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Title: Islander (Anna Maria, Fla. : 1992)
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Publication Date: April 14, 2010
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VOLUME 18. NO. 23


Small crafts take
center stage at
Cortez festival
April 16-18.



Skimming

the news ...

Island I9
happtin gs
Community
announcements,
community news.
Pages 10-13

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HIGHWAY
PALMA SOLAR

Scenic highway
extension on hold.
Page 2

Bradenton Beach
seeks role in bridge
design. Page 3

Meetings: The gov-
ernment calendar.
Page 3







Astheworld Terns by
Joe Bird. Page 6

Anna Maria officials
ponder parking solu-
tions. Page 8


Committee recom-
mends UPS for
beach concessions.
Page 9


Pelican rescuers
report spike in inju-
ries. Page 18


S h@el
Page 19

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What to do, where to go,
what to see. Page 22

Fast tides spark spring
fishing. Page 25


Season 'wonderful' for Island retailers


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Island retailers are echo-
ing the sentiments of their accommodation
counterparts: This has been one of the best
seasons in recent memory.
And the season didn't end with Easter.
"Absolutely wonderful," said Signa
Bouziane of Mister Roberts Resortwear in
the S&S Plaza in Holmes Beach.
"And there's still a lot of people here. I
think we have some more colleges on Easter
break. The past three months have been very
busy, and this is the best season in the last
few years," she continued.
Bouziane welcomed the influx of visi-
tors the past three months, as the February-
April period is the time many retailers have
to do well to offset the slow periods in the
summer and fall.
"We used to have a six-month season,
but now it's three months, so we're really
pleased with all the traffic," she said.
Bouziane said she expected the flow of


No Easter break
Even after Easter, beachgoers flocked to Anna Maria Island as evidenced by this scene at
the Manatee Public Beach April 7. It's been one of the best winter seasons in recent years,
according to many Island accommodation and store owners. Islander Photo: Rick Catlin


visitors to lighten after mid-April as winter
residents and visitors head north.
At the Sterling Anvil jewelry store on
Marina Drive in Holmes Beach, co-owner
Roxanne Robinson also was pleased with


business.
"I don't know what the figures are going
to show, but we've been very busy since
March. I think it's been a great season. Just
PLEASE SEE TOURISM, NEXT PAGE


Regatta
De Soto
Daughtrey
Elementary
School races
refine their
strokes in the
bottle boat
regatta held
April 10 along
the Palma Sola
Causeway. The
event was part
of the De Soto
Heritage
Festival.
Islander
Photo:
Lisa Neff


Anna Maria public records furor churns on


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
The lines drawn in Anna Maria over
public records grew substantially last week,
and city attorney Jim Dye cautioned that
more legal action should be expected.
A writ filed April 8 by two lawyers for
public records expert Michael Barfield of
Sarasota on behalf of Pine Avenue Restora-
tion LLC asked the court to order the com-
puter hard drives of Commissioner Harry
Stoltzfus and planning and zoning board
member Jim Conoly be surrendered for
inspection.
At the same time, Anna Maria residents
Robin Wall, Nicky
Hunt, former Commis-
sioner Duke Miller and
Cathy Stoltzfus, wife of
Harry Stoltzfus, have
yet to respond to an
official records request
from Barfield.
i, Barfield made his


request two weeks ago as part of his investiga-
tion into e-mails that pertain to city business
to and from Stoltzfus.
Barfield alleged that Wall, Hunt and
Miller were operating a "shadow govern-
ment" with Stoltzfus and may have e-mails
showing they conducted official city busi-
ness "off the radar." Barfield also has alleged
Stoltzfus may have used Wall, Hunt, Miller
and his wife, Cathy, as conduits to send and
receive information to other elected and
appointed city officials.
Efforts to reach Hunt, Miller and Cathy
Stoltzfus were unsuccessful, but Wall said she
has retained Tampa attorney Richard Harrison
of the law firm of Alan Dell, PA. She directed
all further inquiries to Harrison.
Calls and e-mails placed to Harrison were
not returned.
Meanwhile, Dye sent a memo April 7 to
city clerk Alice Baird for distribution to all
elected and appointed city officials and city
staff reminding them of their duties under
Florida's Sunshine and public records laws


and warned that litigation about public records
is coming. He said city officials should save
and make public all e-mails that might be con-
sidered public record.
"As we know, some kind of litigation regard-
ing public records is imminent," wrote Dye.
"I've been told the city will not be named
as a party. Still, please, let the city officials,
both elected and volunteers, know that they
are not to delete public records from their per-
sonal computers.
"I'm afraid for right now this instruc-
tion needs to include those e-mails they may
receive on their personal computers that are
also copied to the city e-mail system.
For more on the Stoltzfus-Conoly records
request, the parking issue and the subsequent
actions, see pages 4 and 8. Court documents
are online at www.islander.org.
Conoly's discarded hard-drive.
Details on the writ filing.
Commissioner Chuck Webb's take.
Parking safety revisions.
PAR seeks to quell rumors.


APRIL 14. 2010 .e





2 E APRIL 14, 2010 U THE ISLANDER

Scenic highway extension on hold


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
Because the Florida Department of Transporta-
tion has put a hold on recognizing new or existing
scenic highways, the Palma Sola Scenic Highway
won't be extended to the Manatee Public Beach or on
East Bay Drive to the Bradenton Beach boundary.
"I think the idea is we have applied for these
extensions and the applications are frozen, but at
some point we hope they'll be unfrozen and we can
go ahead and make those extensions formal," said
Molly McCartney, chair of the Palma Sola Scenic
Highway Committee. "That doesn't mean we can't
start thinking about what we might do if it became
formal at some point."
McCartney said extensions could have led to
more DOT funding for those areas. "But we can apply


Looking
east toward
the Palma
Sola Scenic
Highway
from the
Kingfish
Boat Ramp.
Islander
Photo:
Nick Walter


for grants other than through FDOT," she said.
A letter from the DOT to district scenic highway
coordinators stated, "The department believes it can
better serve the current collection of Florida Scenic
Highways by adjusting the current program focus and
realigning its resources to providing more training,
and supporting the needs of existing Corridor Man-
agement Entities. In addition, the National Scenic
Byways Program would like all the state programs to
focus more on the sustainability of byway organiza-
tion."
Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Orga-
nization planning manager Bob Herrington said that
massive cuts in transportation programs would impact
a lot of prospective projects.
"It could be that basically everybody's tightening
their belt," Herrington said.


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AMI TOURISM CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
look at all the traffic on the roads," she said.
Robinson found the steady stream of visitors to
the Island after Easter encouraging, and a sign of a
good April for Island retailers.
"We haven't seen a slow-down in traffic even
after Easter. I'm hoping the season keeps going for a
few more weeks," she said.
Diane Havelka of Beach Bums Island Attitudes, a
gift shop with kayak, golf cart and bicycle rentals in
Anna Maria, said the season has been great and she
has yet to see a slowdown.
"We're doing real well right now. In fact, we're
so busy, I don't have time to talk right now," she said
apologetically.
For the Island's restaurant industry, the season
has been a mixed bag.
Restaurants that specialize in outdoor dining
were hurt by the cold weather from January through
early March, but indoor dining for some exceeded
expectations.
"Our outdoor dining took a hit with the cold
weather," said Dave Russell of Rotten Ralph's, which
has restaurants in Anna Maria and on the Historic
Bridge Street Pier.
"But now that the weather has improved, we're
doing great. The season looks like it's going to last
through April and we'll be OK," he said.
The cold weather also affected the Island's
charter fishing business, but Capt. Mark Howard
of Sumotime Charters said the last few weeks have
"been really good." So good that his total numbers
for this year are now ahead of last year's pace at
this time.
Laura Shely of Tide and Moon Jewelry in the
AMI Plaza in Holmes Beach, concurred that April
should be a good month. She had a considerable
amount of business after Easter weekend, which
surprised her.
"I thought it might slow down, but it didn't. I
think we've got one more week of a lot of visitors,
then it will slowly come back to normal," she said.


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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
Bradenton Beach's ScenicWAVES committee
is seeking a role in the process to replace the Anna
Maria Island Bridge.
Members of the advisory committee discussed
the replacement process during a meeting April 5 at
city hall.
"There will be a new bridge," said committee
member and local businessperson Ed Chiles. "We
know where the bridge will start. We know where the
bridge will end. We know how high the bridge will
be. Now the focus should be on having a world-class
design for that bridge."
Great bridges tell a story, Chiles said.
The current drawbridge, connecting Anna Maria
Island to Perico Island on State Road 64/Manatee
Avenue, was built in the late 1950s and refurbished
over the years, but identified for replacement.
The recommended replacement would be a two-
lane, high-level fixed bridge with a minimum navi-
gational clearance of 65 feet above the Intracoastal
Waterway. The proposed replacement would be built
south of the existing bridge and include two 12-foot
lanes with 10-foot paved shoulders for cyclists and
10-foot sidewalks for pedestrians.
While the Florida Department of Transporta-
tion has identified a replacement, bridge work is not
included in the DOT's five-year work program, which
stretches to 2014.
Still, ScenicWAVES members said Islanders
should show an interest in the project now.
"Now is the time to be very active," said commit-
tee member and businessperson Barbara Rodocker,
adding that even if the project is 10-20 years off, "in
government, that's a short time."
Chiles, a vocal proponent of a replacement bridge,
said, "We're going to have one bridge in our lifetime.
... I would love to see this group get behind it. We
ought to go out and have a world-class designer."


Chiles said a new bridge should be as associated
with the Island as the Sunshine Skyway Bridge is
with Tampa Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge is with
San Francisco.
Bob Herrington, of the Sarasota/Manatee Metro-
politan Planning Organization, said the DOT plans
to establish a design committee and both local scenic
highway groups should be involved.
"Make sure you get folks from this group sitting
on that committee," Herrington said.
The committee plans to discuss its potential role
in designing a new bridge at a meeting at 1 p.m. May
3 at city hall.


Anna Maria Island Bridge. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff

Expect Cortez Bridge
night closures
The Florida Department of Transportation
was to begin a maintenance project April 12 on
the Cortez Bridge that would result in intermit-
tent lane closures between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.
each Thursday beginning April 15.
The Thursday closures will continue until
the project is completed, the DOT said. No
completion date was given by the DOT.


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THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 14, 2010 3 3


Meetings
Anna Maria City
April 19, 10:30 a.m., capital improvements
committee.
April 22, 7 p.m., city commission.
Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, 941-
708-6130, www.cityofannamaria.com.
Bradenton Beach
April 15, noon, emergency management work
session.
April 15, 1 p.m., city commission.
April 20, 1 p.m., community redevelopment
agency.
April 20, 4 p.m., charter review committee.
CANCELED
April 21, 9 a.m., special master.
April 21, 1 p.m., city commission work session.
Bradenton Beach City Hall, 107 Gulf Drive N.,
941-778-1005, www.cityofbradentonbeach.org.
Holmes Beach
April 21, 10 a.m., code enforcement.
April 22, 9 a.m., board of adjustment.
April 23, 1:30 p.m., police retirement board.
April 27, 7 p.m., city commission.
Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
941-708-5800, www.holmesbeachfl.org.
West Manatee Fire Rescue District
April 15, 6 p.m., district commission.
WMFR Station No. 1, 6001 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, 941-741-3900.
Of Interest
April 19, 9 a.m., Manatee County Tourist Devel-
opment Council, Holmes Beach City Hall.
April 19, 2:30 p.m., Island Transportation Plan-
ning Organization, Holmes Beach City Hall.
April 21, 2 p.m., Barrier Island Elected Offi-
cials, Holmes Beach City Hall.
Send notices to Lisa Neffat lisaneff@islander.org.


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4 E APRIL 14, 2010 U THE ISLANDER


PAR attorney seeks Stoltzfus, Conoly computers


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus was
right.
"It's going to get worse before it gets better," he
wrote in one of his recent e-mails.
It got worse April 8.
Attorney Valerie Fernandez, representing Michael
Barfield of Sarasota, filed an emergency motion with
the Manatee County Circuit Court asking that the
court seize the computers of Stoltzfus and planning
and zoning board member Jim Conoly to allow for
"inspection of public records."
On March 10, Barfield made a public records
request for the e-mails of both Stoltzfus and Conoly
relating to public business. Stoltzfus has delivered
four sets of e-mail records to the city, amounting to
more than 2,000 pages, but Conoly provided a rela-
tively small number of e-mails.
Fernandez said there was reason to believe that
Stoltzfus and/or Conoly may
have deleted e-mails pertaining
to public business.
Fernandez also claims
Conoly originally told the city
that he had taken his computer
to the Manatee County landfill,
but later said that he gave it to
si.. ft,:, the Salvation Army.


She asked the court to enter an emergency order
that the defendants turn over all electronic devices that
send or receive e-mails or other electronic messages.
Fernandez also asked the court to allow each
defendant's Internet service provider to access their
accounts to determine if any additional e-mails relat-
ing to public business are still available.
Attorney Ricinda Perry of Bradenton Beach also
signed the motion on behalf of Barfield.
While efforts to contact Stoltzfus were unsuc-
cessful, attorney Richard Harrison of the Tampa law
firm of Allan Dell, PA., said in an e-mail to the city
that he is representing Stoltzfus.
Harrison said in an e-mail reply to Perry that "the
requested relief is grossly overboard in light of the
facts," and that Stoltzfus has made every effort to
comply with Barfield's requests.
Harrison said that Conoly's conduct "may furnish
a more legitimate basis for some form of emergency
relief," but that has nothing to do with Stoltzfus.
Harrison also said in the e-mail that he was will-
ing to talk with Perry about the possibilities of reach-
ing an agreement to "preserve the information" on
Stoltzfus' computer, but would "vigorously oppose
any attempt to seize the commissioner's computer or
hard drive under the circumstances of this case."
Harrison said further he was willing to work with
Perry to schedule a hearing, but he did not believe the
allegations against Stoltzfus warranted an emergency


Conolv jokes over missing computer, e-mails


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria planning and zoning board member
Jim Conoly sent the city a letter April 9 explain-
ing some of his actions following a request for his
e-mails, the response he gave the city and the disposi-
tion of his home computer.
Conoly was served with a public records request
March 10 from government watchdog Michael Bar-
field of Sarasota. Barfield asked Conoly for copies of
all e-mails relating to public business sent or received
on his personal computer.
Barfield filed a legal action last week claiming
Conoly had not sent all of the
requested e-mails and may have
deleted some. An attorney rep-
resenting Barfield filed the writ
with the Manatee County Cir-
cuit Court asking that Conoly
hand over his computer.
In his letter, Conoly wrote:
Conoly "This letter should clear up
some questions regarding the
e-mails I have forwarded the city recently.
"First, let me say that I have never knowingly
deleted any city-related e-mails from my computer,
and over the years, have conducted very little city
business on the Internet. I hope you agree that I have
responded to all the city requests in a timely manner
and a spirit of cooperation.
"When I made a remark to Mr. Dye that my old com-
puter was going to the Lena landfill, I was only joking.
This will confirm in writing that my old computer was
disposed of by donating it to the Salvation Army."
Conoly apologized for the confusion caused
by his joke, and suggested he should have kept his


personal computer instead of giving it away. But he
claimed he only gave away the computer after com-
plying with Barfield's request.
"Each e-mail was forwarded to the city as indi-
vidual e-mails," Conoly said, "and for that reason,
I believed they would be in an acceptable format
and a part of the city of Anna Maria e-mail public
records."
While Conoly has said he does not have an attorney,
he may be eligible for an appointed attorney according to
the city's participation in the Florida League of Cities.
City attorney Jim Dye, in an April 9 e-mail to city
clerk Alice Baird, said the city is not involved in the
case of Barfield v. Stoltzfus and Conoly.
"Additionally, Commissioner Stoltzfus has inde-
pendent counsel at this point," wrote Dye.
But Dye suggested Conoly might be covered for
legal counsel under the city's insurance.
"I can't tell from the e-mails whether this involves
Mr. Conoly," Dye continued, "and a decision has not
been made on whether Mr. Conoly will get indepen-
dent counsel or whether an attorney can be provided
through the city's insurance coverage.
I1 II 'counsel comes from insurance coverage,
it won't be me. I do appreciate being kept informed
on all of this, however," Dye concluded.
A spokesperson with the Florida League of Cities
said the city would have to file a claim for legal coun-
sel with the city's insurance carrier to determine if
Conoly is eligible for coverage.
Mayor Fran Barford was out of town April 9 and
could not be reached for comment.
However, on contacting the Salvation Army in
Bradenton, The Islander confirmed, in direct contrast
to Conoly's claim, that the charity does not accept
computer donations.


hearing.
Conoly declined to comment when asked about
the motion, saying he does not have an attorney and
can't afford one.
Efforts to reach Harrison for further comment
were unsuccessful.
To view the court documents related to the writ of
mandamus filed by Fernandez, visit the Islander Web
site at www.islander.org and click on the link for Stoltz-
fus public records on the right side of the page.


Fernandez is


attorney for PAR

By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Mike Coleman last week announced what many
in Anna Maria suspected or knew: His company, Pine
Avenue Restoration, had retained an attorney in addi-
tion to Ricinda Perry "early on," he said, to "protect
the record and our rights." That attorney is Valerie
Fernandez.
Fernandez subsequently hired public records
expert Michael Barfield to obtain and analyze the
communications relating to city matters of Anna
Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus and city plan-
ning board member Jim Conoly through a public
records request.
Barfield also has requested the e-mails pertain-
ing to public business of Cathy Stoltzfus, wife of
the commissioner, along with those of city residents
Robin Wall, Nicky Hunt and former Commissioner
Duke Miller.
Barfield has alleged that Commissioner Stoltzfus
and the others named in his public records requests
formed a "shadow government" in the city that may
have operated outside of Florida's Sunshine laws.
"PAR has consistently operated according to
the codes and ordinances of the city, but we have
heard and seen evidence that PAR was being targeted
behind the scenes," Coleman said. "We thought it
necessary and responsible to establish the facts on
the record."
"Our legal counsel engaged Mr. Barfield know-
ing of his past transgressions," Coleman said. "He
was forthcoming about his past and he has paid the
S -' .b price" for any wrongdoing. "He
is now a citizen in good stand-
ing. "If the objective is to get at
the truth of the public record,
b however hidden or manipulated,
SMr. Barfield is the recognized
expert in that field.
C "Efforts by Commissioner
Coleman Stoltzfus to distract the message
by attacking the messenger are yet another example
of his practice of hiding his real agenda behind a
manufactured one."
Coleman said he believes the e-mails obtained
thus far indicate Harry Stoltzfus was targeting
PAR.
"The record is the record and we will let it speak
for itself," he said.
But, he said, "Many decent citizens voted for
Commissioner Stoltzfus. Only a very isolated few
voted for this."
The basis of the Florida Government-in-the-Sun-
shine law is to preserve the public's right to know.
According to the Government in the Sunshine
Web site, the Florida Supreme Court determined that
public records are all materials made or received by
an agency in connection with official business that
are used to perpetuate, communicate or formalize
knowledge. Public records are subject to inspection
unless a statutory exemption exists.
And to allow the maker or sender of documents
to dictate the circumstances under which documents
are deemed confidential would permit private parties
instead of the Legislature to determine which public
records are public and which are not.
Additionally, nothing in the law requires the
requestor to disclose the reason for the request.


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Commissioner Chuck Webb, an
attorney, said the city should not request an investi-
gation into potential Sunshine Law violations related
to Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus.
"There is the appearance of a very serious prob-
lem, but nothing where the city should act as an
enforcement agency," Webb said.
Webb was responding to a request by resident
Gene Aubry that the city forward all of Stoltzfus'
e-mails about city business recovered in a public
records request to the Florida attorney general.


Webb said it's more appropriate for individuals
to make such requests to the attorney general or other
agency that investigates public figures.
"It's whatever an individual wants to do," he
said.
Webb said he does not plan to become involved
in the controversy, just pay attention and learn all he
can about the e-mails.
"It's not something I want to stick my nose in
yet," he said. "Let the game play out."
Webb worked for Charlotte and Broward county
governments in Florida before entering private practice
on Anna Maria Island about 10 years ago.


Webb:'Let the game play out'




THE ISLANDER 0 APRIL 14, 2010 5 5

ScenicWAVES seeks to enhance city scenery


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Bradenton Beach ScenicWAVES advisory
committee is embarking on a stepped-up effort to
enhance public space and encourage improve-
ments to private space in 2010.
Meeting April 5, committee members took a
slide-show tour of locations in the city for improve-
ments public art, bicycle racks, news racks and
plants and also viewed inspired improvements in
other cities.
The committee, in its discussion, focused on
functional public art metalwork bicycle racks,
bi ighlul painted traffic light and utility boxes, murals
on walls and fixtures.
City project/program manager Lisa Marie Phil-
lips, who showed the slides, flashed an image of
a newly painted gas tank at the Bradenton Beach
Marina, 402 Church Ave.
The marina commissioned artist Pat O'Neill,
employed in the city's public works department, to
paint the mural, and has plans to commission more
murals.
"This is exceptional," said Phillips. "Give them
a call and tell them how much you appreciate this."
Committee members added that they hoped other
Bradenton Beach businesses might support a mural
campaign.
The committee also discussed adding more shade
and plants to Bridge Street, as well as planting wild-
flowers along the north side of Cortez Road from the
west end of the bridge to its intersection with Gulf
Drive.
At the end of the review, committee member Ed
Chiles motioned that a ScenicWAVES subcommittee
on beautification identify specific opportunities for
expanding and promoting public art, which passed
unanimously.
In other business, committee members dis-


cussed:
Expanding the hours of the bus service to the
Island. Bob Herrington, committee liaison from the
Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organiza-
tion, said expanded hours would not be happening in
the next fiscal year.
Herrington said Manatee County Area Transit
is facing budgetary constraints and possibly cuts in
service.
"Nothing is sacred, per Ed Hunzeker," Herrington
said, referring to cuts and the county administrator.
"There's no extensions being looked at right now.
Seeking park-and-ride grant funding for a shut-


tle service from Cortez and Coquina beaches to the
Bridge Street area.
"There are park-and-ride funds that are out there
and they get very little utilization in (Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation) District 1," Herrington
said.
He suggested applying for a grant to help pay for
electric vehicles, as well as a charge station.
ScenicWAVES will next meet at 1 p.m. Monday,
April 26, at city hall, 107 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton
Beach.
The committee also will meet at 1 p.m. Monday,
May 3, at city hall.


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6 E APRIL 14, 2010 U THE ISLANDER




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Stand up, speak up
Sometimes you have to step up and say something.
You might be thinking, that's just not right, and you find
the motivation to speak up.
Maybe you don't dine too often at Cafe on the Beach
at the Manatee Public Beach. But you should know that
the pancakes and the view can't be beat by any measure.
Whether you go for coffee in the morning, a hot dog or the
fried chicken buffet, the atmosphere, the friendly people
and the view improve every bite you take. It's golden, and
so are the sunsets.
And the couple who contracted years ago to run the
beach restaurant have woven their way into the fabric of
Anna Maria Island. They both have a long history on the
beach, and it includes a spirit of generosity and caring for
the Island community a place they and their families
have long called home.
Who could have more effervescence than Dee
Schaefer? She has welcomed guests to the beach with a
panache for so long, it's hard to imagine Cafe on the Beach
without her. She and husband Gene have partnered with
two restaurateurs for the past few years to make the cafe
even more appealing. And Dee's boutique at the beach is
a family affair, with daughter Dori on the team.
But this may all come to an end. And it could be
because you didn't speak up.
Last November, without so much as a phone call,
Manatee County decided not to renew the Schaefers'
option for another five years, and instead decided to fish
for a better deal.
Better deal? The Schaefers and P.S. Beach Associates
are guaranteeing $27,000 a month rain, shine or red
tide for the privilege to serve you.
The county committee reviewing the bids made it clear
they wanted new ideas and expanded appeal for tourists,
and three other companies bid to operate both Manatee
and Coquina beach concessions.
The committee got what it asked for, and will be rec-
ommending another company to run both operations.
Now we're not saying that Coquina couldn't use
appeal. Bike and kayak rentals might go well there, and
the company offers to have more in the way of events and
youth programs. That sounds good.
But we think Dee and Gene should remain for another
five years at Manatee Beach, while the other guys prove
themselves at Coquina.
P.S. Beach offered to keep the status quo at Manatee,
and that's because they listened to their customers, who
wrote letters and signed petitions pleading for them to
stay.
Our community needs to keep Cafe on the Beach -
Dee, Gene, Dori, Tommy and loannis and the team at the
restaurant because it is part of our community.
Hurry and speak up.
Look online at www.islander.org for phone numbers
and addresses to lobby your county commissioners.

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Relax
I think we all need to relax a little. Harry Stoltz-
fus is not the problem, he is the solution.
It must be apparent by now that we have had the
developers deep into our city government and they
have had their way for around two years.
We, the residents of Anna Maria, have been
asleep while the Pine Avenue Ruination people have
been stacking the deck.
We rallied to the cause in November when we
elected Stoltzfus to be a commissioner. He told us he
was a fighter and he was in our comer. He is a fighter,
and he is fighting for us.
We probably can't stop the buildings that are
planned on Pine Avenue (21 lots so far), but we can
make them conform to our codes, land-development
regulations and comprehensive plan.
We have three really good commissioners work-
ing to try and preserve our beautiful city. Hats off to
John Quam, Dale Woodland and Stoltzfus.
In November, we will have a new mayor and
more people representing the residents and less for
the developers. Let's support the people who are
working hard for us.
We are proud of you, Stoltzfus.
Steve Doyle, Anna Maria

Community in chaos
As a residential property owner on Pine Avenue
in Anna Maria, I felt compelled to voice my opinion
on the ongoing war and unacceptable antics of some
of the Anna Maria city commissioners.
City government must be done in the sunshine
in front of the world, not behind closed doors with
secret e-mails and phone calls.
The city must put a stop to this at once by all legal
means.
I feel the Pine Avenue Restoration project is just
beautiful mixed-use. Going green and only going


two stories high with Island architectural flare has
enhanced the beauty and charm of Anna Maria.
Bravo.
Trying to stop this great PAR project is open-
ing the city to major lawsuits, which could bankrupt
Anna Maria. As a property owner, this is my greatest
fear. Please, let clearer heads prevail in the sun-
shine.
Jane Grossman, Anna Maria

'Kettle' question
Regarding the front page articles in the April
7 issue of The Islander "'Shadow government'
records requested" and "County funds EDC, business
tax on hold":
In the Anna Maria "shadow government" contro-
versy, one might wonder what shadow has hired "watch-
dog Michael Barfield" and who is funding his attorney
Is it a matter of the pot calling the kettle... ?"
Meanwhile, countywide the county commission
allocated $196,000 and then approved an additional
$400,000 to "an arm of the Manatee Chamber of
Commerce."
Anna Maria citizens could only hope for such
freedom and such influence on government.
Diane Caniff Anna Maria


Welcome 'the Bird'
The Islander is proud to welcome Joe Bird
to its talented team of contributors with his edi-
torial cartoon, featuring "Astheworld Terns."
Bird worked at the former Islander newspa-
per in the 1970s, attended Ringling School of Art
and Design and works now in electronic media.
He is currently working on several projects for
the Discovery TV network from his Mississippi
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THE ISLANDER U APRIL 14, 2010 U 7

Easter parade nixed, maybe next year TT TIslander


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
A planned Easter parade in Anna Maria April 3
was canceled after an anonymous complainer tele-
phoned Anna Maria code enforcement officer Gerry
Rathvon.
Mike Coleman of Pine Avenue Restoration LLC
organized the parade, which he described as a stroll
from the Sandbar Restaurant to a vacant lot on Pine
Avenue owned by PAR to hold an Easter party. But
he did not apply for a permit.
Coleman said he didn't think he needed a permit
because the kids and parents would follow the Easter
bunny on the sidewalk, not down the vehicle lanes
on Pine Avenue.
But Rathvon said she got an anonymous tele-
phone call prior to the event asking if a special event
permit had been issued.
Rathvon called Coleman to say the parade could
not be held because of safety concerns on Pine
Avenue.
Coleman said he told parents to bring their chil-
dren to a Pine Avenue lot for an Easter party after the

Historical society to house
newspaper collection
The Anna Maria Island Historical Society
museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, will archive
a bound collection of Islander newspapers.
The collection will be complete for the years
1992 through 2009.
The Islander provides its publication in books
of six months worth of weekly editions to the
Island Branch Library in Holmes Beach, Tingley
Memorial Library in Bradenton Beach. The his-
torical society board recently accepted a gift of
books from the newspaper to add to its museum
collection.


Dina Gomez, 14, and Carolyn Cullinan, 13, over-
see the egg roll contest hosted by businesses on
Pine Avenue April 3.


Sandbar's annual egg hunt.
"It wasn't going to be a real parade," said Cole-
man. "The parents and kids were going to follow the
Easter Bunny down the sidewalk. I didn't think we
had to kill the Easter Bunny, but somebody did."
City policy is to allow anonymous complaints to
the code enforcement officer, and Rathvon said she
had two anonymous complaints about the planned
parade.
She said a permit was required because the parade
would cross the Pine Avenue-Gulf Drive intersec-
tion.
Any event in which people have to cross a city
street or walk on a city street requires a permit, Rath-
von said.

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In the April. 12, 2000, issue of
The Islander, headlines announced:
Bradenton Beach commissioners rejected a plea
by then-Mayor Gail Cole to discuss a third bridge
from the mainland to Anna Maria Island that would
bring traffic directly to Coquina Beach. Vice Mayor
John Chappie said he'd gladly discuss the issue if
the bridge were located on Longboat Key. Cole
brought the issue up after Longboat Key approved a
resolution supporting a bridge from the mainland to
Coquina Beach.
Janine Robinson of Anna Maria was cited by
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion officers for mutilating a dead loggerhead turtle
at Bean Point. Witnesses said the woman told them
she planned to chop up the turtle and sell its shell.
Robinson also was cited for having an open container
of alcohol on the beach.
Anna Maria city officials amended a grant to
the Florida Department of Community Affairs to
request that undisbursed funds for a halted $500,000
stormwater drainage grant be used to redesign Spring
Avenue, where some swales had been constructed as
part of the defunct project.

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8 E APRIL 14, 2010 U THE ISLANDER


Am commission, P&Z ponder parking solutions


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria's joint work session of the city com-
mission and planning and zoning board April 8 made
some headway toward revising parking and traffic
regulations in the city's retail-office-residential dis-
trict on Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive.
But the proposed changes presented by city plan-
ner Alan Garrett were not received with unanimous
consent. There remains a dispute over whether a
parking-safety issue exists on Pine Avenue.
Commission Chairman John Quam said the work
session was to develop an ROR parking plan that is
"consistent with the comprehensive plan," is a "work-
able plan for development and redevelopment" and
is "acceptable to our community."
The parking safety issue was raised by Com-
missioner Harry Stoltzfus, who alleged that many
ROR projects approved by the city added to a safety
problem on Pine Avenue. He claimed the approved
plans contradict the city's comprehensive plan and
land-development regulations.
Commissioners and board members were split
over a number of proposals, but, eventually agreed
to ordinance changes that, if adopted, would:
Tailor the size and number of driveways and
curb cuts on each property to each zoning district,
noting there is less intensity in the residential dis-
trict.
Allow developers of a corner lot to have flex-
ibility on where driveways should be located.
Reduce the minimum size of a parking stall to
9 by 19 feet.
Require one parking space for each 400 square
feet of commercial space in a development.
Prohibit parallel parking in the rights of way on
Pine Avenue.
An informal vote was 7-5 against allowing a
property owner to use parallel parking spaces in front
of a business.
Stoltzfus objected to giving ROR developers flex-
ibility on driveway location and said he was opposed
to giving any developer the right to use parallel park-
ing spaces.


But city attorney Jim Dye cautioned that, despite
popular opinion, the city does not own the right of
way. The right of way is owned by property owners,
although the city has a permanent easement to use
that area of ROW, he said.
Stoltzfus next said he wants to eliminate all back-
out parking in the ROR, but Stover noted that this
would make a lot of properties non-conforming. The
city should be "very careful" with the issue, he said.
Garrett said the city could grandfather current
parking arrangements, but P&Z board member Frank
Pytel opposed that because of parking problems at
Galati Marine at the end of South Bay Boulevard.
In fact, the city has back-out parking at a number
of city-owned properties, including Bayfront Park
and the city pier, as well as numerous commercial
locations, including the former post office plaza and
the community center.
The group discussed allowing flexible setbacks to
developers to create a rear parking area, and Garrett
proposed a 5-foot setback at the front of a property
to allow parking in the rear.
Garrett also provided a scale drawing of an ROR
development with a 5-foot setback that would have
all parking on-site. The drawing, however, was for a
104-by-145-foot corner lot.
Mike Coleman of Pine Avenue Restoration LLC
said Garrett should examine parking on a 52-by-100-
foot lot the size of many ROR lots and bring
that diagram to the next meeting to see how on-site
parking will work.
Members and commissioners agreed to continue
talk of flexible setbacks at their next meeting.
Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick said that from
the discussions, it appears the city has discarded the
parking plan offered by architect Gene Aubry that
included angle parking on Pine Avenue.
Not quite, responded Quam.
"We may have to come back to the Aubry plan"
if the drawings for a smaller lot show on-site parking
is unworkable.
Lizzie Vann Thrasher, owner of the Anna Maria
General Store and several other properties on Pine
Avenue, also wondered what happened to the Aubry


plan.
She suggested the city hire impartial experts to
study the parking problem. At the same time, the
study could project how Pine Avenue parking will
look in 10 years and provide professional advice on
how to deal with that projection.
From her observations of traffic in front of her
store Easter weekend, she said if the city adopts its
parking plan requiring curb cuts, it would be "a disas-
ter" for cyclists and pedestrians.
Businessman John Cagnina predicted the pro-
posed changes to traffic circulation will produce
nothing but strip centers on Pine Avenue and Gulf
Drive.
Aubry concurred with Cagnina. "It will be a
disaster," he said, adding that Garrett's diagram of
parking is unworkable because of the required turn-
ing radius.
Janet Aubry said the meeting is "back to where it
started." She suggested the "perceived safety issue"
is being brought forward "to go after a developer,"
although Quam said her comment was out of order.
And Coleman objected that the comprehensive
plan's goal and objective of "encouraging mixed use"
is being ignored.
Nothing proposed at the meeting encourages
mixed-use and there are no lots on Pine Avenue that
will fit Garret's configuration, he said.
The reason the city is ignoring the Aubry plan,
Coleman said, is "because it doesn't fit the objective.
The objective is to bulldoze buildings."
Coleman was referencing an e-mail from Stoltz-
fus to Nicky Hunt in which Stoltzfus said he'd like
to see a "bulldozer visiting 315/317, 403/405, and
maybe even certain residences along Pine."
The subject properties owned by PAR are 401
and 403 Pine Ave. and 315 and 317 Pine Ave.
The owner of a private home at 405 Pine Ave.
visited The Islander and city hall last week to ask
why her home was targeted for the bulldozer, but
it is assumed Stoltzfus erred in naming the PAR
address.
The next joint work session was scheduled for 6
p.m. April 29 at city hall.


Stoltzfus tells Hunts back-out parking 'OK'


By Rick Catlin
Islander Reporter
Anna Maria Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus has
condemned back-out parking at Pine Avenue Res-
toration LLC's completed retail-office-residential
projects on Pine Avenue as unsafe, and he claims
the practice violates the city's comprehensive plan.
At the same time, Stoltzfus said in a March 10
e-mail to developer Nicky Hunt that plans for the
ROR project she and her husband have for 303
Pine Ave. including back-out parking are OK
because they were approved before the city began
investigating the rules for parking.
Nicky Hunt had e-mailed Stoltzfus earlier that
she and her husband's site-plan "contravenes these
rules" and she expressed concern.
"Your site plan was approved prior to these rules
being brought to the attention of the city," wrote
Stoltzfus.
However, Stoltzfus advised the Hunts not to
begin construction until the issues with parking and
safety on Pine Avenue get settled.
"I'm going to suggest you delay building any-
thing until these issues get hashed out," Stoltzfus
wrote in the same e-mail.
The Hunts site-plan shows back-out parking on
Pine Avenue, the same type of parking arrangement
that Stoltzfus has claimed is illegal at PAR projects.
Coincidentally, the Hunts' property was the
subject of controversy during the November 2009
election campaign, when rumors circulated blaming
two of Stoltzfus' opponents for taking down a large
poinciana tree on the property, when in fact it was the
Hunts who cleared the land.
Two of PAR's already completed projects with
back-out parking were approved by the planning


A copy of the site-plan for 303 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, shows the proposed three-story building that will
have at least seven parking spaces that would require vehicles to back out onto Pine Avenue.


and zoning board in 2008 and 2009 respectively prior
to Stoltzfus' election to the commission.
Parking on Pine Avenue only became a focus
for the commission after Stoltzfus was elected in
November 2009.


And in recent e-mails, Stoltzfus suggested he
wanted to see back-out parking eliminated and PAR's
completed projects bulldozed.
Anna Maria's revised comprehensive plan was
adopted by the commission in November 2007.





THE ISLANDER U APRIL 14, 2010 E 9


United Parks Service given first nod for beaches


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
The Manatee and Coquina public beaches are
a step closer to a remodel that would include a Key
West look, as well as equipment and scooter rentals
and youth education programs.
A Manatee County committee April 7 recom-
mended that United Parks Services Inc. operate
the concessions at both Manatee Public Beach and
Coquina Beach.
Manatee Public Beach is in Holmes Beach and
Coquina Beach is in Bradenton Beach, but both parks
are managed and maintained by the county.
For about two months, the committee of Melissa
Assha of the county purchasing department, Elliott
Falcione, executive manager of the Bradenton Area
Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Cindy Turner of
the county parks and recreation department, reviewed
four companies' proposals and presentations.
The committee's overall ranking for Manatee
was, in order, UPS, PS. Beach Associates, Logger-
head's Beach Cafe and Blue Wave.
For Coquina, the committee's ranking was UPS,
Loggerhead's and Blue Wave.
PS. Beach Associates has operated both conces-
sions for 18 years, but its contract expires July 21 and
the operators did not submit a proposal for Coquina.
If the Manatee County Board of Commissioners
approves the committee's recommendation, UPS will
have a five-year contract to operate both beaches.
UPS president Alan Kahana said in his proposal
that he established his company in 2006 to provide
food and beverage sales and rental services at Fort
De Soto Park in St. Petersburg and other venues.
At Manatee, Kahana said he plans on keeping the
all-you-can-eat pancakes tradition. He also proposed
an ice cream and coffee shop to replace the indoor
dining room.
UPS told the committee that it wants to add a tiki


bar outside the restaurant.
"I also thought they shared the same vision as
us on where they looked at the building and where
they would make capital improvements to make the
building more aesthetically pleasing, but at the same
time keep that Island feel," Turner said.
Assha said of UPS, "Their marketing plan was
the strongest of the proposals because they branched
out and took on mediums that were pleasing to me.
They're a solid company."
For Coquina Beach, UPS emphasized kayak and
bicycle rentals. The committee liked UPS's ideas,
saying the bay side of the beaches is ideal for kayaks,
and the new trail system is fitting for bikes. UPS also
proposed a dinner buffet and special events.
"I think they covered all corners," Falcione said.
"It goes back to my mindset as a tourism person is,
'How we can be different from other destinations?'
Amenities play a part in that. I think their unique
style they bring to the table makes our destination
different. There's so much competition worldwide for
tourism business that we have to think that way."
After the committee first reviewed the proposals,
it felt the proposals were neglecting Coquina.
"I really believe Coquina lends itself for becom-
ing a true destination," Turner said at the time.
But by the April 7 meeting, UPS had come up
with better ideas for Coquina. Falcione added, "I
don't think (UPS) let off the gas pedal for the second
(Coquina) presentation. They were right up there with
how they presented themselves at Manatee Beach.
The vision was there and obviously the uniqueness
and creativity."
The committee predicted UPS would attract more
tourists than the others, something they said the state
sorely needs. Falcione reminded the committee that
tourism generates sales tax needed by the state to
buffer a $3 billion deficit.
Although PS. Beach Associates was ranked


second of the four Manatee Beach proposers, the
committee cited a lack of creative ideas. On the other
hand, the committee commended PS. Beach Associ-
ates' quality of food and experience.
Lo n.c. 1i.cd's Beach Cafe impressed the com-
mittee with its enthusiasm and plan. It proposed a
Loggerhead turtle theme at both beaches, including
Loggerhead T-shirts and hats.
"Of all the presentations, in my opinion, Logger-
head's had the best business model and presentation,"
Turner said.
But the committee cited a lack of experience in
the company led by Robert Kline, a food-concession
company operating from Tampa to Key West since
1999.
Blue Wave, a division of Sunrise Sunset Con-
cessions in Nokomis, with president Peder Jansson,
made proposals for both beach operations. The busi-
ness has contracts providing concession food services
at Siesta Key Beach, Snook Haven Restaurant, Mana-
tee Golf Course and Buffalo Creek Golf Course.
The committee acknowledged Blue Wave's
experience and proposal for cheap prices. But the
committee didn't think Blue Wave's compensation
package to the county was the best, nor did it think
the proposals showed creativity.
"(Jansson) had ideas and threw them out there,
and they just weren't well thought out," Assha said.
If selected by the county, UPS would begin oper-
ations at both beaches July 21.
Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore,
who chairs the county tourist development council,
said she is not happy with the recommendation, but
she will have to examine the details.
"I've never heard one complaint about the cur-
rent vendor (PS. Beach) since they had it," Whitmore
said. "I haven't looked at what was offered because I
personally tried to stay out of it as not to be swayed
in anyway."


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is said to have taken.
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10 feet longer.
The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage boat-
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replica boat used by de Soto.
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The festival will have a range of events and

Knight Foundation awards
library grant
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
awarded a $250,000 to Manatee County to expand
its library computer program.
The grant will allow information systems to
expand the bandwidth on existing computers at each
of the library branches, as well as provide for the
installation of 10 stand-alone computers, including
two new computers at the Island Branch Library.
The new computers will be used for completing
government forms, filling out job applications and
legal paperwork.
"Libraries have always been an invaluable
resource for job-hunters this is especially true in
today's difficult economic times." said Cheri Coryea,
director of Manatee County's neighborhood services
department.
"Libraries are the greatest providers of free Inter-
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and information they need to make decisions about
their lives," said George Martinez of the Knight
Foundation. "Through this initiative, we hope to
augment libraries' roles as vital community centers
while helping to create engaged and informed com-
munities."
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dation initiative benefiting library users in 20 com-
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WMFR Auxiliary collects for sale
Members of the West Manatee Fire Rescue Aux-
iliary are collecting goods to sell at a yard sale Satur-
day, May 29, at the historic fire station, 201 Second
St. N., Bradenton Beach.
Items can be dropped off at the fire station or
donors can arrange for pickup by calling Rhoda
D'Ambra at 941-720-0426.

Garden club to hold meeting
The Anna Maria Garden Club will hold its final
meeting of the 2009-10 season at noon Wednesday,
April 21.
The club will meet at Roser Memorial Commu-
nity Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.


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Bien, right, discuss
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completed 25-foot
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boat-building facility
at the Cortez Com-
munity Center with
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Inset: Jerry Bien
sands the bow of
a 25-foot longboat
being constructed
at the FISH garage.
Islander Photos:
Nick Walter



small craft festival April 16-18
features including sailing, paddling, racing, boat
building, guest speakers, sea shanty singing, food,
exhibits, children's activities, a nautical flea market
and a post-festival gunk-hole trip around Tampa
Bay.
"We're also looking for volunteers, preferably
with talent," Pitt added.
FISH volunteers are building the boat from
scratch. The hull is Okoume plywood, the deck is
Spanish cedar, the oar locks are buttonwood, and the
rest of the boat is Cortez pine.
"This keeps me busy," said volunteer Jerry Bien
as he sands the tip of the bow. "Otherwise, I'd go
crazy.
Roger Allen, Cortez historic sites manager, said
the project is contracted for about $10,000, including
design and construction.
The boat also will be on display at the De
Soto National Park in a re-enactment of de Soto's
landing as well as at the April 24 grand party and
after-party parade, all part of Bradenton's DeSoto
Heritage Festival. The enactment will depict how
de Soto may have arrived on this area's shores in
the early 1500s.
"De Soto used to go up rivers and kill Indians
and take their stuff," Pitt said. "It's all about heritage
now, not hate."
Island chamber offers
Tampa Bay Rays tickets
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
is offering discounted Tampa Bay Rays tickets.
The chamber has tickets for each Rays' home
game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
The tickets for outfield seats are available at the
chamber office, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, on
a first-come first-serve basis.
The ticket prices are $24 to $27.
For more information, call the chamber at 941-
778-1541.

Rotary announces programs
The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets
Tuesday at noon at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200
Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.
The calendar of programs includes:
April 20, Angela Walsh of Manatee Children's
Services discussing homelessness.
April 27, past district governor Carter Montross
discussing polio immunization in India.
Island Dems to meet
The Anna Maria Island Democratic Club will
meet at noon Monday, April 19, at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach.
The club's speaker will be Doug Heinlen of
AARP discussing senior-related legislative issues.
Lunch will cost $12 for members, $15 for non-
members.
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Island Gallery West members Cecy Richardson, Lee Mears, ~',,i .. I Rush Dean, Joe Fletcher and Carole
Dougherty at a mural outside the gallery, which is observing its 20th anniversary this month.


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By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The morning minutes tick by, and, one by one,
members of Island Gallery West arrive.
Each is an artist.
Each is a member of the IGW co-op.
And each contributes in a variety of ways to the
Holmes Beach gallery marking its 20th year in opera-
tion this month.
Joe Fletcher, for example, is known as a nature
photographer, but also is known as IGW's handyman,
electrician, "fix-it guy."
And painter Lee Mears is affectionately known
at IGW as "the boss."
"I think that's because I write the checks," said
Mears. "And because, if someone doesn't have an
answer to a question, they say, 'Call Lee.'"
Island Gallery West opened in April 1990 at its
current location, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The gallery has always operated as an artist
co-op, with no paid employees members take turns
staffing the store and help run the business.
Co-op originals include James Pay, Sidney McK-
enna, Mary Worobec, Helen DeForge, Thelma Weeks,
Irene Murphy, Judy Adams, Bren Jackson and Jane
Fitzgerald.
But Mears has been involved almost from the
start, when the Anna Maria Island Art League was
headquartered in a backroom at the gallery.
Mears, originally from New York City and a local
resident since 1968, paints, as well as works in mixed
media.
Painting, she said, is a source of happiness.
"I wanted to have someplace to show my work,"
said Mears, who was invited to apply to become an IGW
member, a competitive, juried process. The gallery cur-
rently has a waiting list of potential members.
Cortez artist Cecy Richardson became an IGW
member about 12 years ago, after completing a three-
month trial period at the gallery.
Richardson's path to becoming an artist is an
interesting one. A nurse by profession, she was
making sketches of newborn babies. Someone in
the neo-natal ward noticed how good the sketches
were and said they should be left with the children
as keepsakes, not tossed in the trash as doodles.
Irene Murphy,
a leader and Island Galle
one of the orig-
inal members
ofIGW, was
gallery "sit-
ting" the day a
fire started in
the restaurant
next door. After
evacuating,
she continued
"sitting. "


Richardson, in turn, talked painter pal Shirley
Rush Dean into becoming an IGW member. Dean
and Richardson had been showing and selling their
work at outdoor shows, but, Dean remembered, "I
was beginning to accumulate paintings."
She was aware that she needed to sell some of
those paintings to recoup her investment in their cre-
ation.
"I like to say I like to pay for my vice," Dean
said.
Recouping investment also is part of the reason
Fletcher became an IGW member about six years
ago. He had been encouraged to join by IGW member
and photographer Richard Stewart.
Fletcher also received some encouragement from
his wife. He remembered his spouse saying, "No
more photography stuff until you sell something."
Some artists can date their membership in the
co-op as B.F. or A.F. before or after a fire, which
took place 13 years into operation. The fire broke out
next door to the gallery, in a now defunct restaurant,
but caused smoke damage at IGW.
Mears remembered that Fletcher became a
member "right around the time of the fire," in part
because Fletcher "refurbished the whole back room.
He became our handyman."
Artist Carole Dougherty is an after-the-fire
member. She had been a member at Art Center Mana-
tee in Bradenton and was recruited to the IGW.
She remembered Mears inviting her, calling her
work "different."
IGW membership is currently at 28 artists, which
is about capacity.
"We all bring something a little bit different in
art," Dougherty said.
Artists, who mostly work in home studios, rent
space in the gallery, as well as sit in the gallery one
day a month, from open to close. The gallery also gets
15 percent of a sale, which members say is consider-
ably less than the 50 percent or more that many other
galleries collect in commission.
By monitoring the gallery, the artists become
familiar with one another and the work on display.
"It's a great way to learn what the other artists
do," Richardson said.
By sitting, the artists also learn about the interests
of patrons, especially tourists.
L\ cNiybody wants to take a piece of the Island
home with them," said Dougherty

Mark the date
Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach, will celebrate its 20th anniver-
sary from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 17.
The gallery will host a sidewalk sale with live
music, refreshments and art demonstrations.
For more information, call the gallery at
941-778-6648 or visit IGW's Web site at www.
islandgallerywest.com and its fan page on Face-
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A glimpse into diverse fishers from about 200
years ago invaded the Florida Maritime Museum in
Cortez April 10.
Visitors to the museum viewed exhibits featuring
maps, artifacts and historical information, as well as
presentations about handmade fishing boats, fishing
nets and the culture of Cuban ranchos.
Bob Edic, author of "Fisherfolk of Charlotte
Harbor," gave a slide-show presentation.


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Harbor, speaks to an audience at Rancho Regatta
April 10 at the Florida Maritime Museum in
Cortez.


"He showed how commercial fishing in Boca
Grande is gone," said Roger Allen of the Florida
Maritime Museum. "This fishing village is still here
because people have had to fight so hard and that
became apparent in the presentation."
The exhibit depicted, in part, a history about
Cuban fishing ranchos from the late 18th century.
Cuba's south Florida fishing fleet was comprised
of several shallow-drift sailing vessels that in the
late fall and winter months would sail north to the
Florida coastline. The fishermen would spend four
or five months fishing in areas such as Tampa Bay
and Charlotte Harbor and return to Cuba to sell
their catch.
"I thought it was great," said visitor Linda Edic
about the presentations. "It's important to educate."
University of South Florida graduate student
Meg Stack researched much of the information for
the exhibits.
"People don't know much about this," Stack
said.
The exhibit will continue at the De Soto National
Memorial Park April 18, Wheedon Island Preserve
Cultural and Natural History Center May 15, and
Lemon Bay Indian Mound Park June 19.



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lery and coffee shop
in Bradenton Beach.
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including produce from
Ruby's road-side stand
where her signs first
brought her notice, were
a one-day event April
10. Islander Photo:
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selling tickets and sponsorships for its signature fund-
raising event the annual Affaire to Remember.
The black-tie optional gala will take place at 5:30
p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Center, 407 Magnolia
Ave., Anna Maria.
This year, the jazz-themed event will include a
reception with hors d'oeuvre at 5:30 p.m., followed
by dinner catered by Harry's Continental Kitchens
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The evening also will include silent and live auc-
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Sponsorships range from the bronze $1,000 to
the diamond $10,000.
Last year's Affaire to Remember raised $125,000
for the Center.
For more information, call the Center at 941-778-
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Kiwanis to meet
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets
Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Cafe on the Beach, Manatee
Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The calendar includes:
April 17, Cindi Harrison of the Anna Maria
Elementary School.
April 24, Lori Johnson of the Literacy Council
of Manatee County.
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By Lisa Neff "The birds are on the beach and not walking
Islander Reporter around," Fox said. "I believe it is possible they have
.nna Maria Island Turtle Watch's shorebird pro- chosen their nesting spots. Sure wish it were back
n program last week marked off a possible nest- farther in the dunes, but there were cat tracks there
*ea on the beach in Anna Maria. ... so maybe this is best."
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on the beaches during the 2010 season, which offi-


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Fox said she was concerned about the nesting
location because she saw ATV tracks.
"I feel it is time to give these little birds a hand
with a little more protection and also to get a chance
to educate some beach walkers," Fox said.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission, meanwhile, issued an appeal for beachgoers
to not disturb nesting birds and to keep out of staked
areas.
"Many species are threatened, including the
least tern, black skimmer, American oystercatcher
and some plovers," said FWC chairman Rodney Bar-
reto. "Most of the 42 million tourists here just from
January to June will be on the beach at some point.
That's a lot of foot traffic where birds might be nest-
ing."
Big-beaked oystercatchers usually nest in shal-
low depressions scraped out of the sand.
Black skimmers nest in colonies, also in simple
scrapes in open sand. The skimmers, found on the
Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts, are a species of
special concern, according to FWC.
The least tern lays eggs from mid-April in South
Florida to the beginning of May to the north. The
eggs don't hatch until 21 days later and, although the
young leave the nest in a few days, they can't fly to
safety for another three weeks.
Snowy plovers build shallow, open scrape nests
within sight of the Gulf and near the front dune line.
Nests often are located near objects, such as logs,
debris or small clumps of vegetation and are fre-
quently located near least tern colonies.
"Next time you are enjoying the scenery along
Florida's beaches, also look down and watch your
step," Barreto said. "Resist the temptation to run
toward a flock of birds to get them to take wing for
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Mote founder inducted into hall of fame


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The Florida Commission on the Status of Women
inducted Mote Marine Laboratory founder Dr. Eug-
enie Clark into the Florida Women's Hall of Fame
March 23.
Clark lives in Sarasota.
The commission, with Florida Attorney General
Bill McCollum at the induction ceremony in Tal-
lahassee, also inducted the late Claudine Ryce of
Miami and Dara Torres of Coral Springs into the hall
of fame.
"I'm proud to be associated with such a dynamic
group of leaders, innovators and role models," said
Attorney General McCollum. "These inductees and
the Commissioners are truly remarkable Floridians."
Gov. Charlie Crist provided the commission with
a list of 10 nominees from which to select this year's
inductees.
Crist, in a statement, said, "These women are
shining role models and are not only pioneers in their
respective career fields, but also making a difference
in Florida communities statewide. I am confident each
will continue to be a leader and offer counsel and
guidance to future generations of Florida women."
The Florida Women's Hall of Fame honors women
who, through their lives and efforts, have made signifi-
cant contributions to the improvement of life for women
and for all citizen of Florida. The event honoring the
inductees serves as an acknowledgment of lifetime
achievement, as well as a celebration.
Clark an explorer, marine biologist and teacher
- is known worldwide as "The Shark Lady."
In 1955, she founded a small marine laboratory
that became the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota,
now a national center for shark and marine mammal
research.
A professor emerita at the University of Mary-
land, Clark is the recipient of many awards for explo-


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ration, science and education, including her 2008
induction into the International Explorer's Society.
She continues to lead diving expeditions to many
parts of the world in search of new knowledge about
the nature and habits of ocean animals.
Clark said, "Even as a young girl, I never let
being a woman stop me from trying to do something
I really wanted to do, especially if it concerned fishes
or the underwater world.
"Now, after more than 50 years in science, this
same drive to understand the sea life I love keeps
me active and always learning. My advice to girls
who want to get into science is: Follow your heart
and take a lot of math. You'll grow to understand the
importance of the pure science of math as much as

Mote to host coast

lighting workshop
Mote Marine Laboratory will host its fifth Turtle
and Coastal Lighting Workshop from 9 a.m. to 11:30
a.m. Tuesday, April 20.
The free program will take place in Mote's
Hendry Conference Center, 1600 Ken Thompson
Pkwy., Sarasota.
The program focuses on lighting regulations on
the coast during turtle nesting season, which officially
begins May 1.
Speakers include Tony Tucker and Kristen
Mazzarella from Mote Marine, Bruce St. Denis and
Heidi Micale from Longboat Key town government,
Keri Nelson from Sarasota County Environmental
Services, Suzi Fox from Anna Maria Island Turtle
Watch, Don Sayre from Florida Power & Light, Ann
Marie Lauritsen from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
and Eric Seckinger from Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission.
For more information, call Mote at 941-388-
4441, ext. 235.

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the fascinating creatures you study."
Mote, as it celebrates 55 years, also received state
honors last week in the form of a resolution intro-
duced by state Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton.
Bennett recognized Mote's "broad array of
Marine research," its "first-rate" education efforts and
its outreach through the public Mote Aquarium.
Mote president Kumar Mahadevan said last
week, "We owe this honor to our astounding Mote
family of scientists, staff, trustees and volunteers,
along with the Florida communities and legislators
that have supported us through 55 years of marine
research and education efforts. Thanks to you, our
one-room laboratory has grown to be a world-class
research and education institution."


Dead sea turtle found
Beachgoers discovered a dead green sea turtle,
about 18 inches in length and weighing less than
10 pounds. It was partially covered by sand on the
shore near the 38th Street beach access in Holmes
Beach April 9. It was the second report of a dead sea
turtle that day to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch. A
cause of death was not yet known, but AMITW exec-
utive director Suzi Fox said, "On the West coast, we
are feeling the fall out of the cold." However, Fox
said an AMITW saw a juvenile green turtle feeding
in the Intracoastal Waterway, which was welcome
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Pelicans fly off endangered list


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The brown pelican is taking flight from the
list of threatened and endangered species.
"At a time when so many species of wildlife are
threatened, we once in a while have an opportunity
to celebrate an amazing success story," U.S. Interior
Secretary Ken Salazar said in a statement.
"The brown pelican," Salazar said, "is back."
To Anna Maria Island residents who see brown
pelicans daily, Salazar's proclamation that the bird
"is back" might seem curious.
But the brown pelican as a species was hunted for
its feathers, forced out of coastal habitats by devel-
opment and decimated by the use of the pesticide
DDT.
The bird was declared endangered in 1970 under
the U.S. Endangered Species Preservation Act, which
preceded the Endangered Species Act.
Federal and state agencies, as well as tribal orga-
nizations and non-profits responded to the pelican's
plight. In 1972, the government banned the use of
DDT and, over the years, a series of programs to
bring back the species were carried out, including a
13-year capture-and-release project involving Florida
and Louisiana.
"This is truly a success story that the whole nation
can celebrate," stated Sam Hamilton, director of the


a pelican inai was injurea ana neipea oy istana
veterinarian Bill Bystrom after it became entangled
in fishing line. Islander Photo: Courtesy Jeannie
Bystrom

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Fourteen years ago, the brown pelican population
in Florida, Alabama and Georgia was removed from
the list of endangered species.
The government action last week certifies that
the population is healthy in other areas of the United


States, although federal regulations under the Migra-
tory Bird Treaty Act and the Lacey Act will continue
to provide protections for the birds, their nests and
their eggs.
Environmentalists welcomed the report -
widely anticipated that the brown pelican would
be removed from the endangered species list, but also
remained cautious.
"De-listing or down-listing any species is a dif-
ficult process that is not taken lightly," said David
Williamson, a Manatee County Audubon Society
member who coordinates bird counts in the area,
including the annual Christmas count on Anna Maria
Island. "Hopefully the appropriate science was done
before taking this step. In some cases, special inter-
est can force the issue, which causes politics to get
in the way of what is best for wildlife and the greater
good."
Rick Greenspun of the Sarasota Birding Guide
noted that safeguards remain and that government
agencies, as well as environmental groups, will con-
tinue to monitor the pelican population.
De-listing ... indicates that efforts on behalf of an
endangered species have paid off," Greenspun said,
adding, "The environmental community is still vigi-
lant and constantly is monitoring sensitive species
to ensure that they remain healthy. One victory at a
time."


Pelican rescuers report spike in injuries


By Lisa Neff
Islander Reporter
The brown pelican is coming off the endangered
species list in the United States, but threats against
the birds remain, especially near piers, marinas and
other fishing spots.
Earlier this month, Islander Jeannie Bystrom
freed two pelicans that had become caught in trees
in a rookery in Bimini Bay.
"They were tied up and tangled in the trees," she
said.
Other birds, Bystrom said, could be seen "hang-
ing dead" in the trees.
Her husband, Island veterinarian Bill Bystrom,
performed surgery on one of the pelicans.
"He had worn a gaping hole in his neck rubbing
on the branch he was tied to," Jeannie Bystrom said.
"His wing was attached to a lower branch and he was
stuck in the water."
The bird, however, did not survive.
Amateur fishers "are hooking pelicans, gulls,
herons, egrets like crazy," said Gail Straight of Wild-
life Inc. in Bradenton Beach.
Wildlife rescue experts such as the Straights of
Wildlife Inc. urge fishers to clean up their lines and
hooks, and have called for the removal of cleaning
stations on piers to reduce the number of fishers who
toss carcasses into the water, which encourages birds
to become too friendly with humans.
They also urge fishers not to toss fish remains in
the water, because the carcasses, as well as bones,
can be too large to swallow. Instead of feeding, the
birds can starve.
"It's not unusual to see a pelican with a hook
embedded in its pouch and fishing line trailing behind
it," said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission chair Rodney Barreto. "This can cause the
soft skin of the bird's pouch to tear. Such injuries can
sometimes become infected, which can lead to those
individuals becoming sick and weak. In extreme
cases, the bird may die from illness or from starva-
tion because it weakens to the point where it can't
get enough food."
Straight said Wildlife Inc. is caring for birds
recovering that had to have stitches to mend.
"Many pouches ripped open," Straight said.
"Hooks everywhere. I would love to see people use
barbless hooks.
"And they need to reel in the bird and get the
hook out, not cut the line off so they go into the man-
groves at night and the fishing line gets caught ... and
they hang until they die."
Two years ago, the FWC enacted some rules


A team of bird Samaritans assists a brown pelican
injured by fishing line and a hook and found near
Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach. Islander Photo:
Bonner Joy

intended to protect pelicans and other birds attracted
to fishing spots.


One rule banned the feeding of pelicans in an
effort to reduce injuries to the birds, as well as depen-
dency on humans for food.
The FWC also banned the dumping or discharg-
ing of large amounts of fish scraps or bycatch, which
attracts large numbers of pelicans and causes changes
in the behavior of the pelicans.
The FWC also encouraged operators of fishing
piers and other waterfront venues to install scrap
chutes or simply remove cleaning stations.
\ I lt of the piers have taken the cleaning sta-
tions out so people have to take the fish home and
clean them there," Straight said. "They have also sup-
plied barrels or cans to put the bones and stuff in."
However, Straight said, some fishers don't use
the containers.
Also Straight said she'd like to see cleaning sta-
tions removed at local marinas and fishing piers, or
make it mandatory for people to use a grinder.
In 2009, Wildlife Inc. treated 225 pelicans -
most injured by either monofilament or fish bones.
"We are well on our way already this year by
numbers," said Straight, adding that birds also suf-
fered from the cold this winter.

Pelican 911
To report an injured bird or other injured wildlife,
call Wildlife Inc. in Bradenton Beach at 941-778-
6324.


Pelicans in a rookery near Galati Marine in Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Courtesy Jeannie Bystrom


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Fencing for the Island
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mother Suzanne Van Gundy recently started Fore-
mostFence at 513 Sixth Ave. W., in Bradenton.
With more than 20 years experience in the con-
tracting industry, Doug is experienced at installing
any type of fence, be it wood, aluminum or vinyl. The
company installs for both commercial and residential
uses, he said.
Doug believes excellent, friendly service will
be his trademark for the company, and he's looking
forward to working on Anna Maria Island.
"What sets us apart is our service and that we
live on the Island," said Doug. "We're right around
the corner when anyone needs us."
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Segway move
Zegway by the Bay has relocated its Segway
rentals to the Anna Maria Island Centre shopping
plaza at 3216 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, adjacent
to Walgreens in the Hair's to You Saloon.
Owner Becky Kramer began her operation in
August 2009, and her Segway tours and rentals have
become extremely popular.
"We show off the Island in a very special way,"
said Becky.
Store hours are from 9 a.m. to sundown, seven
days a week. Guides are available for group tours,
Kramer said.
For more information, call 941-565-2082.

Tradewinds, Tortuga
honors
The Web site Trip Advisor has named the
Tradewinds Resort as the No. 1 resort in Bradenton
Beach, while the Tortuga Inn was ranked No. 2 in
that city by Trip Advisor.
Both resorts are owned and operated by David
Teitelbaum, who also owns SeaSide motel in Bra-


denton Beach.
Teitelbaum is a board member of the Manatee
County Tourism Development Council and the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce.
He also is the founder of the Real Florida Festival
to be held this weekend in all three Island cities.
For more information, call 941-779-0010 or 941-
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Chamber breakfast,
exchange
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Com-
merce will hold its April sunrise breakfast from 7:45
a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, at Cafe on the
Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
The cost is $8 and reservations are requested.
The chamber's April business card exchange will
be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, at the
Anna Maria Island Historical Society, 402 Pine Ave.,
Anna Maria.
The cost is $5 and reservations are requested.
Members are encouraged to bring a guest.
For more information on both events, call 941-
778-1541.


AMI Parasail anniversary
Capt. Daryl Conecy of AMI Parasail, 135
Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, recently celebrated the
10th anniversary of his business.
AMI Parasail offers a unique view of Anna Maria
Island to its customers, said Bridget Insinna, who
handles reservations for AMI Parasail.
"It's the best view anyone can have of this beauti-
ful Island. We have so many repeat customers each
year," she said.
AMI Parasail is licensed and insured, and Capt.
Daryl is certified by the U.S. Coast Guard.
AMI operates daily from dock next to the Historic
Bridge Street Pier, weather permitting. For informa-
tion and a reservation, call 941-778-5000.

Bradenton Beach hot
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announced its Top 10 list of new destinations of
interest among its passengers, and ranked Bra-
denton Beach as No. 6.
The rankings were for Air New Zealand pas-
sengers flying or planning to fly to a previously
unvisited destination.


Early dinner?
Sean Murphy welcomes guests to the Beach Bistro
for last week's Manatee C 1..,,,,/i.., of Commerce
Breakfast with the Chairman. Invited guests dis-
cussed business issues and how the chamber can
improve business for members. The group also
discussed how it could support Dee and Gene
Schaefer, foreground, in their bid to renew their
contract for the Manatee Public Beach conces-
sions. Cafe on the Beach at MPB was once small
business of the year for the chamber. Islander
Photo: Bonner Joy

New to the chamber
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
welcomed the following new members in March:
Artistic Focus Photography, The Loft No. 5,
9801 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, Kimberley Leger.
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Holmes Beach, 941-920-5757.
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gating for homeownership" event from 11:30 a.m.
to 2:30 p.m. Saturday through May 29. No tailgate
party is planned for May 22.
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Master of golf
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus,
center, entertains a press
contingent and members of
The Concession Golf Club
: .. two weeks before attending
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ment in Augusta, Ga. He was
joined by another legend,
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the course with owner Bruce
Cassidy, rear. Nicklaus and
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Islander Photos: Bonner Joy


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7:45 a.m. -Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise
breakfast at Cafe on the Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Infor-
mation: 941-778-1541.
11 a.m. Einstein Circle group discussion "Immigration: What
should we do?" at The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna
Maria. Information: 941-359-4296.
11:30 a.m. The Off Stage Ladies Auxiliary of the Island Players
luncheon and auction at the Sun House, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton
Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
12:30 p.m. Garden stepping-stone craft class begins at the Anna
Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
4:30 p.m. Wine-tasting benefit for the Anna Maria Island Commu-
nity Center at Harry's Continental Kitchen, 525 St. Judes Drive, Longboat
Key Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.
5:30 p.m. "Shaken, not Stirred: The Lives and Loves of lan Lan-
caster Fleming" featuring Howard Burnham at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

Friday, April 16
9a.m. Holmes Beach Founders Day reception and citizen recog-
nition program, city hall, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information:
941-778-1541.
5 to 10 p.m. Holmes Beach Founders Day Celebration featuring
live music, food, art vendors and karaoke contest at city hall field, 5801
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.
7 p.m. "Got Talent" showcase at Founders Day, city hall field,
5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.
8 p.m. Island Idols finals at Founders Day, city hall field, 5801
Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.

Saturday, April 17
7:30 a.m. Skateboard contest at the Pete Lannon Skate Park,
5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.
8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Florida Gulf Coast Small Craft Festival on the
waterfront in Cortez. Information: 941-708-6121. www.cortezvillage.org.
8:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island hosts guest speaker
Cindi Harrison, Anna Maria Elementary School counselor, at Cafe on the
Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-795-8697.
9 a.m. Keep Manatee Beautiful "Great American Cleanup" at
various locations including Anna Maria City Hall, Kingfish Boat Ramp,
Coquina Beach, FISH Preserve and Palma Sola Causeway. Information:
941-795-8272.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rummage sale at St. Bernard Catholic Church,
248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-4769.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Holmes Beach Founders Day Celebration fea-
turing live music, food, art vendors and karaoke contest at city hall field,
5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.
2 p.m. Bookmark craft workshop at the Island Branch Library,
5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
2 to 6 p.m. Island Gallery West celebrates its 20th anniversary
with a sidewalk sale, live music and refreshments, 5368 Gulf Drive,
Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.
6 to 10 p.m. Parrothead Dance at the Anna Maria Island Com-
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Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
9:30 a.m. Save The Trolley walk-run from Bridge Street to
Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-4431.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beach-to-Bay Eco Day featuring kayak and Jet
Ski demonstrations, go-green seminars, live music, Frisbee golf games
and more at Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-518-
4431.

Monday, April 19
Noon Anna Maria Island Democratic Club discusses senior-
related legislative issues with Doug Heinlen of AARP at the BeachHouse
Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton. Information: 941-779-0564.

Tuesday, April 20
Noon The Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island discusses homeless-
ness with guest speaker Angela Walsh of Manatee Children's Services,
at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach.

Wednesday, April 21
11 a.m. "Watson, Crick, Wilkins: The Story of DNA" lecture at
The Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information:
941-359-4296.
Noon Anna Maria Island Garden Club's final meeting of the
season at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna
Maria.

Ongoing:
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
Beach.
The first and third Mondays of each month, the American Legion
Post 24, 2005 75th St. W., Bradenton, hosts dinners for the public. Fee
applies. Information: 941-794-3390.
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria Duplicate Bridge Club at the
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Information: 941-778-0504.
Tuesday, 4 p.m., Inquiring Minds non-denominational group meets
at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, through
April. Information: 941-778-4579.
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island
Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-
778-1908.
Wednesday, 1 to 3 p.m., Irish Dancers host dances with instruc-
tion at the Tequila Beach Sports Grille, 7423 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Information: 941-778-2416. Partners not required.
Alternating Wednesdays, 11 a.m., memory loss support group at
the Longboat Island Chapel Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200
Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-6491.
Wednesday and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in
the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Informa-
tion: 941-708-6130.
Thursday, 6 p.m., Co-Dependents Anonymous group meets on
the Island. Call for location: 508-815-7378.
Friday, 11 a.m., Over 39ers group meets at Gloria Dei Lutheran
Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813.
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Through April 23, "Florida Cowboys Collection" at the Manatee
County Agricultural Museum, 515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto. Information:
941-721-2031.
Through April 28, Holmes Beach artist Barbara Hines exhibit at the
Arts Council of Manatee County, 926 12th St. W., Bradenton. Information:
941-746-2223.

OFF-ISLAND EVENTS
Thursday, April 15
6 to 10 p.m. Get Down Downtown: A Tribute to Jazz block party
on Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton.
7p.m. Visions of the Future Film Series: "Metropolis" at the South
Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131
ext. 27. Fee applies.

Friday, April 16
6 to 9p.m. Cuban Cultural Celebration at South Florida Museum,
201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131 ext. 27. Fee
applies.
7p.m. Gecko release party and screening of "Godzilla" at Rossi
Park, on the waterfront in downtown Bradenton.

Saturday, April 17
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jazzy Farmer's Market featuring jazz and Dix-
ieland music by Tom Barrett on Old Main Street, downtown Bradenton.
1 to 2:30 p.m. Jazz in the Afternoon at Palmetto Historical Park,
515 10th Ave. W., Palmetto. Information: 941-723-1991.
6 to 9 p.m. Jazzshow exhibit by abstract artist Lee Baumgard
and music by Preston Whaley at the Palmetto Art Center, 907 Fifth St.
W., Palmetto. Information: 941-518-2109.

Sunday, April 18
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rancho Regattas program featuring Cuban
fishing ranchos at DeSoto National Memorial, 8300 Memorial Hwy., Bra-
denton. Information: 813-396-2327.

Tuesday, April 20
7:30p.m. "A Chopin Celebration" at Neel Performing Arts Center
at State College Florida, 5840 26th St., Bradenton. Information: 941-752-
5252. Fee applies.

Wednesday, April 21
6:30p.m. Boating GPS seminar at the Anna Maria Island Sailing
Squadron, 1200 71st St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-795-0482.
Fee applies.

Coming Up:
April 22, Visions of the Future Film Series: Sleeper, South Florida
Museum.
April 24, An Affaire to Remember.
April 24, Cortez natives picnic, Florida Maritime Museum. CAN-
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Save the Date:
May 1-2, Anna Maria Island Relay for Life.
May 1, Geckofest Gala Dinner Auction.
May 2, Annual Island Run.

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Anna Maria
April 6, 100 block of Cedar Avenue, animal nui-
sance. A Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy
responded to an animal nuisance complaint. The
complainant said her neighbor's dog was barking,
causing a disruption. The deputy sought assistance
from Manatee County Animal Services.
April 6, 100 block of North Bay Boulevard,
suspicious circumstances. The complainant said she
parked her rented beach wagon at the Anna Maria
City Pier bike rack and found it missing two hours
later. A sheriff's deputy found the wagon on the fish-
ing section of the pier. A fisherman said he had asked
someone to use the wagon move his fishing gear, and
that person said he could. The deputy took the wagon
to the complainant's carport.

Bradenton Beach
No new reports.

Holmes Beach
April 3, 7100 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A com-
plainant said his bicycle was stolen from his bike
rack. The complainant valued the bike at $100.
April 4, 4000 block of Gulf Drive, petit theft. A
woman went to the Holmes Beach Police Department
to report a past burglary to her vehicle at the Manatee
Public Beach. She said when she returned to her vehicle,
her windows were down and her purse, containing credit
cards, a driver's license and $463, was missing.
April 6, 300 block of 58th Street, burglary. The
victim said on April 4 he found the front door of his
house open and he was missing a PlayStation con-
sole, a digital camera and an iPod.


obituaries

Miriam Chace Chapman
Miriam Chace Chapman, 86, of East Falmouth,
Mass., and Anna Maria, died April 8 in Bradenton.
She was born in New Bedford, Mass., and graduated
from Dartmouth (Mass.) High School in 1941 and St.
Luke's Hospital School of Nursing in New Bedford
in 1944. She was a registered nurse at St. Luke's for
many years.
Mrs. Chapman was an active member of Smith
Mills Congregational Church before moving to Cape
Elizabeth, Maine, in 1970, where she was a member
of the Cape Elizabeth Methodist Church, the histori-
cal society and garden club. She also was an artist.
She and husband William spent winters on Anna
Maria Island, where she attended Roser Memorial Com-
munity Church. She was a member of the Anna Maria
Island Artists Guild. She also was a Red Sox fan.
A memorial service was held April 10 at Roser
Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria. Dona-
tions can be made in her name to the Waquoit Bay
National Estuarine Research Reserve in East Fal-
mouth, Mass., the American Heart Association or
the Disabled Veterans National Foundation.
She is survived by her sister, Priscilla R. Chace of
Naples, Fla.; three children and their spouses, Paul A.
and Margo A. Lafferty of Enfield, Conn., Mark A. and
Nina S. Lafferty of East Freetown, Mass., and Kath-
leen M. Lafferty and Bruce D. Colegrove of Leverett,
Mass.; five grandchildren, Brendan M. Lafferty, Paul
D. Lafferty, Scott D. Lafferty, Erin E. Lafferty and
Meghan L. Bradshaw; five great-grandchildren; three
stepchildren, David R. Lafferty Jr. of Jacksonville,
Fla., David and Mary Chapman of Manchester, N.H.,
and Susan J. and Stanley R. Bodner of Pembroke,
N.H.; and their children and grandchildren.


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Gordon Brown 'G.B.' Knowles III
Gordon Brown 'G.B.' Knowles III, 56, of Ellen-
ton and formerly of Anna Maria Island died April 10
at Manatee Memorial Hospital.
He was an outdoors writer, fishing and hunting
enthusiast, and a friend to many Florida conservation-
ists.
He most recently wrote for the Boca Beacon,
a weekly publication based in Boca Grande. Over
the years, he wrote for the former Islander newspa-
per and for many other magazines and newspapers
throughout the state.
Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, 720 Manatee
Ave. W., Bradenton is in charge of arrangements. A
spokesperson said plans should be announced for a
memorial service within the week. Griffith-Cline can
be reached at 941-748-1011.

Ladonna E. Robinson
Ladonna E. Robinson, 79, of Holmes Beach and
formerly of Florence, Ky., died April 8 in Edgewood,
Ky.
Mrs. Robinson is the wife of former Holmes
Beach Commissioner Ron Robinson. She was a
homemaker. She belonged to Saramana Model-A
Restorers Club and the Key Royale Club. She served
the North Kentucky Association for the Retarded, and
was a member of Westside Christian Church, Braden-
ton, and Florence Christian Church, Florence, Ky.
Visitation was held April 12 and a funeral service
was held April 13 at Stith Funeral Home, Florence, Ky.
Burial was in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell, Ky.
Mrs. Robinson is survived by husband Ron; son
Paul Robinson of Burlington, Ky.; four daughters,
Nanette Dedman of Florence, Ky., Cyndy Kloeker of
Walton, Ky., Lauren Baumgardt of Amelia, Ohio, and
Rhonda Herlinger of Fort Thomas, Ky.; five grand-
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Key Royale's new champ, youth basketball begins


By Kevin Cassidy
Islander Reporter
Mark Mixon defeated two-time club champion
Web Cutting March 2 to win his first men's club
championship at the Key Royale Club.
Mixon held a three-shot lead with two holes left
to play in the 18-hole match March 17. Mark still
has a hole or two to play before he matches his father
Jim's five championships at the club.
But practice can (almost) make perfect.
In other club play, the men played a three-best-
balls-of-foursome tourney during their weekly
18-hole golf outing at the golf course April 7. An
eagle by Jim Thorton on the par-4 307-yard fifth hole
helped lift the team of Thorton, Lew Winegarden,
Gary Harris and Bob Elliott to a 20-stroke victory
with a team total of 166. Second place went to the
team of Vince Fanton, John Sagert, Ernie Hauser and
Bob Landgren with a 186.
The club women played a nine-hole, individual-
low-net match April 6. Penny Williams took the top
spot in Flight AA with a 1-over-par 33, one shot better
than Sue Hookem in second place.
Joyce Reith fired a 6-under-par 26 to grab the
top spot in Flight A by three shots over second-place
finisher Joyce Brown.
Flight B saw Margrit Lahy card a 4-under-par 28,
which gave her a one-shot margin over second-place
finisher Donna Soos. And Terry WL. tlb\ 's 2-under-par
30 gave her a one-shot victory in Flight C over Sue
Wheeler.
Frankie Smith-Williams and Mary Pat Swamy
both carded 2-under-par 30s to finish tied in first
place in Flight D. Margaret Schuller was one shot
back in second place.
The men played a nine-hole, best-ball-of-four-
some match April 5. The team of Tom Lewis, Tom
O'Brien, Fred Meyer and Tom Warda combined to
card a 13-under par 21 to take first place by three
shots over the team of Bob King, Blake Graham, Jon
Lindwall and Dave Kruger.

Kids on the court
The 2010 Anna Maria Island Community Center
basketball season is on the horizon, and a pre-season
tourney kicked it off April 6. Teams were each guar-
anteed two games in the tourney to gear up for the
season, which gets started in early May.
In Division III action, Beach Bistro opened tourney
play with a 14-7 victory over the Sandbar on April 7
behind a team-high 6 points from Joey Stewart. The
Bistro also received four points from Aiden Grumley
and two points apiece from Andrew Proctor and Trent
Shackleford in the victory. Joe Rogers led Sandbar with
four points, while Leo Tilelli added two and Brooke
Capparelli finished with one point in the loss.
Connie's Landscaping defeated the Sandbar 10-6
to advance to the winner's bracket finals. Leo Rose led
the way for Connie's with eight points, while Truman
Carlson added two points. Joey Stewart paced Sand-
bar with four points, while teammate Andrew Proctor


Last year's Key Royale Club champion congratu-
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added two points in the loss. Connie's now awaits the
winner of the April 12 game between Sandbar and
Bistro to see which team they will play for the title.
Beach to Bay Construction opened the Division
II tourney April 7 with a 24-14 victory over Bob
Vita Lawn Service behind 10 points from Cameron
Brauner and eight points from Michael Latimer.
Dayton Modderman added four points, while George
Lardas completed the Beach to Bay scoring with two
points.
Ross Built got off to a good start in Division II
play with an 18-12 victory over Anna Maria Oyster
Bar on April 9. Andrew Ross led the way with 8
points while brother Jake added 6. Luke Valadie and
Cooper Hardy each scored 2 points to round out the
scoring for Ross Built. Oyster Bar was led by Emma
Moneuse whose 10 points led all scorers. Tyler Yava-
lar chipped in with 2 points to complete the scoring
for the Oyster Bar in the loss.
Walter & Associates edged Beach to Bay Con-
struction 14-13 April 9 to advance to the semifinals
behind 10 second-half points from Moriah Goode
that helped make up a five-point halftime deficit. Seth
Walter completed the scoring for Walter with four
points. Michael Latimer led Beach to Bay with seven
points, while Cameron Brauner added four points and
George Lardas finished with two.
Ross Built advanced to the winner's finals, thanks
to a 21-11 victory over Walter & Associates April 10.
Andrew Ross led the way with 13 points, while Jake
Ross and Luke Valadie each added four points in the
victory. Seth Walter with five points and Moriah Goode
with four points led the way for Walter, which also
received two points from Jordan Cooley in the loss.
Anna Maria Oyster Bar stayed alive in the loser's
bracket thanks to a 17-16 victory over Bob Vita Lawn
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Helvey scored four points apiece. Bradley Duffman
completed the Oyster Bar scoring with two points.
Corey Jaques and Ethan Bertrand scored six points
apiece to lead Bob Vita Lawn Service, which also
received four points from Adam Clark in the loss.
The Premier Division preseason competition
opened April 7 with Tortilla Bay Club edging Rotten
Ralph's 50-48 behind a scoring effort led by 16 points
from Tommy Price. Daniel Pimental finished with
nine points, while Kyle Parsons added eight points
for Tortilla, which also received four points apiece
from Max Miller and Thomas Pears. Rotten Ralph's
was led by Blake Rivers, whose 19 points led all
scorers. Brandon Gengler chipped in with 10 points,
while Forest Schield added nine points. Chandler
McClung finished with six points and Daniel Janisch
added four points to complete Ralph's scoring in the
loss.
The Gathering Place opened with a 41-35 vic-
tory over Tortilla Bay Club in Premier division action
April 8 behind the one-two scoring punch of Kyle
Aritt and Chandler Hardy. Aritt finished with 18
points, while Hardy added 16. The Gathering Place
also received three points from Wyatt Hoffman and
two points apiece from Denver Hardy and Patrick
Edwards in the victory. Tommy Price and Christian
Hightower led Tortilla with 10 points apiece, while
Daniel Pimental added six points and Kyle Parsons
finished with five points. Travis Belsito and Lauren
Hightower completed the Tortilla scoring with two
points apiece in the loss.
Look online at www.islander.org for the Center
youth sports schedules.

Horseshoe news
John Johnson and Herb Puryear were the only
tossers to earn the prerequisite three pool-play vic-
tories and walked away with bl,,r''i, rights for the
April 10 horseshoe challenge at the Anna Maria City
Hall pits. Five teams battled it out for second place
starting with a first-round match that saw John Craw-
ford and Dave Lansaw defeat Ron Pepka and Dave
Nolasname 21-14. The second first-round match saw
Sam Samuels and Ron Gagnon defeat Debbie Rhodes
and Jerry Bennett 21-12. Samuels-Gagnon then rolled
past Jeff Moore and Rod Bussey 23-10 in the semifi-
nal, but they weren't so fortunate in the finals, drop-
ping a 21-17 decision to Lansau-Crawford.
The April 7 horseshoe games saw two teams
emerge from pool play to battle it out for the winged
trophy. Herb Puryear and Norm Langland edged Art
Kingstad and Carl Thomas 22-17. The win sends
Langland back home to the tundra with his first career
horseshoe victory.
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Spring fishing hits stride with fast tides, hot temps


By Nick Walter
Islander Reporter
With four-tide days this week and water tem-
peratures reaching over 70 degrees, fishing should
be smoking inshore and offshore.
Bigger shiners are yet to be the primary bait in
the area, so fish are still feeding primarily on glass
minnows and shrimp.
Kingfish have shown up offshore, with a few
scattered around the Sunshine Skyway bridge.
Look for an appearance of tarpon in the next
couple weeks off the beaches.
Capt. Warren Girle said there are still a lot of
redfish in north Sarasota Bay, and he was able to
duck southwest winds that made the bay choppy by
fishing on the west shoreline. "I also had a couple
trips offshore for grouper, and most were undersized.
There were some nice mangrove snapper and Span-
ish mackerel all over the beaches within 200-to-300
yards of the beach."
Girle had mackerel to 5 pounds in the bay as well
as pompano to 4 pounds. Girle said that the numbers
typically published in maps that show locations of
offshore reefs have been loaded with boats. "I was
out there Saturday and went 3 miles out, and there
were 10 boats there and it wasn't for me. Then I was
7 miles out and saw three boats," he said.
"People haven't been able to get out there and
now there's been several nice days, and gin-clear
water." But, he said, southwest winds have muddied
the waters.
Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish
Charters out of the Cortez Fishing Center said
beyond 40 feet of water has been holding gag grouper.
But he said anglers overfished areas between 40-60
feet in depths after grouper season opened April 1.
"The water needs to get dirtied up before they start
biting again," McGuire said.
McGuire said live baits such as pinfish, sand
perch and pigfish have been working the best,
although he'll begin a trip using sardines and squid.
He's been catching gags, red grouper, keeper scamp
and amberjack.
"We've seen some cobia swimming around, but
couldn't get them to hit," McGuire said. "We also
had good-size sharks around 5-6 foot lemons and
blacktips."
McGuire predicted that anglers who go out right
after a cold front will be rewarded with some nice
catches. "Kind of like right after grouper season
opened and it was right after a lot of bad weather,"
he said.
Capt. Bill Ware of The Damn Yankee said his
anglers got out to the reefs three days last week in
calm weather and got into grouper, Key West grunts
and an 18-inch flounder on a 3-mile reef using frozen
sardines. He said there have been a lot of undersize
grouper and snapper on the 3- and 7-mile reefs. On
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"We actually went out on Bean Point during
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were getting them on CALjigs, Doc's Jigs and some
shrimp." He said the water temperature was 72-74
degrees depending on the depth of the flats. "I think
the fishing's going to continue to be good the rest of
the week," Ware said. "When it gets into the 50s at
night, the water cools back down. But when you can
keep it 60-65 at night, the water warms really quickly
throughout the day."
Ware said he is seeing redfish, but they're being
elusive.
Dave Golla from the Sunshine Skyway south
fishing pier said the Spanish mackerel had been hit-
ting heavy and pompano and flounder are "above
average." He said the flounder bite has been decent
as well. A lot of 3-to-4 foot sharks have been caught,
along with grouper from 22-40 inches. He said man-
grove snapper and kingfish seem to be few and far
between
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing
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Bay," he said. "With chumming and patience, you
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He said Spanish mackerel to 4 pounds are in
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"For fast, fun, non-stop action, the ladyfish are
in 4-to-6 feet of water on the edges of grass flats in
Tampa Bay," Howard said. "Snook and redfish have
both moved into their springtime spots."
Capt. Zach Zacharias of the DEE JAY II said
there has been more diverse action with each day.
"\ ly charters continue to do very well with as many
big sheepshead as they want out in 20-30 feet of
water on the Gulf reefs," he said. "There has been
grouper, snapper and Key West grunts as well."
Zacharias said along the beaches and in the
bays of Manatee County there are trout, pompano,
Spanish mackerel, bluefish, flounder and ladyfish
keeping rods bent on a regular basis. Sarasota Bay
is loaded with redfish and they are beginning to
cooperate. "The water temperature out here near
the beaches finally broke the 70 degree mark at
mid-week," he said. "The only inshore species
missing from the picture at this juncture is snook.
There are precious few linesiders in their normal
haunts for April. Also, the kingfish run is poised
to break loose any day."
Zacharias said the white bait situation is look-
ing better as schools of pilchards are showing on the
flats. "The sheepshead, pompano, mackerel, trout and
redfish do not require live shiners as they have all
cooperated quite well on live shrimp and artificial,"
he said. "Unless you are targeting catch-and-release
snook, white bait is not necessary for a productive
trip right now. It would be great to have some nice
big pilchards or threadies for the kingfish though."
Kim Schearer from Annie's Bait & Tackle has
received reports of trout, Spanish mackerel and redfish
in Palma Sola Bay. "Most of the reds were under size
but a few keepers are being caught," she said. "Sheep-
shead are still abundant around Longboat Pass Bridge
and some small grouper have been pulled up."
She said Capt. Mark Johnston of Legend
Charters caught redfish and sheepshead around the
sunken boats in the Cortez Kitchen area. On incom-
ing tide, he caught lots of sheepshead to 4 pounds in
Longboat Pass, Spanish mackerel up to 24 inches,
trout and ladyfish.
She said Capt. Sam Kimball of Legend Char-
ters is slaying the gag grouper with an occasional
red grouper about 15 miles offshore. Also, hogfish
have made an appearance. Kimball still prefers the
cut sardines and squid for bait, but is teasing the fish
with an occasional live pinfish. On his short trips,
Kimball is using live shrimp and slaying the sheep-
shead approximately 5 miles offshore. Kingfish and
pompano have showed up on the beaches, with the
best time from daybreak to 8 a.m., Shearer said.
Send fishing news and photos to fish@islander.
org.

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BOOKS ASSORTMENT: 50 cents to $1. Also
music, organ books cheap. 941-794-3292. cnmin-
shall@ earthlink.net.
DELL 964 COLOR printer/fax/scanner. Works
perfectly. Has new ink cartridges. $50. Brother
fax machine with ink cartridges. $30. Call 941-
751-4777.
JEEP "LIFE IS good' 30-inch spare tire cover.
Less than year old. $25. Very good condition.
937-475-7731.
STAINLESS-STEEL 17-inch bow railing. Never
used, came with Mako boat, $85. New pull-along
golf bag cart, $70. 937-475-7731.
GARDEN PANELS: WROUGHT iron, four. $80.
Brass nuts and bolts, assorted sizes, 25 per jar.
$3. 941-778-2901.
EARTH BOX LATTICE work enclosures, no Earth
box, $15. 941-778-2901.
BULK WALNUTS $5.99/Ib, ear candles $2.50,
and New Chapter Supplements, 25 percent off.
Vitamin Sea, 941-778-5015.
FISHING RODS, REELS: Two Kunnan ultra-light
rod, Sigma 025 reel, $30. 7-foot Daiwa, Garcia
3000 reel, $25. 941-761-1415.
BIKE: BOYS NEXT Chaos freestyle, 20-inch with
pegs. One year old. Excellent condition. $45.941 -
761-1415.
FISHING NET: FLOATING landing, Cummings.
$8.941-761-1415.
GENERATOR: CRAFTSMAN 3600 watt. Three
years old, never used. Get ready for hurricane
season. $350. Call 941-779-9101.
GLASS TABLE AND chairs. "Brown & Jordan."
Four coral and white chairs. $549. 941-792-
4097.
CASCO CHILD CAR seat, new. Paid $95, sell for
$50 or best offer. 941-778-1264.
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MANY PLUMERIA PLANTS: (Frangi Pani). $3
each. Pink, 3.5 feet tall, multi-stalks. Anna Maria
Garden Club, 941-778-0256.
SOFA AND LOVESEAT: Excellent condition. $99
each. 941-779-0881.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and
purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
COMMERCIAL RESTAURANT SUPPLIES: Ice
machine: install and service $2,100. You pick up,
$1,600. Assorted stainless shelves: $75. Six-
burner gas cooktop and charbroiler: $1,800.941 -
730-2606.
FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE: Individuals may
advertise up to three items, each priced $100 or
less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week. Deliver
in person to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach, e-mail classifieds@islander.org,
fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)


GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are wel-
come to come and worship with us! Please call
941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilu-
theran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
THEY'RE BACK! EVERY Monday night all-you-
can-eat fish fry. $10. Live entertainment. Tiki bar
open. Bayside Banquet Hall, 4628 119th St. W.,
Cortez, end of road.
LOST LAWN CHAIR: we left a small boat motor
for the taking at our curb, and the lawn chair we
used to prop it up disappeared, too. If you have
the chair, we'd like it back. Imperiore Avenue, call
941-778-0436.
HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Pres-
ence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently
needed for local representatives to aid homeless
children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys
International. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes @ sothe-
bysrealty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.


WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling.
Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and
The Islander are collecting new or used, repair-
able fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets,
etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The
Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach.
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe,
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick
up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive,
Holmes Beach. Don't be sorry, be safe.


ESTATE SALE: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April
17, and noon-3 p.m. Sunday, April 18. 6118 Riv-
erview Blvd., Bradenton. (Please park on 61st or
63rd Street West. Two large breakfronts, chande-
liers, French-style cabinets, pictures and paint-
ings. Wicker desk, large urns and office statuary,
console tables, entertainment center, credenzas,
French-style curios, brass beds, armoire, marble
chests, patio furniture, fountains, china, glass kitch-
enware and bric-a-brac. Other details to follow as
we unpack. Sale conducted by Palma Sola Sales.
Numbers given out at 8 a.m. Saturday.


ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. 511
Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
YARD SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday,
April 17-18. Furniture, small appliances, house-
wares, kitchen items, rattan bar, bikes and beach
stuff. 512 69th St., Holmes Beach.
NEIGHBORHOOD GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.- p.m.
Friday and Saturday, April 16-17. Tarawitt Drive,
5600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat
Key.
GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SALE at The Islander,
5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


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LOST: TIMEX YELLOW gold watch. Sentimen-
tal. Spring Street beach, Anna Maria. 215-582-
6282.
FOUND ITEM: DID you lose an item from a
moving car in front of the Garden Shop on Marina
Drive? Call 941-778-6207 to claim.
LOST: COCKATIEL. White headed. Named
Donald. 770 North Shore area, Anna Maria. Flew
out door as we came inside. 941-201-6733. jllol-
sen @live.com.
LOST: PRESCRIPTION GLASSES. Red rims,
lost on Coquina beach, Friday, April 9. Reward.
616-402-5765.


PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster
puppies and kittens until they are old enough for
adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie,
941-720-1411.


HAROLD SMALL REALTOR,
Office: (941) 778-2246 i911 4 792- 8628
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WAGNER REALTY
BrsiUgin People Bome Since 1939
2217 GULF DRIVE NOQTH BRADENTON BEACH, FL


,, EXPERIENCE
REPUTATION
A REACTOR. RESULTS
36 Years of Professional Service
to Anna Maria Island and Bradenton
HERONS WATCH 8 min. to beaches. Lakeview, 3BR/2BA,
Stone Fireplace, Corian & other upgrades. Room for a pool.$299,900.
3 MIN. TO BEACH. Perico Island 2BR/2BA,
large greatroom with cathedral ceilings, private courtyard
and enclosed lanai, Jacuzzi tub & more. $275,000.
RENTALS:
LUXURY GULF-FRONT VILLAS. Anna Maria. Weekly & monthly.
8 MIN. TO GULF BEACH. 3/2, 5 yrs. old $1,300/mo Annual.
RIVER OAKS 2BR/2BA seasonal, tennis, pool, clubhouse. $1,700/mo.
CANALFRONT 2BR/2BA, family room, garage. Seasonal.
CANALFRONT 3BR/2BA bayview, pool, boatdock, $2,900/mo. Seasonal.
GULFFRONT 5BR/4.5BA, Wedding/reunions, seasonal/vacations.
HOLMES BEACH- 941-778-0807
yrealty3@aol.com www.tdollyyoungrealestate.com


2004 WHITE FORD 16-foot box truck with new
hydraulic-lift gate (Tommy Gate). Low miles, new
tires. $13,500 pays off loan. Can be seen at the
Centre Shops, Longboat Key. Call 941-932-2688
or 383-1222.
PERFECT ISLAND CAR. Lexus 2000 ES 300,
74,000 miles, new paint, service, loaded. $8,200.
941-552-8330.


BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and
instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser,
Zuma and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-
1400.
2005 21-FOOT Sea Fox. 150 Mercury with trailer.
Moving, must sell. 941-526-3445.
LOOKING TO BUY a boat slip in Holmes Beach
or Anna Maria. E-mail: hatzie56@hotmail.com.
856-858-8289.






SALES & RENTALS

(941) 778-2291
419 Pine Ave. Anna Maria
www.betsyhills.com


G'y cufrfy S alty fMofrma Maia l Inc.
\ jesse frissonn - ro0 Associate, gjI
941-713-4755 800-771-6043

101x107 Lot zoned B2 in Holmes Beach $369,000

Large lot in city ofAnna Maria $399,000

Newer Condo with Gulf Views $369,000

Canalfront pool home in Anna Maria $790,000

2BD/2BA pool home with boat slip $625,000

Gulfview condo in 55+ Community $289,000

Call Jesse Brisson
941-713-4755.


SNOWBIRD LOOKING FOR a safe place to store
19-foot boat and trailer. May 1, 2010 through Feb.
1, 2011. Willing to pay up to $500. Call 941-778-
4916 or 603-387-9649.
14-FOOT FIBERGLASS boat. 15-hp Yamaha
motor and trailer. Excellent condition. $2,000 or
best offer. 941-778-1091.


SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced
real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please
call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
HOUSEKEEPER WANTED: PART-time, 9 a.m. to
2 p.m. Apply in person at Haley's Motel.


OPEN HOUSE
1-4 PM SUNDAY APRIL 18
312 57TH STREET
Special open house pricing reduced
by $10,000 to $475,000!
For more information contact Gregg or Jayne
at AMI Beaches Real Estate 941 567 5234


DUPLEXZONED! Old
Florida home on Clark
1 Spring Lake. Spacious
living and dining,
2BD, 2BA. Beautiful
setting on lake. Asking
$499,000.

Drive by 7002 MARINA DRIVE to see potential to
build contemporary duplex. Includes open land and only
$379,000.



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SINCE 1957
Marie Franklin, Lic. Real Estate Broker
941 778-2259 Fax 941 778-2250
E-mail amrealty@verizon.net
Web site www.annamariareal.com


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Sandy's Lawn Service Inc.
Sandy' Established in 1983
Lawn Celebrating 25 Years of
SLa Qruality & Dependable Service.
efvice Call us for your landscape
778-1345 and hardscape needs.
_Licensed & Insured

Paradise Improvements 778-4173
Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Specialist
Replacement Doors and Windows
Steven Kaluza Andrew Chennault
Fully Licensed and Insured Island References
Lic#CBC056755


Windows & Doors

941-730-5045

z RDI CONSTRUCTION INC.
j Residential & Condo Renovations
SKitchens Bath Design Service
Carpentry Flooring Painting
Commercial & Residential
References available 941-720-7519


Marble & Granite Inc,
Counter tops, vanity tops,
bar tops and more.
ez Road W., Bradenton 941-580-9236

HONEY DO HOME REPAIR -
941.807.5256-cell 941.896.5256-office & fax
Drywall & Texture Repairs Painting
Soffit & Siding Tile & Laminate Flooring
"We Can Repair or Install Anything With Your Home"
www.honeydohomerepairinc.com

DAY ASSIST BY cDay Planners
HOME & SPECIALTY WATCH SERVICES
PROFESSIONAL & PERSONAL CONCIERGE
SEAN POWERS
941.518.6280 WWW.DAYASSIST.COM SEAN@DAYASSIST.COM

KINiG ai Bed: A bargain!
ira e Kis.... .I .Ki icc. Fill & Twin,
I-s95271 1.i- ... -c i ii ... O new/used.

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KERN CONSTRUCTION, INC.
Additions Remodels New Construction
941-778-1115 kernconstructioninc.com
SINCE 1966


Marianne Correll REALTOR
The Big Picture...It's all about Real Estate.
It's a GREAT TIME to buy!

'IS4ILAND
"a REAL ESTATE
OF ANNA MARIA ISLAND, INC.
941-725-7799 *941-778-6066 mariannebc@aol.com



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BOOKKEEPER WANTED, PART-time. Must be
Quickbooks proficient. E-mail: coleman @pineav-
enueinfo.com.
SEAMSTRESS NEEDED: Small business is look-
ing for an individual who can do part-time sewing
out of their home. All materials furnished to make
pillows. Call Nancy, 941-778-2703.


LOOKING FOR A babysitter or pet sitter? Call
Kendall, first aid-certified. Great with kids and ani-
mals. Four years experience, high school student.
941-779-9783.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three
weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work.
Ads must be placed in person at The Islander
office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


HEALTH FOOD STORE on Anna Maria Island,
located in busy shopping center, large inventory,
all equipment and fixtures, completely turnkey,
business growing monthly, owners moving, great
opportunity for mom and pop. Call Jim, 941-580-
0626.


ACTIVE LADY WITH spinal injury needs LPNS
and experienced CNAS to assist with personal
care. A Hoyer lift for transfers. Five-hour a.m.
shifts and overnight sleepover shifts are from 9:30
p.m.-7a.m. Travel opportunity. 941-383-6953.


LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat
rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-
778-5476.
COMPUTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING. Is your
computer misbehaving? Certified computer ser-
vice and private lessons. Special $40/hour. Free
advice. 941-545-7508.

ISLAND PRESSURE CLEANING, wash away
mildew, dirt, salt. Thorough, reasonable, reliable.
Free estimates, licensed, insured. 941-778-
0944.

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.

I DON'T CUT corners, I clean corners. Profes-
sional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941 -
778-7770. Leave message.
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.
CAREGIVING BY ALEDDA: Companion care,
transportation, meal preparation, light housekeep-
ing. Experience, references. 941-462-5569.
ANNE'S TROPICAL BREEZE cleaning, errands
and gardening. Reasonable rates, Local ref-
erences, bonded. Please call Anne, 941-465-
7967.
ISLANDER SENIOR ASSISTANCE: Caring and
dependable. Call for appointment, 941-792-
4601.
FREE HOUSESITTING/PETSITTING: Retired
Christian couple to be near beach, available
anytime. References. 770-832-7319. ewingwt@
earthlink.net.
CONCIERGE SERVICES: SHOPPING, house sit-
ting, check, party planning, home organization,
management ... so much more. E-mail: bellagi-
naservices@ gmail.com.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.


EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER. DEPENDABLE,
honest with local Island references. Call Nancie,
941-755-5948.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD's Window Clean-
ing looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach.
941-920-3840.
PAINTING, WATERPROOFING: NEW construc-
tion or re-paints. Dozens of Island completions
since 1992. Call Venture Services, 941-809-
8159.
TOTAL DOOR AND Window Service: Repairs,
replacements, sales, parts, stormcatcher hurri-
cane covers, Simonton windows, Plastpro doors,
ODL inserts. TDWSINC@msn.com. 941-730-
1399.
NEED A LITTLE assistance with daily life? Allow
me, local artist, Island resident. Live-in, live-out.
941-778-6547, ask for Robin.
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. Senior check, pet-
watch, storm-check, tour guide, etc. Rentals our
specialty. 941-778-3046 or 941-580-4487.
DESIGNER FOR HIRE! All your graphic needs
covered! Web design. Call Jon at Smashcat Stu-
dios, 941-778-2824 or 941-545-0192.
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-
795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional cre-
ates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.
jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
NADIA'S EUROSAGE Relaxing, healing mas-
sage in the comfort of your home. Call today for
an appointment, 941-795-0887. MA#0017550.
UPSCALE NAIL SALON: Nails on the Island. 30
years experience. Call for an appointment. Now
offering in-home services. 941-713-5244.




SPARKS
STEEL
ART GALLERY
121-C Bridge St. Bradenton Beach
(941) 795-0076 or 685-3392


MARK BOWERS
Electrical, Navigational Audio/Video Systems
Marine and Residential Service & Installs
Insured
PO Box 1064 Cortez, Fla 34215
941.920.1169


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CHECK MY HOUSE! When you're away, we stay
close to home. We provide full house checking
services to ensure your house is secure while
you are away. Call 941-928-8735, or e-mail check.
my.house@verizon.net for details.
TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra,
geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science.
Special need students welcome. Grades 3-12.
Jenifer, 941-224-1760.
MUSIC LESSONS WITH Koko Ray. Island studio
open now. Instruction in flute, clarinet, saxophone,
guitar and piano. 941-778-8323, or evenings,
941-758-0395. 315 58th St., Studio I, Holmes
Beach.


CONNIE'S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and
commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, land-
scaping, cleanup, hauling and more! Insured.
941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair.
Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941 -
778-2581.
TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes,
tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured.
Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.
ECONOMY TREE TRIMMING, hedges, mulch-
ing. Lowest prices starting at $15. 12-year Island
resident. Cell 941-951-1833.
GARY WOOD LAWN Service: Tree trimming and
landscaping. Fully insured, monthly specials. 941 -
812-7273.
JR'S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE
Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, haul-
ing, cleanup. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-
807-1015.


STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your
landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark
Mark. 941-301-6067.
KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch,
clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and
more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium
grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Haul-
ing all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free
estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, "shell
phone" 941-720-0770.

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NATURE'S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design
and installation. Tropical landscape specialist.
Residential and commercial. 30 years experience.
941-729-9381.

PROFESSIONAL MANGROVE trimmer: ISA cer-
tified arborist. Fast, friendly service. Free consults.
Call Jim at 941-799-0840.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our secure
server? Check it out at www.islander.org.


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
Neil, 941-726-3077.

CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of
carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticu-
lous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard,
941-779-2294.

GRIFFIN'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handy-
man, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and
shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.

JERRY'S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry work,
handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light haul-
ing, pressure washing. Call 941-778-6170 or 941 -
447-2198.

EXPERIENCED BUILDING CONTRACTOR: Carl
V. Johnson Jr. Inc. New homes, porches, decks,
remodel, repairs, etc. Quality work. Fair price!
941-795-1947.

SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it's broken, stuck,
loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I'll fix it. Affordable
quality work. 941-720-2906.

ALLEN STEINIGGER INC: Painting and handy-
man services. Insured. Hardwood, ceilings, real
wood, kitchen cabinets. 941-822-6636.
FOREMOST FENCE: COMMERCIAL, residential,
chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control.
Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-
2700.
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A A DS


WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide vari-
ety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-
779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.
com.


OFFICE, RETAIL, PROFESSIONAL space.
8803/8799 Cortez Road, Bradenton. 600 sf, $500/
month. 1,200 sf, former salon and 1,300 sf. Call
1-800-952-1206.

WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock.
Furnished, walk to beach, eateries and shops.
$150/night, $950/week. Use of bikes included.
941-794-5980.

RENTAL WANTED: ISLAND business owner
seeks 3BR/2BA home for two year or longer
lease. Call Tom, 941-993-4909.

RENTAL: 3BR/2BA ON canal. Furnished. Monthly,
$1,800. Call for weekly rate. All utilities, cable paid.
Washer and dryer. 70th Street, Holmes Beach.
Available May through December. Call Dave, 407-
927-1304. Dvanworm@earthlink.net.

ANNA MARIA BEACHFRONT, waterfront vaca-
tion rental. 5BR/4BA. $2,200/week. tampabay-
beachhouse.com. 559-760-1331.

FOR RENT: 2BR, Tropical Palm Mobile Home
Park. 15 minutes to beach, available April 1.
$1,000/month. For sale or rent 2BR doublewide.
$1,000/month, sell for $49,000. Will finance. 863-
608-1833. chickenplucker@webtv.net.


BEACH FRONT Ground level duplex with 2BR/1BA each
side. Turnkey furnished, each with washer & dryer.Two open
patios. Good 15 year rental history. $850,000.


RENOVATED VILLA located in Seaside Gardens. Recent
upgrades include tile floors, new bathrooms & updated kitchen
w/ stainless appliances. $210,000.


SUNBOW BAY 2BR/2BA over 1146 square feet with
water views. Easy access for quiet Island living. Heated pool,
tennis and the FREE trolley is at your front door. $264,900


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! $294,000.

Mike 800-367-1617
Norman 1 941-778-6696
3101 GULF DR
Realty INC HOLMES BEACH
www. mikenormanrealty.com


VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/3BA pool home,
2BR/1 BA cottage, 5BR/4BA split pool home, two
blocks to Holmes Beach. 3BR/2BA pool home,
northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA pool home, Palma
Sola. Weekly, monthly rentals. Luxury furnishings,
all amenities. Inclusive prices. Coastal Properties
Realty, 941-794-1515.

PRIVATE BEACHFRONT HOME: 2BR/1BA
ground level, spectacular views. Available April,
May. $3,500/month. 941-792-4991.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2 BR/2BA condo in Braden-
ton Beach. Furnished. Washer, dryer in unit. Very
close to beach. Very nice unit. Rent $1,000/month
plus utilities. Call 813-245-0428.

450-SF OR 850-sf office or retail space available.
Just four miles from the beach on Cortez Road.
Great rates! Highly visable, great location. Call
941-650-4748 for more information.

ANNUAL PERICO BAY Club. Guard-gated 24/7.
Sunny bright end unit, 2BR/2BA villa with spa-
cious two-car garage and extra-long driveway.
Nicely furnished, new stainless-steel appliances,
TVs in living room, master bedroom and master
bath. Screened porch plus deck overlooking
small lake. Private courtyard entry. Neighborhood
heated pool and spa, plus large community lap
pool. Available May 1. $1,500/month plus utilities.
Call owner, 941-792-4767.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND Club: January, February
2011. 2BR/2BA, adults only, HDTVs. Call 813-
781-7562. Dharveyel@aol.com.

PERICO BAY CLUB annual: 2BR/2BA, pools,
tennis, security, gate, garbage. 941-545-4033.


6 Prudential Palms Realty
Michelle Musto, PA Realtor
941-809-3714
wiwk.mi(hellemusio.(om

5808 Gulf Drive 106N
Holmes Beach Furnished 1BR/1.5BA
wilh den used as second bedroom.
Parlial Gullfviews! $329,000.
MLt3920511

: michellemusto@prudentialpalmsrealty.com


GORGEOUS NEWLY RENOVATED 2BR/2BA
Anna Maria Island rental. Ground floor, furnished,
all utilities, pool, tennis, DSL. December 2010 thru
May 2011. $2,500/month. Three-month minimum.
www.annamariaislandcondo.web.officelive.com.
931-636-2620.

ANNA MARIA HOUSE for annual rent near city
pier, 3BR/2BA, private, pets OK. $1,000/month.
941-538-9328.

BRADENTON BEACH ANNUAL: Across from
beach. 3BR/2BA home, pets OK, yard, washer
and dryer. 2204 Ave. C. Near school, bus line.
$1,200/month. Available. 216-469-2857.

SANDPIPER RESORT: 55-plus. On bay, steps to
Gulf beach. Furnished 1BR available April-Octo-
ber, $650/month plus electric. Also, 2BR, summer
rate, $800/month plus electric. Boat storage. 941-
567-9492.

WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA TOWNHOUSE with
boat slip on Palma Sola Bay. Heated pool, patio,
cable, washer and dryer. Lease six-month plus,
$950/month unfurnished. $1,025/month furnished.
No dogs. Call 941-798-3842 or 941-720-7519.

NEWLY RENOVATED 2BR/2A rental. Holmes
Beach. Boat dock, walk to beach. Available Janu-
ary, 2011. Call 941-580-3385.

PARTIALLY FURNISHED 1BR/1BA bayfront
apartment with wonderful view. Available May 1.
$850/month, plus some utilities. 2 or 3BR/2BA
house available May 1. Waterfront, $1,200/month
plus utilities. 941-545-7109 or 941-795-1132.

PERICO ISLAND: MONTHLY rental. 3BR/3BA,
new furniture, private pool, community pool,
tennis. $3,300/month. 941-730-9815.


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PALMA SOLA: 3BR/2BA, pool. One block from
bay, private marina. Furnished or unfurnished.
Good schools. $1,595/month. 941-567-9492.
WEEKLY RENTALS: $599 and up. 2BR/2BA and
3BR/2BA with pool and dock. Realtor, 941-356-
1456. Real Estate Mart.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals.
1 BR/1BA or 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach,
shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site
2spinnakers.com.


MOBILE HOME: SUNNY Shores Waterfront
Park. 1BR/1BA. You own the land. Not a co-op.
No monthly fees. Great condition. Free boat ramp
access. Reduced! Priced to sell! $69,900. 513-
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-
idaGroup.com. 941-713-0635.
DIRECT GULFFRONT 4BR/4.5BA, den, three-
car garage, pool, spa, elevator, security. Immacu-
late 2005 Mediterranean villa-style architecture
with breathtaking Gulf views. 5,146 sf under roof
on north Anna Maria Island, 12106 Gulf Drive.
$3,500,000, furnished. Contact owner, broker,
941-920-1699.
VILLAGE GREEN VILLA: Lovely 2BR/2BA with
garage, pets allowed. $105,000. Denise Langlois,
Coldwell Banker, 941-725-4425.
MORE CLASSIFIEDS equals more readers.


ADORABLE CONDO FOR sale by owner:
1BR/1 BA, quiet neighborhood, cathedral ceilings,
skylights, tile throughout, enclosed lanai. $69,900.
Bradenton. Must see! 941-773-6448.
"CASA AZUL." NEW canalfront beauty!
4BR/4.5BA, study, sitting room, large lanai,
inground pool, zoned HVAC. Best of everything!
Turnkey, if desired. $1,450,000 and worth it. 215
Chilson Ave., Anna Maria. Call Jeffrey. 941-567-
6600.
IMG ACADEMIES: 2BR2BA condo, end unit
with garage for rent with option to buy. Nicely fur-
nished. Overlooking tennis courts and country
club. $130,000. Call 941-545-3097 or 941-778-
3926.
BY OWNER: KEY Royale canalfront, updated
3BR/2BA. Pool and boat dock. $400,000. Real-
tor, 941-356-1456.
PRICE REDUCED: DUPLEX on two deeded lots,
both units 2BR/1.5BA, elevated, park under build-
ing. $450,000. Call owner: 941-730-2606.


20-ACRE RANCHES near growing El Paso,
Texas. Only $12,900, $0 down, $99 per/month.
Owner financing, no credit checks, money back
guarantee. Free map, pictures. 800-755-8953.
www.sunsetranches.com.
NEW LOG HOME at the lake and five acres,
$69,900 with free boat slips. Gorgeous, ready to
finish 2,100-sf log home and beautifully wooded
five-acre lake-access parcel with free boat slips
on private, recreational lake in Tennessee. Quiet,
gated community. Excellent financing. Call now,
888-792-5253, ext. 2457. TN Land/Lakes, LLC.


GRAND OPENING SALE! April 24. Seven acres
with dockable lakefront, $39,900. Wooded, park-
like setting on one of Alabama's top recreational
lakes. All amenities completed. Boat to Gulf of
Mexico! Excellent financing. Call now, 866-952-
5302, ext. 5408.
CENTRAL GEORGIA: 153 acres, $1,500 per
acre. Creek, pond sites, hardwoods, mature pine,
secluded tract, newly planted Longleaf. 478-987-
9700. stregispaper.com. St. Regis Paper Co.
ONLINE SERVICE: Did you know you can place
classified ads and subscribe online with our
secure server? Check it out at www.islander.org,
where you can read Wednesday's classified at
noon on Tuesday.


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the Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to
advertise any preference, limitation or discrimina-
tion based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap,
familial status or national origin, or intention to
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nation Familial status includes children under
age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians,
pregnant women and people securing custody of
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is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby
informed that all dwellings advertised in this news-
paper are available on an equal opportunity basis.
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Island gets 'Real' with first 'Real' festival


ty Lisa lien
Islander Reporter
People are squawking.
People are squawking about the
Parrothead Dance, a highlight of the
second day of the three-day inaugural
Real Florida Festival.
"It just seems perfect for the
Island," said Anna Maria resident
Tricia Porter, who plans to attend.
"That jazz festival they did, I had to
wonder. But a Jimmy Buffett-inspired
dance. That's all right."
Porter describes herself as a natu-
ral-born Parrothead and she talks the
lingo of a big Buffett fan. "My kids are
Parakeets," she boasted.
The dance, sponsored by the Anna


Keal r loriaa r esnva jounaer uavia
Teitelbaum performs in the Island
Idols contest that began April 10 at
the Gulf Drive Cafe. He qualified in
the preliminary round.


Katie Green-
wood from
Palmetto is the
first contes-
tant to qualify
in the Island
Idols contest
that began
April 10 at
the Gulf Drive
Cafe in Bra-
denton Beach.
Islander
Photos:
Edna Tiemann


I-
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce,
will take place beginning at 6 p.m. at the
Anna Maria Island Community Center,
407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
Organizers expect 300-600 people
to arrive wearing flip-flops, board shorts,
tropical shirts and
Tickets are $10 per person or $70
for a table for eight. Dancegoers will
hear Buffett and other Sunshine State-
of-mind music, dine on $2 cheeseburg-
ers and appetizers and see performances
by the Island Idol winners, who will be
christened the night before at the Holmes
Beach Founders Day celebration, also
part of the Real Florida Festival.
Proceeds from the Real Florida Fes-
tival, which includes activities in all the
Island cities, will help support the fare-
free Island trolley operated by Manatee
County Area Transit.


"It will be a blow-out celebration,
featuring all the three Anna Maria Island
cities," said founder David Teitelbaum.
Teitelbaum proposed the festival,
which has been coordinated under the
chamber, with some proceeds to benefit
that organization's scholarship fund and
the Center's programming, in addition to
the Save The Trolley campaign.
"As much as we can make," cham-
ber events coordinator Susanne Arbanas
said of the RFF fundraising goal.
The festival will take place April
16-17 in Holmes Beach, with the city's
Founders Day celebration; April 17 in
Anna Maria with the Parrothead Dance
and April 18 in Bradenton Beach with an
eco-focused celebration on the bayside,
Gulfside and Bridge Street.
Bradenton Beach's Historic Bridge
Street Merchants Association will host


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AN ALL ISLAND ALL WEEKEND EVENT
TO SAVE THE FREE ISLAND TROLLEY
AND SUPPORT ISLAND ORGANIZATIONS
ANNAMARIA BRADENTON BEACH HOLMES BEACH
FRIDAY, SATURDAY&SUNDAY APRIL 16, 17 & 1 8

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
FRIDAY, APR.16, 2010 FREE HOLMES BEACH FOUNDERS' DAY & 60TH ANNIVERSARY
HOLMES BEACH CITY HALL & FIELD 9AM 10PM
Delicious Island Food Court w/ Many Local Specialties, Soft Drinks/ Beer/ Wine/ Rum
Drinks, Huge Arts 8 Crafts Fair, Live Music Local Bands, Mayor's Welcome, Music by
AMI Concert Chorus & Orchestra, Meet & Greetl Free Coffee & Pastries
Community Partner Awards/ Historical Displays, Island Idols Finals.

SATURDAY, APR.17, 2010 FREE HOLMES BEACH FOUNDERS' DAY 60TH ANNIVERSARY
HOLMES BEACH CITY HALL & FIELD 9AM-10PM
More of above, PLUS -Skatboard Competition Demo, Local Bands & Performers,
Special Events & Games, City Hall Hitorical Exhibition at City Hall, Open House Holmes
Beach Fire Station.
ANNA MARIA AMI COMMUNITY CENTER PARROTHEAD DANCE & RAFFLE w/ Amazing Prizes
from local establishments -A&nission $10, or $70 reserved table for 8. Advance
Tickets AM Chamber of Commerce (941-78-1541) Raffle tickets are $1, 6 for $5 or
13 for $10 Free Heavy Hors d'Oeuvres a Cash Bar. $2 Cheeseburgers in Paradise.

SUNDAY, APR.18, 2010 FREE BRIDGE STREET BEACH-TO-BAY ECO DAY
BRIDGE STREET, THE PIER & BEACH 8-30AM -4PM
Bride Street Fair, Delcious Island Food, Local Favorites, Soft Drinks, Beer, Wine, Mixed
Drinks; Live Music, UniqArts & Crafts; Beach Yoga; Farmers' Market, Earth Day Semi-
nars, Eco-friendly Products Services, Kayak Festival; H2X Jet-Ski Shws w/ National
Champions, Sav-Our-Trolley Beach Walk-Run, Frisbee Golf w/Prizes, All Day
Music Performances, Privateers Pirate Ship & Morel


AN ALL ISLAND ALL WEEKEND EVENT
TO SAVE THE FREE ISLAND TROLLEY
AND SUPPORT ISLAND ORGANIZATIONS
ANNA MARIA BRADENTON BEACH HOLMES BEACH
FRIDAY, SATURDAY&SUNDAY APRIL 16,1 7 & 1 8

PARROTHEAD DANCE & RAFFLE
SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 2010 6-10pm (21 & older)
LOCATION: AMI Community Center
ADDRESS: 407 Magnolia Avenue Anna Maria
Turn right off Gulf Drive at Ginny & Jane's
SPONSORS: AMI CAMBER OF COMMERCE & AMI COMMUNITY CENTER
ADMISSION: $10 per person or $70 to reserve a table for 8
ADVANCE TICKETS: On a first come, first serve basis
Available beginning April 1, 2010
AMI Chamber of Commerce (941-778-1541)
Music by Mike Sales & surprise guest entertainers
Special Guest Performances by Island Idol Winners
Raffle with awesome prizes from local establishments
Tickets are $1.00, 6 for $5.00 or 13 for $10.00
Free Heavy Hors d'0euvres t Cash Bar
$2 Cheeseburgers in Paradise
Maximum Capacity: 700 Guests
Some tickets will be available at the door
Proceeds to benefit Save the Trolley

E AMAZING GIFT RAFFLEI Free accommodations on the Island,
Fabulous restaurant gift certificates, Golf Lessons, Horse
Riding, Beautiful Gift Baskets and much, much morel
Bring your friends and have a Margaritaville Nightl
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an expanded Bridge Street Market on
April 18 with food and beverages,
arts and crafts and apparel and acces-
sories.
Additionally, festival plans in Bra-
denton Beach from the bay to the
beach include live music, vendors,
kayak demonstrations, a walk-run race,
yoga, go-green seminars, Frisbee golf
games and a Jet-Ski demonstration.
"There will be great food, great
music, a great day," said Arbanas.
In Holmes Beach, the Founders
Day celebration will commemorate the
city's 60th anniversary and take place
mostly at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive,
and in the field north of city hall.
Plans for April 16 include a recep-
tion at city hall, live music, food and
beverage vendors and the finals in the
Island Idols contest.
On April 17, the party will include
more band performances, an open
house at the West Manatee Fire Rescue
Station No. 1, an arts-and-crafts fair
and skateboard competition.
"It's going to be great," Arbanas
said of the festival. "And it's really
great that all the cities have come
together."
So great that, as she looks ahead
to the chamber's 2010 Bayfest, more
Friday music festivals and the 2011
wedding festival, she's also looking
ahead to the second annual Real Flor-
ida Festival next April.
"It's a great cause to come out for
and have some fun," Arbanas said.




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