VOLUME 17. NO. 50
The races in Anna
Beach. Pages 12-16
the news ...
Meetings: The gov-
Op/ed: The Islander
opinion, your opin-
ions. Page 6
By Rick Catlin
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has
made no decision on a request by Manatee
County Commissioner Joe McClash to hold
a public hearing on Longboat Key's applica-
tion to construct erosion control measures
near Beer Can Island southwest of the Long-
boat Pass Bridge.
McClash sent a letter Oct. 1 to the Corps
asking for a public hearing on Longboat
Key's application, noting that federal law
states that anyone can request a public hear-
In response, the Corps e-mailed McClash
that his request was "under consideration."
Corps spokesperson Mark Peterson said
there is no response at this time to McClash
and another request from ManaSota-88 for a
public hearing. He said it will take about 30
days before the Corps will issue a decision.
Peterson said the Corps has to "study all
the comments," including those from the U.S.
Fish & Wildlife Service and the other govern-
OCT. 21. 2009
ment and private agencies that have provided
comments, along with those from the public.
Following McClash's letter, county com-
missioners distanced themselves and Com-
mission Chairperson Gwen Brown issued a
statement that McClash was acting as a pri-
vate citizen, even though he wrote the Corps
on county stationery.
Not so, said McClash. He said he is still
a county commissioner.
"I'm doing my job as a county commis-
PLEASE SEE MCCLASH, PAGE 4
Fall stone crab
season slow to start.
Herb Dolan project
praise. Page 10
The Island police
reports. Page 19
Anna Maria Elemen-
tary School: Kiwanis
What to do, with the
when and where.
Sports: Sandbar ties
By Paul Roal
Drifting the coast,
laying sand. Page 24
Fishing: Look for
grouper, snapper to
move closer to shore.
The Houser family Gavin, 3, Jocelynn, 2, Oscar and Chiara, 4 ofBradenton listens to
the music at the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce's Bayfest Oct. 17. Pictured at
right, Abby Cubus and aunt Karen Corbran share an exchange in the children's playland with
Toby Circus Ballantine. More more on Bayfest, see page 5. Islander Photos: Lisa Neff
Insurer seeks to dismiss
death declaration case
By Lisa Neff
The insurance company that issued the
policy on Sabine Musil-Buehler's life is
seeking to dismiss a motion by her husband
to declare her dead.
If Tom Buehler is correct in his com-
plaint filed in Manatee County Circuit
Court, Musil-Buehler died of unknown
cause nearly a year ago.
In a case filed at the courthouse in Bra-
denton, Buehler is seeking to have a judge
find that his estranged wife, officially miss-
ing since Nov. 6, 2008, died on or near that
Bradenton attorney William Meeks filed
the complaint seeking declaratory relief
under Florida statutes. State law provides
for the issuance of a death certificate for "a
person who is absent from the place of his
or her last known domicile for a continuous
period of five years and whose absence is not
satisfactorily explained after diligent search
and inquiry is presumed to be dead."
The law also states that "evidence show-
ing that the absent person was exposed to a
specific peril of death may be a sufficient
basis for the court determining at any time
after such exposure that he or she died less
than five years after the date on which his or
her absence commenced."
Buehler's complaint states, "On Nov. 6,
2008, Sabine Musil-Buehler was exposed to
a specific peril of death in that the evidence
would show that on that date she was abducted
The complaint continues, "Sabine Musil-
Buehler has not been seen or heard from since
Nov. 6, 2008, and has had no contact with the
petitioner, family or friends and all reasonable
inferences would be that she is deceased."
The defendant in the case is Musil-Bue-
hler's insurer, Great American Life Insurance
On Oct. 13, Great American Life Insur-
ance Co. attorneys filed a motion to dismiss
the complaint from Buehler, who is the ben-
eficiary of Musil-Buehler's life insurance
"Florida law is clear. Where an insured
has disappeared or is otherwise missing, a
cause of action against a carrier, based on a
life insurance policy, does not accrue until the
PLEASE SEE BUEHLER, NEXT PAGE
Boat shot in high
seas pursuit at
By Paul Roat
A boat theft early Sunday resulted in two
people eluding law enforcement officers and the
shooting of an outboard engine to halt the chase.
According to U.S. Coast Guard Petty Offi-
cer Scott Logan, two people stole a 30-foot
Grady-White boat from Bimini Bay around
1:30 a.m. Oct. 18.
Officials with the Coast Guard, U.S. Cus-
toms, Florida Department of Law Enforcement,
Manatee County Sheriff's Office and Longboat
Key Police pursued the thieves in what Logan
called a "10-minute high-speed pursuit" out of
Bimini Bay into the Southwest Channel between
Bean Point and Passage Key.
At some point the boaters jumped off in
what was estimated at 4- to 6-foot seas while
pushing the boat up to full throttle at a speed
estimated at 35 mph.
Law enforcement officers shot the engine
with a .12-gauge shotgun. Which agency did
the actual shooting was unclear at Islander
A search for the two suspects continued
Sunday, including use of the Coast Guard
helicopter and by boat, although there was
evidence onshore that indicated they may
have made it ashore. They were not located.
Army Corps mum on McClash request
2 H OCT. 21, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
Tall grass breeds lien, bank problem
By Nick Walter
Sue King, representative of U.S. National Bank,
stood in front of Holmes Beach city commissioners
Oct. 14 requesting a release of a lien on a Holmes
The property at 506 74th St. had a lien placed by
the city of $22,750.
"You are asking us to eat it," commissioner David
Zaccagnino told King.
"This is not a lien that we are willing to forgive,"
added commissioner John Monetti.
King said the bank took a loss of about $500,000
Buehler dismissal sought
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
expiration of the five-year period," the motion to dis-
Buehler reported his estranged wife missing Nov.
6, 2008, after the Manatee County Sheriff's Office
notified him that deputies had recovered her car fol-
lowing a chase in Bradenton.
The man driving the vehicle, Robert Corona,
has pleaded guilty to grand theft auto, but has been
unable to provide information about the whereabouts
Authorities said the car contained her blood and
some of her possessions.
The last person known to have seen Musil-Bue-
hler is her boyfriend, William Cumber, who said they
fought on Nov. 4, 2008, and she left the apartment
they were sharing in Anna Maria in her car.
Cumber has since been sentenced to 13.5 years in
prison on an unrelated charge. Authorities have iden-
tified him as a person of interest in Musil-Buehler's
disappearance and the Nov. 16 arson fire at Haley's
Motel in Holmes Beach.
on its loan from the time the bank acquired the prop-
erty until it was contracted for a sale of $417,000.
The property is just one of many previously
owned by Robert Byrne, whose real estate business
and developments are bankrupt and defunct.
"This gentleman," King said of Byrne, "didn't
take care of his properties."
A Holmes Beach code enforcement order from
October 2007 stated that the property was a nuisance
because of the "height of turf or grass, weed and
underbrush." The board began imposing fines of $250
a day from the date of the violation.
L\ clybody is given 10 days to Sunday to remedy
this problem," commission chair Sandy Haas-Mar-
tens said during last week's meeting.
In the end, the commission denied a release of
Code enforcement officer Nancy Hall said over-
grown weeds posed a threat to public safety, lead-
ing to breeding grounds for mosquitoes, attracting
vermin, and negatively impact the neighborhood aes-
thetics. In addition, out-of-control weeds are a fire
In other business, the commission:
City planning consultant Bill Brisson reported
on the city's draft flood-plain management plan.
"We' re happy with the work," Brisson said. A reso-
lution will take place at the next city commission
meeting Oct. 27, followed by an ordinance at a later
Mayor Rich Bohnenberger praised the police
department's arrest of two people for alleged burglar-
ies. Holmes Beach residents Mark Krauss, 19, and
an unnamed juvenile, 17, were recently arrested for a
rash of burglaries ranging from burglary to a vehicle
to petty theft, or both.
Krauss faces five counts of burglary, and the
juvenile faces two counts. The burglaries took place
in the 3800 block of East Bay Drive and from 65th
Street to 74th Street. One of the petty thefts was for
$1 in change taken from a vehicle.
Nick Walter has joined The Islander news-
paper as Holmes Beach city beat and features
He's been a resident of Manatee County
for three years and, during that span, covered
outdoors, local sports, and various area events
for the Bradenton Herald.
Originally from Colorado, Walter has
adjusted to a polar-opposite of climate, and
considers Manatee County his second home.
Walter is an avid sportsman, and con-
siders Manatee County
a paradise not only for
S the year-'round weather
that allows for outdoors
sports, but a paradise for
those who cherish the
rich history that makes
this part of Florida's west
coast unique in the world.
He feels blessed to be in an area where politi-
cal leaders, for the most part, aim to protect
and conserve the splendid natural resources.
One of the first places Walter visited upon
moving to Florida was the Rod & Reel Pier. He
instantly fell in love with Anna Maria Island
when the dock master told him, "Kick back.
You're on Island time." So it's no surprise
that he is excited to cover the happenings in
and around the tight-knit community of Anna
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An ordinance intended to stop aggressive solicit-
ing in Bradenton Beach is moving forward.
The city commission unanimously approved a
first reading of the measure Oct. 15 and set a public
hearing and final reading for Nov. 5.
Police Chief Sam Speciale requested consider-
ation of an ordinance several weeks ago.
Manatee County officials also requested consid-
eration of an ordinance, modeled on the county's two-
year-old ordinance, to assist with removing insistent
panhandlers from Coquina Beach.
County public safety director Bill Hutchison
had written Speciale after hearing concerns from the
county marine rescue division.
"In recent weeks, our marine rescue lifeguards
have reported a noteworthy increase in the number of
homeless individuals and vagrants out at the beach,"
"It had not posed a particular problem until
recently when they increased their aggressive 'pan-
handling' activity and the lifeguards began to receive
complaints from beachgoers."
City attorney Ricinda Perry introduced the city
ordinance last week. She said she modeled the mea-
sure on the county's ordinance, but included provi-
sions to guarantee its application to the city's water-
ways, docks and Historic Bridge Street Pier.
The proposed ordinance states, "Employing
threats, intimidation, or harassment while soliciting
for charitable, commercial or personal gains may
create an unsafe situation that would directly conflict
with the city's interest in providing and promoting a
"Solicitation" is defined in the measure as
"attempts, whether verbal or through other means of
communication, to obtain contributions or to sell any
good, property, or service for any purpose, including
The ordinance, if enacted, would prohibit some-
one in a public place from engaging in "aggressive
solicitation," which would include expressing an
implied threat against a person or property, continu-
ing to solicit after being told "no" or trying to block
a person's passage to solicit money.
The ordinance also would regulate solicitation
on roads, public beaches and at water accesses:
"It shall be unlawful for any person to solicit
from an occupant of a vehicle while said person
is upon or within 15 feet of the edge of a public
"It shall be unlawful for any person to solicit
... while said person is upon or within 15 feet of the
edge of a public beach or public water access."
The maximum penalty under the ordinance would
be a $500 fine and 60 days in jail.
The ordinance allows for exceptions with city
In other business Oct. 15, the commission:
Approved payment of a $5,585 invoice from
M.T. Causley for building department services.
Approved payment of a $7,402 invoice from
city attorney Ricinda Perry.
Approved a request from the West Coast Inland
Navigation District to stockpile dredge material
within city limits.
Adopted policy regarding communications and
public records for elected officials.
Approved plans for a shoreline restoration proj-
ect at Herb Dolan Park, and agreed to have planning
and zoning board members comment on the plan.
City policy prohibits
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Oct. 22, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Oct. 26, 5 p.m., code enforcement organiza-
Oct. 27, 5:30 p.m., federal stimulus program
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
Oct. 22, 5 p.m., planning and zoning board
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
Oct. 22, 9 a.m., board of adjustment meeting.
Oct. 23, 1:30 p.m., police retirement board
Oct. 27, 7 p.m., city commission meeting.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
Nov. 19, 6 p.m., district commission meeting.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
Oct. 21, 1 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Of-
ficials meeting, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Nov. 3, municipal elections in Anna Maria,
Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach.
Send notices to Lisa Neff at lisaneff@islander.
Approved a special event request for the Beach-
House Restaurant's New Year's Eve celebration,
which includes a party at the restaurant, 200 Gulf
Drive N., and a public fireworks show at midnight
on the beach.
4 0 OCT. 21, 2009 0 THE ISLANDER
goes back to budget
Bradenton Beach will hold another hearing
on its 2009-10 budget despite having passed the
spending plan and setting the millage rate in Sep-
The meeting will take place at city hall, 107 Gulf
Drive N., at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26.
"Due to a misunderstanding on my part as far
as advertisements and a technicality on the order of
resolutions, it is going to be necessary to re-adver-
tise the budget and have another hearing to read the
resolutions," city clerk Nora Idso informed Mayor
Michael Pierce and city commissioners in a memo
There were multiple resolutions approved
Sept. 23, when the commission set the millage
rate at 2.1539 mils and adopted a 2,795,096
budget for the new fiscal year, which began
Idso said there was a problem with the number-
ing of the resolutions, which, if not corrected, could
interfere with the city's receipt of state revenue shar-
McClash objection stalls project
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
sioner. It's what I was elected to do and I'm not con-
cerned with how other commissioners feel about this
McClash said the use of man-made materials such
as "geotextile fabric and armor stone" concerns him
because he does not know what effect those materials
will have on Coquina Beach, which is in Bradenton
Beach but operated by Manatee County.
Use of man-made structures in the Longboat Pass
waters could impact the quality of the tourism prod-
uct for both Longboat Key and Coquina Beach, and
the entire Island, he indicated.
According to information about the application
provided by the Corps, Longboat Key plans to con-
struct four breakwaters beginning just south of the
Longboat Pass entrance from the Gulf of Mexico and
extending around the pass to Beer Can Island.
Each breakwater would weigh four tons, with
geotextile fabric on the bottom and armor stone above
the fabric. Each breakwater would be approximately
100 feet long and extend 4 feet above sea level. They
are to be placed 210 feet from the shoreline.
There also is a safety and navigational issue for
swimmers and boaters, said McClash.
What really bothers the commissioner, however,
is that nobody informed Manatee County of the proj-
ect. He discovered the Longboat Key application
while making a routine online inspection of permit
applications to the Corps.
"It's really upsetting that we have nobody at the
county looking out for the county interests and the
Corps does not have to notify us. It's up to us to
continually monitor Corps applications," he said.
McClash noted that the county's environmen-
tal department, which used to track these issues, no
He also observed that Longboat Key's application
is "not for beach renourishment. This is a breakwater
project" for erosion control, he said. Longboat Key has
a second application with the Corps for dredging.
The commissioner did not disagree that Longboat
Key has an erosion problem in the area.
"If they had come with sand for the project, I would
have no objection, but I don't have enough informa-
tion" about the use of man-made materials for erosion
control, McClash said.
Hence the request for a public hearing.
"The deadline to make a request was Oct. 7, so I
had to move quickly," he said.
McClash said it's possible that all his concerns
could be satisfied at a hearing, but at this point, "I
really don't see any evidence why sand can't be put
there on a periodic basis."
In addition to the McClash hearing request, the
environmental group ManaSota-88 sent a similar
letter to the Corps asking for a public hearing.
"We are very concerned about the impact this
project could have to Longboat Pass, Anna Maria
Island and Sarasota Bay," said ManaSota-88 execu-
tive director Glenn Compton.
"We need to see exactly what is proposed and
look at an environmental impact study, and there are
concerns about the effect man-made materials will
have on the marine environment," he said.
McClash also received support from Sandra Rip-
berger of the Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club, who said
her organization also wants a hearing before any con-
struction of offshore breakwaters.
Bradenton Beach Mayor Michael Pierce, whose
city sits just across Longboat Pass from the proposed
construction area, said he would also like to know
This area west of Beer Can Island on the south side of the Longboat Pass Bridge is where Longboat Key
plans construction offour breakwaters about 210feet offshore for erosion control. The U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers has yet to approve the project. On weekends, Beer Can Island is a popular anchor location for
small pleasure boats and personal watercraft. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
i City Commis-
S sioner Pat
Geyer with a
C-o--i- an during a com-
ing Oct. 13.
the award for
her more than
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service to the
more about the project.
"I need a little more information about this," he
said, acknowledging that, while Bradenton Beach
wants to be a good neighbor with Longboat Key, it
also has to be concerned with its own shores.
"I don't see any reason why not to look into [the
project]," Pierce said.
Former Bradenton Beach Mayor Katie Pierola,
who was involved obtaining approval and funding
for the 1992 beach renourishment on Anna Maria
Island, said she is "very alarmed" because Coquina
Beach has never had a serious erosion problem until
recently. She wants to know what the breakwaters
mean for the sands at Coquina Beach.
"I'm concerned how these breakwaters will affect
Coquina and I think there should be a public hearing
and everything put on the table," she said.
Pierola found it odd that the Corps has deter-
mined there is no need for an environmental impact
study of the project.
"This will most definitely affect the dynamics
of Longboat Pass. We need to know what's going to
happen," she said.
Longboat Key responds
Not surprisingly, Longboat Key town officials
were not happy with the McClash request, particu-
larly after more than a year of preparing the proj-
Longboat Key Vice-Mayor Bob Siekmann said
the $2.4 million project is not using any federal or
county money, although there might be some state
"It's all the town's money and I'm surprised that
[McClash] would come at this late date to object.
It's been on our city agenda for more than a year,
Siekmann noted that both marine engineering
companies working for the city on the project have
said the geotubes will not damage the Longboat Pass
And one of those companies, Coastal Planning
and Engineering of Boca Raton, also is the marine
engineer for Manatee County, he said.
Siekmann said that the McClash request will
cause the city to "miss the window of opportunity"
to complete the project prior to the start of the 2011
turtle-nesting season, which begins around April. The
city had hoped to begin the project at the end of the
2010 turtle nesting season, he said.
"It was very surprising to us to hear about the
McClash letter. Everything we've done has been by
the book and out in the open. Why did he wait until
the last minute?" Siekmann said.
McClash could have attended any number of
Longboat Key commission meetings to become
informed about the project, he said.
The vice-mayor said the houses in the affected area
were probably constructed too close to the shoreline, but
that's hindsight. Some of the houses were built decades
ago, he said. The city has to deal with the problem now
and this is the best solution, he said.
THE ISLANDER U OCT. 21, 2009 0 5
Bayfest brings bliss to Anna Maria City
By Lisa Neff
Bands jammed at Bayfest and the crowds clam-
ored for more the night of Oct. 16 and again all day
Bayfest, the annual Anna Maria Island Cham-
ber of Commerce pre-season bash on Pine Avenue
in Anna Maria, opened with a kickoff party Oct. 16
and continued with the full festival on Oct. 17. The
event, free to the public, earned money toward the
chamber's scholarship fund through vendor bookings
and the sale of beverages.
Festival-goers found block after block of retail-
ers, artists, craftspeople and nonprofit groups, as well
as a Taste of the Island food court where they could
sample barbecued pork, fish and chips, burgers, tacos,
jambalaya and hot dogs.
Crowds formed at the east end of Pine Avenue in the
shade of the Skullywag pirate float to sample and secure
the Anna Maria Island Privateers' smoked mullet, which
was sold to raise money for the group's scholarship fund
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"I've had a taste for this since, oh, last fall," said
Bryce Carter of Bradenton, who bought into the two-
fer mullet deal. He said neither fish was likely to
make it home.
At the concert stage nearby, bands from
acoustic to electric to percussive, from folk to rock
to reggae were in heavy rotation.
Bootleg performed on Oct. 16. Local entertainers
on Oct. 17 included Jimi Gee's Fogt's Jr. All Stars
Band, Marc Anthony, Rory Miller and Silly Cam-
paign, Firedoor, the Human Condition, The Island
Rockers, HWY 41, The Missing Links, Koko Ray
and the Soul Providers and the Billy Rice Band.
"I can't believe you can see all these bands for
free," said Charlie Rubin as he stretched out on the
grass in front of the stage and listened to Silly Cam-
paign's Marcus Ballano and Garrett Pedersen perform
an acoustic cover of Queen's "Fat Bottom Girls."
Along Pine Avenue, festival-goers found a vari-
ety of products, services and information.
A number of candidates in the Nov. 3 Island elec-
tions participated in the festival, as did representa-
tives with an assortment of nonprofit organizations,
including volunteers with the arts-based Cultural
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Baby, it's cold outside
Stock up the firewood, 'cause there's nothing
better than a fire in the hearth when the first cold
snap comes to Anna Maria Island.
Or maybe you have an outdoor fire pit, or, if all
else fails, you can just play a fireplace DVD on your
But it's cold outside, and after five or so months
of temps over 90 degrees, who wouldn't welcome the
Two weeks ago, with just a little overnight chill,
we could observe folks in winterwear, sweaters and
shorts, sweats and flip-flops, but this weather really
merits a dig into the winter clothing stash.
This chill may not last, but right now the only
things heating up this week are politics, some hot
popcorn and the news that Longboat Key has stirred
up some anxieties over a proposed beach revet-
Regretfully, we don't routinely keep up with the
politics on LBK, since we have plenty on our plate
And so it seems it goes for the Manatee County
commission, although about half of LBK falls in this
county and half in Sarasota County
And the breakwater project planned for the north
key waters clearly falls in Manatee County terri-
It's not your usual beach renourishment plan by
any means. And we don't yet know if there's any
success or failure to draw on, but we'll have an eye
We think County Commissioner Joe McClash's
intervention a request for a public hearing is a
good thing. After it caught his attention, and that of the
political bulldog responsible for launching the 1992
cycle of renourishment former Bradenton Beach
Mayor Katie Pierola it was clearly on our radar.
Check out Paul Roat's "drift" this week in Sand-
script and then tell us what you think, because there's
just no inlet or pass on the west coast of Florida
that isn't affected on one side by revetment on the
other. It's the cause and effect of the littoral drift that
moves sand north to south on the shore, and some-
times deposits sand, such as you see shoaling the area
inside the pass and creating a navigational hazard at
Longboat Pass east of the bridge to Jewfish Key.
What impact will the breakwater construction in
the Gulf planned by LBK have on Coquina Beach?
That's the $64 million question.
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Then and now
It does not seem possible, but the town of Long-
boat Key has applied to construct four breakwaters
approximately 210 feet from shore at the north end of
Longboat Key. Their hope is that these breakwaters
will reverse beach erosion and instead accumulate
sand on the beach.
Long ago, the Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection determined no hard structures
should be constructed on or near shorelines. Many
studies have been made regarding the use of such
It was ultimately determined this was not the best
course of action for the tides and currents of the Gulf
of Mexico in our particular area.
For many decades, The U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers has performed the routine maintenance of
dredging Longboat Pass, and alternating the place-
ment of sand on either Coquina Beach or Longboat
Needless to say, this is a blessing for prop-
erty owners as well as people using these popular
If Longboat Key gets its way, what will happen to
the pass and future sand movement and deposits?
Manatee County Commissioner Joe McClash
was correct to question and delay this project until
the proper public input and studies can answer these
important questions and determine the consequences
of such a questionable and controversial breakwa-
I also find it ironic that McClash has been rebuked
for writing about his justifiable concerns. He has writ-
ten many letters about many issues on county statio-
nery, yet suddenly he is criticized and distanced from
his co-commissioners as though he has erred.
I do not agree on every issue with McClash, but
he has proven to represent the people who voted
him into office, and to not represent special interest
We need our commissioners to represent the
people and stand up for our protection.
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'Fore' the Center
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By Lisa Neff
When Joseph Raatz shipped off to Afghanistan
three years ago, he left with a request from a near
stranger that he return safe and sound.
Raatz fulfilled the request and recently celebrated
his homecoming with the near stranger, Wolfgang
Jahn, the owner of the Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus
in Holmes Beach.
Jahn is at the restaurant most nights. "I'm a work-
ing stiff," he says.
He encountered Raatz just before the service-
member was leaving for an assignment in Afghani-
stan, where, since October 2001, the United States
has been at war.
"This guy walks in three years ago," Jahn remem-
bers. "He was very depressed. He told me he was
shipping out to Afghanistan."
Jahn listened to his customer.
"I feel for him," the restaurant owner says, "And
I take care of his bill."
And then Jahn gave Raatz a gift a German
beer mug, a family keepsake.
"I said, 'I wish you to bring this back,"' Jahn
recalls of the conversation. It was his way of saying,
The years passed for Jahn without word from the
Then, recently, Raatz walked into the Old Ham-
burg with his wife.
"He didn't forget," Jahn says.
Raatz, now a retired Army major living in Slidel, La.,
returned with a gift from Afghanistan for Jahn, as well as
Jahn's gift to him three years ago the beer mug.
"We had a great time in the restaurant. And I
filled up the mug," Jahn says.
Wolfgang Jahn of
the Old Hamburg
retired Army officer
Joseph Raatz at
the restaurant in
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Blog alleges city planner works for developer
By Rick Catlin
A Web bl,' l.c. i on ourannamaria.blogspot has
alleged that Anna Maria city planner Alan Garrett
works for Pine Avenue Restoration LLC, then bills
his time to the city for another payment.
The bl_'c. il "Dune Hugger" alleges, "It's no
secret that Garrett works for PAR, then bills his time
through the city of Anna Maria."
"Dune Hugger" wrote that Garrett "assists a
group that wants to deprive us, under the guise of
performing his function for the city." Further, the
bl, ,r,.c i said Garrett has brought a number of ordi-
nance change requests to the city commission and
"keeps popping up with these ridiculous notices."
Blogger "NHunt" then wrote that the public needs
to know "who has requested the constant changes that
he (Garrett) has proposed."
On the same blog, "Sunshine" wrote that "Alan
Garrett should only be working for one stakeholder
in the city," and alleged further that it's a "conflict
of interest" for Garrett to work for the "largest com-
mercial interest in our city," while also working as
the city planner.
Former Commissioner Duke Miller, who founded
the blog after he left city office, wrote that he had
e-mailed Garrett and "asked who is specifically insti-
tuting these requests for changes to our ordinances to
accommodate PAR and the wedding business."
Miller wrote that if he did not get a response, he
would make a public records request. He also alleged
that "none of the issues before us today were issues
until PAR brought outside investors to our city with
a plan to change things."
The blog site endorses candidates Harry Stoltz-
fus, Dale Woodland and John Quam for the three city
commission seats up for election Nov. 3.
Woodland said he is not part of any coalition
running together as a group for the city commission
and did "not support at all" the allegations against
Likewise, City Commissioner Quam said he
was running an independent campaign, but said he
could not comment on the allegations against Garrett
because he has not read the blog and he said he
has no plans to read it.
Stoltzfus also said he is not running as part of any
collective candidacy and he "could not endorse" the
allegations against Garrett.
Stoltzfus did say that his "understanding" is that
when Garrett meets with a builder or developer, he
bills the city for his time and the city then charges
the builder/developer/contractor for that service.
Blogger "RWall" entered the blog, saying that
Garrett has introduced plans to modify the parking
in the retail-office-residential district and the city's
planning and zoning board is discussing the issue.
Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford said that in her
more than 30 years of public service she has never
been in a community where such anonymous charges
"It's absolutely not true and it's regrettable for
a high-class, excellent and professional staff to be
treated this way. It's inexcusable and vitriolic. I'm
very disappointed about the blog," she said.
"I have full confidence in Alan Garrett and every-
one on the city staff. If I didn't, they wouldn't be
Garrett said he understood that public employees
occasionally become political targets. He's been in
government for more than 25 years.
There are "times when we are subject to this type
of comment. The allegations are completely fabri-
cated," Garrett said.
It's possible the bloggers do not understand the
system in place for the city planner in his duties of
advising contractors, builders and applicants for a
"Any time I spend with a contractor or someone
who wants advice on plans, the city pays me, then
bills the applicant. I work for the city and only the
city," he said. That applies to all applicants, not just
PAR, Garrett emphasized.
However, Garrett said the Internet blog allows
the accuser to remain anonymous, while he has to
answer the allegations.
"I am a member of the American Institute of
Certified Planners and we have an ethics standard to
uphold and I value that dearly," he said.
Barford clarified the city's procedure on payment
to Garrett for consulting with developers, contractors
and builders about projects and construction propos-
Garrett bills the city for the amount of time he
spends with a particular developer or builder. The
city pays him at the rate agreed upon by the city
commission, then bills the builder/contractor for that
PLEASE SEE BLOG, NEXT PAGE
To the Voters ofBradenton Beach
DON'T LET OUR CITY CONTINUE THIS FOR ANOTHER TWO YEARS.
$150,000 RESERVES USED TO BALANCE THE BUDGET.
$127,000 DECORATIVE STREET SIGHTS EXCEEDED THE BUDGETED
AMOUNT. WITH NO CRA COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION
AND A NO-BID PROCESS.
$99,000 IN SERVICES, PAST DUE, UNCOLLECTED.
TENS OF THOUSANDS SPENT ON UNFINISHED PROJECTS.
INEFFICIENT, DECADES OLD BUDGET, POLICIES, AND PROCEDURES.
NEWMAYOR NEWDIRECTION. MY SOLE FOCUS WILL BE OUR CITY
Vote William "Bill" Shearon for Mayor Nov. 3
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Pat's ability to bring positive and successful leadership to Holmes Beach
government was proven during her more than 25 years of service.
* Pat has been recognized for her years of service by the Florida League of
* Pat pledges to support businesses in the city of Holmes Beach.
* Pat will insure the interests of commerce and the residential community will
complement one another
* Pat will work toward the city revisiting the disaster and hurricane evacuation
plans due to Minto Communities' Perico development.
* Pat will watch beach erosion and will get actively involved at the county level
to keep our beaches pristine and open to the public.
Pat will keep a respectful eye on the city's growth
and density management.
Pat will work to keep the city of Holmes Beach the
pride of Anna Maria Island.
Pat will work with all other island officials and
Manatee County officials for the betterment of all
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Fall stone crab season slow to start
By Nick Walter
The stone crabs were lazy in the hot water tem-
peratures during the first day of commercial stone
crab season Oct. 15, leaving the crabbers with little
weight in their traps.
So what is a stone crab restaurant such as Moore's
Stone Crab Restaurant & Marina on Longboat Key
Blog dispute in Anna Maria
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8
The rules for payment are part of the city's site-
plan review process that was adopted by the city com-
mission several years ago.
Miller removes comments
Miller said opinions of blog subscribers such as
"Dune Hugger" are their own opinions and he does
not support them "any more than The Islander sup-
ports the statements of authors of its letters to the
After reading the comments made about Gar-
rett, however, Miller said he removed them from his
"Frankly, I don't dissect every comment posted.
Upon close examination of the controversial com-
ments, I removed them," he said.
Miller confirmed that he supports Quam, Wood-
land and Stoltzfus for a seat on the city commis-
The former commissioner said he started the
blog to "give a voice and forum to those interested
in maintaining the character of our city."
Miller served three terms as a commissioner,
from 2003 to 2008. He chose not to seek a fourth
term and was replaced on the commission by Chuck
"Try not to panic," said co-owner Lynda Hicks
on Oct. 16. "We're not serving large or jumbo dinners
Hicks said Moore's pulled in a total of 250
pounds of stone crab claws from their traps the first
day of season, a trifling amount compared to last
year's opening day total of 700 pounds.
Moore's wasn't the only local seafood establish-
ment reeling last week.
James Lee of Cortez Bait & Seafood, a retail
store in the village of Cortez next door to the Cortez
Kitchen restaurant, said his crabbers "didn't get
"Once the crabs get moving around and the water
temperature drops, they'll make a move," Lee said.
"The object is you get all the traps out as soon as
the front is over, get them all cleaned up and baited
because they'll crawl after a front."
And stone crabs, odd as it may sound, prefer a
"It's amazing they like tidy houses," Lee said.
"And they live in rocks."
Karen Bell of the A.P. Bell Fish Co. and Star
Fish Restaurant reported 350 pounds of stone crab
claws on the first day. "Which is a slow start," she
Bell said one of her bay crabbers, Bradenton resi-
dent Ben Reeder, pulled in 146 pounds of claws from
Bell added that Wayde Campbell, a commercial
crabber who helps supply Bell, predicted that the
stone crab production will pick up in November.
The low crab claw catch made the prices start out
higher. For example, medium claws began at $16 per
pound, instead of the average of $12.95 or $13.95.
"We're just telling people, customers, to be
patient" when they come to Moore's, Hicks said on
Oct. 16. "The first few days will be rough, but eventu-
ally we'll have them."
This file photo is of stone crabber
Anthony Manali pulling some nice
size crabs from his traps two years
ago. The claws are removed and
the crab is returned to the water to
regenerate its claw. Fortunately, the
crabs only forage for food and do
I -- ...-- S not need the claws to survive.
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Sand pileup OK at Coquina
By Lisa Neff
A dredge operation near Jewfish Key will use
land at Coquina Beach Bayside for the stockpiling
The Bradenton Beach City Commission autho-
rized placement of the sand Oct. 15.
Manatee County officials already agreed to the
retention of the sand at the bayside site, which has
been used for dredge operations in the past.
Bradenton Beach building official Steve Gilbert
said the sand would be stored just north of a play-
ground and a fence would go up in advance of the
Earlier this month, the county board of commis-
sioners voted to request that the West Coast Inland
Navigation District move forward with excavating a
severely restrictive shoal east and southeast of Jew-
The Army Corps of Engineers had notified the
county that it planned a dredging project in the area
next year, but commissioners agreed that a public-
safety issue exists now.
About 10,000 cubic yards of sediment would
be removed in the operation. The dredge material is
expected to be beach-quality sand, but a recipient has
not been designated.
Sam Johnston of Independent Environmental
Consultants represented WCIND at the Bradenton
Beach commission meeting last week.
"This," he said, "is a very high-priority issue,
with winter conditions coming on us."
Herb Dolan project
earns commission praise
By Lisa Neff
A proposed recreational boating project for Herb
Dolan Park caught a swift current Oct. 15, passing
city commission's preliminary review with much
"I think it was brilliant," Commissioner Janie
Robertson said of the effort to create a multi-faceted
project to bring improvements to the city park at 25th
Street and Avenue A. "The way it fit together."
The project involves a partnership between
the city, the Sarasota Bay Estuary Project, the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration and the consulting firm
Scheda Ecological Associates.
SBEP announced earlier this year that federal
money would fully fund the project, one of two major
elements in the city's master recreational boating
plan. The other element is the creation of a formal
mooring field south of the Historic Bridge Street
The plan shows a kayak launch on the shore-
line at the east end of 25th Street near Avenue A, a
kayak rack nearby, parking along the south side of
25th Street and the west side of Avenue A and the
removal of rip rap.
To shore up the area, the plan calls for geoweb
netting, soil and spartina grass to create a softer, but
The nutrient-absorbing plants near the intersec-
tion will be in a swale a "vegetated bio swale" -
so that, in addition to preventing people from parking,
the swale will serve as a stormwater filter, according
to city project/program manager Lisa Marie Phil-
"It' s a crafty project," Robertson said.
"The thing has really developed," said Commis-
sioner John Shaughnessy. "I' m looking forward to
Mayor Michael Pierce said, "It's a wonderful
thing to have happen here."
City planning and zoning board members also
will review the plans and submit comments.
The board had requested permission from the city
commission to hold a formal hearing on the project,
which was tentatively scheduled for Oct. 6.
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Phillips showed the plans to the planning board
during an Oct. 6 meeting, when members of the board
agreed that they had some questions, specifically
about parking and stormwater elements, and wanted
to hold a formal review.
Earlier this year, the planning and zoning board
had emphasized its interest in reviewing public proj-
ects in the city.
"We would like to be the planning agency for
the city," said planning and zoning board chair Rick
Referring to the kayak launch and restoration
project, he said at the Oct. 6 meeting, "We would
prefer to have a chance to review it in the same way
that we did with the Bridge Street Pier project."
In a letter to the city commission and mayor,
board member Joe Garbus wrote, "There was a gen-
eral consensus that the planning and zoning board
review the city's recreational access and shoreline
restoration project ... and hold a separate hearing for
Commissioners discussed the planning board's
request with building official Steve Gilbert Oct. 15.
Gilbert said the commission had several options
to approve, deny or table the planning board's
request to hold a hearing, or to have the planning
board members review the plans and submit their
"This is not a development permit application,"
Gilbert said. "Neither is it permanent infrastructure
such as the city pier.... At this point, I don't know
whether it would be appropriate to spend city dollars
to have a hearing or not."
Robertson, noting that a number of meetings
had taken place during the development of the Herb
Dolan Plan, including several at the site, said, "I do
not feel we need to spend the money to have a hear-
And Robertson made a motion, which passed
unanimously, for the planning board members to
review the plan and submit their comments rather
than hold a formal hearing or meeting.
Phillips said comments from the city on the plan
will be submitted to the engineers.
"It's not exactly the final," she said of the current
A sale is reported to be in the works for this former
model home on Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria at the
site of the defunct Villa Rosa project. Lakeland resi-
dent Steve Blanton purchased the house in March
for $850,000 after it was offered for sale at $2.8
million. Efforts to confirm the contract were unsuc-
cessful, but there has been recent activity observed
at the house, a boat is at the dock and the grounds
cleaned and maintained. Former NBA player Theo
Ratliff at one time had a $150,000 deposit to pur-
chase the home. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin
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By Lisa Neff
With delinquent accounts at the $100,000 mark,
Bradenton Beach commissioners are pursuing tougher
policies to get pay offs.
Officials are concerned with three types of delin-
quent accounts stormwater, sanitation and busi-
ness tax receipts.
'The numbers have gotten so high," city attor-
ney Ricinda Perry said. "We see this trend increasing
rather than decreasing."
A balance sheet for the sanitation accounts shows
more than $55,000 is owed the city for general trash
collection, rear-door pickup and cardboard pickup.
Some of the delinquent sanitation accounts
involve single payers for single addresses, with
An organization called Protect Florida's Beaches
is circulating a petition on Anna Maria Island and
throughout Florida that asks people to sign if they
are "against needless and harmful oil drilling.
"Please let your friends and family know about
this opportunity to stand against 'Big Oil' and to
stand with Florida's environment and economy."
Signing the petition states that one is opposed to
legislation that would allow drilling in Florida waters.
The Web site urges signers to contact their state and
federal representatives to state their opposition to any
For more information, go on the Web to www.
protectfloridasbeaches.org., or e-mail think.baby.
Due to a reporter error, a police report in the Oct.
14 issue of The Islander Newspaper stated that an
Oct. 4 alleged shoplifting at One-Stop Gift Shop in
Bradenton Beach and subsequent charges including
drug possession were made by a clerk of the estab-
lishment. The suspect was a customer. The Islander
regrets the error.
amounts owed ranging from $11.70 to $3,666.28.
Some of the delinquent accounts involve local busi-
nesses, with amounts owed as high as $8,502.
The properties with the largest amounts owed
include 1501 Gulf Drive N., Smugglers Cove Resort
Condo; 1501 Gulf Drive N., The Penthouses at Gulf
Stream; 1501 Gulf Drive N., Gulf Stream Beach
Resort; 101-106 Seventh St. N., Reba Ingram; 103
Gulf Drive N., Banana Cabana; 107 Eighth St. S.,
Island Gateway Condo Assoc. Inc.; and 107 Third
St. N., Richard Carter, according to a balance sheet
from city hall.
The amounts for past-due stormwater accounts
range from $50 to $6,000 and together total nearly
The account-holders with the largest amounts
owed include 1501 Gulf Drive N., Smugglers Cove
Resort; 1000 Gulf Drive N., Island Vacation Proper-
ties; 107 Eighth St. S., Island Getaway Condo Assoc.
Inc.; and 107 Third St. N., Richard Carter, according
to a balance sheet from city hall.
"It's not fair to the rest of the city," Commis-
sioner John Shaughnessy said of the past-due bills.
He added that if the city had been able to collect the
money, it might have avoided dipping into reserve
funds to balance the 2009-10 budget.
Commissioners met Oct. 6 with Perry, city clerk
Nora Idso, building official Steve Gilbert, project/
program manager Lisa Marie Phillips and public
works director Tom Woodard to discuss options for
collecting money due some of it owed from a
couple of years ago, but mostly from this year and
Options the commission explored included bring-
ing people with unpaid accounts before the city's spe-
cial master for a hearing, contracting with a collection
agency, and doing both.
'They are going to see we are going to start play-
ing hardball," Commissioner Bob Bartelt said.
The votes last week, with Janie Robertson absent,
were unanimous to authorize Perry to draft a request
for proposals to hire an agency to collect overdue
payments for sanitation and stormwater services and
to use the code enforcement and special-master pro-
cess to collect past-due business tax accounts.
"We think that will have enough teeth to get some
results," Perry said.
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Editor's note: Don Maloney was a columnistfor The Islander
from 1997 until his death in September 2007. He also served as a
city commissioner in Holmes Beach. He was a man who encour-
aged and inspired civic participation, and we reprint his take on
, ii.,, to the polls, 1. -i ,,, and making a difference.
would it make?
By Don Maloney
A hundred and some years ago, Abraham Lincoln
called for the devotion of all Americans to see that
our government of the people, by the people and for
the people would not perish from the earth. Unfortu-
nately, it appears to me that only "of the people" has
If we are to have a government "by the people,"
then the people have to become more interested -
and involved in their government. Voting would
be a good place to start.
In one past Holmes Beach election, only 18 per-
cent of registered voters went to the polls. In another,
62.4 percent voted. Those who were elected by that
18 percent needed only a fraction over nine percent to
sit on the commission. Still, 100 percent of the city's
registered voters were governed by the votes of that
9 percent-plus group.
While I was far more than somewhat pleased to
be one of the winners that year, I was disappointed
that such a small portion of the electorate cared about
who would run their city's government. I was anxious
to find out why so many stayed from the polls, so I
did a little polling of my own.
When I asked some stayed-aways why they stayed
away, the same answer came up in one form or another
every time: "What difference would it make?"
Believe me, it makes a lot of difference.
Florida is growing fast, and we're certainly
involved in that growth. That's why our commission
meets twice a month, for two working sessions to
hear the problems, and two regular sessions to reach
decisions regarding those problems.
While staying away from the polls endangers your
chances of enjoying government "by the people",
staying away from those commission meetings can
help erase many chances of a government "for the
Over the years, I can recall only one Tuesday
evening when the Holmes Beach chambers could
provide standing room only.
But I do recall seeing more than one letter to
the editor from citizens objecting to one commission
action or other, actions that were taken at a meeting
that the letter writers didn't take time to come and
express their opinions on a Tuesday evening. Admis-
sion is free; absence can be costly.
It is difficult to give the folks what they want
when you have no idea of what would please them.
In my years on the commission, I assure you that
not a single decision was made until public opinion
was invited invited, that is, to attend commission
meetings, not to write letters to the editor.
Agendas of all city commission meetings every-
where are always available on the Friday ahead
of meeting time. Join in. Like I said, skipping voting
results in losing your chances of a government "by
the people," ignoring commission meetings risks
government "for the people." All that's left if both
are ignored is a government "of the people." That
wasn't enough for Lincoln, and it isn't enough now.
Elections are coming up in all three Anna Maria
Island cities Nov. 3. Take time to look into the can-
didates and their propositions.
Those with that "What difference would it
make?" attitude that keeps them away from the polls
should reconsider the differences they could make if
they stayed away.
And attend your city's meetings especially
those that will discuss topics in which you have an
interest. Only then can you make that interest known.
Only then can we make certain that government of
the people, by the people and for the people does not
perish at least from our little piece of the Earth.
Five for three in Anna Maria
city commission election
By Rick Catlin
In what is shaping up as a hotly contested elec-
tion in Anna Maria Nov. 3, five candidates are vying
for votes for three city commission seats.
Among the five candidates are challengers Harold
"Harry" Stoltzfus and David Gryboski, along with
incumbents John Quam, Christine Tollette and Dale
Meet the candidates...
David Gryboski, 29, is making his first-ever run
for political office. He attended Emory University
in Atlanta and studied finance and business, and has
lived in Anna Maria for four
He is employed in the com-
mercial leasing business.
Gryboski said he has sev-
eral issues that concern him and
: is running for office because he
_\^ wants to contribute his business
David Gryboski and finance experience to the
He is concerned that the vision of the city as
described in the 2007 comprehensive plan is being
"We have a great comp plan," he said, but for
years "policies have done the exact opposite" of the
comp plan goals.
"We need a clear vision of what we want, and we
need to work with the Federal Emergency Manage-
ment Agency to create a balance."
His concern is that homeowners can only expand
upward because of FEMA and city constraints. He
wants the city to have a policy that will allow hom-
eowners more freedom to expand their structures.
Gryboski is very concerned about future budgets
because of the decline in revenues. He believes his
business and finance background will be an "extra
set of eyes" on the commission during budget discus-
sions, particularly concerning stormwater drainage.
"I really think we have been underserved and
overcharged by the companies involved," Gryboski
He does not want to fix the master stormwater
plan, just "fix the problem" of spending too much
money for too little service.
"We spend a lot of money for nothing. We need
a second opinion."
Gryboski said the city's retail-office-residential
district is working well, as is the city's comprehen-
sive plan. He does not favor a minimum rental period
for residential rentals.
He also believes that beach renourishment is
critical to the city and is a high-priority issue. With-
out beaches, there is no city. He credited Mayor Fran
Barford for her efforts with beach renourishment.
Gryboski said he does not want to have more
legislation in the city, but would "lead by example"
John Quam has been a city commissioner since
February 2002, and has served as commission chair-
man since the position was enacted by a charter revi-
sion in November 2002.
Quam has lived in Anna
Maria since 1997 and is a retired
executive with BASE
The No. 1 issue facing the
next commission will be next
year's budget, Quam said.
Property assessments will
continue to decline, resulting in
John Quam lower ad valorem tax revenues,
he said. The city will have less
money to work with for its 2010-11 budget, but the
same need to provide for the health, safety and wel-
fare of its residents.
And, in two more years, the situation will be even
more challenging, he predicted.
"We will have to look for more ways to decrease
spending," Quam said, and he is up to the chal-
Quam believes his experience the past seven
years in dealing with city budgets will serve him and
the residents well in the upcoming budget cycles.
"I understand the need to provide for the resi-
dents using just the available funds," he said, describ-
ing himself as a fiscal conservative.
He believes in studying each item in the budget
thoroughly to determine if it's needed and if the
amount is necessary. "We have to continue to look
for ways to decrease spending," Quam said.
His second major concern is development in the
"We have to preserve the residential character of
the city and not allow any major change that would
harm the residents," he said.
Quam said the city's retail-office-residential area
is working well and helps maintain the character of
He would not favor any minimum stay for renting
a single-family home in the city and believes these
rentals are serving the needs of the tourist industry.
Quam noted that many issues have been resolved
since he became a commissioner, including parking,
drainage, signs, road improvements and the 2007
He credited his ability to examine issues, seek
input from residents on both sides of an issue and act
according to the wishes of the residents as assets for
Quam said he believes in retaining the residential
character of the city and his voting record and experi-
ence as a commissioner bear him out.
As a commissioner, he said he will continue to
work to "make Anna Maria a more pleasing and aes-
Harold 'Harry' Stoltzfus
Harold Stoltzfus is seeking his first political
office. He and his family have lived in Anna Maria
for seven years, having owned property here since
1997. He owns a business that provides equipment
for companies that maintain bridges.
He said he has two major concerns that prompted
him to seek office.
The city has to have a balanced budget without
sacrificing services, he said.
That's not going to be easy in the next budget
cycle because residents also want lower taxes, Stoltz-
The commission may have to pick out categories
where spending can be reduced,
he said. He believes his business
experience is well suited for bal-
ancing a city budget and finding
ways to trim excess spending.
Stoltzfus also is concerned
with development in the city and
I Ithe needs of the residents.
Harry Stoltzfus "There needs to be a bal-
ance between development and
the residents' peace of mind," he said.
He said that the city commission has made a "lot
of concessions" to business interests that should not
have been made. In particular, the commission should
not have allowed split ownership of an ROR struc-
ture, he said.
If elected, he would seek to change the ordinance
allowing split ownership.
Stoltzfus also believes three or four commission-
ers who are "strongly pro-residential" are needed to
prevent any change in the comprehensive plan that
will adversely affect the residents.
He also is concerned with parking in the ROR
"There is a safety issue here and I'm very safety
conscious," he said. As a commissioner, he would
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have the commission re-examine parking in the
Stoltzfus would also like the commission to dis-
cuss a minimum rental period for rentals in the resi-
dential zone. A 30-day minimum rental would be a
suggestion, he said.
He said he has many friends who own rental
property, and he is not trying to take away anyone's
means of income or ability to pay taxes.
Stoltzfus also has a concern with bicycle safety
in Anna Maria and with vehicles such as golf carts
that do not have turn signals or brake lights on city
He said people should vote for him because he
has the ability to "analyze" and come up with a "fair
working solution" to problems.
On some issues, however, there is no compromis-
ing, he concluded.
Christine Tollette is an incumbent commissioner
seeking her third term in office. She is a retired pro-
fessional from Tampa and she and her husband moved
to Anna Maria seven years ago.
Her No. 1 concern for the city is future bud-
There are less tax revenues coming to the city and
the next commission is "going
to have to look hard" to provide
services without increasing
She would like the city to talk
with other Island cities and
determine if there are any ser-
vices that are being duplicated
that could be combined. One
area is combined purchasing of office supplies, she
Balancing the budget is not going to be easy,
and Tollette believes her experience on the commis-
sion in providing for the health, safety and welfare
of residents in the budgets will be an asset.
Tollette believes that revising the city's land
development regulations is critical.
The regulations have to match the comprehensive
plan and Tollette and other commissioners have iden-
tified a number of regulations that must be revised.
This is going to take someone with the knowledge
and experience gained in developing the comp plan
and working with existing ordinances.
She is also concerned about development.
Tollette said she is "pleased that we have a well-
defined business district" and, if re-elected, she
pledged to keep the business district on Pine Avenue
and prevent business from expanding into other areas
of the city.
The ROR district is working well for the city,
she said, as are the single-family rentals found in the
residential district. She does not favor any minimum
rental period for those rentals.
"They serve our visitors and winter residents very
well. We have a good balance of rentals and busi-
nesses," she said.
She would like to see some of the older homes
and buildings in the city designated for historical
preservation, but she realizes that is an "expensive
Tollette said she is "committed to retaining the
residential character of the city" by encouraging
property owners to remodel their homes, rather than
"tear down" to build three-story structures.
She also wants to review the city's parking plan
if re-elected. The plan was adopted several years ago,
but is supposed to be reviewed annually to get input
Tollette said she her strength is her ability to
"listen to the people" and compromise when neces-
sary for the public good.
"I want to hear from the people and know what
their issues are before making a decision," she said.
Her experience as a commissioner will serve her
well in another term, she said.
Dale Woodland is an incumbent commissioner
seeking his fourth term in office. He has lived in Anna
Maria since he was 6 years old and moved back to the
city after 25 years as a computer systems developer
in Sarasota. He operates a pool cleaning business on
Woodland said his No. 1
issue is making sure the city
does not become over-devel-
oped, particularly the trend for
former motels to convert to con-
He said the Siam Garden
is a good example of how this
can have a negative effect on the
"It's an increase in intensity and density and I've
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always looked at any proposed project to see how it
affects intensity and density," he said.
Woodland does believe the city is "under pres-
sure" to change its rules on ROR, but he firmly
believes that the mixed use of ROR is working.
However, his concern is that the upstairs portion
of some ROR units could become short-term rentals.
This creates more density and is "something we need
to keep an eye on," he said.
Woodland's No. 2 concern is the budget.
"The budget is the most important thing any com-
mission has to do," he maintained. "The past few
years, the budget has become more important because
of declining revenues."
Woodland does not favor increasing taxes to
balance a budget, but he does not want the city to
draw upon its reserves as it has in the 2009-10 budget
"We have our work cut out for us" in the 2010-11
budget, he said.
Woodland acknowledged that a lot of govern-
ments are in a similar position and hard work and
"rolling up our sleeves" are needed.
His six years experience in balancing budgets
will help him serve his constituents, he said.
If re-elected, Woodland would like the next com-
mission to examine the 2007 comprehensive plan just
to make sure it's working. He has no major concerns,
but the comp plan is the landmark of the city, he
Woodland does want the commission to look at
the parking issue because tourism is "off the charts,"
but he admitted that he has not seen much of a park-
ing problem when he bicycles around the city.
He does not favor establishment of a minimum
rental period because it appears that many tourists are
renting these properties, parking their vehicles at the
rental and walking to the beach.
"I don't see a parking or tourist problem, I just
want to keep on top of it. We get a very good quality
of person in Anna Maria and on the Island. I talk to
a lot of people and they just love it here. I want to
keep it that way," he said.
Woodland said his candidacy is enhanced by his
experience and dedication to the job.
"I spend nights and weekends looking at spread-
sheets and notes about city issues and studying my
commissioner material. I treat people fairly and I
encourage fair debate."
He said he is willing to compromise on issues
when he sees a majority opinion on a problem.
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"I will compromise and go with the public opin-
ion," he said.
"It's my job and responsibility to make a deci-
sion and I don't take it lightly. It's an honor to be a
commissioner," Woodland said.
Pierce for mayor
By Lisa Neff
Two candidates who ran for Bradenton Beach's
top elected office last time around are campaigning
again, but this is not a d6jA vu election.
In the Nov. 3 mayoral election, Michael Pierce
is an incumbent and William "Bill" Shearon a chal-
lenger. Two years ago, both Shearon and Pierce were
city commissioners hoping to succeed John Chap-
Meet the candidates...
S\ly first howl came from Howell," Michael
Pierce said of his birth in Howell, Mich.
He grew up in the state and, like many Michi-
ganders, went to work in the auto industry.
Pierce worked for GM.
"I did a lot of different things at GM," Pierce said.
His years with the automaker eventually made it pos-
sible for Pierce, before his retire-
ment, to divide his time between
home in Lansing, Mich., and on
the Gulf Coast of Florida, which
he got to know as a child.
\Ily parents used to come
down and stay on Anna Maria
in the '50s," he said.
Michael Pierce Later, Pierce built a house in
Sarasota and then purchased and renovated a home
in Bradenton Beach.
He settled into life in Bradenton Beach, but not
into no-work retirement.
Instead Pierce became involved in city activities,
including the scenic highway group that became Sce-
nicWAVES. He was appointed to the city commission
in 2006 and, the next year, ran a successful campaign
"I felt like I could help," Pierce said of his deci-
sion to enter local politics. "I wanted to do something
for the greater good of the city and to do good for
everyone in the city, whether they have a $1 million
or are just paying the rent."
Pierce said he is proud of the projects the city has
tackled in recent years, when he served as commis-
sioner and also as mayor, including the reconstruction
of the Historic Bridge Street Pier, the approval of new
solar-powered streetlights for the commercial district
and the installation of new sidewalks along Cortez
Road and Gulf Drive coming off the bridge.
"It took two years to get that job done. I've got
Stan Cann on speed dial," Pierce said of the sidewalk
project and the Florida Department of Transporta-
tion's district secretary.
The city recently adopted its 2009-10 budget and,
to balance the spending plan, tapped its reserves. That
was the appropriate action to keep taxes down, Pierce
"We kept that money there so we would be in
a position to balance the budget," he said. "We are
in good budget times because we've planned ahead.
And we're doing well."
Still, having had to dip into reserves, Pierce said
the city must focus on its expenses and revenues and
bring delinquent accounts especially for stormwa-
ter and sanitation services current.
"I just want what's good for the city," he said.
William 'Bill' Shearon
When Shearon campaigned for mayor two years
ago, he ran what he has come to call a "low-key cam-
This time around, Shearon said he is conducting a
more aggressive campaign because he wants to make
sure voters know he wants the job.
"I'm not a very good politician," Shearon said.
"I'm more of a doer. I want to get in there and do the
job. Let's get it done."
Shearon and partner Tjet Martin operate the
Linger Longer Resort on Gulf Drive, where they also
He moved to the Island full-time about seven
years ago from Illinois, where
he ran his own business. Fifteen
years ago he bought property in
Soon after moving to the
city, Shearon became involved
in local government, first as an
advocate for sidewalks along
Bill Shearon Gulf Drive, which soon will
be built with federal stimulus
\ ly focus really has been the city," said Shearon,
who currently serves on the planning and zoning
board and mooring field committee and who also
served three years as a city commissioner.
Prior to his commission run, Shearon said he
spent a year attending Bradenton Beach public meet-
ings at the commission and committee levels.
Shearon, campaigning with the slogan "new
mayor, new direction," has a six-point platform:
Eliminate deficit spending, which involves stop-
ping the use of reserves to balance the budget, reduc-
ing waste and avoiding raising taxes.
"We have to live within our budget," Shearon
said, stating his No. 1 concern. "We can't keep taking
out of the reserves.
Improve efficiencies by replacing an "anti-
quated budget system" and updating information
systems and business procedures.
Review budget line items, which involves
establishing a five-year priorities plan.
Ensure the best price, which involves eliminat-
ing no-bid contracts.
Listen to citizens and volunteers.
Shearon, who often talks with people during daily
walks, which total three hours a day, said, "People on
the committees, and even the public when they show
up for meetings, they feel that they are not given the
opportunity to have their recommendations heard."
Complete projects, which involves creating
timelines for completing efforts and requiring rec-
ommendations from volunteer committees.
"We do a hell of a job starting the project,"
Shearon said. "We just have a hard time getting it
finished. Or we do it in a hurry. We need balance."
Five seek three
By Lisa Neff
Casting ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 3,
Holmes Beach voters will elect three people to serve
two-year terms on the city commission.
The field of five candidates campaigning for
election includes three incumbents Pat Geyer, Pat
Morton and David Zaccagnino and two challeng-
ers Andy Sheridan and Al Robinson.
Meet the candidates...
Geyer paused to calculate the number.
"Over 25 years," she said, referring to her time
as city commissioner and mayor in Holmes Beach.
The past year has been a difficult problem for
Geyer, who lost her husband, Ed, of many years and
also dealt with health problems
associated with knee-replace-
But, Geyer said, she didn't
hesitate in her decision to run for
"I still enjoy it," she said.
S "The Island has really come
Pat Geyer forward in 25 years, most of it
I like, and some of it I hope I was involved in. You
can't stop progress, but you can help it come grace-
To residents who ask why she should get their
vote, Geyer said she replies, "I want to keep the
Island the little paradise that it is."
To accomplish that, she said, the commission
must be vigilant "in keeping density down."
When Geyer first visited five decades ago, Anna
Maria Island looked dramatically different.
"I built a house here in 1954 and, when I moved
here in the 1960s, it was all gravel roads," Geyer said.
"It's a lot different than it was then. In the summer,
the kids could play nine innings of baseball on Gulf
Drive and a car wouldn't bother them.
"But it's still the paradise I was looking for."
Geyer moved to Anna Maria Island from Cincin-
She and Ed raised their family on the Island,
rented some apartments and, in 1971, became the
owners of Duffy's Tavern, where regulars still repeat
variations of the story that Geyer went into the busi-
ness to keep her daughters out of trouble.
She pulled back from work at Duffy's over the
past year, but said recently, "I still give the orders
and right the checks. And I'm going there more now
since my leg is better. I'm feeling pretty good."
By 1978, Geyer was holding elected office in
Holmes Beach. She served repeated terms on the city
commission and as mayor from 1990-94.
In the coming years, Geyer said, key issues the
commission will face include:
Budget constraints. "Next year revenues will
be down and things keep going up," she said.
Stormwater drainage. "This is an island and
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stormwater will always be a problem," Geyer said.
"But we can keep working on it."
Though an issue that the commission cannot
directly control, Geyer also said, "Someday I'd like
to see the big new bridge. I'd like to see that in my
time. It isn't going to bring more traffic. It's not dan-
gerous, like some say."
"I had a thing with politicians," Morton said.
The thing was he didn't care much for politicians
or playing politics.
Still, when he read in a newspaper that Holmes
Beach was to hold an election for city commission,
he read with interest.
"I read it," he said. "Then I put it aside. But it
kept coming back to me, all day long."
Morton talked with his wife
about the election. "She goes,
'Are you crazy?"'
But the two, who attend
Crosspointe Fellowship, which
is where Morton works, prayed
for guidance. They also listed
the negatives and positives asso-
Pat Morton ciated with a run for office, as
well as a win.
"Two and a half days later all my negatives were
gone," Morton said. "And I ran."
He is now seeking a fourth term on the commis-
sion, campaigning as a good guy who tries to do right
by constituents and by the Island.
"When I first came to this Island, I thought it
was one of the most precious places I'd ever seen,"
Morton said. "And I felt that we have something here
that we should keep."
Morton's top concerns are protecting Holmes
Beach from being overbuilt and protecting the resi-
dential neighborhoods from being over-rented.
Although the city has restrictions on the heights of
buildings, he said the limits must be safeguarded.
"I'm hoping that we don't see it," Morton said of
the idea of another six-storied condominium complex
Commissioners, in addition to adopting rules
and regulations and setting priorities, share liaison
Morton has one that, over the years, has put him into
close contact with citizens. He is the liaison with Waste
Management, the company that contracts to haul trash,
yard waste and recycling from Holmes Beach.
A top concern of voters, said Morton, is that the
city maintain its rule prohibiting seven-day rentals
in R-1 districts, but he also gets the dirt on trash col-
lection, specifically why Waste Management has so
many pickup days.
"I'd like to go to one-day pickup," he said.
He also wants to continue to promote a statewide
recycling program, which probably would involve a
legislative act but also could involve a referendum.
"Recycling has been my pet peeve for a long
time. Some people call me Al Gore," Morton joked.
"I've been called worse."
Looking back at his years on the commission,
Morton said he is proudest of his votes on a trespass-
ing ordinance that provided police with tools needed to
better monitor after-hours activity at businesses and an
ordinance restricting adult-entertainment operations.
"Those were both very important to the city," he
"I visited as a child during the summer from
Tampa and was lucky enough to relocate here after
grad school," Zaccagnino, a financial advisor with
MorganStanley SmithBarney, said of his move to
Anna Maria Island nine years ago.
"We are a small-town community in a unique par-
adise," he said, adding, "I wish to live here another
THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 21, 2009 0 15
40 years with my family."
Preserving and protecting
the "small-town community"
and the "unique paradise" are
SZaccagnino's goals as a com-
His campaign slogan is
"Save the beach shrew."
ZaccagninoThe beach shrew is a metaphori-
cal animal that represents an endangered way of life
which we enjoy," Zaccagnino said. "We have saved
the whales. We have saved the manatees. We have
saved the turtles. Now it is time to save the beach
Save from what?
"Change because of growth, tax and insurance
premium increases, lifestyle threats" are the primary
issues facing Holmes Beach, said Zaccagnino, the
lone vote in September against the 2009-10 budget
and tax rate.
"Throughout my four years [on the commission],
I have battled these issues by trying to limit need-
less legislation and over-governing, promoting fiscal
responsibility without raising taxes and participating
on over 10 boards and organizations while vocal-
izing our need for representation on the mainland as
Seeking his third term on the commission, Zac-
cagnino has talked with a lot of constituents.
"Many people have asked me to run again," he
said. "That is usually a good sign."
Although it meant a contest on Nov. 3, Zaccag-
nino encouraged others to qualify for the commission
"Competition and discussion are good," he
said. "It brings new ideas and ne ii-. to issues that
are important. It is what our democratic process is
all about. Without it, we are nothing as a nation. I
encourage [competition] and like it."
During his two terms as a commissioner, Zacca-
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gnino has missed one meeting, and he often protests
the cancellation of meetings.
"Being a commissioner," he said, "does take
quite a commitment."
Still, Zaccagnino works full-time, is raising a
young daughter, and is involved in many organiza-
tions, including serving on the boards of the Anna
Maria Island Rotary Club, the Florida Institute for
Saltwater Heritage, Island Democratic Club and
Meals on Wheels.
"Time management is a discipline. So instead
of watching 'Dancing with the Stars' or going on
extensive vacations, I have been a tee-ball coach for
two years. I have been an active Brownie parent and
I regularly attend the PTO events."
Sheridan and wife Lisa moved to Holmes Beach
more than six years ago, and live on Key Royale
Drive with their four-legged "kids."
Lisa Sheridan's parents discovered Anna Maria
Island while vacationing about 16 years ago, then
moved to the Island in 1996.
"Lisa and I started vacationing here and spending
more time here," Sheridan said. "In 2003, after I com-
muted to and from New Jersey
all winter and spring while occu-
pying a seasonal rental here,
we decided to leave 'up north'
behind and move here perma-
/ Holmes Beach, Sheridan
said, "is a wonderful place to
Andy Sheridan raise a family," and has good
balance between residences and
Before leaving "up north" behind, Sheridan man-
aged a bank branch, managed an auto dealership and
ran a limo company.
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Locally he has worked for Publix, Waste Man-
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\ ly wife and I intend to live here for the rest of
our lives," said Sheridan, president of the Key Royale
Resident Owners Association. "We want Holmes
Beach to stay family-friendly."
That, he said, is the reason he decided to cam-
paign for commissioner.
"I decided at the beginning of this year that I
would get involved, attend meetings, listen to what
others are concerned about and speak up on issues as
they came up instead of grumbling about them after
they were decided," Sheridan said. "Since February,
I have attended all commission meetings with the
exception of two I missed while my late father was
in hospice care."
Key issues Sheridan said he wants to address if
elected are quality of life, budgeting and taxation
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neered?" Sheridan said, referring to stormwater
features in the city. "I know we live on an island.
I know we have high and low tides that affect water
drainage. I know there are regulations. Have we
pursued all options and applied for all grants?"
Sheridan was among a handful of citizens who
attended the city's recent budget hearings to ques-
tion expenses and the millage rate, and his cam-
paign slogan is "cut wasteful spending."
He said, if elected, he would work with the
commission and mayor to thoroughly review the
budget to determine "where and how expenditures
may need to be adjusted."
"When I do something, I do it right," Robinson
said, arriving to The Islander office for a candidate
photograph wearing a button-down business shirt
and a tie, albeit with shorts.
Robinson, who lives on Avenue F, moved to
Anna Maria Island 16 years ago.
He and his family had come to the Island to
vacation and, Robinson said, he "found para-
His late wife had ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease,
but, Robinson said, she "could enjoy being outside
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On the Island, he operated D. Coy Ducks Bar
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sifies himself as retired, he works in the real estate/
"Investor, mini-developer" is how Robinson
described his occupation.
"I work 12-15 hours a day," Robinson said.
"I'm always doing something. I don't sit around
In 2008, Robinson unsuccessfully ran for a seat
on the West Manatee Fire Rescue District Commis-
sion. He was concerned then, as he is now, about
"We have good service," Robinson said. "But
is it the most efficient service?"
Ask him for the three primary issues facing
Holmes Beach and he will reply, "No. 1, we are
following our nation with out-of-control spend-
ing. Change must start at home. No. 2, ditto. No. 3,
Robinson's slogan? "Let our spending habits
be an example for our nation."
Robinson has criticized city commissioners for
not doing enough to cut expenses in the 2009-10
budget to reduce property tax payments.
He also has questioned the city's set-aside
"They don't realize how much money they
have, and that's taxpayer money," Robinson said.
"The nest egg keeps building and building and
The candidate said family and friends are "very
positive" about his campaign.
He said he's also getting good responses from
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By Mike Quinn
Special to The Islander
Holmes Beach Police have arrested Mark S.
Krauss, 19, of Holmes Beach and an unnamed juve-
nile on charges connected to four burglaries in the
According to reports,
Krauss entered a vehicle in the
3800 block of East Bay Drive,
Holmes Beach, Sept. 27, and
removed a Garmin GPS unit, a
radar detector and $8. The GPS
unit, valued at $300, was later
located at Pawn Star in Braden-
Krauss ton. Krauss was charged with
burglary and grand theft in that
On Oct. 13, Krauss entered a vehicle that was
unlocked in the 500 block of 69th Street in Holmes
Beach, according to reports. He allegedly removed
$1 from the ashtray. He was charged with burglary
and petit theft in that incident.
Also on Oct. 13, Krauss entered two vehicles
in the 500 block of 68th Street in Holmes Beach.
Nothing was taken from either vehicle. Krauss was
charged with Burglary for each of those two inci-
Krauss has allegedly admitted to all four burglar-
According to the Manatee Count Sheriff's Office
Web site, there was another burglary for which Krauss
was also charged.
Krauss was arrested on Oct. 14 and transported
to the Manatee County jail.
Mike Quinn is publisher of NewsManatee.Com,
a news partner of The Islander newspaper.
Library mural to be unveiled
The Friends of the Island Library will host a
reception at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, to unveil a
mural in the children's department at the Island Branch
Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Local artist Pam Fortenberry created the mural,
"Gifts from the Sea," that was made possible by
donations in memory of Holmes Beach resident Carol
in the vicinity of
St. Bernard to celebrate
World Priest Day
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor
Drive, Holmes Beach, will celebrate World Priest
Day Sunday, Oct. 25.
That day, the church will honor the Rev. Aloy-
sius Hribsek and celebrate his 60 years in the priest-
hood with a complimentary brunch after the 10 a.m.
For more information and to reserve a seat, call
Chamber to host
annual dinner Nov. 9
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce installation dinner is at 6 p.m. Monday,
Nov. 9, at the Key Royale Club.
During the dinner, officials will announce
the Rotary Business Person of the Year Award,
as well as the Anna Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce Business of the Year Aard.
Registration is required by Oct. 23.
For more information, e-mail chamber
administrative assistant Deb Wing at debbie@
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Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, will host the Vision of Tomorrow
Gospel Tour at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25.
The tour features the Bukoba Choir from Tanza-
Donations will be accepted.
For more information, call the church at 941-778-
Sewer line testing set
Holmes Beach residents and visitors may notice
a white, non-toxic smoke emitting from sewer lines
later this month.
Manatee County Utilities Department will
perform routine testing for line breaks by piping
the smoke into sewer lines between 31st and 52nd
The work will occur between Oct. 26 and Nov.
For more information, call the utilities depart-
ment at 941-795-3411.
The Islander welcomes photographs and notices
of the milestones in readers' lives weddings, anni-
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and photographs with detailed captions along with
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or 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
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Christine Ann Davis Bowman
Christine Ann Davis Bowman, 51, of Longboat
Key, died Oct. 13.
Born in Gary, Ind., Ms. Bowman moved to
Manatee County in 1981 from Crown Point, Ind.
She was a graduate of Crown Point High School and
attended Indiana University. She was owner/operator
of Helping Hands Staffing Services for 21 years, and
a member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church. She
battled breast cancer for four and a half years.
Visitation was Oct. 16 at Brown & Sons Funeral
Homes and Crematory, 26th Street Chapel, Braden-
ton. Burial will be at Calumet Cemetery in Merrill-
ville, Ind. Online Condolences may be made to www.
She is survived by her mother, Sophia Davis of
Bradenton; brothers Edward H. Davis of Hebron,
Ind., and Donald W. Davis of St. Paul, Mo.; and sister
Diane M. Davis of Parrish.
Nancy Anne (McSween) Dunne
Nancy Anne (McSween) Dunne, 80, of Holmes
Beach, died Oct. 11.
Born in Ionia, Mich., Mrs. Dunne was an educa-
tor and professional volunteer. She was a graduate of
East Grand Rapids High School. She attended Albion
College, Albion, Mich., and graduated with a Bache-
lor of Science degree in education in 1951. She taught
briefly in both the Grand Rapids and East Grand
Rapids school systems. She was an officer in the
Schenectady Junior League in New York, president
of the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra Association
and was named Volunteer of the Year in Schenectady.
She also served on the city's volunteer bureau staff.
She was commissioned by Bishop Edwin Broderick
of the Albany Diocese to establish a Ladies of Charity
Catholic Service Organization, beginning a 50-year
association with the organization. She served as that
organization's national president and was elected as
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the local dining establishments
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Robert Oste O'Leary's at Marina Jack.
Interment and memorial services will be held at
2:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, at Bay Pines National
Cemetery in St. Petersburg.
He is survived by aunt Jeanne Ostapkevich of
Cromwell, Conn.; brother-in-law Andrew Kasper of
New Jersey; nephew Christian Kasper of Massachu-
setts; niece Emily Kasper of Washington, D.C.; and
his greatly loved cat of 19 years, Stink(er).
Edward James 'Jim' Schneiders,
Edward James "Jim" Schneiders, 72, of Longboat
Key, died Oct. 14.
Born in Madison, Wis., Mr. Schneiders was a
winter visitor of Longboat Key since 1999. He was
a past Flotilla Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard
Auxiliary and a member of the Longboat Key Club.
He is survived by companion Mary Alice Wimmer
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Jeff of Winnetka, Ill., Bob of Ipswich, Mass,; daugh-
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Boit of Sammamish, Wash.; stepdaughter Diane Red-
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took electronic devices valued at $448. Officers, in
conjunction with Manatee County Sheriff's Office
deputies, located some of the items at a pawn shop
in Bradenton. Mark. S. Krauss, 19, of Holmes Beach,
admitted to the theft and pawning the merchandise
and was arrested along with an unnamed juvenile.
Oct. 10,500 block 74th Street, burglary. The care-
taker of the home said someone apparently gained
access to the house through a back door. Homeown-
ers were out of town and could not assess any missing
items until their return. The house was secured.
Oct. 12, 500 block 74th Street, criminal mischief.
The complainant said someone entered the house
and turned on the water in the bathroom, causing the
house to flood and resulting in $1,500 in damages.
Oct. 12, 500 block 68th Street, burglary. The
complainant said someone took $100 worth of CDs
from her unlocked vehicle.
Oct. 13,500 block 69th Street, theft. The complain-
ant said someone broke into his car and took prescrip-
tion drugs and $5. Krauss, admitted to this theft.
Oct. 13, 500 block 68th Street, theft. Krauss
again admitted to a burglary of another vehicle.
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THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 21, 2009 0 19
Islander honors veterans
Nov. 10 all invited
Attention all veterans.
The Islander newspaper will hosts its fourth
annual Veterans Day ceremony at 9 a.m. Tuesday,
Nov. 10, at the Holmes Beach City Hall Butterfly
Park and Veterans Memorial.
The ceremony is to honor all veterans and,
in particular, to recognize those veterans whose
stories have appeared in The Islander's "Greatest
Generation" and "Forgotten Generation" columns
about World War II and Korean War veterans.
All veterans and their spouses and families
are invited to attend the ceremony. The invitation
also extends to veterans of the Merchant Marine
during World War II and veterans of any of the
Allied services during WWII.
An honor guard from the Kirby Stewart
American Legion Post No. 24 in Palma Sola will
present the colors followed by the Pledge of Alle-
giance and the playing of the national anthem.
Guest speakers will be U.S. Marine Corps
veteran Ralph Bassett of Perico Island and
Islander reporter Rick Catlin, who writes the
"Greatest Generation" and "Forgotten Genera-
tion" columns. Other Island veterans will make
Holmes Beach City Commissioner Pat
Morton, a veteran of the Vietnam War, will read
the city's Veterans Day proclamation.
Dress will be Island-style casual, although vet-
Oct. 13, 500 block 68th Street, theft. Krauss once
again admitted to a burglary of another vehicle, this
time accompanied by a juvenile.
erans are encouraged to wear their service caps or
hats. Veterans are reminded that, under new Vet-
erans Administration regulations, they may salute
the colors when presented or during the national
anthem, even if not in uniform.
The honor guard will fire a 21-gun salute and
conclude with Taps. The ceremony is expected to
finish by 10 a.m.
Veterans whose stories have appeared in The
Islander are asked to arrive a few minutes early to
obtain a name tag and to mingle with other guests.
A complimentary continental breakfast will be
offered to the attendees and hungry veterans should
get to the ceremony early to share coffee and stories.
Veterans Day officially is celebrated nation-
wide on Nov. 11.
For more information on the ceremony, call
Rick Catlin at 941-778-7978, or e-mail him at
"The Greatest Generation" and "Forgotten
Generation" columns are for Island, Longboat
Key, Perico Island, Palma Sola, Village Green,
west Bradenton and Cortez veterans, man or
woman, who served in the armed forces of any
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Oct. 14, 500 block 69th Street, burglary. The com-
plainant said someone entered their son's unlocked
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Island Kiwanis support AME students
By Kimberly Kuizon
They may get noticed by the bright orange color
of their shirts, but at Anna Maria Elementary School
members of the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club
catch the attention of students not by their shirts, but
by their one-on-one interaction with students.
Each year the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club
helps support various programs that in turn help
students excel in learning and interaction with their
The Kiwanis mission statement is to better the
world by changing the community one child at a
Two programs the Kiwanis have devoted time
and money to at AME are BUGs, otherwise known
as Bring Up Grades, and Kelso's Choices.
The baseline for BUGs is started when a stu-
dent receives his or her first report card. Students are
recognized if they bring up one grade and no other
grades go down on their next report card.
"BUGs is becoming a part of the culture of
AME," said guidance counselor Cindi Harrison.
Island Kiwanis member Stretch Fretwell intro-
duced Harrison to this program more than eight years
ago. "It's good for the kids, they get recognition. The
recognition is for them to know that someone knows
they are doing good," Fretwell said.
Kiwanis honor students with a certificate and
a day of recognition by their peers and club mem-
At last year's awards ceremony the Kiwanis pre-
sented the two most improved BUGs, both fifth-grade
students, with digital cameras.
"For future years this gives students a foundation
on how to study, how to apply themselves and to add
goals," Fretwell said.
Another program the Kiwanis helps out with is
Kelso's Choices, which teaches kindergartners con-
flict management and problem identification. The
program uses a green frog to teach students the dif-
ference between minor and major problems. Once a
problem is identified, students are taught different
ways to deal with the situation.
"The Kiwanis donated money to AME for post-
ers and other items to be used with Kelso's Choices.
We try to help with all phases of students at AME,"
said Kiwanis president Sandy Haas-Martens, also a
Holmes Beach city commissioner.
"AME students know something good is going
to happen when they see the Kiwanis in their orange
shirts walking down the hallways," Harrison said.
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Cookie coupons to benefit AME
By Kimberly Kuizon
Fall is in the air, and that means the Anna Maria
Elementary School Fall Festival is around the
In advance of this year's festival, the Parent-
Teacher Organization is spreading the news of an
annual cookie-coupon fundraiser.
Cookie coupons can be purchased for $1 and are
redeemable for a cookie at Subway, as well a chance
to win prizes in a drawing at the fall festival.
"Last year we raised over $3,600, and this year
we hope to raise more," said PTO member Caroline
PTO members are encouraging each student to
sell at least one coupon but they are hoping students
"Some kids figure they can't sell more than 100,
so they get discouraged, but $1 or $2 really helps out
a lot," Pardue said.
Also, the classroom that sells the most Cookie
coupons will receive a costume party.
This year's cookie contest prizes include gift
certificates for boat charters, spa certificates, an iPod
and a valuable carpet-cleaning certificate.
"We couldn't do this fundraiser without the sup-
port of both Subway and the community," Pardue
Students sold cookie coupons at BayFest Oct. 17
on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria.
Fall festival, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 31, will
include a bake sale, carnival games, a haunted house,
food and beverage sales and more.
A silent auction during the festival will benefit
AME goes digital
Fifth-grader Angelique Ayoade works on an iMovie
in Gary Wooten's class. As an assignment, students
put together digital book reports. "It's better than
writing a paper, Angelique said. Islander Photo:
AME cookie coupon
Debbie Gomes holds up cookie coupons, which are
available for $1 at the front office of Anna Maria
Elementary School. Islander Photo: Kimberly
the school's annual budget. Teachers are preparing
dinners for the auction, as well as planning to auc-
tion tutoring time. Students, meanwhile, are making
scarecrows to be auctioned.
For more information or to donate items for the
fall festival, call Pardue at 941-580-5820.
AME school calendar
Oct. 23, blood drive.
Oct. 26, no school.
Oct. 29, report cards and teacher conferences.
Oct. 31, annual AME-PTO Fall Festival 10 a.m.
costume contest; 10:30 a.m. parade; 11 a.m. festi-
Nov. 11, no school.
Nov. 13, PTO meeting.
Nov. 17, PTO dinner and second-grade perfor-
Nov. 25-27, no school.
For more information, call the school office at
941-708-5525. AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes
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Wednesday, Oct. 21
Noon Anna Maria Garden Club meeting featuring a video on
growing orchids at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-2809.
5p.m. Friends of the Island Library unveil "Gifts of the Sea" mural
with artist Pam Fortenberry at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
Friday, Oct. 23
6:30p.m. "Hannah Montana the Movie" at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-
Sunday, Oct. 25
10 a.m. Celebrate World Priest Day with Mass and brunch at St.
Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Informa-
4p.m. Bukoba East African Gospel Choir performs at Gloria Dei
Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-
Tuesday, Oct. 27
8 to 9 a.m. "Business @ Breakfast" at the Longboat Key, Lido
Key, St. Armands Key Chamber of Commerce, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2466.
Wednesday, Oct. 28
11 a.m. Einstein's Circle group discussion on neurobiology and
spirituality at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
5 to 7 p.m. Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Busi-
ness Card Exchange at Anna Maria Beach Cottages, 112 OakAve.,Anna
Maria. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies.
First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m., Artists Guild of Anna Maria
at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Tuesday, noon, Anna Maria Island Rotary Club meeting at the
BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Informa-
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
The third Wednesday of each month, noon, the Anna Maria Island
Garden Club meets at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria, through April. Information: 941-778-2809.
Wednesday and Saturdays at 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
Saturday, 8:30 a.m., Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club meets at
Cafe on the Beach at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes
Off Island Events
Wednesday, Oct. 21
11 a.m. Einstein's Circle group discussion on the rising powers
of China and India at the Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.
3:30 p.m. Spooktacular children's Halloween program at the
Palmetto Branch Library, 923 Sixth St. W., Palmetto. Information: 941-
7 to 9 p.m. "Have Humans 'Beaten' Evolution" discussion at
South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-
Thursday, Oct. 22
6 p.m. Eat, Drink and Be Merry Film Series presents "All in This
Tea" at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Informa-
tion: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Friday, Oct. 23
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Goblin gathering at G.T. Bray Park, 5504 33rd
Ave. Drive W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5974.
Tuesday, Oct. 27
6 to 9:30 p.m. The Cinema Experience: Films of the 1950s featur-
ing "Rebel Without a Cause" at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St.
W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.
Oct. 29, "Nunsense" opens at Manatee Players.
Oct. 29, "Eat, Drink + Be Merry Film Series" presents "Eat Drink
Man Woman" at the South Florida Museum.
Oct. 30, Oktoberfest at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
Oct. 30, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Trail of Treats
and kids' costume contest.
Oct. 30, The Islander Canine Costume Contest.
Oct. 30, Halloween outing at De Soto National Memorial.
Oct. 30, Clyde Butcher and Jeff Ripple artist reception at South
Oct. 31, Zombiefest at the South Florida Museum.
Oct. 31, Haunted Barn on Palma Sola Boulevard.
Nov. 3, "A Face in the Crowd" 1950s Film series presentation at
South Florida Museum.
Save the date:
Nov. 7, Bridge Street Market.
Nov. 7, Snooty's Gala at South Florida Museum.
Nov. 7, SunCoast Food & Wine Festival.
Nov. 7-8, Taste of Manatee.
Nov. 9, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce installation
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The Anna Maria Island Privateers sell smoked
mullet during Bayfest Oct. 17. Another mullet
smoke will take place Nov. 14 at Coquina Beach.
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Privateers to hold market,
The Anna Maria Island Privateers will host a
Thieves Market and Mullet Smoke from 8 a.m. to 3
p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at Coquina Beach in Braden-
In the past, the nonprofit group has held the mar-
kets and smokes separately.
The organization is lining up vendors for the
event, as well as other markets on Jan. 9, Feb. 13,
March 13 and April 10.
To reserve a booth, call Jackie "Bandit" Waldron
dinner at Key Royale Club.
Nov. 14, Longboat Key/St. Jude fundraising lunch.
Nov. 14-15, Discover Egmont Key.
Nov. 21, Folk Arts Festival at the Florida Maritime Museum.
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Sandbar ties Panoramic to top off perfect season
By Kevin Cassidy
The Anna Maria Island Community Center
Soccer League Division II game on Oct. 16
between undefeated Sandbar and second-place
Panoramic was an epic battle that surely gave the
fans in attendance their money's worth if there
were an admission fee.
Panoramic was the better team on this night,
but Sandbar was undefeated for a reason and they
found a way to stay that way.
Panoramic got on the scoreboard early in the
first half thanks to some nifty passing. Tyler Pear-
son won the ball in the midfield and passed ahead
to Dylan Joseph, who was stationed on the right
wing. Joseph crossed the ball to Morgan Burns,
who finished for a 1-0 lead.
Both teams had ample scoring chances, but
the defenses for both teams came up huge when
they had to. Brooke Capparelli and Maya Sapienza
constantly thwarted promising offensive runs by
Christian Daniels and Jason Partridge and, if they
got past them, goalie Joey Altuchoff came through
with a save.
Joseph and Burns provided most of the offen-
sive opportunities for Panoramic, but defenders
Rory Welch, Olivia Glavan and Joe Joe Rodgers
were stout for the Sandbar.
Sandbar had a little luck in tying the score late
in the first half. With the Sandbar pressuring the
Panoramic defense, the ball pin-balled around the
area before popping up where it was inadvertently
handed by a Panoramic defender, giving the Sand-
bar a penalty kick. Jean Paul Russo blasted the free
kick past the goalie to tie the score at 1-1 with the
half-time whistle blowing a few minutes later.
The second half was mostly a battle between
the 18-yard lines as the aforementioned defenses
kept the opposing offenses at bay until late in the
game when it appeared the Sandbar would score
Leo Tilleli threw the ball in, and it was kicked
directly back to him. He launched a high, looping
shot that bounced over goalie Altuchoff's head,
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Altuchoff somehow got his hands on to preserve
In other Division II action last week, Sandbar
maintained its record with a 7-0 pasting of Sparks
Steel Art on Oct. 14 behind three goals from Chris-
tian Daniels. Jason Partridge and Joe Joe Rodgers
each notched a pair of goals for Sandbar in the
Panoramic climbed past West Coast Surf Shop
in the standings thanks to a 5-2 victory on Oct.
14. Dylan Joseph led Panoramic with three goals,
while Tyler Pearson added two in the victory. West
Coast Surf Shop was led by a goal apiece from
Ethan Bertrand and Aiden Grumley in the loss.
In Premier Division action last week, Harcon
defeated Wash Family Construction 5-2 on Oct.
15 behind three Trevor Bystrom goals. Michael
Duffman added two goals as Harcon extended its
division lead to six points with the victory. Austin
Wash led Wash Family Construction with two
Mike Norman Realty defeated Wash Family
Construction 6-1 on Oct. 12. Chandler Hardy
scored four goals, including three in the first half,
while Hunter Parrish added two-second half goals
in the win. Austin Wash notched the lone goal for
Wash in the loss.
In Division I action last week, Ross Built rolled
past Wash Family Construction 6-1 on Oct. 16 to
improve to 7-0 on the season. Jake Ross led the
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way with two goals, while Andrew Ross, Emma
Peery, Sydney Cornell and Jack Walter each
notched single goals for Ross Built. Wash was led
by Blaine Jenefsky's single goal in the loss.
Autoway Ford blanked Wash 3-0 on Oct. 13
behind single goals from Michael Latimer, Mikayla
Kane and Mikey Ellsworth.
The second Division I game of the night saw
Ross Built edge Mr. Bones 3-2. Sydney Cornell,
Andrew Ross and Jake Ross each notched single
goals in the victory. Ben Connors and Bradley
Duffman scored for Mr. Bones in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
The women of the Key Royale Club played
a nine-hole, individual-low-net game on Oct. 13.
Joyce Brown took the top spot in Flight A with
an even-par 32, two shots ahead of second-place
finisher Diane Miller. Nancy King and Joy Phelan
were tied for third at 3-over-par 35.
Flight B winner was Terry Westby with a
3-under 29, three shots ahead of second-place fin-
isher Sue Wheeler. Sally Keyes took third place
with a 1-over 34, while Penny Williams and Westby
shared the chip-in prize and Williams added a
The Oct. 17 horseshoe games at the Anna Maria
City Hall pits saw Jeff Moore "walk" his way to the
top spot after putting together a perfect 3-0 record
in pool play. Moore ended his day with a six-pack,
double ringer to finish off Hank Huyghe and Norm
The Oct. 14 games saw Norm Good take first
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AMICC Soccer League standings
Won Lost Tie Points
Division II (Ages 8-9)
Sandbar 7 0 1 22
Panoramic 3 3 1 10
Surf Shop 2 5 0 6
Sparks 2 6 0 6
(3 points per win, 1 point per tie)
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for his division in the DNA Energy Drink-spon-
sored Wakeskate competition in Fort Myers. Bel-
sito, 14, received $250, a case of DNA and a T-shirt
for his winning effort.
place outright with the only 3-0 pool play record.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday
and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.
Warm ups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random
team selection. There is no charge to play and
everyone is welcome.
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Premier Division (Ages
AMICC Soccer League schedule
Instructional Division: (Ages 4-5)
Date Time Teams
Oct. 21 6 p.m. Ortho. vs. Oyster Bar
Oct. 21 6:30 p.m. IRE vs. A&E
Oct. 23 6 p.m. Panoramic vs. Oyster Bar
Oct. 23 6:30 p.m. IRE vs. Dental Spa
Oct. 28 6 p.m. Dental Spa vs. Ortho.
Division III (Ages 6-7)
Oct. 21 7 p.m.
Oct. 22 6 p.m.
Oct. 22 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 7 p.m.
Division II (Ages 8-9)
Oct. 21 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 21 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 23 6 p.m.
Oct. 23 7 p.m.
Division I (Ages 10-11)
Oct. 22 6 p.m.
Oct. 23 8 p.m.
Oct. 27 6 p.m.
Oct. 27 7 p.m.
Premier Division (Ages
Oct. 21 7:45 p.m.
Oct. 22 7:15p.m.
Isl. Pest vs. Jessie's
WCAC vs. LaPensee
Isl. Pest vs. Bistro
Jessie's vs. WCAC
Surf Shop vs. Sandbar
Sparks vs. Panoramic
Sandbar vs. Sparks
Surf Shop vs. Panoramic
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Drifting the coast in search of places to lay sand
Anna Maria Island is all about water.
It surrounds us. It binds us to the Gulf of Mexico
to the west, Tampa Bay to the north, Anna Maria
Sound to the east, Sarasota Bay and Longboat Pass
to the south.
Water inundates our shores and bayfronts during
Everything is about balance. Too little, too bad.
Too much, very too bad.
Water flows into our canals and bayous. It's a
happy, healthful thing for the wetlands. Water from
the surrounding waters can sometimes also be a
But one of the least-acknowledged elements of
water flow is what goes on offshore in the Gulf.
There's a current called the littoral current, lit-
toral drift, littoral stream or longshore drift that gen-
erally flows north-south offshore of all of Southwest
Although sometimes it flows south-north. Those
The general consensus is north to south. It's a
water flow that is nearshore and carries and leaves
sediments in its wake.
Sediment, sand, can be good or bad. Good is
when it deposits additional acreage to our beaches.
Bad is when it flows into the bays and covers vital
seagrass beds, home to most marine life at some point
in their lives.
Our Longboat Key neighbors have proposed
something that is basically a "sand sausage" off the
northern tip of the key as a sand attractor. Coastal
engineers have said the measure could keep the lit-
toral current's sand on the key's shore. For them,
that's a good thing.
At least one Manatee County official, Commis-
sioner Joe McClash, has suggested there are other
environmental issues and he is challenging the pro-
Putting sand-sausage revetments in the near-shore
waters at Longboat's north end will create public
safety and boating hazards, he has said, and the use of
man-made materials would "set a precedent" among
Florida west coast erosion-control efforts.
How about some pass history about all this stuff,
from the late Dr. Gustavo A. Antonini, David A.
Fann and Paul Roat in a publication, "A Historical
Geography of Southwest Florida Waterways, Volume
Here's a guide to the below: ebb = outside the
pass; flood = inside the inlets.
Everything you ever wanted to know ...
"Tidal inlets Floridians sometimes call them
passes are highly dynamic and visible features
of Southwest Florida's boating geography," accord-
ing to the book. "Inlets provide strategic points of
entry and egress between the Gulf of Mexico and the
inland waterways, but can be intimidating to navi-
gate because of their shifting nature, strong ebb and
flood currents, and wave action including break-
ers, which may extend across the inlet mouth even
in a buoyed channel.
"Waves propagating into an opposing current
experience an increase in height and decrease in
length resulting in steeper waves that are more dif-
ficult to navigate. Offshore shoals continually shift
because of the moving beach sand, and it is some-
times not feasible to keep buoys in the best water.
Local watermen, under such conditions, often leave
the buoyed channel guided by their knowledge of
local conditions and of the dynamic history of inlet
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development, which enables them to pick the best
depth and avoid uncharted obstructions.
"Longboat Pass, New Pass and Venice Inlet are
federally maintained waterways between the Sara-
sota Bay system and the Gulf. They are periodi-
cally surveyed and, when shoaling occurs to a point
where actual depths are less than the designed project
depths, as dredged by the U.S. Army Corps of Engi-
neers under the auspices of the West Coast Inland
"Inlets may close, open, migrate or stabilize in
response to changes in sediment supply, wave cli-
mate, tidal regime, and back-bay filling or dredging.
Changes in inlets occurring at different time scales
ranging from hours during severe storm events to
decades or even centuries.
"Sand is deposited as shoals just inside and out-
side the inlet due to the reduction in current speed
in these areas. Ebb-tidal deltas occur at the seaward
margin outside of the inlet and retreat or bend
in response to the interaction between incoming
waves and ebb tides. Large inlets, like Big Sarasota
Pass, build extensive, visible ebb-tidal deltas. The
sediment sources include material washed out from
the bay, material eroded from the main ebb channel,
and longshore drift.
"Longshore drift is sand that moves up and down the
coast between the beach and the outer edge of the
breaker zone due to waves approaching the shore at
"Material brought out on the ebb tide is deposited
on the swash platform. The breaking waves that the
mariner experiences at the inlet entrance are a domi-
nant feature of swash platforms and help to create
swash bars. Marginal channels may develop along
the ends of barrier islands where incoming (flood)
tidal flow is reinforced by wave-generated currents.
\ Iil'aLii 'n of barrier island spits along this reach of
the Florida coast is southward, in the direction of net
"Flood (incoming) tide transports sediment land-
ward through the inlet via the main channel, produc-
ing a similar shallow water, delta-like feature on the
bay side of the pass. The interplay of ebb and flood
tides on this bayside delta creates spits and spill-over
lobes where ebb currents run strong. However, flood
tidal deltas are less prone to change than ebb tidal
deltas along this reach of the coast. Over time, they
become stabilized by seagrasses and mangroves. They
serve as nurseries for juvenile fish and are important
"Tidal and wave energies shape the form of
seaward flowing ebb-tidal deltas. The varying mix
of these two forces determines the movement and
deposition of sediments. The character of an inlet
- its shape, dynamics, navigability may change
over time as the inlet adjusts to changes in the way
tides and waves interact. Since Southwest Florida is
a low wave c In.i ,.i' coastline and the mean tidal range
is relatively small (2 feet), a delicate balance exists
between tide and wave dominated conditions. A slight
decrease in tidal prism (e.g., due to bayside filling)
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may cause a change from tide-dominated to wave-
dominated conditions in inlets. Likewise, a change in
wave c nI i .. due to sediment accumulation and spit
development along the beach face may cause devel-
opment of an offset alignment to the ebb delta."
If you've dozed off, the next part is kind of impor-
tant in relationship to what's going on at Longboat
"In addition to these natural forces, shoreline
engineering through the construction of groins, jet-
ties and bulkheads features designed to stabilize
the shoreline by holding beach sand in one place -
can dramatically alter the supply of sediment and the
course of development and shape of an inlet."
Gus came up with four examples of inlets: tide-
dominated, wave-dominated, mixed ln ii.'v with
straight shape, and mixed e iin. I, with offset shape.
Gus determined that Longboat Pass was a tide-dom-
inated inlet with a well-defined ebb channel.
"These types of inlets have relatively stable ebb-tidal
deltas. Mariners should exercise caution in approach-
ing tide-dominated inlets from the Gulf under ebb-
tidal conditions because maximum ebb-current veloc-
ities are considerably higher than currents at flood
stage at these locations. A combination of strong
onshore winds and peak ebb tide can be especially
hazardous due to the amplitude and steepness of the
waves. Furthermore, Longboat Pass entrance channel
is over one statute mile long and a lift bridge must be
negotiated within the throat of the main ebb channel,
an area where currents are particularly strong."
Is the key's position for some form of jetty or
sand sausages at the southwest of Longboat Pass right
or wrong? Dunno.
Is any placement of any form or hardening of
anything in Gulf waters right or wrong?
Most coastal engineers say don't do it.
Will the proposed sand sausages help or hurt
beaches on Longboat Key or, more to our interest,
hurt or help the shore of Anna Maria Island? Again,
But the continuing theme of Sandscript has been
to not mess with Mother Nature, and I don't remem-
ber sand sausages being a natural aspect of our off-
Buttonwood Harbor is at the Manatee/Sarasota
county line of Longboat Key.
"Buttonwood Harbor retains many bayside fea-
tures of an historic antecedent inlet. The flood-tidal
delta is one of the largest of all the inlets along the
Gulf Coast Heritage Trail. Extensive beds of seagrass
cover this feature and it is a prime recreational fishing
area in Big Sarasota Bay. The access channel from the
Bay to Buttonwood Harbor follows the relict flood
channel. The barrier island at this location is prone
to beach erosion, storm-wave attack, and potential
breaching, and is one of the narrowest points on the
Another historical inlet is just north of Coquina
Beach, a skinny part of our own barrier island.
And if you want to read more about all this inlet/
barrier island stuff, Google "A Historical Geogra-
phy of Southwest Florida." There are two volumes.
A third was to be Tampa Bay north, but the project
was halted when Gus was killed by a drunk driver
while on a bike trip on his 67th birthday. The drunk
truck driver also took the life of Gus' stepson.
You can find the book links on The Islander Web
site in the community links section.
5412 Marina Drive Island Shopping Center
Holmes Beach 941.778.2253
THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 21, 2009 0 25
Temperature change brings fishing change to the good
By Paul Roat
Burr! It's cold outside!
Fall has finally fallen upon us. Low Sunday was
55-ish, and water temperatures are dropping. Fishing
has gone from the forever-summer trend to winter.
Look for grouper and snapper to move closer
to shore from their usual deepwater Gulf of Mexico
haunts to nearshore artificial reefs.
Bluefish, ladyfish and jacks are in the passes.
Snook are lurking in the bays, and redfish are
schooling in around the seagrass flats.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee Jay II out of
Parrot Cove Marina in Cortez said "the long-awaited
cold front is knocking on the door as I write this
report. The heat wave of the past couple weeks did
not do much for the overall action in these parts. In
fact, things were downright tough. If the front lives
up to its advance billing it should start the cooling
trend with water temperatures that really kickstart the
fall fishing bonanza." He took a charter offshore and
caught fat mangrove snapper, Spanish mackerel, red
and gag grouper "and a pair of the largest flounder I
have seen in some time came aboard." Zach said trout
fishing has been pretty good, but mostly early or late
in the day. "For those looking for a fish fry," he said,
"mangrove snapper continue real strong as they have
been all summer and should still be available for at
least another month until some migrate offshore and
others head to deeper, highly structured areas in the
backwater for the winter."
Danny Stasny at Island Discount Tackle at Catch-
ers Marina in Holmes Beach said inshore fishing con-
tinues to be great for redfish. Catch size ranges from
itty-bitty to huge: under-slot limit to up to 45-inch
monsters, and the fish are in either schools on the
seagrass beds to lurking under the piers and around
the canals. Gold spoons and top-water plugs work
the best for the best catches, Danny said. The snook
bite is so-so, he said, with best bet at potholes in the
seagrass meadows. Mackerel, bluefish, ladyfish and
jacks are thick around the passes fun to catch,
not so fun to eat. Gag grouper are starting to move
closer to shore, with some catches reported even in
the shipping channels at the mouth of Tampa Bay and
within the 80-foot depths in the Gulf. He added that
the kingfish run may or may not have happened: the
mini-cold front a couple weeks ago spurred a catch,
last weekend's front may have started it again, king
mackerel are still out there, somewhere, but the real
"run" hasn't hit so far this season ... yet.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Charters said
he's finding fishing to be "excellent right now, with
many opportunities and species available. The snook
bite has picked up as linesiders are moving off the
beach and into the mangroves. Speckled trout are
chewing hard, with 30 fish per trip, with many keep-
ers. Redfish are schooling. The Spanish mackerel are
off the beach and a lot of big fish up to 24-inches
common. Sharks are all over and easy to catch."
At the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria, Carl
Captain Mark Howard
Snook Trout Redfish
Tarpon Grouper Shark
fishing at the
Rod & Reel
Pier last week.
He also caught
what he said
was a 100-
pound ray and
a spinner shark
that topped the
scales at 130
Carter reports good catches of snook, redfish, lots of
mangrove snapper, plus those tasty flounder.
At the Anna Maria City Pier, Rocky Corby said
fishers there were dealing with the wind but still catch-
ing big mackerel, redfish, snapper and flounder.
Good luck and good fishing.
Fishing news and photos are welcome and may be
submitted to Paul Roat by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
County seeks slower speed zone near Sister Keys
County commissioners are asking the U.S. Coast
Guard to establish a slow speed zone on the Gulf
Intracoastal Waterway near Jewfish Key and Sister
Keys, off northern Longboat Key.
The county board had discussed a lower speed in
the area during a work meeting Sept. 29 and agreed
Oct. 6 to authorize a letter to the Coast Guard.
The letter from the county states, "It has come to
the attention of the Manatee Board of County Com-
missioners that a dangerous situation exists within
the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway in an area extending
from the northernmost point of Sister Keys to the
southernmost point of Jewfish Key.
Mote seeks artists
Mote Marine Laboratory is accepting applica-
tions for art representing Mote's 55 years of operation
for an exhibition March 11-19, 2010.
Selected artworks will be shown in the Mote
Marine Laboratory and Aquarium 55th Anniversary
Celebration Juried Art Exhibition, part of a year-long
celebration of Mote's anniversary.
The exhibition will include opening and clos-
ing receptions and a silent auction. All sales of art-
work will benefit the programs and projects of Mote
Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.
For more information, go to the Web at www.
Make one stop to shop for the Dock!
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Jet Ski Lifts Et Boat Lifts Dock Accessories
Remote Contiols Piling Cones
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Cables and S, itches
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"The permissible vessel speed in this area is cur-
rently unlimited. The fact that the GIW takes a curve
near this area, together with the presence of a second-
ary cross channel, heavy vessel traffic, and a tendency
for the channel to shift and shoal here, contribute to
this existing public-safety hazard."
The GIW refers specifically to the Florida portions
of the Intracoastal Waterway, which is a national inland
route through protected waters, bays and inlets.
to hold summit
The annual Conservation-Environmental Summit will
take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Palma Sola
Botanical Park, 9800 17th Ave. W., Bradenton.
Sponsoring organizations include the Manatee/
Sarasota Sierra Club, the Audubon Society and the
Manatee Sarasota Fish and Game Association Inc.
The event will include a potluck supper, with
participants encouraged to bring a dish to share.
The event also will feature Craig Pittman and
Matthew Waite, authors of I1',\ ing Paradise: Flori-
da's Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net
For more information, call 941-792-8314.
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Full & Half Day Trips
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26 E OCT. 21, 2009 U THE ISLANDER
From left, Chris McNamara, Judy
Titsworth and husband Steve Titsworth
are the Shoreline Builders of Southwest
Florida team that recently opened in
the Holmes Business Center, 5345 Gulf
Drive, Holmes Beach.
For Island residents Steve and
Judy Titsworth, opening an office
for Shoreline Builders of Southwest
Florida in the Holmes Business Center,
5345 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, is not
like coming home. It is home.
Steve has been in the construc-
tion industry for more than 25 years
and started out on the Island as T&T
Contractors. He and Judy moved their
office to the mainland some years ago
as the business expanded.
But Steve and Judy, a member of
the Island Holmes family, still lived in
Holmes Beach. The daily drive was
worth it as the business grew, but the
past few years, Steve and Judy began
considering an Island office.
"We always wanted to have our
business on the Island. When we
started to see that the majority of our
clients were on the Island or nearby, we
decided it was time to come 'home,'
and I couldn't wait to get back," said
Judy with a laugh.
"I' ve spent my entire life on the
Island. Now, I don't have to leave
every day," she said.
Partnering with Steve's 25 years
as a contractor, Judy has worked as a
design consultant for the same number
of years. Their combined experience is
proving a bonus for clients.
"We have an on-site showroom for
our clients. We can design the interior,
then take them to the showroom for the
right colors and styles," Judy said.
She recently completed the interior
design of the new Beach Inn at 66th
Street on the Gulf.
But Shoreline is more than a con-
tractor and design service.
"We also do a lot of remodeling,
repair and renovation work, as well as
commercial construction," said Judy,
noting the company recently did some
remodeling at the AMI Plaza. "We' re
set up for just about any type of con-
struction and renovation."
Shoreline's services are geared
to help a buyer who has purchased a
house as an investment and wants to
remodel the property.
"We can do everything for them
right here in one stop," said Judy.
"And, we know the Island and what
fits with the Island style."
For more information on Shore-
line, call 941-778-1015 or e-mail Judy
The beach in style
The Beach-Style Recycled bou-
tique recently opened at 5500 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach, Suite No. 3.
According to co-owner and long-
time Islander and businessman Joe
Hutchinson, Beach-Style Recycled is
a "juxtaposition of old and new, recy-
cled and reinvented."
Hutchinson, who has partnered
with Nancy Cripe and Jenny Moore
in Beach-Style Recycled, said the store
has a number of unique "Island-type"
items, ranging from "nautical chic fur-
nishings to funky jewelry and beach-
Other fashionable recyclables
include handmade jewelry, baby clothes,
linens, collectibles and beach-style fur-
niture that has been refinished by Joe.
"Beach-Style is back and better
than ever. Stop in and see," Joe said,
referring to the business he formerly
owned at the corner of Gulf Drive and
Pine Avenue by a similar name.
Beach Style Recycled is open
Monday through Saturday.
Euphemia Haye Restaurant at
5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Long-
boat Key, will begin its fall cooking
classes on Oct. 21 with a five-lesson
series that includes culinary art from
Thailand, Greece, Germany, Spain and
other European locations.
Each lesson includes a three-
course luncheon and hands-on cooking
tips from chef and owner Raymond
Arpke. The Oct. 21 lesson will include
Chicken Larb, Shrimp Pad Thai, Panko
and coconut-crusted fried bananas.
All classes are from 10:30 a.m. to
1:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the main
Space is limited and reservations
The cost is $60 per person per
class and reservations may be made
by calling 941-383-3633, or going to
the restaurant Web site at www.Euphe-
The Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce held elections recently
for its board of directors for 2009-10.
Cindy Thompson is the new chair-
person of the board, while chair-elect
is Karen LaPensee. Wendy Webb is
secretary and Lois Gift is treasurer.
Directors on the new board are Judy
Giovanelli, Barbara Murphy, Chuck Webb,
Larry Chatt, Joe Landolfi, Kim Ibasfaelan,
Michael Vejins, Amy Van Dell, Ellen
Aquilina and DavidTeitelbaum. Past direc-
tor Mark Davis also is a board member.
The new officers and board will
be installed at the Chamber's banquet
Nov. 9 at the Key Royale Club.
For more information, call 941-
(HECK OUT OUR FALL HAPPENINGS
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness
Month and The Islander will be fundraising
and promoting awareness by publishing
r special pink pages of advertising.
Sl t acknowledgements, up to
1 5 words (similar to classified
.i i will each publish with a pink
.awareness" ribbon and cost will
be $15. Display advertisers
are welcome to join us in
encouraging survivors of
cancer and memorializing loved ones lost.
Ten percent of all ad sales will go to Nancy
Ambrose's American Cancer Society Relay for
Yee Haw! Round up the pooches for The
Islander newspaper Canine Costume Contest.
Prizes and fun await the canines and owners
and participants in the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of
Commerce Trail of Treats in
the Holmes Beach shopping
district. Kids contest at the
chamber, canines coral at
The Islander, and treats all
along the way. Register pets,
advertise your pet friends,
contribute prizes. Call The Islander for more
SVeterans Day is Nov. 11
and The Islander will
~j ,iiauml again honor all service
veterans, spouses and family members at the
Holmes Beach Veterans Memorial and Butterfly
Park with a continental breakfast, honor guard
and presentation of colors by the American
Legion Kirby Stewart Post and the final salute
to fallen comrades, Taps.
With its Nov. 18 edition,
Fhe Islander will again
publish its Island Vacation
Guide with a special focus
for holiday visitors. Don't
miss the second edition
of this highly acclaimed
special edition. Preview the
e-eduion of the fall Island Vacation
Guide online at www.islander.org.
Thanksgiving is the time for giving thanks and
for remembering the organizations that serve the
community and needy individuals on Anna Maria
Island. Special sponsor ads help produce the
annual "Islander Wish Book," which highlights
the needs of nonprofits serving the Island and
allows readers to compile shopping lists to help
meet those needs. It's the "joy of giving" with
some special sprinkles of Island style.
Mark your calendar for the Holmes Beach
Downtown Holiday Open House Dec. 4
sponsored by The Islander newspaper, and
be sure to join us at the newspaper for visits
with Santa aboard his sleigh, surprises for kids
and holiday merriment with the Privateers
aboard their ship. Raffle prize registration and
refreshments will abound at the area merchants
and there's always a little holiday magic in the
air for this event.
Dec. 5 will find young and old alike celebrating
the holiday season at the Chuck and Joey
Lester-Islander Fun Day at the Anna Maria
Island Community Center. Prizes, Santa,
games, food and refreshments are offered at
"old-fashioned prices for an old-fashioned good
Next up: Dec. 12 brings
) the Anna Maria Island
Parade and Kids'
Christmas Party. The parade runs
the length of the Island from Anna
Maria Bayfront Park to Coquina
Beach, where Santa greets kids with a hearty
"ho ho ho" and a gift aboard the Privateer ship.
Dec. 19 is the annual "Where's
Woody Candish" Sidewalk Art
Sale outdoors along the walkways
at The Islander newspaper office in
the Island Shopping Center. There
are last-minute shopping bargains
from local artists something for everyone on
your list at this once-a-year sale event.
GET ON THE SPORT! ...
Stop by anytime or call 941-778-7978 for more information. The Islander, Island Shopping Center, 5404 Maria Drive, Holmes Beach
THE ISLANDER 0 OCT. 21, 2009 0 27
SA LA ID
SAILBOAT: 14-FOOT. $500.1997 Jeep Wrangler.
55,000 miles with winch. Two mopeds, one auto-
matic, one has clutch, $1,800. Nice. 269-720-
HIDE-A-BED couch. Neutral beige and white.
Good condition. Comfortable bed. $175. 941-
PRIDE JET 3 Ultra power chair. Used one
week. Cost, $3,500. Priced at $2,000. 941-778-
BEACH BIKE: SUNCRUISER. Ladies. Bright
yellow, aluminum wheels, $50. 801-400-9660.
MAST FOR HOBIE 18: $60. 801-400-9660.
TURNER PRINT: 1940s. Flamingo in frame, great
condition. 28x22-inch. $85. 801-400-9660.
KENMORE DISHWASHER: OLD, works, includes
instruction book, $25. Quality outdoor fan, 52-inch
blades, $10. 941-779-2220.
CARPET: GOOD CONDITION, green, tufted
effect, 27x12 feet, includes underlay. Buyer col-
lects. $100. 941-779-2220.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may
advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or
less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver
in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, e-mail email@example.com,
fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
NEW! "ANNA MARIA Island" Tervis Tumbler,
SweetPeas/Samplings, Holmes Beach. Great tast-
ing Florida wines! Plus, design your own unique
label. 941-778-8300. www.SweetPeasAMI.com.
GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please call
941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilu-
theran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive,
FREE SEMINAR: 5:30-8:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct.
22. How to buy foreclosures and short sale prop-
erty. Your experts, Dian Wilson, Waterside Lending,
home check home inspection, Mills & Fitzpatrick
Team, Re/MaxAlliance. Sun House Restaurant,
111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. RSVP Oct.
21. 941-321-9601. Kim@ KimberlyMills.com.
CATERING SERVICES AVAILABLE for weddings,
birthdays, cocktail parties, barbeques or plat-
ters. Fresh homemade cuisine with our personal
touch. All events customized. Melinda's Cafe &
Catering, 941-778-0411. www.melindascafe.com.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Global market,
market connections. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@
MANATEE SAFETY SIGNS, exclusively for boat-
ers available at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
WANTED: FISHING GEAR: Anna Maria Priva-
teers are collecting new or used, repairable fish-
ing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to
give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander
newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
BUTTERFLY PARK BENEFIT: Purchase a per-
sonalized brick in the Anna Maria Island Butter-
fly Park. Two lines, $50. Three lines, $60. Forms
at The Islander, or call 941-518-4431 for more
LOOKING FOR A JOB? Islanders seeking
employment can market their skills with a FREE
classified ad for up to three weeks in The Islander.
Submit 15 words or less including a resume link,
if desired, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
or deliver in person to 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes
Beach. The Islander will encourage employers
to review the "employment wanted" ads in The
Islander when seeking employees. And good luck
finding the right job!
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday. 9 a.m.-noon. Saturday.
511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
A SALE EVERYDAY at The Islander, 5404 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Miscellaneous office sup-
plies, T-shirts, home treasures, mirrors and framed
FOUND AT LAUNDROMAT, Holmes Beach,
Monday, Sept. 14: Harley-Davidson T-shirt. Call
941-567-4301 to claim.
FOUND: SILVER CIRCLE pendant with colored
stone. Found near historical museum on Pine
Avenue, Anna Maria. Can claim at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
MENS WALLET: FOUND Sept. 20 at public
beach. Please, call Holmes Beach Police Depart-
ment at 941-708-5804.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
ADULT CATS in desperate need of loving
homes. All are current on vaccines. All applicants
screened. Please, call 941-922-0774.
ELECTRIC SCOOTERS, ELECTRIC bicycles:
Clean, green, quiet,
20-plus mile range, no maintenance ever. 850-
1988 ACURA: LOW 5,400 miles, one owner.
$1,200 or best offer. 941-778-5538.
WANT TO RENT: Boat slip for 20-foot deck boat
on Anna Maria Island. 941-795-5754.
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CALL ALEXANDRA, 15, for babysitting or odd-
jobs. Red Cross certified in first aid and babysit-
ISLAND TEEN EXPERIENCED, and certified
child care with Safe Sitter, CPR and Red Cross
training, seven days a week. Maggie, 941-447-
4632 or 941-778-8405.
CALL GUSSIE AT 941-778-7257 for babysitting.
I have experience with kids of all ages.
NEED A BABYSITTER or pet sitter? Call Kendall!
First-aid certified, great with kids and animals!
Best on the Island! 941-779-9783.
NEED A BABYSITTER, pet sitter, house sitter or
dog walker? Experienced. Red Cross certified in
CPR for all ages. Call the twins, Kayla and Ariel
TEEN WITH CHILD daycare experience and Red
Cross certified in babysitting. Loves children. Call
Katie, 941-778-1491 or 941-447-4057.
TRISH AND KIM babysitting service, house
cleaning and pet sitting. Certified. Experienced.
Call 941-538-8922 or 941-538-2081.
LAWN MOWING/DOG walking? Will walk dogs
any day, mow lawns after 5 p.m. weekdays, after
11 a.m. weekends. 941-447-7092.
CALL ZACK, 13, for odd jobs. Will do anything
you need done after school and Saturdays. 941-
RED CROSS LIFEGUARD for private parties at
your pool. $10/hour. Call Marie Durocher, 941-
CASSIE'S DOG WALKING and house sitting. I
can walk your dog anytime. 941-962-3373.
11-YEAR OLD girl can watch your 4-year old or
younger child. CPR-certified, references, experi-
enced. Brianna, 941-448-9036.
HELP WITH SCHOOL WORK? Manatee High
School junior will tutor math, science, basic com-
puting skills. Patrick, 941-524-5686.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for Island youths
under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in
person at The Islander newspaper office, 5404
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
RESTAURANT: ISLAND BREAKFAST/lunch
eatery. Profitable, charming, easy to run. Confi-
dentiality agreement required. $95,000. Longview
LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-
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PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete com-
puter solutions for business and home. Installa-
tion, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services,
wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engi-
neer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience.
On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance
and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
TOTAL DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs,
replacements, sales, parts, storm catcher hurri-
cane covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro doors,
ODL inserts. TDWSINC@msn.com. 941-730-
ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving in-home care for
your pets. Longtime Island resident, background
check, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-
2830 or 941-730-5693.
GRACE'S CLEANING SERVICE: Licensed and
bonded. Reasonable rates. Call for estimate. 941-
LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman
work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired
tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call
Steve Doyle 941-778-1708.
I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-
778-7770. Leave message.
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the
airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reason-
able. Call Mike: 941-567-6634.
COMPUTER GOTYOU down? Got a virus? Need
wireless, network setup? Web site? Need help?
Call JC, 941-487-7487.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 34
years of happy customers. Mom-Watch, Pet-
Watch, Storm-Check, windows, etc. Rentals our
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refriger-
ation. Commercial and residential service, repair
and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and
the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest
and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent refer-
ences. Monday-Friday. 941-539-6891.
CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
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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.
ISLAND LAWN CARE: Monthly or only as needed.
Island resident, fast and dependable. Pool clean-
ing, maintenance also available. Why not combine
services to just one company? Bobby Reynolds,
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. Cell, 941-448-3857.
THE SWISS GARDENER: Full-service landscap-
ing and property management. 15 years Island
experience. Licensed and insured plus unbeatable
prices. Call Allen anytime. Cell 941-224-8569.
LANDSCAPE BOULDERS CHEAP! Various
sizes, $5-$95. Delivery and placement available.
Autumn special, fall, four for the price of three or
20 percent off. Also, we are a complete tree ser-
vice offering trimming, removals and stump grind-
ing. Brad Frederick's LLC, northwest Bradenton.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/yard.
Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with
free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, inte-
rior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island
references. Bill, 941-795-5100.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile
supplied and installed. Quality workmanship,
prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work, handy-
man, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pres-
sure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 447-2198.
EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.
PAINT: AVERAGE ROOM, $75. Customer sup-
plies paint. Exterior, one story. Pressure washing.
Free estimates. New phone number! 941-721-
CT HANDYMAN SERVICE: Island resident. Any
home improvement needs from remodel, tile,
paint to even changing a light bulb. Licensed. Call
Ted at 813-785-1987.
WINDOW SHADES, BLINDS, shutters and more.
Lifetime warranty. Call Keith Barnett for a free in-
home consultation. Island references, 15 years
experience. 941-778-3526 or 730-0516.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
SANDPIPER 55-PLUS: Available Sept. 1.
2BR/1BA, furnished, bay water-view, walk to
beaches, carport, No smoking/pets. $675/month.
TROPICAL WATERFRONT: KEY Royale.
2BR/2BA pool, spa, two boat lifts, designer inte-
rior, six month to annual rental, $2,100/month.
Available Nov. 1. 941-730-1086. House also for
3BR/2BA SEASONAL: Heart of Anna Maria.
Weekly, monthly, steps to beach, coffee shop,
theater, shops, restaurants. 941-737-9662.
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GREAT LOCATION: HARBOR Pines. Large
2BR/2BA. Very nice, ground floor, screened porch,
freshly painted, tile floors, washer/dryer con-
nections, water, cable, close to MCC, Bayshore
High School, shopping. Annual $725/month. Last
month free! 941-650-3476.
THE SANCTUARY: 1 BR/1 BA, washer and dryer,
water included, on lake, screened porch, carpet-
ing, close to MCC, shopping. Annual rental $700/
month. Last month free! Call 941-650-3476.
ROOMMATE: $125/week, includes utilities. Pool,
washer and dryer. Background check required.
Holmes Beach. 941-778-5080.
WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach. Off-season rates, $125/
night, $775/week. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.
WANTED: ANNUAL RENTAL. 2BR/2BA close to
beach, room to store kayak and bike. On Anna
Maria Island. Call Dan, 941-705-5561.
4BR/4BA IN NORTHWEST Bradenton for rent.
Two blocks from boat ramp. $1,400/month. Call
LARGE DUPLEX: 2,000 sf with garage. Sunny
Shores. Quiet, close to beaches. Available now.
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Holmes Beach, 3BR/2BA, pool, $499,500.
3BR/3BA, pool, $$539,000.
415 CLARK ST.
Holmes Beach, new construction,
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HERON HARBOR CONDO just 5 minutes to beach. 2
BR/2BT 4th floor corner unit, elevator, heated pool, club
house, tennis & lushly lanscaped grounds. $120,000
CORTEZ VILLAGE adorable 2BR/1.5BA, freshly painted
in and out. Walk to beaches and shops. $250,000.
ADORABLE 3 BR/2BA ground-level home located just one
house from the bay. New tile floors, great neighborhood and
short walk down the street to the beach! $350,000.
Mike 4 800-367-1617
Norman' 1 941-778-6696
3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
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100 FEET FROM beach: annual rental, remod-
eled 2BR/1 BA. No pets. $925/month. Anna Maria.
PALMA SOLA: WALK to beach on bay. Pool,
3BR/2BA, two-car garage, 10x40-foot lanai, new
kitchen. Annual, seasonal. Furnished or unfur-
nished. $1,675/month. 941-778-3051.
WALK TO BEACH: 55-plus 2BR/1BA, Jacuzzi,
view of bay, furnished or unfurnished. Annual
$850, seasonal $1,700. 941-778-3051.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 1 BR apartment. Walk to beach.
Quiet neighborhood. Available Nov.1. $650/month
plus utilities. 941-778-5143.
HERON'S WATCH: FIVE minutes to beach.
3BR/2BA, five years old.
Beautifully landscaped, 30-home subdivision. No
$1,300/month. T. Dolly Young Real Estate, 941-
1BR/1BA VILLA: QUIET neighborhood. Morn-
ingside. New appliances and tile, washer, dryer,
screened lanai. Non-smoker. No trucks or vans.
$660/month includes sewer water, trash, cable.
SPrudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
;5* WHITNEY BEACH COMMUNITY!
M 6750 Gulf of Mexico Drive, #154,
Longboat Key. Bayside Condo,
2BR/2BA, 1367 sf, deeded
beach access, heated pool, tennis.
$339,000 M #A3911088
Sgudf Bay &safty ofAnnas aria Inc
Sesse Bisson Bro~frssociate, gjI
BRADENTON BEACH CLUB
condo with den. This
like-new condo has
peeks of the Gulf and
a great rental history.
deeded beach access,
furnished. A supreme
value in today's market. This propertywill not last long.
Owner will pay 1 year of condo dues! $379,000.
Call Jesse Brisson
Now Accepting Bids on this
Private Bayfront Estate in Paradise!
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End date Dec. 3d 2009. Highest bid submitted will be
considered. Big home. Big view. Big boating. Complete with
pool, dock and boatlift. Great rental history. Owner has over
$1,600,000 invested! This home is a must see! Not a drive by.
When you enter the home expect to see soaring ceilings, hard
wood floors, granite counter tops. 700 SF master bedroom
all done in travertine and marble and a master bath that you
will love. Big water views from every room. Short walk to
the beach, 5000 SF deck. Free fish from your dock, you just
have to cook it.
417 281" St. Holmes Beach 941.580.0626 or 941.773.3415
STEPS TO BEACH: 1BR/2BA, Anna Maria
Island. Winter season available at $1,995 plus
tax/monthly. 941-778-1098. www.gulfdriveapart-
ments.com, annamariaisland @gmail.com.
ANNUAL UNFURNISHED HALF-duplex:
1 BR/1 BA, tile floors, close to beach, $700/month.
2BR/2BA with stackable washer and dryer, $750/
month. No pets. Dolores M. Baker Realty, 941-
ISLAND COUPLE WOULD like 2BR/2BA ground
floor Dec. 1-March 30. Non-smokers and no pets.
CHARMING LIDO KEY CONDO: One block from
beach and close to St. Armands Circle. 2BR/1 BA
fully furnished with carport in small, well-main-
tained complex. $1,000/month annual lease. 941-
APARTMENTS FOR RENT just off Cortez Road,
two minutes from beach! One, two and three bed-
rooms, sitting just off bay. Call Jack Frost for cool
OPEN, BRIGHT AND clean. 3BR/2BA canalfront
home on quiet street. Large screened-in porch,
dock, one-car garage. Fully furnished. Walk to
beach. Non-smoking. Seasonal, monthly, annual.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/3BA custom canalfront
home. $2,500/month. Call Lori, 941-773-3415.
Duncan Real Estate.
ANNUAL RENTAL: DUPLEX. 2BR/2BA Holmes
Beach. Washer and dryer, no pets, smoking, pri-
vate patio. Parking, five minute walk to beach. $900/
month. First, last, security deposit. 941-755-4445.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
35 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
PALMA SOLA 3BR/2BA, pool, large lot short block to bay.
Well maintained. $199,000.
RIVER OAKS WATERFRONT, 2BR/2BA condo, downstairs
end unit. Clubhouse, pool, tennis. $129,000.
GULFFRONT 1 & 2 BR, Available now. Weekly, monthly.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Annual or seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayviewpool, boatdock,
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, vacations, weddings, reunions, seasonal.
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
Live AND work in this choice Pine Avenue home.
Custom built, 1900 sf and plenty of parking. Close
to beach, trolley stop, shopping and restaurants.
Call for an appointment for viewing.
"Te ARE the Island!"
Marie Franlin, Lic Real Esate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
Web site www.annamariareal.com
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HOLMES BEACH: BEACHFRONT 2BR/1 BA fur-
nished, washer and dryer, walking distance to trol-
ley and stores. Available April-December, $550/
week or $2,000/month January-March, $2,200/
month, yearly lease, $1,500/month. 813-728-2590
TURKEY-WEEK VACATION: $699. 2BR/2BA
townhouse, pool and boat dock. Key Royale, pool
and boat dock, private home, $999. Perico Bay
Club villa, 2BR/2BA, $1,400, November. Realtor,
941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
MOBILE HOME: 1BR/1BA. One mile from Anna
Maria Island. You own the land. Not a co-op. No
monthly fees. Steps to water. Great condition.
Free boat ramp access. $74,900. 513-470-3851.
BUILD WEALTH! Call or e-mail for our free bro-
chure. Discover how easy it is to build wealth
through short sales and foreclosures. Adkins
Florida Group, Wagner Realty. Free@AdkinsFlor-
NEW CANALFRONT HOME: 4BR/4.5BA. Study,
den, lanai, pool. $1,450,000. Brokers protected.
215 Chilson, Anna Maria. 941-567-6600.
WOW! CANAL HOME, $599,000. Remodeled
3BR/2BA, two-car garage, move-in ready. Pool with
hot tub, great seawall and 16,000-lb. boat lift. For
sale by owner. Won't last. Call 863-581-6661.
"DISTRESS" SALE: BANK foreclosures. Island
and mainland properties. Free list with pictures.
Call Vince Meaney, 941-315-1501. www.mana-
ISLAND "FIXER-UPPERS" from $289,900. These
homes need work. From $289,900. Call Vince
Meaney, Horizon Realty, 941-315-1501.
WATERFRONT LOT: BREATHTAKING, Sun-
shine Skyway Bridge view. 230 S. Harbor Drive,
Holmes Beach. $550,000 or trade for house of
equal value! 941-778-0019.
ANNA MARIA LOT for sale. 50x110 feet. Zoned
R2, no streets to cross to the ocean! $325,000.
117 Willow Ave. 813-335-3680.
KEY ROYALE WATERFRONT home. 3BR/2BA
updated home. Pool and boat slip, $499,000.
Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.
NATIONWIDE ONLINE LAND auction. 400-plus
properties,168 absolute. All starting bids, $100.
REDC I. View full listings: www.Auction.com/
A BANK REPO for sale! 5BR, $25,000! Only
$225/month! 3BR $12,500! Only $199/month!
Five percent down, 30 years at 8 percent APR.
For listings, 800-366-9783, ext. 5853.
LAND BARGAIN: 21-plus acres, only $89,900.
Beautifully wooded acreage close to Florida/
Georgia border. Enjoy end-of-road privacy! Per-
fect for weekend getaway, cabin in woods, horse
farm. Possible subdivide. Excellent financing. Call
owner now, 912-674-0320.
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419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
For professional real
estate sales and rentals
call an island native,
at Mike Norman Realty,
Suncoast Real Estate
Originally from Detroit,
Michigan, Kimberly relocated
to Treasure Island in 1972. She
then lived in NE St. Petersburg
for 29 years and had her business
in Downtown. Her 20 years
experience include management
of planned communities. She has
been a licensed agent since 1997.
She enjoys a mix of residential
and commercial real estate. She
has clientele from all walks of
life, Executivesto Celebrities. Her
business sense and the care she provides for her clients are her number
one priority. She has built a reputation of fairness with a keen sense of
trends in the marketplace. Her knowledge of international business as
well as her background with economic development to capture desired
business models for the Tampa bay area increases her ability to help
in all areas of real estate. Her experience in waterfront communities
makes her a perfect fit for our firm.
Call Kimberly to welcome her to the island today!
New 3 BR, 2.5 BA corner townhouse
Private elevator, heated pool. $699,000
Visit us on Pine Avenue or online for
many more listings and rental info.
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