. Warren Girle reported there are still a lot of
redfish schools in north Sarasota Bay. He also reported
finding Spanish mackerel and pompano where birds
are diving on bait fish. "Certainly the reds I'm getting
are during high tide, all my spots are high-tide spots,
except one grouper with probably 700 fish in it," Girle
said. "A lot of people know about that group. You need
a real skinny boat to get to those. Twice I've tried to
get my big boat in and I can't get to them. My little
boat, we push pole in there and if you're really quiet
you can stick a bunch of fish."
Girle reported big trout on the flats in high
schools, with schooling fish in 3-4 feet of water. He
also has caught Spanish mackerel in the area that
he's noticed have been eating small glass minnows.
A sparse amount of white bait also has showed up. "A
friend of mine made 40 throws at Skyway for white
bait and got 40 baits," Girle said. "Another week
with 74-degree weather and there will be white bait
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Girle has heard of a bunch of white bait a mile
offshore, cobia in 45-50 feet of water, and a bunch
of 40-60-pound black drum that fishers have been
hammering the past few weeks at DeSoto Point.
Capt. Rick Gross of the charter boat Fishy Busi-
ness said sheepshead fishing has busted wide open.
"Their spawn in the area has been unbelievable,"
Gross said. I suilly they spawn in high structures
like artificial reefs and docks and in passes."
He said the trout bite has been phenomenal, with
most of the trout running 13-14 inches, and the best
up to 22 inches.
Gross reminded anglers to not get stuck in one
area. He said, for example, one dock at Key Royale
was loaded with about 30 sheepshead that were biting
rapidly during the first 20 minutes of the outgoing
tide. But he said the bite slowed down thereafter.
Gross said redfish around the docks are starting
to move onto the flats. Gross has been working five
schools in north Sarasota Bay but said it has been
difficult to get the reds to bite.
Also, Gross has been getting some 3-4-pound
pompano in the same areas on Berkley Gulp baits
under Cajun Thunder floats.
Rocky Corby from Anna Maria City Pier said
anglers have caught Spanish mackerel and some
sheepshead. He said there are some glass minnows
hanging at the base of the pier.
Derek Olson from Rod & Reel Pier said anglers
have been slaying some big sheepshead with shrimp
all around the pilings.
Capt. Logan Bystrom reported Spanish mack-
erel are starting to flow through, and he's still getting
some redfish and sheepshead under docks and around
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Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing
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sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services to ensure your house is secure while
you are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra,
geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science.
Special need students welcome. Grades 3-12.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience. Call for an appointment. Now
offering in-home services. 941-713-5244.
TILE AND MOSAIC custom installation, 20 years
experience. References available. For a reason-
able price, call Sebastian, 941-704-6719.
MUSIC LESSONS WITH Koko Ray. Island studio
open now. Instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone,
guitar and piano. 941-778-8323, or evenings,
941-758-0395. 315 58th St., Studio I, Holmes
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commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
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ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15.12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
GARY WOOD LAWN Service: Tree trimming and
landscaping. Fully insured, monthly specials. 941-
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
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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
NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experience.
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.
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"We Can Repair or Install Anything With Your Home"
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work,
handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light haul-
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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.
ALLEN STEINIGGER INC: Painting and handy-
man services. Insured. Hardwood, ceilings, real
wood, kitchen cabinets. 941-822-6636.
PAINT AVERAGE ROOM: $75. Customer sup-
plies paint. Exterior, one story. Pressure washing.
Free estimates. New phone number! 941-721-
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.
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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.
8803/8799 Cortez Road, Bradenton. 600 sf, $500/
month. 1,200 sf, former salon and 1,300 sf. Call
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach, eateries and shops.
$150/night, $950/week. Use of bikes included.
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.
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-
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/3BA Key Royale
home. Caged pool, garage, nice kitchen, tile
throughout. $1,950/month. 863-660-8366.
ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT, waterfront vaca-
tion rental. 5BR/4BA. $2,200/week. tampabay-
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
HOLMES BEACH: NEWLY remodeled, 2BR/2BA.
Beautiful new wood floors, tile, ceiling fans.
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.
2011 MONTHLY RENTAL: Come see it! Luxurious
bayfront 2BR/2BA, spectacular views, granite,
stainless-steel appliances, designer furnishings,
marble baths, pool, tennis, $3,700/month plus
discounts for multi-months, 941-209-8789.
VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/3BA pool home,
2BR/1 BA cottage, 5BR/4BA split pool home, two
blocks to Holmes Beach. 3BR/2BA pool home,
northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA pool home, Palma
Sola. Weekly, monthly rentals. Luxury furnishings,
all amenities. Inclusive prices. Coastal Properties
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PRIVATE BEACHFRONT HOME: 2BR/1BA
ground level, spectacular views. Available April,
May. $3,500/month. 941-792-4991.
CONDOS: POOL, BEACH access. Fully equipped.
Bradenton Beach. $650-$750/week. 941-778-
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2 BR/2BA condo in Braden-
ton Beach. Furnished. Washer, dryer in unit. Very
close to beach. Very nice unit. Rent $1,000/month
plus utilities. Call 813-245-0428.
FURNISHED 2BR/1BA CONDO for rent. Mini-
mum, three months, beautiful location, beach
across street, Intrarcoastal Waterway in back,
fishing pier, clubhouse, heated pool. 55 and older
community. Available April 1, 2010.813-927-1632
SEASONAL RENTAL, HOLMES Beach. Luxury
2BR/2BA apartment, steps to beach. January,
February, March 2011. Monthly, $2,600. 941-
TROPICAL BEACH HOUSE with fabulous salt-
water pool. 2BR/2BA. Garage, screened porch.
$1,195/week. 941-794-6339 or 717-587-9604.
ANNUAL: BRADENTON BEACH, across from
beach. 3BR/ 2BA, yard, washer, dryer. $1,299/
month. Or 2BR/1 BA, $799/month. Some pets OK.
2204 Avenue C. 216 469-2857.
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RENOVATED VILLA located in Seaside Gardens. Recent
upgrades include tile floors, new bathrooms & updated kitchen
w/ stainless appliances. $210,000.
SUNBOW BAY 2BR/2BA over 1146 square feet with
water views. Easy access for quiet Island living. Heated pool,
tennis and the FREE trolley is at your front door. $264,900
VIN IAUE CTI IAUE located at north end of Island. LUU x
105' lot. Hardwood floors & fireplace. 213 Spruce Avenue,
Anna Maria. $699,000.
BEACH FRONT Ground level duplex with 2BR/1BA each
side. Turnkey furnished, each with washer & dryer.Two open
patios. Good 15 year rental history. $850,000.
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ANNUAL EFFICIENCY. Unfurnished. Close to
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PROPERTY MANAGEMENT AT low prices. Let
us fix your vacancy problems. Locally owned and
operated. Call our top producer, rental agent,
John Rehmann, 941-720-7519. Real Estate Mart,
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
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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-
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SABAL PALM 2/2 ground floor, Nice upgrades $85,900
ISLAND CONDO Gulf views, Clubhouse, pool, pier $179,900
LAKEFRONT POOL HOME 3/2, upgraded, Short Sale $224,900
SANDY POINTE 2/2, tile floors, peeks of bay $233,900
WESTBAY COVE Gorgeous 2/2 ground floor $349,000
NORTH BEACH VILLAGE 3 to choose from. 3BR or 2 Master
Suites, 2 car garages, Rentals & Pets Ok. From $379,000
GULF TO BAY 2BR+Den, Direct Gulf, Pier & Pool $419,000
DIRECT GULF FRONT Three 2/2 Condos, awesome views,
Plus elevators, Pool, Clubhouse, tennis. From $595,000
6101 Marina Dr. Holmes Beach
BRADENTON BEACH DIRECT Gulffront studio
condo. Newly updated. Turnkey furnished. Estab-
lished rental Income. Great investment. $279,000
By owner. 942-962-8220.
GREAT BUY: BEACH HOUSE, GULFFRONT,
furnished. 2BR/2BA, $299,000. Longboat Key.
Sharon Hightower, Horizon Realty, 941-330-
DIRECT GULFFRONT 4BR/4.5BA, den, three-car
garage, pool, spa, elevator, security. Immaculate
2005 Italian villa-style construction with breath-
taking Gulf views. 5,146 sf under roof on north
Anna Maria Island, $3,500,000, furnished. Con-
tact owner, broker, 941-920-1699.
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.
ISLAND PROPERTY WANTED! Home preferred
or condo up to $400,000. Cash buyer can close
in 30 days, no Realtor fees! Ready to retire? Call
Dennis or Patricia, 702-533-2907 or 702-219-
VILLAGE GREEN VILLA: Lovely 2BR/2BA with
garage, pets allowed. $105,000. Denise Langlois,
Coldwell Banker, 941-725-4425.
AFFORDABLE VILLA: 2BR/2BA, just remodeled.
West side location. $74,900. Real Estate Mart,
Caring for homes while homeowners are away.
Whether you are a part-time resident, seasonal visitor, or absentee
owner, you want the peace of mind that comes with a professional,
award-winning company caring for your property until you can get
back to paradise.
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LOVELY 3BR/2BA TWO-car garage, well-main-
tained 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 throughout, 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 maintenance fee. Very conveniently
located to shopping, near Blake Hospital. Only
10 minutes to the beach, great neighborhood
and people. We are very specially priced now at
$199,000. Hurry, will not last. Call 1-941-795-8477
now. Located 1506 Blue Oak Lane, just off 59th
Street West, Bradenton.
OPEN HOUSE: 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Royal
Garden Estates. 6904 Cortez Road West, Lot
205, Lane 7, Bradenton. 941-792-8286.
ADORABLE CONDO FOR sale by owner:
1BR/1BA, quiet neighborhood, cathedral ceilings,
skylights, tile throughout, enclosed lanai. $69,900.
Must see! 941-773-6448.
"CASA AZUL." NEW canalfront
beauty! 4BR/4.5BA, study, sitting room, large
lanai, inground pool, zoned HVAC. Best of every-
thing! Turnkey, if desired. $1,450,000 and worth
it. 215 Chilson Ave., Anna Maria. Call Jeffrey.
ISLAND WATERFRONT HOME: Updated
3BR/2BA, pool and spa, boat dock. $399,000.
Owner, realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
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OPEN: 1 p.m -4 p.m. Saturday, April 3. Holmes
Beach. 3BR/2BA elevated home with ground-level
entry. This home has quality upgrades throughout,
including new kitchen with solid-wood cabinets,
quartz countertops and stainless-steel appli-
ances, new windows, Hardiplank siding, roof,
680-sf deck space. 1,500-sf living area, 3,024-
sf under roof. The living area features an open
floor plan with plenty of natural light. Ground-level
woodwork shop and studio. Steps to beach and
bay. 2812 Avenue C. 941-778-0147.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
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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 wild-
life. $599,000. 814-541-6815. Lon.seb@yahoo.
NEW LOG HOME at the lake plus five acres,
$69,900 with free boat slips. Gorgeous, ready to
finish 2,100-sf log home and beautifully wooded
five-acre lake access parcel with free boat slips
on private, recreational lake in Tennessee. Quiet,
gated community. Excellent financing. Call now
888-792-5253, ext. 2457. TNLand/Lakes, LLC
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DEEP DOCKABLE WATERFRONT! Only $99,900.
Boat directly to Atlantic Ocean. Adjacent lot sold
for $309,000! Minutes to St. Simons Sea and
Jeckyl islands. Full amenities, pool, clubhouse,
all completed. Excellent financing. Must see! Sale
April 3 only. Call now, 877-888-1406, ext. 1571.
ATLANTIC OCEAN-ACCESS land sale April
3, only! Just $29,900 with free boat slips, was
$99,900. Beautifully wooded parcel with private
access to ocean. Minutes to St Simons, Sea and
Jeckyl islands. Full amenities, pool, clubhouse,
all completed. Excellent financing. Must see! Call
now, 877-888-1406, ext. 1567.
GEORGIA LAND: 28 acres, $1,975 per acre.
Creek, hardwoods, planted pine, great small
hunting tract. 478-987-9700. stregispaper.com.
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Real Florida Fest schedule detailed
By Lisa Neff
Organizers of the upcoming Real Florida Festival
say they're getting real serious about showing Island-
ers and vacationers a good time.
"It's going to be a great event," said RFF orga-
nizer Joe Pickett, who is helping to coordinate activi-
ties in Bradenton Beach on April 18, the last day of
the three-day festival.
The Real Florida Festival will run from April
16-18, with some preliminary events beginning ear-
lier in the month and with activities planned in Bra-
denton Beach, Anna Maria and Holmes Beach.
Island businessman David Teitelbaum, an active
member of the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce and a member of the Manatee County Tour-
ist Development Council, proposed the festival as a
means to raise money for the Island trolley.
The public trolley operates under Manatee County
Area Transit, with some money from Island cities, but
with a hefty tab paid by county tax dollars.
In recent years, the county has held discussions
about instituting a fare on the trolley to reduce fund-
ing from tax dollars. The most recent of those discus-
sions prompted Teitelbaum to rally local businesses
behind a Save The Trolley campaign, which includes
selling ads on the trolleys, in addition to hosting the
Real Florida Festival.
Real Florida Festival's primary event in the
northernmost city will be the Parrothead dance at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., April 17.
The event, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., will feature
an auction of Jimmy Buffett memorabilia and other
items, live music, appetizers and a cash bar.
Admission will cost $10 per person.
In advance of the event, Susanne Arbanas, events
411 on RFF
For the Real Florida Festival schedule, visit
For more information about RFF events,
including participation for potential vendors, call
the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
coordinator for the chamber, is collecting donations
for a raffle.
The Real Florida Festival activity in Braden-
ton Beach is scheduled for April 18, when the His-
toric Bridge Street Merchants Association hosts an
expanded Bridge Street Market and outdoor celebra-
Plans include live music, a variety of vendors,
kayak demonstrations, a walk-run race, yoga on the
beach, go-green seminars, Jet Ski shows and Frisbee
"We've got vendors coming who are going to
put their kayaks in the water so people get to come
and have free rides," Pickett said. "It's going to be a
great day on the water."
He said he looks at the event as a step to bring
Idol contest begins April 10
The search for two Island Idols one male,
one female singer begins 3 p.m. April 10 at the
Gulf Drive Cafe, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach. The finals will take place at 8 p.m. April
16 during the Holmes Beach Founders Day, part
of the RFF activities.Winners receive $250 and
an opportunity to perform at the RFF Parrothead
Dance April 17.
back the popular Outdoor Festival, which until a few
years ago was held in Bradenton Beach.
"We'll continue to build it every year," Pickett
said. "And we'll grow it back into what the outdoor
festival was, and make it bigger."
Organizer Nancy Ambrose said, "For a first-time
event, I think we are in terrific shape, and there is a
lot of enthusiasm about being a part of it. We have a
very nice mix of vendors, and different vendors for
people to come out and see. I think everyone will be
glad they came. It is going to be a very fun day."
The festival plans also include a two-day Holmes
Beach Founders Day celebration marking the city's
The celebration will take place at city hall and in
the field north of city hall, 5801 Marina Drive.
"The mayor requested the chamber organize an
annual event Founders Day that grows year to
year," said chamber president Cindy Thompson, who
coordinates the annual Bayfest bash in Anna Maria.
"We were very honored to be a part of it, and felt it
fit well within our Real Florida Festival event for it's
Plans for Founders Day on April 16 include a
reception at city hall, live music, food and beverage
vendors and the finals in the Island Idols contest.
On April 17, the Founders Day party will include
more band performances, an open house at the West
Manatee Fire Rescue Station No. 1, an arts-and-crafts
fair and skateboard competition.
Thompson said organizers are seeking vendors
for the Founders Day celebration, which will run
from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 16 and from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. April 17.
"This is a three-day, three-city, fun-packed event
with many activities to choose from," Thompson said
of the festival.
AN ALL ISLAND + ALL WEEKEND EVENT
TO SAVE THE FREE ISLAND TROLLEY
AND SUPPORT ISLAND ORGANIZATIONS
ANNA MARIA BRADENTON BEACH HOLMES BEACH
FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY *APRIL 1 6, 1 7 & 1 8
ISLAND IDOL KARAOKE COMPETITION
Contestants must be 19 or older to enter.
ATTENTION $ NCERS!
You are invited to compete in the
First Annual Island Idol KaraokeCompetition.
The two best aspiring singers in our area will be chosen:
one female & one male. Prizes will be awarded. Winners will
be invited to perform at the Parrothead Dance Saturday night.
BYO music or choose from our library.
* PRELIMINARY TRYOUTS: Saturday April 10 from 3- 7 pm
* SECOND ELIMINATION: Sunday, April 11 from 3- 7 pm
LOCATION (for both): Gulf Drive Cafe Pavilion
900 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach
* FINALS: Friday, April 16 5- 7 pm
Winners will be chosen & prizes awarded.
LOCATION: Holmes Beach City Hall Field
5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
LOCAL BANDS: 7- 10 pm
Join the fun t support your favorites!
AN ALL ISLAND + ALL WEEKEND EVENT
TO SAVE THE FREE ISLAND TROLLEY
AND SUPPORT ISLAND ORGANIZATIONS
ANNA MARIA BRADENTON BEACH HOLMES BEACH
FRIDAY, SATURDAY& SUNDAY APRIL 16, 1 7 & 18
GREAT ISLAND FOOD & DRINKS FABULOUS LIVE MUSIC & DANCING
UNIQUE ARTS a CRAFTS STREET FAIRS BRIDGE STREET MARKET
EARTH DAY, ECO & GO GREEN EVENTS SUPER STUFF FOR KIDS
ISLAND IDOL KARAOKE COMPETITION SKATEBOARD COMPETITION
H2X JET-SKI SHOWS KAYAK SHOW 60 KAYAKS FOR RENT
BEACH RUN-WALKATHON WITH PRIZES FRISBEE GOLF WITH PRIZES
PARROTHEAD DANCE & DJ JIMMY BUFFET MEMORABILIA RAFFLE
BEACH YOGA THE PRIVATEERS AND MUCH, MUCH MORE
FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY *
CELEBRATING HOLMES BEACH FOUNDER'S DAY
& 60TH ANNIVERSARY
DATE CHANGE: Island Idol Karaoke Competition
First Tryouts start April 10.